Scott Adams - saxophone

Sax player for Spike and the Impalers, Shameless Hussy, and The TubeKings.

Scott started playing the saxophone over 25 years ago, although he will never admit that he’s old enough to have done anything for 25 years. He has studied with local Seattle legends like Clarence Acox (Garfield High School), Johnnie Jessen (Kenny G’s teacher), Jabo Ward and Don Lanphere (Seattle jazz legends), and Roy Cummings (University of Washington).

He began playing clubs too young, and often had to sneak in the back door when the bouncer wasn’t looking, leap on stage right before the band started, and run out the door as soon as they were done. After 6 months, he was finally tired of the lying and sneaking around, and went to Seoul, South Korea, where they don’t care how old you are, as long as you can afford the drinks. Scott alleges that his 9 months in Korea helped bring his style of playing into focus. Something about playing in front of an audience 6 nights a week, blah, blah, blah. When he gets going on Korea, you tend to tune him out after a while.

When he returned to Seattle, he looked around for jazz gigs, and realized that since he wasn’t 60 years old (and never would be), there weren’t any available. He started playing with the following bands and musicians (not necessarily in this order): Seattle Blues Revue, Apollo Creed, The Roger Rogers Band, Nicole Fournier, Everyday People, Souler Energy, Full Circle, Molasses, Hip City, the Little Kings, Doctor Funk, Stolen Ogre, Mirage and the Bad Ass Brass, and Type A! He also is known in some circles as “the village whore” and will gladly play for anyone who dangles a couple of bucks in front of his face.

Scott has amazing luck, and has been recommended to play with a number of genuinely famous people, like Ann Wilson from Heart. He plays in her band occasionally to this day. Ann was good enough to invite him to play with her at a fundraiser for President Clinton, and Scott got to jam with Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains and Steve Bishop from Los Lobos, and even got his picture taken with the leader of the free world! Amazingly, he passed the Secret Service’s background check. He also was invited to play with Slash from Guns ‘n Roses. Slash’s background check was not nearly as thorough.

Currently, Scott can be seen around the Pacific Northwest with Shameless Hussy and Spike and the Impalers, featuring Spike O'Neill and Bob Rivers from KJR FM. He has a day job that he loves, helping Group Health Cooperative save healthcare in this country, and lives in the Seattle area with his girlfriend, 2 nutty dogs and a cranky cat.

I play a Yamaha YTS-62 tenor saxophone from the late 1980s, with Dukoff D6 and Jody Jazz 6* mouthpieces, and Fibracell reeds. Love the Kevlar, baby! My microphone is an AMT Wi5 Pro.

I opted not to upgrade the mouthpiece, and got another Dukoff. I'm currently in love with my Wi5 Pro, but the Wi5ii is out now, and it looks so awesome!

Who wants to go to Ted Brown Music this weekend and try out ligatures with me?

Once more into the breach, boys!

Take a moment to just hear this in your head. Such a great tune, no matter who plays it.

Had a good week of non-musical travel, bookended​ by great music events with my homie Jakael a.k.a. the Jackal.

The Malware gig with Harry, Jakael, and Tim was so much fun I can't stand it. Improvised from note one, there were no rules, and the whole show was off-script. Anytime, anywhere, I'm ready to go again.

Last week was East Coast travel to visit family and make wedding plans, and then on Sunday I popped over to the studio to record a track for singer-songwriter David Nyro, with the inimitable Jakael manning the desk. Great song, fun session, and they encouraged me to get creative and let my personality shine through.

I picked up some sort of plague on the flight home from Boston, so I'm lying low today, working from home and getting caught up on what I missed last week.

Shameless Hussy had a cancellation this weekend, so my next show isn't until 6/24, at the delicious Dreadnaught Brewery in Monroe.

Colin Stetson Makes You Forget Everything You Knew About the Saxophone

I love/hate this guy, because he makes me question wtf I'm even doing He's worked with a long list of acts including Bon Iver and Arcade Fire, and he's completely changing the form of modern sax playing.

Wow, huge fundraiser last night for Good Sam hospital. Millions raised, and Spike & The Impalers kicked some serious ass. Saw my old friend Emmanuel Del Casal, who was playing jazz for the silent auction.

Coming up this week, some funky jazz or some jazzy funk, depending how you look at it. Details to come as soon as I know what they are!

Could it be? Could it be? Something funky this way comes... #WholeLottaMaybe #Funk #Jam #Jazz #OutOfTheAshes

Could it be? Could it be? Something funky this way comes... #WholeLottaMaybe #Funk #Jam #Jazz #OutOfTheAshes

Band Interests

Besides performing, I play with the dogs, and scuba dive in Puget Sound whenever I can.


Current Location

Other Seattle Artists
Kenny G
Other Artists In Seattle-ish
Ashburn Artists