Matt Willard – Por la Orrilla del Mar

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While Nashville is primarily known as a launch pad for country music careers, Music City also has a burgeoning jazz scene. Trekking south from his Virginia home, saxophonist Matt Willard entered a Nashville recording studio with some of the city’s finest contemporary jazz musicians to record his debut single, “Por la Orrilla del Mar.” Willard wrote the single that just dropped on the Creative Soul Jazz imprint and produced it with the label’s Eric Copeland and Sunset Blvd. Studio’s Steve Dady. The exotic track showcasing the tenor saxman’s impassioned play is the first in a series of singles and accompanying videos that will precede Willard’s first album that is expected to drop by the end of the year.

A staccato Latin rhythm constructed by drummer Steve Brewster and bassist Jacob Lowery is the pedestal for the lush melodies of “Por la Orrilla del Mar.” Guitarist Dave Cleveland adds to the harmony while keyboardist Jason Webb shines when trading solos with Willard, who’s deft saxplay runs the gamut of emotion: from intense, raw and emotional to restrained, poised and harnessed. A horn section underscores and illumines Willard’s saxophone excursions.

Willard struggled to come up with a title for the single that has Caribbean nuances and conjures up soothing beach scenes. He felt it needed a Spanish title, but since he doesn’t speak the language, he turned to family members for help.

“After spending many hours trying to come up with the perfect song title, the idea to ask my uncle popped into my head. He speaks fluent Spanish along with many other languages. I sent him the track, and he and my aunt picked up on the Latin feel to the song, and ultimately, they came up with ‘Por la Orrilla Del Mar.’ It means ‘by the sea shore.’”  

Willard’s soulful and inspired sound meshes perfectly with the ethos of Copeland’s label. Creative Soul Jazz is a purveyor of improvisational jazz that they describe as “different and has spiritual roots.”

“As a label and production company, our mission is to use our God-given talents to show the beauty, the intensity, the passion and the spiritual effect of jazz. Our souls are rooted firmly in the freedom and pure art form of jazz,” said Copeland.    

Willard began playing baritone sax in sixth grade and switched to tenor after graduating high school. Having played in jazz ensembles as well as his school’s marching band, he landed professional gigs playing at restaurants, special events and weddings. Willard tested the waters by issuing several recording projects locally, but teaming up with Dady, Copeland and Creative Soul Jazz is about taking his craft to the national level. “Por la Orrilla del Mar” offers a promising glimpse of what’s to come from this artist.   

Willard said, “I had a blast recording in Nashville and cannot wait to see everyone’s reaction to the music as we release it. I hope that these songs touch as many lives as possible like they did mine when writing them. I am truly blessed to have a great team working with me to write and produce this record. Collaborating with Nashville session players is an amazing experience. The entire production team has knocked it out of the park. The album is going to be great!”

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Joel Del Rosario – Night Shift


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San Francisco based guitarist and songwriter, Joel Del Rosario has opened up and performed with many of today’s top Contemporary Jazz artists. From performing alongside Brian Culbertson and Michael Lington at Brian’s annual Napa Valley Jazz Festival, to opening up for mega stars Warren Hill and Eric Darius in Phoenix, Arizona and doing the same for Eric Marienthal and Gail Johnson with the ladies of “Jazz in Pink” at Carson’s Jazz Festival. “jDR”, as he as commonly referred to, has been able to stand alongside the industry’s best. Bringing an undeniable onstage presence, jDR’s electrifying performance commands the attention of music lovers everywhere as he can create an intimate musical experience even in the midst of sold out venues and outdoor festivals.

However, not only is “jDR” recognized as a distinguished jazz guitarist who has been voted “Best Jazz Guitarist” by Coffee Talk Jazz Radio and won multiple awards, including a prestigious “Stan Getz” scholarship to Stanford University’s Jazz Camp while in high school. Joel is also an established songwriter, having produced music for Billboard charting artist(s): Ragan Whiteside, Cal Harris Jr., Dee Lucas, and fellow Bay Area keyboardist, Marco Montoya.

His single “Delicious Vinyl” off his latest release “Past Present Future” charted #27 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz airplay chart for 3 weeks, and was successfully in the running for “Best Instrumental Music” at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

His passion for music however was born out of tragedy. At the age of eleven, Joel’s mother succumbed to a long bitter fight with breast cancer, and the only solace Joel found was through music and his guitar. It was at this point in young man’s journey that he began to spend many quiet moments practicing and bonding with his instrument. In these quiet moments he had developed his unique and distinct playing sound which would later garner the affection of jazz fans internationally.

Definitely be on the lookout for the evolution of Contemporary Jazz where you’ll find Joel Del Rosario at the forefront.

Listen to Night Shift on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/5).

Elan Trotman – Brighter Days Ahead

Saxophonist Elan Trotman, has quickly become one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers as he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Najee, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards, and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions.

Trotman is also the Executive Producer and host of the Barbados Jazz Excursion, a jazz and golf weekend getaway which brings over 300 music lovers to the island every Columbus Day Weekend. Past performers include Jeff Lorber, Javier Colon, Gerald Veasley, Brian Simpson, Althea Rene, Marcus Anderson, Peter White and Jeffrey Osborne. Elan is also the founder of the Never Lose Your Drive Foundation – a Non-Profit which directly funds the Headstart Music Program. Headstart Music provides FREE weekly instrument instruction to students ages 7-11 on saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet and percussion. In 2016, over $6,000.00 was raised at the Jazz Excursion Weekend and Golf Tournament. All proceeds go towards tutor salaries, instrument maintenance and supplies for the program.

Born and raised in Barbados, the native island of pop star Rihanna, and educated at the world-renowned Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Trotman approaches jazz in his own way. Blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures, his playing is full of surprises.

Trotman has recorded and performed with a number of world-class musicians, including Michael McDonald, Roberta Flack, Jonathan Butler, Keiko Matsui, Johnny Gill, Jeffrey Osborne, Sheila E, Marcus Miller, Will Downing, Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Peabo Bryson, Brian Simpson and many others. A huge sports fan, Trotman has performed the National Anthem on numerous occasions for such teams as the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers. As an avid sports fan, Elan has provided entertainment for numerous celebrities including The Bronson Arroyo Band, Cold Pizza on ESPN with Woody Page, Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Golf Classic, Chris Tucker Charity Golf Tournament, Ray Allen Golf Tournament, Hot Stove Cool Music with Peter Gammons and Theo Epstein.

As a recording artist Elan has topped the Billboard Radio Charts over 10 times. As a solo artist charting songs include “Heaven In Your Eyes” feat. Brian Simpson, “Tradewinds” feat Peter White, “Master Blaster”, “As” feat. Lin Rountree, “Thoughts of Sumer” feat. Will Downing, and “Smooth N Saxy”. Collaborations that have topped the charts include “Magic Men” (Marion Meadows), “Groove Me” (Greg Manning), “Just What You Need” (Brian Simpson), “Smooth (Cal Harris) and “Ride Along” (Julian Vaughn).

Listen to Brighter Days Ahead on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/5).



Ryan Montano – Gemini

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Ryan Montano is a nationally recognized trumpeter, songwriter, bandleader and recording artist. His beautiful tone, sophisticated and memorable compositions, impactful live performances and precise technique have garnered him national radio airplay and festival performances across the nation.

The success of his music has led to nation-wide performances at jazz and music festivals across the country including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, The Phil Denny Armory Jazz Festival, The Seabreeze Jazz Festival “Rising Star” performance slot and several others.

In addition to his musical artistry, Montano is a talented and truthful actor having appeared in several commercials and Hollywood films with speaking roles in “GoodKill” starring Ethan Hawke, Disney’s “Lemonade Mouth” and “Love N’ Dancing” starring Amy Smart, Rachel Dratch and Betty White. He has been a featured performer on “CSI Miami” and “Wildfire” and has several runway modeling shows and print campaigns to his modeling credits. Montano has also appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” playing the trumpet for pop stars “Hanson” as part of the “Cleto & The Cletones” horn section.

Montano is also a professional filmmaker, director, videographer, photographer, editor and graphic artist. His work has been featured on several national networks including ESPN, CBS, NBC and FOX.

While his talents encapsulate many different passions, it is music and the trumpet that truly define Montano as an artist. With a truthful artistic vision and emotive songwriting, delivered through a graceful and soft tone, Ryan Montano is an artist with a path and sound all his own…

Listen to Gemini on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/5).

Ashely Scott – Don’t Throw Our Love Away

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Ashely Scott is a singer/songwriter from Philadelphia and a graduate of Howard University in Washington DC where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Influenced by his aunt Helen Scott of the Three Degrees, as well as The Delfonics, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Price, Ashley found his love and passion for music. He has performed on shows with Take 6, Bilal, and Eric Robertson, as well as recorded background vocals in teh studio with Will Downing, Chavous, and Tye Tribbett. His 2020 single release, “Dance The Night Away” made it to the top 10 on the UK Soul Chart. Ashley has served as a Governor on the Board of the Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter. His label Soulful Sounds International promises to make timeless music for the future.

His new single is Don’t Throw Our Love Away (2021).

Listen to Don’t Throw Our Love Away on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/5).

Sheldon Ferguson – Next To You

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Sheldon Ferguson is a Grammy nominated guitarist who is originally from Columbia, SC and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Bachelors in Professional Music with emphasis in Performance and Production at Berklee College of Music. In 2011 Sheldon released his first smooth jazz album titled The Brighter Side, at the age of seventeen. Sheldon’s music has sold in over forty different countries and can be heard on jazz stations all over the world. The international radio broadcast, Talking Smooth Jazz, considers him a part of the new generation of smooth jazz. In January 2018, Sheldon released his second album, Soul Searching, after a six-year hiatus from releasing music. Soul Searching charted at #7 on the Smooth Jazz Global Listener Chart and #39 on the Top 50 Albums Chart. The album documents a journey of self-discovery and Sheldon hopes to inspire others with its message.

Outside of his work as a jazz artist, Sheldon Ferguson is Grammy Nominated studio guitarist whose sound is highly sought after. Sheldon produced the hit song, Don’t Check On Me by Chris Brown and Justin Bieber with over 80 million streams on Spotify. He also recorded guitar on Travis Scott’s Billboard Hot 100 hit, Yosemite, which appears on the Double Platinum album, Astroworld. This song is credited for bringing guitar back into hip-hop, as mentioned in the Rolling Stone article titled, Hip-Hop’s Secret Weapon: Acoustic Guitar. He was also featured on the IMAGE award winning soundtrack for Oprah Winfrey’s, Greenleaf, as well as appearing on the show in Seasons 2 and 3. Sheldon has performed on stage with notable artists, including Ledisi, Aloe Blacc, Bilal, Angie Stone, Bazzi and many others. Whether on stage on in the studio, Sheldon Ferguson’s goal is to create musical moments that will last forever.

His new single is Next To You (2021) featuring saxophonist Walter Beasley.

Listen to Next To You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/5).

Herb Alpert – Dance With Me

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Creator and innovator, musician and producer, artist, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert is a man with a profound passion.

A legendary trumpet player, Alpert’s extraordinary musicianship has earned him five #1 hits, nine GRAMMY® Awards, the latest from his 2014 album, “Steppin’ Out,” fifteen Gold albums, fourteen Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10– and five in the Top 20. Herb Alpert also has the distinction of being the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and a #1 vocal single.

As an industry leader, Alpert’s commitment to artists with personal vision guided A&M Records (with partner Jerry Moss) from a Hollywood garage operation into one of the most successful independent record labels in music history that started in 1962 with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Stars including Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Stan Getz, Cat Stevens, Supertramp, The Carpenters, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, The Police and scores of others that are evidence of the consistent quality and diversity of the A&M Records family.

In addition to his on-going creative outlets in music, philanthropy and the arts, Alpert owns the noted Vibrato restaurant/jazz club in Bel-Air, California. He also continues to perform and tour across the country with his wife, Grammy-winning vocalist, Lani Hall and their band.

Herb’s priorities derive from the same sense of generosity and humility that has guided him through a long, illustrious career. In all of these ventures, there is a harmony not unlike Alpert’s music. A flowing of energy and sound, a dedication to quality, which sustains everything Alpert does. With more than 40 years of continuous philanthropic, musical and artistic activity, Alpert has established a legacy that reflects his firm belief that the arts can make a difference in the world and in the lives of each of us.

His new single is Dance With Me (2021).

Listen to Dance With Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/5).

Lee Jones – Three Day Weekend

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Lee Jones presents one of his new songs “Three Day Weekend” that will be included in his new album “Timeless” with the collaboration of Spanish guitarist David Margam Founding member and leader of FUNKDACION, one of the most representative Bands of Spanish Funk. The new release will be available on all digital platforms on April 13.
“Three Day Weekend” is a song inspired by the good times that life gives us, a motivating composition to get carried away in difficult times like the ones we are living.

His album, Watercolors has remained on the Hot New releases for CD sales with his most popular song, “once in a lifetime” hitting international radio airplay on jazz radio stations and online streaming. Lee is currently collaborating with top billboard charting jazz artist on recording a new album featuring all collaborations from familiar jazz artist.

Listen to Three Day Weekend on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/5).

Jef Kearns – Find My Way 2 U


Amazon best-selling Canadian solo artist Jef Kearns is transforming the flute from a background instrument to a serious soul voice in R&B and hip-hop. His goal, even from an early age, was to create a distinct and instantly identifiable flute sound with enough presence to command attention—just like an R&B singer’s voice. Jef’s cover of Warren G‘s “Regulate” was featured in XXL Magazine’s “20 Covers of Hip-Hop Songs Using Instruments” and his cover of Kanye West‘s “Slow Jamz” in Mashable’s “14 Bizarrely Awesome Rap Cover Videos.”

Over his two decades as a professional musician, Jef has built what would be considered an impressive online following for any independent artist. His YouTube channel has exceeded 1.3 million views. For a solo flute player it’s unprecedented. Kearns’ professionally produced discography includes two full albums, On the Level ( 2009), and Soulfisticated (2013), and an EP called The Flute (2016), and eight stand-alone singles. His follow up album, Jazzy AF is a modern pop instrumental album layered with jazzy melodic phrasings.

Jef will release a new single Find My Way 2 U on May 14, 2021. The single combines Kearns’ instrumental virtuosity with the sultry vocals of Lisa Michelle to form a soulful jam with chill downtempo beats. It was written by Kearns in collaboration with Karen Jewels and producer Douglas Romanow (Sky Machine, Kinnie Starr), and mastered by acclaimed engineer Chris Gehringer, whose resume includes such names as Chromeo, St. Vincent, Rhianna, Cardi B.

Listen to Find My Way 2 U on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/5).

Jason Jackson – All The Way



Saxophonist Jason Jackson has a lot to be excited about – not only is his debut EP, Movin’ On (produced by Adam Hawley) due to release May 14th – but his first radio single, “All The Way” featuring bassist extraordinaire Julian Vaughn will be up for adds at stations all over the country on April 26th.

Jason grew up in Wilmington, NC and at a young age, started to study music with long time James Brown saxophonist  Leroy Harper Jr.. While still in high school, Jason landed a gig working as a member of the house band at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC where he performed as the opening act for artists such as: Brian McKnight, Morris Day and the Time, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Michael McDonald among others.

Jason went on to study music at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he earned a degree in jazz performance. After college, he continued to perform in many local and regional bands and was a regular in the wedding, corporate, and nightclub entertainment scene. In 2011, Jason enlisted in the Navy as a musician where he was able to play for audiences all over the world including: China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Australia just to name a few. During his first tour, he was awarded the Colonel Finley R Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award and a few months later, he was relocated to the Seventh Fleet Band in Yokosuka, Japan where he lived for over 3 years. During this time, Jason was able to play at some of the most prestigious venues in the area as well as volunteer in several local community bands where he was able to interact one on one with young local musicians. It was during this time that Jason learned that music was truly “the universal language”.

After his military service ended in early 2021, Jason teamed up with contemporary jazz star Adam Hawley to create his first offering as a solo artist. Movin’ On is not only produced by Hawley, but includes him as a featured artist along with Julian Vaughn and Tim Bowman.

Listen to All The Way on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/5).

Von Stupart – Living It Up In The City

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Saxophonist/Songwriter Von Stupart is influenced by the likes of Hank Crawford and Grover Washington Jr. He hails from New York, raised in Harlem and The Bronx. Studied music in school and with top notch Jazz musicians at Jazz Mobile in Harlem for many years. Von Stupart has a smooth and silky south with a Jazz and R&B feel.

Von Stupart is joined on his new single Living It Up by guitarist Adam Hawley, drummer Eric Valentine, percussionist Ramon Yslas, and bass player Mel Brown.

Listen to Living It Up In The City on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/5).

