Jazz Vespers

This month, the video of our Jazz Vespers Service is available starting on Sunday, May 16th, when we welcome our featured guest musicians Attila Csikos on guitar and Zsofia Csikos-Tardy on vocals.

Musical accompaniment by Mike Horsfall on piano, Laurent Nickel on bass, and Brent Follis on drums. Pastor David Knapp is the liturgist, and Valarie Griffiths Brown is the vocalist. We invite you to send a donation (offering) to help support our musicians during this pandemic. Until we resume our Jazz Vespers series in-person at St. James — we hope you enjoy Jazz Vespers on video.

You can find links to all of our Jazz Vespers recordings by navigating to “Communications > Music” on the main navigation menu at the top of the page. Or you can click here to be linked directly to the “Music” page.

This 45 minute jazz musical setting of the Evening Prayer liturgy is held on the third Sunday of each month.  Professional jazz musicians and vocalists lead this reflective service with scriptural reading, psalms, hymns, and prayer.  Preludes and postludes from the broad jazz repertoire precede and follow the service.

JAZZ VESPERS ON SUNDAY, May 16th, features Attila Csikos on guitar and Zsofia Csikos-Tardy on vocals.

Our featured artists are husband and wife Attila Csikos and Zsofia Csikos-Tardy. Attila and Zsofia were born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, and both attained music degrees from the Liszt Academy of Music. Zsofia earned Master of Music degrees in Choir Conducting and Music Education. Attila earned his Bachelors in Music Education from the Academy, and his Masters in Contemporary Music from Western Oregon University after they moved from Budapest to Portland. They both have toured Europe extensively, and are now an integral part of the Portland music scene. They are tireless educators, each maintaining private teaching studios; Attila teaches at Clackamas Community College, and Zsofia teaches jazz voice at Lewis and Clark College.

Attila and Zsofia are joined by our St. James house band: Mike Horsfall, piano; Laurent Nickel, bass; Brent Follis, drums; and Valarie Griffiths Brown, vocals.

Upcoming Jazz Vespers guest artists:
June 20th – Haley Horsfall, vocalist & percussion
July 18th – Cheryl Alex, flute & alto flute
Aug. 15th – Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn

Our June Jazz Vespers service will be shared here on our church website and YouTube channel on Sunday, June 20th. The featured artist for June will be vocalist Haley Horsfall. Haley has been performing in the Portland area for almost 20 years, with a variety of groups and genres. She studied voice with Valerie Day and percussion with Israel Annoh. Haley has collaborated, toured, and recorded with groups ranging from pop, neo soul, Afrobeat, hip hop, and jazz. She recently toured and recorded with Portland’s own pop sensation, Nu Shooz. She has performed in many of Portland’s jazz clubs with her father, director of Jazz Vespers, Mike Horsfall. Haley also teaches yoga and is studying physical therapy. It is fitting that Haley is this month’s musical guest as June 20th, Jazz Vespers Sunday, is Father’s Day. Haley will be joined by Laurent Nickel on bass, Brent Follis on drums, cantor Valerie Brown, and pianist Mike Horsfall.

Our special guest for the July 18th Jazz Vespers video recording will be Cheryl Alex on flute & alto flute.

NOTE: Be sure to join us in-person beginning August 15th at 5:00pm when our Jazz Vespers series returns to St. James — our special guest for this live performance will be Dmitri Matheny on flugelhorn.



NOTE: “Come Sunday” Jazz CD Released

Jazz Standards from Jazz Vespers

The recording, “Come Sunday”, was jointly produced by St. James Lutheran and St. Luke’s Episcopal churches. The Mike Horsfall Trio, with Laurent Nickel on bass and Brent Follis on drums, is featured on the CD, along with some guest performers. CDs are available at the front desk for $20 — all proceeds benefit Jazz Vespers.

The Jazz Vespers at St. James Lutheran Church is held at 5:00pm every 3rd Sunday of the month. It is a welcoming, inclusive, meditative message, delivered in part by a beautiful, original liturgy, punctuated with select jazz standards throughout. The music is performed by the Mike Horsfall Trio, and features a special guest each month. All are welcome.