Marhid – Hunch

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The Spanish duo returns with a new release ‘Hunch’ a joint production of two great producers and musicians Sergio Hidalgo and David Margam in which the great Italian saxophonist Gianni Vancini has joined with a masterful collaboration with arrangements that will take you to a state of higher emotional. Gianni Vancini is one of the most important saxophonists on the contemporary scene, considered one of the artists and musicians with the greatest projection on the international circuit.

Sergio’s enveloping piano together with the elegant sound of David’s guitar merge with some really motivating arrangements to give way to Gianni’s sensual sax with a magical final improvisation in a super careful production that has resulted in a beautiful song inspired, possibly the prelude to an important musical career for a project that evolves considerably with each new composition.

Listen to Hunch on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/6).

Mark Kibble & Steve Khan – Island Letter

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When two legendary artists decide to collaborate on a very special one-song project, the results are expected to be magical. So the pairing of vocalist Mark Kibble, the 15 time Grammy award winning singer known for his brilliant work as the lead arranger of Take 6, along with guitarist Steve Khan gave good reason for such excitement.

That they chose to reinterpret singer/songwriter Shuggie Otis’ Island Letter from his 1973 album “INSPIRATION INFORMATION” conjured up thoughts that anything might be possible on this musical journey. In a business where categories become essential, music writers classified Shuggie’s music as “Psychedelic Soul.” Here the Kibble-Khan tandem creates a musical impression that will also stretch the boundaries of labels and categories.

In these times, it is rare that artists might be able to release one song, a single, but this is the case, and Blue Canoe Records is proud to be the label to bring this extraordinary song performance to the public.

Mark Kibble: Vocals & Vocal Arrangement
Steve Khan: Ac. Guitar, Strat Orchestrations & Arrangement
Rob Mounsey: Keyboards & Orchestral Arrangement
Rubén Rodríguez: 5-String Elec. Bass
Marc Quiñones: Timbal, Conga, Bongó & Percusión Menor

Listen to Island Letter on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/6).

Xavier Gordon – Sunshine And Rain

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Xavier Gordon began his journey as a pianist at the age of seven and has become a composer and producer of jazz, gospel, r&b, hip hop, pop and many more genres of music. He became formally trained in jazz while obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.

After playing for acts like Jamie Foxx ,Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and producing for artists including Angie Stone and Puff Daddy, he earned his first 2018 Grammy nomination for production with Musiq Soulchild. And in 2019, he recorded a single where he plays alongside jazz greats Norman Brown and Kirk Whalum.

Xavier is currently promoting his new EP entitled Excellence. Excellence is an innovative and feel-good jazz EP released July 2, 2021 and debuted #2 on the iTunes Charts.

Listen to Sunshine And Rain on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/6).

Kenny Nightingale – My Saxophone

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Motivated in his music career by so many legends before him, just to name a few, Jimmy Hendrix, Grover Washington Jr, Slash, and Jonathan Butler. Kenny Nightingale is an American based smooth jazz recording artist who includes a fusion of gospel and contemporary beats. Mr. Nightingale writes songs and creates sounds that come from the deep. He plays with angelical tunes and a unique blend of jazz from all parts of the world.

Nightingale’s new single “My Saxophone” was created from his passion for the instrument that he plays.

Listen to My Saxophone on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/6).

Vassal Benford III – Melody Man

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Vassal Benford III is an American music mogul and film producer. Benford has stamped his indelible imprint on the music scene as one of the worlds top producers.

In 2017, Benford landed a platinum EDM pop hit with 2x Grammy Award winner DJ Diplo (Justin Bieber, Skrillex) song titled “Be Right There, also performed by superstar DJ’s Marshmellow and Major Lazer generating over 1 billion internet streams. Benford’s productions has generated over $400 million in sales revenue for such companies as Universal, Sony, BMG, and Warner Bros. Davis also founded label imprints with superstar producers Sean ‘P Diddy” Combs, L.A. Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmounds. The La-face duo released Toni Braxton’s debut selling over 15x platinum. Benford’s production with Toni Braxton received a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Performance.

Benford has garnered several awards including the ASCAP Top Pop songwriter of the year award, 13 film scores, 4 television syndication’s, and 57 platinum records awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA Certified) Benford’s introduction to the “fast track” of success started with music icons, Quincy Jones, Don Davis, Clarence Avant, and Universal Music Group record executive, Louil Silas Jr.

Benford’s production has helped create platinum hits for superstar talents DJ Diplo, Major Lazer, Toni Braxton, NAS, Marshmellow, Flo Rida, Fat Joe & Remy Ma,Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Rick Ross, Deborah Cox, Sheryl Crow, U2, Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) Kool G-Rap, Bell Biv Devo, Jade, Bobby Brown, New Edition, The Baha Men , Lil Kim, Tisha Campbell, Erika Jayne, Patti Labelle, Faith Evans, Chanté Moore, Aaron Hall, Oleta Adams, London Beat, Surface, Lisa Stansfield, Trimaine Halkins, and The Fine Young Cannibals.

Benford has also scored and/or produced the soundtrack for a host of television and film titles including “Arnold Schwarzenegger “The Running Man”, “New Jack City,” Kid and Play “Class Act,” Woppi Goldberg “The Associate,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Fame LA”, and the “Keenan Wynn Show, Billy Bob Thornton “The Smell of Success”, Hillary Duff, and Winona Ryder “Stay Cool”.

During Benford’s two year tenure as CEO of Vaz/Arista a label Imprint formed by Clive Davis. Benford was integral in launching the careers of two multi platinum recording acts, Deborah Cox performed the hit singles “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here.” and “Who Do You Love”. Benford dominated the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts making music history with the hit single, “Don’t Walk Away,” performed by the female trio Jade, “Don’t Walk Away” went on to become one of the hottest singles ever performed by a group or duo for the longest period of 39 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

Benford formed his second imprint distributed label, Vaz/Mercury with Danny Goldberg Chairman of Mercury Records. Benford was then appointed as Senior Vice President of Motown Records West Coast Division. After a two year tenure as VP, Benford was promoted and given yet another distributed label imprint, Vaz/Motown Records. Behind the success of Vaz/Motown Benford then teamed up with Danny Goldberg, formed a new distribution partnership with Artemis Records at Sony Music distribution. Artemis became the #1 independent label in the world with the mega hit, “Who Let The Dogs Out,” performed by the band The Baha Men.


Vassal Benford III is ranked one of the most prolific producers in the entertainment industry today.  His new instrumental single “Melody Man” is written and produced by Vassal, and is mixed by Smooth Jazz chart topper, Greg Manning.

Listen to Melody Man on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/6).

Walter Beasley – Hydra

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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, the Boston-based musician 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.

A leading alto and soprano saxophonist and prominent vocalist all the same, Beasley is hailed by fans for his thrilling performances along the East Coast and throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. Notable performances include the all-star tour To Grover, With Love, performing alongside Chuck Loeb, Buddy Williams and Andy Snitzer and performing as the headlining act for the Playboy Jazz Festival.

A native of El Centro, CA, Beasley found his calling in the 1970’s after his Aunt gave him his first Grover Washington, Jr. record at the age of nine. During his early teens, Beasley played sax and sang in various bands throughout Southern California. In the following years, Beasley attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and graduated alongside such prominent classmates as saxophonist, Branford Marsalis, and vocalist, Rachelle Ferrell.

“My new single “Hydra” is a song by Grover Washington Jr. that I have always loved. To my knowledge, it has not been done before now as the song is extremely difficult. If you play too much, you destroy it , if you play too little, you destroy it. The sweet spot is somewhere in the middle. My love for Grover Washington Jr and his expression is limitless. I have done my best to add my personality to an extremely beautiful track. Please enjoy.”

-Walter Beasley

Listen to Hydra on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/6).

Wakana – Fika Talk

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Chiba, Japan born saxophonist WaKaNa is member of the upcoming band LUCA and in Korea and China of the band IN YA MELLOW TONE. Her first solo project was Saxcess Story (2018). The album was produced by keyboardist Greg Manning, who also performs on six of the eight tracks.

Her new album A Sunny Day was released on May 4, 2022. Taken from this new album is the single Fika Talk.

Listen to Fika Talk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/6).

Eric Essix – Ain’t No Sunshine

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In 1995, after playing a concert for students at Huffman High School in Birmingham, AL, Eric Essix met a young Ruben Studdard. Ruben’s fellow students persuaded him to sing and Eric listened in amazement and said “young man that voice will take you wherever you want to go in the music industry.” Eight years later, Ruben became the second winner of the hit television show, American Idol!

Eric and Ruben have, over the years, discussed one day working in the studio together and, when considering possible collaborations for his new album “Stride”, Eric knew he would be the perfect person to sing his arrangement of the Bill Withers classic, “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

“My goal when covering an iconic piece of music like this, is to try and preserve the character and soul of the song while creating instrumental moments that will compliment rather than distract from it,” Eric says. “This song is so elegant in its simplicity. It’s a study in songwriting where the lyrics tell a complete story with very few words and Bill Withers delivers a vocal performance that is both understated and stunning. I believe Ruben’s interpretation is one that Mr. Withers would have approved and it was an absolute joy and honor to work with him on it.

The single is the first from Eric’s new album, “Stride” the follow up to his “Songs From The Deep” album which was released in 2020 and produced the radio hits “Late Night Drive” and “The Deep”. It is Eric’s 28th album as a solo artist since his debut, “First Impressions” in 1989.

Listen to Ain’t No Sunshine on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/6).

Patrick Bradley – Song Of May

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Setting the tone for Exhale is the album’s title track which rolls out on a celestial sequencer groove with majestic chordal progressions and bubbly synth bass. “‘Exhale’ was clearly the lead single since 2020 has been a tough year for us all,” Patrick Bradley shares. “The original title was ‘Soffrito,’ inspired by me cooking Bolognese with my grandson and explaining that it takes all day. He shouted, ‘All day Bolognese!!’ Looking up the recipe, I saw that soffrito is the key ingredient and thought, ‘What a beautiful word.’ When Darren and I worked on the song together, it grew into something more. Then when we entered the COVID world, my wife suggested I call it ‘Exhale.’

Patrick and Darren’s shared Christian faith buoyed beautiful, heartfelt numbers such as “Completely Yours,” “Song of May” and “Lighthouse” (featuring some signature tasty guitar by Allen Hinds). More forthright in terms of inspiration is “In the Heart of the Seas” which shifts between piano-centric verses and guitar driven choruses.

“The term comes from The Book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament which I am referencing in a specific context,” Bradley states. “When you’re flailing in the heart of the seas and you need someone to pull you out, only Jesus – for me – can save you. I had the title first which gave me that vibe – a mental picture of what it should sound and feel like. You can be in the worst situation yet rest in the knowing that it’s all going to work out fine.”

This song was created for Patrick’s daughter Heather, who was born in May.

Listen to Song Of May on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/6).

Ragan Whiteside – Thrill Ride

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Billboard #1 flautist, vocalist, and composer Ragan Whiteside is back with an exciting new single, “Thrill Ride” – the title track to her upcoming 6th album release. Teaming up with veteran hit producers Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin, Ragan delivers a performance that is sure to get your summer started right. Joining Ragan on the track is Rich Harrison a.k.a the artist RAH on drums and Phil Hamilton on guitar.

“Thrill Ride” (the single) will be available May 9, 2022 at all digital download and streaming platforms. The full album will be available August 2022.

“The energy of this song allowed me to live out my race car fantasy,” says Whiteside. “The photoshoot with the Slingshot autocycle brought out my inner wild-child and driving it was definitely a thrill ride!” – Ragan Whiteside

Listen to Indigo Rain on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/6).

Rei Narita – Indigo Rain

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Japanese pianist and composer Rei Narita is a constant and sustainable contributor to the smooth jazz genre. He made his debut with The Color of Soundscape in 2011, followed by The Color of Soundscape II (2015), Key Rei Cover (2017), and The Color of Soundscape 2020. His latest project is The Color of Soundscape 2021.

Rei now presents his new single of breathtaking beauty Indigo Rain (2022) featuring Peter White and Omar Hakim.

Listen to Indigo Rain on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/6).

Collective Groove Band – Definition Of Funk

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For the last decade, the Durham NC based Collective Groove Band has been giving invigorating spins to Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul, Pop, classic Soul and Gospel music.

With a new look and an ever-evolving sound, CGB is comprised of Kensby Blount, Cameron Morgan, Antwon Timmons and Kevin Crockett. This group of stage and studio professionals are not only musicians, but creatives who have the ability to write, arrange, produce and engineer their own imaginations and release them to the world.

CBG will bring the energy to any experience and setting, from Intimate events at the Governor’s Club, to some of the biggest stages on the East Coast; CGB makes the crowd groove!

Listen to Definition Of Funk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/6).

Paul Taylor – Friday@5

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Over 25 years into a stellar, multi-faceted career that’s found him continually pushing the sonic boundaries of what’s possible in contemporary urban jazz, saxophonist Paul Taylor brings us his highly-anticipated new recording And Now This on Peak Records.

And Now This, fully created via the exchange of digital files between the Las Vegas based Taylor and his longtime musical compadre, collaborator, co-writer and producer Dino Esposito, features the saxman’s ongoing exploration of an expansive range of dynamic danceable grooves and intricate pop/electronica vibes. The ten tracks fully reflect the way Taylor began moving forward in his personal and creative life, as if to say, in his words, “we’re coming out of the pandemic, this is what I’ve been creating, we’re kicking it back into high gear and we are more open-minded in our approach to music than ever.”

From the atmospheric soul and fast paced funk of the title track (featuring the guitar of Brian Monroney) through the sultry flow of the closing track “Good Night,” And Now This also celebrates the decades long friendship and intuitive, forward thinking musical chemistry between Taylor and Esposito. Their dynamic history dates back to when they played in the same band as students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas – and includes Taylor touring in Esposito’s band when he was a pop star in the late 80s touring with New Kids on the Block. Esposito has been Taylor’s chief sonic co-architect since the saxophonist’s 1995 debut On The Horn and subsequently collaborated on Pleasure Seeker (1997), Undercover (2000), his Peak Records debut Hypnotic (2001), Nightlife (2005), Prime Time (2011), Tenacity (2014) and Countdown (2016).

During the course of his storied career, the Denver native has headlined hundreds of shows and has been part of numerous all-star tours – including dates with Peter White and Euge Groove in a lineup affectionately dubbed “Peter, Paul and Euge;” Gentleman of the Night (with Marion Meadows and Warren Hill). He has also performed with The Rippingtons and the acclaimed “Groovin’ For Grover” tour. Some of his first post-pandemic lockdown shows have been with labelmate Michael Lington and Sax to the Max with Michael and Vincent Ingala.

Officially entering his second quarter century of recording, with And Now This, Taylor is as excited as ever to continue casting his creative aim higher and grateful for every opportunity to bring his best to his loyal legion of longtime and newer fans. “What I like most about the new album is its freshness, and the fact that after 25 years, Dino and I still have so many unique avenues to explore,” he says. “It’s a special album created in unusual, highly stressful times. There’s something to be said for all of us artists persevering through the shutdown of 2020 and finding a way to get it done. And we did — And Now This!”

“Friday@5” is the follow-up to Taylor’s #1 Billboard hit, “Straight To the Point”.

Listen to Friday@5 on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/6).

Walter Chancellor Jr. – Time 2 Chill

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Professional saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, arranger, mentor and music producer Walter Chancellor Jr. has been a mainstay in the Twin Cities contemporary Jazz and R&B music scene for the past 25 years. After constant touring during his formative years he decided to relocate to musically successful Minneapolis from Des Moines, Iowa and lessen the necessity of so much traveling to perform.

Not long after his arrival in Minneapolis, Walter performed and recorded with Prince, earning him a Double Platinum Record for his participation on Prince’s “Emancipation” CD in 1996.

