Arranger & Additional Music
Scott Martin has performed professionally in a wide variety of musical styles and roles. As a studio musician in New York City with Carly Simon, He sang background vocals and played synthesizers on the hit, Coming Around Again, which was also the theme song to the movie Heartburn, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. He worked with Mariah Carey on her first recording session and her first album, as well as with singers Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire and Robert Lamm of Chicago. He wrote and produced the title track to the album, Magnetic, by the jazz group Steps Ahead, featuring vocalist Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Michael Brecker.
He has worked as a jazz pianist in Washington D.C., Boston, Paris, and the Caribbean. In Colorado, he has been the house pianist at Denver’s El Chapultepec, Mel’s Bar and Grill, and the Stanley Hotel, performed at Jazz Aspen and played with local artists ranging from Hazel Miller to the Hot Tomatoes Swing Orchestra to the salsa band Conjunto Colores. He currently leads the jazz band, Sundays at Vic’s, whose debut DVD/CD 2 disc set was a finalist in the 2008 Independent Music Awards.
In the music theater world, Scott was Assistant Conductor/Keyboard II for the Jersey Boys National Tours I and II at the Buell Theater, Denver July/Aug ’12 and Dec/Jan 08/09 – including background vocals and memorized/choreographed on stage performance scenes. He was conductor/pianist for 2010-2012 performances of Avenue Q, White Christmas, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe at the Midtown Arts Center in Ft. Collins, CO. Scott came on as arranger/conductor/keyboardist for the fall ‘08 run of Magdalene, Woman of Light at the Denver Civic Theater and was conductor/pianist for the Modern Muse Theater Company’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at the Buntport Theater, and at CenterStage in Evergreen.
Scott was understudy for the lead role of Cosme McMoon in the Arvada Center’s production of the musical Souvenir. He co-wrote and starred in the multimedia performance piece YAMS, presented by the Helander Dance Theater at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder and was also on-stage pianist for the Rocky Mountain Revue in Estes Park and What’s in the World at the Boulder’s Dinner Theater. He was pianist at the CU Fringe Festival 2011-2012 and audition pianist for the Denver Center’s production of The Taffettas and Colorado Light Opera’s Oklahoma and Anything Goes.
As an educator, Scott taught a self-designed Music Business course at the University of Colorado at Denver, Fall of ’94, and created the music curriculum at the University of Denver High School including computer technology, performance ensembles, and jazz and rock history ’95-‘00. He was an instructor for sight singing, ear training, and music theory classes at CU Boulder ‘92-‘94. Scott is also a private piano instructor for the Applied Music Program at CU Boulder, and accompanist for CU Boulder’s Dept. of Dance and Theater, ballet/modern dance and Broadway rep. class – 2000 to present.
Scott coached and performed with the Metro State College vocal jazz ensembles in Denver in 2009. He has been on the piano faculty for the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts from 2010 to present and accompanist for the Parlando School in Boulder. He was choral accompanist and jazz band director at the Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, grades 4-12, 2000 – 2005. Scott has his own private home studio where he does piano instruction, vocal coaching, and recording projects for a variety of clients.