Legendary Bass Guitarist Michael Henderson to Play the Cutting Room Friday August 16th
Legendary Bass Guitarist Michael Henderson lands his Starship in New York City at The Cutting Room Friday August 16th. "In Concert From Motown To Miles" takes the audience on a musical journey of Michael's career. From his beginnings playing with Stevie Wonder and other Motown and Stax artists through his years with MiLes Davis and his own hit making solo career. You'll hear all the hits like "You Are My Starship", "Wide Receiver", "Valentine Love", "At The Concert", "Take Me, I'm Yours", and "Be My Girl" plus many more. Don't miss this one night only show!
Michael Henderson has added his musical flavor to some of the greatest names in the field of music! Having played Bass Guitar and/or recorded with: MiLes Davis, (Regarded by critics as, "The Devil That Made Him Do It"!) This Honorary Motown FUNK BROTHER has played and recorded with artists such as, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, The Dramatics and a host of other chart topping artists. NOW his music is being rediscovered as well as being re-recorded by the HIP-HOP generation !!!
How many artists can say that they've reached the zenith of success in a multitude of genres? Jazz! Funk! R&B! Soul! Drum&Bass! Fusion! Michael Henderson has and does!!!
Having written, sang, and played bass on Phyllis Hymans' first top ten hit, "We Both Need Each Other", Michael Henderson went on to record with Ms. Hyman the classic, "Can't We Fall In Love Again", considered today to be one of the top ten duets of all time! His taste for singing duets only heightened with the sultry vocals of Roberta Flack on the also, Henderson penned hit, "At the Concert", additional chart-toppers would include the Michael Henderson penned, "Valentine Love" a classic lovers' anthem featuring the sassy, jazzy vocals of Jean Carn. Let us not forget, the soulful single, "Take Me, I'm Yours" featuring the steaming highs of Ms. Rena Scott!
Michael Henderson first gained world wide recognition as an acclaimed young bass player with groups such as "The Detroit Emeralds", "The Fantastic Four", "The Funk Brothers" and was the FUNK anchor for Stevie Wonder, at the tender age of 16! Musicians marveled at his prowess and knowledge of his instrument. Audiences included the likes of Mick Jagger, Dr. John, Diana Ross, Betty Davis, MiLes Davis and more. After one such extraordinary, truly inspiring Stevie Wonder concert, Legendary Trumpeter MiLes Davis made his way backstage only to inform Stevie, "I'm Takin' Yo F@&(*(%@ Bass Player!" With Miles, a new style of playing was developed, "FUSION"...
Michael Henderson went on to perform on more than 50 MiLes Davis Albums! Simultaneously, while recording with MiLes Davis, Henderson played bass on the following chart-toppers; "You're The Man," with singer Marvin Gaye, the album/single "Whatcha See is Whatcha Get!" and "In The Rain" both by Super-Group, "The Dramatics". Michael Henderson traveled the world incessantly with Miles, until he (Michael Henderson) decided to write, sing and record his first hit, "Valentine Love" on the Norman Connors album, "Saturday Night Special" featuring the smooth vocals of Michael Henderson and Jean Carn! Following this hit release was the super phenomenal, oft recorded, "You Are My Starship" from the Norman Connors Album of the same name, "You Are My Starship". Though it is often times thought that Norman Connors is the vocalist, it is actually the vocal stylings, of Michael Henderson himself, also Bassist, Composer, Arranger and Producer of this classic! He then went on to record several albums which garnered many top ten hit singles!! Those albums are, "In The Night-Time", "Wide Receiver", "Solid", "Goin' Places", "Do It All", Sling Shot", "Bedtime Stories", and "Fickle". As Mr. Henderson's star continued to rocket as a solo artist, as well as a session player on many chart-topping recordings, Hollywood beckoned, and Henderson found time to also contribute recordings with his signature voice to Hollywood Motion Picture Soundtracks, ie., "ABOUT LAST NIGHT" starring actors Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Jim Belushi
Elizabeth Perkins and the comedy, "ARMED and DANGEROUS" starring the comedic talents of actors' John Candy and MEG RYAN!
Recipient of the prestigious "Jazz At Drew Award" given by the highly esteemed Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, LEGACY MUSIC SERIES Henderson has been inducted as "Jazz At Drew Ambassador of Music"!