Stephen Scott Trio

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b. 13 March 1969, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Scott played piano from the age of five, but it was while attending New York’s High School of the Performing Arts that he was introduced to jazz…
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b. 13 March 1969, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Scott played piano from the age of five, but it was while attending New York’s High School of the Performing Arts that he was introduced to jazz by alto saxophonist Justin Robinson, in particular the music of Wynton Kelly and Red Garland. Later, he took private lessons at the Juilliard School of Music. In 1986 he received the Young Talent Award from the National Association of Jazz Educators and within the year was hired as accompanist to Betty Carter. Carter declared him to be a genius, and Scott was soon a welcome addition to bands led by artists such as Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, Ron Carter, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Craig Handy, Roy Hargrove, the Harper Brothers, Joe Henderson (appearing on the Grammy-winning tribute to Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life), Jon Hendricks, Bobby Hutcherson, Victor Lewis, appearing on Eeeyyess!, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins and Bobby Watson.

He led his own small groups on record from 1991, employing as sidemen musicians such as his mentors Carter and Lewis, and he also played on a trio date with Hargrove and Christian McBride. Scott, who also plays electronic keyboards, has become an outstanding figure in modern jazz piano. His lessons from Betty Carter and others well-learned, he has also developed a distinctive style, thus setting him apart and ahead of many of his contemporaries.