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Darius Scott



Biography

Pianist/composer Darius Scott, a graduate of Brown University, grew up in Boston and has been living in Baltimore since 1983.  Darius didn’t begin trying to play piano until he was an engineering student and athlete in college. When an injury sidelined him from soccer for a season, he signed up for a “keyboard awareness” class and through a friend, discovered the ragtime piano music of Scott Joplin.  Darius has worked regularly and recorded with several regional groups. These include 18 years with D.C.'s Grammy nominated Michael Thomas Quintet.  Continually inspired by the important role that comping plays in a solid and sensitive rhythm section, Darius has drawn heavily upon the styles of legends Horace Silver, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Thelonious Monk as well as a host of local Baltimore and D.C. musicians who share the “joy of comping”.  

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/29/2019: East River Jazz Collective

August 29, 2019 is the 99th anniversary of the 1920 birth of saxophonist and composer Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, the innovative creator of Bebop and straight-ahead jazz. East River Jazz Collective – In the Spirit of Bird, performed by The Kent Miller Quartet, offers unique ensembles and interpretations of Charlie Parker’s compositions as well as original music of their own.

Darius Scott