Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir explores the intersection of two historic genres in the final concert of their 2017–2018 season with Jazz Meets Gospel.
“From swing-influenced gospel arrangements to soaring spirituals, from Latin jazz to Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music, this will be an in-depth adventure into two influential genres inextricably connected to socio-cultural histories,” says artistic director, Gail Suderman.
Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. Music magic
Jazz musicians have long looked to gospel music as a source of inspiration, from Louis Armstrong to Charles Mingus. Both genres have deep roots in social and cultural history, with jazz and early-gospel spirituals influencing one another for decades.
2. Inspired improvisation
Jazz is well-documented as a genre of improvisation, but did you know that gospel music is as well? Both styles take a high level of skill to create such vibrant melodies and infectious rhythms.
3. Flumpet flaunt:
The world has jazz to thank for the creation of the “flumpet,” a cross between a flugelhorn and trumpet custom-made for the iconic Art Farmer. If you’re curious about what the flumpet sounds like, Daniel Lapp will be performing with it as part of the concert.
4. Vivacious vocals
Between Good Noise and ViBE Senior Choir, the concert will feature 130 total voices, plus a fullband and Daniel Lapp on fiddle and flumpet.
5. Catchy classics
The set list includes fresh arrangements of classics like “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Wade in the Water”, plus a solo arrangement of the civil rights anthem, “I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel To Be Free”, sung by Good Noise’s Syllona Kanu in tribute to Nina Simone.
Jazz Meets Gospel plays at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St, Vancouver) on June 2 with two shows at 3:00pm and 8:00pm. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Visit goodnoisevgc.com for more information.