CYNTHIA SCOTT, GRAMMY CONTENDER and former Jazz Ambassador, is a renowned vocalist on the New York Jazz scene. This CD performance of A LA CARTE was recorded LIVE at the world famous BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB in New York City and features some of New York's finest accompanying musicians. This CD is called A la Carte because it is FOOD FOR THE SOUL. IT IS also a GRAMMY CONTENDER and up against artist like Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Diana Krall, Jimmy Scott, Etta Jones, Mark Murphy and more. SO WISH ME LUCK. BUY ME
One of many praises given this CD, world famous JON LUCIEN wrote, "Cynthia Scott in my opinion is the best female singer in the business today. She's a real performer, a fantastic voice and complete musician. Listen to Cynthia and hear for yourself."
Cynthia was born in Arkansas, began singing at the age of four and was the 10th child of 12 children in a musical family. She developed her craft singing gospel music in her father's church.
After high school, Cynthia moved to Dallas, Texas, and started singing on the local club scene. She became a "RAELETTE" with the RAY CHARLES organization, recording and touring with him for two years. On one European tour with Ray Charles, which was promoted by the late, great NORMAN GRANZ, she had the pleasure of sharing the same stage with THE COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA and OSCAR PETERSON.
Returning to Dallas, Cynthia established a very wide following. She continued to tour abroad in Paris, Russia and China. While in China she performed for dignitaries in Shanghai with the aid of an interpreter.
Cynthia came to New York after receiving a call from the owner of a popular club to perform. She then hired, as yet undiscovered, HARRY CONNICK JR. as one of her pianist. They met again at a DAVID LETTERMAN Christmas Party some years later and he introduced her as "one of the greatest jazz singers." She still laughs at what she paid him while they'd worked together and wishes he was still available for that price. A four week engagement turned into a three year stretch, so Cynthia decided to call New York City home.
Cynthia has performed at many clubs in New York City. For the past ten years she was the featured vocalist at the Supper Club with the 17 piece Supper Club Big Band and could be seen and heard there every week when not doing concerts or private events. She said it was wonderful to have a steady singing engagement in New York and still have the freedom to perform other engagements. At one private function, she sang for the former VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE at The Supper Club, where she introduced him. The unfortunate events of the terrorists' attacks on September 11th, caused The Supper Club weekend entertainment to end.
Cynthia performed in the musical tour "MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL," a tribute featuring the music of JOHNNY MERCER, based on the best selling novel by JOHN BERENDT. The SYRACUSE HERALD praised Cynthia's delivery of Johnny Mercer's music as "...performed with haunting artistry and superb talent...singing "Satin Doll" and "Moon River" into suave musical monologues." THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE said, "Cynthia sang with a remarkable smooth intonation that stood out for its quiet intensity and, as often as "Midnight Sun" and "Moon River" has been associated with Audrey Hepburn, Cynthia made the tunes her own." THE WASHINGTON POST said, "Ms. Scott skillfully illustrated the reflective and sensuous sides of Mercer's songcraft during a performance at the Kennedy Center," and, lastly, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE featured Ms. Scott's picture on the front page of the Sunday Style section and wrote, "Scott's jazz phrasing and timbre conjures up Sarah Vaughan & Ella Fitzgerald as she sang sensational versions of Mercer music." Sharing the stage during the concerts was the legendary MARGARET WHITING,, along with KEVIN MAHOGANY, CLAIBORNE CARY, MUNDELL LOWE, WARREN VACHE, JESSIE DAVIS, JULIUS LAROSA and, two of the real characters featured in the book and movie, LADY CLABLIS and the late EMMA KELLY. Cynthia loved performing these concerts and considers them part of an important musical history. She has vowed to make it her goal to help keep this and other memorable and classic music alive.
Cynthia Scott was voted one of the five finalists in THE 1998 INTERNATIONAL THELONIUS MONK JAZZ VOCAL COMPETITION, where JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE was quoted as saying,"Ms. Scott gave an exceptional performance." GRADY TATE, legendary drummer says: "Cynthia's singing caresses one's heart," and praised her recording "I JUST WANT TO KNOW," which also showcases her as a producer. The late TERRI THORNTON, famous jazz vocalist and Verve artist, a very close friend of Cynthia's, said "the recording should become a favorite among all those who like good vocalists."
Cynthia toured with CAB CALLOWAY as well. She made such an impression, that she was booked for another tour. Cynthia has fond memories of CAB calling her up on to the stage during a Joe Williams concert and introducing her as his "new discovery" as they sang "Stormy Weather" together. While Legendary NORMAN SIMMONS played piano, Cab, as usual completely took over singer extradionaire JOE WILLIAMS' show.
She has also had the opportunity to perform and tour with many other Jazz luminaries at countless venues. Some of these include: THE HARPER BROTHERS, DAVID SANDBORN, JOE WILLIAMS, LOU DONALDSON, CYRUS CHESTNUT, THE BESSIE SMITH REVUE, THE 1ST ARUBA JAZZ FESTIVAL and continued appearances in JAPAN during the Christmas holiday season. Her BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC debut, featured Jazz pianist BROSS TOWNSEND. Her NEW YORK TOWN HALL debut featured THE MABEL MERCER CABARET CONVENTION, where Cynthia was described as "strikingly sultry" by CHIP DEFFA of The New York Post. At her FLUSHING HALL Debut she opened for RANDY WESTON. Her latest performance with legendary WYNTON MARSALIS took place at LINCOLN CENTER performing the music of DUKE ELLINGTON. She was also the featured vocalist with LIONEL HAMPTON. You can find Cynthia now doing tributes to Ray Charles at Jazz festivals and concert halls with the legendary Fathead Newman, Marcus Belgrave and LeRoy Cooper, who all worked with the late great Ray Charles.
She has a MASTER'S and BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN MUSIC from MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC and has taught vocal workshops, teaches part time and is available for private and group vocal lessons. She has also studied acting under UTA HAGEN and ROBERT CREST.
Having recently returned from performing in Japan with the late Joe Williams trio under the direction of NORMAN SIMMONS, her efforts to document this event also produced a live recording called "CYNTHIA SCOTT BOOM BOOM with THE NORMAN SIMMONS TRIO" featuring LISLE ATKINSON on bass and PAUL HUMPHREY on drums. JAZZ GUITARIST, RUSSELL MALONE heard this recording and personally called Cynthia up to say girl, normally musicians have to swing the singer but you swung the blank blank out of that band.(you can fill in the blank blank) His quote on her CD is "GREAT VOCAL INSTRUMENT, GREAT CHOICE OF MATERIAL and GREAT SOUL AND SWING." Jazz singer MARK MURPHY also heard the CD and offered the quote "Cynthia swings her socks off and then continues to serenade us with her jazzy so-intune contralto that goes in and out of so many wonderful old chestnut songs...sort of like she is really singing with COUNT BASIE. NORMAN SIMMONS did the linear notes for this CD, that you can read under current news at WWW.CYNTHIASCOTT.COM. His comment on this CD is "THERE ARE VERY FEW JAZZ SINGERS LEFT MADE OF THE REAL THING AND SHE IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THEM." Two live CD's released at the same time. DO I DARE? Yes she did, they are available for purchase thru her website, or CD Baby.Com as well as selected stores.
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