A Jazzy Approach To Christmas Returns to Sanibel Congregational UCC

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

After last year’s hiatus, Advent Jazz Vespers will return at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 to the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way. The service will offer delightful jazz arrangements of Christmas songs, thoughtful readings from a variety of sources, and a chance to sing favorite carols. As an added treat, the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner will read an excerpt from his new book, Angels Dancing on the Roof.

All are welcome to attend this service and to remain afterwards to enjoy light refreshments. There is no charge, though there will be a free-will offering.

Saxophonist and vocalist Shawn Allison, pianist Abbey Allison, and guitarist Dave Dust will present upbeat pieces, beautiful ballads, and other Christmas music, all with a jazz twist. Shawn will lead the carol singing, which will feature familiar Christmas songs.

The trio have chosen readings by authors, poets, orators, and theologians. These “lessons,” to be presented by members of the congregation, will emphasize Christmas miracles, peace, and the joy of the season. The story Pastor Danner will read from his new book will be both entertaining and inspiring.

The musicians are looking forward to a return to this service that was so well received in 2019. “Every year, we find lovely holiday poems and writings, and we have all these great jazz Christmas arrangements we hardly ever get to use,” said Abbey. “The idea of putting them together is very appealing.”

For more information, call 239-472-0497.

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