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Great Jazz Hymn Arrangements for the Worship band 

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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! Over 2000 hours (commercial free) listeners 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 traditional Hymns, worship choruses, and 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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Inspirational Quotes


Patience is not waiting passively until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient, we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Be patient and trust that the treasure you are looking for is hidden in the ground on which you stand.

- Henri J.M. Nouwen


Learn to pause ... or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.

-  Doug King

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

-  Helen Keller

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.

-  Thomas a Kempis


Music is a kind of inarticulate, unfathomable speech, which leads us
to the edge of the infinite, and impels us for a moment to gaze into that!

a- Thomas Carlyle -



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Welcome to the Christian Jazz Artists Newsletter!
Summer 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 Articles: Jazz Pianist and Pastor Bill Carter's article, " Raising the Dead: When jazz brings Christian worship to life".  "Like the lyrics of biblical psalms, jazz music suggests an astonishing range of human expression. A jazz quartet can utter things in the presence of God that mere words cannot say...". Read more here!

CJA Network member Eric Copeland's article, "You Don't Have To Love The Dirt". "We're always so bummed because what we have to start with doesn't look like what we want... most of you see your job, your family, your voice, your instrument, or your church and think, "This is isn't what I want! This is NOT my dream"Read entire article here!

(Upcoming Interview Next Issue): Legendary drummer/percussionist Alex Acuna shares about Jazz, spirituality, and what he has been doing lately! Make sure you don't miss the next issue!!

Now Here!  CJA Compilation CD!

Great new hot jazz arrangements of Hymns!

It's finally here!!!! We are very proud to announce our first CJA compilation CD featuring CJA members playing Jazz arrangements of Hymns! 16 great renditions of Hymns served in a wide variety of flavors! This is destined to be a collectors item!!  Special introductory price! For more info or to purchase CD visit here!

Solomon's Porch Christian Jazz Cafe

Gene and Mildred Toliver have a restaurant in Grand Prairie, TX where they feature Live Jazz from Christian Jazz Musicians! Solomon's Porch (Christian Jazz Cafe), can seat approximately 100 - 110 people.

They currently have live Jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning at 7:00 p.m., Praise and Worship (Jazzed up arrangements) on Sunday afternoons, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  and will be adding a spoken word format (poetry / open mic) also on Sunday evenings, which begins around 6:00 p.m. 

  Restaurant owner Gene Toliver shares " I listen to Smooth Pizzazz Internet Radio almost exclusively, and it has been an excellent resource for us to reference artists that utilize the Jazz medium to uplift the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  It's very exhilarating for us!"  Their web site is still under development but the address is   If you are a Christian Jazz Artists and are interested in playing there make sure you contact them!


Instrumentalists to play in Camp Kirkland's Big Band in Brazil for 10 days in November 2004! Brad Matheson is President of a music missions organization based in Atlanta, Georgia devoted to connecting Christian musicians to mostly international missions opportunities. If you are interested in playing in a great Big Band and getting the opportunity to visit Brazil and touch the lives of many over there contact Brad right away.            Contact him here:

Global Global Missions Project  -  Brad Matheson

888-77-GLOBAL or e-mail

Welcome New CJA Members!

     We are very proud to add 5 new CJA members!      We now have 40 Christian Jazz Artists Members! Make sure you check out the new members music as well as all the other artists here! 

Fletch Wiley 

Fletch Wiley is a  Grammy award arranger, producer, trumpet player, flugal horn, and flute player!  Starting back in the 1970's as band leader for Andre Crouch, Fletch has go on to record 13 solo instrumental records!  Fletch has a new "live" recording, "Ornaments Of The Universe" and Alec Acuna, Abe Labrioel, Bill Maxwell, Loston Harris and other friends join him for this new release! It is a new new "live" recording, "Ornaments Of  The Universe" and Alec Acuna, Abe Labrioel, Bill Maxwell, Loston Harris and other friends join him for this new release! To preview visit here!

Sean McCurley  

Sean McCurley is a drummer of incredible versatility. As the driving rhythmic force behind Kirk Whalum, Sean can wield an impressive array of funk, be-bop and R&B!  In addition to playing with Kirk Whalum, Sean has played or recorded with LeAnn Rymes, George Duke, Jonathan Butler, Dwight Sills, James Ingram, Everette Harp, Philippe Saisse, Jeff Golub, Rick Braun, Marc Antoine, Paula Abdul and Peter White and many others! For more info on Sean visit here!

Riley & Richburg ( R& R!)

 Here is a brand new "inspirational jazz" phenomenon - the duo of  Riley & Richburg  known as  "R&R"!  They bring to the forefront an innovative sound of jazz and gospel flavors. The multi-talented duo cover many instruments... Howard on soprano, alto, and tenor sax, and Terrence on 7-string bass, keyboards, and the list goes on. They have worked with Stanley Turrentine, Chuck Magione, Kirk Whalum, Vanessa Williams, Donnie McClurkin, Tremaine Hawkins,  The Winans , Walter Hawkins, Patti Labelle, Ashford & Simpson, as well as many others. Their new CD release,  Ascension  "transcends all expectations as the duo offers spirited grooves and inspiring improvisations!" To preview visit here!

