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Two Jazz Songs for Church (One is Spoken Word and Liturgical Style)

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The study of jazz was the most enjoyable and the most overwhelming genre of music for me to study, first as a trombonist, then a pianist, then a composer. And I've only started to scratch the surface. However, while perusing Global Worship Tumblr, I've just found two jazz songs that would work in most American church contexts.

Mary Lou Williams, considered the first lady of jazz keyboard, released two such songs. The first is "Anima Christi," which has a short set of lyrics. The other is "Praise the Lord," which is a prayerful spoken word, and could work well in a liturgical church.


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