Janice Scroggins

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Janice Scroggins
Born(1955-07-17)July 17, 1955
Idabel, Oklahoma
DiedMay 27, 2014(2014-05-27) (aged 58)
Portland, Oregon
GenresBlues, Gospel, Jazz

Janice Scroggins (July 17, 1955 – May 27, 2014) was a jazz pianist in Portland, Oregon.

Early life[edit]

Scroggins was born in 1955 in Idabel, Oklahoma, to Henry and Mary Scroggins. Her mother and grandmother were church pianists and organists. She moved to the Albina community of Portland in 1978.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Scroggins performed with Portland area musicians including Linda Hornbuckle, Thara Memory, Curtis Salgado, Mel Brown and was featured regularly with New Orleans saxophonist Reggie Houston. She also played with the Norman Sylvester Blues Band and was a session musician for several other artists.[2]


In 1992, Scroggins was inducted into the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2013.


  • Janice Scroggins Plays Scott Joplin, Flying Heart Records (1987)

Piano Love, MAH (2014)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Clark, Sunny (June 6, 2014). "Janice Scroggins Funeral "Homegoing Service" Celebrates A Life Well-Played". Oregon Music News. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Duin, Steve (May 12, 2011). "In praise of Janice Scroggins and her piano-playing talent". The Oregonian. Portland: Oregonian Media Group. Retrieved December 19, 2014.