A big cross-section of the city’s top gospel singers will gather in the Hill District this Friday night for a concert honoring the gospel legend.
The Mahalia Jackson Birthday Concert, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, will also mark the debut of the Lemington Seniors Community Gospel Choir.
Other singers performing include The Clara Ward Singers, Deborah Moncrief, Zanetta Wingfield, Yolanda Rodgers Howsie, Cheryl El Walker and at least one performer well known outside gospel circles: Mandy Kivovitz Delfaver, a.k.a. Phat Man Dee.
The show, featuring songs Jackson made popular, is presented by Deryck Tines of deryck tines group (no slouch behind the mike himself).
Jackson, who died 40 years ago, at age 61, was billed as “the world’s greatest gospel singer.” Her recordings included “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” “Didn’t It Rain,” “How I Got Over” and “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”
Ebenezer Baptist is at 2001 Wylie Ave., in the Hill.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available at Central Baptist church offices, Dorsey’s Records, in Homewood; Stedeford’s Records, on the North Side; and at showclix.com.
For more information, call 412-983-8895.