In This Issue ~
Big Band Issue!
Christian Big Band Jazz is
alive and well!!
Interviews: Denver Bierman. Denver
is the leader of a Christian Big Band, "The Denver
Mile High Orchestra"
comprised of musicians mostly
from the "younger generation". They stay busy
playing in churches and concerts year round! Denver
shares his views on playing Big Band jazz in church ... Read
entire interview here!
Angel Melendez Interview:
Angel is the leader of the Big Band, " Angel
Melendez And The 911 Mambo
Orchestra" Their first CD
was nominated for a Grammy...read about how
Angel was inspired to leave the street gangs and do
the Mambo with a Big Band instead here!
Stewart Gott Interview:
Stewart is a part of the
"On Fire Big Band" from Australia! Read
how God has been using their Christian Big Band to
spread the good news in churches and concert halls
all over Australia and New Zealand
Sales And The Christian Jazz Artist"
recent article in DownBeat magazine entitled,
"Taking Back The Music" Jazz artist Jim Hall
shares," this emphasis on making a lot of money (in
music) is a bit disgusting. I've been making a
living as an artist for 60 years, but music has a
much deeper value. It's an art form that gives back
to people". Read it all
Ralph Carmichael, Dave Boyer,
Justo Almario are now members of the CJA Network!
Legendary pioneers of Christian Jazz Ralph
Carmichael, swingin' jazz singer Dave Boyer, and
Saxophonist/Composer Justo Almario (part of the
early 1970's Christian Jazz group "Koinonia") are
now part of our network and we are honored to
(More info below!)
Christian Jazz FM
Radio Program airs weekly on seven stations across
The host for the 4 hr. program is
Ernie Lansford and it's called, "Java, Jazz, and
Praise". He is playing many tracks from CJA Network
Ernie at: 305-433-8219
Jazz Artists Compilation CD!
chance to get one of the best collections of
Christian Jazz you will find anywhere!
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
New CJA Network Members!
Ralph Carmichael is
a pioneer for Christian Jazz Music! He is a
legendary arranger, composer, and Big Band leader!
He has written or arranged tunes for Ella Fitzgerald
, Bing Crosby, Sue Raney, Rosemary Clooney, Perry
Como, Jack Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Peggy Lee and
worked with Stan Kenton. He was also very
instrumental in helping to usher in the careers of
Andrae Crouch, the Winans, Walter and Tramaine
Hawkins, Bryan Duncan and others though his
Christian Record label Light Records!
recent years Carmichael returned to the big band
format and recorded a number of CDs containing jazz
arrangements of popular gospel tunes with, "The
Ralph Carmichael Big Band" on the Brentwood label.
He won a Dove Award for “Instrumental Album of the
Year” for his 1994 release, "Strike Up the Band". In
recent recordings he has returned to the music of
the jazz swing era with several recording projects
including 1999's The Big Band Gospel Classics and
Big Band Christmas.
Currently Ralph continues to create music: "I don't
know how many notes I've got left in my pencil, but
I know I want them used to glorify God and present
His message to the world." Ralph is keeping his
pencil extremely busy working on four new Hymn
recordings for the London Symphony Orchestra! He is
still arranging Big Band charts as well as a limited
amount of appearances with his own Big Band (a
select group of players from Southern California.)
For more information visit
Jazz Vocalist Dave
to touch the hearts and lives of many with his
swingin' Big Band Jazz Gospel concerts! Dave's style
of singing is very similar to the style of
Sinatra but Dave's voice and heart are focused on a
life-changing encounter with Christ. Dave continues
to celebrate his musical gifts and uplift people in
churches and concerts everywhere using Big Band
Christian Jazz to do so!
teamed up with Ralph Carmichaeal on several
excellent recordings, including the Swing Sessions.
He recently sang on a "live" recording with the
Riverbend Church Big band on Randy Phillips's Cable
TV Program, "The Awakening". For more information on
Beat Magazine lists Justo Almario as “one of the top
10 Latin jazz saxophonists of our time.” As a
musician, composer and arranger, Justo has combined
elements of his native South American rhythms with
American Jazz to create an artistry distinctively
his own. Justo draws upon the same love of music and
spiritual values that have always filled his playing
graduating from Berklee School of Music Justo joined
Mongo Santamaria's group touring the entire globe
with the legendary leader. Justo also work with
Charles Mingus and was a part of the legendary
Christian Jazz group, "Koinonia"! ( Abe Labrioel and
Alex Acuna were also members of this group!)
