HELP: Church music needed! JAZZ, ETC.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by cgworkman, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. cgworkman


    May 14, 2004
    I was asked by the pastor of my church to put together some instrumental/smooth jazz songs for their offertory, etc. We're talking a full band here - piano, drums, bass, percussion, guitar. I'm thinking some smooth jazz type stuff. Anyone have any suggestions on what to consider? Specific CDs or artists maybe?

    I'm not bound by the 'traditional' music here. I have the freedom to do pretty much what I want.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. barthanatos

    barthanatos Insert witty comment here

    Feb 8, 2006
    South Carolina
    I guess it would depend on your arranging skills/desire, or maybe of someone else that you play with.

    I would like to see a well known traditional or contemporary song done in a jazz arrangement. I think the congregation would really dig this, as they would hopefully recognize it, but also would appreciate the creativity/different approach to it.

    I can't say I know of any Christian jazz songs already. Maybe just throw some chord extensions and extra chords into a "normal" arrangement while having someone hold down the melody (so as to keep it familiar). Or maybe vamp a familiar chord progression from a song while getting someone to improv on the melody line over the top.

    I'm sure I'm either telling you something you already know or am in over my head, but I figured some feedback was better than nothing.
  3. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    song suggestions:

    Money-Pink Floyd

    Can't Buy Me Love-Beatles

    You Can't Always Get What You Want-Stones

    Brother Can You Spare A Dime-Standard

    It's Money That Matters-Randy Newman

    Just play them in a smooth jazz style. Lyrics optional.
  4. cgworkman


    May 14, 2004
    I would love that.

    I'm sure that it probably wouldn't go over to wel...just a hunch.
  5. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Some old spirituals would work well. I've done some of these with my Jazz Quartet, and they went over really well.

    Just a Closer Walk with Thee
    Precious Lord Take My Hand
    I'll Fly Away
    Amazing Grace
    Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
    Walk in Jerusalem
    Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)
    Let Us Break Bread Together (On Our Knees)
    Old Time Religion
    Go Tell It on the Mountain
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Check out Abe Laboriel's band "Koinonia", with Alex Acuna.