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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

An Evening of Blues and Jazz - Out of the Garden: Sounds, Words, and Images of Lament, Justice, Mercy & Hope

Ruth Naomi Floyd
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Statler Auditorium - Cornell University
Partner Event
Public Lecture
The Garden.  The Garden of Gethsemane.  Where Jesus was betrayed. Where he wept, abandoned and alone.  Where he agonized in prayer through blood, sweat, and tears.  Ruth Naomi Floyd will take us to the Garden to be with Jesus.  With images, spoken word, and the rhythms and harmonies of gospel, blues, and jazz, she will draw us into lament to cry out for justice and mercy, and ultimately to hope.  Her powerful vocal artistry concert will be accompanied by some of her haunting and stunning photographic studies.  Join us as Ruth Naomi Floyd takes us to the Garden, to our suffering Jesus, and to hope.
 
Pianist - Aaron Graves
Special Guest on Sax - Joe Salzano
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RUTH NAOMI FLOYD is a gifted vocalist-composer who has been at forefront of creating vocal jazz settings that express Christian theology for over 17 years. As a leader, she has released several highly acclaimed recordings. Blessed with a soaring mezzo-soprano voice, critics have praised Ms. Floyd's music for its distinctive sound of progressive ensemble jazz that is seamlessly blended with explicit Biblical messages of unwavering faith in God.
 
Ruth Naomi Floyd leads her own multi-faceted ensemble and her recordings consist primarily of original compositions. Her association as the co-founder of Contour Records ® affords her complete artistic freedom to record her own works and collaborate with a diverse range of musicians.
 
Ms. Floyd has recorded and/or performed with such notable instrumentalists as James Newton, Gary Thomas, James Weidman, Jay Hoggard, Bryan Carrott, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Uri Caine, Charles Fambrough, Julian Joseph, Craig Handy, Reggie Washington, Matthew Parrish, Mark Prince, Ed Howard, Tyrone Brown, John Patitucci, Byron Landrum, T.K. Blue, Bobby Zankel and Greg Tardy.
 
Ruth Naomi Floyd, is the daughter of urban missionaries. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From a child she embraced the Christian faith and its immense body of music served as a constant influence and vital part of her life. She began to develop and share her musical talents as a young child by singing in church choirs and studying piano, flute and bassoon.
 
 
"Jazz may be the optimum creative form for proclaiming the unchanging Truth of God’s
Word. Floyd’s jazz speaks to our edgy, multiethnic, postmodern world." - Dr. John Nunes
 
Check out Ms. Floyd's latest record here.
 
In partnership with:
Christian Union
Cornell United Religious Work
New Life Presbyterian Church
Bethel Grove Bible Church
Bread of Life Anglican Church
Christ Chapel
First Chinese Christian Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Vineyard Church