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Dennis Scott is president of the Chicagoland Theatre Organ Society and the Silent Film Society of Chicago. Since moving back to Chicago in 1992, he has been staff organist at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre and the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, playing the 3/10 Wurlitzer. He also works as a graphic artist for a chain of twelve movie theatres in northern Illinois, and additionally freelances graphics work for fellow musicians.
Scott is in much demand as a silent film organist. He first began accompanying silent films in the 1970s, when he started playing theatre pipe organs in pizza parlors. His style has been compared to that of his mentor, the late John Muri; and Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of the comic genius Harold Lloyd, dubbed him the “Master of Magic Notes.” He played for two seasons of monthly film presentations at the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee and a weekend festival of four films at Racine’s Theatre Guild for Silence Please! He is a regular performer for the Sound of Silents Film Festival in Three Oaks, Michigan, and since 2000 has been featured in the Silent Film Society of Chicago’s Silent Summer Film Festivals. In October of 2006, he played a John Muri Centennial Celebration Concert on Fred Hermes’ 5/28 Wurlitzer in Racine, Wisconsin, one of the late organist’s frequent venues.
Scott recently recorded a CD with Chicago’s very popular West End Jazz Band, recreating the brief era of the ‘marriage’ of the theatre organ and the jazz bands of the 1920s and 1930s. They perform together regularly in Chicago-area theatres.
References: The International Buster Keaton Society.