Network "What Is Jazz?" Survey
Eric Copeland-- "The expression
of feeling, mood, and emotion through improvisation,
rhythm, and tone"
Rhonda McCoy --"Jazz is like comfort food. It's like a heavy quilt on a
cold, rainy day."
Bill Cantos-- "Without getting too technical or too artsy....jazz to
me is really a combination of several things; a certain
harmonic structure and flavor; perhaps certain
instruments that evoke the sound; the use of
improvisation in some way, even if only minimally; but
most of all - it has GOT to swing..."
Ric Flauding-- "Jazz, perhaps more than any other music
before it allowed the performer (non composer) to have
his / her own "voice" within the music. Jazz is perhaps
the first lasting style where the "players" factored
highly in the musicís uniqueness. Iíve heard stories of
known jazz composers letting their players design their
own "part" whether in a solo capacity and even in
ensemble work that was later notated and those versions
are today what remains in print".
Gary Meggs--Jazz is...God inspired musical creation
Chuck Marohnic-- "When jazz is
played properly in the worship setting with other
musicians, it becomes a perfect example of the Body of
Christ where each musician gives him/herself, without
egoist intervention, to each other for the purpose of
corporate praise of the Almighty". -
Bill Carty--"Jazz is simply...music
that allows freedom of expression and improv
from the musicians performing it. Christian Jazz
therefore is jazz
music based on Christian themes that have been arranged
to allow the
musician to express his or her love for God thru their
Bill Gehman--"I too am glad that the
Creator gave us jazz. Harmony, improvisation,
depth, passion, creativity, spontaneity, virtuosity,
experimental harmonic structures. I dig it!" Ed
says, "Jazz, in its truest form, is a living thing. It
flows; it can change direction like the wind. The same
never be played the same way twice."
Lance Bryant--"Jazz gives us an
unlimited canvas on which we can express our love,
feelings and thoughts about an awesome God.... jazz is
an art form that expresses joy and pain. Salvation
through struggle and trials are a part of the message
that we get from the Word. People must be educated and
exposed to jazz. If the music of Bach and Handel as well
as the Gaithers can express a wide range of passion in
the church, so can jazz."
David Arivett--"So let us consider that Jazz music was
given to us by a loving Creator to enjoy! And that truly
gets me truly, "jazzed" hallelujah! I really dig jazz
because of the spontaneity and freedom to express
oneself in the present moment! You find yourself
expressing how you feel through the spirit...sorta like
" I just gotta testify about the goodness of the Lord"
and then play the way you feel. Jazz developed out of
the blues and when you hear someone playing or singin'
the blues you can immediately identify with how they are
feeling right then...in the now."
So many have tuned out
listening to jazz because they have come across jazz
music that is only an insider language that only other
properly initiated musicians can understand. And that is
a pity because their is so much great jazz music that is
spiritual and totally engages the listener... both
emotionally, intellectually, physically, and
Chuck Mandt-- "Interesting thought about Christians
being afraid of jazz. A recent informal survey of church
musicians asking what's the one thing you could learn to
improve your ability to play a church service revealed
that 99% answered "improvise like a jazz player". Some
pious Christians might not like jazz but the musicians
sure do. 10 years ago when I first started playing for
the traditional service, I got the "you make the music
sound like a piano bar". In my case I did ask, "how do
you know what piano bar music sounds like?" That was
last I heard about that!"
Ed Hawkins - "Hey, man, I have the
heart of a jazzer, ... I play what I play with a
jazzer's heart - always have, even when I didn't know
what jazz was. There was a life to my playing that
people saw as ability, but I think that what they really
heard was my heart and my passion".
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