Magazine article The Christian Century

Nat Dixon

Magazine article The Christian Century

Nat Dixon

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Before Nat Dixon preaches, he picks up his tenor saxophone and riffs a bit.

Blending the gospel message with jazz is what the former full-time musician has been doing for years, with his parishioners at St. Stephen's United Methodist in the Bronx, New York, as the principal beneficiaries.

Recently Dixon released his first CD in more than 20 years, Made in New York City: Nat Dixon and Friends. It includes Dixon's sacred compositions, such as "My Lord, My God" and "Jesus Eyes," as well as his "Back Street Blues," a 1990s hit on jazz radio stations, to which he added Christian lyrics.

Dixon calls his music GOJA--gospel and jazz.

"The idea is good news jazz that focuses on lifting up Jesus Christ," he said.

Dixon's collaborators for the recording include Lori Hartman, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Jamaica, New York. She sings on "My Lord, My God," a composition she describes as a musical prayer. She, like Dixon, entered ministry after a career in jazz. …

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