“When Jazz Meets Gospel” Part 3: “Go Down Moses”

Gary Wood

L to R: Gary Wood; Roger Evan, keyboard; Chris Green, bass; Ronnie Fenn, drums: Dan Foster, sax

Continuing Gary Wood’s Swing Band Presentation and slide show featuring the influence of the African/American tradition on Jazz.

“When Jazz Meets Gospel”


Part 3: “Go Down Moses

The Negro spiritual “Go Down Moses” dates back to the mid 1800s and relates how God sent Moses to Pharaoh demanding that he “Let my people go”, i.e. release of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. “Israel” represents the African-American slaves while “Egypt” and “Pharaoh” represent the slave masters:

When Israel was in Egypt’s land: Let my people go,
Oppress’d so hard they could not stand, Let my People go.
Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt’s land,
Tell old Pharaoh,
Let my people go.

View the complete set:
Gary Wood’s “Jazz Meets Gospel” Compilation: Parts 1 to 11

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