Additionally, Walter has performed, recorded and has shared the stage with such artists as Chaka Khan, Willie Nelson Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer, Chance Howard (Prince, Candy Dulfer & Brian Culbertson), Brown Mark Mazarati, Musiq Soulchild, Larry Graham, the late Louis Johnson, Cameo, The Pointer Sisters, Bobby Lyle, The Platters and Producer greats as Chris “Big Dog ”Davis, Andre Fischer and Jack Douglas just to name a few.

“Time 2 Chill”
Written by Walter Chancellor Jr and Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis

Walter Chancellor Jr – Saxophones and Production
Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis – Keyboards and song arrangements

Listen to Time 2 Chill on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/6).

Philippe Saisse – Lost Words

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In 2021, Philippe Saisse took a dynamic stylistic detour into the world of lo fi hip hop jazz on “Shift,” a contemporary throwback to his days working with Arif Mardin and Chaka Khan which is still receiving major airplay on SiriusXM’s Watercolors and is included on Spotify’s influential playlists State of Jazz and 21st Century Jazz.

The ever innovative and adventurous keyboardist/ composer returns to his trademark global fusion vibe on his new single “Lost Words,” a vibrant and infectious, multi-genre track that taps into his passion for lush orchestration (drawing particular inspiration from the beautiful string arrangements Johnny Mandel created for Brazilian legend Joao Gilberto in the 70s), Caribbean-African flavors, romantic Brazilian rhythms and harmonies and snappy flamenco magic courtesy of guest guitarist Marc Antoine.

Driven by a powerful synergy with some of his most trusted go-to collaborators – acoustic bassist David Finck, drummer Maurizio Zottarelli and percussion master Gumbi Ortiz (whom the keyboardist has worked with for years in Al Di Meola’s band) – Philippe creates a uniquely soulful journey from an initial feeling of dreamy melancholy to a later sense of bright and hopeful joy that perfectly parallels our collective experiences during the pandemic era.
The intriguing title “Lost Words” speaks to its origins as one of several demos that he was working on as collaborations with Al Jarreau in the years before the legendary singer’s passing in 2017.

Jarreau was excited about the tune, loved the Brazilian style of the track and felt the melody had an Italian quality, so he came up with the working title “Trevi Fountain.” He had scatted some ideas, with every intention of putting lyrics to Saisse’s music. When Jarreau entered the hospital, he took with him a CD with four tracks, intent on writing despite being gravely ill. He also had a black book with lyrics – possibly including the words he wanted for “Trevi Fountain” – but Saisse later learned that the book had been stolen.

So any lyrics he may have written are lost to history – hence the keyboardist’s eventual title “Lost Words,” which is also a subtle homage to author Dan Brown’s 2009 thriller The Lost Symbol. Because of his profound sadness over his friends’ departure, Saisse took five years to begin working again on the track again. The version Saisse is now releasing is very much like the original demo, only now with live drums and a high energy piano solo in the middle.

“Lost Words”

Composed, Arranged & Produced by Phillipe Saisse
Mixed by Goh Hotoda
Mastered by Colon Leonard at SING Mastering

Steinway acoustic piano, Marimba, Vibraphone, Keyboards, Vocals – Phillipe Saisse
Acoustic Guitar – Marc Antoine
Drums – Mauricio Zottarelli
Percussion – Gumbi Ortiz
Acoustic Bass – David Finck
Soprano, Alto & Bass Flutes – David Mann

Listen to Lost Words on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/6).

Vel Lewis & Michael Garvin – PlayTyme

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Vel Lewis and Michael Garvin joined forces in 2020 and Garvel Music was born. Their new single “PlayTyme” is destined to burn radio waves worldwide!

Vel Lewis is an award-winning Hammond Organ Company artist whose music can be found listed on many popular recordings and well-known TV shows: The Sopranos, Mad About You, Friends, Wife Swap USA, and many more. He has performed numerous shows around the world with soul legends Dionne Warwick, The Delfonics, The Futures, and has shared the same stages with the Stylistics, the late Phyllis Hyman, and Earth, Wind & Fire and many mire.

Michael Garvin has made his career as a world-class songwriter of 33 Top Ten hits to date, of which 23 hit Number One on the charts. He is a guitarist and trumpeter, who is widely known for penning the Global Number One hit “Waiting For Tonight” recorded by Jennifer Lopez, and the worldwide, multi-platinum hit “Never Give Up On A Good Thing,” recorded for George Benson. Michael has also created musical hits worldwide for artists from many different genres.

Listen to PlayTyme on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/6).

Paul Jackson Jr. – Love Like This

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Grammy nominated and owner of six #1 smooth jazz radio singles himself, Paul Jackson Jr. has been featured on recordings with top superstars such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Luther Vandross, Barbra Streisand, and childhood friend Patrice Rushen. He’s also recorded with some of today’s biggest stars including The Weeknd, Zendaya, and Daft Punk.

Paul has scored music for many successful television shows and movies and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, American Idol, The Academy Awards, The Emmys, The Kennedy Center Honors and on multiple Grammy appearances with Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo, Lionel Richie, and Chance The Rapper. Paul has also performed on the soundtracks for major motion pictures such as “La La Land”, “Get On Up”, “Zootopia”, and “The Color Purple”.

Regarding his new single “Love Like This”, Jackson comments “Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and I were playing at the Atlantic City Jazz Festival about a year ago. During sound check I started playing the guitar part of “Love Like This” by Faith Evans. Jeff stopped what he was doing and said “Hey, Paul, you need to record that song. Everybody likes it.”

“He didn’t have to tell me twice. And, since it was his idea, I wanted to feature him on my version. Also featured is my daughter Lindsey Jackson on vocals. Where are my roller skaters at!”

Listen to Love Like This on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/6).

Douglas A. Jackson – In Style

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Douglas A. Jackson earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from California State University, Los Angeles. His principal instrument is the trumpet and he also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and Xavier University of Louisiana. He holds a Certificate of Completion from the Smithsonian Institute’s Summer Studies World Music Program at West Virginia University and has performed in the Latin Jazz Band of the legendary Cuban conguero Francisco Aquabella, among others.

Douglas is an Associate Professor of Music at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC, where he teaches Trumpet, African American Music History, Music Business and directs the Elizabeth City State University Jazz Ensemble. In 2012 Douglas founded the annual Elizabeth City State University Jazz Festival where the list of guest artists includes: Jae Sinnett, Lesa Terry, Sean Jones, Michael Dease, Marcus Anderson, The Rhythm Project, Ron Carter and Shana Tucker. From 2012 to 2020, Douglas participated in the North Carolina Humanities Council Raod Scholars Speakers Program. His lecture topics were on “North Carolina Jazz legend Max Roach” and the “Influences of Jazz Styles and the Trumpet.”

Douglas entered teaching after two decades of progressive responsibilities in Music and Film accounting, including 11 years with MGM Studios, Inc., mosts recently 3 years as Royalty Administrator for the BMG Production Music Group.

Listen to In Style on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/6).

Frank Piombo – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

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Frank Piombo, Multi Award Winning Contemporary Jazz Guitarist/Composer and International Recording Artist. Member of the Recording Academy. Sound Exchange. BMI, and the International Singer-Songwriters Association. Inducted into the 2020 Indie Music Hall of Fame. Nominated in 2019 and 2020 by the “East Coast Music Hall of Fame.”

Frank Piombo’s portfolio is an impressive one. Appearing as lead guitarist and vocalist alongside Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co, the Original Infernos; and sharing the stage with the likes of The Duprees, The Mello Kings, Vito and the Salutations, and Vito and the Elegants, Frank has proved to be much more than a jazz guitarist.

In addition to touring the East and West Coast, where he has built a solid fan base, Frank has also shared the stage with various European artists, such as “I Nuovi Angeli” and the “Formula Tre.” His music is now heard throughout North America, and several other continents, including: Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America.

Frank Piombo was accepted on the popular digital radio station Pandora, iHeart Radio, and YouTube where he now boasts his own stations. He had two of his original compositions “Rush Hour Funk,” and “Keep It Movin’” placed on the 2018, 60th FYC, Grammy Voting Ballot.

Listen to Mercy, Mercy, Mercy on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/6).

Mo Louis – Turn It Up

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A little over a year ago, saxman Mo Louis met Euge Groove while buying one of his saxophones and they became good friends. Mo expressed his interest to release his own music and after some consideration, Euge decided to help him make his dreams a reality. “I’ll never forget standing in his studio and him putting on one of his own tracks for me to play along with.” Mo said, “Talk about a humbling moment! I owe a lot to him… this wouldn’t be happening without him.”

Soon after, Mo began working with the amazing Smooth Jazz producer Jeff Carruthers. His debut single “TURN IT UP” was released on April 11th, 2022. His soulful and melodic voice gives him a unique identity that will hopefully find a place in the hearts of jazz lovers for years to come.

“Over the last 15 years I’ve worked steadfastly at my craft. He’s played, recorded and toured throughout the United States. I’ve been able to establish a reputation as an artist and soloist amongst the finest Los Angeles musicians. I’ve reached a place in my life where it’s time to share with the world the music that’s been in my heart for so long!”

“This is just the beginning and I’m honored to share my heart and music with my amazing fans! Enjoy!” – Mo Louis

Listen to Turn It Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/6).

Andrew Vogt – Dusk

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Fresh off a 2021 release with electronic artist Seven Lions, composer and bassist Andrew Vogt (Chicago Soul Jazz Collective) teams up again with the all-female string quartet ATLYS, jazz vocalist Sarah Marie Young and spoken word artist Sharon Irving to create the brand new single “Dusk”. This track blends together elements of soul, hip-hop, jazz and chamber music to instill the comfort of having someone to come home to at the end of the day. Released in March to celebrate Women’s History Month and to recognize the impact they all have on our lives.

Andrew Vogt is an accomplished musician and composer from Chicago who, in addition to writing, producing and performing his own original music, collaborates and performs regularly with singers and songwriters from all genres of music. From Ernie Watts (Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny) to Isaiah Sharkey (John Mayer, D’Angelo) to Woody Goss (Vulfpeck) he is featured on almost 20 hours worth of music (over 30 albums) on Spotify from different collaborations and side projects.

Since 2016, Vogt has been a member of the electric jazz quartet Bonzo Squad, which performs every Thursday at their weekly residency ‘aliveOne’ in Lincoln Park. With three albums under their belt, the group has become a part of the historic 15 year residency with alumni such as Spare Parts, The Heard, Low Spark and Lubriphonic.

Awarded the Luminarts’ 2020 “People’s Choice” award for Solo Jazz performance at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, he has also been found collaborating in the writing and arranging of music for the Atlys string quartet. Since 2018, Vogt and ATLYS have released numerous singles including wildly successful covers of “A Day in the Life” and “Imagine.” Through this partnership, he also had the opportunity to arrange the music of hit-machine songwriter Tom Kelly (Cyndi Lauper, Phil Collins, Madonna, The Pretenders, The Bangles) for a performance with Kelly in Lafayette, Indiana. In winter of 2020, Vogt’s commercial music company 3MIX had featured placements on the full-length Hallmark Christmas movie “The Christmas Doctor.” In summer of 2021, Vogt worked again with ATLYS, and electronic artist Seven Lions to arrange hybrid string quartet covers for sold out performances at Red Rocks and The Gorge, which also resulted in a full album release called Opus in December of ‘21.

PLAYERS & INSTRUMENTS:

sarah marie young – vocals
sharon irving – vocals/spoken word
atlys (pronounced “atlas”) string quartet:
sabrina tabby – violin
jinty mctavish (pronounced “gin-tea “) – violin
rita andrade (pronounced “on-drah-day”) viola
genevieve tabby – cello
quentin coaxum (pronounced “cokes -um”)- trumpet
dustin laurenzi – tenor sax
stu mindeman – piano/rhodes
matt gold – acoustic guitar
hans luchs (pronounced “lucks”)- electric guitar
christian euman (pronounced “you—men”) drums
andrew vogt – upright bass (prounced vote)

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Da Phatfunk Clique – Wait!

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Da Phatfunk Clique is a collaborative musical/creative concept, under the direction of violinist Darrell “D-Funk” Looney. The group continues developing their vibe as various musicians add their creative influence and experience to the compositional flow.

The current single entitled “Wait!” continues their tradition of funky jazz to elevate the mood of your everyday groove. Having previously collaborated with several fine musicians in the past including jazz piano luminary Bob Baldwin, this time he is undertaking a duet with chart-topping flautist Ragan Whiteside. They have generated a funky/jazzy vibe that audiences can’t “Wait!” to experience!

Darrell “D-Funk” Looney has created a purely eclectic vibe with the upcoming release of new all original tracks in genres ranging from Funk, to Latin/Reggaeton, Jazz and even Reggae for Da Phatfunk Clique’s new collection of compositions entitled “Da Smoovness”. The project is planned for full album release in late 2022.

Listen to Wait! on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/6).

Jessy J – Dig It

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What do you do after celebrating over a decade as one of contemporary jazz’s top saxophonists, known for your trademark blend of sensual Latin tinged powerful horn playing which garnered 12 top singles and 6 chart topping albums? You tap into your longtime love for the vibrant soul and blues energies of the 60s and 70’s to release your first studio album in six years BLUE, an album of original songs totally stylistically different from your previous recordings as evidenced by the cover art reminiscent of some of the great albums of that era.

Driven by a fresh spark of creativity due to the isolation she felt during lockdown, Jessy set out to create an album full of James Brownesque drums and tasty/bluesy Ray Charles organ licks showcasing some of her most passionate and robust tenor playing ever. “The tone for BLUE was set when I wrote the track “Spinnin’,” whose high energy old school vibe was about me pouring out my frustration over cancelled gigs and sudden lifestyle adjustments due to lockdown,” states Jessy. “Overall my playing on the album reflects fourteen years of growth as a musician and songwriter, which feels normal considering how young I was when my first album came out. I always want to be evolving as an artist and producer. BLUE is very different from my earlier albums because it’s a snapshot of where I am now in my life and how I was feeling during these difficult times.”

The result is anything but sorrowful. If anything, from the raw, sizzling horn-fired Crusaders-esque jam “Dig It” (a co-write with Jeff Lorber and BLUE’S first single) through her fast paced, discofied and thumping “Dance Beat,” it finds the artist letting loose, setting her musical spirit free and celebrating the start of a time of exciting new possibilities, while retaining some of her trademark Latin influences and traditional jazz and swing elements on later tracks.

One of the unique aspects of recording during this time was the ability to record remotely via digital file transfer and sometimes FaceTiming with the other musicians in different locations – resulting in a truly international affair. In addition to “Dig It,” Jessy co-wrote and co-produced the wildly funky Cannonball Adderley influenced “Malt Shop” with Jeff Lorber, sending tracks back and forth from across L.A. County and having her friend Ludovic Louis create his improvisational trumpet blasts from Paris.

Starting with the immediate #1 Billboard chart success with the title track from her debut album Tequila Moon, the powerhouse saxophonist cemented her rising stardom touring with contemporary jazz greats like Lorber, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove and Peter White, She is seen regularly performing on the hit television competition shows “American Idol,’ “The Voice” and “Dancing with the Stars,’ and in more recent years has toured with Anita Baker, recorded with Robin Thicke and contributed as composer/performer to the albums of two members of Chance the Rapper’s band – the GRAMMY® nominated Intellexual album and The Juju Exchange’s Exchange.

In conjunction with the release of BLUE Jessy embarks on a U.S. tour throughout the spring and summer. She will also be releasing California Christmas Vol. 2 for the 2022 holiday season.

“Writing and recording BLUE was an extraordinary experience,” says Jessy. “I have missed the connection with my fans so much these past two years. On every level–physical, emotional, spiritual – music plays such an important role in healing us. It’s like therapy, making everything in life so much better and healthier.”

“Dig It”

Recorded and Mixed by Jeff Lorber at JHL Sound Pacific Palisades, CA
and Changi Records Anaheim, CA

Tenor Saxophone – Jessy J
Keyboards, Bass, Guitar – Jeff Lorber
Drums – Gary Novak

Listen to Dig It on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/6).

