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Raise your voices and lift your hearts with Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration, an historic hand–clappin’, tambourine-slappin’ celebration. Commissioned to celebrate the 2008 bicentennial of Harlem’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration weaves together rich textures of jazz harmony and improvisation with the powerful melodies and call-and-response tradition of gospel music and spirituals.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the 70-piece Chorale Le Chateau will be joined by members of WPAS's Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel Choir for this landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation, and vocals.
“What a joyful noise they made, as soloists and en masse … [their] ecstatic reading of the Mass elevated Marsalis’s riffs to the high heavens.” — The Guardian