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Scott Henderson (born 1955, West Palm Beach, Florida) is a highly acclaimed fusion and blues guitarist best known for his work with the band Tribal Tech.

A South Florida native, Scott Henderson began playing guitar at an early age. His formative musical years were spent listening to rock, blues, funk and soul, and his interest in jazz developed later on, thanks to the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and others. He still professes to being a blues player at heart.

After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, Henderson moved to Los Angeles and began his career in earnest, playing and recording with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, bassist Jeff Berlin and "Players", and Weather Report's Joe Zawinul. Henderson first began receiving serious attention as the original guitarist for the Chick Corea Elektric Band.

Scott formed Tribal Tech with bass player Gary Willis in 1984. Under the direction of Henderson and Willis, Tribal Tech became one of the most highly-regarded fusion bands of the 1990's. He toured and recorded with the band up until their dissolution following the 2000 album Rocket Science, and during that time brought himself to the forefront of modern jazz/fusion guitar playing. In 1991 he was named '#1 Jazz Guitarist' by Guitar World magazine, and in January 1992 he was voted best jazz guitarist in Guitar Player magazine's Annual Reader's Poll.

Scott Henderson has more recently moved back to his blues roots, releasing the critically acclaimed blues album Dog Party in 1994, Tore Down House (1997), and Well To The Bone (2002). His latest solo release Scott Henderson Live (2005) follows in this vein, and his work has also moved into funk/jazz fusion. He has repeatedly stated that he is enjoying playing in bands which do not have keyboard players, as it allows him to branch out more and properly explore the guitar's full potential as an instrument.

Henderson is also of a member of the fusion supergroup Vital Tech Tones with Victor Wooten and Steve Smith, which has released two CD's as of 2006.

Henderson has also appeared recently as a guest artist on a number of recordings including Scott Kinsey's 2006 CD Kinesthetics, Amber Whitlock's The Colours Of Life, and Rob Whitlock's Sketchin' and Sketchin' 2.

Scott Henderson teaches at the Guitar Institute of Technology, which is part of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. He has released two instructional guitar videos.

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