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The Lavender/Shell Duo: Bio

Scott Lavender - Piano

John Scott Lavender
23100 Canzonet St.
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367
(818)715-9737
slavender1@earthlink.net



Scott Lavender’s professional career might best be described as eclectic. With musical interests ranging from rock to classical to jazz he continues to be active in many different aspects of the music business. He has served as music director for folk singer Glenn Yarbrough, classic jazz stylist Toni Tennille, and currently works as singer Johnny Mathis’s conductor and pianist, a job which affords him the opportunity to work with many of the best orchestras and musicians across the country. Mr. Lavender holds a Piano Performance degree from Bowling Green(Ohio) State University, pursued post-graduate study at North Texas State where he played with the 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock bands, and earned a Masters degree in Instrumental Conducting from Cal State Northridge. His CD, “Prime Time,” was released by Radio Mafia Records and features original compositions performed by his No Fault Big Band, an all-star aggregation of LA studio musicians. In addition to writing for jazz band, Scott has also orchestrated, arranged or composed more than 200 pieces for symphony orchestra including his latest composition, “Overture for Tomorrow,” which he premiered in concert recently conducting the San Francisco Symphony. His original compositions for school orchestra can be found in the Alfred and Lucks Music catalogs. Recently he arranged, orchestrated, and conducted music from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story score featured in three highly-acclaimed TV commercials for the “Gap” clothing stores. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Carolyn, son John Scott, and daughter Elizabeth and enjoys ping pong, softball, tennis and fine cigars.

Roger Shell - Cello

Roger Shell is one of the most sought-after cellists on the New York scene today. Since finishing his studies at the Juilliard School he has performed as principal cellist and soloist with numerous New York orchestras, including The American Symphony, The New York Pops, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Martha Graham Ballet, and the American Theater Orchestra. Roger is currently performing in the Broadway show Sister Act. His career also includes performances and recordings with such varied artists as Barbra Streisand, Itzhak Perlman, Johnny Mathis, James Galway, Patty LuPone, Andre Watts, Seal, and Smashing Pumpkins. He has appeared on MTV, A&E, Great Performances, and Live from Lincoln Center, and has recorded solo and chamber music albums for the RCA Victor, BMG, Sony, and ESSA.Y. record labels. Roger's affinity for the American Popular Song is what lead him to approach Scott Lavender to ask for some arrangements, leading to the formation of The Lavender/Shell Duo.