Recipient of the 2008/2009 Australia Council Music Fellowship

Winner of the National Jazz Award 1996

Winner of the 1995 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Release: FIRE

Winner of the 1998 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Release: The Future in Today

Australian trumpeter Scott Tinkler has been performing professionally since 1983 and is well known for his many brilliant incarnations as an ensemble player, recording and touring with such groups as the Australian Art Orchestra, Mark Simmonds Freeboppers, The Paul Grabowsky Quintet and The Dale Barlow Quintet as well as with international artists such as Mark Helias, Joe Lovano, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Han Bennink, Billy Harper, Arthur Blythe, Cindy Blackman, Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani etc.

It was, however, his debut as a bandleader in 1993 that really brought him to the attention of both the media and the public. His Melbourne based Scott Tinkler Quartet with Grabowsky, Rex and Lambie received rave reviews for live performances and the quartet’s two CD’s The Back Of My Head and Hop To The Cow both received ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Awards) nominations.

With a move to Sydney Scott’s next project, The Scott Tinkler Trio, with Simon Barker and Adam Armstrong, continued the tradition of excellence with inspired recordings and performances of Tinkler’s strong original music. The trios much awaited ARIA nominated CD Dance Of Delulian was released in October 1996 and established Scott as a powerful stylist and composer; not only Australia’s leading trumpet player but a major force in contemporary music.

In 1997 Scott received an Australia Council grant to tour Europe and America. This venture culminated in the recording of the CD Sofa King at New York’s Knitting Factory. On completion of this tour Tinkler spent the next 18 months in Europe performing, recording and teaching before returning to Australia where his Trio’s third CD Shrike Like was released in 1999.

In April 2003 Scott joined his long time associate Paul Grabowsky on a trip to New York to record an album of Pauls original music with Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Ed Schuller and Jeff “Tain” Watts. Tales Of Time and Space has now been released on the Warner label to stunning reviews, many highlighting Scott’s stellar contribution to Paul’s music.

With his recent move back to Melbourne, Scott is spending much of his time composing and performing with his Trio as well as providing a unique presence in various Australian new music ensembles including Elision, Hydromus Krysogast and the Australian Art Orchestra.

Scott is now lecturing at the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University and has given master classes at the Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane Conservatoriums, Southern Cross University and the Hong Kong Polytechnique University. Scott was also a guest in New York at the “New School of Jazz” and when in Europe gives master classes at the Den Haag Royal and Rotterdam Conservatoriums in the Netherlands.

Scott has received grants and invitations to perform through out the world in many diverse and rewarding situations in countries such as England, China, The Netherlands, America, Vietnam, France, India, Germany, New Caledonia, Norway and Tanzania.


Selected Discography.

2015 DRUB                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2015 Federal                                                                                                                                                                                                 2014 The Vivificationists                                                                                                                                                                                     2014 Can You See With Two Sets Of Eyes                                                                                                                                                         2013 The Unpossibility of Language                                                                                                                                                                 2013 Faceless Dullard                                                                                                                                                                                       2012 Chiri - The Return of Spring                                                                                                                                                                     2012 Ordinary Madness    

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
2007/2009 Australia Council Fellow; $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