Jazz Vespers

2019-2020 Jazz Vespers Series:
September 15: Paul Mazzio, trumpet
October 20: Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
November 17: Mary-Sue Tobin, saxophones & 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, January 19th, at 5:00pm at St. James will feature Attila Csikos on guitar, as well as poetry by Emmett Wheatfall.  Music of jazz standards begins at 4:50pm.

St. James Jazz Vespers welcomes guitarist Attila Csikos this January. Attila was born in Budapest, Hungary. He began playing the guitar at age 13, and studied jazz performance and education at the Liszt Academy of Music and contemporary music at Western Oregon University. Attila has been featured at the Portland Jazz Festival and has also performed in jazz festivals throughout Europe. He is an active recording artist, music arranger, and director. In addition to performing, Attila teaches guitar privately and is an adjunct professor both at Multnomah University in Portland and in the Gospel Department of the Baptist Theological Academy in Hungary.

Local poet Emmett Wheatfall will share three of his poems during the service. Emmett has published seven books of poetry and recorded five CDs featuring his work and the music of local jazz, blues, and pop artists. He has performed spoken word poetry at many well-known Portland venues, including Ivories Jazz Lounge and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Emmett has also been a featured speaker at the Oregon Poetry Association and has served on the nomination committee for the Oregon Poet Laureate.

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