Piedmont Blues: A Search For Salvation

Andy Tennille



January 11, 2020

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

75 minutes, no intermission

Piedmont Blues premiered at Duke Performances on December 2, 2016

This performance is a showcase included in the NYC Winter JazzFest Marathon Pass and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals 

If you are attending one of those events, please RSVP to confirm your ticket.

Gerald Clayton - Piano | Composer
René  Marie - Vocals
Logan Richardson - Alto Saxophone
Dayna Stephens - Bari Saxophone
Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Saxophone
Marvin Sewell - Guitar
Ameen Saleem - Bass
Domo Branch - Drums
Maurice Chestnut - Dancer
Brinae Ali - Dancer
Voices of the Flame Choir, 
directed by Jeffery S. Bolding

Projections by Liviu Pasare
Text by Jaymes Jorsling & Lizz Wright

For booking information please contact:
Chris Mees
B Natural, Inc
(646) 397-8705


Produced by the american vicarious, Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation is a live mixed media concert led by celebrated jazz pianist / composer / bandleader Gerald Clayton and directed by Christopher McElroen that explores the essence and impact of the Piedmont blues. The project features The Assembly — a nine-piece band led by Clayton and including GRAMMY-nominated vocalist René Marie.

Entwined throughout the live concert is an assemblage of projected film, new and archival photography, and folklore underscoring the verdant cultural landscape of the Piedmont region. Included amongst the footage are performances by some of the last of the living original Piedmont blues musicians: NEA National Heritage Fellow bluesman John Dee Holeman, as well as Piedmont songsters Algia Mae Hinton and Boo Hanks (the latter passed in April 2016).

Using songs, lyrics, and imagery from the Piedmont blues, Piedmont Blues makes a testimony of the struggle endured by African Americans in the Southeast during Jim Crow and chronicles the efficacy of the Piedmont Blues as a salve for suffering.

Duke Performances | Duke University was the lead commissioner of Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation; co-commissioners include the Music Center at Strathmore, the Savannah Music Festival, and the Modlin Center for the Arts at University of Richmond.