December 17, 2019
Join Rev. Dr. Kelle Brown and Jazz musician Michael Powers for the longest night of the year, 7:30 pm, Friday, December 20, in the Sanctuary with refreshments following. Spoken word and scripture will be interspersed with Powers’ jazz and blues guitar. Walk the labyrinth in Hildebrand Hall before the service, 5:30-7 pm.
Born in New York City, Powers grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. His musical career began at age 15, when he strummed the guitar to strengthen his wrist after a skateboard accident. After high school, Powers moved to Seattle, frequented local jam sessions and attended Cornish College of the Arts where he studied under composer greats including Gil Evans and Sam Rivers, bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Art Lande, and trombonist Julian Priester.
“If I had to put a label on it, I would call it contemporary instrumental music…rooted in the Jazz tradition that keeps pace stylistically with Pop, R&B, and Blues; with Blues being at the core of my inspiration.” His powerful performances regularly command standing ovations. Invite friends and family for a special Longest Night.Subscribe