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Rhoda Scott

Luisant, Centre, France | INDIE

Luisant, Centre, France | INDIE
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"The Elegant Ms. Scott"

"The elegant Ms. Scott has slim feet that dance quickly over the pedals, hardly seeming to make contact - she plays shoeless. But she swings hard, like Count Basie, in whose club she used to perform in Harlem. The Gospel influence, too, is audible in the way the pulse is always pushing forward." - The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 8, 2002


"The Elegant Ms. Scott"

"The elegant Ms. Scott has slim feet that dance quickly over the pedals, hardly seeming to make contact - she plays shoeless. But she swings hard, like Count Basie, in whose club she used to perform in Harlem. The Gospel influence, too, is audible in the way the pulse is always pushing forward." - The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 8, 2002


"Jazz At Lincoln Center ; The B-3"

"The concert...was so good that it transcended its genre's cliches; it seemed vital, even momentous, an event. Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, Joey DeFrancesco and Jimmy McGriff all played marvelously...Ms. Scott, stepping out of her heels to maneuver the organ's bass pedals barefoot, squeezed the maximum potential out of sustained chords." - The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2001


"Jazz At Lincoln Center ; The B-3"

"The concert...was so good that it transcended its genre's cliches; it seemed vital, even momentous, an event. Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, Joey DeFrancesco and Jimmy McGriff all played marvelously...Ms. Scott, stepping out of her heels to maneuver the organ's bass pedals barefoot, squeezed the maximum potential out of sustained chords." - The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2001


"Rhoda Scott"

An American in Paris, this Newark, New Jersey native has been an expatriate for the past 30 years, returning regularly to her hometown for Newark's annual Organ Jam. A minister's daughter brought up in the classical music tradition, she has become one of the most respected and accomplished Hammond B-3 players on the planet, with an exciting, charismatic stage presence to boot! Though she possesses formidable keyboard chops, her secret weapon is her inherent sense of time and surging bass pedal lines, which she executes barefooted. (Bill Milkowski) - JAZZIZ, July 2002 edition


"Rhoda Scott"

An American in Paris, this Newark, New Jersey native has been an expatriate for the past 30 years, returning regularly to her hometown for Newark's annual Organ Jam. A minister's daughter brought up in the classical music tradition, she has become one of the most respected and accomplished Hammond B-3 players on the planet, with an exciting, charismatic stage presence to boot! Though she possesses formidable keyboard chops, her secret weapon is her inherent sense of time and surging bass pedal lines, which she executes barefooted. (Bill Milkowski) - JAZZIZ, July 2002 edition


Discography

Over 20 CDs, among which are "Frame for the Blues", "Rhoda Scott and Guests", "Live", "Negro Spirituals", "Stardust", "Summertime", "Take Five", "Rhoda Scott in New York" (with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra), "Feeling the Groove" (with Houston Person on tenor saxophone), "Les Orgues de Noel", "Alone", "Rhoda Scott & Kenny Clarke", "Rhoda Scott Live At The Olympia", "Rhoda Scott Encore, Encore, Encore", "From C to Shining C", Rhoda Scott "Lady Quartet", "Beyond The Sea", etc.

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Rhoda Scott, born in Dorothy, New Jersey, learned to play organ in her father's successive churches in southern New Jersey. There she acquired her soulful style which was later developed by playing with local combos. She was a regular at Count Basie's Lounge in Harlem while completing her studies at Manhattan School of Music in New York. She studied with Nadia Boulanger in France, and began a fabulous career in Europe and Africa, and has appeared before kings, queens and other members of royal families in many countries. She has recently returned to the USA for successful appearances at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in Washington, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Knighted by the French government, Rhoda is Officier des Arts et des Lettres, and recently was awarded the "Django d'Or Prix Frank Hag├Ęge" for her lifetime achievements in jazz.