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Afro Blue: Freedom In Song

by Afro Blue

Award winning A cappella vocal jazz ensemble from Howard University
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Keep On Pushin'
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2. Crystal Silence
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3. Nica's Dream
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4. Stolen Moments
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5. Abide With Me
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6. I Remember You
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7. Oh, Freedom!
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8. Spain
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9. Alone Together
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10. Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
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11. God Bless The Child
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12. Come Sunday
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13. It Don't Mean A Thing
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14. Blue Bossa
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15. How About You
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16. Chili Con Carne
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17. Revelation
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18. A Quiet Place
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19. It's All Right With Me
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20. 'Round Midnight
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21. No More Blues
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22. His Eye Is On The Sparrow
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23. Howard University Alma Mater
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue was formed in the spring of 2002. Since its inception, this dynamic jazz choir has quickly gained national attention.

In 2003, Afro Blue received the DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award for Best College Jazz Group. The following year they received another DownBeat award for Outstanding College Jazz Choir. In 2007, Howard University graduate student, Quincy Phillips also won a DownBeat award for Best College Jazz Arrangement for his treatment of the Dietz and Schwartz standard “Alone Together,” which he arranged specifically for Afro Blue and which is included in this CD compilation. In May of 2008, Afro Blue once again received a DownBeat award for Outstanding College Vocal Jazz Choir. In addition, Afro Blue member, Christie Dashiell, received a DownBeat award for Outstanding College Vocal Jazz Soloist. She is featured on the spiritual “Oh Freedom.”

Afro Blue has performed at many prestigious venues in and around Washington, DC including The Library of Congress, The Carmichael Auditorium at the National Museum of American History, The State Department, The Lincoln Theatre, The Warner Theatre, The Japanese Cultural and Exchange Center, Twins Jazz Club, and HR-57. Most recently, on Memorial Day, May 26, 2008, Afro Blue was featured in a segment of “All Things Considered” on NPR (National Public Radio).

Afro Blue had the distinct honor of being the first jazz choir from an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to be selected to perform at the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Annual Conference, an honor they have received twice (2004 and 2007). A major highlight for the group has been the development of a very special performance relationship with world-class jazz pianist and Howard University alum, Geri Allen. Afro Blue had the privilege of performing the debut of her piece “For The Healing of the Nations: A Sacred Jazz Suite For the Victims and Survivors of 9/11” in September 2006, in Camden, New Jersey and again in October 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, they appeared with Ms. Allen, Ron Carter and Jimmy Cobb in a 2006 performance at the Kennedy Center. Most recently, Afro Blue was selected to perform their rendition of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” (also referred to as the “National Black Anthem”) in September 2007 at the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner.

Freedom In Song is a double-CD compilation of songs recorded by Afro Blue between the years of 2002-2008. This collection includes eight (8) new selections that have not been previously released on the Howard University Jazz Ensemble recordings. We hope you enjoy listening to this CD as much as we enjoyed recording it.


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Dorothy E. Munns

Afro Blue
I received the CD in perfect condition. Love the music, play if frequently
Thanks to all involved.
Dorothy

Julia Lauder Sayles

Howard U's Afro Blue
This is a wonderful compilation of songs from this spunky Howard University Jazz Vocal ensemble.. The arrangements of old favorites are first rate. There is considerable variety and the singers do them with conviction and them well. The recording quality is superb. I live near by and take in as many of their performances as I can. I am delighted that CD-Baby is making their work known to a wider audience.