Born: February 3 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Cindy Scott's debut CD should make anyone take notice, says New York recording artist Roseanna Vitro.
Cindy Scott has a warm, sexy tone with clear presentation of lyrics and attention to melody. In her singing can be heard the influences of well-known jazz artists Sarah Vaughn and Karrin Allyson, with a touch of Ricki Lee Jones mixed in. She either swings hard or floats dreamily, depending on the song. Scott's passion for jazz comes out in her delivery and endears her to her listeners.
Scott was born into a family of musicians. She studied classical flute and attended Louisiana State University on a music scholarship. Then, as an exchange student in Germany, she discovered jazz. While studying abroad, Scott began singing with a German trio in the jazz cellars of the Black Forest. German native Thomas Gunther, now pianist for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, remembers working with Scott fondly. Her timing and phrasing was that of an old, experienced jazz singer, very uncommon for someone only 21 years old.
After returning to the US, Scott continued singing. She sang with the Louisiana State University big band and also performed at jazz venues around town. She eventually attended the University of South Carolina for a Masters in International Business, and while there, she was the soloist for their big band led by Roger Pemberton, with whom she performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands.
Scott moved to Houston in 1995 to pursue a corporate career. For several years, she worked in management for a large multinational energy services company. Somehow she found time to keep singing, and she quickly became an active part of Houston's jazz scene, playing frequently at all the top venues. Scott also worked to foster a growth environment for Houston's vocal jazz community. She organized master classes with national artists, including Roseanna Vitro, Nancy King and Kevin Mahogany. Cindy established and hosted Jazz Vocal Thursday at the renowned club Cézanne. For two years, this weekly event showcased guest vocalists performing a set with Scott's phenomenal band.
In January 2005, Scott left a successful corporate career to pursue music full time. She returned to South Louisiana to accept a full Graduate Assistantship in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans. The following August, Cindy, her husband, Bill, and their dog, Kitty, evacuated the day before Hurricane Katrina destroyed their one-story apartment. After a lengthy departure, they have returned to New Orleans to participate in the city’s renaissance. Scott completed her degree in May, 2007 and plans to continue performing and teaching in the area and elsewhere.
Cindy’s first CD, “Major to Minor,” has been well received among critics and fans alike and is currently being distributed in the US and Japan. As Roseanna Vitro stated, this CD should make anyone take notice. It Don't Mean a Thing is killin'. Great, really. You should be very proud, Cindy. Congratulations.
“A record which should make anyone take notice. Congratulations.” --Roseanna Vitro, veteran recording artist and jazz vocalist
“Beautiful pitch, great time (which I believe is almost everything) nice players & arrangements too -very good!!! Hard to believe you've not been 'at it' for very long, you also sound so natural, great voice!” --Karrin Allyson, Concord Jazz recording artist and grammy nominee
If you dig poignant melody beautifully expressed, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye is alone worth the price of admission. --Frank Dorritie, two-time grammy winning producer
“The arrangements and execution are superb, as are Scott's vocals. Scott has the potential to go from the minors to the major league.” --As reviewed by Timothy J. O'Brien, Houston Press
“She has the uncanny ability to mesmerize listeners with titillating displays of vocal timing and captivating nuances. Cindy utilizes her skills in a manner that clearly allows for total immersion in her music. From one track to the other, the ebb and flow of vocal jazz is clear and precise.” --As reviewed by Sheldon T. Nunn, JazzReview.com
“I really appreciate how rarely you get a real jazz singer these days. I’m gonna keep playing this CD. If you like jazz, this album is the real thing.” --Clif Smith, Musicologist and DJ, KPFT Pacifica Radio, Houston, Texas
Her debut CD Major to Minor is a sterling example of a warm, sensitive vocal quality, packed with the ability to perform everything from fast scat to a sweet ballad with confidence and accuracy. The intensity with which she feels the music comes right through the speakers to be embraced by the listener. This is an excellent collection of jazz favorites done remarkably well. --As reviewed by Robert A. Lindquist, Singer Magazine
New Orleans, LA
Teach Jazz Vocal Ensemble at the University of New Orleans. Teach jazz and pop vocals privately to all ages and levels. Specialize in improvisation and vocal technique specifically for pop, r&b and jazz styles.