ABOUT

An iconoclastic entertainer in a jazz trio format, the incomparable renegade pianist Dred Scott is known for his playful and stylistically diverse repertoire and penchant for covering pop tunes.   

Since coming to NYC from the Bay Area, Dred has gained a reputation on both coasts as an innovative and eclectic pianist and multi-instrumentalist.   

In the 90’s Dred co-founded the ground-breaking hip-hop jazz group Alphabet Soup with Kenny Brooks and Jay Lane, turning the San Fran jazz scene on its head with their full-throttle performances.  

Upon moving to NYC, the Dred Scott Trio wowed crowds at his almost decade-long, late-night residency at Rockwood Music Hall, where his original compositions earned a reputation for cheeky playfulness, using “an irreverent veneer to disguise old-fashioned jazz scholarship.” (EMUSIC)  

Dred is currently based in NYC and regularly performs with Sasha Dobson, Bump City, The Munchies, The Dred Scott Trio and The Bari Koral Family Rock Band.  Dred can also be found many nights of the week impressing celebs and dignitaries as the house pianist at NYC’s 4-star Lydia & Joe Bastianich restaurant Del Posto.  

As a dynamic player and composer Dred has recorded 11 albums as a leader and has performed on over 50 others with: Anthony Braxton, Cecil McBee, Andrew Cyrille, Joe Morello, Charlie Hunter, Bob Minter, Dave Samuels, Don Byron, Paul McCandless, Marshal Crenshaw, to name a few.  

Dred's new album, Dred Scott Rides Alone, released September 21, 2018 on Ropeadope Records. Inspired by a sabbatical at UCROSS Arts Residency, Dred wrote all the songs and plays all the instruments.  

As a respected performer Dred has played at jazz festivals and random happenings across the country and has shared the stage with Zigaboo Modeliste, Steve Smith, Mike Clark, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, Pete Seager, Arlo Guthrie, Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Moby, Bob Weir, Joe Henderson, The Berkeley Symphony (Kent Nagano), Ricky Lee Jones, Dave Garibaldi, Larry Schneider, Nina Hagen, Peter Apfelbaum and Todd Clouser.  

As musical directorfor the AMFAR Cinema Against Aids Gala at Cannes Film Festival Dred’s band backed up Alan Cumming, Mary J. Blige, Chris Tucker, Milla Jojovich, Patty Smith, to name a few.  

As a producer Dred worked with legendary bassist Bruce Barthol of Country Joe and the Fish on his first recording The Decline and Fall of Everything.   

He also producedthe debut album of The Former Members, a jam band super-group featuring former members of Country Joe, Steve Miller and The Blues Project.    

Dred producedand performed on the much-loved, award winning albums Rock and Roll Garden and Anna and The Cupcakes for The Bari Koral Family Band.   

He also performed with and producedand the legendary, award-winning vocalist Carol Lipnik on her very personal and beautiful recording, M.O.T.H.  

As a composer, Dred has worked in TV, Film and the Stage:  

As a dynamic personality, Dred shined as the on-camera side-kick and Musical Director for 51 Episodes of the highly-acclaimed music & yoga kids TV show Yogapalooza with Bari Koral for Veria Network.  

Dred composed the music for the film Home starring Woody Allen, Liam Neeson, Mike Myers, Susan Sarandon, Al Molina, Rosie Perez, Colin Quinn andFran Leibowitz.  

In the 90’s Dred composed music for and performed in six San Francisco Mime Troupe productions which toured across the country with its live stage productions.   

Dred performed in the film, Once More With Feeling, with Linda Fiorentio and Chazz Palmenteri.   

Dred has composed music for choreographers, Alan Danielson, Mary Lisa Burns, Maxine Steinman, SQUAD and Jo Kreiter from Zacchoand worked for choreographers Margaret Jenkins, Joe Goode, Oberlin Dance Collective, Mark Morris and Merce Cunningham.  

Dred has also composed for and played on commercials, documentaries and PSA’s.