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.
Ten years after their debut Smooth Jazz album Always… made a strong international impact – earning airplay throughout the U.S., Norway, the UK, Japan, Poland and South America – GTF makes a highly anticipated return with Cross Paths – an eclectic jazz, pop and R&B infused collection of powerhouse instrumentals, soulful vocals, infectious originals and lush re-imaginings of classics by George Duke and Nat King Cole.
The title Cross Paths is a reflection of a group whose core dynamic is driven by the intersection and intuitive chemistry of musical talents from Northern and Southern California and beyond. The five piece band is led by its namesakes, San Francisco based married couple George and Tracy Franklin. George is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who plays bass, keyboards and guitar; songwriter and associate producer Tracy also contributes backing vocals.
Their new single “Ever Since We Met” is a stunning interpretation of Chris Botti’s classic.
Listen to Ever Since We Met on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).
Mark Allen Felton honed his musical skills playing in clubs in the Los Angeles area while appearing in videos by Ed OG & the Bulldogs and Tony! Toni! Toné!. Felton produced his first solo CD On The Prowl in 1994 and went on to share the stage with many artists including: Al Jarreau, Oleta Adams, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Kenny G., Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz, Billy Preston, Marcus Miller, Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne, and many others.
Felton credits Kool & The Gang as an early influence. “When I saw their horn section, I knew then I wanted to play an instrument, and not long after that I was introduced to Grover Washington Jr.’s music. That was it for me, I was hooked!”
In a world where people are quick to label music, Felton’s music can only be put in one category – Great Music! “I strive to deliver my best every time I play, that is what is important to me! Doing my best!”
Listen to A Place For You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).
One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary Jazz for nearly 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct saxpertise to a virtual who’s who of artists including Al Jarreau (Paulo’s longest term touring association), James Ingram, No. 1 Smooth Jazz trumpeter and guitarist Rick Braun and Peter White, Oleta Adams, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Carl Anderson, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis and more.
Paulo’s new single, “Back With The Funk” features Paul Jackson Jr. on guitar and as the title suggests, they are back with the funk!
Listen to Back With The Funk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).
Along with our friends at Empress Entertainment, we are excited to announce the release of (Taylor) Sorice debut single, “You Better Know It”!
Joining Sorice on her soulful new single is award winning Smooth Jazz flautist, Ragan Whiteside. “You Better Know It” is written by Sorice and veteran producer/arranger Dennis Johnson, who is also Whiteside’s husband.
Sorice, Whiteside and Johnson have captured a very hip vibe that compliments her signature style.
Listen to You Better Know It on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).
Adam Hawley‘s second album Double Vision is rich with new grooves and star-studded features including Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Julian Vaughn, Marcus Anderson, Darren Rahn, & Kat Hawley. The album has already achieved #2 on the Amazon Sales chart, Top Ten on iTunes, Top 25 on the Billboard Jazz Album (sales) chart, and two #1 singles on Billboard!’s Smooth Jazz airplay chart.
Hawley’s new single “Just Dance” features Dave Koz on saxophone. It’s the follow up to Adam’s #1 singles “Can You Feel It” and “Traveling Mood”.
Listen to Just Dance on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).