What is Jazz Praise? Our
arrangements of traditional & contemporary hymns set to swing,
ballads and Latin jazz (Bossa Novas & Sambas). There are
various styles of 'jazz', so we'll describe ours as being in
the style of Nat 'King' Cole, Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck.
How did you get your inspiration
to do this? I never purposely set out to
do Jazz Praise. One night, as I was practicing, God simply
gave me an arrangement of "Just a Closer Walk" and
the rest is history. Since that evening of March 2000,
the Lord has opened the door for over 500 Jazz Praise events
throughout the U.S. and has given me four CD's in this
genre: "Doxology- A Jazz Praise", "Praise
Him with Jazz", "Music For Your Soul" and
the soon-to-be released JP IV, "He Keeps Me Swinging".
Why Jazz Praise?
1. Why not? The Christian music today is marketed mainly for the younger
generation. Other than Praise music and the Gaithers, there isn't a
lot available to the 50+ crowd. My theory why this ministry has taken
off (other than the fact that God is in control) is simple. Anyone
who grew up from 1940 to the late 1950's was in the middle of the big
band and 'swing' era. This was the popular music of the day.
2. People love the good old hymns. Although we also cover some contemporary
choruses, a majority of our jazz arrangements are from the traditional
hymnal. Why? Because the melodies are wonderful and have a long history
with the church. We all need to remember that it takes all parts to make
up the body of Christ.
3. The Bible says to "praise God with trumpet, strings, flute, (etc)
for Him". Psalm 150:3-5. Nowhere in the Bible or in its original
text is a specific style of music preferred over another. The only criteria
is that it is a 'joyful noise unto the Lord'. Praise music can be Classical,
Country, Pop...or Jazz, as long as we stay focused on Him.
Why is a majority of your music
I am a classically-trained pianist and have also played 'straight-ahead'
jazz for many years. So my life has been submersed in instrumental music.
Songs may contain biblically-based lyrics, but when someone sings it,
that doesn't automatically make the music 'Christian'. It's not the notes
or words. God looks at our hearts. And If our heart is in the right place,
then it will be music to God's ears.
Jazz Praise is not new.
Jazz Praise is not new by a long shot. Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck,
Vince Guaraldi and many others have done this years before. Many others
are doing it now. Simply put, we are making music for God with the
gifts He gave us.
God can use anything for His
Many churches are now including jazz in worship. For us, Jazz makes a
great outreach. There are many people that, for whatever reason, refuse
to step foot in church. On the other hand, they might come see a jazz
concert if invited by a friend. Hopefully they will come and see how
Jesus changes lives. Concerts can also make a successful fundraiser for
We'd love to come to your church and
minister. Please request a complete press kit (includes
bio, info for bookings, etc) simply by contacting us via
e-mail or the information below. Thank you for
your consideration. Also, please pray that the Lord will
continue to use all music in ways that only He understands.