Gil Scott-Heron to Appear at BB Kings in NYC

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Gil Scott-Heron

Jill Newman Productions is presenting the legendary vocalist and activist Gil Scott-Heron on Wednesday, November 4 at B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC. Appearances by the outspoken singer and poet have become rarer and rarer these days, so this counts as a special event. One might expect to hear more from Scott-Heron given the current heated political and economic climate. Other than a few club shows, we haven’t heard much from the man who wrote “Johannesburg” and “Whitey’s on the Moon” and of course, perhaps his most referenced song, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Nonetheless, much of that topical music still resonates today. And with his politically-conscious lyrics set to soulful jazz grooves, Scott-Heron has influenced a few generations of rappers and hip-hop artists.

Perhaps the best news of all is that the press release announcing the show says “Expect an incredible new CD in early 2010.” Given that his last distributed CD came out in 1995, this is good news indeed. Interesting trivia: Gil Scott-Heron was the first artist signed by hitmaker Clive Davis to his newly-formed record label Arista back in 1975. That’s a long from Whitney Houston and Kenny G.

B.B. Kings Blues Club is located at 237 West 42nd Street, between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue.