[Dixielandjazz] Playing in Churches

john petters johnpetters at tiscali.co.uk
Sat Jan 8 16:25:22 PST 2005

Steve said
> Larry asked about playing in Churches and seemed a mite put off if they
going to ask what religion the band was, especially after Tom Wood related
>some unhappy experiences.

I've never had any problems in churches. One person complained to the
Catholic Bishop about a jazz band playing in church, but he was very
enthusiastic about it. Quite often the Priest or minister will say a prayer
before or after the gig and I always quote psalm 150 - praise God with the
sound of the trumpet and the loud clashing cymbals.
The late Ken Colyer used to refer to playing in churches as doing a spot of
God bothering.
John Petters
Amateur Radio Station G3YPZ

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