Jim Scott

An exciting acoustic guitarist, singer, and composer of powerful music that furthers the ideals of ecology, justice, and peace, Jim makes an impact on hearts and minds across the world.

One of the rare musicians who have transcended stylistic boundaries, Jim has recorded or shared the stage with luminaries from the jazz, classical and folk music worlds. From Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival with the Paul Winter Consort; to a concert at the end of the Great Peace March with folk legends Pete Seeger and Peter Yarrow, Jim’s travels have taken him around the world, including a European tour with the Griffith Singers performing his choral music; recording in the gardens of Findhorn Scotland with jazz flautist Paul Horn; touring Nicaragua with Holly Near and performing in Australia for colleges and the Institute for Earth Education international conference. In his years as guitarist for the Paul Winter Consort, Jim led thousands in the song "Common Ground" and his own eco-anthem, "A Song For The Earth." He was co-composer of the Consort's monumental choral work, "Missa Gaia/Earth Mass," and recorded “A Concert for the Earth” in the Great Hall of the United Nations. While a member of the Consort, Jim also wrote several PBS soundtracks and composed and arranged an entire concert for the group with the Indianapolis Symphony.

Lately, Jim has devoted more time to composing and arranging. Performing often with choirs, he has created a lengthy catalog of choral compositions and arrangements. His choral song cycle "Vessels of the Sun" involves Latin, Celtic, African and Caribbean rhythms. "The Tree and Me," Jim’s stage musical, is largely in an american folk style and tells a story of saving the ancient forests of the Northwest. This past year, sponsored by a grant from the Untarian Universalist Associaton, Jim has compiled, edited and arranged an anthology of songs of ecology and peace, The Earth and Spirit Songbook. Book One is now out and Book Two should follow in early ‘04.

A testament to Jim’s artistry is the community of musicians that he has performed and recorded with. Former Eastman School of Music classmates - renowned drummer Steve Gadd and bassist Tony Levin - back Jim on “Earth, Sky, Love and Dreams.” Jazz greats, Nelson Rangell (sax and other woodwinds) and Ed Tossing (keyboards) also grace Jim’s recordings. Departing from the Consort, Jim formed the instrumental group Radiance with fellow Consort veterans oboist Nancy Rumble, cellists David Darling and Eugene Freisen and other musicians in exploring the new convergence of jazz, classical, folk and ethnic influences now often referred to as "world music." Out of print for a while, some of their finest recorded collaborations are now available on “Instruments of Peace.”

Jim regularly performs and offers workshops for young people in elementary schools and libraries. The CD and companion video of songs for children, "Big and Little Stuff" includes some songs he has written in workshops with kids. Drawing on another side of his repertiore, he takes his music to high schools and colleges. Further description of workshops in Improvisation and Self-expression as well as Guitar and Song writing are described in the Workshops section. His book on guitar technique, “All Scales in All Positions” was published in 2000 by Hal Leonard.

Jim has long been active in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church. and has visited over 300 UU churches across the country, leading services, presenting concerts, and offering workshops. Three of Jim's songs are included in the new Unitarian Universalist Hymnbook, and "Gather The Spirit," has become a favorite across the denomination. Jim has served on the board of the UU Musicians Network and was Co-Chair of the ecological/spiritual activist group the UU "Seventh Principle Project." Their "Green Sanctuary” program for church congregations to become more environmentally conscious, is described in the Ecology section.

















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