Next Paradigm Collective – Cruise Shippin

New York City based contemporary jazz group Next Paradigm Collective is the brainchild of Jacob Webb, Randall Haywood, and Lance Bryant. We are thrilled to present their Lead Single “Cruise Shippin” off of the debut EP, The First Movement.

Fun Fact – A graduate of The Julliard School of Music, Randall Haywood was recently awarded “Male Rising Star” presented by NYC Hot House Jazz Magazing and Jazzmobile at the iconic Birdland Jazz club this past November 2019! You can also check Randall with his group “Sounds of A&R”

Check out the New Single “Cruise Shippin”. This funky groove will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Listen to Cruise Shippin on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/4).

Carol Albert – Stronger Now

 

Embarking on a fresh new chapter in her life musically, emotionally and spiritually, Carol Albert builds upon the inspiring career-shifting momentum of her recent Billboard Top Ten chart successes with her perfectly titled new full-length album Stronger Now. Featuring all original songs written and arranged by the prolific composer and pianist, the stylistically eclectic, 10 track collection – follow up to her 2017 breakthrough album Fly Away Butterfly – is set for release on Cahara Records January 31, 2020.

Stronger Now includes two tracks previously released as singles that lit up terrestrial, internet and satellite stations. The Atlanta based artist scored her biggest success to date early in 2019 with the Brazilian flavored “Femme Flight,” which hit #4 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart. Produced by Carol, mixed by two-time Grammy winning hitmaker Paul Brown and featuring flutist Ragan Whiteside the track also earned Albert a new legion of fans via airplay globally. With powerful keystrokes Carol dispels sorrow and worries and enchants the regained joy of life with her musical sunshine. Lew Laing provides the right background with a swaying rhythm and a sky full of strings.

Listen to Stronger Now on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 13/4).

Skinny Hightower – Bittersweet

American jazz pianist, drummer, bass player, and producer Skinny Hightower is a smooth jazz powerhouse. After his debut album Cloud Nine (2016) and his label debut Emotions on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records (2017) his next album Retrospect (2018) was the logical step towards his declared goal to achieve his greatness in the smooth jazz genre.

From his upcoming album Bluemoon (2020) we present you Bittersweet.

Listen to Bittersweet on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/4).

Gail Jhonson – Joy Joy!

Hailing from the City Of Brotherly Love, Grammy nominated keyboardist Gail Jhonson adds to Philadelphia’s legacy of pioneering music luminaries. “I am proud to be a part of the Philly sound. When I was growing up, you couldn’t walk too far before you heard a band or some instruments practicing,” recalls Jhonson, who is affectionately dubbed the “First Lady Of Smooth Jazz.” “I share the same love of orchestral instruments, horn sections, vocal groups and rhythm sections, that was made famous by TSOP, Bell, Huff, Harris, Creed, Wanzel.,” shares the keyboardist. “Oh such a long list of my composition heroes!” With this rich tradition being a part of Gail Jhonson’s undeniable musical DNA, it is no surprise that she was performing professionally by the age of 14. “I love it so much,” she confides. “I don’t know why, I just think it chose me!”

This summer Gail Jhonson will release her Shanachie debut album featuring her all-star female band, Jazz In Pink. Jhonson, who is a woman on a mission, created the ensemble as a way to address her concern that women are under represented on the jazz scene particularly as instrumentalists. “Traditionally, most vocalists played piano, but were encouraged to only present their vocal skills on stage, while their instrumental expression was suppressed,” she explains, “Our ensemble is dedicated to the blending of piano-violin-flute-harp as a core presentation: orchestral instruments playing melodically over the rhythm section (bass-drums-guitar-percussion). Add in jazzy R&B vocals, and that female energy of passion, beauty and fire; creates sheer Sisterness of rhythm, composition, performance and the pink principal-all expressed on stages that inspire. We wear pink, our fans wear pink, which shows we are all in solidarity and resonate together in our brand of musical expression.”

