Musician and composer Jim Scott has earned the wide respect of audiences and other musicians for lyrical music that furthers the ideals of ecology, justice, and peace. For three decades he’s been reaching hearts and minds with his own brand of harmony, intelligent lyrics and some virtuoso guitar craft.
Jim’s music transcends boundaries and categories, spanning the jazz, classical, folk, and popular music worlds. Guitarist for the Paul Winter Consort for many years, Jim has gone on to create choral works, a stage musical, a book illustrating his unique guitar approach and several recordings of his songs. Lately Jim has collected and arranged a collection songs of ecology and peace by many contemporary songwriters. Book One of the “Earth and Spirit Songbook” is now available. Jim is also working on a book of jazz choral arrangements of hymns.
Along with this wide range of creativity, It’s still his lyrical songs, speaking to all with direct and immediate messages, that remain Jim’s primary work. A Jim Scott concert is a celebration of our connections with each other – humanity of all cultures – and with the earth. His music has taken him around the world and he makes his case for harmony with well crafted, intelligent and at times humorous songs, poetry and stories.
Jim’s guitar fluency comes from classical and jazz training and experience, and he uses it well with classical (nylon string), six and twelve-string, steel string acoustics as well as an occasional foray to the electric.
Performing in schools for all ages, Jim has also created a big repertoire of children’s songs. He often mixes his poetry, stories and music in lecture concerts and church services celebrating environmental and peace issues.
With a long connection to Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church Jim has been active with the UU Seventh Principle Project, developing “Green Sanctuary,” a program eco-consciousness and activism for churches. In the last fifteen years Jim has visited over 300 UU churches across the country, leading services, presenting concerts, and offering workshops. Several of Jim’s songs are in the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook. and has found wide use in many churches. Jim performs in churches of other denominations and his hymn “Gather the Spirit” is included in the new Unity Church Songbook.