Tom Scott (musician)

Thomas Wright Scott (born May 19, 1948) is an American saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He was a member of The Blues Brothers and led the jazz fusion group L.A. Express.

Tom Scott
Scott at a Beatles convention in 2013
Background information
Birth nameThomas Wright Scott
Born (1948-05-19) May 19, 1948
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresJazz, blues, R&B, rock, pop
  • Musician
  • composer
  • arranger
Years active1965–present
LabelsImpulse!, Flying Dutchman, Epic, GRP
Associated actsL.A. Express, The Blues Brothers


Scott was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of film and television composer Nathan Scott, who had more than 850 television credits and more than 100 film credits as a composer, orchestrator, and conductor, including the theme songs for Dragnet and Lassie.[1]

His professional career began as a teenager as leader of the jazz ensemble Neoteric Trio. After that, he worked as a session musician. He wrote the theme songs for the television shows Starsky and Hutch and The Streets of San Francisco. He played the soprano saxophone solo on the No. 1 hit single "Listen to What the Man Said" by the band Wings. In 1976 he played the theme "I Still Can't Sleep" in Taxi Driver. In 1982, he collaborated with Johnny Mathis on "Without Us", the theme to the 1980s sitcom Family Ties. He also played the lyricon, an electronic wind instrument on Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.

Scott was a founding member of the Blues Brothers Band, despite his absence in the two films, The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000. According to Bob Woodward's account in Wired, a biography of John Belushi, Scott left the band after their 1980 tour over a salary dispute. However, he reunited with Dan Aykroyd and the Blues Brothers Band in 1988 to record a few tracks for The Great Outdoors.[2]

Scott led the house band on two short-lived late night talk shows: The Pat Sajak Show and The Chevy Chase Show. He was music director for the 68th Academy Awards in 1996, several Emmy Awards telecasts from 1996 to 2007, Ebony's 50th Birthday Celebration, and the People's Choice Awards telecasts.

He has dozens of solo recordings for which he collected thirteen Grammy nominations (three of which he won). He has numerous film and television scoring credits, including composing and conducting the score for the movie Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and appeared on records by the Beach Boys, Blondie ("Rapture"), Grateful Dead, George Harrison, Whitney Houston ("Saving All My Love for You"), Quincy Jones, Carole King, Richard Marx ("Children of the Night"), Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Eddie Money, Olivia Newton-John, Pink Floyd, Helen Reddy, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan ("Black Cow"), Steppenwolf, Rod Stewart ("Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?") Steely Dan, Aja

He produced two albums for tenor vocalist Daniel Rodriguez. The Spirit of America has sold over 400,000 copies to date. Scott is also a member of the Les Deux Love Orchestra and has conducted over thirty symphony orchestras around the U.S. as music director for Rodriguez.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Tom Scott among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[3]


As leader

  • The Honeysuckle Breeze (Impulse!, 1967)
  • Rural Still Life (Impulse!, 1969)
  • Hair to Jazz (Flying Dutchman, 1970)
  • Paint Your Wagon (1971)
  • Great Scott (A&M, 1972)
  • New York Connection (Ode, 1975)
  • Blow It Out (Ode, 1977)
  • Intimate Strangers (1978)
  • Street Beat (1979)
  • Apple Juice (live) (1981)
  • Desire (Elektra, 1982)
  • Target (Atlantic, 1983)
  • One Night – One Day (Ranwood, 1986)
  • Streamlines (GRP, 1987)
  • Flashpoint (GRP, 1988)
  • Them Changes with The Pat Sajak Show house band (GRP, 1990)
  • Keep This Love Alive (GRP, 1991)
  • Born Again (GRP, 1992)
  • Reed My Lips (GRP, 1994)
  • Night Creatures (GRP, 1995)
  • Toy Story 2 (soundtrack) (1999)
  • New Found Freedom (Higher Octave, 2002)
  • Bebop United (live) (MCG Jazz, 2006)
  • Telling Stories with Paulette McWilliams (Reviver, 2012)

With The L.A. Express

With The Blues Brothers

As sideman

With Don Ellis

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

With Carole King

With Alphonse Mouzon

With Oliver Nelson

With Bill Plummer

  • Cosmic Brotherhood (1968)

With Howard Roberts

  • The Magic Band – Live at Dontes (1968, released 1998)
  • The Magic Band – Vol. 2 (1968, released 1998)

With Lalo Schifrin

With Otis Spann

With Ringo Starr

With Gábor Szabó

With Bob Thiele Emergency

  • Head Start (Flying Dutchman, 1969)


  1. Burlingame, Jon (March 3, 2010). "Nathan Scott, 94, scored TV shows". Variety. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  2. Woodward, Bob (1987). Wired. Simon & Schuster.
  3. Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
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