From a humble beginning having built his first drums using discarded packing boxes at the age of 12, Dr. Arvin Scott grew to become an award-wining, multi-instrumentalist, composer, motivational, youth program founder/director, and professor of music with a track record that spans nearly 40 years.
His eclectic music influences include, Caribbean, Brazilian, East Indian, African, Classic, Contemporary, and Nu Jazz, Afro Beat, R&B, World Beat, and more.
Selected performance highlights include: Umbria Italy, the Umbria Jazz Festival; Bajiia Brazil; Berklee College of Music, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., Atlanta Heroes Awards hosted by John Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Michael Bolton, that honored Multi-Grammy Award Winner, Usher, Ground-breaking Artist, The B-52's; and Mrs. Coretta Scott King; performances with world-renowned "jam band" Widespread Panic at sell-out concerts of up to 20,000 fans per show at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans, and Athens.
Other selected highlights: featured performing artist/instructor at multi Grammy-Award winner, Roy aka "Futureman" Wooten’s (of Bella Fleck and the Fleck Tones) World Music Camp at Camp Garner, performances at two International Olympic events--1996 and in 2004. He has recording credits on Widespread Panic at the Classic Center CD. Dr. Scott has toured the New England States with Grammy Award winner Mose Allison. He was jazz drummer for the late Alan Dawson on vibes and has performed with a host of trail-blazing, classic, R&B & pop artists such as Chuck Jackson, known for hit singles, "Any Day Now" (written by Burt Bacharach); performed as opening act for the late James Brown in Knoxville Tennessee. He has also toured throughout the US with Montana Skies.
Selected Workshops and Master Class presentations include Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Boys and Girls Clubs, Regional Girl Scouts, private and public schools and the Atlanta Center for the Visually Impaired, The Monroe System of Care, Mind Body Institute at Athens Regional Hospital events just to name a few.
Dr. Scott has earned several awards and honors as an educator and youth program founder & director as well as a performing artist. In 2005 his "Spirit of the Drum" title track from his debut, audio CD, "Spirit of the Drum" was selected by PBS for background music in the public TV educational program History Detectives. In 2000 Scott was a multi-award winner at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards including: Album of the Year, Best World/Ethnic music for his debut "Spirit Of The Drum" CD, and Best Supporter for the Music Scene for his "Drumming for Success" youth program-a community-based, youth, motivational program that inspires and rewards academic achievements and provides incentives for success in life (www.drummingforsuccess.com). He was also a finalist in both the "World Music" and "Jazz" categories 2002 and World Music in 2006 Flagpole Music Awards.
He has received honors from The University Of Georgia Optimist Club International, The University of Georgia's Center for Learning Disabilities, The UGA Career Counseling Center, The UGA Gold Key International Honor Society, and The Athens Human Rights Festival for outstanding contributions to university students and community youth through music and role-modeling. In 2006 Scott was honored with a full-page “Super Citizen” feature with photo by the Athens Banner Herald News.
Dr. Scott was on the faculty at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and was guest faculty at The New England Conservatory before relocating to his present home in Athens, GA. where he has taught at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music since 1991.
He is an educational artist endorser & clinician for Latin Percussion Inc., Sonor Percussion, Sabian Cymbals Inc., and Vic Firth Percussion--leading percussion manufacturers and distributors. He is a charter member and contributing writer for LP's Reading Writing and Rhythm percussion newsletter, the LP web site and Vic Firth Percussion News. He has been listed, since 2001, with photo in LP’s (Latin Percussion Inc.) internationally distributed product catalogue.
Dr. Scott balances full-time teaching at the University of Georgia with concert performances, his drumming for success youth program, master classes and workshops at public and private schools, universities, churches, community, youth agencies—Boys and Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts, head start programs, with quality time with his daughter Elizabeth Ann Scott, and son Simon Wayne Scott.
He has an active, fully equipped private teaching studio at his home in Athens Georgia.
Dr. Scott is available for Concert Performances, Master Classes, School Assemblies, Individual Instruction, Drum Circles and Team Building Events.
Cell Phone, 706 254 3718;
CD (New Release 4/5/10):
"World Beat Nu Jazz"
Dr. Arvin Scott's
instruments include LP, acoustic percussion (congas, bongos, cowbells, cajon, udu, jam block & more) Sabian cymbals, and electronic drums and percussion, multi trigger pads & pedals, instrumental sound modules, keyboard synth, a multi channel mixer, percussion monitor system and more.
