Artaska – Spontaneous

Violinist and Composer Artaska is known for her powerful, yet soulful voice and violin playing. It is impossible to not want to dance and feel good when hearing her grooves.

“There’s no denying the power of Artaska’s voice, which merits some legitimate Billie Holiday comparisons. Her rhythm section is impressive as well, and she’s got an engaging presence onstage.” ~ Milwaukee Record

Classically trained since the tender age of 4 years old, Artaska mastered the crafts of violin and singing through the involvement with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and many other orchestras and ensembles infusing her influences in every note. Her new single is Spontaneous.

Brad Alexander – Straight Up


We are excited to announce the release of Las Vegas keyboardist Brad Alexander‘s new single, “Straight Up”! It’s the first single/title track from his forthcoming new album, set for release on BCB Entertainment. On “Straight Up”, Brad teams with Adam Hawley, and you will hear Hawley’s soulful, energetic influence on the new single.

“Straight Up”
Written by Adam Hawley and Brad Alexander
Produced and mixed by Adam Hawley

Piano: Brad Alexander
Sax: Donald Hayes
Drums: Eric Valentine
All other instruments: Adam Hawley

Listen to Straight Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 24/4).

Ragan Whiteside – JJ’s Strut

JJ’s Strut is a feel-good song for the ages, treating the listener to a much needed 4-minute break from the craziness of 2020. It is the 3rd single from Jazz/Soul flautist Ragan Whiteside‘s upcoming album “Five Up Top”, to be released in October.

“JJ’s Strut” (named after Ragan and Dennis’ adorable daughter, JJ) was produced by industry veterans Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin. It follows on the heels of Billboard Top 10 singles, “Jam It” and “Reminiscing” which reached #2 and #8 respectively.

Listen to JJ’s Strut on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/4).

Isaac Edwards – Bird Rock

Isaac Edwards
graduated from North Central University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (Saxophone). He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Music (Jazz Studies) from California State University Long Beach, where he studied extensively with renowned jazz saxophonists, Eric Marienthal and Jeff Clayton (Clayton-Hamilton Big Band).

Isaac has opened for renowned artists such as Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith and has performed at Paisley Park (the late Prince’s extraordinary private estate). He has performed and recorded with multiple top-notch musicians including Malcolm-Jamal Warner (a.k.a. Theo from the Cosby Show), Kirk Whalum (saxophonist for Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”), Eddie Bullen, Liberty Silver, John Blackwell (Prince), Michael Bland (Prince), Tommy Barberalla (Prince) and Darryl Williams. Additionally, he has had the honor of playing with the Bernie James sextet and Gary Greene’s Big Band of Barristers in Los Angeles.

His new single “Bird Rock” is written and produced by Isaac Edwards, mixed by Darren Rahn, and mastered by Steve Hall.

Listen to Bird Rock on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/4).

Patrick Bradley – Reinvention

Keyboardist Patrick Bradley‘s new single, “Reinvention” is the first single/title track from his forthcoming new album.

On his new single, Bradley again teams with legendary producer/keyboardist, Jeff Lorber. You will clearly hear Lorber’s signature production on “Reinvention”.

Written by Patrick Bradley
Produced by Jeff Lorber

Piano: Patrick Bradley
Guitar: Michael Thompson
Drums: Gary Novak
Additional keyboards: Jeff Lorber

Listen to Reinvention on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/4).

Paul Brown – Notorious

Along with our friends at Woodward Avenue Records, we are excited to announce the release of double Grammy winner Paul Brown‘s new album, Ones Upon A Time, as well as the project’s first single, “Notorious”! Ones Upon A Time will be available worldwide on Friday, August 14.

Over the years since Paul Brown became one of contemporary urban jazz’s premiere hit makers as a producer and artist, it’s become harder to keep track of how many Billboard #1 smashes he has amassed since breaking through producing Boney James in the early 90s. Is it 60? 70? 75? The two-time Grammy winner makes it slightly (and soulfully, seductively and delightfully easier by gathering a batch of his favorite chart-toppers produced for himself and other artists (Boney, Bob James, Larry Carlton, Kirk Whalum, George Benson) and re-imagining them for his cleverly titled upcoming collection “Ones Upon a Time” – his tenth album as a solo artist.

If the sensual atmospheres and deeply inviting, seductive groove at the start of the set’s lead single “Notorious” sound familiar, it’s because it was not only a smash for Rick Braun 23 years ago (from his 1997 album Body and Soul), but has been a staple at hundreds of the trumpet great’s live shows during that time. And for good reason. In its initial iteration, it offered the perfect combination of sexy and invigorating, a showcase of Braun’s bright and sultry energy, combined with Boney’s sweet coolness. Brown’s new twist, where he carries the moody, slow burning melody on his 1963 Gibson Johnny Smith L5 guitar, takes the song multiple shades deeper both tonally and emotionally than the original version, arriving at a perfect blend of urban jazz and blues.

After building momentum over a simmering, funky groove by bassist Roberto Vally and drummer Gorden Campbell, Brown is joined by the steamy, edgy sax of Richard Elliot. Brown had seen Elliot play the Boney part numerous times live with Braun, and knew he was the perfect foil for this slower burning version. Not surprisingly, considering their decades long friendship and working relationship, the two work a symbiotic magic (with Elliot harmonizing off the guitarist’s steady flow) on their way to the glorious hook, It’s one that smooth jazz fans have heard a million times, yet it sounds completely fresh with this new rendering, which also features Lenny Castro on percussion and a shimmering key solo by Gregg Karukas. If you’ve been a fan of Brown’s productions and heart-tugging melodic guitar vibe over the years, “Notorious” will allow you to experience his vast artistry from an exciting new perspective. Once you hear it, it’s likely that you, like me, will be chomping at the bit for the release of the entire album. – Jonathan Widran

Written by Paul Brown, Rick Braun & Leon Bisquera
Produced & Mixed by Paul Brown

Paul Brown – Guitar
Richard Elliot – Tenor Sax
Gregg Karukas – Keys
Roberto Vally – Bass
Gorden Campbell – Drums
Lenny Castro – Percussion

Listen to Notorious on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/4).

Stabe Wilson – The Comforter


Passionate, soul stirring and eclectic are all adjectives describing the musical styling of saxophonist Stabe Wilson.

Drawing inspiration from every musical genre from gospel to jazz to soul and R&B, Stabe’s vast list of musical influences can best be described as versatile. His unique style and interpretation of song has been influenced by traditional jazz saxophonists such as Hank Crawford, David “Fat Head” Newman and Stanley Turrentine; contemporary saxophonists David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Michael Brecker and Everette Harp; blues greats B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland; the vocal phrasing of jazz greats Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles and gospel artist Daryl Coley, just to name a few.

Stabe has had the rare opportunity to make appearances with some of the world’s most renowned recording artists including gospel icons, Edwin Hawkins, Donald Lawrence, Richard Smallwood, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp and the late Edwin & Walter Hawkins; Latin jazz legend Pete Escovedo; soul greats Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway, Howard Hewett, Tower Of Power, Eric Benet and the late Phyllis Hyman. Stabe has also acted as music director for neo-soul artists Eric Roberson and Frank McComb.

Whether performing as leader of the Stabe Wilson Band or backing up established recording artists, in an intimate venue, arena or spirit filled church one thing is guaranteed…your ears are in for a pleasurable musical journey while Stabe Wilson is in command of his saxophone.

Listen to The Comforter on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/4).

