~ This Issue ~
thoughts about playing with Jazz legends Jaco
Pastorius, Joe Zawinul, as well as being a Christian
Jazz Artist Read
Devotional: "What If He Hadn't Come To Earth?".
Luther wrote these words long ago but they are still
very relevant. He said, "We
must listen not just to history, but to a gift
"! Most of us will hear the Christmas
story several times over the next month. We will
look back into history to
recall what happened that glorious night long ago.
But as we look back let us not forget the wondrous
gift that came bundled up, wrapped in love, and sent
from heaven to bless all mankind!
Jazz Ed! Fresh ideas on Jazz,
Music Theory, and Improvisation! This month
Arivett offers two Jazz Christmas songs from
his, "Jazz Yer
Blues" lesson series! Two very interesting
arrangements of, "Go Tell It On The
Mountain" and "Greensleeves". These free lessons are for helping you
integrate more jazzy voicings and changes into your
blues playing! Visit
Chuck Marohnic has some excellent Christmas arrangements
for piano and brass quintet located
Jazz Artists Compilation CD!
hot jazz arrangements
of Hymns! (Includes
two Christmas tunes!)
as a Christmas gift!
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
Christian Musicians Directory
a directory that will list contact info on Artists,
Composers, Producers, Studios, Instrumentalists, ect.
This is a convenient way for you to be contacted by
potential clients who are interested in your
services, as well as encourage connecting and even
collaborating with other Christian Musicians. If you
want to be included in this list or want to check visit
Tracks on Smooth Pizzazz!
month we are featuring Christmas Jazz! Be sure
to tune in for the best collection of Christmas Jazz
you will find anywhere!
new Christmas CD, "Is It Christmas Yet?", by
saxophonist Greg Vail
showcases his talent for blowin' some refreshing
sounds and arrangements of Christmas music! Tune in
to hear, "Angels We Have Heard On High".
This CD was recorded "live" with no
overdubs! Visit his site to preview this CD here!
& The Mile High Orchestra have
a new Christmas CD, "Timeless
Christmas" and we love the track," Little
Drummer Boy " which is a funky, 'Tower Of
Power' arrangement that you will love!
arranged, and played some hot jazz piano on the
"Jump Swing Christmas" CD. Joining him is
a host of great musicians that help Pat obtain that
Big Band sound!
Bob Barrett (instrumental
director at Saddleback Church) produced a CD,
"The Colors Of Christmas" that has some
great jazzy arrangements of Christmas music complete
with full horn section from Saddle Back Church. We
are featuring several tunes including, "The
Little Timbalero", complete with montuno, Latin
percussion, and hot horns! To purchase this CD phone
Saddleback Church at 949-609-8000.
great new jazzy Christmas CD,
we are featuring selected Christmas Carols as well
as a swingin' original by Rick, "Gotta
have a jazzy Christmas CD, "Christmas Songs,
which features 11
instrumental duets for trumpet/flugelhorn (Tony)
& keyboards (Bill) in stylish new arrangements,
plus a very special vocal performance by Bill of the
classic "Christmas Song" (aka
To purchase visit
the Ezekial 3:18 Band has
a new Jazzy Christmas CD release and it is available
a very beautiful and unique recording of, "O
Come O Come Emmanuel". It's from the CD, "Accents"
by Alex Acuna and the Unknowns" and you can also
find it on the CJA Network Compilation CD,
"Hymn Favorites" .
has a new Christmas Sampler CD release - "Christmas
Guitar "! Check it all out
and Creative Soul
Records is excited to announce it's first Christmas
release, "To Hear the Angels Sing", by
Alisa Dishong. It's a cool, smooth jazz CD, with
trio-plus-one arrangements and a few surprises, and
sure to please anyone who loves jazzy Christmas
music. Also, Alisa and her husband are missionaries
in Kenya, so all proceeds go to their continuing
missionwork. For info, check out www.CreativeSoulRecords.com
a Christmas CD,"A Cool Brassy Night At The
North Pole" containing interesting arrangements
that perfectly illustrate how a great jazz trio can
interface with some incredible brass players! To
purchase visit here!
Aaron Weitekamp co-arranged
the "Jericho Horns" Christmas CD and there
are some excellent Big Band arrangements of
Christmas Carols and favorites!
a tasty smooth jazz Christmas CD, "Go Tell It
On The Mountain". For audio excerpts or to
purchase this CD visit here!
