There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
A rare hormonal disorder robbed Jimmy Scott of puberty, but it blessed him with one hell of a voice. He sounds like a woman, and he works the upper registers for all they’re worth, imbuing his songs with whimsy, depth, and tons of tension. Ray Charles has famously said that “Jimmy had soul way back when people weren’t using the word,” and the balladeer’s voice has seasoned with age. He used to be called Little Jimmy Scott, and he’s seen his obituary erroneously printed at least once. Don’t be surprised if he’s larger than life when he sits in with the Billy Taylor Trio tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $15. (202) 467-4600. (Brett Anderson)