The St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church presents its 20th annual Jazz Service, an Uptown Mardi Gras tradition led by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, at 9 am on Sunday, March 2. All are invited to the free worship service and the king cake reception to follow at the church, 7100 St. Charles Ave. at Broadway.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which shares worship space with St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church, joins in presenting the Jazz Service for the second year.
Dr. White, renowned New Orleans clarinetist, and the Original Liberty Jazz Band have led the Jazz Service since it began in 1994. The Jazz Service always packs the church on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday as it presents a festival of hymns and spirituals in the New Orleans jazz style.
“I am eagerly anticipating this year’s 20th anniversary Jazz Worship service. What an amazing opportunity to welcome neighbors and community partners to join us in a unique hour of worship as we celebrate the length and width of God’s welcome table and pay tribute to the city we love!” says Rev. Elizabeth Managham Lott, Senior Pastor, St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church.
Dr. White, a jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, jazz historian and musical educator, has been described as a musician who displays the feel and spirit of the best New Orleans clarinetists. In 1981, he founded The Original Liberty Jazz Band with the express intent of preserving the musical heritage of New Orleans.
For more information about the Jazz Service, visit scabc.org or call (504) 861-9514.
About St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church
Founded in 1898 and located at St. Charles Avenue and Broadway, St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church has a tradition of strong pastoral leadership, missions, music and social activism. We strive for a spirit of openness and acceptance, affirming and living out true Baptist ideals. We are affiliated with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Alliance of Baptists and America Baptist Churches USA.
About Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Redeemer Presbyterian Church is a newer worshipping community that exists to celebrate, in word and deed, the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our neighborhood and throughout the city. The Reverend Doctor Ray Cannata is Senior Pastor.