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"A Year of Jubilee" : 36th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert w/NES Ensemble & JCMC Ensemble
Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert presents "A Year of Jubilee": the 36th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, with the New England Spiritual Ensemble and the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble; hosted by Eric Jackson. November 23, 2013
By: Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert
The John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble will partner with the New England Spiritual Ensemble to present an evening of Jubilee Songs in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and in memory of the four young girls (Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson & Denise McNair) who were killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963.
As New England’s premiere vocal ensemble, the New England Spiritual Ensemble is dedicated to the preservation and performance of Negro spirituals, including Jubilee Songs with lyrics that are often more direct in revealing the enslaved Blacks' existence. This year’s concert will feature a select repertoire encompassing a variety of vocal and instrumental manifestations, integrating John Coltrane’s rich contribution to the expansive body of songs codified as Jubilee Songs.
From childhood, Coltrane was well versed in Jubilee Songs. Both his grandfathers were AMEZ ministers and the young Coltrane grew up hearing and singing the music of the black church. In elementary school, he wrote a research paper on the renowned black concert singer Marian Anderson, who performed a diverse repertoire of spirituals. Coltrane was raised in the religious south and some of his compositions, such as “Spiritual,”
New England Spiritual Ensemble
Based in Boston, the New England Spiritual Ensemble was founded in 1994 by Vincent Dion Stringer, Myran Parker-Brass and Beverly Mosby. The members of the ensemble are conservatory trained, professional musicians who are exceptional communicators. Their performances are captivating and totally engrossing, always involving the audience emotionally. According to the Boston Globe, the Ensemble is “excellent...blessed with performers who own good voices...daringly expressive,”
The New England Spiritual Ensemble includes Christina DeVaughn (soprano), Joei Marshall Perry (soprano), Myran Parker-Brass (alto), Cynthia Harmon (alto), Orlando Lightfoot (tenor), Davron S. Monroe (tenor), David C. Howse (baritone), Daniel Perry (bass), and Milton Wright (bass). http://www.nespirituals.org
John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble
John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble features some of the leading musicians of our time, many who also happen to be based in the Boston-area. Along with long time JCMC affiliates Stan Strickland (reeds/woodwinds)
Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert
John Coltrane Memorial Concert, the world’s oldest performance tribute to the musical & spiritual legacy of John Coltrane, who inspired many, no matter the community or culture, to achieve musical, spiritual, and humanitarian heights never thought possible. The gathering is presented by the Boston-based Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Inc. (fJCMC), originally established as John Coltrane Memorial Concert in 1977 and incorporated in 2012. Producers of the concert are Leonard Brown and Emmett G. Price III.
fJCMC is proud to acknowledge this year’s sponsors which at press time are Color Magazine, JazzBoston!, John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute (JDOAAI) at Northeastern University, MassJazz, Northeastern Center for the Arts, Northeastern University, Touch 106.1 FM, and The Word Boston. For updates on sponsors and other pertinent information:
“Coltrane (still) draws a crowd … With 14 impeccably improvisational musicians leading the liturgy and several Boston jazz fixtures beatified throughout the course of the night, this year’s Coltrane tribute was like a Sunday morning service on Saturday night.” (Boston Globe)