Church of the Advent
Parish of Colwood and Langford           Anglican Church of Canada

Jazz Vespers

Oct 19 Andrew Greenwood


We dare to call ourselves “Victoria’s hippest church” not because of our own arrogance but because more than one jazz musician has used such words to describe our Jazz Vespers programme, now entering its eighth season.

This meld of an ancient monastic service and improvisation-based jazz is now hugely popular.  Our musicians are amongst Western Canada’s finest performing musicians.  Our minister  improvises in his homily on the music presented.  This service is appropriate for those familiar with church and those new to any form of Christian Ministry.  JV occurs on the Third Sunday of each month, Sept – May at 7 p.m. 

Recent performers have included:

Bruce Hurn’s Jazz Orchestra Collective (18 piece Big Band)

Brent Jarvis, Piano

Ken Lister, Bass

Bob Brown, Drums

Patrick Godfrey, piano

Roy Styffe, Saxophone

Patrick Boyle, Trumpet

Pablo Cardenas, Piano

Sean Drabitt. Bass

Kelby MacNayr, Drums

Chris Donnelly, Piano

Dan Fortin, Bass

Ernesto Cervini, Drums

Other BC legends have included

Ian MacDougall, Trombone

Ross Taggart, Piano

Campbell Ryga, Sax

Hugh Fraser, Piano

Kelby MacNayr, Drums

Tony Genge, Piano

Joey Smith, Bass

The late Josh Dixon, Drums

Karel Roessingh, Piano

Daniel Lapp, Trumpet & Vocals

Brooke Maxwell – Piano/Voice

Phil Dwyer, Piano

Bruce Hurn, Trumpet

Louise Rose, Piano

Read a recent review of JazzVespers Mar '12

 The talent is brilliant; the mood is cool and reflective; God is named and celebrated . . . and there’s space for everyone, and we do mean . . . everyone

 There is no charge but a freewill offering is encouraged.

 For more local jazz Vespers options visit

St. John’s United Church, Deep Cove 

Local Jazz information

Herman’s Jazz Club lineup