also worked with Freddie Hubbard, Chaka Khan, Linda
Rondstadt, Roy Ayers, George Duke, Dave Grusin, Tito
Puente, Machito, Master P, Queen Latifah, and Bebe
Winans. He continues to work closely with Abe
Labrioel ( Abe has a new solo project and continues
to collaborate with Alex Acuna in the Latin Jazz
group Tolu. Justo has an excellent new solo
recording and you can hear audio samples and find
out more about Justo
playing the piano at the age of three by ear. His technique was cultivated
by two of the most prominent concert pianists in the
western hemisphere, Rosita Casanova and Violeta de
la Mata. His openness to folkloric music prompted
him to identify with his roots, hence incorporating
vigorous Puerto Rican, Flamenco, AfroCuban and South
American rhythms to his piano technique and
played on Ron Kenloy's Latin Worship CD, "Solo Para
Ti" displaying his talents for applying authentic
montunos and Latin jazz piano styles to contemporary
worship songs. Ron Kenoly proclaims
that, "Adlan is one of the brightest and most
talented musicians of our time. I have worked with
many of the best artists and concert performers on
today's Christian Music Scene. Adlan is not
overshadowed by any of them and is without question
the most gifted pianist that I have worked with."
latest release, "The Pianoforte Collection" contains
2 CD's encompassing the many styles and musical
flavors that Adlan can write and play. For more
gifted Jazz trumpeter as well as composer, vocalist,
lyricist, and producer. Rod was born and raised in
Chicago, where his Jazz-loving father would play
Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong records
constantly, perking Rod's interest in music.
caught a break when fellow trumpeter Clark Terry (DukeEllington/Count
Basie) caught a performance by Rod and took him
under his wing. McGaha went on to land numerous gigs
and toured the world as a sideman for Kenny Rodgers,
BeBe and CeCe Winans, The O’Jays, Take 6, Lou Rawls,
and the legendary Max Roach who called Rod “an
important new and original voice”.
two solo CD's and is currently on tour with Kirk
Whalum's band. More info on Rod can be found
started his musical journey on the tenor saxophone
at the age of twelve and has been composing music
since he was fifteen. He earned first chair
for tenor saxophone in the Texas All-State Jazz
Ensemble in 1998. After graduating from High School,
Quamon attended Weatherford College where he was
under the direction of jazz guitarist Tom Burchill.
A year later, Quamon felt he needed to deepen his
music studies. He decided to attend Southern
University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Here, he
studied with world-renowned clarinetist Alvin
Batiste. As he continued to study his sax
technique and writing
continued to develop. Quamon's compositions have
won numerous awards.
describes his music as, "liberating instrumental
music with a Christian focus. The stylistic approach
consists of a mixture of straight-ahead, fusion, and
bebop jazz combined with gospel, groove, and Texas
Soul". Quamon has a new CD and you can hear audio
samples and find out more about Quamon
very gifted pianist and composer. Arlington
began studying and playing the piano nearly twenty
1995, Arlington received a Bachelor of Music in
Music Composition from
Lubbock. In 1997, he completed a Master of Music in
Music Performance at
Southwest Texas State University
in San Marcos. He trained under the direction of
Dr. James Polk, former musical director for the
legendary Ray Charles. In 1998, he studied with
Bernard Wright, acclaimed composer and keyboardist
for various artists in the music industry including
Arlington started playing professionally
during his early years at Texas Tech. Some of his
mentors include Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Joe
Sample, and Duke Ellington. Over the years, he has
been granted the privilege to play with Kirk Whalum,
DeDe Warwick, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, David
"Fathead" Newman, Frank Foster, and more.
has composed and arranged well over 200 songs to
With all the great
challenges facing musicians today, one of
Arlington's goals is to help other musicians and
people everywhere understand that music is intended
to be life-changing, uplifting, and comforting to
the soul. Arlington has two new CD's out and
you can preview them
The Jazz Group
(GEE-OH-COE-SO) means jokingly or humorously, and is
an Italian musical term denoting the emotion with
which a piece is to be played (like: andante,
allegro, etc.). That is the name of this Christian
Jazz group! It is Giocos's conviction that it's all
right to smile, have fun, and really enjoy playing
music! Along with enjoying their music is the
underlying conviction that we should try to find joy
in each day and all the blessings that it contains!
Gruber is the keyboardist/composer for the group. He
is a grad of the Dick Grove School of Music in
Studio City, Ca. Each
member of the group has had a life changing
encounter with Jesus Christ, and believes that He is
the giver of all that is good including music.
