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Saturday, 1 March 2003

New Orleans gospel and cool jazz in support of adult literacy

New Orleans gospel choir will perform a benefit concert in support of literacy for Irelands newest citizens.  The spectacular ‘Shades of Praise’ inter racial gospel choir, who have performed widely in the USA, bring their message of racial harmony to Ireland.  The event will raise funds through this event to enable it to produce and distribute learning materials for free to Adult Literacy Schemes, asylum seekers and refugees. 


The soloist with Shades of Praise is New Orleans-born Phillip Manuel was a friend and protégé of fellow New Orleanian Aaron Neville.  Neville defines Manuel as, "...one of my favourite jazz singers...." No faint praise here.  Manuel's New Orleans roots betray themselves in the eclectic nature of his music.  Manuel has the mellow charm of Nat King Cole and the electric spontaneity of Ella Fitzgerald come to life as Phillip's rich elegant voice braids with the other instruments in a colourful tapestry... Phillip allows himself to be carried away by emotion ....” Scott Aiges, Music Editor, New Orleans Times Picayune.  Listen to his music by logging on to National Public Radio Jazz Reviews http://www.nprjazz.org/reviews/pmanuel.cd.html


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