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LIVE: “Gospel Jubilee” @ Proctors, 4/19/13

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
The Gospel Jubilee Mass Choir

The Gospel Jubilee Mass Choir

Review by Valerie Medeiros
Photographs by Rudy Lu

The second annual “Gospel Jubilee” at Proctors in Schenectady was a roof-raiser from the start. The Jubilee Mass Choir and the Emmanuel Baptist Church Praise Dancers opened with “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” a traditional song delivered powerfully by the 60-odd voices and band. The choir was rewarded with immediate audience participation, including enthusiastic hand clapping along with the choir. Several energetic young members of the EBC Praise Dancers left the stage and took to the aisles, jumping, dancing, clapping and waving colorful banners, bringing the audience to their feet.

Pastor Annetta Dix-Howard delivered an invocation encouraging all to praise The Lord, and the audience responded resoundingly, “Praise The Lord!” Producer Sara Hill asked for a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, then gave free rein to emcee Mark Thompson, Pastor of the New Day Christian Empowerment Center in Schenectady, and musical director the Rev. Elgin Joseph Taylor Sr. of the Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Albany.

Soloist Annette Harris joined the Jubilee Mass Choir for “Psalm 145, He’s Greatly to be Praised,” an uptempo number with the church band – two keyboards, organ, drums and a rockin’ electric bass – which set the tone for an evening where worship and performance were a simultaneous experience for both the performers and audience.

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LIVE: The Gospel Jubilee @ Proctors, 4/22/12

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Patty Gordon (choir director), Kim Dixon (lead singer) and the Jubilee Mass Choir

Patty Gordon (choir director), Kim Dixon (lead singer) and the Jubilee Mass Choir

Review by Valerie Medeiros
Photographs by Rudy Lu

My companion and I arrived early, and I was able to see the capacity-filled audience come in. I was immediately struck by the sense of community. Many ladies of the church in their lovely finery and Sunday-go-to-meeting hats, men dressed properly in suits shared warm laughter, greetings and good will. Rather than addressing each other as Mr. and Mrs. It was Brother and Sister so and so, and how are you?

It got me to thinking, was this going to be a performance or a praise service – in other words, church? I was hoping for the latter. You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but this middle-aged white lady grew up in the Pentecostal church in the “wrong” side of town. The only white church family member, singing in the choir, the Preacher’s kids used to giggle and call me the cream in the Oreo cookie. All in good fun. “Sing out! Sing out,” my Pastor Bright used to shout. I had high expectations for the event.

The Jubilee Mass Choir and the Hamilton Hill Steel Drummers opened with “I Hear Music in the Air.” A choir is all about out of many one, and in one voice they did a hand clapping high energy tune to set the mood for joyful praise, and they meant business!

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Be Here Now: Open Jazz Jam @ Pauly’s Hotel on Sundays

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Dave Fisk

Dave Fisk

There is a new jam in town. It’s taking place at the recently re-opened Pauly’s Hotel in Albany at 7pm on Sundays.

Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be big news, because we have regional rock jams, blues jams and open mic nights galore, on just about any night of the week.

But this is different. This is jazz. This is swinging cats playing everything from bebop standards to experimenting with new sounds and trying out freshly penned originals.

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