Jazz Worship — Sunday, February 18, 2024

We invite you to join us on Sunday, February 18, 2024 as we raise the rafters of Allen Chapel with the melodies and improvisations of America’s original art form: Jazz.

The music of Count Basie, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Kenny Rittenhouse and others will punctuate the Gospel message with an urgency, creativity and tenderness that is often relegated to smoky clubs and bars like the Blue Note, Birdland or the Village Vanguard.  

A sextet of supremely talented professional jazz musicians — hailing from New York City to Washington DC to Lynchburg to Harrisonburg to Staunton — will usher in a spirit of renewal and fellowship in the holiest of settings. Our house will be full, so please come early for the 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. service.

“My music is the spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being… When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hang-ups.” — JOHN COLTRANE

Jazz sextet 2024 personnel: Neal Perrine, Kenny Rittenhouse, Lew Taylor, Greg Moody, Marlon Foster, Robert Mott

Listen to a podcast with Rev. Scott discussing Jazz Worship at Allen Chapel

Listen to a podcast interview with Rev. Scott

Invite your Harrisonburg friends to our afternoon reprise performance!

For the second year in a row, we will present a February 18th afternoon reprise of most of the music of Jazz Worship at Allen Chapel at a special Black History Month event in Harrisonburg. Joining the Time Stamp Jazz Sextet will be Dr. Joanne Gabbin, founding director emeritus of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and Dr. Edward Scott, who will present poetry and stories that tie into the music with historical context and artistic illumination.

This 90-minute, non-religious public performance is presented free of charge and will be held in the auditorium of Eastern Mennonite School, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg (near EMU) beginning at 4 p.m. Please help us fill the EMS auditorium by inviting your friends, colleagues and neighbors to this special Black History Month event in Harrisonburg!

This event is supported by grants from the Arts Council of the Valley, Eastern Mennonite School and RobertMottDesigns.com.

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A black History Month event of music, stories and poetry: Set My Spirit Free - Jazz Music's soul connection