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Jazz in the City | Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir
Dec 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
The Total Experience Gospel Choir was organized in September 1973 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Seattle, WA. The core group represented members of the Black Experience Gospel Choir of Roosevelt High School and the Franklin High School Gospel Choir of Seattle. When the choirs merged, the community’s youth were also invited to participate and the choir’s numbers grew to over one hundred participants within the first two months, with the youngest being 8 years old.
The Total Experience Gospel Choir has won over 150 awards and recognitions locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. They have performed on the same bill as the late Dr. James Cleveland, founder of the Gospel Music Workshop of America; Quincy Jones; Ray Charles; the Hawkins Family; Take Six; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; the Winans Family; Michael Bolton; Sweet Honey in the Rock; The Judds; and many others. The Choir regularly performs the National Anthem at many professional sporting events. They have been the featured group for fifteen seasons of Langston Hughes’ Performing Arts Institute theatrical production Black Nativity at Seattle’s Moore Theater, formerly the Intiman.
Jazz in the City at the Frye Art Museum is a free, bi-monthly performance series produced in partnership with Ariel Media, with a purpose to celebrate the art form of jazz music and its long-standing influence and vibrancy in the city of Seattle. The Frye’s First Hill location is adjacent to Seattle’s historic Jackson Street Jazz District: a combination of The Central District and the current International District, which comprised the historic China Town, Japan Town and Filipino Town. The Jackson Street Jazz District nurtured such renowned artists as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ernestine Anderson, and Jimi Hendrix.
This musical program is supported by The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation and the Frye Foundation.
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