Jazz Vespers

This month, the video of Jazz Vespers is available starting on Sunday, November 15th, when we welcome our guest musician Eddie Parente on violin.

Musical accompaniment by Mike Horsfall on piano, Laurent Nickel on bass, and Brent Follis on drums. Pastor David Knapp is the liturgist, and Valarie Griffiths Brown is the vocalist. We invite you to send a donation (offering) to help support our musicians during this pandemic. Until we resume our Jazz Vespers series in-person at St. James — we hope you enjoy Jazz Vespers on video.

You can find links to all of our 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.

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, November 15th, features violinist, Eddie Parente.

Our featured artist is violinist Eddie Parente. Eddie Parente is an accomplished violinist and composer experienced in jazz, bluegrass, classical, and international folk music. Eddie has toured and recorded with a wide variety of groups, including the Cascade Symphony Orchestra (concert master), Everything’s Jake (swing), The Full Shilling (Celtic rock), The Trail Band (folk orchestra), and Mariachi Viva Mexico, to name just a few. He tours extensively in Russia performing his original jazz and Latin compositions while continuing his violin studies there. For more information go to: eddieparente.com.

Eddie is joined by our St. James house band: Mike Horsfall, piano; Laurent Nickel, bass; Brent Follis, drums; and Valarie Griffiths Brown, vocalist.

Next month our featured guests will be Kevin Deitz on bass, and Laurent Nickel on cello.

Kevin Deitz is an active jazz and classical bassist, composer/arranger, educator, clinician and adjudicator.
As a classical bassist, Kevin has performed with the Eugene Symphony, Portland Ballet Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Salem Chamber Orchestra, among others. Jazz bass performances include concerts with Mose Allison, Terrence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Herb Ellis, Dave Frishberg, Benny Golson, and Diane Shurr. Pop and smooth jazz performances include concerts with the Oregon Symphony, Sheena Easton, Robert Goulet, Tom Grant, and Marvin Hamlisch.


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.