Jazz Vespers

This month, be sure to join us in-person on Sunday, December 18th at 5:00pm when we continue our 2022-2023 Jazz Vespers series back in our newly renovated St. James Lutheran Church building — our special guest artist for this live performance is Kevin Deitz on bass.

Musical accompaniment by Mike Horsfall on piano and vibes, Laurent Nickel on cello, and Brent Follis on drums. Valarie Griffiths Brown is the vocalist, and Pastor David Knapp is our liturgist. Next month we invite you to attend again in our St. James sanctuary and we ask you to make a freewill donation (offering) to help support our musicians as we continue our 2022-2023 season. Although we have resumed our St. James Jazz Vespers series in-person — please remember that you may still enjoy our prior Jazz Vespers on video.

You may choose to listen below to the most recent recording of our Jazz Vespers Service from Sunday, November 20th, 2022. Click the link below to listen to this latest recording …

You may also continue to find links to all of our previous 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, December 18th at 5:00pm, features Kevin Deitz on bass.

We are excited to welcome back bassist Kevin Deitz! Kevin is an active jazz and classical bassist, composer/arranger, educator, clinician and adjudicator. He currently teaches Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Fundamentals, Music and the Media, and History of Rock and Roll at Clackamas Community College.

Be sure to join us for what’s sure to be a vibrant evening of music! The vespers will be held in our St. James sanctuary. Pre-Vespers music begins at 4:50pm. Freewill offering. Artist reception to follow in the Pioneer Chapel.

Kevin is joined by our St. James house band: Mike Horsfall, piano and vibes; Laurent Nickel, cello; Brent Follis, drums; and Valarie Griffiths Brown, vocals.

NOTE: Please join the Visual Artists’ Group on December 18th at 6:00pm in the Pioneer Chapel — immediately following the conclusion of Jazz Vespers — as they host an artists’ reception for Bob Grover, Mary Pacios, Bonnie Wilson, Rose Clementi, Friedrich Steenbok, Paula Carlson, Ron Zellar, Albert Alter and new member Teddi Eggo.

Next month’s featured artist: John Stowell on guitar. Please join us again on January 15th, 2023 at 5:00pm — as we continue our new 2022-2023 Jazz Vespers season …

The St. James Jazz Vespers series is alive and well! Since the completion of construction — we are holding our services back in our newly renovated St. James Lutheran Church building — at 5:00pm every 3rd Thursday of the month, with the prelude music starting at 4:50pm. The service consists of an original jazz-tinged liturgy, composed by Marguerite Luc, that involves the congregation and the cantor accompanied by a jazz trio. The pastor’s message is linked to a chosen jazz tune, which is performed after the sermon. The service is punctuated by thematic jazz standards featuring a special musical guest.

St. James Jazz Vespers 2022-2023 Season Announced!
Join us on the third Sunday of each month for our Jazz Vespers series. The new and exciting season has been announced and it began Sunday, September 18th. You won’t want to miss it!

The new 2022-23 Jazz Vespers guest artist roster:
Sep. 18, 2022 – Mary-Sue Tobin, woodwinds
Oct. 16, 2022 – Dan Balmer, guitar
Nov. 20, 2022 – Ben Medler, trombone
Dec. 18, 2022 – Kevin Deitz, bass; Laurent Nickel, cello; Mike Horsfall, vibes
Jan. 15, 2023 – John Stowell, guitar
Feb. 19, 2023 – Marilyn Keller, vocal
Mar. 19, 2023 – Renato Caranto, tenor sax
Apr. 16, 2023 – John Moak, trombone
May 21, 2023 – Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn
June 18, 2023 – Haley Horsfall, vocal
July 16, 2023 – David Evans, bass clarinet, tenor sax
Aug. 20, 2023 – Cheryl Alex, flute

Starting in November 2022, Jazz Vespers returns to our newly renovated St. James building. Pre-Vespers music begins at 4:50pm. Freewill offering.



NOTE: New “St. James Jazz Vespers – We’ll Be Together Again” CD Released!

The new CD, “St. James Jazz Vespers – We’ll Be Together Again”, has arrived! These musical highlights are a collection of tunes played during the pandemic shutdown from July 2020 to July 2021 by The Mike Horsfall Trio and guests of the St. James Jazz Vespers. You can purchase one for $20 at the St. James office. Enjoy!



NOTE: “Come Sunday – Jazz Standards from Jazz Vespers” CD Released.

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 St. James Jazz Vespers 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.