Jon Scott has spent the last ten years cementing his reputation as one of the most creative and flexible drummers on the UK and European jazz scene. With a broad range of stylistic influences and a restless desire to push into new musical territories, he is in constant demand as both an empathetic sideman and creative collaborator.
Jon tours Europe and the World with Ethio-Jazz legend Mulatu Astatke and has been performing lately as part of Shabaka Hutchings' expanded Sons of Kemet XL lineup. He co-leads the group Dice Factory with Tom Challenger and Tom Farmer, and is currently working with long-time musical colleague Michael Chillingworth on his new project. He works regularly with the progressively-minded pianists Ivo Neame and Alexander Hawkins, as well as elder statesmen of UK jazz such as Henry Lowther, Pete Hurt and Jim Mullen, and legendary LA-based singer Dwight Trible.
Jon spent ten years as the drummer for MOBO Award-winning Kairos 4Tet, and has been a member of groups led by Jasper Høiby, George Crowley, Hannes Riepler, Rory Simmons, Alice Zawadzki and more. He has featured on over 40 recordings, and performed at venues and festivals around the globe.
“supremely adaptable drumming”
“solid as a rock”
Patrick Johns (BBC Music)
“a rapidly maturing musician with an increasingly impressive reputation”
Ian Mann (The Jazz Mann)
“I can’t remember when I heard drums sound as good outside of a recording studio”
Peter Bacon (The Jazz Breakfast)
John Fordham (The Guardian)