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Monday, April 11, 2011

June 12 - Shirlene Zarin-Taj Brown and Schmelter to Improvise Jazz Service

Composer Duke Ellington considered the three Sacred Concerts among his most important music.  Though the compositions that comprised the concerts at Grace Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine were not necessarily linked with the Mass (or the liturgy of the church), they offered a remarkable example of jazz music performed in a sacred space.  First Congregational Church welcomes jazz artist Shirlene Zarin-Taj Brown to First Congregational Church on June 12, Pentecost Sunday, when she will collaborate with Nicholas Schmelter in an improvised service of Holy Communion.  Brown began her career as a radio announcer for Public Radio WLGI (90.97 FM) in Hemingway, South Carolina, and has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music (Saginaw Valley State University).  A professional, touring vocal artist, she has collaborated with ensembles and pianists in varied musical styles in Europe, Asia, and the United States of America.  Brown has performed with renowned jazz cellist Karen Patterson of New York City, the Motor City Samba of Detroit, and the Michigan Arts International Ensemble directed by Dr. Michael Naylor of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Her participation with regional jazz combos includes the following collaborations: Jazz Nova Ensemble directed by Tony Rongo of Bay City, Michigan; Mainstreet of Midland, Michigan; Level 5 of Flint, Michigan; and also the Jazz combo Swing Shift under the direction of Kenneth Duquaine, Flint, Michigan.  Brown is featured on several CD releases including John Ebata & Friends (1997), Opus #3 (2001), and her latest release, Simple Treasures (2007).  Look forward to this unique worship happening.

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