Scott Mason is a native Chicagoan. He began his musical studies on piano, then switched to double bass while in high school. After graduating from Grinnel College in 1975, he pursued his original ambition of becoming an orchestral bassist, playing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and studying with Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal Joseph Guastefeste.
However, a strong interest in improvised music led him to lessons with the great bassist Rufus Reid, and in 1979 Mr. Mason switched his focus to jazz and commercial fields. Since then he has freelanced extensively in Chicago, playing with jazz artists such as Bunky Green, Joe Daley, Guy Fricano and Marshall Vente. He has recorded several albums with Vente's Project Nine, and also on Fricano's release Jazz Inside Out. He has also played on numerous radio and TV spots.
In the commercial field, Mr. Mason has backed such diverse acts as Bob Hope, Carol Lawrence, The Fifth Dimension, Mary Wells, and The Lettermen. He was a finalist in the jazz division in the International Society of Bassists' Competition. He has been on the faculty of The Music Conservatory since 1984.