Carl Roland – A Natural High


Carl Roland is a multi-instrumentalist, record producer, composer and songwriter. Known for hs addicting melodies, Carl has earned gold and platinum records in the POP/R&B genres and is now embarking on new adventures, a Jazz album of his own and a duo-mega transforming band called Dustyy Lane. Carl’s new Smooth Jazz single, “A Natural High” is his 1st single from the forthcoming album entitled “Let’s Ride”.

Carl’s playing and production styles are derived from a wide range of his influences. Innovative artists such as Herbie Hancock and George Duke with the keyboard style of Jeff Lorber and Brian Culbertson. legendary guitarist Norman Brown, Russ Freeman, Chuck Loeb and Paul Jackson Jr. lends their influence to say the least, Carl has infused smooth jazz vibes, underlined electro styled beats and good old fashion skille playing as the main components creating an innovative twist on his single “A Natural High” and his “Let’s Ride” album presentation.

Listen to A Natural High on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/4).

Darryl Williams – There’s Always Tomorrow

Bassman Darryl Williams has just released his new single, “There’s Always Tomorrow”! It the first single from his forthcoming new album. Williams was a teenager when he opened for R&B acts Lakeside and Al Green along with gospel legend Shirley Caesar. After studying jazz at San Diego State University, Williams went from regular gigs backing many of San Diego’s most prominent homegrown talent to the neon lights of the Las Vegas strip.

Darryl has become a fixture on the smooth/contemporary jazz scene where he has shared the stage with the genre’s heavy hitters: Richard Elliot, Peter White, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Brenda Russell, Darren Rahn, Jessy J, Everette Harp and Jeff Kashiwa.

Listen to There’s Always Tomorrow on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/4).

Butch & Rhonda Coleman – Moment of your Time

Hailing from Baltimore, MD, contemporary/smooth jazz artists Butch and Rhonda Coleman are soulful songwriters whose coolly creative musicianship has created an atmosphere of positive energy and harmony. Citing the impact that music had on their lives as young adults, Butch and Rhonda started a program called, “Heart for Music”. This program focuses on providing musical instruments and lessons to inner city youth who cannot afford them.

The music from this Maryland Duo is lively, Jazzy and soulful with catchy melodies. You get the best of both worlds with their funky instrumentals and smooth and heartfelt vocals.As in the lyrics of Moment of your Time, “can I have a moment of your time,just to get to know you”, they want to you to get to know them through their music!

Listen to Moment of your Time on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/4).

Johnny Britt – Mo Jazzin’


We are excited to announce Johnny Britt‘s new single, “Mo Jazzin'”! It’s the first single/title track from his forthcoming new album, Mo Jazzin’. Along with Norman Brown and Wayman Tisdale, Britt’s group Impromp2 was among the original collection of artists signed to Jazz record label, MoJazz in the early 1990’s. His new single pays homage to the legendary label.

Early on, Britt immersed himself deeply into jazz, meeting the artform’s icons and legends and studying diligently to become a classically-trained jazz trumpet player at The Versailles Conservatory near Paris, France. He is no stranger to the smooth/contemporary side of jazz having composed material for some of the genre’s stars, including three No. 1 hits for Boney James and songs for Rick Braun, Euge Groove and Norman Brown. The tunesmith also wrote for R&B singer Peabo Bryson and Motown legends The Temptations, the latter for whom he served as musical director.

Johnny Britt “Mo Jazzin”” ft. Norman Brown -Written, produced and arranged by Johnny Britt -Mixed by Nils

Listen to Mo Jazzin’ on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/4).

Herb Alpert Feat. Jeff Lorber – Slick


Creator and innovator, musician and producer, artist, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert is a man with a profound passion. Born in Los Angeles, the future trumpeter came of age in a house filled with music. At the age of eight, he was drawn to the trumpet in a music appreciation class in his elementary school. “I was very fortunate that I had that exposure to music and was encouraged to stick with it. Years ago, when the arts programs were cut out of our public schools, so many kids stopped having that kind of opportunity.”

A legendary trumpet player, Alpert’s extraordinary musicianship has earned him five #1 hits, nine GRAMMY® Awards, the latest from his 2014 album, “Steppin’ Out,” fifteen Gold albums, fourteen Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10- and five in the Top 20. Herb Alpert also has the distinction of being the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and vocal single.

Herb’s new single, “Slick,” is an exciting collaboration with Jeff Lorber.

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

H Allan – BAM!


Guitarist H Allan‘s first job out of college was with the LA Sax Company, the maker of color-coated saxes used by an array of artists in all genres of music, including Richard Elliot. His duties required that he attend shows whenever the musicians played Chicago thus Allan attended all of Elliot’s local gigs in the early 90s. A dynamic, high-energy performer, Elliot plays sax aggressively with power, passion and pyrotechnics much like the way Van Halen plays guitar, which quickly impressed Allan and won his respect and admiration.

H Allan “BAM!'”
Written by Horace-Alexander Young

H Allan – Guitars
Ron Reinhardt – Keyboards
Eric Valentine Jr. – Drums
Keith Vivens – Bass
Horace-Alexander Young – Sax (Whitney Houston, Jonathan Butler, Anita Baker)
Steve Jankowski – Trumpet/Trombone (CHIC / Nile Rodgers touring band, Chicago, BS&T)
Robert Martin – Mix / Master (Zappa)

Listen to BAM! on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/4).

Charlton Singleton – Sea Breeze

A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston.

As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, The Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States. In addition to performing, he is in demand as a speaker, clinician, composer, and arranger. He has also shared the stage with and/or worked with some of most talented entertainers in the world, including Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Houston Person, Darius Rucker, Fred Wesley, and Cyrus Chestnut to name a few.

Listen to Sea Breeze on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/4).

The Justus Brothers – Crazy


Memphis based band The Justus Brothers hit the Jazz charts with their first single “Chinese Checkers” in 2019.

Their new single is a Contemporary Jazz/BeBop interpretation of CeeLo Green’s hit “Crazy” featuring future star, Katrina Anderson. She grew in the same home town as Tina Turner, and she grew up a huge fan of Tina and has a similar stage presence. Katrina was singing background for an artist performing at BB King’s club on Beale Street when The Justus Brothers producer and lead guitarist Niko Lyras heard her and fell in love with her voice and personality. Having co-written and produced Wendy Moten’s top 5 hit “Come In Out Of The Rain”, Niko knew she would become a star.

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

Darren Horn – Coltan

Best known as the keyboardist/producer half of the Lansing, MI based hit making contemporary urban jazz duo Horn & Holland, Darren Horn adopts the artist moniker “Mr. Horn” and showcases a fresh side of his R&B/gospel/jazz influenced vibe on his dynamic, multi-faceted and deeply soulful and grooving debut solo EP, Taste and See.

In the tradition of genre greats like Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler, the veteran composer and musician works with some of the region’s most prominent sidemen and arrangers to create an instantly infectious collection driven by his faith and desire to praise and worship – but whose transcendent musical flow will appeal to lovers of old school R&B inflected smooth jazz as well.

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

Les Sabler – Keep Pushin’


We are excited to announce the release of guitarist Les Sabler‘s new single, “Keep Pushin'”!

Sabler’s first recording project came in 1989 when asked to score a Canadian Television Network documentary titled Lost Treasures of the Titanic. The following year, he released his solo debut CD, Hidden Treasure. Five years later, Sabler’s second album, Time For Love, garnered radio spins and hit the charts, enabling him to land concert dates headlining or opening for artists such as Lorber, Spyro Gyra, Richard Elliot, Michael Lington, Diane Schurr and Fattburger.

