Jazz Vespers ‘In the Key of Love’

Closing out the Gibson’s Landing Jazz Festival, St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church (North Road @ Gibsons Way) will host “In the Key of Love,” a Jazz Vespers service on Sunday, June 18 starting at 5:30 p.m.  Vocalists Karin Plato and Jacquie Allan, backed by Ken Dalgleish on piano and Ron Thompson on guitar, will provide mellow jazz accompaniment for this contemplative service that explores the various nuances of love expressed through music and spoken word. All are welcome. Admission by donation (suggested: $10 per person).

Now an annual JazzFest tradition, the Jazz Vespers service provides a new take on an old church tradition and a time to reflect, wind down and prepare for the week to come with vibrant, joyful and thought-provoking music and readings. Like the jazz genre itself, the modern vespers service is a synthesis of several traditions – giving voice to the hopes, dreams, and pain that expresses human experience and using song as a musical incense to collect and carry the thoughts and emotions of those in attendance. Since its inception in New York in the 1960s, the Jazz Vespers experience has embraced work by many modern composers including Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and James Coltrane. St. John’s African Orthodox Church in San Francisco actually regards Coltrane as its ‘patron saint.’ Since the jazz tradition originated in a church ( where traditional hymns took on the rhythms and tones of the African-American slaves’ work songs) it is appropriate to bring the music into the service – coming full circle at the end of the day, and the end of the festival.

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