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International Jazz Vocalist Brings Bilingual (Creole/English) Performance to Brooklyn for Caribbean-American Heritage Month
(Published: June 19, 2015)

On June 28, 2015, Emmanuel Baptist Church will celebrate National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, with a highly anticipated performance by Haitian-American jazz sensation Mari Toussaint. Jazz Vespers will occur at the historic Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 279 Lafayette Avenue, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Currently in its third year, the Emmanuel Baptist Church (EBC) Jazz Vespers series aims to build a cross-generational appreciation for jazz, and faith, one neighborhood at a time. Based in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, EBC's motto for Jazz Vespers is: "Experience the Presence of God through the Sounds of Jazz." In less than five years, EBC's Jazz Vespers has built a loyal following of jazz admirers throughout all the boroughs, and has established itself as a neighborhood staple. The roster of renowned, highly-respected jazz musicians continues to grow, with artists such as NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath, and Barry Harris; Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon; and, the inspirational big band of Eric Person gracing the stage, bringing an unmistakable celebration of God, and the art of jazz. "It's a musical high! The blend of such powerful music in a place like this is an amazing spiritual and musical mixture. Praise God for Jazz!", Katherine, an EBC member, and regular Jazz Vespers attendee, proclaimed.

Mari Toussaint's jazz career spans four decades, and three continents. She's serenaded audiences, with her vocals, in Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the United States. Her bilingual delivery of jazz standards, in English and Haitian Creole, consistently captivates audiences; and have earned her a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council to produce an interactive concert entitled "Jazz Meets the Haitian Community". She attributes her success to training under the most talented musical, dance and acting performers, early in her career - Kathryn Dunham, Edward Boatner, Eugene Brice, Norman Simmons, Rudy Stevenson, Lloyd Richards, and bassist Alex Layne.

This international talent will be headlining EBC's Jazz Vespers, on Sunday, June 28th at 3pm.

Emmanuel Baptist Church is located at 279 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information on the Jazz Vespers, go to http://ebcconnects.com/ja... or call (718) 622-1107.

More Information: http://ebcconnects.com/jazzvespers/


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