Antoine Knight – Something About You

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After being away from the jazz scene for nearly two years, Antoine Knight is back with his new single “Something About You,” released in April 2021. But Antoine wants you to know when it comes to a live performance; it’s an immersive experience that he is truly a “Knight 2 Remember,” which is the title track off his latest CD.

In 2017, Antoine opened for jazz music icon Boney James at the Gulf Coast Jazz Festival in Pensacola, Florida. Antoine found it fitting to release “A Knight 2 Remember”, which it was, and he received multiple encores from his hometown fans. Since the release of “A Knight 2 Remember”, Antoine has gone on a world tour playing tenor sax for the legendary “BB King All-Star Band,” based in Memphis. In the first year of joining the quintessential band, Antione traveled to Amsterdam, Portugal, the Caribbean, Sydney & Melbourne, Australia. In 2018 Antoine’s travels took him to France, Italy, Greece, and Spain. On his final leg of the tour in 2019, Antoine traveled to Singapore, Tokyo, Hong-Kong, and Beijing, China. This tour was a memorable experience that inspired him to return to the United States and start working on his new single called “Something About You.”

Antoine was inspired on sax by the Motown sounds of Jr. Walker & the All-Stars from his aunt’s 8-Track tapes with his cousin. He continued his music listening to jazz giants like John Coltrane, David “Fat Head” Newton, Sonny Rollins, and Cannonball Adderley from his dad’s old vinyl records. Subsequently, Antoine Knight became a Florida A&M University distinguished military graduate, as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. Antoine served over 20 years as a reserve officer, climbing the ranks to major. On his last command, Antoine retired as a Battalion Executive Officer at Fort Gillem, GA. When asked about his life experience’s involving his musical journey, Antoine states, “For me, I have been around the world, and “A Knight 2 Remember” is the musical journey of my life testimony that will never end. I’ve been battle-tested with mistakes, but I will always emerge stronger than ever at what lies ahead. It is my way of conveying my own experience through music.”

Listen to Something About You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/5).

Carol Albert – For The Moment

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If there’s anything positive we’ve learned over this challenging, anxiety ridden past year, it’s the importance of loving more deeply, being grateful for what we have and living, as the title of Carol Albert’s new single reminds us, “For The Moment.”

The Billboard charting pianist/composer may have written the soulful and lilting instrumental ballad pre-pandemic, but its sense of cool, free-flowing joy taps powerfully and insightfully into our collective need for hope and optimism amidst the trauma during this anxious age of COVID-19. Produced by Carol, the track features guitarist Paul Brown so prominently that as it grooves along, it feels like a spirited melody and harmony dance/duet between the two smooth jazz hit makers. It also includes the powerhouse rhythm section of bassist Joseph Patrick Moore, drummer Jay Williams and percussionist Curtis McCain. Brown, who produced five tracks on the album, also mixed “For the Moment.”

“Tying in with the overall theme of Stronger Now, the song reminds of being free and having the strength to not only endure but to express that freedom and love of life to the fullest,” says Carol. “When I wrote it, there was no way I could have predicted anything like this past year, but as a reminder about living and embracing the present, ‘For the Moment’ feels very relevant to what we’re all living through. “Perhaps more than ever before,” she adds, “with all the uncertainties and upheavals, we’ve had to face, we have learned about the fragility of our lives and the reality that we only have and can count on the present – so we best embrace it. Though I wrote it from a deeply emotional place as I was coming out of a tragic personal loss, I’m grateful that it can be appreciated and perhaps offer a sense of hope on a more universal level now.”

With the release of “For the Moment,” the Atlanta based artist continues to build on the incredible career momentum she’s experienced since breaking through on the smooth jazz charts in 2017 with “Mas Que Nada” and her debut Billboard charting single “One Way.” She scored her two biggest successes with “Femme Flight,” a Brazilian flavored song that featured flutist Ragan Whiteside and saxophonist Magdalena Chovancova, and “Perfect Sunday” (featuring Brown on guitar), both of which reached #4 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Airplay chart. “Femme Flight” also earned Carol a new legion of fans via extensive airplay on SiriusXM’s Watercolors. Carol’s other recent radio hits include the Top 5 single “Fly Away Butterfly” (the title track from her previous album, released in 2017), the Latin tinged “Sun’s Out” (which reached #7), “Chasing Waterfalls” and “One Way.”

“It’s been very rewarding to see how my music has resonated with people, and the radio airplay and appreciation from listeners are a wonderful confirmation that I’m on a strong creative path and achieving my goals on this very personal quest,” says Carol, whose multi-faceted career includes five albums dating back to the 90s, including the new age oriented releases Morning Music and Night Music. “In addition to the opportunity to touch and inspire so many people with these songs, on a purely creative level it’s been an incredible experience to work with so many of the genre’s highest caliber musicians, from Paul Brown to L’il John Roberts. It’s been wonderful to find so many new ways to grow creatively and continue developing my art.”

Listen to For The Moment on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/5).

Christian De Mesones – Sexy Beast


Christian “Big New York” de Mesones has been playing bass guitar for over 40 years.  He was only 18 years old when he graduated from the world famous Bass Institute of Technology (now the Musician’s Institute) in Hollywood, California where he had the opportunity to study and workshop with greats such as Abe Laboriel, Louis Johnson, Tim Bogart, Howard Alden, Steve Morse, Pat Metheny, and the late Tommy Tedesco and Ray Brown.  By personal request from visiting guitar faculty member and legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, he performed an original composition for his graduation ceremony.

His newest single is Sexy Beast, which is scheduled for release April 30, 2021 on Spotify and in May on other platforms. The single is featuring Bill McGee on trumpet and Rob Maletick on alto saxophone. Jack Turner and Nia Simmons also provide guitar and voice dynamics.

Listen to Sexy Beast on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/5).

Byron Miller – Love On The Run

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A long respected sideman in R&B circles, Byron Miller has thus far only had a couple opportunities to lead his own record dates. Although he had started playing piano when he was five, Miller did not take music seriously until he had a football injury while a junior in high school. He soon taught himself bass and keyboards. Shortly after high school Miller joined Roy Ayers’ Ubiquity for several years (with whom he recorded several dates). Other associations included Carlos Santana, George Duke (appearing on 14 of his albums), Herbie Hancock, the Crusaders, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross and Doc Powell. Byron Miller recorded a pair of CDs in the 1990’s as a leader including Until for Discovery.

“Love On The Run” is Byron’s new single featuring Walter Beasley on sax.

Listen to Love On The Run on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/5).

Justin Lee Schultz – Gruv Kid

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Raised in Minneapolis and born in Johannesburg, South Africa, musical wonder-kid Justin Lee Schultz is the good news you did not even know you needed. He is joy personified. The multi-instrumental wizard who has dazzled audiences on TV shows Harry, Little Big Shots and American’s Most Talented Family, is a prodigy in the fashion of his idols Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. His talent is not exceptional merely because he is young but also due to his melodic, harmonic and technical maturation. While his peers are learning the latest Tik Tok dances and amassing kills on Fortnite, Justin prefers studio time and woodshedding for hours. While social distancing has most people jamming at home with their families, Justin has literally been jamming with his musician father and bassist Julius and 16-year-old sister and drummer Jamie-Leigh. “Music brings me joy because I can express myself when I play. I can also get creative when I’m improvising,” shares the amiable, cherub face and charismatic 13-year old who has aspirations are to one day share the stage with Stevie and Herbie Hancock, as well as Bruno Mars, Charlie Puth, Jacob Collier, Cori Henri and Robert Glasper. Justin, who plays piano, guitar, bass guitar and talkbox, is home schooled and devotes five to seven hours each day to his musical craft, will make his Shanachie Entertainment debut. Gruv Kid, on November 13, 2020.

Shanachie VP of Jazz A&R Danny Weiss states, “The words prodigy and genius do not do him justice. The warmth, the maturity, the feel, the brilliance… these are qualities that only a handful of artists can hope to attain, regardless of their age. The unadulterated joy that overflows from the gifted artist’s music is really a gift to all of us.” Chart-topping label-mates Pieces Of A Dream are the producers of Justin’s forthcoming CD, which joins him with special guests pianist Bob James and guitarist and singer Jonathan Butler. It is a natural that Pieces would produce Justin as they have developed a close relationship in recent years and both James Lloyd and Curtis Harmon were also child prodigies. They were just teens themselves when they were mentored by saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., who gave them their first record deal.

With a new CD on the way, Justin Lee Schultz has high hopes. “The ultimate dream is to win or even get nominated for a Grammy!, exclaims Justin. “I also hope that I can give people feel joy and happiness when they listen to my music!”

Listen to Gruv Kid on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/5).

Greg Manning – Sunrise Boulevard

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It’s been almost five years since keyboardist/producer Greg Manning released his last CD. Finally it’s coming with the first single, “Sunrise Boulevard”. Get ready for the song that will lead us into Summer.

“Sunrise Boulevard” is an invitation to a reunion. In this hot, forward-moving song from a master of melody, Greg reunites with the talented team of musicians from his chart-topping “Top Down.” In 2021, if you’re looking for the energizing glow and warm horizon of possibility, “Sunrise Boulevard” will take you there. Grab your shades and let’s go!

Listen to Sunrise Boulevard on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/5).

Brad Alexander – Yearning For Your Love

Brad Alexander, a Los Angeles native, has been in the music business for many years. As an accomplished music producer, songwriter and pianist he has assisted many other artist in presenting their music to the world. He has served as a keyboard player for artist in different genres of music, but Smooth Jazz is where his heart is. Alexander’s love for music and his musical artistry is evident.

On August 23, 2016 Alexander released his debut CD project entitled “Just Between Us”, where he showcases his high caliber musicianship and soulful sounds with many original compositions such as “Feel Da Music” featuring Grammy nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright, “Missing You” featuring accomplished saxophonist Jackiem Joyner, super covers of great hits such as Chaka-khan’s “Through the Fire” featuring bass player Andre Gouche’ and Bill Withers “Lovely Day”.

Brad’s new single is a stunning instrumental interpretation of The Gap Band’s “Yearning For Your Love”. It’s the follow-up to his 2020 single, “Straight Up”.

Listen to Yearning For Your Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/5).

Richard Smith – Let’s Roll


Last March, guitarist Richard Smith was in a battle for his life. Before the doctors and nurses administered the experimental infusions that he hoped would strangle the stage 3 cancer gripping his throat, his daily response to their inquiries asking if he was ready for the four-hour process that he went through for 45 consecutive days became an affirmation: “Let’s roll.” A year later and now cancer free, Smith is set to drop his first US single in five years, “Let’s Roll,” which he wrote with Billboard chart-topping guitarist Adam Hawley, who produced the uplifting track featuring saxophonist-flutist Jeff Kashiwa.

Shortly before Smith’s diagnosis, the former chair of the contemporary guitar department at the Thornton School of Music at USC’s former student, Hawley, sent a demo track of the single that goes for playlist adds on March 29 from Chillharmonic Media. “Let’s Roll” was to become Smith’s daily mantra before infusions.

“The clinical trial drug that I volunteered for was a daily four hours of intravenous infusion, as well as radiation and chemotherapy that drained my mojo to zombie levels every day. Fortunately, the drug is now in production and is a game changer,” said Smith, who lost 40 pounds during treatment and has an eight-inch scar on his neck from the surgery.

“Let’s Roll” previews Smith’s forthcoming 13th album, “Language of the Soul,” which he plans to drop in the Fall.

“The album title comes from a piece written by great South American poet Pablo Neruda, who I discovered while on tour in Argentina and have become a huge fan. The new album is a lively collection of pieces that I recorded over the last two years while living in Finland, Italy, Greece, London and while isolated here in LA. I wanted to get back in my ‘LA lane’ and working with Adam (Hawley) helped me get back in the musical headspace to produce music for an American audience,” said Smith who remains a full professor at USC.

Smith’s “SOuLIDIFIED” (2003) album spent 17 weeks in the top 10 in terms of airplay and his 2015 set, “Tangos,” spent more than five months in the top 10 of the indie and contemporary jazz charts. As a featured sideman and collaborator, Smith has recorded or shared the stage with contemporary jazz royalty, including Richard Elliot, Peter White, Kenny G, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Eric Marienthal, Brian Bromberg, Warren Hill, Everette Harp and Dan Siegel. Opportunities over the last ten years to perform, compose and record with international artists and at universities aboard afforded Smith the opportunity to combine his two loves.

“I can’t separate my passion for making music from my passion for teaching it. So, I committed to a musical life away from the States. I get summers off from USC, so I hop on a plane the day after classes and spend May to September abroad. My music has changed a lot, doing arrangements that suit European concert goers. However, when I met American actress Nancy Lee Grahn (General Hospital), I decided to return to full-time life in the United States and get back to my West Coast modern jazz roots.”

Although Smith describes the exuberant R&B instrumental groove on “Let’s Roll” as “very West Coast, very LA,” songs from the upcoming album tackle weightier subjects than just “palm trees, ocean breezes and great vibes.”

 “A few songs from ‘Language of the Soul’ have political origins. A big part of songwriting history are songs of protest and struggle. We are in such turbulent times that as an artist, it is impossible to avoid the opportunity to share the inspiration and social commentary that such times provide,” said Smith.

It’s possible that Smith’s cancer experiences may inspire more music that will appear on “Language of the Soul.”

“A typical thing that cancer survivors say is that no one understands except the people who have been through it. That is so true, but it helps those who haven’t been through it to share some of the details – whether it helps them personally or one of their loved ones as they go through it.”

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Listen to Let’s Roll on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/5).

Richard Randolph – Changing Lanes

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Contemporary and Smooth Jazz Saxophonist, Richard Randolph, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, co-founder of Columbus-based Smooth Jazz band, NexLevel, and saxophonist of UrbanJazzCoalition, has such versatility and finesse that captures your soul at the very first note. His skilled ability has allotted him a wide experience of performing with artists of many disciplines, and his sound has no limitation from soul-jazz, R&B, and funk.

He picked up a saxophone at the age of twelve and contributes his first taste of the true essence of music from his eldest sister, Dr. Charsie Randolph-Sawyer, Emeritus Professor of Music at Calvin College, along with his humble beginnings in church.

He continues his onward journey of music mastery, with his debut single release “Changing Lanes” written by Richard and produced by chart-topping guitarist/producer, Adam Hawley.

Listen to Changing Lanes on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/5).

Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis feat. Kim Waters – Caregiver

Chris Big Dog Davis Caregiver cover art

For more than two decades, Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis has worked with artists including Grammy nominated Maysa, multi-Grammy nominated Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Najee, Brian McKnight, Chante’ Moore, the late Vesta Williams, gospel giant Kim Burrell, Floacist, Glenn Jones, Miki Howard, Melba Moore, Marion Meadows, George Clinton, Selena Johnson, Avant, Kim Waters, Rick Braun, Alex Bugnon and many more. Davis has also performed as a solo artist at the Berks Jazz Fest, Philly South Kitchen and Jazz Parlor, and is the music director for the Brass City Jazz Fest. Equally captivating behind the scenes and on the stage, this two-time Grammy nominated writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist has 17 Billboard top #1 smooth jazz records since 2008.

Early in 2020, Davis had been diagnosed with Stage Four Lymphoma for the second time in ten years. While Davis was in the hospital, he talked to the label heads at Shanachie Records, “I’ve been working with Shanachie for years, but I’d never done my own record. If I’m going to leave this earth, I want to make my own record,” said Davis. Three months later, Davis was discharged from the hospital.

In June 2020, Davis debuted his solo album, Focus. He could make his album in part thanks to his sister. “My sister was my caregiver when I was too weak to care for myself.” When Davis was due for chemotherapy treatments, “she’d take me there and stay in the hospital for days, and then I would come home and do the record.” In October 2020, Davis and Jackson collaborated to record Caregiver with one of the planet’s best saxophonists,” Kim Waters.

Davis (caree) and executive producer Keisha L. Jackson (caregiver) dedicate Caregiver to the millions of paid and unpaid caregivers in the world.

Listen to Caregiver on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/5).

Mattias Roos – Commercial Free


Flourishing in the smooth jazz friendly confines of Skytown Records, Swedish keyboard player Mattias Roos is back with his latest single Commercial Free that goes for adds March 22. Finding him in cool collaboration with hit maker, guitarist and double Grammy winner Paul Brown this joyous mellifluous and uplifting number looks certain to lay siege to the smooth jazz charts for some time to come and is replete with the trademark vibe that Mattias has very much made is own.

