Jazz Vespers

2018-2019 Jazz Vespers Series Poster

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, Dec. 16th, at 5:00pm at St. James will feature Allan Mair on flute & alto flute.  Music of jazz standards with a holiday flair begins at 4:50pm.

Allan Mair has been involved in the Portland music scene since the mid-1970s. 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, 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!