Scott Murphy’s (b.1991) musical journey began at the age of twelve with the Dumfries Youth Jazz Group (DYJG) with whom he had the pleasure to play in Spain, France and Switzerland as well as on a BBC broadcast concert for The Big Gig with Julian Joseph.
Through his involvement with the DYJG Scott subsequently became lead tenor saxophonist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland (NYJOS) (playing with the likes of Mark Lockheart, Mike Walker, Malcolm Edmonstone and Chris Batchelor amongst others) and theStrathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO). These experiences drove Scott toward beginning a BA Applied Music Degree at the University of Strathclyde before accepting an offer from theRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland’s (formally RSAMD) to become one of only six students in only the 2nd year of their groundbreaking jazz performance degree.
Following joining and becoming lead tenor saxophonist with the internationally acclaimed youth group the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra (TSYJO), Scott embarked on his studies under the tutelage of Scottish saxophone icon Prof. Tommy Smith at the RCS. Through extensive tuition with Tommy (as well as with Julian Arguelles, Paul Towndrow and Konrad Wiszniewski) Scott has received a saxophone education of exceeding quality. Thanks to the RCS Scott had the privilege of performing with a range of some of the world’s top musicians including Randy Brecker, Arild Andersen and Bill Evans as well as some of the finest in the UK such as Alyn Cosker, Jacqui Dankworth and Steve Hamilton. Graduating with honours in 2014 Scott immediately set about forming a unique voice in British music.
As a key member/manager of Scottish instrumental collective Fat-Suit Scott has contributed various compositions and arrangements to the two recorded albums under the group’s banner. In the summer of 2013 Scott co-founded indie record label Equinox Records through which he part runs Fat-Suit’s diary as well as tours (including the summer 2014 European tour). Fat-Suit are on the cusp of releasing a 3rd album through Equinox with Scott once again a driving force behind it’s conception.
He has appeared at venues such as The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Edinburgh Usher Hall, Glasgow SECC, Birmingham NEC Arena, Barbican, Montreux Jazz Festival, Budapest Jazz Club and many more across the continent. Radio appearances include BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 3 as well as television appearances on BBC as well as STV and local broadcasters from Aberdeen to Poland. He’s also been asked a number of times to compose and arrange music for the BBC.
Beyond playing Scott is one of Scotland’s busiest independent music promoters. He curates the highly successful Stretched LOUD-jazz club night (running for nearly three years) and will be booking the jazz strand at the brand new multi-platform Restless Natives festival in Glasgow in 2016. He also presents the monthly Scottish based Jazz radio show Fresh Jam which gives a platform for young and innovative musicians in the UK. As an educator, Scott has lead masterclasses on behalf of SYJO and as part of Fat-Suit. He’s also been an instrumental tutor as part of the BBC Big Band for Lockerbie Jazz Festival, a specialist jazz tutor with SYJO for East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire Councils and an International Educator at the Art Jazz Cooperative Festival (Ukraine).
A leading light – BBC Radio Scotland
superbly talented – The Herald