Jazz @ Emmanuel
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“Jazz at Emmanuel — where the spirited and the spiritual join together in a new kind of celebration!”
Jazz Vespers incorporates a series of finger-snapping jazz meditations and stirring poetic or interpretive readings that celebrate who we are as beloved human beings before a benevolent and wondrous creator. A scriptural message and passing of the peace round out the celebration of the theme of the day. This not-to-be-missed, unique worship experience is one everyone will want to see and hear for themselves.
We call it Jazz Vespers, first of all, because it takes place at 5:00 in the evening, but also, because the music is meant for worship meditation. The first time you think of it this way, see if you can notice there is space in the music… and that’s another good reason for JAZZ at Emmanuel.
Directed by Dr. James Johnson Jr. of the Afro-American Music Institute on piano, the Jazz ensemble includes ** bassist, Tony DePaolis, Lou Schreiber on reeds, James Johnson III on drums, and Pamela Johnson on vocals, as well as occasional guest musicians.
Any offering goes directly to support Jazz at Emmanuel, our musicians, and guest artists.
**Note: David Pellow of CMU’s Jazz Studies Dept. was with Jazz @ Emmanuel for many years. He has “retired” to take a position teaching. God Speed, Dave!
Always the 2nd Sunday at 5:00 pm, September through May