SCOTT DETWEILER is an American composer and lyricist born and raised in New Orleans. He began his musical journey at age 17 by studying guitar. He then went on to study jazz guitar at Loyola University (New Orleans) with Bill Huntington and then music composition at the University of New Orleans. It was at the universities that he would also first learn to read music and begin to sing, as a member of opera choruses and master chorales.
AFTER LEAVING UNO he studied orchestration as a private pupil of Ellis Marsalis in Ellis' home. He also studied writing and arranging for strings with Henry Mancini and Dr. Albert Harris (Pulitzer Prize nominee), and writing for film and television with Earle Hagen. He attended a songwriting seminar with Harriet Schock and studied lyric writing with K. Parker at the BMI Institute in West Hollywood.
SCOTT IS A COMPELLING SINGER/GUITARIST whether he is playing solo or with his New Orleans Jazz Funksemble.
SCOTT HAS SHARED THE BILL with many artists including The Neville Brothers, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Arlo Guthrie, David Bromberg and The Allman Brothers Band. In addition to performing In the U.S. he has performed in Europe, South America and Asia. His symphonic premiere was with the New Orleans Symphony and his compositions have been honored by the Utah Composer's Guild, The Nashville Music City Song Festival and the Billboard Music Awards. He was also awarded a Congressional Certificate of Recognition by California Congressman Brad Sherman.
HE WORKED WITH several dance companies as a collaborating composer and as composer in residence. Most notabely would be his work with Gabriel Masson Dance Company of New York for the 2000 - 2001 Season. He composed his first two string quartets and other important chamber dance works for the company. Masson and Detweiler would collaborate again in 2008 for a production of "She Didn't Stay Long", produced and performed by Ballet Memphis. Scott is a prolific composer (see "Principle Works" page of his website) and an active performer, both solo (on hollow body jazz guitar and vocals) and with his band.
DETWEILER'S COMPOSITIONS HAVE BEEN PERFORMED AND RECORDED by many other artists.
SCOTT DETWEILER IS ENDORSED PEERLESS GUITARS (www.peerlessguitars.eu) OLYMPIA STRINGS (www.olympiakr.com), GOMEZ AMPLIFICATION OF CALIFORNIA (www.gomezamps.com), PRESONUS (www.presonus.com), KTS MUSICAL PRODUCTS (www,ktsamerica.com).
SCOTT DETWEILER MADE LOS ANGELES MUSIC HISTORY ON OCTOBER 6, 2007
Scott became one of the few jazz artist/comosers ever to premiere a chamber piece and perform with his New Orleans Jazz Funksemble in the same concert setting.
Following a performance of two pieces by Mozart, Detweiler's "The Sun Will Rise" (for string quartet and alto saxophone, composed in July 2007 about the Katrina disaster in New Orleans), premiered at the Madrid Theater in Los Angeles. The audience gave the 4 movement, 20 minute piece, an enthusiastic standing ovation.
After a brief intermission Detweiler, backed by Ed Cogan on piano, Sam Nee on bass, Paul Van De Riet on drums and Larry McRae on saxophones and flute (McRae also played the alto saxophone in "The Sun Will Rise"), the quintet took the stage for over an hour, performing selections from his vast catalog of compositions.
"MERCY OF THE GROOVE", DETWEILER'S 2012, featuring Ed Cogan on piano/organ, Dale Jennings on bass, Bill Johnston on saxophones, and Paul Van De Riet on drums, is now available. It is the 5th in Detweiler's series of recordings chronicling live 21st century music.
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