Scott Sawyer Q&A

1. Who is Scott Sawyer? Sawyer was born in Chicago. He was introduced to jazz and other music at an early age via his father’s record collection. In the beginning, it was the music of Jimi Hendrix and other rock and blues musicians that inspired Scott to seriously pursue music. Scott Sawyer loves to display his musical diversity, from his blues & rock roots, and also continuing to explore the jazz tradition & beyond. 

2. What type of music does he play? Sawyer plays Jazz. He was exposed to a variety of Southern roots music and blues, through collaborations with a number of NC-based musicians when he started, but Jazz-fusion and straight-ahead jazz eventually became a focal point.

3. Where has he performed? Sawyer has performed at major festivals, concert halls, in the US and outside the US. Some of the places he has visited are Asia, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East, including Monterey Jazz Festival (CA), Herbst Jazz Festival (Austria), St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz, 2002 Silde Jazz (Norway); Ottawa Jazz Festival; Detroit Jazz Festival, Berlin Chamber Music Hall (Germany);  the Blue Note (NYC); Joe’s Pub (NYC); Catalina Jazz Club (LA)

Siden note- In the last year he has performed all around NC, with Durham and Chapel Hill being his main destinations.

4. Has he received any recognition for his work? Sawyer’s latest album “Dreamers” was released in November 2013 and in the 2014 Grammys he got 3 nominations. To listen and purchase his albums, they are available in iTunes.

5. Who does he collaborate with and what does he do now? He plays in quartets, In 1985, Sawyer toured Central America, as a member of the Jon Metzger Quartet. Through the years, Sawyer has performed and recorded with jazz singer Nnenna Freelon. Sawyer has also worked with Charlie Byrd, David Murray,  Marie-Christine Mouis, Willie Pickens, Ed Thigpen, Bob Cranshaw, Dave Finucane, Keith Ganz, Oteil Burbridge, Melissa Reaves, Tony Williamson, Kate McGarry, Bruce Piephoff, Ghezzi, Lois Deloatch-Gomes, Jon Lucien, Bill Anschell, Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos.

Sawyer is an Adjunct Teaching Instructor at East Carolina University, He’s also Lecturer of Jazz Guitar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and instructs group classes at the Durham Jazz Workshop.


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