Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir is ready to wrap its season with a rousing, retro jazz-gozpel mashup that seems like just the thing for spring--not to mention our troubled times. On Saturday (June 2) at Christ Church Cathedral, the singers put their collective vocal force to the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Nina Simone and more.
Amid the program highlights of the century-spanning roster is Revelation by the Yellowjackets, the soulful Walk With Me Lord and When the Saints Go Marching In (both in new arrangements by artistic director Gail Suderman), and the civil-rights anthem I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free, performed by Good Noise soloist Syllona Kanu in tribute to Simone.
Joining the ensemble are instrumentalist Daniel Lapp and the added lung power of of Holy Cross High School’s ViBE Senior Choir, as well as a live band--Michael Kalanj on the Hammond, Laurence Mollerup on bass, Elliot Polsky on drums, Ingrid Stitt on alto and soprano saxophones, and Suderman on piano as well as vocals.
In other words, you should hear their good vibes flowing all the way through the downtown core, with two shows, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.