Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, & The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet

Irma Thomas

IRMA THOMAS, THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, & THE PRESERVATION HALL LEGACY QUINTET

November 16, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Emerson Concert Hall

Part of the 2017-2018 Candler Concert Series.

Performing together for the first time, Crescent City's "Soul Queen" Irma Thomas joins the lively sound of Preservation Hall's Legecy Quintet and the spiritual authority of The Blind Boys of Alabama for an evening of music showcasing "The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans."

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Artist Bios

Irma Thomas, jazz and blues vocals

The unrivaled Soul Queen of New Orleans -- a title officially bestowed by local officials, no less -- Irma Thomas ranks among Crescent City R&B's greatest and most enduring musical ambassadors, never enjoying the coast-to-coast commercial success of contemporaries like Aretha Franklin and Etta James but, nevertheless, breathing the same rarified air in the minds of many soul music aficionados. In 2007, she won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for After the Rain.

The Blind Boys of Alabama

In the seven decades since the Blind Boys of Alabama first began singing together, America has witnessed a World War, the civil rights movement, and the Summer of Love; the moon landing, Vietnam, and the fall of the Berlin Wall; JFK, MLK, and Malcolm X; the invention of the jukebox, the atomic bomb, and the internet. Through it all, the Blind Boys' music has not only endured, but thrived, helping both to define the sound of the American South and to push it forward through the 20th century and well on into the 21st. Praised by NPR as "pioneers," the group has transcended barriers of race and genre to become one of the most acclaimed and celebrated groups in modern music. From the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, where the original members met as children, all the way to The White House - where they've performed for three different presidents - the band's story is, in many ways, America's story, and that story is at the heart of their emotional new album, Almost HomeMore information at blindboys.com ››

The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet

The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet represents a tradition that started in 1961, when Preservation Hall first opened in the French Quarter. This band is comprised of some of the most revered alumni of the Hall, many of whom have toured the world with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band for decades. As the world-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues its exciting exploration of the boundaries of New Orleans jazz, the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet has formed, with the help of the non-profit Preservation Hall Foundation, to help maintain a connection with the traditional aspects of the Hall’s musical legacy.

Emory Concert Program

The program for this evening is TBA.

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