Jazz Vespers

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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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Jazz Vespers at All Saints Church: Walter Smith III

We are thrilled to welcome back to All Saints Walter Smith III — one of the most exciting young jazz players in the country. With his fresh sound and compelling original compositions, he is consistently called as a sideman in some of Jazz’s developing and gifted bands including Ambrose Akinmusire’s Quintet, Christian Scott’s group, and the Sean Jones Sextet.

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Jazz Vespers: Russell Ferrante

A 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 9 with the expectation that one day he would be the church pianist… but his musical interests took him elsewhere.

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“Jazz is God’s Chosen Music”

By Christina Honchell

Jazz is God’s chosen music,
because God is the greatest of all improvisers.

Consider the Genesis creation story:
God had an idea, a theme, a place to start and maybe a place to end,
but the “getting there” is improvised.

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Jazz Vespers: Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson

Vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson have aligned their musical spirits in a way that would make any artistic duo envious. Gazarek’s top flight interpretations of the vast and varied American songbook are buoyed by the sensitivity of Nelson’s supple command and they have transfixed audiences from New York to Tokyo.

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