Scott Anthony: the Banjo and the Brush

Jazz fans know Scott Anthony as the leader and banjoist-guitarist of the Golden Gate Rhythm Machine and a key member of Bob Schultz’s Frisco Jazz Band. Previously he was the intermission entertainer at Turk Murphy‘s club, Earthquake McGoon’s, for eight years. Of late, a talent he developed in college has brought him renewed recognition and honors as a graphic artist specializing in watercolors, acrylics, and serigraphs.

As Scott explains on his website (, “I began painting in my main, preferred medium – watercolor – in 1967 during my second year at Dartmouth College. To my surprise, a local Hanover, NH gallery almost immediately approached me offering to display my paintings, and within a year, to both their and my delight, I had developed a pretty extensive list of collectors. Besides welcoming the unanticipated income, I fell completely in love with the process of sketching the structures and landscapes of New Hampshire and Vermont and then translating the sketches into finished paintings.”

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“As a bonus, my observations of nature and subsequent painting seemed a perfect compliment to my chosen major in Biology specializing in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I began to look at almost every landscape or view of the landscape as a possible subject for a painting, unconsciously rearranging and filtering elements of the scene.”

“My ultimate motivation for painting has always been my intense desire to share the beauty and unity of the natural world. I want people to feel the same joy and excitement that I do when a beautiful scene suddenly pops into view. I love exploring how the sun spotlights a rocky headland with an orange glow in the late afternoon as the fog rolls in, or how noon-time backlight creates blue-purple shadows under the edge of a desert mesa.”

Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag in 1989 and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we grew to become The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles of today's top musicians are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, Jazz Beat Encore: More Notes on Classic Jazz contains 43 more! Lew taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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