|Posted by CornelleKeveen on March 20, 2011 at 8:37 AM|
The Godfather of Gospel Music in New Orleans
Patriarch of the Gospel Tent at
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
I could tell you all about his legacy that began in the early 1940’s when he joined one of the most storied Gospel singing groups in the history of New Orleans and the world. I’m speaking of The Zion Harmonizers. I could tell you a little about how this group headlined the very first Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans back when it was staged at Armstrong Park in 1970. I could also tell you how under the guidance of Mr. Washington, The Rhodes Gospel Tent became and still is without a doubt the most popular music attraction at the festival. Yes there are so many things to be said about this man named Sherman Washington.
But I’ll tell you what I know personally. Mr. Washington LOVED Gospel Music. It was a part of his genetic make-up. It lived within his bones and stretched out into his soul. He lived for songs of praise. Anyone who had the great pleasure of meeting this man would testify to my sentiment. He loved Gospel singing and if you sang Gospel music or had anything to do with the forward momentum of the music, Sherman Washington loved you. I really don’t need to say much more. Sherman walked out of the crib giving praise and he never stopped, not even when confined to a wheelchair in the latter years of his life.
I’ll let you all witness this iconic spirit of dedication for yourselves. I pray that you enjoy Sherman Washington and his beloved Zion Harmonizers.
You will never be forgotten Mr. Sherman and in the words of the song that you loved to sing. You are Never Alone.