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Scott, Cynthia

Scott, Cynthia, singer; b. Arkansas. Her father Rev Sam Scott passed away on December 22, 2002. He and her mother were married for 70 years.

Scott began singing at the age of four and was the 10th child and youngest girl 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 Norman Granz, she had the pleasure of sharing the same stage with The Count Basie Orchestra and Oscar Peterson. 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. 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 Friday and Saturday evening 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. 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. 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. 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. At her Flushing Hall Debut she opened for Randy Weston. Her latest performance with Wynton Marsalis took place at Lincoln Center performing the music of Duke Ellington. She was also the featured vocalist with Lionel Hampton.

She has a Master's and Bachelor's Degree In Music from Manhattan School Of Music and has taught vocal workshops, teaches part time at the Brooklyn Conservatory and is available for private and group vocal lessons. She has also studied acting under Uta Hagen and Robert Crest. She performed in Japan with the Norman Simmons trio.

Cynthia Scott Boom Boom With The Norman Simmons Trio; Three Houses; A La Carte, Live at Birdland (Grammy Nominated); "Boom Boom" Live in Japan

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