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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - 3:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tuesday, August 31st, my mother & I had the priviledge to see our Mr. Jimmy Scott & The Jazz Expressions at The Iridium Jazz Club. I will tell you that lately, I've been having the best experiences with our musical icons. Mr. Scott is one of the most gracious men that I have ever met. He sat & talked with my mother about his Apollo appearances back in the day. He even asked her about her experiences as the former President of the organization ACORN. She had one great time, as Jimmy's songs went straight to her heart. Kindred spirits indeed.

Jimmy welcomed many adoring fans, the looks on their faces were like those who met a head of state. The crowd wasn't full of older folk either. Most of the crowd consisted of people whose ages ranged from 22 to 45 or 50, mostly in the mid-30s. Jimmy & Jeannie Scott are very cordial & down to earth people & just plain nice. There's no other way for me to put it.

Now, for the show! Leading off were Jimmy's band, The Jazz Expressions & these brothers are bad!!! I'll let Soul Sister fill you in on the info about the fellas. What I will tell you is that they were great & that's coming from a guy who is not the biggest Jazz fan. The Jazz Expressions have a CD due out some time in November & from what I heard tonight, I'll be purchasing it. The piano work, the drum work & bass work was excellent. Mr Blue wailed on the saxes & played the flute like a snake charmer. These men are simply excellent & should have a recording contract with a major. I listened to them & just shook my head, lamenting the fact that these guys aren't household names. They deserve to be heard by a larger audience, that's one thing that I'm sure of.

Mr Scott came out & for 2 sets, had the audience eating out of his hands. Jimmy has a unique way with a song & his phrasing is like no one else. Jimmy has a great rapport with his band, allowing them to stretch out some, while smiling & nodding his head in approval. None of that "I'm the star of the show" nonsense from Jimmy. Jimmy is secure enough with his own talent, that he allows his band to shine as well. Jimmy is a NATIONAL TREASURE & if you ever meet him, you'll be struck by his graciousness & the fact that he loves to meet his fans. I know that he was a little tired, as they had some flight delays & dealing with the crazy traffic due to The Convention. Nevertheless, Jimmy greeted all who came back stage to say hello & Jimmy had a smile & kind words for all.

Jimmy's motto is "You may give out, but don't give in". Fortunately for us, he's done neither of the two, delighting the crowd with a few dance moves of his own.

For whatever success Jimmy has, it's not enough & it truly couldn't happen to a nicer guy! What a class act!!

Thanks to Jimmy & Jeannie Scott for being thoughtful enough to arrange space for my mother to attend. My mother had a ball & I had a ball watching her have a ball. I had the best date in the house :-)Thanks also to Vonnie for helping to expedite things & to Mr. Bobby Eli, who's, well....Bobby Eli!!!

If you like Classic styled Jazz, check out Jimmy Scott & The Jazz Expressions. You will enjoy what you hear!!

js

(Message edited by juicefree20 on September 01, 2004)
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Moan (moanman)
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Hey, Juice Meister-General:

Wunnerful, Wonderful & Wonder-filled review of the jazzed festivities… With your vivid descriptions and understandable enthusiasm you truly took us there, pa.

I’ve plans to sneak-in this weekend to see Mr. Jimmy Scott jam, and I am MAD HYPED bout it bout it. Trust! I’m sure he more than delighted the crowd and gave your Moms a night she’ll not soon forget.

Your words on the concert & the generosity of the man’s spirit (& yes that of our lovely SoulSis) speak mad volumes and only confirms what I’d already suspected. Some people, whether large or small, are True and Fo Real, Royalty.

One.
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Charise (mistrivia1)
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Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - 11:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Juice, can you contain yourself?????? This is almost too much in a matter of weeks:-):-):-) Great that you all had a real good time!!! I was listening to Jimmy Scott at work, yesterday, simply awesome!! I listened to that cd twice in a row!!!! I can clearly hear the influence of Jimmy Scott on Frankie Lymon & Nancy Wilson, among others. I felt like I was in an audience in some club, because his voice and the band Lionel Hampton's sounded so crystal clear!!!!
Holla at ya later:-):-):-)
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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As many times that I have seen Jimmy perform, I never fail to be mesmerized by his unique, heartfelt delivery that reaches into the most innermost depths of your soul and tugs at your heartstrings!
Last night was no exception!
God Bless You, Jimmy (and SS)
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Moan & Re Re,

