Jazz Pianist / Composer / Educator
Scott Gwinnell is a professional jazz pianist residing in Detroit, MI. Scott, has been performing since the age of 16 in venues and on concert stages, local to international. Scott has recorded and performed as a bandleader and sideman on over 50 professionally released recordings. As a recording artist for Detroit Music Factory, Scott has released two award-winning albums, Cass Corridor Story and Mulgrew-ology, the latter winning three Detroit Music Awards for outstanding recording, artist, and composer. The recording rose to #32 in the international jazz charts and played on radio stations around the world. Mulgrew-ology was recorded by the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, a 16 piece, big band organized by Gwinnell in 1999. The ensemble is dedicated to playing compositions and arrangements by the leader. As a pianist, Gwinnell has performed/toured/recorded with: Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath, John Clayton, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Aretha Franklin, Elaine Stritch, Delfayeo Marsalis, and Jon Hendricks, for whom Gwinnell was three year musical director.
As a BMI composer, Scott Gwinnell has written over 400 works from symphony orchestra to big band to small ensemble. His compositions and arrangements have been played around the world by small and large ensembles. Gwinnell has scored two films, the most recent being “Vincent van Gogh--70 Days in Laois”. Gwinnell wrote the musical, “Bebop” in 2012, performed by members of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and wrote for, “Paul King with Strings”, a string quartet and rhythm section featuring Detroit crooner, Paul King.
As a music educator, Gwinnell is a special lecturer at Oakland University where he instructs jazz theory, improvisation, and arranging. He is the director of their jazz vocal groups, and performs in the faculty jazz ensemble. Gwinnell was the 2021 Keith A Pretty Oakland University virtual educator of the year. Gwinnell is the Director of Jazz Education at Music Hall Performing Arts Center where he is tasked with creating and operating programs with the Detroit Public School system. Gwinnell is also on faculty at University of Toledo and Michigan State University’s Community Music School program. In 2009, Gwinnell created the Detroit Jazz Workshop, a large summer jazz workshop that caters to musicians of all backgrounds, ages, and instruments. Now in their 13th year, the DJW draws students internationally to Detroit. Gwinnell serves on the board of directors at the Michigan Jazz Festival and is a clinician in Midwestern high schools and universities.
Gwinnell in his spare time enjoys films, tennis, architecture, and spending time with his lovely wife of 18 years, Delaine.