When this Sunday’s service concludes, Wilton Presbyterian Church will have a special guest who doesn’t typically find himself in a church. But this Sunday, April 29, from 10-11 a.m., Wilton Presbyterian will welcome Rabbi Greg Wall, who is also known as “the Jazz Rabbi.”
Wall, of Beit Chaverim Synagogue in Westport, is also an acclaimed saxophone player.
Rev. Shannon White, pastor of Wilton Presbyterian Church says she was invited by one of her congregants to go hear a Jazz Rabbi one Thursday evening at 323 Main Restaurant and Bar in Westport, where Wall plays every week.
“He was so incredible, I knew we had to figure out some creative way to get this professional musician and Orthodox Rabbi here to WPC,” White says. “Working within both of our traditions, we’ve figured out how to bring his music and story, ‘The Making of a Jazz Rabbi’ here. He will play after our abbreviated worship service in our Parish Hall. People from all traditions will be moved by his music and story. Don’t miss it.”
Wall’s program, “A Love Supreme: A Morning of Music,” will include music by John Coltrane. He will be backed up by a jazz quartet of professional musicians, known as Portal, featuring keyboard, drums and bass.
Morning worship will be from 10-10:20 a.m. in the church sanctuary, which will be followed by the program in the Parish Hall. Wall will play a jazz set and tell his story of “The Making of a Jazz Rabbi.”
“Every note I play is for God,” he says.
All are welcome, and there is no charge to attend. Wilton Presbyterian Church is located at 48 New Canaan Rd..