79Jazz Vespers Concert- check it out!
- Jun 23, 2006Hello friends,
My church, Hatboro Baptist ( http://www.hatborobaptistchurch.com ) is
hosting a Jazz Vespers Concert on Saturday July 15th, at 4:30pm. My
guitar teacher, Pete Smyser ( http://www.smyser.com ), and his jazz
quartet, will be performing jazz and American songbook standards
with a spiritual theme as part of our first jazz vespers service,
including works by Duke Ellington, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane and
The quartet is comprised of an amazingly talented group of
professional jazz musicians from the Philadelphia area, including:
Pete Smyser- guitar ( http://www.smyser.com )
Jim Ridl- piano ( http://www.jimridl.com )
Paul Gehman- upright bass
Jim Schade- drums
There is no charge for admission. Free-will donations accepted at
the door. Refreshments and meet-and-greet with artists afterwards.
This will be a lot of fun if you enjoy great jazz!
I hope you will make plans to join us!
Here is more info from the press release I sent out:
Jazz Guitarist Pete Smyser ( http://www.smyser.com ) performs at the
Hatboro Baptist Church Jazz Vespers Concert on Saturday, July 15 at
4:30 pm. Smyser, joined by musicians Jim Ridl, piano, Paul Gehman,
bass and Jim Schade, drums, will perform the first of a series of
jazz vespers concerts at the church.
The concert will feature well known jazz and American songbook
standards with a spiritual theme. Psalms of celebration will be
shared and prayers will also offered.
Hatboro Baptist Church is located in Hatboro PA at 32 N. York Road (
http://www.hatborobaptistchurch.com ). For more information call
Admission is free but donations are accepted at the door. Doors open
at 4pm following the Hatboro Days festivities. Refreshments provided
afterwards along with a meet-and-greet with the artists.
Jazz critics have likened Smyser to such legendary guitarists as Wes
Montgomery, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, and Barney Kessel. Smyser is an
endorser for American Archtop Guitars, is listed among greats in the
book- The Jazz Guitar, Its Evolution, Its Players and Personalities
Since 1900 (Ashley Mark Publishing Co.), and was on the Artist Roster
of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) from 1997-2004,
Pete has appeared on television and radio shows in addition to
countless performances at festivals, clubs, universities, and
Smyser has released four CDs, the latest of which (entitled "Pete
Smyser and Larry McKenna"), has been featured on airline in-flight
He continues to perform and teach in the Philadelphia area. He was
invited to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra for the televised
2006 Marian Anderson Awards Show. Pete has also performed alongside
such notable jazz artists as: Warren Vache, Harry Allen, Larry
McKenna, John Swana, Claude "The Fiddler" Williams, Frank Vignola,
Richie Cole, Vic Juris, Grant Stewart, Jon Gordon, Joe Locke, Tom
Lawton, Steve Gilmore, Jim Ridl, and Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, just to
name a few.
Although his main performance style is the jazz idiom, Pete is an
expert in many musical genres including classical, jazz, blues,
contemporary, folk and more. He studied both jazz and classical music
as a teenager, and received a full scholarship to attend Temple
University in 1985.
Smyser also has twenty years of experience teaching guitar, and
currently provides guitar instruction from his home studio in
Harleysville, PA, as well as the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA.
Come out and join us for a great time!
Hatboro, PA (just north of Philadelphia, near Willow Grove)