Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan is known, in part, for holding the very first jazz worship service in the 1960s. Jazz ministry was established at Saint Peter’s with luminaries like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billy Strayhorn being among those attending and playing regularly.
On a recent trip to New York City, our Pastor Tom Johnson enjoyed Saint Peter’s Jazz Vespers on several Sunday evenings. He enjoyed these unique worship experiences so much that he’s invited Ike Strum, music director for jazz ministry at Saint Peter’s, to bring a jazz ensemble to First Saint Paul’s in Chicago as part of a greater, midwestern tour.
Please join us on November 10, at 5:00 p.m. as we begin with a Jazz Vespers Worship Service followed by a brief concert set at 6:30, so guests can enjoy even more of the Ensemble’s musical gifts.
As Saint Peter’s Church website says, "By nature jazz is an open art form, always growing and exploring new edges to music making. By nature, the church, too, is always listening anew to the voice of God and holding all people in a safe and creative environment to explore what it means to be people of God."
If you would like to help support bringing this unique worship experience to First Saint Paul’s, please click the DONATE button below, then select Jazz Vespers from the lisit and enter the amount you’d like to contribute.
Thank you for helping us make these musicians feel at home in Chicago and at First Saint Paul’s.