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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

More 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

Thank you for praise jazz! I just stated singing...I never do that when I listen to other stations - John McClure

I have to be honest I haven't been much of a church going person, but my love for music is like a battery and I know the Lord is the battery/ When I ran into your station I said this is it! Keep up the good work and keep the same format, I know religious music is in all genres of music, but like myself love smooth jazz therefore I want to listen to Christian smooth jazz. Take care and God Bless. - Manuel Pena

Just found your station, "Smooth Pizzazz" on Live365. Excellent mix - I'm sharing with my friends. Keep up the good work, and keep spicing things up with Tower of Power (love the funky horns)!! -             Randy Jackson Tulsa, OK


This month on Smooth Pizzazz Radio we are featuring tracks from...  
Tracks from the new CJA Compilation CD, "Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Song's.
Keyboardist Bob Baldwin's new CD, " All In A Days Work"
Dave Boyer's swingin'  "The Sound Of Love" continues to receive high ratings on Smooth Pizzazz!
Keyboardist/Vocalist Eliane Elia's Brazilian flavored jazz track, "At First Sight".

  Saxophonist Greg Vail's      "Ben Jammin', "Europa", & "Loves Gift" continue to be listener favorites.

Jazz Pianist Phil Degreg's "All Blues" is a hot tune from his "Brazilia" CD .

Canadian Pianist/vocalist Carol Welshman's track, "Taking A Chance On Love"


Clarence Rivers plainly put it when speaking of jazz improvisation: “Spontaneity takes a great deal of practice.”


"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what
we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into
acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
-- Dutch Proverb



"Life's a dance. Put on your dancing shoes".

- Steve Winwood



"Jazz is the living proof that the holiness of the human spirit cannot be taken away, even though home, culture, freedom, family, dignity, religion, name, language, and even life itself are brutally wrenched away. It is the evidence that the human spirit contains the power to transform pain, suffering and sorrow into beauty and art."


How strange that we should ordinarily feel compelled to hide our wounds when we are all wounded! Community requires the ability to expose our wounds and weaknesses to our fellow creatures. It also requires the ability to be affected by the wounds of others... But even more important is the love that arises among us when we share, both ways, our woundedness.

- M. Scott Peck



Welcome to the Christian Jazz Artists Newsletter!
Nov. 2005

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

Featured Articles

The Coltrane Test by Charlie Peacock... "there is so much to learn about a musical life in Christ. Don't be discouraged if you are not on the same planet as John Coltrane, few musicians are. Still, have eyes to see and ears to hear. And be inspired.  When you are laid to rest may it be said of you that a Love Supreme drove your every thought and deed." Read more here!

God, Church, And All That Jazz... "Jazz is a spiritual movement, it gets the adrenalin rushing when we play it. Gospel music is an adrenalin-raising type music anyway, with its shouts, its counter-rhythms, it is an emotional music, and jazz people like that. Jazz touches a card, a deeper card, where people are moved into responding to the music... It is about spontaneity but that is still in harmony with the rest, and inviting people to talk about their salvation, to talk about their journey, to talk about their struggles, to talk about their agony, jazz does that". Read more here!

CJA Network Artists Doing Benefit Concerts for Katrina/Rita victims!

Jazz Pianist Pat Coil was recently the music director for a Katrina benefit concert in Nashville, TN called "Gospel Angels", featuring a host of CCM and Gospel artists. Pat is also giving all the proceeds from his CD, "True North" to the Red Cross for the Katrina victims.

Angel Melendez And The 911 Mambo Orchestra recently played a benefit concert Oct. 6 for the Katrina/Rita Hurricane victims in Chicago. Proceeds are being sent to the Easter Seals Gulf Coast Relief Disaster Fund. Location:

Jazz Pianist Paul English is founder of the organization, "NOAHleans" that is specifically set up to help musicians affected by the Katrina/Rita disasters! Part of Noah's mission is to find employment for musicians from the stricken area and to assist them and their families with relocating. Visit here for more info or call (713) 805-9118

CJA Network member Saxophonist Gary Hallquist and his family live in New Orleans and had to evacuate. They escaped with only their lives and a few belongings! They are now going back to see if anything is left! Please pray for Gary and family at this most difficult and trying time! If you want to contact him here is the info:

Gary Hallquist
c/o Aubrey Edwards
1277 Branchwater Lane
Birmingham, AL 35216

New Christian Jazz Artists Compilation CD!

"Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs"

Brand New Compilation Now Available!


  CJA Network compilation CD featuring members playing Psalms, Hymns, and spiritual songs. 14 great recordings by top Christian Jazz Artists served up in a wide variety of Jazz flavors!  To hear audio samples or to purchase  visit here! 

Christian Jazz Artists Hymn Compilation CD!

Here's your chance to get one of the best collections of Christian Jazz Hymns you will find anywhere! This popular collection continues to "jazz" listeners everywhere!


  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! 


New and Notable

Bassist Todd Johnson has a brand new Bass instruction DVD,  "The Walking Bass Line Module System". The instruction takes the "mystery" out of learning to play walking bass lines by breaking it down into small "bite size" chunks that anyone can "digest!" For more info visit here!

