Jazz Vespers

This month, be sure to join us in-person beginning Sunday, September 19th at 5:00pm when our Jazz Vespers series returns to St. James — our special guest for this live performance will be Lars Campbell on trombone.

Musical accompaniment by Mike Horsfall on piano, Dennis Caiazza on bass, and Brent Follis on drums. Pastor David Knapp is the liturgist, and Valarie Griffiths Brown is the vocalist. We invite you to attend here at St. James and we ask you to make a freewill donation (offering) to help support our musicians as we begin our 2021-2022 season. Although we are resuming our Jazz Vespers series in-person at St. James — please remember that you may still enjoy our prior Jazz Vespers on video.

You may continue to find links to all of our previous 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.

NOTE: Unfortunately — there is no recording of our 5:00pm Jazz Vespers Service from September 19th, 2021.

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, September 19th, at 5:00pm, features Lars Campbell on trombone.

Trained in both the classical and jazz repertoires, trombonist Lars Campbell performs with the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theater orchestras; he also plays many of the national touring shows that pass through Portland.

Lars was the co-founder of the Portland Jazz Orchestra, which he ran from 2005-2010. His discography includes appearances on Storm Large’s “Le Bonheur”, Pink Martini’s “Hang on Little Tomato”, Pepé and the Bottle Blondes’ “Pambrosia”, and Portland Jazz Orchestra’s “Good Morning, Geek”. He has also composed and arranged numerous works for large jazz ensemble, trombone quartet, and jazz sextet.

Lars is the director of Instrumental Music at Clackamas Community College, where he directs the CCC Concert Band and the CCC Jazz Ensemble. He also directs the Concert Band Festival, the Instrumental Jazz Festival, and he teaches Midi Lab (Finale), Careers in Music, and other courses in the Music Department. Recently, he was the conductor for the premiere of Darrell Grant’s new opera, “Sanctuaries”.

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

Next month’s featured artist: Israel Annoh, master percussionist from Ghana.

The Jazz Vespers series is alive and well at St. James! Jazz services are held at 5:00pm every 3rd Thursday of the month, with the prelude music starting at 4:50pm. The service consists of an original jazz-tinged liturgy, composed by Marguerite Luc, that involves the congregation and the cantor accompanied by a jazz trio. The pastor’s message is linked to a chosen jazz tune, which is performed after the sermon. The service is punctuated by thematic jazz standards featuring a special musical guest.

Our new 2021-2022 roster is now available. Laurent Nickel and Brent Follis are still featured on bass and drums. There will some returning special guests, such as David Evans, John Stowell, Haley Horsfall, Allen Mair, and the Kevin Deitz/Laurent Nickel cello/bass duo, as well as some wonderful new artists: Noah Simpson, trumpet; Lee Elderton, woodwinds; Mieke Bruggemann, bari sax; and Lars Campbell, trombone.

The New 2021-2022 Jazz Vespers Guest Artist Roster:
Sep. 19th, 2021 – Lars Campbell, trombone
Oct. 17th, 2021 – Israel Annoh, percussion
Nov. 21st, 2021 – Mieke Bruggeman, baritone sax
Dec. 19th, 2021 – Allan Mair, flute & alto flute
Jan. 16th, 2022 – John Stowell, guitar
Feb. 20th, 2022 – Noah Simpson, trumpet
Mar. 20th, 2022 – Lee Elderton, woodwinds
Apr. 17th, 2022 – Ryan Meagher, guitar
May 15th, 2022 – Kevin Deitz, bass; Laurent Nickel, cello; Mike Horsfall, vibes
June 19th, 2022 – Haley Horsfall, vocals & percussion
July 17th, 2022 – David Evans, woodwinds
Aug. 21st, 2022 – John Moak, trombone

NOTE: After each Jazz Vespers at St. James, please join us for an art exhibition and reception, held in the Pioneer Chapel, organized by the Visual Artists’ Group. A new artist is featured each month.



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.