Writing in his autobiography, Music Is My Mistress, Duke emphasized that his Sacred Concerts "are not the traditional mass jazzed up." Indeed, all three of his Sacred Concerts fuse jazz, gospel, the blues, recitative, and dance. Duke wrote, "Every man prays in his own language and there is no language that God does not understand."
For this 14th annual concert, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra has compiled music from all three Sacred Concerts. Dedicated to preserving big band jazz, the SRJO is stocked with topnotch veterans, including drummer Clarence Acox, saxophonists Don Lanphere and Bill Ramsay, and trumpeter Floyd Standifer. Augmenting the ensemble are guest vocalists Dee Daniels and Woody Woodhouse, as well as the Northwest Connections Choir and tap dancer Tim Hickey, who dances the "David Danced Before the Lord" section. This should be a sacred yet swinging affair. CHRISTOPHER DeLAURENTI
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra performs Sat Dec 21 (University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave NE, 547-6763) at 7:30 pm, $firstname.lastname@example.org