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Noel Scott: Bio

Born in Kirksville, Missouri, Noel Scott grew up in what he terms “Greater Missouri”! Edina and St. Joseph were brief stops before his family relocated in Lamar where he spent most of his boyhood. He graduated high school in Hannibal and college in Joplin.

At age eight Noel began studying alto saxophone. Teacher notations on early grade-cards predicted he would become a professional musician. By high school he was also playing violin, first in a regional youth orchestra in Pittsburg, Kansas (just across the state line from Lamar); later for Hannibal-LaGrange College when he was a high school senior. His head-start on the saxophone, though, made the horn more appealing to the young musician, so the violin eventually went into its case. Band and orchestra activity was supplemented with vocal ensembles, including gospel quartets. Noel picked up the guitar during college to pursue folk music. Additionally, he and his wife, Charlene traveled weekly from Joplin to Tulsa to direct a youth ensemble, The New Life Singers.

After college, Noel began eleven years as a radio personality, starting in Joplin, Topeka, and finally, Kansas City. When he left broadcasting, his work schedule allowed him to resume serious performing. He worked in a number of local bands that mostly played private clubs and parties, and he added tenor and soprano saxophones for variety in his sound.

To escape the frustrations of city dwelling, Noel and Charlene moved to Liberty in 1984. Scott began forming his own groups, but was also still working as a sideman for Tony DiPardo, Dr. Chuck Eddy, the Ragin’ Cajuns, and several other bands. Noel formed the Water Street Trio to perform jazz at Water Street Restaurant. Tom Fooleries, on the Plaza where he played for over a year, brought in his jazz trio. The Noel Scott Quartet began playing civic concerts for Kansas City, MO, North Kansas City, Fairway, Merriam, Parkville, and Liberty. The group also did the Country Club Plaza’s Summer Outdoor Series. By 1996 Noel was pursuing music full time. As his schedule filled, he started booking other musicians to play engagements he was personally unable to cover.

The Noel Scott Jazz Duo began performing at EBT Restaurant in early 2002. Noel changed the name to the Noel Scott/Don Warner Jazz Duo when Warner, a Kansas City pianist and guitarist for forty years, joined him on a regular basis. Shortly after beginning at EBT, Noel was also hired by the Kansas City Chiefs’ Countdown Tailgate Band and performed with them for four years. Noel also works as a judge for the school systems District Jazz Band auditions.

Recording credits include guest solo work on the Blue River Ordonnance "Handcrafted" CD. The" Quiet Moods"," Quiet Nights", and "Quiet Holidays" are duo CD’s with Don Warner and include some guest vocalist tracks. "The Noel Scott Quartet" CD is largely from the live recording of his Parkville July 4, 2000 concert. The Noel Scott Quintet recorded a track for "Turn on the Holidays" which is a fund-raising CD for the Rotary Clubs. 2004 brought "Energized!". It contains the first recording of one of Noel’s own compositions. The quintet plus three guest musicians recorded the CD. The" Mosaic" CD was recorded in the Fall of 2005 and expanded the quintet by adding a string section and a horn section. "Now and Then" came out in December of 2006. This CD is largely a duo work, but employs some computer and overdub technology to enlarge the sound. It also contains guest musicians on some tracks. The CD features many of the most requested songs from the duo's live work.

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