BFA from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Drums, Percussion, CompositionProfile:
Scott Kettner is a graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Kettner has studied intensively in Brazil and in 2004 became a member of one of the oldest existing traditional Maracatu groups from Recife, Brazil, Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante (founded in 1906). In 2003 and 2005, Scott was awarded an artist grant from The Brooklyn Arts Council for his project Maracatu New York and The Nation Beat, and was recently elected a 2006 Latin Jazz Ambassador by the U.S. State Department. Scott was also awarded an artist grant by the Brazilian government to bring his group The Nation Beat to Recife, Brazil to record a CD together with the traditional Maracatu group Estrela Brilhante. As a sideman, Kettner has worked and recorded with Beat The Donkey led by world famous Brazilian percussionist and Grammy Award Winning Cyro Baptista, the Grammy Award Winning Klezmer trumpeter Frank London and the Klezmer Brass Allstars. Kettner also composed and recorded for the latest Cascabulho CD, a world famous Mangue Beat group from Recife, Brazil, which was nominated for a 2005 Latin Grammy Award.