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. 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."
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.
The Ike Sturm Ensemble is a family of friends and musicians playing original, contemplative music and creatively leading congregational song at Saint Peter’s Church (the “Jazz Church”) in New York City and around the world. Featuring world renowned soloists Melissa Stylianou (voice), Godwin Louis (saxophone), Tim Albright (trombone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Zach Harmon (drums) and Ike Sturm (bass/compositions).
Please join us on November 10, at 5:00 p.m. as we begin with a Jazz Vespers Worship Service followed by a brief reception before the concert set at 6:30.
If you would like to help support bringing this unique worship experience to First Saint Paul’s Chicago and making these musicians feel at home here, 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.