Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with high sounding cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
The Devil's music?
"Jazz is the Devil's music!" That's a common notion in many churches, including many black congregations.
We often teach our young people that there are only two kinds of music: Gospel music and worldly music.
But the Bible teaches us to praise the Lord with all kinds of instruments. Do we dare to pass by an honor God and
touch the lost? Of course not! Jesus said that if we hold back our praise, the rocks take over where we leave off!
A rich heritage
Jazz has deep spiritual and aesthetic roots in the black church and in the black tradition in general. It is the only strictly
original form of African-American music. In fact, it is most accurately described as the classical music of the black community.
Noted author W.E. DeBois called it "the most beautiful expression of humsn experience of human experience born this side of the seas." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "This is triumphant music. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sound of the earth which flow through his instrument."
The Fellowship of Creative Christian Jazz Musicians exists to:
* to encourage gifted Christian Jazz musicians to development their God-given potential.
* to inspire Christian jzz musicians to use their music to communicate the Gospel and give praise to God.
* to assist churches and Christian organizations in mobilizing and utilizing the gifts of Christian jazz musicians.
* to educate Christians about the history and aesthetic uniqueness of jazz in order to foster appreciation for all forms of music
as a wonderful gift from God.
* to inspire Christian record companies to promote gifted Christian jazz artists.
* to influence a generation of young musicians for Christ.
"Through black music, commonly called 'jazz,' I choose to communicate the good news of God's love
toward all men through Jesus Christ. I also choose not to break with the meaningful traditions in black
music because the catalyst and strength of Ameirca's music continues to come by way of contributions
from the hearts and lives of black people."
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Director
Fellowship of Creative Christian Jazz Musicians
"Horn in the Corn"
Bill Johnson, Photographer, Greenville, MS
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. has coordinated ministry projects with Haman Cross, Crawford Loritts, Elward Ellis,
Danniebelle Hall, Madeline Manning Mims, William & Ruth Bentley, Luis Palau and otehrs. He studied arranging and
composing under Professor Jimmy Cheatham at the University of Wisconsin School of Music. He has worked with the
Sayeed Jamal Quartet, the Alvin Batiste Quartet has been featured at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He is
the former Chaplin of the African-American Music Caucus (AAMC) of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE)
and Artistic Director of the Mississippi Jazz and Heritage Festival.