Downtown Jazz Fiesta -Featuring Kendrick Scott
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TJF Artist in Residence is made possible in part by the generous contribution
of Roger Karber & Diane Fitzpatrick
Kendrick Scott – Drummer/ Composer/ Educator
Named a “Rising Star” by Downbeat Magazine and a “Drummer Whose Time is Now” by the New York Times, Kendrick Scott is a premier drummer and composer of his generation. Born in Houston, Texas, Scott garnered his music education from Houston’s renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Berklee College of Music in Boston. As a performer, Scott has toured worldwide and recorded with a wide array of artists including Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Charles Lloyd, Wayne Shorter, The Crusaders, Joshua Redman, Robert Glasper, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, and Terence Blanchard.
As a composer, Kendrick’s pieces have been played on Grammy winning records and has won a 2017 Chamber Music of America New Works Grant funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. NPR calls his works, “Sprawling, cinematic compositions” and the NY Times says “Scott invests seriously in the ancient ideal of music as a healing force, and the notion that through focus and attunement, he might create sounds that resonate with our particular moment. He’s one of more consistent bandleaders in instrumental music today, with original music that feels consequential and distinguished”
Scott has released five albums as a bandleader including 4 with his band Oracle. The Source (2007) Reverence (2011) Conviction (2013) We Are The Drum (2015) and the new release on Blue note Records A Wall Becomes A Bridge. Kendrick Scott lives in New York where he is on faculty at the Manhattan School Of Music.
UA Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble
The UA Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble, directed by Brice Winston, is the premiere small ensemble in the jazz program at the University of Arizona. As such, the group has routinely performed at high profile events and festivals in and around Southern Arizona. Some past concerts with internationally known artists include Ingrid Jensen, Warren Wolf, Terell Stafford, and Troy Roberts. In 2018, the group traveled to the Las Vegas Jazz Invitational in order to perform at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. The group played an original suite written by pianist, Spencer Clarke, which was recorded and submitted to the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers. The piece won and Spencer was invited to present it at the ISJAC yearly conference. The group will be headlining the MLK day festivities with drummer Kendrick Scott at the 2022 Tucson Jazz Festival.