So many times, we complain about various slights committed upon us. Jimmy's been damn near to hell & back & STILL....the man carries himself with grace & dignity. Even more than that, he kept on trucking & I have to respect that. Lesser people have ended up trying bury their troubles with a crack pipe, or something more. To have learned of his trials, which could have destroyed a lesser man & to see him still doing his thing all of these years later, is simply uplifting to the spirit. It's inspirational & it's wonderful to see how he responds to his fans. They love him & the feeling is mutual. Jimmy has a real love & appreciation for his fans. The fact that his fans appreciate him means something to him. He doesn't take them for granted & he's happy to meet & greet all whom he can. It's not a chore or a bother to him...he LOVES to do it. I wish that more of our "STARS" understood Jimmy's concept. Unfortunately....too many do not.

I have to tell you that every forum member thatI have had the pleasure of meeting & communicating with, have proven to be very real & decent people & downright friendly! For those who don't know, there are so many decent & cool people residing right here on the forum. That goes for those of us who are lay people, right up to the stars. Jimmy & Jeannie Scott are no exception. They are two very warm & gracious people. And for all of the twists & turns throughout his journey, Jimmy gives off nothing but positivity.

Soulful Detroit.....It's a beautiful thing :-)

(Message edited by juicefree20 on September 01, 2004)
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Kdubya (paladin)
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Nice review Juice, and I agree with what you say about SDF, you guys and evergreen ladies are all right with me. My knowledge of music and artists has grown tremendously since I got here and I plan to stay. I've met some folks in person and corresponded with others and this is the place to be.......

Kdubya
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Moan (moanman)
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Juice, trust me-- I know of just what you speak, brudda. Having twice read "Faith In Time", the auto-bio of Mr. Jimmy Scott, and knowing of many trials he's faced in his lifetime, it is truly a testament to God's Grace and the triumph of the human spirit that he is still among us, and still stunning us with his extraordinary talent. It pleases me to the soul to see him FINALLY receiving his long overdue flowers, and his just rewards.

Mr. Scott is a gift. His music is both food for the soul and an elixir for the emotions. And you're so right, Juice, he doesn't have to carry himself with the dignity in which he displays, nor treat his fans with the spirit of kindness. That he does continue to be so gracious makes him more than simply a superb musician, it also signals a singular example of humility for one and all.

I anxiously await the magic NYC night when I finally get the chance to see him perform his artistry LIVE. I'm not a *crying* man by nature, but should a small tear pull down my cheek, well, my date will just have to understand my suddenly punk azz. Should I weep, it'll only be because I'm in that rare and shining presence of what I consider to be, Greatness.

Again, thanks for the glowing review, Juice. I mean it.

One.

MM
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Posted on Friday, September 03, 2004 - 11:01 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Moanman,

I'm not one for throwing accolades around. If I had nothing good to say, I'd have remained silent. Jimmy & Jeannie are just two very friendly & warm people. Jimmy makes you feel welcome & he doesn't talk at you, he talks with you. And regardless of how many people came to visit him, he had CONVERSATION for ALL of them, not one person was turned aside. Not a soul! Jimmy & Jeannie made my mother feel comfortable, as they talked about those good old days.

My mother has been around entertainers before. Roddie Joy, Ronnie Isley, Brook Benton & folks like them, used to visit our home when I was a kid living in St. Albans. Regardless, she was impressed with his classy ways & almost regal bearing. Trust me, Mom doesn't impress easily & neither do I. Jimmy even listened to a relative youngster such as myself. As we used to say in the '70s, Jimmy's just good people.

So, you have until September 5th to catch Jimmy at The Irridium. Hell, if I can, I may just go back myself. I picked up his book & he signed it for my mother. I started reading it yesterday & I'm halfway finished. His candor about sensitive issues is rare to find, in this time or any other. What a journey his life has been & what resiliency he has shown. He's a better man than I, I don't believe than I would be as gracious & forgiving as he is. His story is a triumph of the spirit. It shows you that it truly isn't over, until it's over.

If his story doesn't inspire people, then I don't know what will.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Posted on Monday, September 06, 2004 - 7:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jimmy Scott's closing night at The Irridium Jazz Club, was an performance that should have been taped for posterity. Jimmy's band, The Jazz Expressions were cooking. Their CD should be coming out in November & if you're into Classic Jazz, you should seize the opportunity to check it out. Again, I've never been a fan of that style of Jazz. With that said, I am a fan of good music & their music is good. Not an electronic instrument or sequencer in sight. Nothing but pure bass, drums, saxes, flutes & the instrument that is Jimmy Scott's voice.

