Mark Etheredge teamed up again with Two-time Grammy® winning producer and guitarist Paul Brown along with bassist Roberto Vally, drummer Gorden Campbell and percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia. The contemporary instrumental jazz track, written by Etheredge, was recorded at Carmen Grillo’s Big Surprise Music in Los Angeles, mixed by Paul Brown, and mastered by Rainer Gembalczyk of Sienna Digital.
Etheredge’s ﬁrst radio single “Connected” ranked No. 31 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz 2016 Year End Chart and ranked No. 2 on the Groove Jazz Music Top 100 for 2016. On January 3, 2017 the second radio single “Roger That” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Most Added Smooth Jazz Songs Chart.
In physics, resonance is a phenomenon in which a vibrating system or external force drives another system to oscillate with greater amplitude at speciﬁc frequencies. (Source: Wikipedia) “I think as humans, we all have opportunities to resonate with each other–to be in tune and ﬁnd peace with each other – if we want it enough,” says Etheredge. “Resonance ﬂirts with that possibility.”
Listen to Resonance on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).
One never knows what type of seed is planted until that flower blooms. The vocal botanics that emerge from Karen Linette was recognized long after her first presentation to her mother, when she and her older brother would perform songs that were played during her childhood. That radiance developed into an organic sound, establishing Karen as the go-to person for vocals in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Giving her fellow local musicians more than twenty years of experience as a singer and collaborative artist, she has also shared the stage with national recording artists such as Norman Connors, Dawn Robinson of En Vogue, Cece Peniston, Club Nouveau, Case, Miles Jaye, Anthony David, Miki Howard, Regina Belle, Tom Browne, Dexter Wansel and numerous others.
Listen to Let Me Know on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).
The title of keyboardist Lisa Addeo‘s new CD Listen To This says it all about where her musical heart is today. It’s a soulful, heartfelt invitation to attune your ears and set your sonic expectations on a fresh new vibe for the smooth jazz genre. Driven by bright infectious melodies, dynamic improvisations and an aesthetic based on relentless and intoxicating grooves, the collection finds Lisa setting the standard for all that’s hip and innovative in the format for years to come.
Four-time Grammy winning producer and President of Blue Note Records Don Was says, “Lisa did a great job on her new album. It fits in really well with the most successful albums in the Smooth Jazz field. My compliments.”
Listen to Listen To This on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).
Singer + songwriter, Chadwick Johnson releases his new album, Stormy Love on September 25th 2019. Chadwick brings his soulful sound and artistic depth as both a recording artist and a producer on this provocative new work, fusing together elements of Smooth Jazz and Americana with genuine storytelling at the heart of this record.
Chadwicks first single from the new record is a bluesy Smooth Jazz production of his original song, ‘Addicted’ ft. Grace Kelly on saxophone. Chadwick and Grace interact with a soul stirring, playful banter as they bring to life feelings of the trepidatious excitement one feels when finding themselves ‘addicted’ to new love.
Winner of the Hollywood Music In Media Award for ‘Song Of The Year’, Chadwick has played for and worked with some of America’s most celebrated icons, including a command performance for President Bill Clinton as well as recording sessions with legendary producer, David Foster. In live performances, has has shared the stage with Olivia Newton-John, Katharine McPhee, Terry Wollman, Susan Anton and Grace Kelly.
Stormy Love was recorded at Talley Sherwood’s Tritone Recording Studio in Los Angeles and the Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas.
Mixed and Mastered by Kent Moore.
Listen to Addicted on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).
Jody Mayfield is a jazz musician from Atlanta GA. He studied at Clark Atlanta University, where he majored in Music Performance. He holds a B.A. Degree in Music Technology from Morris Brown College and Master’s Degree in Music Technology from Southern Utah University.
He has performed with musical greats such as Dizzy Gillespie at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland (’81, ’82) as well as James Lloyd of Pieces of a Dream; Frank Foster; Grover Washington, Jr.; Mary Lou Williams; Illinois Jacquet and the Tony Rich Project. He also opened concerts for Sarah Vaughn, Dexter Gordon, Rodney Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Fred Hammond, Bishop T.D. Jakes to name a few. Jody Mayfield was the creative director for Evander Holyfield’s record label, Real Deal Records for three years.
“Music is the only thing humans can create from nothing. When we create music, we are emulating God” – Jody Mayfield
Listen to Rear View Mirror on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).
Award-winning songwriter/producer Kevin Stixx Marshall has teamed up with singer/songwriter Michelle Carter Williams on a stunning new independent single, “Fly”. The duo’s debut collaboration combines a soulful jazz experience with a classic rhythm and blues undertone to take listeners on a delightful musical excursion.
In 2002, Kevin helped Marcus Johnson establish Three Keys Music, a record label partnership with BET Networks co-founder Robert L. Johnson. Kevin parlayed the success of that label into procuring a deal with MHz Networks to become drummer and music collaborator for the hit TV show “8101” with Emmy nominated radio and TV personality Michel Wright. The urban-based, entertainment talk show reached more than 2 million viewers worldwide, and featured industry heavyweights in which Kevin collaborated with the likes of Regina Belle, Coolio, Eric Roberson, and Tony Terry, among others.
Listen to Fly on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).
Herb Alpert brings you his new single “Fantasy” from his upcoming album Over The Rainbow (available everywhere September 20)!
“Fantasy”, which was written by Maurice White and Eduardo Del Barrio and famously recorded by Earth, Wind, and Fire, was a long-time favorite of Herb’s and he took the opportunity to record a version for his new album.
“I am always looking for good melodies to play and if it is a familiar song that I am working on, I’ll try to do it in a way that it’s never been heard before,” says Alpert. “When choosing songs, I look for something that makes you feel good, I have learned to become an audience to my own music and listen to what creates feelings that stop and call you.”
Listen to Fantasy on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).
Saxophonist Eric Darius is a man of action. Hardly any other musician in the smooth jazz genre has played his way into the front row as fast as he has. His activity is also reflected in his numerous releases.
Cruisin (2000), Night On The Town (2004), Just Getting Started (2006), Going All Out (2008), On A Mission (2010), and Retro Forward (2014) are his milestones. Like many other artists, he took over the reins after his record contracts expired and founded his own label SagiDarius Music.
He is well aware of the considerable additional work and responsibility. Nevertheless, he perceives his step as a liberating blow. Appropriately his newest album is called Breakin’ Thru (2018). Taken from this album is his new single Fired Up. This single floods the album with a funky attitude featuring Rodney Jones Jr. on bass and Andre Troutman on talk box giving this tune its special flavor.
Eric Darius – Alto & Tenor Saxophone
Rodney Jones Jr – Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Drums
Calvin Frazier – Guitar solo
Phillip Lassiter – Trumpet & horn arrangement
Listen to Fired Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).