Indeed his penchant for sublimely fusing smooth jazz grooves with an authentic old school vibe first emerged in 2011 with the band Soweco that he formed with drummer Peter Gustavsson. His Skytown debut came in 2017 with the critically acclaimed album Movin’ Upand the equally good It Goes On and On followed two years later. However, that wasn’t quite the end of the It Goes On and On story. In 2020 it was released as a deluxe version with four additional tracks and an outstanding reworking of Bring It On that this time featured Michael Lington on sax and proved to be a runaway chart success. As for Paul Brown, with a string of hit albums to his name, it is easy to forget that before he became a chart topping smooth jazz guitarist he was (and remains) one of the most influential producers of the genre.

Not only that, and in common with Roos, Brown has always been ready to explore areas previously untouched by contemporary jazz. In so doing he has created that special Paul Brown sound, a delicious melange that lays somewhere between rock, smooth jazz and chill.  It makes the statement that suddenly it is very OK to blend smooth jazz with guitar driven rock. Sumptuous music plus inspirational artistry from two of the best in the business and all of it totally Commercial Free.

Listen to Commercial Free on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/5).

Ashley Keiko – I Have Nothing

Ashley Keiko I Have Nothing cover art

Ashley Keiko is an up and coming saxophonist, composer, singer/songwriter and entrepreneur who has studied classical piano, alto saxophone, and has taught music for many years. Ashley has performed at major venues such as the Apollo Theater in New York City and Wollongong University in Australia. She has also performed for Steve Harvey, on the nationally syndicated TV gameshow, Family Feud. Ashley’s performance experience includes participation as lead saxophonist for the York College Blues Notes and for venues such as Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem and Live at the Gantries.

Her debut album, “Pursuit of Harmony”, was released in November of 2020, which features Ashley’s originals and covers of classics, while displaying her smooth jazz saxophone tones across genres of hip hop, R&B, pop and gospel. The album also features Ashley’s newly debuted soothing and serene vocals. Ashley received her Master’s in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. While at Columbia University, Ashley also studied abroad at The Arts College at Xiamen University, Fujian Province, China, where she practiced music and reflected on the ways in which culture, language, and the arts intersect in a trans-cultural world.

Prior to her graduate coursework and study abroad, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at The New School. Alongside her roles as performer, music educator and music advocate, Ashley expanded her music academy, Keiko Studios, in January 2018 with the grand opening of a store front location that caters to adults and children who aim to explore the importance of music and music expression. Ashley’s academy supports communities where opportunities for music education are limited. Since the opening, the academy has been featured on Now This News and has been recognized by both of Ashley’s alma maters. Ashley’s new single “I Have Nothing” is a stunning instrumental interpretation of Whitney Houston’s classic.

Listen to I Have Nothing on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/5).

Michael Fields Jr. – Get Up On It!

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National Recording Artist/Bassist/Producer Michael Fields Jr. Is impacting the world with his musical gift. His music can be heard on smooth jazz stations worldwide with significant recognition on SirusXM Watercolors, The Smooth Jazz Network & America’s Music Charts. Music he’s produced has hit the Billboard top 30 and remained in the top 30 for 9 weeks. His gifts on the Bass are complimented by his skilled production and composing chops.

As a bassist, he has performed with such notable names as: Marcus Miller, Tom Brown, Ronnie Laws, Peabo Bryson, and others. He has recorded with notable artist such as Ben Tankard, Walter Beasley, Tom Braxton, Darren Rahn, Tim Bowman, Marcus Anderson, Julian Vaughn, Lin Rountree, Donald Hayes, & Phil Denny among others. The North Carolina Native has been inspired tremendously by the music of Victor Wooten, Stanley Clark, Bootsie Collins & the late great Wayman Tisdale. Michael Fields Jr. will definitely be a name you won’t forget!

Listen to Get Up On It! on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/5).

Rob Tardik – B Positive

Rob Tardik is a multi-award winning guitarist and contemporary pop/jazz/world/fusion instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues all across North America. His last 6 CD’s have spawned 5 U.S Billboard charting singles, two of which went to the Top 10. Rob’s 6th album SYNERGY released in January 2018 had his first single Synergy debut as one of the most added on the U.S Billboard Smooth Jazz charts and spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Wave.FM charts in Toronto. His 7th multi-album release DIVERSITY will be a 4-volume compilation in his various musical styles featuring new material and re-mastered songs from all his past recordings.

Tardik’s new single “B Positive” (featuring his friend Dave Koz, mixed by Rob DeBoer of Four 80 East) is the first single from his new album DIVERSITY Volume 2 (Guitardik). “B Positive” was written for his wife, Kimberly Black, who suffered a life-threatening attack while out for a walk in July 2020. After being hospitalized in Toronto, Rob was bombarded with questions about her health, medications, and her blood type. At first he didn’t know her blood type, and later was informed that Kimberly’s blood type was B Positive. In tears, Rob replied “of course it is, what else could it be?”

Kimberly was released after spending two months in the hospital and in rehab. Once Rob was emotionally ready, he returned to the studio and began working on a song for his wife, “Kimpossible” as he now calls her for her strength and incredible resilience.

As individuals, we are unique. Recognizing, accepting, and embracing our individual differences, skills and talents is what makes the world so fascinating and diverse. Music moves all people and brings us closer together. We must unite together to end violence against women” – Rob Tardik

Listen to B Positive on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/5).

Dee Lucas – Full Tilt

National recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with Remembrance in 2004. Thereafter, it has been a steady showcase of unique stylings with Something to Ride 2 (2007), Standing Room Only (2010), Rebirth of the Smooth (2012), The Smooth Factor (2014), Going Deeper (2016), The Sweet Spot (2017) & Going Left (2018).

Lucas got his start as a musician playing as a sideman in a local band, Between 9&7. The band recorded a CD, which was a moderate regional hit. Although he got performances, both rhythm and solos, Lucas felt it was time to develop his own by ensemble to demand more challenges within himself as both a musician and entrepreneur. So, on New Year’s Eve of 1999, Lucas formed his own contemporary jazz trio, Xpressions. They produced and recorded a CD titled Footprints, which gained notoriety in regional markets. The record contained the classic hit People Make the World Go Round.

His newest album The Time Is Now has been released in September, 2020. The album is produced by the following: Darryl Williams, George Freeman, Adam Omar Hawley, Lew Laing Jr, Gino Luigino, A. Rosaria, & David P Stevens. Additional musicians & artists include Donnell Spencer Jr, Blake Aaron, Eric Valentine, Mel Brown, Joseph Pizzolato, Dee Cole, Andrew Freeman, Darrell Crooks, & Rymand Entezari.

Atlanta saxman Dee Lucas new single, “Full Tilt” feat. Blake Aaron is taken from his new CD, The Time Is Now.

Listen to Full Tilt on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/5).

Dave Koz – Dr. Norm


In a recording career that spans nearly three decades, saxman Dave Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine Grammy nominations, 11 No. 1 albums on Billboards’ Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, 13 sold-out Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises, performances for multiple U.S. presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and appearances on a multitude of television shows, including Good Morning America, The View, The Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight and more. A platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.

Dave’s new single “Dr. Norm” is named in honor of his father, Dr. Norm Koz. It’s the follow-up to “Side By Side”, which spent 4 weeks @ #1 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz airplay chart in late 2020.

Listen to Dr. Norm on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/5).

Ron King – Chicago Song



Ron King is one of the finest trumpet / composer / arranger artists in the world today. A Grammy-nominated soloist, he is also one of L.A.’s top trumpet players. He has received many awards, from the IAJE, NAJE, ASCAP, and the RMA. He has attained Gold Records for working with artists including George Benson, Ricki Lee Jones, and Marvin Gaye.

In addition to these artists, he has also performed and recorded with: “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra , Frank Sinatra, Keely Smith, “The Jimmy Kimmel Live” television show, ABC-TV’s, “The Next Best Thing”, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and was featured on the Grammy Awards show. He’s played for countless movie, television, and commercial soundtracks, including Academy Award Winner, “Children of a Lesser God”, and “Ocean’s 11”.

King has been involved with numerous music projects and CDs that include David Foster, Jeff Lorber, Michael Bolton, Queen Latifah, Brian Simpson, and Michael Paulo, to name but a few.

Listen to Chicago Song on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/5).


Keith McKelley – Looking In

Keith McKelley has had a wide and varied career as a saxophonist and Aerophone (Roland’s digital wind instrument) musician but also produces and writes his own material with an occasional collaboration with other writers and producers to create music that is at a high level, will last, and that is absolutely heartfelt.

Originally from Canton Ohio, McKelley has been able to incorporate various forms of music to create his own signature sound and is quite evident when you take the time to hear his playing. Since his move to LA in August of 2013 he has been steadily working his way up the ladder while becoming an integral part of the LA scene. Due to hard work and perseverance he has been fortunate enough and had the honor to work with: Phillip Bailey, Rapper Logic, Jhené Aiko, John Lindahl, Gin Wigmore, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, David Foster, Usher, Tyrese, Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind , And fire, Bob James, Harvey Mason, Raphael Saadiq, Mary J. Blige, Andrew Gouche, Solange Knowles, Bill ‘The Budda” Dickens, Angela Bofill, Micki Howard, Marcus Johnson, Marc de Clive -Lowe. And the list continues to grow.

Keith plans to keep pushing his vision of new music, always setting the bar high. The operative word is “energy”. There always has to be 110% poured into every little bit of music no matter what the situation. This is more than just something he does. He lives it. The idea is to work with high quality artists and and put out high quality, classic work that will surely contribute to the ever changing landscape of music in this world.

Listen to Looking In on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/5).

Michael Lington – Baker Street

When 2020 began, Michael Lington was eagerly looking forward to many wonderful events – the impending birth of his son Landon, touring again with his fellow saxophone stars Vincent Ingala and Paul Taylor as Sax to the Max, and numerous European solo dates. Then COVID-19 hit, and the resulting lockdown scrambled everything. Prevented from hitting the road, Lington quickly turned his home studio into one of contemporary jazz’s premiere virtual performance destinations, with a popular ongoing series of weekly shows on the StageIt platform.

In a year like no other, the pandemic has wreaked havoc with our health, the economy and our day to day lives – but with the release of his latest recording Alone Together (Peak Records) the innovative artist and his array of musical friends remind us it can’t stop the flow of creativity and determination to bring fans together to experience a collective joy like no other.

“Alone Together is a unique project that presented itself in many shapes and forms,” Lington says. “When the pandemic started and all my touring was postponed indefinitely, I knew I needed to continue creating music for my own well-being. It was more a matter of my mental health than financial survival. I didn’t want to sit around feeling stagnant and unproductive.

In addition to the opportunity for fans to once again experience favorite warm-hearted and transcendent moments of the StageIt shows, the tracks on Alone Together allow everyone to revisit some of the most compelling original and cover songs from Lington’s multi-faceted 20-plus year solo discography. Opening with a rousing version of the first radio single “Baker Street” featuring Javier Colon, the set includes “Everything Must Change” feat. Chris Walker , “Gonna Love You Tonight” feat. Kenny Lattimore, “My Love” feat. Dave Koz , “Some Kinda Way feat. Sy Smith, and “Slick” feat. Brian Culbertson. Lington also fires up a dynamic horn conversation with superstar saxman Boney James on Boney’s #1 hit “Up All Night.”

Listen to Baker Street on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/5).

Adam Hawley – Tokyo Groove


The years since dropping his debut album has been a bit of a rocket ride for award-winning R&B/Jazz guitarist Adam Hawley. Several of his radio singles have gone to No. 1 nationally and he deftly avoided the sophomore slump when his 2nd outing further established him as a centerstage solo artist.

Escape is Hawley’s third album and first for his new record label, MBF Entertainment. Hawley produced and wrote eight of the record’s ten tunes featuring collaborations with a constellation of Smooth/Contemporary Jazz luminaries including Rick Braun, Najee, Michael Lington, Jeff Ryan, Marcus Anderson and Greg Manning.

“When I wrote Escape it really took me away to another, special place. The groove, the vibe…it just transported me to a place of chill and Zen. That became the theme that runs on through the entire record,” said Hawley, a Portland, Oregon native who has resided in the Los Angeles area since earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts.

Hawley has accompanied and toured extensively with Jennifer Lopez, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Natalie Cole, and “American Idol.” He passes his knowledge along to students around Los Angeles at Musician’s Institute, Chaffey College and Saddleback College.

Adam’s new single is “Tokyo Groove”. It’s the follow-up to his #1 Billboard hit, “Escape”.

Listen to Tokyo Groove on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 13/6).

Lincoln Adler – Alchemy


Lincoln Adler an SF Bay Area-based saxophonist, producer, composer and certified yoga instructor. He has performed and recorded with many wonderful artists including actor/musician Jeff Goldblum, K. D. Lang, The Jets, Olivia Newton John, and Killy. As a producer and composer, he has had music included in movies, national TV commercials, industrials and on numerous albums.

Adler’s boutique production companies – Groove Tonic Media and Executive Branch Productions – help talented artists realize their creative artistic recording potential. He is profoundly interested in all aspects of creativity, in what makes us tick as both individuals and as artists, and in how to lead a life of success and happiness in the modern world.

Lincoln Adler is celebrating the release of a new album – Tabula Rasa. It’s dedicated to the idea of starting fresh, a new beginning, with a blank slate. And it features the single, “Alchemy”, about how getting the mix of ingredients just right ends up creating a whole that’s so much more than the sum of the parts. You can hear the whole album on your favorite streaming service.

“Peace” – Lincoln Adler

Listen to Alchemy on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 13/6).

Danny Lerman – Steely Eyes


Blujazz is proud to announce the new single “Steely Eyes” from critically acclaimed saxophonist, Danny Lerman, going to radio on Monday, February 15th, 2021. The new single, written by Lerman, featuring special guest, Smooth Jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside, was co-written and produced by Adam Hawley. Danny’s previous single, “Blueberry Pie,” is still riding the charts.

Lerman has traveled and performed around the world, including Turkey, Israel, South Africa, Mexico, Finland, Venezuela, Indonesia, Holland and Arhem in The Netherlands, Hong Kong, and the USA. Danny has recorded or performed with Michele Coltrane, Adam Hawley, Joe McBride, Howard Hewett, Danny Boy, Bobby Lyle, Norman Connors, Peabo Bryson, the late Kevin Mahogany, Onder Focan, Randy Brecker, Dave Valentin, and Hubert Laws. In addition, Lerman has opened for Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Sergio Mendez, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal, the Ghetto Boys and Joe Lovano among others.

Listen to Steely Eyes on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 13/6).

Carol Duboc feat. Jeff Lorber – Restless


Legendary keyboardist/producer Jeff Lorber teams up with jazz vocalist/songwriter Carol Duboc, just two years after winning the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental album. Duboc’s 9th solo album titled Restless is produced and co-written by Lorber and Carol Duboc. The album also features legendary flutist Hubert Laws, guitarist Paul Jackson Jr, and drummer Gary Novak. Many critics agree this is Duboc’s best album to date!

“Restless takes the sound we make together to the next level with a lot of energetic tunes” – Jeff Lorber

“Restless has a really nice flow from song to song and I’m honored to be part of it.” – Paul Jackson Jr.

Listen to Restless on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 13/6).

Chase Huna – Bring On The Night


Saxophonist Chase Huna is back with a new single off a brand new album, which he says is his best work to date. The new single, “Bring On The Night” takes influences from pop music, groove jazz, R&B, and a rediscovered 80’s atmosphere that is sure to have the listener hooked.

His upcoming album, Life Of The Party Vol. ii, which is slated to release February 26th, is the sequel to his previous album, Life Of The Party. This will be his third studio album. Huna says that he is seeing himself becoming a more experiences songwriter and is really starting to recognize who he is as an artist.

Chase has performed at some of the most popular jazz and music festivals around the country, and has performed with artists such as Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliot, Eric Darius, Vincent Ingala, Mindi Abair, and so many more!

Listen to Bring On The Night on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 13/6).

WaKaNa – Silk


Japanese saxtress WaKaNa was born in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. She graduated from Shobi Music College. We are proud to announce the release of her new single, “Silk”, the follow-up to her 2020 hit, “Go For The Sound”.

Written by Greg Manning and WaKaNa

WaKaNa – saxophone
Greg Manning – mixing, keyboards, programming
Darryl Crooks – guitar

Mastered by Steve Hall

Listen to For Silk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/5).

Bob Baldwin – Stay Above The Fray


This smooth instrumental track from Pianist/Arranger Bob Baldwin is the 2nd single from the upcoming album, “NewUrbanJazz 3 / An UrbanSmooth Suite”, following up from his first single “Back to Basics (Family First)”, which was in steady rotation on SiriusXM/Watercolors and many other stations. The Bob Baldwin disc is a blend of Urban Music through a Jazz lens, this time featuring his touch as a vocal producer. Tracks by Lori Williams, LaRita Gaskins, Toni Redd, Monica Mason, GiGi Welling, Regina Troupe on vocals, and flutist Ragan Whiteside.

