ONLINE “face-to-face” lessons now available.

I’ve given a handful of real-time online lessons in the past, but found it to be awkward and frustrating…my technology couldn’t keep up.

The current situation has pushed me to get it together and try again. I’m now required to instruct my East Carolina University students online, the Durham Jazz Workshop shut down on March 13 and will remain closed at least through May, and for now I’m not meeting with any private students “in-person”. All performances have been canceled.

So after two weeks of dealing with the pros and cons of online instruction, I’m comfortable with it, learning how to be more effective, and most importantly (to me) really enjoying the process.

I’ve been instructing now for more than a few years, and have learned that there is more than one way to get from point A to point B. I have a lot experience with a broad range of music and am here to help you, if I can. I provide students with personalized instruction (not “cookie cutter”).

Not sure we’ll “hit it off”? Thru May 31, I’m happy to offer a FREE 15-minute online consultation to discuss what we could get into.

In the meantime, start here http://scottsawyer.net/instruction/

Upon request I’ll e-mail you info on lesson lengths/fees, and links to recordings and video.

Contact me here: http://scottsawyer.net/contact/ or ss@scottsawyer.net

Stay safe, Be Well. ~ SS 4/4/2020

Nnenna Freelon and Scott Sawyer, a RARE duo performance on Oct 22…

Nnenna and I go back to the late 1980’s…

Brother Yusuf Salim was the connection. For several years we performed regularly as a duo, as well as with other musicians. When Nnenna signed with Columbia, I was there for the Blue Note showcase in NYC and subsequent Philip Morris Superband World Tour. On and off, I’ve continued through the years to record, perform and tour with her, here and abroad.

On Saturday Oct 22, there are two shows at the Sharp Nine Gallery, 7 and 9pm.

Ticket links are here (advance purchase recommended):

7pm show — http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2599284
9pm show — http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2599290

Our last NC duo performances were almost 25 years ago (long-time fans may recall Pyewacket, Centerfest, Cappers, more). 

The Sharp Nine Gallery (Durham, NC) is a bona fide “listening room”, and seats only 66 people…this is not just a RARE opportunity to hear our duo, it’s a rare opportunity to see and hear Nnenna Freelon up-close in an intimate club setting.

*The Sharp Nine traditionally gives away some wine by the glass – while it lasts – and offers BYOB (no corkage fee) and free parking. For these shows, there may be other perks…TBA.

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…a rare opportunity to see/hear JOHN ABERCROMBIE in NC!

The Legendary JOHN ABERCROMBIE returns to NC!

NEXT Friday AND Saturday – June 10 & 11 – at the Sharp Nine Gallery, 8pm both nights.

John had a blast playing with Scott Sawyer and Co. last year and welcomed an invite again this year for 2 nights. Expect some duo’s, trios and quartets throughout the evenings.

Abercrombie has been signed for his entire career to the famous ECM Record label and has over 40 records as a leader. He is absolutely one of the most influential guitarists in jazz and its a real treat to be able to bring him in from NY. His 2012 recording “Within A Song” with Joe Lovano/Joey Barron/Drew Gress is just incredible. One of my all time fav’s. – Dave Finucane

BUY NOW, don’t wait. Tickets are still available, but LIMITED. Shows are at 8pm , $40 general, $30 students. BYOB.

***John will present a masterclass on Saturday afternoon (6/11); 3-4:30pm ($40 general/$30 students)

John Abercrombie – guitar, Scott Sawyer – guitar, Dave Finucane – sax, Ron Brendle – bass, Dan Davis – drums

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Army Town Madrigal

The NEW David Childers and Bruce Piephoff album, “Army Town Madrigal” has been released. Recorded and produced by Robert Childers, this one is a departure from Bruce’s previous two releases, “Soft Soap Purrings” and “Still Looking Up at the Stars”; it’s a bare-bones, home recording with a whole lotta love and heart. I’m happy to be a part of this album, having contributed electric guitar parts to Bruce’s tunes and poetry…and the “back and forth” – a Childers tune followed by a Piephoff tune, x 6 – really works.

These are absolutely two of the finest songwriters that I’ve had the pleasure of working with (in the land?). Enjoy!

You can get a copy from David or Bruce, as follows:

send $10 to David Childers at 730 Noles Drive, Mt. Holly, NC 28120

OR

e-mail Bruce or message Bruce on Facebook

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Scott sitting in w/ The Lee Boys (excerpt)

So, I stopped in to hear The Lee Boys the other night. My good friend Bill Stevens has been touring with them and invited me to the show. They are family; (the uncle) Alvin Lee on rhythm guitar – great pocket player – and his cousins, including Roosevelt “the Dr.” Collier on pedal and lap steel guitars….the Dr. is smokin’! I hadn’t previously met them, or heard them perform live. My brother Jon did tell me about an after-party show he attended in NYC – during the most recent Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre run – where he heard “the Dr.” collaborating with Kofi Burbridge and others; they performed a bunch of Hendrix.

By the time I got to the club, The Lee Boys were already into their set. What a GREAT band!!!  It wasn’t a big audience, but there was no lack of enthusiasm and the same goes for the Lee Boys: they performed as if the house was packed, intense energy.

About an hour into it, I had moved to the edge of the stage and was taking it all in…the band was grooving, as Alvin turned in my direction, caught my eye and motioned me up to the stage. I hadn’t planned on sitting-in, but what the hell! We shook hands, introduced ourselves as the band played on; he handed me his guitar and the rest is history. BIG FUN.

As posted on Facebook, by NC Band Together‘s own Danny Rosin (thanks Danny!):

“This is what happens when The Lee Boys spontaneously pull one of NC’s native music sons on stage, Mr. Scott Sawyer.

Inspiration comes from many places….

…here’s a poem by one of my favorite writers. Comments welcomed.

Pull A String, A Puppet Moves (Charles Bukowski)

each man must realize
that it can all disappear very
quickly:
the cat, the woman, the job,
the front tire,
the bed, the walls, the
room; all our necessities
including love,
rest on foundations of sand –
and any given cause,
no matter how unrelated:
the death of a boy in Hong Kong
or a blizzard in Omaha …
can serve as your undoing.
all your chinaware crashing to the
kitchen floor, your girl will enter
and you’ll be standing, drunk,
in the center of it and she’ll ask:
my god, what’s the matter?
and you’ll answer: I don’t know,
I don’t know …