Shirley Scott

Shirley Scott

born on 14/3/1934 in Philadelphia, PA, United States

died on 10/3/2002 in Philadelphia, PA, United States

Shirley Scott

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Shirley Scott (March 14, 1934 – March 10, 2002)[1] was an African-American hard bop and soul-jazz organist. Best known for working with her husband, Stanley Turrentine, and with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, both saxophonists, Scott's soulful Hammond talent gained her the nickname "Queen of the Organ".[1]


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Scott was an admirer of Jimmy Smith, Jackie Davis (American soul jazz singer, organist and bandleader), and Bill Doggett (American jazz and rhythm and blues pianist and organist;[2][3] and played piano and trumpet before moving to the Hammond organ, her main instrument, though on occasion she still played piano. In the 1950s she became known for her work (1956–1959) with the saxophone player Eddie Davis, particularly on the song "In the Kitchen". She was married to Stanley Turrentine and played with him from 1960 to 1969. Later, she led her own group, mostly a trio. Saxophonist Harold Vick often played with her.

In the 1980s, she became a jazz educator and a member of Philadelphia's jazz community.[4]

Scott won an $8 million settlement in February 2000 against American Home Products, the manufacturers of the diet drug fen-phen.[4] She died of heart failure in 2002.[1]

Selected discography

Albums with an (*) feature Shirley Scott on piano.


  1. ^ a b c - accessed May 2010
  2. ^ personal interview -- Dr. Linda F. Williams; ethnomusicologist
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  4. ^ a b 'Organ queen' Shirley Scott dies". March 13, 2002. New Pittsburgh Courier.

External links

  • All Music discography
  • Shirley Scott discography by Doug Payne
  • Shirley Scott discography at Jazzlists
  • BBC Radio 2
  • Shirley Scott's last filmed public performance on YouTube, playing with Joey DeFrancesco at an organ summit in her honor in 1999.
  • The Scotsman Obituary, accessed July 4, 2012
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