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Shirley Scott
Shirley Scott (* 1934 in Philadelphia) studied piano as a child, and played trumpet at high school. When she heard Jimmy Smith on the Hammond organ, Shirley became an admirer of both Jimmy and the organ. She began to play the organ mid of the '50s when a club owner rented a B-3 for her.
 
Shirly quickly became one of the finest jazz organists. She preferred trios with tenor sax and drums. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis was the first to play with her (appr. 1955 to 1960), followed by Stanley Turrentine, whom she married (1961). In spite of being divorced 1971, Shirley continued the cooperation with Stanley until the end of the '70s.
 
The interest for organ or organ trios decreased in the '80s, and it was in the '90s only when the organ in jazz had a revival. In that period, Shirley recorded some albums not only on the organ, but also on the piano. At the end of the '90s, Shirly fell ill from a diet drug combination, which led to her death in March 2002.
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Discography
Eddie's Function
Affinity AFF 153
recorded July 1956, January, February and June 1957 in New York City/USA
Eddie Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Charlie Rice, drums
Carl Pruitt, bass
Ray Baretto, congas
Bill Pemberton, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Countin' With Basie
Roulette R-52007
recorded December 1957 in New York City/USA
Eddie Davis, tenor sax
Joe Newman, trumpet
Count Basie, piano
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Butch Ballard, drums
Eddie Davis Trio
Roulette SR-52019
recorded March 1958 in USA
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass Arthur Edgehill, drums
The Eddie Davis Trio Featuring Shirley Scott
Roost RLP 2227
recorded May 1958 in USA
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass Arthur Edgehill, drums
The Cookbook Vol. 1
Prestige 7141
recorded June 1958 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Jerome Richardson, flute, tenor sax
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Great Scott!
Prestige 7143
released 1959
recorded May 1958 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Jaws
Prestige 7154
recorded September 1958 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
"Scottie"
Prestige 7155
recorded October 1958 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
The Cookbook Vol. 2
Prestige 7161
recorded December 1958 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Jerome Richardson, flute, tenor sax
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
The Cookbook Vol. 3
Prestige 7219
recorded December 1958 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Jerome Richardson, flute
The Shirley Scott Trio
Moodsville 5
reissued 2001 on Prestige PRCD 24258-2
recorded October 1958 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
April 1960 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ, piano
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
George Tucker, bass
Scottie Plays The Duke
Prestige PR 7163
recorded April 1959 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Very Saxy!
Prestige PR 7167
recorded April 1959 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax
Arnett Cobb, tenor sax
Buddy Tate, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Jaws In Orbit
Prestige PR 7171
recorded May 1959 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Steve Pulliam, trombone
Hear My Blues
BV-1001
recorded September 1959 in New York City/USA
Al Smith, vocal
Eddie Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Wendell Marshall, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Soul Searching
Prestige PR 7173
recorded December 1959 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Wendell Marshall, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Bacalao
Prestige PR 7178
recorded December 1959 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Ray Barretto, conga
Luis Perez, bongos, conga
Shirley's Sounds
Prestige PR 7195
recorded October 1958 and April 1960 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
George Tucker, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Smokin'
Prestige 7301
recorded September & December 1958 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Jerome Richardson, flute, tenor sax, baritone sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Soul Sister
Prestige 7392
recorded June 1960 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Lem Winchester, vibes
Like Cozy
Moodsville 19
reissued 2001 on Prestige PRCD 24258-2 of Moodsville 5 and Moodsville 19
recorded September 1960 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
George Tucker, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Like Cozy
Moodsville 30
recorded April 1960 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
released 1963
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Ray Barretto, congas