Juan Carlos Mendoza – The Boogie Now

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After his successful 2021 CD “Life Has Changed” which reached No. 1 in Spain on specialized radio stations, this week number 4 on Top 40 Star Radio, and was chosen on several radio stations around the world as one of best of 2021, now he presents us a new work called “Best Unknown Hits Vol 1” which, as its name suggests, will be a compilation of the highlights of his three works some unknown but that have received such good reviews around the world.

Some remixed to give a younger touch as is the case of this “The Boogie Now” one of his favorite tracks,  in which great international stars participate such as the wonderful American jazz singer Deborah Carter, the one who was the last saxophonist of the great Joe Cocker (RIP)  Norbert Fimpel, the guitarist and producer from the Balearic Islands Joan Bibiloni and great session musicians such as Javier Mora, Vicente Climent, Javier Barral and the brass section directed by the great trumpeter (RIP) Stephen Frankevich, the saxophones of Jordi Mauri & Javier Paxariño.

Backing Vocals Deborah Carter, Katey Aultrey, Arthur Henson, Sonia Vallet, Bass, Remix, Synthesizers, Effects [Dubs], Producer [Re-Produced], Programmed By Juan Carlos Mendoza E. They make “The Boogie Now” a super optimistic song that even invites to dance and be happy, in need so much lately.

Listen to The Boogie Now on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/6).

Ron King – Cascade

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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 studio lead / jazz / improvisational trumpet players. He has attained Gold records for working with such artists as 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 and Keely Smith, The Jimmy Kimmel Live television show, ABC-TV’s, The Next Best Thing, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and featured on The Grammy Awards!!

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

He’s now released his own CDs, starting with Triumph in 2016, then Downtown Mama produced by Paul Brown (2019). His forthcoming new CD is also produced by Paul Brown, and features the new single “Cascade”.

Listen to Cascade on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/6).

Greg Chambers – Double Trouble

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Saxman Greg Chambers new single “Double Trouble” is funk-forward, sassy and sweet, and hard-hitting from start to finish. Featuring bassist extraordinaire Michael Fields Jr. and an array of A-list players (Dwayne “Smitty” Smith, Eric Valentine, Matt Godina), “Double Trouble” boasts an infectious hook, whimsical interplay between sax and bass, and a rock steady, driving funk to bind it all together.

Greg’s expressive delivery, shimmery saxophone tone, and melodic writing help to make this one bad tune.

Listen to Double Trouble on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/6).

Dee Lucas – Hot Ice

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National recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas is back just in time to heat up things in 2022 with “Hot Ice”!

Coming off the heels from his Billboard smash hit “Full Tilt”, Lucas is joined again with 9-time Billboard #1 artist & hitmaker Adam Hawley. “Hot Ice” features piano virtuoso and Smooth Jazz charting artist Gino Rosaria. The two together are the perfect combination of blending a sizzling hot hook with an ever so-cool melody!

As as runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for or co-billed for several such as Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nnenna Freelon, Hugh Masekela, Gregg Karukas, Peter White, Nick Colionne, Michael Franks, Peabo Bryson, Miki Howard, Howard Hewett, & The Manhattans just to name a few. He has performed at several jazz festivals such as The Arizona Jazz Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Savannah Jazz Festival, The Atlanta Jazz Festival, & The Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival .

“Hot Ice”

Produced by Adam Hawley
Written by Adam Omar Hawley, Orlando (Dee) Lucas & Carnell L Harrell
Mixed by Adam Hawley
Mastered by Steve Hall/Future Disc Systems

Dee Lucas – Soprano Saxophone
Gino Rosaria – Keys
Adam Hawley – Guitar, Rhodes, Organ, & Strings
Mel Brown – Bass
Eric Valentine – Drums
Carnell Harrell – Additional Synth

Listen to Hot Ice on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/6).

Michael Broening – Summer In Blue

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Artist, producer, pianist and songwriter Michael Broening has written and produced over 40 contemporary jazz hits, including 27 top 10 and 11 #1 singles, one of which was the 2007 Grammy winning song “Mornin'” by George Benson and Al Jarreau.  A former touring musician, DJ, and private music teacher, the LA Born Michael started the “B-Hive,” his Phoenix based recording studio, where he’s been operating as producer and engineer, as well as online session musician, for the past 20 years. Michael is also a devoted husband and father of two, and has found great joy and success balancing career and family. 

Since 2001, Michael has written and produced albums for a who’s who of contemporary jazz artists, including George Benson, Wayman Tisdale, Marion Meadows, Cindy Bradley, Brian Simpson, Michael Lington, Steve Oliver, Tim Bowman, Lin Rountree, Althea Rene, Lebron Dennis, Randy Scott, Catie Waters and Kayla Waters. Every album featured a single written by Michael that charted and many featured multiple songs in the top 5. On Benson’s Grammy winning album Givin’ it Up, Michael was credited playing B3 organ on the song “Bring it on Home to Me,” which featured Paul McCartney, Benson and Jarreau. The album reached #1 on Billboard Jazz Sales chart and took home 2 Grammy’s in 2007. In 2010, his production of Bradley’s “Bloom” helped Cindy win the 2010 Contemporary Jazz New Artist of the Year.  His Production of Scott’s 2020 “Joyride” helped Randy win 2020 New Artist of the Year. In December 2019 with Kayla Waters “Full Bloom” and Cindy Bradley’s “Wind Chill Factor” and again in October 2020 with Randy Scott’s “Joyride” and Lin Rountree’s “Fluid.” All 4 songs hit #1.

Taken from his upcoming album on Trippin’ and Rhythm Records comes his new single Summer In Blue (2022).

Listen to Summer In Blue on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/5).

Aaron Brown – Mr Jones

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Inspired by his mother’s death and his mentor’s massive stroke, R&B/jazz guitarist-bassist Aaron Brown felt a sense of urgency to create new music. As he works on his fourth album that he anticipates releasing in the fall, his BBP Records label will offer a preview when the single, “Mr. Jones,” goes for radio adds on March 21.

Brown wrote, produced and arranged the single named after his longtime friend and mentor, Gordon “G-man” Jones. Brown’s sinewy bass leaps to the fore over drummer Gene Faffley’s beats on the cut that features a prominent saxophone lead by guest star Pete Belasco, who admirably carries the melody with impassioned horn play. Dennis Johnson adds keyboard harmonies, embellishing Brown’s nuanced electric guitar.

So, you ask: who is Aaron Brown? Guitarist (truly a multi-instrumentalist), and composer Aaron Brown is FuBop Collective. FuBop is a collection of sounds that represents who he has become at this stage of his musical journey. Aaron’s path has taken him into countless recording sessions and gigs as side man and collaborator with Roy Ayers, John Lewis, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Omar Hakim, Trevor Gale, Buddy Williams, Marcus Miller, Doc Powell, Pete Belasco, Carol Steel, Mauricio Smith, Wayne Brathwaite, Glen Jones, Freddie Jackson, Tanya Willobough, Melissa Morgan, Miles Jaye, Kevin Jenkins, Warren McCray, Carmen Lundy, Larry Elgart Big band, Charlie Palmier, Connie James, Paul Lawrence, Lisette Wilson, Harlem Boys Choir, Ronnie Drayton, Gus Falcon, Gordon Jones, Raymond Jones, Sharon Bryant, Linda Watson-Brown and many more.

Listen to Stop! In the Name of Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/5).

Matt Lee – One More Kiss

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Smooth Jazz saxophonist Matt Lee, debuts his single “One More Kiss”. Matt Lee features his signature style with a haunting and sexy soprano sax performance bringing a new vibe to the smooth jazz world. As the song moves thru the intro, it leaves you in suspense for what’s to come. “One More Kiss” builds thru the chorus making you think of that special person sitting next to a fireplace with your favorite glass of wine. “One More Kiss” will definitely get you in the right mood for a memorable evening.

Producer Jeffrey Carruthers, puts together an amazing arrangement that screams “I Love Ya Baby”! Let’s not forget the incredible performances by Darryl Williamson Bass, Eric Valentine on drums, Ricky Peterson Hammond B3, Jeffrey Carruthers on piano, keys and guitar. Matt Lee on the soprano and tenor saxophones. “One More Kiss” is the perfect vibe for 2022.

“Music soothes the soul and unites our hearts”. -Matt Lee

Listen to One More Kiss on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/5).

Eric Darius – That’s My Jam

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For Eric Darius there are no limitations when it comes to breaking new ground. Internationally known as an elite Jazz/R&B Saxophonist, Songwriter, Producer, and Performer, Darius most recently dropped, Summer Feelin’ Featuring Paul Jackson, Jr., the first single from his upcoming album which became a rallying anthem of hope during the pandemic, capturing the feeling of togetherness. He is now slated to release his second single, That’s My Jam Featuring Justin Lee Schultz on March 25th.

This upbeat, feel good song captures the exhilarating grooves and high energy of his legendary live show and is sure to be his next Billboard chart-topping hit! That’s My Jam is a song that Darius wrote that pays homage to one of his closest friends who recently passed, Willie Payne. “He always lived life to the fullest and was the life of the party everywhere that he went! Any time he heard one of his favorite songs, he’d yell out: ‘That’s My Jam!’ and hit the dance floor. This is one of those jams that captures his infectious energy that I know he would’ve loved, so it felt right to name the song after one of his favorite past times…living it up and dancing like no one is watching! With so much going on in the world around us today, this song is about inspiring others to live their best life and just dancing to the rhythm of life.”

As for Eric’s upcoming album, this project will be his second release via his own independent label, SagiDarius Music. His most recent album Breakin’ Thru released in 2018 was a huge commercial success, yielding four #1 hits on the Contemporary Jazz charts, however, this upcoming project due this Summer promises to be his best to date!

Produced by GRAMMY award-winning musician, Philip Lassiter (Prince, Kirk Franklin, Ariana Grande), this album features collaborations with Paul Jackson, Jr., Justin Lee Schultz, Mononeon, and many others, musically blurring the lines between Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Funk & Pop! A worldwide tour is also in the works to promote the new album.

About his foray into independence, Darius says, “I’m really excited to release another album on my own record label. As a recording artist, it is truly the most rewarding yet challenging thing I’ve ever done. To go independent and take complete control of my music from start to finish took a huge leap of faith, but there is really no better feeling than having true creative freedom and being able to make music directly for my fans with no restrictions or boundaries. I feel like I’ve learned so much on the entrepreneurial side of things in this process and it will only benefit me down the line in all facets of the music industry.”

Listen to That’s My Jam on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/5).

Jef Kearns ft. Aria Zenua – Stop! In The Name Of Love

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Stop! In the Name of Love, a 1965 Motown classic by The Supremes, has had a number of cover treatments over the years. So many, in fact, that the title may be the initial response at the idea of another. Flautist Jef Kearns, however, partners with vocalist Aria Zenua and producer Douglas Romanow utilizing modern production surrounded by vintage keyboards, and a bounce that catapults it into 2022 like it was born there. Mastering by Randy Terrill (Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Silk Sonic) gives it all an extraordinary shine.

Jef Kearns is a creative flautist with a distinct, driven, melodic and playful voice on the instrument which moves in and out of a story line Aria delivers as if she lived it.

The single follows up Kearns’ cover of Leon Haywood‘s 1974 hit “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You” featuring Alana Bridgewater and an instrumental take on Whitesnake‘s 1987 smash “Is This Love” both of which Kearns had equal success in making his own.

Stop! In the Name of Love releases April 1st, 2022 on all streaming platforms alongside an official video on YouTube.

Listen to Stop! In the Name of Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/5).

J. Michaels – I’ll Treat You Right

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It’s 2022 and while we are still recovering from a pandemic, producer arranger composer and artist J. Michaels is coming to you once again with his “smooth groove” sound! After his critically acclaimed first release “Night Grooves f/Dave Howard and Yvonne Jay,” J. Michaels has now teamed up with International Guitarist D.Margam.

David Margam has become one of the leading representatives of R&B, which is Funk & Smooth Jazz in the Spanish music scene today. A facet that he combines as a producer, arranger and composer, David is a founder member of one of the most international references of Spanish Funk, “Funkdacion” David is also known as one of the biggest promoters of Smooth Jazz in Spain through his current and well-known radio program “Funkmania Smooth Jazz”, which he has directed and presented since 2000.

David Margam is part of the MARHID project as a composer and producer, one of the most international formations of Contemporary Jazz, which has been ranked in the top positions of the main world radio stations.

J. Michaels – I’ll Treat You Right ft. David Margam, takes you back to the days of Isaac Hayes and Barry White but of course, with that J. Michaels twist. David puts an exclamation point on the composition with his seamless guitar riffs and sweet melodies.

Listen to I’ll Treat You Right on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/5).

Johnny James – Foolish Heart

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Smooth Jazz saxophonist Johnny James aka ‘Dr. J’ is back! James will release his new single “Foolish Heart” on March 14, 2022. The single, produced by Andre Brissette, is the first from James’ forthcoming album Breathing, scheduled for release this summer. “Foolish Heart” includes the all-star musical talents of Paul Brown, Norman Brown, and Greg Phillinganes.

James is super excited Paul Brown mixed the single to perfection. “Paul is definitely one of the heavy weights in smooth jazz,” said James. “I love how he mixed the single to give the recording an exhilarating feel and sound that vastly bring out the best in this beautiful ballad.”

Paul Brown has over 100 Top 5 radio hits in the smooth jazz genre. Norman Brown, the Grammy award-winning guitarist who lives at the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts, adds his electrifying and tasteful guitar licks to “Foolish Heart”. “It is an honor to have someone of Norman’s musical caliber on this single,” James said. “He is one of the greatest jazz and R&B guitarists, who embellished ‘Foolish Heart’ beyond my expectations.”

Greg Phillinganes has toured or recorded with several dozen great R&B/pop artists, including Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Brenda Russell, Toto, Eric Clapton, and Dionne Warwick. “Greg Phillinganes is one of the most in-demand pianists on the planet,” said James. “His keyboard magic and mastery on ‘Foolish Heart’ is beyond incredible.”

James adds, “I’ve loved ‘Foolish Heart’ since hearing Steve Perry’s original release in 1984. The pure beauty of the song and Steve’s incredible vocals made this a ballad that I always wanted to record.”

James is an accomplished vocalist, saxophonist, and flutist who has performed nationally and internationally for 40-plus years. The music major from Florida A&M University was a member of the pop-dance band Will To Power.

Listen to Foolish Heart on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/5).

Eric Valentine – Q’s Vibe

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Following Eric Valentine’s Velvet Groove Album, Eric rallies more of the best musicians to move us again in his new single Q’s Vibe. His fresh collaborative sounds leave music-lovers grooving to his singable melodies, rich harmonies, and impeccable grooves.

His song “Velvet Groove” marched its way to Billboard’s #2 Smooth Jazz song of the year and remained on various charts for over 21 weeks. And, now Q’s Vibe is set to hit the airwaves internationally on March 14.

For Q’s Vibe, Eric called on Saxophonist Everette Harp and keyboardist Greg Manning to play his infectious melodies along with him. Eric lays the groove and serenades us with his smooth layered scatting vocals. And his voice is a delightful, unexpected complement to the sass of Everette’s sax and the enchanting sound of Greg’s keys. Together, they take you on a captivating musical journey, inspired by legendary composer and producer Quincy Jones.

“Q’s Vibe”

Written & Produced by Eric Valentine
Co-written by Devin A. Smith
Eric Valentine – Drums, Drum Programing, Vocals, Keyboards
Everette Harp – Saxophone
Greg Manning – Piano, Synth Solo
Devin A. Smith – Keyboards
David Dyson – Bass
Rick Watford – Guitar
Tim Carmon – Organ
Mixed by Ken Freeman and Eric Valentine
Mastered by Euge Groove at House of Groove Mastering
Executive Producers – Eric Valentine & B. Valentine

Listen to Q’ Vibe on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/5).

Nick Colionne – What You Do To Me

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When Nick left us on New Years eve he had just finished recording his final record for you. He left us a gift, a musical gift, a piece of him that we can keep here and savor in his absence. The first segment of this gift will be ready for all to open and enjoy now.

