Christian Scott ATunde Adjuah
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Christian Scott ATunde Adjuah
Christian Scott
Scott live in 2016 at Leverkusener Jazztage
Scott live in 2016 at Leverkusener Jazztage
Background information
Chief Adjuah, aTunde Adjuah, X. Adjuah, Xian Adjuah[1][2]
Born (1983-03-31) March 31, 1983 (age 38)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz-fusion, hip hop, alternative rock
Musician, composer
InstrumentsAdjuah Trumpet, Reverse Flugelhorn, Siren, Sirenette[3]Trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, soprano trombone
LabelsUniversal, Concord, Ropeadope, Stretch

Christian Scott (born March 31, 1983), known professionally as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, is an American trumpeter and composer. Adjuah is a two-time Edison Award,[4] winner, the recipient of the JazzFM Innovator of the year Award in 2016, and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards.[5] Adjuah is the grandson of Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr., the nephew of jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr., and is a chieftain in the Afro New Orleanian Tribes, also known as Black Indians.[6]

Early life

Adjuah was born on March 31, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana,[7] to Cara Harrison and Clinton Scott III. He has a twin brother, writer-director Kiel Adrian Scott. Beginning at age of 12, he was tutored by his uncle, jazz alto saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr.[8] By 14, he was accepted into the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), where he studied jazz under the guidance of program directors Clyde Kerr, Jr. and Kent Jordan.[8] At 16 Scott was introduced by Harrison Jr. to the recording world via "Paradise Found" and "Kind of New" after joining his uncles quintet.[9]

Upon graduating from NOCCA, Adjuah received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 2004 completing his studies in under 30 months. In 2002, while attending Berklee he started Impromp2 records and released his first recording "Christian Scott". Between 2003 and 2004, while attending Berklee,[8][10] he was a member of the Berklee Monterey Quartet, and recorded as part of the Pat Metheny and Gary Burton led the Art:21 student cooperative quintet,[11] and studied under the direction of Charlie Lewis, Dave Santoro, and Gary Burton. He majored in professional music with a concentration in film scoring.[11]

Adjuah was signed to Concord Music in 2005.[12]


Scott in 2009

Adjuah's major label debut album Rewind That (2006) was released with Concord Records. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.[13]

Adjuah was placed in Ebony Magazine's 30 Young Leaders Under 30 in 2007.[14]

In 2005 Adjuah was featured on singer Nnena Freelon's Grammy nominated "Blueprint of a lady".[15]

In 2012 his first double record was released. Illuminating his name completion in a public forum for the first time.[16][17]

Since 2002, Adjuah has released 13 studio albums and three live recordings. In 2016, Scott appeared on the public television series Articulate.[18]

2010 saw the release of Yesterday You Said Tomorrow and the naissance of Adjuah's "Stretch Music" concept. NPR raved "Christian Scott Ushers In New Era Of Jazz".[19] Scott received the first Edison Award in 2010 for Yesterday You Said Tomorrow and his second in 2012.[4]

Adjuah released "Live at Newport Stretch Music" a 50 year later nod to Trumpet great Miles Davis. The album was also released as a DVD, his first.[20]

In 2017, Adjuah released three albums, collectively titled The Centennial Trilogy. The albums' launch commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first Jazz recordings of 1917. The series is, at its core, a sobering re-evaluation of the social-political realities of the world through sound. The three releases include Ruler Rebel, Diaspora, and The Emancipation Procrastination. The third installment of The Centennial Trilogy, The Emancipation Procrastination, was nominated for a 2018 Grammy® Award in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.[21]


As leader

As sideman


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  6. ^ Russonello, Giovanni (2017-02-15). "Jazz Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Melds Past, Present and Future". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Aidan Levy (March 13, 2013). "Christian Scott - - Voice Choices - New York". Village Voice. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ a b c Hayes, Rob (October 8, 2004). "Berklee Monterey Quartet to Headline at Blues Alley". News@Berklee. Archived from the original on October 11, 2004. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Donald Harrison Jr* Introducing Christian Scott (2) - Paradise Found". Discogs. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Christian Scott". Berklee Events. Archived from the original on January 29, 2018. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ a b Mahoney, Lesley (September 2, 2008). "Alumni Profile: Christian Scott Breaks Convention". Berklee News. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Christian Scott". Concord. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "GRAMMYs On the Road With Dave Douglas and Christian Scott". Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "Under 30 Young Leaders". Ebony. Vol. 62 no. 4. February 2007.
  15. ^ "Christian Scott". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Christian aTunde Adjuah: Freedom of Expansion". The FADER. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Fordham, John (2012-06-28). "Christian Scott: Christian aTunde Adjuah - review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Articulate -- Season 2 Promotion". Archived from the original on April 6, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "Christian Scott Ushers In New Era Of Jazz". Retrieved .
  20. ^ Jazz, All About. "Christian Scott: Live at Newport at All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved .
  21. ^ ljazzn (2017-04-02). "REVIEW: Christian Scott - Rebel Ruler Album Launch at Birthdays in Dalston". News, reviews, features and comment from the London jazz scene and beyond. Retrieved .
  22. ^ a b "Interview with Christian Scott". Burning Ambulance. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ "Christian Scott Announces "The Reckoning," New Album". Retrieved 2017.
  24. ^ "Chief Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah Releases Live Album Axiom With Septet Recorded in March 2020".

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