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.
Album tracks include:
Carol of the Bells
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?
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
Send us a note, especially if you have questions! Messages sent from here will go to Andy Barnett, the band's founder.
For more information, please e-mail
band leader Andy Barnett, at
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