Given Thomas Merton’s boundless curiosity and his lifelong quest to reconcile his spiritual, sensual and intellectual impulses, it should come as no surprise that he was a lover of jazz whose tastes included the hot music of Bix Beiderbecke, the soulful groove of organist Jimmy Smith, and the free improvisations of Ornette Coleman. In the ‘60s, the Trappist monk started making the trip from Gethsemani to Louisville to experience Louisville’s jazz scene. And there he met vibraphonist Dick Sisto, whose own spiritual quest overlapped with Merton’s. Fittingly, Sisto wrote and performed the score for Morgan Atkinson’s documentary “Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton.” Sisto and company will be sharing that music — and memories — and it will be a treat to hear the music in the acoustically rich environment of the Chapel of St. Philip.
Sunday, July 25The Chapel of St. Philip
5 p.m. | $10 (suggested donation)