Band / Affiliation: The Ides of March
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Scott May (b.1954) is a Musician/Producer best known as the Organist of Chicago’s Ides Of March since 1990. Also known as the leader of his “One-Armed Orchestra”-named after a role created during his tenure with Kevin Matthews on WLUP-FM, which continues with radio personalities Eric and Kathy of WTMX-FM in Chicago. Audiences outside of the Windy City may remember Scott as the sidekick for Morton Downey Jr. on TV and Radio, or as the “House Band” for Caroline’s Comedy Hour on the A&E Network. Comedy aficionados remember him as the musical director for Judy Tenuta between 1983 and 1995, accompanying her on TV, on tour, and recordings; particularly her release In Goddess We Trust”, produced, arranged, and co-written by Scott. which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Scott has also performed the same duties for top comedians Bill Hicks, Emo Phillips, Mike Toomey, Tim Cavanagh, Richard Jeni and Ron Shock.
From 1990 to 1996 Scott was the “House Band” for one of the most legendary and outrageous comedy clubs in America-Chicago’s Funny Firm, where he worked with practically every top comic in the business. Scott has scored a number of movies, most notably the original “Meet The Parents”, the remake of which is one of the most successful films of all time. Scott has also worked in the jingle trade as a writer and performer.
Since 2005 Scott has focused on independent record production, with a long list of happy clients. Along with his music career, Scott is a published author and writer. His children’s books and recordings have won awards, and he is often retained as a “punch-up” consultant for books, scripts and industrial presentations. He has co-written books on topics that range from Financial Planning to improving focus in education. In recent years Scott has moved into video direction, with a growing number of industrial clients.
In 2014 Scott released his first “Solo” album “Outside The Inside”. Since 2008, Scott has held the position of Project Manager/Artist Liaison with The Hammond Organ Co. in Addison, Illinois, after a long period of being a trusted but unofficial advisor. Scott is married with 3 children and lives in the far Western Suburbs of Chicago.