Martin Luther McCoy's Gospel Sunday Brunch
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Gospel Brunch
Gospel Classics and Music of Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers

Martin Luther McCoy's Gospel Sunday Brunch

w/ Special Guest Avery*Sunshine

Feb 02, 2020
Miner Auditorium

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Original show description below.

Show begins promptly at 11 AM. B-Side will be serving brunch before and after the concert from 9:30 AM–2 PM. Click here to make a reservation. Concert tickets do not include brunch meal or drinks.

Bay Area vocalist and SFJAZZ Collective member Martin Luther McCoy honors the legacy of landmark gospel group The Soul Stirrers and legendary member Sam Cooke with this rousing tribute featuring guest singers Cornell Carter and Tony Lindsay. Steeped in gospel music from his childhood in the church, McCoy is the perfect artist to honor the sacred music of the Soul Stirrers and Cooke, bringing the soul and the spirit to this morning performance.

Rising to international attention for his work with The Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Dave Matthews, Jill Scott, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Zion I, McCoy is perhaps best known for his on-screen role as the Jimi Hendrix inspired character “Jo-Jo” in director Julie Taymor’s Oscar-nominated 2007 Beatles tribute film Across the Universe. He made a memorable appearance in comic megastar Dave Chappelle’s 2005 concert film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, and was a highlighted artist during Chappelle’s 2014 SFJAZZ performances.

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Originally formed in 1926, The Soul Stirrers pioneered the vocal quartet style in gospel that directly influenced the development of doo-wop, soul, and the Motown sound. Cooke joined the group in 1950 at age 19 and served as lead vocalist for six years, recording the hits “Jesus Gave Me Water” and “Peace in the Valley” among others. He was widely credited for bringing a new, younger audience to gospel, setting the stage for his emergence as a solo artist and his massive career in secular pop music.

Thanks to visionaries like Luther, the future of soul music actually looks brighter than ever.

USA Today

Thanks to visionaries like Luther, the future of soul music actually looks brighter than ever.

USA Today

Personnel

Martin Luther McCoy vocals

SPECIAL GUESTS
Avery*Sunshine vocals
Cornell ‘CC’ Carter vocals
Tony Lindsay vocals
Codany Holiday vocals
Robin Hodge-Williams vocals
& Friends Gospel Choir

Luther invites listeners to "enjoy this funky ride." It's a trip worth taking, fueled by old-school, power-to-the-peeps politics and more soul than a Sunday revival meeting.

San Francisco Chronicle

Personnel

Martin Luther McCoy vocals

SPECIAL GUESTS
Avery*Sunshine vocals
Cornell ‘CC’ Carter vocals
Tony Lindsay vocals
Codany Holiday vocals
Robin Hodge-Williams vocals
& Friends Gospel Choir

Luther invites listeners to "enjoy this funky ride." It's a trip worth taking, fueled by old-school, power-to-the-peeps politics and more soul than a Sunday revival meeting.

San Francisco Chronicle

Watch & Listen

The Soul Stirrers (feat. Sam Cooke)

Jesus Gave Me Water

Martin Luther McCoy

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The Soul Stirrers (feat. Sam Cooke)

Jesus Gave Me Water

Martin Luther McCoy

Rise