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Traffic Jams (MP3 album)

A high-energy blend of Latinized smooth jazz flute and sax sounds, all with a spiritual flair. It is seriously good playing, a must have.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (50:20) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Smooth Jazz, JAZZ: Latin Jazz

A collaboration between musicians Nelly Mauras and Kurt Hawthorne, Traffic Jams is a beautiful compilation of original arrangements of old and new songs. Each track has its own various flavors of jazz, latin beats, and contemporary and traditional Christian music, performed with grace and incredible talent by Nelly and Kurt.

Heart Behind The CD

“For me Traffic Jams began simply as a fun project with Kurt Hawthorne, this amazing musician who at the time was the bandleader at my church. We began meeting at his garage studio recording, improvising, jamming. We painstakingly began picking known pieces and making fresh new arrangements, with new chording, new runs, transitions and endings. Other songs were Kurt’s own creations. My Puerto Rican Latin roots and Kurt’s own exposure growing up to the melting pot of south Florida music gave us perhaps a slightly different notion of rhythm, so we “Latinized” common worship songs. The project was a tremendous amount of work and a great deal of fun. We offer it as a way for the tired to chill, the stressed out to unwind, and the spiritually hungry to just let go and worship. Hope you enjoy it!”

The road of life is one of uncertain horizons. Well-calculated courses can quickly find delays, detours & setbacks with every turn. Though trials are common to all, our ability to face obstacles & keep moving becomes essential in reaching our destinations. For me, acknowledging this reality as sovereign…facing fear as it comes… & deeply embracing the lessons embedded in failure, keep producing more adventure out of every moment than I thought possible.

Utilizing smooth jazz sounds, I teamed up with the skillful Nelly Mauras to record these songs - with hopes to lace the ongoing tensions of life with an infusion of hope & deep purpose for the journey.

The ‘Traffic Jams’ of life are destined to meet us with incredible insensitivity & for sure… with certain regularity. When they slow us down, when they stop us… can we find the melodies, the harmonies… the rhythms and the chorus amidst the roar? It is our hope that you can.

About The Musicians

Nelly Mauras was born in Puerto Rico and studied music in junior high and high school at the Free School of Music in San Juan. She then attended the Music Conservatory in San Juan majoring in classical flute under the mentorship of Peter Kern. She has been involved mostly in contemporary worship music through her Christian churches, most recently at Southpoint Community Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Nelly works as a Pediatric Endocrinologist and clinical researcher on her day job.
She has 3 beautiful children with her husband Gerry Colón: Danny, a talented tennis player at the University of Central Florida; Tina, a political sciences major, musician and singer at Yale University; and Sammy, a musician, track and field athlete and youth leader 10th grader at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville.

Kurt Hawthorne was born & primarily raised in South Florida where early on he studied saxophone under the mentorship of Dr. Gary Keller of the University of Miami. He graduated with honors from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville in 1997 as a performance major from the Jazz Studies Department with emphasis in arranging & improvisation. He began studying piano at 8 & soon thereafter picked up saxophone & bass guitar. Though spending most of his life in the role of a ‘band leader’, he recently begin utilizing voice in his position as the point worship leader & music pastor at Southpoint Community Church in Jacksonville. He is also an active recording studio producer.
Kurt has performed & recorded with a great variety of artists, including: The Passion Band, Israel Houghton, Darlene Zschech, Bob Carlyle, Nathan & Christy Nockels, Don Potter, Paul Wilbur, Lenny LeBlanc, Ron Kenoly, Big Daddy Weave’s (Mike Weaver), Tommy Simms, Lindell Cooley, Marty Nystrom, Billy Funk, Phil Driscol, Vasser Clemmons, Gary Oliver, Sion Alford, Kevin Singleton, Tina Keil, David Baroni, Jon Owens, Andy Park, Norm Strauss, Rita Springer, Graham Ord, Rusty Nelson, Karen Wheaton, Leonard Jones and many others.
In addition to music training, Kurt also has ample ministerial experience from the 17+ years of full-time ministry positions. He received his formal training through Logos Bible College and later obtained his ministerial license & ordination from New Life International in 1998.
Kurt is happily married for over 13 amazing years to Jill, and is the father of 3 great boys Andrew, Luke & Trevor.

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