Scott Reeves

Creative Jazz Improvisation

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Scott Reeves "Shapeshifter" Quintet

  • Maureen's Jazz Cellar 2 North Broadway Nyack, NY, 10960 United States (map)

Scott Reeves is a trombonist, alto flugelhornist, composer and educator. He has performed at many New York City venues including Birdland, the Village Vanguard, Smoke, the Iridium, Small’s, Dizzy’s, Sweet Rhythm, the 55 Bar, Cornelia St. Café and the Knitting Factory with groups such as the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bill Mobley’s Smoke Big Band, the Oliver Lake Big Band, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Manhattan Bones and his own quintet. He has also performed at leading jazz clubs in Rome, Lisbon, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto. Scott performs on four CD’s by the Dave Liebman Big Band and has also recorded with the Anthony Braxton Orchestra and the Bill Mobley Big Band. Scott also has three small group CD’s under his own leadership, “Congressional Roll Call” - with pianists Kenny Werner and James Williams, “Shape Shifter” - with tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, and Manhattan Bones “Tribute”. The 17-piece Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra recording, “Portraits and Places” – featuring saxophonist Steve Wilson, was released in March, 2016 by Origin Records and the follow-up CD, “Without A Trace,” was released in March, 2018.

Scott textbooks on jazz improvisation, “Creative Jazz Improvisation” and “Creative Beginnings,” both published by Prentice-Hall, are widely used in leading college jazz curriculums. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Smoke Big Band, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Kyoto Jazz Orchestra (Japan), the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Cecil’s Big Band, Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Manhattan School of Music and other collegiate and professional ensembles. In addition to his performing and writing activities, Scott is currently Professor of Music at the City College of New York (CUNY). Previously he taught at the Juilliard School of Music, the University of Southern Maine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Memphis State University and Western Washington University. He has also presented workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Italy and Japan. Scott may be reached through his website: or by email:

 Rich Perry is one the most widely respected improvisers on tenor sax. His unique style graces the Vanguard Orchestra (and previously the Mel Lewis Orchestra), the John Fedchock big band and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. He appears on dozens of recording, including projects with Lee Konitz, Harold Danko, Tom Harrell, Joe Magnarelli and many others. Rich has recorded extensively under his own name and teaches saxophone at City College of New York and William Paterson University.

Pianist Jim Ridl has toured and recorded with legendary guitarist, Pat Martino, saxophonist David Liebman, and vocalist J.D. Walter. Jazz Times editor Bill Milkowski said of Jim: “talent this rich, deep and focused simply cannot be denied.”

Bassist Mike McGuirk’s fluent style, reminiscent of the legendary Scott LaFaro, has made him one of the most sought-after bassists on the New York scene. He plays with artists such as John Abercrombie, Renee Rosnes and Mark Copland.

Drummer Andy Watson has performed and recorded with an impressive list of artists, including Toshiko Akiyoshi big band, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the Vanguard Orchestra, Bill Frisell, Benny Golson Jim Hall, Tom Harrell, Jon Hendricks, Woody Herman, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Marian McPartland, James Moody, Mike Stern and Lew Tabackin.