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How do you define what moves you or what speaks of your soul? The best way for me is to find music that tells a story about life that reaches in and tells my story. Even though these writers were from another era, their story maps out our days, our nights and reminds us how alike we are. Some of these songs are less heard than most standards but all have in common a reality of the blues.
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My career in the music business started very early, performing with bands that helped shape my voice and songwriting abilities. This career has span over forty years and I am humbled by those experiences. My life has brought me closer to many artists and songwriters that opened pathways to musical styles that widen my artistic arch. Jazz, blues and R&B, have been my stepping stones that has led to several CD’s and I am grateful to say has guided me to work with the very best in these genres.

It started when I was 11 and I had listened to my Mothers records of Nat King Cole.  Then my friends Dad played Ella Fitzgerald for me around 14, but it was when I was 15 and saw Big Mama Thornton at the Prison Of Socrates in Newport Beach, I knew I would never feel the same. Something real sat inside me called the blues.

I sang with school bands and worked in clubs. Had a job at Billboard magazine calling radio stations and record stores. Traveled with a blues band supporting Chuck Berry and Joe Turner. Became a cast member of “Selma” a musical about Martin Luther King Jr. and worked with Ruth Brown who played Mahalia Jackson. I opened shows for Etta James and meant Betty Carter though her. I sang background vocals for Tower of Power, John Mayal, Paul Davis and I have been lucky enough to have been produced by Michael Sembello, Bobby Womack, Bob James, George Duke and others who helped me find my voice. Guided by the Yellowjackets’s Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip, we have written and produced various songs that have defined my ability. I am rich now to draw from the many styles of Jazz music and feel so blessed in musical relationships that take shape on stage and in recording. So many moments of music that has led me to today. I appreciate those roots that hold me now and spread them out to connect the pieces to what will be new. How to grow and embrace all these styles and present them in Jazz music, is the future. As musicians we need avenues to create and play our compositions, new avenues to explore old and new music alike.


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Here is a beautiful rendition of, "Night and Day" where Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt and Diana danced a last dance. As beautiful as it gets, living life out loud. ... See MoreSee Less

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He was one of a kind. What a beautiful voice and soul. Many wonderful memories with Leon and I was a better songwriter because he took the time to share his talent with me. Lord holds you now Leon. ... See MoreSee Less

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"I've never seen worrying about anything change it, so I decided not to do it." —Willie Nelson

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Artists & Collaborations

I’ve had an opportunity to play with some of the greats and some of the most amazing, unknown jazz studio players of all time. 

Through the Years

Backyard Nymph

Playing in the backyard in 1955 in Arcadia, CA -- my hometown.

Masked Watering Can

Marilyn dressed up in a costume outside her house in Arcadia, CA in 1956.

Daily Bred Band



Boutche Anderson, Pepper Watkins, Marilyn Scott


Marilyn with her band "Jamal" while living in San Francisco. Hubert Tubbs (crouching) later became one of the lead singers of Tower of Power for several albums. Tony and Chuck Norman, Hubert Tubbs, and Marilyn Scott.

Ford Theater

1979 in Los Angeles.

Marilyn in Japan

Marilyn on tour in Japan for "Skydancing"

Fiesta Broadway

Los Angeles with Carolyn, Sharon, and Lori Perry in 2000

Sacramento Expo Jazz Festival


Studio Recordings

L-R, Will Kennedy, Jimmy Haslip, Russel Ferrante, Michael Landau, Marilyn Scott, Rich Breem in 2001

Innocent of Nothing Sessions

George Duke, Stepheny, MS, Erik Zobler, Mike Miller, Jimmy Haslip, Russel Ferrante in 2006.

Hilton KIFM Memorial Day Jazz

Performance with Dave Koz, 2003

GRAMMY Nomination

With Burt Bacharach and George Duke at the BMI Awards in 1998.

Le Gonks Studio Session

Recording Nightcap in 2004.


With Bob O'Connor and Kelly Cole of KIFM at Humphrey's in 2005.

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