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Jazz Piano

Hailed as a "rising-star pianist" who has "found his own voice in the modern mainstream" (JAZZIZ), Scott Routenberg has performed with internationally renowned jazz musicians including Howard Levy, Steve Davis, Jeff Coffin, Christian Howes, Miguel Zenón, and has opened for jazz guitar legend John Scofield.  As a studio musician Routenberg has produced and recorded four critically acclaimed albums as a leader and has performed and recorded in a wide range of styles.  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), and The Palladium (Carmel, In).  Scott's jazz piano teachers include Brazilian legend Manfredo Fest, Vince Maggio, Scott Warner and Chip Crawford.   Scott has performed at countless venues across the country as a solo jazz pianist over the years, including being house pianist at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables in the early 2000s.  Routenberg twice served on the jury for the prestigious American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition Premiere Series (2022-2023 & 2018-2019), where he helped choose Cole Porter Fellowship winners Isaiah J. Thompson and Emmet Cohen.  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."


"...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 ( 
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


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