Donny Hathaway: Live Tribute

March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

8:00 pm To 11:00 pm

The Troubadour, 9081 N. Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Adv Tix $18/ DOS Tix $20

(877) 435-9849

Event Description

Donny Hathaway was one of the brightest new voices in soul music at the dawn of the ’70s, possessed of a smooth, gospel-inflected romantic croon that was also at home on fiery protest material. Hathaway achieved his greatest commercial success as Roberta Flack’s duet partner of choice, but sadly he’s equally remembered for the tragic circumstances of his death — an apparent suicide at age 33.

Hathaway was born October 1, 1945, in Chicago, but moved to St. Louis when he was very young, and began singing in church with his grandmother at the scant age of three. He began playing piano at a young age, and by high school, he was impressive enough to win a full-ride fine arts scholarship to Howard University to study music in 1964. While in college, he performed with a cocktail jazz outfit called the Ric Powell Trio, and wound up leaving school after three years to pursue job opportunities he was already being offered in the record industry.

Hathaway first worked behind the scenes as a producer, arranger, songwriter, and session pianist/keyboardist. He supported the likes of Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, and the Staple Singers, among many others, and joined the Mayfield Singers, a studio backing group that supported Curtis Mayfield’s Impressions. Hathaway soon became a house producer at Mayfield’s Curtom label, and in 1969 cut his first single, a duet with June Conquest called “I Thank You Baby.” From there he signed with Atco as a solo artist, and released his debut single, the inner-city lament “The Ghetto, Pt. 1,” toward the end of the year. While it failed to reach the Top 20 on the R&B charts, “The Ghetto” still ranks as a classic soul message track, and has been sampled by numerous hip-hop artists. “The Ghetto” set the stage for Hathaway’s acclaimed debut LP, Everything Is Everything, which was released in early 1970.

In 1971, he released his eponymous second album and recorded a duet with former Howard classmate Roberta Flack, covering Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend.” It was a significant hit, reaching the Top Ten on the R&B charts, and sparked a full album of duets, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, which was released in 1972. The soft, romantic ballad “Where Is the Love?” topped the R&B charts, went Top Five on the pop side, and won a Grammy, and the accompanying album went gold.

Tribute Features:

Theo Katzman
David Ryan Harris
Madison Ryann Ward
Nigel Hall
Charles Jones
India Carney
Jonah Smith
Jeffrey David Goldford
Teddy Grossman
Raquel Rodriguez
Caleb Hawley
Judith Hill
Jacob Luttrell
Louis Cato

Rhythm Section:

Josh Teitelbaum – drums
Alex Kyhn – bass
Jason Goldstein – keys
Nick Monahan – guitar
Ben Rose – percussion
James Cornelison – guitar / vox


Alekos Syropoulos – sax
Gabe Steiner – trumpet


Adrienne Woods – cello
Laurann Estevez – violin


Alicia Blue
Dora Pereli

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