Why not jazz? This is the question that Bill Carter wants to ask, or more specifically, why not Jazz in Church? This video explores how this swinging musical tradition can energize and deepen religious experience. A noted pastor, preacher, and jazz musician, Carter shows how the church can benefit from opening its doors and its arms to jazz.
Through stirring musical performances and insightful commentary, Jazz Belongs in Church offers first-hand evidence of how jazz can bring people’s spirits alive, how it can energize worship services, and how well it is suited for expressing biblical themes. Jazz, says Carter, is an opportunity for human beings, created in God’s creative image, to offer something creative in return.
Segments of the video include:
• The Seven Joys of Jazz
• Ways to Welcome Jazz
• Secular? Sacred? Yes?
• The Spirit of Jazz, a conversation with jazz vocalist Warren Cooper
• Questions and Answers
Also included is a full-length jazz worship service featuring Bill Carter, his Presbybop Sextet, and vocalist Warren Cooper. This spiritual, life-affirming musical celebration offers stirring evidence that Jazz Belongs in Church.
A study guide for this video can be downloaded from this site.