On Monday, Oct. 3, Great Women in Music will honor Shirley Scott for her professional and charitable services over the years at the Creole Supper Club (2163 Third Ave.). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This auspicious occasion is part of the month-long Great Women in Music Festival and is an invitation-only event. The night will feature the music of Ghanniyya Green and the JC Stylles Trio. Great Women in Music is proud to pay tribute to Scott in her hometown of Harlem. For more information, call (646) 373-3690.
Scott took New York by storm in the mid-1960s with her star-studded disco parties at some of the city’s most posh nightspots. Known as a one of New York’s most innovative movers and shakers, she went on to help create the term “after work,” and with her much-talked-about reputation, she created an ongoing, early evening, hip and sophisticated weekly party. Her New York upscale gatherings gave the city’s top professionals a place to see and be seen directly after work.
Always multitasking, Scott held an administrative position by day at one of New York’s most respected hospitals and went on to open her own boutique on the Upper East Side called Virgo’s Treat. In the 1980s, she went on to become a revered sales associate for a national spirit brand, and because of her overwhelming ability to go over and above all quotas, she became one of the company’s most valuable assets.
Good news travels fast. As such, Scott became the first and only female member of the prestigious Bottle and Cork, a private charitable organization comprised of spirit salesmen. With a goal to raise monies for the United Negro College Fund, Scott and Bottle and Cork always reached unreachable goals. During Scott’s long membership, which began in 1986 and lasted until 2010, she rose to the position of sergeant of arms.
For most of her life, Scott has devoted her name, time and money to social, civic and charitable causes, all serving the community and the needs of children. She began her journey as a founding member of the socially elite Continental Club, and went on to garner the position of corresponding secretary for the nationally recognized One Hundred Black Women organization. With her powerful address book in hand, she helped to raise thousands of dollars.
Shirley went on to work her magic as vice president of Support Network, and today she continues to reign victorious in all that she does. Great Women in Music, along with the friends of Shirley Scott, cannot imagine a more worthy person to honor. They all look forward to you being there as they celebrate a legend.