What You Do To Me, the lead single goes officially to radio today and will be playing soon on a radio station near you. It will be available for download on March 11th. This is just a fantastic new song from the master storyteller and I just can’t wait for you all to hear what he left for you.

– Jeff Lunt (VP promotion and A&R at Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records) –

Listen to What You Do To Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/5).

Rodney Greene – Real Close

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Let us introduce you to the up and coming smooth Jazz keyboardist, Rodney Greene. Although Rodney has been around for awhile, he is finally coming into his own and getting some well deserved recognition in the music industry. Rodney has released two Smooth Jazz studio album projects to date, “Nice n Slow” and “Meditation of My Heart”.

Rodney is currently working on his third album scheduled for release in April 2022. Rodney has released a single off the album which features Billboard’s Smooth Jazz chart topping Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner, who is a musical icon in his own right.

“Real Close”

Alto Saxophone: Jackiem Joyner
Lead/Rhythm Guitar: Darrell Crooks
Keyboards/Synths/Horns/Strings: Rodney Greene
Bass Guitar: Rodney Greene
Drum Programming: Rodney Greene
Vocals: Rodney Greene

Listen to Real Close on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/5).

Bill Colletti – Play It Again

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Bill Colletti is a professional multi-instrumentalist/recording artist who has been performing since 1978. His primary instruments are the Flugelhorn, Trumpet, Valve Trombone, Piano, Guitar and Vocals. Bill’s horn style is influenced by the likes of Chet Baker, Doc Severinsen, Herb Alpert and Chuck Mangione while his versatility is demonstrated throughout many musical genres such as Jazz, Latin, Big Band, Pop, Orchestral and Broadway musicals.

Bill has performed with Grammy award winning and top Contemporary/Smooth Jazz artists including Dave Koz, Peter White, Marc Antoine and Oli Silk. His first all original music CD “Be on the Light” was released January 29, 2019 and can be heard on Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, YouTube as well as streaming radio stations world wide. In addition, Bill is a composer, producer and recording engineer.

Bill was awarded 1st place in the “So You Think You Can Jam” contest aboard the Dave Koz 2013 Mediterranean Jazz Cruise as well as 1st place aboard Dave’s 2014 Alaskan Jazz Cruise.

The Dave Koz Lounge (SiriusXM ch. 66) has featured two of Bill’s singles “Treble Maker” and “Be On The Light.”

Listen to Play It Again on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/5).

Jason Jackson – Movin’ On

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Billboard top 20 artist Jason Jackson burst onto the scene in 2021 with the release of his debut EP, Movin’ On and hasn’t looked back.

Jason will be releasing his second single from the Movin’ On EP to radio stations all over the country. The track, “Groove All Night” is a smooth ride featuring guitarist extraordinaire Tim Bowman that is sure to have your foot tapping from start to finish.

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.

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. During his first tour, he was awarded the Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award and a few moths 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 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.

“Jason has a natural knack for coming up with super catchy melodies and playing them on his sax with amazing dexterity and a whole lot of soul. He’s got a bright future in the world of instrumental music as this new track featuring guitar great Tim Bowman certainly shows!”
-Dave Koz

Listen to Movin’ On on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/5).

Mark Allen Felton – Give Me Your Love

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A Chicago native, saxophonist extraordinaire, Mark Allen Felton aka Panther drew upon a wealth of influences from Jazz to Gospel. At the tender age of 11 he began an artistic journey inspired by such musical greats as Grover Washington Jr., Earth Wind & Fire, Sonny Stitt and Kool & the Gang. By the time he graduated from high school, Felton had recieved numerous awards for his musical excellence including a scholarship to Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. The extraordinarily gifted artist has had the honor of playing on and sharing the stage with some of the most revered artists and musicians in the world of smooth jazz and R&B. His stage presence and music execution makes him a crowd favorite wherever he goes. Felton has played on stages throughout the world domestically and internationally (Japan, UK, China, Beirut, etc.).

A prolific composer, Mark Allen Fleton has written several hundred songs including the theme song for the nationally syndicated radio program “Radioscope” and the theme song for framed comedian Michael Colyar’s comedy special. His compositions can be heard in independent films as well as on his five previously released CDs: On The Prowl, Gospel Stroll, A Blessing, I Do It For Love, & Soul Real. His 6th CD The Gem In I will be released in March of 2022. The first single from his CD Give Me Your Love will be released to radio in Febraury 2022 followed by performance dates across the country.

Felton continues to release music that inspires, motivated, and engages the listener. On his latest effort, Felton collaborates with guitarist Adam Hawley on his new single, “Give Me Your Love”.

Listen to Give Me Your Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/5).

Keith McKelley – Don’t Give Up

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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 the 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, Keith 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, and Marc de Clive-Lowe.

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 Don’t Give Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/5).

Bob Baldwin – You Got This

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Bob Baldwin is an American Pianist/Composer/Arranger/Inventor. The Mt. Vernon, NY native has recorded on six of the seven inhabitable continents, and while Antarctica is not on his recording bucket list, his international list, including Dubai, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, UK, Canada, is quite impressive. “Whether it’s a massive festival crowd of 30,000 or an intimate restaurant audience of 60, I refuse to rob my audience of great music and a good experience”, says Baldwin.

“Being a musician, we obviously had to make adjustments to the way we all do music,” says the Native New Yorker. “Concerts were eliminated in 2020, but fortunately, owning your own music makes you halfway covid-proof.”

Listen to You Got This on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/5).

Richard Elliot – Move Ahead

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“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.”

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.

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 features the forward momentum of the new radio single “Move Ahead,” a refreshing and uplifting track that is bound to inspire joy. Co-written with Philippe Saisse and Rick Braun, it’s a swinger with a percussive backbeat with drummer Jay Williams and percussionist Lenny Castro and once again shows off the magnetic chemistry between Richard Elliot and Rick Braun.

Elliot adds, “This song is the musical embodiment of moving forward and beyond the challenges that we have all had to face this past year.”

“Move Ahead”
Written by Philippe Saisse, Rick Braun & Richard Elliot
Produced by Rick Braun
Record label – Shanachie

Richard Elliot – Tenor saxophone
Rick Braun – Trumpet
Philippe Saisse – Keyboards, arrangement
Nathaniel Phillips – Bass
Jay Williams – Drums
Lenny Castro – Percussion
Adam Hawley – Guitar

Listen to Move Ahead on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/5).

Juan Carlos Mendoza – New Life

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Spanish guitarist Juan Carlos Mendoza has already released the albums Mediterranova (2005) and Thanks To Life (2014). Now he returns with his third album Life Has Changed (2021). The title of the album refers to the isolation during the pandemic that Juan Carlos had to endure for three months, the new beginning with the production of his album and the energetic support of musician friends who helped him finish it.

The single New Life is taken from the aforementioned album. New Life gives a master class in Latin flavor and sonic splendor featuring divine Paula Atherton on flute and Robert Tola on guitar.

Listen to New Life on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/5).

Cindy Bradley – Love Yourself

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Flugelhorn and trumpet really rock her boat. Cindy Bradley left some imposing traces in the sand of the smooth jazz genre with Just A Little Bit (2007), Bloom (2009), Unscripted (2011), Bliss (2014) and Natural (2017). The Little Things (2019) was her sixth album in connection with the label Trippin’ n’ Rhythm. It’s time for a new album.

Cindy serves as first appetizer her new single Love Yourself (2022).

Listen to Love Yourself on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/5).

John E. Lawrence – Movin’ Up to The Top

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John E. Lawrence, a lifelong resident of Ypsilanti is one of Michigan’s most talented and respected guitarists. He has published sixteen instructional guitar books, produced, and released four DVDs and recorded and produced 12 CDs. John is the former Head of the Music Performance Program and former Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Washtenaw Community College. He is also the author of a book entitled Business Management for the Working Musician: A Step-by-Step Guide for Making Money Making Music.

Three books from Mr. Lawrence’s catalog are published Mel Bay Publications Inc. and he was included in Mel Bay’s 2000 Anthology of Jazz Guitar which includes solos by some of the world’s finest guitarist. He has endorsement deals with Heritage Guitars and GHS Guitar Strings.

John’s latest CD is entitled “Masterpiece Vol. 1.” The first single released from the CD was “Photo Shoot”, a soulful smooth jazz ballad released June 2021. The second single, “Movin’ Up to The Top” is an upbeat party song released in February 2022.

In 2019, John dedicated himself to writing and recording music fifteen to twenty hours a day. To date, he has written, recorded, and produced over three hundred and fifty songs.

In the summer of 2021, Mr. Lawrence embarked on another venture in the music business as a concert producer and promoter. John E. Lawrence Presents the Frog Island Jazz Series is a free jazz concert series from July 2nd through September 3rd held on Fridays from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The series brought in national and international Smooth Jazz Recording Artists to perform each week. The ten-week total attendance of the John E. Lawrence Frog Island Jazz Series 50,000.

Listen to Movin’ Up to The Top on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/5).

Michael Lemmo – Blue Comet

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In a genre and format that too often encourages even the most brilliant of artists to play it safe and sacrifice the full expanse of their chops for easy, friendly, infectious listenability, Michael Lemmo is that once in a decade cat who’s ready to blow all those niceties out of the water (while still being wildly melodic) on his genre-stretching, perfectly titled debut smooth jazz single “Blue Comet” – also the name of his upcoming debut.

Understanding his unique background, the first clue that you’re in for a more fiery adventure with this multi-faceted singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso is a list of his chief influences. While Lee Ritenour is up there, the rest are rockers – Lindsey Buckingham, John Mayer and late greats Jeff Buckley and Eddie Van Halen. While Lemmo is clearly in a class all his own, for point of comparison, he’s what might happen if we merged the historical power of Eric Clapton’s blues/rock and George Benson’s inventive jazz sensibilities.

The genius of this relentlessly burning, constantly exploding “Blue Comet” is the decision to turn the powerhouse tune into a funky, jamming dance-duet with this generation’s premiere saxophonist, Jeff Ryan. It’s today’s genre equivalent of what might have happened if blues-rock inspired guitarist, the late Jeff Golub, joined forces with Richard Elliot. Once Ryan was added to the mix, the gale force of the track prompted an unprecedented reaction from its producer Paul Brown, who has helmed #1 hits for nearly every genre artist (including himself) for 30 years. Listening back with Lemmo, Brown was literally floored, like “that’s some serious crazy s*** right there.” It’s billed as “Michael Lemmo ft. Jeff Ryan,” but the camaraderie between artists is so much more than main artist/featured artist.

So, prepare yourselves for not just urban jazz business as usual. The jam starts out with some crisp trademark Lemmo licks before Ryan blasts in with his combustible yet cool flow and unlike most tracks like this where the guitar might be featured and the sax plays a harmony and takes a later solo, the two are engaged in buoyant, high-energy conversation from the get go – often allowing Lemmo to establish a melodic line solo, then repeat it in tandem with Ryan. The joyful thing for mainstream genre fans is that while their performances are generally higher octane and their individual solos a few minutes in more blistering and intense than traditional radio fare, there are still some incredibly hooky melodic lines to latch onto.

While Ryan’s solos these past few years on his own recordings and those of other artists have become the stuff of legend, the real payoff is hearing Lemmo, on his very first instrumental radio single, take his lengthy solo spotlight as an opportunity to fuse his aggressive, stratospheric rock and jazz sensibilities. It’s breathtaking stuff that will no doubt have listeners capping their astonishment with a moment to catch their breath. Brown’s usual studio crew of Roberto Vally (bass), Gorden Campbell (drums) and Marco Basci (keys) is on hand to make sure things are always poppin’ behind the two lead instruments.

“For folks who like their “smooth jazz” a little less smooth and a lot more adventurous, the success of this song will hopefully lead other artists to cut loose like this more often.”
-Jonathan Widran

Listen to Blue Comet on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/5).

Julian Vaughn – Take That

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Born and raised in Kansas City, KS, Julian Vaughn was primarily a drummer when he picked up the bass guitar. Vaughn developed his playing style while growing up in the church where his grandfather pastored until turning over the reins to Vaughn’s father. A few years later, he became good enough to start playing at concerts and live gospel recordings.

Vaughn launched his solo career in 2010 with his album The Purpose Project, which spring boarded him into his jazz career. In 2012 he put out the album Breakthrough (2012), featuring the single “On Your Feet,” which peaked at #1 on the Billboard chart. He later would release albums Limitless (2015), Bona Fide (2017), Supreme (2019), and Chapters of Love (2021). Vaughn racked up four Billboard #1 hits between his albums and 8 #1s overall as a feature on various artists’ songs. Vaughn has toured across the U.S., playing at some of the largest jazz festivals. In addition, he has performed abroad in places like Dubai, South Africa, Nigeria, Nairobi, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Vaughn takes pride in writing and producing almost all his music, saying, “I want to be known as a great writer and producer just as much as an artist.”

In 2020 Vaughn was the #2 Artist of the year and had the #2 and #17 Billboard songs of the year, “Afro Calypso” and “Afternoon Delight.” His latest independent release, titled SOLO is slated to be his best work to date. As Vaughn’s recording catalog continues to grow, he hopes to continue to redefine the lead bassist role in the Smooth Jazz genre.

“Take That”
Written & Produced by Julian Vaughn

Lead Bass: Julian Vaughn
Bass: Darrell Freeman
Keys & Production: Greg Manning
Drums: RJ Kelly
Guitar: Adam Hawley
Saxophone: Marcus Anderson
Horn Section: Emmanuel Echem

Listen to Take That on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 20/5).

Attila Zavodi – River Waves

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Peet Project saxman Attila Zavodi is not only a great instrumentalist but also an acclaimed composer, with his songwriting skills demonstrated on some of the band’s hits, e.g. “Galaxies”, “River Cruise” and “Drive Time”. Besides serving as a full-time member of the Peet Project, Attila is also an in-demand session player in his native land of Hungary, lending his talent to local pop and jazz acts that feature names like Sting’s former vocalist partner, Vinx.

His second solo single, “River Waves” is an instrumental track celebrating the classic stylistic elements of the smooth jazz genre through capturing the mood of a relaxed river cruise.

Hence the title, and the track is now presented to you for airplay consideration. A relaxed, instrumental smooth jazz ballad following the classic pathways of the genre. Rich in textures and emotions without turning overly sentimental.

“River Waves”

Written by Attila Zavodi & Marcell Toth
Soprano Saxophone – Attila Zavodi
Keyboards – Marcell Toth
Acousic and Electric Guitars – Miki Macko
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Marcell Toth

Listen to River Waves on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

Willie Bradley – Falling For You

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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.

In 2014, Willie released his debut Contemporary Jazz CD Another Day & Time, produced and co-written by keyboardist/Recording Artist Nicholas Cole. Tracks from this CD made the Smooth Jazz Billboard Charts and have been added to Smooth Jazz radio stations worldwide to include Music Choice, Pandora, Spotify, and iHeart Radio.

Willie has performed at high profile shows around the country including Catalina Island Jazztrax, Denver’s Premier Jazz Room, The Soiled Dove Underground, Magic City Smooth Jazz in Birmingham, Spaghettini Lounge, Ocean City Jazz Fest, Columbus Jazz & Rib Festival, Carson Jazz Festival, Newport Beach Jazz Festival, Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, Southern Maryland Wine, Jazz & R&B Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Coalition Jazz Festival. He is also known for being part of the brass section with RJ & The Original James Brown Band touring abroad in France, Osaka and Tokyo Japan’s Billboard Live and Summer Sonic Music Festival.

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 CD It’s My Time was produced and co-written by Jeff Canady that features several of his friends in the Smooth Jazz Genre, Ragan Whiteside, Greg Manning, Julian Vaughn, James Lloyd, LaShawn Gary, Selina Albright, Nathan Mitchell, Kay-ta Matsuno, Walter Beasley, Marion Meadows, Rob Zinn, Johnny Britt and George Clinton.

This musical adventure promises to be an appetizer of sweet things to come, for Willie; savor it with open ears, and heart!

