Jazz Vespers

This month, the video of our Jazz Vespers Service is available starting on Sunday, April 18th, when we welcome our featured guest musician John Moak on trombone.

Musical accompaniment by Mike Horsfall on piano, Laurent Nickel on bass, and Brent Follis on drums. Pastor David Knapp is the liturgist, and Valarie Griffiths Brown is the vocalist. We invite you to send a donation (offering) to help support our musicians during this pandemic. Until we resume our Jazz Vespers series in-person at St. James — we hope you enjoy Jazz Vespers on video.

You can find links to all of our 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, April 18th, features John Moak on trombone.

John has performed at St. James several times, and can be heard on the Jazz Vespers CD “Come Sunday”. He has performed with many notable artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Doc Severinsen, Dave Brubeck, Rosemary Clooney, and Clark Terry. He recently toured with productions of Annie, The Producers, Hairspray, and Chicago. John has been the winner of the International Trombone Association’s Frank Rosolino and Kai Winding Jazz Competitions, the Southern Comfort National Dixieland Championship, and a finalist in the Cognac-Hennessy Jazz Search.

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

Upcoming Jazz Vespers guest artists:
May 16th – Allila Csikos, guitar; Zsofia Csikos, vocalist
June 20th – Haley Horsfall, vocalist & percussion
July 18th – Cheryl Alex, flute & alto flute
Aug. 22nd – Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn

The special guest for the May 16th Jazz Vespers will be guitarist Allila Csikos and vocalist Zsofia Csikos.



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.