For one night only the 46th Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival will present two formations that together embody the unique relationship between gospel and jazz
On Saturday the 29th of November at 9 pm in the Palau de la Música the jazz formation La Locomotora Negra and the gospel chorus, The Gospel Messengers, will unite for a unique one-off performance.
Founded as a quintet in 1971, La Locomotora Negra line-up currently includes as many as seventeen seasoned musicians and, year after year, continues to offer a unique repertoire of popular jazz pieces based around hits by the most famous orchestras of the swing era.
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of their debut in the Barcelona Jazz Festival, the orchestra joins forces with Ramon Escalé’s Gospel Messengers, a gospel chorus that has recently gained popularity through the television programme Oh Happy Day!. Founded in 2008, the Gospel Messengers released their second album, Go Higher!, this year.
The inspiration for the combination of the two bands comes from two concerts organised by music producer John Hammond in New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1938 and 1939 under the banner “From Spirituals to Swing” and the repertoire for the concert on the 29th, which bears the title From Gospel to Swing, will include covers of “Go Down Moses”, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”, other Afro-American spirituals made popular by Louis Armstrong and fragments of Duke Ellington’s Freedom Suite, among other classics.
La Locomotora Negra & The Gospel Messengers will perform on Saturday the 29th of November at 9 pm in the Palau de la Música. Ticket prices range from 15 to 52 euros and may be purchased here.
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