Listen to Falling For You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

Adam Hawley – Gotta Get Up

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Nine #1 hits. 50+ dates per year. Adam Hawley has burst on to the scene as a celebrated and innovative artist, composer and band leader. Originally signed to Maurice White’s (founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire) label Kalimba Music, Adam’s first two albums Double Vision and Just the Beginning spawned an incredible six #1 hits, an unprecedented feat for a new artist. He followed that up with Escape which included the 2020 Billboard Song Of The Year, “To The Top.” Now totaling 9 # 1’s, Adam sets out with this exciting fourth album “Risin’ Up” which features Steve Cole, Vincent Ingala, Julian Vaughn, Riley Richard & 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.

“Gotta Get Up” is the follow-up to Hawley’s #1 Billboard hit, “Risin’ Up”.

Listen to Gotta Get Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

Ryan La Valette – Let It Flow

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The cover image of Ryan La Valette’s 2020 independently released EP Dimensions of Me says it all – almost! – about the unique triple threat artistry the New Zealand bred and based artist brings to contemporary urban jazz. The photo shows the well-dressed musician on the couch, looking pensive, with a saxophone to his right and an electric guitar to his left. Just a few years ago, after many years of playing mastering those two instruments, he picked up the bass and effortlessly added it to his repertoire. That collection, and its three track holiday themed follow up A Christmas To Remember, set the stage for his full on genre emergence in 2022 with New Beginnings, Ryan’s perfectly titled, highly anticipated debut on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records.

Starting with the February release of its lead single, a spirited, funky and fast rolling guitar driven “Let It Flow,” the still in progress project will have three tracks each that showcase Ryan’s skills on his three instruments, with several interludes between songs that allow him to stretch and solo beyond the infectious, radio friendly main tracks. Testament to his incredible array of talents and songwriting skills, Ryan is working on the album with three of the genre’s top Billboard #1 keyboardist/producers – labelmate Nicholas Cole and two time Grammy nominees Greg Manning and Chris “Big Dog” Davis.

“Due to my lifelong passion for the music and style of George Benson, I consider myself primarily a guitar player,” says the 26 year old Ryan, who remembers hearing the legend’s classic Breezin’ album around age five when his mother put it on while dusting the living room. “But because my primary goal is to share my musical gifts and make people happy in the process, I’m also excited to show what I can do on the sax and bass. I realize it’s an unconventional approach to be an emerging artist releasing songs on different lead instruments. Yet I have sacrificed a lot to develop my career and was happy to make the decision to cross that bridge, dedicate myself fully to all three instruments. I love the challenge of expressing my emotions in fresh ways on each.”

Ryan, a graduate of the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) Auckland, is the first to admit that his prospects of playing smooth jazz was practically nil in a country of five million people with only a small jazz scene – and a traditional one at that. Considering his leanings in the genre, however, when it came time to create his final dissertation/thesis project at SAE, he insisted it have an urban jazz vibe.

He felt he had nothing to lose by reaching out via social media to some American musicians he admired – and two of them, impressed with the music he sent them, agreed to contribute remotely to the low budget school project that became his debut 2018 indie release Saturated Smooth. Guitarist Clay Benjamin, whose credits including touring for two years with the legendary Al Green, appeared on “Get Together,” while saxman Donald Hayes – who has worked with everyone from  Beyonce, Babyface and Earth, Wind & Fire to Najee and Jonathan Butler – played on “Dreaming of You.”

Davis and Manning were slightly harder “gets,” with Manning’s busy schedule preventing him from responding to Ryan’s message till nine months after he sent it. But since both heard what the up and coming artist brought to the mix and came on board, the collaborations have been fruitful. Davis appears on “City Livin’” (from Dimensions of Me) and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on Ryan’s holiday project, and Manning was so impressed that he tried to get the guitarist/saxman signed to his label at the time, Kalimba Music. When the company folded, Manning then reached out on Ryan’s behalf to Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm, and everything’s been a whirlwind work in progress since.

“I feel very fortunate to now be working with such incredible artists and musicians like Nicholas, Greg and Chris, and I’m excited to see how this process of introducing myself as an artist in U.S. unfolds,” says Ryan. “Considering all the American contemporary jazz artist who have been so important to my love of the genre and development of my own music, my drive to succeed is very personal. Growing up in a beautiful country with such a small music industry and such limited prospects for enduring success is a great motivator for me to take the stage in America and show fans what I can do. I’m looking forward to playing at Seabreeze Jazz Festival in the spring and can’t wait to see how things evolve after that!”

Listen to Let It Flow on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

Kimberly Brewer – No More Pain

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Kimberly Brewer is an American singer and background singer. She is best known for her longtime collaboration with Stevie Wonder. Kimberly Brewer Kimberly was born on November 20th. Genres Soul, R&B, Pop Occupation(s) Musician Instruments Vocals Years active 1989 – present Associated acts Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire. In 1989 she was featured as a backing vocalist on the hit single We Didn’t Know, a duet by Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder. In 1991, she also contributed the song “If She Breaks Your Heart” (written by Wonder) to the motion picture Jungle Fever.

She was also featured on Elton John’s twenty-fourth studio album Duets (1993). Along with Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Wyclef Jean, B.B. King, Stevie Nicks and others, she performed “I Love You More” (a duet with Wonder) on the TV special A Very Special Christmas from Washington, D.C. (2000). Brewer also appeared in the 2001 action movie Ticker (starring Tom Sizemore, Dennis Hopper and Steven Seagal). Along with Leland Sklar, Billy Preston and others, she was part of the blues band, who appeared in the movie.

During 2002 and 2004 she toured as a background vocalist for Earth, Wind & Fire. Over the years she contributed vocals to albums by Kristen Vigard, Teena Marie, Rick James, k.d. lang, Will Downing, Boney James, Vanessa Williams and several records by Stevie Wonder as well as his DVD release Live at Last: A Wonder Summer’s Night (2009).

Listen to No More Pain featuring Maysa on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

Byron Miller – Better Days Are Coming

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The best instrumental music stems from players with penchants for uncut, straight to the point communication. With “Better Days Are Coming,” electric bass guitarist supreme Byron Miller emerges from lockdown with a Funk-fortified message of pressing urgency. Because “B” is a master at getting a point across within his signature bass plucking style that is clearly talking to you, he is delivering this missive for all the world to hear in two ways. The civilized expression says “Better Days Are Coming.” But the underlying urgency of this COVID-era plea is “KEEP YO’ ASS @ HOME!”

“Better Days Are Coming” is the hope-laden lead single of Psychobass 3: Real Love, Byron Miller’s third project of a series created to bring serenity, harmony and Funk-Jazz prophecy to a needy world, this one being a 7-song EP. This jam is soul stirring instrumental Funk of the highest order – with purpose, power and panache! Not only does it showcase Byron and his bass upfront tickling your earholes with a lead melody equal parts emphatic and sweet, it features Swedish keyboardist Mats Öberg, a protégé of immortal music legend George Duke.

In 2016, Mats and Byron Miller met each other for the first time when they were part of “A Tribute to George Duke.” Mats and George met four times during George’s visits to Stockholm, encounters that were nothing short of pivotal for Mats as George had been a heavy-duty inspiration for him since childhood when he started playing at the tender age of two. George’s influence is undeniable and palpable in the solo Mats takes here on pitch-bending synthesizer – straight up down home Dukey Stick Blues Funk!

“Better Days Are Coming (Keep Yo’ Ass @ Home)” follows Miller’s most recent radio successes from his Psychobass 2: The Gift, including the Billboard Smooth Jazz chart-topper “The B Spot” (ahh, that’s #1, bobba) and the Top 20 hit “Soldier of the Groove.” Additional players on “Better Days” (co-written and co-produced by Byron Miller with Phil Davis and Rick Jordan) are Davis on keyboards, Jordan on drums, JUBU Smith & Darrell Crooks on guitar, and Munyungo on percussion.

Soon as this COVID fog breaks, Byron Miller a.k.a. Psychobass will be bringing his 4-string and 5-string custom MTD basses, and a band to venues near you. `Til then, our funky fearless leader can’t stress enough: “KEEP YO’ ASS @ HOME!”

Listen to Better Days Are Coming on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

Jason Miles – The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles

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The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles-A Musical Biography Is like no book you have ever read about the music world. Every chapter is a different story and a birds eye view of what it was like to be in the studio and make music with artists like Luther Vandross, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, AMO.

Please look at the various funding tiers I have below.

Your help will help me get this completed book out to the public. I am asking you to pre order the book so we can go into production. I’m Offering some very nice packages from simple to upper tier to help me get there. The Book will be available this spring. I appreciate all of you who have followed me all these years. I’ve held up my end of the story by giving quality music to you with originality heart and emotion. This book gives that as well.

Each sale will also include my new album (Digital) “Musical Biography” my first album of solo piano and trio

  • $25-Kindle or Apple edition
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  • $1000-2 people can come to Storm King Art Center where Kathy and I will take you thru this amazing 500 acre sculpture park followed by lunch at one of our favorite restaurants
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The word is in by some of the best writers:

Jason is modest, but honest. He’s got big ears, sharp eyes native Brooklyn street smarts and has been on stage ,on tour, in the studio and sharing downtime with soulful international stars for nearly 50 years. He knows and here reports as an insiders’ insider
just what’s gone on. He’s made me listen.

Howard Mandel (Author of Miles, Ornette, Cecil-Jazz Beyond Jazz and Culture Jazz, Jazz Journalists of America)

Anyone with an Interest in music-including fans, musicians, keyboard technology enthusiasts, songwriter, arrangers and producers will find this book an inspiring ,illuminating, and enthralling read.

George Cole (author of The Last Miles-The music of Miles Davis)

For anyone who has dreamed about whet the life a successful behind the scenes musicians life would be like, Jason Miles’ book is that Dream bursting to life before their very eyes. What a page turner of sweet, salty and the bitter TRUTH insights into what it’s like to work with the greatest ,strike out on your own as a leader and on the road.. all with your mind toward the endgame of a fully realized life and career.

A. Scott Galloway (writer, critic, influencer)

Generally a musician, artist, producer and songwriter who starts the title of a memoir ,”The Extraordinary Journey Of” might be guilty of hype and hyperbole, but Jason Miles’ insightful and witty, thoroughly engaging, and compulsively readable musical autobiography more than lives up to that description.

Jonathan Widran (writer)

Reading Jason Miles’s book is like listening to him telling you stories in his very personal, unique and passionate way. A book is like a great album it gets to you!

Wulf Muller (former head of A&R and marketing Sony and Universal Music specializing in Jazz)

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25th Street Band – One More Time

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The 25th Street Band is a global crossover jazz collaboration project, based in London UK and featuring guest artists from around the world.

The band founders worked with George Michael, and wrote a song for him which he performed with the band. More recent guests include Joey Kibble (Take 6), top session stars, Mornington Lockett (sax), Hussain Jiffry (bass), Tom Brechtlein (drums) and Bill McBirnie (flute).

Between us we have worked with Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, George Michael, Elton John, Sergio Mendez, Ronnie Scott, Herb Alpert, Chick Corea, Robben Ford, Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor, Mike McDonald… and many more.

The 25th Street Band has released two previous albums, numerous singles, and has been featured and interviewed on radio globally.

Listen to One More Time on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

Johnny Britt – Is It Cool

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On January 31, legendary musician and songwriter, Johnny Britt is set to release ”Is It Cool,” feat. Josh Britt, the highly anticipated new single from the legendary trumpeter.

Talking about the new song, Britt says “Is It Cool” is a fresh and smooth track that I hope everyone enjoys.” He adds, “The song includes my son, Josh on the piano. Now, how cool is that?”

“Is It Cool” was originally written while on tour by Britt with Maxwell and the song was first recorded by Boney James with the title “Deep Time.”

With Britt’s 2022 version of the song, he chose to use the original title ”Is It Cool”. The ‘feel-good’ song written by Johnny Britt, Boney James and Freddie Washington with Boney James melody played by Britt on Flugelhorn and the stellar vocals and melody by Johnny Britt, is definitely the romantic song of the year!

Britt has also written 3 number One Billboard Contemporary Jazz hit singles for Boney James as well as countless others. The award winning urban-jazz singer and trumpet virtuoso sings lead and background vocals and plays flugelhorn on this track.

Johnny Britt is the founder of the celebrated Motown/MoJazz group, Impromp2. With 3 hit singles in 2021, MoJazzin’ feat. Norman Brown (#1 Mediabase), The Way I Feel feat. Marion Meadows, and “Let’s Get Down Tonight,” which has acquired over 2 million radio listeners weekly, the hit-maker is unleashing new music in January, 2022. His Jazz release, Good Feelin’ is ‘Most Added’ on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and remains a popular favorite, along with his plethora of other signature songs.

With a global career that spans over 30 years, Johnny Britt is one of the most versatile and celebrated talents of our time.

Listen to Is It Cool on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

Ilya Serov – My Funny Valentine

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Ilya Serov is an award-winning trumpeter, guitarist, vocalist and music producer. He began studying classical trumpet early-on, honing his skills at the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music and performing with St. Petersburg’s symphony orchestras and the state opera theatre. His musical world was expanded dramatically when Serov discovered American jazz as a teen, and it quickly became his passion.

Serov’s album JUST FRIENDS is a departure from his 2013 successful debut album of jazz standards, September in the Rain, following which he was named Best New Artist at the Hollywood International Music Awards (2014). His second album, Back in Time, was released in 2018 as an homage to the Big Band era. It featured the artist’s smooth trumpet playing and unique vocal style, and included collaborations with GRAMMY®-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez, renowned pianist Roger Kellaway, and acclaimed sax player Eric Marienthal.

For several years, Serov has participated in well-known and highly-respected music festivals including the Catalina Jazz Festival and the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. He has also traveled with the Dave Koz & Friends at Sea jazz cruise, sharing the stage with such greats as Peter White, Larry Graham, Jonathan Butler, and Michael Lington.

Listen to My Funny Valentine on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

LaShawn D. Gary – On The Yard

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LaShawn D. Gary is an Emmy Award Winning Producer, Composer, Smooth Jazz Artist and Pianist. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan and received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Southern University A&M College, and earned a Master’s of Music Education Degree from the University of Louisville.

LaShawn has released four Smooth Jazz singles: “Now is the Time (2019) ”, “Love, Peace & Praise (2020)”, “Inception, featuring Mark Whitfield (2021)” and “Line Brothers (2021).” “On The Yard” (2022) is his newest single from his upcoming album scheduled for release on April 17, 2022. He is also the featured artist on “For Your Love” on Smooth Jazz Network 2021 Artist of the Year Willie Bradley’s new album.

LaShawn is currently on staff as a composer for the television mini-series “Terror Lake Drive” featuring Malik Yoba, Shannon Kane and Lamman Rucker. He has worked as a composer/arranger in commercial advertisement with Burrell Communications, Global Hue and Yessian Music. His 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. LaShawn was the Choir Director for the McDonald’s 365 Black Awards directing the Southern University Gospel Choir with Erica Campbell and the Louisiana Leadership Institute Drum-line performance with American Idol winner, singer, and actress Jordan Sparks.

In March 2015, LaShawn worked with Grammy Award winning singer Patti Austin, Greg Phillinganes, and Sanchez Harley as the Assistant Choir Director for the Charles H. Wright Museum 50th Anniversary Celebration “Oh Freedom.”In 2015, LaShawn also released his debut album, “Love, Peace, and Praise.” 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. The team was also awarded two Detroit Music Awards for “Outstanding Music Video” and “Outstanding Urban Recording”.

LaShawn is a music educator with Southfield Public Schools and serves as the Director of Music at Oak Grove AME Church. He is currently the Executive Director for the Michigan Fine Arts Institute, formerly known as the Beverly Thomas Fine Arts Institute. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He is married to Cherida D. Gary and together they have two children Nigel and Niyah.

