BETHEL AME MOORESTOWN CELEBRATES THE CHRISTMAS SEASON
WITH JAZZ VESPERS
BETHEL AME CHURCH (Moorestown, NJ) invites the community to celebrate the Christmas holidays with a Jazz Vespers service - Make a Joyful Noise! will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 4:00 pm. It will be held at the church, located at 512 N. Church Street in Moorestown.
Jazz Vespers is a new take on an old service and is typically held in the late afternoon or early evening. The service includes prayers, poetry, reflection, and music, specifically, Jazz. This is the 7th anniversary of Bethel’s Jazz Vespers. The music offered will be a mixture of jazz and holiday music and all appropriate to get listeners into the spirit of the season.
Appearing this year will be The Diane Monroe and Tony Miceli Duo. Monroe on jazz violin, and Miceli on the vibraphone, are two of Philadelphia’s most revered jazz artists and have been playing together since the mid-1980s. Both Monroe and Miceli have long histories of forging rich collaborations in Philadelphia and beyond. Monroe has bridged the jazz and classical traditions for most of her career. She studied at Oberlin Conservatory, Philadelphia Musical Academy, Michigan State University, and the Curtis Institute of Music. She toured for more than a decade with the Max Roach Double Quartet and the Uptown String Quartet and performed extensively as a member of the String Trio of New York, all ensembles which fused classical virtuosity with jazz improvisation. Monroe has played with such renowned artists as Percy Heath, Steve Wilson, Dave Grusin, Joe Lovano, Reggie Workman, Wycliffe Gordon, and Uri Caine, and is currently a member of saxophonist-composer Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound big band.
Miceli has been a force on the Philly jazz scene since 1980 while touring the world and mentoring young players as an educator. In 1990 he co-founded the group Monkadelphia, dedicated to playing the music of Thelonious Monk. He is also a member of the PhilOrch Jazz Ensemble, a quartet featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has worked with countless jazz luminaries as both a leader and a sideman, including David Liebman, Jimmy Bruno, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle, Larry McKenna, and many others.
A donation of $20 is requested and all funds go to support the activities of the 2022 Women’s Day Committee at Bethel. Seating is limited and COVID-19 protocols are in place. All those attending must wear a mask while in the building. Tickets should be reserved in advance by calling the church at (856) 235-3152. Tickets are also available through Givelify. Please see the instructions for purchasing below:
To purchase tickets, please go to:
2) Scroll down and select "Other"
3) When asked for the amount - please enter $20 for each ticket. For example, if you want 2 tickets, enter $40.
4) Click enter and then select "Women's Day Jazz Vespers
5) Click enter and then under "Add Message" please add the name that you want the tickets listed under at the door.
6) You're done! Tickets will be waiting for you at the church on December 11th!