Dave Scott Quartet

Dave Scott is an award winning trumpet player with a wide range of professional experience who has worked with some of the greatest jazz artists in the world. Currently residing in New York, Dave has been composing for and performing with his own jazz quintet featuring Rich Perry. The quintet released “Song For Amy” on the SteepleChase label in 2004, and followed up with "Naivete" in 2007. Dave also co-leads a quartet with Tony Malaby, which records on the Nine Winds label.

Many of Dave's original works are featured on these releases. The groups perform regularly in the New York City area, and on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art concert series. Other performances include the Texas Jazz Festival, the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, and extensive tours throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Vancouver, B.C.

He has been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival with Gerry Mulligan, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Harvey Wainapel’s Quintet, and recently performed with the Tom Harrell Big Band in Los Angeles and New York. Currently on the jazz faculty at Western Connecticut State University, Dave’s professional activities include performances and tours with such jazz notables as the Clark Terry Big Band, Bobby Shew, Bob Sheppard, Vinny Golia, Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Billy Mintz and Joe LaBarbera.



Pianist Leonard Thompson was raised in the quiet Orange County suburb of Capistrano Beach, and exposed to music at an early age, both by way of his father, a first rate musician and jazz pianist, and his mother, who had a passion for jazz and played bass as well. Leonard has studied both jazz and classical music since age 8, starting with his father, Rex, and continuing privately with others.

He started playing professionally in 1993, while attaining his degree in Geology from UC Santa Cruz. Since that time, Leonard has kept busy as a freelance sideman for instrumentalists and vocalists throughout the Bay Area. He has appeared at many area performance venues, including Yoshi's, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, The Jazz Store, Garden City, Jazz at Pearls, and The Monterey and San Jose jazz festivals.

Aside from gigs, Leonard is currently enjoying a renewed focus on writing original material.

Leonard was heard here previously with the Mitch Marcus Quintet, and the Charlie McCarthy Quartet.

Bassist John Shifflett almost received an M.A. in music from the University of Iowa, where he also taught Jazz Studies and directed big bands. He is currently an instructor at San Jose State University, teaching bass and small ensembles. He has done countless studio sessions ranging from radio and TV jingles to jazz and country and pop recordings. His show business experience includes tours with Frankie Avalon and the Ringling-Barnum & Bailey circus, several seasons with the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and many engagements with stars such as Dinah Shore, Mel Torme, Jerry Lewis, Dionne Warwick, the Smothers Brothers, etc.

His primary focus, however, has always been jazz. He has performed with the likes of Dave Liebman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Red Holloway, Ernie Watts, John Zorn, Kim Richmond, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Norma Winstone, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, John Stowell, Harold Land, Kendra Shank, and others. In the Bay Area he can be heard with Boz Scaggs (and CD), Eric Crystal, the Mike Zilber/Steve Smith quartet (and CD), the Scott Amendola Band (and CD), the Taylor Eigsti Trio (and CD's), the Paul Nagel Trio (and CD), Ann Dyer & No Good Time Fairies (and CD's), the Will Bernard Quartet (and CD), Anton Schwartz (and CD's), Ray Brown's Great Big Band, Ben Goldberg, Tim Volpicella (and CD), and many others.

John was heard here previously with the Dave Mac Nab Trio.

Drummer Lorca Hart grew up in Taos, New Mexico. Coming from a musical family, he was exposed to a variety of music and instruments as a child. He became serious about drums and jazz in high school.

He attended California Institute of the Arts from 1992 - 96, graduating with a BFA in Jazz Percussion Performance. While there he was able to study under Albert "Tootie" Heath, Joe La Barbera, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, and many others.

Since graduating he has kept busy working with many of southern California's finest musicians including Justo Almario, Ralph Moore, Plas Johnson, Red Holloway, the Clayton Brothers, Bobby Rodriguez, Gerald Wiggins, Dave Pike, Freddie Hubbard, John Heard, and the group that he co-leads with bassist Ryan Cross, the Cross Hart Jazz Experience. Lorca can be heard on recordings by John Heard, Justo Almario, Hugh Masekela, Dave Pike, Ronald Muldrow, and the Cross Hart Jazz Experience.


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