Join us on February 26th for a Jazz Service at 10:00
followed by our Annual Meeting and Lunch
All are welcome to a fantastic Jazz Service at 10:00 with the W.E.S. Group! The service will SWING, and then you can join us for our Annual Meeting luncheon afterward in Blake Hall. Click here to RSVP. You won’t want to miss this!
What is a Jazz Mass? It is the liturgy of the worship service framed in a jazz setting with vocal interpretation of the traditional text and improvisational expression of the reverent mood. The W.E.S. Group embodies the notion that jazz as performance and ritual can delicately blend the realms of the sacred and secular in ways that speak to the hearts of all people, because jazz comes from the soul, yet is rooted in everyday life.
Jazz is an American creation that is rooted in the soul-stirring tradition of the spirituals and congregational singing of the Black Church. Jazz grew up in the secular world of bars and taverns and lived its adolescence in concert halls and on stages. The adult years of jazz saw its return to the church and spiritual traditions with Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. Duke Ellington’s sacred concerts were a re-integration of jazz music back into the church. Coltrane’s explorations were a global expression of spiritual yearning and mysticism.
Under the direction of Dr. William E. Smith, an Assistant Professor of Music at Bowie State University, they perform “A Jazz Mass,” an original composition based on the liturgy of the Episcopal Church.