Jimmy & the fellas were on! Jimmy's voice was strong, expressive & on this, the last night of a 6 day swing, was even stronger & more pliable than when I saw him Wednesday night. His voice was crystal clear & steady, as he covered his classics. Once again, he thrilled the crowd with some pretty smooth moves. All that was missing was a zoot suit :-)

When I arrived at 8:05, the band was just starting their set & the Irridium was packed. I had to stand for awhile, before finding a spot at the bar. The audience was full of energy & once again, there were fans of all ages. Once again, at least half were under 40 years of age. They came to have a great night & that's exactly what they did.

Jimmy moved both men & women to tears. His music seems to have that kind of effect on many of his fans. Yet, it's not tears of sadness. They were smiling through their tears & it's really something to see. Their love for Jimmy is genuine & the mutual respect is truly gratifying to see.

Now, I knew precious little about Jimmy's music. I was barely born when he was in his prime & I grew up in the Soul era. Naturally, while I was growing up, Motown, James, Curtis, Otis & Aretha ruled the roost. When I was 13 or so, the nostalgia trip covered the Rock & Roll era. The standards that Jimmy sang just wasn't receiving any large degree of exposure. Hearing Jimmy & The Jazz Expressions was an ear-opener for me. The music, the intimate & ambient atmosphere was extremely relaxing.

Even more rewarding is the appreciation & respect that Jimmy & The Jazz Expressions have for their fans. They stop, linger, schmooze & shake hands with anyone who approach them. No 6'10" bodyguards, no entourage & no beefs. It is so refreshing to observe the way that they deal with their fans. Many dudes & divas would do well to observe the way that Jimmy & the fellas deal with their fans. It should be a required course for all of our artists & "stars". Many may have the hit records, the Gold & Platinum sales. Others enjoy all of the trappings of success: the 8 million dollar mansion, the Jag, the Bentley & the ice. What most of them are missing is the TRUE appreciation for the ones who make their lifestyle possible.......THE FANS.

They should observe Jimmy in action & learn what real class is & how it comports itself. Jimmy Scott & The Jazz Expressions are classy. One can buy homes, cars & the like. One can have their songs go Platinum & win Grammys & all sorts or awards. However, you can't buy class & Jimmy has plenty of class, humility & kindness. Jimmy is something else, something special.

It was a very good night!& I'm now a fan. Jimmy & The Jazz Expressions are that good!!!

(Message edited by juicefree20 on September 06, 2004)
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DyvaNaye (westside314)
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FIrst of all, let me say: Jimmy Scott is 'all that', and a 'treble clef'. I THORUGHLY enjoyed his show last night. I took my Mother who sat mesmerized through the whole show, saying 'I wish I had gone to see him back in the day'! Jimmy still has a killer vibrato and a great stage presence...very friendly and warm. He wants you to *hear what he feels*...you can tell his repretoire comes from years of experience and know how...such a personal touch in that swank 'Jazz Iridium' style. The feeling took my Mother back to way that night clubs used to be.

Another treat for me was that I sat right at the next seat, another table from Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones). He is a pleasure! He ws there with his wife, brother and his wife, and they were thoroughly enjoying Jimmy's music...it's fun to see the 'seasoned folk' get of on that music...shouts of 'yeah'! 'sing it Jimmy'! Do that 'ish' came form all around the room, but especially from Amiri Baraka's table. One priceless moment was when Jimmy held a note in "Embraceable You" ending...that vibrato kicked in and he held that note for at least 7 seconds and Amiri yelled out 'wooooo, that's poetry!'
How real is that?! Cats like that get their inspirations from Jazz scenes like that - Id love to see what Amiri Baraka could put together in thought and words for last nights experience.

The band, 'Jazz Expressions' were absolutley marvelous. The keyboard player needs his hands bronzed. That man simply captured my attention, and my Mothers too, since she is a piano player. Kudos to the entire orchestra, but especially to Jimmy Scott who let us take up all of his time...a very gracious man who is seeing his *arrival* at a very important time in his life. He wears his life and experiences very well and convinces all of us 'you have missed out on something'.

A special shout out to my new friend Jeanie Scott. What a hug she gave me...like we knew each other for years!

God Bless to Jeanie an Jimmy Scott - 'Let's Do it again!'

