Live at Giorgio’s
Cindy Scott with Brian Seeger
New Orleans-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Cindy Scott and guitarist Brian Seeger have been cultivating their magical musical connection for over a decade now. The pair have wowed audiences around the world, including concerts in Kazakhstan, Turkey, Morocco and across the US and Europe. Although they both have serious Jazz credentials (the list of which is too long to recount here: please see their websites), their performances and songwriting embrace a multitude of sounds including the music of New Orleans, Southern Soul, and Americana.
Cindy Scott is recognized in the vocal community as a singer’s singer. Her technical mastery and deep commitment to the lyric and musical expression has earned her loyal fans around the world. Originally hailing from Tupelo, Mississippi, Cindy Scott has lived a life steeped in all forms of American roots music, jazz, gospel, and southern soul. She came up in an extended family full of talented musicians and passionate educators, and was singing parts at the family jams at the age of 2. Cindy also plays flute, bamboo flute, guitar and hand percussion, and is a composer and lyricist.
Scott has released three CDs under her own name, and has a fourth one coming out in early 2020. Her most recent release, Historia, featured a slew of Grammy nominated artists, including Karrin Allyson, Jamison Ross and Randy Porter, and inspired Jazz Times to name her one of the top 10 jazz vocalists of the year. Her previous release, Let the Devil Take Tomorrow, won an OffBeat award for best Jazz release in Louisiana. Concurrent with her travels around the world performing, Cindy is an Associate Professor of Voice at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Guitarist Brian Seeger is an integral part of New Orleans still vibrant jazz community. His fluid and rich tone, and searching melodic improvisations, have led to his recognition as “One of New Orleans’ best jazz guitarists,” by the local music media. His recording and performance credits include Aaron Neville, Charlie Hunter, Karrin Allyson, Big John Patton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris Wood, Jason Marsalis, Davell Crawford, Stanton Moore, Johnny Vidacovich, John Ellis, Brian Blade, Rebecca Paris, and many others.
Although his musical excursions have been influenced by his studies with contemporary jazz figures such as Gary Burton and Ellis Marsalis, Seeger’s playing is well grounded in the blues and American roots music, as well as the sounds of New Orleans’ streets. Seeger deftly melds these elements into an approach that is extremely heartfelt and individual; his aesthetic is fundamentally that of a jazz musician, but there is still ample space for ideas from other idioms.
Along with his accomplishments as a performer, Seeger is a well known jazz educator, holding the title of Full Professor in the University of New Orleans Jazz Studies program. Seeger is also an award winning composer and producer. Many of his compositions have become part of the standard repertoire of the New Orleans soul-jazz community, and have appeared on numerous nationally and internationally released CDs. He has produced over 30 discs for other artists. His group’s 2017 release, Organic Trio Saturn’s Spell, spent two months in the top 10 of the US Jazz Radio charts, peaking at #2.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT CINDY SCOTT
“Bold, brave interpretive elan…on par with Tierney Sutton and Kate McGarry.”
– Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes Magazine
“With her lovely voice and presence, she radiates the joy of making music. Go hear her!”
– Karrin Allyson, Jazz Vocalist and four-time Grammy Nominee
“That was the best set of music I have seen in a very long time!”
– Allen Toussaint, New Orleans musical giant
“Her voice moves seamlessly between influences, holding a masterfully controlled vibrato on one phrase before dipping into a bluesy purr on the next.”
– Jennifer Odell, Downbeat Magazine
“She has the serious jazz chops that enable her to improvise on a dime on whatever chord changes are thrown her way… the highest praise of all, she really doesn’t sound like anyone else.”
– Tom McDermott, Offbeat Magazine, HBO’s Treme
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT BRIAN SEEGER
“Acclaimed guitar-virtuoso … Seeger’s guitar playing is exceptional and with his lifetime of experience, he is able to push the boundaries …”
– Chris Saucier, WWOZ
“Brian Seeger is one of the unsung heroes of modern New Orleans jazz.”
– Jay Mazza, thevinyldistrict.com
“Seeger, a mainstay on the local jazz and recording scene who holds the Alvin “Red” Tyler Professorship chair at the University of New Orleans, is known for often taking a different approach to the music. His talent allows him to do that.”
– Geraldine Wyckoff, Offbeat Magazine
“Brian Seeger, …der mit seinem konzentrierten, manchmal lyrischem Spiel jenseits der Blockakkorde dem Publikum den Atem nahm. Er interpretierte Geschichte mit fantastischen musikalischen Einfällen, er machte amerikanische Musikhistorie erlebbar. Es ist die musikalische Vielfalt New Orleans, die er entstehen lässt, die den Raum einnimmt, … mitreißende Rhythmen den Keller beben lassen und die Zuhörer in verzückte gymnastische Bewegungen geraten.”
– Aachener Zeitung, Deutschland
“Cindy Scott sings with a breezy, sunlit style that belies her exacting vocal craftsmanship. Brian Seeger’s sensitive guitar is a perfect match, rippling like generous layers of sea and sky behind Scott’s voice as it reaches full sail. After 10 years together, the New Orleans duo has mastered their own stretch of open water, the isthmus between jazz standards, American roots music and original singer-songwriter style tunes.”
Lawrence Cosentino, Lansing City Pulse
NOMINEE – 2014 Best of the Beat Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Record”
NOMINEE – 2012 Best of the Beat Award for “Best Female Vocalist”
NOMINEE – 2011 Best of the Beat Award for “Best Female Vocalist”
WINNER – 2010 Best of the Beat Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Record”