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76 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26 - October 2, 1997 !,cott,00 dazzles fans at Ba!TCenter during tribute honoring his career Lawrence "Scotty" Scott has been a fixture on the Cape Region entertain- ment circuit for decades. His friends and fans paid tribute to his years of pro- viding enjoyable evenings during a benefit held at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach on Sept. 21 to help him defray his medical bills. Musicians who have performed with him and those who have never been on stage with Scotty came to the fore to jam that evening. Above, left, Scotty never sounded better as he caressed a Nat King Cole medley, accompanied by Art Curley on clar- inet, Lyn Doughten on trombone and John Douihten on saxdphone. At right, manning the ticket table are Sydney Arzt (left) of Sydney's Jazz and Blues Restaurant, who has been a strong supporter of Scotty and helped to conceive the Scotty Jazz Scholarship for young local musicians when Re- hoboth first began having jazz festivals a handful of years ago. With her is lo- cal artist Patti Shreeve, and behind her is Peggy Raley, who performed a number of heartfelt vocal renditions that evening and helped to organize the benefit which, to date, has raised $5,600. Raley told the audience that Scotty instilled a curious love of jazz in her at a young age, when, with her family, she would listen to Scotty sing at the old DeBraak restaurant. More than any tune, Raley enjoyed "It's a Lush Life," and later, Scotty took her under his wing and helped her to perfect her style as a jazz singer. The inimitable Perky Scott acted as "minister of cere- monies" during the evening, noting Scotty "broke the col- or line" for performers in the Cape Region back in the 1950s. "I think you set the standard and we thank you for that," Scott added. Clockwise from top left, Scotty takes a break between sets, while Linda DiDomeni- cus takes a spin on the dance floor, noting later she appre- ciated how he came into her fledgling Rehoboth store on Saturday mornings and played for free to help attract customers. At right, Denise Carlson of Selbyville wows the crowd on the electric fid- dle, while at left, Scotty holds up the handcarved bust of himself created by Dick Wingate, while baby bass player Harry Jarmon and Ra- ley look on. . The turnout at the BayCenter was a formidable mixture of well-wishers, in- eluding (above, left, l-r) Doug and Vicki Friend of Lewes, whose son Jesse was a recipient of a Scotty Jazz Scholarship; Barbara Jerrell and Elaine Talley of Rehoboth Beach; and Mort Friedlander, who came from Rockville, Md., hav- ing first heard Scotty at the Warehouse Restaurant in Ocean View many moons ago. The Friends termed Scotty an "inspiration" to their son since he was nine or 10 years old. *..3'" "" _'.LLL--LL___.. ...... Another table of admirerers include (l-r) Rehoboth Elementary School Prin- cipal Estelle Selby, Janie Miller, Karen Myers, Ephelene Jones and Waynne Paskins, who admitted that in his earlier days, Scotty could teach the younger folks a lot about pool as well as music. During the evening, scotty mesmerized the audience with a rendition of"Skylark." As Raley told the un- derstanding crowd, "There are some people who enter our lives and leave and there are some who touch our hearts."