About Scott Kinnison
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Scott began playing the drums in the school band at the age of ten.
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Scott Kinnison is a versatile and sought-after studio and live drummer. He has had the great fortune to play with jazz legends like Clark Terry, Milt Jackson and Al Grey; and has toured, performed and recorded with top regional/New England jazz, blues and rock musicians, including Amanda Carr, Andy Voelker, Big Nick, Bill Barnes, Bill Jones, Billy Lee (The Platters), Charlie Jennison, Chuck Gabriel, Dan Lofthouse, Dan Miller, Dan Shure, David Newsam, Fly Spinach Fly, The Freeze Brothers Band, Garth Stevenson, Greg Loughmen, Groovechild, Gus Carlson, Havens Too Murgatroid, Jacques Raymond, Jerry (The Reverend) Paquette, John Daly, John Hunter, John Lorentz, Ken Fitzgerald, Kristin Mueller Trio, Mark Herbert Big Band, Mark Paquin, Mark Shilanski, Matt Langley, Moon Boot Lover, Neather, Nate Wilson, The New Hampshire Jazz Orchestra, Noah Jarrett, Phil Sargent, Ryan Parker, The Seacoast Big Band, Shagg, Steve Burke, Tom Martin, Tony Gallo, Tim Theriault, and Vitamin C. Scott also has significant experience with musical theatre having served as the percussionist for the Fort Myer’s Repertory Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Dover Repertory Theatre, and the Hackmatack Playhouse.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Scott began playing the drums at the age of 10. He started his professional career when he was 15, playing for musical theaters and local bands, then went on to study at the University of New Hampshire where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music performance. Scott has studied privately with Fred Buda, Bob Gullotti, Les Harris Jr., Bob Moses, and Nancy Smith; as well as attended clinics and seminars by Louie Bellson, Dennis Chambers, Alan Dawson, Dom Famularo, Vic Firth, Jason Gianni, Tommy Igoe, Arnie Lang, Rod Morgenstein, Peter Retzlaff, and Jeff Salem.
Throughout the 1990’s and in the early 2000’s, Scott performed extensively on what was considered the “Jam Band” scene, playing for sold out crowds and packed houses in the hottest clubs from northern Maine to New York City to Pennsylvania. Over time, as Scott continued working on his craft, he began to focus on jazz and blues. While these forms of music offer freedom for spontaneity and improvisation, Scott has always been happy to just lay down a groove. Scott’s style of playing, which combines a strong sense of groove with technical embellishments, enabled Scott to claim a 2004 finalist title in the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis, Tenn. Scott was also awarded Best New Artist in The Seacoast Music Awards while performing in the rock band “Nether” in 1994. Over the years Scott has performed in musicals such as “Always,” a tribute to Patsy Cline; “Ain’t Misbehavin,” the music of Fats Waller; “Company” by Steven Sondheim; “Man of La Mancha”; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita”; “Singing in the Rain”; The Who’s “Tommy”, and countless others, showing his diversity and ability to play stylistically correct regardless of the musical setting.
A drummer with mad chops, musical prowess and unparalleled energy, and an all-around nice guy, Scott is available for recording, one-night gigs, tours, and anything in between. For all the latest information about Scott’s current projects, check out [LINK HERE].