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If I Was In Jail


I would love you to hear my new song, "If I Was In Jail". Available for purchase as a single, but also available as an EP, with acoustic and instrumental versions. This is something really different than anything I've done before. Call it "Dark Americana". I hope you enjoy it.


"If I Was In Jail" explores the loneliness at the heart of modern life. It was written in a hotel room on the road, far from friends and family, where the fantasy of apartness met the reality. "As a teenager I loved 'I Am A Rock' by Paul Simon because even though on the surface the song is about independence, the dark power of loneliness lurks directly underneath," Scott said. This flavor of independence about to be devoured by loneliness, suffuses "If I Was In Jail".


This music farms a homestead at the confluence of four American rivers: jazz, rock, blues, and country. 


Produced by David Thorne Scott with help from Anthony J. Resta and Karyadi Sutedja.


Featuring Catherine Bent, cello and Anthony J. Resta, guitars


I would love your feedback on this song. Say hi at Facebook or follow me on Twitter. If you like it, spread the word! That's how new music gets discovered these days: by YOU.

VVQ performance at SNAP


The SNAP benefit concert yesterday was a treat. What a great audience for the Vintage Vocal Quartet! And the SNAP chorus performance was inspirational. Check out their website -- this is a magical organization. We are proud to have been a part of their event.

Jazz stuff this week


A few jazz performances from the upcoming week, in Newton and Cambridge. Hope to see you!

P.S. Making good progress on the new band, the Vintage Vocal Quartet. We recorded the audio and video of a new tune last week, hope to have it up on YouTube soon! Check my website under the tab "VVQ" for personnel and more info.


My three masters


Here's something you should know about me: I serve three masters. That might sound like two too many, but it's how life has worked out for me.

New Berklee classes for the fall semester


ENVC-322-005 Vocal Jazz Choir
"Vintage Vocals"
Dig Postmodern Jukebox? Try a premodern jukebox on for size.
This four- to ten-voice group explores the breadth of vocal jazz ensemble music of the mid-20th century, when the big bands were the cat's meow. We start in the ‘30s with the Mills Brothers and Boswell Sisters; through the swing era with the Modernaires and Pied Pipers; through 50’s bebop with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
By performing transcriptions and listening to classic recordings, students internalize classic jazz styles, harmonies, and arranging techniques.
Contact David Scott now at to audition.
Class meets Monday 5-6pm and Thursday 4-6pm
ENVC-242-001 Vocal Improv Ens 2: Jazz
Improve your improv! This is an intermediate ensemble for vocalists focusing on improvisation in the jazz idiom. Topics include articulation and groove, melodic and rhythmic phrasing, embellishments, using tone colors, hearing basic instrumental patterns, blues patterns, vamps, turnarounds, and II-V progressions.
Berklee has been building better singers through blues and bebop since before you were born. You got this. 
Prerequisites: ET-112, HR-112, and ENVC-111; or overall ensemble rating 3
Contact David Scott now at for more information.
Class meets Monday 11am-1pm.


The Dudes of the VVQ


These guys, doing some playing and singing at our Vintage Vocal Quartet rehearsal the other day.

IMG_1661.jpg_resized Daniel Henderson, of "Jazz For Cows" fame, playing hot trumpet and singing tenor.

Paul Pampinella, of "Five O'Clock Shadow" and "Vox One" (aka the best vocal group to ever exist), swinging on guitar and singing baritone. Fun times ahead!

Wedding March


Ever heard an all-female wedding march? ‪#‎acappella‬ ‪#‎mendelssohn‬‪#‎samesexmarriage‬

Coming soon to

It's called a pitchpipe


#pitchpipe #acappella

Gunther Schuller


RIP Gunther Schuller. He was still going strong, folks. I saw him at Symphony Hall recently when they played one of his newer works, "Dreamscape". It was trippy and funny and engaging. I will never forget hearing him describe his "education": wake up at 8am, head to the NY public library for reading and score study, maybe catch a film in the afternoon, then head to the Met, play french horn for an opera, then go to 52nd street to hear some jazz, jam and talk with the jazzers afterwards until 4am, repeat.

Why aren't there more lawsuits since "Blurred Lines"?


In my little corner of the music business, it is important to be thought of as a nice person. You never know who you're going to work with next, and being a good hang is often part of the gig.

I think this collegiality is the only thing stopping everyone in the music business from suing each other. Since the blurred lines verdict came down for Marvin Gaye, it seems that everybody can think of a laundry list of examples that should be litigated. And yet no one does it. At least not yet. Why not?

Ahmad Jamal and the Poinciana beat.Miles Davis doing Bye Bye Blackbird as a jazz tune. Who was the first person to do my funny Valentine has a funk tune, anyhow? We could name a hundred of these examples.

These are all arrangements that have been copied endlessly. And yet you don't see a line of lawsuits.

If Marvin Gaye's estate gets $7M for a cowbell pattern, what has stopped this thing from escalating out of control? My answer is that, in general, musicians see themselves as part of a musical community spanning the time and space. They don't want to pee in the pool, so to speak.

If only every line of work had this ethic.

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Next appearances

  • November 27, 2018
    Club Cafe, Boston, MA
  • November 30, 2018
    Barnstable Performing Arts Center, Hyannis, MA
  • November 30, 2018
    Barnstable Performing Arts Center, Hyannis, MA
  • December 1, 2018
    Barnstable Performing Arts Center, Hyannis, MA
  • December 1, 2018
    Barnstable Performing Arts Center, Hyannis, MA