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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 51-57 of 57 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-57 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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