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Scott A Mullett, 58, passed away on Jan. 3rd, 2018 in Swanzey, NH. He was a world-class musician renowned for his expertise as an improviser and interpreter of the Great American Songbook. 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.

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 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 was well loved by his numerous friends. His sense of humor was legendary: his quick wit, his rich laugh and his zest for life. Scott enjoyed sports and the festive camaraderie that went along with it, especially Fenway Park and the Red Sox. He also loved the ocean and the beach. He is survived by his mother Doris Mullett, his brother Duane Mullett, his brother and sister-in- law Dana and Maryann Mullett, his daughter and her husband Emily and Brock Rafferty, girlfriend Laura Borden and her dog Lucy, his Aunt Shirley Paine, his nephews Ryan Mullett, Reid Mullett, and Caleb Mattson, his niece Abigail Mattson, his cousins, and hundreds of grieving friends and students.

A celebration of life is being tentatively planned for late spring/early summer in Keene. More information about this event will be made public shortly. Tax-deductable memorial contributions may be made to the Keene Jazz Orchestra for the Scott Mullett Fund for Jazz Education: [email protected]
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 1, 2018
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