Listen to For Stay Above The Fray on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 13/6).

Brass Attack – Brassetude


Trumpeters Willie Bradley, Johnny Britt and Rob Zinn have teamed up again as Brass Attack. After their first hit single Tijuana Taxi (2020) their second single is Brassetude. An artificial word formed from Brass and Etude.

Brass Attack BBZ
feat. Johnny Britt, Willie Bradley, Rob Zinn
Written by Jeff Canady
Co-Written by Johnny Britt, Willie Bradley, Rob Zinn
Booking Contact: (910) 920-8505
Willie Bradley: #1 Billboard hit “It’s On Now”
Johnny Britt: #1 Mediabase/USA Today hit “MoJazzin”

Rob Zinn: SirusXM Watercolors hit “Take That”

Listen to Brassetude on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/5).

U-Nam and Ronny Jordan – For What It’s Worth

Rooted in friendship and mutual respect the massively funky reworking of the 1966 Buffalo Springfield hit “For What It’s Worth” is the latest product of a concept devised in 2016 by contemporary jazz superstar U-Nam and executive producer Vernon Clark.

Titled “Cool Guitars” it took its name from that well-known guitar Accessories Company of which Clark is CEO and comprised seven instrumental tracks played by some of the best guitar players in the business.

Two of those players, U-Nam and the legendary Ronny Jordan (who tragically passed away in 2014 aged fifty one), had been long time musical compadres and when realized that a version of “For What It’s Worth”, although unfinished, had been one of the very last numbers Jordan ever recorded, he and Vernon set about tracking down the original tapes with a view to completing the song in true “Cool Guitars” style.

In his minds eye U-Nam visualized the song as being a duet between him and Jordan. It would be the ultimate homage to a dear friend and an artistic coming together of two artists who throughout their careers had consistently been on the same page.

For them it was less about the commercial imperative and more about the joy of the music and as U-Nam began his work the virtual synergy was both instant and powerful.

Now, in the capable hands of U-Nam and Jordan, aka Cool Guitars.02, “For What It’s Worth” is a high-octane funky delight that never strays from being ultra cool. Add in the likes of Alex Al (Michael Jackson, Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz, Stevie Wonder) on bass and Bill Steinway (The Crusaders, Larry Carlton) on both Fender Rhodes and Hammond B3 and this is a tune that will leave listeners longing to hear more from what is very much a musical family affair.

Indeed they may not have long to wait. “For What It’s Worth” (which is going for adds on 02/08/2021) is simply the first single from the second “Cool Guitars” project that is due out later in 2021.

Listen to For What It’s Worth on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/6).

Craig “Thumper” Samuel – Hope

Bassist Craig “Thumper” Samuels‘ music career started at a very young age with pots, pans, and other noise makers. As he grew he began experimenting with new and different sounds that range from drums, to strings, pianos, and many others. He started playing the clarinet in elementary school and has progressed from there. For quite some time now he has played all of the instruments, sings, writes, records, composes, engineers and produces all of his own songs, along with songs for other artists on local, regional and national levels in several different styles. Thumper, the one man band and award winning, multi instrumental, international recording artist, actor, and model from Omaha Nebraska has been on the music seen since the early 80’s and has a very high following and now has fans in every country on the planet. He’s a Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Model, Composer, Producer, and much more. He has created and developed his own website,, (were you can see and hear more of him), an independent record label Thumpin’ Hard Records, Inc., 2 recording studios, and United 4 Love Entertainment, his own entertainment company, and two non-profit organizations that he has a deep passion for. “JADA” (Jazz Against Domestic Abuse) a non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic abuse by raising awareness and funds for educational material and shelters and a second non-profit organization “Our Stars of 2morrow” a scholarship program that he raises money for through his music. He writes one song each year and donates the proceeds of that song to high school seniors to help for college tuition. This monster musical genius blends Rock, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Pop, R&B, and many other styles together, and adds a little spice of his own to produce his sound – the O-ZONE sound.

There are many many Recording artist that have influenced Thumper. Prince, John Legend, Janet Jackson, Richard Marx, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few and has been touched by a lot of today’s up and coming artists as well. He has exchanged both music notes and stages with such national recording artists as Prince, The Time, Keith Sweat, The System, The Bar-Kays, and many more, along with such smooth jazz artists like Jonathan Butler, Steve Oliver, Steve Cole, Peter White, Joseph Vincelli, Euge Groove, Richard Elliott, and many more.

The new single “HOPE” (Heal Our Planet Earth) is the first single from his new CD Inspirations 4 A Brighter Tomorrow. It’s an inspirational dedication to all of us to help each other fix the problems of the world and make it a better place.

Listen to Hope on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/5).

Charlton Singleton – Sunrise

A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. In 2008 he co-founded and became the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; an 18 piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, SC. Mr. Singleton is also the organist and choir director at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Charleston, SC. In November of 2016 he was named the inaugural Artist in Residence at the recently renovated Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston. He remained in this position until July 2019; at that point he was named Artist in Residence Emeritus. In this position he continues to lead the Summer Youth Jazz Orchestra Camp as well as lead the “Jazz Through the Ages” assembly, which attracts a capacity crowd of students at the Gaillard Center.

As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, The Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States. He is a founding member of a new ensemble called Ranky Tanky. The group is a quintet that interprets the sounds of Gullah from the Southeast Coast of the United States. In 2018 Ranky Tanky reached the top of the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Contemporary Jazz charts with their self-titled debut recording. In 2019 they accomplished the same feat with the release of their sophomore effort, “Good Time”, which was recently nominated for a Grammy Award.

In addition to performing, he is in demand as a speaker, clinician, composer, and arranger. He has also shared the stage with and/or worked with some of most talented entertainers in the world, including Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Houston Person, Darius Rucker, Fred Wesley, and Cyrus Chestnut to name a few.

Listen to Sunrise on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/5).

Philippe Saisse – The City That Never Sleeps

Offering some beautifully melodic and playfully grooving musical silver linings in a tumultuous year, Philippe Saisse lent his compositional and production magic to three #1 radio singles in 2020 – Rick Braun’s “Crossroads,” Dave Koz’s “Side By Side” and his own solo smash “Eva Kant Dance,” which hit #2 on Billboard and was the top song on the Mediabase chart for five weeks. These successes followed the Grammy nominated keyboardist’s incredible several-year run of hits from The Philippe Saisse Trio’s 2017 set On the Level!

Continuing to build on that momentum, Saisse’s latest single, the infectious, deep bass and piano driven mid-tempo funk jam “The City That Never Sleeps,” is an homage to the 30-plus years he lived and made music in New York City. Harkening back to his recent decades of popular trio recordings and performances, the richly improvisational self-produced track – which features Saisse on Steinway acoustic piano, vibraphone and keys – is a spirited reunion (created via file transfer) with bass legend Marcus Miller and drummer Poogie Bell, who played together in Miller’s NYC based band in the early 90’s. In the late 80’s, Saisse had also been part of the band on the classic David Sanborn TV show “Sunday Night/Night Music”, for which Miller served as Music Director.

Like many of the keyboardist’s tracks, “The City That Never Sleeps” is mixed by the legendary Goh Hotoda, who worked with Miller years ago and has brought his Midas touch to classic recordings by Chaka Khan, Duran Duran, Janet Jackson, Madonna and Prince, among others. The track is bookended by real life traffic sounds that capture the vibe and energy of the city.

Compositionally, the song has its roots in a demo that Saisse wrote over 10 years earlier for Trilogy, a popular synth plug-in created by Eric Persing of Spectrasonics and featuring Miller’s trademark bass sound. During quarantine, while looking for inspiration for his next solo album, the keyboardist rediscovered the demo and developed it into a fully produced track. Miller may not have been aware of that original demo, but quickly came on board for the new production – and suggested Bell as the drummer. Embodying all the grit and spark of NYC classic jazz/funk and featuring a stellar performance by this all-star trio, “The City That Never Sleeps” is a classic example of looking back and blazing forward at the same time.

Listen to The City That Never Sleeps on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/5).

Kenney Polson – Mesmerized


West-coast Smooth Jazz saxophonist Kenney Polson is a world traveler. Having been to over 50 countries, spreading the gospel of jazz and collaborating with many musicians, he was fortunate to compete successful tours in France and Hawaii before pandemic travel restrictions set in.

Some of Polson’s happiest and most formative years were spent in Rio de Janeiro, where he performed and recorded with some of Brazil’s finest artists. He was deeply touched by the beauty of the landscape and its inhabitants. His new single “Mesmerized” reflects that inspiration.

Recorded in Rio, the Smooth Jazz track comes to life, buoyed by a good dose of funk and inevitable move into a samba groove at the hands of expert Brazilian players. Stateside, additional color and texture were added by harpist Mariea Antoinette.

“Mesmerized” is taken from Polson’s upcoming new album, Colors of Brazil.

Listen to Mesmerized on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/5).

Jesse Thompson – Weekend Groove

Jesse “JTJazz” Thompson is an Ohio native who is a prolific composer, energetic musician, and music director. Being the son of a father who was a professional jazz drummer and a mother who was a church organist/pianist, JT got his gift naturally and started playing the drums as his first instrument at the age of 5 years old. By the time JT was 12 years old, he played a total of 13 instruments with piano being one of them. JT, was not only musically influenced by his parents but also by his oldest brother Marvyn Wheatley who recorded and played with Dayton’s own R&B group Slave. In addition, during that time JT would always be with his brothers and they would hang out in the studio with R&B artists like: Slave, Roger Troutman & Zapp, Steve Arrington, and others which further ignited him in making the choice to make and perform music.

JT is a diverse musician with a primary jazz/urban genre. His style mixes guts and glory with his multitude of approaches to the keys. JT’s music would be described as a sound that is smooth, soulful, melodic, groovy, and straight from the heart. Great influences like George Duke, Joe Sample, Herbie Hancock, Alex Bugnon, Jimmy Smith, Billy Preston, Jeff Lorber, James Lloyd, Bob James, and others who play a major influence in his musical life which makes JT’s creation and musicability a unique style of its own.

The new single, “Weekend Groove” which features jazz flutist Althea Rene is his first and latest release.

Listen to Weekend Groove on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/5).

Gregory Goodloe – Step ‘N Out

At a very young age, guitarist Gregory Goodloe knew that he would be a musician. Strumming to the music of West Montgomery, George Benson, and Norman Brown, these musicians among many others inspired him greatly.

Goodloe has played with Grammy-award winner Ben Tankard, Norman Brown, Dave Koz & Friends, and many more.

Listen to Step ‘N Out on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/5).

Daniel Weatherspoon – Lights Out


Multi-Award Winning Producer Daniel Weatherspoon brings you the #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album “The Langley Park Project” and the follow-up album “Journey”, featuring the hit single “Lights Out”.

Amassing numerous Gold and Platinum records and awards, Daniel’s client roster includes world-renowned recording artists and organizations such as Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Paula Abdul, BeBe Winans, Cece Winans, Tamar Braxton, Carl Thomas, The Legendary Clark Sisters, Donald Lawrence, Fred Hammond, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), BMI, ASCAP and The Recording Academy. Daniel even caught the eye of Nasdaq in Times Square – leading them to invite him to be the first artist granted a live in-studio performance EVER. Daniel also arranged and recorded piano for The Hamilton’s “One Last Time ‘44 Remix’ featuring President Barack Obama”. Daniel’s approach is swiftly branding a new perspective on Modern Day Jazz.

Listen to Lights Out on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/5).

Les Sabler – Crescent City Strut


The suggestion came from two-time GRAMMY winner Paul Brown who has produced dozens of No. 1 hits. When contemporary jazz guitarist Les Sabler entered Brown’s Funky Joint studio near Los Angeles to begin tracking, Brown, also a guitarist, recommended that Sabler swap out his trusty guitar in favor of Brown’s vintage Gibson Johnny Smith model. The electric guitar that has innate acoustic qualities and balances tone and sustain gave Sabler an entirely new sound, which he used to create his eighth album, “Tranquility,” dropping January 29 on New Vista Records. “The guitar’s sound is a sonic departure from anything I had previously recorded and this resulted in a successful single release, ‘Keep Pushin’.’ My fascination with the expressive tone of this instrument and my comfort in playing it led me to acquire my own, a vintage ‘67 beauty,” said the Nashville-based Sabler. The guitar recommendation was the second time Sabler heeded Brown’s counsel. The first came last December when Brown was in Nashville to perform. Sabler came to the gig to hang with Brown. It was then that Brown offered to produce Sabler’s next record. “I was both surprised and delighted that he offered to produce for me. Without hesitation, I seized the opportunity. We started collaborating immediately and two months later, we sat down to record at his studio in LA,” said Sabler. A year earlier, Sabler wrote and released “In The Light” as a standalone single, which spent three weeks at No. 1 at WAVE.FM in Sabler’s homeland, Canada. The guitar player was encouraged and decided to reinvest the residuals he received from all the airplay into recording a new album, his first since 2014’s Brazilian jazz outing “Jobim Tribute.” Sabler and Brown cowrote eight songs for “Tranquility,” collaborating with hitmaker Lew Laing (“Keep Pushin’” and “Where Has She Gone”), Jeff Carruthers (“Easy Moves”) and Shane Theriot, the latter with whom they co-wrote the new single, “Crescent City Strut.”

“Paul and I collaborated with Shane Theriot on several compositions that are among my favorites on the project. Shane’s New Orleans heritage and his work with Hall & Oates brought a vibe to these songs that really inspired my playing,” said Sabler. Sabler and Brown revisited “In The Light” on the disc with Sabler recording new guitar parts for the debut single as well as for the album’s lone remake, “Sunrise,” a George Benson original that Brown masterfully illumined with Lee Thornburg’s trumpet and trombone. Speaking of Benson, Sabler references the contemporary jazz crossover legend when discussing how much the choice of guitar impacted the sound of the “Tranquility” album. “The title track really exemplifies the beauty of this exceptional guitar that was the instrument of choice for George Benson’s classic ‘Breezin’.’ The song title ‘Tranquility’ is so fitting because I can virtually escape to that destination when I listen to this song,” said Sabler.

Sabler and Brown tracked a pair of tunes last February prior to the coronavirus quarantine, including “Keep Pushin’,” which dropped as a single in May. Work on “Tranquility” had to be put on hold until July. When they resumed, Sabler recorded his guitar parts in Nashville after Brown crafted the tracks in Los Angeles utilizing a cast of ace studio musicians such as the deep pocketed rhythm section comprised of bassist Roberto Vally, drummer Gorden Campbell and percussionist Lenny Castro. Bolstered by crackling horn work from Thornburg and saxophonist Greg Vail, the album was completed in September. “Tranquility” is a melody-rich, contemporary jazz listening experience. The set consists of vibrant harmonies, funky R&B grooves and sophisticated instrumental pop.

“It was such a great experience to have Paul produce the album and I was extremely comfortable with his direction and guidance. Without a doubt, this is a landmark recording for me, and I am so excited and pleased to share this music.”
– Les Sabler

Listen to Snapshot on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/5).

Richard Elliot – Snapshot


“There are absolute parallels between jazz and flying,” confesses Grammy-nominated tenor titan Richard Elliot who has been flying airplanes for the past three decades. The Renaissance man, who is currently engrossed in the colossal project of building his own airplane, adds “When you are performing and flying you are 100 percent consumed and focused on that experience from a technical perspective, emotional and aesthetic perspective, taking in everything around you.” Elliot, who has also successfully moonlighted as a software engineer, has a laser-like focus and creative vision that knows no bounds. The chart-topping saxophonist and pioneering Contemporary Jazz musician’s instantly recognizable trademark tenor has afforded him the opportunity to work with everyone from Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt and The Temptations to Dave Koz, Tower of Power and Gerald Albright, to name a few. On January 29, 2021, Richard Elliot offers the perfect antidote to a year wrought with challenges and setbacks. Authentic Life is the Scottish-born, LA-raised saxophonist’s Shanachie debut – his first new album in five years. It’s an inspiring collection comprised mostly of originals that speak to Elliot’s optimistic outlook on life. “The recording has a positive and uplifting feel which is what we all need right now,” reflects the San Diego resident. “A lot of the inspiration is based on the idea of living life in a mindful way, with focus and in the truest way possible that allows you to be sincere in your actions and intentions with other human beings.”

Danny Weiss, Shanachie VP of Jazz A&R states, “Richard Elliot has an uncanny ability to combine precision and technical mastery with passion and excitement. As a result, whether you’re a casual listener or a jazz fanatic (like me), Richard Elliot’s music is richly rewarding – and a real home run for Shanachie!”

