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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 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




Christian Jazz Artists Special Edition!
New CJA Network Artists

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~ In This Special Edition ~ 

The CJA Network adds 15 New Members! Our Network now has over 70 Christian Jazz Artists! We are now not just a National organization but International as well! This issue will introduce new artists from the USA, Canada, Australia, and Japan!!

The next CJA Network newsletter will be featuring Big Bands so keep an eye out for it soon!

  Welcome New CJA Network Members!

 Stellar Award nominee saxophonist Ron Brown has played behind such greats as Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, the late great Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Joe Sample, David Benoit, Soul II Soul and the incomparable Stevie Wonder and the list goes on.

Whatever his endeavor may be Ron continues to dig deep into roots of every musical influence that crosses his path. Although his musical gifts are the forefront of his identity, Ron actively pursues a life in ministry and promoting gospel music. For more information visit here!

The Nelson Boschman Trio hails from Canada and has been playing jazz throughout Vancouver and BC’s Lower Mainland since 1997. They met while studying in the Jazz Studies Program at Capilano College in North Vancouver, BC and have played concerts at various coffeehouses, restaurants,  and Jazz Vespers services. The group's creative, interactive style is influenced by the piano trios led by Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau, and appeals to a wide audience.

Nelson Boschman (pianist) studied with Miles Black and Brad Turner during his time at Capilano. In addition to playing with his trio and other combos, Nelson is a full time Professor of Worship Arts at Columbia Bible College (Abbotsford BC). For more info visit

Jazz Pianist/Vocalist Carolyn Wilkins has been an active participant in the Boston music scene for over 13 years as a performer, educator, composer and worship leader. Carolyn is currently an Associate professor at Berklee College.  She has shared the stage with Melba Moore, Nancy Wilson and the Fifth Dimension.

Also since 1996, Carolyn has served as the Minister of Music for the Jazz Worship Service at the First Congregational Church in Cambridge, MA. Carolyn is a swingin' pianist/vocalist in the tradition of Diana Krall, Shirley Horne, and Nina Simone. For more info visit here!

Saxophonist Larry Cangelosi, virtuoso of a whole arsenal of woodwinds, has worked with such greats as Sarah Vaughn, Della Reese, Dee Dee and Cecil Bridgewater, The Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gary Burton, Gary Mulligan, Tommy Tedesco, Hal Blaine, The Temptations, Oliver Nelson, and many others!

Current accomplishments include appearances on PBS Television specials and soloist ( on Alto Sax) for the ABC television broadcasts of the Special Olympics. Larry now resides in Northwest Arkansas with his family and is actively sought out as a studio musician, performer, arranger, soloist, and educator. For more info visit here!

OnFire Big Band is a Christian Jazz big band from Australia playing a range of jazz styles from Swing to Latin, Funk to Blues, soul-searching Ballads to Gospel.

OnFire Big Band's gig list includes such prestigious events as the Manly Jazz Festival, the Youth in Swing concert series, Godfest 2002, and concerts with Ralph Carmichael, Francine Bell, James Morrison and The Idea of North.

Stewart Gott, the pianist for the group shares, "Over the past 12 years we have been playing jazz for Jesus.  We play arrangements from many of the arrangers in the Christian Jazz Artist Network - like John Carlson and Denver Bierman. We are keen to spread the gospel of Christ through the personal expression of jazz." For more info visit here!

Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra

GRAMMY nominated & Independent Music Awards winner 21 piece MAMBO Orchestra. Playing the best in traditional Latin Music from yesterday's mambos to the high powered Salsa of today. The 911 Mambo Orchestra plays an array of Latin music from the modern tropical sounds of today to the most traditional hard hitting Mambo of the 50’s. The band plays original arrangements by Angel Melendez and the music of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Rodriguez, Perez Prado and FANIA.

Angel Melendez has been a musical director and arranger for some of the world’s most renowned Salsa artists including Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago, Cheo Feliciano, The Singers of the Apollo Sound (Tito Cruz, Sammy Gonzalez & Papo Sanchez), Frankie Ruiz, Eddie Santiago, Lalo Rodriguez, Luisito Carrión, Hector Tricoche, Tito Allen & Johnny Rivera among others.

The Band has played for countless events in Chicago for the last 12 years.... including many church events and Christian fundraisers. For more info visit here!

The Idea Of North are an Acapella vocal quartet comprised of Trish Delaney-Brown - Soprano, Naomi Crellin - Alto , Nick Begbie - Tenor and Andrew Piper - Bass. Each of these vocalists is excellent in their own right and together they both blend and feature to create a cappella jazz at it very best! Their jazz background certainly shows in their harmonies, arrangements and ability to swing. 

 Recently signed to the ABC Jazz Label The Idea of North is regarded by its peers as one of the best and most unique live musical acts in Australia. Their music reflects an eclectic taste covering a wide variety of Jazz styles, (including Latin, Gospel, Swing, and Pop). For more info visit here!

