NBJP: Other than the instrument you play, what instrument would you like to be able to play?
SC: I always wanted to play the acoustic bass. Maybe that’s why I like to write for it so much, a way of living vicariously though bass players. However, now that we have one I don’t even touch it–I can’t keep up with the other eight instruments I play.
NBJP: What’s the worst job you ever had?
SC: Any job that included cleaning a public restroom.
NBJP: Finish this sentence: I have too many__bills.
NBJP: Who’s your favorite non-jazz composer?
SC: [Alexander Nikolayevich]Scriabin
NBJP: What’s the last movie you saw and loved?
SC: Hmmm… not sure, since I usually fall asleep in them. But, I did manage to stay awake and enjoy True Grit , The Help and Star Trek recently. That might be a record.
NBJP: What’s your favorite (“G” rated!) guilty pleasure?
SC: Dark chocolate and shoe appreciation. Not usually at the same time, but it could happen.
NBJP: What living musician do you believe has influenced you the most?
SC: Jimmy Heath
PLUS ONE: When did you know? (That you wanted to be a jazz musician)?
When I was 11, I told my first saxophone teacher that I wanted to be a jazz saxophonist for the rest of my life. Thinking this might not be the best thing to encourage for a young girl, he laughed and replied “so… you want to practice hard your whole life, live on a bus, bathe in public restrooms and wear polyester uniforms just to play the saxophone for a living?” To which I hastily replied “Yes!!” Oddly it sounded fantastic, which I don’t believe was the intention.