“Students of Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana affectionately refer to the campus as “On The Yard”. This song is a reflection of my diligent pursuit to become an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger and music educator as an undergraduate student at the prestigious SU. As a member of the world renowned “Human Jukebox” Marching Band and the 1992 winner of the Tourgee Debose National Classical Piano Competition, I was recruited by the late, great Jazz Clarinetist, Alvin Batiste (recording artist), to join the jazz ensemble, and the rest is H-I-Story; my story.” – LaShawn D. Gary

Listen to On The Yard on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

Lee Jones feat. David Margam – Sunset Boulevard

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Lee Jones presents “Sunset Boulevard” with the collaboration of guitarist David Margam, a new single preview of his next album. After his successful number 1 album “Watercolors” & his follow-up “Timeless” which has maintained a considerable volume of reproductions and sales, highlighting his most popular songs “Once in a Lifetime” & “Three day weekend” that reached important positions in the lists of reproduction of international radio, now he returns with “Sunset Boulevard” the new single preview of his next album.

“Sunset Boulevard” is a song that inspires good feelings and also reflects that inner peace that is so necessary in these difficult times that we are living. Music is the balm that heals everything and with this new piece of music you will travel to a state of magic, Peace and Freedom.

Listen to Sunset Boulevard on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/6).

Brandon Marceal – Keep Movin’

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“Keep Movin,” the new single produced by guitarist Adam Hawley, is an upbeat and energetic song showcasing Mr. Soul-Rockin Flutist, Brandon Marceal.

Marceal is a progressive artist who is bringing a unique flavor to the jazz music scene and creating a connection with the souls of listeners across America. With every fluttering breath, he takes the notes on his flute and makes more than music. He makes conversation while crossing genres, transcending his listeners into a musical world full of melodies and frequencies. Brandon Marceal’s sound is a sultry and soothing sensation. He admires artists Hubert Laws and Bobbi Humphrey, and describes his music as therapeutic and refreshing.

His layering of soulful R&B and Latin rhythms along with hip hop influences has led to collaborations with composer Kevin Kendricks and legendary singer Patti LaBelle on the Universal Picture’s 2006 release, Idlewild, featuring Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast. He was also hand picked by Nicki Minaj for her cover contest & honored as a grand prize winner. Most recently, Brandon was named Ben Tankard’s “Sunday’s Best Musician” 2020 grand prize winner, and can be heard on Tankard’s 2021 release, Shine! Marceal is creating quite a buzz by presenting a refreshing and soothing voice to Gospel, Contemporary Jazz and hip-hop/R&B. Having dedicated decades pursuing a pure passion for the flute, Brandon Marceal has mastered using intonation to make the flute a voice for his personality.

Listen to Push It Forward on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/6).

Rob Zinn – Push It Forward

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Trumpet sensation Rob Zinn debuts on the Randis Music label with the brand new single titled “Push It Forward” featuring none other than contemporary soul-jazz flute phenomenon, Ragan Whiteside. The upbeat, danceable track showcases the melodic improvisational skills of both musicians and grooves to the close with a clever call-and-response segment between the two instruments.

“Push It Forward” is available January 24, 2022, at all digital download and streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, Deezer, and more.

“Push It Forward” represents the first release on Randis Music of an artist other than Whiteside.

In 2016, veteran trumpeter and flugelhornist Rob Zinn launched an exciting new phase of his distinguished, multi-faceted career, emerging as an internationally recognized smooth jazz artist and composer with his critically acclaimed albums Walk The Walk (2018) and Yesterday Again (2016).

Listen to Push It Forward on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/6).

Rei Narita – Run Through The Urban City

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Japanese pianist and composer Rei Narita is a constant and sustainable contributor to the smooth jazz genre. He made his debut with The Color of Soundscape in 2011, followed by The Color of Soundscape II (2015), Key Rei Cover (2017), The Color of Soundscape 2020, and The Color of Soundscape 2021.

His newest single Run Through The Urban City features Nelson Rangell & Omar Hakim.

Listen to Run Through The Urban City on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/6).

Jef Kearns – Is This Love

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Toronto-based flautist Jef Kearns asks the age-old question “Is this Love” in his instrumental cover of Whitesnake’s 1989 chart-topping rock ballad of the same name. Jef’s take on the song sits in classic yet contemporary RnB. His performance while hauntingly reminiscent and romantic is lifted by a sense of urgency, drive and passion. A standout take that stands on its own, Is This Love, releases on January 28th on all platforms.

Listen to Is This Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/6).

Nestor Torres – Thank You, Willie

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Standing on the shoulders of flute giants from worlds as diverse as Rampal & Galway in Classical Music; Richard Egues’ Cuban Charanga style; rocker Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull; Herbie Mann and – most influential of all – Hubert Laws as pioneers of Jazz Flute, Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres’ rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. His 14 recordings as a soloist; 4 Latin Grammy nominations, one Grammy nomination and one Latin Grammy Award; collaborations with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D’ Rivera and Arturo Sandoval; as well as performances with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony Orchestras among many others, are testament to the remarkable journey of an artist who continues to grow and enrich the lives of those who experience his talents.

Since then, Torres has focused on transcending his role as a Jazz Flautist to that of an agent of change through crossover multi-media productions, compositions and performances. To that effect, his compositions ‘Successors’, Marta y Maria and Disarmament Suite (commissioned by the Miami Children’s Chorus, St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series, and ICAP – International Committee of Artists for Peace – respectively), are variations on Nestor Torres’ multi-cultural fusion sounds as expressions of today’s world. Then again, Nestor’s music has always been about that: a Crossover fusion of Latin, Classical, Jazz and Pop sounds. Rich and engaging, complex and exuberant, profound yet accessible. In addition to his achievements in the studio and on the stage, Torres is also the recipient of many awards, including two honorary doctorate degrees from Barry University and Carlos Albizu University, for his commitment to youth, education and cultural exchanges.

Listen to Thank You, Willie on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/6).

North “2unes” Woodall – Times Square

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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 Times Square on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/6).

Lindsey Webster – I Didn’t Mean It

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LINDSEY WEBSTER
KICKS OFF 2022 ON THE RIGHT NOTE WITH
NEW SINGLE
“I DIDN’T MEAN IT” FEATURING
BRIAN CULBERTSON
OUT JAN. 14TH, 2022

“I wrote “I Didn’t Mean It” shortly after I started dating in my hometown. In October 2019, I rented a cottage in Woodstock, NY, the town I grew up in. Most of my life up to that point was spent traveling and working, so even on my time off I didn’t go to the local hangs – I wanted to be home. I was also living a quieter, married life during many of those years. Flash forward to March of 2020…the pandemic shut everything down. Suddenly, I am living on my own for the first time in my entire life, I had just gone through a break-up and my career was taken away – all basically overnight. Once case numbers started going down in NY in late August of 2020, thinking I had done my time alone and I was ready, I downloaded Bumble. Went on there and found someone I had known for about 15 years. All of our mutual friends were like ‘oooh that makes so much sense’, and I was like, ‘hmm yea, maybe!’ I ended up at the time feeling very disappointed and annoyed when he didn’t text or call. Although I see if differently now, the emotions I experienced during this time gave life to “I Didn’t Mean It.” – LINDSEY WEBSTER

“I am an artist…period,” declares Lindsey Webster. “I have influences from many musical genres and have been influenced by them from a young age. I believe in the power of music to empower and reach people on multiple levels.” The stunning, charismatic and amiable Lindsey Webster’s roots span the worlds of R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz and beyond. Her flawless range has been compared to Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Minnie Ripperton, while her breezy and poetic songwriting is reminiscent of Sade. Webster’s refreshing approach has garnered two Billboard #1’s and seven Top 10’s on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart, making her the first vocalist in the format to garner a #1 since the iconic Sade. Webster is hard at work with a new album slated for release in early 2022. In the meantime, she will release her new single “I Didn’t Mean It” on January 14, 2022.

As we enter the third year of the pandemic, Lindsey reflects, “Having the pandemic take away everyone’s collective ‘norm’ was life altering. I remember there was a moment when I thought that the music scene could and would never be the same. Then, in April of 2021, I did my first show after more than a year away at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. I was nervous. I hadn’t belted it out in front of 5,000 people in a long time. Then I heard the band start and I walked out on the big stage in my beautiful, flowy dress, looked out at all the people who were there, and I remembered – I remembered that I am my most genuine person and I am in my most joyful place when I am singing! It’s really the most powerful antidepressant! The entire COVID experience has only furthered my knowledge of why I am here. Because of it, we are about to release my favorite album yet.”

Growing up in an artist community of Woodstock, NY, the daughter of loving hippie parents, the allure of music was never far from Lindsey Webster. The singer grew up listening to her parent’s Jimi Hendrix, Beatles and Elvis Costello LPs and later the Supremes. Influenced by everyone from Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera to Steely Dan and Earth Wind and Fire, Webster once pursued medical school before finally settling on music. Webster made history in 2016 with her original, “Fool Me Once,” which was the first vocal driven #1 song to top the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart since Sade’s “Soldier of Love” in 2010 and she beat Sade’s three-week run at #1 with a four-week stay at the top of the charts. November 2016, Webster made her Shanachie debut with Back To Your Heart, which spawned three songs that reached Top 3 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts – “Back To Your Heart,” “Next To Me” and “Where Do You Want To Go,” which hit #1. 2018 saw the release of Love Inside, which featured the Top 5 hit “Love Inside” and the Top ten single “It’s Not You, It’s Me” featuring Rick Braun. A Woman Like Me followed in 2020 and debuted #1 on iTunes Jazz.

Personnel On “I Didn’t Mean It”:

Lindsey Webster – Vocals, Brian Culbertson – Trumpet and Trombone, Keith Slattery – Keyboards, John Roberts – Drums, Lenny Castro – Percussion,

Chris Snowden – Bass, Christopher Harris – Guitar, Ken Gioffre – Saxophone

Karlton Jones – The Answer

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Karlton Jones is an international multi-talented Smooth Jazz and Gospel recording artist. His music is often described as a passionate, inspiring, and soulful blend of multiple genres.
The Answer, is Karlton’s most recent highly anticipated single that is predicted to shake up the Smooth Jazz charts! The song is a fusion of Karlton’s soprano saxophone played with an afro dancehall track that was produced by Big H and mixed/mastered by Dale “Rambro” Ramsey.

Karlton has had several successful singles such as Supahero, I Believe, and Inside of Me, that reached the Billboard most added charts. He has also had success on the Mediabase charts and Smooth Jazz Network charts. In addition, Karlton’s most recent notable appearance was when he walked the red carpet at the 2020 Grammy awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Karlton is often inspired by his wife and three kids to make music. Karlton hopes his music encourages the listener to seek God and recognize He is the answer to all our problems.

Listen to The Answer on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/6).

Gino Rosaria – Ride Along

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Gino Rosaria, born and raised in Curaçao, developed an interest in music at an early age. Growing up on a very culturally diverse island, Gino learned to speak four different languages fluently. The influence of the many cultures allowed him to learn and play many different kinds of music, which became a part of his identity. Later on he grew to enjoy Jazz, Latin, and Classical music the most. Gino started performing on a regular basis in his early teens.

Gino moved to the US in 2003 to study music under the world renowned Daisy De Luca Jaffe. In 2009, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Classical Music Performance. Gino then started taking private Jazz lessons with Jazz pianist David Shelander, who studied with Bill Evans. During his time in the US. Gino went on to win many competitions and appeared on national TV and radio stations performing solo, chamber, and with orchestra. Today Gino performs and does studio work on a regular basis with some of the best musicians around, including award winning artists such as violinist Karen Briggs, Jazz clarinet player Tim Laughlin, flutist Kim Scott, jazz guitarist Adam Hawley, and flutist Althea Rene.

Gino released his first contemporary jazz album in the summer of 2019. On that album he features several heavy hitters such as Marcus Anderson, Althea Rene, Elan Trotman, Adam Hawley, and more. His radio single “Night Groove” made it onto Billboard within the first week! The single made it onto the top 30 on most of the contemporary jazz charts.

“My goals are to continue giving virtuoso piano performances in both Jazz and Classical music…” says Gino. His Curaçao roots are heard all over his music, and Gino is very proud of that.

Listen to Ride Along on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/6).

Jonathan Fritzén – Hammers Of Love

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Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden’s finest export of smooth jazz, piano magician Jonathan Fritzén spreads his wings over the States. With his 6th album Ballads (2017) he has demonstrated the rightness of his compositional concept.

Now we announce the release of Swedish-American keyboardist Jonathan Fritzén’s new single, “Hammers Of Love”! It’s the follow-up to 2021’s #1 Billboard hit, “Keys To Paradise”. Both songs are taken from Fritzén’s upcoming new album titled Piano Tales (2022).

Listen to Hammers Of Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/6).

Mattias Roos – Can You Feel The Love

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Can You Feel The Love” by Swedish keyboard player Mattias Roos is the latest single from the album that is slated for release mid 2022. Indeed, following as it does the sumptuous “Commercial Free feat Paul Brown” and the equally engaging “You Might Need Somebody”, there seems little doubt that this will be a collection with a gift that keeps on giving.

Not only that, if “Can You Feel The Love” is anything to go by, it has the potential to be his best yet. It puts into sharp focus the penchant he has for sublimely fusing smooth jazz grooves with an authentic old school vibe that first emerged in 2011 with the band Soweco that he formed with drummer Peter Gustavsson. Now, in the artistically friendly con fines of Skytown Records, he is simply going from strength to strength.

“Can You Feel The Love” finds Roos in superb collaboration with regular members of his supporting entourage, sax-man Greger Hillman, guitarist Ingemar Aberg and Wictor Persson on drums. Add in ‘go to’ bass player Dwayne “Smitty” Smith and here is a combination with what it takes to capture the trade mark groove that Mattias has very much made is own.

Listen to Can You Feel The Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/6).

Greg Manning – Be Strong

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Greg Manning’s next single. “Be Strong,” features the distinctive sounds of accomplished saxophonist Jimmy Reid. Together they’ve created a sound that moves us to delve deep inside to that peaceful resolve where we can find the courage to “Be Strong.”

Greg has been called “the master of melody.” People who work with him say, “He’s just a nice guy to be around.” As a producer and composer, Greg helped another group of artists land on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Top 30 list in 2021. He’s so good at producing it’s easy to forget that this multitalented keyboard player is an accomplished artist in his own right. Reminders are “Top Down,” Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Song of the Year in 2019. And more recently, his single “Sunrise Boulevard,” went to #1 on Billboard, Mediabase, and The Smooth Jazz Network in 2021. Greg creatively expands contemporary jazz’s boundaries by successfully infusing it with other relevant and relatable musical influences. A peaceful disposition and a strong creative presence – are undoubtedly the perfect combination for success.

Listen to Be Strong on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/6).

Nicholas Cole – Feelings

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Keyboardist Nicholas Cole has since longtime developed from a phase of discovery into an established artist. A Journey of One (2010), Endless Possibilities (2012) and Night Sessions (2015) are milestones of his splendid solo career. His next album The Weekend was released September 13, 2019.

First thing to escape the Trippin Compound for 2022 is this next level masterpiece from one of the most talented cats out there. Nicholas Cole’s “Feelings”. Going for adds January 3, 2022.

Listen to Feelings on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/6).

Blake Aaron – Feels So Right

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It sounds like a bright ray of sunshine. Brimful of hope, optimism and positivity, R&B-jazz guitarist Blake Aaron’s “Feels So Right” vaulted into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard singles chart before Thanksgiving, notching the Innervision Records artist’s second No. 1 single of the year. Illumined by a vibrant horn section and swatches of soulful vocal improvs, Aaron’s ebullient electric guitar melodies and rhythmic riffs set an exuberant tone for the smile-inducing tune that he wrote with hitmaking producer and keyboardist Greg Manning.

Aaron last topped the Billboard chart in June when “Sunday Strut” became the third single from his “Color and Passion” album to go No. 1 on the industry bible’s chart. The fretman went right back to work, entering the studio to begin writing and recording his seventh album that will be titled “Love and Rhythm.” “Color and Passion” was completed during last year’s coronavirus quarantine thus the material was purposely injected with upbeat vibes to provide promise and escape. Aaron knows that the struggle continues for so many people and he wanted to wrap the year by writing a melody exuding joyous anticipation for what’s to come.

