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Christian Scott performing in 2009
|Birth name||Christian Scott|
31 March 1983 |
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Genres||Stretch Music, Jazz, Alt Rock, Hip Hop|
|Occupations||Musician, Composer, Record Producer, Actor,|
|Instruments||Trumpet, Siren, Sirenette, Reverse Flugelhorn, flugelhorn, cornet, slide trumpet|
|Labels||Universal, Concord, OmniAmerican Music,|
|Associated acts||The Christian Scott Quintet, Christian Scott Sextet, Christian aTunde Adjuah Double Quartet, Donald Harrison, Jr. Quintet, McCoy Tyner, Poncho Sanchez, Nintey Miles, The Next Collective, Mos Def, DJ Muggs, Marcus Miller, Prince, Thom Yorke's Atoms of Peace,|
Christian Scott, also known as Christian aTunde Adjuah (born March 31, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is the 2010 & 2012 Edison Award winner for Best International Jazz Artist and a Grammy Award-nominated jazz trumpeter, composer, producer and actor. He has been heralded by JazzTimes magazine as "the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion" and "Jazz's young style God".
The trumpeter is noted for his use of an unvoiced tone, which he calls his "whisper technique."
Early life 
Christian Scott, and his twin brother, Kiel, were born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 31, 1983, to Cara Harrison and Clinton Scott III.
Scott first studied with his mother. Once Scott demonstrated talent, his uncle, Donald Harrison, Jr. began to teach him. By the age of fourteen, Christian auditioned for New Orleans Center of Creative Arts. He was accepted to the high school for the arts and excelled under the direction of jazz music program directors, Clyde Kerr, Jr. and Kent Jordan.
After completing his high school education and graduating with honors, Scott attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a scholarship and studied under the direction of Charlie Lewis, Dave Santoro, and Gary Burton. Scott majored in Professional Music with a concentration in Film Scoring. Scott completed the five-year program in three years, while touring with Donald Harrison, Jr.'s quartet, his own band, and writing, producing and marketing his self-titled first recording.
Concord Music Group 
During the CD release performances at a Virgin Music store for Scotts' self-titled debut recording, a former distributor for Concord Records, Kenneth Shurtlift, was in attendance and later forwarded Scott's recording to executives with Concord Music Group. Scott signed with the major label in 2005 and released his second recording, "Rewind That" in 2006. Scott was prominently featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine and was named "One to Watch in 2006" by the quintessential music industry magazine. Scott's major label debut enjoyed remarkable success with its odd metered offerings of Jazz, Rock and R&B infused compositions. Critics did not know how to categorize the blend of musical influences.
Whisper technique 
Scott is noted for "un-voicing" his tone, emphasising breath over vibration at the mouthpiece. Scott refers to it as his "whisper technique".
Pointers from Donald Harrison and Clark Terry along with two years of intense concentration and practice helped to develop his tone. To get the particular sound he wanted he resisted additional advice from his music teachers and books. "It came from a lot of different things. Jazz trumpeter and elder statesman Clark Terry told me about the technique Clifford Brown used to get an airy sound when he played. I wanted my sound to be different than any other. Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie and others made their mark on their generation because their sound was unique."
Katrina is Scott's signature model Bb trumpet made specifically for him by Edwards Instruments (Getzen). Designed by Scott, Christan Greigo and Kiel Scott the horn's attributes include a tilted bell, exchangeable lead pipe and reverse tuning system, all which helped Christian to employ his signature Whisper Technique more effectively. The horn was initially designed in this unique way from the desire of Scott to have the ability to see his audience as he played.
During those years of practice, Edwards Instruments (Getzen) was busy making Christian's CS Signature Model Trumpet that bears a likeness to Dizzy Gillespie's iconic instrument. "My bell actually curves much earlier than his [Dizzy] did, like 22 degrees. His horn had a bell that went up like 35 almost 45 degrees and his bell tilts at the valve section much earlier. Mine is a Generation X hybrid trumpet with blades and all this special matte finishing and engraving all over it that says Christian Scott and Katrina", explains Scott.