“Like the artists that influenced me most, on my albums I set out to blend a variety of styles while balancing art and technique with commercial accessibility,” said Sabler. His catalogue of recordings reflects this outlook and direction and his performances demonstrate an eclectic mix of passion and energy.

Les Sabler “Keep Pushin'”
Written by Paul Brown, Lew Laing & Les Sabler
Produced and mixed by Paul Brown at The Funky Joint

Listen to Keep Pushin’ on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 22/4).

Lawson Rollins – With the Wind

The winds of change are upon us and while possessing the power of destruction, wind can also purify, refresh and foster renewal. It’s the latter that world music guitarist Lawson Rollins had in mind when composing “With the Wind,” the second single from the recently released “True North” album, a collection that the Billboard chart-topper wrote and produced marking his 20th anniversary as a recording artist. The single recently serviced to radio began collecting playlist adds on Monday.

“‘With the Wind’ is an expression of energetic joyfulness. The song emerged out of improvisation – as songs often do for me – so the inspiration was spontaneous and enigmatic as the music flowed naturally, like the steady force of the wind,” said the San Francisco-based Rollins who was named by Guitar Player magazine as one of the “50 Transcedent Acoustic Guitarists” of all-time.

“With the Wind” follows the success of the album’s first single, “Bluewave Bossanova,” which went to No. 1 on the chart, Top 10 on the Mediabase and Groove Jazz Music charts, and Top 30 on the Billboard and Radiowave Monitor charts. Opening with tribal percussion beats, “With the Wind” takes off on an exuberant flight. Rollins crafts whirling gusts of masterful acoustic guitar delivered at alacritous speed and technical brilliance, searing electric guitar accents and snappy beats at cadences that vacillate between a cascading and careening thrill ride mixed with deliberate and dramatic pauses seemingly to allow the listener the opportunity to catch their breath. The track is an eclectic escapade unlike any other recorded by Rollins, who was accompanied by Stephen Duros (additional keyboards and electric guitar), Dan Feiszli (bass) and Dave Bryant (drums and percussion).

Named by Jazziz magazine as one of the “10 Albums You Need to Know,” “True North” displays familiar Rollins’ hallmarks while introducing new and different elements. His prodigious fingerstyle guitar work remains the focal point of the tracks that stylistically serve a melange of contemporary jazz, world music, Latin and New Age sounds. On this outing, Rollins expands his repertoire by playing electric and slide guitars and steel string guitar alongside his signature classical Spanish nylon string acoustic guitar. He also adds textured synthesizer swatches. Known for embarking on lengthy improvisational explorations, Rollins keeps the tracks tightly focused on “True North,” exhibiting discipline and control.

Exotic travel and exhilarating adventure have long been Rollins’ primary thematic subjects, however, as pictured on the album cover and accompanying photography in the CD packaging, “True North” derives much of it’s geographic inspiration from a more familiar locale: Rollins’ favorite vacation spot on the Outer Banks in his home state of North Carolina.

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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).

Paolo Rustichelli – Hot


Italy was the second country to be ravaged by the novel coronavirus disrupting and threatening life, economics and the freedoms perhaps we took for granted. While encamped at his house near Rome on the coast close to the Tyrrhenian Sea that is part of the Mediterranean basin, forward-thinking multimedia jazz artist Paolo Rustichelli began contemplating life after quarantine while surrounded by ancient Etruscan temple ruins. His vision created the sensual aural and visual feast titled “Hot,” the new single and video impacting radio on May 4. He intends the project to serve as a charm to ward off COVID-19.

“‘Hot’ is a musical hymn implying the take back of our freedom from quarantine as we enter a summer of regeneration from our present burden with coronavirus. Reading between the lines in Europe and what happened in China, I composed a liberating song in March to celebrate regaining health and freedom from the threat and oppression caused by the virus. You can think of this song as a ‘spell’ or a charm to regain our health after a period of self-quarantine, thinking also that in ancient times, charms or spells were generally sung with the aid of musical instruments. ‘Hot’ is dedicated to a new summer of spiritual and physical regeneration,” said Rustichelli who composed, produced and performed the track using electronic plug-ins.

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

Naomi Adriaansz – Soulstice


Popular Dutch jazz musician and saxophonist Naomi Adriaansz releases her new EP entitled ‘Soulstice’ on May 1st, 2020. The ‘Soulstice’ EP delivers five of her original compositions. These are intense, energizing, atmospheric, electronically-infused tracks with driving beats and soaring sax solos. Naomi collaborated with Dutch keyboardist and producer Frank Pels in creating her distinctive funky new sound. “The EP has been created from the soul with the aim of uplifting the human spirit”, says Naomi.

This EP is an expected follow-up to the first two singles that Naomi released last year. Especially with her first single release ‘Soul Smile’, she rapidly climbed the smooth jazz charts and reached #1 on several online Internet radio music streaming networks, around the world. From May 1st, 2020 the ‘Soulstice’ EP will be available on all online music platforms like AppleMusic,
Amazon, Spotify, Deezer etc. Naomi is looking forward to an exciting 2021 ahead, as well as the potential to tour internationally
and perform her spirited new sound live for audiences worldwide.

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


Full Flava feat. Donna Odain – Make It Right


One of Dome Records’ most popular streaming tracks worldwide from the Full Flava catalogue is “Make It Right”, featuring the voice of Donna Odain. It has now been remixed by Bluey and Richard Bull, and this brand new, summery Incognito Remix is released on May 1, together with an equally fine Full Flava 2.0 Mix by the band’s producer Rob Derbyshire.

Co-written by Full Flava producer Rob Derbyshire and vocalist Donna Odain, the beautifully summery Incognito Remix is courtesy Bluey and his long-time collaborator Richard Bull. Donna’s delicious vocal is the highlight of this gently swaying, soulful cut, which is also stunningly remixed by Rob himself on the Full Flava 2.0 Mix. A perfect summer tune…

Listen to Make It Right on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

DW3 – Let’s Have Fun Tonight


DW3’s new self-titled album on Woodward Avenue Records is so chock full of instant classics, it’s a challenge to find a single entry point that perfectly captures the old school funky, R&B, jazz and Latin fired energy stirred up by the party band turned studio masters Eric and Billy Mondragon and Damon Reel.

To help them flesh out their vision, the trio ensembles with a batch of SoCal’s top studio guns and brings the heavy hitting saxophones of Boney James, Richard Elliot and Eric Darius to the mix. Elliot helps get the album off to a slammin’ start, bringing his high-octane tenor fire (and some well-placed EWI generated vocals) to the loose, freewheeling funk opener whose title, “Let’s Have Fun Tonight,” sets the album’s overall intention.

While DW3 will surely always be playing the arrangements of crowd-pleasing pop and soul classics which made them a sensation among urban jazz fans, their new album lays a foundation for a band creatively transcending their past and embracing a future with no musical limits. Its inspiring to hear them integrate their classic vibe with fresh new sounds, contemporary melodies and songs that draw from all of their influences yet have their own distinctive flow.

Listen to Let’s Have Fun Tonight on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

Willie Bradley – It’s On Now

Willie Bradley is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where he earned his BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career he has become a go -to musician for many of Jazz and Soul music’s greats over the years. Willie’s stage presence includes performances with legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, Hiroshima and Marion Meadows.

