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, Oct. 21st, at 5:00pm at St. James will feature Renato Caranto on tenor saxophone.

Born in a small province in the Philippines in 1955, Renato Caranto studied music with his musician father from a very young age. He started performing professionally at the age of 15 and eventually traveled from his native homeland to Japan and Guam where his skills soon attracted the attention of booking agents from the U.S.
Renato is now a firm fixture in the music community throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He has recorded and/or performed with many notable local greats: Mel Brown, Tom Grant, David Ornette Cherry, Dan Balmer, Alan Jones, and Ron Steen, as well as many nationally known talents: Esperanza Spalding, Bernard Purdie, Arturo Sandoval, Curtis Fuller, Javon Jackson, James Carter, Clarence Clemons, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Grant Green, and recently with Merle Haggard. He has performed in all of the major festivals in the area and was the featured artist and poster-musician for the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival in 2006. In addition to performing and recording, Renato is an in-demand instructor of saxophone and Jazz studies. He has taught for over a decade at the Mel Brown Jazz Camp at Western Oregon University; Battleground High School; Skyview High in Vancouver; and Lincoln and Grant High in Portland.

Arrive at 4:50pm for pre-Vespers music when Renato 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!