WFMT presenter LaRob K. Rafael interviews Dr. C. Charles Clency, music educator, author, and the last accompanist of Mahalia Jackson. LaRob and Dr. Clency discuss Gospel music and its importance in the Black religious tradition, what it was like playing with Mahalia Jackson, and his musical journey.
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This Classical Conversation is in conjunction with The Birth of Gospel, the newest documentary and website in WTTW’s Chicago Stories series, which premieres on WTTW on Friday, May 6.