photo by Arek Wyderka
Praised by The New York Times as having "begun to make waves" with his "exploratory yet melodic sensibilities" and "serious compositional ambitions," guitarist/composer Scott DuBois’s music is described by JazzTimes as "fascinating" and "brilliant"; by All About Jazz as "wondrous, chilling, atmospheric, and powerful as can be"; and by The New York City Jazz Record as "captivating music for the meditative thinker."
In 2005 DuBois was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. Shortly after he started touring extensively with the Scott DuBois Quartet performing at jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout North America and Europe.
DuBois has recorded two albums with David Liebman for the Soul Note record label, Monsoon (2004) and Tempest (2006), and three albums for the Sunnyside record label, Banshees (2008), Black Hawk Dance (2010), and Landscape Scripture (2012). His Black Hawk Dance album received a 5-star review in DownBeat Magazine and his Landscape Scripture album was named one of the "Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2012" by National Public Radio.
In 2015 DuBois signed with the ACT record label and released his sixth album Winter Light which was named as one of the best "Albums of the Year" by the New York City Jazz Record, one of the "Best Releases of 2016" by All About Jazz, one of the "25 Favorite Discs of 2015" by New York City’s Downtown Music Gallery, the "#1 Jazz Album of 2015" by Poland's LongPlay, one of "ten albums of 2015 to track down" by The Los Angeles Times, one of the "Best Albums of the Year 2016" by All About Jazz Italia, and one of the best "Albums of the Year" in Germany’s Fono Forum classical and jazz magazine.
In 2017 DuBois released on the ACT record label his Autumn Wind album, featuring his quartet of the past ten years + a string & woodwind octet. The album was named one of the "Best Releases of 2017" by All About Jazz, one of the "strongest albums of 2017" by the Czech Republic's JazzPort, called a "delicately-complex masterpiece" by Germany's Fono Forum magazine, and a "fascinating masterpiece" by Austria's Kulturzeitschrift.
In 2018 DuBois won Germany's ECHO Award, Germany's top prize for music and the German equivalent of the Grammy, for his Autumn Wind album.
DuBois was named in DownBeat Magazine's 2019 Critic's Poll in the "Rising Star Guitar" Category.
The Scott DuBois Quartet, featuring Gebhard Ullmann on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Kresten Osgood on drums, performs DuBois’s unique, masterfully-crafted original compositions with dynamic group improvisation and interaction, creating massive, colorful landscapes and a spiritual intensity that cuts straight to the heart.