Pulitzer Prize and nine-time Grammy Award®-winning musician, and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis taps into his rich collection of spiritually inspired recordings at the Columbia and Sony Classical labels for “The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis.” The 15-track album will be available October 22. The album’s release and concert tour dates were announced yesterday, September 25.
The release of “The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis” coincides with the month-long “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour” featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, conductor Damien Sneed, and 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau.
Billed as “an historic hand-clappin’, tambourine-slappin’ celebration,” the tour opens at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, NC on October 3 and concludes in Boston’s Symphony Hall on October 27. There is a stop in DC on October 6.
Following the release of “The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis “on October 22, the tour comes to New York City for three homecoming dates at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, October 24 through 26.
“The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis” includes Marcus Roberts and Eric Reed (piano), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Wessell Anderson (alto sax), Victor Goines (tenor sax), Dr. Michael White (clarinet), Ted Nash (reeds), and many more, including Reginald Veal on bass and drummer Herlin Riley.
This balance is heard on tracks featuring vocals by contemporary gospel luminary Shirley Caesar (“I Hear a Knockin'” and “If I Hold On”), along with the genre-defying song craft of singer Cassandra Wilson (“Oh We Have a Friend in Jesus”) and on other tracks on the recording. The album’s centerpiece is a previously unreleased performance of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” by gospel legend Marion Williams, recorded at age 65, in 1993, the year before her death. This song, from the pen of Thomas A. Dorsey, the father of gospel music, is one of Williams’ signature showpieces.
Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour Dates
Chapel Hill, NC
UNC Chapel Hill Memorial Hall
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
University of Georgia
Good Shepherd Baptist Church
New Orleans, LA
Fountain of Praise Church
The Long Center
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters
St. Louis, MO
Touhill Performing Arts Center
Kansas City, MO
Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall
New Haven, CT
Yale University, Woosley Hall
New York, NY
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall