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Calvin Lorenzo


Calvin Lorenzo Scott (stage name Calvin Lorenzo) was born in the countryside of Jamaica in the small village of Colgate on Aug. 27, 1959. He attended small schools in the St. Ann Parish and went to the high school in Ocho Rios.

Calvin’s music career began early when as a child he would try to get a tune out of anything he could - sticks, old bottles, pots, pans, coconuts - whatever was at hand. He won his first musical competition at the age of 12 by bringing the house down with his percussionist antics on his home-made instruments.

It was in high school that his talents were truly recognized by the new music teacher Lenny Hebbert. At the time Calvin was performing in his own band that did Mento performances at school functions, and social events. Calvin was playing the banjo and singing. Lenny invited him to join the school band and then helped refine Calvin’s talents and taught him to play the alto and the ‘c’ recorder and the congas. With his already existing understanding of stringed instruments this exposure rounded Calvin’s grasp. This great combination of the fundamentals of percussion, the cohesive complexity of stringed instruments, and the unique variations of the wind, gave him the gift of fullness relative to all great musicians. Calvin progressed rapidly and Lenny asked him if he would like to join him in performing with him at various hotels doing gigs. Calvin of course jumped at the chance.
While playing at the Little Pub, a favorite watering hole for tourists in the Ocho Rios area, Calvin met the famous Lord Laro. Mr. Laro asked Calvin if he wanted to join a new band he was putting together. Calvin accepted and was soon playing all over Jamaica with Lord Laro and his famous calypso band. Calvin eventually ended up on an extended tour of Europe where they played the major cities of East and West Germany, Switzerland, and Holland. After the tour was over Calvin stayed in Hamburg, Germany, doing local gigs. During this time he met Roger Whittaker, Boneham, Gamba Dane, Bob Marley, and shared the stage with Gardner Barris, and played with Toots and the Maytals.

In 1985 Calvin returned to Jamaica and joined up with John Jones and the two of them played the various hotels and nightclubs around Jamaica. They were regularly featured at the famous Couples Resort Hotel. It was at Couples that Calvin met Lloyd Kerr from the US, and the two of them joined forces to do original reggae songs.

Calvin moved to Orlando, Florida in 1993, and he and Lloyd were able to devote their time and talents to developing an entirely new style of reggae music. With the help of numerous professional musicians in the genre, they have been creating original songs and have completed a series of albums. The cuts consist of reggae music done in ‘Roots’, ‘International’, and their new ‘High Hat’ style.

Calvin is currently performing in various clubs in the Orlando area, and consulting with other artists on their music. He is also involved in many studio projects, including movie and television show sound tracks. (Actually- this last bit is pure B/S. Just wishful thinking). Calvin is probably the best 'unknown' lyricist/vocalist alive. Calvin is a true 'Diamond in da ruff'.

If any commercial entity is interested in licensing his music for movie or TV production please contact BMI or Chocorua Productions at 352-481-6265 or email at I have many more original tracks Calvin has done over the years that have also never been released. I plan on making them available as I have time. I also have tracks by numerous other reggae artists which have never been heard by the public.