Thursday, August 09, 2012

The Gold Standards of Jazz

The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain (PCOM) in Delaware Water Gap, PA presented another installment in their 2012 series of Summer Gazebo Concerts on Sunday August 5th featuring Kate Roche on percussion and vocals and Richie Roche on Piano and Vocals along with Nelson Hill who accompanied them on Saxophone and Flute. Due to the stormy weather, the concert was held in the Church’s Sanctuary which allowed the performance to acquire a more intimate setting especially for the modest sized crowd who braved the elements. It was amidst the drying clothes and umbrellas the concert was announced by host George Munn soon to be followed by a gentle sprinkling of music designed to bring a recollective smile to all who heard it.

The music selected for the performance derived from those familiar tunes which became known as Jazz Standards which include nostalgic compositions from Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington. The presentation was faithful to the composers’ intent and of the memories many had of the original version they heard so many years ago. It was an enjoyable evening to spend together with friends while the rain touched the earth. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the concert featuring Kate and Richie Roche in The PCOM 2012 Gallery at

According to their website, The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain is "… a community of disciples illuminated by God’s love who care for others spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially as we explore new avenues of grace and grow in faith through worship and service." In an endeavor to manifest the goals of this statement, they hold weekly services every Sunday beginning at 10am, providing a hostel for those hikers who travel along the Appalachian Trail as well as holding a Hikers’ Dinner every Thursday evening throughout the Summer Months to replenish their energies, supporting the Kenyan village of Amilo by providing a school feeding program for 15 orphans, a well, housing, and simple medical care and information to the villagers, and by sharing a partnership with the Reformed Church located in Cardenaz, Cuba. They also support the local Fire Company and Women’s Resources Center as well as provide community aid funds for residents who are suffering economic burdens. The size of the congregation is approximately 200 people.

The Summer Gazebo Concert Series began in 1990 and is presented every Sunday evening throughout the Summer months until the end of August in order to support the local musicians and provide a venue where all ages could learn to appreciate Jazz and acoustic music. In reflection of Delaware Water Gap, PA being considered a Mecca for Jazz, the concerts has a great number of Jazz performances in their schedule. However, all musical styles are showcased during the summer which includes Blue Grass and Classical Music. The next installment in The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain Summer Gazebo Concert Series is scheduled for Sunday August 12th featuring 3Spirit. The concert is free to the public and begins at 6pm. Please Explore The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain Facebook Page at for more information.

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