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Jazz Vespers

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of jazz music, this time celebrating the holidays with Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker! This informal service includes a few prayers, a short reflection, and, of course, lots of jazz.  Brian Barlow pulls the music together, and this week’s musicians are:

John Johnson, Colleen Allen, Alex Dean, Alex Manoukus, Conrad Cluch (saxophones)

Steve McDade, Alexander Brown, Blair Yarranton, Brad Eaton (trumpets)

Jessie Brooks (French horn)

Paul Tarussov, Terry Promane, Zach Smith (trombones)

Gord Sheard (piano), Scott Alexander (bass), Brian Barlow (drums)

The service begins at 4:30pm and runs for about one and a half hours.

All are welcome.

A special thank you to the Duke Ellington Society and Rhythm Tracks for sponsoring the music!

The Story behind our

Tracking Organ

Our magnificent three manual, tracker-action organ was installed in the chancel of the church in the spring of 1982 and dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory of those who died in the First World War and the Second World War.

The organ, built by the Karl Wilhelm Company of Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, has a classical continental design. The case is made of white oak and the pipe shades are of carved butternut. Voiced in the classic French style, its 36 stops and 50 ranks are capable of interpreting a wide variety of organ literature.

Installation required considerable changes to the chancel including moving the altar forward and arranging choir seating to either side. These renovations prompted the design and production of our award-winning Benedicite Kneelers, done in needlepoint by a dedicated group of church members.