Tom Pickett and Candus Churchill perform at Northwood United Church this Sunday.

Tom Pickett and Candus Churchill perform at Northwood United Church this Sunday.

Joyful jazz in Surrey

Tom Pickett and Candus Churchill perform as part of church’s Vespers in the Valley series.

Gospel, jazz and R&B come together this Sunday at Northwood United Church.

The church’s Vespers in the Valley series continues for another year, with a concert featuring Tom Pickett and Candus Churchill.

The duo will be accompanied by pianist Bill Sample, Dave Say on saxophone, guitarist Olaf DeShield, bassist Brian Newcombe and Lou Hoover on drums.

Churchill is an accomplished vocalist whose been seen on stage and screen and is a founding member of the The Gospel Experience, which she’s helped maintain for 20 years.

Pickett is a Jessie Award-winning actor who was recently in the Arts Club Theatre’s musical production of Dreamgirls. He’s also seen regularly on the big and small screen, and as a vocal artist, boasts a repertoire that includes jazz, blues, R&B, funk, gospel and soul.

Churchill and Pickett will perform Oct. 13, 4 p.m. at Northwood United, 8855 156 St.

Other upcoming performances include Gospel Giants (Oct. 27), Amanda Wood (Nov. 10), Company “B” (Nov. 24) and Jennifer Scott, Jodie Proznick, Miles Black, Bill Coon and Dave Proznick (Dec. 8).

Admission to all performances is by donation.