BY ROY HARRYMAN
This article originally appeared in Outreach Magazine.
Each week, nearly 6,000 people in the Manhattanan area choose between classical or jazz: Not what CD to pop in, but what church service to go to. One may feature a jazz quintet complete with drums, bass, electric guitar, saxophone, piano and vocals. The other offers classical music with rotating string and brass ensembles, occasional choirs and instrumentalists on piano and harp.
For six years, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City has been attracting artists, musicians and young professionals from its overwhelmingly secular neighborhood to its four unique worship settings: two jazz and two classical and all led by top-notch musicians, including a few Grammy winners.