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Jimmy Scott

The life of Jimmy Scott is not one of meteoric stardom but a journey that has taken nearly seventy years to find its much deserved success. One of ten children, James Victor Scott was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 17, 1925. The f irst time Jimmy sang on a public stage was at school when the teacher had him sing the lead in a play "Ferdinand the Bull", after that she always had him do the leads. He was only 12 years old when he became known as a singer around Cleveland. While in his teens a Comedian saw the potential in Jimmy, he was Tim McCoy from Akron. Whenever Tim got a "gig" around Northeast Ohio, he would take Jimmy along with him on the bill

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Grégoire Maret / Romain Collin / Bill Frisell: Americana

Read "Americana" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Harmonica player and composer Grégoire Maret is not a familiar name in the U.S. but he should be. The New York-based artist has recorded with Jimmy Scott, Jacky Terrasson, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Charlie Hunter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Pat Metheny and many others. The very bankable musician has appeared on over seventy-five releases as a ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The suggestions from musicians eager to share, in these trying times, the music they turn to when they need to uplift or sooth their souls keep pouring in. Here's the third volume of this immuno-booster jazz mix-tape series, featuring a compelling mix of jazz masters, contemporary jazz guitar heroes, latin tinge, soul and new gospel.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life

Read "Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Much to celebrate this week with new releases from MaryJo Mundy and Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueiredo, plus birthday shout outs to the great Dorothy Fields in the first hour, Phoebe Snow in the second hour, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Ruben Blades, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Scott, Helen Merrill and guitarist Mary Osborne, among others, with a collection ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Abby Lee: Born to Sing

Read "Abby Lee: Born to Sing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The early development of jazz singers tells us a lot about them. Often, they struggle until they are finally recognized. Jimmy Scott was unknown for many years. Billie Holiday took whatever jobs she could get until she made her first recordings. Ella Fitzgerald's childhood was uprooted and traumatic, and music helped her find her way to ...

I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming

Label: Eden River Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Motherless Child; The Nearness of You; Love Letters; Easy Living; Someone to Watch Over Me; How Deep Is the Ocean; If I Ever Lost You; For Once in My Life; I Remember You; Everybody Is Somebody's Fool; Folks Who Live on the Hill; Poor Butterfly.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming

Read "I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

I Go Back Home è l'ultima toccante testimonianza di Jimmy Scott, singolare cantante afro-americano, riscoperto e celebrato in età avanzata all'inizio degli anni Novanta. La produzione di questo album è stata fortemente voluta dal tedesco Ralf Kemper che ha affiancato a Jimmy Scott ospiti del calibro di Kenny Barron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Brönner, Joey DeFrancesco, ...

I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming

Label: Eden River Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Motherless Child; The Nearness Of You; Love Letters; Easy Living; Someone To Watch Over Me; How Deep Is The Ocean; If I Ever Lost You; For Once In My Life; I Remember You; Everybody Is Somebody's Fool; Folks Who Live On The Hill; Poor Butterfly.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Another year is almost in the books. And while there were many things to fret about in 2016, a lack of good music wasn't one of them. A quick look back at the year reminds us that jazz legends remain strong, rising stars continue to rapidly ascend, newcomers are making their presence felt, and the dearly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming

Read "I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sadness naturally hovers like a black cloud over life's December days, but hope and joy can often find a way to peak through the overcast skies. That's a message that comes through most clearly on Jimmy Scott's beautiful parting gift to the world. I Go Back Home manages to serve as swan song, ...


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