FAQ about Jazz Vespers
When is the next Jazz Vespers?
So, what is Jazz Vespers?
Jazz Vespers is a new take on an old service. One of the traditional daily offices (or services) of the church was known as Vespers. It was an evening service and included an association with light and candles. Jazz Vespers emerges as a synthesis of traditions, a blending of an age old liturgy with the unique musical language, jazz. With a freshness that is open to God's Spirit, this musical tradition sounds the hopes, dreams, joys, frustrations and pain that expresses human experience, while exploring a musical vocabulary that transcends the limits of the written or spoken word.
Cool. Who's playing?
It's a group called the Theodicy Jazz Collective. It was formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2006 and grew during residency at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2008-2012. The band has performed and created services for a multitude of churches and cathedrals up and down the east coast, including workshops at Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, and Oberlin, and conferences from Los Angeles to London. TJC has performed for the National Council of Churches, Trinity Wall Street, The General Convention and House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and had a tour of England that culminated in the world premier of the group’s own composition, the Canterbury Jazz Mass, with the choirs at Canterbury Cathedral.
Do I need to be Christian or have some preparation?
Nope. You just need to like music and be open to something new. There is not sermon or communion. Just some readings from the bible and lots of jazz music.