Reviews of gospel DVDs, often in conjunction with the audio CD.

Check Out the Trailer for “Detroit: The Gospel Journey”

2017-12-08T03:14:05-06:00December 8th, 2017|

By Bob Marovich If you think the story of music in Detroit begins and ends with Motown, think again. Detroit's gospel music legacy goes back many decades, way before Berry Gordy started Hitsville, USA.  The contributions that Detroiters have made to gospel music continue to enrich the genre today. The story of gospel music in Detroit [...]

Norris Garner / Szymon Markiewicz: God Created: Musical Oratorio (DVD)

2017-12-04T16:36:50-06:00December 4th, 2017|

Norris Garner / Szymon Markiewicz God Created: Musical Oratorio (DVD) Norris Garner Music (2017) norrisgarnermusic@gmail.com By Bob Marovich Several years ago, singer, director, and songwriter Norris Garner (“He’s Blessing Me”) wrote “God Created” while teaching gospel music workshops in Poland. His Polish colleague, conductor Szymon Markiewicz, suggested he turn the humble [...]

Joel Houston and Director Michael John Warren Discuss Hillsong Film “Let Hope Rise”

2016-09-08T16:17:36-05:00September 8th, 2016|

By Bob Marovich Hillsong - Let Hope Rise, the music documentary about the history and phenomenon that is Sydney, Australia’s Hillsong, "the biggest band you've never heard of," hits U.S. theaters September 16. JGM spoke by telephone recently with Joel Houston of Hillsong UNITED and the film’s director, Michael John [...]

Conversations with the Gospel Legends – The Barrett Sisters

2016-07-11T21:23:51-05:00May 2nd, 2016|

Check out the first episode of "Conversations with the Gospel Legends," a new program on Rev. Harold Bailey's PCC Broadcast Network. Our guests for the debut show are the world-renowned Barrett Sisters: Rodessa Barrett Porter and Billie Barrett Greenbey. JGM's Bob Marovich is the host. The next program will feature [...]

The Abyssinian Mass – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

2016-03-20T19:29:43-05:00March 20th, 2016|

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis Featuring Damien Sneed and Chorale Le Chateau The Abyssinian Mass Blue Engine Records (release date: March 18, 2016) www.blueenginerecords.org By Bob Marovich During the sermon section of The Abyssinian Mass, Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III welcomes congregants with a statement that [...]

Mavis! the Documentary as Effervescent as Its Subject

2016-02-15T03:13:45-06:00February 15th, 2016|

Mavis! Produced and Directed by Jessica Edwards www.mavisfilm.com Airs Monday, February 29, 8:00 p.m. CT (HBO) By Bob Marovich - Journal of Gospel Music Mavis!, the first full-length film to chronicle the life and artistry of Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers, is one of the most entertaining, moving, and informative [...]

Kirk Whalum on Jazz: A Way to “Experience the Savior Who is Indescribable”

2015-05-20T15:30:17-05:00May 20th, 2015|

Photo Credit: Anna Webber By Bob Marovich From Mary Lou Williams to John Coltrane, jazz musicians over the years have, as Kirk Whalum puts it, “made a spiritual offering through their music.” With his celebrated series, The Gospel According to Jazz, Whalum makes his own spiritual offering, using [...]

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