Jazz in the City | Pat Wright and the Shades of Praise Gospel Choir


Sunday, December 16, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

Patrinell “Pat” Wright was born in Carthage, Texas to a Baptist preacher dad and a school teacher mom. Introduced to music almost at birth, she sang her first solo at the age of three. By the time of her 14th birthday, she had taught herself to play the piano and was directing two choirs in her father’s church. Wright attended Turner High School in Carthage where she graduated as valedictorian of her class. She went on to attend college at Prairie View A & M in Hempstead, Texas. In 1964, Pat moved to Seattle, Washington. Pastor Wright is married to Reverend Benny Wright. They have two children and five grandchildren.

In 1973, Wright founded Total Experience Gospel Choir, which went on to travel and perform in 38 states, in 22 countries, and on 5 continents. The choir featured performers ages 7–72 and had to its credits numerous awards and seven recordings. While performing in and directing the choir, Wright also released her first solo CD entitled “I’m So Glad! A Spiritual Reunion of Drums & Voice.” Over her long musical history, Wright has received numerous awards and citations, including the Washington State Governors Ethnic Heritage Award for helping to preserve Black Gospel music in the State of Washington; Women in Communication Award; Jefferson Award, awarded annually for Outstanding Community Service by Seattle’s Post Intelligencer Newspaper and Boeing Aircraft Company; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award; the Edwin T. Pratt Award from the Urban League of Greater Seattle; the Community Mentoring and Legacy Award presented by Women of Color Empowered in 2007; and the Guiding Lights Weekend Luminary award for Mentoring in 2007 and 2008.

The Shades of Praise Gospel Choir is located in the St. Therese Parish of Seattle. Mr. Kent Stevenson serves as director and pianist.

Jazz in the City at the Frye Art Museum is a free, bi-monthly performance series produced in partnership with Ariel Media, with a purpose to celebrate the art form of jazz music and its long-standing influence and vibrancy in the city of Seattle. The Frye's First Hill location is adjacent to Seattle’s historic Jackson Street Jazz District: a combination of The Central District and the current International District, which comprised the historic China Town, Japan Town and Filipino Town. The Jackson Street Jazz District nurtured such renowned artists as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ernestine Anderson, and Jimi Hendrix.

This musical program is supported by The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation and the Frye Foundation.

Photo: Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times


Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, and may be picked up at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating, so please arrive early.

As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, call 206 432 8289 or email rsvp@fryemuseum.org at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and may claim their tickets one hour prior to the start of the program.