What happens when you introduce traditional hymns and spirituals into the jazz idiom? You get the Mark Sterbank Group's annual mix of the sacred with swing.
It's mostly sacred, though. These are heartfelt and creative renderings of familiar tunes associated with church and the African-American experience. The divine chant is replaced by bop; the plaintive song is substituted with syncopation.
The concert, 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, will be held in Lightsey Chapel on the campus of Charleston Southern University, 9200 University Blvd., North Charleston. It's the eighth time the Mark Sterbank Group has presented its "Hymns and Spirituals" concert, sponsored by CSU's Horton School of Music, where Sterbank teaches.
The band consists of Mark Sterbank on saxophone, Charlton Singleton on trumpet, Fred Wesley on trombone, Tommy Gill on piano, Herman Burney Jr. on bass and Quentin Baxter on drums.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students with ID. Children under 12 are free. For ticket information, call the Horton School of Music box office at 574-5821; to purchase tickets online, visit www.csutickets.com.