The CJA Network Welcomes New Members!

Winter/Spring 2010

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the CJA Network adds New members!

Our network membership of Christians who are jazz artists continues to grow and expand in many innovative and creative ways and for that we are very thankful!

Check Out Our New Members Below!


This influential late-'70s pop/jazz outfit boasted in-the-pocket grooves, clever horn charts, and Pauline Wilson's signature vocals set to lyrics that (more often than not) clearly communicated a Christian worldview.

Their horn section ranked with Tower of Power as one of the most sought after for studio sessions for many artists.


Pauline Wilson – Lead Vocals
Bob Wilson – Drums
Bud Nuanez – Guitar
Ken Wild – Bass
Larry Williams – Keyboard, Sax, Trombone
Jerry Hey – Trumpet and horn arrangements
Kim Hutchcroft – Sax

"It gives me great pleasure to re-introduce this great group to the general public and we are very proud to have them as members of the CJA Network! I consider Seawind to be one of the best contemporary jazz groups to surface out of the 1970’s! The group could play and sing gritty, Tower of Power type funk songs with top notch horn arrangements then lay down excellent Brazilian flavored Sambas, jazz fusion, and excel at both vocal and instrumental jazz with lyrics that often reflected a Christian viewpoint."- (David Arivett CJA Network Founder)

Hear audio samples from their early years here!

 Seawind has a brand new CD release "Reunion"!

Reunion” isn’t just a greatest hits album, designed as some last-ditch effort to recapture the glory days (the path of many a hair band resurgence). In many ways, it sounds like a brand-new album from a brand-new band, still reinventing a smorgasbord of musical tastes -- from the laid-back island style (lead vocalist Pauline Wilson is from Hakalau, on the Big Island), some funk-R&B (the horn section is very hot!),fusion and other jazz flavors!

This 12 song CD includes beautifully performed, updated 2009 arrangements of "Follow Your Road", "Free" , "Devil Is A Liar" and "He Loves You" (which also features vocalist Al Jarreau).


For even more on Seawind visit here!

Norm Stockton
Bassist/solo artist/clinician Norm Stockton travels extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan. He has been profiled in Bass Player magazine (12/95 & 2/10) and is recognized by many as one of the premier bassists today. Since 2006, he has been the touring and recording bassist with chart-topping worship artist (and former Steve Perry guitarist) Lincoln Brewster.

As a solo artist, he has released two instrumental projects that have garnered widespread acclaim from around the globe. His recently-released 2nd solo project, Tea In The Typhoon, features stellar guest artists John Patitucci, Gregg Bissonette, Lincoln Brewster, Michael Manring, Etienne Mbappe and more, and further affirms Norm's reputation as a world-class bassist and composer.

Norm has performed or recorded with such artists as:

Vicky Beeching (worship artist), Lincoln Brewster,Dominique Di Piazza (John McLaughlin), Brian Doerksen (worship artist), Bryan Duncan, Rob Mullins (solo artist, The Crusaders), Steve Laury (solo artist, Fattburger), Luna Halo, Mandisa (American Idol), Darrell Mansfield, David Pack (Ambrosia), Rita Springer (worship artist), Darlene Zschech (Hillsong) and many more.

Norm is also known internationally as a bass educator and clinician. His bass instructional DVD series, Grooving for Heaven (distributed by Alfred Publishing), has sold extensively in the United States and abroad. He has served as adjunct faculty at Concordia University, Hope International University, Biola University, The Los Angeles Music Academy, and He also serves as the bass columnist for Christian Musician magazine. Norm presently lives in Orange County, CA, with his wife and daughters.

"Tea IN The Afternoon" is the much-anticipated 2nd solo project! Continuing the exhilarating journey that was "Pondering The Sushi", Tea is a 12-tune collection featuring guests Gregg Bissonette, John Patitucci, Lincoln Brewster, Michael Manring, Etienne Mbappe & many others!

Listen to audio clips here!

Shane Philen is a participating member of the National Association for Music Education (, the International Association for Jazz Education (, and the Alabama Music Educators Association ( As a professional saxophonist since 1992, Shane has devoted his talent and experience as a performer, instructor, band leader, and arranger throughout the United States and in several countries. He has recorded numerous projects for Integrity Media and has performed and/or recorded with Louis Bellson, Big Daddy Weave, The Coasters, Darrell Evans, Ken Folberg Big Band, 4Him, Group 1 Crew, King Pelican, Mandisa, the Moscow Sax Quintet, Aaja Nachle, New Song, Bob Shultz Big Band, The Temptations, TRUTH, Veggie Tales, Ayiesha Woods, and many others. Currently, Shane is a music educator in the Mobile County Public School System as Assistant Director of Bands at Theodore High School. He also plays lead tenor sax in the Mobile Carnival Association Big Band and the Celebration Big Band of First Baptist Tillman's Corner. You can find out more about Shane at his website.

