Scott Brown, Program Director
Named “Jazz Educator of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine in 2004, and inducted into the Earshot Jazz Hall of Fame in 2013, Scott Brown has directed Roosevelt’s jazz program since 1984 when he took over from the legendary Waldo King. Initially raised in south Seattle, his family relocated to Bainbridge Island, where he attended Bainbridge High School. Subsequently, he graduated from the University of Washington. He is a faculty member for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s summer academy for band directors.
Some of his other awards include the 2002 Washington State Christa McAuliffe Washington Educator Award, the PONCHO Outstanding Music and Arts Educator Award in 2003, a 2007 KCTS Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education and Jazz Journalists’ “A Team” ’09 Award!, and the 2010 City of Music Impact Award.
Scott is a trombonist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. As a result of his inspiring leadership, many of his students go on to study jazz in college, and become professional musicians and educators themselves.