DyvaNaye
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paulie3$hoes (paulie3hoes)
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eh i gotta tell youse all dat i wuz at dat ir...iri...iridium joint on saterday nite wit my goomba wit my cuzzin vinny frum dat pixture dat he made capice??@#$^&*(
an he wauz wit a kupla yutes!!@#$^YUTES~~~~
dere iz a pixture dat i tok of my paisan eli dat i will put over here as soon sa i figger dis t'ing out, catch my drift??#$%^&
i cuddent be in dat pixture cuz im in da witness pertekshin t'ing and i wuz in a diskize...capice??@#$^(
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Moan (moanman)
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A Night at Iridium

There was a buzz, a certain energy to the night and outside the club. You could feel it. As people of all ages and races and various states of coolness filtered through the doors, you could feel it. That feeling was Love. The love of Jazz, love of good music, and a mad love the night’s headliner, Mr. Jimmy Scott. All that love energy should have been my first clue that this would be a night to remember.

The Jazz Expressions hit just the right pulse. These cats played brilliantly, spiritually setting the night into blue flames of Les Jazz, HOT! Each of them, whether in separate crowd-pleasing solos, or uniformly, blew the lid off the mutha. Everyone was moving, swaying, digging it.

When Mr Scott was introduced, he was lead onto the stage by his wife, the beauteous Jeanie (our Soulsister), and again, you could FEEL the LOVE. Just seeing this man take the stage deserved a standing ovation, and I’m sure I was the first (okay, maybe the 2nd) to stand and cheer his very presence among us.

Tuxedoed down, and looking very much like a cool smooth Duke, Jimmy blew. Jimmy cooed. Jimmy charmed. Jimmy moved us. Jimmy vibratoed us. He was quiet fire encased in a golden sliver of light. He was magical, lyrical, and poetic in his flow. Jimmy sang, yo! He crooned and caressed a set of classic standards as if they had never been sung before, giving each his own unique phrasing-- his own Jimmy Scotternization (weird word—but it fits!).

Poet Amiri Baraka sat close table behind me. A towering literary figure, his torso leaned low, arms on the table, enthralled it seemed, and yet he was listening and *laughing*. And I thought: ‘what the HELL is he *laughing* at?’ Finally, I got it. The man was laughing because he was beyond tickled, entertained to the utmost by Jimmy’s gift of phrasing. It quite simply blew him away, blew us away. The arrangements-- perfect. The voice, stirring and heartfelt. This was goosebump music, yo!

During those musical interludes when he wasn’t singing-- I actually missed the instrument that is Jimmy Scott’s voice. But when he came back in, the Jazz Expressions were right there, like his musical twins. These cats truly laced him. They played like they were born to play *beside* him (not behind him), and they complimented Jimmy’s inimitable phrasing to the highest.

I was shook, revitalized, emotional, as was my company, and the whole room itself. I could not keep my feet from tapping, my head from nodding, shoulders from moving. Jimmy Scott and the band were my boom, my bip and my bop!

The highlight in a night of so many highlights was the dedication to his wife Jeanie, where he proceeded to give breath and new wings to an angelic rendition of “Embraceble You.”

Blessed by the presence of several Soulful Detroit members (special shout out Mr. Eli & Vonnie!), I was granted an audience with the Smooth Duke of Cool. Ah! My date was mad impressed.

Finally, I had the honor of embracing the embraceble Jeanie, and I could feel the love. Finally, I got the chance to shake hand with Jimmy Scott, The Man, The Legend, The Wizard of Song, and could I feel the quiet electricity. Finally, I could tell him, the obvious: that he was wonderful and magnificent and a gift to the soul. Much of that encounter is far too internal to really put into words. He was courteous and generous and all things marvelous and REAL. He reminded me of shining but not jaded royalty, sitting in his court, graciously blessing his fans, his subjects with his cool and friendly presence.

I could write so much more, but I’d only bore you with gobs of gushes and gratitude.

My review in six words: Jimmy Scott Ruled the damn thing!


In closing, let me just say this: Thank you Soulsister, for giving me a night-- I-- and my date shall never, EVER forget. I've heard it said that you never know when you’re making a memory. But last night at Iridium, a flood of Cool Jazzy memories were forever framed in my heart.

One Love.

