Month's Issue ~
God were a magician or dictator, then we might
expect the universe to be finished all at once and
remain eternally unchanged...but God is not a
magician but a creator. And this God is much more
interested in promoting freedom and adventure than
in preserving the status quo"! CJA
Member David Arivett shares insights about
God, New Songs, and Jazz in his article about "A
entire article here!
put their contemporary spin of jazz, samba, guajira,
and even a little mambo with favorite hymns of
yesterday. CJA member
Todd Billingsley shares more details about
playing and making music with his hot group
Causeway – Read entire interview here!
New CJA Members!
We are very
proud to add 4 new CJA members!
Bernsen has played to audiences all over the
World. He brings with him
an exciting fusion guitar sound. Randy is currently
touring with the Jaco Pastorius Big Band which has
received great reviews and critical acclaim! Randy
also appeared recently in JAZZIZ magazine as one of
top ten unsigned guitarists in their APRIL special
me Back Home", is the latest studio recording
of the guitarist formerly with the Zawinul
Syndicate. His recordings have featured
artists of varying styles...from Herbie Hancock,
Joe Zawinul, Bob James, Joe Sample, Wayne
Shorter, Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, to Bruce
Hornsby, and many others. Randy also recorded
and played with the late great Jaco Pastorious!
also has a project underway produced by a local
church - a "Christian jazz project"!!!
When Randy isn't on the road he also plays on
Sundays for worship time at Calvary Chapel in Fort
the spring of 2001, the Chad
was born. With Lawson on piano, Zack Page on bass,
and Al Sergel on drums, this unique combination of
talented and spiritual musicians has enjoyed a very
special connection between jazz music and
Lawson studied at Berklee College of Music. His
debut release was hailed as, "one of the
favorites of the year", by the Gavin
is their Christian faith expressed in their music?
"People see you for who you are," Lawson
says. "They'd rather have service, than lip
"Our ministry is our lives," drummer
Al Sergel adds. "Our music is the extension of
our lives, played out for the audience to view. I'm
on part-time staff as a worship leader at my church.
There are similarities between our concerts and
humility of their faith is expressed in their lives
and music. It's also expressed in the dedication on
their CD cover: "Thank God for His Son, life,
creativity and constant inspiration."
Carter & the Presbybop Quartet
is a musical venture of
jazz pianist and Presbyterian minister. Based in
northeastern Pennsylvania, this group of consummate
professionals has presented concerts and jazz
worship services in churches around the country. The
band has been turning heads on the musical scene -
and adding new dimensions to the faith and worship
of the Christian church. To date, Bill's Presbybop
Quartet has recorded four compact discs: Faith in
a New Key, Dancing Day, Fragile
Incarnation, and Stand On Your Head.
Bill Carter spends most of his time as a busy
pastor in a bustling church. Yet he keenly senses
that God wants him to use his musical gifts as a
means of reaching people with the good news of God's
grace, peace, and joy. His jazz ministry has
received national recognition, and has served as a
model for integrating the arts in Christian
a sax player and
been playing Christian music for over 20 years. He
has participated in many types of ministries
including local church ministries, youth services,
National Teen Talent Competitions, mission trips,
ACT (Artist with a Christian Testimony), church
conventions and Nashville Billy Graham Crusade.
Jamie has also shared the stage with such artist as
Jonathan Martin, Big daddy Weave, Brothers Keeper,
and many others. Check out his beautiful
smooth jazz rendition of "What A Friend We Have
In Jesus" our featured free
download for June!
Network Members Notable News!
recently joined together with some of the greatest
drummers on the planet in Dallas, Texas for a 2-day
drumming event. Featuring Alex Acuna, Carl Albrecht,
Vinnie Colaiuta, Luis Conte, Sheila E., Will Kennedy
and Marvin McQuitty to name a few. He also finished
recording a DVD with Lee Ritenour called “Mister
Brief Case” due to release later this year.
and ensemble will be performing at Saddleback Church
in Southern Calif. on Monday, June 14th at 7:00 PM
for the "Gathering in Gethsemane".
More info on Ric's web site www.ricflaudingmusic.com
on Friday nights at the Millennium Internet Cafe in
Fort Lauderdale area. He also is touring with the
Jaco Pastorius Big Band and will be touring in
Europe as well. More info at www.randybernsen.com
Copeland is holding a
"Artists In Ministry"
Workshop in Paris, IL. If you are in the Midwest,
you don't want to miss this informative, fun
seminar where everyone gets to play and sing, and
learn how to have a more effective ministry!
and the Mile High Orchestra
recently played at Greer Stadium in Nashville for
Faith Night. In addition to playing other churches
in the Nashville area they also will play in the
Grand Rapids, Michigan area. For a complete itinerary
touring with Michael McDonald this summer. To view
the tour schedule visit here!