Bold, yet simultaneously charming; edgy, yet at the same time beautiful; these seemingly opposing adjectives might well-describe the music of artist/trumpeter Willie Bradley, but also fittingly tell about the man! Willie Bradley’s music brings together many varied styles, and takes Smooth Jazz to a whole new level.

His new single “It’s On Now” is Willie’s strongest melody, and together with Ragan Whiteside’s contribution on flute a killer song.

Listen to It’s On Now on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/4).

Justin Young – Groove Magic


Justin Young sounds utterly natural when he plays, as if his extraordinary saxophone talent never needed formal training. But those mellifluous lines of soulful notes come through years of study, training and commitment to his love of music, as well as a constant desire to move forward.

“Groove Magic” is the first single/title track from Justin’s new album.

“Groove Magic”
ISRC Code: QMAAK2021059

“As a musician and songwriter, we try to make people feel good. Music has the power to heal. Its something we all need”

– Justin Young

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

Paolo Rustichelli – Hot


Italy was the second country to be ravaged by the novel coronavirus disrupting and threatening life, economics and the freedoms perhaps we took for granted. While encamped at his house near Rome on the coast close to the Tyrrhenian Sea that is part of the Mediterranean basin, forward-thinking multimedia jazz artist Paolo Rustichelli began contemplating life after quarantine while surrounded by ancient Etruscan temple ruins. His vision created the sensual aural and visual feast titled “Hot,” the new single and video impacting radio on May 4. He intends the project to serve as a charm to ward off COVID-19.

“‘Hot’ is a musical hymn implying the take back of our freedom from quarantine as we enter a summer of regeneration from our present burden with coronavirus. Reading between the lines in Europe and what happened in China, I composed a liberating song in March to celebrate regaining health and freedom from the threat and oppression caused by the virus. You can think of this song as a ‘spell’ or a charm to regain our health after a period of self-quarantine, thinking also that in ancient times, charms or spells were generally sung with the aid of musical instruments. ‘Hot’ is dedicated to a new summer of spiritual and physical regeneration,” said Rustichelli who composed, produced and performed the track using electronic plug-ins.

Accompanying the single is a steamy video directed by Rustichelli featuring two bikini-clad dancers dancing sensuously on cliffside bluffs and against fluorescent lime green skies and magenta sands. Waves gently wash over and purify the women and beach symbolizing humanity and the planet. The clip can be viewed at Rustichelli elaborates on the striking visuals and symbolism.

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Dee Lucas – Tried and True


We are excited to announce the release of Atlanta saxman Dee Lucas new single, “Tried And True”! It’s the first single from his upcoming new album, Now Is The Time.

“Tried And True” features David P. Stevens on guitar, who also produced and co-wrote the song along with Lucas.

“Tried And True” (3:42)
Written by Orlando (Dee) Lucas and David P. Stevens
Produced by David P. Stevens
Released on ODL Music

Listen to Tried and True on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

Philippe Saisse – Eva Kant Dance

Entering a new decade of infectiously grooving, supercharged melodic funk and a fresh freewheeling sense of musical and personal optimism, Philippe Saisse finds the perfect way to celebrate ten years since his last solo album, At World’s Edge, received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Hot off his incredible run of Billboard hits with tunes from The Philippe Saisse Trio’s 2017 collection On The Level!, the multi-talented keyboardist composer amps up for his new single “Eva Kant Dance.”

Marking a triumphant return to solo artistry after years of success (in the century’s first two decades!) with his longtime trio, the track is a playfully thumping, NYC influenced old school meets hipster R&B/hip-hop driven jam so spirited and upbeat that, he says, “Every time I listen, I catch myself dancing to it – and I don’t dance!” It is the first of a handful of singles he will release in the coming months, with a possible full-length album down the road.

After years of recording mainly on acoustic piano, he brings to “Eva Kant Dance” his full arsenal of keyboard sounds, including synth bass, vibraphone, Fender Rhodes, Vocoder, and Clavinet. It is mixed by the legendary Goh Hotoda, who has brought his Midas touch to recordings by Chaka Khan, Duran Duran, Janet Jackson, Madonna and Prince, among countless others. In line with Saisse’s passion for choosing song titles based on hip but obscure cultural and literary references, “Eva Kant Dance” makes reference to a 60’s Italian comics character, a master of all disguises who was the sidekick of criminal mastermind Diabolik – also the name of the comic book series and 1968 cult film Danger Diabolik.

The vibe of “Eva Kant Dance” may remind fans of Rick Braun’s recent Billboard charting smash “Crossroads,” which Saisse co-wrote and co-produced. “It freaks me out in a good way that I wrote such a happy, danceable tune,” he says. “I usually write more tormented, minor key songs, but lately, as testament to the happier life I lead these days, I am starting to write more uplifting songs.”

Jonathan Widran (March 2020)

Listen to Eva Kant Dance on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

The Allen Carman Project – Rosario



Coming off the resounding success of their debut album Carmanology, The Allen Carman Project is back in the studio writing and recording their follow up album. The first single from the new album, “ROSARIO”, is going for adds April 6, 2020. During the writing and recording of the new single, the group members started discussing the Latin feel of the new tune and that it had a “Gato” feel. Of course, they were talking about the incomparable Gato Barbieri who some say is the father of smooth jazz. Keyboardist Philippe Saisse produced Gato’s 1997 album, Que Pasa.

Gumbi Ortiz, percussionist and producer of The Allen Carman Project, also played in Gato’s band on several worldwide tours and became one of Gato’s close friends. Based on the close connections the members of The Allen Carman Project had with Gato, they decided to honor his memory and title their new single “Rosario” after the town in Argentina where Gato was born and raised.

Listen to Rosario on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

David Garfield – Sweetness


On his new single “Sweetness”, keyboardist David Garfield teamed up with one of his favorite saxophonists and long-time friend, Gerald Albright to perform this new original song, which also includes performances by favorites such as Rick Braun and Paul Jackson Jr. “Ready” Freddie Washington (“Forget-Me-Nots”, “Men In Black”), David Williams (Michael Jackson) and Lenny Castro (Toto) round out this all-star offering. “Sweetness” is a fresh, smooth urban groove, yet sassy and funky. This track features Garfield’s dynamic acoustic piano playing which soars over the solid and steady rhythm section with Castro’s syncopated percussion driving the band.

“Sweetness” has a groove that energizes the listener and even makes them want to get up and move! Garfield, who leads the band on piano and keyboards, also produced and arranged the new single.

Listen to Sweetness on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

Citrus Sun – Hard Boiled


Following their Smooth Jazz singles “Mais Uma Vez” and “Calling Mr Wolf”, Citrus Sun return with Hard Boiled, from their forthcoming album Expansions And Visions (DOME CD 348). More information about the upcoming album is to find here.

Featured are Dominic Glover on trumpet, Jim Mullen on guitar… and introducing 22-year-old Indonesian harmonica player Rega Dauna.

Listen to Hard Boiled on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

Ralph Johnson – Smooth And You

Ralph Johnson is a musical wonder. In a remarkable career that has spanned over 50 years, Ralph has achieved unparalleled success as drummer, songwriter, vocalist, and principal member of the iconic group Earth, Wind & Fire. His dynamic stage presence has thrilled sold-out audiences around the world, and he’s inspired future generations of musicians and young people to follow their dreams and be a global citizen.

With Earth, Wind & Fire, Ralph’s artistry has been celebrated with seven Grammy Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a portrait in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor, acknowledging his contributions to arts and culture.

