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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  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!
 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!!!"

 "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!!!"


 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."--Karen Hunt  
This month on Smooth Pizzazz Radio we are featuring...!  
Saxophonist Mark McClure's Afro-Cuban rendition of the popular worship chorus, "Let It Rise" is really hot! Make sure you tune in to hear it!
Saxophonist/Producer Darren Rahn has a song that is charting very well on Smooth Pizzazz radio. "Heartbreak" is a beautiful smooth jazz ballad that your sure to enjoy!
Keyboardist/Producer Pat Coil has a winner with his CD, " True North" and we are featuring selected tracks.
Trumpet player Rick Braun has several tunes that listeners love including the very popular, " Villa Di Costa".
 Legendary Keyboardist/producer Jeff Lorber's tunes continue to do very well, both his own tunes and those who he has collaborated/produced.  Rick Braun, Dave Koz, and CJA Network member Grady Nichols all have songs that are favorites on Smooth Pizzazz Radio!


Inspirational Quotes

Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We cherish our children’s future. We are all mortal. - John F. Kennedy

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in
a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in a broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming... "Wow! What a
ride!" --Anonymous

Devotional Thoughts

In a darkened church a few a few evenings ago we sang "How silently, how silently, this wondrous gift is given." Out of the darkness comes light. And just as the mysterious twinkle of a star or the energizing light of the sun falls on all humanity without distinction, so this light is given for all.

In his 12th chapter Matthew narrates the unfolding character of Christ's light breaking through the artificial barriers of religion and law, tribe and geography, theology and family in order gently to bring God's good news of healing, blessing and compassion. He insists that Jesus acts universally, yet gently, remembering Isaiah's words "he will not break a bruised reed or quench an smoldering wick." One of his gifts is justice.

Epiphany is the day when we celebrate the vision that Jesus is for everybody. Just as the particularities of the Sabbath laws could not contain his boundless compassion neither can any Christian laws we may erect falsely in his name. At the end of chapter twelve, Jesus reinterprets the meaning of family expanding it universally. Radical words in a patriarchal and tribal culture.

Those of us who have been given the treasure of this manifestation are also invited to recognize Christ outside our boundaries. There are still foreign wise men following other stars whose light draws them toward goodness, beauty and truth. How gently can we affirm our common journey toward the light that heals and brings blessing and compassion to all the earth. And let those of us who follow the light of Christ not be blinded to its manifestation beyond our artificial barriers.

Rev. Lowell Grisham

Welcome to the Christian Jazz Artists Newsletter!
January 2005

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 Article: Christianity And The Arts by Doug Giles. "Since the creature is to mirror the Creator, you would expect creativity to be cranking out of most churches—right?  But that ain’t the way it is.  Let’s face it: the 21st-century Church has a view of the arts that is lower than a flea hitching a ride on the underbelly of a 117-lb. Dachshund.  The Church’s view of art as unspiritual, or even idolatrous, has created an aversion and an antagonism to art which has effectively alienated us from the world that God has made and the society he wants us to reach"... Read entire article here!

 JAzz Ed! 

This month we have new Jazz resources for Church Organ, Hammond Organ, and Sax! A unique combination of very innovative new material...check it out below in our Jazz Ed section of this newsletter! We also recommend CJA Network member Jazz Pianist Phil DeGreg's great book on Jazz Theory. For more info about Phil's book visit here!

Christian Jazz Artists Compilation CD!

New review of the CJA Network CD!

"Don't let the title fool you! This delightful CD features arrangements that are jazzified and alternately funky, smooth and very mellow.  It's a great CD!" - (Reviewed by Brian Soergel Smooth Jazz Vibes) complete review at 

  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 Christian Jazz FM Radio Station!
  Mark Riddle is starting a new Christian Jazz FM radio station    (with plans to start four more!) If your interested in having your music considered for airplay send your CD's/Press kits to:
712 Chaucer Lane
Warrensburg, MO  64093 


Camp Kirkland Big Band Mission Trip To Japan!
Camp Kirkland is looking for expert instrumentalists to make a mission trip to Japan in July 2005. This is a wonderful opportunity to play in a big band with other Christian musicians and share the good news with the people of Japan! The cost of the trip is $2200. The Global Missions Project provides form letters to help you raise support to make the trip. Camp is looking for "top notch" players for this band. For further information visit:

New 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 Jazz Magazine!
Ya' Heard Magazine is a brand new magazine featuring Jazz, Gospel, and Urban music. They are looking for new artists to feature in their magazine. Visit here for information on submissions or to subscribe visit here!

