PORTLAND -- Janice Scroggins, a pianist familiar to many in the city and an inductee last year into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, died Tuesday evening.
Scroggins came from a family of church musicians and began playing piano at 3 years old. She went on to play alongside renowned musicians like Linda Hornbuckle, Mel Brown, Curtis Salgado and Thara Memory.
She was nominated for a Grammy in 2000, for her album Janice Scroggins Plays Scott Joplin. She was also awarded the Portland Crystal Award and World Arts Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Cascade Blues Hall of Fame.
Her family and friends posted condolences on the Oregon Music News website.
Uncle George, Arietta Ward, Nafisaria Scroggins-thomas, Jamani, Francis Scroggins Ocansey and Godyss would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love and condolences on the transformation of our beloved mother Janice Marie Scroggins.She touched so many with her Being, Light and Patience, her Light will forever be in our hearts.Thank you for respecting our privacy during our time of grief.We will inform you when and where services will take place.
KGW newspaper Portland Radio Project also reposted this interview with Scroggins and LaShonda Steele.