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Make sure that you visit the CJA page and listen to the great music all of our artists create!  We are very proud  to have so many talented Jazz artists part of the CJA!

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

Smooth Pizzazz is now ranked in the top 20 Jazz stations on Live 365!  Besides the United States, Canada, Japan, The Bahamas, Norway, Switzerland, Brazil, and many other countries are tuning in! 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!
 You are 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!!!"

 "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!!!"



Inspirational Quotes

You can make more friends in a month by being interested in them than in ten years by trying to get them interested in you.

-  Charles Allen

"To be is to do": Socrates
  "To do is to be": Sartre
    "Do be do be do": Sinatra

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

(To illustrate his last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do
Just when everything looked so dark)

Man, they said we better
Accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
No, do not mess with Mister In-Between
Do you hear me, hmm?

(Oh, listen to me children and-a you will hear
About the elininatin' of the negative
And the accent on the positive)
And gather 'round me children if you're willin'
And sit tight while I start reviewin'
The attitude of doin' right

(You've gotta accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between)

You've got to spread joy (up to the maximum)
Bring gloom (down) down to the minimum
Otherwise (otherwise) pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

-  Herm Albright

Learn to pause ... or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.

-  Doug King

Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with.

-  Peter Marshal


Which One Will Win?

A Cherokee elder sitting with his grandchildren told them, “In every life there is a terrible fight – a fight between two wolves. One is evil: he is fear, anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, and deceit. The other is good: joy, serenity, humility, confidence, generosity, truth, gentleness, and compassion.” A child asked, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?” The elder looked him in the eye. “The one you feed.”



Welcome to the Christian Jazz Artists Newsletter!
Fall 2004

A monthly e-newsletter from Songs Of David designed to keep you encouraged, informed, and aware of all the helpful resources that are available to you as a Christian jazz musician, worship leader, worship band member, or just a jazz lover!  
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~ This Issue  ~ 

Featured Interview Part Two: Jazz Pianist & Presbyterian minister Bill Carter continues his thoughts about Jazz, spirituality, and jazzing it up in the church!        Read Interview here!

Featured Article: "Celebrate And Be Jazzed".  "Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is...touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace ".... Read more here!

 Jazz Ed! Fresh ideas on Jazz, Theory, and Improvisation! This month David Arivett continues offering lessons, "Jazz Yer Blues" with new examples from Herbie Hancock and Jeff Lorber. These free lessons are for helping you integrate more jazzy voicings and changes into your blues playing!    Visit here

  CJA member Bassist Todd Johnson has two excellent free lessons for bass players located here!

New Christian Musicians Directory

Here is a directory that will list 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 visit here!
New Featured Tracks on Smooth Pizzazz!
A wonderful song with Ray Charles singing and teaming up with, "Take 6" is being featured on Smooth Pizzazz in memory of the legendary musician. The title of the track is, "My Friend".
CJA Network members saxophonist Greg Vail and guitarist Ric Flauding join keyboardist/composer David Arivett on one of David's tunes and the results are absolutely delightful! The title  of the track is, "Gratitude Mood".
CJA Member and Veteran Jazz Pianist Ray Lyon has a very beautiful reharmonized spacious jazz anthem setting of, "Jesus Christ The Apple Tree". This simple Shaker lyric features  powerful performances by vocalist Valerie Z and Ray Lyon!
Legendary rock guitarist Rick Derringer is now a Christian and has released a Smooth Jazz CD! Hear some of his tracks featured on Smooth Pizzazz Radio! Rick was the guitarist for the smash 60's hit, "Hang On Sloopy" and later, "Rock 'n Roll Hootchie Coo". 
Another satisfied listener!
"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."
 Sincerely, Karen

Christian Jazz Artists Compilation CD!

Mark Mclure (Saxophonist/Arranger) shares, "I've really been enjoying the CD you sent me! It's been a mainstay in my car stereo for the past three weeks. There are some really creative and tasty cuts on it. I'm pleasantly surprised and gratified to see such an interest in jazz in the Christian community!"

Great new hot jazz arrangements of Hymns!

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!  Great as a Christmas gift!


Welcome New CJA Network Members!

Guitarist Jay Leach  has worked or recorded with Roy Orbison, Barry Manilow, Gladys Knight, John Denver, The Pointer Sisters, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, and Kirk Whalum.  Movie soundtracks include Mars Attacks, Trip to Bountiful, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, and many more! Leach gathers a handful of the genre's finest Christian musicians -- Justo Almario, Abe Laboriel, Alex Acuna, and Kirk Whalum -- for an eclectic praise-and-jam session on his CD, "Beyond Words", providing scripture to meditate on in the liner notes as one listens to a blend of electric funk and string-section-enhanced acoustic solos.

Bassist Todd Johnson is recognized as a pioneer of the six-string bass. With his custom Yamaha six-string bass, equipped with a midi pick-up, Johnson uses an innovative technique where he plays chord changes and bass lines simultaneously. Bass Player magazine's Ed Friedland says, "Todd can simultaneously swing like Ray Brown and accompany like organist Jimmy Smith." In addition to his work with the Ron Escheté Trio, Johnson has performed and recorded with other artists, including Mike Stern, Dave Weckl, Scott Henderson, Plas Johnson, Sam Most, Joe LaBarbera, Poncho Sanchez, Paul Humphrey, and Frank Gambale.  Johnson sees his talents as a gift to continually enhance and develop.

Chuck Yamek is one of today’s hottest musical innovators of Contemporary Jazz Guitar. His critically acclaimed CD, “Feels So Right”, has received airplay on over 100 Radio Stations and Internet Music sites around the world. As a player in demand, he has worked with professional musicians from bands such as Eric Clapton, Tower of Power, Three Dog Night, Bob Seeger, Little Feat, David Lee Roth, The Moody Blues, The Temptations and Wild Cherry. With his versatility to play guitar in any music genre, Chuck’s  performances can also be experienced during his global tours with his renowned guitar clinics and concerts that are sought after by musicians and non-musicians of all ages.

Aaron Weitekamp's musical pursuits have been many and varied. His musical experiences range from jazz bass player, accompanist, copyist, conductor, producer, and composer. Following college, he spent two years in Nashville, Tennesee, where he studied with award-winning Nashville arranger Ron Huff. That is when he began to develop a love and skill for commercial arranging. He has continued to prove his expertise for arranging. Aaron has teamed up with Jeff Anderson to form AnderKamp Music, a print music publishing company, which now counts in its catalog over 50 of Aaron's arrangements. Aaron's film scoring, jazz and choral works have received recognition in national competitions..

David Pray  is a multi-instrumentalist, playing bass, guitar, and keys. Traveling the world over most of his life David's music reflects the global cultures he witnessed and fuses various ethnic instruments with memorable hooks that include a mix of Jazz, Pop, Latin, and World music. The David Pray Jazz Trio was birthed with sax player Bill Garfield and Jeff Weshe on drums.

Make sure that you visit the CJA page and listen to the great music from these new members!  We are very proud  to have so many talented Jazz artists be part of the CJA!

Visit the CJA page here


CJA Network New & Notable!

CJA Member and Veteran Jazz Pianist Ray Lyon has a very beautiful reharmonized spacious jazz anthem setting of, "Jesus Christ The Apple Tree". Visit his site for a free download ( limited time!) 

Saxaphonist Gary Meggs recently played with his band Ezekial 3:18. Gary reports that,"We had a great time a Solomon's Porch ( Christian Jazz Restaurant). The people were wonderful and energetic. The food is as good as you can get. Really a fabulous place. The owners are really working for the Lord. I urge everyone to support Soloman's Porch".

 Jazz Duo Riley & Richburg will be playing at "SIPP'S" Café Saturday, November 13, 2004
8:00pm (301) 203-8311 for ticket information

Kim Jordan has a brand new CD release, "Full Circle". More information can be found here!

Producer/Keyboardists David Diggs string arrangements are featured on  Jonathan Butler's Praise CD release for Maranatha!  In addition David and his group & Jazzwerk played Oct. 13 at Biola University "Music At Noon" concerts.
David also produced many of the songs for Pat Boone's 50th anniversary CD!!

Jazz Pianist/Composer Chuck Marohnic will be presenting on November 11, 2004, a performance of jazz arranged hymns and a clinic entitled," How to Use Creative Improvised Music, Serving the Word in the Worship Service". This clinic/performance will be the first of several offered by different artists to the students of the Claremont School of Theology in the Los Angeles, CA area!

Pianist Bradley Sowash has a new CD release - "For the Beauty of the Earth". This is the final release in Bradley's trilogy of hymns and spirituals for solo jazz piano! Bradley also has just released the companion sheet music book to his "When The Saints Go Marching" CD! Check it all out here!

Denver & The Mile High Orchestra have completed their Christmas CD, "Timeless Christmas" and is now available here!

Singer Jaimee Paul recently performed at F. Scott's, (one of the premiere jazz spots in Nashville. Joining her there was Leonard Wolf on piano ... Dave Webb on bass ... and Leif Shires on trumpet!


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!

Resources for Jazz Worship


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

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Songs Of  David Jazz Worship Songs & Charts

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New Resources for Jazz Worship!

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

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!

Free CJA Downloads!

Saxophonist Greg Vail and guitarist Ric Flauding team up with keyboardist David Arivett on one of David's tunes and the results are absolutely delightful! Hear it and download "Gratitude Mood" 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!


Yogi Berra explains Jazz!

Interviewer: Can you explain jazz?

Yogi: I can't, but I will.       90% of all jazz is half
improvisation. The other half is the part people play
while others are playing something they never played
with anyone who played that part. So if you play the
wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it
might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if
you play it too right, it's wrong.

Interviewer: I don't understand.

Yogi: Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's
what's so simple about it.

Interviewer: Do you understand it?

Yogi: No. That's why I can explain it. If I
understood it, I wouldn't know anything about it.

Interviewer: Are there any great jazz players alive

Yogi: No. All the great jazz players alive today are
dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But
so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still
alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead.
Some would kill for it.

Interviewer: What is syncopation?

Yogi: That's when the note that you should hear now
happens either before or after you hear it. In jazz,
you don't hear notes when they happen because that
would be some other type of music. Other types of
music can be jazz, but only if they're the same as
something different from those other kinds.

Interviewer: Now I really don't understand.

Yogi: I haven't taught you enough for you to not
understand jazz that well.

"There are many reasons for the failure to comprehend Christ's teaching...but the chief cause which has engendered all these misconceptions is this: that Christ's teaching is considered to be such as can be accepted, or not accepted, without changing one's life." - Leo Tolstoy

Each Day a Lifetime!

Never burden yourself by looking far ahead. Always live one day at a time. If you can do this, you will live like children, birds and flowers. For them each day is a life time. Every day unfolds new joy, new hope, even if every day may have brought you new shadows and new nightfall. Every day you may have broken down in guilt and failure. Every day may have shown you your helplessness a thousand fold. Yet each new day brings new sun, new air, and new grace. - Eberhard Arnold