Each Sunday at 5:00 P.M. an open community gathers for prayer and reflection on the lines of sacred scripture and jazz.
The community is diverse and includes people who live near and far, native and new New Yorkers, and people visiting New York City. Oftentimes churches will bring groups from their home congregations. Others are not Christians or are exploring Christianity for the first time in this supportive environment. Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play.
As at every other liturgy of Saint Peter's Church, everyone is welcome.
At every Jazz Vespers thereâ€™s an improvisation on a Psalm. Sometimes its based on a harmonic structure composed by Ike Sturm, sometimes its modal, sometimes its free-formâ€¦ there are lots of ways itâ€™s done. In this case, on September 24, it was a blues. With Ike Sturm on bass (check that solo!) and the amazing singers Melissa Stylianou (on the right) and Laila Biali (left).