Dave Brubeck, “To Hope!”

This is a fascinating mass setting by Dave Brubeck, using traditional Latin mass elements as well as New Testament texts. His work in composing it led to his conversion to Catholicism. [Read more…]

Light Comes, Even in Darkness

I had the privilege of speaking last week to participants in the workshop on Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts organized by Rabbi Sandy Sasso. This year, Becky Archibald is one of the participants, and it was an honor to have a chance to meet her. While she is mostly famous for her instrumental pieces, in [Read More…]

Butler Baccalaureate

The above video contains a recording of the Butler multifaith baccalaureate service this year. It is worth watching for the great jazz alone, but my colleague Brent Hege also gave an excellent talk, as did graduating senior Jeremy Marshall. Also of interest is Jim Danko’s piece about commencement addresses in USA Today. And finally, here is [Read More…]

Happy 20th Anniversary to the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra!

Today at Hilbert Circle Theater in downtown Indianapolis, a concert was held celebrating the 20th year of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Mayor Joe Hogsett was in attendance, and the CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra read a proclamation declaring today “Betty Perry Day.” Betty Perry is the founder and director of the MYO, and the MYO [Read More…]

Happy International Jazz Day!

I had forgotten that it is International Jazz Day today. To mark the occasion, I give you pianist Hiromi Uehara in concert. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Good Vibes

I thought I’d send out some good vibes to blog readers, and in particular my colleagues at Butler University – and all faculty and students who are starting classes today. [Read more…]

Brentwood Jazz Quartet

The Brentwood Jazz Quartet offers nice jazz arrangements of some classic Christian melodies. Click on the above for a sample, and if you like it, click through for a longer playlist on YouTube. [Read more…]

Minor Swing

My son performed Stephane Grappelli’s “Minor Swing” again today at church as the music for the offertory. I accompanied on piano and John Arnold played drums. [Read more…]

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Play-a-Thon

I am privileged not only to have my son benefit from the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, but also to get to play the role of accompanist myself sometimes, as I did in this year’s Play-a-Thon (as evidenced in the video above – sorry it starts a few seconds into the first piece, [Read More…]

Jazzy Christmas Music for Piano

I made some recordings, when practicing before church today, of music I would be playing during the service. The first is a jazz arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High,” arranged by Phillip Keveren (published in the volume Yuletide Jazz): The second is a medley from the “Charlie Brown Christmas Special” which I played [Read More…]