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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

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

Doug Seroff

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036750.003.0005

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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