Eight time Grammy nominated, Stellar award winning Jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum talks to Kevin Lankford to day at 3pm about the Gospel According To Jazz Chapter Three and the upcoming DVD viewing party at New Horizon Hall of Elegance, 2209 Mt. Rainier, Maryland Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm.
The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter III, in all its breath and breadth, plaintive wailing saxophones, deep and rich harmonies, sensual romance, delightful humor, artful space, and
awesome beauty tells HIS story in a way no other music can. The two-disk set, plus a DVD directed by Jim Hanon (End of the Spear; and Miss HIV, for which Kirk wrote the soundtrack) is
the most expansive in the series in terms of content and concept. Kirk Whalum and company blow the roof off with subtlety, nuance, inspired performances and a message of faith, hope and
love that both encompasses and transcends every point on the musical compass.
Whalum shares the stage with his brother Kevin (vocals); Uncle Peanuts (vocals, sax, and piano); son, Kyle (electric bass); nephews Kenneth III (saxophone) and Kortland (vocals), plus first
cousin Caleb tha Bridge (vocals/rap). The unparalleled George Duke, featured on both I and II, returns on keys, and is joined by vocalist Lalah Hathaway, guitarist Doc Powell, keyboardist/
vocalist John Stoddart, trumpeter/vocalist Aaron Broadus, stand-up bassist, Reginald Veal, percussionist Lenny Castro and Kirk’s bandmate, drummer Sean McCurley. The renowned
gospel/r&b writer and producer Jerry Peters adds his soulful B-3 and shares credits with Whalum on two songs and also as album co-producer, along with Hal Sacks.