Join Chicago’s 2020 Jazz Person of Year vocalist Tammy McCann as she shares an excerpt from her concert in development “75 Years of Mahalia Jackson at Carnegie Hall.”
Gospel icon, civil rights activist, and Chicagoan Mahalia Jackson made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1950. Dubbed “The Queen of Gospel,” Jackson went on to perform eight more times at Carnegie Hall. Join Chicago’s 2020 Jazz Person of Year vocalist Tammy McCann as she shares an excerpt from her concert in development “75 Years of Mahalia Jackson at Carnegie Hall.” This concert celebrates not just Jackson’s music, but her experiences and her contribution to the world community.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event will be held in the Museum’s Third Floor Ballroom. Due to the ongoing renovation work at the Murphy Auditorium, there is no elevator access to the Third Floor.
About the Performers:
Named the Chicago Tribune’s 2020 person of the Year in Jazz, Tammy McCann is an internationally recognized Jazz Vocalist and is currently Artist in Residence for the Music Institute of Chicago. Her powerful, sultry, and emotionally charged voice paints pictures and tells stories by merging classical vocal technique and Gospel esthetic with jazz to create a sound that is completely her own.
Pianist William Kilgore is a producer, arranger, and composer. He has recorded with Ramsey Lewis and toured in Europe with the production A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson with Tammy McCann. He has written songs for numerous gospel artists such as Soul Children of Chicago, Timothy Wright, Pace Sisters, and Grace and Glory Covenant Choir. He has worked in Chicago’s Public Schools and Park District as a teacher and is presently a staff musician at the James Memorial A.M.E. Church.
Edith Yokley is a violinist from Chicago. Ms. Yokley is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta and Soulful Symphony in Baltimore. She has performed with such artists as CeeLo Green, J.Lo, Common, Barry White, Mos Def, Nancy Wilson, Andrea Boccelli, Sheila E., Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Richard Smallwood, Shirley Ceaser, Dennis DeYoung of the Styxx, and Diana Ross and the Supremes. Ms. Yokley has appeared on the Oprah, Today, and Conan O’Brien shows as well as The Voice.
Photography credit: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Comet Photo AG (Zürich) / Com_L10-0125-0004