Shirley Scott Day
Shirley Scott (March 14, 1934 – March 10, 2002) was an African-American hard bop and soul-jazz organist. Best known for working with her husband, Stanley Turrentine, and with Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, both saxophonists, Scott’s soulful Hammond talent gained her the nickname “Queen of the Organ”.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Scott was an admirer of Jimmy Smith, Jackie Davis (American soul jazz singer, organist and bandleader), and Bill Doggett (American jazz and rhythm and blues pianist and organist; and played piano and trumpet before moving to the Hammond organ, her main instrument, though on occasion she still played piano. In the 1950s she became known for her work (1956–1959) with the saxophone player Eddie Davis, particularly on the song “In the Kitchen”. She was married to Stanley Turrentine and played with him from 1960 to 1969. Later, she led her own group, mostly a trio. Saxophonist Harold Vick often played with her.
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