CLARKS SUMMIT — The First Prebyterian Church of Clarks Summit will hold its 25th annual jazz communion service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 in the church sanctuary, located at 300 School St.
This year, the church welcomes the Presbybop Sextet, a national touring ensemble of musicians led by the Rev. Bill Carter, a jazz pianist who has served as pastor of the church since 1990. Joining him will be Al Hamme and Mike Carbone on saxophones, Jeff Stockham on trumpet and valve trombone, bassist Tony Marino, and drummer Tyler Dempsey.
Each year, the musicians offer a theme for the service. This year’s performance will will feature the music of legendary composer Charles Mingus, who was a virtuoso bassist and a prolific composer originally inspired by Duke Ellington.
The band was formed in 1993 by Carter as a way to bring together his love of the music with his life of faith. The collective resume of the musicians includes extensive work with jazz notables such as Phil Woods, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck, Dave Liebman, Bobby McFerrin, Slam Stewart, and Natalie Cole. The group has traveled extensively, presenting concerts and jazz worship services around the country.
The free event is open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the church at 570-586-6306 or visit www.fpccs.org.
Information provided by the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit.