Lieder-Spirituals-Jazz, Jeanette Thompson Recital

February 24, 2020

In recital with
Valerie Coleman, flute
Melvin Butler, saxophone
Alan Johnson and Shelly Berg, pianos
Frost voice faculty artist Jeanette Thompson sings in a voice recital honoring the history and evolution of the Spiritual. Thompson has been lauded throughout the world as a singer with great depth, warmth, beauty, style and heart. Noted composers David Winkler, Craig Bohmler, Steven Sametz, Ricky Ian Gordon and Thomas Cipullo have written works expressly for her. A product of the introduction of Christianity into slaves’ lives, Spirituals also became a coded means of communicating resistance and escape. In time, Spirituals became a formative piece in the development of jazz and blues and has remained a source of inspiration to many jazz artists today.