One of the great things about Jazz London Radio is that we get to interview great musicians on a weekly basis. Berenice Scott is no exception; a talented singer, composer and pianist / keyboard player, Berenice has played with some of the top musicians in the pop world and is now branching out with her own career and debut album entitled Polarity.
Berenice was born in Paris into a musical family and has been involved in music for most of her life. Berenice has also lived in Portugal and Sussex and is now based in London so has a lot of influences to draw on. However, it is one thing being born into a musical family, entirely another to put the opportunity to good use. Berenice is a hard working musician who has performed a “sideman” role for many top British bands such as Heaven 17 and Johnny Hates Jazz, and is about to set out on an extensive tour with members of David Bowie’s original band. Of course, you can only learn from working with so many great musicians and Berenice is taking in all of those experiences and adding her own to make music for the thinking man, as opposed to throw away pop music and chasing the fast buck. Berenice’s publicity puts it nicely “The album ‘Polarity’ is a gorgeous collection, created from a range of experiences, lyrically and musically matched to the emotions felt by Berenice Scott throughout her life.”
As a jazz fan, Berenice can often be found taking in some jazz in London’s premiere music venues. In April, Berenice played a brilliant solo set at the Forge in Camden, just voice and keyboards but was still able to captivate the audience; it would be lovely to see Berenice play a set with a full on band. It is always pleasing to know that many musicians who operate in the world of pop are also fans of jazz and improvised music. There is a long tradition in this country of pop musicians who are into jazz or play jazz and long may that continue.
You can listen to our chat about Berenice’s career and projects in the link below.