~ This Issue ~
Interview Part Two: Jazz
Pianist & Presbyterian minister
Bill Carter continues
his thoughts about Jazz, spirituality, and jazzing
it up in the
And Be Jazzed".
"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless
mystery that it is...touch, taste, smell your way to
the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last
analysis all moments are key moments, and life
itself is grace ".... Read
Jazz Ed! Fresh ideas on Jazz, Theory, and Improvisation! This month
Arivett continues offering lessons, "Jazz Yer
Blues" with new examples from Herbie Hancock and
Jeff Lorber. These free lessons are for helping you
integrate more jazzy voicings and changes into your
blues playing! Visit
CJA member Bassist Todd Johnson has two excellent free
lessons for bass players
Christian Musicians Directory
a directory that will list contact info on Artists,
Composers, Producers, Studios, Instrumentalists, ect.
This is a convenient way for you to be contacted by
potential clients who are interested in your
services, as well as encourage connecting and even
collaborating with other Christian Musicians. If you
want to be included in this list or want to check visit
Tracks on Smooth Pizzazz!
wonderful song with Ray
Charles singing and
teaming up with,
"Take 6" is
being featured on Smooth Pizzazz in memory of the
legendary musician. The title of the track is,
Network members saxophonist
Ric Flauding join
one of David's tunes and the results are absolutely
delightful! The title of the track is,
Member and Veteran Jazz Pianist Ray
a very beautiful reharmonized spacious jazz
anthem setting of, "Jesus Christ The Apple
Tree". This simple Shaker lyric features powerful performances by vocalist Valerie Z and Ray
is now a Christian and has
released a Smooth Jazz CD! Hear
some of his tracks featured on Smooth Pizzazz Radio! Rick was the guitarist for
the smash 60's hit, "Hang On Sloopy" and
later, "Rock 'n Roll Hootchie Coo".
just happened upon your internet radio station by
searching for Christian jazz on the web.
I have listened to
the one hour a week that my local Christian radio
station plays Christian jazz and longed for more
of the same. I LOVE your stations selection
of jazz and the combo of
inspirational music and jazz is great. So, I
wanted you to know that I appreciate what you are
putting out here for the listeners and, myself in
particular and I want to encourage you to continue
for many, many years to come. Thank you so
Jazz Artists Compilation CD!
Mclure (Saxophonist/Arranger) shares, "I've
really been enjoying the CD you sent me! It's been a
mainstay in my car stereo for the past three weeks.
There are some really creative and tasty cuts on it.
I'm pleasantly surprised and gratified to see such
an interest in jazz in the Christian community!"
hot jazz arrangements
Network compilation CD featuring members playing
Jazz arrangements of Hymns! 16 great renditions of
Hymns served up in a wide variety of flavors! To
hear audio excerpts or to purchase this CD visit
Great as a Christmas gift!
New CJA Network Members!
has worked or recorded with Roy Orbison, Barry
Manilow, Gladys Knight, John Denver, The Pointer
Sisters, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, and Kirk
soundtracks include Mars Attacks, Trip to Bountiful,
Down and Out in Beverly Hills, and many more! Leach
gathers a handful of the genre's finest Christian
musicians -- Justo Almario, Abe Laboriel, Alex Acuna,
and Kirk Whalum -- for an eclectic praise-and-jam
session on his CD, "Beyond Words",
providing scripture to meditate on in the liner
notes as one listens to a blend of electric funk and
string-section-enhanced acoustic solos.
is recognized as a pioneer of the six-string bass.
With his custom Yamaha six-string bass, equipped
with a midi pick-up, Johnson uses an innovative
technique where he plays chord changes and bass
lines simultaneously. Bass Player magazine's Ed
Friedland says, "Todd can simultaneously swing
like Ray Brown and accompany like organist Jimmy
addition to his work with the Ron Escheté Trio,
Johnson has performed and recorded with other
artists, including Mike Stern, Dave Weckl, Scott
Henderson, Plas Johnson, Sam Most, Joe LaBarbera,
Poncho Sanchez, Paul Humphrey, and Frank Gambale.
Johnson sees his talents as a gift to continually
enhance and develop.
is one of today’s hottest
musical innovators of Contemporary Jazz Guitar. His
critically acclaimed CD, “Feels So Right”, has
received airplay on over 100 Radio Stations and
Internet Music sites around the world. As a player
in demand, he has worked with professional musicians
from bands such as Eric Clapton, Tower of Power,
Three Dog Night, Bob Seeger, Little Feat, David Lee
Roth, The Moody Blues, The Temptations and Wild
his versatility to play guitar in any music genre,
Chuck’s performances can also be experienced
during his global tours with his renowned guitar
clinics and concerts that are sought after by
musicians and non-musicians of all ages.
pursuits have been many and varied. His musical
experiences range from jazz bass player,
accompanist, copyist, conductor, producer, and
college, he spent two years in Nashville, Tennesee,
where he studied with award-winning Nashville arranger
Ron Huff. That is when he began to develop a love and
skill for commercial arranging. He has continued to
prove his expertise for arranging.
