Tuesday, June 15, 2021
DC Native, saxophonist and vocalist Herb Scott studied at the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts and is a rising star on the Washington DC Jazz Scene.

Washington, D.C. – Each Quarter of the year the District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) highlights the achievements of a District of Columbia resident who exemplifies excellence in creativity, education, creative entrepreneurship, economic revitalization of creative businesses, social justice, or racial equity. OCTFME is delighted to recognize Herb Scott as the DC STAR.

D.C. Native and saxophonist extraordinaire, Herb Scott is a rising star on the Washington, D.C. Jazz scene. While studying at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts under the award-winning educator Davey Yarborough, he performed with renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. Herb studied Jazz Studies at Michigan State University under Jazz legend Rodney Whitaker and Professor Diego Rivera and toured with the MSU Jazz Band.

Described as “a young, soulful powerhouse on alto saxophone,” by CapitolBop.com, Herb Scott is taking the DC Jazz scene by storm. His career includes performances at the White House, Dizzy’s Coca Cola-Club in New York, the Lincoln Center, the world-famous Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Universal Studios Orlando, Constitution Hall, the Library of Congress, the Detroit Jazz Fest, the East Lansing Jazz Fest, the DC Jazz Fest. 

“To be named a DC Star is an incredible honor and I am very proud to receive this award as a DC native. My entire career as an artist has been shaped by growing up in DC,  from the Jazz Clubs on U Street to the festive music of Georgia Ave Day and of course Go-Go everywhere in the city. I am proud to continue the tradition of representing for my city! Thank you OCTFME!” said Herb Scott.

Herb's first album as a band leader, “Introducing Herb Scott on Alto Saxophone, a NU-Jazz Collective”, was released in 2011. In 2015, Herb started the weekly Capitol Hill Jazz Jam session at Mr. Henry's Restaurant, where Grammy winner Roberta Flack once held her residency. Herb completed his first International Residency at the St. Regis Hotel in Doha, Qatar before returning to the U.S. and headlining at the Legendary Blues Alley Jazz and Supper Club in the fall of 2016. 

In 2017 Herb formed The Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation (CHJF), a non-profit, which provides critical resources, including advocacy to DC-based Jazz musicians, venues, and music education programs. The Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation’s mission is to make full use of jazz as a strategic tool of economic development in Washington, DC. Through action in performance, education, and advocacy, CHJF seeks to improve the viability of jazz livelihoods and performance venues and revitalize the appreciation for the genre by fortifying jazz education. The Foundation also advocates for the economic and cultural development of the community, from the Wilson Building to the Halls of Congress, and assists established performers to maintain the tools of their trade and a sustainable standard of living. CHJF envisions a city in which dedicated professional jazz performers/educators earn a living; students learn of Washington’s jazz history and enjoy a breadth of opportunities to perform; and jazz maintains and enlarges its place as an integral part of Washington’s cultural scene.

In early 2020, Herb released his new single “The Jazz Show” to critical acclaim and performed at the Thailand International Jazz Conference at the Mahidol University in Bangkok.  Recently, Herb released four new singles Tea with Bree, At the Jazz Show Original, Private Concert, and Baila which are available on most streaming platforms.”

Herb can also be seen again weekly, beginning June 16, performing, and hosting the Capitol Hill Jazz Jam, Wednesday evenings from 8-11pm, at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant is located at 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC.

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OCTFME launched the “Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment DC STAR” as a Creative Industry Contributor Spotlight Feature. It highlights and recognizes the achievements of one (1) District resident per quarter who has demonstrated a significant and notable accomplishment in the area of creativity, education, creative entrepreneurship, economic revitalization of the creative businesses, social justice, or racial equity in the District of Columbia.  



The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) produces and broadcasts programming for the District of Columbia’s public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable television channels and digital radio station; regulates the District of Columbia’s cable television service providers; provides customer service for cable subscribers; and supports a sustainable film, music, and entertainment creative economy and labor market in the District of Columbia.

OCTFME operates and manages the District’s government television access channels: the District Council Channel (DCC), the District of Columbia Network (DCN), and the District Knowledge Network (DKN). OCTFME’s award-winning content provides resourceful information on government activity, education, current events, history, music, arts, and entertainment. OCTFME manages and programs DC Radio 96.3 HD4 digital radio station, the District of Columbia’s first government radio station in partnership with Howard University’s WHUR. It is one of only two full-power, city-managed and programmed radio stations in the country.

OCTFME provides production support services that advance film, television, video, entertainment, interactive, multimedia, and digital media content creators. These services include permitting; location scouting; production support; job placement assistance; workforce development; and the DC Film, Television and Entertainment Rebate Fund.

OCTFME supports the creative economy through Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: 202Creates initiative, administering programs supporting the growth and sustainability of the creative industries in all 8 Wards of the District.

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