Friday, October 13, 2023

Jazz Vespers with Julian Davis Reid

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For those attending this service, please plan to arrive early to allow for time for parking and getting seated, as interest in it is high and other events on campus will be happening concurrently. Also, for complimentary parking, please have this parking pass ready to scan (on your phone or via a printout) at the entrance to the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Dr. ADA parking is available in the surface lot at the same address.

Rest, pray, celebrate, and sing at the Chapel's Jazz Vespers worship service on Thursday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. It combines the ancient Christian tradition of evening vespers with the musical idioms of jazz and gospel. At this service, Duke Chapel welcomes pianist, artist, and theologian Julian Davis Reid, who leads us in this special Jazz Vespers service. Using words, music, and the Chapel's traditional "Jazz Prayer" stations, Reid invites us into the restful lives we were created to live.

A musician, speaker, and writer, Reid has created the spiritual formation ministry Notes of Rest to invite people to receive God's gift of rest through Scripture and Black music. He also makes original music with several projects, including his own ensemble Circle of Trust, the jazz-electronic fusion group he co-founded The JuJu Exchange, and with fellow Chicagoan Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few. He has brought his music to people around the world, including at the Montreal Jazz Fest, Lollapalooza and the Berlin Jazz Fest. He has worked as a musical director at various churches, and has collaborated with Chance the Rapper, Peter Cottontale, Jennifer Hudson, Derrick Hodge, and Tank and the Bangas.