Kendrick Scott

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Kendrick Scott
Scott performing in Rotterdam in 2014
Scott performing in Rotterdam in 2014
Background information
Birth nameKendrick Allen DeWitt Scott
Born (1980-07-08) July 8, 1980 (age 43)
Houston, Texas, United States
Years active1990s–present
LabelsWorld Culture Music, various

Kendrick Scott (born July 8, 1980 in Houston, Texas, United States) is an American jazz drummer, bandleader, and composer. He is the founder of the record label World Culture Music.


Kendrick A.D. Scott was born and raised in Houston. The first encounters Kendrick had with the drums were in church, where his parents, Kenneth and Stepheny, and older brother were involved in the music ministry. Scott was later accepted to Houston's famed High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) where his high school career culminated in many awards - the most notable being The Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship, given by the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Upon graduation from high school in 1998, Kendrick was awarded a scholarship to attend the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, majoring in Music Education. Since graduating from Berklee in 2002,[1] Scott has performed with a variety of name artists including the Jazz Crusaders, guitarist Pat Metheny, saxophonists Joe Lovano and Kenny Garrett, vocalists Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Gretchen Parlato and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, to name a few. He also was a member of the Berklee-Monterey Quartet, performing at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival in 1999-2000, 2002 and 2007.

Scott’s debut recording with his group Oracle recorded The Source in 2006, including pianists Aaron Parks and Robert Glasper, guitarist Lionel Loueke, vocalist Gretchen Parlato, and others. Scott also performed with the Terence Blanchard Quintet on the album A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) (2007), which was nominated for two Grammy Awards for 2008. Kendrick was a member of the band that accompanied Terence Blanchard to the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 50th anniversary in 2007, and Scott embarked on the 22-state tour, starting in January, 2008 with the 50th Anniversary MJF All-Star Band. It featured the leaders of the past, present and future with Terence Blanchard on trumpet, James Moody on saxophone, Benny Green on piano, Derrick Hodge on bass, and jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon.[2]

Scott also currently plays with the Charles Lloyd Quartet, featuring alongside Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gerald Clayton on piano.[3][4]

Selective discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Year released
2006–07 The Source World Culture Music 2007
2008 Reverence Criss Cross Jazz 2010
2013? Conviction World Culture Music 2013
2015? We Are the Drum Blue Note 2015
2019? A Wall Becomes a Bridge Blue Note 2019


As group[edit]

Blue Note All Stars

  • Our Point of View (Blue Note, 2017)[2CD]

As sideman[edit]

Leader Title Label Year
David Doruzka Hidden Paths Cube-Metier 2004
Terence Blanchard Flow Blue Note 2005
Patrick Cornelius Lucid Dream Acoustic Recording 2006
Danny Grissett Promise Criss Cross Jazz 2006
Terence Blanchard A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note 2007
Chihiro Yamanaka Abyss Verve 2007
Mike Moreno Third Wish Criss Cross Jazz 2008
Lage Lund Early Songs Criss Cross Jazz 2008
Myron Walden Momentum Demi Sound 2009
Terence Blanchard Choices Concord 2009
Gretchen Parlato In a Dream ObliqSound 2009
Will Vinson Stockholm Syndrome Criss Cross 2010
Myron Walden To Feel Demi Sound 2010
Myron Walden What We Share Demi Sound 2010
Chihiro Yamanaka Forever Begins Verve 2010
Michal Bugala 1st Touch Hudobný Fond 2010
Mike Moreno First in Mind Criss Cross Jazz 2011
Gretchen Parlato The Lost and Found ObliqSound 2011
Walter Smith III Still Casual Self Produced 2015


  1. ^ "BERKLEE - Press Release". 10 September 2006. Archived from the original on 10 September 2006. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  2. ^ "51st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival". 14 December 2007. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Charles Lloyd - Jazz Saxophonist and Composer". Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ "The Charles Lloyd Quartet - Vicar St". Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Kendrick Scott - Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 April 2019.

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