Welcome New CJA Network Members!

We now have over 50 CJA Network Members!!

Saxophonist Mark McClure  

Mark McClure has been involved in music ministry and the music business for over 20 years. Saxophone and flute have been his main instruments.

A graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington’s Jazz Studies program, Mark worked for several years as a studio musician and writer/arranger for the PTL Television Network in the mid-to-late ‘80s, while also serving as the Musical Director of the Heritage Church Band. He currently serves as Director for Choral and Instrumental Product at Word Music in Nashville, TN. 

Mark's new CD release, "The Power Of Your Love" clearly demonstrates Mark's beautiful and tasty playing! Produced by Ken Barker (Word Music) and Mark, the production covers a variety of styles...from the laid back smooth jazz arrangement, "Be Thou My Vision" to the hot salsa flavored rendition of the popular worship chorus, " Let It Rise". The listener is treated to a true 'smorgasbord' of jazz flavors! In addition to great refreshing jazz arrangements of Hymns there is also popular worship choruses, (Contemporary and Celtic) included! 

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!

Saxophonist/Producer Darren Rahn

With his soulful melodies, catchy hooks and solid grooves, Darren Rahn is definitely an up and coming artist worth watching for. He has been awarded several prestigious Downbeat Magazine Awards for his saxophone playing and connects with those listening to his music. Darren has headlined and performed with many notable artists including: Arturo Sandoval, Nelson Rangell, The Yellowjackets, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Phil Driscoll, Mel Brown, Bobby Wells, Gary Oliver, Dave Liebman, Maria Schneider, Milt Hinton and others...

As a saxophonist and a producer Darren has produced and performed on sessions with artists including: Kirk Whalum, Nelson Rangell, Abraham Laborial Jr., Mel Brown, Bobby Wells, Whisper Loud and others...

Darren just got his first#1 hit as a producer on Radio & Records Smooth Jazz charts. It was with Wayman Tisdale's tune "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now", a remake of the McFadden & Whitehead classic. Darren is currently working hard to complete his new solo CD which is projected to be completed in early summer 2005! To hear Darren's music visit

Saxophonist Jimmy Greene

Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Jimmy Greene is emerging as a positive young presence in the creative music world. His solo recordings have been met with much 
critical acclaim, and his appearances worldwide with a host of artists have attracted much attention. In the midst of several new musical projects, the story of Jimmy Greene is continually 

In the fall of 1997, he moved to New York City; not long after becoming a member of the Horace Silver Quintet. In addition to the legendary pianist's group, Greene has performed regularly with the small groups of Tom Harrell, Steve Turre, Lewis Nash, Avishai Cohen, Claudia Acuña, Kenny Barron, and Ralph Peterson, as well as the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, New Jazz Composers' Octet and the big bands of Harry Connick, Jr. and Jason Lindner.

As a leader, Greene made considerable advances after moving to New York ( not long after becoming a member of the Horace Silver Quintet!)  Greene was also honored in the June 1999 issue of Down Beat magazine. The publication, looking toward the future of jazz into the 21st century, Downbeat magazine has recognized Greene as one of, "25 Young Rising Stars in Jazz." Look for Jimmy's new release, "Forever" out very soon! To hear Jimmy's music visit here!

Pianist  Peggy Duquesnel    

A musician of stunning range and complexity, Peggy Duquesnel's achievements in music are a testament to her incredible devotion to the art of music. The recording projects and concerts that have been part of her musical journey run the gamut from pure elegance to down-home jazz, and have teamed her up with some of today's most sought after musicians. she is a jazz pianist, vocalist, and songwriter and her versatility and intelligence is truly outstanding!

Peggy has performed with Wayne Brady, Tony Danza, Debbie Reynolds, Spike Jones and also has recorded with numerous artists including Henry Mancini, Monica Mancini, Pocket Change, Ric Flauding and John Pattitucci. She toured domestically and internationally with Dionne Warwick.

