At a very young age, guitarist Gregory Goodloe knew that he would be a musician. Strumming to the music of Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Norman Brown, these musicians, among many others inspired him greatly. A self-taught musician and U.S. Army Veteran, Denver native Gregory Goodloe received a music scholarship to Paul Quinn (formerly Bishop College) in Dallas, Texas.
He has also played with Grammy award winner & Gospel Jazz artist Ben Tankard, Norman Brown, Dave Koz & Friends with Michael McDonald, Brian Culbertson, James Ingram, Roy Ayers, and many others.
Goodloe’s new single “Stylin” is written and produced by veteran hit maker, Darren Rahn.
Listen to Stylin on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/4).
Virginia-based former Hip-Hop producer and saxophonist Sam Rucker started his solo career with Heat from the Heavens in 2011, followed by Tell You Something (2014) and Redemption(2018).
On the soothing new single “Overcomer”, saxman Sam Rucker emotes intimately on soprano during an uplifting exchange with a guitar duo comprised of his nephew Justin Taylor, and John Calisto. Tragically, both guitarists passed away unexpectedly three days apart during the recording of the album, and the tune Rucker wrote to comfort and inspire others became his own healing grace.
With its pleasantly infectious hook, “Overcomer” embodies Rucker’s formula of smooth, soothing grooves over gritty urban beats.
Listen to Overcomer on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 24/3).
The Rippingtons are a Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group, founded by guitarist and composer Russ Freeman in 1985. The group has passed the thirty year mark, and continues to innovate. Under Freeman’s production, the group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained top 5 Billboard status, with 5 of them reaching #1. Their debut album, “Moonlighting”, which Jazziz magazine has called “the number one most influential contemporary jazz album of all time.”
The group’s influences are wide-ranging, from instrumental pop, to rock, to world music, to EDM, to R&B. Some artists having recorded with the Rippingtons include Arturo Sandoval, Jeffrey Osbourne, Kirk Whalum, Kenny G, Dave Grusin, the late Joe Sample, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Patti Austin, Peter White, Rick Braun, Zak Wylde, and many more.
The first single “Silver Arrows” is an exotic journey heavily influenced by Freeman’s multitude of European travels with his wife Yaredt that impacts and seduces with a danceable deep bass groove and spirited acoustic guitar.
Listen to Silver Arrows on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 24/3).
Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Paul Dozier‘s success as a solo artist these past 17 years has led him to open shows for the Smooth Jazz, Soul and Gospel elite, play with everyone from Paul Taylor and Brian Simpson and serve as musical director for Karen Briggs and Gail Jhonson.
The optimistic title of his latest album Brand New Day lets us know that he’s looking forward to the future with tight, infectious melodies, fluid guitar licks and picture perfect urban pocket grooves. Dozier complements the electric guitar vibe with an acoustic neo soul tune featuring vocalist Jessica Lane and a deep electronica soul dive into a Sade classic. – SmoothJazz.com
Listen to Brand New Day on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 24/3).
“U Best Believe” is the newest single from the talented young saxophonist, Chase Huna. After his debut album On The Chase in 2017, Huna has performed/headlined at Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Fest, Art Good Catalina Island Jazz Trax Fest, Newport Beach Jazz fest, to name a few.
Chase has performed on stage with Eric Darius, Peter White, Marc Antoine, Michael Lington, and many others. Now 19 years old, he is growing more mature by finding his own signature sound which is very present in this song.
“U Best Believe” is produced by Grammy Award winner, Paul Brown.
Listen to U Best Believe on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 24/3).
Years before Motor City saxman Deon Yates performed as a special guest in concerts and recordings with contemporary jazz and R&B greats like Nick Colione, Brian Simpson, Maysa, Marion Meadows, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Ronnie Laws, Comedian Sinbad, Gerald Veasley, Kem and Dwele, he was working with legendary groups like The Floaters, The Contours and The Temptations. Yates has also played flute for the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra.
In addition, Family Circle Productions, the event company he runs with his wife, offers media services for up and coming indie artists and produces concerts whose proceeds go to a variety of charities, including domestic violence, homeless shelters and local food banks.
Yates new single “Quintastic” is written and produced by Darren Rahn.
Listen to Quintastic on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 24/3).
Brothers Noah and Josh Thompson put their guitars together to form Roman Street. Since the college years, this brotherly jam session has developed into a Billboard charting band who many have dubbed ‘the next generation’ of Jazz Fusion.
Roman Street, named for an old roman street in the Alps, is an internationally trained instrumental band specializing in improvisational fusion of Classical, Gypsy and Contemporary Jazz, Latin, and Nuevo Flamenco.
A departure from the over-produced music that is out there today, they keep it simple – the beautifully organic sound of acoustic instruments played by talented people who love what they are doing. Whether performing as a guitar duo, or with a backing band, Roman Street astounds with music that appeals to fans of many genres.