The bio on celebrated jazz guitarist John Moulder's web site mentions the recordings he has made, the musicians he has worked with, his appearances on stage and television. It notes that he got his masters in music from Northwestern and is currently a faculty member there as well as at Benedictine University and Roosevelt University's College of the Performing Arts. He's also given many master classes around the country.
The bio leaves out one thing: John Moulder is also a man of the cloth. A padre. A priest. He was ordained at St. Gregory's in Chicago. And he's using his considerable talents not only to entertain, but to care for those in need. Come March 13 at the Jazz Showcase, during the Chi-Town Jazz Festival Moulder founded, he'll jam for the fourth consecutive year to feed the hungry.
"I have found that a lot of players are supportive of who I am," Moulder told Chicago Jazz Magazine in January, "and the balance of music and ministerial life."
If you can't catch Moulder in March, he's playing before then with his quartet -- also at the Jazz Showcase -- on Wednesday, February 20.
And keep an eye on the Sun-Times Weekend section Friday, March 8 for a feature on Moulder, his music and his community outreach.
JOHN MOULDER QUARTET
Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.