Consultant. (Musician, Instructor, Production)
Scott Sawyer displays his musical diversity like a badge of honor, re-visiting his blues & rock roots while continuing to explore the jazz tradition & beyond. Since 1980, he’s performed at countless venues here and abroad (Asia, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Europe, the Middle East); including prestigious festivals & concert halls, music clubs and beer-soaked dives.
Born in Chicago, Sawyer eventually settled in North Carolina. Early exposure to jazz via his father’s record collection eventually influenced his growing interest in the genre.
Sawyer has performed extensively with jazz singer Nnenna Freelon including the 1992 Philip Morris Superband world tour. He’s shared the stage and/or recorded with many notable artists; including Charlie Byrd, John Abercrombie, David Murray, Marie-Christine Mouis, Willie Pickens, Ed Thigpen, Bob Cranshaw, Oteil Burbridge, Dave Finucane, Jon Metzger, Melissa Reaves, Tony Williamson, Kate McGarry, Claire Holley, Bruce Piephoff, Lois Deloatch, Ghezzi…to name a few.
Scott’s latest album “Dreamers” was released in Nov 2013. It featured guest appearances by Kate McGarry, Tony WIlliamson and Bruce Piephoff and garnered three 2014 Grammy Ballot Nominations. His previous album “Go There” (2007) featured Oteil Burbridge (Dead and Company, Allman Brothers Band) & Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi-Trucks Band), and charted on XM Radio. Numerous recording credits include Keith Water’s “Carolina Tracks” (2012; guitar and Associate Producer); Bruce Piephoff’s “Soft Soap Purrings” (2014 Grammy Ballot Nomination; Producer, electric/acoustic gtrs) and “Still Looking Up at the Stars” (2012, Producer, electric/acoustic gtrs); Dave Fox’s “The Meldavians-Farewell to Arigemon” (2012, 4 Grammy Ballot Nominations); Nnenna Freelon’s “Homefree” (2010) plus her 1997 Grammy-Nominated “Shaking Free”, “Live” (at the Kennedy Center; 2003) and “Listen” (1993); Lois Deloatch’s “Roots: Jazz, Blues Spirituals” (2010; guitar and Co-Producer); and Bill Anschell’s “a different note all together” (1998). Scott arranged & recorded “The Glory Of Love” w/ Danny Aiello; as featured in the Cinecom film “Once Around”.
He also instructs part-time at UNC-Chapel Hill (Lecturer of Jazz Guitar); East Carolina University (School of Music; Jazz Guitar, Jazz Chamber), the Durham Jazz Workshop (as schedules allow; Group Guitar, Small Group Jazz Ensemble, and Group Vocal Workshop), and at home.
Nnenna Freelon & Scott (2012)