Sunday Morning Spirituals – June 12

April 7, 2011

buy ticketsRuth Naomi Floyd, Bennie Maupin, HJF All-Stars
with conductor James Newton

ruthnaomifloydSunday, June 12
Raven Theater
|11:00 am
115 North St., Healdsburg

Tickets now available
General Seating: $35 |  $25 students and seniors (65+)

In a reprise of a concert that ranks among the Festival’s most memorable, soul-drenched singer Ruth Naomi Floyd delivers a program of soaring spirituals accompanied reed expert Bennie Maupin and a generous helping of Healdsburg Jazz Festival All-Stars, under the guidance of conductor James Newton.

It matters not what faith you may or may not subscribe to, as Floyd brings a welcoming spirit to sacred music that has sustained African-American communities through the hardest of times. With her lush mezzo-soprano, Floyd has recorded a series of CDs filled with praise and glory, such as “Root to the Fruit”, which illustrates the historical nexus between the origins of African American faith and jazz. The spiritualsbandPhiladelphia singer is also a noted music educator and activist dedicated to providing care and spiritual support to people affected by HIV and AIDS.

Described as a musician’s renaissance man, James Newton has performed with and composed for many notable artists in the jazz and classical fields, bringing together the elements of spiritual, contemporary classical, jazz and world music in new ways. He will be on hand to lend his inspirational presence as conductor.

Bennie Maupin is a groundbreaking reed player who served as an essential creative foil for Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock on the some of the most influential albums of the early 1970s. All of these artists are generously donating their services to ensure the Festival’s future.

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