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Sunnyside Records

Sunnyside Records


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Scott Tixier

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26 February 1986 (age 38) Montreuil, France (

Associated acts
Trophees du Sunside, Stevie Wonder, Downbeat Critics Poll, NPR "Song of the day", American Federation of Musicians (AFM)

Similar People
Logan Richardson, Lonnie Plaxico, Mark Feldman, Florin Niculescu, Mat Maneri


Composer, violinist

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Scott Tixier (born 26 February 1986) is an award-winning French jazz violinist and a recording artist.


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Life and career

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Tixier was born in Montreuil, France, and studied classical violin at the conservatory in Paris. Following that, he studied improvisation as a self-educated jazz musician and under Florin Niculescu then Malo Vallois.

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Scott Tixier has worked in many genres, in the theater, film scoring, Broadway shows, for Sony Pictures, ARTE Creative, Heineken, Dos Equis, Fisher-Price, America's Got Talent on NBC, with Zedd on the David Letterman Late Show on CBS, for Josh Groban, Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Sting, Jean Reno, Whoopi Goldberg, Marc Jacobs, Keith David, Pierre Palmade, Pierre Richard, David Ackroyd, NBA player Allan Houston, Christina Aguilera, Chrisette Michele, Doug E. Fresh, JR, Ariana Grande, and Monica Dogra.

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He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including, Stevie Wonder, Roger Waters, Kenny Barron, John Legend, Chris Potter, Christina Aguilera, Common, Anthony Braxton, Joss Stone, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Wayne Brady, Chris Walden, Greg Phillinganes, Ray Chew, The Isley Brothers, Cory Smythe, Maceo Parker, Janet Cardiff, Siegfried Kessler, Tony Middleton, Lonnie Plaxico, Myron Walden, Clifford Adams (Kool & the Gang), Helen Sung, Brice Wassy, Gerald Cleaver, Lew Soloff, Yvonnick Prene, Tigran Hamasyan, James Weidman, Marcus McLauren, Giada Valenti, and Tommy Sims.

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He played at Carnegie Hall, the Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, the Golden Globes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Apollo Theater, the Smalls Jazz Club, The Stone, Roulette, Smoke Jazz, Hammerstein Ballroom, Joe's Pub, Williamsburg Music Center, Prudential Center and the United States Capitol.

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When he was a teenager, Scott was invited to several master classes with some of the finest jazz musicians, including Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Steve Coleman. Scott Tixier has also met and received letters of introduction from Jean-Luc Ponty, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Mark Feldman, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, and Lonnie Plaxico.

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In 2008, he was endorsed by Corelli Savarez (strings) and in November 2011, he was signed by the American record label Sunnyside Records.

In May 2013, Scott Tixier was the violinist for Harvey Keitel's 74th birthday. In 2014, featured on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the film John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves and Willem Dafoe (Tixier appeared in the film).

In 2014 and 2015, he performed with Stevie Wonder for "Songs in the Key of Life" performance tour.

In 2016 Tixier released a new studio recording for Sunnyside Records at Avatar Studios in New York and collaborated with award winning photographer Franck Bohbot who did the album cover photography. The new album also featured Grammy Awards winner Chris Potter and Pedrito Martinez and was produced by Donald Brown.

On August 15th 2016, two of the songs "Dig It" and "100,000 Hours" from the album Cosmic Adventure were featured on NPR for the show Morning Edition hosted by David Greene, during This Week in Politics.Morning Edition is among the highest rated public radio shows.

On October 22nd 2016 Tixier was performing with Kevin Spacey, Cassandra Wilson, Patti Austin, Andra Day, David Alan Grier and Lizz Wright alongside the Count Basie Orchestra at the Apollo Theater to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald.

Cosmic Adventure was selected as "Best Albums Of 2016" by Downbeat Magazine

On May 2017 Tixier was performing with Roger Waters for the release of Waters first album in 24 years Is This the Life We Really Want?. The show was held at the Stephen Colbert Late Show on CBS


Tixier has earned international recognition for his playing. Grammy Award winning bassist Marcus Miller says that Tixier "is making an international name for himself. I heard him in France and was immediately struck by his individuality and his sound." Guitarist Pat Metheny says, "[Scott] has found a place for himself within the elite community of New York jazz musicians, no small feat." In an interview with All About Jazz in 2010, violinist Mark Feldman called Scott "really up-and-coming and very talented." Jean-Luc Ponty said "I have heard Scott's recordings, seen his live performances and I think that he stands above the crowd of current jazz violinists around the world."

