Jazz Vespers

Praise God with the piano, the saxophone, and the upright bass – Psalm 150 (paraphrased). Vespers is the traditional evening prayer service.  Jazz Vespers is a modern form of this service that crosses denominational boundaries and demonstrates the unifying power of the Holy Spirit through the music of jazz.

Knox Presbyterian Church started its Jazz Vespers services in 2013 and has been blessed by many gifted Ottawa-based jazz musicians in just a few short seasons. Jazz Vespers at Knox are held at 7 pm, normally on the third Wednesday of each month, September through May.

Coming up for the 2019-2020 season are:

  • Sep 18 - James McGowan (piano), JP Lapensee (bass guitar)
  • Oct 16 - Doug Martin (sax), Yves Laroche (piano)
  • Nov 20 - Scott Poll & the Pollcats (piano, bass, clarinet)
  • Dec 18 - Mark Ferguson (piano), Mike Tremblay (sax), John Gegge (bass) 
  • Jan 15 - London Trio Plus (vocal ensemble & piano)
  • Feb 19-  Michael Hanna (voice), Clayton Connell (piano) 
  • Mar 18 - Peter Woods (saxophone)
  • Apr 15 - James McGowan (piano), Petr Cancura (sax)
  • May 20 - Don Cummings (Hammond Organ), Scott Warren (percussion)

Join us for any or all of our Jazz Vespers 2019-20 season, and please help spread the news about one of Centretown's best kept musical secrets!                                                          

Jazz Vespers Samplers:  

Improvisation on Psalm 20 by John Dapaah and Roxanne Goodman.


 Excerpts from the Sep 21, 2016 service with Peter Woods and Brian Browne


Improvisation on Psalm 57 by Mark Ferguson and Elise Letourneau.


Improvisation on Psalm 27 by Michael Curtis Hanna and James McGowan.  Based on Miles Davis' All Blues.  Filmed on November 16, 2016 at Knox Church.