Jazz Pianist/composer Chuck Marohnic continues his series of resources for, "Jazz In The Sanctuary"  with a new Play-along CD with book of arrangements written in concert key, and also for Bb and Eb instruments. It's ideal for singers and instrumentalists that don't have access to professional level jazz accompaniment. There are 9 selections, all familiar church hymns, and 18 tracks. 9 tracks have piano, bass and drums accompaniment and 9 are minus the piano, designed for keyboard and guitar players. This product is now available immediately at

Pianist/composer David Arivett recently held another "Jazz, Jeans, and Jesus" concert featuring 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 Saxophonist Larry Cangelosi both provided great work! Look for charts for many of the songs used for this concert here!

Jazz Pianist/Vocalist Peggy Duquesnel recently performed a concert with her jazz quartet at Saddleback College. She and quartet performed several original compositions in an intimate concert setting.

The Vacaville Jazz Society recently held their  3rd annual Gospel Jazz Sunday - "Freedom's Gate" which starts at Saint Mary's Church with "Jazz Mass" at 10:30 A.M. (performances by Bill Bachmann & the American Heritage Band. The Saint Mary's Church Choir featuring Tina Benedict also sang. The festival continued in downtown Vacaville, Ca. with two separate stages set up with a dozen Gospel choirs and bands performing.

A Sacred Jazz Concert featuring, " TO HOPE" A Celebration by Dave Brubeck Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. The music was composed in 1981 by Dave Brubeck. Featured performers include the Matt Michaels Trio, jazz saxophonist Chris Collins, the Archdiocesan Chorus and orchestra and the Wayne State University Concert Chorale, under the direction of Norah Duncan IV.Tickets: $20.00, $30.00 at the door. This concert will be held in Detroit, MI 48202. Tickets may be ordered by visiting: or by calling 1-800-595-4TIX (4849). For additional information, call 313-865-6300, ext. 227 or 248-763-8416

Gigs for Christian Jazzers!

Potential gigs for CJA Network artists at Christian Night Clubs in Boston (and they will be opening a second one in Miami early next year.)  The clubs have a Jazz feel and they are spinning off a second club in Boston that will be totally dedicated exclusively to Christian Jazz.  Check out their site at  You can also contact: Pastor Keith L. Odom Senior Pastor 617-327-6876

Attention all Christian Jazz musicians!  Great opportunity to play in a Christian big band on a mission trip to the middle east with Camp Kirkland! This is a mission trip ( you will have to raise your own support/funds ) but it will be a once in a lifetime experience that you won't want to miss out on! As you may know, many Middle Eastern countries are closed to the gospel of Christ! This is an unprecedented opportunity to share Christ through jazz music in a predominately Muslim nation in the Middle East!!!

Dates: January 23-February 2, 2006 (Travel days are 1/23 and 2/2)

 ( Note: you have to be able to read music/charts, ect.)

Anyone interested please contact Joanna Haddon at:

 You can also call Joanna at:  1.888.774.5622

The 2006 EUROPAfest will be held May 7-13 in Bucharest, Romania and they are looking for groups to play at the event. All the expenses for the accommodation, meals, internal transportation, promotion, posters, programs, concert halls and technical equipment are covered by them. All you need to do is cover your expenses to get there. For more info contact Luigi Gageos.

Jeunesses Musicales Romania
C.P. 13 - 63, Bucharest 13
Tel: + 40 722 383 542
Fax: + 40 21 323 66 00


 "Jazz In Church" Page
We have a web page with links to relevant articles about Jazz in Church located 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!
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As you can see Christian Jazz Artists are very busy celebrating their gifts!

We are jazzed about life...
We are jazzed about God!
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"Just imagine: a joyful Jesus! Haven't we had enough of grim religion?"
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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

Ron Cobb Music has complete Big Band Christian Jazz Charts by 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 here!

Songs Of  David Jazz Worship Songs & Charts

Preview them here!

CJA Network member Mark McClure has a great 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!

New From Chuck Marohnic

"Jazz In The Sanctuary"  with a new Play-along CD with book of arrangements written in concert key, and also for Bb and Eb instruments. More info here:

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

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!

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!

Songs Of David is proud to be distributors for the Music Pad Pro by Freehand Systems!

MusicPad Pro

Store all of your charts into the Music Pad Pro and never use paper sheet music again!
Whether you are a working musician, music director, or composer the Music Pad Pro is an incredible tool to keep all your charts in order and instantly have your entire library of sheet music always available!

Special offers for those in music ministry, music teachers, schools, colleges, universities and churches including discounts on the purchases of the MusicPad Pro.
For more in-depth product info visit here!

 "Jazz Yer Blues" Keyboard Lessons are available by 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!



God's life is like wonderful, eternal music. God the Father creates this exquisite symphony and pours it out into the universe through the Son. Jesus of Nazareth is the transcription of the music in a human life, a theme played without distortion in his life, death and resurrection. He is the original transcription of that divine, eternal music into a form playable on finite, human instruments. We hear that music transcribed in him and we take it up ourselves, or we are taken up by it ourselves.

Living "in Christ" is like being "in the music." When a musician really knows the music "by heart," the musician can surrender in such a way that it is as though the music plays the musician. You become one with the music. You are the music while the music lasts. The reality of the music takes you over, not in a violent overthrow, but in the wonder and beauty of being captured by the music in and through your own action and dedication to it. When you get to that place, there is an intimate relationship with the music. You belong to the music and the music belongs to you.

That is our place with Christ. We stand with Christ caught up in the eternal flow giving and receiving of love that goes on before time,,,

 Rev. Lowell Grisham