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Spoken Jazz & New Releases

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Spoken word is performance art that goes hand in hand with jazz because words often sound great and notes can speak loud and clear. In this episode we will explore the best of it, together with outstanding new releases that are making our summer even hotter than it already is! Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill) (self-released) ...

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The Devil and Gil Scott-Heron

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Live long enough and you'll either be disappointed by your heroes or you'll bury them.Did I say “heroes"? Sorry. I meant to say Gil Scott-Heron wasn't my hero. He was an innovator, a trailblazer, a pioneer and an inspiration, but he wasn't my hero.He was just one of the coolest brothers I ever heard in my life.Without Gil Scott-Heron would rap music ever been born? Probably, but without the social consciousness of a Scott-Heron, ...

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Gil Scott-Heron at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver

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Gil Scott-Heron Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO May 1, 2009

Politics has always been just as important to Gil Scott-Heron as his music. Perhaps more so. From the late 1960s into the 90s Scott-Heron preached the message of change; questioning the status quo; sticking up for the oppressed. Therefore Obama's election a few months ago must have seemed like a victory. “Change We Can Believe In" could have easily been a Scott-Heron tune. ...

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Mos Def and Gil Scott-Heron at Carnegie Hall, JVC Jazz Festival

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Mos Def and The Amino Alkaline Orchestra with Gil Scott-Heron Carnegie Hall/JVC Jazz Festival 2008 New York, New York Saturday, June 28, 2008

On Saturday, June 28, 2008 the JVC Jazz Festival brought Brooklyn's own renaissance man, Dante Smith, a.k.a. Mos Def, to town with his big band Amino Alkaline Orchestra, featuring special guest Gil Scott-Heron. Mos Def's Amino Akaline-The Watermelon Syndicate rocked the dome of Carnegie Hall for a diverse audience of ...