A native of Queens, NY, Mr. Scott started the French horn at age 14, receiving an anonymous gift scholarship to begin his private study and formal introduction to music theory at the Brooklyn College Preparatory. An even greater gift came from his first private teacher Carolyn Clark, who taught the young Mr. Scott for free during his high school years, giving him the opportunity to study music when resources were not available.
Since receiving degrees from Manhattan School of Music, ’90 and SUNY @ Stony Brook, ’92, Jeff has enjoyed a career as a studio, chamber and orchestral musician, performing in Broadway shows, Ballet companies, touring with various commercial artists as well as recording for film, classical music, pop music and jazz music.
Mr. Scott's composing credits include original works for symphonic and chamber orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles and solo works for winds, brass, strings and voice.
In 2021 Mr. Scott, a founding member of the acclaimed wind quintet “Imani Winds”, retired after 24 groundbreaking years of touring, recording and pedagogy. The quintet was honored with a permanent installation at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History in 2017.
Mr. Scott is the Associate Professor of Horn at Oberlin College and Conservatory.