Michael Lington – M-Funk

Michael Lington, the Copenhagen-born saxophonist, songwriter and producer, has accomplished much in his two-decades-plus as an artist. He’s released more than 10 solo albums, toured tirelessly, and even manages his own wine and cigar companies. Immersing himself in his favorite music – David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, King Curtis, Hank Crawford, Cannonball Adderley and Grover Washington – he started out on clarinet but soon found his true calling, the saxophone. But it wasn’t until he was on the verge of turning 20 that Lington – now recognized as one of the most creative and successful contemporary soul and jazz saxophonists in the world – made his fateful decision to move to America and pursue his music. “I said, ‘This is what I want to do with my life.’ I was young and told myself it wouldn’t be so hard to do. I was wrong. There were many obstacles to overcome, particularly because I hardly knew anyone.”

Nonetheless, he persevered and began to make his mark in his adopted country, where he was known for his versatility. It was soul music that hit him most directly. “It spoke to me very early on in my life-it’s just a feeling and reaction I had when I would hear it,” he says. Lington’s new single, “M-Funk” is soulful and jazzy as you would expect. Ray Parker Jr. is featured on guitar. Enjoy Michael Lington doing what he does best, playing soulful, funky saxophone!

“Last week one of the most amazing things in my life happened, I welcomed my baby boy Landon into this world! I wanted to share the news with you. He is my first born child and at 50 years old I honestly thought I had missed the opportunity to have a child but my dream came true and I am overjoyed. I’m taking a few weeks off before I hit the road again but when I do, it will be with a little extra love and joy!” – Love, ML

Listen to M-Funk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/4).

Catie Waters – Moonlight

 

Hailing from Fayetteville, Arkansas, multi-hyphenate singer-songwriter, Catie Waters, is fulfilling her dreams in Los Angeles—with the support of her loving family and no plan B. She knows that the road to success is perseverance. Truly an “old soul” who possesses a remarkable awareness of herself and the world around her, the 22-year-old singer released her debut album—the critically acclaimed, hip-hop/jazz inflected, Stone Child, when she was just 16. She’s now ready to release her sophomore album, Colors, a mature collection of songs that show a mastery of her craft.

Throughout all of the emotional terrain she explores in its 10 tracks, she faces painful obstacles and ultimately powers through with hope and encouragement for herself and others. In her world, pain and struggle is temporary, and love and hope override and endure. From the wistful, heartbreaking reflections of “California Stars” and the edgy takedown “Crazy” to the calming hope of “Sanctuary” and tender encouragement of “Sunsets,” Catie – shares her truth with honesty and intimacy, making her listeners part of the multi-faceted experience. Other highlights include the funk and blues driven, vibrantly optimistic “Get Me Golden” and the high energy, gospel infused “Mountain Sound,” a spirited ode to her church upbringing in the Ozarks region of Arkansas.

The key producers helping bring Catie’s musical vision for Colors to life is Michael Broening, a Grammy winner renowned for his work with Al Jarreau and George Benson. In addition to the Broening-helmed tracks, Catie also works with Ben Bohorquez and two-time Grammy winner Caleb McCampbell (on “Feelin’ Alright,” “Sanctuary” and “Wicked”) and ten-time Grammy winner Philip Lassiter, Prince’s former trumpet player, on “Get Me Golden.” Keyboardist and Trippin N’ Rhythm labelmate Nicholas Cole is featured playing the Hammond B-3 on “Mountain Sound.”

Her band consists of well-traveled veteran sidepeople for Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Snarky Puppy, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, and Tamela Mann. Catie has performed at festivals and venues all over the world—from the Dallas Sol Jazz Festival to the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival and the Dubai Jazz Festival—and been featured in Latin Heat Entertainment, Indiewire, WINN, Music Connection, Upliftt, and other publications.

Make sure you follow Catie Waters’ trajectory. She is just getting started, especially with the release of her new album, Colors. It will soon be available for purchase on all platforms. First single of the new album is Moonlight, now on the turntables of many radio stations.

Sure Will – Nothin’ But Love

 

William “Sure Will” Clark Is a dynamic Breakout Smooth Jazz Artist, whose main Instrument is Keyboards. He also plays: Drums, Bass Guitar, Alto Saxophone and Clarinet. His musical resume goes back well over thirty years with humble beginnings playing in the church in Buffalo, New York.  A young man influenced by the amazing way George “Chief” Davis skillfully merged a bunch of keys together and the vibe it released.  There was no question about it, music was calling him closer. He has released several CD Projects “Out of the Shadows”, “Side By Side” (featuring Sure Will & Joel Del Rosario), and “Con-Fusion”.

His new single is Nothin’ But Love.

Listen to Nothin’ But Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/4).

Brass Attack – Tijuana Taxi

Trumpeters Willie Bradley, Johnny Britt and Rob Zinn have teamed up to record a fresh, modern interpretation of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass song, “Tijuana Taxi”.

“Tijuana Taxi” (4:15)
Composer: Ervan F. Coleman
Produced and arranged by Johnny Britt
ISRC code: US-T2Y-20-00003

Listen to Tijuana Taxi on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/4).

