Orlando Classical guitarist Jeff Scott was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff has been performing, recording, and teaching music for 35 years. Performing over 150 shows each year, Jeff is an extremely versatile musician, and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. He performs in a variety of music styles and settings including solo Classical guitar, Jazz, and Rock groups. He is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. Jeff has studied with many world-renowned artists including Stephen Robinson (a protege of the great guitarist Andres Segovia) at Stetson University in Florida, and composer/guitarist Loris Chobanian at Baldwin Wallace College, as well as with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and vocal studies with David Gooding, director of the Cleveland Opera Chorus. He has performed in Master Classes for eminent guitarists such as Eliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez, Benjamin Verdery, Bruce Holzman, and the Pearl and Gray Duo. All of these artists are considered some of the foremost Classical guitarists and teachers in the world, and many are also proteges of Andres Segovia, commonly recognized as the greatest classical guitarist ever. Jeff has performed for numerous dignitaries such as Orlando Mayors Glenda Hood and Buddy Dyer, Governor of Ohio George Voinovich, numerous Congressmen, former U.S. Secretary Of State Alexander Haig, and ten other U.S. Secretaries of State. In June 1995, Jeff and his music were featured at an art showing honoring artist Thomas Kincade. He has also performed in many musical theater productions. In 1996, he played onstage guitar, sang, and acted in the Cleveland Opera’s production of Dale Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha. Other musicals he has performed in include Evita, Working, Hannah…1939, and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. He has performed with numerous immensely talented musicians over the years, including members of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, and Professors at numerous universities, among many others. He has also played Renaissance Lute with several Renaissance ensembles.
Since moving to Orlando in 1996, Jeff has performed at all of the major concert venues in the area, including Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, House Of Blues concert hall, Hard Rock Live, Orlando O-rena (Amway Arena), Orange County Convention Center, as well as all the world famous theme parks including Walt Disney World, The Disney Institute, Universal Studios, Universal Islands of Adventure, and Sea World, numerous churches and concert halls… and private events at virtually every area museum, hotel, country club, and fine dining restaurant. Notable recent performances have included the Hard Rock Rocksino (in Cleveland, OH), Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Knowles Chapel at Rollins College, Orlando Museum of Art, Daytona International Speedway, Atlantic Center For The Arts, Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Public Library, Bella Collina, Casa Feliz, Capen House/ Albin Polask Museum, Leu Gardens, Maison & Jardin, Highland Manor, and numerous country clubs and hotels. Jeff has also been interviewed and performed live on several Orlando radio stations, as well as being featured in a live solo classical guitar concert broadcast on Orlando area television. He continues to perform numerous solo classical guitar concerts at universities, concert halls, performing arts centers, and churches throughout the United States. His experience includes extensive touring throughout the U.S. and Canada with Rock groups such as CLEVELEND and DISCIPLINE, and throughout Florida with the LaMotte & Cochran Band performing Top 40/ variety of styles. He is currently writing, recording, and performing with both the Jeff Scott Jazz Group, as well as the Jeff Scott Rock Group, his three piece rock project.
Jeff has conducted countless music seminars in Orlando area schools on the guitar’s history and it’s role in music. His teaching experience extends over the past 35 years in the Cleveland and Orlando areas. For several years he was director of the guitar department at the Florida State Conservatory of Music in Orlando, a private music school. Working with students of all styles and levels, he also continues to give instruction and workshops on guitar.