Scott Healy is a Grammy nominated Los Angeles-based pianist, multi-keyboardist and composer best known as the keyboardist for the Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band on Conan on TBS. His long association with O'Brien dates back to the original Late Night with Conan O'Brien show in 1993, and the subsequent The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
|Genres||Jazz, rock and roll, blues, R&B|
|Years active||1993 - present|
|Associated acts||Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band|
Currently he is active on both coasts as a jazz and rock keyboardist, a session pianist, organist and accordionist, and a composer, arranger and producer. His performing and recording credits include many of the greats in rock, blues, R&B and jazz, including Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, BB King, Jackson Browne, Levon Helm, Son Seals, Hubert Sumlin, Max Weinberg, Branford Marsalis, and Tony Bennett. He also is currently pursuing other projects including scoring feature films, producing records, and leading his ten-piece jazz group, The Scott Healy Ensemble, and various contemporary music composing projects and commissions. His composing and arranging credits include the Portland Maine Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra, as well as recording artists Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera. He has received awards from BMI, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the "Distinguished Artist" award from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
In early 2013 he released his second large ensemble record, Hudson City Suite by The Scott Healy Ensemble, which features Tim Hagans on trumpet, Scott on piano, and an eleven-piece ensemble.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio and an alumnus of Hawken School. As a teenager Healy studied with the renowned piano teacher James Tannenbaum at The Cleveland Institute of Music, then attended the Eastman School of Music, graduating with a degree in composition and piano. While there he studied with Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, Rayburn Wright and Warren Benson.
His monthly column, "Session Sensei" appeared in Keyboard Magazine for over five years and provided real world advice on performing, studio work, the music business and professional life in general. In addition he wrote many feature articles on artists and bands, as well as lessons on rock, jazz and blues piano and organ for Keyboard. His jazz composition blog, professorscosco, deals with advanced topics in music theory, arranging and orchestration.In the 1980s he taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City, and was an Associate Professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY from 1990 through 2001.