Joe Negri's Jazz "Mass" Gives Range To Its Message


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Joe Negri's performance with his trio and the newly formed Saint Vincent Jazz Choir on Saturday was a match made in heaven.

Sort of.

The music was an hour-long performance of “Mass of Hope: The Mass in the Jazz Idiom," which Mr. Negri, of Scott, wrote years ago and continued to develop into an entire performance of sacred music for Catholic liturgy.

It has been performed as part of liturgical worship, and has been performed in other venues as sacred music.

The trio and jazz choir put on a show in the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent College campus in Unity, Westmoreland County. It was under the direction of jazz choir director Thomas Octave.

Mr. Negri performed with the trio of Max Leake on piano, Paul Thompson on bass and Tom Wendt on drums.

“Hope is always possible through music, especially music that is derived in a hopeful God," Mr. Negri said about the title of the program, which also is the title of the CD that he released in 2001.

The program was presented through the support of Saint Vincent President Jim Towey; Archabbot Douglass Nowicki; the Rev. Rene Kollar; and Brother Nathan Cochran.

“Hope is something the world needs and is constantly looking for," Mr. Negri said.

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