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Aretha's Jazz Jam

Aretha's Jazz Cafe

Every Sun. 7-10pm



New Video releases by Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra!

Two time Juno Award Winner, Caity Gyorgy and Olivia Van Goor host June concert

On June 3rd, I'll be backing up two time Juno (Canadian Grammy) award -winning vocalist Caity Gyorgy and Detroit jazz vocalist Oliva Van Goor in a concert at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church. Tickets are available through

14th Annual Summer Jazz Week from Detroit Jazz Workshop

The Detroit Jazz Workshop is holding its 14th Summer Jazz Week on July 10-14 from 1-5:30pm. Students between 12 and 120 on any instrument with any experience can learn from master jazz educators for a week at MSU-Detroit's Community School. Click on the photo to learn more!

Jiana Hunter w/ Scott Gwinnell Trio for Ella Tribute

On Mon. Apr. 25th, celebrating the birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, Jiana Hunter, with the help of my trio, will perform a show in her honor. The Marygrove/Music Hall students will open up for her. Tickets are $15 at Aretha's Jazz Cafe.

New SATB Vocal Jazz Charts available from WSG Music!

Available from WSG Music are SATB Jazz charts of Lullaby of the Leaves, Naima, and Prelude to a Kiss. All are Level 4-5. Check them out! Contact me if you wish to purchase for $70. Rhythm section parts are available for another $20.

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra at Aretha's on Dec 7. Oxford HS to open

Tues. Dec 7- 8pm and 9:30pm shows


1st show, $10 cover

2nd show, no cover


Oxford School Jazz Band

opening 7-8pm $10 cover


Make your reservation here!

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra Aretha's Gig with Notre Dame Prep HS band Opening

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra is back, once a month now at Aretha's Jazz Cafe. We've continued to host a high school jazz band as our opening act. In October, Notre-Dame Prep HS with director Joe Martin were our featured group. They did a great job, there was a full house electric crowd, and the music from both groups was energizing. Troy HS will join us in November.

Aretha's Jam has Resumed!

The Detroit tradition of now four year old Aretha's Jazz Jam is happening every Sunday, 7-10pm at Aretha's Jazz Cafe. This jam is special in that it is education-based with mentorship provided to students seeking it. Everyone is invited to play and vibing, bullying, or intimidation is prohibited at the jam. There is no cover, and no opening set. 

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra to Play at 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival

You can see and hear the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra at the 2021, now virtual, Detroit Jazz Festival. We'll be on the main stage from 2-3:15pn on Sunday, Sept. 5th. Please tune in!

"Something to Live For" Celebrates the Music of Billy Strayhorn



In 2019, I assembled a limited-time group to celebrate the music of Billy Strayhorn. "Something to Live For", a group made up of Janelle Reichman, Emma Aboukasm, Rob Bickley, Pete Siers, and myself played clubs and festivals in 2019-20. Below are some of the highlights:

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra's "Mulgrew-ology" #32 on National Charts

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra has enjoyed much commercial and artistic success from our newest release through Detroit Music Factory Records, "Mulgrew-ology". This love-letter to the late, great jazz-pianist Mulgrew Miller has risen up the jazz radio charts to #32 in the nation. If you are interested in purchasing a signed (or still in packaging) CD, contact me.

Both of these titles from Mulgrew-ology, "Mulgrew-ology" and "Wingspan" are available on the CD and as big band charts. They are both professional / collegiate level in difficulty.

M-Detroit Podcast Interview with Scott

This podcast interview with the M-Detroit crew was a blast. They asked interesting questions and reminded me that I need to keep my website bio updated! Seriously, they're doing great things, and it was a pleasure to be on their podcast.

MSBOA Commissioned Gwinnell big band composition, "Silver and Blue" to Commemorate 50th Anniversary at Michigan Music Confrence

If you're at the Michigan Music Confrence, come to the Ambassador Ballroom at the Amway Hotel on Saturday at 2:30pm to hear the premiere of my commissioned composition, Silver and Blue. I was asked to compose it for the MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) in commemoration of their 50th anniversary. I'm excited to hear it played by the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra. Hope to see you there!

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra to be featured at Michigan Jazz Festival Spring Fundraiser

You can hear my group and support the Michigan Jazz Festival by attending on March 26th at 2pm. There will be hors d'oeuvres and drinks served with entertainment from the Troy Jazz Ensemble. The SGJO will follow. Get tickets here!

Something to Live For to play at Lucille's Jazz Lounge in Toledo

"Something to Live For" will be playing both Strayhorn music and songs from our cinema series. Doors open at 7:15 and showtime is at 8pm. Get tickets at their website.

Scott Gwinnell Quintet: Music From the Cinema

The Scott Gwinnell Quintet will be performing music from the cinema at Shield's of Southfield on Saturday, May 21 from 1-3:30pm. Cover is $10 and presented by Greater Detroit Jazz Society.


Scott Gwinnell- piano

Janelle Reichman- saxophone

Emma Aboukasm- voice

Rob Bickley- bass

Pete Siers- drums


Download your film-watching PDF checklist to prepare for this event!


Listen to YouTube playlist of songs

Checklist of Films to prepare for Performance
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SGJO to take "In the Tradition" series to Music Hall Main Stage


The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra will play on the main stage at Music Hall in a special "In the Tradition" event with all three Rochester schools. Rochester Stoney-Creek High School will even be premiering a commissioned composition from a Post-Modern Jukebox composer. This promises to be a special event for all. This event is on Tuesday, April 12 at 7pm. There is a $20 door cover.




"Brush Fire" Recorded Virtually by High School Students

Congratulations to the very talented high school jazz band of Valley Christian in California. They used their pandemic to record a virtual performance of my chart on Brush Fire. This chart is usually played by professional or college groups. Watch their performance!

Both available for purchase are the CD, "Brush Fire" by the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, and the big band chart. Visit my product page for more information.

Afro-Blue Women's Choir Arrangement Sung Virtually by Oakland Jazz Singers

My new SSAA arrangement of Afro-Blue was recently performed virtually by the Oakland Jazz Singers of Oakland University. Special thanks to guest artists, violinist Regina Carter and trumpeter Tim Blackmon for participating.

This is SSAA chart is not currently listed on the website, but available for purchase by request. Email me for more info.

Detroit Jazz Workshop On-Course for Summer 2022


After taking a pandemic hiatus in 2021, the Detroit Jazz Workshop plans on resuming with it's 13th season of providing jazz education to all musicians of the community, no matter their experience level, instrument, or age. Registration begins in January 2022. See more at

Warren Symphony Orchestra Meets the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra



The SGJO collaborated with Warren Symphony Orchestra to play some of my work and I couldn't have been happier with the results. Please click on the titles below to see video clips.

Nature Boy

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra with the Motor Symphony Orchestra

Paul Finkbeiner- trumpet


My Funny Valentine

SGJO with MCSO and Sheryl Martin, vocals


Brush Fire


Mark Byerly, Keith Kaminski, and Scott Kretzer- soloists

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra Partners with John Clayton Group

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra partnered with John Clayton and his quintet in premiering Clayton's original composition, "T.H.E. Detroit". This 45 minute concerto grosso suite was the closing act of the Detroit Jazz Festival. It was a blast,  showing off the talents of both Clayton and the talent of the musicians performing his composition/arrangement. The clip above is apart of "H.", the middle movement, featuring John's son, Gerald Clayton. This event was truly a showstopper!