Scott Handler - More Than You Want To Know!
Scott (Bach Trumpet Artist) is in great demand in the Denver Metro and surrounding areas as a lead and solo trumpet player, as well as being an acclaimed leader and member of several high-profile groups, including the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, CHASED, and Mass Hipsteria. Scott plays all styles of big band jazz, rock/pop/funk, theatrical performances, and even polkas!
Scott is currently involved in several other projects, including the Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra, William & The Romantics, and Six Foot Joe and The Red Hot Rhinos and many others!
Scott has been featured with CHASED Revisited, the group of original CHASE members, most recently for the L.A. Jazz Groovin' Hard Festival in 2012.
Scott’s influences include Herb Alpert & The TJB, Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Chase, Arturo Sandoval, and The Tower of Power Horns.
Constantly on the musical move, Scott can be heard around Denver with a number of different groups both as leader and as a sideman. Contact Scott at any time to discuss your big band project, horn band arrangement or solo project. Please join the mailing list too!
METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA: Scott is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra (MJO), one of the region’s premier big bands. The MJO is not only an active performing group but their signature education program, MJO Presents, keeps the band busy twice a month at Dazzle Jazz Club. MJO Presents features local high school jazz ensembles in this Downbeat “Top 100 Jazz Clubs” venue. This unique program gives jazz students an opportunity to perform in a world class venue, watch a set by MJO and participate in a grand finale which features both groups performing together!
The MJO is also in high demand for premier black tie and charitable events including recent performances at Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum and Cherokee Castle and Ranch Foundation.
In addition to their MJO Presents program, an active Guest Artist Program (GAP) brings world renowned jazz talent in for Master Classes/clinics, which culminates in an evening collaborative musical performance. Recent guests include Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Eric Marienthal, Carl Saunders and Roger Ingram, and many others! 2014 featured Becky Martin and Denis DiBlasio.
CHASED: In early 2009, Scott teamed with fellow trumpet player, Jay Nakagawa to form CHASED, a Bill Chase tribute band (officially sanctioned by the estate of Bill’s), featuring authentic arrangements of trumpeter Bill Chase's three albums, as well as many unrecorded tunes that were only performed live.
CHASED REVISITED: Scott has also been featured with Chase Revisited, the group of remaining original CHASE members, most recently in Los Angeles in 2012 for the LA Jazz Groovin’ Hard jazz festival.
Other Projects: Scott is currently involved in several other projects including:
* Mass Hipsteria (11-pc funk/rock horn band) (www.masshipsteria.com)
* Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra (www.ultaphonicjazz.com)
* William and The Romantics (swing band) (www.williamandtheromantics.com)
* Six Foot Joe & The Red Hot Rhinos (local blues band) (www.sixfootjoe.com)
* Planet Polka
* Hot Schnapps
* Spotlight Band
...and many others!
Copyist/Engraver: Scott also does professional copying/engraving (recently for Walrus Music helping to keep big band literature current and relevant.) using the latest version of Finale.
By day, Scott is a professional pilot and instructor for United Airlines. He also spent 24 years on active and reserve duty in the Navy as a pilot and was an active member of the Denver area’s Navy Funeral Honor team.