Vespers is the name of an evening service—which specifically includes prayers for the close of the day—that has been observed for at least the last 15 centuries.
Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church incorporates elements of jazz, blues, and gospel into this historic tradition, including the song arrangements, the harmonies, and the instrumentation. Our ensemble comprises Marisa Massery, vocals; Andy Wrba, bass; Sturgis Cunningham, drums; Katharine Wiencke, flute; and Ben Kohn, piano.
Jazz Vespers exists because Thursday is a lot different than Sunday. Perhaps you’ve had a long day at work, and you need a chance to be still. Perhaps you’ve had a long week, and you’re not sure how you’re going to make it through another day. Perhaps you still have more work to do by day’s end, but you need a few quiet moments to yourself. Jazz Vespers is a place to unwind: a place to be spiritual without being religious if one chooses, to be present without participation if desired, and to be anonymous if that’s what is needed.
There is no cost to attend Jazz Vespers. We don’t ask you to purchase a ticket, pay a cover charge, spend money on food or alcohol, or leave your kids at home.
All are welcome in this place.
Watch our Jazz Vespers intro video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU5XPTlMQx0
Check out our Jazz Vespers photo album on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjVYktpp