What's Hot with Jazz Guitar: Scott Henderson

by Doc Dosco
http://www.docdosco.com

This week we feature guitarist Scott Henderson.

Online Bio:

Born in 1954, Scott Henderson grew up in an era where blues-rock was at
it's peak. His formative musical years took place in South Florida where he
played the clubs with all kinds of bands playing everything from Led
Zepplin to James Brown. As he was learning his instrument, Henderson
was influenced by Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore,
and the great blues guitarists Albert King and Buddy Guy.
Even though Henderson claims to be more of a blues-rock player, it was
the influence of jazz that led him to the style of playing and composing that
he is now famous for.

Scott finished school at Florida Atlantic University, then moved to Los
Angeles where he played and recorded with Chick Corea's Elektric Band,
with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, bassist Jeff Berlin and "Players", and a four
year stint with Weather Report's Joe Zawinul.

Henderson formed the band Tribal Tech in 1984 with bassist Gary Willis,
and after nine critically acclaimed albums, with the newest "Rocket
Science" released on the ESC/Tone center label in November 2000,
Henderson has proven himself as a world class player and composer.
In 1991, he was named by Guitar World as the #1 Jazz Guitarist, and in
January 1992, he was named #1 Jazz Guitarist in Guitar Player's Annual
Reader's Poll.

His first solo blues album "Dog Party", a welcome retreat to his musical
roots, won best blues album of 1994 in Guitar Player.
The second blues album for Mesa/Bluemoon Records pairs Henderson
with legendary vocalist Thelma Houston. "Tore Down House" was released
in April 97, and recieved four star reviews in Jazz Times, Guitar Player,
Guitar, Guitar Shop, and L.A Jazz Scene Magazines.
"Well to the Bone", Henderson's third and most accomplished work as a
leader, is a trio record with his touring band featuring Tribal Tech's Kirk
Covington on drums and vocals, and John Humphrey on bass.
The trio has toured extensively in the U.S., Europe, South America and
Japan, playing music from the blues albums as well as some of
Henderson's music recorded by Tribal Tech.

Scott has also released two albums with "Vital Tech Tones", a trio
collaboration with bassist Victor Wooten and ex - Journey / Vital
Information leader Steve Smith on drums.

As is often the case with a musician of Scott's caliber, the demand is great
that he share his knowledge with the current generation of guitarists. He is
on the faculty at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, and has written columns
for Guitar Player, Guitar World and Guitar School Magazines.
Columbia has released two Henderson instructional videos; "Jazz Fusion
Imrovisation", and "Melodic Phrasing". The Scott Henderson Guitar Books,
two collections of his compositions, are available through Hal Leonard
Publishing, as well as his newest book "Jazz Guitar Chord System", a
revolutionary way for students to study the pluralities of jazz harmony.

Scott's Website:
http://www.scotthenderson.net/

Doc Dosco is a jazz guitarist, composer and audio consultant living in Los Angeles, CA. His website is located at http://www.docdosco.com, where you can find more information on the 'What's Hot with Jazz Guitar' columns, audio clips of Doc's playing, and many additional features. Doc endorse Heritage Guitars and is a featured artist on their website. He also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!)

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