For more than three decades, composer, guitarist Jim Scott has made it his business to create and perform music that celebrates peace, justice and the earth. Jim brings a warmth and humor with his well-crafted jazz and world music influenced songs. He uses well a prodigious guitar mastery and clear voice, to encourage all to get involved with the messages and ideals of peace, justice and the earth that he raises. He performs solo or with and accompanying trio or bass and an array of ethnic percussion.
Formerly a member of the Paul Winter Consort, Jim was co-composer of their celebrated "Missa Gaia/Earth Mass" and sang their anthem song “Common Ground.” He has toured the world, recorded a number of CDs of original music. A prolific composer, Jim has a large and growing catalog of choral music and often performs with choirs. He leads workshops with choirs inspiring singers to new levels of expression. He's lead workshops in schools that range from writing songs with elemenatary age groups (3rd-4th Grade) to Improvisation and Creativity for older students. Jim's been a visiting faculty instructor at Oberlin College for six Winter Terms, where he's taught courses in Improvisation and Guitar.
A co-creator of the "Green Sanctuary" program for churches to become more sustainable, Jim also compiled the "Earth and Spirit Songbook," an anthology of over 100 songs of earth and peace. He has been artist in residence several times and received a number of commissions. As well as being a passionate speaker on ecology and peace issues, Jim mixes teaching with his performance tours across the country. Jim's Stage musical "The Tree and Me" has been staged twice at Jamestown Comm. College and Albion College. His book on guitar Technique "All Scales in All Positions" is published by Hal Leonard. Jim has created a wide variety of programs for churches, schools and community groups and enjoys putting young people in touch with their innate creativity and the power of musical expression.