Soulful Joy @ Grace
Saturday, December 12 - Tuesday, January 5
Experience a new sound for the holidays at Grace Cathedral! Led by Destiny Muhammad and her cool, eclectic Sonic Ensemble of Bay Area Masters: Leon Joyce, Jr., Tammylynn Hall, Brown Sturgis & Brown and Ron Belcher bringing the feeling of jazz and a hint of storytelling. Reflecting and reimagining the holiday spirit with the music of Stevie Wonder, Vince Guaraldi, Donny Hathaway and more with sacred movement by Carla Service and James Mario Bowen. Soulful Joy! The beginning of a beautiful new tradition at Grace Cathedral!
Soulful Joy @ Grace will be available on-demand from December 12 through January 5.
And everyone gets a front-row seat! The concert is approximately 50 minutes in length.
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About the Artists
Destiny Muhammad (Harpist/Vocals)
Recording and performing artist, bandleader, composer and producer, her genre ‘Celtic to Coltrane’ is cool and eclectic with a feel of jazz and storytelling to round out the sonic experience. She has appeared on stage with jazz luminaries Azar Lawrence, BlueNote artist Ambrose Akisemuire, Faye Carol and Tiffany Austin to name a few. She has enjoyed sold out shows at SFJAZZ Center and produces her own annual concert ‘STORYTIME’ Great Jazz & Captivating Stories. As bandleader, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival notes: The Destiny Muhammad Trio is a sleek and soulful ensemble designed to showcase Muhammad’s soaring vocals and transporting string work. Whether interpreting jazz standards or her original tunes, Muhammad turns every piece into a soulful adventure.
Leon Joyce, Jr. (Drums/Percussions)
Bandleader, clinician and music director, he has a rich established global presence. He has worked directly with jazz masters Ramsey Lewis, Regina Carter, Nneena Freelon and more. He is the featured Teaching Artist for the Stanford Jazz Workshop series. His Jazz Festival performances have spanned the Bay Area and beyond: SFMusic Day, Monterey Jazz Fest, Montreux Jazz Fest, Canada and The Villigen Jazz Fest, Germany.
Tammy L Hall (Piano)
Winner of The Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Direction for Pamela Rose’s Blues Is A Woman. She balances between Teaching Artist, artivism, music director, composer and conductor. Her list of stellar jazz artists she has worked with include Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller and a recent stint with San Francisco Symphony on jazz collaboration. Her career spans almost four decades, with no end in sight.
Mark Brown (Vocals)
The music of Mark Brown crosses all musical genres – his impressive vocal range and extraordinary countertenor voice continue to cross boundaries and reach new heights. He is an extension of a musical legacy left by his father, Charles Brown, well known on the New Orleans R&B music scene as part of ‘Sultans of Soul’ vocal duo, which gained much popularity in the 1950’s. A native of New Orleans, he has done background vocals for such notables as Bebe Winans, Patti LaBelle, Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean and Oleta Adams, to name a few.
Patrick Sturgis (Vocals)
Vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer, he was just 8 years old when he was featured on the front page of a newspaper holding the caption “8-Year-Old Soloist Sparkles Among Stars.” Now, some 38 years later, he breaks new ground by satisfying his latent affinity for jazz, particularly American jazz standards reminiscent of the legendary Nat Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. His love affair with music has spanned over three decades and continues to evolve through new collaborations and mediums.
Nona Brown (Vocals)
Vocalist, musician, composer and producer all in one! Her musical journey spans over 30 years working with The Fray, Lenny Williams, Patti LaBelle, Stephan Jenkins and Mickey Thomas. Her Gospel music roots led to many wonderful opportunities such as working with Josh Groban as choir coordinator for his tour, guest vocalist and currently, a group member of Gospel music legend Edwin Hawkins and the New Edwin Hawkins Singers. From the sweet and silky sound of her voice to her piano playing, songwriting and producing, the Nona Brown impression is sure to be lasting. Put it all together and you have one of the most dynamic jazz trios!
Ron Belcher (Bass)
He has traveled the nation and the world bringing his rhythmically buoyant, emotionally uplifting style to the stage for a wide array of jazz artists. He has performed or recorded with such international stars as Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, John Handy, Pete Escovedo, Donald Bailey, Ledisi, Rodney Franklin and Ernie Andrews, as well as a virtual “who’s who” of the San Francisco jazz scene.
Carla Service (Dancer)
Dancer, choreographer, teacher and event producer of Dance-A-Vision Entertainment School of Dance, she has been in the business for over 30 years. She has produced the Oakland Art & Soul Dance stage for 20 years and she is the founder of “The Oakland Dance Festival” held at Jack London Square. She has produced many events throughout the Bay Area and abroad. Japan, Tahiti, Cambodia, just to name a few.
Victor Temple (Dancer)
Victor Temple is an internationally known dancer, choreographer and teacher. He has danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cirque Du Soleil, American Repertory Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Alabama Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Hangzhou Song and Dance Group, Shanghai Ballet and the Central Ballet of China. While living in China, he won a gold medal for the Asian Choreography Competition and was the first westerner to hold a position as a member of the Chinese Dancers’ Associations, as a liaison of western dance styles. Temple choreographed the opening of the China and Hong Kong reunification ceremony and was honored with a statue of his likeness at the theater entrance of the Arts University of Mongolia in recognition of his accomplishments. He has been Artistic Director of New World Ballet since 2005.