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Apollo Spring Gala brings out cream of the crop

David Goodson | 6/6/2012, 6:22 p.m.

Richie's tribute--the jazz-tinged version of "Hello" by Chaka Khan, Mary Mary's cover of "All Night Long" and the roof-raising "Jesus is Love" performed by Donnie McClurkin and the Tuskegee Choir--was the highlight of the night, even surpassing Richie gracing the stage for "Three Times a Lady" and "Easy." The Apollo will get another memorable night on June 14 as Jill Newman Productions brings Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) to the venue.

This weekend, June 8 and 9, Jill Newman Productions brings another of our legends, Jimmy Scott, to Harlem for a rare performance at Ginny's Supper Club, located at the Red Rooster Harlem, 310 Lenox Ave. at 125th Street. Scott, who's had a 60-year run in the music industry, is quite thrilled to be returning.

"Harlem was the youth of my career," he said. "The first time I worked in Harlem was in 1947. I was 21 years old, it was at the Baby Grand. They hired me for one week and kept me for three months straight! Since then, I've worked the Apollo many times and other clubs.

"I am overjoyed to be back in Harlem working at the Red Rooster in 2012 at age 86. Harlem has been a blessing to me."

Proprietor of the restaurant, world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, shared his enthusiasm, saying, "We're thrilled and honored to be hosting this music legend at Ginny's. Jimmy Scott and his music epitomize just the kind of vibe we have at our supper club--soulful, inspiring and genuine. We're creating a special menu for our guests that night and look forward to making it a memorable event." Showtimes are 8 and 10 p.m. and prices are $50 for those dining and $20 for standing.

I'm gone. Holla next week. Until then, enjoy the nightlife.