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.
The Detroit tradition of now four year old Aretha's Jazz Jam is happening every Sunday, 6-9pm 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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.helpwithjazz.com
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.
Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra with the Motor Symphony Orchestra
Paul Finkbeiner- trumpet
SGJO with MCSO and Sheryl Martin, vocals
SGJO and MCJO
Mark Byerly, Keith Kaminski, and Scott Kretzer- soloists
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!