Chuck Mandt

Chuck Mandt is a wonderfully gifted pianist and arranger! He is also a jazz consultant and coach in the greater Atlanta area, teaching specially designed courses to teach jazz improvisation. Chuck is very enthusiastic about jazz and gospel music. He has played in churches, restaurants, and many jazz festivals.  Chuck can be found performing around the Atlanta, GA area in with The Sooz Thomas Trio in Nashville, TN, and with Sandy Merrill. Chuck is also currently the staff keyboardist at his home church First Baptist Church, Douglasville (GA). To preview his music visit here!

Scott Brookins

Scott Brookins started playing the trumpet at the young age of six in Denver, Colorado. His early influences were Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Doc Severinsen, and Chuck Mangione. For many years Scott Brookins was a session musician performing with entertainers such as Glen Campbell, Mary Wells, George Shearing, The Platters, The Mills Brothers, and many others. 

As an Evangelist and Trumpet Soloist, Scott has been serving full time in his international faith ministry since 1995.  He was ordained in 1998. He is currently living in Central Europe and touring in the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary where he performs in concert halls, clubs, orphanages, coffee houses, schools, universities, refugee camps, conferences, as well as churches. His music can be heard on many radio stations in the U.S., as well as Europe. For more info and to preview his music visit here!


Drop In The Bucket

Someone might say, "Well, you Christian Jazz Artists are just a drop in the bucket"!  But wait a minute! If you have a bucket, those raindrops fill it up very fast. Being a drop in the bucket is wonderfully significant!! The problem is that sometimes we don't realize that the bucket is there! Remember, "With God, there are no little people or no little places"!!

 So part of our duty as Christian Jazz Artists is to make people aware that there is a bucket! I have been truly amazed to discover the amount of Christian Jazz Artists that are playing their music both in the church and outside the church to the glory of God! All across the country there are churches that are integrating, (or have already integrated) jazz into their worship services or Vesper services. And then Christian Jazz artists are spreading out into coffee houses ( yes coffee houses once again!) and other creative venues as well!

 So I encourage you today to promote the CJA in every way that you can. Share this newsletter with anyone you know who might be interested. Listen to Smooth Pizzazz Radio and share the information about the radio station as well. Purchase the new CJA Network Hymn Compilation CD and share the link where others can purchase it! In all these ways you can help support the CJA Network and help others to tune in to what we are "jazzed" about!

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!

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Songs Of  David Jazz Worship Songs & Charts

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Jazz Psalms

Daniel Richardson & Angel Napieralski

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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


God Grooveth on Wednesdays
by Nathan Thornburgh

LOCATED across the street from One Union Plaza, just a short walk from the corporate headquarters of Safeco and Seafirst, the Plymouth Congregational Church on Sixth Avenue preaches to a tough crowd. After all, Seattle's 
financial district is undoubtedly sponsored by Greed, the fifth Deadly Sin. On the other hand, to reap the souls of the Captains of Industry is to strike the devil a mighty blow. 
Jazz, the sophisticated, mellow genre known to attract professionals between the ages of 30 and 65, is the perfect hook for Plymouth's Wednesday lunchtime services. The Gig for God begins exactly at noon, without a clergyman in sight. 

The trio behind the altar starts up a bluesy version of "Holy Land." Susan Pascal, classically-trained and demure, waxes the vibraphone with four mallets at a time. The nightclub veteran Phil Sparks, plunking and bowing at the stand-up bass, gives a nod to Murl 
Allen Sanders. Sanders, a multi-instrumentalist with Seattle's largest glamrock hairdo, picks up the tune on the grand piano. 
One by one, the faithful trickle in. Although the occasional power tie can be seen, the targeted corporate audience is outnumbered by casually 
dressed regulars. By the time the second tune, "Water from an Ancient Well," starts cooking, the pews are creaking under the shifting weight of some 30 congregants. Susan Pascal takes a soft-handed vibes solo and hands off to Sanders, whose fast fingers and bright voicings pull the assembly further into the groove. The trio gently squeezes the song to an end, and the toe-tapping stops without a touch of applause. It's 12:10 p.m., and the Reverend Tony Robinson has arrived. 
Reverend Robinson, with a booming, fatherly voice, preaches the story of Saul's conversion and recalls a time when Christians were persecuted, ect. There's time for a quick nap before the trio breaks in with a buttery version of "Nearer My God to You." It's 12:40, and the trio is going to finish things with an instrumental take on "Creator God We Sing." 
At the end of the set the applause finally breaks out. Although Jazz 
Worship Wednesdays are designed to bring God to the Godless, the fine trio has also done the important work of bringing jazz to the jazzless. 





Drops in the bucket add up!!