“The initial inspiration for ‘Feels So Right’ came from the great track sent to me from amazing collaborator and producer Greg Manning, which inspired me to write the melody,” said Aaron, who will include his latest chart-topper on his forthcoming album.

“In this day and age of remote internet collaboration, especially during COVID-19 restrictions, it was rewarding to create ‘Feels So Right’ old school. Greg and I actually sat together in person and collaborated in his studio. I wanted to match the feel-good vibe he already had on the track and with the vocals, composing a melody that would capture the innocence of a woman dancing outside in the sun ‘like nobody is watching,’” said Aaron, explaining the image that adorns the single cover.

The “Feels So Right” rhythm track is anchored by bassist Alex Al and drummer Eric Valentine. David Mann constructed the horn arrangements, playing saxophone alongside trumpeter Trevor Neumann and saxman Jimmy Reid. It’s Ken Turner’s vocal embellishments that provide a soul-powered touch.

Typically, Aaron records and releases a handful of singles before making them the foundation of an album, a practice that he anticipates will continue with “Love and Rhythm.” Expect the collection to be another amalgam of R&B, jazz, pop, Latin, funk, fusion and rock.

This year marked Aaron’s return to the concert stage where he played clubs, theaters and festival dates, including such marquee events as the Berks Jazz Festival and the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival. Aaron will end the year by performing a Christmas-themed concert on December 17 at Vibrato in Los Angeles where singers Erin Stevenson and Derek Bordeaux will join him.

For more information, please visit https://www.blakeaaron.com.

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Peter Lainson – The Wind And The Waves

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“My wife’s extended family has (starting with her Grandfather in the 1930s) owned land on the Oregon Coast. When our kids were little we went there every summer. It is dramatic and beautiful. The Wind and the Waves came from these trips and was originally written as a lyric song. My inspiration for this track was the cycles of life, in all forms and stages, and the waves of the ocean, constant..receding and then rolling back in again…was the perfect metaphor.

I released the song as an instrumental in 2021, arranged and played in keeping with the original idea of life as a series of natural cycles …like the waves of the ocean, receding out, then rolling in again.”

The single The Wind and the Waves is available on all streaming platforms, and available for download on iTunes, and Amazon.

Listen to The Wind And The Waves on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/5).

Ricky Alan Draughn – O Holy Night

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Ricky Alan Draughn, new on the Smooth Jazz artist radar, but rated one of the hottest cutting-edge artists on the East Coast. Previewing next year’s full length holiday album, BEST HOLIDAY WISHES, the intensely emotional soul singer creates a dramatic, orchestra-enhanced version of “O Holy Night” under the guidance of two-time Grammy winning producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis.

Listen to O Holy Night on Christmasjazz (Playlist 6/1).

Xavier Gordon – Christmas Without You

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After receiving his bachelor degree in Jazz Piano Performance at Georgia State University, Xavier Gordon moved to Los Angeles and has played with artists like Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Norman Brown, John Legend, and many more.

He has produced music for artists like Angie Stone, Puff Daddy, and Musiq Soulchild, for which he earned a Grammy nomination in 2018. And in 2019, he recorded his unreleased single where he plays alongside jazz greats Norman Brown and Kirk Whalum.

Listen to Christmas Without You on Christmasjazz (Playlist 6/1).

Takosha Swan – Silent Night

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Voice of a Swan, Takosha Swan, is a classical and jazzy composer and soloist of relaxing and calm music with a touch of the Romantic Era. Her experience started by studying Whitney Houston and mimicking Whitney’s every curve and hitting every high note. She then begun to step into the mic growing up in church, where her grandmother was the choir director and pianist. Takosha was born singing as a soloist but she learned how to harmonize in the choir, in quartets and direct music at church under the tutelage of her grandmother. In her high school years she auditioned for the A cappella choir and after being accepted into the choir, she earned her first letter on her Varsity Jacket and she also opened up her ears to new genres like classical musical!

She has over 30 years of experience as a singer. With that she has written original songs as a soloist displayed here on Voiceofaswan.com. She has 2 albums, “Serendipity” and “Christmas with The Voice of a Swan.” She taught vocal lessons with Take Lessons and her own company Voice of a Swan, LLC. She was a director at Youth Challenge Academy under the tutelage of Chaplain Sylvester Moore and his wife. In the past 20 years she has sung for countless military balls and ceremonies and received awards for her continued service to America, as she is also a war veteran of Iraqi Freedom war and the wife of a soldier now serving in his 23rd year.

In February 2020, The Voice of a Swan informally released her latest single, “The Veteran Anthem: I’m Still Me.” An anthem composed to heal the minds and souls of veterans, service-members and their family members that are struggling with suicidal thoughts (Please see the Wordwide Veteran Suicide Prevention Tour). She holds a Bachelors in Business Management, a Masters in Business Administration and a year of law school studying contracts. Thank you for taking the time to get to know, The Songbird, The Voice of a Swan, Takosha Misheal Swan.

Listen to Silent Night on Christmasjazz (Playlist 6/1).

Ragan Whiteside – This Christmas

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It takes skill, creativity, sheer musical ability, and a charismatic presence to electrify the music scene. And that’s just what flautist Ragan Whiteside has done in the world of instrumental soul within a few short years. The Atlanta-based musician, songwriter, and vocalist has consistently delighted fans and critics alike with her unique brand of engaging upbeat melodies and exhilarating flute playing. Tunes like the May 2021 single release “Off The Cuff,” as well as “JJ’s Strut,” “Reminiscing,” “Jam It,” “Early Arrival,” “See You At The Get Down,” and the Billboard No. 1 “Corey’s Bop,” have burnished her reputation. What’s more, Whiteside has become one of few women players to excel in the male-dominated instrumental sphere, garnering six consecutive Top Ten Billboard airplay singles by 2021. And she’s done it as an independent, releasing projects on Randis Music, the label she founded with her husband, producer, and composer Dennis Johnson.

Influenced by such diverse flute masters as jazz-classical player Hubert Laws, the late Latin jazz artist Dave Valentin, and the French classical flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal, Whiteside’s rigorous musical training prepared her to play in the most prestigious symphony orchestras in the world. Yet, after graduation, Whiteside admits she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. Back home in Mount Vernon, she attended a show at a local jazz club where keyboardist, producer, and composer Bob Baldwin was headlining. While watching, Whiteside says she had an epiphany: “I was sitting up front and I said, ‘Oh my God. This is what I want to do.’”

Though the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down or halted live performing for the better part of a year, more opportunities loom as the country reopens in mid-2021. Whiteside has stayed busy recording and being a mom to two children, aged 5 and 3. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her next album, due in 2022. Becoming a jazz artist of note is the fulfillment of a childhood goal, and Whiteside is just getting started.

Listen to This Christmas on Christmasjazz (Playlist 6/1).

Kirk Whalum – All I Want For Christmas

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When we think of Christmas, sometimes it’s the sights that come to mind: the multi-colored lights framing the windows of neighbors’ houses, the line of eager children waiting to sit on Santa’s lap, the Nativity scene on the lawn at the local church. Or maybe it’s the smells that arise first: fresh-baked gingerbread, pine needles, a turkey dinner in the oven.

On his new album for Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group, GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum asks How Does Christmas Sound? On his second holiday-themed album, Whalum doesn’t answer that question in the expected way – revisiting the most familiar carols, the ones that have already worn out their welcome most years by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. Instead, he finds a more spiritual, introspective sound for Christmas, one that acknowledges the melancholy that often accompanies the Yuletide and the faith that is so central to his own celebrations.

“You can talk about the sights and the smells, but to me it’s always a sound that takes me to the true meaning of Christmas,” Whalum explains. “Even in April, I will put on Nat King Cole’s Christmas record and it brings me peace.”

The second track is perhaps the album’s most unexpected, a forlorn treatment of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas,” which has become the iconic Christmas song of its generation. Whalum’s reverently slow version becomes a song of faith, directed to the saxophonist’s savior rather than a Yuletide lover.

More than just another merry round of caroling, How Does Christmas Sound?  is Whalum’s attempt at offering a moment of soul-searching for Christmas revelers and a balm for those whose holidays don’t shine as brightly.

Listen to All I Want for Christmas on Christmasjazz (Playlist 6/1).

Gregory Goodloe – In Paradise

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Amidst the tumult, uncertainty and loss brought on by the unprecedented times in which we live since the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve all imagined and yearned for escape, or at least for much better days. R&B-jazz guitarist Gregory Goodloe set his optimistic vision of hope and prosperity to music, writing his new single, “In Paradise,” with producer Jeff Canady. Recently serviced for playlist adds, the midtempo soul groove featuring the cool-toned, electric jazz guitarman’s loquacious, lyrical licks debuted as the most added new single on the Billboard and Groove Jazz Music charts.

Living though this historic period, Goodloe found the fears brought on by the pandemic, civil unrest and a divided nation to be rife with life lessons, inspiring the recalibration of priorities along with a renewed sense of appreciation.

“People and life itself became more important to me than ever. I learned that life is so fragile and delicate, and how much people matter to each other. I wanted to write a song that reflects on the beauty of life and the joy of experiencing it through music. The focus during the making of ‘In Paradise’ was my concept of living life free of fear and sadness,” said Goodloe who was accompanied on the Hip Jazz Records release by Canady on drums, keyboardist Demetrius Nabors, bassist Robert Skinner and rhythm guitarist Anthony Booker.

As a devout man of faith and a US Army veteran, Goodloe focused his fantasies on the beauty surrounding us, imagining a safe haven in an exotic locale where fears are assuaged by the majesty of nature’s splendor.

“I would imagine playing music on a sandy beach in front of a beautiful ocean surrounded with tropical trees, exotic plants and animals. The imagery allowed me to forget all worries and simply focus on creating beautiful music,” said Goodloe who has returned to playing shows in the Denver area where he resides.

“In Paradise” is Goodloe’s third single issued this year, following “Step’N Out” and “Somewhere Out There,” each of which will be included on his next full-length album. He takes regular breaks from recording the collection to host his own radio show, “Mile High Smooth Jazz,” which airs on Thursday and Saturday nights on World Wide Jazz Radio. Goodloe plans to perform at the internet radio outlet’s first anniversary bash in Las Vegas on January 25.

A crossover artist who derives stylistic influence from George Benson and Wes Montgomery, Goodloe notched his first Billboard No. 1 single two years ago with “Stylin’,” one of many tunes on which he has collaborated with GRAMMY-nominated songwriter-producer-saxophonist Darren Rahn with this single receiving over three million streams on Spotify. Among Goodloe’s other frequent collaborators are Billboard chart-topping guitarist Adam Hawley, seminal urban-jazz keyboardist Bob Baldwin and hit-making saxophonist Elan Trotman. Having served as musical director for R&B-pop group Surface and soul-jazz singer Aysha, Goodloe is at home in R&B, jazz and gospel circles. He has performed with or opened for Howard Hewett, Tank, Ben Tankard, Norman Brown, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Roy Ayers, Shirley Caesar, Angela Spivey, John P. Key, The Rance Allen Group and fellow Denver native Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind & Fire fame.

For more information, please visit https://gregorygoodloe.com.

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Sergio Hidalgo Feat. David Margam – The Christmas Song

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Two of the most versatile and renowned producers and musicians in Spain come together to present exclusively one of the most popular Christmas songs in the key of Smooth Jazz.

Produced by the producer and keyboardist Sergio Hidalgo together with the collaboration of the guitarist and producer from Granada (Spain) David Margam,  they present their contemporary version of the Classic “The Christmas Song” popularized by Nat King Cole in 1961.

His tribute to Christmas was born from their passion for Contemporary Jazz and a friendship that lasts over the years.

Listen to The Christmas Song on Christmasjazz (Playlist 6/1).

André Kunz – Trouble At Edgewater Drive

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Born in Olten, Switzerland 1970, André Kunz is an alumni of the Swiss Jazz School in Basel, the Munich Guitar Institute in Germany and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is highly regarded in Swiss music circles as a composer and as a guitarist in various formats. As an innovator, he has released nineteen albums with original music over the last twenty years. Kunz is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Olten Cultural Achievement Award in 2021, Special Achievement Awards in 2013 and 2020 from the Rentsch Foundation and the Solothurn Cantonal Music Award in 2005.

André Kunz has been performing for the last twenty years throughout Europe, Africa and the United States including notable venues such as The Crypt (Cape Town, South Africa), the Durban Jazz Center (South Africa), Ryles Jazz Club (Boston, US) Iconic Jazz Festival and Cully Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Silver Legacy Rino (Los Angeles, US), Jazz Club Moods (Zürich, Switzerland), Sunset Jazz Club (Paris, France), La Royal (London UK), Q Club (Berlin, Germany), as well as by invitation for the Swiss Parliament at the Capitol Building in Bern, Switzerland.

The vast spectrum of Kunz’s sound, his innovative artistry, difficult to delimit, broadly traverses the terrains of jazz to funk and pop. What pervades all the work is a recognizable grounded and confident quality, imbued with a contained energy with or without tempo, with or without distorted guitar, with or without international collaboration from renowned musicians. The orientation to graceful melodies, renouncing spectacular riffs or exaggerated effects, indicate a maturity in his craft. Kunz’s flair for composition enable him to create a sensitively differentiated sound and a life-affirming flow of thoughts with music.

His most recent album Sweet Soul is a work that developed over four years including a collaboration with 20 musicians from all over the globe. Self-produced in collaboration with Kriz Flew in Zürich and mastered by legendary engineer Rou Boustead at Resolution Mastering in California. Sweet Soul takes the listener on a sensual musical journey around the world, through a soundscape of 14 original compositions and masterful improvisations.

Taken from this album is the single Trouble At Edgewater Drive.

Listen to Trouble At Edgewater Drive on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/5).

Kenny G – Legacy

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Along with our friends at Concord Records, we are excited announce the release of Kenny G’s new single, “Legacy” ft. The Sound Of Stan Getz! “Legacy” is the first radio single from Kenny’s upcoming new album New Standards, release date December 3, 2021 (Concord).

Since releasing his self-titled debut disc in 1982, Kenny G has become the top instrumental musician of the modern era and one of the best-selling artists of all-time, with global sales totaling more than 75 million records. His first new album in 6 years, New Standards features 11 original compositions inspired by the Jazz Ballads of the 50’s and 60’s. These new ‘standards’ capture the sophistication, style and romance of this amazing time period in Jazz, and combine it with Kenny G’s signature sound.

Kenny G is an award-winning saxophonist, the biggest selling instrumental musician of the modern era, and one of the best-selling artists of all time. With global sales totaling more than 75-million records and 1.5 billion streams, the jazz icon has accumulated a staggering 24-award nominations throughout his almost 50-year career and has taken home a Grammy Award, American Music Award, NAACP Award, and two Soul Train Music Awards. With classic, top-selling studio albums including Duotones, Silhouette, Breathless, Miracles: The Holiday Album, Heart and Soul and Brazilian Nights, Kenny has maintained a high level of creative excellence through decades of unprecedented commercial success.

In support of New Standards, Kenny will return to the road beginning December 2nd with his upcoming “The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour 2021”. Promising to bring Kenny’s signature brand of jazz to the live stage, the multi-city trek will hit a number of major US markets including Nashville, St. Louis, Detroit, and Boston. For further information on the tour, dates, and on-sale info please visit https://www.kennyg.com/

HBO will release the documentary LISTENING TO KENNY G in early December as part of the Music Box series created by Bill Simmons.

“For this album, I wanted to try to recreate those ‘sounds’ but do it my own way, which for me meant that I would have to compose the songs myself. So I set out to compose and perform songs that capture the ‘heart and soul’ of those beloved Jazz Standards and to record them “my way”. It was a wonderful (and painstaking) labor of love and I’m super proud of the end result.” – Kenny G

Listen to Legacy on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/6).

CeCe Gable – Next Year’s Song

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“Next Year’s Song” was written during the tumultuous times of the Pandemic. Everything was totally interrupted, and we were forced to pause and reevaluate what we value most in life. As the world re-opened, Gable traveled to New York to record with an all-star lineup: Alan Broadbent on piano, Harvie S on bass, and Matt Wilson on drums. The amazing connection and synergy are captured in this poignantly  written song of hope for the New Year.

