The Theodicy Jazz Collective was formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2006 and grew during residency at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2008 to 2012. The band creates and leads services for a multitude of churches and cathedrals from Los Angeles to London, Minnesota to Mississippi, and offers lectures and workshops at high schools and colleges including Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale Universities. Incorporating sounds from the traditions of jazz and gospel music and rhythms from Latin America and Africa, the music is a constant prayer, sometimes a shout of joy, sometimes a call to action, sometimes a cry for hope. Theodicy has provided music for conferences and in communities such as the National Council of Churches, the Washington National Cathedral, The House of Bishops and General Convention of the Episcopal Church, and Canterbury Cathedral.

Andy Barnett

William Cleary

Charles Dye

Daniel Loomis

Jonathan Parker

Ann Phelps

Sarah Politz

Mike Wade

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Album tracks include:

Carol of the Bells

O Tannenbaum

What is the Crying at Jordan?

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

The Prologue to the Gospel According to John

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Angels We Have Heard on High

In the Bleak Midwinter

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

A Child Is Born

What Child Is This?

Silent Night

Go Tell It on the Mountain



“I love the variety of instrumentation, the incredible grooves, the nice solos, and  the eclectic repertoire. Everybody is really swinging. This recording is full of passion and joy.”

~ Laura Caviani, Jazz area director, Carleton College, Northfield, MN


Christmas Concert at St. John's, Ellicott City, MD — 

December 9, 2018.

Residency at Normandale Lutheran Church, MN —

January 25-28, 2019

Mardi Gras to Easter


Residency at All Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta

March 2-3, 2019

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Theodicy fuses sophisticated jazz with the ancient rites of the Church, in the proces shedding new light on both traditions.  But, above all, the music is simply stunning!

 —  Bruce Neswick, Trinity Cathedral, Portland Oregon