Gail Jhonson’s first single of her anticipated new CD is the intoxicating, uplifting and jubilant “Joy Joy,” which just debuted in the Top 30 of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. The track is a spotlight for Jhonson as she welcomes two special guests, saxophonist Kim Waters and guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. Jhonson and Waters’ connection extends back many years, as the two have collaborated through the years with guitarist Norman Brown. Jhonson says, “Working with Kim in the studio gave me a deeper appreciation for his talent and his spirit as a person. He took ‘Joy Joy’ to another level, infusing his own joy of sax…..what a consummate musician.” Jhonson wrote the song with her writing partner, Gino Valentino.

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M’Lynn – Just Take Time

 

Establishing herself as a powerful new presence on the urban vocal side of Smooth Jazz with her previous singles “T.F.I.L.” and “Paralyzed,” jazz, blues and soul influenced vocalist M’Lynn shares an important message to the recently broken-hearted on her seductive and dreamy ballad “Just Take Time.” Originally appearing on her debut EP Grounding, the track was chosen the No. 2 Best Soul Song of 2018 by UK radio personality Franklin Sinclair of Mi-Soul Connoisseurs.

While imparting wisdom to take things slow so that we can more effectively regroup and move on, she shares her silky, intimate vocal charms (think a contemporary version of Sade or Norah Jones) and colorful scat over a lush musical bed caressed with simmering horns and gospel-blues organ textures. – SmoothJazz.com

Listen to Just Take Time on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Kenney Polson – La La (Means I Love You)

With a sparkling saxophone vibe that’s been lighting up the Pacific Northwest for years, Kenney Polson – who’s appeared on TV with greats like David Sanborn and Wynton Marsalis – has blended Smooth Jazz with a wide variety of influences, including Latin, classical, R&B/funk and gospel. True to its title For Lovers Only, Polson’s latest recording finds him creating a tight, soulful ensemble with members of Tower of Power, Kool & the Gang and Parliament, among others. Soothing, romantic and lyrical, the album builds an easy groove with new compositions and satisfying classics (smoothjazz.com).

The new single La La (Means I Love You) is taken from this album.

Listen to La La (Means I Love You) on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Gino Rosaria – Road Trip

 

Gino Rosaria, born and raised in Curaçao, developed an interest in music at an early age. Growing up on a very culturally diverse island, Gino learned to speak four different languages fluently. The influence of the many cultures allowed him to learn and play many different kinds of music, which became a part of his identity. Later on he grew to enjoy Jazz, Latin, and Classical music the most.

Gino released his first Contemporary Jazz album Still Waters Run Deep in the summer of 2019. On that album he features several heavy hitters including Marcus Anderson, Althea Rene, Elan Trotman, Adam Hawley, and more. His debut radio single “Night Groove” made it onto Billboard Most Added in the first week! The single made it onto the top 30 on most of the Contemporary Jazz airplay charts. “My goals are to continue giving virtuoso piano performances in both Jazz and Classical music.” – Gino Rosaria

Swaying in a shuffle-beat Road Trip has the right swinging for the radio-friendly kick. The track is featuring flutist Althea Rene with blazing nuances into the cold steel.

Listen to Road Trip on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

The Peet Project – Let’s Do This

 

 

The Peet Project is a Hungarian pop-funk-jazz band comprising five twenty-something musicians. Their original music is a seductive and eclectic blend, reflecting influences encompassing Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, George Duke, Earth Wind and Fire and the Rippingtons, among others. The group’s driving force is violinist-composer-vocalist-producer Peter “Peet” Ferencz (27). Peter gives the band its unique sound through his use of violin as a lead instrument in an equivalent role to saxophone or keyboards. His talent was recognized by contemporary jazz icons Brian Culbertson, culminating in Brian lending production guidance to one of the standout tracks off the second album, and Dave Koz who travelled to Hungary to record a single with the Peet Project in the summer of 2016.

The band’s new single “Let’s Do This” represents the next step of collaboration between Peet Project and Paul Brown that began in 2017 when Paul remixed “Rosy Cheeks”, the band’s single with Dave Koz that eventually spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Smooth Jazz chart. The band wrote “Let’s Do Tbhis” aboard the 2018 Dave Koz Cruise, tapping on the cruise’s immensely inspiring musical atmosphere. Soon after that, Paul Brown popped in to Peet’s studio to add his guitars to the song.

