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Denise Young and Friends – Love, Hope & A Little Ellington!

Saturday, September 18 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm

Classical lyric soprano and song stylist Denise Young brings a jewel box performance to Grace, with musicians Daric V. Jackson, Dmitriy Cogan and Noah Garabedian. In three short segments, the artists present select pieces that speak to love, cling to hope and pay a reverent tribute to Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert, performed at Grace Cathedral on September 16, 1965. 

Listen to Ms. Young’s rendition of Duke Ellington’s Come Sunday.

Doors open at 7 pm.

COVID Safety 

Following the guidance of public health officials and our Bishop, we now require that everyone 12 years and older show proof of COVID vaccination before entering the cathedral. To expedite your check-in process visit gracecathedral.org/vax to upload your vaccination verification and receive quicker entry with our Grace Pass. You will receive your Grace Pass within 24 hours if you submit it between Sunday – Thursday.

Masks must be worn at all times. Social distancing will be observed. Please do not attend if you are not feeling well, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with anyone who is COVID-19+. 

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About the Artists 

Denise Young is a gifted artist, writer and performer whose unmistakable lyric soprano has graced local and international stage and recital halls with classical works from Verdi, Puccini and Catalani, to Ellington, Gershwin and the American Spirituals. Her long-awaited solo debut album Denise Young Soprano came out in 2018, featuring performances and collaborations with exceptional, award-winning artists. Legendary jazz duo William Andress and Patti Cathcart Andress (Tuck & Patti) served as producers on the project – a collection of classics with  something important to be said and heard at every turn. On January 16, 2017 – on the eve of inaugurating a president to lead a divided country – Young released Duke Ellington’s classic.

Come Sunday to mark the observance of Dr. King’s holiday with Ellington’s timeless hymn, a song of hope and faith by the preeminent jazz legend. Young has served as a prominent Silicon Valley executive for over two decades and she currently serves as Chair of the Board of SFJAZZ. She has been named as a “Most Powerful Woman” by Ebony Magazine and Black Enterprise, as one of “100 Most Influential in Silicon Valley” by Business Insider and featured in Fortune Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” issue for her work in giving voice to inclusion and diversity. Through her art, she gives voice to the spirit of humanity and inclusion. We each hear aspects of our lives in her music. 

Daric V. Jackson fuses gospel, jazz, classical and funk music together to create a smooth classy, unique sound. He grew up in an apostolic church serving as the Minister of Music for his father, the elder pastor. He initially learned to play music purely by ear. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in music from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he formalized his music training even further. A career educator, principal and administrator, Jackson taught music for many years in the public-school system where he once served as Choral Director for an entire Norfolk county school district. He has opened for gospel artists John P. Kee, Kirk Franklin and Hezekiah Walker, accompanied Grammy Award winner L’Andria Johnson, and played and recorded for renowned artists in both gospel and jazz genres. 

Born in Moscow in 1963, Dmitriy Cogan studied conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and continued his piano studies with Vladimir Pleshakov and Maria Cysic. In 1979, he moved to New York to study with Martin Canin at the Julliard School of Music where he received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. He has performed publicly since age nine in Moscow. Cogan gave his New York recital debut in October 1988 at Carnegie Recital Hall. He has toured in France twice, performing in Paris, Nice and was laureate of the 1990 Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition, Valencia, Spain. He toured Russia in 1993, giving a series of concerts in Moscow, including the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Since 1985, he has performed throughout North America and Asia with violinist Alexander Markov; their first compact disc was recently released worldwide on the Erato label. Cogan lives near San Francisco where he performed at a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. 

Bass player and composer Noah Garabedianholds a BA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, and a Master of Music Performance from New York University. In 2006 he was awarded a John Coltrane National Scholarship, in 2007 was a finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and in 2011 he was selected as a finalist in the ISB Double Bass Competition. In October 2020 he virtually premiered a commission from the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, inspired by the stories and pictures of survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. Garabedian is also a 2021 artist fellow for Creative Armenia and AGBU. In November of 2016, he received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to teach jazz music for one month at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. As an educator he currently works with the music outreach program at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Jazz For Young People, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. In the past he has served as adjunct faculty at NYU, part-time faculty at The New School in New York City, and taught with The Weil Institute at Carnegie Hall. As a composer and bandleader, Garabedian has released two albums under his own name, as well as one album as a part of a trio collective. As a sideman, he has performed and toured with Ravi Coltrane, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Andy Milne, Ralph Alessi, David Virelles, Nir Felder and Frank LoCrasto. He has received two Arts Envoy grants to represent the US State Department on tours as a musical ambassador where he performed for the public, taught workshops, and collaborated with local musicians.