Interview: Rhoda Scott - JazzWax

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October 14, 2011


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Many thanks for this article about the amazing Rhoda Scott. Another album I like is the one she made with the great guitarist Patrick Saussois - The Look of Love and it is an album Bacharach tunes. (I believe Patrick Saussois is currently recovering from locked-in syndrome - can't find much news on him. His band Alma Sinti are fantastic.)

Lewis Cowdrey



Loved the "Hit the Road Jack". She can really jam!!! Thanks for all the great info. on Rhoda!

Eric M Bell


Good write up. I wasn't familiar with her music prior to reading your article.

Also, how in the hell did you turn that around in a single day? It takes me damn near a week to interview, transcribe and edit a piece so that it's ready for public consumption.

The quality of the content on your site is top notch. I'll be coming back to visit more often.



Lovely! Thanks for this excellent piece.

maisia kenyatta

I am a over 60 weekend jazz organist, I have followed Rhoda for years, first for her exceptional talent, second she's from Jersey as I, thirdly, she's african american, fourth of her beauty. I did not know she was taking classes at Rutgers or returned for a period of time. My friend Pete fallico had her in California for an organ summit, I flew out just for that. She's tremendous, I appreciate that she is keeping the hammond alive, at my I reduced to the Korg Cx-3, which I love. I am a happily married man, but Rhoda makes you think.


Thanks for Playing the amazing version of Tico Tico, such difference of everything I've heard. I would like to hear more Rhoda Playing other Brazilian tunes.

Kay F Porter

I enjoyed reading your article about Rhoda. She is a phenomenal organist and humble, friendly person. She was our organist for our youth church choir when I was growing up. she influenced me to pursue a musical career. While not quite as stellar, I have learned to appreciate the jazz organist and its contribution to the style of jazz.

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