Hear audio clips of Shane's new CD "Heritage" here!

Shane also is a part of the "Live Horns" team which provides great horn tracks for artists wanting to have that fat horn sound added to their  songs/CD projects. Click on the banner below to find out how you can do this via the internet!

Jerry Zellers  Jerry Zellers is a guitarist who lists his main influences as Phil Keaggy, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Charlie Christian, Martin Taylor, Wes Montgomery, Herb Ellis, Django Reinhardt... but  Jerry shares that "I will always be a Joe Pass wanna-be! Joe Pass is my all time favorite and biggest influence!

Jerry has a new release "Jazz Guitar Hymns"...

"Instrumental solo Jazz Guitar of classic hymns. These fingerstyle chord melody arrangements integrate jazz harmonies, rhythms and walking bass lines."

Hear audio clips here!

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Greg Tardy  grew up in a very musical environment. "Living in New Orleans when I was a kid, I was constantly around all different types of music. I remember hearing opera from an early age (because my parents are both opera singers), church music and R&B such as James Brown." Tardy began playing clarinet after third grade, studying classical music. After he was introduced to the music of John Coltrane, he began to focus primarily on Tenor sax.

Greg has performed/recorded with an extremely large array of prominent artists including: Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas, Wynton Marsalis, Jay McShann, Steve Coleman, Betty Carter, James Moody, Bill Frisell, Rashied Ali , John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Dewey Redman, Ravi Coltrane, and many others.

“One of the bright hopes, Tardy sounds like a seeker, absolution and salvation in every solo.” - New York Times


Hear audio clips of Greg's music here!  


Sean OBryan Smith has nearly twenty years of experience in virtually every musical genre and Sean has become one of the most celebrated and highly sought after bass players in the music industry. The combination of virtuoso bass technique, a high energy stage presence, and the ability to adapt to all types of music has landed Sean in an enormous variety of different musical situations.

Sean has also been very fortunate to work with some of the best musicians, songwriters, and producers in the industry including Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers), Monty Powell (Keith Urban, Rascall Flatts), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan), Allen Morgan (Dolly Parton, U2), Jeff Franzel (Les Brown, Frank Sinatra), Tim Akers (Leann Rimes, Michael McDonald), John Jarvis (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw), Mitch Reilly (Tower of Power, Stephen Stills), Jeff Coffin (Flecktones, Mu'tet), Tony Colton (Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers ), Ken Rarick ( Madonna, Cher ), Forrest Robinson (India.Arie, TLC), Teddy Andreadis (Velvet Revolver, Guns 'n Roses), Tom Hemby (Amy Grant, Vince Gill), and many, many more. All of these vast experiences have led Sean to a rewarding musical career that continues to grow.

In addition to his work as a sideman, Sean has spent a number of years performing with his own jazz groups. With these bands, Sean had an opportunity to travel throughout the Southeast and also open for some of the jazz industries leading talents including the late Michael Brecker, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Haynes, Kevin Mahogany, Fattburger, Kermit Ruffins, and jazz/jam heavyweights Medeski, Martin, and Wood.

“Tapestry” is a return to Sean’s roots in jazz, blues, and soul. It features him on fretted, multi-string, upright, and fretless basses as well as guitar and keyboards. The CD transcends many musical genres and also reunites Sean with a collection of his favorite fellow sidemen including Jeff ”Skunk” Baxter ( Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers ), Jerry Marotta ( Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan ), Rich Eckhardt ( Toby Keith ), and Ken Rarick ( Madonna, Cher ) as well as some of the Nashville areas greatest unknown players.  You can hear audio clips here.

Paul Yoder is a very talented trumpet and flugelhorn player residing in southern California. Paul shares that as a young child he found his inspiration for wanting to play the trumpet from watching television. “I used to watch the Lawrence Welk Show with my parents, and was always mesmerized by the trumpet playing of Johnny Zell. He was just incredible. I wanted to sound like THAT!”

His other teachers and influences would include Uan Rasey, Roy Poper, John Papenbrook, Jerome Callet, Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Mangione, Chet Baker, John Faddis, Allen Vizzuti, Rick Braun, Greg Adams, and of course, Miles. “I have always been drawn towards trumpet players that had an “edge”, either in their aggressiveness or their range or their sound...or even their lifestyle. That's always where it's been at for me...on the edge.”

Yoder brings a fresh new face to the world of Contemporary Jazz. His individualistic musical style and interpretation contains elements of pop, rock, hip-hop and fusion. Paul's first CD release "Dreamin" scored rave reviews. His second release "Catalina Cool", due out in May of this year features some of the biggest artists in the smooth jazz world including: Michael Lington, Mindi Abair, Paul Jackson Jr., Chris Standring, Jay Soto, Freddie Fox, and Dan Kuramoto of Hiroshima.

