Scott Neumann, a Bartlesville Oklahoma native, began playing drums professionally at the age of thirteen. His first major work was with The Woody Herman Orchestra, which he joined in 1988. Since moving to New York City in 1988, Scott has established himself as one of New York’s most creative and versatile drummers.
Scott leads two musical groups that are very different in scope. His “Neu3 Trio”, comprised of the critically acclaimed members Michael Blake (saxophones) and Mark Helias (acoustic bass), is looking forward to debuting their recently recorded CD in 2012. A more electric quartet named Osage County features the illustrious members David Berkman (piano), Sam Newsome (sax) and Ben Rubin (bass). The first self-titled CD is Scott Neumann and Osage County (Chicken Coup Records) and is available through itunes and amazon.com.
Scott’s touring credits include David Liebman, Madeleine Peyroux, Ben Allison, Tony Trischka, Jazz Mandolin Project, NYNDK, Makoto Ozone, Woody Herman, and Brother Jack McDuff. While in New York City, Scott has worked with such jazz luminaries as Grady Tate, Rufus Reid and Kenny Barron Recent sideman projects include the three-plus year Monday night tenure with Bill Mobley’s Big Band at the NYC jazz club Smoke. Performing and recording with Glafkos Kontemetios’s Trio, Bill Warfield’s New York Jazz Octet, Dan Wilensky and Chris Roger’s Quintet. Other large Ensemble associations include the Grammy nominated orchestra of Pete McGuiness and Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band. Scott has played on over 50 CDs and has recorded with artists including Kenny Werner, David Liebman, Eddie Gomez and Claudio Roditi. Working with vocalists, Scott’s accompanimental talent has supported the artistry of, among others, Ann Hampton Calloway, Lesley Gore, Marilyn Maye, Billy Stritch and Vicki Carr.
Since 1999, Scott has also demonstrated his musical versatility with his work in Broadway musicals. Scott was the featured drummer in the Broadway Production of Swing! Other show credits include Chicago, End of the Rainbow, How To Succeed In Business Without Trying, 42nd Street, Cabaret, Gypsy, Good Vibrations, Xanadu, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Avenue Q.
Scott’s educational experience is as diverse as his performance career. Since 2005, Scott has been an adjunct faculty member at Lehigh University directing the drum studies. As a Sabian Cymbal artist and jazz educator, Scott has presented countless workshops at colleges, universities and high schools throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Scott also has several years of instrumental music education experience at the elementary and high school level.