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Some Memories of Duke Ellington’s Premier Sacred Jazz Concert: A Report

Some Memories of Duke Ellington’s Premier Sacred Jazz Concert: A Report Some Memories of Duke Ellington's Premier Sacred Jazz Concert: A Report Eloise McKinney-Johnson The Dean and Chapter of Grace Cathedral present this Concert of Sacred Music with thanksgiving to God and with gratitude to Duke Ellington and his whole company of artists . Indeed, this may be a presentation to the whole world, for we have not heard of a similar event having taken place before. This account recalls Duke Ellington's pioneering sacred jazz concert at the monumental Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, on Thursday eve­ ning, September 16, 1965. Heralded as a ··concert of religious jazz," Duke's Concert of Sacred Music was a controversial feature of the Festivals of Grace, a year-long celebration of the November 20, 1964 consecration of Grace Ca­ thedral by the Episcopal Diocese of California. Commissioners of this occasion were the Right Reverend James A. Pike, Bishop of California, and the Very Reverend C. Julian Bartlett, Dean of the Cathedral-both avowed devotees of Duke Ellington and his fine artists. Grace Cathedral is the third largest Anglican cathedral in the Western hem­ isphere. 2 Founded in 1869 as a small Grace Chapel, it grew into a substantial Grace Church. When the devastating San Francisco http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

Some Memories of Duke Ellington’s Premier Sacred Jazz Concert: A Report

Black Sacred Music , Volume 1 (2) – Sep 1, 1987

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© Copyright 1987 JBSM/Jon Michael Spencer
ISSN
1043-9455
eISSN
2640-9879
DOI
10.1215/10439455-1.2.21
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Abstract

Some Memories of Duke Ellington's Premier Sacred Jazz Concert: A Report Eloise McKinney-Johnson The Dean and Chapter of Grace Cathedral present this Concert of Sacred Music with thanksgiving to God and with gratitude to Duke Ellington and his whole company of artists . Indeed, this may be a presentation to the whole world, for we have not heard of a similar event having taken place before. This account recalls Duke Ellington's pioneering sacred jazz concert at the monumental Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, on Thursday eve­ ning, September 16, 1965. Heralded as a ··concert of religious jazz," Duke's Concert of Sacred Music was a controversial feature of the Festivals of Grace, a year-long celebration of the November 20, 1964 consecration of Grace Ca­ thedral by the Episcopal Diocese of California. Commissioners of this occasion were the Right Reverend James A. Pike, Bishop of California, and the Very Reverend C. Julian Bartlett, Dean of the Cathedral-both avowed devotees of Duke Ellington and his fine artists. Grace Cathedral is the third largest Anglican cathedral in the Western hem­ isphere. 2 Founded in 1869 as a small Grace Chapel, it grew into a substantial Grace Church. When the devastating San Francisco

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 1987

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