Drummer Kendrick Scott (HSPVA ’98)
is a technically proficient and intuitive jazz drummer with a bend toward expansive post-bop. Born in Houston in 1980, Scott grew up in a musical family who encouraged his interest in drumming from a young age. A member of his church and junior high school music ensembles, Scott eventually attended a performing arts high school and later the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating from Berklee in 2003, Scott has performed with a variety of name artists including the Jazz Crusaders, guitarist Pat Metheny, saxophonists Joe Lovano and Kenny Garrett, vocalists Dianne Reeves and Gretchen Parlato and trumpeter Terence Blanchard. He released his debut album with his group, Oracle, entitled The Source, on World Culture Music (label founded by Kendrick) in 2006. In 2007 he performed on Blanchard’s landmark score for director Spike Lee’s A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), and continued to work with Parlato. Scott signed with Concord Records in 2012 and Conviction, his sophomore effort with Oracle, appeared on Concord in March 2013. It was produced by Derrick Hodge of the Robert Glasper Experiment. In 2015 he returned with his third album for Oracle, We Are the Drum, which included an appearance by vocalist Lizz Wright.