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The All Saints Jazz Vespers program brings together amazing musicianship and holy inspiration six times a year for a service of prayer, meditation and music. So many of them tell us that they love playing in the context of a vespers service with prayers and short meditations and the sense that this is a holy enterprise, not just a jazz concert in the church.

The February 16 edition of Jazz Vespers features saxophonist Kamasi Washington.

Life began for Kamasi Washington on February 18, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. In the Washington family music was more of a prerequisite then a privilege. But Kamasi never saw it that way, his love for music began at first sound.

In Kamasi’s senior year of high school he had the opportunity to compete in the John Coltrane Saxophone competition, in which he received the first place award. As an additional benefit to winning the competition the band of M.S.J.B. members that he assembled to accompany him had such an immediate connection that they decided to stay together and form a group that soon after would be known as “The Young Jazz Giants”.

After graduating from high school Kamasi began his studies at U.C.L.A. were the facility included some of the finest musicians in the history of Jazz, such as Kenny Burrell, Billy Higgins, Harold Land, Lew Mathews, Garnett Brown, Jeff Clayton, Gerald Wilson, and many others. By the end of his first year at U.C.L.A. Kamasi began performing with many of his professors.

Kamasi has played with many of the most legendary musicians of the current variety such as Snoop Dog, Raphael Saadiq, and many others.

Jazz Vespers are held in the church on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. We gather in the intimacy of the Chancel for an extraordinary experience of jazz in-the-round. No charge (free will offering taken) and no reservations required. Childcare provided.

Click here to visit Kamasi Washington’s Web site.

For more information, call 626.583.2725 (Monday—Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or jazz@allsaints-pas.org.

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