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Smooth Pizzazz Radio broadcasting Great Jazz Music all over the world!

Smooth Pizzazz is ranked in the top 20 Jazz stations on Live 365!  Listeners all over the world are enjoying the unique blend of Jazz styles being broadcast!!

Smooth Pizzazz is an Internet Radio Station featuring Christian Jazz Artists playing jazzed up arrangements of Hymns, worship choruses, original material, and stylistically 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!

Hear Smooth Pizzazz Radio now

Smooth Pizzazz Radio listeners Joe A. Robinson and Lucile Packard from Palo Alto, CA  share these comments about Smooth Pizzazz Radio!
                              "Brother, your radio station is a real blessing to me!! I stream your Internet radio station, "Smooth Pizzazz" here at work and it allows me to praise him, get centered, stay focused and increase my productivity all at the same time!!!" -- Joe A. Robinson

 "You have also exposed me to some great Christian Jazz that I was not aware of!! I am going to tell others about Smooth Pizzazz radio station as well as direct them to your website. Keep up the good work!!!"--Lucile Packard

More satisfied listeners!

I discovered you a few weeks ago via a search for stations that play the YellowJackets, of which there are few. I was raised on Big Band, Bop, Cool, Blues ... jazz, and in recent years I've also come to love Latin and a few other things, one of which is the YellowJackets. I was raised in the church and appreciate the neat arrangements of various "church tunes" that you sprinkle in as well. Thank you for your station! -- Carl McMullen

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The Christian Jazz Artists Network celebrates and promotes the diversity and infinite variety of Jazz music! Our Creator loves diversity and so should we! Within the framework of jazz music there is room for a myriad of styles and influences. Therefore we do not promote one style of jazz only. Neither do we discriminate on this basis either. Instead, we encourage and promote having an open heart, mind, and attitude of acceptance and appreciation for the creativity and musical ideas of others!
 

 

CJA Network Members

Alex Alex Acuna - Alive In Christ Orchestra - Justo Almario - Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra Jeff Anderson
David Arivett- Bob Barrett Randy Bernsen - Todd Billingsley - Nelson Boschman
Dave Boyer - Gary Braaten Scott Brookins - Ron Brown Lance Bryant
Larry Cangelosi
Bill Cantos - John Carlson Ralph Carmichael - Bill Carter & the Presbybop Quartet
Cyrus Chestnut
Pat Coil  -  Adlan Cruz -  Eric Copeland - Phil DeGreg
Denver & The Mile High Orchestra
David Diggs
Peggy Duquesnel
Beth Duncan
Paul English
Ric Flauding - Joel DelRosario - Juanita Faas

    
 

 

Christian Jazz Artists Special Edition!
New CJA Network Artists Fall 2005

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~ In This Special Edition ~ 

The CJA Network adds new members! Our Network now has over 80 Christian Jazz Artists! We are spreading out both Nationally and Internationally! This issue will introduce new Christian Jazz Artists from the USA, Canada, Australia! (The next CJA Network E-zine/ newsletter will be out soon!)

CJA Network Helping Devastated New Orleans Musicians!

There is a non-profit organization, "NOAHleans" that is specifically set up to help musicians affected by the Katrina/Rita disasters! Part of Noah's mission is to find employment for musicians from the stricken area and to assist them and their families with relocating. Visit here for more info or call (713) 805-9118

CJA Network member Saxophonist Gary Hallquist and his family live in New Orleans and had to evacuate. They escaped with only their lives and a few belongings! They are now going back to see if anything is left! Please pray for Gary and family at this most difficult and trying time! If you want to contact him here is the info:

Gary Hallquist
c/o Aubrey Edwards
1277 Branchwater Lane
Birmingham, AL 35216
   ghallquist@gmail.com

 

Welcome New CJA Network Members!

Jazz Pianist Paul English is well-known as an outstanding jazz pianist who has performed and recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Arnett Cobb, David Liebman, Fathead Newman, Will Kennedy and John Patitucci. Alumni of the high-spirited Paul English Group of the 1980s included Kirk Whalum, Dwight Sills, Tony Campise, Herman Matthews and Hal Robinson.

Paul's catalog of compositions includes a large number of jazz and popular songs, scores for two musicals, and a complete library for his performing group, PICO.

As an outstanding jazz educator he has lectured extensively on jazz theory and techniques for improvisation in modern music and is a frequent guest speaker at other universities and music seminars. For more info visit here!

Saxophonist/Composer Gary Honor is a member of the well known worship team at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia where he plays regularly. Gary has recorded on and written brass arrangements for numerous praise and worship CDs for Hillsong Church.

