Inaugural "Martin Luther King Jr. Jazz & Sacred Songs Festival” set for Saturday, January 20, 2018
"Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph. This is triumphant music." -- From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Opening Address, 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival
(Sacramento, CA) A special new concert celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s commitment to social justice through jazz and sacred songs is set for Saturday, Jan. 20 at Grant Union Auditorium in Sacramento. The featured evening guest will be legendary singer Dorothy Morrison. Morrison is the co-author and the memorable alto voice of the 1969 #1 gospel/pop cross-over hit, “O Happy Day." She will be accompanied by The Harley White Jr. Orchestra.
Grant Union High School - 1400 Grand Ave., Sacramento, CA 95838
$20 adults/ students with current ID: FREE
Tickets on sale now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-luther-king-jr-jazz-festival-tickets-40887043247
Doors: 6 pm/Show: 7 pm
Sacramento musical luminaries performing include the co-creator/producer of the concert, Harley White Jr. & his Orchestra, and nationally-known musicians from Sacramento including saxophonist Garrett Perkins and guitarist Ross Hammond.
This concert has a "family of music" reunion aspect to it also. Sacramento producer/music educator and bassist, Harley White Jr.’s father, renowned Bay Area bassist/educator Harley White toured nationally with The Edwin Hawkins Singers to support their massive new found fame due to their hit single, "O Happy Day," in 1969.
Mrs. Morrison recently moved to Elk Grove, California from the Bay Area to be nearer her family and has begun to perform select local shows in addition to her national touring with the Blues women super group, The Blues Broads.
This concert will benefit the Grant High School mountain bike team, The GHS AV Dept. and the GHS newly-formed Freedom Rider Scholarship for the cycling sciences.
Harley White Jr. Orchestra
Garrett Perkins- saxophonist
Ross Hammond- guitarist
JUN (brass band)
Blurts Trade Band
Karen Westbrook & the New Hope Baptist Choir
Paula Mandela of Spiritual Life Center
Kevin Ross of Unity Church
Organist Jim Jordan of Pioneer Church
The Grant High School Band
Artist Milton Bowens
Artist Shaun Burner of M5Arts.
Civil Rights speakers
Program will include:
Eye on the Sparrow
Balm in Gilead
If I Can Help Somebody
Harley White Jr. Orchestra:
Lament for Charleston - Ralph Carney
I’ll l Take You There
How I Got Over
Love & Happiness
O Happy Day