House Studios and Ralph Johnson are proud supporters of Young Storytellers, the non-profit organization Ralph has partnered with. His new single is entitle Smooth And You.

Listen to Smooth And You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/4).

Mariea Antoinette – Loving You

A native of San Diego, California, Ms. Antoinette‘s diverse repertoire consists of classical, smooth jazz, and R&B music. She has performed for The President and First Lady Of The United States, Barack and Michelle Obama and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her across the US and abroad. Her new single “Loving You” is a tender, soulful tribute to Minnie Ripperton that we think your audience will thoroughly enjoy.

“Unless you heard yourself, you would never believe the strait-laced, classical harp could bend in any forward motion toward R&B Funk, much less possess even an ounce of sex appeal. Mariea Antoinette changes all of that. The San Diego urban-jazz harpist (yes, urban-jazz) utilizes all the pertinent styles at her disposal to loosen up her classical instrument, from street smart, EDM hip-hop, sexy, luscious R&B vocals. Mariea Antoinette is living proof that a visionary artist can bust out of traditional boxes on pure ability alone.”

– Carol Banks Weber, AXS

Listen to Loving You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).


Nick Colionne – Let’s Get Serious

Chicago’s best dressed jazz guitarist Nick Colionne released his first albums It’s My Turn (1994), Arrival (1996) and The Seduction (1999) on the Lake Shore Jazz label, followed by Just Come On In (2003), Keepin’ It Cool (2006), and No Limits (2008). Feel The Heat (2011), Influences (2014) and The Journey (2016) are released on Trippin & Rhythm.  Now he returns on the same label with Finger Painting (2020).

His new single Let’s Get Serious is taken from this album scheduled for release March 23, 2020.

Listen to Let’s Get Serious on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

Boney James – Solid


“A solid relationship is when someone has your back and will stand by your side no matter what,” explains Boney James about the title of his new CD. “Solid is a word that has a few meanings, but this one really resonated with me and became the theme of the record.”

Solid is the four-time GRAMMY nominated saxophonist’s seventeenth album as a leader and will be released by Concord Records, April 17, 2020. Solid follows up his smash 2017 release Honestly which became his eleventh #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album.

Sometimes, inspiration is slow in coming, evasive and stubborn. Other times, if an artist is very fortunate, it simply flows, the music practically writing itself. That’s how Solid, the latest release from Boney James came to be. “This record really flowed at an unusually quick pace,” Boney says. “There was a lot of positive energy in making this music. Solid is a very upbeat record. As I was writing them, these songs put a smile on my face.”

All of Solid‘s eleven tracks were produced and written or co-written by James. Three songs-“Full Effect,” “Tonic” and the title track-were built from licks played at sound-check by touring guitarist Kendall Gilder on the road in support of Honestly. “I said, hey, what’s that riff you’re playing?” James recalls, “And Kendall said, ‘that’s just something I’m messing around with.’ I got my iPhone and recorded them, then took it home and wrote the songs!”

Four other songs were initiated by longtime James collaborator, acclaimed writer/producer Jairus ‘J-Mo’ Mozee (Anderson Paak, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Hamilton). One of those, “Be Here,” was ultimately transformed into Solid‘s Adult Urban single featuring special guest Kenny Lattimore, best known for his Top 10 R&B hit “For You.”

Says James, “We met at the Soul Train Awards twenty years ago and he said, ‘Some day we need to work together!’ As I was working on ‘Be Here’, I started to hear his voice in my head. I reached out to him and he wrote and recorded the lyrics. It’s such a romantic song and it really reinforced the theme of the record, strong and positive relationships.”
James crafted many of the song titles (“Fresh Air”, “On The Path”, “Tonic)” to play off this theme, “Similar to my last CD Honestly, this new music is a reaction to how stressful the world feels these days. Music is a respite, it’s always ‘solid’ and it never lets me down.”

Boney James’ personal relationship with music has never been anything but solid. Picking up the sax at age 10 in his native New Rochelle, New York, “I immediately loved it, and it pretty quickly became my favorite thing to do.” By the time he entered his teens, James was gigging with bands, and he turned pro at 19. He apprenticed as a sideman for artists like Morris Day, The Isley Brothers, Teena Marie and many others, touring and doing sessions for seven years before cutting his first solo album in 1992. The independently released Trust led immediately to a major label deal and a string of increasingly successful recordings and nonstop touring.

Now a four-time GRAMMY nominee with four RIAA Gold records and career sales topping three million units, James continues to defy musical genres; A two time NAACP Award nominee, a Soul Train Award winner and named one of the Top 3 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade. James, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 34 years Director/Actress Lily Mariye, says he’s looking forward to heading out on the road and seeing how the Solid material evolves from night to night. “I love playing live, maybe more than I ever did. A lot of guys get tired of the traveling but it’s still a joy for me every time I go out there and play.”

It’s still a joy to his multitude of fans too. “I try to ‘be there’ for the people who are interested in my music,” says James, “to be Solid in that relationship and to not let anybody down. I often get great compliments from the people that come to my shows, that I ‘never disappoint’ them, and that’s very gratifying to me. That’s what I was trying to express with this title, that sense of character… to stand for something principled.

Listen to Solid on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

Chase Huna – Dance


Chase Huna is an up and coming saxophonist who blends contemporary jazz and pop into his style of playing. Chase has enjoyed playing alongside some of the greatest names in Contemporary Jazz including Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Eric Darius, Greg Manning, Steve Oliver Jeff Kashiwa and so many others.

Now 20 years old, Chase has just released his brand new album Life Of The Party and is looking to further his career as a live performer and songwriter.

“Dance,” is the first single from Life Of The Party. It’s upbeat, bright, hot and makes you want to groove and maybe even “Dance!”

Listen to Dance on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

Jarez – 24 Hours

Jarez’s rise from the studio to the stage has been a remarkable journey of talent, timing and authentic showmanship. Originally trained as a jazz artist, Jarez understood the necessity for extending his musical outreach to younger audiences, which led to a unique business and musical partnership with hip hop guru Coolio. While managing Coolio, Jarez simultaneously recorded and played his saxophone live around the world with Coolio.

Combining his ear for jazz with upscale interpretations of hip hop, Jarez’s music became a prescription for bringing youth back to instrumental music and a solo career sprang forth. In addition to his musical career, Jarez used his knowledge to serve as a spokesperson for Environmental Justice and Climate Change’s EJCC campaign, which facilitates Historically Black Colleges and Universities HBCU in educational initiatives regarding global warming.

“24 Hours” is the first single from Jarez’s new album, J Funk City. It features Julian Vaughn on bass and it is hot. Enjoy!

Listen to 24 Hours on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

Rick Habana – Smooth It Out


We are excited to announce the release of multi-instrumentalist, writer/producer Rick Habana‘s “Smooth It Out” – the lead single from Rick Habana’s forthcoming project The Collective – featuring legendary smooth jazz guitarist producer, Paul Brown.

Rick Habana is a talented Producer, Songwriter, Engineer and Composer with a passion for blending music genres together to create his original sound. In Los Angeles, were he was born and raised, he succeeded in creating his really unique sound that has landed him numerous music placements with many of the top television stations not just in the USA, but around the world.

