Tom Scott to guest with NYO Jazz Orchestra and Combo Nuvo ay the Blue Note

Legendary saxophonist/composer and three-time Grammy winner Tom Scott will join Combo Nuvo, NYU's Jazz Artists-in-Residence ensemble, and the NYU Jazz Orchestra for two special performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club on May 1 and 2.

On May 1, Scott will join Combo Nuvo during its regular Blue Note Bruch sets at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dave Schroeder, NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies Director, formed Combo Nuvo along with Rich Shemaria, NYU Jazz Composer in Residence, to explore the diversity of musical experiences represented by each member of the group. Its unique musical blend is created using instruments like the chromatic harmonica, blues harp, acoustic guitar, cello, world percussion, and piano.

On Monday, May 2, Scott will be a featured performer with the NYU Jazz Orchestra, with musical director and arranger Rich Shemaria, for two sets at 8pm and 10:30pm. An 18-piece big band and the premiere performing jazz ensemble at New York University, the NYU Jazz Orchestra has hosted a wide variety of artists over the past few years including Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Chris Potter, Stefon Harris, Wayne Krantz, and Lenny Pickett.

"Tom Scott has had an incredible musical journey, from his origins in bebop through his creation of highly successful groups like L.A. Express and The Blues Brothers, to his collaborations with artistic giants including the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Oliver Nelson, Marty Paich, Carol King, Steely Dan, and Whitney Houston, " said Schroeder. "He's also one of my all-time favorites, so it's quite a thrill to have him play with both our major jazz ensembles at the historic Blue Note."

As a "first-call" L.A. session musician since the 70s, Scott has dozens of solo recordings for which he collected thirteen Grammy nominations, winning three. He also has numerous film and television scoring credits, including composing and conducting the score for the movie Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and appeared on records by such diverse artists as George Harrison, the Beach Boys, the Grateful Dead, Paul McCartney, Steppenwolf, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Blondie, Eddie Money, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Quincy Jones, Helen Reddy, Olivia Newton-John and Frank Sinatra. Scott was a founding member of the Blues Brothers Band.

Scott's best-known works are the theme songs for TV series Starsky and Hutch and The Streets of San Francisco along with movies and his soprano sax solo and fills on the 1975 No. 1 hit single Listen to What the Man Said for Wings. In 1976 he played the theme I Still Can't Sleep in Taxi driver.

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