Saxophonist/Composer Lance Bryant's unique
article covering insights about the history of jazz, a
range of jazz topics as well as great, "in depth"
insight on Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, and
John Coltrane ...
was during a concert while I was playing with the
Lionel Hampton band in Europe. I remember sitting
there in the sax section listening to Charles
Stephens play his trombone solo.. He was up front
playing his solo and suddenly, pow! (demonstrates)
He scooped into a loud high note and immediately
glissed downward. Seemed like the whole band
responded with an Owww! or yeah! Again on his
trombone he shouted and the band reacted. Just like
in church! You stand and testify, tell your story
and the church says amen!" Read
shares Jazz and the Gospel in concerts in Japan! Get
all the details ...
shares inspirational thoughts for the New Year...
interesting article entitled, "Jazz Improvisation In
Amos" (A Biblical thesis on jazz worship in the
Ronald V. Myers can be found
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is a contempo jazz group comprised of Keyboardist/Composer
Dave McKay, Carl Albrecht on drums, Gary Lunn on
bass, and Michael Hodge on guitar. All of these guys
are top writers, producers, and musicians in their
own right but when you put the four together the
results can be explosive! For more info and to hear
their new CD visit
is, by anybody’s
standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word.
Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also
plays trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba,
saxophones, and piano.
He has played
with many of the legends of jazz. including, Dizzy
Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney,
George Benson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and
Wynton Marsalis to name a few. Leonard Feather said
in in "Down Beat" mag;"... James Morrison is as sure a bet for jazz
superstardom as Wynton Marsalis was in 1981"He also
spends much time in education, doing master classes
and workshops in many countries and running a jazz
scholarship. An avid user of the latest technologies
James is very involved in furthering the presence of
jazz and music education on the Internet ( including
development of a midi trumpet!) More info
audiences for more than 25 years with his humor and
dedication to sounds that swing. Equally at home in
a small group or big band setting, his musical
facility runs the entire spectrum from traditional
jazz, swing, Bebop, R&B, Soul and commercial jazz
rock. John, who was voted Australia's best big band
drummer heads up the Big Band, " Swing City".
He is also known for his work in the recording
studio both as player and producer and hosts his own
"Jazz at Five" radio show on Sydney radio station FM
99.3 His brother James is also a phenomenal trumpet
player and leader in Australian Jazz. Together they
run their own record label
More info on John
is a pianist/songwriter with a new CD
be Jazz in Heaven"! Steven shares that, "
"Think about this... our existence on earth is just
a shadow of the reality we will experience there...I
am convinced...there will be complete artistic
expression...and yes, I do believe there will be
jazz in Heaven!" More
info on Steve
Saxophonist Don Pope
has learned to
play his music in three dimensions: heart, soul and
spirit. This has fueled the desire to delve into
spiritual places he had never gone before both in
his life and his music.
Don's love for
Jazz music has not dimmed with his spiritual
awakening, but has become much more defined. More
loves to swing!
Rusty has always enjoyed listening to and playing
jazz swing... mainly Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain,
and Boots Randolph. Rusty has performed with
many individuals like the legendary Earl “Fatha”
Hines, Billy Eckstien, Bill Tolle and Larnelle
Rusty is the founder of a unique Ministry, “Gospel
That Swings”, he incorporates into his jazz concerts
. He also has a video, "Gospel That Swings". More
has toured, recorded and/or performed for Missy
Elliot, The CD Hawkins Singers, Jonathan Dubose Jr.,
Robert Lowe & Generations, New Kids On The Block,
Shirley Caesar, Rev. Timothy Wright and the Grammy
Award winning Tri-Boro Mass Choir. More info
Opportunity for Christian
Molex Jr. has launched a new podcast and blog show
called Gospel Jazz. The musical platform for this
show is Jazz.He would like to feature Jazz artists
from around the world. The show will feature
interviews, guest speakers, etc. Operating under the
Creative Common’s License, the show is available on Podcastpickle.com, podcast Central and other
syndicated digital networks. More info here:
month on Smooth Pizzazz Radio we are featuring
New And Notable
follow-up release CD from Headsup Records...