MM

(Message edited by Moanman on September 06, 2004)
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Wow Moan, you really put me back there with your marvelous review!!
You DO have a way with words, my brother!
There will be a time in the not do distant future when someone will say, "guess who sat next to MY table, MOANMAN"!( actually, your REAL name, will be used)
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DyvaNaye (westside314)
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To all who were there last night, I 'shouted you out' in the club house. But:

Eli, Vonnie, Moanman and guest, Juice, My Mother (thank you for having me at the right time)Soul Sister...blessing to youall. It was a pleasure to meet and greet you. We all will have our moment again!

DyvaNaye
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Good Morning Everyone!

It was definitely a pleasant surprise to meet Dyva & her mom & The Moanman & his lovely guest. SoulfulDetroit East has got some pretty nice people. It was nothing but a pleasure to meet you all. You are are nice as I thought you'd be & that Clubhouse fun has given us an affinity that made us familiar before we ever met. Even though I was "malletized", I forgive you all. Y'all need to hear Dyvas' mom sing! She does a damn good rendition of Stubborn Kind Of Fellow :-)

During the show, Bobby & I were marvelling over it. There are nights of excellence & there are special nights. Those are the nights when everything comes together just right: the accoustics are perfect, the air seems calm, the vibe is perfect & the audience is alive with anticipation. On nights like this, the performer can do no wrong. Everything coalesces into one of those magical nights to remember. THAT HOW IT WAS LAST NIGHT!!!

They should have been taping, it would have been one hell of a "Live" CD. That would have been the cherry on the Sundae. It was great to meet Jimmy & Jeannie & to discover first hand the phenomenon that is Jimmy Scott.

Mr Amiri Baraka & Jimmy Scott: living Black history. The stories that they could tell!

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Part of SoulfulDetroit's New York Chapter:

SDE
Paulie Three Shoes, Moanman, Soul Sister, Some strange guy off the street, DyvaNaye (Her Malletness) & Vonnie (Malleteer once removed)

Moanman meets Jimmy & Soul Sister:

mm

Jimmy greets Bob Mover, who is developing a 13 part Jazz Documentary for TV. Bob wants Jimmy to be a part of the program:

Mover

It was a classy evening shared by some very classy people. People of varying ages, cultures & ethnicities, gathered together as one & EVERYONE was a new found friend, if only for one evening. The atmosphere & vibe was 100% positive.

Thank you again Jimmy & Jeannie Scott for your kindness, warmth & generosity of spirit. Not only was this evident in your treatment of our forum members. It was evident in your treatment of all & I'm happy to call you two friend :-)

(Message edited by juicefree20 on September 06, 2004)
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Moan (moanman)
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Sup Good People:

It was a sincere pleasure to lay eyes and hands and in most case, embraces with y’all: DyvaNaye, Eli, Vonnie, Juice, and Soulsis, it was all good in duh ‘hood.

Dyva, enjoyed our back & forths, as well as those little jokey-jokes. ;-) Your moms’ is mad cool & made her own quiet impression on my date & I. Hmmmm… I now know where you get your musical chops.

Eli, you duh man. I knew we’d vibe, in person. As always, I enjoyed our convo, and as Frederick Douglas once said: “this conversation must continue.”

Vonnie: When I walked in the door, yours was the first face I saw. I knew that I knew you before I even meet you. Good people just have that effect on me.

Juice: you wile, you deep, & comical, too-- w/ some very inspired ideas, bruh. And yo-- yes ladies, the Juiceman didn’t lie. The brotha’s voice makes Ike Hayes sound like a high-tenor.

Soulsister: Soulsis, Soulsis, what can I say? You about as real & regular as they come, lady. And you’re quite a fashion plate, stylin’ like you do. You are love & light, ma-- and I thank you for shining a piece of it on me.

Finally, Mr. Jimmy: you are royalty, is the best sense of the word, Sir. You deserve every honor, kudo, and accolade you receive. They are far too late in coming. It was a pleasure and a gift to be in your presence.


Thanks for a most memorable night, one and all.

One Love.

MM
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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FYI..
Here's an histoical tidbit relative to the Iridium club.

The space which it occupies was once Allegro Studios where many late fifties and sixties hits were recorded including He's so fine by the Chiffons and a lot of the Tokens and Laurie stuff.

Its in the basement of 1650 broadway, which was once THE premier NYC address for a lot of the early indie r&b labels, and also houses the famous Winter Garden theater where Mama Mia is now playing.

If only the walls could talk......
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Hey Bobby,

Maybe we could run a covert undercover operation & dig in between the walls. Maybe there's some really good stuff in those walls.

