JAZZ IN THE SPIRIT: A Musical Journey
From the first plaintive sounds of a 13th century chant, to the exuberance of traditional Southern gospel, and continuing through the intensity and peaceful calm of John Coltrane, “JAZZ IN THE SPIRIT” takes audiences of all ages through a magical musical journey unlike any other.
This ongoing project of DC area jazz saxophonist, Perry John Conticchio, was first conceived and brought to fruition with his Quartet at The Olde Town Theatre in 1999. Since then it has been performed in a variety of church settings, coffee houses and concert venues, offering listeners an evolving body of work made up of original compositions as well as new interpretations of works from diverse sacred traditions. Improvisational in nature, the music of “Jazz In The Spirit” provides a broad canvas for a rich and compelling interpretation of the sacred. Non-denominational in design, it has been enjoyed and praised by people of ALL ages.
“Jazz In The Spirit” has been performed as two long concert sets with an intermission, two shorter concert sets with an intermission and in two different length single-set shows. Enclosed you will find some sample programs demonstrating some of the different ways this concert can be tailored in length to fit your particular venue. If you are looking for a unique and inspiring jazz concert, this is it!
“Perry Conticchio and his fine band bring a muscular spirituality to their performances. Each member provides journeyman support to Perry’s soaring sax, while bringing their own light touch to the entire composition. The result is a delight to listen to and a warmth to carry in your heart”
– Dr. Barry L. Casey, Interim Director, Faculty Development Center, UMBC
“If you want to explore how jazz can put us in dialogue with the Divine, I highly recommend the Jazz in the Spirit program. Employing the medium of jazz with its improvisatory nature, the Perry Conticchio Jazz Quartet demonstrated how the power of the spirit can inspire the performer and listener to respond to that inspiration with true immediacy. Their program combined new interpretations of traditional music along with original works. Through their music, they provide another means to experience the Divine.”
– Henry Bauer, Music Director and Co-founder Concert and Arts Series, St. Jane de Chantal Church, Bethesda, Maryland.
“Perry Conticchio is a talented technician. Whether on tenor sax, soprano sax, or on bass clarinet, he plays with inventiveness and nuance. As a leader, he selects excellent sidemen who can follow him through a wide array of material, from Coltrane and Mingus to fresh original compositions and arrangements of traditional tunes. More importantly, however, Conticchio’s music evinces an intensity and depth that only decades of contemplative study can produce.”
– Bradford Haas, Director, Washington Adventist University Honors Program
“Just Magical” “Delightful” “I was left with a true feeling of Peace” “Wonderful” “You Guys Rock” “Awesome” “Thank You”
— Various Audience Comment