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a Gospel According to Jazz
Sat. December 17th - 7:00pm
Showers of Blessings COGIC Church
3836 48th Ave, Sacramento
► Making a Joyful Noise for the Holidays!
Come celebrate the joy of Christmas through the universal language of jazz with an all-star cast of musicians including Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui, Norman Brown, and special guests Kevin Whalum, John Stoddart, and Sheléa. Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown,Keiko Matsui, each a musical force in their own right, team up to give a jazz spin to well-known holiday classics!
Kirk Whalum is a tenor saxophonist that has collaborated with industry greats such as Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, and Barbara Streisand, and it is his passionate sound heard on Whitney Houston’s mega-hit, I Will Always Love You. The recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence, he has received three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor. An eleven-time GRAMMY nominee, Whalum won his first GRAMMY Award for Best Gospel Song!
GRAMMY Award winner Norman Brown first picked up a guitar at the age of eight. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s mind-bending rock sounds, he soon discovered his father’s favorite artist, Wes Montgomery and found his stylistic holy grail. His 1992 debut, Just Between Us, and his follow up, After The Storm, were certified Gold. Brown’s 2005 compilation The Very Best Of Norman Brown was one of the best-selling smooth jazz albums of that year.
Japanese born pianist, composer, and producer Keiko Matsui is a citizen of the world. She tours relentlessly and has brought her music to virtually every corner of the globe. Her music transcends boundary and her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following. With over a million and a half albums sold and scores of sold out concerts across the globe, Matsui is one of the brightest stars in instrumental music. She has shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis to Hugh Masekela, and Bob James.
Be sure and get into the holiday groove, with a few jazz favorites thrown in for good measure! – with Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, and Keiko Matsui.