Scott Tinkler (born Melbourne, Australia 1965) is an Australian trumpeter and composer.
Current projects 
Current projects include Chiri with the Australian drummer Simon Barker and Korean Pansori singer Bae Il Dong. In 2011 at the invitation of the Australian Department of Foreign affairs, Chiri toured to Korea, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan finishing with a performance at the Smithsonian in Washington USA and two 2012 tours to Korea.
Tinkler is also involved in an ongoing solo project that utilities extended and prepared trumpet techniques, his first solo trumpet album called Backwards was released by Extreme in 2007.
Tinkler is a founding member and the Associate Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra and plays regularly in Melbourne in trios and quartets with musicians such as Marc Hannaford, Sam Pankhurst, Alan Brown, Philip Rex, Harry Shaw-Reynolds, Paul Grabowsky Ken Eadie and Carl Dewhurst.
The 1990s 
In the early '90s Tinkler performed and studied with Australian tenor saxophonist, Mark Simmonds, who had studied with George Coleman in New York. He introduced Tinkler to extended practice on the cycle of 5ths using many harmonic substitutions using the diminished substitution theory, rhythm cycles and polyrhythms as a basis for his highly fueled Jazz based music stemming from John Coltrane's developments.
Throughout Tinkler's career he has been interested in not only exploring and developing improvised music stemming from Jazz, but has also been curious about other forms of music and the cultures they come from. This has led to involvement in musical collaborations with Indian and Korean musicians as well as with indigenous musicians from Australia.
Tinkler's involvement with Indian Karnatic musicians (lead by Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani )has been a longstanding, deep collaborative one both in Australia and India since 1995. Tinkler has traveled to India five times for performances, toured Australia and Europe with the project.
The 2000s 
Recent collaborations with international artists include; Jason Moran, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Oscar Noriaga and Han Bennink.
Tinkler works with composer and violinist John Rodgers in ensembles such as Ellision, Hydromus Krysogast and the Antripodean Collective. Rodgers composed Glass a concerto featuring Tinkler as soloist with the London Sinfonietta which premiered at the 2010 Adelaide International Festival.
In 2003 Tinkler Traveled with his longtime associate Paul Grabowsky to New York to record an album of Paul's original music with Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Ed Schuller and Jeff "Tain" Watts. Tales Of Time and Space was released on the Warner label to stunning reviews, many highlighting Tinkler's unique contribution to Paul's music.
In 2006 Tinkler attended the Garma Festival, which celebrates the cultural inheritance of the Yolngu People, the indigenous Australians of North East Arnhem Land. The festival is held at Gulkula, near Yirrkala in the Australian outback. At this festival Tinkler collaborated with musicians from the Wagalik group, performing and work shopping. Tinkler has since been involved in touring and performing with these musicians in collaboration with the Australian Art Orchestra.
Personal life 
Tinkler is married to the Australian artist Veronica Kent. They have two children and live in Melbourne Australia.
Selected discography 
2010 Chiri- Bae Il Dong, Simon Barker, Scott Tinkler – Kimnara
2009 Shank- Antripodean Collective – Extreme
2008 Fun Call - Antripodean Collective– Extreme
2008 Lost Thoughts– Scott Tinkler/Simon Barker– Kimnara
2008 Massacre of the Egos– Antripodean Collective– Extreme
2007 Garden of Forking Paths- Marc Hannaford– Extreme
2007 Backwards– Scott Tinkler Solo- Extreme
2006 Live – Tinkler/Rex/Grabowsky/Edie – Origin
2006 Watermark– James Sherlock Quartet– Jazzhead
2005 Before Time could Change Us– Paul Grabowsky- Warner Brothers Records
2005 Tales of time and Space– Paul Grabowsky – Sanctuary Records
2002 Juicy Shoots– F.A.T.S– Independent
2000 FATS – F.A.T.S– Independent 2000 A–Records All stars Edition, Challenge Records
1999 Into the Fire- Australian Art Orchestra Recordings 1999 Passion - Australian Art Orchestra Recordings
1998 The Future in Today – Tinkler/Chaplin/Rex/Lambie – Jazzhead
1998 Shrike Like - Scott Tinkler Trio – Origin
1997 Sofa King - Scott Tinkler Trio – Origin
1996 Dance of Delulian– Scott Tinkler Trio– Origin
1995 Hop to the Cow- Scott Tinkler Quartet– Origin
1994 Fire– Mark Simmonds Freeboppers – Birdland
1993 Ringing the Bell Backwards– Origin
1993 Back of My Head– Scott Tinkler Quartet – Origin
2010 Australia Council New Work Grant
Australia Council Fellow 2007/2009; $90,000 research grant for exploring and developing prepared and extended trumpet techniques
2008 Recording Grant, Australia Council,to be released, Extreme
2007 Recording Grant, Australia Council,Massacre of the Egos – Extreme
2001-2004 Various grants from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the contemporary ensemble Hydromus Krysogast with John Rodgers and Ken Edie
1998 Winner of the ARIA (Australia Record Industry Award) for Best Jazz Release: The Future in Today
1996 Recipient of Australia Council Grant for international tour with Scott Tinkler Trio
1996 Winner of the Wangarratta Jazz Festival National Jazz Award
1995 Winner of the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Release: FIRE