The past year has changed the world immeasurably affecting how we live, love, communicate, interact and work. Elliot recounts a new form of inspiration that grew out of the forced circumstances. “One of the things I love about recording is the collaborative aspect of being in the studio. Unfortunately in the last year I’ve had to forgo this,” he shares. “It’s amazing that sometimes out of challenging times you glean positive experiences. We were able to take the positive experience of collaborating remotely while finding the inspiration – albeit virtually.”

A musician’s musician, for Elliot, the line-up alone on Authentic Life is a testament to the respect and adoration he has garnered from his peers throughout his enviable four – plus decade career. Never one to rest on his laurels, the saxophonist confides, “With every record, I try and push my boundaries and stay just a little bit out of my comfort zone so that hopefully I can create an environment for evolution. There is such a camaraderie in this genre. If you are in it for any meaningful period of time you have this community of artists. I feel very fortunate and privileged.” Some of the special guests joining Elliot on Authentic Life include trumpeter Rick Braun, keyboardists Jeff Lorber, Chris “Big Dog” Davis and Philippe Saisse, saxophonists Dave Koz and David Mann, and percussionist Lenny Castro, among others. “It was wonderful collaborating with these guys because each one of them pushes me in a different direction melodically.”

Authentic Life opens with the album’s sizzling first single “Snapshot,” co-written with Jeff Lorber and featuring Lorber alongside trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonists Dave Koz and David Mann. Elliot first met Lorber when he was a 19 year-old recording with the jazz-rock unit Kittyhawk. “Jeff’s tracks are so funky and they always feel so good. He is always a pleasure to work with!” The alluring R&B flavored “Walk With Me,” is a tender excursion that Elliot co-wrote with Rick Braun. “Rick like Jeff (Lorber) is prolific. He always comes up with these really infectious grooves and chords that are really a pleasure to record melodies over.” The sensual melodic flow of “Right On Time,” a collaboration with keyboardist Chris “Big Dog” Davis and Rick Braun, transports us to a tranquil space if only for a moment in time. Elliot shares, “Chris is the perfect melding of jazz and R&B. He writes and plays these amazing harmonic structures and beats. We all had a great time working on this particular song.” The epic title track is reminiscent of the iconic CTI sound and classic Don Sebesky arrangements. The stunning Nathaniel Phillips arrangement showcases soulful interplay between Elliot and Braun that captivates throughout. “Nate has been the bass player in my band for a long time and we go back many years. He was also the bassist in the amazing R&B band Pleasure. He created this beautiful mood and orchestration with stellar horn parts.”

Listen to Snapshot on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/5).

North “2unes” Woodall – Giving U the Best that I Got


Primarily a self-taught musician, it was at the age of eleven that his mom introduced him to the guitar and a love affair with music that has stood the test of time. In his teens, North “2unes” Woodall studied the playing styles of Ernie Isley, Santana, and Joe Walsh, among other R&B, funk, rock, and pop music styles. Hard work, determination, and a natural gift paid off and as a result of his exceptional proficiency with the guitar, he was quickly established with popular groups in and around Dayton, Ohio, such as The Delvones and Round Trip Ticket. North has since relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and was sought to share the stage with funk masters Lakeside, The Ohio Players, Roger Troutman and Zapp, Roy Aires, Millie Jackson, Tom Brown and Will Downing. He regularly sells out venues as the audiences know that they will be highly entertained and satisfied by tight arrangements and banging guitar solos with great licks.

And the blessings continued to flow. 2unes has become a staple on the Atlanta music scene appearing in venues from the Ritz Carlton to Wind-Down Wednesdays at Centennial Park, bridging the generation gap with his unique music blend of jazz, R&B, and hip-hop.

“I work for the listener and my music is designed for them. It is important to me that I give them what they want.” Woodall went on to say that he defines his musical style as being like a gumbo. “I can’t be put into a box musically. I’m not one thing, but many things bringing people together from all sides of the music spectrum.”

Listen to Giving U the Best that I Got on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/5).

LaShawn Gary/Mark Whitfield – Inception


Composer/Producer/Arranger/Pianist LaShawn D. Gary, is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Southern University A&M College, and a Master’s of Music Education Degree from the University of Louisville. LaShawn also studied orchestration and arranging with jazz composer/arranger John LaBarbera. He was also a trumpeter, student arranger and Band Captain of the Southern University “Human Jukebox” Marching Band.

LaShawn has toured professionally as a pianist with jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield and the late jazz clarinetist Alvin Batiste. He is multi-talented and has composed, produced, performed and arranged music for recording artist such as: gospel great, Yolanda Adams, Howard Hewitt, Keith Washington, and L.J. Reynolds.

LaShawn’s musical talents were displayed on television in the production of the Toyota Avalon “Son-in-Law” commercial, the introductory advertisement of the Ford Fiesta, Xfinity “Unplug” Commercial and the Happy’s Pizza Jingle featuring the Four Tops.

In 2015, LaShawn released his debut album, “Love, Peace, and Praise.” Two singles, “Now Is the Time” and “Love, Peace, and Praise” charted on iHeart Radio and in 2019. The decade ended as the Emmy Award winning producer and fellow producing partners, Bill Bowen and Mike Ellison released “Detroit: One Nation Under A Groove”, a YouTube video featuring the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Choir which received over a million views in the first month. He was also awarded two Detroit Music Awards for “Outstanding Music Video” and “Outstanding Urban Recording”. LaShawn is currently completing his second album which is scheduled for release in January of 2021.

Listen to Inception on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/5).

Ilya Serov – Heat

“Ilya really is a talented trumpeter and a great singer. This guy has got the goods. Ilya Serov – remember that name.” — Dave Koz

Los Angeles-based trumpeter /singer /guitarist /band leader Ilya Serov has a passion for jazz that knows no bounds. A talented young musician with an old soul, Serov brings an infusion of imagination, vision and energy to the many shades of America’s original musical art form. Possessing both chops and charisma, his live performances and recordings have attracted a solid following among jazz fans and seasoned musicians alike.

Serov’s experiences on the jazz scene have recently led him to expand his creative interests in a significant new direction. Following his first original single Chillin’ (August 2020), Serov recently released new track HEAT featuring platinum-selling saxophonist Dave Koz.

In addition to Dave Koz, Serov’s collaborators on the single are seasoned musicians – guitarist Kay-Ta Matsuno, keyboardist Carnell Harrell, bassist Nathaniel Kearney Jr, drummer Eric Valentine and percussionist Ronnie Gutierrez.

Ilya Serov is driven today not only by his desire to preserve jazz as an American treasure, but by a mission to engage and educate new generations of listeners. He continues to focus exclusively on contributing his time and talent to the world of jazz – its past, present and future.

Listen to Heat on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/5).

Paul Brown – Nothin’ But Love

Producing #1 radio hits for himself and other urban jazz greats for three decades, Paul Brown has forged the path for the genre’s ever-present soulful aesthetic with his artful blend of blues, back in the day R&B influences and sparkling contemporary sonic sheen.

While his crisp, emotional and deeply bluesy guitar lines have played a major role in many of the hits he’s helmed for other artists, they play a deservedly more prominent role on his cleverly titled latest album Ones Upon a Time – a collection on which he re-imagines nine dynamic #1 hits he produced for other artists and one of his own. While engaging us up front with their inviting familiarity, they offer a fresh way to experience Brown’s perfect ear for sonic intricacies while allowing us to immerse more fully in his lead guitar lines.

Following the Billboard Top 10 success with the album’s lead single “Notorious” featuring Richard Elliot, Brown turns to the foundational 90’s sides with saxophonist Boney James on his latest track, “Nothin’ But Love,” fashioned now as a sly and beautiful, harmonic conversation with one of today’s hottest young sax talents, Jeff Ryan. While Brown brings the slyly grooving, dreamy hipster old school flow and sensual axe magic, the sizzling duality he and Ryan create together on the hook takes the track to another level.

Dissecting it from the get-go reveals a cool, slow building seduction at play, with Brown’s bubbly melody weaving gently over Gregg Karukas’ snappy retro-keys, trippy atmospheres and flute textures, and the buoyant skin-tight grooves of bassist Roberto Vally and drummer Gorden Campbell. Just as we’re getting cozy with the cool, Brown and company turn up the funk and lead us into the full tilt dual blast of one of contemporary jazz’s most memorable powerhouse hooks ever.

The mid-tempo funk and sweet caressing atmospheres continue up till the second, equally zestful hook, which finds both Brown and Ryan riffing a solo bar each after the full dual impact. Brown then goes to town, fashioning a fanciful and expansive, dare we say hypnotic solo over the buoyant rhythms and Karukas’ punchy old schoolin’. Through all this, anticipation builds for a final blast of that killer hook in the final minute. Not surprisingly, considering the talent involved, this is about as melodically, rhythmically and dynamics filled a track as smooth jazz gets. – Jonathan Widran

Listen to Nothin’ But Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/5).

Michael J Thomas – Only Love


There is something beautiful about artists whose insight into the human condition and world affairs allows them to create works that truly meet the moment, help us transcend our anxieties and capture our hopes for a brighter, kinder and more compassionate world.

Michael J Thomas’ soaring soprano driven power ballad “Only Love” is more than simply the latest infectious single from the saxophonist’s popular EP Stream’n Love. Originally co-written and recorded by vocalist Jordan Smith it is an essential anthem for our time – a heartfelt yet empowering musical message that offers a way forward from the dark times, fears and challenges of 2020 into a brighter day. Thomas’ belief in the lyrics that “Only love can save us now/Keep the world from burning down. . .Only love can look inside the human heart/And see us for who we are…” inspired him to take the extraordinary step of releasing “Only Love” as a dual single that includes both an instrumental version and a vocal version showcasing the multi-talented musician’s equally soulful talents as a singer.

Thomas, who became an instant contemporary urban jazz sensation when his single “Baby Coffee” stayed at #1 on the Billboard National Smooth Jazz Airplay and Smooth Jazz Songs charts in 2017/2018, has been on a momentous roll this past year and a half. “I’ll Never Love Again,” his explosive re-imagining of the Lady Gaga hit from “A Star is Born,” became his second #1 Billboard smash, dominating the smooth jazz airwaves throughout 2019. Thomas’ cleverly titled, silky light funk follow-up single “Sippin’ The Yak” hit #2 on the charts, remained in the Top 5 for nine weeks, and rounded out 2020 on Billboard’s Year-End Smooth Jazz Songs chart at #5.
Like those tracks, “Only Love” was produced by Trammell Starks, Carl Griffin, and Thomas. It features keys, synths, strings, and percussion by Starks (who also did the string arrangements), in addition to Chris Blackwell on guitars, Sam Sims’ on bass, and Louis K Newsom on drums, with backing vocals by Chantae Cann.

“While we originally recorded it before the events of 2020 unfolded, it’s definitely more relevant than ever now, not only because of concerns related to the pandemic but our political climate where so many people are at odds with each other,” Thomas says. “It’s about digging deeper down into our hearts, being kind and having respect for people and letting that be our guiding purpose so that love may prevail. We’re releasing it in time for Valentine’s Day, but as much as I love a good romantic love song, only the true spirit of universal love can save us.”

Listen to Only Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/5).

Carl Roland – Rock With Me

Growing up in Kansas City, Carl Roland was a natural musician, playing the trumpet, teaching himself how to play the guitar and mastering the piano. Being a part of his school’s marching band is where he got a true understanding of music and how it translates from one instrument to the next. By the age of 15, Carl was on stage playing guitar and keys with professional adult bands, trying to blend in, as if he wasn’t just a child! By 19, with a little cash in his pocket, a car load of clothes, his guitar and keyboard, Carl and a few aspiring friends journeyed cross country landing in Los Angeles. Carl was also part of the hit making production team Mokutz which he formed with his good friend and business partner Charles Jordan. Carl aggressively built relationships, sharing his music creations with as many music Executives that would listen and shortly thereafter, Mokutz landed an impressive record deal ultimately signing with EMI music publishing now SONY/ATV. Throughout his career, Carl has made hit records that soared the Billboard Charts, straight to the top! He’s earned Gold and Platinum records along with the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul award for one of the most requested Wedding Songs for over a decade entitled, “YOU.”

“This is one of my greatest and most memorable accomplishments. Jesse is one of the friends who made the journey from Kansas to LA dreaming of a record deal. We were young and crazy but we were also fearless, hungry and we really believed in our talents. That journey to LA certainly paid off. But actually, Jesse came after I had the most incredible and amazing opportunity! I was blessed enough to have guidance from the eldest of the legendary Jackson family – Jackie Jackson. Jackie was a manager, mentor and good friend to us allowing us full access to the Jacksons’ Havenhurst studios located on the Jackson Family estates. This is where we learned the true art of production and the business of music. That time and experience alone is priceless and unforgettable.” During Carls career, he has had the pleasure of working with some of the great musical artists including Patti Label, Adina Howard, Seal, Melvin Riley and Jamie Foxx – just to name a few.

While much of his time is consumed with the Dustyy Lane Band project, Carl also finds time to produce and score music recordings for film and television. “This side of production is just another way of expressing my creativity and I really enjoy it.

Listen to Rock With Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/5).

Patrick Bradley – Exhale

Keyboardist Patrick Bradley is set to start the New Year with a hope-filled exhalation “Exhale,” his fifth contemporary jazz album produced by hitmaker Darren Rahn and GRAMMY winner Jeff Lorber, drops January 15. Like most things in 2020, the concept of contemporary jazz keyboardist Patrick Bradley’s fifth album slated for release on January 15 took a dramatic turn when the pandemic hit and racial strife erupted. Although ideas for the eleven-song set were already sketched out, when he and producer Darren Rahn wrote the uplifting title track,

“Exhale,” which drops as a single on January 4 on the Patrick’s Song Factory label, the composition seemed to encapsulate exactly what Bradley was feeling and believes that we are all in need of: expel the fear, worry and division gripping the nation and inhale unifying hope and peace. “It’s kind of a musical release from all the tension and difficulty of 2020. I thought the album title was going to be ‘Providence’ until we wrote ‘Exhale.’ That became the clear title track of the album. It also played into where I was at mentally with 2020, which has been a pretty rough year for everybody. Knowing I was going to release (the album) in January, it seemed perfect to call it ‘Exhale.’ That’s the motif of the album and all the songs are kind of in that vein. I want to inspire, help and bring hope,” said Bradley, whose last album, “Intangible,” scored two Billboard top 10 singles – “Tailwind” (No. 5) and “Dear Friend” (No. 8) – and the title track was a top 20 single.

Bradley recorded “Exhale” during quarantine without ever being in the studio with Rahn, who produced nine tracks for the project, or GRAMMY winner Jeff Lorber, who produced a pair of tunes. After recording three albums produced entirely by Lorber, Bradley felt the need for change as he enters the next phase in his recording career. Both Lorber and a friend, sax sensation Dave Koz, recommended Rahn. “It’s always different when you enter a new situation not knowing if it’s going to work, but with Darren, things fit together perfectly both as a producer and a songwriting partner. I brought the bones and DNA of the songs into the project, but Darren’s creative input really helped get the songs to where they are now,” said Bradley.

Listen to Exhale on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/5).

Johnny Britt – The Way I Feel


Johnny Britt is an American, Grammy Nominated, Composer. Early on, Britt immersed himself deeply into Jazz, meeting the art form’s icons and legends and studying diligently to become a classically-trained Jazz trumpet player at The Versailles Conservatory near Paris, France.

Britt started his career solidly landing a record deal with Motown’s MoJazz label for a forward-thinking project he created called “Impromp2”, that blended hip hop, soul and jazz and released four albums. He is no stranger to the Smooth/Contemporary side of Jazz, having composed material for some of the genre’s stars. Either as a trumpeter and/or a vocalist, Britt has collaborated with Quincy Jones, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Josh Groban, Jennifer Lopez and Maxwell. The tunesmith also wrote for Motown legends The Temptations, the latter for whom he served as musical director. He recently lead on to be co-music producer for the Emmy-winning miniseries “The Temptations.”

You can find Johnny’s talents in popular films like Spiderman and Hollywood production, “La La Land”, as well as Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack to “Hidden Figures.” Britt also sang on the Academy Awards telecast with John Legend, Common and Mary J. Blige.

Listen to The Way I Feel on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/5).

James PJ Spraggins – Hark, The Herald Angels Sing


Drummer/composer/producer James PJ Spraggins developed a love for music at an early age in the church while growing up in Bessemer, Alabama. He received a music scholarship to Alabama State University. After graduating PJ began chasing his dream of making music a full-time career. During his musical career as a professional drummer PJ has performed music covering all genres with some of the greatest musicians & entertainers across the globe. PJ is an accomplished artist in his own right having released three self-produced albums including: The Light of Day (2006), Pure Logic (2012), and his most recent album Time to Heal (2015). He continues to write music and collaborate with other artists. There is more to come!

