Trumpeter Scott Wilson heads the Jazz Studies program at the University of Florida. He developed a Jazz Minor and designed courses which allow students to receive current industry skill sets and technology training as well as learn creative approaches to problem solving.
A musician and composer, Wilson has shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Benny Green, Wayne Bergeron, Gordon Goodwin, Conrad Herwig, Wycliffe Gordon, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Coffin, Shelly Berg, Denis DeBlasio, Peter Erskine, Eric Marienthal, Bobby Shew, Slide Hampton, Terrell Stafford, Ron Blake, John Pizzarelli, Ed Shaughnessy and Alex Acuna.
He is regarded as one of the world’s foremost proponents of the electronic valve instrument (EVI). In 2011, Warburton Mouthpieces released the Scott Wilson Jazz Mouthpiece, designed to be a more supportive and functional mouthpiece for young trumpet players.
Wilson has consistently been at the forefront of designing online platforms for jazz education including Jazz Fundamentals 1, Jazz Fundamentals 2, Jazz Aural Skills and Jazz History. His jazz texts, The Ultimate Jazz Tool Kit and Ultimate Music Workbook, are available through Kendall Hunt Publishing and are accompanied by 35 instructional videos that cover topics ranging from jazz theory to song writing. He has hosted the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Camp and four Juilliard Jazz Summer Workshops.
He serves as Artistic Director for the LakeShore Music jazz series at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Arizona. As a producer, Wilson co-produced the “Earth Wind and Fire Tribute” album for the Sheldon Reynolds Project in Los Angeles. He served as Musical Director for Universal Studios Japan and principle staff composer for Grand Link World in Qingdao, China. He has been a featured jazz trumpet soloist for Tokyo Disney Sea. He has served as an Artistic Director for Caleb Chapman’s Super Band in Utah, which has won multiple Downbeat awards.
Wilson received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. At the University of North Texas he taught courses in jazz theory, performed in the One O’Clock Lab Band and served as Adjunct Faculty. At Snow College in Utah, he held the position of Director of Jazz Studies.