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Live at Kilbourn HallA world-class conservatory student jazz ensemble led by a Grammy-nominated composer…
A concert performed for a packed house in a beautiful, historic recital hall..
An evening brimming with youthful, intense musicality…a serendipitous documentation of a magical evening of challenging, progressive and hard-swinging music…this CD will knock your socks off.


For your consideration in the 57th Grammy® Awards:

“Live at Kilbourn Hall” by Scott Healy with the Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra

This is a recording of a live concert on March 20th, 2014 in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Conducted by Grammy-nominated composer and pianist Scott Healy, the Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra performed a mix of Scott’s new works, previously unrecorded tunes from his catalog, and two numbers from Scott’s Grammy-nominated 2012 release Hudson City Suite.

This is an “instant” record – one take, no fixes – just mix, master, release…and enjoy! It is on the ballot in three categories: Arranging, Composition and Large Jazz Ensemble. Thanks for your consideration, and special thanks to Director of Ensembles and co-producer Dave Rivello for getting me up to snowy Rochester last winter!


Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella:

“Anthropology” arranged by Scott Healy (comp: Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie)

This bebop Parker/Gillespie classic is a perfect vehicle for intricate ensemble writing and counterpoint, but the burning solos really make this difficult arrangement come to life. It’s one of the hardest but most grooving charts I’ve ever written.

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Best Instrumental Composition:

“Hey Claude” composed by Scott Healy

This one’s for Claude…Claude Debussy…some consider him to be our first “jazz” composer, insofar as advanced harmonic and textural ideas inspired many great later jazz artists. This piece features a lot of Claude-isms, but really showcases the richness of the woodwind doubling, especially the alto flute.

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Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album

“Live at Kilbourn Hall” by Scott Healy with the Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra

I’m tremendously proud of my “instant” record; we really had no intention of recording and releasing a CD…but everything came together. Check out my crazy orchestral version of “Solitude” and the ballsy New Orleans blues “Franklin Steps”. Thanks!

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…terrific large ensemble work led by composer and pianist Healy. A mix of originals and covers (“Anthropology,” “Solitude,” “In Your Own Sweet Way”), with the transitions between the two groups sounding fluid and cohesive. Some nice soloing by members of the Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra, but it’s the best moments are those of group interplay when the energy of a song seems close to ripping its form apart just to have it all coalesce back into its original shape. -Dave Sumner, WonderingSound.com

Live at Kilbourn Hall by Scott Healy with the Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble demonstrates the almost casual brilliance of an exceptionally talented band that didn’t know they were making a live record. These players are among the best music students in the world, and they sound it. The CD is a true “live” performance: one take—one shot—no fixes—and is a true, honest work that documents a very special evening. This is a spirited and virtually flawless concert of difficult music by an established composer.

Grammy-nominated Los Angeles composer and pianist Scott Healy’s latest release wasn’t planned as such. Having been invited last March to his alma mater, Eastman School of Music, to present a week of classes and a full evening of his music with a ten-piece handpicked jazz ensemble, Scott decided to push the envelope by trying out some brand new material, and also to revise and rework a few pieces from the past which he felt had not been given enough attention. “The rehearsals were painless and fun, the concert felt and sounded great, everyone had a great time. A job well done, time to move on, right?” Healy wanted to get moving on a big new release to follow-up his 2014 Grammy-nominated Hudson City Suite. But plans changed…this concert was good enough to release, so here it is!

1) Anthropology (9:44) – An explosive, burning be-bop chart – hold on to your hats! (Arranged by Scott Healy – comp: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie – Music Sales Corp., ASCAP )

2) Hey Claude (6:26) – Dedicated to Claude Debussy, who some consider our first jazz composer. (Scott Healy – Bluedog Music, BMI)

3) Solitude (8:17) – An orchestral, tone poem treatment of the classic Duke Ellington ballad. (Arranged by Scott Healy–comp: Duke Ellington, Eddie DeLang and Irving Mills – EMI Mills Music Inc.))

4) Number Sea (7:44) – A newly reworked original – cool and evocative with some great solos. (Scott Healy – Bluedog Music, BMI)

5) Franklin Steps (8:11) –Take a trip to New Orleans with a gutbucket blues. (Scott Healy – Bluedog Music, BMI)

6) In Your Own Sweet Way (6:28) – A refined, intricate take on a classic Brubeck tune. (Arranged by Scott Healy – comp: Dave Brubeck – Derry Music Co., BMI)

7) Summit Avenue Conversation Scott Healy – Bluedog Music, BMI(10:57) – An up-tempo blues with some burning soloing to close out the show.  (Scott Healy – Bluedog Music, BMI)



Kilbourn Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music

Cats at Eastman 1981

Scott Healy and others in class at Eastman ca 1981

Scott Healy with the Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble

The only known picture of the March 20th concert–I should have hired a photographer!

56th+GRAMMY+Awards+Arrivals+iTK_HZtFA41l“Scott Healy is a professional with a real resume and a real “career,” for lack of a better term. That aside, he is a creative and original voice in a world that is largely hidden to the masses, and is more magical than most would ever imagine.” – Tim Reid, Music Connection

Composer, producer, pianist and multi-keyboardist Scott Healy, perhaps best-known as keyboardist in the Basic Cable Band on Conan on TBS, received a Grammy® nomination in 2014 for Best Instrumental Composition for “Koko on the Boulevard” from his critically-acclaimed jazz ensemble recording Hudson City Suite. He is currently multi-tasking in LA and across the universe in the studio and on the stage in a wide variety of musical endeavors. For more info please visit bluedogmusic.com.