born on 6/2/1969 in Oakland, CA, United States
Scott Amendola (born February 6, 1969) is an American drummer from the San Francisco Bay Area. His styles include jazz, blues, groove, rock and new music. He is considered central to the Bay Area music scene.
Amendola was originally from New Jersey and studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area he came to popularity in the 1990s as a member of T.J. Kirk with Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard and John Schott. Their second album received a Grammy Award nomination. He has led his own bands and trios which have included Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Jeff Parker and John Shifflett as well as Ben Goldberg and Devin Hoff. Often favoring guitarists he has toured with Bill Frisell and Kelly Joe Phelps and recorded with Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, G.E. Stinson, Nels Cline and Tony Furtado. He is an original member of the Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core. He has been a session percussionist for Noe Venable, Carla Bozulich and Odessa Chen.
In 2011 Amendola will have his new orchestral work performed in conjunction with the Oakland East Bay Symphony as one the symphony's New Visions/New Vistas premieres. Amendola will be joined by Nels Cline and Trevor Dunn.
- Scott Amendola Band - 1999
- Crater - 2001-02
- Cry - 2003
- Believe - 2005
- Lift - 2010
With The Nels Cline Singers
- Instrumentals (Cryptogramophone, 2000)
- The Giant Pin (Cryptogramophone, 2004)
- Draw Breath (Cryptogramophone, 2007)
- The Celestial Septet (New World, 2008 ) - with Rova Saxophone Quartet
- Initiate (Cryptogramophone, 2010)
- Macroscope (Mack Avenue, 2014)
With Nels Cline
- New Monastery (Cryptogramophone, 2006)
- Dirty Baby (Cryptogramophone, 2010)
With Charlie Hunter
- Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead - 2012
- Pucker - 2013
- Cars/Williams/Porter/Ellington - 2014
With Pat Martino
- All Sides Now (Blue Note, 1997)
- Andrew Gilbert, "Exploring New Degrees In Drumming", sfgate.com, October 3, 2004.
- Andrew Gilbert, "Scott Amendola: Jazz drummer's birthday bash", sfgate.com, February 5, 2009.
- Forrest Dylan Bryant Scott Amendola: Unlimited Possibilities jazzobserver.com, February 13, 2006.
- David Hadbawnik, "Hear This Despite a Grammy, T.J. Kirk quit in '97. Now the jazz-fusion quartet returns", SFWeekly, December 24, 2003.
- Andrew Gilbert, Biography All About Jazz.
- Derk Richardson, "Peerless Percussion / The Bay Area's Scott Amendola drums up success", sfgate.com, September 25, 2003.
- "The Height of Romanticism Oakland East Bay Symphony", sfcv.org.
- Official site