I’m presenting a new project that I’ve been developing this Spring along with pianist Rich Rowlinson and bassist Tim Delaney. It’s called “Will Scruggs Plays Pretty for the People” (a name inspired by this classic record). Although I’m still blowing plenty of saxophone with this new band, the project has allowed me to focus a lot more on my vocals, developing a unique repertoire of classic jazz standards and novelty songs from the 1930’s and 40’s. The group has a really nice, mellow vibe, and we enjoy entertaining – playing tunes people like to hear and creating a connection with the audience.
In addition to his success as a bandleader, Will Scruggs is quickly making a name for himself as one of the top-call saxophonists in the Southeast. In 2002 he was featured as a special guest soloist with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Emory Symphony Orchestra. Since 2003 he has appeared on over 25 albums, including records produced by Dallas Austin, Noel Alphonso, and Oliver Wood. As a member of the Funderhorns, Will can be heard on Leavin’, the newest record from Eight-time Grammy ® Award winner Natalie Cole. He also performed with Ms. Cole at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and the Apollo Theater in New York City. Scruggs has toured extensively with singer/songwriter Chris Cauley and his newest project, CC Booker III feat. Will Scruggs, a SoulJazz collaboration between musicians in ATL and NYC. He also performs regularly with vocalist Audrey Shakir and Atlanta supergroup, Kingsized. Scruggs spent much of 2009 branching out, performing with ‘New-Grass’ legend John Cowan and recording commercially with Cee-Lo.
When: Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 9:30pm & 11:30pm Show
Where: Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe – 660 Peachtree Street – Atlanta, GA
What school did Will Scruggs attend for his undergraduate studies?
Deadline: Fri., May 18, 2012