Aaron has teamed up with Jeff Anderson to form
AnderKamp Music, a print music publishing company,
which now counts in its catalog over 50 of Aaron's
arrangements. Aaron's film scoring, jazz and choral
works have received recognition in national
is a multi-instrumentalist, playing bass, guitar, and
keys. Traveling the world over most of his life
David's music reflects the global cultures he
witnessed and fuses various ethnic instruments with
memorable hooks that include a mix of Jazz, Pop,
Latin, and World music. The David Pray Jazz Trio was
birthed with sax player Bill Garfield and Jeff Weshe
sure that you visit the CJA page and listen to the great music from
these new members! We are very proud to have so many
talented Jazz artists be part of the CJA!
the CJA page here
Network New & Notable!
Member and Veteran Jazz Pianist
a very beautiful reharmonized spacious jazz anthem
setting of, "Jesus Christ The Apple Tree".
Visit his site for a free
( limited time!)
played with his band Ezekial 3:18. Gary reports
that,"We had a great time a Solomon's Porch (
Christian Jazz Restaurant). The people were
wonderful and energetic. The food is as good as you
can get. Really a fabulous place. The owners are
really working for the Lord. I urge everyone to
support Soloman's Porch".
Riley & Richburg will
be playing at "SIPP'S" Café Saturday,
November 13, 2004
8:00pm (301) 203-8311 for ticket information
a brand new CD release, "Full Circle".
More information can be found here!
David Diggs string
arrangements are featured on Jonathan Butler's
Praise CD release for Maranatha! In addition
David and his group & Jazzwerk played Oct. 13 at
Biola University "Music At Noon" concerts.
David also produced
many of the songs for Pat Boone's 50th anniversary
Chuck Marohnic will
be presenting on November 11, 2004, a performance of
jazz arranged hymns and a clinic entitled," How
to Use Creative Improvised Music, Serving the Word
in the Worship Service". This
clinic/performance will be the first of several
offered by different artists to the students of the
Claremont School of Theology in the Los Angeles, CA
has a new CD release - "For the Beauty of the
Earth". This is the final release in Bradley's
trilogy of hymns and spirituals for solo jazz piano!
Bradley also has just released the companion sheet
music book to his "When The Saints Go
Marching" CD! Check it all out
& The Mile High Orchestra have
completed their Christmas CD, "Timeless
Christmas" and is now available here!
Scott's, (one of the premiere jazz spots in
Nashville. Joining her there was Leonard Wolf on
piano ... Dave Webb on bass ... and Leif Shires on
As you can see Christian
Jazz Artists are very busy celebrating their gifts!
We are jazzed about
We are jazzed about God!
Celebrate today and savor
imagine: a joyful Jesus! Haven't we had enough of grim
comments and suggestions are always welcome!
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a New Song to the Lord!
printed collection of jazz arrangements of
congregational music from over a dozen prominent jazz
composers and arrangers! Check it out here!
for Jazz Worship
JAZZ HYMNAL BY CHUCK
provoking, yet highly singable jazz material for use
in the Sanctuary!
Of David Jazz Worship Songs & Charts
for Jazz Worship!
Jazz Worship Page is the place to get the very best
charts for your church band or Orchestra anywhere on
the Internet! Fresh new material to preview as well
as "jazzed up" Hymn arrangements are
Band ~ Ensembles ~ Praise Band
in learning more about Jazz theory, technique, or
improvisation? Want to learn how to develop your ear
and transcribe music? Visit the Jazz Ed page for a
one stop collection including material from some of
the top musicians in Jazz! Books, Charts,
CD's, DVD's, Videos, Midi files and more here!
Greg Vail and guitarist Ric Flauding team up with
keyboardist David Arivett on one of David's tunes and
the results are absolutely delightful! Hear it and download
Each month we have free
downloads, Mp3's, midi files, and charts. Plus,
we have all the great articles and interviews
from past newsletters for you to read!
Berra explains Jazz!
Interviewer: Can you explain jazz?
Yogi: I can't, but I will.
90% of all jazz is half
improvisation. The other half is the part people play
while others are playing something they never played
with anyone who played that part. So if you play the
wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it
might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if
you play it too right, it's wrong.
Interviewer: I don't understand.
Yogi: Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's
what's so simple about it.
Interviewer: Do you understand it?
Yogi: No. That's why I can explain it. If I
understood it, I wouldn't know anything about it.
Interviewer: Are there any great jazz players alive
Yogi: No. All the great jazz players alive today are
dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But
so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still
alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead.
Some would kill for it.
Interviewer: What is syncopation?
Yogi: That's when the note that you should hear now
happens either before or after you hear it. In jazz,
you don't hear notes when they happen because that
would be some other type of music. Other types of
music can be jazz, but only if they're the same as
something different from those other kinds.
Interviewer: Now I really don't understand.
Yogi: I haven't taught you enough for you to not
understand jazz that well.
"There are many reasons for the failure to comprehend Christ's teaching...but the chief cause which has engendered all these misconceptions is this: that Christ's teaching is considered to be such as can be accepted, or not accepted, without changing one's life."
- Leo Tolstoy
Day a Lifetime!
burden yourself by looking far ahead. Always live one
day at a time. If you can do this, you will live like
children, birds and flowers. For them each day is a
life time. Every day unfolds new joy, new hope, even
if every day may have brought you new shadows and new
nightfall. Every day you may have broken down in guilt
and failure. Every day may have shown you your
helplessness a thousand fold. Yet each new day brings
new sun, new air, and new grace.