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Scott, Knoel Ajiboye (Noel Scott) Scott, Knoel Ajiboye [Noel Scott], alto saxophonist; b. Baltimore, MD, 18 July 1956. He's the son of Brooks and Kathaniel Walker Scott, brother to James Roy Herrington of New Orleans, William Michael Scott of Jamaica Queens NY, Gene Walker, Lance Walker, and Jann Walker Young of Chester S. Carolina. Raised by Deacon Robert Vincent Nero and Edith Octavia Nero of Jamaica Queens.

Studied piano at age 10. Started clarinet at age 12, alto sax a year later and baritone sax throughout jr and senior High school. Played baritone sax in the Queens Boro-wide band. Graduated Music Honors from Andrew Jackson HS in 1974. Studied at Queens College from 1974-76. Studied Music of the African -American Tradition under Multi- instrumentalist, woodwind specialist, educator, (Dr. Ken (Makanda) McIntyre and percussionist Warren Smith. from 1976-79 Graduating from State University of New York-College at Old Westbury with Academic Honors in1979. Joined Warren Smiths Composers Workshop Ensemble while becoming part of the Harlem Jazz community in1978. Recruited by Sun Ra under recommendation of trombonist Craig Harris in July 1979. Knoel Scott has recorded on alto, tenor, baritone sax, flute, and contra-alto clarinet. Between 1981 and 88, Knoel worked with Olu Dara, Seleno Clarke, Bobby Forrester, Jack McDuff, Lawrence 88 Keys, Andy Razaf, and became a fixture at Harlem clubs like Showmans Cafe, Smalls Paradise, Red Rooster, Lickety Split, and La Famille to name a few. Sun Ra called Knoel back to the Arkestra in 1988 and Knoel became Sun Ra's aide during the years Sun Ra was disabled by stroke. Knoel next served as assistant to Marshall Allen as Marshall became Director of the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1995. In 1998 Knoel began working on a concept he labeled BeBop and Beyond, recording and leading an ensemble playing his original compositions. Knoel is currently active in Philadelphia concentrating on the alto sax, playing with the Sun Ra Arkestra and his BeBop and Beyond Ensemble.

He married Sharon Myers of Hartfort Conn. in 1983. He's the father of Naomi Brooke Scott (b. 5/16/81) and Nilelijah Scott (b. 11/2/82). Divorced in 2006.

Recordings: BeBop and Beyond knoel Scott Live in Philly 2002 Live In Alaska (BMP) 2007

Recording with Sun Ra on Omniverse, On Jupiter, Strange Celestial Road,Sleeping Beauty, Live at Vilislau (Sunrise in Different Dimentions), Mayan Temples, Live in London, Second star to the right(Tribute to Walt Disney) and at least 20 other LPs.

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Terry Adams: Terrible [Deluxe Edition]

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Terry Adams is best known for his work with the seminal band, NRBQ (New Rhythm & Blues Quartet). Their self-titled debut (Columbia, 1969), included Sun Ra's “Rocket Number Nine." The follow-up was a collaboration with early rock legend Carl Perkins called Boppin' The Blues. In 1974 singer, songwriter, and guitarist extraordinaire, Big Al Anderson and drummer Tom Ardolino joined the band. For the next 20 years that lineup thrilled live audiences around the world. In 1994, Anderson (dismayed by the ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Living Sky

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Mentre la Enterplanetary Koncepts continua a sfornare inediti della Sun Ra Arkestra, il roccioso Marshall Allen--che va per i 100 il prossimo anno...-riesce a concepire di tanto in tanto nuove produzioni. Dopo l'apprezzato Swirling, ecco Living Sky, inciso a Philadelphia nel 2021, ancora sotto lo choc del COVID. E appare proprio come una seduta di musica dolcemente terapeutica questa raccolta di brani tenui, riposanti, deliziosi. Il gruppo raduna 19 elementi, che sotto la guida di Allen imbastiscono una ...

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Sun Ra at Inter​-​Media Arts, 1991

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On April 10, 1991, the night of this concert at Inter-Media Art Center in Huntington, Long Island, Sun Ra was near the apogee of his earthly transit. Having led his transformative iterations of his Arkestra around the globe for an unlikely if not unimaginable four decades, the visionary composer, keyboardist, conceptualist and cosmologist was, even though in recovery from a stroke, at the peak of his powers, two years from breaking free of his local orbit entirely. He ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen: Living Sky

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In 2022, Sun Ra has been gone nearly thirty years, but thanks to maestro Marshall Allen his Arkestra has survived. Allen had been a member of Sun Ra's band since the late 1950s and it has been under Allen's leadership since 1995. Fans that have enjoyed the Arkestra in concert certainly hoped for the band to record and it wasn't until the splendid Swirling (Strut) was released in 2020 that wish was fulfilled. The Marshall Allen-led the Arkestra's second offering, ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen: Living Sky

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When Sun Ra aficionado and Omni Sound Records founder Ahmet Ulug reached out to Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen to commission a new album from the band, he gave Allen a tight brief. Ulug said that he wanted something: “Spiritual and hypnotic... down tempo, melodic and grooving... Music that is accessible and healing." Even though the crisis the world endured in 2020 and 2021 called out for such music, Ulug's directions to the veteran sonic-warrior may seem ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling

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Though Sun Ra departed Earth in 1993, his music has continued to thrive, first under the stewardship of John Gilmore and, since 1995, by the remarkable Marshall Allen who turned 96 in May 2020. A live Arkestra show still contains many of the elements that have been present since the 1950s and '60s--color, pageantry and music boasting the entire history of jazz. There have also been some extraordinary continuities in the personnel of the band, with several members present since ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling

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Saturn moved into the ascendant in October 2020 when the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen released its first studio album in over twenty years. Swirling presents new arrangements of both well-known and more obscure Ra tunes, played by a fifteen-piece lineup which includes band veterans and relative newcomers. It is a welcome addition to the Arkestra's near seventy-year catalogue. When Ra passed in 1993, tenor saxophonist John Gilmore, an on-off band ...

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from outer space. Knoel Scott delivers lovely articulate alto sax, intent and rhythmic. London Jazz Review\September 2012

as the purple-caped Knoel Scott (on alto sax, congas and vocals tonight) bounds across stage doing his ‘space dance’ to the modal groove of ‘Angel & Demons at Play’ the senses certainly needed some respite. http://thequietus.com/articles/10245-the-sun-ra-arkestra- live-review Knoel Scott of Sun Ra Arkestra breakin it at Union Transfer ... Video for knoel scott jazz reviews► 5:01► 5:01 www.youtube.com/watch?v=toTIGBS-heE 4 Dec 2013 - Uploaded by oxjox Knoel Scott of Sun Ra Arkestra breakin it at Union Transfer 12/4/13 ..

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Omnivore Recordings
2024

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Living Sky

Omni Sound
2022

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Seductive Fantasy

Strut Records
2020

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The Infinite Ones

Khannabilism
2020

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Swirling

Strut Records
2020

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Self Produced
2015

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