Keeping Scott's Legacy Alive Through Music Education

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VJC's Scott Mullett Memorial Scholarship Fund

In memory of Scott and of his enduring connection to his students, the Vermont Jazz Center has established an annual memorial scholarship to its Annual Summer Jazz Workshop. Scott instructed at this program for many years and was an indispensable part if its community and of its world class faculty. The VJC will work to raise $1,500 each year so that one young person can receive a full tuition scholarship to this week-long intensive educational event. More information on the program can be found here.

We are grateful to multi-year, summer workshop participant Susan Plunkett for her thoughtful and generous contribution that initiated this fund.

Susan Plunkett


From Susan:

Dear Friends,

We recently lost Scott Mullett, a beautiful man, a man who changed many lives with his sincere love of jazz and his tenderness towards young people. He gave freely to all of us, but was especially generous with the younger generation. He taught them to work hard and develop their passion for music. Through his living example, Scott taught us all to be good, honest people, dedicated to enhancing the world through our work and through our companionship with each other.

Scott's heart sang thru his music. At the VJC Summer Workshop he always performed with the ensembles he lead. He enriched our lives through his ideas, stories and the sound of his horn.

He will be greatly missed.

I would like to honor Scott Mullet by creating a Scholarship Fund, The fund will award a full-tuition scholarship to the VJC's Summer Workshop to a deserving student every year. I will initiate the fund by offering a scholarship to the first student this year (2018). I also will start collecting money for the Vermont Jazz Center to establish an ongoing fund that offers this scholarship every year. The goal of this fund is to help us remember and never take for granted Scott's tremendous impact on the spirit and content of the VJC's Summer Jazz Workshop.

Please send your check to VJC in Scott Mullett's name. Your contribution will support the generous yet unfinished work that Scott embodied: changing and enhancing students' lives through jazz music.

Susan Plunkett

Feb 17, 2018


Remembering Scott...

Scott A Mullett, 58, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd, 2018 at his home in Swanzey, NH. He was a world-class musician renowned for his expertise as an improviser and interpreter of the Great American Songbook. He was appreciated for his brilliance, compassion, sense of humor, and kindness. Scott stood shoulder to shoulder with and was respected by many of the finest jazz musicians in the world, but his greatest dedication was to honoring the legacy of jazz. Scott's own legacy will be affirmed each time one his students plays their instrument.

Mullett's life was already charted when at age 8 he heard the Glen Miller Orchestra perform in his hometown of Keene, NH. Scott was profoundly influenced by his high School band director Robert C. Cummings. Starting at age 12, he would travel by bus to New York City where he attended a summer workshop at the Julliard Music School and studied privately. Upon graduation from Keene High School in 1976, he earned a scholarship to attend Berklee School of Music. Scott left formal schooling to tour with the bands of Artie Shaw and Woody Herman. He later served as Musical Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Scott has toured or performed with Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Hampton, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Donna Summer, The Temptations, and numerous others.

After two decades of performing across the globe, Scott returned to the Keene area to care for his ailing father and to develop his career in the greater Boston area. He taught at Keene State College and gave workshops at Berklee College of Music. He inspired and guided hundreds of developing musicians at many locations, including the Vermont Jazz Center where he served as faculty for over a decade. In 2003, Scott formed the Keene Jazz Orchestra, a community jazz ensemble that intentionally melds a multi-generational array of professional and student musicians. Scott selflessly gave his time to this ensemble without remuneration. Scott and the KJO were awarded the Ewing Arts Award in 2016. Scott was a regular performer in area jazz clubs, theater orchestras, and concerts venues. His working band, The Scott Mullet Trio was enjoyed and respected for their hard-driving swing, telepathic interplay and vast repertoire. In addition to his work on the tenor saxophone, Scott also performed professionally on piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano, alto, and baritone saxophones.

To say we will miss Scott Mullett is a vast understatement. It is a huge personal loss for all who knew him, enjoyed his music and felt the ripple effect of his good work in the community.