Maybe we could get rich & retire from the booty we find!!
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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geez.
Booty in the WALLS????
Maybe we can do a rap video down there.
It'd be some old booty, though!! Dang!!@#$%^&*()_
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phillygal (phillygal)
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Hello Everyone,

I'm new to the forum thanks to Vonnie and Jeannie and I'd like to share my thoughts about Mr. Jimmy Scott. My husband, daughter, and I
saw Jimmy Scott and the Jazz Expressions last Friday, Sept. 3 at the Iridium Jazz Club. We, my husband and I, saw Jimmy many years ago at the Painted Bride in Phila. and were really looking forward to seeing him again after reading his autobiography "Faith In Time".

For me, the excitement began when Jimmy and Jeannie arrived at the club. Once Jeannie got Jimmy settled backstage she came out to set up the CD table and I had an opportunity to meet her. She was so friendly and easy to talk to. Jeannie introduced me to her friend Vonnie and we later discovered that we have a mutual friend in common Eli.

Once Jimmy walked onto the stage and began singing I couldn't contain myself. As I listened to him sing I thought about "Faith In Time" and all that he has been through, and in spite of it all, here he was a classy and professional act. His stellar performance was breathtaking and more than I could have anticipated.

After the set Vonnie took my daughter and me backstage to take a picture with Jimmy, and for him to autograph his newest CD for me. I had an opportunity to experience the gentleness and kindness of this wonderful man. Meeting Jimmy was quite a treat for me and my daughter, one that we will always remember.

My thanks to Jimmy for continuing to share his wonderful talent with us, the Jazz Expressions for their fabulous performance, and to Jeannie and Vonnie for being so kind and friendly to us and helping us have an unforgettable evening.

Many Blessings,
Phillygal
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Welcome aboard Phillygal!!

I hope that you'll enjoy your stay & don't be a stranger. Yes, it was a great show. I really wish that they'd taped those shows :-)
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Hi Phillygal!!

I saw your pic and you havent changed one bit!!
Sorry I wasnt in the mix that evening but as the Brits say I was "knackered"!!
I am so happy that you all enjoyed the show, as Jimmy is an icon and a national treasure!!

BTW.. for all of you SDF 'ers, "phillygal" was there at the very beginning of my musical existance up in North Philly at 32nd and Diamond, where many legends were born and dreams were made(smile)
My home was a gathering place for many up and coming singers and musicians and phillygal was right up in da mix!!
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Soul Sister,

By the way, my mother was curious to know where The Jazz Expressions are based? Are they based in Ohio, with you folks? She's just finished listening to the Everybody's Somebody's Fool CD & is now listening to the Dream CD.

I guess that I don't have to tell you that she's loving it, now do I :-)
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phillygal (phillygal)
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Juicefree20 - Thank you for the welcome. I agree with you, it would have been good if they had taped the shows.

Eli - Thanks for the kind and generous compliment. We are talking about decades here (smile). Although we never became "legends" the girls and I had a great time rehearsing with you. It prepared us for the Big Time! I sorry you couldn't make the show too, because I'd like for you to meet my husband and my daughter.

Peace,
Phillygal
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Hey Phillygal,
You can email me at phillysoulman@verizon.net and I will forward my number to you.
BTW..do you still drink Cutty Sark??

Im going to Nashville on Friday, so give me a holla tomorrow!
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Vonnie (vonnie)
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Welcome, to the SoulfulDetroit family Phillygal!

It was such a pleasure meeting you, your daughter and husband at the Iridium. I'm glad you enjoyed the show and the man Jimmy Scott. It is such a small world, even in the big city of New York. Who would have thought that there would have been a Philly connection at the Iridium. Life is truly like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will get.

Glad that you checked into SoulfulDetroit, and keep posting, it is the place to be!

I'll be in touch, we have a lot of history to discuss. :-)
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Soul Sister (soul_sister)
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Hi Everyone!
Jimmy would like to thank everyone for their beautifully words.
I would like to thank everyone for their acurate reports and genuineness. I couldn't have said it better myself...then coming from me, who loves the man, could not have gave the true reports you all gave here because as his wife people would just think that's only because that's her man, so I'm glad someone else got to witness it for themselves from the SD gang. :-) I have always told people you have to experience Jimmy firsthand and in the flesh to know what peole are raving about, to feel his magic close up and to meet him.

Sister Vonnie, I can't thank you enough for your assistance with the sales items so I could be free to attend to Jimmy's needs. As you know most clubs & festivals have someone that does that for the artist but Iridium does not, so you have my undying gratitude girlfriend sista!! You are a true supportive friend whom I will always treasure.

