Scott Henderson

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born on 26/8/1954 in West Palm Beach, FL, United States

Scott Henderson

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Scott Henderson (born August 26, 1954) is an American jazz fusion and blues guitarist best known for his work with the band Tribal Tech.

Early days

Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States, Scott Henderson began playing guitar at an early age. His formative musical years were spent listening to rock, blues, funk, and soul, while his interest in jazz developed later on, thanks to the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and others. He still professes to being a blues player at heart.

After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, Henderson moved to Los Angeles and began his career in earnest, playing rock with Twilight, a four-piece cover band that included Alice Long on bass and vocals. Soon, Henderson was recording with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, bassist Jeff Berlin and "Players", and Weather Report's Joe Zawinul. Henderson first began receiving serious attention as the original guitarist for the Chick Corea Elektric Band together with Carlos Rios. But he stayed only 3 months, he actually hated Chick Corea because of his views on Scientology.

Tribal Tech

Henderson formed Tribal Tech with bass player Gary Willis in 1984. Under the direction of Henderson and Willis, Tribal Tech became one of the most highly regarded fusion bands of the 1980s. He toured and recorded with the band up until their dissolution following the 2000 album Rocket Science, and during that time brought himself to the forefront of modern jazz/fusion guitar playing. In 1991 he was named '#1 Jazz Guitarist' by Guitar World magazine, and in January 1992 he was voted best jazz guitarist in Guitar Player magazine's Annual Reader's Poll.[1]

In June 2014, Henderson posted on his message board that he and Gary Willis would be leaving Tribal Tech.[2]

Recent recordings

Henderson has more recently moved back to his blues roots, releasing the blues album Dog Party in 1994, and Tore Down House (1997). He recorded Well To The Bone (2003) alongside bass player, John Humphrey, and Kirk Covington on drums with Shrapnel Records. His latest solo release Scott Henderson Live (2005, Shrapnel) follows in this vein, and his work has also moved into funk/jazz fusion. He has repeatedly stated that he is enjoying playing in bands which do not have keyboard players, as it allows him to branch out more and properly explore the guitar's full potential as an instrument.

Henderson is also a member of the fusion supergroup Vital Tech Tones with Victor Wooten and Steve Smith, which has released two CDs in 1998 and 2000.

Henderson has appeared as a guest artist on a number of recordings including Scott Kinsey's 2006 CD Kinesthetics,[3] Amber Whitlock's The Colours Of Life,[4] and Rob Whitlock's Sketchin' and Sketchin' 2.

Tribal Tech released its first album in over a decade with 2011's 'X'.[5]

Henderson, again with Shrapnel Records, released the fusion trio album HBC in October 2012 with bassist Jeff Berlin and drummer Dennis Chambers. They went on tour presenting the project in different countries.

Henderson teaches at the Guitar Institute of Technology, which is part of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California.[6] He has released two instructional guitar videos.



  • Dog Party (1994)
  • Tore Down House (1997)
  • Well to the Bone (2002)
  • Live! (2005)
  • Vibe Station (2015)

With Tribal Tech

  • Spears (1985)
  • Dr. Hee (1987)
  • Nomad (1990)
  • Tribal Tech (1991)
  • Illicit (1992)
  • Face First (1993)
  • Reality Check (1995)
  • Thick (1999)
  • Rocket Science (2000)
  • X (2011)

With Vital Tech Tones

  • Vital Tech Tones (1998)
  • VTT2 (2000)


  • Tribal Tech: Primal Tracks (1994)
  • Solo Albums: Collection (2007)


  • Fables (Jean-Luc Ponty - 1985)
  • Champion (Jeff Berlin - 1985)
  • The Chick Corea Elektric Band (Chick Corea Elektric Band - 1986)
  • Players (Jeff Berlin with T Lavitz and Steve Smith - 1987)
  • The Immigrants (Zawinul Syndicate - 1988)
  • Black Water (Zawinul Syndicate - 1989)
  • Forbidden Zone (Tom Coster - 1994)
  • Blue Mesa (Riccardo Ballerini - 1995)
  • I've Known Rivers (Billy Childs - 1995)
  • Just Add Water - (Virgil Donati - 1997)
  • Crossroads (Jeff Berlin - 1999)
  • Vienna Nights (Zawinul Syndicate - 2004)
  • Manic Voodoo Lady (Elvis Schoenberg and the Orchestre Surreal - 2009)
  • Stories by the Bridge (Alberto Milani - 2011)
  • HBC (Jeff Berlin and Dennis Chambers - 2012)


  1. ^ "Jazz Articles: Tribal Tech: Rekindling & Reinventing - By Bill Milkowski — Jazz Articles". Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Tribal Tech Disbanded". 
  3. ^ Astarita, Glenn. "Kinesthetics by Scott Kinsey - - Your Jazz Music Connection". Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  4. ^ "Amber Whitlock Unveils Her New CD 'The Colours of Life' During Jaijai Jackson's 'Woman of Jazz' Radio Show". Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Tribal Tech Returns with the Release of "X"". No Treble. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  6. ^ "Scott Henderson". Musicians Institute. Archived from the original on 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 

External links

  • Scott Henderson's website
  • 1999 Scott Henderson Interview
  • 2015 Scott Henderson Interview on
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