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Cecil Scott & His Bright Boys


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"Cecil Scott: A Brief History"


Recorded in New York City on November 19th 1929 by "Cecil Scott and his Bright Boys" featuring Bill Coleman and Frankie Newton trumpet, Dicky Wells trombone, Cecil Scott clarinet, tenor, baritone sax, & director, John Williams and Harold McFerran alto sax, Don Frye piano, Rudolph Williams banjo & guitar, Mack Walker tuba, and Lloyd Scott drums. -(This side was produced for Victor under the supervision of Loren L. Watson.)

*"Springfield Stomp" was composed by Cecil Scott and Don Frye.

Born in Springfield, Ohio on November 22nd 1905 Cecil Scott bang playing the clarinet in his youth and organized his first band (a trio) when he was still a teenager featuring his brother Lloyd on drums. From 1922 on the group gradually migrated East to Pittsburg and by the mid-1920's had landed in America's newly formed jazz capital, New York City. It was there that the Scott Brothers' career really took off when they landed one of the most prestigious gigs in Harlem with a residency at the famous Savoy Ballroom.

Suffering a severe injury in the early 1930's, Cecil was forced to take a break from music while he recuperated. Upon his return to active performing he initially found work with Ellsworth Reynolds from 1932-33, followed by stints with the orchestras of Teddy Hill and Clarence Williams. In 1936 and '37 Cecil played with Teddy Wilson at which time he even got to serve as an accompanist to Billie Holiday. Following nearly a decade of freelancing, in 1942 Cecil again formed his own band with personnel that sometimes included Art Hodes and Hot Lips Page.

In 1950 Cecil Scott disbanded his group and went on to join the band of Jimmy McPartland. He would continue to find employment as a sideman and occasional leader right up until his death on January 5th 1964.

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