Roman Street – Find The Light

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.

Roman Street’s new album Balcony Of The World will be released worldwide on March 6, 2020.  Taken from this album is their new single, “Find The Light”.

Listen to Find The Light on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/4).

Gary Honor – The Pulse

 

A young Australian smooth jazz saxophonist went on board at Warren Hill’s Smooth Jazz Cruise in 2005 and won the contest “Star Search”. Rightly, he has earned the name Honor. He was kindly enough to give me his debut album Atmospheric (2004), that my positive impression fully confirmed. The more I was pleased that Gary released on the prestigious label Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm his album Heads & Tales (2012).

Years later he returns on this label with his new single The Pulse (2020).

Listen to The Pulse on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/4).

Brien Andrews – An Early Thursday


Brien Andrews
of Atlanta, GA based Bri’Entertainment creates vocal and instrumental jazz, gospel and soul music.

It’s all about the music, connecting with the music and then making sure the music connects to those that hear it! A consistent “in-the-pocket” drummer with solid grooves that are captivating. Brien Andrews electrifies audiences across the globe with his savvy, mastered and proficient artistic styling. Brien has the ability to play a vast repertoire of music and it is this diversity that makes him a preferred musician.

Listen to An Early Thursday on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/4).

Mike Levine – Oh Yeah

South Florida based composer and pianist Mike Levine is according to his biography since 1981 a composer. He wrote for radio and television shows, commercial jingles and for numerous other musicians. He took his first musical steps together with saxophonist Billy Ross, with whom he founded the Ross-Levine Band. The albums That Summer Something (1981) and Humidity (1981) originate from this time. After that he was comfortable being a side man for several years but always continued writing.

Finally he made the first step to his solo career and released From The Heart in 2006. Miami based composer and pianist Mike Levine never understood music as art for art’s sake, but as an interpersonal link and communicative element. Unlike many other musicians who spend their time as multi-instrumentalists in their own studios, Mike seeks contact with his fellow musicians.

So his second album Thinking Of You (2011) also features many musical companions. His third album Star Gazing followed in 2017. He has now released on the 14th, 2020 Valentines day,  his newest album Play It Again Mike. The first single, “Oh Yeah” will grab your attention, smooth with a groove!

Listen to Oh Yeah on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/4).

The Smooth Jazz Alley – Tidal

We present you from the upcoming album Let’s Ride by The Smooth Jazz Alley the new single Tidal. The single is featuring keyboardist Marco Montoya,  saxophonist Andy Snitzer, bass player Roberto Vally and guitarist Chieli Minucci of Special EFX. “We love the coast. So we set out to make some feel good vibes that would move you. You may began on the coach, but you also go out Saturday night on the town!” The album will finally be released in March, 2020.

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

Darryl Murrill – Get On Up


Darryl Murrill
knows no boundaries when it comes to saxophone excellence. Murrill masters the alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones to the delight of his following. Sharing the stage with greats like Tom Brown and Marcus Anderson, Darryl knows the ins and outs of his woodwind instrument. He heads Darryl Murrill and Jazzpel, which is a collection of fine gentlemen who play multiple instruments, sing, and compose in the fusion of the Jazz and Gospel genres.

Murrill loves to share his passion of music. He continues to scale his musical repertoire with the debut of his new single, “Get On Up”, an original song taken from his latest album, My Heart is Yours.

Listen to Get On Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/4).

Marcia Miget – Paradise

We are excited to announce the release of Marcia Miget‘s new single, “Paradise”! It’s the follow up to her 2019 single, “Cruzin”. “Paradise” is an energetic flute-lead song, written and produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis. Executive Director of Miraflores Music Academié for the last three decades, the list of graduates includes educators and performers in all genres. Her Jazz drummer/composer son is Motema Records’ Jaimeo Brown of Transcendence.

Marcia’s music reflects a strong, deep and honest commitment to life.” – Carlos Santana

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

Adam Hawley – To The Top

 

The four years since dropping his debut album has been a bit of a rocket ride for award-winning R&B-jazz guitarist Adam Hawley. Six of his seven singles have gone to No. 1 nationally and he deftly avoided the sophomore slump when his second outing further established the artist as a centerstage solo artist. The stage is now being set for the February 28th arrival of Escape, his third album and first for his new record label, MBF Entertainment.

Hawley produced and wrote eight of the record’s ten tunes featuring collaborations with a constellation of smooth/contemporary jazz luminaries including Rick Braun, Najee, Michael Lington, Jeff Ryan, Marcus Anderson and Greg Manning. Saxman Jeff Ryan is featured on the project’s first single, “To The Top”.

Listen to To The Top on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/4).

LaShawn D. Gary – Love, Peace & Praise

LaShawn D. Gary (Composer, Producer, Arranger) is a native of Detroit, Michigan. LaShawn received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Southern University, Louisiana in Instrumental Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville. He received training in the areas of Computer Music Technology and Jazz Composition with an emphasis on orchestration and arranging.

Gary’s new single “” is the title track from his album, and is the follow up to 2019’s hit single “Now Is The Time”.

Listen to Love, Peace & Praise on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 15/4).