From every aspect of music, Gospel Jazz portrays the precise passion of perfectly inspired innovation and unity. Gospel Jazz is and can be one of the purest forms of true music which emanates from the depth and improvisation of its own composers, writers, producers and performers.
What Is "Gospel Jazz?" - Part 6: "In Summary"
By Terrence Richburg
We're fortunate to live in a profound time in history when God's plan for His beloved people has transcended time, man-made stereotypes, and human paradigms--full-circle from where the original message of His Word was proclaimed, but has remained true all the same for centuries. God in His sovereignty uses what and chooses whom He wishes to fulfill His ultimate will. He fulfills this regardless of what the status-quo believes, thinks or feels.
Through willing Levites and anointed messengers of song, the genre of "Gospel-Jazz" music is becoming more and more popular every day. This wealth of music still spreads the "good news" of the gospel. Whether it's through saxophone, trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, piano or organ you'll be sure to hear the best in Gospel-Jazz from the best Gospel and Jazz musicians in the world. Don't ever underestimate the quality, quantity or quintessential impact of this music on the popular climate of today or its influence on the culture of the future.
History has shown us that over the span of time music has been a major driver as well as a sympathetic responder to the cultural climate both in the secular world and the sacred. Music is not just an art form, but it is an experience for the moment and one to relive time and time again in the memories of the soul and spirit. Therefore, now is the time of our personal responsibility to allow and inspire the gift of Gospel Jazz to thrive and to bear the ordained contributable fruits within the arts and among the hearts of those living now and also those who are to come.
The Historical Connection
By Terrence Richburg
Gospel Jazz might be thought of as a brand new form of music in some circles these days, but honestly as with all things "there is nothing new under the sun." The origins of Gospel Jazz are as familiar as any other form of musical expression. Just as the separate styles Gospel and Jazz were born out of the deep emotional experiences endured and overcome by our fore-parents and ancestors, Gospel Jazz has always been around--just not recognized as such. Early ancestral forms as key as Negro Spirituals born in the slave-tended fields of the South gave birth to the heart-wrenching cries of Jazz siblings such as the "Blues." Both are full of deep emotion, individual improvisational styling and personal stories imparted to audiences by the performers and a sense of connectedness to listeners from an experiential "living-proof" perspective.
Another profound effect of the instrumental side of Gospel Jazz, which has been affirmed over and over again by contemporary genre lovers, is its ability to inspire a sense of peace as a soothing balm to both mental and physical stress. This benefit is supported biblically as noted in I Samuel 16:23, as David played his harp for Saul. Gospel Jazz artist and modern-day pioneer, Jeff Majors fulfills this calling in contemporary fashion with his internationally enjoyed harp ministry. There are also many other great Gospel Jazz Pioneers and contributors to this genre as a legitimate form--familiar musicians and vocal artists that have forged the way and bridged the gap for the exposure and improved acceptance among Christian and secular audiences alike. Some of the most well-known but not always associated artists and influences of the Gospel Jazz realm include such musical giants as Ramsey Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Thomas Whitfield, The Clark Sisters, Daryl Coley, Take 6, Ben Tankard, Yolanda Adams, Allen & Allen, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Majors, Kim Burrell, and the list goes on. That's right, Gospel Jazz is not just instrumental, but includes a whole host of vocal expressionists and stylists as well, and in some ways represents some of the most essential contributions to the music industry and to music history, as a whole.