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Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet - OCTOBER 27th at Sy

Symphony Center Presents Jazz featuring legendary singer Irma Thomas, the "Soul Queen of New Orleans," joins forces with six-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet on Friday, Oct 27 at 8 PM. This unique concert celebrates the enduring musical traditions of New Orleans.

Irma Thomas has one of America's most distinctive and classical voices and has been recording for over 50 years. Overcoming hardships as a young person, she has worked hard to become the "Soul Queen of New Orleans". She has received numerous Grammy nominations and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame among many other accolades.

The Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel together since their school days at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the 1930s. They were a part of the soundtrack of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and have collaborated with numerous artists across all genres. They have received five Grammy® Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and to perform at the White House for three different presidents.

Preservation Hall was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz. Over the years, Preservation Hall Jazz Band has expanded its reach through the creation of original songs that pay homage to the sound of the past as well as collaborations with groups and musicians from outside the New Orleans tradition. In recent years, the PHJB has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians, ranging from groups like My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Pete Seeger, and the Del McCoury Bluegrass Band.

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