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The last Jazz Vespers was Sunday, January 21, with the retirement of our rector, the Rev. John McDuffie.


Jazz Vespers is a musical celebration of Evening Prayer. The Rev. John McDuffie on tenor saxophone leads a quartet of great Washington musicians. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed to support community non-profit organizations. Since 2008, Christ Church Rockville has been offering Sunday Jazz Vespers services. Typically there are six services in a calendar year—three in the winter/spring and three in the fall—usually on the first Sunday of the month at 5pm. Inspired by the regular Sunday jazz vespers at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City, the Christ Church jazz vespers is the Episcopal Church liturgy of Evening Prayer, with well-known standards from the jazz repertoire taking the place of traditional service music and canticles.

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