Ron King – Downtown Mama

 

Ron King is one of the finest trumpet /composer /arranger artists in the world today. A Grammy nominated soloist, he is also one of L.A.’s top lead jazz improvisational trumpet players. He has received many awards, from the IAJE, NAJE, ASCAP, and the RMA. He has received Gold records for working with artists including 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 and Jay Leno, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Keely Smith, Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC TV’s The Next Best Thing, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and featured on the Grammy Awards.

Ron King “Downtown Mama” is the title song of the same named album. Written by Ron King and Paul Brown and produced by Paul Brown at The Funky Joint.

Listen to Downtown Mama on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/4).

Rocco Ventrella – On The Road

 

Rocco Ventrella was born in Bari, Italy and began playing saxophone at age of twelve. Rocco has shared stages with many respected artists including Peter White, Marion Meadows, Candy Dulfer, Renato Falaschi, Mindi Abair, Jessy J., Brian Culbertson, Nick Colionne, Jackiem Joyner, Nils, Paul Brown, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Fritzen, Eric Darius, Brian Simpson, Rick Braun, Marc Antoine, Michael Lington, Dave Koz and more.

“One can only smile and enjoy when hearing the music of Rocco Ventrella. The joy of his music that exudes from his soul is undeniable. His passion for smooth jazz is so obvious with every note he plays”

– Everette Harp

His new single is On The Road.

Listen to On The Road on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/4).

Ryan Montano – Soulfully

Ryan Montano is a nationally recognized trumpeter, songwriter, bandleader and recording artist. His beautiful, sophisticated and memorable compositions, impactful live performances and precise technique have garnered him national radio airplay and festival performances across the nation.

In addition to his musical artistry, Montano is a talented and truthful actor having appeared in several commercials and Hollywood films with speaking roles in “GoodKill” starring Ethan Hawke, Disney’s “Lemonade Mouth” and “Love N’ Dancing” starring Amy Smart, Rachel Dratch and Betty White. He has been a featured performer on “CSI Miami” and “Wildfire” and has several runway modeling shows and print campaigns to his modeling credits.

Ryan’s new single “Soulfully” is co-written by Montano and Darren Rahn. You’ll also recognize Phil Denny’s warm tone on saxophone.

Listen to Soulfully on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/4).

Paul Hardcastle – Latitude

Paul Hardcastle will be known to most slightly older listeners for his megahits Rain Forest and 19, which have sold millions of copies. His series The Jazzmasters was a considerable success in the field of smooth jazz, which he also continues with The Chill Lounge for the chill out genre. With his album Hardcastle 8 (2018) he remained the nation’s groove master. This year Paul Hardcastle returns with the follow-up IX.

Taken from this album is the single Latitude.

Listen to Latitude on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/4).

RJ & The Assignment – Everybody Wants To Rule The World

 

Reginald ‘RJ’ Johnson is a Las Vegas resident who studied Classical Piano at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and acquired a Masters in Music in Jazz Piano Performance. Since graduating, he has recorded four albums.

RJ performs regularly with his group, The Assignment, as well as other groups in Las Vegas. He is also touring with Boys II Men as their keyboardist for their residency at the Mirage Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. RJ plays Jazz and R & B utilizing his own compositions and style as a modern mix of the two genres, creating a unique “new” Jazz style that is all his own. He has played keyboard in live shows and studio recordings for various headlining artists, including Jennifer Hudson, Otis Clay, Christopher Williams, Beverly Crawford, Angie Stone, Boys II Men, Jon B and Buddy Guy.

RJ’s new single, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” features guest vocalist Kiara Brown, who appeared on NBC-TV’s The Voice in Fall 2019. Midway through the performance she got a chair turn from Blake Shelton. Gwen Stefani eventually turned as well. Blake called her voice “hypnotic.” Gwen liked the way she flipped the song and said she appreciates her singer-songwriter vibe. Kiara decided to join Team Gwen.

Listen to Everybody Wants To Rule The World on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/4).

BK Jackson – Silver Lining

 

BK Jackson has been put on this earth to do one thing, electrify and amaze audiences across the globe with his unique playing style, energetic stage presence and unparalleled passion for music that touches the soul. Most notably, BK spent four years touring with musical icon Prince, performing timeless hits for sold out arenas night after night as a member of his 11-piece horn section, known as New Power Generation (NPG) Hornz. Currently, BK can be found rocking the stage with Trombone Shorty as a member of the multi-talented musician’s touring band, Orleans Avenue.

Taken from the new album Life Of The Party we present you Silver Lining.

Listen to Silver Lining on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/4).

