I began working professionally during high school in the late 1970’s, performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1978 with my school ensemble, and have been a popular drummer in the Austin, Texas music scene for over 35 years. Today, I’m a core member of the award-winning soul jazz group Church on Monday, led by saxophonist Elias Haslanger, as well as TresMusicos with guitarist Mitch Watkins & bassist Chris Maresh, and Freedonia, a new Austin-based group performing original pop and including Eddy Hobizal (keys), John Fremgen (bass), Christopher Cross (guitars & vocals), James Fenner (percussion), Justin Vasquez (soprano & alto sax), Russell Haight (tenor sax), and Seth Carper (tenor sax). I also perform frequently with Alejandro Escovedo and organist/pianist Red Young.
A partial list of my other performance or recording credits includes work with Andre Hayward, Dr. James Polk, Mike Flanigan, Kevin Lovejoy, Eric Johnson, Van Wilks, Christopher Cross, Kat Edmonson, Hailey Tuck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Kirk Whalum, Bob Durough, Peggy Stern, Beto y los Fairlanes, Mose Allison, Tony Campise, Steve Allen, Rodney Dangerfield, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Mark Hallman, Suzi Stern, Carmen Bradford, Gabriel Santiago, Kellye Gray, Paul Glasse, Rich Harney, and the Nelson Riddle and Creative Opportunity Orchestras.
I’ve created a significant amount of music for advertisement, industrial video, and for a radio comedy network. My songs Moose in My House, Monkey Motel, and Planet Earth are still played on SiriusXM stations.
Scott Laningham: Sounds
A sample of some of the recordings, live or in the studio, that I’ve played on.
Scott Laningham: Video
I’m an endorser of Bopworks Jazz Drumsticks, offering recreations of classic Jazz drumsticks from the 1950s & 60s. Check them out. They sound wonderful.