~ This Issue ~
Article: Christianity And The Arts by Doug Giles. "Since
the creature is to mirror the Creator, you would
expect creativity to be cranking out of most
churches—right? But that ain’t the way it
is. Let’s face it: the 21st-century Church
has a view of the arts that is lower than a flea
hitching a ride on the underbelly of a 117-lb.
Dachshund. The Church’s view of art as
unspiritual, or even idolatrous, has created an
aversion and an antagonism to art which has
effectively alienated us from the world that God has
made and the society he wants us to reach"... Read
entire article here!
month we have new Jazz
resources for Church Organ, Hammond Organ, and
unique combination of very innovative new material...check
it out below in our Jazz Ed section of this
also recommend CJA Network member Jazz Pianist Phil DeGreg's
great book on Jazz Theory. For more info about
Phil's book visit
Jazz Artists Compilation CD!
review of the CJA Network CD!
let the title fool you! This delightful CD features
arrangements that are jazzified and alternately
funky, smooth and very mellow. It's a great
CD!" - (Reviewed
by Brian Soergel Smooth Jazz Vibes) complete
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
Christian Jazz FM Radio Station!
Mark Riddle is starting a new Christian Jazz FM
radio station (with plans to start
your interested in having your music considered for
airplay send your CD's/Press kits to:
Kirkland Big Band Mission Trip To Japan!
Kirkland is looking for expert instrumentalists to
make a mission trip to Japan in July 2005. This is a
wonderful opportunity to play in a big band with
other Christian musicians and share the good news
with the people of Japan! The cost of the trip is
$2200. The Global Missions Project provides form
letters to help you raise support to make the trip.
Camp is looking for "top notch" players
for this band. For further information visit:
Christian Musicians Directory
a directory that lists 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 it
is a brand new magazine featuring Jazz, Gospel, and
Urban music. They are looking for new artists to
feature in their magazine.
information on submissions or to subscribe
New CJA Network Members!
now have over 50 CJA Network Members!!
Mark McClure has been involved in music ministry and the music business for over 20 years. Saxophone and flute have been his main instruments.
A graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington’s Jazz Studies program, Mark worked for several years as a studio musician and writer/arranger for the PTL Television Network in the mid-to-late ‘80s, while also serving as the Musical Director of the Heritage Church Band. He currently serves as Director for Choral and Instrumental Product at Word Music in Nashville, TN.
Mark's new CD release, "The Power Of Your Love" clearly demonstrates Mark's beautiful and tasty playing! Produced by Ken Barker
(Word Music) and Mark, the production covers a variety of styles...from the laid back smooth jazz arrangement, "Be Thou My Vision" to the hot salsa flavored rendition of the popular worship chorus, " Let It Rise". The listener is treated to a true 'smorgasbord' of jazz flavors! In addition to great refreshing jazz arrangements of Hymns there is also popular worship choruses, (Contemporary and Celtic) included!
Four of the songs on the CD have complete orchestrations available
(from Word Music) for those who wish to integrate more jazz into your worship services! There is also piano/instrumental books for all the songs on the CD.
To hear audio excerpts or to order visit
his soulful melodies, catchy hooks and solid
grooves, Darren Rahn is definitely an up and coming
artist worth watching for. He has been awarded
several prestigious Downbeat Magazine Awards for his
saxophone playing and connects with those listening
to his music. Darren has headlined and performed
with many notable artists including: Arturo
Sandoval, Nelson Rangell, The Yellowjackets, Bela
Fleck and the Flecktones, Phil Driscoll, Mel Brown,
Bobby Wells, Gary Oliver, Dave Liebman, Maria
Schneider, Milt Hinton and others...
As a saxophonist and a producer Darren has produced and
performed on sessions with artists including: Kirk
Whalum, Nelson Rangell, Abraham Laborial Jr., Mel
Brown, Bobby Wells, Whisper Loud and others...
Darren just got his first#1 hit as a producer on
Radio & Records Smooth Jazz charts. It was with
Wayman Tisdale's tune "Ain't No Stoppin' Us
Now", a remake of the McFadden & Whitehead
classic. Darren is currently working hard to
complete his new solo CD which is projected to be
completed in early summer 2005! To hear Darren's
music visit here!
composer, and bandleader Jimmy Greene is emerging as
a positive young presence in the creative music
world. His solo recordings have been met with much
critical acclaim, and his appearances worldwide with
a host of artists have attracted much attention. In
the midst of several new musical projects, the story
of Jimmy Greene is continually
In the fall of 1997, he moved to New York City; not
long after becoming a member of the Horace Silver
Quintet. In addition to the legendary pianist's
group, Greene has performed regularly with the small
groups of Tom Harrell, Steve Turre, Lewis Nash,
Avishai Cohen, Claudia Acuña, Kenny Barron, and
Ralph Peterson, as well as the Carnegie Hall Jazz
Band, New Jazz Composers' Octet and the big bands of
Harry Connick, Jr. and Jason Lindner.
