Jazz is multi-cultural and inclusive

1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, California
415-567-2020 * www.stmarycathedralsf.org for more information
The Bay Area Gospel/Jazz Mass Choir
Under the Direction of Mr. Rawn Harbor
All are welcome!
October 4, St. Francis of Assisi’s Day
Principal Co-Patron of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and City
Gospel/Jazz Mass
“Liturgical music today must be as diverse and multi-cultural as
the members of the assembly. Pastors and musicians must
encourage not only the use of traditional music of other
languages, but also the composition of new liturgical music
appropriate to various cultures. Likewise the great musical gifts
of the Hispanic, Black and other ethnic communities in the Church
should enrich the whole Church in the United States in a dialogue
of cultures.” #55 Liturgical Music Today, 1982 American Catholic Bishops
Jazz is multi-cultural and inclusive
Jazz was born in America when the harmonic and melodically based
music of European colonists eventually blended with African rhythms
preserved in the hearts and minds of slaves. As the music matured,
black and white musicians continued to learn from each other. In
time, famous bandleaders including Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington
and others led integrated bands. Later, Latin cultures introduced a
third influence initially championed by Dizzy Gillespie. With roots
stemming from several cultures, jazz continues to be influenced,
performed and enjoyed by people of diverse backgrounds to this day.
Jesus was radically inclusive. His habit of inviting people of all sorts
and conditions to join him in fellowship is an open-armed model of
welcome churches seek to emulate.
Bradley Sowash, Christian Jazz musician