 

Kay-Ta Matsuno – Distance

Kay-Ta Matsuno was born in Osaka, Japan, and moved to Boston, MA to study at Berklee College of Music when he was 20. The broad capacity of his playing style (from Gospel, R&B, country, jazz, and rock) helped him to start his career as a session guitarist in Los Angeles. His list of credits includes:

David Foster, Baby Face, Natalie Cole, Keiko Matsui, Lalah Hathaway, Amerie, Chante Moore, Jackiem Joyner, Daniel Bedingfield, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Steve Porcaro, Virgil Donatti, Tony Macalpine, Jody Watley, Amber Riley (from Glee), and Bob Mintzer (from Yellow Jackets).

In 2016 he released his debut album Arrival, a recording that is still garnering considerable airplay. Now working with Polyphemus Records, he is on a quest to produce 10 singles in 10 weeks, later to be released as a special 10 track album.

Taken from this upcoming album is the first track Distance.

Listen to Distance on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/4).

Will Sumner – Where We Go

 

Ride the Wave is the latest, highly-anticipated work to hit the music world from renowned jazz guitarist, composer and producer, Will Sumner.

With nine CDs already in his multi-layered portfolio, Sumner’s new album Ride the Wave has been hailed “a perfect 10” and it continues the energetic ride of his dynamic musical career. taken from this album is the new single “Where We Go”.

Listen to Where We Go on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 21/4).

Oli Silk – New Bounce

It’s a long way to make a name for itself, when you are a keyboardist from UK. Oli Silk has made the impossible possible and achieved a great reputation as one of the hottest acts in USA. Although an integral member of the band in Pizza Express, London, he often takes the  transatlantic leap to be visible at numerous events in the States.

He is best known by the albums Fact or Friction (2000) and Duality (2002), which he released with Danny Sugar. During his solo career he already published the albums So Many Ways (2006),  The Limit’s The Sky (2008), All We Need (2010), Razor Sharp Britt (2013) and Where I Left Off (2016). In May 2020 he returns with his new album Six on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records.

Taken from this album is the fresh new single New Bounce. Featured artist on this single is Vincent Ingala on sax.

Listen to Six on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

Jakob Magnusson – Caption This

 

With a title like “Caption This,” keyboardist/composer Jakob Magnusson – aka the popular, eminently grooving artist formerly known as Jack Magnet – all but begs us to dig for colorful words and an apt description of his latest cool, funky and retro flavored soul-jazz single. The first that comes to mind is seductive. Then simmering. Sultry. Swaying. (Lots of s’s!) And now a phase that captures its inviting organic vibe: old school cool. Although it’s on the same EP (High North) that has Magnusson’s prior single “Hook, Line & Sinker,” and is also produced by genre hit making master Paul Brown, the overall flow and tone of the new track is delightfully different. It’s less in your face and more about caressing your heart with a warmth, intimacy and subtle nudge towards the way contemporary jazz was recorded back in the day. Cool and warm at the same time? That’s the magical conundrum on how we use words to describe music here!

Whereas the earlier tune featured Magnusson’s playful acoustic piano and the muscular sax of Jeff Ryan, “Caption This” rolls more like an updated version of a classic, deeply rhythmic but melodically and harmonically freewheeling Crusaders track. Weaving an infectious melody (often with the dreamy harmonic pairing of flugelhornist Snorri Sigurdsson) and then taking us on a spirited and hypnotic improvisational adventure, Magnusson showcases just why he’s considered Iceland’s foremost musical icon and one of the most renowned Fender Rhodes players in the world. Brown is also on hand, using his guitar to keep the retro magic crackling gently – like an echo from an earlier era – in the background throughout. And let’s not leave out Lew Laing, who keeps both the rhythm tight and the atmospheres hoppin’ as both drummer and synth player. As you listen and vibe along, you can almost imagine late cats like Joe Sample and George Duke chiming in their approval and coming up with witty captions of their own from above and beyond.

Listen to Caption This on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

Walter Chancellor Jr. – Steppin’ Out

Professional saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, arranger, mentor and music producer Walter Chancellor Jr. has been a mainstay in the Twin Cities contemporary Jazz and R&B music scene for the past 25 years. Not long after his arrival in Minneapolis, Walter performed and recorded with Prince, earning him a Double Platinum record for his participation on Prince’s Emancipation CD in 1996.

Chancellor’s new single “Steppin’ Out” is the follow-up to his 2019 hit single, “Beautiful Day”.

“Steppin Out”
Written by Walter Chancellor
Produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis

Listen to Steppin’ Out on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).