Scott Chapman

Scott ChapmanScott is a drummer and composer widely recognised as one of London’s up-and-coming musicians. Equally at home in a piano trio or driving a big band, he was the winner of the Humphrey Lyttelton award in 2013, and the following year picked up a Yamaha Jazz Scholar prize upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Music with a first-class honours degree.

By the age of sixteen Scott had twice been a finalist in Young Drummer of the Year and was already playing drums for NYJO. His six years with the band included performances at venues including the Royal Albert Hall (in a BBC Proms live broadcast), the Sage Gateshead, and Ronnie Scott’s, alongside musicians such as Tim Garland, Mark Nightingale and Guy Barker.

Having received tuition from Clark Tracey at school, Scott was accepted to study further at the prestigious Royal Academy under the guidance of Martin France, Ian Thomas and Jeff Williams. His time spent there also gave him the experience of working and performing with renowned international artists Dave Holland, John Hollenbeck and Dave Douglas, as well as other established musicians such as Stan Sulzmann, Nikki Iles, Gwilym Simcock, Iain Ballamy, Jasper Høiby and Jim Hart.

A versatile musician, Scott currently performs as a sideman with a variety of London based groups including the Misha Mullov-Abbado Quintet, Matthew Herd’s Seafarers, the Tom Green Septet and the Dixie Strollers amongst others. He also leads his own quintet Proscenium and co-runs the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, a new collective big band.

Whilst studying composition with Pete Churchill, Scott discovered a flair for writing which he continues to develop as part of his career. He has written and arranged for ensembles scaling from big band to octets and other smaller groups. Scott also teaches privately and has led rhythm section workshops in schools and county music services across the UK.