Don’t Miss Jazz Vespers
When: Wednesday, May 5 at 8:00pm
Where: Youtube Livestream link: https://youtu.be/DSYVFZuSE2k
 
“Writing about jazz is like dancing about architecture.” 
-T. Monk
 
The First Religious Society’s Jazz Vespers service welcomes back Newburyport jazz master Danny Harrington (baritone sax) along with long-time collaborator virtuoso guitarist John Baboian and superb bassist John Hunter for an evening of improvisation on jazz standards. Our own FRS congregant, writer and poet John Mercer will be the reader for the evening.  Don’t miss this one! 
 
The once-a-month Wednesday Vespers service has become a tradition at FRS and features live improvisational music, poetry and meditation. Guest artists and FRS members and friends have participated including instrumentalists, singers, writers and various ensembles.
 
Baritone saxophonist Danny Harrington is a Professor of Music at Berklee College of Music, a position he has held since 1978. Before joining the faculty at Berklee College, Danny toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. Since then, he has performed with Nick Brignola, Gary Burton, Herb Pomeroy, Gary Smulyan, Joe Lovano, and George Garzone as well as leading his own group since 1980.
 
Guitarist/Composer/Educator, John Baboian, has been on the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1980. Before beginning his teaching career at Berklee, he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Berklee and later a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. Although best known for his work in the jazz & swing idioms, John has performed in the Classical, Blues, Rock, R&B, Latin and World music genres. His performances include concerts, clubs, recordings, radio and television throughout the United States and Canada, as well as performances and teaching clinics in Japan, Central & South Americas, Europe, South Africa, and the former Soviet Union including his ancestral home, Armenia. 
 
Bassist John Hunter has performed in concerts and television appearances from Maine to San Francisco while accompanying such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, James Williams, Louis Bellson, Milt Jackson, Joe Williams, Paquito d’Rivera, Marian McPartland, Jeff Coffin, Wycliff Gordon, and Mike Metheny.  His teaching credits include faculty positions since 1979 at the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, the University of Maine at Augusta, the N.H. Summer Youth Music School, and numerous clinics and workshops at colleges and public schools throughout the Northeast. 

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