The JT Project – Backyard Brew

The boys are back! Adventurous and bold, Jacob Webb (keyboards/bass) and Todd Schefflin (saxophone), leaders of The JT Project, knew that it would take more than just a passing interest in music to become the creative force that they envisioned. Jacob commands each stroke on the keyboard to awaken the soul with a touch of fire, and Todd caresses the notes to life with every breath.

Backyard Brew features legendary artist Najee on flute. This up-tempo track features modern production, a singable melody, and virtuous performances. Make sure you listen all the way through to catch a breathtaking call-and-response between Najee’s flute and Schefflin’s saxophone.

“Backyard Brew is KILLER!” – Jason Gorov

Listen to Backyard Brew on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/3).

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Greg Manning – Top Down

Swiss-American keyboardist Greg Manning is in the Smooth Jazz scene perfectly at home. He worked as musical director with Jonathan Butler and also performed with Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Chante Moore, Mindi Abair and many more.

His debut album Soulciety was released in 1999, followed by his sophomore album The Calling in 2010. His next album Dance With You was released on Kalimba Music in 2014.

Along with our friends at Kalimba Music, we are excited to announce the release of keyboardist/producer Greg Manning’s new single, Top Down! It’s is the first single/title track from Manning’s new album, which is scheduled for release in early 2019.

We think it’s among Manning’s best songs, and we think you and your listeners will agree…

“KILLER!” – Cliff Gorov

Listen to Top Down on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/3).

Brooke Alford – Closer

Brooke Alford, The Artist of the Violin creates magic on stage by bringing the violin to life. When Brooke performs, she connects with her audience and takes them on an unforgettable musical journey through the soulful vibes of R&B, Reggae, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Gospel, and more. Brooke’s dynamic style, colorful imagery, flawless flow, and creative sound make her who she really is, The Artist of the Violin!

With over 10 years of professional experience in the music business and her artistry, Brooke has had a number of outstanding opportunities including opening for national and international recording artists including The Whispers, Mint Condition, Peabo Bryson, Najee, Will Downing, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows, and Eric Darius, just to name a few.

“Atlanta-based violinist Brooke Alford is coming on strong with her debut national single, produced by yours truly. Mixes include accessible tracks for Smooth Jazz, Urban A/C and Quiet Storm radio. Enjoy this new Smooth sound of the violin. Brooke Alford is a trend-setter” – Bob Baldwin

Listen to Closer on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/3).

Ron King – You Move Me

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 received many awards, from the IAJE, NAJE, ASCAP, and the RMA.

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, Keely Smith, Jimmy Kimmel Live television show, ABC-TV’s, The Next Best Thing, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and featured on the Grammy Awards!

King’s new single, “You Move Me” features Darren Rahn, and is produced by Paul Brown.

It’s quite tasty!

Listen to You Move Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/3).