Friday 20 July 2012
Friday 20 July 2012
With The Impressions, The Roots, Aloe Blacc, Me'Shell Ndegéocello, Bilal, William Bell, Mavis Staples, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sinéad O’Connor, Ryan Montbleau, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone and Inyang Bassey
with Aloe Blacc, Bilal, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Inyang Bassey, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Mavis Staples, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Roots, Ryan Montbleau, Sinéad O’Connor, William Bell
Music Director Binky Griptite
The product of a collaboration between Lincoln Center Festival and the Mayfield estate, this one-night-only event pays tribute to the late Curtis Mayfield, an iconic Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member whose music served as a soundtrack to the civil rights movement, introducing poetry and moral affirmation into pop, soul, funk, and R&B. A roster of special guest artists from across decades and styles join The Impressions, the inimitable vocal soul group Mayfield led early in his career, along with a 14-piece house band under the musical directorship of guitarist Binky Griptite of the funk-infused Dap-Kings.
Mayfield started his career in the 1960s as a self-taught guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, penning such hits as “Gypsy Woman” and the now-classic “People Get Ready.” Following his departure from The Impressions, he found solo success in the 1970s, including 1972’s chart-topping album Super Fly, his adroitly crafted soundtrack to the blaxploitation film of the same name. In the decades that followed, Mayfield worked on his own label Curtom Records and produced for artists like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. Mayfield died in 1999 at age 57, nine years after he was left paralyzed from the neck down by a tragic accident during a concert in Brooklyn.
This concert also celebrates the launch of the Curtis Mayfield Foundation, created by the Mayfield family as a way to help disadvantaged youth realize their musical dreams.
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Kaserne Basel, Basel, Switzerland
- bgats is going to A 70th Birthday Tribute to Curtis Mayfield at Avery Fisher Hall. July 2012