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Charenee Wade: The Gil Scott Heron Project

  • Jazz Standard 116 East 27th Street New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Beginning with his 1970 debut LP Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, the music of Gil Scott–Heron (1949–2011) blended elements of soul, jazz, blues, and funk, years before hip–hop came into existence. On her 2015 CD Offering: The Music of Gil Scott–Heron & Brian Jackson (Motéma Music), singer/composer Charenee Wade paid tribute to this revolutionary artist, accompanied by such luminaries as Christian McBride, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Lakecia Benjamin, Stefon Harris, and Marcus Miller. Ms. Wade has performed at top clubs and major festivals across the country; in addition, she serves on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at the City College of New York. “Charenee Wade,” wrote John Fordham in The Guardian (7.2.2015), “…has made herself the first woman to devote an entire album to the work of Gil Scott–Heron – and turned this tough call into a triumph of emotional empathy, intelligence and assured technique.”

Charenee Wade – vocals

Nikara Warren – vibraphone

Bruce Williams – alto saxophone

Oscar Perez – piano

Lonnie Plaxico – bass

Darrell Green – drums

Earlier Event: September 12
Mingus Big Band
Later Event: September 14
Roxy Coss