Hailed as a "rising-star pianist" who has "found his own voice in the modern mainstream" (Scott Yanow, JAZZIZ), Scott Routenberg has performed with internationally renowned jazz musicians the likes of multiple Grammy winner Howard Levy, Jeff Coffin, Christian Howes, Miguel Zenón, and has opened for jazz guitar legend John Scofield. Routenberg has performed in many live contexts, from solo recitals and trio dates to jazz chamber ensembles and full orchestra. As a studio musician Routenberg has produced and recorded four critically acclaimed albums as a leader and has performed in a wide range of styles, including jazz, Brazilian jazz, Latin, funk, electronic, R&B and pop.
International and national jazz festival performances include the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Indy Jazz Fest. Routenberg has played at such notable jazz clubs and venues as The Green Mill (Chicago), The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), The Velvet Note (Atlanta), Rudy's Jazz Club (Nashville), The Chatterbox (Indy), The Palladium (Carmel, In) and The Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables), and has performed with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic.
Scott's jazz piano teachers include Brazilian legend Manfredo Fest (arranger for Sergio Mendes and keyboardist for Bossa Rio), Vince Maggio (student of Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans' roommate), Dr. Scott Warner and Chip Crawford (Grammy-winning pianist for Gregory Porter on Blue Note records).
Routenberg was invited to be a juror for the prestigious American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition, where he helped choose the $100,000 Cole Porter Fellow for 2019, Emmet Cohen. He will judge the APA Jazz Piano Competition again in 2022-2023.
Dr. Routenberg is currently Associate Professor of Jazz Piano at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he heads the Jazz Piano Studio and teaches several courses in the Jazz Major.
"Pianist Routenberg is a poetic soul. His tone is like drops of liquid gold, with exquisite voicing and meticulous phrasing. Routenberg exhibits a formidable mastery of keyboard technique, without producing a harsh or strident tone. The piano literally sings in his hands, and it is a joy to hear a clear, easily discernible melody with luscious legato. Routenberg is also an intellect whose delight in rhythmic puzzles teases the ear and brain."
-HILTON HEAD JAZZ SOCIETY, Louise Causey Lewis
"...modern jazz piano on the highest level."
-Christian Howes, DOWNBEAT critically acclaimed jazz violinist
"An exceptional performing pianist to be included among the world's finest."
-Ron Miller, Professor Emeritus University of Miami Frost School of Music
"His sophisticated sense of harmony and rhythm is compelling."
-Dr. Brad Stone, Host of The Creative Source (soulandjazz.com) and JazzWeek Programmer of the Year Award Winner
"Routenberg spins out long, logical phrases with plenty of emotional impact behind them. [White Veil] has characteristic Routenberg touches, the kind of mulling over that allows all manner of prettiness to be mounted upon it."
-Jay Harvey, Jay Harvey Upstage, on Every End is a Beginning