Playing with my new toys
a sea of wildflowers...
A symphony of birds...
A predawn symphony of birds up north this morning…
RIP to the great JACK WILKINS
I studied with the great Jack Wilkins during my undergrad and master’s at the Manhattan School of Music, from 1996 - 2002. I had the honor of sharing the stage with this master guitarist several times over the years since then and I learned something new every time we played together. We became very close friends, for years speaking almost every day to one another.
Rest in peace, dear Jack. Thank you for your incredible musicianship and for being such a close friend for 27 years…
1994 with milt hinton
I recently discovered this old photo of legendary bassist Milt Hinton and me from 1994. That summer I was studying with Milt and a few other great musicians who have also since passed (Milt passed away in 2000). Milt and I had lunch together a few times and he spoke with me about his years working with Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, and many others. We both grew up around Chicago so it was also fascinating to hear him talk about how when he was a kid he ran bootleg liquor for Al Capone during Prohibition. One day Milt was injured in a car accident in Chicago while on a run for Capone and the doctor said they would have to amputate one of his fingers. Milt didn’t want to lose his finger so his boss, Al Capone, went to the doc and told him not to amputate and the doc obeyed. I’m glad he did. Milt and Mona, his wife of almost 60 years until his passing, were lovely people…
watch the Full 90-min. scott dubois quartet live in munich live concert film tomorrow, Feb. 17th, starting at 17h26 CET on the stingray djazz tv channel!
The full 90-minute SCOTT DUBOIS QUARTET LIVE IN MUNICH live concert film will be broadcast tomorrow, Friday, February 17th on the Stingray DJAZZ TV Channel starting at 17h26 CET! Here's the quartet performing my composition "Night Tundra" in the film...
winter light up north in michigan...
gorgeous day today up north
A gorgeous day today up north in Michigan. The weather and light change so fast here it’s amazing. Super inspiring. Time to write some music…
very nice live review of the scott dubois / gebhard ullmann duo's graz concert in austria's 2nd largest newspaper!
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo received a very nice live review in Austria's 2nd largest newspaper, the Kleine Zeitung, for our Dec. 10th concert in Graz, Austria!
"Impressions of tonal breadth and expansion...a lot of colors and also expressive improvisational excursions, performed concisely...subtle worlds of sound throughout..."
Gebhard and I made our way across the snow-filled Alps today from Germany into Austria where tonight we will perform the last concert of this December 2022 Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo European tour at Stockwerk Jazz in beautiful Graz, Austria, 20h. It has been a wonderful tour!
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo performs tonight at the Jazzstudio Nürnberg in beautiful Nürnberg, Germany, 21h!
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo performs live tonight at the Jazzmeile Thüringen (inside the Villa Rosenthal) in Jena, Germany, 20h!
waitin' for German trains with herr gebhard ullmann. Thanks for the great evening, Bamberg!
Gebhard and me post-rehearsal last night at a very cool Korean restaurant in Berlin. I’m not quite sure what the mysterious blue coil of light is emanating from Geb, but I like it. Tonight begins the Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo European tour! We perform at Jazzclub Bamberg in beautiful Bamberg, Germany, 20h!
The SUMMER WATER vinyl (double LP, 180-gram vinyl) is officially released today on Watertone Music record label (distributed worldwide through Sunnyside Records)!
Scott DuBois: Solo Guitar
All compositions by Scott DuBois
This video is an excerpt from the album's "River Before the Storm" piece...
Here are some links where you can purchase the SUMMER WATER vinyl:
Amazon (North America)
Barnes and Noble (North America)
Tower Records (Japan)
Vinyl Squeeze (Australia)
WOW HD (New Zealand)
SUMMER WATER is also available on CD, as a digital download, and is on all major streaming platforms...
scott dubois /gebhard ullmann duo live at Stockwerk jazz in graz, austria, DECEMBER 10, 2022!
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo will perform live at Stockwerk Jazz in Graz, Austria on December 10, 2022!
scott dubois /gebhard ullmann duo live at the jazzstudio NUErnberg in NUERNBERG, GERMANy, DECEMBER 9, 2022!
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo will perform live at the Jazzstudio Nürnberg in Nürnberg, Germany on December 9, 2022!: https://www.jazzstudio.de/kalender/2022-12-09_scott-dubois-gebhard-ullmann/
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo will perform live at Jazzmeile in Jena, Germany on Dec. 7, 2022!: http://www.jazzmeile.org/event/duo-dubois-ullmann.html
Scott dubois / gebhard ullmann duo live at THe jazzclub bamberg in bamberg, germany, december 3, 2022!
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo will perform live at the Jazzclub Bamberg in Bamberg, Germany on Dec. 3, 2022! Click here for details!
I'm excited to announce that SUMMER WATER will be released on vinyl (double LP / 180-gram vinyl) on the Watertone Music label (distributed internationally through Sunnyside Records) on December 2, 2022!
