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Lecturer (Jazz Guitar)Scott Sawyer

Scott Sawyer (Lecturer) displays his musical diversity like a badge of honor, re-visiting his blues & rock roots while continuing to explore the jazz tradition & beyond. Since 1980, he’s performed at countless venues in the U.S. and abroad (Asia, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Europe, the Middle East); including prestigious festivals & concert halls, music clubs, and beer-soaked dives.

Born in Chicago, Sawyer eventually settled in North Carolina. Early exposure to jazz via his father’s record collection eventually influenced his growing interest in the genre.

Sawyer has performed extensively with jazz singer Nnenna Freelon including the 1992 Philip Morris Superband world tour. He’s shared the stage and/or recorded with many notable artists; including Charlie Byrd, David Murray, prima ballerina Marie-Christine Mouis, Willie Pickens, Ed Thigpen, Bob Cranshaw, Oteil Burbridge, Jon Lucien, Jon Metzger, Melissa Reaves, Tony Williamson, Kate McGarry, Bruce Piephoff, Claire Holley, and Mel Melton.

Sawyer’s latest album Dreamers was released in November 2013. His previous album Go There (2007) charted on XM Radio. Numerous recording credits include Keith Water’s Carolina Tracks (2012); Bruce Piephoff’s Soft Soap Purrings (2014); Still Looking Up at the Stars (2012), Dave Fox’s The Meldavians-Farewell to Arigemon (2012); Nnenna Freelon’s Homefree (2010), Grammy-nominated Shaking Free(1997), Live (2003), and Listen (1993); Lois Deloatch’s Roots: Jazz, Blues Spirituals (2010); Bill Anschell’s a different note all together (1998). He arranged & recorded “The Glory Of Love” w/ Danny Aiello, as featured in the Cinecom film Once Around.

Sawyer is a Teaching Instructor at East Carolina University, a Lecturer of Jazz Guitar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and leads Group Guitar classes at the Durham Jazz Workshop.

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