Brian Scanlon

Silver Screen Saxophonist

Brian Scanlon has been an active member of the Los Angeles music scene since 1987. As a saxophonist and woodwind doubler, he has made his mark in the recording studios, on the concert stage and in nightclubs.

Born in Queens, New York, and raised in New Jersey, Brian started playing the saxophone at age eight. He studied saxophone with Ramon Ricker at prestigious Eastman School of Music where he earned both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music (1981 and 1983).

Brian’s career highlights include touring with song and dance man Ben Vereen (1986-1999) and regular appearances on the “Tonight Show” as a member of the NBC Orchestra (1988-1992). He also toured with trumpeter Doc Severinsen (1988-1996) and briefly played lead alto with Buddy Rich (1986).

Brian can be heard on several soundtrack recordings such as “Monster’s Inc.,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Moulin Rouge” and “Analyze This.” He has recorded with Randy Newman and Rosemary Clooney and performed with Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, and the L.A. Philharmonic. Saxophone soloist for Natalie Cole and Maureen McGovern are among his latest gigs as well as extensive freelancing in the L.A. area. At Pepperdine University, Brian directs the jazz ensemble and teaches saxophone.

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