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Duryee AME choirs in sound hands with Tucker

Larissa Tucker (in red) leads the Duryee Voices in rehearsal recently at the Duryee Memorial AME Zion Church. With Tucker are Irene Van Slyke, right, Inez Walker, background, and Tucker's daughter, Aaryiah Thompson, left. (Bill Buell/For The Sunday Gazette)
Larissa Tucker (in red) leads the Duryee Voices in rehearsal recently at the Duryee Memorial AME Zion Church. With Tucker are Irene Van Slyke, right, Inez Walker, background, and Tucker's daughter, Aaryiah Thompson, left. (Bill Buell/For The Sunday Gazette)
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Larissa Tucker says her grandmother, Lee Toland, didn’t sing a lick as far as she knows. Her kids and grandkids, however, weren’t so bashful. Tucker is director of the Duryee Voices of the Duryee Memorial AME Zion Church on Schenectady Street in Schenectady and also is in charge of the church’s combined choir and the children’s choir. Along with her duties of directing the groups and organizing them, she also lends her own voice to ...

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