From R&B to Gospel:
Robert Robinson, Debbie Duncan, William Duncan & WDP Voices
Walker|West Faculty led by Mr. Duncan
Saturday, November 16
6:00 p.m., Reception; 7:30 p.m., Concert
760 Selby Ave., St. Paul
Free and open to the public
If you plan to attend, please call 651-224-2929 or RSVP online.
“Robert Robinson is a volcanic talent who absolutely knocks an audience on its heels.”
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Robert Robinson is reason to believe that the greatest music reaches every name and crosses every boundary, from audiences in the Pontiac Silverdome to troops in South Korea. Robert possesses the ability to sing any song and yet remain true to his vision.
Debbie Duncan, the Twin Cities’ “First Lady of Song,” is a stunning and versatile vocalist who captivates audiences and jazz musicians. Minneapolis’ Star Tribune reports, “She’s superb on funky upbeat workouts, tender ballads, and all kinds of jazz numbers; she energizes the ordinary and puts her stamp on just about everything she does.”
William Duncan, Motown City born, once Child Prodigy, Minister of Music, shares a fragment, but dynamic portion of his God-inspired beloved music with the Twin Cities. Brother Duncan grew up with music. He’s taught and worked with some of the greatest gospel artists in the country. Some of these artists include the late Mattie-Moss-Clark and her daughters, The Clark Sisters, Byron Cage, Fred Hammond, J Moss, The Winans, the late Donald Vails, Thomas Whitfield, to name a few.
Walker|West piano instructor Jacob Dodd will perform during the reception.
This event is made possible by the Harlan Boss Foundation and Rondo Community Land Trust. Food and beverages are provided by the Twist Davis Group (Revival & In-Bloom Restaurants).
Other Series Dates
7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 7
Desean Jones of Detroit Music Factory
About The Rondo Community & This Music Series
Beginning in the 1910s and 1920s, the Rondo Community experienced a social and cultural boom. Music and theater flourished. African-American churches, businesses, and schools set down roots, creating a strong community. The construction of Interstate 94 between 1956 and 1968 cut the community in half, displacing over 700 residents, and fracturing Rondo’s identity as a cultural center.
With the support of the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts and the Rondo Land Trust: More Jazz on Selby initiative, Walker|West presents this four-month series as a way to bring back the social and cultural boom of the old Rondo Community. This inaugural series is called the Rondo Community Music Series and focuses on bringing the community together through music.
Walker|West creates a music learning community rooted in the African-American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore and grow through music.