Music At Abyssinian: Regina Carter Quintet

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The Regina Carter Quintet performed brilliantly on Sunday, April 14, launching a Jazz Vespers program at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. 

Carter, the McDowell Fellowship winner played her violin along with Yacouba Sissoko ‘s kora, a 13th century instrument. The quintet’s new C D is called “Reverse Thread,” and weaves African folk tunes with Ms. Carter’s violin. Also, for the Sunday audience songs from African composers were blended with a traditional songs “God Be With You Until We Meet Again.”

This C D will be released on E1 Entertainment on May 18, 2013.

Organized by Mr. Ron West, the Regina Carter Quintet opened this Jazz Vespers program to applause. Two other Jazz musicians will be performing in this series which begins at 4 pm in the sanctuary.  Aaron Diehl will appear with his strings on May 12, 2013 and Craig Harris’ “Saints and Aints” Brass Choir will play on June 9.

A Jazz connoisseur, Rev. Calvin Butts, asked for the audience members to come out for these two programs.

“Please return, and tell your friends to support our musicians. Dr. Dubois said that our music is the authentic American music. Do for yourself,” he said.

For further information, call the receptionist at the church. The Abyssinian Baptist Church is located at 132 Odell Clark Place at West 138th and 7th Avenue.  The phone number is (212) 862-7474.  

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