Jazz Vespers

2018-2019 Jazz Vespers Series Poster

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, Apr. 21st, at 5:00pm at St. James will feature Devin Phillips on tenor saxophone.  Music of jazz standards begins at 4:50pm.

Born and reared in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz, Devin Phillips’ intense affair with the saxophone began at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, whose alumni include Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Nicholas Payton. There, trained in music theory and multi-styles composition, he graduated in 2000 with top honors. Performing, touring and recording with top jazz artists, such as Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, The Headhunters, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, musician Lenny Kravitz, and Los Hombres Caliente (with whom he recorded two award-winning albums) soon followed. His reputation as a sax man with intricate and rhythmically innovative sounds made him a popular feature at jazz festivals: France’s Jazz de Vien Festival; Tokyo’s JVC Jazz Festival; Istanbul’s The Ruins; Spain’s Barcelona Jazz Festival; the Netherlands’ North Sea Jazz and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

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

Each third Sunday of the month at 5:00pm, St. James celebrates Jazz Vespers with our trio, a guest musician and our own Valarie Brown. The service is followed by our Artist Reception. Join us.