Inside Berklee PODCAST: Christian Scott

By 
Rob Hochschild
October 18, 2013
Christian Scott performs at the 2013 BeanTown Jazz Festival.
Scott shares the stage with Berklee students during a September 2013 master class.
During a recent master class, Scott tells students about his unusual suite of horns.
Scott and guitarist Matthew Stevens play an electrifying set to close the 2013 BeanTown Jazz Festival.
Man with the golden horns
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Rob Hochschild
Rob Hochschild
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With influences that range from Louis Armstrong to Radiohead's Thom Yorke, trumpeter Christian Scott '05 is not only on a jazz innovator, he's a musician whose unique vision makes him a must-listen pioneer no matter what you think your preferences are. His music combines New Orleans stomp, indie rock guitar, unforgettable melodies, and social commentary. His latest album, Christian aTunde Adjuah, is a double album so packed with ideas that you may be tempted to take a break halfway through just to absorb what you've been hearing.

Only 30, Scott has already released seven albums as a leader, and played on dozens as a sideman. He headlined at last month's Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, and took the time while he was in town to chat about his latest recording, the current state of the industry, and the myriad ways the culture of his hometown New Orleans is evolving these days. He also reflected on a master class and clinic he gave for Berklee students while in Boston.

Although he left Berklee years ago, Scott—whose uncle Donald Harrison also attended the college—remains close to the college community, often referring to the people on campus as his "family." Learn more about this intense, articulate, and passionate musician on Inside Berklee.

Producer: Rob Hochschild
Engineer: Ryan Walsh
Recorded at the BIRN Studios
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