Scott Colley

Scott Colley (born November 24, 1963, Los Angeles, California) is an American jazz double bassist and composer. He has performed extensively in bands led by: Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Andrew Hill, Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, Pat Metheny, Carmen McRae, Edward Simon, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade, David Binney, Antonio Sanchez, Kenny Werner. He has appeared on over 200 recordings and has toured and recorded as a bandleader.

Scott Colley
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Background information
Birth nameScott Stephen Colley
Born (1963-11-24) November 24, 1963 (age 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsDouble bass
Years active1988–present
LabelsCriss Cross, SteepleChase, Arabesque, Palmetto, CAM Jazz
Scott Colley at Aarhus Jazz Festival 2016, Denmark


Born on November 24, 1963, Colley began studying bass at age 11. At 13, he studied with bassist Monty Budwig. He attended Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles, where he studied under John Rinaldo. After graduating from high school, he was granted a scholarship to the California Institute for the Arts and studied privately with Charlie Haden and Fred Tinsley (of the Los Angeles Philharmonic). In 1986, he began touring and recording with jazz singer Carmen McRae. After graduating in 1988, he moved to New York City.

Performance history and highlightsEdit

  • 1988–89: He performed in U.S. and European tours with Carmen McRae; Dizzy Gillespie; and Clifford Jordan.
  • 1990–95: Bands included Jim Hall, John Scofield, Joe Henderson and Art Farmer.
  • 1996–98: His work included touring with a group led by Joe Lovano and Jim Hall, Tours with Toots Thielemans; Bobby Hutcherson; and Bob Berg; extensive touring with Andrew Hill's "Another Point of Departure" sextet.
  • 2000–04: For five years Colley toured extensively as a member of Herbie Hancock's working trio and two separate quartets (one featuring saxophonist Gary Thomas, the other featuring vibist Bobby Hutcherson) at concerts around the world. Hancock's trio has also performed in concert engagements with symphonic orchestras throughout the United States. During that time he also toured extensively with the Andrew Hill trio and sextet, and the Chris Potter Quartet.
  • 2005–07: Extensive touring with "Directions in Music", a collaboration with Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and Terri Lyne Carrington; Trio concerts with Pat Metheny; tours with Jim Hall; teaching residencies at The Banff Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Vallekilde Denmark, European and U.S. tours with Chris Potter's Quartet; concerts with Chris Potter and Antonio Sanchez; U.S and European tours with his own trio and quartet.
  • 2006-07: Extensive touring with his own quartet and trio. Recordings include projects with Chris Potter; Luciana Souza; Abbey Lincoln; Adam Rogers; Donny McCaslin; two recordings with Kenny Werner; and his own release Architect of the Silent Moment (featuring: Ralph Alessi, David Binney, Craig Taborn, Jason Moran, Adam Rogers, Gregoire Maret, and Antonio Sanchez.)
  • 2008–10: Touring with his quartet and trio in the US, Europe and South America; also touring with Edward Simon and Brian Blade; Chris Potter's Underground; The Antonio Sanchez Quartet; Magic Circle (a trio with Dave Douglas and Mark Feldman); The David Binney Quartet (with Craig Taborn and Brian Blade); The Kenny Werner Quintet. Teaching residencies in the U.S. and Europe. He worked on numerous recordings, including his seventh CD as a leader, entitled Empire, made up entirely of original compositions, released on the CAM Jazz label during the summer of 2010, featuring Bill Frisell, Ralph Alessi, Brian Blade and Craig Taborn.


As leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Dave Binney

  • Luxury of Guessing (AudioQuest, 1995)
  • South (ACT, 2001)

With Gary Burton

With Nels Cline

With Jim Hall

With Andrew Hill

With Benjamin Koppel

  • Brooklyn Jazz Session (Cowbell, 2011) with Marie Carmen Koppel
  • Koppel + Colley + Blade Collective (Cowbell/ArtistShare, 2015) with Brian Blade

With Julian Lage

With Lan Xang

  • Hidden Gardens (Naxos Jazz, 2000)

With Pat Martino

With Carmen McRae

  • Any Old Time (Denon, 1986)
  • New York State of Mind (Victor, 1992)

With Alex Mercado

  • Symbiosis (2014)

With T. S. Monk

With Greg Osby

  • Invisible Hand (Blue Note, 2000)
  • Symbols of Light (Blue Note, 2001)

With Chris Potter

With Joshua Redman

With Adam Rogers

  • The Art of the Invisible (Criss Cross, 2002)
  • Allegory (Criss Cross, 2003)

With Renee Rosnes

With Antonio Sánchez

With John Scofield

With Eberhard Weber

With others

  • Lawn Chair Society – Kenny Werner
  • Tangled Up In Blues – Taj Mahal
  • Universal Time – Joachim Kuhn
  • Lyric – Billy Childs Ensemble
  • Falling Up – Geoff Keezer
  • North and South – Luciana Souza
  • The Way Through – Donny McCaslin
  • Forward Motion – Fred Hersch
  • Ben Perowski Trio – Ben Perowski
  • El Matador – Kevin Hays
  • Old School – Peter Epstein
  • Transpacifik – Bojan Z
  • Les Fleurs Bleues – Stefano Bollani
  • Americana – Larry Koonse
  • Trio – Brad Shepik
  • The Maze – Dave Kikovski
  • Diamond in the Rough – Roy Hargrove
  • Steppin Zone – Alex Sipiagin
  • Souvenir – Bill Charlap
  • Regards – Franck Amsallem/Tim Ries
  • Imaginary Time – Tim Ries

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