Scott Thompson is a dedicated and accomplished musician, composer and educator. Whether he is touring in Brazil, leading workshops in Finland, or teaching bass master classes in the California Redwoods, Scott always expresses his joy and enthusiasm for music.
Scott Thompson grew up in a family of musicians and music teachers. Surrounded by many different instruments to explore, he excelled musically at a young age. His early music teachers inspired him to continue learning and playing music, and eventually to become a professional musician and music teacher.
Scott now teaches Jazz and Brazilian music ensembles, bass master classes, and rhythm section workshops. He has taught at the California Jazz Conservatory, the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, UC Berkeley, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, Jazz Camp West, California Brazil Camp, Stanley Intermediate School, the Helsinki Music Centre in Finland, and Festival de Música Instrumental de Teresina in Brazil.
Scott has performed, led workshops, and recorded with many world-class musicians including:
Chico Pinheiro, Marcos Silva, Quarteto Jacaré, Dick Hindman, Helio Alves, Tiago Costa, Rafael Vernet, Toninho Horta, Dani and Deborah Gurgel, Jovino Santos Neto, Thiago Rabello, Kiko Freitas, Rafael Barata, Leny Andrade, Vitor Gonçalves, Marcio Bahia, Edu Ribeiro, Celso Alberti, and Terence Kelly.
Scott has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Brazil.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. He is currently a faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory and the Jazzschool community music school.
Teaching a Bass Class at Jazz Camp West
photo credit: Rosaura Sandoval