September 17, 2011
Born in New Orleans, Christian Scott received his first trumpet at 12 as a gift from his mother and grandmother. As Scott's uncle was a modern jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, it was no surprise that Scott soon became very proficient on the trumpet, so good that Harrison began having him play at his gigs. Scott was selected to be a part of the Berklee Monterey Quartet in 2004 where he attended school in Boston on a full scholarship. Scott made his major-label solo debut at age 22 on Concord Jazz, with 2006's Rewind That. The record combined rock and R&B motifs with modern jazz, featured Harrison as a guest performer, and was nominated for a Grammy later that year.