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Cecil Scott

Cecil Scott (November 22, 1905 in Springfield, Ohio - January 5, 1964 in New York City) was an American jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist, and bandleader.

Scott played as a teenager with his brother, drummer Lloyd Scott. They played together as co-leaders through the end of the 1920s, holding residencies in Ohio, Pittsburgh, and in New York City at the Savoy Ballroom. Among the members of this ensemble were Dicky Wells, Frankie Newton, Bill Coleman, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges, and Chu Berry. Cecil took full control over the group in 1929, though Lloyd continued to manage the group.

Scott was hurt badly in an accident in the early 1930s, and his career was temporarily sidelined. After his recovery he played with Ellsworth Reynolds in 1932-33 and then with Teddy Hill (from 1936), Clarence Williams, and Teddy Wilson (1936–37); in the latter gig he accompanied Billie Holiday. In the early 1940s he played with Alberto Socarras, Red Allen, Willie "The Lion" Smith before assembling his own band in 1942, which at times included Hot Lips Page and Art Hodes. He also played with Slim Gaillard later in the 1940s.

In 1950 he disbanded the group, and worked with Jimmy McPartland as a sideman. He occasionally led groups and continued to play as a sideman up until the time of his death in 1964. He is credited on some 75 albums.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 22nd, 1905 (Springfield), Died January 5th, 1964 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, tenor saxophone, saxophone, baritone saxophone, composer, director

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37529 10-in. 1/10/1927 Harlem shuffle Lloyd Scott Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Victor BVE-37530 10-in. 1/10/1927 Symphonic scronch Lloyd Scott Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Victor BVE-37531 10-in. 1/10/1927 Happy hour Lloyd Scott Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Victor BVE-57709 10-in. 11/19/1929 Lawd, lawd Cecil Scott and his Bright Boys Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus director, composer, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Victor BVE-57710 10-in. 11/19/1929 In a corner Cecil Scott and his Bright Boys Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Victor BVE-57711 10-in. 11/19/1929 Bright boy blues Cecil Scott and his Bright Boys Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Victor BVE-57712 10-in. 11/19/1929 Springfield stomp Cecil Scott and his Bright Boys Jazz/dance band director, composer, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Victor BS-06462 10-in. 3/26/1937 The love bug will bite you (if you don't watch out) Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-06463 10-in. 3/26/1937 Would you like to buy a dream? Beatrice Douglas ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-06464 10-in. 3/26/1937 Big Boy Blue Bill Dillard ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-06465 10-in. 3/26/1937 Where is the sun? Beatrice Douglas ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-06466 10-in. 3/26/1937 The Harlem twister Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-06467 10-in. 3/26/1937 My Marie Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07925 10-in. 4/23/1937 I know now Bill Dillard ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07926 10-in. 4/23/1937 The lady who couldn't be kissed Bill Dillard ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07927 10-in. 4/23/1937 (Have you forgotten) The you and me that used to be Bill Dillard ; Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07928 10-in. 4/23/1937 A study in brown Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07929 10-in. 4/23/1937 Twilight in Turkey Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07930 10-in. 4/23/1937 China boy Teddy Hill NBC Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Columbia 140064 10-in. 9/30/1924 Freight train blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia 140090 10-in. 10/7/1924 Broken busted blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with 2 clarinets and piano instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia 140091 10-in. 10/7/1924 San Francisco blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with 2 clarinets and piano instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia [W]150379 10-in. 5/1/1930 I'm havin' my fun Alex Hill ; The Hokum Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia [W]150380 10-in. 5/1/1930 You've had your way Alex Hill ; The Hokum Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia [W]150381 10-in. 5/1/1930 He wouldn't stop doing it Alex Hill ; The Hokum Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia [W]150382 10-in. 5/1/1930 You're bound to look like a monkey when you get old Alex Hill ; The Hokum Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia W152463 10-in. 8/7/1933 The shim sham shimmy dance Lowland Singers ; Williams' Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia W152464 10-in. 8/7/1933 Organ grinder Williams' Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia W152465 10-in. 8/7/1933 Chizzlin' Sam Williams' Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal duet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia W152466 10-in. 8/7/1933 High society Lowland Singers ; Williams' Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Columbia W152467 10-in. 8/7/1933 Mister, will you serenade? Williams' Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 38545 10-in. 9/5/1934 Ida, sweet as apple cider Alabama Jug Band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 38546 10-in. 9/5/1934 My gal Sal Alabama Jug Band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 38547 10-in. 9/5/1934 Gulf Coast blues Alabama Jug Band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 38552 10-in. 9/5/1934 I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate Alabama Jug Band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 38781 10-in. 10/3/1934 Jazz it blues (Jazz me blues)-1 Alabama Jug Band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 38782 10-in. 10/3/1934 Somebody stole my gal Alabama Jug Band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 38783 10-in. 10/3/1934 Crazy blues Alabama Jug Band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 38784 10-in. 10/3/1934 Sugar blues Alabama Jug Band instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 39324 10-in. 2/1/1935 Milk cow blues The Birmingham Serenaders instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39325 10-in. 2/1/1935 Black gal blues The Birmingham Serenaders instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39326 10-in. 2/1/1935 Papa de da da The Birmingham Serenaders instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39327 10-in. 2/1/1935 You're bound to look like a monkey when you get old The Birmingham Serenaders instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39489 10-in. 4/23/1935 There's gonna be the devil to pay Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39490 10-in. 4/23/1935 Streamline gal Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39491 10-in. 4/23/1935 What can I do with a foolish little girl like you? Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39492 10-in. 4/23/1935 Harlem joys Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39535 10-in. 5/22/1935 Echo of spring Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39536 10-in. 5/22/1935 Breeze (blow my baby back to me) Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39537 10-in. 5/22/1935 Swing, brother, swing Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39538 10-in. 5/22/1935 Sittin' at the table Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39693 10-in. 7/10/1935 If the moon turns green Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 39694 10-in. 7/10/1935 Lulu's back in tovm Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 39723 10-in. 7/18/1935 In a little gypsy tea room Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 39724 10-in. 7/18/1935 I never saw a better night Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 39725 10-in. 7/19/1935 Lost my rhythm, lost my music, lost my man Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 39726 10-in. 7/19/1935 I'm painting the town red Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Scott, Cecil," accessed November 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110937.

Scott, Cecil. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110937.

"Scott, Cecil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 November 2021.

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