Jimmy Scott grew up listening to the radio

Now, a Jazz Moment...

MUSIC: "Solitude" CD: Everybody's Somebody's Fool, Decca GRD-669 (cut 15)

Like many of his generation, NEA Jazz Master Jimmy scott first drew his inspiration from...

Jimmy Scott: ... listening to the radio.   Tommy Dorsey was big then; Bing Crosby was big.   It was the old timers that I learned from. (:12)

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When "Little Jimmy" was a child, he was particularly taken with the accomplished singer, Paul Robeson.

MUSIC: "Go Down Moses" (Paul Robeson singing) CD: Ballad for Americans, Vanguard VCD 117/18 (cut 3)

Jimmy Scott:   He had the power.   He was one of those that could project a song in the proper way.   And you understood it. (:10)

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Jimmy Scott:   I said, "Ma," she said "What boy?"   I said "Those people are gonna die if they don't let his people go."   <laughs> You know, and she says "Shut up boy."   (laughs)  

This Jazz Moment with vocalist Jimmy Scott was created by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jimmy Scott grew up listening to the radio