Weldon Scott: A Musician on the Rise



People often say you should never judge a book by its cover. The same holds true for people. Upon meeting Weldon Scott you might detect an air of solemnity, but it quickly fades into a warm and bright smile. It’s the kind of smile you often see when two people have fallen hard for one another and the thought of their beloved conjures a euphoria that’s unmistakable. Weldon has that same passion for jazz music; it’s infectious.

Currently a jazz studies major at Texas Southern University (TSU), Weldon decided to pursue music professionally in his junior year at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, one of the best high schools for the Arts in Texas. He remembers that pivotal moment as, “the realization that I’m actually pretty good at music and I have a chance to make it in this world.” And he’s definitely on his way to making it.

Weldon met trumpeter and composer Leslie Drayton at a big band master class held at TSU. The two remained in contact and Weldon was invited to participate in the musical event Evening of Jazz. The event featured an enchanting mix of original compositions, jazz standards, and holiday favorites in late 2017 which allowed Weldon to showcase his talent as a bassist to a wider audience.

Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast or recently became acquainted with jazz music, there’s no denying Weldon’s skillful handling of the instrument. It just sounds good to the ears and is more than enough to catch and keep an audience. Coupled with a poise beyond his years and a lively rapport with fellow musicians on the stage, Weldon is able to express himself and as he puts it “move others in ways that…can’t [be] put in words.” When on stage with other performing musicians, accompanied by vocals or not, Weldon helps to craft a captivating musical experience that won’t soon be forgotten. 

Weldon will be accompanying Leslie Drayton and Friends for another musical experience on Sunday, June 10, 2018, 5:00 p.m. at Ovations Night Club in Rice Village. Don’t miss a chance to experience Weldon on the bass at the Spring into Summer concert. Hope to see you there!