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Anthony Joseph Sciacca, 17 June 1921, Morristown, New Jersey, USA, d. 28 March 2007, Rome, Italy. Scott learned to play clarinet as a child, later studying formally at the Juilliard School of Music in Manhattan. During the late 40s and beyond, he made his living playing in big bands and as a sideman in mainstream groups, sometimes playing tenor saxophone. Fascinated by the new jazz sounds emerging from Mintons Playhouse and other New York venues, he became a strongly committed bop musician. Unfortunately for the development of his career, bop and the clarinet were uneasy bedfellows, although Scott was one of the tiny number of clarinettists to achieve some recognition, building a reputation through the 50s as one of the best new players on his instrument. He was also active as an arranger and musical director for several singers, including Harry Belafonte, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. In 1959 he recorded the remarkably forward-looking Sung Heroes, with...