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Cindy Scott

Cindy Scott's debut CD "should make anyone take notice," says New York recording artist Roseanna Vitro.

Cindy Scott has a warm, sexy tone with clear presentation of lyrics and attention to melody. In her singing can be heard the influences of well-known jazz artists Sarah Vaughn and Karrin Allyson, with a touch of Ricki Lee Jones mixed in. She either swings hard or floats dreamily, depending on the song. Scott's passion for jazz comes out in her delivery and endears her to her listeners.

Scott was born into a family of musicians. She studied classical flute and attended Louisiana State University on a music scholarship. Then, as an exchange student in Germany, she discovered jazz. While studying abroad, Scott began singing with a German trio in the jazz cellars of the Black Forest. German native Thomas Gunther, now pianist for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, remembers working with Scott fondly. "Her timing and phrasing was that of an old, experienced jazz singer, very uncommon for someone only 21 years old."

After returning to the US, Scott continued singing. She sang with the Louisiana State University big band and also performed at jazz venues around town. She eventually attended the University of South Carolina for a Masters in International Business, and while there, she was the soloist for their big band led by Roger Pemberton, with whom she performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands.

Scott moved to Houston in 1995 to pursue a corporate career. For several years, she worked in management for a large multinational energy services company. Somehow she found time to keep singing, and she quickly became an active part of Houston's jazz scene, playing frequently at all the top venues. Scott also worked to foster a growth environment for Houston's vocal jazz community. She organized master classes with national artists, including Roseanna Vitro, Nancy King and Kevin Mahogany. Cindy established and hosted Jazz Vocal Thursday at the renowned club Cézanne. For two years, this weekly event showcased guest vocalists performing a set with Scott's phenomenal band.

In January 2005, Scott left a successful corporate career to pursue music full time. She returned to South Louisiana to accept a full Graduate Assistantship in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans. The following August, Cindy, her husband, Bill, and their dog, Kitty, evacuated the day before Hurricane Katrina destroyed their one-story apartment. After a lengthy departure, they have returned to New Orleans to participate in the city’s renaissance. Scott completed her degree in May, 2007 and plans to continue performing and teaching in the area and elsewhere.

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Album Review

Cindy Scott: Historia

Read "Historia" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Stating the obvious right off, vocalist Cindy Scott is from New Orleans. This fact thoroughly and three-dimensionally informs the twelve selections on Historia, Scott's follow-up to Let The Devil Take Tomorrow (Catahoula Records, 2009), without making a burden of it. In subtle and not-so-subtle ways, the aural aroma of the Crescent City appears like an essence, that hyperdistillation that leaves neither finger nor footprint but exists as an indelible mark on the music readily recognised. This mark is made audible ...

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Cindy Scott: Let The Devil Take Tomorrow

Read "Let The Devil Take Tomorrow" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Cindy Scott is a rare breed of artist--comfortably covering a variety of music, undaunted by genre barriers and walls that scare lesser singers into pursuing a singular line of musical thought. The dozen songs that Scott presents on Let The Devil Take Tomorrow make up a rich smorgasbord of sounds, moving from Brazil to the Bayou and covering everybody from Smokey Robinson to Hank Williams. “You've Really Got A Hold On Me" opens the album, and ...

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Cindy Scott: Major to Minor

Read "Major to Minor" reviewed by Roger Crane

Houston-based vocalist Cindy Scott strikes gold her first time out. Major to Minor is an exceptional debut album, a happy collaboration between an exciting new singer and a cadre of superior jazz artists. This CD is somewhat of a culmination of material that Scott developed with pianist/arranger Gary Norian and other musicians at a steady gig they had at Cïzanne, a noted Houston jazz club.

The function of sidemen, as I see it, is to stimulate, inspire, excite, ...

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Performance / Tour

Cindy Scott at Chris' Jazz Cafe on August 10, 2010

Cindy Scott at Chris' Jazz Cafe on August 10, 2010

Source: All About Jazz

Chris' Jazz Cafe presents vocalist, Cindy Scott on Tuesday August 10, 2010, touring in support of her new CD Let The Devil Take Tomorrow.

“Vocalist Cindy Scott strikes gold her first time out. Scott is a musical artist who delivers fables and stories and vignettes of life and love. But the young lady can also swing you into bad health. Highly recommended." --As reviewed by Roger Crane, AllAboutJazz.com

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Sets starting @ 8:00 PM Chris' ...



Jazz Vocalist Cindy Scott Releases Debut CD, "Major to Minor"

Jazz Vocalist Cindy Scott Releases Debut CD, "Major to Minor"

Source: All About Jazz

“Vocalist Cindy Scott strikes gold her first time out. Scott is a musical artist who delivers fables and stories and vignettes of life and love. But the young lady can also swing you into bad health. Highly recommended.” —As reviewed by Roger Crane, AllAboutJazz.com

“A record which should make anyone take notice. Congratulations.” —Roseanna Vitro, veteran recording artist and jazz vocalist

“Beautiful pitch, great time (which I believe is almost everything) nice players & arrangements too -very good!!! Hard to believe you've not been 'at it' for very long, you also sound so natural, great voice!” —Karrin Allyson, Concord Jazz recording artist and grammy nominee

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Teach Jazz Vocal Ensemble at the University of New Orleans. Teach jazz and pop vocals privately to all ages and levels. Specialize in improvisation and vocal technique specifically for pop, r&b and jazz styles.



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

No Goodbyes

Whaling City Sound





Let The Devil Take...

Catahoula Records


Major to Minor

Catahoula Records



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