Rick has also started breaking new barriers on a project called The Collective where he works on mostly live music with international musicians and singers from all over the world. The Collective project consists of LIVE Drums, Sax, Trumpets, Trombone, Guitars, Bass, Piano and vocalists. Connecting with musicians based in Finland, Italy, Netherlands, London, Canada, Venezuela, South Africa, Spain and Sweden to create this project has been a dream come true for Rick.

Listen to Smooth It Out on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

The Braxton Brothers – You Care About Me


There is a reason why the bass and saxophone melodies Nelson and Wayne Braxton aka The Braxton Brothers write are so lyrical. They compose by writing lyrics first, a unique twist for an R&B-jazz instrumental twosome. The Braxton Brothers hitch their rich, indelible harmonies to funky R&B grooves, dynamic pop-rock rhythms, sensually soulful urban beats and breezy reggae vibes. Nelson, a longtime touring member of Michael Bolton’s band, flexes his dexterous multi-instrumental prowess on “Higher” via bass (rhythm and lead), keyboards, percussion, drum programming, electric and acoustic guitar. Wayne, who has a history of working with Sheila E., handles saxophones, drum programming and background vocals.

“Yes, it is a different way of writing for instrumentalists, but for us, first and foremost, we never want to be background music. The purpose of our music is bigger. We feel that we have a higher responsibility. New music and new melodies move through us, giving people a reason to feel joy, have a good time, free them from stress, anxiety and problems; and show the listener love,” said Nelson Braxton, who worked on the album during his global travels. Focused on their penchant for crafting irresistible melodies, The Braxton Brothers’ message is a higher love.

Listen to You Care About Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/4).

Under The Lake – Your Horizon Too

Keyboard player Jayson Tipp founded Under The Lake nearly 30 years ago. Over the past three decades Under The Lake has garnered many notable accomplishments across their first 4 releases.  The band’s credits include live performances with a “who’s who” list of jazz artists such as Joe Sample, Billy Cobham, Keiko Matsui, Stanley Jordan, and others.

Under The Lake’s new album Your Horizon Too is scheduled for release in spring 2020. The new album contains a collection of 10 original tunes along with covers of The Stylistics’ People Make The World Go Round and Steely Dan’s Josie. All 12 tracks feature Patrick Yandall on guitar and Quintin Gerard on saxes and flutes.

Listen to Your Horizon Too on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/4).

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).

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. –

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 (

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,, 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).

d.Mills – Street

Artist / producer / songwriter d.Mills is noted for his outstanding jazz / R &B compositions. A talented musician, songwriter, recording engineer and artist, Mills plays guitar, piano and bass. At the age of fifteen he traveled the U.S. playing guitar for the Legendary gospel singer Shirley Caesar. An outstanding professional, Mills has a God given gift for composing catchy melodies.

His new single Street from his album Next Step is now on our turntable.

Listen to Street on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Andre Cavor – Stay With Me Tonight

“Stay With Me Tonight” is the debut single from Andre Cavor‘s new album, Reinvention. It’s the follow up release to his highly successful 2017 album, Road Trip. When you listen to “Stay With Me Tonight,” you will get a sexy, Spanish, sensual R & B vibe that will stimulate your emotions. Cavor has recorded a soulful saxophone rendition of Jeffrey Osborne’s huge 1983 classic R & B and pop hit.

Listen to Stay With Me Tonight on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Dave Koz – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Along with our friends at Just Koz Entertainment, we are excited to announce the release of Dave Koz‘s new Holiday single, “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” feat. Jonathan Butler! It’s the first single from Dave’s new Holiday album, Gifts Of The Season.

Legendary lyricist Sammy Cahn once wrote about the holiday season, “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love.” Blessedly for contemporary jazz fans, that means more than simply getting cozy by the fire, hearing sleigh bells ring, dashing through the snow and lighting the tree. If it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, there’s musical magic in the air – and Dave Koz, as reliably joyful and magical as Santa, is coming to town once again.

In addition to headlining the 22nd Annual Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour – a whirlwind of 22 shows in 25 days with Melissa Manchester, Jonathan Butler, Michael Lington and Chris Walker – the chart-topping, GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist is dropping a special musical present for his loyal fans and kids from 1 to 92. Koz’s latest holiday album, Gifts of the Season – released by the artist’s Just Koz Entertainment, Inc. – makes the ideal companion piece for this year’s slate of shows. Produced, recorded and mixed by Darren Rahn (Wayman Tisdale, Toby Keith, Bob James), the multi-faceted, 11-track collection features all four of the artists who are joining Koz on the 2019 tour.

Twenty-two years after releasing his first Christmas-themed set, December Makes Me Feel This Way, Koz takes a very different stylistic approach. In addition to being more instrumental and sax-centric, Gifts of the Season has a buoyant, funky/pop feel that Koz says “takes me back to my smooth jazz roots.” Vibe-wise, their model was Koz’s Gold-certified 1999 album, The Dance – one of his biggest-selling and most critically acclaimed releases. The Dance included the hits “Together Again” and “Can’t Let You Go (The Sha La Song),” which featured the late Luther Vandross.

“Besides being an incredible producer, Darren is a phenomenal saxophonist himself. He understands how to bring out the best in me,” Koz says. “Rather than wear so many hats, I wanted to return to the idea of just showing up and playing the horn – and putting as much emotion and heart into the sax as possible. I know when I put on those headphones, he will have me on the best mic, with exactly the kind of reverb I want to hear. His arrangements were so spot-on that we were able to record 11 tracks in his Denver studio in only three days.”

“Half the album is completely new material for me, and the other half is made up of songs I’ve recorded before. Thanks to Darren’s imaginative arrangements, the songs are delivered in ways that I never could have expected, so they became new again for me,” Koz says. “After completing the basic sessions, we worked with our guest artists in their home studio spaces to capture them at their most intimate, powerful best.”

Jonathan Butler brings his gritty, soul/gospel energy to colorful takes on secular classics from two different eras – a groovin’, African chant-spiced version of the nearly 70-year-old “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” and a swinging, festive bounce through Donny Hathaway’s oft-covered, 70’s smash, “This Christmas.” The latter features Koz on soprano and Rahn keeping it old-school on Wurlitzer and Hammond organ. The saxman recently hired Jones Andyou, a Finnish animator, to create an animated video of “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” featuring images of Koz and Butler. The other recording/touring pal who knocks it out of the park is Chris Walker – singer, bassist and former Al Jarreau musical director. He delivers the perfect blend of solemnity and classic soul power on a sparsely-produced rendition of “Mary Did You Know.”

“One of the reasons I continue to record this music and tour every year is that the holidays are a reminder for all of us about the things that matter most. It’s a time when we seem more capable of living our best lives,” Koz explains. “It’s easy to get off course during the year, especially with all the antagonism and intolerance in our world. The holidays help bring us back to center. That’s what ‘A Prayer for Peace’ is also – a way to express that music is perhaps our one last vestige of uniting people who may be at odds in other areas of life. I am delighted to see that my cruises are populated by people of every race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. They’re a true melting pot that comes together for a week to celebrate music and each other.

“The title Gifts of the Season is personal to me on many levels,” he adds. “It’s not about the presents under the tree, but the gift of showing love and appreciation. Using my saxophone for full expression allows me to show how much I love and care about the fans who have made our holiday show an annual tradition. As I approach the 30th anniversary of the release of my debut album, nobody is more surprised than I am by the career I have had – and the ongoing support I’ve received from my fans. I have been blessed with so many gifts and, in turn, I am honored to have the opportunity to share the gift of music with people around the world. It’s not only been a dream come true, but an honor and a privilege to continue to deliver a message of love, unity and happiness through music.”

