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Composing a jazz-shaped faith is about practicing Christianity.  When a musician takes the stage practice is assumed.  A basic understanding of one’s instrument, music, standards and the essence of jazz are all necessary (and expected) in order for concert to […]

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A jazz theologian is someone who has discovered that jazz is more than music.  Therefore… We are practicing Christians.  Having spent sufficient time in the woodshed learning the old standards we now syncopate, improvise and respond the the call of […]

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It’s a joy to join the Beliefnet.com community. I’m looking forward to lively conversation about Christianity, books, music, God’s heart for orphans and, of course, composing a jazz-shaped faith. Feel free to comment anytime and join the groove.   Oh, yeah…don’t […]

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A Jazz Theologian is someone who knows that jazz is more than music.  Therefore,… We are practicing Christians.  We have spent time in the woodshed learning the old standards.  Now we syncopate, improvise and respond to the call of a Love […]

I'm grateful to Jerry Starks over at Christian Performing Artists who just posted a review of my book, Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith.  Check it out!

Zondervan notified me today that my book, Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith, is in it's 3rd printing!   Thanks to all of you for your support. Stay in the groove, robert 

"So What," is the first track on Miles Davis' ground breaking album "Kind of blue."

"The parallels between the lives of African-Americans battling for their freedom as citizens and that of jazz musicians for their freedom from European harmony are too close to be mere happenstance." Jazz icon, Miles Davis, used to play with his […]

Pre-Kind Of Blue, that is 1959, Conformity was a way of seeking acceptance in America. Jazz musicians needed to make clear the fierce intelligence that was necessary to play [jazz]. The greater society thought of jazz as merely an offshoot […]

America in the 1950's–All a matter of perspective. The war was over, suburbia was being invented and the American dream was being pursued…by some For black America, the 1950's were a decade of emergence. After 90 years of not being […]