Cindy Scott's debut CD "should make anyone
. Scott has a warm, sexy tone with clear presentation of lyrics and attention to melody. One can hear the influences of well-known jazz artists Sarah Vaughn and Karrin Allyson, with a touch of Ricki Lee Jones mixed in. She either swings hard or floats dreamily, depending on the song. Scott's passion for this music comes out in her delivery and endears her to her listeners.
Scott was born into a family of musicians. She studied classical flute and attended Louisiana State University on a music scholarship. Then, as an exchange student in Germany, she discovered jazz. While studying abroad, Scott began singing with a trio in the jazz cellars of the Black Forest. German native Thomas Gunther, now pianist for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, remembers working with Scott fondly. "Her timing and phrasing was that of an old, experienced jazz singer, very uncommon for someone only 21 years old. Both the instrumentalists and the audience alike loved her immediately for her charming stage presence, her wonderful voice, and her powerful interpretations of jazz standards."
After returning to the US, Scott continued singing. She sang with the Louisiana State University big band and also performed at jazz venues around town. She eventually attended the University of South Carolina and performed with their big band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands.
Since moving to Houston in 1995, Scott has been an active part of Houston's jazz scene, playing frequently at top venues. Scott also works to foster a growth environment for Houston's vocal jazz community. She has organized master classes with national artists, including Roseanna Vitro, Nancy King and Kevin Mahogany. Cindy established and hosted Jazz Vocal Thursday at the renowned club Cézanne. For two years, this weekly event showcased guest vocalists performing a set with Scott's phenomenal band.
As Roseanna Vitro stated, Scott's CD "should make anyone take notice. It Don't Mean a Thing is killin'. Great, really. You should be very proud, Cindy. Congratulations."
Scott will release her debut CD, Major to Minor, in November 2002.