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The music of SpiritJazz is modern in its truest form but its melodies are derived from familiar songs and hymns that have stood the test of time. The SpiritJazz ensemble has been schooled in the traditions of American jazz style and improvisation and the musical arrangements contain all the key elements of good swing and solid jazz ensemble playing. Hearing these arrangements will give you a fresh take on classic and loved tunes of the Church. It is our mission that the music of SpiritJazz unites the richness of jazz with the hope and promise of faith in order to enhance each melody's original meaning.

Tom Pieper is currently the Music Coordinator for Salem Lutheran’s Discover Service in Minneapolis. Karen Pieper is the Music Director at, "All Saints" Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove.

Together they have created SpiritJazz, which performs throughout the Twin Cities area. Tom shares, "When I think of the finest jazz arrangers and composers I think of John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Sonny Clark and many others from the late ‘50s and ‘60s. I began to find my voice by combining the elements essential for modern jazz with the best hymns of the Christian tradition. The result is a large repertoire of songs that are represented here on this recording, and played regularly at churches.

Tom plays bass and Karen plays piano. They work together to create their own unique jazz arrangements of hymns and songs... performed with energy, passion, and humor.


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