Make sure you go hear Pat as he plays keys for
Michael in a city near you!
played at the Underground Cafe in Roseville,
The Nevada City Jazz & R&B Fest, and the
Sacramento Traditional Jazz Festival. Also plays
this month in New York at St. Peter's Church and 1st
Presbyterian in Katonah, New York. For complete itinerary
will be giving a presentation on jazz and creative
music and how he and the Sanctuary Band do it for
the "Studio Worship Service" at the Jazz
In the Church Conference in Stony Point, NY.
Sowash has recently
arranged several hymns and spirituals for jazz
combo which are available online here. He also has
been very busy playing Jazz worship services in Ohio
and Iowa. More on Bradley's schedule here!
recently collaborated (played Sax) with
David Arivett on David's Latin-flavored
arrangement of "Doxology", which will
appear on the new CJA Hymn Compilation CD. Preview the
of playing sax
Jakes Church (The
Potters House) in Dallas, TX.
Michael Ripoll and
Nu- Soul has been performing at Cafe 123 in
Nashville. If you live in the Nashville area( and
our ready for some, "Cuban Funk Flamenco
Soul") please go and groove with Michael!
recently been playing with the Rob Mullins Band in
Huntington Beach, CA. Greg also recently played with
Lao Tazor Band in Los Vegas, NV April 24th for the
City Lights Jazz Festival. Greg also plays with New
Life upcoming dates include: June 18-19 in San
Mills will be playing at March
Air Force Base in
Riverside California as well as Marantha Chapel in
San Diego, CA. More details here!
recently made a trip to help with a Worship
Hungary. Teaming up with several other musicians
from the Fort Lauderdale 1st Baptist they held
clinics to help churches and their worship programs
played at The Church In the Gardens In the NYC area.
He will be performing June 26 at: The Turtle Bay
Music School Manhattan, NYC
Meggs has been busy playing
churches and other venues in Arkansas. He share that
" recently the market for Christian Jazz has
started opening up". Gary has an upcoming
concert in El Dorado, AR in an auditorium that seats
your in the area, go help him fill them up!
McCoy will be a clinician and also
singing at the Free 2 Worship Conference
June 30th --July 2nd. . The
just returned from a Missions trip to El Salvador where she sang as well as did other
accepted a new position as Instrumental Music
Director with Parkview Church in Iowa City, Iowa.
is working on a couple of string arrangements
on Jonathan Butler’s new Christian Praise CD for
is working on FM programming! Look
for a list of FM stations in the future playing CJA
Network Music exclusively!
As you can see Christian
Jazz Artists are very busy celebrating their gifts!
We are jazzed about
We are jazzed about God!
Celebrate today and savor
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a New Song to the Lord!
printed collection of jazz arrangements of
congregational music from over a dozen prominent jazz
composers and arrangers! Check it out here!
for Jazz Worship
arrangements from Anderkamp Music that are accessible to the average church
orchestra! Check it out here!
JAZZ HYMNAL BY CHUCK
provoking, yet highly singable jazz material for use
in the Sanctuary!
Of David Jazz Worship Songs & Charts
Richardson & Angel Napieralski
for Jazz Worship!
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
Band ~ Ensembles ~ Praise Band
soon! CJA Compilation CD!
Great new jazz arrangements
We are very
proud to announce our first CJA compilation CD
featuring CJA members playing Jazz arrangements of
Hymns! We are working very hard on getting
National distribution through one of the largest
retail chains in the country! The CD will also be
available online so keep you ears and eyes open for
Church... With JaZz!
Written by Warren B. Cooper )
you can't do church with jazz
Bible says praise should have pizzazz.
swing beat keep that hidden?
things there is a time and a season,
voice sings, Jesus gives it a reason.
come it gets to be crime and treason
somebody mixes church with jazz?
the church and jazz don't mix.
all, you don't smoke cigarettes in the sanctuary.
broken rhythms never find a fix,
like the wings of the tooth fairy.
are fences that stand in the way of the sight,
one who believes that to bebop at night
and then says it, 'just isn't right'
in the name of Jesus.
in plenty of time
praise with pizzazz is
Member Bill Carter has this picture on his web site with the
imagine: a joyful Jesus! Haven't we had enough of grim
decision to Celebrate today and laugh with