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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 […]

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

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"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 […]

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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 […]

It has been said that jazz history can be divided into two segments: “Before Kind Of Blue and after Kind Of Blue.” In 1959 Miles Davis recorded Kind Of Blue and “More than forty years after its release, it is […]

A jazz theologian is someone who balances classical faith with a jazz-shaped faith.   As we take the stage our ensemble can know that: -We are practicing Christians.  Having spent sufficient time in the woodshed learning the standards we now […]

We were looking for a Starbucks as the one-handed man passed by and over heard our conversation.  "The closest one is a quarter mile away in the hotel,"  he said.   He offered to take us there and added, "I […]

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What is jazz theology? It is what happens to our faith when we discover that jazz is more than music.  Once this is realized we begin to see jazz everywhere.  It was the great novelist, Ralph Ellison, who said that […]