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
Los Angeles-based Scott Healy is a Grammy-nominated composer, producer, pianist and multi-keyboardist who multitasks across the musical spectrum. He is best-known for playing in the house band for Conan O’Brien: first on Late Night in NYC, then moving out to LA in 2009 for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and then Conan on TBS, where he held down the keyboard chair in the Basic Cable Band until October of 2018. In 2019 Conan took Scott and a trio to Australia for part of his live road series, Conan Without Borders, and in 2019 to San Diego for Comicon. Post-lockdown Scott was invited back to perform at Conan’s last eight shows on TBS in June, 2021, and will be appearing live in LA with Conan’s live show “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” in November, 2021.
As a composer, bandleader and producer, Scott released Hudson City Suite, by the 10-piece Scott Healy Ensemble, in 2013, to worldwide praise, stellar online and print reviews, national jazz radio airplay, and a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. His CD release, Live at Kilbourn Hall by Scott Healy with the Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble, was released in October, 2014. Healy was featured on the cover of the February, 2015 issue of Keyboard Magazine, and he was also featured in an “Indie Life” article in the March, 2013 issue of Downbeat.
Scott produced Max Gabriel’s (aka Gabriel Judet-Weinshel) 2006 album The Exile of St. Christopher, and Gabriel’s recent singles, “You” and “Sweet Loretta” under the name Unpinnable Butterfiles, released on sonaBLAST! records. The full album Radio Ocean drops on September 24th 2021.
In addition to his composing, producing, recording and live television work, Healy works in LA as a hired-gun session musician in Los Angeles on piano, organ, electronic keyboards and accordion for film and TV. He has recorded and performed around the world with many of the greats in rock, blues, R&B and jazz: Robert Cray, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, BB King, Jackson Browne, Levon Helm, Son Seals, Hubert Sumlin and Tony Bennett, among others. He has worked as an arranger for major label releases, including scoring the big band arrangement for the 2001 Ricky Martin hit “She Bangs”.
For Scott’s film and TV scoring credits, please see his IMDB page.
Healy’s work reflects his classical piano, composition, conducting and orchestration training, as well as his years in the studio and on the stage, whether it be on the podium, in the band or behind the glass. Other composing, arranging and scoring credits include the Portland Symphony, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Mel Lewis Orchestra, Christina Aguilera, and music for film and TV. His 2016 his extended jazz work, “Gravity 350” received its premier in NYC at the Chelsea Music Festival.
Other record producing credits include albums by his own groups: the Scott Healy Ensemble, NYC electronica supergroup The Coalition, in addition to jazz piano trio, big band and jazz quintet music.
Healy was a contributing editor to Keyboard magazine, where he wrote a long-running monthly advice column, “Session Sensei”, and to which he continues to contribute feature articles and lessons. His blog Professorscosco explores various aspects of composing, listening, and arranging. He organizes and leads the ongoing Ellington Study Group Los Angeles, an informal workshop in jazz composition and theory. He has taught master classes and seminars at Eastman School of Music, Brown University and Boston University. As a board member of American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) he has been a featured artist on many live and online masterclasses, and a worldwide online monthly jazz arranging “Hanginar”.
In addition to the Grammy nomination he has received awards from BMI, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the “Distinguished Artist” award from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio and an alumnus of Hawken School, Healy studied classical piano as a teenager with James Tannenbaum at The Cleveland Institute of Music. He then attended Eastman School of Music from which he received a degree in Composition, studying with Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, Rayburn Wright and Warren Benson. He taught at the New School in NYC, and was an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY from 1990 through 2001.