Saxophonist Jack Prybylski  is one of Western New York’s premiere saxophonists. As a performing artist, Jack has shared the stage with many of the top names in contemporary jazz including Richard Elliot, David Sanborn, The Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, Jeff Golub and Avenue Blue, and Craig Chaquico. He has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Jack is a six-time recipient of the Buffalo Music Awards top saxophonist award, receiving the award back-to-back in 2001 & 2002.

Jack has studied saxophone with Edward Yadzinski, former bass clarinetist/ saxophonist with the Buffalo Philharmonic and renowned jazz saxophonists David Leibman, Tim Price, and Dave Schaivone.  For more info visit

Carol Frazier's singing and writing on her debut CD, "Life's A Ride" is testimony to the fact that good, positive jazz music is still a viable alternative in today’s not-so-positive atmosphere. The subjects of the songs are as diverse as the artist herself, including love, loss, stress, playfulness, and spirituality. They are subjects that everyone can relate to and Carol sings the songs in a manner that truly connects with the listener!

"Carol is a great singer who knows how to get her message across. She has an amazing vocal range and can express herself in a myriad of ways. On her debut recording, "Life's A Ride" Carol has surrounded herself with great musicians like producer/pianist Taylor Mesple and smooth jazz phenom saxophonist/producer Darren Rahn. This CD really swings all the while sending out a uplifting vibe!" -- David Arivett CJA Network For more info visit here!

Bradley Knight began his arranging career at the astonishing age of 14, writing jazz ensemble charts in the bedroom of his parents' upstate South Carolina home. Although these charts would never be played or seen by anyone, they were some of the building blocks that led to Bradley's success as one of the sharpest new arrangers in choral music today.

Bradley is presently on staff as arranger for Todd Bell and the Prestonwood Celebration Choir & Orchestra, who lovingly refer to Bradley as "The Minister of Funk." All you have to do is listen to some of Bradley's arrangements to hear his love for jazz and ability to fuse gospel with jazz flavors! Blending funky horn lines in with gospel choral sounds is one of his specialties. For more info visit here!

Gail Jhonson began playing piano at the age of 10, had her 1st gig by 14, received a B.A. in composition from the Berklee College of Music, then later moved to Los Angeles to make her dream career come true! She presently splits her time between her staff position at Musician's Institute/Hollywood, CA, and her music director position with Norman Brown/Warner Brothers Records.

She has toured, performed and recorded with many artists, including Bobby Lyle, Brian Culbertson,  Paul Jackson Jr., Morris Day, Norman Brown, Kevin Toney, Pink, Vanessa Williams, Mindy Abair, and many others.  Her various television performances include: BET on Jazz, MTV, Soul Train, The Tonight Show and various video performances.

She has written two keyboard instruction books, "Funk Keyboards", a contemporary guide to chords, rhythms and licks and, "Dictionary of Keyboard Grooves" published by Hal Leonard as part of the Musician's Institute Master Class Series.  For more info visit here!

Kiyoshi Mori was born in Tokyo in 1969, Kiyoshi started composing at the age of 14. He went to Toronto to study English and received Christ while in Toronto! He then moved to Vancouver to attend Pacific Bible College where he continued developing his musical talents. Many of his practice sessions lasted up to 8 hours a day. After graduation he went back to Tokyo and attended Pan school of Music, (whose curriculum is connected and associated with Berklee college of Music in Boston.)

After finishing his education Kiyoshi started his professional carrier as a keyboardist for Christian events, backing up vocalists, arranging praise and worship CDs etc. He was a keyboardist for the Gospel group, "Voice of Joy" and traveled and performed in public schools throughout the country. Recently he founded Trinity Music Production to fulfill his vision to produce truly "God inspired" music. 

Pizzazz Internet Radio in Tokyo Japan and he enjoys listening to the station very much! He has recently been arranging Hymns in a jazzy style for a new CD to be released soon. For more info visit here!

Garon Richey  is a jazz pianist who lives in the Sacramento, CA area. He is a very talented pianist and his two CD recordings reflect his gifted musicianship and spiritual sensitivity We look forward to hearing much more music from this artist. For more info visit here!

Make sure that you visit the CJA Network page and listen to the great music from these new members!  We now have over 70 Christian Jazz artists network members!!

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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!
Celebrate today and savor the music!
"Just imagine: a joyful Jesus! Haven't we had enough of grim religion?"
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Christian Jazz Artists Compilation CD!







"These aren't your typical "Sunday School" Arrangements!"

CJA Network compilation CD featuring top jazz artists playing Jazz arrangements of Hymns! 16 great renditions of Hymns served up in a wide variety of flavors! Hot Latin, Funk, Straight Ahead and Contemporary are all covered! To hear audio excerpts or to purchase this CD visit here! 

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!

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!


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