Hallquist has a jazzy Christmas CD, "It Came
Upon the Midnight Clear" with some very tasty
arrangements of Christmas Carols available here!
produced and played on a new Christmas
release,"Heart Of Christmas" with vocalist
Etta Oliver. You don't want to miss out on Chuck's
mastery on the Steinway Concert Grand. His jazz
voicings and re-harmonizations of Christmas music is
truly magical! To purchase visit
a great Christmas CD, "The Christmas Message"
( CJA Network Members guitarist Michael
and drummer Sean
both play on this recording and are members of Kirk
Whalum's band!) We are featuring several tracks from
this recording on Smooth Pizzazz Radio!
New CJA Network Members!
personifies today's hip Smooth Jazz / Instrumental
Pop scene. Grady has been described as, “the
awesome new sax player for the millennium” by
legendary fusion jazz great Jeff Lorber. Renowned
for his signature interpretation of "Amazing
Grace", Grady had the humble honor of
performing on the "Hour of Power" at the
Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California in
September 2001 following the devastating terrorist
his new CD release, “Sophistication”, Grady has
taken his musical appeal to a new level by enlisting
the talents of not only Jeff Lorber, who produced
and co-wrote the CD, but also Chris Botti (trumpet),
Ray Fuller (guitar) and Paul Pesco (rhythm guitar).
Grammy Award winner Paul Brown mixed the CD. Grady's
2001 release, "In the Fullness of Time",
is a spiritual CD featuring Bill Champlin,
keyboardist / vocalist of the group Chicago,
alongside a 50 voice choir. It shows the
diversity of Grady's sound and stage presentation
using elements of jazz, reggae, Latin, blues and
playing the piano as a child and now performs
internationally. In 1995 Phil was named one of
the 10 finalists in Jazziz Magazine's
"Keyboardists on Fire" competition. For
the last 12 years, DeGreg has been the house pianist
at Cincinnati's famous Blue Wisp Jazz Club,
performing with many notable jazz artists, including
Slide Hampton, J.J. Johnson, Zoot Simms, Junior
Cook, Bobby Watson, Mark Murphy and Stanley
Turrentine. DeGreg is dedicated to sharing his love
of jazz through teaching. He also plays piano
on Sundays at his church.
is currently Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at
the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of
Music, teaching jazz theory, arranging, piano, and
ensembles. He has taught for the Jamey Aebersold
Summer Jazz Workshops since 1982. 1995 DeGreg
published "Jazz Keyboard Harmony," a chord
voicing method written for non-pianists and
beginning jazz pianists, which is now used at
universities in the U.S. and Europe.
Joel Del Rosario is young and very talented
influenced by the sounds of jazz guitar greats like
George Benson, Joe Pass, and Stanley Jordan, Joel
adds his own unique blend of Smooth Jazz!
recordings and concerts his musical talents and
gifts (coupled together with his strong spiritual
ties), has led him to fuse faith and smooth jazz
together, creating music uplifting and relaxing to
the soul. Joel's music style runs through the gamut
of R&B, Funk, Soul, Smooth Jazz, to spiritually
uplifting instrumentals. Joel also plays guitar at
his church and loves to express his faith for God by
playing music that grooves for the Lord
sure that you visit the CJA page and listen to the great music from
these new members! We are very proud to have so many
talented Jazz artists be part of the CJA!
the CJA Network page here!
New & Notable!
a new CD release, "Sophistication".
Keyboardist/Producer Jeff Lorber produced, played,
and co-wrote the tunes. Make sure and listen to the
"Behind The Scenes"!
has been very busy recording a new CD project with
the Worship Alliance SuperBand! Members include Abraham
Tom Brooks on
keys! Look for the new recording soon! Worship
Alliance also has the new CD, "Abe Labrioel and
Friends". All this and more can be found at: www.worshipalliance.com
David Diggs Is
participating in a great FREE compilation CD called
³THE GREATEST MUSIC YOU¹VE NEVER HEARD, VOL.1²
The CD has 16 tracks from various independent jazz
artists from around the world! Just purchase
one of David's CDs from CDBABY, and as a free gift,
they will send you a copy of ³THE GREATEST MUSIC
YOU¹VE NEVER HEARD, VOL.1² with your order. For
more info on ³THE GREATEST MUSIC YOU¹VE NEVER
HEARD, VOL.1² just go to:
To purchase David Digg's CD:
will be appearing live Saturday,
December 11, 2004 - 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Millennium Stage, The
Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Admission is FREE! Also
Kim will be perfroming Wednesday,
December 15, 2004 - 8:00PM & 10:00PM
1073 Wisconsin Avenue,
NW, Washington, D.C.