Just Released 4/5/10
World Beat Nu Jazz
at iTunes and
(2) "Spirit of the Drum",
Multi Award-Winning LP: Album of the Year; Best World Music, Flagpole Music Awards, Athens 2000
at iTunes and cdbaby
(3) "Drum Voices"
at iTunes and
Saturday Sunday Roundup, June 27,2011
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When you're used to having one way conversations, it's nice to have some responses. ... After a br... When you're used to having one way conversations, it's nice to have some responses. ... After a brief, almost Howard Dean-esque announcement, the band ... I was curious about Dr. Arvin Scott so I skipped the last bit of Bruce to see him. Man, if there was a prize to find this weekend, it was him. ...
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Compilation of Selected Reviews and Comments from Arvin Scott's cdbaby Web Sites:
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The following are selected reviews and comments from Arvin Scott's cdbaby web pages : cdbaby.com...The following are selected reviews and comments from Arvin Scott's cdbaby web pages :
"one listen and you're hooked",
"a smooth and happy blend",
"a rich tapestry of sounds and rhythms that appeals to everyone",
"I saw colors of the rainbow",
"The music just makes you feel GOOD !!!!Happy!!!",
"Dr. Arvin Scott is able to access true joy beyond funk and rhythm in the same way other masterful international artists such as Neba Solo, Dr. Hukwe Zawose, and Airto Moreira are able to",
"Arvin Scott does an excellent job, sending the listener to another part of the world without having to pay for a plane ticket to get there",
"I am in awe of this master of percussion.”
"You got it going on Dr. Scott!”
The touch of world influence was exactly what we needed to add to this festival
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Date: Tue 24 Apr 07:52:52 EDT 2007 From: Nicholas_Wiebers@Gwinnett.k12.ga.us Subject: J and A re...Date: Tue 24 Apr 07:52:52 EDT 2007
Subject: J and A recap
Hi Dr. Scott,
Thank you for coming out and being our guest for the jazz and arts festival this year. We really enjoyed the performance. We had over 1,000 people attend the festival that day. It seemed like a steady flow of people that would come and go every hour. I hope you had a good time and that everything was well prepared for you. If you have input on how I can help make this event better, please let me know and I'll be sure to bring it up in our preparation meetings for next year. The touch of world influence was exactly what we needed to add to this festival.
Berkmar High School
706 614 4690 cell
We’ve gone through a lot of stock music and it, in addition to being technically and creatively inferior to yours, none of it comes close in authenticity
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PRESS Date: Tue 24 Oct 13:49:32 EDT 2006 From: "Matt Chastain"
Date: Tue 24 Oct 13:49:32 EDT 2006
From: "Matt Chastain"
Subject: Request to use your music
Greetings. I am working with Drew Page at the Athens Economic Development Foundation on a video to show companies who are considering relocating to Athens. The concept of the video is very simple. It’s just title screens and scenes of anything and everything Athens: from culture, festivals, dining, entertainment, shopping, recreation, school systems, UGA, etc. We are looking for some simple percussive music to score the video and couldn’t think of a more perfect fit than your music. We’ve gone through a , lot of stock music and it, in addition to being technically and creatively inferior to yours, none of it comes close in authenticity. Who better to score a video about Athens than an Athens musician?
We are on a terribly tight deadline, unfortunately, and need to know in the next 24 hrs if at all possible what we’d have to do to secure the rights to your music in terms of payment and licensing for this particular project. You may email or call my cell number listed below. Thanks!
Three recent reviews from cdbaby web site
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A genius at work! author: artistjillian If you love drums, be prepared to be blown away. Arvin i...A genius at work!
If you love drums, be prepared to be blown away. Arvin is a master, I compare him to noone. I found his first CD in a little store, and have followed him ever since. His music is timeless, worldly, and so natural that you will want to listen, and listen and listen to his work. You won't be disappointed, and what's more ... you'll want to share your 'find' with others. Bravo Arvin, I LOVE that I found you!
Mad sounds with masterful beats!!
I heard Arvin Scott when I was in Athens for an outing and was blown away by this man. His sound is original with mellow smooth jazzy beats. I bought his first cd and couldn't wait until he released this one because I played it while driving back to the Midwest and was not disappointed. Arvin Scott has the potential to be catapulted to the top of the charts.
Beautiful piece of work
author: Tony Oscar
This CD blew my mind. I played so much the first two days that it melted in my car CD player.
The quantity and length of my sets are very flexable. I like to adjust to the needs of the presenter. I can play one or several sets per engagement. Sets can vary from 30 minutes to 60 minutes each.
but, not always in this order--song list can be longer or shorter depending on the scheduled length of the event. All of my music is original.
1.The World Beat Orchestra
2. The Healing Arts Centers Good Vibes
3. Funky Magic Part 2
4 . Waw-Wee Da-Bee Zu-Zu La-Bee
5. Come on Say Yeah!
6. Dance of the Brown Bear.
7. Samba Time
8. International Dance Club
9. Amanda's Groove, On the One
10. The Energizer
11. Spirit of the Drum
12. Voices of the Cajon
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