Posts Tagged ‘Chorale LeChateau’

Abyssinian Mass CD Debuts In Top 20 on Billboard Chart

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

The recording of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the 70 voice TAMChorale LeChateau conducted by Damien Sneed takes a bow at #12 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  The work celebrates the 200th anniversary of the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and the recording captures performances from the Abyssinian Mass Tour that took place in 2013.  Its a glorious fusion of church service and big band weaved together and is receiving rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal.

Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass CD Featuring Damien Sneed Set To Release March 18

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

TAMBlue Engine Records will release Wynton Marsalis’ critically acclaimed Abyssinian Mass disc featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra along with Damien Sneed and Chorale LeChateau on March 18th.

Marsalis wrote the Mass in 2008 in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. In 2013, the JALC Orchestra joined Marsalis on a 16 city tour pairing the orchestra with the multi talented Damien Sneed and his 70 voice Chorale LeChateau for 19 concerts that stretched across the east and the south.   Marsalis shared these sentiments:”Many of the greatest jazz musicians today come out of the church. The church is one of the last places that retain the actual feeling of the blues in sound and also the call-and-response rituals that are central to our music”. “The principal fact of The Abyssinian Mass – the feeling that we want you to come away with – is uplift through the way that we all come together.”Damien and Wynton

In addition to the 2 discs covering 20 musical offerings, the Abyssinian Mass includes a bonus documentary DVD featuring performances, interviews and insights behind the music.

Damien Sneed and Chorale LeChateau Participate In Holiday Sing In NY

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Damien directsFamed songwriter/composer and producer Damien Sneed brightens the holidays with music as his acclaimed Chorale LeChateau joins the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in its 4th Annual “Holiday Sing” concert on Friday, December 18th 

I am totally thrilled to have the opportunity to orchestrate and arrange music for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s,” says Sneed. “I grew up listening to their Grammy Award-winning projects they recorded with my mentors Jessye Norman, Wynton Marsalis, Kathleen Battle and Renee Fleming. This will be another surreal experience that is definitely beyond my wildest imagination.”

Sneed and Chorale LeChateau’s performance was captured in the film Everyone Has a Place as they joined famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the celebrated Abyssinian Mass.


Lawrence Brownlee and Damien Sneed Bring Spirituals To Lincoln Center

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Opera star LawrencBrownleee Brownlee and celebrated pianist/composer/conductor  Damien Sneed will celebrate African American spirituals and church music as they present music from their CD Spiritual Sketches (LeChateau Earl Records) on Wednesday January 29th.   The concert is part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Brownlee made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 and was a featured performer at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo Italy while Sneed toured the country conducting Wynton Marsalis’ Abysinian Mass with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra and his Chorale LeChateau. Sneed also participated in the BMI tribute to Richard Smallwood during this year’s Stellar Award weekend. DamienSneed

Spiritual Sketches continues to receive critical acclaim from audiences across the country.  Octogenarian and celebrated preacher Reverend Clay Evans was moved to tears upon hearing the duo’s performance of All Night, All Day.  “Angels Watching Over Me just so happens to be one of my favorites”, said Rev. Evans, founding pastor of Chicago’s Fellowship Baptist Church, “but Lawrence adds something to it when he sings it”.  “The only thing missing from the song is me bidding everybody a good evening, go on home, go to bed, pull the covers up all around you, go on to sleep knowing that the Angels will be there and when you get up in the morning, everything is gonna be alright”.  Spiritual Sketches is available digitally via iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.

Getting In The Spirit With Wynton Marsalis

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Damien and WyntonNine time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis culls through his rich collection of recordings from the Columbia and Sony Classical labels for a very special compilation titled The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis hitting stores and digital outlets everywhere on October 22nd .

The release of The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis coincides with the month-long “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour” featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, conductor Damien Sneed, and 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau. Marsalis serves as Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Among the gems on the CD are performances from Evangelist Shirley Caesar and a previously unreleased performance of Thomas Dorsey’s “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” by gospel legend Marion Williams.

Damien Sneed Releases God Bless America Single

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013


LeChateau Earl Records announced the release of God Bless America, an arrangement of the American classic by Damien Sneed and Chorale LeChateau featuring  Chenee Campbell.

Sneed had this to say of the release of the single.  “It feels as if our nation is under siege. Senseless gun violence plagues our inner city neighborhoods with no regard for the lives of the innocent. Fires, floods, tornadoes, continually test us – our hope and faith are daily diminished. If there was ever a time that we needed to join together in continual prayers for our nation, that time is now. It is our hope that hearing this arrangement of God Bless America will draw us to prayer.”

Chorale Le Chateau is developing a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance period pieces to jazz, spirituals, gospel, and avant garde contemporary music. This musical ensemble will join legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis for a multi-city tour of the Abyssinian Mass.

The “God Bless America” release is one of several projects from Le Chateau Earl Records. In June, the label will release, Spiritual Sketches, another eagerly awaited project featuring the lead single “All Night, All Day” by Sneed and world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee. In addition, a live recording from Damien Sneed featuring The Levites is scheduled for the summer as well as the album debut of newcomer Tekesha Russell.

Damien Sneed Takes The Gospel to Jazz At Lincoln Center

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Master sonDamien Red Coatgwriter, pianist and conductor Damien Sneed is one of the headliners for  the 2013-2014 Concert and Education Season at the prestigious  Jazz at Lincoln Center.  JALC  announced the lineup for its new season and Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with the 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed is one of the highlights.

Marsalis composed the Abyssinian Mass in 2008 in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street in Harlem.  The JALC Orchestra and Chorale Le Chateau will embark upon a 16 city U S tour during the month of October.Following the tour,   Sneed will host 2 Jazz Meets Gospel concerts as part of the Jazz for Young People Series in addition to a listening party featuring new music from his Broken To Minister CD recorded live in Baltimore this past summer.