Monday, February 08, 2010

Dallas Christian Jazz Band, CD "Sermonette"

The Dallas Christian Jazz Band (DCJB) is a nondenominational big band dedicated to bringing meaningful and exciting Christian music to audiences across Dallas-Fort Worth, USA, and beyond.

Founded in 1994, the DCJB is made up of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a rhythm section. The group's members, led by Music Director David Kelley, are dedicated musicians of all ages, backgrounds and church affiliations.

The band features mainly dynamic arrangements of familiar hymns, spirituals and other Christian music. Christmas music is played each year during the holiday season. Its genre is varied, and oscillate between dixieland, swing, bebop, post bop.

To date, DCJB has recorded three compact discs. He's Everything To Me (1998) and Sermonette (2004) highlight the band's Christian music, while Christmas with the Dallas Christian Jazz Band (1999) features both sacred and secular holiday favorites. On this ocassion I want to share some tracks of "Sermonette". Eight of the selections on this album were recorded in 2003, the others in 2001, with a few personnel changes on the latter session. Trumpeter Tommy Loy, a charter member of the DCJB, passed away in October '02 and was replaced by Penick; tenor saxophonist David Oakley supplanted Mario Garza; Grant was added on piano, with Diane Lundy moving to synthesizer, and drummer Rusty Averitt succeeded Steve Hall with no loss of potency in the rhythm section (bassist Steve Webb is a standout on both sessions).

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