Are there parallels between jazz “scat singing,” (vocal improvisation) and the pentecostal practice of speaking in tongues?
The next progression of Stowe’s analysis concerns how African-American inspired music—such as rock ‘n’ roll—has influenced non-African-American churches.
With song titles such as “Gates of Babylon,” “Heaven & Hell,” “Holy Diver,” and “The Devil You Know” there is an inescapable religious quality to his persona.
Sociologist Deena Weinstein (De Paul University) and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Anthea Butler (University of Pennsylvania) are big fans.
Moreover, it becomes clear that for many musicians, jazz became its own religion.