Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center for almost a decade. He was brought in to help launch the organization's new facilities in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in 2004. He was also Publicist for Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. During that time, he established himself as a leading publicist in the entertainment field, garnering praise from peers and music professionals alike.
With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson's voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting Network and NBC-AM New York with the Imus In The Morning Show. He has covered everything from Presidential press conferences to hard news in-field assignments. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000, and worked in the New Haven Mayor's Office of Information. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. He knows how to pitch a story and to whom. Thompson has interviewed everybody from the Defense Secretary of the United States to Frank Zappa.
A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love Affair, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. He wrote all the monthly Playbill lead features during his JALC tenure, totaling 80-plus articles. He is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association.
While working in New York City, the media capital of the world, Thompson strengthened his contacts worldwide with his strong communicative skills and his easy-going personality. He has many friends in the business. Whether it's landing features on Japan's NHK television network or getting reviews in the New York Times, you can trust Thompson to get the job done.View my gallery Get in touch with me
Thompson has worked with: CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, NPR, SiriusXM, BBC, NHK, German Television, Spain Television, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Time Out, Village Voice, and such luminaries as Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Barbara Walters, Piers Morgan, George Wein, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Milt Jackson, Sonny Rollins, Billy Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Ray Charles, Ornette Coleman, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Williams, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Hank Jones, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Gerald Wilson, Ron Carter, Nancy Wilson, Cassandra Wilson, Bucky Pizzarelli, Steve Turre, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Vernon Reid, John McLaughlin, Joshua Redman, George Duke, Billy Cobham, Carlos Santana, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Celia Cruz, Chucho Valdez, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Baretto, Paquito D'Rivera, B.B. King, Freddie King, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Taj Mahal, John Mayall, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, and Son Seals, to name a few.
While working in New York City, the media capital of the world, Thompson strengthened his contacts worldwide with his strong communicative skills and his easy-going personality.
He knows how to pitch a story and to whom. Thompson has interviewed everybody from the Defense Secretary of the United States to Frank Zappa.
Publicist for Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. During that time, he established himself as a leading publicist in the entertainment field, garnering praise from peers and music professionals alike.
"Scott Thompson is a great friend to the music. His dedication and ability has promoted both the music and the musicians. We need more people like Scott!"
John Scofield, Musician
Scott Thompson is always ahead of the game! His dedication and expertise in every genre of music is a complete blessing to all musicians. The industry is blessed to have Mr. Thompson.
Eddie Palmieri, Musician
"Scott is the BEST of the BEST. Detail oriented, responsive, cheerful and 'on the money'. I interact with hundreds of PR people each year and Scott stands out year after year as one of the finest. I couldn't recommend him more highly."
Lise Avery, Host of Anything Goes - WFDU/Internationally syndicated radio
"Scott is a consummate professional in public relations, a big and dynamic presence at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is approachable, prompt and ready with a smile!"
David Adler, Jazz writer
"Over the last nine years or so working with Scott Thompson at JALC has been a pleasure and a learning experience for me. I always felt like he was my personal Publicist for whichever event we were focusing on. His love of the music, the people and the passion he gives to his work is infectious. I look forward to working with Scott again in the near future."
Joe Lovano, Musician