Jazz Vespers

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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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Hendrik Meurkens

Jazz Vespers: Hendrik Meurkens, Sun, Apr. 19, 5 PM

Our first ever Jazz Harmonica player!

Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but now based in New York, Meurkens’ recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal.

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Bill Cunliffe

Jazz Vespers: Bill Cunliffe’s Big Band, Sunday, Jan. 18.

Bill Cunliffe

Jazz pianist, Grammy Award-winning arranger and our composer-in-residence Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Benny Golson and James Moody.

On Sunday, Jan. 18 Bill will feature his take on J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations and a special new version of “We Shall Overcome” in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ed Bacon presides.  Performance held at All Saints in the Church. Childcare provided.

Information = Melissa Hayes, 626.583.2725 or mhayes@allsaints-pas.org.

Calabiria Foti & Bob McChesney

Jazz Vespers: Calabria Foti & Bob McChesney

5:00 PM

Sultry vocalist Calabria Foti and trombone virtuoso Bob McChesney offer music gleaning their material from the best of the Great American Songbook and the world of jazz. We gather in the intimacy of the Chancel for an extraordinary experience of jazz in-the-round.

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Carol Welsman

Jazz Vespers: Carol Welsman

Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist who has captivated audiences worldwide with her expressive vocal stylings and dynamic stage presence.

Fluent in English, French and Italian, Carol blends languages and rhythms with a versatile repertoire including swing, Latin, R&B, pop and jazz.

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Left Side Sax Alliance

Jazz Vespers: Left Side Sax Alliance

In any given week you may find Jeff Driskill performing in the orchestra for the latest hit musical, lending his talents to a studio movie score, backing an A-list crooner or playing jazz in one of several respected big bands. Recently, Driskill worked with composer Randy Newman on the much lauded soundtracks for “The Princess and the Frog” and “Toy Story 3.”

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Dwight Trible

Jazz Vespers: Dwight Trible

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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Kamasi Washington, ASC Jazz Vespers, Sun. Feb. 16, 5:00 PM

The All Saints Jazz Vespers program brings together amazing musicianship and holy inspiration six times a year for a service of prayer, meditation and music. So many of them tell us that they love playing in the context of a vespers service with prayers and short meditations and the sense that this is a holy enterprise, not just a jazz concert in the church.

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Jazz Vespers at ASC, 2014

The All Saints Jazz Vespers program brings together amazing musicianship and holy inspiration six times a year for a service of prayer, meditation and music. So many of them tell us that they love playing in the context of a vespers service with prayers and short meditations and the sense that this is a holy enterprise, not just a jazz concert in the church.

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