Groundbreaking vocalist Michael Mayo will perform vespers solo, accompanied only by only his own voice with loops and electronics. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Mayo is only the third vocalist to be accepted into the prestigous Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, where he learned from Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Luciana Souza. In 2016, he sang at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama on International Jazz Day and the Kennedy Center for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program.
About Jazz Vespers
Each Sunday at 6:00 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.