Jazz Vespers

NOTE: Jazz Vespers, along with all other worship services and most ministry gatherings, HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED indefinitely. However, we can now watch video recorded on June 16th in Portland, OR, featuring Mike Horsfall on piano, accompanied by Haley Horsfall on vocals & percussion.

We are planning to record and edit more Jazz Vespers that will be available online Sunday, July 19th, featuring Devin Phillips on tenor saxophone, accompanied by our St. James Jazz Band: Mike Horsfall, piano; Laurent Nickel, bass; Brent Follis, drums; and Valarie Brown, soloist. We invite you to send a donation (offering) to help support our musicians during this pandemic. Although we cannot currently gather at St. James, we can still listen to Jazz Vespers on video.

You can find links to these 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.

2019-2020 Jazz Vespers Series:
September 15: Paul Mazzio, trumpet
October 20: Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
November 17: Mary-Sue Tobin, saxophones & woodwinds
December 15: Allan Mair, flute & alto flute
January 19: Attila Csikos, guitar
February 16: Renato Caranto, tenor saxophone
March 15: John Stowell, guitar
April 19: Cheryl Alex, flute & alto flute
May 17: Lars Campbell, trombone
June 21: Haley Horsfall, vocals & percussion; Mike Horsfall, vibes
July 19: Devin Phillips, tenor saxophone
August 16: Stan Bock, trombone

This 45 minute jazz musical setting of the Evening Prayer liturgy is held on the third Sunday of each month at 5:00pm.  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.  Families and children are welcome!  A reception honoring the Visual Artist of the month continues in the Pioneer Chapel at 6:00pm.

JAZZ VESPERS ON SUNDAY, July 19th, at 5:00pm at St. James will feature Devin Phillips on tenor saxophone.  Music of jazz standards begins at 4:50pm.

Arrive at 4:50pm for pre-Vespers music when Devin will be joined by our St. James house band: Mike Horsfall, piano; Laurent Nickel, bass; Brent Follis, drums; and Valarie Brown, cantor.  Service starts at 5:00pm.  Freewill offering welcome. Come with friends!

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.