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Soulful Joy

Monday, December 20 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

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., Tammy Lynne Hall, Brown Sturgis & Brown and Ron Belcher. The feeling of jazz, a hint of storytelling – reflecting and reimagining the holiday spirit with music and sacred movement. Soulful Joy! The beginning of a beautiful new tradition at Grace Cathedral!  

Since 1947, Christmas at Grace Cathedral has offered an ideal way to ring in the season, with magnificent music, a majestic setting and astonishing acoustics. Experience the deep connection between spirit and art at Grace Cathedral this Christmas. 

This performance is 60 minutes with no intermission. Livestreaming also available. 

Proof of vaccination (except for children under age 12) and masks are required for entry. Children are very welcome if they are mature enough to quietly enjoy a jazz concert. Thank you for your understanding. 

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 Lynne 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.  

BE A CHRISTMAS ANGEL: SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES  

The magic of Christmas lives on at Grace because of our generous sponsors. You make these concerts possible, and enable us to make this beloved Christmas tradition accessible to all in this most extraordinary year. Sponsorships start at $500. For more information visit our Christmas Sponsorships page or contact our Development Office at [email protected] or 415-749-6352. Thank you! 

Find out about our Christmas services [new link] and other Christmas concerts, A Cathedral Christmas [new link], A Brass and Organ Christmas [new link] and Sing You A Merry Christmas [new link].   

Find out about our  Christmas Services  and other Christmas concerts, A Cathedral Christmas, Brass and Organ Christmas  and  Sing You A Merry Christmas.