Scott is a two-time Edison Award-winning, Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter, composer, and producer. He is one of the leading voices of his generation – a composer, a bandleader, a record producer, an educator, and an articulate activist championing racial equality and prison reform.
Scott apprenticed as a youth growing up in his native New Orleans with his uncle, jazz master and Big Chief of the Congo Nation, saxophonist Donald Harrison. Upon graduating from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, he earned a full scholarship to and two degrees from Berklee College of Music. Scott has released seven critically-acclaimed studio recordings and two live albums.
Part of Scott’s allure is the strength of his message and his ability to clearly explain complex, highly-charged concepts with a non-threatening, well-informed voice. He uses music as a medium to express his powerful feelings regarding current and historical events. His compositions speak for the disinfranchised by bravely taking on topics such as abortion, prison reform, police brutality, and gay marriage. He conveys these ideas programmatically over compelling, melodically driven, high quality music. His 2007 record “Anthem” served as his commentary on Hurricane Katrina and the negative effect it had on the neighborhood where he grew up (the Lower 9th Ward) in New Orleans. The titles of his 2010 release “Yesterday You Said Tomorrow” include: “American’t,” “The Roe Effect,” “Angoloa, LA and the 13th Amendment,” and “K.K.K.P.D” (Ku Klux Klan Police Department) which recounts his personal experience with police racism in New Orleans. For this powerful recording, Scott refers to the 1960s masterworks of Coltrane, Miles, Hendrix, Dylan, and Mingus that brought attention to the injustices of that era. He uses their inspiration as a springboard to compose work that makes a statement about our own times.
In every concert, Scott discusses the important issues of the time, but he also walks the walk. For example, he works with the Guardians Institute, a nonprofit organization-museum, which was set up by his grandmother to improve access to quality education for the youth of New Orleans. The Guardians Institute donates books (over 35,000), holds reading circles, and has created a reliable infrastructure
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