Jazz Vespers

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More Alike Than Unalike

On Sunday, July 16th we gathered in the sacred space that is All Saints Church for an awesome evening of Jazz Vespers with the brilliant Dawn Bishop. Here is the meditation offered in the service by Susan Russell … following the reading of the Maya Angelou poem “Human Family.”

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His Face

Those of us of a certain age, and younger folks with good comedic taste, will recall a running gag in the classic film, Airplane, when Lloyd Bridges’ character says “looks like I picked the wrong week to give up smoking … looks like I picked the wrong week to give up drinking … looks like I picked the wrong week to give up sniffing glue.”

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Jazz Vespers: Scott Robinson

Sunday, May 7

We are delighted to welcome Scott Robinson — with special guests Martin Wind, Bill Cunliffe & Joe La Barbera — to All Saints Church as our 2016/2017 Jazz Vespers Season continues.

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Jazz Vespers: Bill Cunliffe’s Big Band BACHanalia

Sunday, March 12

We welcome back to Jazz Vespers our own Grammy Award-winning arranger and composer-in-residence Bill Cunliffe — widely known for his swinging and lyrical pianism and his creativity and invention as a composer and arranger of jazz. Bill will be joined by special guests Denise Donatelli and Dawn Bishop.

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Russell Ferrante: Jazz Vespers

Sunday, January 15

All Saints parishioner, founding member of the YellowJackets, Russell Ferrante’s first exposure to music came from his church, where his father was the choir director as well as being a frequent vocal soloist and having a vocal gospel quartet. He began piano lessons at the age of nine with the expectation that one day he would be the church pianist … but his musical interests took him elsewhere.

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Jazz Vespers: Bennie Maupin

Sunday, November 20

A founding member of Herbie Hancock’s seminal band The Headhunters, as well as a performer and composer in Hancock’s influential Mwandishi band Bennie Maupin might be best known for his atmospheric bass clarinet work on numerous Miles Davis recordings.

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Cast All Your Votes For Dancing

Our All Saints Jazz Vespers 2016/2017 launched on Sunday, October 16 with the amazing Dwight Trible in a powerful evening of music, meditation and prayer. The poem chosen for the evening was Hafiz’s “Cast All Your Votes For Dancing.” It offered a timely message in these last days of the election cycle — timely enough that we’re sharing it here — along with the meditation that followed (offered by Susan Russell.)

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Jazz Vespers: Dwight Trible

Sunday, October 16

Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. In addition to performing with his own group, the Dwight Trible Ensemble, Dwight is the vocalist with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet and is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples’ Arkestra.

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Jazz Vespers 2016/2017 Season Announced

The All Saints Jazz Vespers program brings together amazing musicianship and holy inspiration for a service of prayer, meditation and music — and our 2016/2017 line up will include these extraordinary artists.

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Meditation for July Jazz Vespers

“What we are doing here tonight, enjoying the beauty of this music, is an act of political warfare. If we are going to heal this planet, reconcile grievances, repair harm done in the past and the present, we have to have beauty and joy in our lives.”

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Where Everything Is Holy

From the meditation given at Jazz Vespers on Sunday, May 15:

I have ceased distinguishing
between the religious and the secular,
for everything is holy:

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