His new single Hark, The Herald Angels Sing features Caitlin Edwards.

Listen to Hark, The Herald Angels Sing on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/1).


Kimberly Brewer – Every Day Feels Like Christmas

Kimberly Brewer
is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger. She has been a backing vocalist for Stevie Wonder and many others for many years. She was featured as a background singer on the hit single “We Didn’t Know” a duet by Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder. She was also featured on Elton John’s album, “Duets”

Her new single Every Day Feels Like Christmas features Stevie Wonder on harmonica also Herman Jackson and Byron Miller.

Listen to Every Day Feels Like Christmas on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/1).

Mariea Antoinette – My Favorite Things

A native of San Diego, California, Ms. Antoinette’s diverse repertoire consists of classical, smooth jazz, and R&B music. She has performed for The President and First Lady Of The United States, Barack and Michelle Obama and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her across the US and abroad. Ms. Antoinette has been sought after to perform and record for a variety of artists and events including Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, The BET Awards, and American Idol.

Listen to My Favorite Things on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/1).

The Frost Duo – New Years Day


A musical tandem perfectly named for this time of year, The Frost Duo – Pennsylvania based composer/multi-instrumentalist Christian Gratz and songwriter/vocalist LeahBeth Evans – follow the funky fire of their two previous 2020 singles with the beautiful stripped-down ballad “New Years Day.” Adding a little love in our lives when we need it the most, the track is a dreamy, sensual and optimistic piano and vocal driven showcase (spiced with an emotional electric guitar solo) of the duo’s more romantic side. It’s perfect for that intimate New Year’s Eve gathering and first dance of 2021.

Listen to New Years Day on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/1).

Johnny Schaefer – Finlandia Brasiliera

Johnny Schaefer
is a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter of eclectic music. He has a BA in Music (Composition and Voice) from California State University, Fullerton. While attending school there, he was a winner in the Vocal Arts competition. He has sung backup for Josh Groban, Melissa Manchester, Sarah Brightman, Sarah Vaughan, Pete Townshend, Billy Idol, Diahann Carroll, and others.

We present you Schaefer’s Holiday single, “Finlandia Brasiliera”, a Bossa Nova Christmas tune.

Listen to Finlandia Brasiliera on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/1).

Jody Mayfield – Little Drummer Boy

Having amassed a decades long resume that includes performing with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Illinois Jacquet to Grover Washington, Jr. and James Lloyd from Pieces Of A Dream, Jody Mayfield believes that jazz isn’t a style of music, but rather, how you play it. On his inviting holiday EP A JODY JAZZ CHRISTMAS, the multi-talented keyboardist blends his remarkable sense of soulful sonic adventure with a warm, familiar intimacy, resulting in fresh, hipster spins through five holiday classics. As caressing atmospheres waft around the tight grooves and lush melodies, Mayfield switches off seamlessly between piano and contemporary keyboard vibes.

Listen to Little Drummer Boy Is You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/1).

Allan Knighton – What Christmas Means To Me

Heavily influenced by world renown artist Kirk Whalum, Allan Knighton carries the torch in delivering an undoubtedly great artistry. Born in Detroit, Michigan, currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Currently working independently as an international touring artist. His music brings a combination of sounds and genres to the listener. A limitless boundary of Country, Second-line, Jazz, Gospel, fusion, soul, R&B, Blues, and contemporary.

Listen to What Christmas Means To Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/1).

Castella – Sleigh Ride


Castella is a proud native of Long Beach, California. Castella embodies strength and courage, she goes after what she wants and gets it! Castella is an amazing vocalist and songwriter. Described as a gifted songwriter by her mentor Darryl Swann, he says, “She just writes good songs, she’s a songwriter!” Castella wrote all the lyrics for her debut EP.

Listen to Sleigh Ride on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/1).

Eric Darius – All I Want For Christmas Is You

For Eric Darius there are no limitations when it comes to breaking new ground. Internationally known as an elite R&B/Pop/Jazz Saxophonist, Songwriter, Producer, and Performer, Darius has cemented his status as one of the most exciting and entertaining instrumentalists to enter the must world over the last decade with the release of his highly anticipated, first ever Christmas single, All I Want For Christmas Is You. It is an irresistibly fun, uptempo jam that captures Eric’s signature high energy and saxophone prowess.

Eric states, “This holiday classic song by Mariah Carey was one of my favorite childhood songs growing up and brings back so many fond memories of holidays in the past with my family. While this holiday season will likely look and feel a little different than ones in the past, I recorded my own version of this song to capture the essence of the season and bring some holiday cheer during a time when we all need it most!” Produced by his long-term keyboardist & musical director, Richard Turner Jr., this sing features Romel Veal on guitar, trumpet, & trombone, Frank “Third” Richardson on drums, Richard Turner Jr. on keys, Lorenzo Johnson on keys, Jay Puente on percussion, Rodney Jones Jr. on bass and Rebecca Jade on vocals.

All I Want For Christmas Is You continues Eric’s mission of making a difference in the world through music and is guaranteed to make this holiday season much brighter.

Listen to All I Want For Christmas Is You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/1).

Lars Taylor – Dance Forever

Lars Rainer Rüetschi
(born March 24, 1977), known professionally as Lars Taylor is a Swiss fusion guitarist, composer and producer. His stylistic versatility, virtuos and passioned playing made him become one of Berlins most busy live and studio guitarists.

A true musical citizen of the world, Lars Taylor brings a sensual, seductive beauty and fresh, sophisticated cosmopolitan spirit to Contemporary Urban Jazz.

Listen to Dance Forever on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/5).

Jarez – Nightlife

Jarez is a contemporary saxophonist with a ear for what is hot. In a few short years, he has gone from being known as “Mr. Sexy Saxy’ to the mayor of J FUNK CITY, a CD full of all-star guests and ultra funky goodness. Featured artists include Julian Vaughn, Vandell Andrew, Willie Bradley, Ragan Whiteside and Gerald Albright. J Funk City has made a sizzling impact of the music citizens of the world. With the release of the CD, Jarez became the first indie saxophonist to have number 1’s on all charts at one time with this release. Additionally, the J Funk City mayor made #1 on the Groove Jazz Music Charts and Radio Wave Monitor Charts for the single “24 Hours” (featuring Julian Vaughn), as well as the Top 10 on the Smooth Jazz Network Charts and the Smooth Jazz Billbord charts for the same single. J Funk City features the well-known steamy side of the mayor’s saxophone, but lends itself overall to a more muscular and athletic approach for summertime grooving.

Jarez’s ability to extend his musical outreach to fans of all ages included multiple appearances on “Cooking with Coolio”, as well as world tours with the famous rapper. He also assisted in the production of Coolio’s cookbook of the same name, along with ongoing management of various aspects of Coolio’s business operations. This intense work ethic would be pivotal to the development of Jarez’s solo career. A whirlwind of single releases began for the saxophonist in 2013. Jarez gained notoriety as a soloist with his 2013 release of “On Top of the World” with radio charting success, which led to the album rated as #16 on the 2014 year-end top 100 albums chart on Additionally, the “Make it Better” and “Can’t Let Go” singles would be in the top 100 songs chart for 2014 on The “Hold on Tight” single featuring Vandell Andrew from Jarez’s “Sexy Saxy” Vol. 1 EP would make the World Jazz top 20 singles chart.

Listen to Nightlife on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/5).


Mark Mixx – Morning Rize


Native Detroiter Mark Mixx is part of a younger generation of Detroit jazz artists dedicated to pushing the music forward. He’s just produced and released a record on his own label. The Street Jazz Cartel project is composed of Mark Mixx (percussion and keys), Johnny Barnes (trumpet), Steve Cooley (trumpet), Wayne White (keys), Issac Pippen (keys), Jeff Canady (drums), Antonio Johnson (drums) Deblone Jackson (flute), Marty Montgomery (sax), Charles Jones (trombone), Stevo (bass), Derrick Bartel (guitar), Eddie Taylor (trumpet), and Randal Wilson (guitar).

Mark Mixx and Tha Street Jazz Cartel has performed with world renowned names like Michael Franks, Alex Bugnon, Marion Meadows, Mindi Abair and more. The Cartel also appeared on Fox 2 Detroit. In October 2011 Mark Mixx and Tha Street Jazz Cartel performed for the Rainbow Push Coalition for The Rev. Jesse Jackson 70th anniversary. In 2012 Tha Street Jazz Cartel released their sophomore album on Isis Style Music entitled “Cartel Drive” and expect much more success on this release. In July 2013 the Street Jazz Cartel performed on the Dave Koz Summer Horns Tour feat. Dave Koz, Gearld Albright, Richard Elliott, and Mindi Abair.

From this album released is the single Morning Rize.

Listen to Morning Rize on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/5).

Trey Daniels – Can We Talk

Soloist, composer and soulful bandleader, award-winning saxophonist Trey Daniels is an inspiration for his generation in jazz, funk, R&B and Hip Hop. Coming from Atlanta, Daniels’ music blends his experience and his captivating energy, creating beautiful soundscapes across genres. As part of eight-time Grammy award winner Anita Baker’s Farewell World Tour, Daniels was featured at the Monaco Jazz Fest, North Sea Jazz Fest, Montreux Jazz Fest and more. In addition, his very first single, 86th St., was listed on the Smooth Jazz Billboard Charts in 2017.

In Daniels’ upcoming 2021 release, he draws on his influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder, H.E.R., Gerald Albright, Kenny Garrett and Miles Davis to embody vibrant and relentless creativity. In the words of the lovely Anita Baker, “You already know what to do. That’s why you’re here. At the moment where you let go and just play, the stage is yours.”

From his upcoming album we present the single Can We Talk.

Listen to Can We Talk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/5).

George Benson – Turn Your Love Around (Live)

As an all-time icon and Grammy-winning giant of Jazz, we have grown used to seeing George Benson on the stages that befit his sky-high status. During a 6-decade career marked by awards acclaim and Billboard-topping output, the Pittsburgh born veteran has earned his place in both the history books and the biggest venues around the world. So it’s a rare treat – and a whole different thrill – to find this megastar going nose-to-nose with the breathless 250-capacity crowd at London’s most prestigious bolthole. “I like that kind of intimacy”, says Benson of his flying visit to Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, captured on the year’s electrifying new live album, Weekend In London. “I can feel the love when it’s up close and personal.”

Weekend In London brings Benson full circle. This seasoned performed estimates that almost a half-century has passed since he first played at the fabled Soho club. Taken from this album is the single “Turn Your Love Around (Live)”.

Listen to Turn Your Love Around (Live) on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/5).

Willie Bradley – It’s My Time


Willie Bradley is a native of Orangeburg, SC and a graduate of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC where he earned his BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career he has become a go –to musician for many of soul music’s greats over the years. Willie’s stage presence includes performances with jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, Hiroshima and Marion Meadows.

Bold, yet simultaneously charming; Edgy, yet at the same time beautiful; these seemingly opposing adjectives might well-describe the music of artist/trumpeter Willie Bradley, but also fittingly tell about the man! Willie Bradley’s music brings together many varied styles, but takes Smooth Jazz to a whole new level.

Willie’s new single “It’s My Time” is the follow-up to his #1 Billboard hit, “It’s On Now”.

Listen to It’s My Time on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/5).

Rob Maletick – Beautiful Daze

Rob Maletick expresses his love for music by melting together the various styles of musical expression that have made him a sought after musician on stage and in the recording studio. During his 25+ years in the recording industry, Rob has played almost every style of music possible on his 3 saxophones, but has landed in Contemporary Jazz music for his foundation.

Born and raised in the Washington D.C. suburb of Manassas Virginia, Rob was able to surround himself with music at an early age. Having music teachers for parents didn’t hurt either. After High School, Shenandoah University became Rob’s home for 4 years. Learning about the Music Business and Jazz Performance there put him in numerous situations in which he was able to perform with legends Billy Taylor, Bob Berg, Chris Vadala, and Randy Brecker.

Producing recordings for other artists has also become a passion for Rob over the last 10 years. He loves to share his experience in the studio and his international relationships with his clients. Rob works between his studio in Virginia and in Nashville TN. His own production company Breaking Ground Entertainment was formed to help manage the producing and live sound part of Rob’s career. In 2018 Rob was asked to help form the Loudoun Jazz Society to help increase the audience and performance opportunities near his home of Leesburg Virginia.

Listen to Beautiful Daze on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/5).

The Allen Carman Project – Fingerprints


Thanks to the clever title of the debut album by rapidly-burgeoning urban-contemporary jazz supergroup The Allen Carman Project, we now have a phrase that perfectly captures a unique and inspiring phenomenon. “Carmanology” is what happens when a lifelong musician – in this case, bassist Allen Carman – hooks up with masters of his chosen genre, rekindles his long set-aside dreams and creates an extraordinary recording chock-full of innovative sounds, infectious melodies, explosive grooves and irresistible radio hits.

More than the realization of the vision of a single artist, The Allen Carman Project is a fresh collective featuring a host of contemporary jazz greats, each contributing a distinct musical perspective. With a rhythmic and melodic foundation laid by Carman, Grammy-nominated keyboardist Philippe Saisse, percussionist Gumbi Ortiz and drummer Luis Alicea (all celebrated veterans of fusion legend Al Di Meola’s band), “Carmanology” fast becomes an expansive playground for fun, freewheeling creative contributions by saxophonist Andy Snitzer, violinist Evan Garr (also from the Di Meola fold), guitarist Marc Antoine, trumpeter Rick Braun and Grammy-winning guitar legend Nile Rodgers.

“I always felt like I was a musician first and that was always my true passion,” says Carman. “The whole ‘Carmanology’ experience has been a blast for me and has far exceeded my expectations. The success we have had to this point has been unexpected to say the least. Gumbi wanted us to get together with Philippe, put some songs together and do an album, but there were no promises beyond that. We did the first four songs with Andy (Snitzer) and then invited the other featured artists, and everything developed from there.”

Take from this album is the fun-filled new single, “Fingerprints”.

Listen to Fingerprints on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/5).

Marvin Pryor – When The Time Is Right

The PR Experience is a jazz duo comprised of Trumpeter, Nelson Render and Trombonist, Marvin Pryor. These two musicians represent over fifty years of performance experience and are based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Pryor, born in Clermont, Florida, grew up between South Carolina and Connecticut and received his formal music training at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Render, was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia and received his formal music training at Florida A&M University and Delaware State University.

Their collective professional experiences include tours, performances, recordings, opening acts with groups such as: The OHIO Players, Cameo, Ray Charles, Mike Phillips, Rick Braun, Christopher Williams, Claudia Hayden, Alex Bugnon, Najee, Eric Roberson, Mike Phillips, Chi-Lites, The Dells, Third World, and many others.

These vast experiences in music and performance inspired them to create their own band, uniquely featuring a horn front ensemble with a blended style of jazz, funk, and neo-soul. When The Time Is Right starts as new single the hope on Marvin’s first solo album.

Listen to When The Time Is Right on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/5).

Marcia Migét – Over The Rainbow


Growing up in a family of musicians, Marcia Migét’s musical heritage began performing extensively throughout the Midwest with her family. Her parents, Bud and Joan Migét, taught them religious and classical music along with Jazz and Blues. The ‘Vaune Sisters’ performed on piano, sax, drums and bass, as well as vocals, renditions of Jazz and pop classics on television, radio, special events and musical clinics. From a very early age studying piano, saxophone and flute, Marcia received numerous music awards.

Carlos Santana’s description of her seminal CD, ‘Marcia Migét Discovery’, is “ … her music reflects a strong, deep and honest commitment to life.”

Executive Director of Miraflores Academié for the last three decades, the list of graduates includes educators and performers in all genres. Her Jazz drummer/composer son is Motema Records’ Jaimeo Brown. An active, ‘on call’ studio musician Marcia has performed and recorded with legends from many different genres from Blues singer Lester Chambers, Classical harpist Georgia Kelly, The Voices of Latin Rock with Jorge Santana and Malo, Anthony Brown’s Asian American Jazz Orchestra, Traditional Jazz with artists such as Azure McCall, Carl Locket and Larry Ridley, and Latin Jazz with Wayne Wallace and Pete Escovedo. Other musical endeavors include the release of three jazz singles ‘Dock of the Bay’, ‘Cruzin’ and ‘Paradise’ produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis with another Smooth Jazz CD to follow in 2020.

Over The Rainbow is a classic newly interpreted.

Listen to Over The Rainbow on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/5).

