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Directed by Matthew Buzzell

United States 2002 77 mins.

Jazz vocal legend Jimmy Scott’s (1925-2014) distinctive voice was able to effortlessly caress high notes in a range that no normal adult male singer should ever expect to reach. But Scott’s vocal range was the result of a hereditary condition that kept his body and voice from developing beyond boyhood. Scott was no mere freak of nature however; his masterful command of his vocal instrument, worldly-wise sense of phrasing a lyric, and breathtakingly dramatic sense of time left critics and fans alike grasping at superlatives for over six decades. This profoundly moving portrait of Scott looks at his personal and professional hardships and eventual triumphs through rare concert footage and interviews with Scott, family, friends, band mates, and scholars.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.