Jazz and Justice in Cheshire

CHESHIRE — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cheshire will be sponsoring a very musical performance by the Theodicy Jazz Collective with music inspired by the struggle for freedom in South Africa highlighted by stories and words from the lives of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. The event will be held on Dec. 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the Funky Monkey Café/Gallery, located in the historic Watch Factory Shoppes at 130 Elm Street in Cheshire.  There is no cover charge.  A freewill collection will be taken. 

The Theodicy Jazz Collective is a group of musicians committed to ministry through the creative, spiritual power of music. Continuing an age-old tradition of building community and empowering people, Theodicy views music as a vehicle for social change. The collective has a unique sound influenced by the spirituals and gospel music of the African-American church, as well as progressive jazz and world music.  Theodicy has played at the National Council of Churches, the Cathedral of St John the Divine, St Paul’s Chapel in NYC and several other churches in over six states.

The Funky Monkey Café and Gallery is located in the historic Watch Factory Shoppes. The café specializes in grilled panini sandwiches, gourmet salads with organic dressing, all natural soups, quiche, and decadent desserts, -as well as a creative assortment of micro brew beers and fine wines. Food and beverage will be offered for sale though out the performance.For three years Theodicy’s members led the Sunday morning jazz service at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, which became the highest pledging service during their leadership. They have also played at the National Council of Churches, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Paul’s Chapel (NYC), Oberlin College, and 15 churches in six states. Theodicy currently leads the weekly jazz service at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul & St. James (New Haven).

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