George W. Russell, Jr. & Co.
African-American music (spirituals, folk-blues, and gospel music) has profoundly influenced both musical and political movements throughout our nation’s history. Clap Your Hands explores the rise and changing roles of music in the African-American community: as a mental release during trying times, a vehicle for communication in the Underground Railroad, and a “common ground” during the Civil Rights Movement. A talented ensemble led by celebrated pianist and Berklee College of Music professor, George Russell, Jr., explores one of America’s most popular musical genres, by highlighting its various styles throughout history. George Russell and his group feature everything from the Thomas Dorsey spirituals of the 1930s to the 1960s hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.
For grades PreK–2, narration is condensed, emphasizing the musical portion of the program.
Performance Length: 45-60 minutes
Target Grades: Pre-K – 12
Audience up to 300 (performances/day):
Single: $1,218 Double: $1,418 Triple: $1,863 Quad: $2,217
Audience of 301-600
Single: $1,518 Double: $1,765 Triple: $2,316 Quad: $2,756
Travel Fee: based upon mileage (calculate below)
Note: Audience limits strictly observed to improve learning experience
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school
Clap Your Hands: Performance Requirements
Clap Your Hands: Educational Materials
Wannetta Jackson, a native of Milwaukee, studied at the Berklee College of Music. She is well known on the club scene, as well as in Boston Globe Jazz Festivals, Dimmock Commends Health Center’s annual “Steppin’ Out” Gala, and her own shows such as “Sisters Soul to Soul: Wannetta Jackson Sings Aretha Franklin.”Sean Skeete is an ensemble instructor and drum instructor at the Berklee College of Music. He is the consummate, professional drummer. He is a free-lance drummer in the Boston area. Sean also plays with the George W. Russell, Jr. Trio.
Wesley Wirth, originally from Sherborn, Massachusetts, is a bassist and graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. He has two Masters degrees from Harvard University: Architectural Landscaping and Problem Solving. Wesley has performed with Bob Moses, Semenya McCord, Chuck Mangioni, Stan Strickland, just to name a few. He currently plays with the George W. Russell, Jr. Trio as well as with many other artists in the area.
Emily Russell, a Pennsylvania native, is a pianist and singer/songwriter, and has written many children’s songs. She also runs her own fine art/graphic design business, “Studio E” and is President/Manager of G Dub Music.
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Mileage Rates (double the mileage calculated below to account for the initial and return journeys).