Kendrick Scott

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Kendrick Scott
Scott performing in Rotterdam in 2014
Background information
Birth nameKendrick Allen DeWitt Scott
Born (1980-07-08) July 8, 1980 (age 41)
Houston, Texas, United States
Years active1990s–present
LabelsWorld Culture Music, various
Associated actsTerence Blanchard, Romain Collin, Gretchen Parlato, Walter Smith III

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]

2006 The Source World Culture Music
2010 Reverence Criss Cross Jazz
2013 Conviction World Culture Music
2015 We Are the Drum Blue Note Records
2019 A Wall Becomes a Bridge Blue Note Records/Decca Records


As sideman[edit]

Year Leader Title Label
2004 David Doruzka Hidden Paths Cube-Metier
2005 Terence Blanchard Flow Blue Note
2006 Patrick Cornelius Lucid Dream Acoustic Recording
2006 Danny Grissett Promise Criss Cross
2007 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note
2007 Chihiro Yamanaka Abyss Verve
2008 Mike Moreno Third Wish Criss Cross
2008 Lage Lund Early Songs Criss Cross
2009 Myron Walden Momentum Demi Sound
2009 Terence Blanchard Choices Concord
2009 Gretchen Parlato In a Dream ObliqSound
2010 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
2011 Mike Moreno First in Mind Criss Cross
2011 Gretchen Parlato The Lost and Found ObliqSound
2012 Romain Collin The Calling Palmetto
2015 Romain Collin Press Enter ACT
2015 Walter Smith III Still Casual Self Produced


  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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