Awards and recognition

  • In 2007, he was awarded the first prize of "Trophées du Sunside" in Paris, France. In 2008, Tixier moved to New York and has continued his career as both a sideman in the Lonnie Plaxico's band, Dave Douglas, Anthony Braxton, Numinous Ensemble and as a leader.
  • In 2012, Tixier was nominated Rising Star Violin in the 60th Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll.
  • In 2012, Scott Tixier was nominated Rising Star Violin in the 60th Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll.
  • In 2013, Tixier was nominated Rising Star Violin in the 61st Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll.
  • In 2013, Tixier was nominated for the 2nd consecutive year Rising Star Violin in the 61st Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll.
  • In 2015, Tixier was nominated Rising Star Violin in the 63rd Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll.
  • In 2016, Tixier was nominated Rising Star Violin in the 64th Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll.
  • In 2013, Tixier was nominated Best New Artist by the JazzTimes Critics' Poll.
  • Tixier was also nominated Best New Artist by the JazzTimes Critics' Poll.
  • His second album Cosmic Adventure received favorable reviews by the general press including The New York Times; The Village Voice. As well as the specialized press such as Downbeat and JazzTimes. He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
  • His CD Brooklyn Bazaar was listed in the JazzTimes magazine Critics' Top 50 CDs of 2012.
  • Tixier was picked by NPR as "Song of the Day" and was broadcast internationally.
  • In 2017, Tixier was named in the Top 4 for "Best Jazz Violinist" in the JazzTimes Critics Poll .
  • Instrument

    His violin is an 1889 Collin-Mezin. Tixier uses bows by French bow maker Emil Miquel. His violin case was originally owned by violinist Isaac Stern for his 1740 "del Gesù", it was specially made by Dimitri Musafia.

    Performance credits

  • Roger Waters performing his album Is This the Life We Really Want? at the Ed Sullivan Theater on Stephen Colbert Late Show 2017
  • 100: THE APOLLO CELEBRATES ELLA! featuring Patti Austin, Andra Day, David Alan Grier, Kevin Spacey, Cassandra Wilson, Lizz Wright (strings) 2016
  • Stevie Wonder performing Songs in the Key of Life 2015 Tour, featured as violin solo at Barclays Center, Prudential Center and Madison Square Garden
  • Stevie Wonder at Madison Square Garden performing Songs in the Key of Life 2014 Tour
  • America's Got Talent (season 10) 2015
  • America's Got Talent NBC Season 8 (House band strings) 2013
  • PBS TV special with Giada Valenti and Chris Walden 2015
  • Christina Aguilera NBA All-Star Game Session 2015
  • 72nd Golden Globe Awards on NBC with John Legend and Common nominated for "Best Original Song" for Glory from the film Selma. (strings)
  • David Letterman Late Night Show CBS (Strings)
  • John Wick starring Keanu Reeves (solo violin on set and soundtrack)
  • Lonnie Plaxico Band
  • Dave Douglas FONT
  • Anthony Braxton: Opera Trillium J
  • Joseph C. Phillips's Numinous Ensemble with Sara Serpa, Becca Stevens, Julie Hardy, Charenee Wade
  • The Candy Shop Boys
  • Tony Middleton Band
  • Mark Feldman curating at the Stone
  • Inaugural Program for the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Providing the soundtrack with Tony Tixier in a commissioned work by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller Les Cent Quarante-six Marches
  • Discography

    As leader

  • Brooklyn Bazaar (Sunnyside, 2012)
  • Cosmic Adventure featuring Chris Potter, Pedrito Martinez (Sunnyside, 2016)
  • As sideman

  • Introducing, Yvonnick Prene Group (2006)
  • Roll the Dice, Yvonnick Prene Group (2007)
  • Sangatsu, Keiichi Murata (Tsumori, 2010)
  • When We Arrive, Foldersnacks, Jesse Elder (2010)
  • Ephemera – Distance (Live at Lofish Studio Manhattan New York), Christian Ravaglioli (2011)
  • Lofish Studios Session, Tony Middleton (2011)
  • Like a Road Leading Home, Sofia Laiti; James Weidman (2011)
  • The Candy Shop Boys featuring Sophia Urista (2013)
  • Talking Strings, Darius Scheider (2013)
  • Wonderful World, Yvonick Prene Group (2014)
  • John Wick soundtrack, Evil Man Blues (The Candy Shop Boys) (Lionsgate, 2014)
  • Trillium J, Anthony Braxton (2014)
  • North & South, Shareef Clayton (2015)
  • Filmography

  • Tous Places, Alban Capello, Atypik, Equidia TV (2005)
  • Pierre et Fils Pierre Palmade, TF1 (2008)
  • Silent Night Directed by Bryan Parker (Sony, 2011)
  • Ogres, les Fauves de Farafangan by Landre Bernard Brunel, ARTE Creative (2011)
  • Double Jeux Tony Tixier Quartet invite Scott Tixier, CINAPS TV (2013)
  • America's Got Talent Season 8, Ep 824, 826 and 827 on NBC (2013)
  • David Letterman Show on CBS (2013)
  • Les Cent Quarante-six Marches, Janet Cardiff Video Walk, Fondation Louis Vuitton (2014)
  • Trillium J Anthony Braxton DVD (fine cut version) (2014)
  • John Wick featuring Keanu Reeves and Willem Dafoe (2014)
  • America's Got Talent Season 10 (2015)
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Season 4, Episode 45 (2016)
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Season 1, Episode 148 (2016)
  • References

    Scott Tixier Wikipedia

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