Friday, September 7, 2018

The Raymond Scott Festival, on Saturday

Tomorrow (September 8th), the renowned musician-composer-orchestra leader--inventor--electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott (1908-1994) will be the focus of symposia and musical performances, in California.  "Scott Works: The Raymond Scott Festival" will take place throughout the day, and evening, at the Colony Theater in Burbank.

The festival is being produced by Reckless Night Music. The company, formed in 2012, oversees and licenses Scott's work, and is run by members of Scott's family.

Two of those in charge of Saturday's event are writer and educator Deborah Scott Studebaker, one of the daughters of Scott and the well-known and very talented singer and actress Dorothy Collins (1926-1994); and filmmaker Stan Warnow, Scott's son from his first marriage, to Pearl Zimney. 

In 2010, Stan Warnow released a very fine documentary about his father, which he directed and produced: Deconstructing Dad (please see:

Incidentally, the phrase "Reckless Night"--referred to above--was part of the title of one of Scott's 1930s compositions, "Reckless Night on Board an Ocean Liner."

The phrase (or, the plural version of the phrase) was also used in the 1990s, in the title of a collection released by Sony Music: "The Music of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights."

Here is the 1937 Columbia recording of "Reckless Night on Board an Ocean Liner," by the Raymond Scott Quintette (although on the Columbia label, as seen in the link below, it is spelled "Quintet" ):