Alumnus Christian Scott '04

October 10, 2007

New Orleans-bred trumpeter Christian Scott escapes the "new Miles Davis" trap with a contemporary sound that's all his own.

At 24, trumpeter Christian Scott already possesses one of the most elusive virtues required of a top-notch jazz artist: a signature sound. Like a whisper in the ear, his tone is warm, breathy and intimate, yet there is tensile strength and definition to his notes.

"Tavis Smiley [the public TV talk-show host] gave my CD to Prince and told him to check it out, and I guess he enjoyed it," said Scott, who was subsequently contacted by Prince and played a track on his new disc, "Planet Earth," and joined him for a concert in Las Vegas.

Christian Scott plays at Scullers in Boston on Thursday, October 25th.