Mucho, Mucho
Prestige 7182
recorded July 1960 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
released 1960
Shirley Scott, organ
Gene Casey, piano
Phil Diaz, vibes
Bill Ellington, bass
Juan Amalbert, congas
Manny Ramos, tumbales
Workin'
Prestige 7424
reissue Prestige PRCD 24126-2 recorded May 1958 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
April 1960 and March 1961 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
George Tucker, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Ronnell Bright, piano
Wally Richardson, guitar
Peck Morrison, bass
Roy Haynes, drums
Satin Doll
Prestige 7283
recorded March 1961 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Oliver Nelson, tenor sax
George Tucker, bass
Mack Simpkins, drums
Blue Seven
Prestige 7376
reissued 2000 on OJCCD-1050-2
recorded August 1961 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Oliver Nelson, tenor sax
Joe Newman, trumpet
George Tucker, bass
Roy Brooks, drums
Hip Twist
Prestige 7226
recorded November 1961 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
George Tucker, bass
Otis Finch, drums
Shirley Scott Plays Horace Silver
Prestige 7240
recorded November 1961 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Henry Grimes, bass
Otis Finch, drums
Happy Talk
Prestige PR 7262
also as Sweet Soul on Prestige PR 7360
recorded December 1962 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Early May, bass
Roy Brooks, drums
The Soul Is Willing
Prestige PR 7267
recorded January 1963 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Major Holley, bass
Grasella Oliphant, drums
Never Let Me Go
Blue Note 84129
reissue as CDP 784129 2
recorded January/February 1963 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Major Holley, bass
Sam Jones, bass
Al Harewood, drums
Clarence Johnston, drums
Ray Barretto, conga, tambourine
Drag 'em Out
Prestige PR 7305
recorded May 1963 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Major Holley, bass
Roy Brooks, drums
For Members Only
Impulse AS-513
recorded August 1963 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Earl May, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums
big band c/by Oliver Nelson
Soul Shoutin'
Prestige PR 7312
recorded October 1963 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Earl May, bass
Grasella Oliphant, drums
A Chip Off The Old Block
Blue Note BLP 4150
released 1964
recorded October 1963 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Shirley Scott, organ
Earl May, bass
Al Harewood, drums
Now's The Time
Prestige PR 7440
recorded May and October 1958 in Hackensack, NJ/USA
June 1960, August 1961 and March 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Lem Winchester, vibes
Joe Newman, trumpet
Oliver Nelson, tenor sax
George Tucker, bass
Roy Brooks, drums
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Otis Finch, drums
Hustlin'
Blue Note ST-84162
recorded January 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Otis Finch, drums
Travelin' Light
Prestige PR 7328
recorded February 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Kenny Burrell, guitar Eddie Khan, bass Otis Finch, drums
Blue Flames
Prestige PR 7338
recorded March 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Otis Finch, drums
Stompin'
Prestige 7456
recorded April 1960 and March 1961 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, tenor saxophone
Don Patterson, organ
Ronnell Bright, piano
Wally Richardson, guitar
Peck Morrison, bass
Wendell Marshall, bass
Roy Haynes, drums
Arthur Edgehill, drums
Ray Barretto, conga
Great Scott!!
Impulse AS-67
recorded May 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Oliver Nelson, conductor
Bob Ashton, reeds
Tony Penque, reeds
Quentin Jackson, trombone
Tony Struda, trombone
Urbie Green, trombone
Willie Dennis, trombone
Snooky Young, trumpet
Jerome Kail, trumpet
Jimmy Nottingham, trumpet
Joe Wilder, trumpet
Bob Cranshaw, bass
George Duvivier, bass
Otis Finch, drums
Johnny Pacheco, percussion
Osie Johnson, percussion
Willie Rodriguez, percussion
Everybody Loves A Lover
Impulse AS-73
recorded September 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Otis Finch, drums
Willie Rodriguez, percussion
Howard Collins, guitar
Barry Galbraith, guitar
The Great Live Sessions
Impulse IA-9341/2
reissued 1994 as Queen Of The Organ GRP 11232
recorded live September 1964 at the Front Room in Newark, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Otis Finch, drums
Latin Shadows
Impulse AS-93
recorded July 1965 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ, vocals
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Richard Davis, bass
Charles McCracken, cello
Edgardo Sodero, cello
Joseph Tekula, cello
Mel Lewis, drums
Jerome Richardson, flute
Jimmy Raney, guitar
Gary McFarland, vibes
On A Clear Day
Impulse A-9109
recorded January 1966 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Ron Carter, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums
