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Interview:
It's nothin' but a block party for Jill Scott this summer
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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With friends and collaborators such as Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition, DJ Jazzy Jeff on board and rapper Doug E. Fresh acting as host, Jill Scott says her Summer Block Party tour will be exactly what its name implies.



“I’m a big fan of block parties, and I’m a big fan of” the other acts on the tour, says the Philadelphia neo-soul singer. “I just wanted a show filled with live musicians and live vocalists that have stood the test of time. And, you know, I have a lot of estrogen so I wanted to balance all that out with some guys.”



Scott, 39, adds that, the concerts, like any good block party, will be interactive and flowing rather than one act after another.



“We just want it to be fluid and smooth in transition,” she explains. “That’s the reason why DJ Jazzy Jeff is there, one of the greatest DJs of all time. I’ve been going to his parties since I was a teenager. And then Doug E. Fresh, nobody starts a party off better than him. He has this amazing energy. We’re definitely going to have a good time.”



Scott has plenty to celebrate at the Block Party, too; her latest album, “The Light of the Sun,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last month, and she’s still overwhelmed by the success.



“Wow, I haven’t even been able to wrap my mind around it yet,” Scott says with a laugh. “I’m blown away. I really am. To work on something for a year and half and put so much time and energy into it and enjoy doing it so much, and then for the audience response to be, ‘We miss you. Glad you’re back,’ it just feels wonderful.



“It feels really good to still be relevant 11 years after my first record came out.”



Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party, featuring Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Doug E. Fresh plays at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $59.75-$99.75 pavilion, $25.75 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.



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