September 14 2018

Friday Night Jazz Vespers

The Marble Loft (274 Fifth Ave)
Friday, September 14, 2018
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
"To Everything There Is a Season: Life in Stages"

Marble’s Friday Night Jazz Vespers kicks off its new season with an all-star lineup led by jazz impresario and master pianist Chris Whittaker, lead vocalist extraordinaire Tahira Clayton, and an ensemble culled from New York’s finest jazz musicians. Rev. Barbara Crafton’s message is “To Everything There Is a Season: Life in Stages.” Just like the endless harmonic changes and improvisatory melodies that are a part of jazz, so too is there an art to creatively navigating the ever-changing seasons of life. Come be uplifted and deeply inspired both by word and by song!

Recently named the "Most Promising Semi-Finalist" at the Unisa International Jazz Voice competition, Tahira Clayton's ascension in the musical community is no longer a secret. Known for her honest vocal delivery and charismatic energy on stage, the now New York based vocalist Tahira Clayton is sure to charm any audience set before her. The up and coming vocalist and band leader hails from the Dallas-Fort Worth area where she started performing professionally at the age of 10. Singing in various church bands, Tahira learned how to cultivate her big sound. At the age of 11, Tahira competed and won the University of North Texas Vocal Jazz Camp Scholarship, allowing her to attend the university’s prestigious camp as the youngest ever attendee. Here, she was mentored and directed by Paris Rutherford, Jennifer Barnes, and Rosana Eckert. During her time at this camp Tahira found a love for vocal jazz music that would undoubtedly color the future of her career. To learn more about Tahira visit:

Directing the music for Jazz Revelation is Chris Whittaker. A talented composer, jazz pianist, and conductor from York, PA, Chris’ musical language of jazz, classical, and gospel, melds genres and brings people together. His music has been featured on Baltimore’s 88.1 WYPR and South Central Pennsylvania’s 89.5 WITF and his compositions have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States. Before recently coming to NYC, he received his masters in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan, and studied composition at the Peabody Institute. In addition to his work as a freelancer, Chris serves as the Assistant Music Director at Fort Washington Collegiate Church. To learn more about Chris visit:

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