Got the Saint Louis Blues: Classical Music in the Jazz Age

Order from Gothic Records

Vibrant music from the crossroads — South and North, African and American, church and street — characterizes the era between 1914 and 1930.

Jearlyn Steele, soprano; Michael Forest, tenor; Paul Shaw, piano; VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus with orchestra; Philip Brunelle, conductor.

“The works on this excellent recording [by VocalEssence] capture the spirit of the age, and the outstanding performances capture the spirit of the music. From the absolute stunning beauty of the pieces by Florence Price to the greatness of both Rhapsodies, they are all winners.”

—Joseph Jennings, Music Director, Chanticleer

1 Saint Louis Blues (William C. Handy, arr. Hall Johnson)

Jearlyn Steele, VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

1914/1936
2 O Southland (Harry T. Burleigh) 1919
3 Song for Snow (Florence B. Price) 1930
4 Moon Bridge (Florence B. Price) 1930
5 Listen to the Lambs (R. Nathaniel Dett) 1914
6 Ethiopia’s Paean to Exaltation (Harry T. Burleigh) 1921
7 Poor Mourner’s Got a-Home at Last (arr. Carl Diton) 1914
8 Yamekraw: A Negro Rhapsody (James P. Johnson, orchestrated by William Grant Still)

Paul Shaw, piano, with orchestra

1927
9 The Chariot Jubilee (R. Nathaniel Dett)

Michael Forest, tenor, VocalEssence Chorus with orchestra

1919
10 Charlestonia: Folk Rhapsody for Orchestra, No. 1 (Edmund Thornton Jenkins) 1917
11 Ave Maria (R. Nathaniel Dett)

Ryan French, baritone, VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

1930