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To Do This, You Must Know HowMusic Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition$
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Lynn Abbot and Doug Seroff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036750

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036750.001.0001

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The “Alabama Style” and the Birth of Gospel Quartet Singing in New Orleans

The “Alabama Style” and the Birth of Gospel Quartet Singing in New Orleans

(p.273) Chapter Four The “Alabama Style” and the Birth of Gospel Quartet Singing in New Orleans
To Do This, You Must Know How

Lynn Abbott

Doug Seroff

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the emergence of religious quartet singing in New Orleans. In the 1930s, quartet trainers from Alabama introduced a dynamic new style of harmonizing that sparked a “quartet fever” in New Orleans’ black working-class neighborhoods. Quartets in New Orleans developed a subtler blend of voice culture, vernacular innovation, and religious fervor.

Keywords:   religious quarter singing, Alabama, quartet singers, voice culture

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