Jazz at Emmanuel — where the spirited and the spiritual join together in a new kind of celebration — currently is in its 22th season at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on the Northside.

Jazz @ E. was created as an ecumenical jazz service to provide people with an opportunity to worship in a different and very creative way, where the music sends a message of hope. Visitors are invited to meditate, celebrate, or simply enjoy the richness of the words and music, encouraged to reflect on the readings as each experiences the "jazz meditations." The hope is that Jazz at Emmanuel will reveal some surprising, exciting, funny, hopeful, and intriguing things about the One who is the focus of the celebration.

Dr. James Johnson Jr. on piano (1999)

The service, conducted on the second Sunday of each month from September through May, has mushroomed from a handful of original followers to over a hundred diverse people, drawn to the 123 year-old church at 957 West North Avenue in Pittsburgh's historic Northside. Each service is built around a theme and the musical selections reflect the message. Included among the stellar lineup of local musicians are Dr. James Johnson Jr., David Pellow, Lou Schreiber, and James Johnson III,  as well as weekly guest musicians.

This 2010 – 2011 season’s dates (always second Sunday of month at 5:00pm) are:

September 12 Morning Has Broken
October 10 Rediscovery
November 14 God’s Fingerprints
December 12 The Journey
January 9 One
February 13 This I Believe
March 13 Mama Said (…there’d be days like that)
April 10 Out of the Ashes
May 8 Well Done (good and faithful servant)

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