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Russ Scanlon

Spring High School 1972
University of Texas at Austin 1972-1975
University of North Texas State 1976-1979 (BA in Music)
Southwest Texas State University 1991-1993 (MM in Composition)

Private Instruction in the Boston area 1979
Private Instruction in Austin, TX 1980-1986
Adjunct Professor at Austin Community College 1982-1995
Graduate Teaching Assistant at Southwest Texas State 1991-1994
Full-Time Assistant Professor at Austin Community College 1994-present

…contributor to Downbeat Publications Jazz Styles and Analysis (1979);
author of two guitar instruction manuals funded by ACC mini grants;
host and lecturer for performance/master classes with artists including Gene Bertoncini, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jackie King, Irwin Mayfield, Ron Brown, and Mitch Watkins;
participant in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences "Grammy in the Schools."

…specializing in all levels of contemporary guitar instruction, beginning classical guitar, jazz theory, and improvisation.

…a wide variety of professional playing experience including concerts, club dates, casuals, jingles, and album recording sessions. Orchestra/Stage work includes engagements with Dave Brubeck, Austin Symphony, Bernadette Peters, Carol Channing, Rich Little, Martha and the Vandellas, and Joel Grey. Also Broadway touring productions of Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Chicago, and Tommy Tune Tonight. Also jazz concerts with Carla Bley and Steve Swallow, David "Fathead" Newman, Billy Hart, and Roscoe Mitchell.

…founding member of the group Quizumba, winners of the Austin Chronicle poll for Best Latin Band in 1987-1988. Co-founder of the group Susanna Sharpe and the Samba Police, winners of the Chronicle Poll in 1991, 1992, and 1994. Founding member of the Afro-Pop group Tamasha Africana.

Lucky Oceans Lucky Steels the Wheel (Blind Pig Records)
Joe Scruggs Late Last Night (Educational Graphics Press)
Joe Scruggs Traffic Jams (Educational Graphics Press)
Dan Del Santo DV8 (Pleasure Records)
CO2 RadioActive (Creop Muse)
Will Taylor Reel Life (Amazing Records)
Samba Police A Musica das Almas (self-produced)
Tina Marsh Circle of Light (Creop Muse)
Floyd Domino Sleepy in Seattle (Golliber Records)
Tamasha Africana Tamasha Africana (self-produced)
Rick Lawn Boundaries (Seabreeze Records)
Miss Lavelle (upcoming release from Antone's Records)
Los Jazz Vatos Los Jazz Vatos (Vague Ideas)

…also numerous jingle and soundtrack credits.


Outstanding Performance by a Jazz Instrumentalist in Downbeat magazine's Student Music Awards in 1992.

"…Scanlon, usually seen with the Samba Police, made yet another case for designation as one of the city's most eclectic enlightened guitar heroes." -Michael Point, Austin American Statesman, August 23, 1993.




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