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Tribute to poet, musician Gil Scott-Heron at Langston Seattle March 11-12

A poster features a drawing of a bearded man with his hand raised. Text at the top of the poster says Winter in America - an homage to Gil Scott-Heron. Below it says featuring an all-star eleven-piece ensemble.
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Poster for Winter in America at Langston Seattle

An 11-piece ensemble of musicians and poets re-creates and updates the works of a soulful voice of the struggle for justice in "Winter in America — An Homage to Gil Scott-Heron."

From 1968 until his death in 2011, Gil Scott-Heron's novels, poetry and music exposed racial injustices in a way that felt both universal and deeply personal.

Scott-Heron's first album, 1970's Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, was recorded as a radio promotion for his first novel, a murder mystery called "The Vulture." He was encouraged to make the recording by Bob Thiele, who had produced jazz stars from Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane.

Scott-Heron released Winter in America in 1974.

Gil Scott Heron - Winter in America (live)

"Winter in America — An Homage to Gil Scott-Heron" happens at 8 p.m. March 11-12 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle, with a livestream option available on March 12 only.

The evening's host is MC Moe Better. Music and poetry provided by vocalists Ben Hunter and Ayesha Brooks, rapper/choreographer Shakiah Danielson, keyboardist Darrius Wilrich, drummer Brian Kirk, trumpeter Chris Littlefield, guitarist Daniel Rapport, percussionist Ricardo Guity and flutist/trombonist Freddy Gonzales. Camilo Estrada is the bassist and musical director.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.