Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Shepherd who...

Preparing a post recently on the passing of Alice Babs, I happened across this video clip (above) from the documentary  Shepherd of the Night Flock. The documentary concerns Father John García Gensel who was Father of the St Peter’s  Lutheran Church, Lexington Avenue, New York and Honorary Member of the Duke Ellington Music Society. Father Gensel inspired the composition The Shepherd Who Watches Over The Night Flock (a composition which, according to Norman Granz, was first improvised by Ellington in performance for Joan Miró in the South of France. The music was incorporated into a performance for the full band that same evening).

You can read more about Father Gensel here and his obituary in The New York Daily News from 1998 may be read here.

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