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Smooth Pizzazz Radio broadcasting Great Jazz Music all over the world!

Smooth Pizzazz is ranked in the top 20 Jazz stations on Live 365!  Listeners all over the world are enjoying the unique blend of Jazz styles being broadcast!!

Smooth Pizzazz is an Internet Radio Station featuring Christian Jazz Artists playing jazzed up arrangements of Hymns, worship choruses, original material, and stylistically everything in between!! There are inspiring quotes and inspiring music by great Christian Jazz Artists.  Listen to it at work or at home while you work or answer e-mails! Help support the CJA and spread the word as well. Tune in--just follow the link below!

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Smooth Pizzazz Radio listeners Joe A. Robinson and Lucile Packard from Palo Alto, CA  share these comments about Smooth Pizzazz Radio!
                              "Brother, your radio station is a real blessing to me!! I stream your Internet radio station, "Smooth Pizzazz" here at work and it allows me to praise him, get centered, stay focused and increase my productivity all at the same time!!!" -- Joe A. Robinson

 "You have also exposed me to some great Christian Jazz that I was not aware of!! I am going to tell others about Smooth Pizzazz radio station as well as direct them to your website. Keep up the good work!!!"--Lucile Packard

Morer satisfied listeners!

 I 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 much."--Karen Hunt  

I discovered you a few weeks ago via a search for stations that play the YellowJackets, of which there are few. I was raised on Big Band, Bop, Cool, Blues ... jazz, and in recent years I've also come to love Latin and a few other things, one of which is the YellowJackets. I was raised in the church and appreciate the neat arrangements of various "church tunes" that you sprinkle in as well. Thank you for your station! -- Carl McMullen


This month on Smooth Pizzazz Radio we are featuring...!  
Pianist Alton Merrell's very cool arrangement of the Hymn, "I Need Thee Every Hour"
Singer Carol Frazier's swingin', "Hypocrite" and, "Angels Can Fly".

Saxophonist Lance Bryant's original and unique  "Psalm".

Saxophonist Bob Michalski's Latin flavored jazz-worship song, "A Dios Sea La Gloria" .

Saxophonist Angelo Luster

  beautiful instrumental, "Face 2 Face"


Inspirational Quotes

So many people claim to believe in the Resurrection, and yet it means so little to them. It has no effect in their lives. It is not enough to celebrate Easter and say “Christ is risen!” Indeed, it is useless to proclaim it at all, unless at the same time we can say that we too have risen. -- C. F. Blumhardt




Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise--then you will discover the fullness of your life. - David Steindl-Rast




Life isn't a matter of milestones, but moments.--Rose Kennedy



"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape."




"Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused."



 "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". -- Chuck Marohnic


"So let us consider that Jazz music was given to us by a loving Creator to enjoy! And that truly gets me, "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 at that moment.-- David Arivett



 "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".-- Ed Hawkins

Welcome to the Christian Jazz Artists Newsletter!
April/May 2005

A e-newsletter designed to keep you encouraged, informed, and aware of all the helpful resources that are available to you as a Christian jazz musician, or just a jazz lover!
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~ In This Issue  ~ 

Featured Interview: Saxophonist Mark McClure. Mark has a new CD that covers jazzed up arrangements of hymns and worship choruses! Besides being director of the Choral division at Word Music Mark has many wonderful experiences to share playing jazz in church and crossing many denominational boundaries! ... Read entire interview here!

"What Is Jazz?": Our Network conducted a survey and both artists and our readers responded. There are some great responses and you can read all of them here!

Editorial: "Make It Happen Where You Are!" Make every effort to help create an audience for CJA Network artists. Read it here!

New Christian Jazz Music Email Discussion Group!
We have 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!
 To subscribe to this group visit: 
New "Jazz In Church" Page
We have a new page with links to relevant articles about Jazz in Church located here!

Christian Musicians Directory

                                                                                       Here is 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 out visit here!
New Weekly Christian Jazz FM Radio Program
Smooth Jazz Radio WGRZ in Melbourne, FL  are interested in having a weekly show featuring Christian Jazz music.
They are in need of CD's and are now accepting CD submissions from Christian Jazz Artists. Contact:
Randy Bennett
325 Valencia Road
Melbourne, FL 32904
(321) 951-9310 station
Wanted: Christian Jazz Artists!
Bud Fox has a Christian coffeehouse in Bowling Green, KY called The ConneXion. He has some local jazz connections and would like to do a jazz coffeehouse sometime soon. For more info contact Bud Fox at:
The ConneXion Coffeehouse
 (270) 782-2889 or (270) 393-8817.
Smooth Pizzazz Radio had its best month ever in March! Over 2,600 hours of listening time was recorded!!! People tuning in to listen all over the world! Keep spreading the word about the station!

Christian Jazz Artists Compilation CD!


  CJA 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 here! 



Welcome New CJA Network Members!

Saxophonist/Vocalist Lance Bryant  

Saxophonist, vocalist, composer and arranger, Lance Bryant hails from Markham, Illinois. He received his formal music education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. During his tenure at Berklee, Lance fostered musical relationships with fellow classmates, saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Greg Osby, drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, trumpeter Wallace Roney, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and other renowned musicians.

After moving to New York continued to study saxophone and arranging privately with Frank Foster, the former director of the Count Basie Orchestra. As a freelance artist in the late 1980s, Lance performed, toured and recorded with Steve Coleman, Monte Croft, Graham Haynes, and Lonnie Plaxico.

Lance has rounded out his professional experience by teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation at New York City's famed JazzMobile and began his decade-long relationship with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. In 1993, Lance became the Orchestra's Musical Director and Principal Arranger – a role in which he served for seven years. Lance also made his film debut in Spike Lee's Malcolm X and traveled extensively with Phyllis Hyman, Jon Hendricks, Pete "LaRocca" Sims, Wallace Roney, Abdulah Ibrahim, Bootsy Collins and others.

Recognizing the role that his spirituality plays in the creation and expression of his work, Lance currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music at Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, NJ, where he and his family are members and where is he committed to devoting his talent to the church.  For more information on Lance visit here!

Saxophonist  Bob Michalski

Bob Michalski is a very gifted woodwind player and Christian recording artist. Bob's focus and desire is to share his passion for jazz with an unmistakable spiritual dimension. So Bob started ReedMan music ministry. Bob shares that the essence of Reedman music can be summed up in the following statement, "The music is jazz...the message is hope! "I feel closest to God while listening to jazz music" says Michalski. "There's just something special about the unusual chords, rhythm and melodies in jazz."

ReedMan Music originally started out as a radio program in South Carolina called "JC Jazz" Bob shares that, "it's no surprise that jazz is the medium used to entertain as well as bring listeners into an atmosphere of praise and worship. Throughout the Bible music is used to encourage God's people and provide a means and avenue for celebration. More importantly music (both instruments and voices) is used to praise and worship God." ReedMan Music seeks to continue these traditions ... utilizing today's musical styles and instrumentation to entertain, encourage and open people's hearts to the love and presence of God.

ReedMan Music is proud to offer Bob Michalski's debut CD "Transparence". It's a collection of songs that range from jazz to worship. This is a fresh project that has fused gospel with jazz and is sure to be a treat for the listener. For more information on Bob visit here!

Pianist Alton Merrell

Alton Merrell, a native of Warren, Ohio, is a worshiper, gospel and jazz pianist, educator, music producer, songwriter and composer.

Alton holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz and Classical Piano Performance from Youngstown State University graduating Cum Laude. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Youngstown State University. He is presently pursuing a Master of Theology from International Seminary and will soon begin doctoral studies to obtain a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Composition and Performance.

Mr. Merrell has ministered with gospel artists Martha Munizzi, Donnie McClurkin, Dorothy Norwood, LaShunn Pace-Rhodes, Rev. Timothy Wright, and Parkes Stewart. He has also been seen several times on the nationally televised Bobby Jones Gospel Show. Mr. Merrell has also performed with jazz artists: Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Phil Woods, Marvin Stamm, Maria Schneider, Kenny Burrell, Billy Pierrce, Conrad Herwig, Leslie Lewis, Frank Foster, Roger Humphries, and Jim Rupp. He has also been a member and soloist with, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Cleveland State Jazz Heritage Orchestra, Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, YSU All-Star Alumni Jazz Ensemble, Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, and the OMEA Intercollegiate All-Star Jazz Ensemble.

Alton presently serves as the director of Covenant Church at Pittsburgh's Fine Arts Academy, a Christian arts school that offers training in music, dance, and drama to students of all ages. He is also a pianist and choir director at Covenant Church of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Bishop Joseph Garlington is the pastor. Alton and his wife Kimberly reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  For more information about Alton visit here!

Saxophonist Angelo Luster

A rose sprung from a rock" are the words critics use to describe Oakland, California native Angelo Luster, a saxophonist whose music invites the listener to embark upon a unique spiritual journey. You will without a doubt be enraptured by the emotion conveyed through his rich soulful sound, birthed from the union of contemporary gospel and the west coast jazz movements.

At age twelve, he was accepted on scholarship to the Young Musicians Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he trained for six years in jazz and classical music. This led Luster to realize his purpose in life was to, "inspire others through my music." Luster was taught by Bill Bell and Jim Moran who previously trained Dave Ellis, Tony, Toni, Tone guitarist, John Smith, Rodney Franklin, and Benny Green.

Luster received a scholarship to Grambling State University where he achieved the position of featured saxophone soloist. He also earned the honor of being spotlighted with such artists as Boyz II Men. Luster has spent may of his summers playing in big bands behind such greats as, Rosemary Clooney, Mercer Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Diane Schurr, Della Reese, Billy Taylor, Joe Williams, and other seasoned performers. After obtaining his Bachelor of Music degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1996, Luster returned home and began to perform internationally with St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band.

Angelo celebrates the release of his first solo album entitled, "Face 2 Face". The album is an intimate reflection of his spirituality and desire to lead listeners into the presence of God. In addition to the album, Luster performs in a host of venues with his quartet which exemplifies the diverse sounds of his upbringing, the UC Berkeley's Young Inspirational Gospel Choir and conducts instrumental music workshops nationwide. For more information on Angelo Luster visit here!

Make 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 network members!!

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New & Notable!

\Saxophonist Darren Rahn has just finished his new CD release! It includes almost all original tunes penned by Darren. We will keep you posted on when the CD actually hits the streets!

Jazz pianist/vocalist Peggy Duquesnel and her quartet recently performed at the Restaurant Kikuya Jazz Club in Huntington Beach.

Saxophonist Gary Meggs and Ezekial 3:18 has a new CD release as well as upcoming concert appearances...more info here!

Jazz Pianist Chuck Marohnic has a new piano book,  "IMPROVISING MADE EASY FOR THE MODERN CHURCH MUSICIAN" . It is a book that teaches a practical approach to improvisation specially designed for church musicians. Check it all out here!

Guitarist  Ric Flauding recently performed on "Good Morning Arizona" and keeps busy playing at the Sunburst resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Bassist Todd Johnson continues to play dates with the Ron Eshcete Trio at the Steamers Cafe in Fullerton CA. He also will be performing as a jazz duo with Kristin Korb May 21 in Claremont, CA. For more info on this date visit:

Jazz Pianist Chuck Mandt has a brand new recording of jazzed up Hymns and Gospel songs. Entitled, "Contemporary Sounds Of Gospel Favorites", it features Chuck's wonderful touch, great voicings, and tasty jazz flavored arrangements! For more info on the new CD visit here!

Guitarist Randy Bernsen will be playing in Venezuela - April 29, 2005  with Archie Pena (drums) and Javier Carrion (bass) both of whom played on Randy's "LIVE IN SAN MIGUEL" CD.
Randy will also be giving a guitar clinic there.


As you can see Christian Jazz Artists are very busy celebrating their gifts!

We are jazzed about life...
We are jazzed about God!
Celebrate today and savor the music!
"Just imagine: a joyful Jesus! Haven't we had enough of grim religion?"
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Swing a New Song to the Lord!

Excellent printed collection of jazz arrangements  of congregational music from over a dozen prominent jazz composers and arrangers! Check it out here!

Our 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 available!

Big Band ~ Ensembles ~ Praise Band

CJA Network member Mark McClure has a great new smooth-jazz flavored worship recording, "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 visit here!


Thought provoking, yet highly singable jazz material for use in the Sanctuary!

Preview them here!

Songs Of  David Jazz Worship Songs & Charts

Preview them here!


Keyboardist/arranger Todd Billingsley has many excellent jazz flavored arrangements for the worship band at

Free CJA Downloads!

We have all the great articles and  interviews from past newsletters for you to read!

Interested 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" Lessons are available David Arivett here!

Chuck Marohnic has a new instruction book, "Improvising Made Easy For The Modern Church Musician". More info here!

Improvising Made Easy for the modern church musician

Jazz Resources for Organ & Sax!

 If you have a church organ and want to blend in some jazz to a more traditional worship service check out these excellent resources available here!


JaZz Quotes

"In the heart of this (jazz) music there is the unexplainable 'something' that can be felt but cannot be described".--James Lincoln Collier



Each jazz musician interprets music his or her own way. However, the form and basic thought behind the music should always be noticeable and present. Unique interpretation, present in many notions of art, is mot emphasized in jazz. This implies that jazz is the music of the performer...-- Ilija Pejovski


"The Jazz Musician is an instant composer"--Jamey Aebersold



"Improvisation is the courage to move from one note to the next"--Bobby McFerrin



"Music should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise"-- Bill Evans

"I too am glad that the Creator gave us jazz. Harmony, improvisation,
depth, passion, creativity, spontaneity, virtuosity, complex rhythms,
experimental harmonic structures. I dig it!"--Bill Gehman


"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."--Lance Bryant


 "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 piano for a traditional church service, I got the, "you make the music sound like we're in a piano bar"! I quickly asked, "how do you know what piano bar music sounds like?" That was last I heard about that!!!" --Chuck Mandt