Community service 
Christian, while touring and on his down time, to spend time with young people to hold music classes, impart music business knowledge and his life experiences. These sessions are held at non-profit organizations and schools throughout the United States. Additionally, Christian lends his considerable talents to fundraising events for various organizations.
While touring, Scott has held classes at high schools throughout the United States. He recently purchased custom trumpets which he gave to budding musicians from New Orleans. On his trips back to his home town, he is often a fixture at Guardians Institute's, a non-profit founded by his grandmother, Herreast Harrison, Sankofa Saturday sessions, book giveaways and informances held at New Orleans' Recovery School District schools.
Scott's cavalier style of dress has garnered him recognition in magazines such as L'UOMO VOGUE, VOGUE ITALIA, THE SOURCE & KING MAGAZINE. Christian is known to sport Comme Des Garçons drop crotch jeans, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, harem style pants, Dior short ties, Dior Homme, and his signature Rayban sunglasses, pearl earrings and ascots.
"His global fashion sense distinguishes him from his counterparts and endears him to fashionistas the world over.
"Why can't the world be filled with more men willing to take a risk in terms of what they wear, every now and then. Men just like jazz musician Christian Scott. Clearly not afraid of exploring the side of menswear that you don't normally see out in the spotlight (runway lights not included), at the launch of David Beckham's new pairing with Adidas on Wednesday, the trumpet player took apart a few looks from the Dior Homme Fall 2009 show and created a whole new look of his own."
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Discography as a leader 
"Rewind That" arguably the most remarkable premiere the genre has seen in the last decade" Billboard Magazine 2006
"Every now and again there comes an artist who captures your interest from the very first prodigious note that is made. As if by osmosis, their music is absorbed into the very essence of your extra sensory perceptive personified mind. That is exactly what trumpeter Christian Scott has done on his debut release" jazzreview.com Sheldon T. Nunn March 2006
"Those interested in the future direction that jazz music is likely to take should check out Rewind That."
"This album features Scott's interplay of music and storytelling, using the actual instruments of course but also the song titles themselves to create a package of tunes that sound like the score for a collection of short stories or miniature films." Quentin B. Huff March 2006
"Christian Scott's debut album, Rewind That, shows him to be a striking trumpeter--the breathy tone he often uses, so tenuous it can resemble a flute, stands out in an ensemble, and he shows a natural knack for phrasing, whether playing quietly or brassily." Andrew Lindemann Malone April 2006
"Rewind That is a product of everything imaginable in jazz. As a derivative of fusion, Scott has embraced hip-hop rhythms, soulful melodic grooves and harmonic nuances to bind with an improvisational standard seldom seen coming from an artist of his years. His music has a built-in simplicity about it, whereby even the most complex note structures are easily assimilated into the realm of intuitive acceptance His laid back style of play creates a sense of sanctuary in an environment where jazz is often too commercial and seldom very cerebral." jazzreview.com Sheldon T. Nunn March 2006
"If Scott's primary aim was to capture the complexity of human emotions and the resiliency of the human spirit, the trumpeter has achieved his goal on Anthem. C. N. Harold Oct 2007
Anthem, ... is an absolute masterpiece. Consisting mostly of songs which Scott himself wrote, and performed on all the songs, this album is a gem of musical ability and talent. Anthony Jonet August 2007
Anthem is his sophomore release, and it's a doozy. Underneath a semi-static palette, you can hear the band use improvisation to create high drama using tension and release. Josh Jackson December 2007
"Anthem is a dark, sometimes despairing document that meditates on the disaster as well as charting changes in the musician's burgeoning career and personal life." BBC Paul Sullivan January 2008
Live At Newport
"Three records into his career, and every disc Christian Scott makes is better than the last one. The improvements on Live At Newport are fundamental: The ensemble is at once more cohesive and elastic, the solos more consistently inventive and the slow-motion intensity that has become Scott's trademark is invested with more emotion without any loss of control." emusic.com Britt Robson
"a talented and deft improviser and his knack for creating brooding, emotionally engaged music brings to mind a mix of '60s Miles Davis and the heady art rock of Radiohead." "part of Scott's talent is his ability to sustain such epic drama throughout a whole album and in that sense, Live at Newport crackles with an earnest, youthful energy." Matt Collar, All Music Guide
"The inevitable comparisons to trumpeter Miles Davis will be made as Scott's performance readily echoes that of his musical hero. And while those comparisons are natural, there is something decidedly fresh about his approach to the music." Todd Smith November 2008
Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
Christian's upcoming and highly anticipated release is called Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, recorded at Van Gelder Studios and engineered by jazz figure Rudy Van Gelder, widely viewed as the greatest recording engineer in jazz history. Scott was contacted by Rudy, who expressed a desire to work with him. Scott was honored and eagerly accepted the gracious invitation to work with the legend who came out of a long stint of only doing Remasters of his earlier classics.
