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The Spiritual Side of Duke

  • Kaaterskill United Methodist Church 5942 Main Street Tannersville, NY, 12485 United States (map)

The Spiritual Side of Duke explores the less recognized and spiritual elements of Ellington’s famous body of work, honoring one of jazz music’s greatest legacies in homage to his “sacred concerts,” three massive works from Ellington that were written between 1965 and 1973, combining elements of jazz, classical, choral, gospel, blues and dance.

This project was originally presented as a trio in residency in 2016 with County Initiative Program Grant from the Greene County Legislature through the Greene County Cultural Fund, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts. Don’t miss this inspiring repertoire’s return to the mountaintop!

Presented with the Catskill Jazz Factory in part with the 23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival.


This Catskill Jazz Factory artist residency will also be presented at the 8th Annual Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice on Sunday August 6, 3pm:

About John Lumpkin: John Lumpkin II is a producer, arranger, and artists through the Jazz, R&B and Gospel scene. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida under the direction of Danny Gottlieb and Master's Degree from Florida State University under the leadership of Leon Anderson. John grew up in the pentecostal church and still plans to exercise his gifts there as well as other national venues. However, he says "The church is the root of my zeal for music and forever shall be".

Throughout his career John has shared the stage with greats such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliff Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Arturo Sandoval, Curtis Fuller, Marcus Printup, Houston Person, Rufus Reid, Ben Tucker, James Moody, Nathan Davis, and David Baker. From serving on staff at the University of North Florida and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, he is also the founder of the Jazz Discovery Series at The Ritz Theatre in Jacksonville, FL. His level of expectancy drives him to see many other things emerging from his gift of music to the world.