Christian Scott

When trumpeter Christian Scott was growing up in New Orleans in the late '80s and early '90s, his grandfather gave him and his brother Kiel extra reading assignments each week as a supplement to their assigned schoolwork. If the young students failed to finish their books within the week, their grandfather would say, "Yesterday you said tomorrow..." It was the older man's way of emphasizing the importance of recognizing the work at hand, and making the most of the available time to complete it. In the end, the two brothers graduated at the top of their high school class at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Armed with a full scholarship, Christian headed north to Berklee College of Music, where he earned two degrees in two years and eventually launched a music career that has positioned him as one of the great innovators of his generation. But along the way, Scott has learned that there's still much work to be done - not just within the jazz idiom, but also in the larger world in which jazz exists. His newest album, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, reflects the legacy of some of his musical heroes of the '60s, and at the same time wields the music as a tool to address some of the very important issues of contemporary culture.

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow has been dubbed Scott's landmark album and has been met with early critical praise. The young trumpeter is featured on the cover of April's Downbeat while MOJO gave the new album 4 stars and Record Collector called it "powerful." The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder, and the single, Scott's own sublime cover of Thom Yorke's "The Eraser," was spun by international tastemaker Gilles Peterson.

At the mere age of 21, Billboard named Christian Scott one the "faces to watch," and his debut album, Rewind That, earned him a GRAMMY nomination right out of the gate. Scott is currently working as the voice of the trumpet in the upcoming movie Passion Play starring Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox.

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