Music: The Gospelers

Nothing in Washington's International Jazz Festival was quite so impressive as the sight and sound of an ample woman swathed in yellow chiffon walking down the aisle, borrowing hats, a mink cape and a couple of purses, while singing Packin' Up (for a trip to the "Great Beyond"). Singer Marion Williams was remarkable not only for her display of a gold tooth embellished with a star, but also for her voice—supple, easy-ranging and capable of lyric flights and hallelujah shouts of shattering force. Singer Williams and the other members of her Stars of Faith group are riding comfortably on a...

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