The Christian Jazz Artists Network adds new
members! Our Network now has over 110 Jazz Artists!
We continue to spread out both Nationally and
The CJA Network
Welcomes New Members!
a musician who has performed and
recorded with a wide array of top artists in pop,
R&B and Jazz. He’s a much sought after Hammond B3
organist, who also plays piano and keyboards in
addition to producing, writing and arranging.
played gigs and/or toured or recorded with the Jazz Crusaders, A.J. Croce, the Dazz Band and Fattburger. Joe
Sample, Joe Williams, Rita Coolidge, Kathie Lee
Gifford, Tom Scott, Eddie Harris, Max Bennett, Miki
Howard, Grant Geismann, Jeff Kashiwa, and Jaco
Pastorius (who was a close friend of Rob).
CD release was recorded over a two-year span and
Whitlock's friends joined in to work on the CD which
is an project called Sketchin’. Along with
Michael Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, Anthony Jackson,
Scott Henderson, Othello Molineaux, Pat Kelley, and
Cliff Almond. To hear audio samples and more info
is writing and producing partner to Rob Whitlock for
their many projects along the way, as well as being
his wife. A session singer since the mid seventies,
Amber has been singing Jazz and Popular music for
Her debut release cd "The Colours of Life" includes
original songs as well as covers of "Betcha' By
Golly Wow" the old Philly Sound classic, "When She
Loved Me" by Randy Newman, and a unique version of
"When I Look In Your Eyes" from the original Dr.
Doolittle musical. The CD is reminiscent of
the warm sounds of the 70s and early 80s old school
jazz and soul. More info
is a bassist/composer based in New York focusing on
the presentation of original music. He leads a
10-piece ensemble in collaborative music and visual
art concerts with his sister, clarinetist and artist
Madeline Sturm. He recently was named the Assistant
Director of Music for the Jazz Ministry at Saint
Peter’s Church in Manhattan, internationally
regarded as the, "Jazz Church,” where he performs
and composes original music for weekly jazz
He has performed with Gene Bertoncini, Bobby
McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler and the
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. he has played on
four "Downbeat" award-winning recordings. For more
info visit here!
was born into the
renowned musical Peterson Family which boasts mother
Linda Peterson, and three brothers,
Ricky Peterson and
Peterson; all of whom are currently recording artists and involved in
the international music scene.
performed and recorded with such musical luminaries
as David Sanborn, Hiram Bullock, Steve Miller, Donny
Osmond, The Jets and most recently with St. Paul
Peterson, Ricky Peterson, and the international jazz
greats Ben Sidran and Sergio Mendes. For more info
Weis was 18 years old when he co-founded the rock group,
"Iron Butterfly". After one album with the
group he moved on to be in the Rockgroup,
has shared the stage with musical legends Janis
Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone The Doors, Buffalo
Springfield, David Crosby, Ray Charles, The Bee
Gees, The Who, Alice Cooper, Blood Sweat and Tears
and Jimi Hendrix.
Marshmellow Records recorded and released Danny’s
first solo project “Sweet Spot” which features an
exciting mix of smooth jazz, funk and R & B
originals. For more info visit
For 25 years
has been recording and performing inspirational
Christian music. His sixth CD marks his first full
step into a new genre of Christian music –
inspirational smooth jazz. He has always loved this
style, incorporating at least one song in each prior
CD (“SweetBy and By”, “Mary Did You Know”, etc.)
Now, with his new release “One More Day,” he moves
firmly into this genre, keeping old friends while
introducing himself to an entirely new audience.
With well over 2000 concerts and appearances on his
resume, Steve has ministered in an unbelievable
array of situations and venues – from military
bases, hospitals, and shopping malls to fine
performing arts centers here and abroad. He is heard
on radio and seen on numerous television ministries
Network Member New CD Releases
has a new CD, "Genuine Chestnut" from the
Telarc Label. The CD is a careful mix of straight
ahead, Afro-Cuban, and gospel that will captivate
and inspire. To hear samples visit
has a new CD release, "Length Of Days". This
is her first recording with her NYC quartet. Check
it out here!
has a new CD release entitled, "Spirit" a recording
that features beautiful jazz music that is open,
vunerable, and spiritual! To hear samples visit
"Sketchin 2" CD is now available and it includes
Vinny Coluiata, Micheal Brecker, Scott Henderson,
Anthony Jackson, Othello Molineaux, Pat Kelley, and
others. More info
Pianist/Composer David Arivett has
a new CD, "Jazzed And Glad" and contains
almost all originals by David ( with several CJA
Network members making guest appearances)...Greg
Vail, Larry Cangelosi, Ric Flauding and others - hear samples
"Count It All Joy" was recorded live at St. Peters,
(known as the "jazz" church in NYC!) and includes
jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller, Bassist Kenny Davis and
Yoron Israel on drums. For more visit
smooth jazz group
their first CD release, "Global Setting". Enjoy the
cool, ambient smooth jazz of Quad Venti
takes his rich baritone voice, you add great
arrangements by Chris McDonald, Jeff Steniberg, and
Ralph Carmichael, top it off with Dick Tunney
producing and you have a winning formula! Steve's
first Smooth Jazz offering is, "One More Day" and
you can hear it
was the original guitarist for legendary rock group
Iron Butterfly before eventually turning to session
work. "Sweet Spot" definitely showcases Danny's
signature guitar licks with a mix of funky soul,
blues, and jazz. More info
in the next CJA Network E-zine!
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Jazz Artists Network Compilation CD!
Hymns, & Spiritual Songs"
compilation CD from Christian Jazz Artists Network
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
hear audio samples or to purchase
Jazz Artists Hymn Compilation CD!
chance to get one of the best collections of
Christian Jazz Hymns you will find anywhere! This
popular collection continues to "jazz" listeners
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
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
Band ~ Ensembles ~ Praise Band
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improvisation? Want to learn how to develop your ear
and transcribe music? Visit the Jazz Ed page for a
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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!
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!
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"I thank God for what you're doing! I will tell
tons of other Christians about your radio
station, "Smooth Pizzazz". I am kind of
tired of the mainstream CCM and have been
listening to secular smooth jazz for a few
years. Unfortunately, we just lost our smooth
jazz station in St.Louis, MO. To find Christian
jazz is like finding water in the desert..."