Absalom Jones Day And Concert By Theodicy Jazz Collective (2/10 and 2/11)


Saturday, February 10th, 2024


7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19118

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In honor of Absalom Jones’ Feast Day, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill will be hosting musical guests, the Theodicy Jazz Collective, for a special concert on Saturday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. and a Jazz Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 11th. Saturday’s concert will be an interactive experience with opportunities for those gathered to sing along with the music.

Theodicy Jazz Collective is arguably the nation’s foremost liturgically based jazz ensemble, having led services and workshops at venues such as Washington National Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, and Oxford and Yale universities. The Theodicy Jazz Collective was formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2006 and grew during residency at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2008 to 2012. The band creates and leads services for a multitude of churches. The ensemble incorporates sounds from the traditions of jazz and gospel music and rhythms from Latin America and Africa. Theodicy describes their music as “a constant prayer, sometimes a shout of joy, sometimes a call to action, sometimes a cry for hope.”

Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral reflected that, “The Canterbury Jazz Mass was an absolute triumph!”

This program will be free and open to all (any donations received will go toward helping to cover the cost of TJC’s travel).

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