Scott Cowan

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Scott Cowan
Associate Professor, Jazz Brass, Area Chair
Mailing address: 
Jazz Studies Program
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • D.M.A. University of Miami, Miami FL
  • M.M. New England Conservatory, Boston MA
  • B.A. New England Conservatory, Boston MA
Teaching interests: 
  • University Jazz Orchestra
  • Jazz Arranging
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Jazz Brass

Dr. Scott Cowan has performed with internationally recognized jazz artists Donny McCaslin, Ingrid Jensen, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, Richie Cole, Bob Mintzer, Slide Hampton, Alan Dawson, Jim McNeely, George Garzone, James Carter, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Ekstine, Bob McChesney, Jon Faddis, Kenny Burrell, Lou Donaldson, and others.  He is the recipient of the Boston Jazz Society Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award.  His recent CD “Jack’s Place” featuring eleven original compositions for quartet, quintet, sextet and octet is found on blujazz records and has been featured on numerous U.S. radio stations. His first CD “Premiere” also features original compositions and arrangements and is found on Sea Breeze records. He is an Artist/Educator clinician for the Conn-Selmer instrument company and a published composer/arranger with UNC Jazz Press ( His award winning jazz compositions and arrangements have been premiered at Lincoln Center-New York City, International Association of Jazz Educators conferences, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival and the Detroit International Jazz Festival.  He has been a clinician at the International Association of Jazz Educators, The Michigan Music Conference, state and district jazz festivals in Illinois, Michigan and Massachusetts as well as many universities and colleges nationwide. His articles have been featured in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, the JAZZed Magazine and Conn-Selmer electronic periodical Keynotes. He is a Fulbright Scholar having received the Distinguished Chair Award in American Studies (research/teaching) at the University of Ulster in Derry/Londonderry, Ireland in 2013. He is a recipient of the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award at Western Michigan University in 2012. He holds a B.A. and M.M. from the New England Conservatory, Boston MA and a D.M.A. from University of Miami, Miami, FL. He is currently an Associate Professor of Jazz at Western Michigan University (WMU) where he directs the WMU Jazz Orchestra, coaches chamber ensembles and teaches jazz theory, jazz arranging, jazz improvisation, applied jazz brass and jazz appreciation. He has held faculty positions at the New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music and Eastern Nazarene College.

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