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The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach with Great Freedom and Joy [Paperback]

By Kirk Byron Jones (Author)
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What if preachers were as contagiously joyful in their preaching as Louis Armstrong was in his playing and singing? As rich in their sermonic renderings as Sarah Vaughan was in her musical vocals? As honest about heartache as Billie Holiday was every time she sang about the blues of life? As alluringly clear as the angelic voice of Ella Fitzgerald? As tenaciously uninhibited in the action of creating as Duke Ellington? Of course, this is too much to ask of people, even those called by God. However, it is not too much to ask this question: Can preaching be enhanced through the metaphor of jazz? Can an understanding of the inner dynamics of jazz--its particular forms, rules, and styles--inform one's practice of preaching as well? Can jazz's simultaneous structure and spontaneity help preachers better understand their own art? The answer to these questions, says Jones, is an unqualified yes. He explains how one can dramatically improve one's preaching through understanding and applying key elements of the musical art form known as jazz. No musical background is necessary; all examples are well explained and tied in with preaching. The key elements include innovation (what one commentator refers to as "the experimental disposition of jazz"), improvisation, rhythm, call and response, honesty about heartaches, and delight. After discussing the reality and role of each of these elements in jazz, and how they can be important for preaching as well, each chapter concludes with five exercises for applying the jazz element to preaching preparation and performance. Drawing on a deep love of jazz and enlivening the discussion with insights drawn from the realities of African American preaching, Jones introduces readers to rich and rewarding possibilities for constructing and delivering the sermon.

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What if preachers were as contagiously joyful in their preaching as Louis Armstrong was in his playing and singing? As rich in their sermonic renderings as Sarah Vaughan was in her musical vocals? As honest about heartache as Billie Holiday was every time she sang about the blues of life? As alluringly clear as the angelic voice of Ella Fitzgerald? As tenaciously uninhibited in the action of creating as Duke Ellington? Of course, this is too much to ask of people, even those called by God. However, it is not too much to ask this question: Can preaching be enhanced through the metaphor of jazz? Can an understanding of the inner dynamics of jazz--its particular forms, rules, and styles--inform one's practice of preaching as well? Can jazz's simultaneous structure and spontaneity help preachers better understand their own art? The answer to these questions, says Jones, is an unqualified yes. He explains how one can dramatically improve one's preaching through understanding and applying key elements of the musical art form known as jazz. No musical background is necessary; all examples are well explained and tied in with preaching. The key elements include innovation (what one commentator refers to as "the experimental disposition of jazz"), improvisation, rhythm, call and response, honesty about heartaches, and delight. After discussing the reality and role of each of these elements in jazz, and how they can be important for preaching as well, each chapter concludes with five exercises for applying the jazz element to preaching preparation and performance. Drawing on a deep love of jazz and enlivening the discussion with insights drawn from the realities of African American preaching, Jones introduces readers to rich and rewarding possibilities for constructing and delivering the sermon.

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2004
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687002524  
ISBN13  9780687002528  


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Preacher, don't overlook this wonderful little book (from a jazz musician and preacher)  Dec 1, 2009
Boy, what a really terrific and fun book. I am surprised there are no reviews here yet. It's a fast 130 pages that will give you great new insights into preaching and also a wonderful lesson in jazz. I've never heard Rev. Jones preach, but plan to take some time to locate some of his messages on line. This book was recommend to me because I'm a preacher/pastor (21 years in the C&MA) and a professional jazz pianist (and jazz educator). But even if you are not a musician, this book is a winner. You don't have to know much about music to appreciate his insights.

Jones draws some helpful parallels between jazz and good preaching. Here is a list of just a few of the concepts that he "improvises" on for us: risk, mastery of playing, notes and words, connecting with the audience, jazz and gospel as "story," freedom and spontaneity, play, variety, daring.

Finally, even before I understood spiritual things I was a jazz musician and, at the time, it was the only thing in my life that conveyed some kind of transcendent sense of "spirit" to me. Jones has helped me put some words to that experience and helped me to see how I should be drawing more upon my jazz roots in my preaching.

Keep jammin'!

Jon Mutchler
 

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