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Discover the Gospel in Jazz

Henry_butler_black_and_whiteThis Wednesday night we will have our sixth session of Discover the Gospel in Jazz.  This has been an absolute blast as The Upper Room has been filled for some great music and fun conversation about the good news of Christ.  It is not that often that 200+ people gather together to enjoy jazz in a church.

This week we welcome the New Orleans blues of Henry Butler.  9 News just did a little story on him (click here)  Here’s the video (click here)  And here’s his official website (click here).

This week we will be discussing Suffering and Sin in Jazz:  Learning to Sing the Blues.

Stay in the groove,


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tim (Pastor Les's favorite son)

posted August 22, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Just got home from Wed nights session in the Upper Room and all I can say is…”whoa, daddy…” That man plays like nothing I’ve ever seen or heard. I had the priveledge of seeing Ray Charles live at the first Winter Park Jazz Festival sometime back in the early eighties. The obvious similarities aside (and really too shallow to mention) tonight was the first time I’ve seen a performer hold an audience so firmly in the palm of his hand since that summer evening so long ago when Brother Ray AKA “The Genius” closed the show on the green slopes of the Winter Park ski area. I’m embarrassed to admit I was really there to see Spyro-Gyra earlier in the day. Boy…was that ever a wake up call! Betty Carter, Art Blakey and Ray Charles on the bill and I was there to see Spyro-Gyra. My first taste of serious hard-core jazz.
Tonights performance coupled with Pastor Roberts amazing ability to show me the gospel in almost any medium he chooses was a special treat. A feast for the eyes, ears, mind and soul. A feast indeed, but also a challenge issued to my alleged mind. A challenge to not only deal with the pain in my own life (Disclaimer: I brought my pain on myself, my loving and supportive parents had NOTHING to do with the pain I live with everyday) but a challenge to examine the way I look at other people. The nameless faces I encounter everyday as well as the people with whom I have relationships. Deep relationships as well as superficial relationships. What sort of pain are THEY living with? How does THIER pain manifest itself? How can I reflect Christs love to them? Every human being created in the image of God Almighty has a story. Pastor Robert challenged me tonight to hear as many of those stories as I can. From this day forward, when I ask “Hey man…how’re you doing?” damn it! I want an ANSWER!!
By the way…I know alot of you think Brian is Pastor Les’s favorite son, but I’ve seen Dads Last Will and Testament. Trust me on this…I’M his favorite son!

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posted August 22, 2007 at 11:20 pm

I am so glad that I found your blog.
I love jazz.
I had no idea that they had such a thing as gospel jazz.
Thank you for letthing everyone know about it and where we can get it. The link are great. Thank you so much! :-)

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