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EWU Music Department
119 Music Building
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2241
fax: 509.359.7028

  • Scott Steed
    Scott Steed
    Jazz Bass Instructor
    Room #240
    Phone: (509)359-2241
    Fax: (509)359-7028

    Scott was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved to San Francisco, California, in 1981. While living in San Francisco, Scott became one of the top calls for bass players in the S.F. jazz scene, playing with many of the finest local jazz musicians and well-known, visiting artists.

    In 1985, Scott won the bass chair in the Horace Silver Quintet and played with them for a year. After returnin, Scott continued to play with many of the most influential jazz players in S.F. such as Tee Carson, Richie Cole, Bobby Hutcherson, Bruce Forman, Joe Henderson, Vince Lateano, Mark Murphy, Kitty Margolis, and many other traveling musicians.

    In 1990, Scott became Bass Clinician for the Monterey Jazz Festival's Traveling Clinician Program and continues doing so.

    In 1993, Scott began became the bassits with legendary singer Joe Williams, which he continued to do until Joe's death in 1998. In 1997, Scott moved to the Portland area where he has been well received and works with many of great musicians there such as Gary Hobbs, Randy Porter, Dan Balmer, Mel Brown, Tony Pacini, Tom Grant, Rebecca Kilgore, and many others.

    In 2001,  Scott became the bass player and Music Director for the Diane Schuur group and performed with her until 2010.Scott's playing can be heard on many recordings and can also be seen at many of the Jazz Festivals around the world.

    In 2010, Scott moved from the Portland area to Spokane,Washington. In addition to teaching at EWU, he is the jazz bass instructor at Whitworth University in Spokane,WA. He also performs with several groups in Spokane.

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