is a multitalented instrumentalist/composer who has appeared in a
variety of musical forums.
Some of his recording/performing experiences include working with John
Harmon in a group called “Fire and Ice”. Formed in 1980, the group
released its first album in 1983. Tom provided the title cut for the
popular album; “Island Dancer”. In 1992 he joined Madison WI based latin-jazz
group, Madisalsa, and performed with the critically-acclaimed band for
In 1985 Fire and Ice teamed up with Grammy nominee,
Chris Swansen, added a vocalist, Janet Planet, and guitarist Tom Theabo,
and recorded the highly acclaimed album “Sweet Thunder in 1985. Since
then, Tom has continued to write and record albums for his own record
label “Stellar Records”. His cd “Easy To Love”, released in 1999, has
gained rave reviews abroad.
“Washatka plays with the enthusiasm of the hard
bop masters, his solo explorations are full of new ideas and he is a
quality writer who's compositions have a lot of meat on their bones.”
In the year 2000 Tom traveled to Japan to be part of
the formation of the first Fraternity of Jazz Musicians between Nagasaki
and the Fox Cities.
Tom's performance experience ranges from Symphony
Orchestras to opening for Super Sax, Weather Report, Freddie Hubbard and
Tito Puente. As well as touring with his own quartet.
Tom is co-owner and composer for one of the most
popular music libraries “Narrator Tracks Music”. His award winning music
has been featured in movies as far away as Australia and P.B.S. specials
across the U.S. In addition to writing he is an engineer and producer
for Stellar Records/Steel Moon recording studio. In 2007 Stellar Records
recording artist/vocalist, Nancy King, was nominated for a Grammy.
first performed professionally in his home town of Chicago. Playing Blues and R&B in smoky south side blues clubs as a
high school student, before attending the University of Wisconsin
Oshkosh. While in college, he met drummer Tony Taylor, and began playing
in college talent shows and jam sessions. In 1980, together with Tom Theabo, Janet
Planet and Dave Janke formed the R&B band, Body Talk.
Afterwards, he performed with the progressive rock band
And then, as a founding
member of the seven piece smooth jazz group Playtime. Most
recently, he spent years as a member of the Brenda Theabo Quartet,
and then, as leader of The Kevin Wells Project,
reunited the members of
And as a sideman Kevin has performed with many jazz greats, including
Tom Theabo, Janet Planet, John Harmon, Robin Pluer, Tom Washaka, and many others.
perform with Chris Swanson and John Harmon on the 1985 release of "Sweet
Thunder" . He developed his amazing talents as a drummer, as a member of
the ground breaking Jazz fusion group "Fire and Ice" with John Harmon,
saxophonist Tom Washaka, and bassist John Gibson. Afterwards, he ran a
successful recording studio, before returning to performing as a member
of the Brenda Theabo Quartet, and KWT4. And now as the rhythmic backbone of
a consummate professional with years of experience and a good heart.
Born and raised
in Appleton, WI, Scott began playing seriously at the age of 13 and
started his professional career at 14, in 1972, playing for various
Democratic Party functions in the ‘72 elections. (His mother was a
national delegate for George McGovern)
In the 40+ years
that followed, averaging 180+ dates a year, he has performed in every
conceivable venue, from tiny clubs to huge festivals. Scott has appeared
on the radio and television, both in taped and live broadcasts, and has
done dozens of record dates. His playing and composing is featured on
CDs, jingles and films. He has written and/or performed jingles for such
companies as Disney, Ford Motors, Sony, Kimberly Clark, AAL (Thrivent),
Ameritech, Cenex, The Green Bay Packers, Treasure Island Casino and many
more. He has also helped teach clinics with such notables as Tommy
Tedesco and Gene Bertoncini, as well as on his own at the grade school,
high school and college levels. As a sound engineer he has worked with
Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne
Reeves, Gerry Mulligan, The Hi-Los, and numerous others. Thanks to his
knowledge of music, he is a published concert/CD reviewer and
interviewer, covering shows by many of today’s greatest musicians, and
meeting and interviewing some of the best guitarists that have ever
performed throughout the US and Mexico, and hopes to tour Europe and
South America in the not too distant future. He has performed for
Mayors,Governors, Congressmen, Senators and even the President.
waters, Scott entered “The Best Guitarist In The Twin Cities” Contest
(sponsored by Guitar Center) and was a finalist in the competition
(while still living in Appleton). Since moving to the Minneapolis/St
Paul area in the mid 90’s, Scott has worked with many of the area’s
finest musicians, as well as many great players who have passed through.