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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.

About this video

Every week at Jazz Vespers we have a guest musical group. They always play their own repertoire, which brings an amazing freshness to Saint Peter's week in and week out. But the extra-special feature of the Saint Peter's Vespers is that the musicians improvise around Psalms -- sometimes totally improvised, sometimes based on compositions by bassist and Director of Music for Jazz, Ike Sturm. This is an example of the latter, from April 16, 2017.

Melissa Stylianou - voice
Catherine Russell - voice
Misty Ann Sturm - voice
Chris Dingman - vibraphone
Rich Stein - percussion
Jesse Lewis - guitar
Loren Stillman - soprano saxophone
Ike Sturm - bass & composition