The new Heritage Theatre will be celebrating the life and times of Little Jimmy Scott, and the public is invited. The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III will officiate at the Oct. 25 gathering at Abyssinian Baptist Church. The Little Jimmy Scott Band, Hilliard Green, Alex Minasian, T.K. Blue, James McBride, Storm Gardner, the Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir, Sam Moore, Mabel John, Bill Bentley, Hal Wilner, Lloyd Williams, Davell Crawford, Sharyn Felder, David Ritz, Andy Bey Antony, Joe Pesci, Stephen Nicolas, Chuck Jackson, Dr. John and Matt Buzzell are all scheduled to appear.

Who was Little Jimmy Scott? Born July 17, 1925, and passing away June 12, 2014, he was an American jazz singing icon who never became the household name he should have been. Born James Victor Scott in Cleveland, Ohio, he was small in frame, with a falsetto voice to match. He touched the hearts and souls of those who heard him sing. He sang with deep passion. Emotion dripped out of every tone, captivating his listeners until they were lulled into a world beyond the mundane. When Marvin Gaye was in self-imposed exile in Europe, Scott was said to be the only singer he listened to. Nancy Wilson attributes her success to Scott. She studied his phrasing and ability to take a note and do unbelievable things to it with his voice.

During the 1960s, Scott’s career came to a dead stop when he became embroiled in a record label dispute. It wasn’t until 1991 that he was finally able to make a comeback and once again scale the heights to prominence. He made up for lost time, performing around the world right up until the end.

I met Scott on many occasions, as he would come into my father’s record shop. I was very young and had no idea who he was. I would only sigh and say to myself, “Oh no! Not him again,” because he always seemed so weepy. He would hold my hand and sing a song. I remember how soft, gentle and respectful he was; his voice was golden. My father told me he was a great singer and I should be honored that he would stop to speak to me. Oh how youth is wasted on the young. He was a peaceful man and died accordingly, passing away in his sleep. Rest in peace, Little Jimmy, and I’m sorry if I ever made you feel bad.

Congratulations to Jessica and Eric Chambers, who any day now will welcome a little baby girl into the world, to join sisters Kayla and Chole. Mommy had her baby shower at Ohana’s Restaurant on City Island. Guests dined buffet style, and fun was had by all, especially playing baby shower Bingo, when everyone got “Bingo” at the same time. The game must have been rigged.

So how many of you watch “Real Housewives of Atlanta?” Well, I don’t. Besides the news and “Boardwalk Empire,” I don’t watch anything, except football of course. Anyway, all the talk is how newcomer Claudia Jordan is joining the cast. Jordan has a resume most of us dream of. She was a model on the game shows, “The Price Is Right” and “Deal or No Deal,” a panelist on various cable news shows and a model in various PG-rated men’s magazines. Thus the question, Claudia: Why this, why now?

Just so you know, H&M department stores will feature a clothing line by Alexander Wang that’s chic and affordable. But who wants to stand in those lines? I’ve yet to go into any H&M store, let alone the one on 125th Street, and not have to stand in line for more time than I should.

Cuba, of all places, has taken the lead in sending medical doctors to West Africa to help combat Ebola. To date, Cuban President Raul Castro has sent more than 450 doctors to Africa to root out the disease. Known for its excellent medical schools and training, Cuba has the reputation of being a world leader in fighting infectious diseases. Can this be the beginning of normal relations between Cuba and the U.S.? Some are saying the Cuban doctors should win the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting the disease on behalf of the world.

The NAACP New York State conference just wrapped up its 78th annual convention at the Westchester Marriott Hotel, in Tarrytown, N.Y. The theme, “NAACP: All In for Justice & Equality,” brought out a bevy of politicians, social activists, concerned supporters and those engaged in focusing on issues such as economic stability, education, health, public safety, voting rights and political representation. Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference and a national NAACP board member, said, “At this convention, our priority is to ensure that the educational, social and economic equality of all peoples are maintained. Also that the voting rights and civil rights in this state are not politically compromised. At the NAACP, we are an army of advocates for equality and justice.”

Did you know that the national NAACP was established in New York City, 105 years ago, and that the New York State Conference was coordinated in1936? Today, the NAACP has 56 branches throughout the state of New York.

Until next week … kisses,