Over the past few years Gary has traveled all over Australia performing in every major city. He has also been a featured soloist with the Navy Big Band and Wind Orchestra and has played music in many international destinations such as Greece, Crete, Japan, China, Philippines, Guam and also Norfolk Island.

While studying jazz at Queensland Conservatorium of Music Gary became very aware of the spiritual aspects of music and soon realized that his music was a gift from the Creator!

Gary's debut solo CD is entitled "Atmospheric" and you can hear audio samples and get more info about Gary here!

Saxophonist Brian Ulrich  was born in Rochester, NY where his love for music was formed and remains with him today. Brian studied music performance at the Houchstein School of Music, and jazz theory under Chuck Mangione at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Fluent on saxophone, clarinet and flute, Brian toured Europe with the American Symphony and Chorus and has performed with Chuck Mangione, The Eddie Love Big Band,  The Rochester Philharmonic, The Gainesville Symphony, The KBS Trio, High Society, Sentimental Journey, The Victory Jazz Orchestra, and numerous show orchestras.

With a strong commitment to community, Brian also performs many hours at area nursing homes and churches, as well as performs for charity fund-raisers. For more info visit here!

Jazz Pianist Juanita Faas  hails from Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada. She started performing with bands in her teen years. Juanita's talent won her a music scholarship to Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.

After graduating Juanita, always looking for something new and challenging entered the jazz field and was soon playing keyboards with the Lyle Rebbeck Jazz Trio.

Juanita has a new CD release, "Attitudes". Juanita and her trio continue to explore the crossover territory between jazz and gospel music, while adding many of their own unique turns and twists. For more info visit here!

SpiritJazz is a group that combines 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 Pieper plays bass and Karen Pieper plays piano. They work together to create their own unique jazz arrangements of hymns and songs... performed with energy, passion, and humor.

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. It is their 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. For more info visit here!

Jazz Vocalist Beth Duncan  Chances are you've heard Beth Duncan on the radio or seen her on TV. Beth is an award winning broadcast journalist who's been reporting news and traffic information for more than 25 years in Sacramento, California.

She studied with prestigious Vocal Coach Judy Davis in Berkeley for several years. Beth made a living singing cover tunes in local clubs along with engagements on the road.

Beth shares that, "the Jazz standards on her new CD release, "Orange Colored Sky" are a perfect fit for what I want to express about passion, enduring love, faithfulness & thankfulness. I have a huge heart for marriage! Plus, jazz is fun, challenging and etched in my being!!" For more info visit here!

Make sure that you visit the CJA Network page and listen to the great music from these new members!  We now have almost 90 Christian Jazz artists network members!!

Visit the CJA Network page here!

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As you can see Christian Jazz Artists are very busy celebrating their gifts!

 
We are jazzed about life...
 
We are jazzed about God!
 
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New Christian Jazz Artists Compilation CD!

"Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs"

Brand new Compilation available soon!

 

  CJA 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 flavors!  To hear audio samples  visit here!  (CD will be available for purchase soon!)

Christian Jazz Artists Hymn Compilation CD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

"These aren't your typical "Sunday School" Arrangements!"

CJA Network compilation CD featuring top jazz artists playing Jazz arrangements of Hymns! 16 great renditions of Hymns served up in a wide variety of flavors! Hot Latin, Funk, Straight Ahead and Contemporary are all covered! To hear audio excerpts or to purchase this CD visit here! 

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

 

Interested in learning more about Jazz theory, technique, or improvisation? Want to learn how to develop your ear and transcribe music? Visit the Jazz Ed page for a one stop collection including material from some of the top musicians in Jazz!  Books, Charts, CD's, DVD's, Videos, Midi files and more  here!

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Get Connected!

 
New Christian Jazz Music Email Discussion Group!
 
We have started 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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CJA Network Members

Quamon Fowler - Carol Frazier
     
Rick Gallagher - Giocoso  Jimmy Greene -Gary Hallquist  Gary Honor - Gail Jhonson
 Todd Johnson - Arlington Jones Bradley Knight  Jeff Kruh
Chad Lawson Trio - Jay Leach
Ray Lyon - Angelo Luster
Chuck Mandt
Jim Martinez - Chuck Marohnic Mark McClure - Rhonda McCoy
Sean McCurley
Rod McGaha - Gary Meggs
Alton Merrell - Bob Michalski  Dean Mills
Kiyoshi Mori - Grady Nichols OnFire Big Band - David Pray  Jack Prybylski
Darren Rahn - Jamie Reid      Garon Richey - Riley & Richburg Daniel Richardson
Michael Ripoll - Riverbend Church Big Band - Edwin Sepulveda SpiritJazz - The Idea Of North
Brian Ulrich - Greg Vail         Chuck Yamek - Aaron Weitekamp Fletch Wiley - Carolyn Wilkins   Deanna Witkowski