Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

197

Juanita Rynum + Kiera 'Kiki' Sheard + The Clark Sisters at Central Park Summerstage, August 7, 2010

Ernest Barteldes By

Sign in to view read count
Juanita Rynum + Kiera 'Kiki' Sheard + The Clark Sisters
Central Park Summerstage
New York, NY
August 7, 2010

Devotional music was the centerpiece for a warm afternoon in Central Park, and kicking off the ng the proceedings was singer/preacher Juanita Rynum, who came on with an acapella spiritual (she had no backing band), which led to a long sermon about how God has touched the lives of those near her. Rynum also mentioned that she considered herself a minister, not an entertainer, so her 30-minute set was more geared towards prayer than music. She followed that with a few more songs using a pre-recorded backing track, and continued to preach in between numbers.

Rynum has a powerful voice, and it was just too bad that she didn't have live musicians performing with her—one could only wonder how the music could have developed had that been the case.

After Rynum's short set, Kiera 'Kiki' Sheard came on backed by a four piece band (drums, bass, electric guitar and keyboards). Her style is a blend of funk and soul with clear Gospel tendencies. The band was very solid, and one could notice how they played around some pre-recorded material that featured extra beats and harmony vocals, adding grooves and improvised riffs to the music. Sheard often addressed the audience, speaking as the band jammed behind her. The public responded by dancing along with the music while also falling into moments of deep religious praise.

After a long break, the Clark Sisters came on supported by the same band that played with Sheard, which was augmented by two keyboard players and two backing vocals (Sheard being one of them) During the opener, there was a problem with the microphones and some vocals could not be heard. The trio immediately stopped the music and did a quick soundcheck. Once the issues were solved, they went on with a Motown-like tune about finding happiness within a life with God. They followed that with a slower number, and then they started to interact with the crowd, who responded with applause and cheers.

The entire lineup was extremely moving. Each performer brought their individuality paired with their religious fervor, which together made for a highly enjoyable evening even for those to whom spirituality is not a priority. This has been an annual event at Summerstage in Central Park (one more evening was scheduled this year at a different venue), and this has definitely been one of the most memorable.

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Diane Schuur at Birdland Live Reviews Diane Schuur at Birdland
by Tyran Grillo
Published: November 20, 2017
Read Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront Live Reviews Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront
by Ian Patterson
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Crosscurrents at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor Live Reviews Crosscurrents at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: November 15, 2017
Read "Jazztopad 2016, Part 1" Live Reviews Jazztopad 2016, Part 1
by Henning Bolte
Published: December 24, 2016
Read "Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Levitt Pavilion" Live Reviews Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Levitt Pavilion
by Geoff Anderson
Published: September 1, 2017
Read "WOMAD 2017" Live Reviews WOMAD 2017
by Martin Longley
Published: September 21, 2017
Read "Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017" Live Reviews Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017
by Nick Davies
Published: May 13, 2017
Read "Ambrose Akinmusire at SFJAZZ" Live Reviews Ambrose Akinmusire at SFJAZZ
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: July 3, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Please support out sponsor