Trumpeter Scott Belck — who holds a doctorate in music studies, so that’s Dr. Belck to you and me — has a résumé that is almost ridiculously annotated with some of the greatest names in Jazz and Pop music, including the Woody Herman Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen and our own Blue Wisp Big Band. He’s toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, among others, performed with some of the country’s top symphony orchestras and been a member, bandleader or musical director of a dizzying array of groups and orchestras. Belck has sessioned and gigged with dozens of high-profile artists and been featured on an equally impressive number of recordings, including with his own trumpet ensemble, Tromba Mundi.
To top it off, last fall Belck was named Director of Jazz Studies at University of Cincinnati’s world-class College-Conservatory of Music, succeeding longtime department head Rick VanMatre, who retired last spring.
If Belck’s considerable roll call of accomplishments lacked one particular bullet point, it was the release of an album of original compositions under his own name. But he’ll be able to check that off his to-do list with the imminent release of At the Cannibals’ Prayer Breakfast.
Scott Belck celebrates the release of his new album with a show Saturday at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Go here to read Brian Baker's full interview.