SPIRITUALITY, IMPROVISATION AND CREATIVITY
“The Gospel of Jesus Christ… is about a very, very deep spirituality and about a connectedness between human beings and God, who created human beings. Jesus came into the world pointing, always pointing, to God and helping people find the way to be in relationship with God. … If you really listen to and watch jazz musicians do their craft, do their music, you’ll notice quite often that there is a unity, a oneness that happens within a jazz group that is there because of intuition and spirit. Jazz is a very deeply spiritual music, and the musicians are connected to one another intuitively and responding to one another the way that we are encouraged by Jesus to be in contact with God through our spirits. … Jazz is sometimes about call and response, and it’s also about improvisation and it’s also about multi rhythms. All of these things are the kinds of attributes that are spiritually grounded and take us back to Jesus calling us into the world to respond to conditions by always being ready to create and to improvise and to do what is necessary in the moment to make harmony, to make love happen, to make the world a better place. And ultimately that’s what jazz does.” – Rev. Geoffrey Black, former president, United Church of Christ
JAZZ PIANIST MICHAEL RUSSELL JOINS PASTOR GAGE ON JULY 9, 16 & 23 TO EXPLORE JAZZ, FAITH AND OUR GOD-SHARED CREATIVITY.