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On November 22, 2015 Christ Lutheran Church held an evening of Jazz Vespers with the theme, “Who is My Neighbor? Seeking Racial Justice.” The Rev. Dr. Kirk Byron Jones was the preacher; pianist Ross Petot,  larinetist/ soxophonist John Clark, and bassist Peter Tillotson led the music. After the worship, folks enjoyed dinner and conversation, exploring together how the church can best wrangle with the persistent plague of racism. Local reporter Brad Avery covered the event. Click here to read what he had to say:

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     The Rev. Dr. Jones

About the preacher: Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, second son to the late Frederick and Ora Mae Jones, Kirk Byron Jones is a graduate of Loyola University and Andover Newton Theological School, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew University.

A pastor for over thirty years,  Dr. Jones also serves as adjunct professor of ethics, preaching, and pastoral ministry at Andover Newton Theological School, Dr. Jones serves as guest preacher and teacher at churches, schools and conferences throughout the United States. His writings have been published in various journals, including The Christian Century, Leadership, and Gospel Today, Pulpit Digest, and The African American Pulpit, a quarterly preaching journal he co-founded in 1997. For his past and continuing ministry with seminarians and the clergy, he is affectionately referred to as “The Preacher’s Teacher”.


Dr. Jones is the author of several best-selling books for ministers, pastors, and the wider audience of those seeking to grow spiritually in an ever-challenging world.

About the musicians: Ross Petot  has taught piano and performed in the U.S. and abroad for more than 30 years. He currently teaches piano at The All Newton Music School in the Boston area. Mr. Petot is one of the Boston area’s busiest pianists and is well known to audiences throughout New England as a soloist and as a band member. He has performed at numerous jazz festivals and concerts nationwide and has been a contributing musician to The Mather Dance Program at Case Western Reserve University and The Washington Ballet at Kennedy Center. Mr. Petot holds a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University where he studied with renowned pianist Jerome Rose.

His compositions have been presented at festivals and competitions, performed with modern dance choreography, and have appeared on numerous recordings by artists in the specialized fields of early jazz and modern ragtime. As a jazz player, Mr. Petot is intimately familiar with the jazz idiom, and he presents in his pieces an authenticity and depth that marks this great American tradition.

Bassist Peter Tillotson’s journey has taken him everywhere from garage bands to Lincoln Center and from Be-bop to Bluegrass. As a first-call bassist in the New England area, Peter has performed with members of the Boston Symphony, Jim Hurst (International Bluegrass Music Association’s guitar-player of year), entertainers Don Rickles, Steve Allen, Scott Bakula, Maureen McGovern and Suzanne Somers.

Clarinetist/ Saxophonist John Clark began playing professionally in the Boston area as a substitute with various dixieland and big bands, including the Dixieland Strutters, the Legacy Jazz Band, Commonwealth Jazz, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band and the Paramount Jazz Band of Boston, with which he toured England and Wales in June, 1995. Clark also regularly appears with Lucinda Ellert’s Happy Feet Dance Orchestra, Dave Whitney and His Orchestra and Robin Verdier’s Monte Carlo Jazz Band. He performs with the Mood Elevators and can be heard on their CDs as well. He has also played and recorded with Ross Tucker’s Hot Cat Jazz Band of Connecticut and with the Back Bay Ramblers, appearing at numeous Jazz festivals in Canada and the U.S. with each.

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