Date(s) - 10/10/2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Epiphany Lutheran Church
Jazz Vespers is a short evening prayer service at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Carbondale, led by Pastor Dan Whitfield with members and guests of the New Arts Jazztet.
Jazz, born over a century ago, is a musical art form embraced as a universal force for peace, dialogue, and unity, regardless of borders, distance, or differences. From its beginning, a number of highly regarded artists have identified with the sacred in jazz—Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Duke Pearson, Donald Byrd, McCoy Tyner, John McLaughlin, Brian Blade, and Kamasi Washington, among many others. While they may or may not be considered religious individuals, they seem to have a deep spiritual sense, perhaps humbly thinking of themselves as vessels for expressions of the Spirit.
It is in this rich tradition that the Jazz Vespers at Epiphany Lutheran Church is undertaken. The musical works chosen and the performances of them are to the glory of God. They also honor those who may have originally written and performed them with sacred purpose. And it is hoped that they will inspirit all who hear them this day.
Music for this service will include works by George Benson, Duke Jordan, Harold Land, Pat Metheny, Mulgrew Miller, and Cal Tjader, performed by members and guests of the New Arts Jazztet—Bob Allison, trumpet; Isaac Lausell, guitar; Mel Goot, piano; Phil Brown, bass; and Jimmy Beers, drums.