Sunday, May 02, 2010

Saint Peter's Church, The "Jazz Church"


In New York, there is a christian church where one can enjoy jazz in the liturgy, all sundays!, this is the Saint Peter's Church, located in 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street.

For nearly 40 years, the Jazz Ministry of Saint Peter's Church has been the spiritual home for jazz in New York City. Started by Pastor John Garcia Gensel out of his passion for the music and as part of his ministry at Advent Lutheran Church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the Jazz Ministry settled into its permanent home at Saint Peter’s Church in 1966. Since then, the international jazz community has defined Saint Peter’s as the “Jazz Church”.

The Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s Church is a home for diverse individuals and communities which celebrates the dignity and vitality of jazz, provides vibrant worship and pastoral care, and, through intersecting partnerships, offers jazz programs, education and services.

A lot of musicians have played at the Saint Peter's Church; from Eddie Bonnèmere, Tommy Flanagan, Jane Jarvis to current artists as Tyrone Birkett, Keisha St. Joan, Maria Puga Lareo, Susanna Lindeborg, among others. The musical director of the Jazz Ministry is the bassist and composer, Ike Sturm, who is a very known and virtuous sacred jazz musician.

Website of Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter's Church: http://www.saintpeters.org/jazz