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Interview: Christian Scott, Jazz Trumpeter

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Christian Scott is in town performing at Catalina Jazz Club tonight through Saturday

Before he was old enough to rent a car, trumpeter Christian Scott had garnered a Grammy nomination, played alongside Prince, appeared on the big screen with George Clooney and earned countless accolades from fellow musicians, industry heavyweights and members of the media alike. The 25 year-old New Orleans native who has been called "the new voice in jazz trumpet" and "a young talent on the rise" recently released his third album Live at Newport. Recorded at the renowned Newport Jazz Festival, Scott masterfully performs new material along with songs from his sophomore album Anthem and Grammy nominated debut Rewind That. Scott, who is in town for a series of shows at the Catalina Jazz Club tonight through Saturday, took some time to speak with LAist.

What are you looking forward to doing while you are here in LA?
I am probably going to see if I can catch a Lakers game while I am out here. I am a big Lakers fan. Even with the Hornets moving to New Orleans, I am still a Lakers fan. When I was growing up, the Lakers were always on TV back home.

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Besides a possible trip to the Staples Center, do you have any other places you like going to while you are here?
Not anywhere in particular. I like going to the Beverly Center. I like the way people in LA get all dressed up to go to shopping. I enjoy making fun of people dressed up in Prada boots to shop at Old Navy.

Your age comes up very often. The fact that you are 25 is very big deal, yet if you were a pop star and not a jazz musician it would not be as important to mention your age. Why do you think that this is the case?
I have never perceived myself as a jazz musician. I consider myself a musician. I think the reason why you'll hear my age brought up so frequently is because jazz is perceived to be one of the more difficult musical forms of the world. Typically the greater performers in jazz seem to begin to make their marks when they are in their 30s.

Christian Scott - "Litany Against Fear" | Live at Newport