You should head over to San Francisco’s Old First Presbyterian Church on Sunday even if praise and worship is not usually part of your weekend regimen.
The Sacramento Street landmark – founded in 1849, the church remains the oldest active Protestant congregation in California – will follow morning services with an afternoon of jazz. The performance starts at 4 p.m. and features the Resonance Jazz Ensemble. The group includes Nancy Bien (cello), Ted Burik (bass), Greg German (drums), Georgianna Krieger (saxophone), Michelle Mastin (viola), Stephen McQuarry (piano), Michele Walther (violin) and Laura Wiley (flute).
That’s a fairly wide-ranging collection of musicians; indeed, the chamber jazz ensemble prides itself on being the only so constituted group in Northern California. Sunday’s performance will feature originals and jazz standards, many of them from the group’s latest album, “Introductions.” Plenty of diversity, too, in the members’ backgrounds, with individual credits including Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Bellson, Terrence Brewer, Joe Lovano, Jethro Tull, Oakland Jazz Choir, Mingus Amungus and Gloria Estefan.
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