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SAXOPHONIST KIRK WHALUM CELEBRATES THE SUCCESS OF HIS CHART TOPPING CD/DVD- THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAZZ CHAPTER III – WITH A SPECIAL AIRING ON CENTRIC TV ON OCTOBER 23rd
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Eight-Time Grammy nominated saxophonist Kirk Whalum has had a whirlwind year with the recent release of his # 1 CD Everything is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway. Although Whalum is currently celebrating the success of this dynamic tribute CD, earlier this year, Whalum also released the chart topping third installment in his popular genre-bridging gospel jazz series, The Gospel According To Jazz: Chapter III (GATJ3). GATJ3, which features both a two-disc CD and a special hi-definition DVD, will air for the first time later this month on Centric TV.
Centric TV will run the first-ever broadcast of the GATJ3 DVD on Saturday, October 23rd at 7PM. (Check http://www.centrictv.com/misc/find-centric/ for encore dates/times.)
The long-awaited Chapter III in the GATJ series was recorded live at the Reid Temple AME church in Glenn Dale, MD and is a joyous concert of praise and worship, where Whalum takes listeners on a journey from spirituals and through New Orleans jazz and modern jazz, R&B, hip-hop, reggae, blues, and gospel. GATJ3 was created through an extraordinary lineup of musical artists; producer and keyboardist George Duke, vocalist Lalah Hathaway, guitarist Doc Powell, vocalist Kevin Whalum, keyboardist/vocalist John Stoddart, and others. Additionally, the CD includes a bonus track version of “You Are Everything” featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife Serita Jakes. A true family affair, the CD includes Whalum’s brother Kevin and his uncle, singer and saxophonist Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum; his nephew, saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III; his son, bassist Kyle Whalum; his nephew, vocalist Kortland Whalum; and his cousin, hip-hop artist Caleb Tha Bridge.
The first GATJ was released in 1998. The second Chapter, which was released in 2002, received a gospel Stellar Award for Instrumental CD of the Year and a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. This unique concept brings jazz, gospel and R&B fans together with those who are dedicated to Christ, and meets the listeners where they are spiritually.
*The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter III CD & DVD is currently available in stores & digital retailers*