Bringing Down the House
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Professor/composer/bassist Michael “Doc” Woods brought together some of the area’s best jazz and gospel artists for the annual Jazz Kick-Off event on Sept. 8 in the Fillius Events Barn. “Bop My Gospel Soul” offered several recently written modern jazz tunes by Woods, gospel numbers, and a few Michael Jackson tribute songs. Guest artists performing with Woods included drummer Jakubu Griffin; Chosen Generation, the gospel choir from St. Matthew’s Temple; COGIC, of Utica; and gospel soloist Astena Smith.