Jazz Vespers

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, December 15th, at 5:00pm at St. James will feature Allan Mair on flute & alto flute.  Music of jazz standards begins at 4:50pm.

Flautist Allan Mair returns to Jazz Vespers this December. Allan has been involved in the Portland music scene since the mid-1970’s. His love of music and performing served him well throughout a 33-year teaching career as a high school band director. While teaching, Allan stayed active performing with many professional groups including The Art Abrams Swing Machine and Conjunto Alegre, and has also accompanied the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir. Allan has performed with Diane Schur, Ernestine Anderson, Curtis Salgado, Ernie Andrews, Kurt Elling, Janis Siegel, Darius DeHaas, and Barbara Morrison, to name just a few. In his retirement, he continues to play locally, and also enjoys traveling with his wife, Cindy.

Arrive at 4:50pm for pre-Vespers music when Allan 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.