Keyboardist Dave Gruber shares, "Through our music,
we seek to express the life and joy that God has
given us...the music may be joyous, funky, pensive,
relaxing, or intense but our desire is to express a
diversity of emotions through our music." For more
Church Big Band
directed by Carlton Dillard are an
excellent sounding big band out of Austin, Texas!
They recently recorded a Big Band CD on a "live"
television special You can still catch the group in
action on the "Awakening" program with Randy
Phillips and guest vocalist Dave Boyer! Look for
another great Big Band recording from them soon! For
more information visit
sure that you visit the CJA Network page and listen to the great music from
these new members! We now have 60 Christian Jazz artists
the CJA Network page here!
Christian Jazz Network Artists In Action!
continues to do missionary work over in the Ukraine
and other eastern European countries. Scott
ministers in refugee camps, orphanages, schools and
churches. He also ministers in Christian Coffee
Houses, and secular Jazz Clubs to reach unbelievers
with his unique style of Christian music. For more
recorded a "live" Christian Jazz project
(including many original songs and arrangements) at
St. Peters Church ( The Jazz Church! ) in New York
City. Joining him was Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Davis,
and Yoron Israel. The CD is scheduled for early fall
has just finished his new CD release, "Once In A
Lifetime". It includes
almost all original tunes penned by Darren. Special
guests include Jeff Lorber, Dave Koz, and Wayman
Tisdale! For more info visit
recently held a Christian Jazz concert in Rogers,
AR. The event, "Jazz, Jeans, and Jesus" featured a
wide variety of jazz both instrumental and vocal.
Besides a hot horn and rhythm section, the Fresh
Fire Vocal ensemble and CJA Network member Larry
Cangelosi provided great sax work. Look for charts
for many of the songs used for this concert
is producing a new CD for Pat Boone of Irish songs
for his upcoming Irish tour. The Jonathan
Butler CD just came out from Dave Koz’s Rendezvous
label and David played piano and arranged string
arrangements for the recording.
is playing guitar ( again! ) for the second Jaco
Pastorius Big Band CD.
a web page with links to relevant articles about
Jazz in Church located
Christian Jazz Music Email Discussion Group!
started an e-mail discussion group about jazz,
spirituality, jazz in the sanctuary, and other
related topics. This discussion group is open to
anyone interested. Whether your a fan, jazz artist,
jazz educator, or jazz lover this discussion group
wants to hear your thoughts, opinions, and ideas!
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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
Cobb Music has complete Big Band Christian Jazz Charts
Ralph Carmichael, Chris McDonald, Jeff Anderson, Aaron
Weitkekamp, Camp Kirkland, and others! Many out of print
and impossible to find! And these charts are definitely
jazzed! More info
Of David Jazz Worship Songs & Charts
Network member Mark
has a great new smooth-jazz flavored
"The Power Of Your Love" that you will
really love! 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
JAZZ HYMNAL BY CHUCK
provoking, yet highly singable jazz material for use
in the Sanctuary!
Todd Billingsley has many excellent jazz flavored
arrangements for the worship band at
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
all the great articles and interviews from
past newsletters for you to read!
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!
"Jazz Yer Blues"
Keyboard Lessons are available
by David Arivett here!
Magazine has an excellent series of articles on the
history of jazz entitled, "Jazz 101" available online
Marohnic has a new instruction book,
"Improvising Made Easy For The Modern Church
Musician". More info
Resources for Organ & Sax!
you have a church organ and want to blend in some
jazz to a more traditional worship service check
out these excellent
Christian Big Band JaZz
"Strike Up The Band"
Carmichael And Friends"
Band Gospel-Senior Select"
Band Gospel Classics"
Band Swing Classics"
Swing Sessions with Dave Boyer"
"Through It All"
"The Glory Land Band Series"
Denver And The
Mile High Orchestra
OnFire Big Band
Big Band Live"
Horns (arranged by Jeff Anderson and Aaron
& tThe Awakening (Riverbend Church) Big Band"
and the 911 Mambo Orchestra
Of Mouth Revisited"
Big Phat Band
For The Fences"
Favorites of Sammy Nestico
Pat Metheny Big
"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small
bundle". - Benjamin Franklin
all its failings and its perversions over the last
years—and as much as every exponent of this faith has
attempted to dodge this idea—it is unarguably the
central tenet of Christianity: that everybody is
equal in God's eyes". - Bono