The Grand High School Mountain Bike Team presents:
Inaugural "Martin Luther King Jr.
Jazz & Sacred Songs Festival

Saturday, January 20, 2018

6pm doors | 7pm show
$20 adults | students with current ID: FREE
free parking

Grant Union High School |
1400 Grand Ave., Sacramento CA 95838

Inaugural "Martin Luther King Jr. Jazz & Sacred Songs Festival” set for Saturday, January 20, 2018

"Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph. This is triumphant music." -- ​ From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Opening Address,​ 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival​

(Sacramento, CA) ​A special new ​concert celebrating Dr. ​Martin Luther King’s commitment to social justice through jazz and sacred songs is set for Saturday, Jan. 20 at Grant Union Auditorium in Sacramento. The featured evening guest will be legendary singer Dorothy Morrison. Morrison is the co-author and the memorable alto voice of the 1969 #1 gospel/pop cross-over hit, “O Happy Day."​ She will be accompanied by The Harley White Jr. Orchestra.

Grant Union High School - 1400 Grand Ave., Sacramento, CA  95838
$20 adults/ students with current ID: FREE
Tickets on sale now:
Free Parking
Doors: 6 pm/Show: 7 pm

Sacramento musical luminaries ​performing include the co-creator/producer of the concert, Harley White Jr.​ ​& his Orchestra, and nationally-known musicians from Sacramento including​ saxophonist Garrett Perkins​ and guitarist Ross Hammond.​

This concert has a "family of music" reunion aspect to it also. Sacramento producer/music educator and bassist, Harley White Jr.’s father, renowned Bay Area bassist/educator Harley White toured nationally ​​with The Edwin Hawkins Singers to support the​ir​ ​massive new found fame due to their hit single, "O Happy Day," ​ in 1969.

​Mrs. ​Morrison recently moved to Elk Grove, California​ from the Bay Area​ to be nearer her family and has begun to perform select local shows in addition to her national touring with the Blues women super group, The Blues Broads.​

This concert will benefit the Grant ​High School mountain bike team, The GHS AV Dept. and​ the GHS newly​-​formed Freedom Rider Scholarship for the cycling sciences.

Performing artist​s:
Dorothy Morrison
​​Harley White Jr.​ Orchestra
Garrett Perkins​- saxophonist​
Ross Hammond​- guitarist​
JUN (brass band)
Blurts Trade Band
Karen Westbrook & the New Hope Baptist​ ​Choir​
Paula Mandela of Spiritual Life Center
Kevin Ross of Unity Church
Organist Jim Jordan of Pioneer Church
The Grant High School Band​
Mahogany Poets
Artist Milton Bowens
Artist Shaun Burner of M5Arts.
Civil Rights speakers

Program will include:

Eye on the Sparrow
Balm in Gilead
Precious Lord
If I Can H​elp S​omebody
Amazing Grace

H​arley W​hite J​r. ​O​rchestra:
Cristo Redentor
The Shepherd
Come Sunday
Lament for Charleston
- Ralph Carney

Dorothy Morrison:

I’ll l Take You There
How I Got Over​
We​Shall Overcome
Love & Happiness
O Happy Day