Bobby, what can I say brother man, it's always a pleasure to see your face in the place.

Juicefree, so good to finally meet in person, the man with the deep voice and sweet gentle way. It was a pleasure indeed to meet your brilliant Mom, what a treasure especially to the black community, God Bless her!! Jimmy & I really enjoyed talking with her. Nice to hear about her friendship with Hilliary, awesome.
Juice, thanks much for the help with my video camera, I still have so much to learn about that camera (ha ha)! We had a great time even though you got malletted by the ladies but Juice... Vonnie & Dyva Naye made me do it!! I swear :-)!!

Moanman, Moanman, Moanman...my Lord what can I say, what a pleasure it was to finally meet you in person as well, what a talent and a treasure you are...and ladies good looking too not to mention sweet as he wanna be!!!!!! Ooops sorry Trish I just had to spill the beans and give the ladies the 411 on your man. Trish it was wonderful to meet you as well and I'm looking foward to seeing you at Cape May Jazz Festival in November. We love you Moan!!

Dyva Naye, my girl, so good you could make it and just in time to mallet Juice, LOL!! You are beautiful and sweet. Your beautiful Mom was a treasure too, glad she could make it on down, especially since she goes back to the era of growing up on Jimmy's records, it was cool they got a chance to talk.

Hey Phillygal, it was such a pleasure to meet you and your beautiful daughter, then to find out you & Bobby Eli had a musical connection from the late 50's that was amazing, as my sis Vonnie said, it's a small world indeed! We will indeed meet again.

The "SD" Group from the N.Y. chapter had a ball, what fun and good laughs we shared, which will never be forgotten, I will post photos and memorbilia on a new thread soon. Thank you ALL for all the love you shown, bless your hearts.
Looking foward to our next "love fest"!!!!!!!
Soul Sister Jeanie
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SisDetroit (sis)
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I must say the NYSD Group seems to have great fun. MoanMan, Vonnie, Juice, DyvaNaye, as well as Eli, SS, and Jimmy, it is nice to see such a happy group. I'm not going to let you enjoy this all by yourselves, I had to come over and enjoy it with you.

I'm happy you had such a great time.
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Soul Sister (soul_sister)
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Hi Everyone!
Jimmy would like to thank everyone for their beautifully words.
I would like to thank everyone for their acurate reports and genuineness. I couldn't have said it better myself...then coming from me, who loves the man, could not have gave the true reports you all gave here because as his wife people would just think that's only because that's her man, so I'm glad someone else got to witness it for themselves from the SD gang. :-) I have always told people you have to experience Jimmy firsthand and in the flesh to know what peole are raving about, to feel his magic close up and to meet him.

Sister Vonnie, I can't thank you enough for your assistance with the sales items so I could be free to attend to Jimmy's needs. As you know most clubs & festivals have someone that does that for the artist but Iridium does not, so you have my undying gratitude girlfriend sista!! You are a true supportive friend whom I will always treasure.

Bobby, what can I say brother man, it's always a pleasure to see your face in the place.

Juicefree, so good to finally meet in person, the man with the deep voice and sweet gentle way. It was a pleasure indeed to meet your brilliant Mom, what a treasure especially to the black community, God Bless her!! Jimmy & I really enjoyed talking with her. Nice to hear about her friendship with Hilliary, awesome.
Juice, thanks much for the help with my video camera, I still have so much to learn about that camera (ha ha)! We had a great time even though you got malletted by the ladies but Juice... Vonnie & Dyva Naye made me do it!! I swear :-)!!

Moanman, Moanman, Moanman...my Lord what can I say, what a pleasure it was to finally meet you in person as well, what a talent and a treasure you are...and ladies good looking too not to mention sweet as he wanna be!!!!!! Ooops sorry Trish I just had to spill the beans and give the ladies the 411 on your man. Trish it was wonderful to meet you as well and I'm looking foward to seeing you at Cape May Jazz Festival in November. We love you Moan!!

Dyva Naye, my girl, so good you could make it and just in time to mallet Juice, LOL!! You are beautiful and sweet. Your beautiful Mom was a treasure too, glad she could make it on down, especially since she goes back to the era of growing up on Jimmy's records, it was cool they got a chance to talk.

