Dr. Scott Routenberg enjoys a versatile and prolific career as an award-winning composer, arranger, jazz pianist and orchestrator. In 2004, Scott was the first jazz songwriter to win the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest Maxell Song of the Year for his electro-acoustic big band composition Bandwidth (EMI Records) from the album Jazztronicus. Other awards and honors include The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize (2016), the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers Symposium SONIC Award for Best Arrangement (2017), the ASCAP David Rose Scholarship, the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, and the Downbeat Student Award for Best Extended Length Composition. Since 2011, Routenberg has received multiple commissions as an arranger for the Grammy Winning Metropole Orkest under Vince Mendoza, and has had orchestral premieres by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among many others. Commissions include multiple big band arrangements for Grammy-winning harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy, The Jeremy Monteiro Big Band, the New York Youth Symphony, and Routenberg's popular Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra, commissioned by Oregon Symphony violinist Chien Tan. World premieres include Austria, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, China and Singapore. Domestic premieres include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Fox Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles (ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop). In 2007 Routenberg was commissioned by Day 1 Studios and Producer Lucas Arts to write demo music for the video game Fracture.
Dr. Routenberg is currently Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at Ball State University. Routenberg has performed with world-renowned jazz musicians the likes of Howard Levy and Christian Howes, among many others. International and national jazz festival performances include the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Indy Jazz Fest. Routenberg has played at such notable jazz clubs and venues as The Green Mill (Chicago), The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), The Velvet Note (Atlanta), The Chatterbox (Indy), The Palladium (Carmel, In), The Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables) and The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head Island). The Scott Routenberg Trio, an Indianapolis-based jazz piano trio featuring bassist Nick Tucker and drummer Cassius Goens III, released their debut album Every End is a Beginning on March 10, 2017 on Summit Records. The trio has played Indy Jazz Fest 2015 and 2016 and has opened for jazz guitar legend John Scofield. Scott's jazz piano teachers include Ted Howe, Brazilian legend Manfredo Fest (keyboardist and arranger for Sergio Mendes, Brazil '66 and Bossa Rio), Chip Crawford (Grammy Award winning pianist for Gregory Porter) and Vince Maggio (student of Oscar Peterson and roommate of Bill Evans). His composition and arranging teachers include Gary Lindsay, Ron Miller and Raul Murciano. Routenberg is a graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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