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Scott Chasolen is a native of Northern NJ and accidentally began playing the piano by ear at twelve years old. By the time he was 16 he was already performing in clubs in New York City and studying jazz. With a passion for improvising and composition, he later attended New School University in Manhattan while maintaining a hectic lifestyle of creating, touring and recording with the successful instrumental group ulu.

For 7 years he traveled the countryside from coast to coast and every point in-between, clearly marking his own place within the jam circuit, not to mention developing a stage presence that can reach the nosebleed seats in a small stadium! The use of vintage keyboards such as the Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, Hohner clavinet and Moog synthesizer have helped to shape his distinctive sound live and on all four ulu albums – “ulu” (1998), “Live at the Wetlands” (2000), “What’s the Deal” (2001), and “Nerve” (2003). Along the way Scott has shared the stage with John Scofield, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Soulive, Mickey Hart and De La Soul to name a few.

Scott has also honed a fine craft of songwriting, using an interesting blend of folk, rock and jazz elements along with introspective lyrics and his own heartfelt vocals. He reveals these abilities on his debut album, "Solitude Speaks" (2003). Further exploration continues on a collaboration with Katy Pfaffl titled “Woven” (2005). On his latest effort, “Magnify” (2007), Scott was joined by engineer/producer Rob Harari, along with a cast of many players including Carlos Alomar on guitar. The album contains a collection of memorable yet meaningful pop songs driven by a palette of piano, vocal charisma and rich musical textures ranging from soulful rock to sultry ballads.

The Scott Chasolen Trio can be heard playing music from all of the mentioned recordings in and around New York City at the Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall and the Knitting Factory.

Profile Summary:
Pianist Ringwood, NJ
Keyboardist Ringwood, NJ
Teacher Ringwood, NJ
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Pianist

Category: Music
Description
Scott Chasolen is a highly skilled and creative pianist looking for recording session or performance work in any genre.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Scott Chasolen has been touring internationally and domestically with his own original music and as a hired pianist for over a decade.
Years Experience: 23

Keyboardist

Category: Music
Description
Scott Chasolen is a highly skilled and creative keyboardist looking for recording session or performance work in any genre.

Specialities include analog instruments such as rhodes, wurlitzer, clavinet, organ, moog synthesizer, and all modern digital instruments.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Scott Chasolen has been touring internationally and domestically with his own original music and as a hired keyboardist for over a decade. ulu - 1996 - 2005 Scott Chasolen Trio - 2003 - present The Machine - 2006 - present Along the way, Scott has also performed and recorded with countless acts in the New York City area including The Machine, Stratospheerius, Illuminati, Katy Pfaffl Band, The Chesterfields, Topaz, Zen Tricksters, Robert Matarazzo, Suit of Lights, Michelle Citrin, Splintered Sunlight, Liam Goodwin and the Ramble, Waves of Life, Chris Berry and Panjea, Funk Monk, Tiberius, Alex Mitnick and the Kaleidescope Band and many small jazz ensembles...
Years Experience: 23

Teacher

Category: Music
Description
Scott Chasolen has been teaching piano for 12 years, and has developed a personalized method tailored for each individual student based on their goals and needs. Beginning with basic skills and technique, Scott's specialities can range anywhere from songwriting and creativity, to theory and improvisation, to reading and performance.

Scott is a professional musician who tours internationally and domestically, has recorded, produced and released 8 albums of original music, and has a tremendous passion for helping others to bring their musical dreams to life.
Relevant Education / Credentials
BFA Jazz Performance New School University New York, NY Private piano instructor
Years Experience: 12