Associate Principal Trombone

Scott Taitoko

After graduating from CPIT as a jazz trombonist, Scott began a busy and varied professional career. He worked around the world as a musical director, arranger and trombonist on board cruise ships for four years, followed by festival and concert engagements throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific. 

Christchurch fans heard him at his extrovert best in innumerable club dates, notably with the funk ensemble Oval Office. A real individual solo voice as an improviser, Scott’s formidable reading and interpretation skills in all styles of music ensure he is the first-call trombonist for any setting, from jazz quartet to symphony orchestra. He is also an accomplished composer and arranger. His compositions have featured in the Symposium Cathedral series, Kiwi Jazz with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Sumo Jazz album, Throwing Salt, which was a Tui Award finalist for best jazz album of the year in 2011.

Scott has played trombone for Diana Krall, Bill Cunliffe, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band), James Morrison, Gordon Brisker, Bobby Shew, Hayley Westenra, Jackie Clarke, Delvanius Prime, Holly Smith, Tina Cross, Whirimako Black, Annie Crummer, Midge Marsden, the Top Twins and Dave Dobbyn. 

He has also recorded for P-Bass Expressway, Solaa, Oval Office, Salmonella Dub, Julia Deans and A-Hori-Buzz. 

Scott is currently teaching theory, aural, improvisation, trombone and jazz ensembles on the Bachelor of Musical Arts programme at CPIT. He also has a role in student welfare, all the while balancing life as a freelance musician and playing regularly in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.