What is Vespers?
Vespers is an ancient Christian tradition of Evening Prayer, consisting of psalms, hymns, chants, prayers, and readings from the scriptures. Today, many different spiritual communities have embraced vespers and will often include contemporary innovations such as congregational singing, readings from a variety of texts, poetry, silent meditation, or contemplation. With Jazz Vespers, an ethos of freedom and conscious choice provides a spiritual opportunity to hold improvisation as a metaphor for what it means to live in community.
Jazz for the Holidays
Wednesday, December 13th, 2023
at 7:00 pm
We invite you to join us for a winter Vespers service
that beckons you into sacred rest and contemplation
through music, poetry, prose, and song.
Reverend Jacqueline Brett, Lead Minister
All are welcome.
Guest artists Shana Tucker and Christian Tamburr
will create the setting for reflection in the
mystery and wonder of darkness and light,
grace and peace.
Shana Tucker - Guest Artist
Cellist. Singer-Songwriter. Arts Advocate. Teaching Artist. Collaborator. Cultural Conduit. In each role, Shana Tucker's unique genre of ChamberSoul weaves jazz, roots, folk, acoustic pop, and a touch of R&B into melodies that echo in your head for days.
A sought-after collaborator, Shana performs and records with legendary jazz saxophonist/composer Bennie Maupin, jazz flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, Grammy-nominated NuSoul collective The Foreign Exchange (Obama's 2022 Summer Playlist song: "Better"), Will Downing, Rissi Palmer, Nnenna Freelon, and countless others.
A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana is an accomplished teaching artist and arts administrator with over 20 years’ experience with community engagement, workshops, lesson planning and artist residency facilitation. — shanatucker.com
Christian Tamburr - Guest Artist
Christian Tamburr is an internationally renowned vibraphonist, pianist, composer and arranger with touring and performances in over 71 countries around the world. Downbeat Magazine recognized him with the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performance” award and is a 5-Time “Critics Choice Top Rising Star” award recipient on vibraphone. He leads his own critically acclaimed touring ensemble with recent performances at the Kennedy Center, The Newport Jazz Festival, and Lincoln Center.
In addition to his public performances, Christian is CEO and facilitator of Sonic Leadership, a musically inspired program on leadership and inclusion with clients such as GOOGLE, Cisco Systems, Amazon and Starwood Hotels. Christian is currently the musical director/pianist for 2018 Grammy nominated vocalist Clint Holmes, 2022 NBC “The Voice” star Wendy Moten, and singer- songwriter/cellist Shana Tucker.