From performing a solo guitar accompaniment with Eden Espinosa of Wicked at Carnegie Hall, to playing New York City stages such as Town Hall, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Webster Hall Studio, The Living Room, and countless bars, clubs, hotels, and restaurants including clubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, and site of the original Woodstock, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, to recently performing alongside cabaret star Mark Nadler on the PBS television show 66th and Broadway, Scott is adept at performing in a variety of situations and styles.
Embracing the American art form of the guitar, Scott blends his passion for jazz, blues, country, and rock n' roll into his playing. Jumping stylistically from one genre to the next, Scott has never heard a sound he did not want to explore, and continues to study genres from around the world. Scott has studied under jazz greats including guitarist Don Latarski, saxophonist Sam Newsome, and his long standing mentorship with the jazz guitar legend Jack Wilkins.
After nearly a dozen years teaching and performing professionally in NYC, Scott has returned to his home state of Oregon. He continues to perform and teach in Bend, Oregon.
Scott is involved with a number of bands and treasures the gigs where his group can explore any number of the genres you'll hear below
Scott Johnson & The Cy-Defects
Jazz, groove, funk and fusion inspire this quartet of guitar, bass, organ/keys, and drums, Playing songs of Miles Davis, The Meters, standards and originals
An acoustic ensemble playing a repertoire of Django Reinhardt, Gypsy Jazz, and American bebop in the French jazz manouche style.
The David Wentworth Quartet
A quartet led by drummer David Wentworth, playing standards from 1950 to Today
Previous Projects and Playing Examples
Western Swing & Rockabilly - Inspired by country favorites, rockabilly rhythms, and the playing of Les Paul, Chet Atkins, and Hank Garland
Gypsy/Acoustic Jazz - Inspired by Django Reinhardt, trad jazz, bepop, & world rhythms, this music is presented with an appreciation for acoustic instrumentation
Bebop/Jazz - In a quintet, trio, duo, or solo setting, simply exploring this great American art form is a true passion
Rock/Pop - Continuing the legacy of innovators before him, Scott enjoys pushing the envelope of what he can do with his guitar. And simply playing Rock n' Roll
Below are examples of Scott performing with various other projects
Scott has had the honor and pleasure of performing in many of Mark Nadler's hit shows, including these excepts from Crazy: 1961