Listen to Let’s Do This on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

RAH Harrison – Confidential

RICHIE HARRISON, aka RAH Harrison is an American drummer, music producer, DJ and recording artist from Bronx, New York. Harrison exhibited innate musical abilities and was considered a musical prodigy with a remarkable sense of meter.

In 2017, Harrison recorded and played on drums on two tracks off of Treblemaker by contemporary jazz, neo soul, funk flutist Ragan Whiteside; “See You At The Get Down” and “Early Arrival”. Ragan’s single, “Corey’s Bop” charted in the Top 10 across ALL Smooth Jazz Radio including Billboard, RadioWave, Mediabase, SmoothJazz.com, and Groove Jazz Music. Harrison also played drums with Ragan Whiteside’s band during her winning performance at the 2006 Capital Jazz New Artist Competition. He continues to play drums with Ragan Whiteside during her live appearances in New York City.

Listen to Confidential on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Christian “Big New York” de Mesones – Big Tall Wish

Christian “Big New York” de Mesones has been playing bass guitar for over 40 years.  He was only 18 years old when he graduated from the world famous Bass Institute of Technology (now the Musician’s Institute) in Hollywood, California where he had the opportunity to study and workshop with greats such as Abe Laboriel, Louis Johnson, Tim Bogart, Howard Alden, Steve Morse, Pat Metheny, and the late Tommy Tedesco and Ray Brown.  By personal request from visiting guitar faculty member and legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, he performed an original composition for his graduation ceremony.

Mesones’ new single “Big Tall Wish” is taken from his new album, They Call Me Big New York.

Listen to Big Tall Wish on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Keith McKelley – Legend

 

Keith McKelley has had a wide and varied career as a saxophonist and EWI (electronic wind instrument) musician but also produces and writes his own material with the occasional collaboration with other writers and producers to create music that is at a high level, will last, and that is absolutely heartfelt.

Originally from Canton Ohio, Keith has been able to incorporate various forms of music to create his own signature sound and is quite evident when you take the time to hear his playing. Since his move to LA in August of 2013 he has been steadily working his way up the ladder while becoming an integral part of the LA scene.

Keith plans to keep pushing his vision of new music, always setting the bar high. The operative word is “energy”. There always has to be 110% poured into every little bit of music no matter what the situation. This is more than just something he does. He lives it. The idea is to work with high quality artists and and put out high quality, classic work that will surely contribute to the ever changing landscape of music in this world.

His new single Legend features Bob James.

Listen to Legend on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Maysa – It’s Gonna Be Alright

Maysa’s new single “It’s Gonna Be Alright” is the second release of a series of songs titled Music for Your Soul.

Barbara Perry is a wonderful songwriter, and Chris Davis’ sublime arrangement is the perfect setting for Kim Waters’ sweet sax and the vocals of Phil Perry and Maysa to help soothe and relax your mind and spirit while you create, meditate and pray.

“It’s Gonna Be Alright”
Written by Barbara Perry
Breezy Hill Publishing /BMI

Produced and arranged by Chris “Big Dog” Davis
Lead Vocals: Maysa, Phil Perry
Sax: Kim Waters
Background : Kevin Monroe and Devotion

“After the year we’ve just had, I hope people will enjoy this tune by quietly focusing on the positive things they want to happen in their lives in the new year and new decade” – Maysa

Listen to It’s Gonna Be Alright on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Greg Manning – Twinkle

Keyboardist Greg Manning had his debut with Soulciety in 1999. Next followed his albums The Calling (2010) and Dance With You (2014). His fourth album Sugar & Spice was released in July 2016 on Kalimba Music.

His newest single is Twinkle written by Earl Klugh, produced and performed by Greg Manning. Featured guitarist is Darrel Crooks.

Listen to Twinkle on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Ragan Whiteside – Reminiscing

She’s back! And ready to take you on a trip down memory lane with her new single from her upcoming album, Five Up Top.

Ragan Whiteside, the award winning flutist with 4 consecutive Top 10 Billboard hits under her belt (including Billboard #1 hit “Corey’s Bop”), puts a soulful, groovy twist on Australian rock group Little River Band’s 1978 hit “Reminiscing” featuring a fresh take on a classic song, which has never been done on flute…until now.

Listen to Reminiscing on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).