Flora Scott
Flora Scott is a vocalist and songwriter. She has studied jazz guitar for the past several years receiving instruction at jazz workshops from Oliver Gagnon, Seattle guitarist Brian Nova and takes lessons regularly from Victoria jazz guitarist Rob Cheramy. She began playing the guitar and singing at the age of seven and has also studied voice in the past, the most recent being at a vocal jazz workshop receiving instruction from Seattle vocalist Jay Clayton and occasional lessons from Jay following that.

She performed in a jazz Big Band with Slide Hampton and Ian McDougal during Hugh Frasers Big Band Workshop and plays guitar in the Don Leppard Big Band. Other performances include playing regularly around Victoria at clubs and restaurants with her trio or quartet and occasionally with a septet or octet.

Her style is unique and brings to life jazz standards and some of the more obscure jazz tunes. Some influences include Sarah Vaughn, Chet Baker, Mose Allison, Billie Holiday, Kenny Burrel, Joe Pass, Jimmy Bruno and Django Reinhart. She has recently completed a C.D. called 'Then and Now' with Hugh Fraser and the members of his quintet which also features Vancouver trumpeter Brad Turner. The tunes include a few up-beat swing tunes, some bossas and beguine rhythms as well as ballads and fast numbers resulting in a variety of melodies and rhythms. The tunes, some of them written as far back as the thirties, cover the last seven decades of jazz with the most recent one having been composed by Flora Scott. A 2nd CD features Flora live at CBC Radio. Flora's 3rd CD has been recorded with the Hugh Fraser Quintet will be released later this year.


Flora Scott
Then and Now

CD (March 1, 1999)
Original Release Date: March 1, 1999
'Then & Now' represents the span of time over which these tunes were composed. Some were written in the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's including an original song "Stay" by Flora herself.
Flora selected these tunes to record because she found the older jazz melodies particularly appealing while at the same time the lyrics are still effective and meaningful by today's standards.
Featuring Hugh Fraser and produced by Claire Lawrence with arrangements by Anita Bonkowski. Also appearing: Campbell Ryga, Ross Taggart, Brad Turner, Ken Lister, Dave Robbins, and Craig Scott.

Produced by Claire Lawrence and Hugh Fraser

Flora Scott - guitar, vocals
Hugh Fraser - trombone, piano
Campbell Ryga - alto and soprano sax
Ross Taggart - piano, tenor sax
Brad Turner - trumpet, flugel horn, piano
Ken Lister - bass
Dave Robbins - drums
Craig Scott - drums

Flora Scott

Collage is Flora Scott’s new CD, once again recorded with Hugh Fraser and his Quintet, with the addition of Jack Duncan on congas and young talent, Mike Zachernuk, on trumpet. Ross Taggart is on tenor sax and piano, Campbell Ryga on alto and soprano sax, Ken Lister on bass, and Dave Robbins alternating with Craig Scott on drums. Hugh Fraser, featured on piano and trombone, was involved in the production of the CD along with Claire Lawrence.

Collage spans an array of jazz styles from swing and Latin rhythms to ballads and up-beat tempos, from a variety of writers. Arrangements are all new, by Joey Smith, Flora Scott and Anita Bonkowski. Flora wrote the title track, which is a luminous showcase for her vocal approach.
showcase for her vocal approach

Produced by Flora Scott

Recorded at Blue Wave

Mastered at Airborn Recording

Manufactured by Precision Sound