Kenneth Kamal Scott

"Porgy's" son's life on the operatic and theatrical stages

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Reply david
2:34 PM on December 9, 2016 
Does anyone know why Leslie Scott's {born Zakariya Abdullah} obituaries and bio are so incomplete? The Playbill for Porgy & Bess state that he was a watchmaker. His male vocal time with Louis Armstrong is nowhere to be found. He recorded on Columbia, RCA Victor and Mercury--again missing. Does anyone know why???
Reply Greg LeRoy
7:04 PM on April 29, 2015 
I was sad to hear of Kamal's passing. I only met him about two years ago while doing research on his uncle, Irving Ashby, who was my guitar teacher back in the 1960's. We only had a few conversations on the phone but he was so kind a gracious and took quite a bit of time from his busy schedule to talk with me. From that brief experience I got a real sense of what a wonderful man he was.
I'm a supporter of The Real News Network which comes out of Baltimore and as the resent situation began to develop there (little of which reached the mainstream media) I became concerned and thought I'd just check in to see how Kamal and his family were doing. I didn't expect to find out what I've now found out. I'm deeply saddened by his loss yet I know he has found a deep and profound peace. My warmest regards to the entire Scott family.
Greg LeRoy Santa Barbara, CA
Reply Andrea
3:48 AM on February 19, 2015 
I just posted a message only to find out Mr. Scott recently passed away after reading the other messages on this page. I send my condolences to his family.
Reply Andrea
3:39 AM on February 19, 2015 
Hello Mr. Scott,

I'm wondering if you can help me resolve something? Decades ago I heard a lovely version of "Send in the Clowns" that I believe you did with Billy Cobham. I've been aching to hear it, but can't find it anywhere. Can you, perhaps point me in the right direction so I can get it? Yours is the best rendition of that classic song I've ever heard.

Thank you,

Andrea
Reply Lenora Helm Hammonds
8:08 AM on February 3, 2015 
Knowing Kenneth Kamal Scott was like having a gift from God:
I have a heavy heart for the loss of my dear teacher, mentor and friend Kenneth Kamal Scott. He changed the path of my life as a singer, teacher and musician, from when we met in Boston in 1987, till now. God's Grace allowed me to meet Kamal and I do believe I would have not had the career and opportunities his tutelage prepared me for. Every note I sing and lesson I give from this day forward will be infused with the example he was what it means to teach. He always gave his love and devotion that he selflessly poured into every single student (and he had hundreds of them!) I hope I can be even 1/10 of the teacher he was. Every student I have ever had as had the influence of Kamal's teachings and philosophy of living and working as a musician. I have joy at the same time for the privilege of knowing and learning from him. Etta, you have my and Fred's prayers. I'm only glad I had a chance to see and visit him recently. All my love Kamal. RIP.
Reply Jackie Brown
1:24 PM on February 2, 2015 
The angels are now attending a true Master Class. Keep spreading the love and joy, Kamal, I will always remember.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOD3RyJTi1E
Reply Jack Cole
12:22 PM on February 2, 2015 
Kamal was a wonderful friend and teacher for my wife Ellen Cantarow. She says Kamal was the best teacher she has ever met. Kamal was also a close friend to me. We both loved him and we will miss his endless talents, the most important of which to me was his incomparable good cheer. I couldn't be in the same room with the man without feeling happier than I was before he appeared.

Kamal died Sunday afternoon February 1, 2015. He was 74. Ellen told me he was surrounded by his wonderful wife Etta Russell and several close friends. They had put on a song from a recent CD recording he made. Ellen said he couldn't speak at that time but she could see he was mouthing the words of the song. When it ended Kamal took one last breath and passed. So sad. But a life well lived. I would settle for that.
Reply yaniv mintzer
9:55 AM on January 3, 2015 
Greetings from israel kamal!
i hope this is still your email address..
not sure if you remember who i am, i studied with you at your home in boston, while i was studying in Berklee.

i had a strong urge to write you, don't know why. a few days ago i was singing Caro mio ben, after having not sang classical repertoir at all for some years.
it was such a pleasure to notice that i still kept the physical understanding of the mezzo voce technique, and could feel the joy of easy singing and relaxed and detailed sensations of the music.

wanted to hear how you were doing, and just thank you for opening that sepcial door for me, the way you did. i learned so much from that time, and took those sensations into other fields i work in (dance and therapy)
you are a special teacher and guide. i envy those who get to study with you in new york!

i live now in israel, and have a partner and a 10 months old son, named Rumi.

all the best, and if you travel to israel to perform or teach, please let me know.

warm regards,hope to hear some news from you.
yaniv mintzer
Reply Cate
2:19 PM on November 13, 2014 
Hello Mr. Scott, I'm a friend of Onaje Jefferson. I'm looking for a vocal coach and he, of course, mentioned your name. You seem like a busy person but I'm wondering if you still give vocal lessons. I'm a singer/songwriter in the pop genre and looking to seriously develop my voice. I've never had professional training in voice (only in piano) but if you'd like to hear just a bit of my stuff: www.catesong.com Thank you for your time! Hope to hear from you.
Reply Richard E Breed
5:38 PM on February 21, 2014 
Oh yes...I am a musician/songwriter...and have written over 100 songs, which have never been recorded or publiished! Perhaps..there's some kind of manifest destiny Mary intended...
Richard