a leader, Greene made considerable advances after
moving to New York ( not long after becoming a
member of the Horace Silver Quintet!) Greene
was also honored in the June 1999 issue of
Beat magazine. The publication, looking
toward the future of jazz into the 21st century,
Downbeat magazine has recognized Greene as
one of, "25 Young Rising Stars in
Jazz." Look for Jimmy's new release,
"Forever" out very soon! To
hear Jimmy's music visit
musician of stunning range and complexity, Peggy
Duquesnel's achievements in music are a testament to
her incredible devotion to the art of music. The
recording projects and concerts that have been part
of her musical journey run the gamut from pure
elegance to down-home jazz, and have teamed her up
with some of today's most sought after musicians.
is a jazz pianist, vocalist, and songwriter and her
versatility and intelligence is truly outstanding!
performed with Wayne Brady, Tony Danza, Debbie
Reynolds, Spike Jones and also
has recorded with numerous artists including Henry
Mancini, Monica Mancini, Pocket Change, Ric Flauding
and John Pattitucci. She toured domestically and
internationally with Dionne Warwick.
performed as featured keyboard artist for Roland
Corporation U.S. and Kawai America Corporation for
trade shows, conventions and educational seminars. LA
Jazz Scene CD Review states that,"Pianist Peggy
Duquesnel has a way with standards that recalls the
stellar trios of Bill Evans, Hal Gainer, and Martial
Saint."-- To hear Peggy's music visit here!
sure that you visit the CJA page and listen to the great music from
these new members! We now have over 50 Christian Jazz artists
that are members of the network!!!!
the CJA Network page here!
resources for Church Organ, Hammond Organ, and
month we have some very innovative new material by
very talented musicians from Europe to share with
is a Hammond organist ( Blue Note Label) and has
many great recordings of her wailin' on the B-3!
Her recording and companion sheet music book,
"Spiritual Movement No. #1" features
original jazz compositions utilizing a Pipe Organ!
These are wonderful compositions to help integrate
more jazz into more traditional churches where a
church organ is used...your organist will be
jazzed!! For more info/audio excerpts
- The Vision
is a unique blend of Church Organ, Saxophone, and
Hammond Organ. Three outstanding musicians,
Johannes Landgren, Hakan Lewin, and Kjeld
Lauritsen prove that even in a more traditional
setting Jazz can provide a spiritual punch! Very
interesting arrangements of Negro Spirituals
combining these three instruments. Sheet music and
audio excerpts are available
you have a church organ and want to blend in some
jazz to a more traditional worship service these
resources are excellent choices!
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
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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
for Jazz Worship
JAZZ HYMNAL BY CHUCK
provoking, yet highly singable jazz material for use
in the Sanctuary!
Of David Jazz Worship Songs & Charts
Todd Billingsley has many excellent jazz flavored
arrangements for the worship band at
Music & Mark McClure have a great new project,
"The Power Of Your Love" containing Smooth
Jazz arrangements of Hymns and popular worship
more info click on image below!
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!
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!
New & Notable!
a new CD release, "The
Power Of Your Love".
is a great recording complete with charts for use in
have anew release,"
According to Jazz,
brand new collaboration between Bill Carter, the
Presbybop Quartet, and renowned storyteller Dennis
Dewey tells the Gospel of John, “accompanied” by
thirteen new jazz compositions that Bill Carter wrote
specifically for this project. It is a rare
collaboration between the Quartet and the finest
biblical storyteller of our time. Check it all out here!
has a new worship recording as well as re-issues of
"Music For Planets, People, and Washing
Machines" (with guest appearances by
Herbie Hancocok, Jaco Pastorius, Bob James, and
others! Another re-issue is "Blue Hat Dances
'Round Midnite" More info
a 4 album (mutual option deal) with Invincible Records.
new jazz ensemble,
"All In Christ"
will be joining the CJA network very soon! Look for
great music from this group!
each new day I'm reminded how precious it is to be
alive. Sure, there are bumps in the road, but I
wouldn't trade any of it...it's all part of the
takes time to learn and mature and know that beauty is
the best way to impress people...it's not all about
the technique. Now when I play, it's really about the
experience in the moment and trying to have fun and
just being grateful. A lot of jazz musicians have been
trained to look ourselves under a microscope. We are
very scrutinizing, any good musician is. But, that
could be to the point of damaging oneself--because you
forget the whole reason you are there--to make
should be used to embrace the music, not be the
music"- Ralph Lalama
a healthy balance between Godly confidence and
humility. You need to be able to exude confidence in
your artistry knowing that there is purpose in each
and every note that you play. Yet, equally important
is the fact that you have to be humble enough to
completely surrender yourself to the art form.
Essentially, opening the passage for the spirit to
move through you freely...the Creator is the
connection that permeates it all, music, spirituality,
and life." - Saxophonist Tia Fuller
Blakely always said that jazz was born because
somebody goofed... somebody took a chance-somebody
tried something."-Javon Jackson
taken me all my life to learn what not to play."
is to jazz what yeast is to bread. Without it,
all need to reach out to one another and become
closer...now...while we are all here and blessed to be
in each others presence"-Mulgrew Miller