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June 15, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jimmy Scott sings ballads with the tear-drenched sadness of a breaking heart. His faster tunes are invested with more rhythm but no less emotional urgency. His Wednesday-night performance at the Jazz Bakery was a characteristic example of the interior passion that has ruled his music since the '50s.
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February 24, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
"You learn not to let the bad times overpower the existence of your being," jazz singer Jimmy Scott says early on in "Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew," a ramshackle but affecting documentary on his life and music that airs Sunday night on PBS as part of the network's "The Independent Lens" series. Born in Cleveland in 1925, Scott has known more than his share of the bad. He suffered from Kallmann's Syndrome, a rare hormonal deficiency that kept his body from maturing.
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February 24, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
"You learn not to let the bad times overpower the existence of your being," jazz singer Jimmy Scott says early on in "Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew," a ramshackle but affecting documentary on his life and music that airs Sunday night on PBS as part of the network's "The Independent Lens" series. Born in Cleveland in 1925, Scott has known more than his share of the bad. He suffered from Kallmann's Syndrome, a rare hormonal deficiency that kept his body from maturing.
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December 7, 2002 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
The last time jazz singer Jimmy Scott got all decked out to celebrate the Hollywood premiere of a new documentary about his life, the projector broke. Chalk it up to yet another variation on one of his recurrent life themes. During a screening of the documentary last July, about midway through Scott's bittersweet, slip-tempo re-imagining of "Pennies From Heaven," the screen went black. The Egyptian Theatre's auditorium was packed. It was the eve of Scott's 77th birthday.
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November 19, 1992 | LEONARD FEATHER
It might be said that there are three kinds of jazz vocalists: the male singers, the females and Jimmy Scott. Singing for a packed house Tuesday at Catalina, Scott, who is now in the crest of a comeback triggered by his "All the Way" album, sounded less androgynous than earlier performances might have led one to expect.
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November 17, 1992 | RICHARD GUILLIATT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jimmy Scott approaches the microphone like a bashful lover, hands clasped before him and head tilted sideways. A jazz quartet eases in behind him and Scott starts into the opening lines of the 1940s standard "All of Me." But the words are barely out of his mouth before a reaction ripples through the crowd at New York's Bottom Line nightclub. Jaws drop, people gasp and somewhere in the darkness a woman moans, "Oh my lawd!" At 67, Jimmy Scott has not lost his ability to startle.
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December 7, 2002 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
The last time jazz singer Jimmy Scott got all decked out to celebrate the Hollywood premiere of a new documentary about his life, the projector broke. Chalk it up to yet another variation on one of his recurrent life themes. During a screening of the documentary last July, about midway through Scott's bittersweet, slip-tempo re-imagining of "Pennies From Heaven," the screen went black. The Egyptian Theatre's auditorium was packed. It was the eve of Scott's 77th birthday.
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November 30, 1990 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Little Jimmy Scott--does the name ring a bell? Probably not. But it should. He is one of the originals, an oddly unrecognized survivor of the '40s and '50s when the threads of jazz, rhythm and blues and pre-rock 'n' roll were twisting and turning across each other. Scott, 65, still possesses the almost-eerily high voice that was his trademark identification on such songs as "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" (with Lionel Hampton) and "The Masquerade Is Over."
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August 30, 1992 | ZAN STEWART and New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to four (excellent).
* * * Jimmy Scott, "All the Way," Sire. The pale tenor of this remarkable yet still widely underappreciated singer here roams wonderful territory: the slow, romantic ballads of the '30s and '40s. Scott is an emotional dynamo, and tunes like Rodgers & Hart's "My Foolish Heart" are designed for his feelings-on-his-sleeve, storytelling approach. Sometimes his voice seems too high, and too thin, but not often.
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December 1, 2002 | Kevin Thomas
Since a technical snafu derailed the screening of Matthew Buzzell's "Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew" last July, the American Cinematheque has rescheduled this wonderful documentary of the great 77-year-old jazz vocalist, with Scott and Buzzell again present. Framed by clips of Scott in concert on a Japanese tour and at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City, where he performs this week, the film is full of insights from friends, family, colleagues and above all from the man himself.
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December 1, 2002 | Kevin Thomas
Since a technical snafu derailed the screening of Matthew Buzzell's "Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew" last July, the American Cinematheque has rescheduled this wonderful documentary of the great 77-year-old jazz vocalist, with Scott and Buzzell again present. Framed by clips of Scott in concert on a Japanese tour and at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City, where he performs this week, the film is full of insights from friends, family, colleagues and above all from the man himself.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jimmy Scott sings ballads with the tear-drenched sadness of a breaking heart. His faster tunes are invested with more rhythm but no less emotional urgency. His Wednesday-night performance at the Jazz Bakery was a characteristic example of the interior passion that has ruled his music since the '50s.
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July 21, 1994 | DON HECKMAN
How do you figure the return of Jimmy Scott? Moderately successful in the '50s, his eclipse from the popular music scene stretched over nearly three decades before he--like Tony Bennett--was embraced by a new generation of listeners. But his eccentric singing style hasn't changed a bit.
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November 17, 1992 | RICHARD GUILLIATT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jimmy Scott approaches the microphone like a bashful lover, hands clasped before him and head tilted sideways. A jazz quartet eases in behind him and Scott starts into the opening lines of the 1940s standard "All of Me." But the words are barely out of his mouth before a reaction ripples through the crowd at New York's Bottom Line nightclub. Jaws drop, people gasp and somewhere in the darkness a woman moans, "Oh my lawd!" At 67, Jimmy Scott has not lost his ability to startle.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1992 | ZAN STEWART and New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to four (excellent).
* * * Jimmy Scott, "All the Way," Sire. The pale tenor of this remarkable yet still widely underappreciated singer here roams wonderful territory: the slow, romantic ballads of the '30s and '40s. Scott is an emotional dynamo, and tunes like Rodgers & Hart's "My Foolish Heart" are designed for his feelings-on-his-sleeve, storytelling approach. Sometimes his voice seems too high, and too thin, but not often.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 1990 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Little Jimmy Scott--does the name ring a bell? Probably not. But it should. He is one of the originals, an oddly unrecognized survivor of the '40s and '50s when the threads of jazz, rhythm and blues and pre-rock 'n' roll were twisting and turning across each other. Scott, 65, still possesses the almost-eerily high voice that was his trademark identification on such songs as "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" (with Lionel Hampton) and "The Masquerade Is Over."
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December 6, 1998
YOGA Free open house offers intro to yoga and meditation, today from 2 to 5 p.m., Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Venice. (310) 822-9642. ART "Picasso: Masterworks From the Museum of Modern Art" features 90 works by the cubist master, at LACMA, through Jan. 4. (213) 462-2787. MUSIC Singer Jimmy Scott performs Tuesday at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. (213) 480-3232. AMUSEMENT Scream your lungs out on the Ghostrider wooden roller coaster, opening Tuesday at Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park.
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