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 the then top-rated morning drive host Kevin Matthews on Chicago's WLUP-FM.
Audiences outside of the Windy City may remember Scott as the sidekick for legendary talk-show host 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 Tim Cavanagh, Emo Phillips, Mike Toomey,and the late, greats Bill Hicks, Richard Jeni and Ron Shock. From 1990 to 1996 Scott was the “House Band” for one of the most notorious 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.
Since 2008, Scott has toured the United States as Senior Product Specialist and Artist Liaison for the Hammond Organ Company. In 2014, Scott released his first solo CD “Outside The Inside”, and released his new CD “ownlife” in February of 2018.
Scott is married with 3 children and lives in the far Western Suburbs of Chicago.