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Scott’s Jamaican Bakery: Faces of #MakeMusicHartford

June 19, 2019

“We bake with love” is the motto for Scotts’ Jamaican Bakery. What more could you ask for in a longtime local business? For over 40 years, the Scott family bakery has been a staple in capital region cuisine with what started with one flagship bakery that expanded into three total branches. It only made sense to ask them to be a Neighborhood Music Hub for Make Music Hartford. Starting at 11am, you’ll be able to enjoy a meal or a snack while listening to hip-hop, reggae, jazz, and more! We caught up with Pauline Scott, co-owner of the bakery, to chat about music.

What is your instrument(s)? If not a singer/musician, what is your connection to the arts?
I belong! I love to sing and dance.

What do you do other than music/the arts – professionally? Hobbies?I love to play Scrabble and Words with Friends. I love to make things beautiful, especially arranging flowers.

What drew you to MMH?
The name music! What else? Whether it is gospel, pop, rock & roll – it doesn’t matter the kind of music. I enjoy them all!

What drew you to Hartford and what is making you stay?
I was sent. God provided someone to buy the business we had started (in Canada after immigrating from Jamaica) and that’s why I knew this was the place I needed to come. I stay for the same reasons which is the need to give the support to the people who are not as educated as they should be and provide income so they can live without having to go on welfare.

What is your favorite genre(s) of music?

Top 3 favorite things about Hartford:
Oh my God! There are so many things. I love the opportunities it has given my family and those opportunities that I’ve been able to provide for others and encourage others to educate themselves.

Fun fact:
I wouldn’t know! My mother told me that self-praise is no recommendation. The “Great I am” is not me.

What part of MMH are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to hearing the song “She’s Royal” (by Tarrus Riley) played between music sets. I love that song because I belong to the Royal Family of God’s Kingdom. He is the King of Kings!

Hopes/dreams/wishes for Hartford:
That whatever kind of prejudices exists amongst The Haves against The Have Nots, the educated amongst us will recognize their need to stop assuming things about others that are not as blessed as them. We are blessed to be a blessing for others. I pray that we each help just one person at a time, just find one person…each one, reach one!


Photo credit for “The Faces of Make Music Hartford” photo series: Mike Marques Photo