Albany jazz great Stefon Harris performs in honor of his grandfather
SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—APRIL 3, 2018—Gospel Jubilee is back at Proctors!
The highly-anticipated seventh edition of the largest continuing gospel celebration in the Capital Region is headlined by gospel’s greatest storyteller, Dorothy Norwood; features a cameo appearance by jazz master and Albany native Stefon Harris; and highlights the mighty power of the Gospel Jubilee Mass Choir and Jubilee Praise Dancers.
Tickets, $25, for 7th Annual Gospel Jubilee at Proctors, 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at proctors.org.
Nothing short of a living legend, Norwood has been entertaining, preaching, mentoring, writing and producing for more than 50 years. An icon in the gospel music industry, she began her career in 1956, singing with Mahalia Jackson, Reverend James Cleveland, and with one of the greatest female gospel groups of all time, The Caravans. She launched her solo career with Savoy Records, recording her first album, Johnny and Jesus, in 1964.
Norwood has recorded over 50 albums, five of which were certified gold. She is the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including nine Grammy Award@ nominations. Norwood is also an ordained minister of the gospel. In 2012, as an entrepreneur, she created and established her own record label, Dorothy Norwood Music Group.
Vibraphonist Harris is at work on a new album, Sonic Creed, due in the fall. Heralded as “one of the most important artists in jazz” (Los Angeles Times), he is a recipient of the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, has earned four Grammy nominations and has been named Best Mallet Player eight times by the Jazz Journalist Association. He was also chosen Best Vibes in the 2013 and 2017 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll, the 2016 Jazz Times Expanded Critics Poll, the 2014 Jazz Times Critics Poll.
The Union College Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir will again be joining the Gospel Jubilee Mass Choir this year, led by Musical Director Reverend Elgin Joseph Taylor, Sr.
Gospel Jubilee has a strong tradition of giving special recognition to community leaders and past trailblazers like Dr. Georgetta Dix, Rev. Dr. Minnie L. Burns, Annette De Lavallade, Margaret Cunningham and Artis Kitchen, as well as Wes Holloway, retired VP of Diversity, Price Chopper and Reverend Albert J. Holman, retired pastor of Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church.
Keeping with that practice, the 7th Annual Gospel Jubilee will feature a special salute to DJ Edward “Pee Wee” Harris, Albany’s legendary black radio announcer. Stefon Harris’ performance will honor “Pee Wee,” his grandfather.