Hey Phillygal, it was such a pleasure to meet you and your beautiful daughter, then to find out you & Bobby Eli had a musical connection from the late 50's that was amazing, as my sis Vonnie said, it's a small world indeed! We will indeed meet again.

The "SD" Group from the N.Y. chapter had a ball, what fun and good laughs we shared, which will never be forgotten, I will post photos and memorbilia on a new thread soon. Thank you ALL for all the love you shown, bless your hearts.
Looking foward to our next "love fest"!!!!!!!
Soul Sister Jeanie
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Vonnie (vonnie)
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SisDetroit,

Yes, indeed we had a great time! One day all the SD members will have a grand get together. I'm certainly looking forward to that meet.
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Soul Sister (soul_sister)
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Hey Juicey;
To answer your question about "The Jazz Expressions"...The original group and name was started by Jimmy in the 1980's for his back-up band. Here is a little background info on their locales:

Hilliard "Hill" Greene, our Bassist & Musical Director, presently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., has a musician's locker & mailing address in Greenwich Village (he has alot of varios basses of all styles and sizes). He grew up in Iowa, yes Iowa, his father was a college professor there. "Hill" attended the Boston Concervatory of Music. "Hill" has been with Jimmy for 17 years!

Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax, our drummer lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his wife Dr. Tracy Durrah and their two small children, "Cook" was born and raised in Philadelphia. Tracy was born and raised in Cleveland, Jimmy knew the family since his school days. Tracy's father is our dear friend and was the best man at our wedding.

Talib "T.K. Blue" Kibwe, our Saxaphonist & Flutist lives in Jersey City, N.J. but "T.K." grew up & lived in many places such as Long Island, N.Y., Baltimore, Africa, and lived in Paris for 8 years. "TK" has some West Indian Ancestory. He still performs with Randy Weston occasionaly.

Aaron Graves, our Pianist lives in Philadelphia.
"Aaron" was born in North Carolina but has lived a number of years in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the D.C./Baltimore area where he attended the Duke Ellington School of Music.

They as the "Jazz Expressions" are going to cut a new 'CD' this month in N.Y. and are one of the tightest jazz bands around today. They & Jimmy are totally insync and Jimmy would like to use them on his next 'CD' as well.

Gotta cut it short, I'm still busy from the moment we arrived home as we are leaving for D.C. saturday mornimg. I'll try to post photos from the "gig" today.
S.S.
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Soul Sister (soul_sister)
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Hi SisD;
Yea...come on and join in. I second Vonnie's emotion!! Looking foward to meeting you, Medusa, & the Detroit chapter of "SD" :-)!!!!!!!
S.S.
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phillygal (phillygal)
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Hi Bobby - Thanks for the info and I will be in touch. BTW..I don't even remember drinking Cutty Sark. How about that!

Hi Vonnie - It was good meeting you and I feel like I've known you for years. And my daugher really enjoyed meeting Jimmy just as I did. Thanks again for telling me about the SD Family. It's like a never ending history lesson here. I've read so many interesting topics and I'm having fun. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Peace,
Phillygal
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Soul Sister (soul_sister)
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Mel;
THIS ONE :-)!
S.S.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Soul Sister,

Thank you for the kind words :-) I'm sorry that the visit was so short, it was a lot of fun. As far as the camcorder, it's a work of art & give yourself a month to play with it. I guarantee you that you'll be an expert in no time at all. You've got some good incentive to learn in Jimmy. I gotta tell you that I fell in love with that camcorder & I'm jealous!!! The next time you're around, I'll show you how you can pull pictures from the video on your computer. If you have any down time, that is.

I gotta tell you, my mother doesn't buy CDs. However, she will be waiting for the fellas CD to come out. She really enjoyed them, she thinks that they're great. My mother's not easily impressed either & neither am I. It's good to know that a couple of the fellas are from my neck of the woods :-) Either way, they have a guaranteed sale in my household :-)
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1wicked (1wicked)
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Ya see, Soul Sister, it's the same reaction Coast-to-Coast !! We ALL love & respect Jimmy... the artist AND the man...and his "Embraceable" one !! Both of you are just incredible, and every note I hear Jimmy sing onstage and every laugh I hear backstage leave an indelible imprint. I'm looking forward to your next west. trip
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Soul Sister (soul_sister)
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Hi Juice;
Thanks baby!! Bless your mother's heart, tell her have something for her.

1Wicked;
My LA buddy, yea baby, we can't wait to be out there again too, looking foward to hangin' with you again. :-) Thanks too for the nice words.

S.S.

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