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SCUCC to host Jazz Lessons and Carols

By Staff | Dec 3, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Shawn Allison, left, Abbey Allison and Dave Dust will perform on Dec. 15 for Jazz Lessons and Carols at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.

The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ will offer a new and different approach to a Christmas-season service with Jazz Lessons and Carols on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The program will include jazz arrangements of Christmas songs, readings from a variety of sources, and a chance to sing favorite carols. All are welcome to attend and are invited to enjoy refreshments afterward in the Fellowship Hall. There is no charge to attend, but there will be a free-will offering.

Saxophonist and vocalist Shawn Allison, pianist Abbey Allison and guitarist Dave Dust will present upbeat pieces, ballads and other music with the jazz twist. Allison will lead the carol singing, which will feature familiar holiday songs. The Rev. Dr. John H. Danner also will participate in the service.

The trio has chosen readings from sources, including sermons by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Oscar Romero and poems by Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. There will be selections by other poets, orators and theologians, as well. The readings will emphasize Christmas miracles, peace and the joy of the season.

“Every year, we’re reminded of all of the fantastic holiday poems and writings there are, and we have all these great jazz Christmas arrangements we hardly ever get to use,” Abbey Allison said. “The idea of presenting them together in one service is very exciting.”

For more information, call 239-472-0497.

The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.