Pianist, composer & arranger Scott Arcangel writes for and performs with a variety of jazz and commercial groups. Based in New York, his music is published through Maxwell Tree Music and UNC Jazz Press and is performed regularly by big bands, small groups, high school and collegiate jazz ensembles, as well as artists around the world. 

Scott has studied with the renowned jazz faculty at the University of North Texas and William Paterson University. He has studied piano with Dan Haerle, and composition and arranging with Jim McNeely, Paris Rutherford, and Michael Abene. He is the former Music Director and Arranger for The West Point Jazz Knights big band, producing several recordings, radio and television broadcasts, and hundreds of performances. 

His most recent arrangements have been for Claudio Roditi, Stefon Harris, Upland California High School Jazz Ensemble, The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, The Charleston Symphony Orchestra, The Sarasota Orchestra, and The Boston Pops Orchestra - and most recently, a collaboration between the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra and trumpeter Jon Faddis.

He has extensive experience as a performer and educator, and has presented clinics on arranging, improvisation, and ensemble performance at colleges, festivals, and music conferences - including recent presentations and performances at the Jazz Education Network's 2016, 2017 & 2018 Conferences.


October Wrap Up 

It's been a busy month!

It started with a super-fun gig with my super-fun Brazilian Jazz friends of Tom Do Brasil. Toronto-based drummer Alessandro Colarossi put out a small group album featuring several arrangements and one original of mine - links coming soon.

I also had the pleasure of working with the Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective's Jazz Orchestra. They are doing some great work towards building up their jazz program - I'm hoping to have a chance to direct their group at their Jazz Festival this spring.

I also had the chance to work up some of my arrangements with an all-star combo from the Jazz Studies program at SUNY Purchase, featuring vocalist Alexis Cole. Along with them and some other friends, we played at NYC's legendary Blue Note last weekend, and have an upcoming gig at the Bean Runner in Peekskill, NY this Friday.

Tonight (the 27th) I'll be working with Seton Hall's music faculty & some other friends at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Writing-wise, I'm finishing up seven substantial charts for combined jazz ensemble & concert band for a holiday show, and a couple other fun projects - hope to have those charts added to the STORE soon.

In addition to that, I'm putting the final touches on my presentation The Art of the Intro for this year's Jazz Ed Network conference in Louisville! Hope to see some of you there!

Scott Arcangel is a musician of rare talent. Both, as a pianist or arranger, he manages to play or write with total respect for the tradition and with one foot in the future. I love his work!
- Claudio Roditi


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