The adult forum series "Explore the Religious/Spiritual Component of Jazz" at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church continues on two Sundays in July - this Sunday and July 28 - at 10:15 a.m. in the East Gallery at the church.
From its earliest roots jazz has had a religious footing. Two significant jazz composers, Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck, spent the later part of their careers writing religious pieces. Sunday's session will cover the religious phase of Ellington's composing career.
The July 28 session will focus on Brubeck and Mary Lou Williams, both Catholic converts, and their composing.
The presenter, Tom Eiff, teaches the history of jazz at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arizona. His interest in jazz is broad-based. In college, he chaired a Collegiate Jazz Festival whose judges included Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini and Dizzy Gillespie.
The discussions are free and open to the public.
St. Philip's is at 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at East River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side. The office phone is 299-6421.
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