Pastorius Big Band
Word Is Out"! Preview it
great new CD release from
In A Dream". Preview it
Brazilian jazz-funk sound that began in the late
70's is as prevalent as it ever was - tune into
collection filled with great Brazilian jazz, tasty
horn sections and grooves. For a great Cuban
Jazz/funk CD check out keyboardist
"Cuban Jazz Funk" CD. We are featuring several
outstanding tracks from this CD including,
born Jazz pianist/singer
also has some great Brazilian flavored jazz tracks
featured as well!
Want to hear the very best collection of Christian
Jazz?? You are only a few clicks away!! It is free
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Network Members In Action
joined with Jazz Pianist
Jim Martinez &
Friends at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Bel
Air, CA for a great evening concert of "Jazz Praise"
music. They have been also playing many, "Jazz
Praise" concerts together in Pheonix, AR., The
University Of Idaho, and several other churches!
New Years Eve played piano in concert with the Mesa
Symphony. This was a Gershwin pops concert
with vocalist Deater O’Neill and former arranger for
the Airmen of Note, Mike Crotty.
Chuck also has a new "Jazz In The Sanctuary"
resource with both lead sheets and play along CD's
to use in a jazz worship setting. For more info
recently performed with his Jazz Quartet in
Hollywood, CA. The evening featured music from
Justo's latest CD, "Love Thy Neighbor" and also
included Max Almario on Drums, Rick Zuniga playing
guitar, and Edwin Livingston on bass. More info
On Dec. 16, 2005
joined with other great Christian Jazz Artists in a
special Christmas Jazz concert at Millwood Christian
Church in Rogers, AR. Joining together was the vocal
group, "Fresh Fire", a rhythm section,
and complete horn section. A variety of special
Christmas Jazz music was performed! David has a new
Jazz CD release coming out soon! More info on David here!
had a great time playing gospel jazz concerts with
saxophonist Ron Brown in Japan! Also Sean recently
participated in the 2006 International Drummers For
Jesus Celebration February 24th in Irving, Texas.
recently played tracks for the new follow-up sequel
CD to the Jaco Pastorius Big Band.
appeared with Tom Margitan at Bistro 400 in Santa
Ana, CA . She also has been playing at the Ritz
Carlton Hotel in Laguna
Niguel, CA. More info on Peggy
are touring twice more with trumpeter James Morrison
this year - first weekend in March, and the first
weekend in November. They are also doing a flurry of
gigs around Sydney until mid March. The second half
of the year promises to be busy with some gigs with
the Global Missions Project and some local Jazz
festivals. More info
is keeping busy completing a new CD, "Caleo" which
is an album of very guitar featured tracks... Ric
has also been very busy with performances in Arizona
as well session work (and concerts) in Calif. and in
AZ. More info
band NuSoul has been serving up more, "Cuban-funk
Flamenco Soul" at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, CA. For
specific dates and times visit:
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free Mp3 and midi file download. This midi file was
performed by Jeff himself and has some absolutely
great solo licks to check out! We
also have all the great articles and
interviews from past newsletters for you to read!
it all out here!
"Jazz In Church"
a web page with links to relevant articles about
Jazz in Church located
Christian Jazz Music Email Discussion Group!
an e-mail discussion group about jazz,
spirituality, jazz in the sanctuary, and other
related topics. This discussion group is open to
anyone interested. Whether your a fan, jazz artist,
jazz educator, or jazz lover this discussion group
wants to hear your thoughts, opinions, and ideas!
subscribe to this group visit:
As you can see Christian
Jazz Artists are very busy celebrating their gifts!
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imagine: a joyful Jesus! Haven't we had enough of grim
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Jazz Artists Compilation CD!
Hymns, & Spiritual Songs"
Compilation Of Christian Jazz!
Network compilation CD featuring members playing
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual songs. 14 great
recordings by top Christian Jazz Artists served up in a wide variety of
Jazz flavors! To
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Jazz Artists Hymn Compilation CD!
chance to get one of the best collections of
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New From Chuck Marohnic
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Band ~ Ensembles ~ Praise Band
Cobb Music has complete Big Band Christian Jazz Charts
Ralph Carmichael, Chris McDonald, Jeff Anderson, Aaron Weitkekamp, Camp Kirkland, and others! Many out of print
and impossible to find! And these charts are definitely
jazzed! More info
has a great smooth-jazz flavored
"The Power Of Your Love" that you will
really love! 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
Todd Billingsley has many excellent jazz flavored
arrangements for the worship band at
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
in learning more about Jazz theory, technique, or
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