The St. John Coltrane African Orthodox church in San Francisco is an interesting one. In case you don’t know, John Coltrane was a jazz saxophonist and composer, and was declared a Saint by the African Orthodox church, a church in the US.
Coming from this white, High-Anglican self, it is quite different, to say the least. Well I say that, but they have many familiar things like icons, candles, vestments and incense. It’s not like my local Russian Orthodox church, though. It seems closer in spirit to a pentecostal church.
In any case, regarding singing, I have to say that I like the way in which the Gospel is sung. Very bluesy and moving.
What do you think of this performance? Would you like to see this style being done in your church?