Scott van Gemert is a 22-year-old trombonist, pianist and composer based in Melbourne, Australia.
He is currently a member of the prestigious James Morrison Academy Honours Ensemble after completing a Bachelor of Music at JMA in Mount Gambier, South Australia. Here he was the recipient of the graduate prize for Academic Excellence, as well as the award for excellence in Arranging/Composition for all three years. He has studied under Wycliffe Gordon (US), Jeff Clayton (US), Troy Roberts, Mat Jodrell, Ross Irwin and James himself. As part of the Honours Ensemble program he participated in an exchange to study at the Julliard School (NY) and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (LA). Scott was also a regular member of the top Jazz Orchestra which undertook interstate tours and their first international tour in January of 2017 to the US. This included performances at Dizzy’s Jazz Club (NY), the Green Mill Jazz Club (Chicago) and at the Jazz Educator’s Network (JEN) Conference in New Orleans.
He currently leads a number of groups including the SvG 4tet, SvG 8tet and Unbroken Trio that perform his compositions as well as classic standards and interpretations of popular music. These groups have played extensively in Victoria and South Australia, at esteemed venues such as Uptown Jazz Café, the Jazzlab, Morrison’s Jazz Club and as part of the Lebowskis program. The SvG 8tet most recently performed as part of the Melbourne Jazz Co-Op program for a sold out crowd to honour the final night of the Melbourne Improvisers’ Collective organisation. He has also performed with other Australian jazz legends such as Julien Wilson, Barney McAll, Andrea Keller, Eugene Ball and Angela Davis.
At the Generations in Jazz Festival in May 2017, Scott was invited to be the guest principal trombone with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performing Gordon Goodwin’s arrangements for big band and orchestra. He was also commissioned to provide his arrangement of “Back Home Again in Indiana” for the festival to use as the set piece for Division 1. This chart was also recorded on a session for the ABC Jazz label entitled “James Morrison with his Academy Jazz Orchestra”, where he also played lead trombone on the ARIA-nominated album. In 2016, he also composed major works for the GIJ Festival featuring the One O’Clock Lab Band (US) and the JMA Jazz Orchestra performing together featuring guest soloists including Wycliffe Gordon, Ross Irwin, James Morrison and Troy Roberts. He is currently working on a commission for the ATM15 Big Band directed by Andrew Murray, and has also provided freelance commercial arrangements for other Australian music directors such as Matt Amy, Trevor Jones and Rick Plummer.
In June 2017, Scott was chosen as a winner of the Artology Fanfare Competition along with seven other young composers. His work “Fanfare for Another Day” was recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra at Trackdown Studios in Sydney and is now being broadcast as the audience cue bell in venues across Australia such as the Adelaide Festival Centre, the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Art Gallery of NSW.
Scott has performed with the James Morrison Big Band at venues such as Hamer Hall, King’s Park (PER), Taronga Zoo and the Basement (SYD), as well as with various ensembles around Melbourne including the Horns of Leroy and the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra. Scott has also recorded at the ABC Studios in Ultimo, Sydney as part of the Matthew Nicholls Septet. The album has been broadcast a number of times on ABC Jazz radio and online, and was released on Bandcamp in Nov 2017.
Scott was a member of the National Youth Jazz Academy which included performances at Foundry 616 (SYD), Bennetts Lane Jazz Club and the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. He graduated from Eltham High School in 2014 after being heavily involved in playing and composing for the band program. In 2015, he was recipient of the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship for excellence in VCE Music Performance. He was also a member of the orchestra for the Victorian State Schools’ Spectacular Orchestra from 2010-2014, and arranged a piece for the production in 2014.