Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir @ Slim’s

(Courtesy of the choir)

Nothing says Christmas like some good ol’ holiday music, and there’s no better way to experience that than by listening to a 55-strong choir sing and harmonize its heart out. Formed in 1986 by Terrence Kelly during a gospel workshop at Living Jazz’s Jazz Camp West, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir consists of a multitude of musicians representing different faiths, religions, and orientations. In the early days, Kelly says churches often refused to work with the choir and that many people had difficulty understanding the difference between “interfaith” and “nondenominational.” Fortunately, both of those things are in the past, and the choir has a long history of celebrating the holiday season and the beginning of the new year at Slim’s.

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