Jazz Vespers

This 45 minute jazz musical setting of the Evening Prayer liturgy is held once a 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.  Families and children are welcome!  A reception honoring the Visual Artists of the month continues in the Pioneer Chapel at 6:00 pm.

JAZZ VESPERS ON SUNDAY, Aug. 19th, at 5:00 pm at St. James will feature John Moak on trombone.

A regular on the Portland jazz scene, John Moak returns to St. James this month. John and his wife moved from Oklahoma City to the metro area in 2005. John honed his musical chops early. He wanted to be a singer, so sang in children’s choirs growing up, and listened to Broadway musicals. Not being sports-minded, when his dad became the baseball coach of his team, John discovered the school band. His choice of the trombone was fortunate. His award-winning junior high band also brought him close to some jazz greats. Again, John explains, “… we had this unstoppable big band that won every competition. We always played last just before the headliner, and one time it was the Basie Band. I was backstage when these two large black men picked me up by my arms. They were Dennis Wilson and Booty Wood, trombone players for the Basie Band. They said, ‘Young man, who are you?’ After that, I’m sitting in the front row, five feet away from Mr. Basie, and he turned to me and said, ‘You’re wonderful.’ At that point in my life, I was determined to keep playing this stuff.” And we’re glad he did! Come and hear John with our wonderful in-house Jazz Trio.

Arrive at 4:50 for pre-Vespers music when John will be joined by our St. James house band: Mike Horsfall, piano; Laurent Nickel, bass; Brent Follis, drums; and Valarie Brown, cantor.  Vespers service starts at 5:00 pm.  Freewill offering welcome. Reception for St. James Artists-of-the-Month follows the service, in the Pioneer Chapel.  Come with friends!