Christian Scott

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Christian Scott
Christian Scott in 2009.jpg
Scott in 2009
Background information
Born (1983-03-31) 31 March 1983 (age 35)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresJazz, jazz-fusion, hip hop, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, producer
InstrumentsTrumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, soprano trombone
Years active1996–present
LabelsUniversal, Concord, Ropeadope
Associated actsNinety Miles, NEXT Collective, Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace Band, Marcus Miller's TUTU Revisited, Donald Harrison Quintet, R+R=NOW
WebsiteChristian Scott

Christian Scott (born March 31, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana), also known as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, is an American jazz trumpeter, composer and producer.[1] Scott is the nephew of jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison[2] and has won the Edison Award twice[3] and was nominated for a Grammy once.

Christian Scott is known for his signature 'whisper technique', noted as emphasizing breath over vibration at the mouth piece creating a unique tone.[4]

Early life[edit]

Christian Scott live in 2016 at Leverkusener Jazztage

Scott was born on March 31, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana,[5] to Cara Harrison and Clinton Scott III and also has a twin brother, Kiel. At the age of 13 he starting learning with his uncle, jazz alto saxophonist Donald Harrison.[6] By 14, he was accepted into the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), where he studied jazz under the guidance of program directors Clyde Kerr, Jr. and Kent Jordan.[6]

On graduating from NOCCA, Scott received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 2004. Between 2003 and 2004, while attending Berklee,[6][7] he was member of the Berklee Monterey Quartet, and recorded as part of the Art:21 student cooperative quintet,[8] and studied under the direction of Charlie Lewis, Dave Santoro, and Gary Burton. He majored in professional music with a concentration in film scoring.[8]

Christian Scott was discovered by Kenneth Shurtlift, former distributor at Concord Records, who forwarded Scott's music to Concord Music Group. Scott was then signed to the label in 2005.[9]


Scott's debut album Rewind That (2006) was released with Concord Records. It received a Grammy nomination.[10] Scott received the Edison Award in 2010 and 2012.[3]

Since 2002, Scott has released 12 studio albums, and two live recordings.


Discography as a leader[edit]

Additional discography[edit]

  • 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 RevisitedMarcus Miller
  • 2014 Inner Dialogue – Sarah Elizabeth Charles (producer/trumpet)

Members of the Christian Scott Ensemble[edit]

Scott in 2016 at Leverkusener Jazztage


  • Christian Scott - trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, soprano trombone
  • Braxton Cook - alto saxophone, straight alto saxophone
  • Joe Dyson - drums, pan-African drums
  • Corey Fonville - drums
  • Lawrence Fields - piano
  • Kristopher Funn - bass
  • Dominic Minix - guitar
  • Elena Pinderhughes - flute & vocals[14][15]



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  2. ^ "Christian Scott (2)". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Christian Scott" (in Dutch). Edison Stichting. Nominaties. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
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  5. ^ Aidan Levy (March 13, 2013). "Christian Scott - - Voice Choices - New York". Village Voice. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Hayes, Rob (October 8, 2004). "Berklee Monterey Quartet to Headline at Blues Alley". News@Berklee. Archived from the original on October 11, 2004. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Christian Scott". Berklee Events. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Mahoney, Lesley (September 2, 2008). "Alumni Profile: Christian Scott Breaks Convention". Berklee News. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
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  10. ^ "GRAMMYs On The Road With Dave Douglas And Christian Scott". Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  11. ^ "Ruler Rebel, by Christian Scott". Christian Scott. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Interview with Christian Scott". Burning Ambulance. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  13. ^ Okayplayer. "Christian Scott Announces "The Reckoning," New Album Okayplayer". Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Christian Scott played jazz, proposed to girlfriend at the New Orleans Jazz Fest". Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  15. ^ "Friday 25 July: Christian Scott Sextet feat. Isadora". Sligo Jazz Project. Retrieved November 24, 2014.

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