Jazz Vespers

This month, be sure to join us in-person on Sunday, May 15th at 5:00pm when our Jazz Vespers series continues next door at Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist — our special guest artist for this live performance is Kevin Deitz on bass.

Musical accompaniment by Mike Horsfall on vibes, Skip VonKuske on cello, and Brent Follis on drums. Pastor David Knapp is the liturgist, and Valarie Griffiths Brown is the vocalist. We invite you to attend next door at Sixth Church and we ask you to make a freewill donation (offering) to help support our musicians as we continue our 2021-2022 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 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.

NOTE: Unfortunately — there is no recording of our 5:00pm Jazz Vespers service from September 19th, 2021.

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 15th at 5:00pm, features Kevin Deitz on bass.

This month’s featured artist is 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. As a classical bassist, Kevin has performed with the Eugene Symphony, Portland Ballet Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Salem Chamber Orchestra, among others. Jazz bass performances include concerts with Mose Allison, Terrence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Herb Ellis, Dave Frishberg, Benny Golson, and Diane Shurr. Pop and smooth jazz performances include concerts with the Oregon Symphony, Sheena Easton, Robert Goulet, Tom Grant, and Marvin Hamlisch.

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

Next month’s featured artist: Haley Horsfall, vocals & percussion.

The St. James Jazz Vespers series is alive and well! During construction at St. James, Jazz services are being held next door at Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist 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.

Our new 2021-2022 roster is now available. Laurent Nickel and Brent Follis are still featured on bass and drums. There will some returning special guests, such as David Evans, John Stowell, Haley Horsfall, Allen Mair, and the Kevin Deitz/Laurent Nickel bass/cello duo, as well as some wonderful new artists: Noah Simpson, trumpet; Lee Elderton, woodwinds; Mieke Bruggemann, bari sax; and Lars Campbell, trombone.

The New 2021-2022 Jazz Vespers Guest Artist Roster:
Sep. 19th, 2021 – Lars Campbell, trombone
Oct. 17th, 2021 – Israel Annoh, percussion
Nov. 21st, 2021 – Mieke Bruggeman, baritone sax
Dec. 19th, 2021 – Allan Mair, flute & alto flute
Jan. 16th, 2022 – John Stowell, guitar
Feb. 20th, 2022 – Noah Simpson, trumpet
Mar. 20th, 2022 – Lee Elderton, woodwinds
Apr. 17th, 2022 – Ryan Meagher, guitar
May 15th, 2022 – Kevin Deitz, bass; Laurent Nickel, cello; Mike Horsfall, vibes
June 19th, 2022 – Haley Horsfall, vocals & percussion
July 17th, 2022 – David Evans, woodwinds
Aug. 21st, 2022 – John Moak, trombone



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.