Brian Culbertson’s 20th Album

The “XX” Album

First of all, I can’t believe I’m in the middle of producing my 20th album as a solo artist – the list of all 20 are below in case you want a refresher 🙂

So for this seminal recording (releasing on April 10th, 2020), I’ve decided to mix up the styles and sounds from my entire catalog and meld it into one album that represents who I am as an artist. That’s right, there’s gonna be lots of Smooth & Funky Instrumentals, but also some R&B, Pop, Gospel, Slow Jams, and of course, straight-up Funk!

All 12 songs are written and the recording starts on November 11th. Here are some guests and studio musicians that are going to record on this album.

Guests & Musicians on “XX”:

Avery*Sunshine – featured vocals & songwriting
Bootsy Collins – featured vocals & space bass
Noel Gourdin – featured vocals & songwriting
Nicholas Cole – songwriting/keyboards/programming
DW3 – vocals & songwriting
Chance Howard – vocals/keyboards/songwriting
Rodney Jones Jr. – songwriting/bass/guitar/keys
Micaela Haley – vocals
Patches Stewart – featured muted trumpet
Marcus Anderson – alto & tenor sax
Michael Stever – trumpet & horn arrangements
Marqueal Jordan – tenor & bari sax
Alex Al – bass
Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
Ray Parker Jr. – guitar
Isaiah Sharkey – guitar
Gerey Johnson – guitar
Khari Parker – drums
Lenny Castro – percussion
and more…

This is huge list of musicians, but with this large of a production, I need everyone!

Support Brian Culbertson on Indiegogo.

Will Sumner – The Girl

Born in Los Angeles, attending college for music in Boston and then spending his young adult life in Minnesota, Will Sumner played the clubs and led jazz bands for decades as he worked toward composing his first masterpiece, Tropic Zone released internationally to critical acclaim in 1980. Working alongside Prince, Yanni, The Peterson Family and many others on the Minneapolis music scene at the time, he started to receive industry recognition for his lush, heartfelt themes played over hot Latin rhythms, beautiful slow grooves and, of course, funky, driving electric riffs over amazing and complex modulations.

Eventually a move with his young family back to Southern California brought with it the opportunity to dive into film scores, trailers and commercial work, but his heart soon brought him back to his first love, jazz guitar.

From his album Ride The Wave we present the single The Girl.

Listen to The Girl on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Freddie Fox – Top It Off

Smooth Jazz guitarist Freddie Fox will be releasing his new album titled Limitless in December. Limitless will be Freddie’s third album release in over a long and successful career. A graduate of Berklee College Of Music, Freddie has toured with many top acts including Walter Beasley, Jennifer Holliday, Eric Benet, Atlantic Starr, Rose Royce, Sheila E., Evelyn Champagne King and numerous others.

Freddie’s guitar has never sounded stronger and more soulful than on the project’s first single “Top It Off,” a rhythmic, melodic, groove based track.

Listen to Top It Off on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Walter Beasley – Here (Aqui)

We are excited to announce the release of Walter Beasley’s new single, “Here (Aqui)”!  It’s the follow up to Beasley’s #1 single, “It’s Alright”.

“During the recording of this album my father was very ill and I lost my Mother to cancer.  One day while getting ready to visit them, I decided no matter what to accept responsibility for every day I was given.  I remember saying to myself, ‘you are responsible for what you do right here, right now’.

I picked up the saxophone and wrote this song” – Walter Beasley

Listen to Here (Aqui) on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

GTF – Autumn Rain

Ten years after their debut Smooth Jazz album Always… made a strong international impact – earning airplay throughout the U.S., Norway, the UK, Japan, Poland and South America – GTF makes a highly anticipated return with Cross Paths – an eclectic jazz, pop and R&B infused collection of powerhouse instrumentals, soulful vocals, infectious originals and lush re-imaginings of classics by George Duke and Nat “King” Cole.”

The title Cross Paths is a reflection of a group whose core dynamic is driven by the intersection and intuitive chemistry of musical talents from Northern and Southern California and beyond. The five piece band is led by its namesakes, San Francisco based married couple George and Tracy Franklin. George is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who plays bass, keyboards and guitar; songwriter and associate producer Tracy also contributes backing vocals.

Taken from this album is the new single Autumn Rain.

Listen to Autumn Rain on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

Sheldon Ferguson – Take You There

Sheldon Ferguson is an award-winning guitarist who is originally from Columbia, SC and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Bachelors in Professional Music with emphasis in Performance and Production at Berklee College of Music. In 2011 Sheldon released his first smooth jazz album titled The Brighter Side, at the age of seventeen. Sheldon’s music has sold in over forty different countries and can be heard on jazz stations all over the world. The international radio broadcast, Talking Smooth Jazz, considers him a part of the new generation of smooth jazz.

Outside of his work as a jazz artist, Sheldon Ferguson is Grammy Nominated studio guitarist whose sound is highly sought after. He most recently recorded guitar on Travis Scott’s Billboard Hot 100 hit, Yosemite, which appears on the Double Platinum album, Astroworld.

Ferguson has performed on stage with notable artists, including Ledisi, Aloe Blacc, Bilal, Angie Stone, Bazzi and many others. Whether on stage on in the studio, Sheldon Ferguson’s goal is to create musical moments that will last forever.

Listen to Take You There on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).


Elan Trotman – I Heard It Through The Grapevine

For urban jazz instrumental artists, mining the sacred gold of Motown – and especially Marvin Gaye – can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Do it right, put your own pizzazz on it, and you’re honoring carrying on one of music’s most cherished legacies. Fall short in your re-imaginings, or sound too much like previous tributes, and it’s a misstep that will take a while to recover from. Immersing in dapper style, searing emotion and deep groovability, the resounding transcendence saxophonist Elan Trotman brings to Gaye’s legacy with his latest album Dear Marvin is best summed up by a fan posting on Amazon, all in caps: “This is the best Marvin Gaye tribute ever. Hats off, my man killed it.” To paraphrase a classic 70’s funk tune, saxophonist Elan Trotman blew the roof off the sucka!

Following up the Billboard charting success of the project’s first single “Got To Give It Up,” Trotman has a blast rolling, darting and powering through “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” bringing freshness to the familiar with vibrant new blues-soul energy and heartrending potency. For Trotman, the key to revamping it and taking it to a higher, unexpected level is turning it into a playful, high-spirited duet with veteran trombonist Jeff Bradshaw. Bradshaw simmers along in harmony role adding sizzle and heft (in a horn section with trumpeter Alex Lee Clark) to Trotman’s melody before emerging as a powerful voice center stage on the second verse.

After riffing off each other for a few bars over the non-stop blues drenched simmering organ of Mitch Henry, Trotman and Bradshaw take us to the most ear-popping spot in the track. It’s a festive celebratory breakdown,- a free for all, hard grooving jam that allows the two to break loose, trade fours and improvise with abandon over wild, sizzling brass harmonies. Nothing happens without these poppin’ killer grooves created by Sherrod Barnes (guitar), Keithen Foster (bass), Atticus Cole (percussion) and Charles Haynes (drums). The urban jazz genre is sometimes accused of being too “cover-happy,” but Trotman and Bradshaw’s adventure-filled “Grapevine” is a worthwhile exception that demands repeated, volume all the way up listening.

