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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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Great Jazz Hymn Arrangements for the Worship band 

Horn Charts Available!

Preview them here!

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

Smooth Pizzazz is now ranked in the top 20 out of 120 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 have tuned in to enjoy 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!

Hear Smooth Pizzazz Radio now

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

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

 "To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop
~ E. E. Cummings ~

The Beatitudes

For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course thatís Moses, not Jesus. I havenít heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. "Blessed are the Merciful" in a court room? "Blessed are the peacemakers" in the Pentagon? Give me a break!

Kurt Vonnegut 











Don't forget to get your copy of the new CD featuring CJA Network members!


Welcome to the Christian Jazz Artists Newsletter!
September 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: Jazz Pianist & Presbyterian minister Bill Carter shares about Jazz, spirituality, playing with his quartet Presbybop, and jazzing it up in the church!    Read Interview here!

Featured Article: CJA Network member and producer Eric Copeland's article, "Big God...Little Creative People".  "Suddenly, you feel like, "What's the point? What does God expect me to do? I certainly can't break into the industry, or be special in my huge church, forget gigs at the churches in my town even!" ".... Read more here!

New Feature: Jazz Ed! Fresh ideas on Jazz, Theory, and Improvisation! This month Chuck Marohnic has tips for improvising and David Arivett has a lesson, "Jazz Yer Blues" for helping you integrate more jazzy voicings and changes into the blues! Check it out!! These are free lessons!

20 Drills for Improvising! Excellent suggestions for developing/improving your improv skills!  Visit here!

Jazz Yer Blues! (includes music examples and midi files from Bob James, Tribal Tech, and Yellow Jackets, )  Visit here

Now Available!  CJA Compilation CD!

Ken Barker (Word Music) says, "I am amazed at some of the creative, energetic settings of favorite hymns!  A very refreshing collection!"

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!

Brand new release! 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 Member

Jazz Pianist Cyrus Chestnut!

Cyrus Chestnut  began his musical career at the age of six, playing piano at his hometown Baptist Church in Baltimore. He continued studies at Peabody University and then graduated from Berklee College Of Music. He then began working as a side man for Terence Blanchard, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillepsie, Donald Harrison, and many others. He also worked with vocalists Jon Hendricks, Joe Williams, and Betty Carter.

Besides working as a sideman, as a leader he has released many great recordings! In 2001 he released, "Soul Food" featuring Christian McBride, drummer Lewis Nash and special guests James Carter, Stefon Harris, Wycliffe Gordon, and Marcus Printup.  This recording was included in DownBeat magazines list of best recordings in 2002 and ascended to the "top ten" on the jazz charts! He has also played with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Dizzy Gillepsie Big Band, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra.

Cyrus continually tours with his trio, playing live at Jazz festivals around the world as well as clubs and concerts. As he describes, " I'm trying to bring the spirit of joy to as many places as possible!"  Cyrus shares, "my latest CD, "You Are My Sunshine", is an attempt to dig deep into the spiritual forces that drive music. I believe that God has given me this wonderful gift of music, and that I am in charge with the task of sharing this gift with as many people as possible. So, from the church-house to the bar-house, from the symphony hall to Sonny's Showcase Lounge down in the hood, this task was given to me and hopefully people will be inspired and influenced in a very unique way."


New & Notable!

Jazz Pianist Chuck Marohnic has a new CD release, "Trios"  that includes world class musicians bassists David Friesen, Dave Phillips, Dwight Kilian and drummers Joe LaBarbera, Tony Moreno and Dom Moio. For more info or to purchase visit here!

Pat Coil is still touring with Michael McDonald and the entire band and show is absolutely spectacular! For a listing of cities they will be playing at visit here. 

 Solomon's Porch Christian Jazz Cafe recently hosted several Christian Jazz Artists including CJA Network Member Saxaphonist Gary Meggs and the Exekiel 3:18 Band! Solomon's Porch is located in The Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Owners Gene and Nita Toliver are great fans and supporters of Christian Jazz Artists! If your a Christian Jazz Artist looking for a place to play E-mail them at: or phone them at:  Phone: (972) 237-0335

CJA member Chuck Mandt will be hosting a special Jazz Master Class featuring acclaimed jazz pianist McCoy Tyner in a special master class in conjunction with some of Atlantaís Top jazz educators.  For more details  visit here!

It's been a busy season for Bill Cantos & Mari Falcone....
While not on the road, Bill & Mari have been in the studio working on new material with the incredible Deniece Williams; more information on that as it develops.....

Guitarist Ric Flauding continues to wow audiences with his excellent guitar playing! Here are some upcoming concerts!

September 11th:  "Break Forth" worship conference,  Phoenix, Arizona.

October 14th:  "Sacred Grounds" jazz series at "The Studio" church in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

 Denver & The Mile High Orchestra recently played at the 2004 LifeLight Festival.  LifeLight is certainly one of the largest events in the country, and has very quickly become one of the nationís largest Christian music festivals featuring all styles of music, and crossing generational, denominational, and cultural lines. For more info about their tour dates visit here!

Saturday, September 25, 2004 Riley & Richburg will be appearing at an in-store CD signing of their new CD release at the John 3:16 Christian Bookstore, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm, located at 7953 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD 20706 (301.459.5999)


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. This month features lessons with examples from the music of Bob James, The YellowJackets, And Tribal Tech! Charts, Mp3's, and Midi Files free to download and use!

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

Great arrangements from Anderkamp Music that are accessible to the average church orchestra! Check it out 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

Jazz Psalms

Daniel Richardson & Angel Napieralski

Preview them here

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



Thomas Merton

"From the rising of the sun to the going down of the sun the name of the Lord is to be praised!"

Sunrise:  hidden by pines and cedars to the east, I saw the red flame of the kingly sun glaring through the black trees, not like dawn but like a forest fire. Then the sun became distinguished as a person, and he shone silently and with solemn power through the branches, and the whole world was silent and calm.

Sunrise: it is an event that calls forth solemn music in the very depths of manís nature, as if oneís whole being had to attune itself to the cosmos and praise God for the new day, praise him in the name of all the creatures that ever were or will ever be. I look at the rising sun and feel that now upon me falls the responsibility of seeing what all my ancestors have seenÖpraising God before me. Whether or not they praised him then, for themselves, they must praise him now in me. When the sun rises each one of us is summoned by the living and the dead to praise God.

"From the rising of the sun to the going down of the sun the name of the Lord is to be praised!"

Why Not Be Jazzed?

It's always a good day, as long as your breathin,

It's always a good day, as long as your swingin',

So why not be jazzed, so why not be jazzed about life?

It's always a good day, as long as your vertical,

It's always a good day, as long as your not too critical,

So why not be jazzed and show some pizzazz about life?

So why not be jazzed, so why not be jazzed about life?

(Lyrics by David Arivett)


Traditional hymns that have been "jazzed"! A  new CD featuring CJA Network members served up in a variety of jazz flavors!!