Born in 1954, Scott Henderson
grew up in an era where blues-rock was at it's peak. His
formative musical years took place in South Florida where he
played the clubs with all kinds of bands playing everything from
Led Zepplin to James Brown. As he was learning his instrument,
Henderson was influenced by Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix,
Ritchie Blackmore, and the great blues guitarists Albert King and
Even though Henderson claims to be more of a blues-rock player,
it was the influence of jazz that led him to the style of playing
and composing that he is now famous for.
Scott finished school at Florida Atlantic University, then moved
to Los Angeles where he played and recorded with Chick Corea's Elektric Band, with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, bassist Jeff Berlin and "Players", and
a four year stint with Weather Report's Joe Zawinul.
Henderson formed the band Tribal Tech in 1984 with bassist
Gary Willis, and after nine critically acclaimed albums,
Henderson has proven himself as a world class player and
In 1991, he was named by Guitar World as the #1 Jazz Guitarist,
and in January 1992, he was named #1 Jazz Guitarist in Guitar
Player's Annual Reader's Poll.
His first solo blues album "Dog Party", a
welcome retreat to his musical roots, won best blues album of
1994 in Guitar Player. The second blues album for
Mesa/Bluemoon Records pairs Henderson with legendary vocalist
Thelma Houston. "Tore Down House" was released
in April 97, and received four star reviews in Jazz Times,
Guitar Player, Guitar, Guitar Shop, and L.A Jazz Scene Magazines.
The newest Tribal Tech album "Rocket Science"
was just released on the ESC/Tone center label in November
Scott's newest project is his trio featuring Tribal Tech's Kirk Covington on drums and vocals, and John Humphrey on bass.
The band plays blues music from "Dog Party" and "Tore
Down House" as well as some of Henderson's jazz music
recorded by Tribal Tech.
This group has toured US, Europe, South America, and will record
a new album for ESC Records during next spring/summer.
Scott has also released two albums with "Vital Tech
Tones", a trio collaboration with bassist Victor Wooten
and ex - Journey/Vital Information leader Steve Smith on drums.
As is often the case with a musician of Scott's calibre, the
demand is great that he share his knowledge with the current
generation of guitarists. He is on the faculty at Musician's
Institute in Hollywood, and has written columns for Guitar
Player, Guitar World and Guitar School Magazines.
Columbia has released two Henderson instructional videos;
"Jazz Fusion Improvisation", and "Melodic
Phrasing". The Scott Henderson Guitar Books, two collections
of his compositions, are available through Hal Leonard Publishing, as well as his newest book "Jazz Guitar
Chord System", a revolutionary way for students to study the
pluralities of jazz harmony.
- Tribal Tech
- Spears (Passport
- Dr. Hee (Passport
- Nomad (Relativity
- Tribal Tech
- Illicit (Bluemoon
- Face First (Bluemoon
- Reality Check
- Thick (1999)
- Scott Henderson Solo
- Dog Party
- Tore Down House
- Other Records Featuring
- JOE ZAWINUL SYNDICATE
- The Immigrants
(Columbia #CK 40969)
- Black Water
(Columbia #CK 44316)
- CHICK COREA
- Elektric Band (GRP
- JEAN-LUC PONTY
- Fables (Atlantic
- JEFF BERLIN
- Champion (Passport)
- Players (Passport)
- TOM COSTER
- The Forbidden Zone