GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

July 11, 2013

Church hosting gospel, jazz performance

By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Renowned gospel and jazz musician Geoffrey Hicks, director of music at Tremont Temple in Boston, will perform a rare North of Boston concert in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church at 38 Gloucester Ave. in Gloucester on Sunday, July 14, starting at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Along with some upbeat and inspiring gospel hymns, Hicks will perform favorites such as “Fly Me to the Moon” and “It Had to be You,” in his classic jazz style.

Hicks, a reverend, is also known for his dynamic speaking as well as his musician skills. He has told organizers how “very excited” he is for the opportunity to perform here because he loves Gloucester.

A pianist, composer, performer, lecturer, recording artist, arranger and conductor, Hicks is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, the University of Massachusetts, Andover Newton Theological School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he received his doctorate in ministry in 2009.

The event is free, though any donation will be gratefully received. Everyone is invited and encouraged to stay for coffee after the concert and meet Hicks.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.