Jazz saxophonist Scott Grimaldi has released his debut CD, The Color of Midnight featuring an infusion of Jazz, Pop, and old school Motown soul. The recording features the leader on an array of saxophones, flutes and clarinets. The versatile Grimaldi is a teacher, producer, arranger, transcriber, and copyist. He has performed with popular and iconic stage acts that include The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Vanessa Williams, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Temptations, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Manhattan Transfer, and the list goes on. He has also performed in numerous Broadway musicals.
Scott Grimaldi, woodwinds specialist, plays a wide range of saxophones, flutes and clarinets and is also recognized as a Composer, producer, arranger, transcriber and copyist. He holds a B.M. degree from the
Manhattan School of Music, NY, where he also did post graduate work, and is an alumnus of the Berklee College Of Music, Boston, MA. In addition, he studied privately with music icons Lenny Hambro, Adolph Sandole and Danny Trimboli.
Scott has performed with popular and iconic stage acts that include Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Manhattan Transfer, Vanessa Williams, Frank Sinatra Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Linda Eder, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Temptations, Little Anthony & The Imperials and Etta James. He has also played in the orchestra for several Broadway musicals including “Steel Pier”, “Kiss Of The Spider Woman” and “Me And My Girl”, and joins the orchestra every summer for the Plays in the Park, Edison, NJ.
In the field of recording, Scott has worked for Grammy award winning record and jingle producers Tony Camillo, Jimmy Wisner and Bill Giant as a woodwinds player, arranger and copyist. His performances can be heard on various music projects including the soundtrack for the movie “Sprung”, the TV show “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous”, Venture Music Group/T.C. Records recording artists Freda Payne, The Dramatics, The 5th Dimension and on independent jazz vocalist Sandy Sasso’s “Mixed Grill”, an album which Scott produced, arranged and performed all woodwinds. On Sandy’s album, he also had the privilege of conducting the Nelson Riddle Studio Orchestra.
In addition to performing and writing, Scott has analyzed numerous music copyright infringement cases for Music Research Consultants as a music transcriber. Janet Jackson, R. Kelly, Billy Joel, Madonna and Aerosmith are just a few of the noted artists whose litigation required his transcription work. Scott’s book credits through Abkco Music Inc. include his role as Transcription Coordinator in the song books “The Rolling Stones Singles Collection”, “Phil Spector, Back To Mono” and “Sam Cooke’s Night Beat”.
In the field of music education, Mr. Grimaldi has been an adjunct faculty member of the Fine Arts Dept. at Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY since 1989 as director of the jazz band and has taught various music courses, including one on the history of Rock and Roll. He is currently a faculty member of the music dept. at Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ. The Studio Band at PHS has won national recognition and has held the first place position in the NJ State Finals in 2008 and 2009 and the Jazz Ensemble won best sight reading in 2010. Previously, Mr. Grimaldi held a position as woodwinds teacher and director of bands at Cranbury School, Cranbury, NJ, working with beginners and middle school students. His private students have won auditions with organizations that include the CJMEA Regions & All-State Bands/Orchestras, NJ Youth Symphony, NJPAC Jazz For Teens, as well as acceptances at prestigious music conservatories/colleges.
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