Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Pentecost Sunday -- Zarin-Taj Brown to Offer Sung Communion Service
First Congregational Church welcomes jazz artist Shirlene Zarin-Taj Brown to First Congregational Church at 10:30 a.m. 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).