Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SFJAZZ Hotplate: Music of Gil Scott-Heron

This Thursday night(April 11) is another monthly rendition of SFJAZZ Hotplate in the Joe Henderson Lab at the SFJAZZ Center. This month's show features local Bay Area vocalist Scheherazade Stone singing the music of the late Gil Scott-Heron. Make sure to show up early for each set as I will be spinning some of the legend's best-known tracks, as well as a heavy dose of righteous soul jazz gems before the live music begins. The last time SFJAZZ presented this show last June at Amnesia, the place was jumpin', while Scheherazade and company put on an amazing tribute performance. Should once again be a great show!

The night features three sets with start times at 7PM, 9PM, & 10PM. To buy advance tickets or to learn more about our SFJAZZ Hotplate series, visit

Here is a re-posting of the hour long Hotplate mix I put together a while back when we first presented Scheherazade Stone's tribute to Gil Scott-Heron less than a year ago. The mix features a number of classic gems taken from Gil Scott-Heron's many solo led recordings, as well as some choice cuts he co-wrote and produced with multi-instrumentalist and long time music counterpart Brian Jackson. With the ability to blend jazz, funk, and soulful grooves together with socially conscious poetry and politically driven vocals, it's easy to see why many (including myself) consider Gil Scott-Heron one of the most influential and important singer/songwriters to have come out of America in the second half of the last century.

Gil Scott-Heron SFJAZZ Hotplate Mix

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01. Gil Scott-Heron - "Intro/ Blue Collar" - 1982
02. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - "The Bottle" - 1974
03. Gil Scott-Heron - "Lady Day and John Coltrane" - 1971
04. Gil Scott-Heron - "No Knock" - 1972
05. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - "Hello Sunday! Hello Road!" - 1977
06. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - "It's Your World (Live)" - 1976
07. Gil Scott-Heron - "Whitey on the Moon" - 1970
08. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - "Under The Hammer" - 1977
09. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - "Johannesburg" - 1975
10. Gil Scott-Heron - "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - 1970
11. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - "Willing" - 1980
12. Gil Scott-Heron - "Fast Lane" - 1982
13. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - "Home is Where The Hatred Is (Live)" - 1976

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