Let It Go
GRP 11042
recorded September 1964 and April 1966 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Ron Carter, bass
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Mack Simpkins, drums
Otis Candy Finch, drums
Roll 'em
Impulse A-9119
recorded April 1966 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Grady Tate, drums
Attila Zoller, guitar
Richard Davis, bass
Es Shaughnessy, drums
big band c/ by Oliver Nelson
Soul Duo
Impulse A-9133
recorded August 1966 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Clark Terry, flugelhorn
George Duvivier, bass
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Mickey Roker, drums
Girl Talk
Impulse A-9141
recorded January 1967 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Mickey Roker, drums
Common Touch
Blue Note BST 84315
recorded May and August 1968 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Leo Morris, drums
Soul Song
Atlantic SD-1515
recorded September 1968 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Specs Powell, drums
Eric Gale, guitar
Bernard Purdie, drums
Roland Martinez, bass
Ray Lucas, drums
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Shirley Scott & The Soul Saxes
Atlantic ATL 1010
recorded September 1968, July and October 1969 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
King Curtis, tenor sax
David Mewman, tenor sax, flute
Hank Crawford, alto sax, baritone sax
Ernie Royal, trumpet
Eric Gale, guitar
Richard Tee, piano
Chuck Rainey, bass
Bernard Purdie, drums
Jimmy Johnson, drums
Jerry Jemmott, bass
Something
Atlantic SD-1561
recorded 1970 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Ralph MacDonald, congas
Jimmy Johnson, drums
Billy Butler, guitar
Eric Gale, guitar
Charles Rainey, bass
Mystical Lady
Cadet Records CA 50009
recorded 1971 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Danny Turner, tenor sax
Pee Wee Ellis, tenor sax
Wally Richardson, guitar
George Freeman, guitar
Ron Carter, bass
Richard Davis, bass
Bobby Durham, drums
Freddie Waits, drums
George Patterson, alto sax
Lean On Me
Cadet Records CA 50025
recorded 1972 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Roland Prince, guitar
Idris Muhammad, drums
J. Daniel Turner, flute, alto sax
George Coleman, tenor sax
Superstition!
Cadet Records CA 50036
recorded 1973 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Richard Evans, bass
Ron Carter, bass
Frederick "Derf" Walker, congas
Grady Tate, drums
David Spinozza, guitar
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Clifford Davis, tenor sax
Ramon Morris, tenor sax
Jimmy Owens, trumpet
Arthur Hoyle, trumpet, flugelhorn
Murray Watson, trumpet
One For Me
Strata-East SES 7430
recorded November 1974 in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Harold Vick, tenor sax
Billy Higgins, drums
Jimmy Hopps, cowbell
The Tenor Of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Vogue VG651 600123
recorded December 1957 in New York City/USA
and December 1978 in Paris/France
Eddie Davis, tenor sax
Joe Newman, trumpet
Shirley Scott, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Butch Ballard, drums
Count Basie, piano
Alain Jean-Marie, piano
Marc Michel, bass Sam Woodyard, drums
Heart Of The Forrest
Palo Alto Jazz PA-8021
recorded live December 1978 at Alibi Club in Grand Rapids, MI/USA
Jimmy Forrest, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Randy Marsh, drums
American Classic
WEA MUS K 52392
recorded March 1982 in Philadelphia and New York City/USA
Dexter Gordon, tenor sax
Grover Washington jr, tenor sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Eddie Gladden, drums
Kirk Lightsey, piano
David Eubanks, bass
Oasis
Muse MCD 5388
recorded August 1989 in Rutherford, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Charles Davis, tenor sax
Houston Person, tenor sax
Virgil Jones, trumpet
Arthur Harper, bass
Mickey Roker, drums
Great Scott!
Muse MCD 5434
recorded July 1991 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ, piano
Buck Hill, tenor sax
Arthur Harper, bass
Mickey Roker, drums
Skylark
Candid 79536
recorded live November 1991 at Birdland in New York City/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Arthur Harper, bass
Mickey Roker, drums
A Walkin' Thing
Candid 79719
recorded November 1992 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Shirley Scott, organ
Terell Stafford, trumpet
Tim Warfield, tenor sax
Arthur Harper, bass
Aaron Walker, drums
Jack McDuff & Shirley Scott Groovin'
ArsNova AN99-0472
released 1995
compilation
Jack McDuff, organ
Shirley Scott, organ
no further details known
Here I Stand
Impulse IMP 12082
recorded 1997 in USA
Antonio Hart, alto sax
Shirley Scott, organ
Nasheet Waits, drums
Talking Verve
Verve Records 549 539-2
compilation of various recordings
Shirley Scott, organ
various artists
Jazz For A Lazy Day
MMT
compilation of various recordings
Shirley Scott, organ
various artists

 
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