 "Serious jazz-fusion, combining the sounds of traditional jazz, Latin rhythm, funk, and R&B to create something spectacular". - Unsigned Music Magazine


Listen to audio clips visit here!

Eric C. Ajaye  was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Los Angeles, California with his family at an early age. He studied violin for nine years before switching to bass. In college Eric studied bass under Buell Neidlinger at California Institute of the Arts where he was on scholarship.

While in Los Angeles, Eric’s music career included many aspects of the music industry, such as recording albums with artists from Bill Cosby to Chaka Khan, television and film soundtracks, and numerous television and radio commercials.

Eric has toured Asia, throughout Europe, Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Central and South America and has been a member of the bands of Freddie Hubbard, Taj Mahal, Bennie Maupin, James Morrison, The Doug MacLeod Band, the Pointer Sisters and Barry White. He has also backed such artists as Nancy Wilson, Gary Bartz, Bob Mintzer, George Howard, Sonny Stitt, Joe Williams, Della Reese, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Harold Nicholas, Todd Cochran (Bayete), Pee Wee Crayton, Joe Louis Walker, and many more. Eric moved to Australia in 1998 and has work with many of Australia’s top jazz artists accompanying them at jazz festivals, in jazz clubs and on recording sessions.

Since February 2000 Eric has been a member of the Jazz Department faculty at The Australian National University School of Music, teaching double bass/electric bass, aural, improvisation, creating and running a “Styles for the Studio” class and directing the Commercial Ensemble, which performs at various jazz festivals during the school year.

Eric formed the Straight Up! (Trio) which recorded and released their debut album "The Flow" in 2006. Their 2nd album Straight Up! (Trio) "Another Year" was released in 2007.The band featuring Eric C. Ajaye (bass), Michael Azzopardi (piano/synth) and Chris Thwaite (drums), received excellent reviews and responses from both critics and audiences.

"A diverse performance of original material ranging from subtle sensitivity to hard driving grooves over material that touches the genres of straight ahead jazz, funk, world music and beat, all heavily grounded in improvisation"

 To hear audio clips visit here!

David Devasto  As a pianist, DeVasto has performed in various ensembles, such as; Johnson County Landmark, Three Page Fives, and The Louisville Metro Big Band. He has performed with renowned artists, such as; Richard Stoltzman, Brent Sandy, Steve Grismore, Michael Spiro, Jim Dreier, Craig Wagner, and Tyrone Wheeler.

David's compositions have been heard throughout the United States in various conferences and festivals, including; The UCM New Music Festival, EMM (Electronic Music Midwest), N.E.O.N. (Nevada Encounters of New Music), The Electro-Acoustic Juke Joint, The SCI National Student Conference, and The Midwest Composers Symposium. Recently, DeVasto completed two large ensemble works featuring the saxophone. His saxophone concerto, Ecce Signum, was recorded with The University of Iowa Center for New Music, while his piece for jazz orchestra "We Were Buried", was recorded with Johnson County Landmark.

DeVasto earned degrees from The University of Iowa, The University of Louisville, and Webster University. He has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in both, Music Theory and Jazz Studies, and his primary teachers have included; David Gompper, Michael Eckert, Steve Rouse, Bob Chamberlin, Kim Portnoy, and Kendall Stallings. DeVasto’s jazz mentors include; Jim Connerley, Paul DeMarinis, Carol Schmidt, Tom Byrne, Steve Schenkel, Tyrone Wheeler and John La Barbera. DeVasto currently teaches jazz piano at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. More on David here:

CJA NEtwork Artists News

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All the charts and resources you need to play more inspirational jazz in church, concerts, and studio! Big Band, and various ensemble arrangements by Ralph Carmichael, Chris McDonald, Chuck Marohnic, John Carlson, David Arivett, Jeff Anderson, Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, and many others can be found on the Christian Jazz Charts page located here!

All the Jazz Educational resources you need to take your musical talent to the next level are just a click away!  One of the most complete collection of jazz ed resources you can find on one web site!



Jazz Food For The Soul


We have located online many great articles that have been written about jazz and the spiritual connection including using jazz in church for evangelism, worship, and personal enjoyment. A list of recommended reading is also available...

 Smooth Pizzazz...Jazz with Pizzazz!


Just a few clicks away is an internet radio station containing nearly 500 tracks from top jazz artists. Broadcasting all over the world 24/7 Smooth Pizzazz has the most complete collection of jazzed up hymns, sacred jazz, and spirituals you will find anywhere! So what are you waiting for?

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