Born: March 14, 1934 | Died: March 10, 2002 Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3
Shirley Scott began playing piano and trumpet in her native Philadelphia. By the mid 1950s, she was playing piano in the city's thriving club scene - often with the very young John Coltrane. A club owner needed her to fill in on organ one night and the young Shirley took to it immediately, crafting a swinging, signature sound unlike anyone else almost from the get go.
On a swing through town, Basie tenor man Eddie Lockjaw Davis (1922-86) heard Scott and asked her to join his band. They recorded prolifically together - as co-leaders - and released a hugely popular series of Cookbook records for Prestige during the late 1950s....