Both of the Sunday services this weekend, 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., will be steeped in jazz!
6:00 p.m. service music coordinator and pianist Bobby Brannock will lead a quartet featuring UNC professor Kenyon Brenner (sax), Cameron Collums (bass), and Matt Brown (drums). Vocalist Blair Carpenter will join the group at 6:00. Jazz standards by McCoy Tyner and Dave Brubeck will be heard. You will even have a chance to sing a hymn tune by Duke Ellington.
In another life (it seems...) I studied jazz bass at Berklee College of Music, Boston and fell in love with the genre. Even though much beauty can be discovered in music from the classical period and earlier, the harmonies and aesthetic brought to life in jazz creates an affect like no other. What an original American art form and gift to the world! It is also true that much can be attributed to the compositions of Debussy, Ravel, Brahms, Franck and other 19th century masters to help pave the way to the creation of jazz, which I always found very interesting.
So I do hope you will find these worship services meaningful and moving! I wish I could be there but will away for a conducting workshop in San Diego. Jazz at Plymouth is not uncommon to those who hear the musical stylings of Mr. Brannock weekly. My predecessor, I know, offered the genre in various ways to Plymouth as well, of which I'm grateful. More to come in this approach, perhaps sooner than later...
Director of Music
Each week, Director of Music Mark Heiskanen writes a Music Minute previewing the upcoming Sunday's musical offerings and occasionally opines on other music-related topics.
We are blessed by an engaging music program at Plymouth!
Mark Heiskanen has been Plymouth's Director of Music since September 2017. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Mark has experience and great interest in a diverse range of musical styles including jazz, rock, musical theatre, and gospel. He is thrilled to serve a congregation and staff that values diversity and inclusion in all facets of life.