Scott was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1966. He picked up his first guitar, his aunt's Martin D28, at the age of 10. He immediately immersed himself in the music of the classic rock artists such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and others. Throughout his early teen years, Scott expanded his tastes too more eclectic progressive rock. Some of the music he played in high school bands was from Yes, Genesis, UK, Kansas, The Who, Pink Floyd, and Rush. It was during this time that Scott discovered the music of Steely Dan, Return to Forever, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Hillage, Brand X, Jean Luc Ponty, and the Dixie Dregs. Possibly the worst vocalist anyone has ever heard, Scott realized that instrumental music was his calling. Inevitably, this led to jazz. From this point on, Scott listened to every great jazz recording he could get his ears on.
While studying premed at Emory University in Atlanta from 1984-1987, Scott dug deep into the music of Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Martino, Mike Stern, Robben Ford, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, and Scott Henderson. He also befriended local Atlanta legend Barry Richman who had an undeniable impact on Scott’s playing. In 1987, Scott made a big decision and transferred to Berklee College of Music.
At Berklee, Scott became friendly with and played with many incredible musicians. All night jam sessions, with some of the best players in the school, both inspired and motivated. These interactive sessions opened Scott’s eyes to the world of playing behind the beat, inside/outside harmony, triadic superimposition, and many other advanced jazz improv techniques. Of course, comping and chord work developed as well.
It was during this period that Scott started fusing his blues-rock background with the latest contemporary jazz ideas. Of course, listening to players like Robben Ford and Scott Henderson helped Scott to find his own voice. In addition to these guitar influences, Scott also culls influence from Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Joey Calderazzo, Kenny Kirkland, Kenny Garrett, and countless other monsters!
After Berklee, the path clear, Scott has been focusing on furthering the improvisational skills that characterize his playing, whether in the blues, rock, fusion, R&B, Funk, or jazz idioms.
Since 1992, Scott has been working in the financial services industry during the day. This has provided a solid foundation for his family; his wife Olga, daughter Sela, and the twins Derrin and Talia.
In July of 2005, Scott's first CD was released on Progressive Arts Music. A compilation of new talent called Fresh Blood.
Currently, Scott is playing in the iconic Philadelphia high energy R&B/Funk dance band Wildflower. You can catch them in the Philadelphia area. In addition, Scott is frequently called for freelance gigs. Charissa Harris Blues Band, Mike Ian Big Bang project, Michael Lawrence Group, various gospel jobs, and the occasional jazz gig.