Shirley Scott: Trouble

10 Mar

Remembering organist Shirley Scott, who died on this date four days shy of her 68th birthday in 2002.

Scott was known as the “Queen of the Organ,” and she was one of the first ladies of jazz in perhaps the first city of jazz, Philadelphia, which has been home to so many talented musicians.

Scott played with John Coltrane when both were young in the 50s and then gained prominence with Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, but her most famous partnership — on and off the stage — was with saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, one of her three husbands. They were married for most of the 60s, during which time they collaborated on several albums (see link above).

Scott became a teacher of music at Cheyney University, but suffered heart problems, which were attributed to the diet drug fen-phen, said her son according to the New York Times. The Times said Scott sued the drug maker and the doctor who prescribed it and won an $8 million settlement.


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