Jazz at Emmanuel — where the spirited and the spiritual join together in a new kind of celebration — currently is in its 20th 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. 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. of the Afro-American Music Institute on piano, bassist David Pellow of CMU’s Jazz Studies Dept., and James Johnson III on drums, as well as weekly guest musicians.

This season’s remaining dates (always second Sunday of month @ 5:00pm) are:

Nov 8 Naive Grace
Dec 13 One Gift, Slightly Used
January 10 When You Walk Trough Fire
Feb 14 Broken Wings
March 14 There’s No Language God Doesn’t Understand
April 11 Render unto Caesar
May 9 The Back Fence Virtues


Call 412.231.0454 for more information.
957 W North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
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