Jennifer Scott

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Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a singer and pianist born in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She specializes in jazz, blues, and world music. She is considered one of the more important jazz artists working in Canada and the United States today.

As well as being a performer, she arranges and writes jazz and pop tunes, with several CDs containing a combination of original tunes, tunes she has arranged, and more traditional tunes.

She has also appeared on many CBC recordings and has worked with many other musicians both live and in studio.

Biography[edit]

Although Canadian, Scott performs frequently throughout the United States. In California, she has performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and many other cities. She performs in Oregon and Washington States, as well as shows on the East Coast in New York. Scott's performance experiences have been varied, also appearing at Jazz Festivals all across Canada and in several of the United States. She has also appeared with such jazz luminaries as: Tommy Banks, Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Ed Johnson, Skywalk, and Hugh Fraser.

Scott has appeared on Jazzbeat, Westcoast Performance, and CBC's Hot Air several times, and was selected to be featured on four separate CDs produced by the CBC. She has also appeared on several TV shows as a featured performer.

Interactive, Scott's first CD, was well-received critically. She had two quick subsequent releases: Something to Live By, and Live at Monk's featuring her vocals but also her debut as a recorded jazz pianist.

After a few years of performing and traveling, Scott returned to the studio to record her fourth CD, Emotional Girl. Produced by her husband, Rene Worst, this CD showcased her expanded emotional, performing, and creative ranges, and was the basis for an upsurge in her popularity during 2005 and 2006.

Working to capitalize on this increased visibility and popularity, Scott recorded two new CDs in 2007, a live CD Live at the Cellar, and a studio CD she co-produced with husband Rene Worst and Tom Keenlyside, Mile 41.

Scott and husband Worst teamed up with San Francisco Bay Area saxophonist Kristen Strom, guitarist Scott Sorkin, and drummer Jason Lewis to form Crossing Borders, billed as an "international jazz group". This group released a self-titled CD in 2008.

In 2009 Scott released the CD Storybook, a collaboration with pianist Miles Black.

Scott is pianist/vocalist for San Francisco-based Novo Tempo, a Brazilian / Jazz Fusion group featuring the music of Ed Johnson. She has recorded 2 CDs and toured extensively with this group, including dates at Dizzy's in San Diego and Catalina's in Los Angeles. She was featured with jazz legend Clark Terry, performing with him at the Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver.

As a side man, Scott's vocals have been critically lauded on the past four Juno-nominated recordings by Mythos. Her vocals are prominent on their hit single, "November".

Scott has also been involved in many New Music and Theatre productions. She was nominated for a Jessie Award for her performance in The War of the Worlds (Rumble Productions) by Alex Ferguson and Peter Hannan, and was critically acclaimed for her performance in The Gang (Vancouver and Toronto) by Tom Cone and Peter Hannan. She was a featured performer at the 2004 Glenn Gould Studio Concert Concert Series in Toronto (televised by CBC).

Teaching[edit]

Jennifer Scott is also an educator and clinician both in the United States and Canada, and has taught and created many workshops and college courses in California, Washington State, New York, and British Columbia.

Critical acclaim[edit]

  • "... this voice immediately arrested my hearing and said, 'Wake up, listen up, sit down, and listen to this lady 'til she's finished singing.' A very pure, a very flexible voice--a voice made to sing jazz ... Jennifer Scott definitely has great time and a very flexible voice ..." - Katie Malloch, CBC Jazzbeat
  • "Jennifer Scott is truly one of the most gifted musicians I have had the pleasure of experiencing both as a performer and a listener. The beauty of her vocal and pianistic talents are deeply enhanced by the incredible depth of intuitive and studied musicianship. She is a beautiful contributor to the world of music. I know you will enjoy." - Hugh Fraser, D.Litt.
  • "Jennifer Scott is a great singer and a great musician. It's always a lucky day for me when i get the chance to work with her. Whether she is working with a rhythm section or a big band, Jennifer always brings skill, intelligence, taste, and complete musicality to everything she does!" - Alan Matheson, musician and music educator

Discography[edit]

  • Storybook (2009)
  • Crossing Borders (2008)
  • Mile 41 (2007)
  • Live at the Cellar (2007)
  • Emotional Girl (2005)
  • Something to Live By (2002)
  • Live at Monk's (2001)
  • Interactive (1994)

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