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Gospel Saxophonist Vernard Johnson.

Alto saxophonist Vernard Johnson He's a musical oddity, a gospel saxophonist. His saxophone was considered too raucous for the Gospel circuit when he began playing in the mid-60's, but eventually he became a favorite on the evangelical circuit. Robert Palmer, in "The New York Times," writes, "The force and passion of the man's alto saxophone sounds are matched only by its creamy richness...listeners may think it sounds more like rhythm and blues, rock, or jazz than conventional Gospel music." He has an album called "I'm Alive," on the Elektra Nonesuch label. (Rebroadcast. Original date 8/27/91).

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Other segments from the episode on November 29, 1991

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 29, 1991: Interview with Vernard Johnson; Interview with Annie Leibovitz; Review of the album "Two Room."

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