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Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:00pm

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22 FEB :: Gospel music has shaped American music like no other and in this first concert of our Festival of American Music, Teddy and the LO are joined by one of the finest gospel choirs in the United States for a spectacular concert. The first half of this performance showcases the incredible talents of Cory Henry.

Two-time Grammy Award winner, CORY HENRY is acclaimed as “one of the finest Hammond-B organ players of his generation” by Allmusic.com. As a musician-singer-songwriter, he offers up an intoxicating blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, and jazz on the record, blurring genres and upending expectations at every turn. Known from his group Snarky Puppy and from the  Funk Apostles, Henry takes his inspiration from artists like Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder and leaps to an inspired level of music-making.

CONCERT TALK: Starting at 6:45PM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion with Louisville musician Jason Clayborn and hosted by radio program director Daniel Gilliam.

Cory Henry Selections
… (arr. Hyken):  “Trade It All”
… (arr. Hyken):  “Is Happiness Just a World?”
… (arr. Hyken):  “In the Water”
… (arr Hyken):  “Send Me a Sign”

Gospel selections for choir with Orchestra

TRADITIONAL:  “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”
Kevin JAMES: “Worthy of All of the Praise
TRADITIONAL: “God is Worthy”
Jason CLAYBORN: “You’re All I Need”
Richard SMALLWOOD: “Anthem of Praise”
Christopher J. WATKINS: “This Praise”
TRADITIONAL: “Done Made My Vow”

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor
CORY HENRY, vocals and organ
Choir of St. Stephen Church

additional support from LOUISVILLE TOURISM


Organ virtuoso Cory Henry has been praised by AllMusic as “one of the finest Hammond B-3 organ players of his generation,” Henry also proves himself to be a remarkable singer and songwriter of extraordinary depth and vision. He whips up an intoxicating blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel, and jazz, blurring genres and upending expectations at every turn. Simultaneously futuristic and retro, experimental and classic, Henry’s sound is one of modern music’s most inventive minds coming fully into his own as a bandleader and storyteller.

A Brooklyn native, Henry may be best known for his role in Snarky Puppy, the instrumental jazz-pop orchestra hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the more versatile groups on the planet right now.” He’s won a pair of GRAMMY Awards for his work with the band since 2012, but Henry’s deft keyboard skills have been blowing minds around the world for more than two decades now. At six, he made his debut at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater, and at nineteen, he joined the touring band of jazz icon Kenny Garrett. Since then, he’s toured or recorded with everyone from Bruce Springsteen and The Roots to P. Diddy and Yolanda Adams in addition to cracking the Top 10 on Billboard’s Jazz charts with a pair of solo albums. The Boston Globe raved that “if anyone’s going to preach the gospel of the Hammond organ, it should be Cory Henry.”

The gospel, in fact, is where it all began for Henry. He grew up performing and singing in church, but he refrained from sharing his voice with the world outside those holy halls for many years.

“The human voice is so powerful,” says Cory Henry. “When I’m singing, it’s like this extra way of connecting and communicating with people beyond what I can do just playing the organ. I’m able to convey these messages that are really important and meaningful to me through my words. Being front and center, it’s a challenge, but I’m up for it.”

Henry’s vocals are smooth and breathy, with an intimate delivery that’s alternately understated and ecstatic. While his keyboard playing often draws comparisons to Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock, Henry’s singing reveals a whole different side of his musical personality, one that synthesizes everything from Marvin Gaye to Prince.

“I want to make music that really means something,” he explains. “I think of the 60s and 70s as this golden era of music, and if you look at some of the top artists then like Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder, they were singing about what was happening around them in this creative way that made people want to act. They used music as a tool to reach the world and bring about change to help make it a better place. I want to do that, too.”

It’s an ambitious goal, to be sure, but Cory Henry is up for the challenge.


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Kentucky Center
501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States