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1938 Figure BERGAMAN 1-11-38 The Southland Singers America's Foremost Jubilee Company Will be very glad to except any open dates on your calendar for this season call Or wrote Irene Jackson 5944S Parkway 3841 Irene Jackson Harr. 8723 REDPATH THE SOUTHLAND SINGERS America's Foremost Jubilee Company Each member of The Southland Singers has attained an individual success in various jubilee companies, on the concert stage and in radio. Some of the members of this company have served as directors of great Negro choirs; others as soloists. As an ensemble The Southland Singers rank as one of the finest in America. They sing beautiful melodies of Dixieland, the Negro Spirituals, work songs and plantation shouts just as they are rendered in their native Southland. They appear in plantation costume and dramatize many of their presentations. Their success has been instantaneous and well earned. Irene Jackson, an able Negro musician and singer, is the director and organizer of The Southland Singers. About the Members of The Southland Singers IRENE JACKSON, Soprano and Manager of The Southland Singers is a native of Evansville, Indiana. She was the first Negro to receive honors at the Tribune Chicagoland Festival. Miss Jackson was a member of the Sycamore and Cypress company that enjoyed a long run on Station WLS. For many years she has been soloist at the Church of Good Shepherd. MARY JOHNSON, Mezzo Soprano was born in Montgomery, Ala. For a time she taught at Virginia State College. Since moving to Chicago she has continued as a teacher here. She served as assistant director of the Mundy Choristers and Jubilee Singers for many years. Mrs. Johnson was a featured soloist over the radio at A Century of Progress in Chicago. INEZ EDMONDSON, Contralto hails from Pueblo, Colorado, where she received her early musical training. She continued her musical training in Chicago. Her tours have taken her abroad, where she was well received. She was a member of the Sycamore and Cypress Company that sang over Station WLS. BEULAH BRANDON, Accompanist and Dramatic Reader was born in Meridian, Miss. She is a graduate of LaMone Junior College of Memphis, Tenn. She has been a member of various well-known Negro companies. She is a fine accompanist and is noted for her arrangements of Negro music. She is also a talented composer. As a dramatic reader and entertainer the adds spice and humor to the program. MERTON SMITH, Lyric Tenor grew up in Pittsburgh, where he went to high school and college. He has appeared as soloist with many notable Negro groups, including the Georgia Jubilee Singers. He made quite a name for himself over station WGN with the Clef Barons. CALVIN DELPH, Tenor born in Conway, Arkansas, received his education in Kansas City and Los Angeles. He was a member of Earl Dancers chorus, which appeared in many Hollywood productions. He was also a member of the Sycamore and Cypress company WLS. At present he is director of the choir of the First Church of Deliverance of Chicago. CURTIS JACKSON, Lyric Baritone was born in Paducah, Ky., but received his education in Indianapolis, Ind. Mr. Jackson has been assistant director of the famous Federal Glee Club since its organization seven years ago. He has many compositions and arrangements to his credit. At present he is soloist at St. Edmund's Episcopal Church, Chicago. EDWARD R. FRACTION received his musical training in Houston, Texas, where he was born. He has appeared in many large productions such as Shuffle Along,Black Birds, etc. His well trained voice, coupled with his acting ability make him a splendid asset to this group. RECEIVE HIGHEST PRAISE Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Ill., Maurine Clickener, Secretary to the President. Enthusiastically received. Their mode of presentation and costumes made the camp meeting seem authentic. We were well pleased with their selection of songs. Ferris Institute, Big Rapids, Mich., E. M. Clark, Pres. Good plus. A well balanced program. Central High School, Lima, O., H. W. Leach. Very fine. More than pleased. Printed in U. S. A.
|Title||The Southland Singers: America's foremost jubilee company|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
African American musicians
|Personal Name Subject||
Fraction, Edward R.
|Corporate Name Subject||Southland Singers|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
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