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Tribute To Mahalia Jackson: Mavis Staples, Pamela Landrum and Irma Thomas

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Posted by shore On April - 25 - 2009

mavis-staples @AndyShore Jazz Fest appeals to the soul child in me. If there wasn’t so much other awesome music around, I probably wouldn’t leave the Gospel tent. Zack summed it up well today, saying that it’s almost impossible to mess up gospel music. As long as you can sing and talk about a higher power, you’ve got gospel covered.

Gross generalizations aside, I had been looking forward to catching the Tribute to Mahalia Jackson featuring Mavis Staples, Paula Dunbar and Irma Thomas. After leaving Trombone Shorty, I arrived at an overly crowded Gospel Tent. I walked all the way around, trying to find a way into the photo pit. Sweet talking the security guard backstage into escorting me into the pit didn’t even work. It took a cop having to open the barricades to let a photographer out for me to slip into the pit.

I caught Mavis Staples’ last three songs. I first got into Mavis Staples when I downloaded a Curtis Mayfield and the Staples Singers album. All these years later, she still has it. She had the entire tent singing along with her for “He’s Got the Whole World.” Is it just me, or is it impossible not to think of Steve Buscemi singing that song in Con Air?

Then it was Pamela Landrum’s turn. Landrum too, still has a golden set of pipes. She did her part, honoring one of the greatest, if not greatest, gospel singers of all time. After a song or two, it was time to head over to the photo pit for Joe Cocker. There was no possible way I was going to get to that show late.

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