Scott Amendola is an American jazz drummer from the San Francisco Bay Area. His styles include jazz, blues, groove, rock and new music. He is considered central to the Bay Area music scene.
Amendola was originally from New Jersey and studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area he came to popularity in the 1990s as a member of T.J. Kirk with Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard and John Schott. Their second album received a Grammy Award nomination. He has led his own bands and trios which have included Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Jeff Parker and John Shifflett as well as Ben Goldberg and Devin Hoff. Often favoring guitarists he has toured with Bill Frisell and Kelly Joe Phelps and recorded with Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, G.E. Stinson, Nels Cline and Tony Furtado. He is an original member of the Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core. He has been a session percussionist for Noe Venable, Carla Bozulich and Odessa Chen.
In 2011 Amendola will have his new orchestral work performed in conjunction with the Oakland East Bay Symphony as one the symphony's New Visions/New Vistas premieres. Amendola will be joined by Nels Cline and Trevor Dunn.
In 2012 Amendola toured Australia with Mike Patton's Mondo CaneAndrew Gilbert Exploring New Degrees In Drumming sfgate.com, October 03, 2004 Andrew Gilbert Scott Amendola: Jazz drummer's birthday bash sfgate.com, February 05, 2009 Forrest Dylan Bryant Scott Amendola: Unlimited Possibilities jazzobserver.com, Feb 13, 2006 David Hadbawnik Hear This Despite a Grammy, T.J. Kirk quit in '97. Now the jazz-fusion quartet returns. SFWeekly, Dec 24 2003 Andrew Gilbert Biography All About Jazz Derk Richardson Peerless Percussion / The Bay Area's Scott Amendola drums up success sfgate.com, September 25, 2003 The Height of Romanticism Oakland East Bay Symphony sfcv.org