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  • Scott Sorkin (2008)

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    Bay Area native Scott Sorkin grew up in Millbrae and Bolinas, and received a degree in Jazz Performance from San Jose State University, where he studied with fellow guitarists Bruce Forman, Steve Erquiaga, and Tuck Andress. After graduation, he spent four years with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra of San Francisco.

    Following a period as composer, producer and guitarist in the band Burning Bridges (alongside now Bay Area fixtures Jason Lewis, John Shifflett and Kristen Strom), Scott “went corporate”, working successively as a programmer and house composer for White Shark Interactive in Santa Cruz, as Webmaster for high tech startup eVoice in Menlo Park, and as a freelance producer, composer and guitarist. It was probably this last that opened the path, as it were, to joining Open Path Music in San Jose as a producer/engineer/composer working on projects too numerous to list—although mention must be made of his multiple roles as composer/producer/engineer/guitarist on the score for the feature film “Fat Rose & Squeaky” (with Louise Fletcher & Cicely Tyson).

    Before and during this period, Scott shared the stage with the likes of Steve and Michael Turré, Mike Vax, Wesla Whitfield, Louie Bellson and his old San Jose State teacher Bruce Forman, as well as performing in groups large (the Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Eschelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band and the Full Faith & Credit Big Band) and small (the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra).

    Currently Scott performs and writes regularly in three bands: Crossing Borders, Ed Johnson & Novo Tempo, and Kristen Strom.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Jacques Gallot French Baroque Lute Suites (Du Fault/ Gallot/ Reusner/ Conradi), Michael Schäffer Suite in D Minor, Movement V, "Canarie: Les Castagnettes" (Sony Seon)
    # 2 Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Dance of the Knights (RCA)
    # 3 Toninho Horta Moonstone Spirit Land (Polydor)
    # 4 Elis Regina Elis, Esse Mulher O Bêbado E a Equilibrista (WEA Latina)
    # 5 Väsen Trio Mitt i Livet (NorthSide)
    # 6 Bill Evans You Must Believe in Spring We Will Meet Again (Warner Bros)
    # 7 Keith Jarrett My Song Country (ECM)
    # 8 Eric Dolphy Outward Bound G.W. (OJC)
    # 9 Kurt Rosenwinkel Deep Song Brooklyn Sometimes (Verve)
    # 10 Ralph Towner Solo Concert Spirit Lake (ECM)
    Book Either René Descartes, "Discourse on Method", or "The Complete Calvin and Hobbes"
    Luxury Item A dentist (one who isn't afraid of sharks)
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 João Bosco Da Licenca Men Senhor Heróis da Liberdade (Sony International)
    Alt 2 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Lonely Woman (Atlantic)
    Alt 3 Bill Frisell This Land Rag (Elektra)
    Alt 4 Lenine Olho De Peixe A Gandaia das Ondas/Pedra E Areia (Velas)
    Alt 5 Egberto Gismonti Sanfona Loro (ECM)
    Alt 6 G.F. Händel Handel in Hamburg: Music from Almira, Nero, Rodrigo, Daphne and Florindo, Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman conductor Suite from Almira (Hyperion UK)
    Alt 7 Jim Hall Jim Hall Live! Angel Eyes (Verve)
    Alt 8 Joe Henderson Double Rainbow Passarim (Verve)
    Alt 9 Toninho Horta From Ton to Tom: A Tribute to Tom Jobim Agua de Beber (Video)
    Alt 10 Toninho Horta From Ton to Tom: A Tribute to Tom Jobim Modinha (Video)
    Alt 11 Nguyên Lê Tales from Vietnam The Wind Blew It Away (ACT)
    Alt 12 Marin Marais Tous les Matins du Monde La Badinage for Viola de Gamba and Continuo in F Sharp Minor (Valois)
    Alt 13 Marin Marais Tous les Matins du Monde La Reveuse from "Pièces de Viole, Book IV, No. 82" (Valois)
    Alt 14 Pat Metheny Question and Answer Law Years (Geffen)
    Alt 15 Pat Metheny Rejoicing Lonely Woman (ECM)
    Alt 16 Kurt Rosenwinkel Deep Song The Next Step (Verve)
    Alt 17 Steely Dan Two Against Nature Jack of Speed (Giant)
    Alt 18 Väsen Live in Japan Vilse i Betlandet (NorthSide)
    Alt 19 Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood Pride and Joy (Epic/Legacy)
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