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 on the third Wednesday of each month, September through May. Coming up in 2017/2018 are:

  • Sep 20 - Richard Page (sax), Cynthia Tauro (piano & vocals)
  • Oct 18 - James McGowan (piano), Michael Hanna (vocals)
  • Nov 15 - Don Cummings (Hammond organ), Chris Swain (guitar)
  • Dec 20 - Mark Ferguson (piano, trombone), Mike Tremblay (sax), John Geggie (bass)
  • Jan 17 - Briane Browne (piano), Peter Woods (sax)
  • Feb 21 - The Pollcats
  • Mar 21 - Evensong Trio: McGowan/Woods/Cogan
  • Apr 18 - John Kofi Dapaah (piano) & Colin McFarland (violin)
  • May 16 - The Steve Boudreau Trio

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.