Higher Pursuit Jazz

Higher Pursuit Jazz


Higher Pursuit is a band focused on producing a unique sound in the Smooth Jazz marketplace that appeals to audiences that enjoy Latin, R&B, Soul and Funk styles of music. Many of our songs have their roots in Gospel music.


Higher Pursuit was initially formed to bring Smooth Jazz music to the Christian music scene. All of the band members have deep roots in the Gospel music scene and most of us were raised on the R&B, Funk and Soul music of the 70's and 80's. So, in our initial phases, we developed music that we transformed from many familiar Gospel melodies and performed at events to raise music for various ministries that serve the inner city. As we developed as a band, we felt we could rival many of the bands on the national Smooth Jazz music scene and have since developed more than three hours of music that includes originals, new arrangements of familiar Gospel tunes and music from many of the Smooth jazz greats. We have an exhilarating sound with melodies and rhythms that will move your soul! Our songs are sweet, spicy and inspiriational. You can see live performances of our band at www.youtube.com under Higher Pursuit Jazz. Our goal is to become one of the most sought after bands in the Midwest for Jazz Festivals, various Smooth Jazz venues and Christian Music Festivals.


The band has only been together since June of 2007, and is preparing to begin the process of recording a debut release. MP3's of live recordings are available and you can also see the band in action at www.HigherPursuitJazz.com.

Set List

A typical show consists of 2 or 3 45 minute sets that include but are not limited to the following songs:

Soulful Strut (Young Holt Unlimited)
Marvin Medley (Marvin Gaye)
Make Me a Memory (Grover Washington)
Lord I Lift Your Name (Higher Pursuit Arranged)
Lydian (Norman Brown)
Always and Forever (Heat Wave)
Canal Street (Higher Pursuit)
Telluride (Rod Griffith, Higher Pursuit)
Takin’ It to the Streets (Doobie Brothers)
He Is Exalted (Higher Pursuit Arrangment)
Playin’ It Cool (Jeff Golub)
Havana Moonlight (Spyro Gyra)
Awesome God (Higher Pursuit Arrangment)
How Majestic is Your Name (Higher Pursuit Arrangement)
Great Is the Lord (Higher Pursuit Arrangement)
Midnight Mood (Dotsero)
Keep the Ball Rolling (Jeff Golub)
Mister Magic (Grover Washington Jr.)
Majesty (Higher Pursuit Arrangement)
Amazing Grace (Higher Pursuit Arrangment)
Love is Near (Kevin Pederson, Higher Pursuit)