NexLevel – Chillin

In 2000, Columbus, Ohio based guitarist Mark Jackson and Keyboardist Jesse Thompson were asked to play at his nephew’s wedding—a gathering that gave rise to one of the city’s most popular and eclectic jazz fusion bands. When the person printing the wedding program needed a band name, Jackson came up with the clever moniker NexLevel—so that, as Jackson recalls, “When people say it, it sounds good, tells everyone who we are and catapults us where we want to go”.

The group quickly established itself as a popular gigging ensemble and began playing many local festivals and performing with top R&B and urban jazz artist who came through town, in addition to touring with performers like soul singer Conya Doss. They also released their smooth jazz oriented debut album Level One in 2004. When the band’s saxophonist Randolph left shortly thereafter, the remaining ensemble (including bassist Anthony Mackey) chose a completely different route, exploring an eclectic soul jazz fusion route that kept their powerful grooves and melodies strong while increasing the sonic textures, improvisations, rock guitar and funky bass elements—very much influenced by the groundbreaking 70’s work of George Duke and bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra, but with a contemporary urban twist like the jazz/funk trio, Soulive.

We think you will dig the group’s new single, “Chillin”.

Listen to Chillin on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/5).

The Peet Project – Galaxies


The Peet Project is a Hungarian pop-funk-jazz band comprising five twenty-something musicians. Their original music is a seductive and eclectic blend, reflecting influences encompassing Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, George Duke, Earth Wind and Fire and the Rippingtons, among others. The group’s driving force is violinist-composer-vocalist-producer Peter “Peet” Ferencz. Peter gives the band its unique sound through his use of violin as a lead instrument in an equivalent role to saxophone or keyboards. His talent was recognized by contemporary jazz icons Brian Culbertson, culminating in Brian lending production guidance to one of the standout tracks off the second album, and Dave Koz who travelled to Hungary to record a single with the Peet Project in the summer of 2016. They play extensively in Hungary and regularly perform in the United States and other European countries like Spain, Slovakia, Romania, Malta and Switzerland.

The Peet Project was formed in 2009 and their career kicked off when they won the grand prize of Budapest-based 90.9 Jazzy Radio’s song contest later that year. Everything started with their debut Pink Spirit, released in 2010. Their sophomore album Turn You On already followed in 2011, then Overseas (2013) and Love (2015). Their next endeavor is entitled The Bad Boys Of Budapest (2017) and offers guest appearances by keyboardist Jonathan Fritzén, saxophonist Dave Koz, bassist and singer Gáspár Laci and singer James Copley from the band Electro Deluxe.

Let’s talk about their newest album Ups And Downs, which is finally scheduled for release October 12, 2020. This album is featuring Csaba Deseő, Paul Brown, Ilya Serov, Marcus Anderson & Michael Lington. First single of this album is Galaxies.

Listen to Galaxies on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/5).

Mark Etheredge – You & Me & We


Keyboardist and composer Mark Etheredge returns with a new single offering, “You & Me & We”, which will be released worldwide on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Etheredge has once again teamed up with Two-time Grammy® Winning producer and guitarist Paul Brown along with bassist Roberto Vally, drummer Gorden Campbell and percussionist Lenny Castro. The contemporary instrumental jazz track, written by Etheredge, was recorded at Big Surprise Music in Los Angeles, recorded by Carmen Grillo, mixed by Paul Brown, and mastered by Rainer Gembalczyk of Sienna Digital. “You & Me & We” is a duet with Etheredge and Brown, bringing jazz, funk, latin and blues influences together in an optimistic, upbeat track.

The inspiration for the tune? “It’s all about love,” says Etheredge. “How can we coexist peacefully with one another? If ‘you’ and ‘me’ think not just about our own wants and needs and consider a third way, ‘us,’ we can focus on shared interests that benefit us both and live more harmoniously.”

Listen to You & Me & We on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/5).

Walter Beasley – House of Sax

Over the past three decades, saxophonist Walter Beasley, has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade.

As the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history, Beasley has long mastered an exhilarating high wire act of balancing a successful career as a Contemporary Jazz recording artist and performer with an equally thriving presence in the field of music education.

Beasley’s new album Going Home is dedicated in loving memory of his mom, June L. Beasley. House of Sax is taken from this album.

Listen to House of Sax on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/5).

Mattias Roos featuring Michael Lington – Bring It On

A Scandinavian smorgasbord of the tastiest kind, Swedish keyboard player Mattias Roos has teamed up with Danish American sax-man Michael Lington for a fresh new take on the wonderful “Bring It On” that first appeared on Roos’ 2019 recording “It Goes On and On”.

Going for adds on October 5, this vibrant, groove laden and totally memorable number is not only everything that mid tempo smooth jazz should be but also one of four bonus tracks that can be found on a deluxe edition of “It Goes On and On” which will be released October 2 on the Skytown Records label.

As well as “Bring It On” (that is included both as the album version and the radio edit) this deluxe offering also features a stunning high-octane remix of the Mattias Roos composition “Masterpiece” and the brand new never previously recorded “River of Love” that underscores the skill Roos has for fusing smooth jazz grooves with an authentic old school vibe.

Although a solo artist and ‘go-to’ keyboard player for several top-flight Swedish performers, many will know Mattias Roos as a founding member of the band Soweco that he formed in 2011 with drummer Peter Gustavsson. Roos has carried some of that distinctive Soweco sound into what is now a burgeoning solo career but with critically acclaimed projects such as “My Story”, “Movin’ Up” and most recently ”It Goes On and On” he has fashioned an identity that is very much his own.

As for Michael Lington, since relocating to Los Angeles from Denmark in 1990 he has built a reputation for being one of the most soulful sax players in smooth jazz. He is also a tremendous live player and early opportunities in this respect came when he joined Bobby Caldwell’s renowned touring band. He has also performed as part of a sold out, coast to coast Barry Manilow tour and as Manilow himself put it “Michael Lington is one hell of a sax player. He absolutely brought down the house every night.”

As a recording artist Lington’s 1997 eponymous debut set the standard for what was to come and now, ten albums later, he is still essential listening for all those who like their smooth jazz spiced with a modicum of soul.

Listen to Bring It On on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/5).

Timmy Maia – A Song For You

A native of Waterbury, CT, Timmy Maia is a rapid-fire vocalist who goes from Nat King Cole to Ne-Yo, with touches of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson along the way.

Maia’s new single “A Song For You” is produced by Chris “Big Dog” Davis, and features Najee on saxophone.

“My lifestyle is music and i want to reach out to the the hearts of everyone breathing life. I feel that my calling was to touch peoples heart through song.” – Timmy Maia

Listen to A Song For You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/5).

Kenny Nightingale – Coltrane To Montgomery


Inspired by John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, Dave Koz, Hugh Masekela, Kenny G, Victor Wooten, Charlie Parker, Aaron Neville, Kenny Nightingale is an American based Smooth Jazz recording artist with fusion of Gospel sounds and Contemporary Jazz with World Beat grooves.

His musical background began with a strong family of 8 talented and musically gifted brothers. Kenny’s father is a saxophonist and percussionist whom he always looked up to in his early years. His father owned a musical school in Nigeria, where Kenny first learned the art of playing the saxophone. After mastering the saxophone in the ghetto, he also learned how to play the piano, guitar and drums, then he started teaching his younger brothers at his father’s request because he was the eldest. Nightingale writes songs and creates sound that comes from the deep! He has been filled with a passion and love for music. That alone has confirmed to him that playing angelical sounds of smooth jazz with a unique blend form all parts of the world is what God has commissioned him this day.

Kenny Nightingale Music is now on iTunes. Amazon. Spotify Music.

Listen to Coltrane To Montgomery on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/5).

Eric Essix – Late Night Drive


Over a period of more than 30 years and 25 full length album releases, Eric Essix has not only maintained a steady flow of new music that continues to push the boundaries of contemporary jazz throughout his career, he appears to have no intention of stopping. This fact is evident with the release of 9 compositions, all written, arranged and produced by Essix called, “Songs From The Deep”. This latest effort by Eric, revisits the artist’s favorite theme, his Birmingham, Alabama southern roots. It is a project that reveals the soul of the man and his music as he continues to reconcile love for his homeland, its culture and its people, with its history.

Though Eric admits his style is very different from that of Wes Montgomery, the legendary guitarist is another major influence. Ten years before the Jaco experience, Eric’s dad played Montgomery’s 1966 album California Dreaming for him. “I had never heard anyone play jazz interpretations of pop melodies until then,” Eric says. “In my naïve mind of a child, I believed the guitar was actually singing the melody. I soon realized that jazz was the natural style of music for an instrument to achieve the same emotions that a vocal could. I started playing guitar two years later.”

“The most fulfilling part of this musical journey has been experiencing, in real time, my evolution as an artist,” Eric says. “My mindset has shifted dramatically and is light years away from when I was a young guitarist first making records, focusing on being flashy and showing people how fast I could play. In those days, it was all about speed and lots of notes, being a gunslinger – but as I have grown as a musician and especially as a person, I like to think I have developed as a composer and songwriter of maturity and depth as well as a guitar player.”

Listen to Late Night Drive on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/5).

Selina Albright – Holding On


Like so many Black people, R&B-jazz singer-songwriter Selina Albright is tired and her fatigue has nothing to do with becoming a mother for the first time earlier this year, which was the subject of her latest single to hit the charts, “Discovering.” No, Albright’s exhaustion and discouragement stems from “seeing videos of my brothers and sisters dying in cold blood, their deaths rooted in misplaced fear, their murderers allowed to live freely.” She cowrote and coproduced her forthcoming single, “Holding On,” to call out social injustice and the urgent need for reform. The single drops October 16 and will be promoted at urban adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio formats.

Musically, “Holding On” is an anthemic, multi-genre aural quilt sewn from soulful R&B heart, modern jazz progressions and tones, dramatic rock changes punctuated by drummer James “JRob” Roberson, and ethereal pop vocal harmonies. But it’s the song’s subject matter and lyrical content that is radically new and different for Albright, who has etched her place on the urban-jazz scene with intimate love songs and autobiographical confessions such as those contained on her 2017 debut album, “Conversations.” Her most piercing and provocative cry in “Holding On” is when she passionately repeats “Burn it all to the ground.”

“I frankly find it exhausting and infuriating to see ongoing evidence of oppression without much change. And because writing music is a therapeutic outlet for me, I couldn’t help putting pen to paper about my struggle to maintain hope for the freedom of my people – real freedom to pursue happiness, be our beautiful selves, and to live fully as is our inalienable right. Instead, our rights are seen as privileges by those who work to prevent the impending moment when Black people truly know our strength,” said Albright who wrote the song with her co-producer Chris “Big Dog Davis, David P. Stevens and Kayta Matsuno.

Although “Holding On” is a song that captures present life for Black Americans, its origins date back to a November 2017 recording session between Albright and guitarist Stevens. Stevens awoke with the chord progression in his head and played it for Albright when she arrived in the studio.

“The lyrics were originally written to bring hope and consolation to people with emotional health disorders because at the time, suicides were hitting close to home. Something in my spirit told me not to release the song yet. Since then, the United States has been exposed around the world for its social injustice, the roots and workings of which are so well hidden and indulged by a small fraction of our nation, but whose disadvantages are felt by multitudes,” said Albright, who plans to release an accompanying video for “Holding On.”

As usual, Albright found a way to incorporate her own experiences into the lyrics. After having a series of discussions with friends about their similar experiences of being Black in America, she revisited the song’s lyrics in order to make them more specific to Black people and the fight for social justice.

“I remember the first time my parents told me that because I’m Black, I’d have to work twice as hard as my non-Black peers to accomplish the same result. They also taught me how to dress and behave when certain people were present so that the police wouldn’t be called, and I wouldn’t die. Wouldn’t die! They said my smile and ‘proper’ dialect would be my protection. I’m glad I was warned because the same has been true even in my adulthood. There’s really nowhere to run from it,” said Albright, the daughter of multi-time GRAMMY nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright.

Ultimately, Albright would like to see her message in “Holding On” become obsolete, a dark and distant memory of the past before “we started over using our spirit of power, love and sound minds” to prevail over systematic racism.

“Black people are being herded around the country like cattle, our culture and excellence exploited, rather than kept sacred. We are being poisoned by processed scraps of food, and then given the lowest quality of healthcare. I see many of us losing steam. We can’t afford to do that. We must continue to find the strength to keep holding on until the whole world knows that at the very least, we matter.”

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Raymond Crossley – Smoothalicious


Raymond Crossley, a native Angeleno, came from a musical family. As a kid he spent summers on his uncle’s farm, where there were plenty of instruments. He started his musical calling playing drums, but quickly found that his natural ability for piano far surpassed his passion for percussion. When he figured out Loving Spoonful’s “Summer in the City” at 13, he was on his way.

Ray went to Morningside High and became fast friends with sax player, Fred Johnson. The two of them would play together, forming various bands that would play the iconic club, Maverick’s Flat. Seen by several musicians, he was repeatedly asked to tour worldwide while still in his mid-teens. Crossley found himself performing with The Brothers Johnson, Cheryl Lynn, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Pointer Sisters, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, Tata Vega, and Howard Hewett to name a few.

One night, Crossley caught the attention of Motown’s Hal Davis while on stage at Maverick’s Flat. Davis brought Ray together with Curtis Nolen and Motown had a new duo – Nolen and Crossley. Ray has performed on several artist’s tracks and has written hundreds of songs. One notable single was the title song written with Maurice White and Ralph Johnson of the Grammy nominated Earth, Wind and Fire album “The Promise”.

Ray is a sought-after writer/producer/keyboardist who is now giving us a sample of his artistry with “Smoothalicious”.


Produced By Ray Crossley
Executive Produced by Ralph Johnson
Writer – Ray Crossley (ASCAP)
Pub – Raytunes777 Publishing (ASCAP) and Milk, Cabbage & Gumbo Music (ASCAP)

Keyboards and Programming – Ray Crossley
Guitar – Mike Wells
Bass Guitar – Leslie King
Percussion – Ralph Johnson
Horns – Jeff Lewis
Mixed by Dave Rideau
Mastered by Ron Boustead for Resolution Mastering

Listen to Smoothalicious on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/5).

Dave Koz – Side By Side

Dave Koz teams up with David Sanborn, his all-time saxophone hero, on “Side By Side.” The new song, which is being serviced to Smooth Jazz radio, is from Koz’s forthcoming album, A New Day, which will be released on October 9 – exactly 30 years and one day after the release of Koz’s self-titled debut album.

Although Koz and Sanborn have toured together, “Side By Side” marks their first recording together. The two sax greats wrote “Side By Side” with Rick Braun, Philippe Saisse and Alice Soyer. Braun produced, recorded and arranged the track and plays trumpet, trombone and keyboards. In addition to playing keyboard and B3 organ, Saisse took on additional production, recording and arranging duties.

Koz says, “Collaborating with David Sanborn on this song was an opportunity to celebrate these last 30 years by going back to my roots. He’s not only been a hero of mine since I started playing but has become a good friend and trusted colleague. It was SUCH a shot in the arm, personally and professionally, to work with him, Side By Side. I was really excited when he responded positively to me asking if he’d like to write and perform a song together. When he sent back the track featuring his alto, it honestly felt like an out-of-body experience for me.”

The focus of the song is obviously on the two Daves, but Rick Braun and Philippe Saisse are also responsible for making this a really interesting track musically. It was awesome having their deep musicality to draw from as well as their amazing arsenal of sounds to add in the mix.

“Thematically, “Side By Side” is about friendship and “leaning on your friends” even when you can’t physically lean on them. Besides the opportunity to record with a true master of the saxophone for the first time, this song for me is about creating that Side By Side feeling. We all need that kind of comfort so badly now, the comfort of leaning on our friends.”

“Side By Side” featuring David Sanborn

Written by Rick Braun, Philippe Saisse, David Sanborn, Alice Soyer
and Dave Koz
Wylie Kylie Songs (ASCAP); Dorian 2000 Music (ASCAP); Hiatus Music (BMI); Alice Soyer Music (ASCAP); DKLA Music (BMI)

Dave Koz – alto saxophone
David Sanborn – alto saxophone
Philippe Saisse – keyboards, B3 organ
Rick Braun – trumpet and trombone, keyboards, programming
Nathan East – electric bass
John (JR) Robinson – drums
Tony Pulizzi – guitar
Arthur Thompson – percussion

Produced, recorded and arranged by Rick Braun
Additional production, recording and arrangement by Philip

Listen to Side By Side on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/5).

Herb Alpert – Herb Alpert Is

Legendary trumpeter/philanthropist’s Herb Alpert new box set will be released on October 2. This new release from Herb Alpert presents the definitive retrospective on the illustrious career of one of America’s most unique musical voices, Herb Alpert! Containing 63 tracks culled from 6 decades of the trumpeter’s classic recordings, HERB ALPERT IS… is the perfect companion piece to the new 2020 feature length documentary of the same name.

