Docu honors Gospel music, born in America, underpinning jazz and blues


As a teen, I had my first exposure to gospel music listening to Sunday broadcasts on Pittsburgh’s black radio station, WAMO. So I wouldn’t miss the documentary film, Rejoice & Shout:

Those beautifully named gospel singing groups — The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Soul Stirrers. Why don’t dance companies have names like that?

It’s all great, but the arts·meme gospel-music hall of fame award goes to the Swan Silvertones, with lead singer Claude Jeter, the great falsetto male singer who inspired Al Green.

Are you getting this? Here’s Jeter doing his thing:

Rejoice & Shout | Laemmle Royal Theater | til 14 July, then @ Monica 4.

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