Jazz Vespers

2018-2019 Jazz Vespers Series Poster

Note that the remainder of the 2018-2019 Season extends through August:
July 21: Mary-Sue Tobin, woodwinds
August 18: Stan Bock, trombone

Here is a sneak peak at the 2019-2020 Jazz Vespers Series:
September 15: Paul Mazzio, trumpet
October 20: Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
November 17: Mary-Sue Tobin, woodwinds
December 15: Allan Mair, flute & alto flute
January 19: Attila Csikos, guitar
February 16: Renato Caranto, tenor saxophone
March 15: John Stowell, guitar
April 19: Cheryl Alex, flute & alto flute
May 17: Lars Campbell, trombone
June 21: Haley Horsfall, vocals & percussion/Mike Horsfall, vibes
July 19: Devin Phillips, tenor saxophone
August 16: Stan Bock, trombone

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, October 20th, at 5:00pm at St. James will feature Rob Scheps on tenor saxophone.  Music of jazz standards begins at 4:50pm.

Rob Scheps makes his first visit to St. James this month. Rob is a renowned artist with his own citation in The Encyclopedia of Jazz. An Oregon native, he began studying the tenor saxophone at age nine. Rob grew up on Long Island, New York and graduated high school at age 16. He received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies with Honors in Performance from the New England Conservatory in 1986. He has performed with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Buddy Rich, Gil Evans, and John Abercrombie. He tours actively world-wide, and leads bands in New York, Seattle, Portland, Kansas City & Honolulu. Rob also has given clinics and classes at over 100 colleges, universities and grade schools. We are lucky to have him join us at St. James for our Jazz Vespers.

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

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.