|Born||February 6, 1969|
|Genres||Jazz, funk, rock, Experimental|
|Occupation(s)||Drummer, Composer, Bandleader|
|Instruments||Drums, Percussion, Electronics|
|Labels||SAZi Records, Long Song, Cryptogramophone|
|Associated acts||Scott Amendola Band, Scott Amendola Trio, Orchestra Di Pazzi, Nels Cline Singers, Stretch Woven, Invisible Bird, Amendola vs. Blades, Charlie Hunter, Jenny Scheinman|
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 Cris Williamson, Noe Venable, Carla Bozulich and Odessa Chen.
He is often playing inconverts with Mike Patton as a part of his Mondo Cane project.
In 2011 Amendola premiered his orchestral work, "Fade To Orange", performed in conjunction with the Oakland East Bay Symphony as one the symphony's New Visions/New Vistas premieres. Amendola was joined by Nels Cline and Trevor Dunn.
He is also noted for his use of electronics and synthesizers in his compositions and live performance along with his drumming.
- Scott Amendola Band - 1999
- Crater - 2001-02
- Cry - 2003
- Believe - 2005
- Lift - (SAZi Records 2010)
- Fade To Orange - (SAZi Records, 2015)
- 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
- Flutter To Fuzz - 2018
- Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead - 2012
- Pucker - (SAZi Records, 2013)
- Cars/Williams/Porter/Ellington - 2014
With Amendola vs. Blades
- Greatest Hits- (SAZi Records, 2016)
- Plays Monk - (Long Song Records, 2007)
- Leaps - (Fractal Music, 2015)
- Short Sighted Dream Colossus - (SAZi Records, 2012)
- Collect My Thoughts- (Evander Music, 1995)
- The Allure Of Roadside Curious- (Starlight Furniture Co., 2002)
- All Hat - 2008
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.