Porch Christian Jazz Cafe
just celebrated 6 months in business!
The vision and commitment is to develop and
maintain a full service restaurant, as well as
provide a platform for Christian Jazz Artists to
play their music, gain wider exposure, while
maintaining the emphasis of a Christian
performed this past weekend and blessed us with
his ministry "Jazz 4 Jesus"! A
Breath Of Fresh Air (our resident band) did not
disappoint, and TDL Factory smoothed the
icing over the cake for a momentous milestone in
our ministry. We
are appreciative of your efforts with Smooth
Pizzazz radio, and are exhilarated at how God's
awesome tapestry is being unfolded in our lives!!"
As you can see Christian
Jazz Artists are very busy celebrating their gifts!
We are jazzed about
We are jazzed about God!
Celebrate today and savor
imagine: a joyful Jesus! Haven't we had enough of grim
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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 here!
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provoking, yet highly singable jazz material for use
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If He Hadn’t Come To Earth?
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print out visit here!
like for you to consider the following scenario…what
if Jesus hadn’t come
to earth, there was no Christ child,
no incarnation, and no Christmas? Try to imagine
what History would look like for the last 2000 years
without Christ, without His
words, and without the New Testament! I
believe that total chaos would have ruled the last 2000
years! Without the influence
of Christ and Christianity on History evil would have
scored a total victory. Think
of all the humanitarian efforts, the building of
hospitals, the healing and
feeding of countless millions. Multitudes of people’s
lives that wouldn’t have been
changed by the message and power of Christ! Without the
message of the birth, life,
and death of Christ and His influence on the world, the
possibility exists that none
of us would be here today because of a nuclear
catastrophe! But if mankind
had somehow survived total annihilation what kind of
society would there
be without the influence of Christ on our world?
imagine further with me that Christmas never was and
never to be! No
giving of gifts, no cheerful acts of
kindness, Christmas carols or Christmas trees! No
Churches, no Christmas music, and no Holiday cheer. No stories
of the wonderful birth of the
baby Jesus. No message of hope, joy, or peace on earth,
good will to men?
No message of loving one another. Worst of all, NO
importantly, what difference would it have made in your
life if Christ had
never existed or been born in your
live? Yes, that is the question that really can make
you think! What difference has Christ made in your live?
Where would you and I be
without having ever heard the story about how God
decided to become one of us
and, "pitch His tent " with us to dwell in
Apostle Paul writes in chapter
two of the book of Ephesians that we should remember
what we once were without
Christ! Paul says that we were without hope!! And that
really does sum up what it
would mean for the whole world but especially for those
who have received Him in a personal and intimate way.
so easy to get caught up with all the shopping,
ceremonies, music, and
celebrations to take for granted the
glorious Incarnation and miraculous wonder of
the Christ Child. Maybe it’s time to pause for a
moment right now for us to lift our
thanks and gratitude to God for coming to earth and for
the incredible difference
Christ has made in our lives. To be grateful for the
gifts of hope, joy, peace, and
love. Think of all the evil things He has delivered you
from and praise Him
for it!! Taste of the joy and peace that only Christ can
give right now!
Luther wrote these words long ago but they are still
very relevant. He said,
"We must listen not just to
history, but to a gift "! Most of us will hear the
Christmas story several times over
the next month. We will look back into history to
recall what happened that glorious night long ago. But
as we look back let us not forget the wondrous gift that
came bundled up, wrapped in love, and sent from heaven
to bless all mankind!
let us look to the present and may our
prayer be that the Spirit of Christ "be born in
us" today, fresh and new. May we
honor and serve Him by following His message and doing
what He said for us to do. Share His message of love,
hope, joy, and peace to others not only at Christmas
but moment by moment throughout our lives. May we never
take for granted the wonder of
the Incarnation. But also remember that the miracle of
is re-created over and over again in the lives of all
who will receive Him andet His Spirit be born and grow
in their lives!
leave you with the words from one of the great Christmas
Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray,
out our sin and enter in;
in us today.
the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell,
to us abide with us;
by David Arivett
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