San Francisco’s GLIDE will celebrate 50 years with Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani at the helm at GLIDE CELEBRATE50: the GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band LIVE in Concert at SFJAZZ Center - a special performance on Friday, September 20 at 7:30pm. The exclusive live event with the world-famous GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band will honor the long-running tradition of music at GLIDE and be recorded for a commemorative GLIDE CELEBRATE50 CD.
In 1963, Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani started a revolution of sorts from GLIDE Church on the corner of Ellis and Taylor, in the midst of one of San Francisco’s toughest neighborhoods. Their partnership and dedication launched a movement that was characterized by unconditional love and radical inclusivity. One by one, they changed lives of San Francisco’s poorest and disenfranchised by offering meals, housing, healthcare, treatment and, above all, spiritual inspiration.
The GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band will help celebrate GLIDE’s 50th anniversary with a special benefit concert that will mark their debut at the new SFJAZZ Center. Launched in the mid-1960s with only 10 singers and band members and jazz great John Handy, the GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band have grown to include more than 100 voices and eight musicians. Today, under the direction of John F. Turk, the GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band is one of San Francisco’s most established groups with an explosive, legendary sound that brings audiences to their feet with a mixture of spiritual, gospel, jazz, blues, pop and soul influences.
GLIDE CELEBRATE50 will take place on Friday, September 20 at 7:30pm at the SFJAZZ Center. Tickets prices range from $65-$150 and are available at SFJAZZ.org beginning August 13. A special live recording of the event will be made available through http://www.Glide.org
with proceeds benefiting GLIDE. For more information and tickets for GLIDE CELEBRATE50: the GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band LIVE in Concert at SFJAZZ Center, please visit http://www.Glide.org
or call (415) 674-6117.
Located at Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's harshest urban environments, GLIDE is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for 50 years. GLIDE is unconditional in its love, support and commitment to the community it serves – providing a range of holistic services from meals to housing to healthcare in order to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. With an unwavering commitment grounded in spirituality and emotional understanding, GLIDE is a leading organization for social justice – inspiring the larger community to celebrate humanity through compassion, generosity and acceptance. For more information, visit http://www.glide.org