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I Go Back Home: Jimmy Scott (2016)

Grieving the loss of his wife and driven by the search for meaning in his life, German composer Ralf Kemper risks his fortune and sanity by realizing his life-long dream to produce a jazz record for ailing jazz icon Jimmy Scott.


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Credited cast:
Jimmy Scott Jimmy Scott ... Himself
Ralf Kemper Ralf Kemper ... Himself
Quincy Jones ... Himself
Joe Pesci ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patti Austin ... Herself
Kenny Barron Kenny Barron ... Himself
Marco Beacco Marco Beacco ... Himself
Lucas Brause Lucas Brause ... Himself
Job Brother Job Brother ... Himself
Chris Carmena Chris Carmena ... Himself
Oscar Castro-Neves ... Himself
Joey DeFrancesco ... Himself
Frantisek Drs Frantisek Drs ... Himself
Peter Erskine ... Himself
Gregg Field Gregg Field ... Himself


I Go Back Home - Jimmy Scott tells the unlikely pairing of jazz legend Jimmy Scott and disillusioned German producer and composer Ralf Kemper. Jimmy Scott, friend of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and one of the last connections to the golden age of jazz, was described as "perhaps the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century," by the New York Times. Overcoming tragic personal loss, Kemper becomes obsessed with the idea of bringing attention to his hero. By the time Kemper and Scott meet, Scott is 85 years-old and living in obscurity in Las Vegas. Reliant on his wife and a wheelchair, Kemper is shocked by Jimmy's circumstances which puts his dream at risk before it even begins. Together with many of Scott's old friends like Quincy Jones, Joe Pesci and James Moody, Kemper sacrifices all he has to pursue his dream. As he gathers some of the world's greatest jazz musicians, Jimmy blooms with the attention and with a chance to record again. The film soon documents a race ... Written by Andy Hazel

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A story about hoping and dreaming


Documentary | Music



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Germany | USA | Czech Republic | France | UK


English | German

Release Date:

January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Give Your Mama One Smile
©Universal Music Publishing
Music and Lyrics by Big Bill Broonzy (incorrectly credited to Broonzy and William Lee Conley)
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
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