Peggy performed as featured keyboard artist for Roland Corporation U.S. and Kawai America Corporation for trade shows, conventions and educational seminars. LA Jazz Scene CD Review states that,"Pianist Peggy Duquesnel has a way with standards that recalls the stellar trios of Bill Evans, Hal Gainer, and Martial Saint."-- To hear Peggy's music visit here!

Make sure that you visit the CJA page and listen to the great music from these new members!  We now have over 50 Christian Jazz artists that are members of the network!!!!

Visit the CJA Network page here!


Jazz resources for Church Organ, Hammond Organ, and Sax!

This month we have some very innovative new material by very talented musicians from Europe to share with you! 

Barbara Dennerlein is a Hammond organist ( Blue Note Label) and has many great recordings of her wailin' on the B-3! Her recording and companion sheet music book, "Spiritual Movement No. #1" features original jazz compositions utilizing a Pipe Organ! These are wonderful compositions to help integrate more jazz into more traditional churches where a church organ is used...your organist will be jazzed!!  For more info/audio excerpts visit here!

Freedom - The Vision is a unique blend of Church Organ, Saxophone, and Hammond Organ. Three outstanding musicians, Johannes Landgren, Hakan Lewin, and Kjeld Lauritsen prove that even in a more traditional setting Jazz can provide a spiritual punch! Very interesting arrangements of Negro Spirituals combining these three instruments. Sheet music and audio excerpts are available here!

 If you have a church organ and want to blend in some jazz to a more traditional worship service these resources are excellent choices! 


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!

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


Word Music & Mark McClure have a great new project, "The Power Of Your Love" containing Smooth Jazz arrangements of Hymns and popular worship choruses! 

For more info click on image below!


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!

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!


New & Notable!

 Saxophonist Mark McClure has a new CD release, "The Power Of Your Love". This is a great recording complete with charts for use in your church!

Pianist Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet have anew release," John According to Jazz, a brand new collaboration between Bill Carter, the Presbybop Quartet, and renowned storyteller Dennis Dewey. Dennis Dewey tells the Gospel of John, “accompanied” by thirteen new jazz compositions that Bill Carter wrote specifically for this project. It is a rare collaboration between the Quartet and the finest biblical storyteller of our time. Check it all out here!

Guitarist Randy Bernsen has a new worship recording as well as re-issues of "Music For Planets, People, and Washing Machines"   (with guest appearances by Herbie Hancocok, Jaco Pastorius, Bob James, and others!  Another re-issue is "Blue Hat Dances 'Round Midnite" More info here!

Guitarist Ric Flauding is signing a 4 album (mutual option deal) with Invincible Records.

Exciting new jazz ensemble, "All In Christ" will be joining the CJA network very soon! Look for great music from this group!

Jazz  Quotes

"With each new day I'm reminded how precious it is to be alive. Sure, there are bumps in the road, but I wouldn't trade any of's all part of the dance.- Dave Koz

"It takes time to learn and mature and know that beauty is the best way to impress's not all about the technique. Now when I play, it's really about the experience in the moment and trying to have fun and just being grateful. A lot of jazz musicians have been trained to look ourselves under a microscope. We are very scrutinizing, any good musician is. But, that could be to the point of damaging oneself--because you forget the whole reason you are there--to make music"-Bob Sheppard

"Technique should be used to embrace the music, not be the music"- Ralph Lalama

"Acquire a healthy balance between Godly confidence and humility. You need to be able to exude confidence in your artistry knowing that there is purpose in each and every note that you play. Yet, equally important is the fact that you have to be humble enough to completely surrender yourself to the art form. Essentially, opening the passage for the spirit to move through you freely...the Creator is the connection that permeates it all, music, spirituality, and life." - Saxophonist Tia Fuller

"Art  Blakely always said that jazz was born because somebody goofed... somebody took a chance-somebody tried something."-Javon Jackson

"It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play."
       -Dizzy Gillespie

"Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread.  Without it, it's flat."
       -Carmen McCrae

"We all need to reach out to one another and become we are all here and blessed to be in each others presence"-Mulgrew Miller