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 the programJazz contributes to the ongoing renewal of the church and Saint Peter's is one of the original sites of that innovation. Ike Sturm's 2007 Jazz Mass was written at Saint Peter's and has been performed throughout the world. This presentation features the Long Island Sound Vocal Jazz ensemble from LIU Post under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Miceli, and Sturm's group Evergreen. The featured soloists are Ingrid Jensen (trumpet) and Loren Stillman (saxophone).
Jazz Mass press
"Bassist and composer Ike Sturmâ€™s Jazz Mass
is an excellent work that melds jazz and the mass genre together extremely well, a feat Iâ€™ve not heard beforeâ€¦ Jazz Mass
, which exudes serenity, peacefulness and a still calmness, employs a choir, string orchestra, a top-notch rhythm
section and the stellar front-line of saxophonists Donny McCaslin and Loren Stillman and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.â€ť - Downbeat
4.5 star review (Full review HERE
About the composer
An accomplished bassist and leading composer of sacred jazz works, Ike Sturm designs and curates innovative programs at Saint Peter's Church. As Director of Music for Jazz, Sturm composes music for weekly liturgies and has toured the U.S., Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Norway with his band, Evergreen
. His recording of Jazz Mass
was named one of the "Best CDs of the Year" by Downbeat
. The same magazine described his 2015 Shelter of Trees
album as "undeniably beautiful." Sturm's latest project is a collaboration with guitarist Jesse Lewis called Endless Field
. Their debut album was released in 2017 on the Biophilia