Artist Spotlight

Scot Marshall performs with Mads Tolling

October 5, 2013. Mads Tolling performed at Reno's Steinway Piano Gallery with Joey Berger, Scot Marshall and Andy Heglund with special guest Graham Marshall. The performance was sponsored by For the Love of Jazz and the Reno Philharmonic Association.

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Scot Marshall

Scot Marshall's professional career as a musician and entertainer has spanned over 45 years, he shares his wealth of knowledge and experience teaching bass, guitar & voice lessons in Reno Nevada. Scot also offers many other services including, live performances, voice over acting, story telling, and wedding planning.

Scot is an acoustic and electric bassist and vocalist and has played with the Omaha Symphony, The Fargo/Moorhead Symphony, The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, The Diamonds, Greg Adams, The Jordanaires, Mimi Fox, Gary Karr, and many more.

Scot was born in Omaha, Nebraska. In his 20s, he studied with legendary jazz bassist Rufus Reid and has been an active part of the Reno music scene since 1985. Scot, a critically acclaimed storyteller, spent six years on the Reno River City Storytelling Festival Committee. He has participated in storytelling festivals in Reno and Omaha, and was a featured performer with In-Tune Tales during 2004's Nevada Reading Week Conference.

Scot's performances blend spoken word, song and instrumental accompaniment in unique and exciting ways. He draws on a rich family tradition – he learned many real-life stories from his parents and grandparents – especially his Grandmother, Adabelle Cherry Marshall, who traveled with Chautauqua from 1916-1918.

Scot Marshall As Teacher

Scot Marshall teaches acoustic and electric bass with emphasis on becoming a “thinking bass player” regardless of genre. Technical facility on the instrument is combined with an understanding of how music works. Learning to read music, play “by ear” and learning to improvise are all indispensable tools for playing in a jazz ensemble, a rock band or a symphony orchestra. A basic understanding of rhythm, harmony, structure and form is necessary to create great basslines. The bass is the foundation of any band or orchestra, whether you play acoustic or electric bass, amplified or unamplified, with the bow or with your fingers. Scot will show you the tools that will enable you to take what you hear in your head and play it on the bass regardless of your age or experience.