The October 1 movie premiere on Facebook will be accessible from Herb’s official page will also be cross-posted on multiple other pages. The livestream will also be syndicated to Herb’s official YouTube and Twitter pages, as well as Herb’s website.

For more information, please visit

Lamont Dozier – I’m Gonna Take My Time

When it comes to enduring musical legacies, it’s always inspiring when the melodic, grooving evergreen apples drop so close to the tree. The son and namesake of legendary singer, songwriter and record producer Lamont Dozier – one third of the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team – Lamont Dozier, Jr. grew up a child of Motown, steeped in and influenced by gospel, jazz and old-school R&B and immersing in the magic and creative mentorship of the likes of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross.

More than simply living up to the promise of his unique lineage, he has forged a unique path towards his musical destiny. Since his first live performance at the age of 15, the Detroit born and raised, Las Vegas based Lamont has developed an extraordinary, multi-faceted career as a bandleader, club headliner and creative force behind the scenes, clocking studio time and sharing stages with everyone from The Temptations and Aretha Franklin to contemporary urban jazz greats Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Gregg Karukas and Greg Manning, and working on show productions featuring Jennifer Hudson and Jay Leno.

Dozier’s new single “I’m Gonna Take My Time” is a hip, dreamy and heartfelt contemporary R&B ballad about a guy who’s rushing home to his loved one “at the speed of sound,” promising to get there as soon as possible.

Listen to I’m Gonna Take My Time on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/5).

Danny Lerman – Blueberry Pie

Danny Lerman is a riveting saxophonist and composer. Danny has studied with Junior Walker’s legendary teacher, Charlie Atkins and at the music school of the University of North Texas and the Berklee School of Music. Danny’s CD’s Danny’s Island (Chartmaker Jazz) and Meow Baby (Lightyear/EMI) earned stunning reviews, opening the door to international airplay, festivals and concerts in Finland, Venezuela, South Africa, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Hong Kong, Mexico, Israel, and the USA.

Lerman has recorded and performed with Howard Hewett, Danny Boy, Bobby Lyle, Norman Connors, and Jimmy Mngwandi. Danny has performed with Peabo Bryson, Kevin Mahogany and Onder Focan, and recorded with Randy Brecker , Dave Valentin, and Hubert Laws. Additionally, Lerman has opened for Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Sergio Mendez, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal, and Joe Lovano among others.

Lerman’s melodic new single “Blueberry Pie” was co-written and produced by Adam Hawley.

Listen to Blueberry Pie on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/5).

Nathan Brown – Oxygen


After experimenting with several instruments during his childhood and discovering that members of the opposite sex aren’t interested in guys who play baritone horn, Nathan Brown decided to take up electric bass. He began playing seriously at the age of 15, and has been tearing up the Detroit and L.A. music scenes ever since with his distinct brand of intelligent, funky, jazz-infused bass. Nathan currently performs as a member of the Scott Wilkie Band and as a session player for various other artists in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Nathan earned an A.A. in music from Henry Ford College, but attributes some of the best learning in his perpetual musical education to the time he spent in the Detroit music scene. It was in Detroit that Nathan met flutist Alexander Zonjic. As a member of Zonjic’s band from 1986-1993, he performed with some of the world’s most eminent jazz artists, including Bob James, Earl Klugh, and Kirk Whalum. In 1993, Nathan moved to southern California and eventually hooked up with Detroit buddies Scott Wilkie (the Scott Wilkie Band) and Randy Jacobs (Boneshakers).

His new single Oxygen is his first as solo artist. Nathan has written the song and played bass. Jeff McCullough produced and played keyboards. Patrick Yandall played guitar and Scott Williamson drums.

Listen to Oxygen on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/5).

Dee Lucas – Feeling You

National recording artist/Atlanta saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base since 2004.

As as runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for a plethora of artists such as Boney James, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nnenna Freelon, Hugh Masekela, Gregg Karukas, Peter White, Nick Colionne, and Michael Franks just name a few. He has performed at several jazz festivals such as The Arizona Jazz Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Savannah Jazz Festival, and The Atlanta Jazz Festival.

From his upcoming album The Time Is Now (release date September 18)  Dee Lucas presents his new single Feeling You, which was written by Darryl Williams and Orlando (Dee) Lucas.

Listen to Feeling You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/5).

Dave Koz – A New Day

I’m thrilled to announce that a brand new Dave Koz album is coming this October, thirty years and one day after the release of my debut album! And this one (my 20th) is unlike any other I’ve ever made, having been conceived and recorded completely under the umbrella of Covid-19. It’s called A New Day. And the sole purpose of making this album was to provide a sense of hope, comfort and good feeling to all of those whose lives have been so transformed by this pandemic.

In celebration of the project, (my first album of original material in 10 years), we are doing something special and unique for you, our incredible fans, by releasing 6 songs from the album in a new and creative way before the full album’s release October 9th. The campaign is called “Colors Of A New Day”.

Each Friday starting August 28th and for 6 consecutive Friday’s, I’ll tell a story and play another song from the new album, using a different color as a backdrop. The first song is “Summertime In NYC”, featuring Brian McKnight, and the color will be RED. Followed by the next song the following Friday, when the color will be ORANGE and so on. Every week, another song and another color! I’d love to see you get in on the action as well, so if the mood strikes and you want to wear the color of the week as you listen, send us a photo of yourself and we’ll do our best to post it!

As a teaser, beginning this Thursday August 27th, I will join SiriusXM Watercolors host Talaya to premiere the song of the week on national radio. We will do that with all 6 songs each Thursday at 6pm ET/ 3pm PT!

By the end of this campaign, we will have formed a RAINBOW of colors…a nice metaphor for where we are in the pandemic, in that I truly believe there is a rainbow waiting for all of us at the end of all this. We aren’t there yet of course, and have a long way to go…but intuitively we know better days are coming. We’re heading to A New Day.

And while we’re on our way, we’re going to use music to get us there, smoothing our journey forward.

That’s the Colors Of A New Day!

As always, I look forward to having you along for the ride ahead, and I thank you for all you’ve contributed to this true blessing of a career you have gifted me with, thirty years and counting. I am eternally grateful, and can’t wait for the next chapter!

With love and gratitude, always.

Dave Koz

Justin Lee Schultz joins Shanachie Entertainment


13 Year Old Prodigy To Be Joined On November 2020 Recording Debut By Bob James, Harvey Mason, Najee, Jonathan Butler, Gerald Albright, Pieces Of A Dream & More.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and based in Durham, NC, musical wonder-kid Justin Lee Schultz is the good news you did not even know you needed. He is joy personified. The multi-instrumental wizard who has dazzled audiences on TV shows Harry, Little Big Shots and American’s Most Musical Family, is a prodigy in the fashion of his idols Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. His talent is exceptional not merely because he is young but also due to his melodic, harmonic and technical maturation. While his peers are learning the latest Tik Tok dances and amassing kills on Fortnite, Justin prefers studio time and woodshedding for hours. While social distancing has most people jamming at home with their families, Justin has literally been jamming with his musician father and bassist Julius and 16-year-old sister and drummer Jamie-Leigh. “Music brings me joy because I can express myself when I play. I can also get creative when I’m improvising,” shares the amiable, cherub faced and charismatic 13-year old who has aspirations to one day share the stage with Wonder and Herbie Hancock, as well as Bruno Mars, Charlie Puth, Jacob Collier, Cory Henry and Robert Glasper. Justin, who plays piano, guitar, bass guitar and talkbox, devotes five to seven hours each day to his musical craft. His anticipated Shanachie Entertainment debut will be released November 2020.

Shanachie VP of Jazz A&R Danny Weiss, who was instrumental in producing another young prodigy, the pioneering jazz-fusion guitarist Larry Coryell states, “The words prodigy and genius do not do him justice. The warmth, the maturity, the feel, the brilliance… these are qualities that only a handful of artists can hope to attain, regardless of their age.” Justin Lee Schultz’s anticipated label debut will unite him with some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz including Bob James, Harvey Mason, Najee, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler and Pieces of A Dream, among others. Justin also welcomes his friend and fellow prodigy, youthful Brazilian bassist Michael Pipoquinha on a track, and his sister, drummer Jamie is featured on four tracks. While Justin and his father share the producer hat for much of the recording, they did enlist help from such heavyweights as Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown and Kim Waters, who lend their Midas touch and perfectly showcase Justin’s dazzling talents.

Within 30 seconds of experiencing Justin in his musical element, it is apparent that he was born with a gift. His father Julius shares, “When Justin was five I called him and Jamie up on stage together to play at one of my concerts. It was then that I knew I had something special. It wasn’t my intention for my kids to play music, but when they showed interest and started playing and showing incredible potential, I knew I had something special on my hands. Every time I hear them play, I’m super proud.” Justin cites his dad as his main inspiration. “God blessed me with my musical gift but my dad guided me and nurtured it!” he says.

With a new CD on the way, Justin Lee Schultz has high hopes. “The ultimate dream is to win or even get nominated for a Grammy!” exclaims Justin. “I also hope that I can give people feel joy and happiness when they listen to my music!”

Source: Shanachie Entertainment

Brien Andrews – Don’t Dance Just Groove

It’s all about the music, connecting with the music and then making sure the music connects to those that hear it! A consistent “in-the-pocket” drummer with solid grooves that are captivating. Brien Andrews electrifies audiences across the globe with his savvy, mastered and proficient artistic styling. Brien has the ability to play a vast repertoire of music and it is this diversity that makes him a preferred musician.

Brien has accompanied many great artists such as “Dreamgirl” Jennifer Holliday, Kelly Price, Monica, and Gospel Greats: Pastor Donnie McClurkin, LaShun Pace, Ted & Sherie, and PJ Morton. He has also toured with playwright Tyler Perry in “Madea’s Family Reunion”, “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”, “I Know I’ve Been Changed” and Bishop T.D. Jakes’ “Women Thou Art Loosed”. Brien is also an entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Bri’Entertainment, LLC.

Listen to Escape on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/5).

Adam Hawley – Escape

Six #1 hits. 60+ dates per year. Adam Hawley‘s first two albums stormed up the charts in unprecedented fashion setting the stage for his third release, “Escape.” The album features guest appearances by Najee, Rick Braun, Michael Lington, Marcus Anderson, Jeff Ryan and Kat Hawley.

Adam has also been a guitarist to the stars, appearing with a who’s who list of artists in a wide variety of genres. Credits include Dave Koz, Jennifer Lopez, Brian Culbertson, Natalie Cole, Brian McKnight, and American Idol to name just a few.

He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California and currently teaches at Musician’s Institute, Chaffey College, and Saddleback College.

Hawley’s new single/title track “Escape” features Rick Braun on trumpet. It’s the follow-up to the #1 single, “To the Top”.

Listen to Escape on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/5).

Player A and John Eric Copeland – The complete CD Bundle package

Player A  has an interesting offer for all listeners: Their CD Bundle package includes all Player A CDs but also many others of John Eric Copeland. Here is the info:

It starts with the brand new Player A CD released this week on John Eric’s birthday called “Sand Dollar In My Suitcase” It’s a new album of sambas, bossa novas, and Caribbean-flavored music that will make you feel like you are sitting next to the ocean. As usual with Player A, it features all the great session players from Nashville like Mark Baldwin, Gary Lunn, and many more. It also features. John Eric on vocals. Can you imagine?

But, as they say, that’s not all. In fact it’s only the beginning. They are also offering 7 other CDs as part of this including Our Own Devices, their first full CD, and The Jazz in Me by yours truly, the full CD from Player A before they were Player A. Also included is the remix CD from 2019 called “Devices, Techniques & Mechanisms”.

Also, they are offering both the Quiet Soul PIano records, which feature Copeland’s solo piano music. Also included are older albums of John Eric himself, including “Cooler” his very first CD way back in 1999 and the aptly names”Creative Soul”, an EP he made way back in the day.

That’s 8 CDs, and John Eric will be glad to sign them too.

To get this deal, please go to:

Boney James – Full Effect

“A solid relationship is when someone has your back and will stand by your side no matter what,” explains Boney James about the title of his new CD. “Solid is a word that has a few meanings, but this one really resonated with me and became the theme of the record.” Solid is the four-time GRAMMY nominated saxophonist’s seventeenth album as a leader and will be released by Concord Records, April 17, 2020. Solid follows up his smash 2017 release Honestly which became his eleventh #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album.

Sometimes, inspiration is slow in coming, evasive and stubborn. Other times, if an artist is very fortunate, it simply flows, the music practically writing itself. That’s how Solid, the latest release from Boney James came to be. “This record really flowed at an unusually quick pace,” Boney says. “There was a lot of positive energy in making this music. Solid is a very upbeat record. As I was writing them, these songs put a smile on my face.” All of Solid’s eleven tracks were produced and written or co-written by James. Three songs-“Full Effect,” “Tonic” and the title track-were built from licks played at sound-check by touring guitarist Kendall Gilder on the road in support of Honestly. “I said, hey, what’s that riff you’re playing?” James recalls, “And Kendall said, ‘that’s just something I’m messing around with.’ I got my iPhone and recorded them, then took it home and wrote the songs!”

James crafted many of the song titles (“Fresh Air”, “On The Path”, “Tonic)” to play off this theme, “Similar to my last CD Honestly, this new music is a reaction to how stressful the world feels these days. Music is a respite, it’s always ‘solid’ and it never lets me down.” Boney James’ personal relationship with music has never been anything but solid. Picking up the sax at age 10 in his native New Rochelle, New York, “I immediately loved it, and it pretty quickly became my favorite thing to do.” By the time he entered his teens, James was gigging with bands, and he turned pro at 19. He apprenticed as a sideman for artists like Morris Day, The Isley Brothers, Teena Marie and many others, touring and doing sessions for seven years before cutting his first solo album in 1992. The independently released Trust led immediately to a major label deal and a string of increasingly successful recordings and nonstop touring. Now a four-time GRAMMY nominee with four RIAA Gold records and career sales topping three million units, James continues to defy musical genres; A two time NAACP Award nominee, a Soul Train Award winner and named one of the Top 3 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade.

James, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 34 years Director/Actress Lily Mariye, says he’s looking forward to heading out on the road and seeing how the Solid material evolves from night to night. “I love playing live, maybe more than I ever did. A lot of guys get tired of the traveling but it’s still a joy for me every time I go out there and play.” It’s still a joy to his multitude of fans too. “I try to ‘be there’ for the people who are interested in my music,” says James, “to be Solid in that relationship and to not let anybody down. I often get great compliments from the people that come to my shows, that I ‘never disappoint’ them, and that’s very gratifying to me. That’s what I was trying to express with this title, that sense of character… to stand for something principled.”

Listen to Full Effect on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/5).

Alex Churchill – Best Of Me

Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Alex Churchill started playing the saxophone when he was nine years old. He studied under kiwi saxophonist Brian Smith (Maynard Ferguson Band, Nucleus) and afterwards went on to study Jazz Performance at the New Zealand School of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honors. He also competed at the 2009 New Zealand Youth Jazz Competition, where he was awarded the highest honor at the competition – the trophy for the “Most Outstanding Young Musician”.

After completing his musical studies in 2012, he began exploring other genres of music, most notably RnB, Soul and Smooth/Contemporary Jazz while he was playing saxophones, flute and keyboards for seven years backing vocalist and guitarist extraordinaire Andréa Lisa (Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler).

In 2014, Alex became an official RS Berkeley Performing Artist. He is an endorser of their Virtuoso Black Nickel Tenor Saxophone, Virtuoso Unlacquered Alto Saxophone, and Volaré Flute. Alex is currently in the process of completing his first solo album, with it’s release planned for 2021.

Listen to Best Of Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/5).

Chase Huna – Dynamic Duo



Chase Huna is an up and coming saxophonist who blends pop, electronic, and contemporary jazz into his style of playing. From the early years, Chase has enjoyed playing alongside some of the greatest musicians in contemporary jazz such as Rick Braun, Peter White, Steve Oliver, Richard Elliot, Eric Darius, Greg Manning, Jeff Kashiwa and so many others.

Since the release of his debut album ‘On The Chase’, Chase has performed at some of the most popular jazz festivals and venues around the country such as the Catalina Jazz Festival, Balcones Heights Jazz Festival, Newport Beach Jazz Festival, Spaghettini’s Jazz Club and many more! Chase released his newest album ‘Life Of The Party’ in January 2020 and is having much success with the much success with the album and radio single ‘Dance’ and ‘Dynamic Duo’! Chase’s goals are looking to further his career as a live performer and song writer!

His new single “Dynamic Duo” is co-written by Chase Huna and Steve Oliver.

Listen to Dynamic Duo on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/5).