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, Feb. 17th, at 5:00pm at St. James will feature Dmitri Matheny on flugelhorn.  Music of jazz standards begins at 4:50pm.

The February Jazz Vespers features artist Dmitri Matheny, one of the finest flugelhorn players in the country. Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (San Francisco Chronicle).

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

On Tuesday, January 29th, a festive release party took place at Vino Veritas Wine Bar in SE Portland. The new Jazz CD was also featured on a local Jazz radio station in January. The recording is the result of a collaboration of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Vancouver, WA) and St. James that brought together featured guest musicians along with our St. James Jazz Trio Mike Horsfall, Laurent Nickel and Brent Follis. It is available at church for $20. Proceeds will be split between the two parishes.

Each third Sunday of the month at 5:00pm, St. James celebrates Jazz Vespers with our trio, a guest musician and our own Valarie Brown. The service is followed by our Artist Reception. Join us.