Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Artists and the Church: A Jazz Mass


An excellent article about the efforts of the great jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams, above, to have the Masses she composed celebrated, rather than "performed."

(The author notes that there are few "jazz performers in the Pantheon of great Catholic artists," but he neglects to mention Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa, and the Marsalis brothers, among many others.)

You haven't read it, because it's in Commonweal!

2 comments:

Kim Luisi said...

Thank you for this. I just downloaded it. I'm headed to Staten Island for an Advent Retreat on Sunday (12/9) and I am sure to be listening to this on my drive in.

Pentimento said...

Fantastic, Kim! Have a great retreat.