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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 (Results 26-50 of 57 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 57 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Scott, Cecil," accessed December 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110937.

Scott, Cecil. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110937.

"Scott, Cecil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110937

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