What is a Jazz Mass? A Jazz Mass" is the liturgy of the worship service framed in a jazz setting with vocal interpretation of the traditional text and improvisational expression of the reverent... More > mood. The text was adapted by Dr. William E. Smith.
Jazz, as performance and ritual, is unique. It can delicately blend the sacred & the secular in ways that speak to the hearts of all people, because jazz comes from the soul yet is rooted in everyday life. The W.E.S Group embodies this notion of jazz as a spiritual expression. Under the direction of Dr. William E. Smith, director of Ethnomusicology at North Carolina Central University, they perform "A Jazz Mass," an original composition based on the liturgy of the Episcopal and Catholic worship services.< Less