David Scoggin has been in Southern Oregon for 15 years after music careers in Minneapolis and the San Francisco Bay Area. He leads the jazz trio OPUS 3, freelances with various groups, and plays solo piano. In 2013 David released a CD of his original compositions entitled Pan’s Meadow featuring 16 of his favorite musicians. He has played with Charmaine Neville, Bo Diddley, John Gorka, West Coast musicians Brandon Fields, Dan Balmer, Jeff Pevar and has recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park studio with the Steele Family and others. David has opened in concert for Janet Jackson, Sheila E., The Crusaders, The Time, Billy Preston, Three Dog Night, Michael Franks, Maceo Parker, Tanya Maria… He has been voted best jazz musician in Sneak Previews and has run the Briscoe ArtWing’s Music Room for 10 years where he records, teaches, and holds recitals. David was an adjunct instructor in music at Southern Oregon University for 13 years and is back teaching Jazz History at SOU in 2016. He has made records in the Rogue Valley with Karen Lovely, Sue Carney, Sarah Jane Nelson, and others.
In Minneapolis David played with the Bruce Henry Band, Will Sumner’s Tropic Zone, the Steeles, Margaret Cox, the Butanes, Mojo Buford Blues Band, Moments Notice, Crossover, Jose James, Connie Evingsen, The Bees Knees, Patty Peterson, Prudence Johnson, the David Scoggin Trio, and many others.
After earning a BSEE from the University Of Minnesota in 1987, David became the second engineer to work on the first version of the Music Notation Software program Finale at Coda Music Software.
In Palo Alto, while working on implementing music notation in the program StudioVision and managing the Overture project at Opcode Systems, David’s jazz trio held the house job at the Palo Alto Hyatt. He was an Associate at Stanford’s Computer Center for Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), was on Stanford’s “Jazz Board”, and taught Music Notation Technology at Cogswell College in Cupertino and jazz history at the Redwood City Community School of Music.
David has been directing kids’ Rock Bands since his children were in elementary school, starting with the Walker Rockers in 2005. He now directs the Briscoe House Band, a 16 piece rock/funk/blues/jazz/hip-hop horn band for teenagers. The Briscoe House Band has performed at Belle Fiore Winery, Ashland’s Historic Armory, the Standing Stone, the Elks Club, and the Avalon.
David has been on the faculty at Britt Rock Camp since its inception in 2010, and will direct a new Britt Jam Band Camp in the summer of 2016. He has taught improv at Dr. Alexander Tununov’s International Piano Institute for three summers, and at Ashland Middle School Band Camp for four summers.
Every day David teaches in his studio on the same Gulbransen baby grand that he started playing in 1961, when he was four years old. “The Gulbransen” has gone with David from Dallas to Rochester to Minneapolis to Palo Alto to Ashland, OR.
David and his wife, two daughters, 3 dogs, and chickens live on 27 acres in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, in the Siskiyou forest, 20 minutes from Ashland where David’s studio is at the Briscoe ArtWing.