Jazz Sunday Service on 3/23/14 at Gloucester Unitarian Unitarian Church

Jazz Sunday Service with Rev. Jenny Rankin and musicians Ken Steiner and John Funkhouser at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on March 23rd

Festive Sunday Morning Service
March 23rd, 2014 at 10:00am in the Sanctuary
Gloucester Unitarian Unitarian Church
Corner of Middle and Church Street, on the green
Accessible Entrance at #10 Church Street
All are Welcome
Additional Information at www.gloucesteruu.org

Jazz Sunday


The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce our first Jazz Sunday Morning Service with Interim Minister, Rev. Jenny Rankin and jazz musicians Ken Steiner and John Funkhouser.   It will be held in the sanctuary of the historic 1806 Meetinghouse, Gloucester’s oldest standing church, home of America’s first Universalist Society founded by Rev. John Murray in 1779.

Ken Steiner has been playing upright bass for over forty years in the Boston area. Ken has been active in several genres, having performed with jazz artists Gray Sargent, Dave Whitney, Kenny Davern, blues artists Ron Levy, Lisa Marie, Barrett Anderson, Dave B & the HotShots, country/rockabilly acts Real Cool Cats, Twilight Ranchers, Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs, as well as Gloucester favorites Ric St. Germain, Pat Conlon, Tom Eaton and Linda Amero. Ken has also served as principal bassist for the Newton Symphony Orchestra.

John Funkhouser received his musical training at the New England Conservatory of Music. Currently he teaches ear training, bass, piano, and ensembles at Berklee College. A bandleader, composer, and pianist/keyboardist for the John Funkhouser Quartet, John has performed and recorded with Luciana Souza, Tierney Sutton, Joe Lovano, Geri Allen, Francisco Mela, Charles Neville, Max Weinberg, Steve Gadd, Ran Blake, the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Natraj, and Matt Savage. He has been the featured string bass soloist with the New England Philharmonic Orchestra and the MIT Wind Ensemble and has performed at the Birdland, Blue Note New York, Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Toulon Jazz Festival, Costa Rica Jazz Festival.

The church invites everyone in the community at large to share in the musical pleasure. The Gloucester UU Church is a welcoming congregation that meet in Gloucester’s Meetinghouse, whose lantern steeple has guided generations of mariners into port as its people fought for the abolition of slavery, equal rights for women and the separation of church & state as a cornerstone of our democracy.

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