This double LP set is the vinyl version of the CD album released in the spring of 2021.
You can preorder the double LP now on Bandcamp which includes unlimited streaming of SUMMER WATER via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more:
You can also preorder the double LP on Amazon.com which includes the MP3 version of the album:
Thankful for all the great press/reviews SUMMER WATER has received from around the world!:
"...his latest brilliant and sonically intricate piece of impressionistic musical storytelling...crackling and fiery symphonic energy via an expansive range of string tones, harmonies, rhythmic patterns and unbridled improvisations..."
- JAZZIZ Magazine (US)
"Best Jazz on Bandcamp: April 2021"
- Bandcamp (US)
Named one of Journalist Dan Bilawsky's "Top 10 New Jazz Albums of the Year" for JazzTimes Magazine
- JazzTimes Magazine (US)
"...the beauty and serene charm of an impressionist and expressionist landscape...of soft and tender echoes that caress your senses, subtly penetrating your inner self...Summer Water does not remain on the surface but delves into the depth of being, it is music for a new era...Scott DuBois uses his instrument to tell stories that emanate from the soul."
- Tomajazz (ES)
Named one of the "50 Favorite Records of 2021"
- Missingduke (ES)
"Your mind cuts its own nature documentary to frame up alongside this soundtrack that’s already been created...This is a deep, tranquil, meditative album...masterful."
- Off The Tracks (NZ)
"The guitarist masterfully condenses the flow...he works great with impressions and timbre...you can really see summer light on the billowing sea....constant change in dynamics, colors, mood...breathtaking..."
- JazzPort (CZ)
"DuBois captures the dynamic textures and tonal colors of an orchestra...frenetic fretwork navigating the crashing swells of a rising storm...spiritual depth and compositional detail..."
- Point of Departure (US)
"...the perfect soundtrack for a meditative sojourn."
- Free Jazz Blog (US)
"...this brilliant bi-directional statement."
- All About Jazz (US)
“The bellowing strings function as DuBois’ one-man orchestra, a symphonic effect...sagacious and spiritually deep...”
- Something Else! (US)
"...an invitation to DuBois' myriad of sounds, shimmering river and sea impressions...DuBois creates dreamlike events..."
- HiFi Magazine (DE)
"DuBois' strings sparkle like a dance...It's an atmospheric solo album in which every attack and every resonance counts."
- Concerto Magazine (AT)
"...extraordinary beauty...there is something of Mahler in his sensitivity to nature and perhaps something of Ravel..."
- Jazz, Ese Rudio (ES)
"...dynamically and expressively rich…”
- Skjazz.SK (SK)
"...quietly evocative music, with a Nordic taste...in suspense and enchanted...almost orchestral with the guitar alone...definitely original."
- All About Jazz Italia (IT)
"Chiming...shifts from mellow to melodically stormy..."
- Jazzwise (UK)
An amazing trip up north...
I spent this past week roaming through the beautiful wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, from the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, down through the Porcupine Mountains, through the middle-of-nowhere forests in between, over to the Pictured Rocks along the coast of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. Incredible nature and wildlife Up North. I even got to hang out with this very cool bald eagle who was perched in a tree about 20 feet away from me in the forest along the coast. We both hung out and listened to the Lake Superior waves for about two hours...
On Sunday I finally had the chance to visit the great Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France, the estate in Normandy where he spent the second half of his life and where he painted much of his work. I’ve been a huge Monet fan for many years now (my 2012 LANDSCAPE SCRIPTURE album was a tribute to him) so this was very special for me to be here. Super inspiring.
Here was Monet’s daily routine at Giverny (from Caroline Holmes’s book, MONET AT GIVERNY)…
“During his years at Giverny, Monet's daily routine seldom varied. He woke early, at four or five. Opening the window, he would study the sky. If the dawn augured well for that day's weather he would take a cold bath followed at 5:30am by a hearty breakfast. He then set off to paint, sometimes with members of his family as helpers, returning at 11:00 am. Lunch had to be served on the dot of 11:30am, and was followed by coffee and home-made plum brandy. After a short rest he resumed work out of doors, observing changes in the sky as reflected in the nearby river or, in later years, by the pool in his garden; alternatively he would paint in his studio. The bell for dinner would ring at 7:00pm, and bedtime, like Monet's hour of rising, was early, at 9:30pm. Any variation in this daily routine was extremely unwelcome, and he would be most displeased if he had had a bad day or the sky had not been to his liking. However, this rigid time table was no obstacle to the generous hospitality shown over the years towards many friends and relatives, for whom Giverny became the heart of a large extended family.”
photo from the scott dubois / gebhard ullmann duo concert at the jazz-initiative frankfurt concert in frankfurt, germany
Another really nice photo taken during the June 2022 Scott DuBois/Gebhard Ullmann Duo European tour, this one from our concert at the Jazz-Initiative Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany (photo by Wolfgang Roth)