This same line-up recorded a full-length album set to be released in 2022.“Next Year’s Song” is a jazz waltz, with music written by Harvie S and lyrics written by CeCe Gable, marking this as their first collaboration of original music. This song is a gift of peace, love, and hope for a better year ahead. Each musician is attuned to CeCe’s artistry and vision, playing with scintillating virtuosity and eloquence. When combined with the vocals of CeCe Gable, this single truly becomes a timeless treasure.

Listen to Next Year’s Song on Christmasjazz (Playlist 6/1).

Bruns & Baché – Little Drummer Boy

Happy Holidays - CD CoverBRUNS & Baché (FKA “Bruns Collective with Kevin Baché”) is a Los Angeles based music group and progenitor of the jazz-pop music genre. Noted for their vintage sound that combines a jazz rhythm section, a three-piece horn section and backup singers, with pop songwriting sensibilities. BRUNS & Baché do to jazz what the Rolling Stones did to blues by bringing it into the main stream in was some are calling a modern-day Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Founded in 2010 by drummer/producer Jason Lee BRUNS [Bruhns] and fronted by vocalist/songwriter Kevín Baché [bah-shay]. This 10-piece ensemble boasts a who’s-who of L.A.’s A-list session players of whom have recorded with major label artists including Ray Charles, Michael Bublé, Ziggy Marley, Maria Schneider, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Arturo Sandoval, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Phil Collins.

The band has been performing to sold-out audiences at Southern California’s top venues for over a decade at Catalina Jazz Club, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato, Vitello’s, various Santa Monica music series, and Jazz at LACMA. In 2017 and 2019 they completed multi-city tours in Japan. Their new Christmas single is entitled Happy Holidays offering two traditional newly interpreted Christmas jazz standards.

Listen to Little Drummer Boy on Christmasjazz (Playlist 6/1).

Carolyn Lee Jones – Christmas Time is Here

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Carolyn Lee Jones’ rich, silky vocals and extensive repertoire have endeared her to fans and critics. She has released four nationally reviewed CD’s on the independent Catn’round Sound label and 4 singles. She burst on to the jazz scene in 2008 and is living proof that is is possible to reinvent yourself. From classic jazz to vintage pop, she makes the standards sound new and the new sound standard. Carolyn performs with her groups; Fresh Vintage Jazz, The Satin Dolls Band and In Full Swing 8 pc to big band.

Her new album is Christmas Time is Here (2021).

Listen to The Christmas Song on Christmasjazz (Playlist 6/1).

Lars Taylor – Smile

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After more than a year with people’s faces being partially hidden by masks, we now appreciate the beauty of a warm smile more than ever before. No smooth jazz artist captures the hopeful spirit of that image more delightfully and infectiously than Swiss born guitarist/composer Lars Taylor, whose latest acoustic guitar driven single “Smile” offers a bright and balmy, sweetly exotic and percussive flamenco-tinged soundtrack to a joyful summer of renewal and fresh possibilities. Earthy and deeply emotional yet uplifting and transcendent, the track is the perfect blend of buoyancy, soulfulness and dreamy atmospheres. It is also a true family affair featuring Taylor’s wife Gabriela and son Joshua on the dreamy backing vocals.

Taylor’s passion for eclectic rhythms traces back to the years of his childhood spent in Brazil, where he absorbed bossa nova, samba and the culture’s other popular styles. His emergence as a solo instrumental artist follows years playing in bands in Switzerland and Germany.

Listen to Smile on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/6).

Kevin Hall – Why Not

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Growing up on Buffalo NY’s west side, in a very diverse melting pot of cultures, saxman Kevin Hall learned his appreciation for the many styles of music that have helped shape who he is today. From such influences as Grover Washington Jr, David Sanborn, George Benson, Grant Green, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, The Police, Chicago, Kiss, and Supertramp just to name a few, Kevin’s eclectic tastes have helped to give his Smooth Jazz a freshness and a distinct sound that is appreciated by all who hear him play.

Hall has opened up for Pieces Of A Dream, and has appeared with Fred Hammond & The RFC on the Fox Family Network. Kevin studied music at the University Of Buffalo, and has studied privately with Alvin Sheppard and Buffalo sax icon Dave Schiavone.

Many artists struggle to establish their musical identity, laboriously trying on different musical styles like a piece of clothing, looking to find what fits. But there are others that emerge fully formed, in full command of their craft, their identity and their music. Kevin Hall fits firmly in the latter category. His new upcoming EP, “Why Not”, is a captivating and moving debut that heralds the arrival of a gifted and significant new talent in the Smooth Jazz genre, one whose music feels familiar in the best possible way, while striking out on its own territory. So, keep your eyes and ears open because big things are on the horizon for Kevin Hall, and you’re all invited to help him make the journey…

Listen to Why Not on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/6).

D. Mills – Moment

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Artist/producer/song writer D. Mills is noted for his outstanding Jazz/R&B compositions. A talented musician, songwriter, recording engineer and artist, D.M. plays guitar, piano and bass guitar.

At the age of fifteen, he traveled the U.S. playing guitar for the legendary gospel singer Shirley Caesar. As an outstanding professional Mills has a God given gift for composing hits, such as “Touch”, “Give Your Love To Me” , “Manhattan 2.0” and recently “France” that’s still being played now on Music Choice, iHeart Radio, Allen Kepler and Smooth Jazz Florida, and in Spain His very first album, Undercover Life, reflects both his artistry and other aspects of his life as a New York City detective.

Listen to Moment on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/6).

Michael C. Lewis – Fly Like an Eagle

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Known for creating music from a personal expression of his spirit, trumpet stylist Michael C. Lewis has released his new single “Fly Like an Eagle”. The track features his soulful trumpet on top of a driving rhythm section. The track is highlighted by a creative arrangement in an infectiously funky rendition of this timeless classic!

Well entrenched in the worlds of Jazz, Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop music, Michael has extensive credits, having performed with Hank Crawford, Jimmy Heath, Gregory Porter, Walter Beasley, Kirk Whalum, Patti Labelle, Isaac Hayes, De La Soul, Stetsasonic, and Wilson Pickett to name a few. He has also released two successful projects, Reflection (2010) and Intimate Journey (2018).

Born and raised in Houston Texas, Michael began playing the horn at 12 years of age. Michael now makes his home in Harlem, New York. He graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and has a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from New York University. His influences include Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd, Marvin Gaye, Michael Henderson, Ronnie Laws, and The Crusaders.

Listen to Fly Like an Eagle on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/6).

Dave Koz – The Closer We Get

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In a recording career that spans nearly three decades, saxophonist Dave Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine GRAMMY® nominations, 11 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s 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.

A New Day is his 20th album as an artist and first collection of original material in 10 years. Conceived and recorded completely under the umbrella of Covid, this album’s purpose is to give the listener a ‘musical hug’, hopefully providing a sense of comfort and good feeling amidst the intense backdrop of the pandemic we are all experiencing globally. With a roster of very special guests, all of whom recorded their parts virtually, this album’s release date was October 9, 2020… 30 years and one day after the release of Dave’s debut album.

The new single “The Closer We Get” is co-written by Darren Rahn and Dave Koz. It’s the follow-up to #1 Billboard hits “Side By Side” and “Dr. Norm”.

“Always front and center is the music. It’s humbling, this many years in such a fickle business, to still have a career, still be able to go out and tour and make records. Music has been such a blessing to me, and we need it more than ever today.” – Dave Koz

Listen to The Closer We Get on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/6).

David Margam – Hooking Up

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David Margam is one of the most active and multifaceted Spanish musicians not only in the local Spanish music scene, which he greatly enhances for his knowledge and experience as a scholar and activist of the legacy of the golden decades of African-American music, but also stands out at the national level as one of the greatest exponents of smooth jazz, funk and groove and for his connection with various international movements. In less than a year he has presented two projects, a collaboration with the saxophonist Lee Jones on his new album and the MARHID project with the talented producer and composer Sergio Hidalgo with which he is managing to make an important space in the Smooth Jazz scene.

Jimmy Ostbygaard started his professional career from an early age age and since then he has toured Europe with different artists as the accompanying bassist. For decades he has worked as a producer or session musician with artists from various backgrounds (Spain, Sweden, the Faroe Islands and elsewhere).

A cast of great international artists has shaped “Hooking Up” with a smooth and elegant result, a meeting of musicians recognized for their work which translates into an exciting and enriching final sound that will not leave the listener unmoved.

Listen to Hooking Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/6).

Von Stupart – Boogie Down

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Saxophonist/songwriter Von Stupart hails from Harlem and The Bronx, New York and was strongly influenced by the Jazz and R&B music he grew up listening to.

His first introduction to music was by his father who played trumpet with the likes of Jazz drummer Max Roach and trombonist Melba Liston. Von started playing trumpet at the age of twelve. He picked up the clarinet in High School and later switched to the alto saxophone. In addition to studying music in school he also studied with top notch Jazz musicians at the Jazz Mobile program in Harlem. Von’s early influences were Hank Crawford and Grover Washington, Jr. He’s currently inspired by Najee, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Elan Trotman, Richard Elliot and Dave Koz, to name a few.

Von Stupart’s primary instrument is the tenor saxophone, but he also plays alto and soprano. Von has a smooth and silky sound with a Jazz and R&B feel.

Von’s new single “Boogie Down” is co-written by Von Stupart and Adam Hawley.

Listen to Boogie Down on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/6).

Eldon “T” Jones – T’s Jam

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Saxophonist Eldon “T” Jones is one of Portland’s best saxophone players of jazz, gospel, and soul music. He began his music career by founding the N Touch band that played around Portland in the ’90s. He mentored and launched several of those musicians into long and fruitful music careers. Eldon continues to move hearts through his profoundly genuine playing at music festivals and premier jazz venues.

Eldon released “T’s Jam” as a single on October 25, 2021, and he’s elated to share it with the world because it captures the essence of his joyous personhood and musicality. Mixed by industry Midas Darren Rahn and promoted by Gorov Music Marketing, it’s a funky smooth jazz tune with a kick. The gospel organ lays the foundation before the band spirals into an all-out jam!

In 2015, Eldon contributed the song “Love Will Find a Way” to the Bespeak Love collaboration, which reached #1 on the UK Soul Chart and received airplay on smooth jazz stations worldwide. World Arts Foundation recognized Eldon’s music as a blessing to the community with a Lifetime Achievement Award at their Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute in 2017. In 2018, the original N Touch members took the Alberta Rose Theatre stage for the sold-out crowd to relive an era. Eldon performed the music of his idol, Grover Washington, Jr. at PDX Jazz Festival in 2019 and took the show on the road to Bend, Oregon for three sold-out Jazz at the Oxford concerts in 2020.

Listen to T’s Jam on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/6).

Carol Albert – Fire & Water

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Carol Albert began her new radio single “Fire & Water” this Summer when she and Roberto Vally started a collaboration and writing project. Roberto sent a groove to work from, Carol started with several different melodies on piano and synthesizer parts in her home studio and the project grew into a successful online collaboration of the song.

The word Firewater immediately came to Carol’s mind and grew into “Fire & Water” representing mixed elements of fire & passion in the breakdown section and water & the graceful ease of life in the intro and interim sections. The mixture of these elements make this a fun, unique, easily flowing tune.

Carol plays pianos, keys, and programmed the synthesizer parts while Roberto added his unique bass style with Curtis McCain bringing his mixture of latin percussion instruments and Andrew Neu helping out on the saxophone and flute.

The result is a unique, exotic soundscape!

Listen to Fire & Water on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/6).

U-Nam – Juicy Smile

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“Juicy Smile” is the hot new single from multi instrumentalist, Billboard chart-topper, multi-platinum producer and trendsetter, Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul and is the kind of track to underscore the fact that here is an artist at the very top of his creative game.

Indeed with an approach that is both innovative and daring he has been consistently fearless in the way he routinely shakes the world of smooth jazz to its core and with “Juicy Smile” U-Nam has the perfect platform from which to show off his myriad of talents. As well as writing, producing, arranging and mixing throughout, U-Nam also plays lead and rhythm guitars, bass, keyboards and drums.

In addition, his production know-how finds a place for Larry Salzmann on percussion and a powerhouse live horn section that comes courtesy of Christian Martinez on trumpet and Joabe Reis on trombone. The combination delivers a thumping dance floor filler that, as well as sounding brand new, is cram packed with old school attitude.

Certainly “Juicy Smile” is the perfect way to invigorate even the most tired of dancing feet and given it will go for adds on October 25, just two days before U-Nam’s birthday, there is much to smile about. Chances are it will be a very “Juicy Smile”.

Listen to Juicy Smile on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/6).

Michael Walker – Music 2 Drive By

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Michael Walker didn’t come from a lineage of musicians. But his love for the electric guitar has allowed him to embrace the riveting sounds of Blues and Smooth Jazz. Born in Newport, Arkansas. Michael was hooked on the guitar by listening to his grandmother’s old Blues records, notably the great B.B. King.

His first visual exposure to the guitar came by watching musician Roy Clark stroke the strings every week on the country variety show, “Hee Haw.” His awe of Clark confirmed his desire to play the guitar. When Michael was nearly 12 years old, his dad bought his son an electric guitar.

A novice guitar player in town, Mr. Vault, became his instructor. Eventually, Michael’s dad allowed him to play with more established players in local clubs. Michael contends this experience allowed him to gain exposure in playing in a real band. Michael now has three CD’s under his belt “A Smoother You “released in 2013 and Day Light released in 2018. Michael released his third CD ” My Journey ” July 30, 2021.

Listen to Music 2 Drive By on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/6).

Karlton Jones – The Answer

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The Answer, is Karlton’s most recent highly anticipated single that is predicted to shake up the Smooth Jazz charts! The song is a fusion of Karlton’s soprano saxophone played with an afro dancehall track that was produced by Big H and mixed/mastered by Dale “Rambro” Ramsey.

Karlton has had several successful singles such as Supahero, I Believe, and Inside of Me, that reached the Billboard most added charts. He has also had success on the Mediabase charts and Smooth Jazz Network chats. In addition, Karlton’s most recent notable appearance was when he walked the red carpet at the 2020 Grammy awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Karlton is often inspired by his wife and three kids to make music. Karlton hopes his music encourages the listener to seek God and recognize He is the answer to all our problems.

Produced by Fayetteville, NC‘s finest, George Freeman (Pianist), Brooke and George called on an all star lineup of musicians including Sean Michael Ray (bass), Anthony Roberts (Drums), Adam Smith (Lead Guitar) to bring a fresh, uplifting, and funky groove to the track.

Listen to The Answer on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/6).

Brooke Alford – SHINE

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Violinist Brooke Alford is releasing her new single SHINE, which will be included on her highly anticipated fifth CD release in 2022. SHINE is the celebration of overcoming the dark challenges of life by illuminating, fearlessly.

“2020 by far was the toughest year of my life. The challenges I experienced were catalysts that exposed the darkest side of my life end of myself. I had to change in order to truly live in my purpose and on the level that is desired. Diamonds are made in the darkness under extreme pressure and extreme environmental conditions. Their beauty and essence are undeniable. It’s time to shine bright just like a diamond”, says the Atlanta-based artist.

From the transition of her beloved Father, The Late Vernon Alford Jr. from cancer, her Father’s brother Michael Alford from health complications in 2020, to the unexpected passing of her dear God Father William Smith in February 2021, Brooke realized these challenging moments had to occur in order to resurrect the light within her.

Brooke was inspired to transform from the inside-out for the greater. Her new enlightened path of purpose, well-being, and determination to walk a stronger walk in honor of the transcendent loved ones is the inspiration behind SHINE.

Produced by Fayetteville, NC‘s finest, George Freeman (Pianist), Brooke and George called on an all star lineup of musicians including Sean Michael Ray (bass), Anthony Roberts (Drums), Adam Smith (Lead Guitar) to bring a fresh, uplifting, and funky groove to the track.

Listen to Shine on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/6).