The Jarvis Brothers Quintet is a group of blood brothers,who have been singing for 40 plus years. They have been deeply influenced by the famous Golden Gate Quartet. As children,the brothers learned many of the songs singing with their parents,grandparents and aunts for Sunday afternoon entertainment.They began performing and developing their five-part harmony on the porch of the South Carolina home. The Jarvis Brothers have chosen Jubilee as their style of singing.This style of singing is named for the Fisk University Jubilee Singers who toured the United States in 1871 giving concerts devoted to spirituals and African-American songs.These songs were sung a cappella,unlike gospel music, stylistically accompanied by musical instruments. The Quintet's first professional concert took place at the National Black Gospel College Choir Workshop at the Omni International Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.The group was then invited to perform in concert at the United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries' Regional Mission Theology Consultation in Memphis,Tennessee. For the next eighteen years the Jarvis Brothers Quintet presented a number of notable concerts. Among them included performances at: The Smithsonian Institution, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,The Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia The Kroger Center,Columbia, South Carolina;The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Crafts,Eatonville, Florida. The Brothers have been called upon to entertain international guests of various organizations, such as Friends of America, which include Russians, Swedish, Germans, Australians, and Egyptian guests. **************** **************** The Jarvis Brothers are recipients of the 2005 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for their outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina,the brothers were also honored by the City Council of Orangeburg,South Carolina with the 2005 Edisto Award,the highest honor for outstanding community service.The Jarvis Brothers are also featured on the BellSouth 2006 African American History Calendar. **************** **************** The quintet was specifically selected for it's history of musical excellence and culture. The Jarvis Brothers innovative approach to the development of musical excellence is rooted in their ability to vocally arrange and rearrange chord structure in dynamic a cappella harmony. Their most ardent critics and advisors were their late parents who were present at most rehearsals for more than 40 years.
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