The recording features Scott's always political point of view about the world and what he perceives as dialog points for discussion by his listeners: such tunes as "Angola, LA & the 13th Amendment", "KKPD", "The Roe Effect", "The Last Broken Heart", "Jenacide" and "The American't". Scott explained in a recent performance that "Angola, LA & the 13th Amendment" is a statement about current U.S. law that allows the legalized slavery of incarcerated persons. Never shy about expressing his socio-political take on a subject, his intent is not to change minds but to encourage open discourse about world and U.S. human rights issues that he finds relevant.
Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, like all of his previous recordings, also includes ballads and subject matters concerning relationships and matters of the heart. As he has grown as an individual and as a musician, so has his views which are expressed through his music.
"a gym-ripped amalgam of edgy jazz, hip hop and rock rhythms, off-kilter ostinatos, intimate rhapsodies and full-on passions, all welded together by the New Orleans-born player's alternately caressing and searing horn, and by his most tightly focused band to date". Chris May January 25, 2010
Christian aTunde Adjuah is the upcoming release by Christian Scott, set for July 31, 2012. It will be a double disc and have 23 tracks. Similar to his previous albums, every track has a story behind it.
- 2002 "Christian Scott" - Impromp2 Records / Omni American Music
- 2004 "Two of a Kind" - Nagel Heyer Records w/ Donald Harrison
- 2006 Rewind That – Concord Records
- 2007 Anthem - Concord Records
- 2008 Live at Newport - Concord Records
- 2010 Yesterday You Said Tomorrow - Concord Records / UMG / OmniAmerican Music
- 2011 Ninety Miles - Concord Picante w/ Stefon Harris and David Sanchez
- 2012 Christian aTunde Adjuah - Concord Records / UMG / OmniAmerican Music
Additional discography 
(All records feature Scott on trumpet, with two album credits listed as producer)
- 1999 Paradise Found Donald Harrison (producer/trumpet)
- 2001 Real Life Stories Donald Harrison
- 2003 Karin Williams' Karin Williams
- 2005 Blueprint of a Lady:Sketches of Billie Holiday Nnenna Freelon
- 2006 Every Road I Walked Grace Kelly
- 2006 Survivor Donald Harrison
- 2006 What is Love Erin Boheme
- 2007 Return From Mecca X Clan
- 2007 Planet Earth Prince
- 2008 Blueprints of Jazz, Vol 1 Mike Clark
- 2008 Charlie Brown TV Themes David Benoit
- 2008 Global Noize Global Noize
- 2008 It's Christmas Ledisi (producer)
- 2011 Tutu Revisited Marcus Miller
Television appearances 
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- Tavis Smiley on June 2006 and in September 2007[dead link]
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon March 2010
- Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Members of the Christian Scott Quintet 
- Christian Scott - trumpet, cornet, flugel horn, soprano trombone
- Matt Stevens - guitar
- Jamire Williams - drums
- Lawrence Fields- piano
- Kristopher Funn - bass
- Thomas Pridgen - drums
- Andrew Marsh - drums
- Marcus Gilmore - drums
- James Williams - drums
- Aaron Parks - piano
- Zaccai Curtis - piano
- Milton Fletcher - piano
- Courtney Bryan - piano
- Luques Curtis - bass
- Esperanza Spalding - bass
- Walter Smith III - sax
- Louis Fouche IIII - sax
- Devin Phillips - sax
- David Daruska - guitar
- Roman Pilon - guitar
- Ben Garrison - guitar
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