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Monthly Jazz Mass Sunday Evenings

Sunday Evening Jazz Mass Returns Once a Month
From October 14 through May 12 , we return the second Sunday of each month to evening Jazz Mass in the Michaux House.

Once a month on the second Sunday at 5:30 p.m., our clergy lead Richmond’s finest jazz players along with cantors from our choir and congregants through a specially designed liturgy that is open to the improvisation that is the heart of jazz music.

Readings may be from Scripture, thoughtful theologians, poetry, novels, really anything that reaches for the sacred and calls for our response. We gather around a table set with the kinds of food our Lord and his disciples might have brought for an evening meal. Sharing bread and wine and fellowship, we will invite the presence of the Holy Spirit in our Eucharistic feast.

This is a service that makes its foundation on our traditions and derives its energy from jazz. It is just the way you would want to conclude your Sunday and a perfect place to invite your friends and family to join in. Great music, great liturgy, great spirit and great goodness abound. Please come often.

Victor Haskins plays the Sunday Evening Jazz MassThe Reverend Carmen Germino at the Sunday Evening Jazz MassThe Lord's Table at the Sunday Evening Jazz Mass

 Complete list of players (as of October 2, 2018)

DateBand (leader*)PictureFrom the artist
October 14 and May 12Jason Jenkins, bass*Jason Jenkins GroupI have been blessed over my musical journey to play with many wonderful musicians in many wonderful settings. For me, A Jazz Mass is very unique because I get to express myself in the music which I love, play with musician friends who I love, all in the house of the Lord who makes ALL thing possible.
November 11Taylor Barnett, trumpet*
Alan Parker, guitar
Randall Pharr, Bass
Emre Kartari, drums
 Taylor BarnettThe Jazz Mass at St. James’s Episcopal is a unique opportunity for the musicians, the congregation, and the clergy to collaborate, for the glory of God, in a creative environment that only jazz music can provide. The service is at times reflective, and at other times jubilant. We wail on the blues; we sing of God’s mercy; and there is space for everyone involved to be fully themselves.
December 9Roger Carroll, saxophone* Roger Carroll Making music for me, under any circumstance is a spiritual endeavor. Performing in clubs you are already dealing with a lot of energy so I think like a sculptor who is chipping away at the energy to create a soundscape of that moment in time. Performing in a concert sitting I think like a painter with a blank canvas to create that moment in time. In either circumstance, we the performers are only the messenger.
January 13Victor Haskins, trumpet*
Randall Pharr–bass
Tony Martucci–drums
Victor HaskinsThe Jazz Mass at St. James is a great experience–for music lovers, worshippers, and artists, all at once. I always look forward to performing in this intimate setting which allows this music–music which is improvised, so as to fit each unique moment perfectly–to be received by a multiplicity of open and sensitive ears. When you have a room which can facilitate an attentive group of humans, we all are able to share in the positive vibes, and cathartic energy that are inevitably produced by the juxtaposition of music and message.
February 10John Winn, saxophone* John WinnMusic can transform you, and stimulate your feeling of being at one with everything—which most of the time we are, even if we’re not conscious of it.

-Jack DeJohnette

March 10Brian Jones, drums*
Alan Parker, guitar
Randall Pharr, Bass
Emre Kartari, drums
 Brian JonesI experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. – John Coltrane
April 14Anthony Dowd, piano*
Alan Parker – guitar
Andrew Randazzo – bass
Aaron Binder – drums
Anthony Dowd There is a natural calm that comes over me as soon as the first tune starts on any gig. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been associated with “church music”, for most of my life. Singing in the school choir in the ’60’s, playing guitar for the folk mass at St. Bridget’s in the ’70’s, to playing at my parent’s church, St. Paul’s. There is also a calm that comes from spiritual music, so getting to put all these moments in one space gives me a “centeredness” that is unique.
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