Lieder-Spirituals-Jazz, Jeanette Thompson Recital

February 24, 2020

JEANETTE THOMPSON
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.