On-Demand: Martin Luther McCoy plays 'What's Going On'
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50th Anniversary Celebration
MARTIN LUTHER MCCOY
PLAYS MARVIN GAYE'S WHAT'S GOING ON
RECORDED LIVE • SUN, OCT 17, 2021
ON DEMAND • NOV 3 - FEB 2, 2022
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ABOUT THIS CONCERT
Sparked by acts of police brutality that Four Tops member Renaldo Benson witnessed in May 1969 during the “Bloody Thursday” riot at Berkeley’s People’s Park, the classic title song composed by Al Cleveland was offered to Gaye for inclusion on his next album. Partially rewriting the song, Gaye used it as part of a now-iconic song cycle steeped in social consciousness about Vietnam, environmental issues, and race relations in America.
Rising to international attention for his work with The Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Dave Matthews, Jill Scott, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Zion I, McCoy is perhaps best known for his on-screen role as the Jimi Hendrix inspired character “Jo-Jo” in director Julie Taymor’s Oscar-nominated 2007 Beatles tribute film Across the Universe. He joined the SFJAZZ Collective for the 2019 Season devoted to the 50th anniversaries of Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way and Sly Stone’s Stand!, and this event is a perfect continuation of this this theme, celebrating the pivotal musical statements that defined the turbulent times that inspired their creation.
"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" Marvin Gaye, James Nyx, Jr.
"What's Going On" Al Cleveland, Renaldo Benson, Marvin Gaye
"What's Happening Brother" James Nyx, Jr., Marvin Gaye
"Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky)" Marvin Gaye
"Save The Children" Al Cleveland, Renaldo Benson, Marvin Gaye
"God Is Love" Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, Elgie Stover, James Nyx, Jr.
"Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)" Marvin Gaye
"Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing" Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
"You’re All I Need To Get By" Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
"Got To Give It Up" Marvin Gaye
"I Want You" Leon Ware, Arthur "T-Boy" Ross
Martin Luther McCoy vocals
Tongo Eisen-Martin poetry
Warren Wolf piano
Uriah Duffy bass
Cam Perrige guitar
Joel Griffen drums
Amelie-Anna Hinman percussion
Howard Wiley saxophone