Lars Taylor – Sweet Onion

We are pleased to introduce Switzerland based guitarist Lars Taylor to the Smooth Jazz genre.  His debut single “Sweet Onion” is co-produced by Taylor and veteran hitmaker Paul Brown, who also mixed the new single.

In addition to Taylor’s acoustic guitar, “Sweet Onion” features world-class musicians Charles Berthoud on bass and Gorden Campbell on drums.

Listen to Sweet Onion on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

Ron King – Groovin’ On Down

Ron King is among the finest trumpet/composer artists in the world today. A Grammy nominated soloist, he is also one of L.A.’s top  Jazz / trumpet players. He has received many awards, from the IAJE, NAJE, ASCAP, and the RMA.  King has attained Gold records for working with 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/Jay Leno,  The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Keely Smith, , Jimmy Kimmel Live television show, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and was featured on the Grammy Awards.

King’s new single “Groovin’ On Down” is produced by Paul Brown, who also performs on guitar and percussion.

Listen to Groovin’ On Down on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

WaKaNa – I Told You So

Japanese saxophonist WaKaNa‘s new single “I Told You So” is taken from WaKaNa’s full CD Saxcess Story.

When the song’s co-writer and producer Greg Manning suggested releasing “I Told You So” as the follow up to the first single/title track “Saxcess Story”, they re-recorded the song with Eric Valentine on live drums, and titled it the ‘velvet’ radio mix, in honor of Valentine.

Great idea, Greg…”I Told You So” sounds like a hit. Now that’s what we call a Saxcess Story!

“I Told You So”
written by WaKaNa and Greg Manning

WaKaNa – alto sax
Greg Manning – keys
Adam Hawley – guitar
Eric Valentine – drums

Listen to I Told You So on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

Walter Beasley – It’s Alright

We are excited to announce the release of Walter Beasley‘s new CD Going Home, release date April 19 (Affable Records)!

The projects’ first single “It’s Alright” is killer. We think it’s Walter’s best song.

“It’s Alright”
Written by Walter Beasley
Produced by Phil Davis and John Roberts

“No matter what you are going through, know this too shall pass. Keep telling yourself, ‘It’s Alright'” – Walter Beasley

Listen to It’s Alright on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

Johnny Britt – Highway 10

Johnny Britt‘s new single “Highway 10” is an up-tempo track that is reminiscent of other hit singles he has written, such as “Contact” by Boney James.  “Highway 10” features Johnny’s signature smooth sounding flugelhorn with its soulful layered arrangements and melodies that ride all over the song.

Interstate 10 (I-10) is the southernmost cross-country Interstate Highway in the American Interstate Highway System stretching from the Pacific Ocean at Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, California, to Jacksonville, Florida. Highway 10 is Johnny’s mind blasting hymn about this stunning route with countless sights.

“Highway 10” is taken from Britt’s new CD, So Hot.

Listen to Highway 10 on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

Art Sherrod Jr – Tighten Up


Art Sherrod Jr
is “…a man who loves music, a man who loves art, respects the spirit world and thinks with his heart.”  He is equal parts heart and soul and it seems as if God gave him an extra dose of expression through music.

The creative part of Art was shaped by rich experiences, the people with the greatest influence in his formative years and exposure of culture, religion, and the arts. These people, places and things have fostered an innate curiosity, and have nurtured and strong desire for expression. This is a perfect narrative of Art Sherrod, Jr.’s life and is a precise summary of his life and how his love for music and faith have been molded.

Sherrod’s new single “Tighten Up” is co-written and produced by Chris “Big Dog” Davis.

Listen to Tighten Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

J. Staton – It’s All Good

Saxman J. Staton is a writer and producer with a fresh sound and approach that is definitely his own. His debut album, This Mind Of Mine (2013) and his new single “It’s All Good” are a mixture of smooth melodic grooves and a taste of funk.  Staton has appeared at the Apollo Theater, and has shared the local and national stage with Gerald Albright, Norman Connors, Jennette Harris, Avery Sushine, and Peter White.  Staton has opened for Jeff Lorber, Eric Darius, and Ben Tankard among many others.

“An up and coming recording artist with very good tone on the saxophone.”
– Norman Connors

Listen to It’s All Good on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/4).