Berklee Summer in the CityBerklee Gospel and Roots Choir
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The Newport Folk Festival understands the value of a good palate-cleanser — not to mention the way folk and gospel's roots intertwine — so this year's lineup taps the rich vein of talent at Boston's Berklee College of Music to bring fans the Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir. The ensemble is led by Nedelka Prescod, an assistant professor in the Ensemble Department since 2013. Berklee has gospel choirs, but not a group quite like this, with the melding of gospel, roots, and blues plus jazz improvisation.