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
Written by Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield

Elan Trotman – Saxes and Flute
Jeff Bradshaw – Trombone
Alex Lee Clark – Trumpet
Sherrod Barnes – Guitar
Keithen Foster – Bass
Mitch Henry – Keyboards/ Organ
Atticus Cole – Percussion
Charles Haynes – Drums

Listen to I Heard It Through The Grapevine on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).


Brian Lenair – Silky Soul

Having performed with the likes of Will Downing, Maysa, Jean Carne, Billy Paul, Angela Bolfill, Christopher Williams, Miki Howard, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Vesta, Tony Terry, the late Phyllis Hyman, Pieces of a Dream, Miles Jay, Grover Washington, Jr., Peabo Bryson, George Benson, Spur of the Moment and others, saxman Brian Lenair has established himself as a talent to be recognized.

Lenair’s new single “Silky Soul” is written and produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis.

Music is not just my vocation, it is my passion and it is my calling. No matter how intimate or large the settings, I always play with the same energy” – Brian Lenair

Listen to Silky Soul on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

Will Downing – Déjà Vu

Legendary vocalist Will Downing delivers a clever duet-styled version of the Grammy Award winning Dionne Warwick hit “Déjà Vu.” Although recorded originally in 1977 by Warwick alone, Will Downing was instead inspired by video of a rare 1990 Warwick tour performance with the song’s author, Isaac Hayes and called upon the incredible talents of Avery Sunshine to re-interpret the special moment these two giants blessed the stage together. A tall order for sure…too tall for most, but not this pair!

The signature opening keyboard chords get a thumping boost from bassist Al Turner, percussionist Pablo Batista and drummer Mike Logan, Jr., who set the mood for the sublime vocal blend of Downing and Sunshine. Their voices complement and blend to each other’s perfectly as Downing takes the production helm on this radio-friendly track.

Listen to Déjà Vu on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

Bob Baldwin – Long Weekend (See You On Tuesday)

Bob Baldwin presents his new single, “Long Weekend (See You On Tuesday)”! It’s the first single from Baldwin’s new CD Henna, set for release in January 2020.

Baldwin’s good friend, flautist Ragan Whiteside is a featured guest artist on “Long Weekend”; Whiteside and Baldwin co-wrote the new single together.

Bob Baldwin grew up in a musical environment. His father, Robert Baldwin, Sr., (1926-2008) was a Jazz pianist who worked with bass legends Keter Betts and Art Davis. He’s also a fan of his elder cousin, legendary jazz pianist Larry Willis (Blood, Sweat and Tears/Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band).

Listen to Long Weekend on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

Crowdfunding for Willie Bradley’s New CD 2019

Hello, this is Willie Bradley, Trumpeter with Heart and Soul and I want to be the first to share with you some exciting news for 2019.  First, I want to thank all that contributed to helping me complete my current CD Project “GOING WITH THE FLOW”.  I hope you are enjoying your incentives and the CD as well.

Throughout my career, I strive to provide my fans with first- class performances and I have a lot of music that I want to share; however, I need your help!  The production of a CD Project, Global Marketing and Radio Promotion as an Independent Artist is an expensive task.  Please help me reach my goal of $24,000.00 to cover expenses in the areas of production cost, manufacturing, distribution, marketing/promotion, & tour support.  There is no minimum or maximum amount to donate and any amount donated is greatly appreciated.

On January 3, 2019, Gorov Music Marketing will officially release the first single “LIFE ON TOP “ to Smooth Jazz Radio Stations along with a Marketing Campaign with Global to ensure maximum exposure in building my brand however; I need your help in reaching my goal in order to make this all happen.

Support Willie’s new album here.

Kayla Waters – Full Bloom

After launching her recording career with back-to-back No. 1 Billboard singles, urban-jazz pianist Kayla Waters is truly a blooming artist on the rise. The third single from her “Coevolve” album is the aptly titled “Full Bloom,” which goes for playlist adds on Monday. The single drops during the period that voters are considering Waters’ music and video for nominations in four categories in first-round voting for the 62nd GRAMMY® Awards.

Under consideration in first-round GRAMMY voting for Jazz Instrumental Album and Engineered Album, Non-Classical, Waters composed the material for “Coevolve” conceptually. To tell the story of a seedling’s evolution into a blossoming plant on “Full Bloom,” she collaborated with Michael Broening. The Washington, DC-based musician-songwriter-producer jetted to Broening’s Phoenix, Arizona studio for the session. The night before meeting with Broening, Waters doodled on a baby grand piano into the wee hours of the night eager to come up with something fresh. The next day, she presented her ideas, which became the essence of the song.

“During that late-night session, I created the chords to what are now the piano verses of ‘Full Bloom.’ I wanted to come up with a unique concept for the song and with Broening’s help, it naturally came to life. When composing, I wanted the musical construct of the song to literally sound like the blossoming of a flower or in the case of ‘Coevolve,’ the evolution of a seed into a beautiful plant. In the song’s intro, you’ll hear me play a glissando upward on the piano to emulate the sound of blossoming,” said Waters, an inspired 28-year-old artist of substance, style and divine depth.

“Full Bloom” is the only song that Waters wrote with a collaborator for “Coevolve” thus the process was different than that of the rest of the record’s creation. With Broening programming the invigorating track, Waters’ ebullient piano is bolstered by guest soloist Nick Colionne’s crisp electric jazz guitar licks. Freddie Fox adds rhythm guitar to the melody and Mel Brown’s bass enhances the brisk groove.

“The embryonic stage of the song was conceived in Phoenix during our first studio session together. From that point, we worked over cyberspace to get the song done. It was actually the longest song to complete for ‘Coevolve,’ likely due to the collaborative efforts, but it’s also significant and symbolic as a plant takes time to grow, to be nurtured and to bloom,” said Waters, who is signed to Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records.

When Waters’ sophomore album, “Coevolve,” was released last fall, she scored her second consecutive No. 1 hit when the collection’s premiere single, “Zephyr,” topped the Billboard chart. The accompanying video for “Zephyr” ( is on the first-round GRAMMY ballot in the Music Video category. Also appearing on the first-round GRAMMY ballot for Instrumental Composition is the second single from “Coevolve,” “Obsidian Rain,” on which Waters passionately pours her classically trained piano prowess throughout the ethereal jazz-rock-fusion amalgam that she artfully crafted.

Waters debuted on 2017’s “Apogee,” powered by the defining No. 1 Billboard single, “I Am.” She won the Rising Star in Jazz award from the Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Foundation and was named Best Jazz Artist at DC’s Wammies. For more information, please visit

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Sherry Winston – Regatta

Flutist Sherry Winston has performed with Stevie Wonder and has shared the stage with John Legend, Gregory Porter, Vanessa Williams, Maxwell, Sinbad, Fourplay, Chaka Kahn & many more.

Her TV appearances include Emeril Live, The Today Show, BET, and she has been featured in the New York Times, Ebony, Essence, Black Enterprise, and many other national magazines and newspapers.

Sherry’s client list includes many of the top Fortune 500 companies and she has worked as National Director of Jazz Promotion at Columbia, Arista, GRP and Elektra-Asylum Records in New York.

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

Ron King – Mellow Out

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 studio lead / jazz / improvisational trumpet players. He has received many awards, from the IAJE, NAJE, ASCAP, and the RMA. He has attained Gold Records, for working with such artists as 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.

Listen to Mellow Out on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).

Mark Etheredge – Resonance

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).

Karen Linette – Let Me Know

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).

Lisa Addeo – Listen To This


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).