A mix of spirituals, gospels and music by
The Mass was a way for the church to take part in a community event and to draw in people visiting
"It ties in to everything with the community. It's an opportunity for visitors for a chance to worship in the spirit of the Jazz Festival," said the Rev.
Many of the churchgoers sang to the music, some snapped their fingers, other clapped.
The festival began Friday night at
"Everything that could go right went right," said Jazz Festival President
He estimated that 30,000 people attended the first night. Saturday night must have topped that number, he said.
"All I can tell you is there was a sea of people," he said.
The Dixieland Jazz Mass started 15 years ago at the suggestion of
"The mass has more of a
During her sermon, the Rev.
The jazz Mass draws in twice the usual number of people, Richey said.
"For me, personally, it's the first time for a whole year that we get to let our head down," he said. "The music during the regular season is very nice music, but no one gets up and dances. It's great to get up and let off steam."
The festival is scheduled to continue Sunday at the pavilion stage at
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