“He phrases like a saxophone player and is slippery and hip as a young Mel Tormé”
— Cadence Magazine
David Thorne Scott is an entertainer whose beautiful voice and creativity have thrilled audiences in venues large and small.
His passion for bringing a modern edge to the classics of the Great American Songbook, as well as his original songs, earned his album "Shade" a "Top 5 CD of the Year" by the Jazz Education Journal. Cadence Magazine said "he phrases like a saxophone player and is as slippery and hip as the young Mel Tormé." Herb Wong, one of the west coast's leading jazz experts, wrote “I haven’t been this moved by a performance of ‘For All We Know’ since Carmen McRae.”
David has sung with the Boston Pops, the Capital Jazz Orchestra, the New England Wind Symphony, and the Melrose Symphony, the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra and the Thinkin' Big Band.
David's current project is called "Thornewood", an album released in 2021 where he mixes and matches elements of jazz and Americana: Cole Porter and Harold Arlen right next to John Denver and Townes Van Zandt. Special guests on the album include Paula Cole, Peter Eldridge, Jason Palmer, Walter Smith III, and Sara Caswell.
David's pop/jazz crossover album "Hopeful Romantic” (reminding some listeners of Jamie Cullum's The Pursuit), consists of smoky jazz, powerful rock anthems, bouncy pop and moody hip-hop musings. These disparate rays are focused through a voice that provides a singular emotional resonance. Gold- and Platinum-award winner Anthony Resta produced the CD.
Founded in 2014 by David Thorne Scott after a stint performing with the legendary Four Freshmen, the Vintage Vocal Quartet is comprised of double-threat singer/instrumentalists who vocalize and harmonize while keeping a steady beat on bass, guitar, piano and trumpet. The group's repertoire is inspired by groups like Glenn Miller’s Modernaires, the Nat King Cole Trio, the Andrews Sisters, and Tommy Dorsey’s Pied Pipers, as well as singers like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jo Stafford.
DYAD is the duo of David Thorne Scott and Mark Shilansky. They blow up audience expectations of "a singer plus an accompanist" by singing in harmony and playing percussion, bass, mandolin and trumpet. They view varied musical styles — including classical, folk, theater, the Beatles, and (why not?) 80’s pop music — through a jazz lens. This chamber duo is perfectly suited for smaller concert venues, but has also been featured in larger halls. Inspired by Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin's "Play" but with a more eclectic angle.
As a member of the vocal quartet Syncopation, called "a 21st-century Manhattan Transfer or Lambert, Hendricks and Ross‚" by the Boston Globe, he sang and played trumpet. The legendary vocal group the Four Freshmen has only had four different lead singers since its inception in 1947 and David is the only substitute ever to tour with them, singing the high lead part and playing bass. Vocalogy is David's vocal group based in California.
His composition “I See You” was featured in the television show The Blacklist on NBC.
David is Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches voice, improvisation, ensembles, and vocal arranging.