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JIMMY SCOTT CELEBRATES 80th BIRTHDAY AT THE BLUE NOTE

 

 

NEW YORK, 3 September 2005óJimmy Scott, one of the jazz world's most distinctive vocalists, turned 80 on 17 July, and he continues his birthday celebration at the Blue Note in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, 20 - 25 September 2005 with sets at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. nightly.  Jimmy Scott's 80th Birthday Celebration features special guests Dee Dee Bridgewater (20, 21 September), Tap Dancer Savion Glover (22 September), Billy Paul (23 September), Avery Brooks (24 September) and Andy Bey (25 September).
 
Born one of 10 children in Cleveland, Ohio, Scott's mother was killed in a car accident when he was 13, and he was put into foster care. He also suffered from a rare hereditary condition called Kallmann's Syndrome that affected not only his growth, but also his voice. He was nicknamed Little Jimmy Scott, but went on to become one of the jazz world's most memorable singers. Scott began singing professionally in tent shows during the 1940s and joined Lionel Hampton's band in 1948. After making several records, he signed to Ray Charles' Tangerine label in 1962, but the album, "Falling in Love Is Wonderful," had to be taken off the market because of a dispute about his contract. The incident led Scott to leave the music business.  He began performing in clubs again in 1985 and he returned to the recording studio five years later. Then, the 65-year-old sang at the funeral of a long-time supporter, songwriter Doc Pomus, and soon was signed to a recording deal. On a major comeback, he landed roles in television and film and guest starred on a Lou Reed album, among others.  Jimmy's CD, "All the Way" (the first on which he was billed simply as Jimmy Scott), was released in 1992. Since then, he has recorded other critically-acclaimed albums, feeling free to reach across styles from jazz to gospel to R & B.  

Blue Note
131 West Third Street
New York, NY 
Tel: (1) 212 475 85 92



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