Get ready for a supercharged blast of authentic Southern gospel when Pastor Brady Blade Sr. and his “Hallelujah Train” make their New York debut. Boasting an ensemble that includes the pastor’s congregants as well as his son, famed jazz drummer Brian Blade, the group’s uplifting message will be carried aloft by the unique blend of traditions the pastor has fostered in Shreveport, Louisiana’s Zion Baptist Church. Expect supple funk and jazz-wise flexibility—as well as guests like Daniel Lanois (guitarist and producer of U2 and Bob Dylan).
And when the winning harmonies of South Africa’s a cappella vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are added to the evening, this one-of-a-kind bill will trace the evolution of spiritual music, from Africa to the American south.
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