Professional saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, arranger, mentor and music producer Walter Chancellor has been a mainstay in the Twin Cities Contemporary Jazz and R&B music scene for the past 25 years. After constant touring during his formative years he decided to relocate to musically successful Minneapolis from Des Moines, Iowa and lessen the necessity of so much traveling to perform. 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.
Additionally, Walter has performed, recorded and has shared the stage with such artists as Chaka Khan, Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer, Chance Howard (Candy Dulfer Band, Prince), Musiq Soulchild, Larry Graham, the late Louis Johnson, Cameo, The Pointer Sisters, Bobby Lyle, The Platters and many more.
Chancellor’s new single “Beautiful Day” is mixed, mastered and co-produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis.
Listen to Beautiful Day on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).
Bari, Italy born saxophonist Rocco Ventrella has meanwhile conquered a firm place in the smooth jazz scene, which he has achieved with skill and perseverance. He found his entrance with the homage Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. (2005), followed by Give Me The Groove (2007), Sweet Temptation (2013) and Another Time (2015). With Keep In Touch (2018) he has set a new musical sign of life.
Italian saxman Rocco Ventrella’s just released a new single, “Magic In Your Eyes”. It’s the first single from Ventrella’s upcoming new EP, Colors (Delilah Records). Rocco Ventrella performs all instruments on his new single, except for Matthias Beckmann on trumpet, and Mark Jaimes on guitar.
Listen to Magic In Your Eyes on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).
For over two decades Joseph Patrick Moore has been touring, recording, and establishing himself as an artist with a unique voice and a diversity of talents. His skills as bassist; composer; arranger; producer; author; educator and founding partner of both Blue Canoe Digital and Blue Canoe Records illustrate why he is a highly sought after musician. Moore’s music and creative vision echo the spirits of Quincy Jones; Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis to name a few.
Moore delivers the new single “Fearless”, a smooth laced original composition from Moores’ forthcoming album NEVADA SUN, an exciting new eleven song album that is sure to be celebrated by longtime fans of his music.
In addition to the electric bass, Joseph played all the instruments on this catchy and funky tune. Steeped in a masterful mix of classic and Contemporary Jazz sensibilities, Moore’s signature bass sound leads the listener on a unique musical journey, in what many are saying is destined to become a smash hit of the summer.
Moore has performed with Boney James, Earl Klugh, Bob James, Mindi Abair, Carol Albert, Trammell Starks, and Rhythm Jets.
Listen to Fearless on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).
Creator and innovator, musician and producer, artist, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert is a man with a profound passion.
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.
Listen to Ain’t No Sunshine on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).
Guitarist/bassist/producer Kevin Jackson from Baltimore, Maryland has recorded or performed with artists including Sheila E., Wyclef, Maysa, Oli Silk, Tracy Hamlin, Selena Albright, Eric Darius, Steve Cole, and many others.
Jackson recently released his 3rd CD Full Circle which features guest appearances by Oli Silk, Tracy Hamlin, Jackiem Joyner, and
Phillip ‘Doc’ Martin.
Jackson says, “I’ve been wanting to do a CD that goes back to my roots playing jazz and R&B; thus the title, Full Circle. After years of doing jazz festivals and concerts it just felt like it was time. I’m blessed and honored to be doing what I love to do and I don’t take it for granted.”
Listen to Circle Back on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).
Having performed with the likes of Will Downing, Maysa, Billy Paul, Angela Bolfill, Miki Howard, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Vesta, Tony Terry, the late Phyllis Hyman, Pieces of a Dream, Miles Jay, Grover Washington, Jr., Peabo Bryson, and George Benson, Spur Of The Moment and others, saxman Brian Lenair has established himself as a talent to be recognized.
Lenair’s new single “Get Your Groove On” is an original song, taken from his new CD Underground Volume 3.
“Music is not just my vocation, it is my passion and my calling. No matter how intimate or large the settings, I always play with the same energy” – Brian Lenair
Listen to Get Your Groove On on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).
Not only tulips come from Amsterdam. From the canal city derive Tim ‘Harmony’ Welvaars & Naomi Adriaansz with their new formation Amsterdam Connection. Under their previous group name Team Harmony both already released the debut album Two Souls One Breath (2015). Their new project is entitled Isn’t She Lovely (2017).
Tim Welvaars is a prolific veteran harmonica player with more than 30 albums on his belt. Naomi Adriaansz’ instrument of choice is the tenor saxophone.
Their new single is entitled Summer Flow.
Listen to Summer Flow on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).