Jill Scott's Rendition Of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" Is Devastating & Beautiful
With a hit record out in the world and a fresh batch of tour dates in the book, 2015 has been a helluva year for Jill Scott. Not only has she reclaimed her throne as r&b’s current queen, the Philly-native has given hope to the heads and hearts of listeners by staying true to the organically jazzy compositions that have driven her sound since day one and driven the sound of the year’s more formidable and timely offerings, like, say To Pimp A Butterfly.
There may not be a better living embodiment of that sonic virtue than a recent appearance at A&E’s Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, where Scott tipped her hat and raised her voice for a stirringly-beautiful and, frankly, devastating rendition of Billie Holiday‘s hauntingly-poignant standard “Strange Fruit.” With a lone key player in tow, Scott stretches out, belting and howling through the changes as a silhouettes of hanging bodies begin to crowd her periphery. It’s a timely and gorgeously-concerted affair and it’s available for your eyes and ears down below. Watch as Jill Scott makes “Strange Fruit” her own.
Nov 28 @ Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 01 @ Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
Dec 03 @ Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Dec 04 @ Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, VA
Dec 06 @ Bell Auditorium – Augusta, GA
Dec 08 @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center – North Charleston, SC
Dec 09 @ Ovens Auditorium – Charlotte, NC
Dec 11 @ Louisville Palace – Louisville, KY
Dec 12 @ Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI
Dec 14 @ Connor Palace – Cleveland, OH