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Scott Shachter has been playing his flutes, clarinets and saxophones on Broadway since 1988. He’s performed in nearly seventy shows, including Pippin, Kinky Boots, Annie, Cinderella, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Porgy and Bess, Billy Elliot, How to Succeed in Business, Chicago, Sister Act, Memphis, Phantom, Promises/Promises, La Cage Aux Folles, Guys and Dolls (starring Oliver Platt), Gypsy (starring Patti Lupone), Curtains, The Color Purple, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Promises Promises, White Christmas, Pal Joey, The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Drowsy Chaperone, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma, Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, Kiss Me Kate, Music Man, Follies, Cats, Miss Saigon, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Fosse, Sound of Music, Titanic, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sunset Boulevard, Victor/Victoria, Showboat, Crazy forYou, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Scott is on the Broadway cast albums for Gypsy (Patti Lupone), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Glorious Ones, Assassins, High Society, State Fair and Romance/Romance. He can also be heard on all the Gotham Wind Symphony recordings (see resume), as Reed 1 on Sutton Foster’s album Wish (see resume), and playing solo reeds for folksinger David Roth’s album Rising in Love as well as three of his other albums (resume). Scott has also recorded with folksinger comedian Dean Friedman: Squirrels in the Attic, and with the contemporary wind ensemble Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and the jazz band Adventures in Jazz Orchestra. Scott is composing and orchestrating his own CD on as many as thirteen instruments, which should be completed this year. Listen to two of his compositions on the Home or Music page.

 

orchestra

On Eb clarinet with the Gotham Wind Symphony, front row, 3rd from left
(Mike Christianson conducting)

 

His versatility with styles and woodwind instruments has enabled him to perform with groups ranging from the American Symphony to Manhattan Transfer, the New York Pops, Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, "Encores" at City Center (Superman, Where’s Charlie?), Elaine Stritch at the Hotel Carlyle, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Greenwich Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, John Pizzarelli, The Temptations, Donna Summer, Gladys Knight, Chita Rivera, and over seven hundred shows with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. His film credits include the soundtracks for Lucky Stiff (starring Jason Alexander), So Shoot Me (Elaine Stritch documentary, Isotope Films), Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans (PBS documentary), and he can be seen playing in a big band in the movie Big (starring Tom Hanks). He’s performed on the TV shows Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, From Broadway With Love (PBS), New Year’s Eve with Guy Lombardo (PBS), and an A&E production of Romance/Romance.

 

Fallon Set

On the freezing set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, with John Romeri and Lynn Cohen's oboe.

Scott has also toured with the Broadway national companies of Starlight Express, Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Cats, as well as on cruise ship big bands throughout the Caribbean.

 

King

Behind comedian Alan King, on the Fairwind Cruise Line of Princess Cruises, floating somewhere in the Caribbean.

 

He grew up in Philadelphia, playing saxophones in R&B bands while studying with the jazz master Larry McKenna. He studied clarinet with Ron Reuben, and later, flute with Kenneth Scutt, each of the Philadelphia Orchestra. As lead alto with the Temple University jazz band, he was featured in concerts with Dizzy Gillespie and Phil Woods. He graduated Temple with a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude. He then went to Los Angeles, to California State University, Northridge, where he studied saxophone with Doug Masek, and played lead alto in the “A Band” under the direction of Joel Leach, winning first prize in the Berkeley Jazz Festival (1982). He graduated CSUN with a Master of Arts, summa cum laude. In New York, Scott studied flute with Harvey Estrin, Keith Underwood and Andrew Sterman. 

He studied mouthpiece refacing with Everett Matson, and learned it was possible to “sculpt” a particular sound and response out of a mouthpiece. He quickly developed his own technique and attracted a renowned clientele, including Michael Brecker, Gerry Niewood, Charles McPherson, Walt Weiskopf, Bobby Malach, Ted Nash, and Bobby Porcelli (See Mouthpiece Customizing page).

 

book

Through it all Scott has been a storyteller and humorist. Outside In, his first novel, was inspired by his encounters with immensely talented performers who seemed unable to relate to anyone, as if they were separate life forms. This novel, a jazz fiction/speculative fiction/comedy, puts the reader inside the wacky life of a working class musician, and explores the “crazy genius” in us all. Outside In reached the quarterfinals in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and Honorable Mention in the 2011 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest.

 

 

 

Scott with piccolo

 

 

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Playing the soundtrack for "Lucky Stiff " (starring Jason Alexander). Ken Hitchcock, Scott Shachter, Steve Greenfield. In the section are also Dennis Anderson, Jeff Schiller and Alden Banta.

 

 

 

 

Scott & Lisa

Scott and his wife Lisa live in Tarrytown, NY, where Scott is an active woodwind teacher and on the music faculty of the Hackley School.