Top musicians featured at Brentwood's Jazz Evensong

You’re invited to experience an evening of jazz music, grace and contemplation.

Jazz Evensong has returned to The Sanctuary at Brentwood for the new year, every Wednesday at 8 p.m.

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A write-up on the church website notes that the evenings are mostly music, with seven pieces in all. There are also prayers, inspired by the Iona Community tradition of Trinitarian thinking about the blessings of God that flow to us, moment by moment, in the most ordinary of things.

The Jazz Vespers evenings grew out of a love of jazz shared by many in the congregation, especially the minister and director of music.

“Vancouver is blessed with a rich pool of amazing talent in its jazz musicians, complemented by musicians on tour coming through town,” the write-up says. “Churches are looking to offer an alternative time and form of worship in which people can be nourished by the grace of Jesus Christ to flourish.”

Combine that with Brentwood’s warm ambience and acoustics, and it seemed a perfect fit, so the church launched Jazz Evensongs in 2013.

The 2019 schedule includes an array of vocalists and musicians, many of whom will be familiar to fans of the Vancouver jazz scene. 

On Jan. 23, audiences will hear from Susannah Adams, a Victoria-based singer known for her daring vocals and bold improvisations. The Jan. 30 session will feature Emilio Suarez, a Calgary-born musician and composer who came to Vancouver in 2015 to pursue a music degree at Capilano University. Trained in double bass, his style ranges from jazz and bebop to contemporary, classical and pop.

Dawn Pemberton
Dawn Pemberton sings for Jazz Evensong on Feb. 20. - WendyD Photography

On Feb. 6, audiences can enjoy the vocal stylings of Vancouver-based blues singer Dalannah Gail Bowen, while Feb. 13 will feature a Valentine’s celebration of love with vocalist Maria Ho, along with pianist Bob York, Noah Gotfrit on bass, Brendan Steele on guitar and Buff Allen on drums.

Feb. 20 will feature the funk-soul-gospel sounds of Dawn Pemberton, hailed as “the new queen of Canadian soul.” Feb. 27 continues with powerful female vocals, as Candus Churchill sings the music of Nina Simone. (See below for a complete list of this season's performers.)

Those who attend a Jazz evensong are invited to put money into the “thanks bucket” – a tradition borrowed from New Orleans street bands and jazz clubs – that’s passed around during the service in support of the musicians.

The Sanctuary at Brentwood is at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1600 Delta Ave., Burnaby. See for all the details.



The Hot Mommas
The Hot Mommas are featured for Jazz Evensong on April 3. - contributed

Jan. 23: Susannah Adams

Jan. 30: Emilio Suarez

Feb. 6: Dalannah Gail Bowen

Feb. 13: Maria Ho

Feb. 20: Dawn Pemberton

Feb. 27: Candus Churchill sings Nina Simone

March 6: Nancy Newman

March 13: Wild Blue Herons

March 20: Doe Bender

March 27: Ilhan Saferali

April 3: The Hot Mommas

April 10: The Milk Crate Bandits

April 17: Miles Black plays Oscar Peterson’s Easter Suite

April 24: Dylan Cramer

May 1: Adele M. Wilding

May 8: Saul Berson

May 15: Cecile Larochelle

May 22: Bill Runge

May 29: Glenn Chatton

June 5: Angela Verbrugge

June 12: Bryn Kinders

June 19: Neil Gray

June 26: Conrad Good




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