Scotty Wright Jazz JamJazz
Jazz vocalist-songwriter Scotty Wright has been a fixture on the Peninsula music scene since the 1970s. Armed with a relaxed, full-bodied voice and a warm,self-assured presence, he has charmed audiences in twenty countries with his unique jazz singing. His vocal style features harmonic sophistication, a playful rhythmic approach and insightful phrasing of the lyric.
Don’t miss a delightful evening of several truly seasoned jazz musicians - you will LOVE THEM!
Scotty is a veteran musician with over 30 years experience. One can hear the entire spectrum of jazz singing in his performances.
With a warm, rich-toned voice and relaxed delivery, Scotty possesses a unique sound that is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. His style features harmonic sophistication, a playful rhythmic approach and insightful phrasing of the lyric.
His first recording, ’Too Much Fun!’, was listed among the best jazz albums of the year in USA Today and the New York Daily News, earning Scotty a place in the DownBeat magazine’s critics’ poll, as a Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.
Scotty is also an accomplished songwriter, with over seventy songs to his credit, covering a wide stylistic range: swing, ballads, blues and latin.
In addition to having performed in 20 countries around the world, Scotty shares his passion and knowledge by teaching privately, presenting master classes and workshops, and writing for websites and magazines.
...about Scotty Wright...
“This West Coast singer has it all- a full-bodied and supple voice that can dip into the low range or scat at 60mph, great rhythmic sense, taste, and technique to spare. And can he swing!”
W. ROYAL STOKES- JazzTimes Magazine
“...be clear on one thing. When Scotty’s in charge of the gig, then there’s gonna be some great music and you’re gonna remember in a heartbeat why it was you loved jazz in the first place. Scotty lives and breathes the spirit of jazz, and he delivers the fine music jazz has to offer with style and musicianship and heart and soul.”
ZEN DELTA - acmenews.iwarp.com, jazz website, Bangkok Thailand
“Scotty Wright is becoming one of only a handful of authentic jazz singers...He is a solid improviser...Whom does Wright sound like? Surprisingly, no one...the most gifted new jazz singer in decades.”
HUGH WYATT- New York Daily News
“Wright is a strong, yet easeful singer with a natural between-tunes rap...He sang ‘Easy Living’ (hanging behind the beat, leisurely, as if designing the song, its pace, according to his needs)...Wright is also a fine instrumental vocalist...one who invents his own syllables - rich ones - based, he says, on his perception of ‘the sounds of the instruments: a musician’s way of speaking in tongues’.
“That only works if you hang around with, and listen to the right sort of players, and it was clear...Wright took on the timbre, taste and invention of the musicians who surrounded him.”
WILLIAM MINOR - Jazz Writer, Monterey CA
“What impresses me most about his singing is that he never messes around with a tune just for the sake of doing something different; he always has an artistic reason for what he does. Perhaps he has discovered another kind of beauty in an old song or he wants to paint a different emotional coloring from the one normally associated with a tune...Always he has a sense of the dramatic, so that solos build to a climax and end decisively at the right moment.”
ROBERT TATE - JazzNow Magazine
“The very promising Scotty Wright displays a deep, full-bodied voice with fine projection, rhythmic surefootedness, surprising strength as a composer, and a deft touch as an interpreter of would-be, perhaps should-be, standards...”
GENE KALBACHER - Editor/Publisher, Hot House, NYC
“Vocalist Scotty Wright is obviously comfortable with a wide range of jazz material... displaying a remarkable command of the material and of the stage...
“This is an artist who can really attack a song, scat at a furious up-tempo, and then lay back with a wonderfully resonant ‘In a Sentimental Mood’...”
MICHAEL HANDLER - Contributing Writer, Down Beat Magazine
"Wright can be enthusiastic, but he doesn’t need enthusiasm to mask any shortcomings in his voice. His rhythm is impeccable, his range remarkable...listening to the 50-year-old makes you wonder whether most vocalists aren’t phoning it in..."
ANDREW HIRANSOMBOON - Managing Editor, BK Magazine, Bangkok Thailand
“The leap from competence to excellence is a long one that requires work and courage. The leap from excellence to the magical is longer still -- and the breakthrough cannot be bought, forced or willed. It comes as sheer gift. Always.
Such a breakthrough occurred just the other night when Scotty Wright, jazz vocalist, and top-drawer musicians played...”
JOHN DETRO - Jazz Critic and Broadcaster, Monterey CA