Mood Swings: Blues, Soul, and Gospel Jazz

Written by DJ Ekonomiks on November 19, 2015

This week on Mood Swings, I explore the sweet sound of southern gospel and blues. Originally a combination of African drums and Christian hymns, gospel and blues music became an extremely unique sound in America. Other soul singers like Smokey Robinson wrote standards that would be passed down for generations. As blues rapidly evolved into jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald paved the way for gospel and soul music’s rise to popularity in the. Though the genre found it’s roots in church music – and many prominent artists started playing in the church – the style has diversified in every direction. Motown, funk, blues, and now hip hop have gospel influence.

Snarky Puppy is playing at the Roseland Theater this Saturday! This group hails from Texas and their track “Something” (feat. Lalah Hathaway) on the album We Like it Here is truly amazing.





  • I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)
    Billy Taylor Trio
    Right Here, Right Now
  • Summertime
    Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
    Ella and Louis
  • God Bless The Child
    Billie Holiday
    God Bless The Child (Single)
  • Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
    Nina Simone
    Pastel Blues
  • Feeling Good
    Nina Simone
    I Put a Spell on You
  • How I Feel
    Wax Tailor
    Tales of the Forgotten Melodies
  • My Girl
    The Temptations
    The Temptations Sing Smokey
  • Mercy Mercy Me
    Marvin Gaye
    What's Going On
  • Something
    Snarky Puppy
    Family Dinner
  • Afro Blue (Feat. Erykah Badu)
    Robert Glasper Expiriment
    Ural Thomas & The Pain

  • Show Notes & Show Blogs


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