J. Staton – It’s All Good

Saxman J. Staton is a writer and producer with a fresh sound and approach that is definitely his own. His debut album, This Mind Of Mine (2013) and his new single “It’s All Good” are a mixture of smooth melodic grooves and a taste of funk.  Staton has appeared at the Apollo Theater, and has shared the local and national stage with Gerald Albright, Norman Connors, Jennette Harris, Avery Sushine, and Peter White.  Staton has opened for Jeff Lorber, Eric Darius, and Ben Tankard among many others.

“An up and coming recording artist with very good tone on the saxophone.”
– Norman Connors
Listen to It’s All Good on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/4).
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Patrick Yandall – When It’s Hip

 

With music in film, TV and radio, this prolific and respected Jazz guitarist Patrick Yandall releases his 22nd album, When It’s Hip. Classic inspirations of R&B, Funk and Jazz are all wrapped into one beautiful album. Paying homage to his influences Tower Of Power, The Isley Brothers and Santana, When It’s Hip covers it all.

The first single/title track “When It’s Hip” is energetic and funky, with energy to burn!

“To classify Patrick Yandall as a smooth jazz guitarist would not do justice to his stylistic spectrum. Smooth jazz, contemporary jazz, blues, rock, every genre is a facet of his musical personality. Patrick’s new album When Its Hip has exactly these edges that make up the whole Yandall package. Patrick performs all instruments on the new album.”

Listen to When It’s Hip on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/4).

Elan Trotman – Got To Give It Up

We are excited to announce the release of Elan Trotman‘s new single, “Got To Give It Up”! Here’s what our own Cliff Gorov said upon hearing Elan’s new single:

“Growing up in Detroit, Marvin Gaye was always my favorite Motown artist. His voice, production, and songwriting made him an all- time classic artist. It is in Marvin’s memory that Elan Trotman created his new album Dear Marvin, which will be released on April 2nd, in honor of Marvin’s 80th Birthday.”

“Elan’s first single, “Got To Give It Up,” is a fresh, unique and energetic tribute to the legendary vocalist. Listening to Elan’s interpretation brought a big smile to my face. It felt real good! I’m sure it will bring you joyful memories and smiles as well.”

Listen to Got To Give It Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/4).

Jelene – Soundcheck

With her debut self-titled instrumental jazz album, keyboardist Jelene aims to share her energetic fresh sounds with the world. She is firmly rooted in the genres of Pop, Jazz,& R&B, and is currently on a strong trajectory as one of the rising stars of Asian Jazz.

With her first single, ‘Soundcheck’, featuring saxophonist Daniel Chia and produced by Billboard Charting artist Adam Hawley, JELENE is transcending boundaries with her mix of fresh musical flavours to light up the Contemporary Jazz world.

“Soundcheck” ft. Daniel Chia
Produced by Adam Hawley
Written by Jelene, Daniel Chia, Adam Hawley

Piano: Jelene Luar
Saxophone: Daniel Chia
Guitar: Adam Hawley
Drums: Eric Valentine

Listen to Soundcheck on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/4).

Brendan Rothwell – Keep on Keepin’ On

Following the success of his debut recording Time On My Hands, bassman Brendan Rothwell takes a step forward with the release of his new album, Sentiment. With 11 tracks of bass-focused Contemporary Jazz, this album displays a unique and genuine identity. Brendan once again optimizes the tone, scale, feeling and musicality of the bass, bringing it to the foreground as a lead instrument to develop meaning and depth.

We were impressed to learn that Rothwell wrote, produced and recorded all of the songs on his new album, and performed all of the instruments himself! The title Keep on Keepin’ On initially led me on a wrong turn, as I first thought of the interesting film about the jazz legend Clark Terry. Stylistically, the chords backing up this piece evoke memories of the great instrumental accompaniments of the Motown era.

“That is an incredible amount of work you’ve put in Bren , positively monumental… it’s a veritable Lord of the Rings sized undertaking- well bloody done. Writing, arranging and recording all top notch and I’m always blown away by your production- TOTALLY expensive!!! Anyway- may I be amongst the first to congratulate you on another mighty album”

– Miles Gilderdale, Acoustic Alchemy guitarist

Listen to Keep on Keepin’ On on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/4).

Dee Lucas – Going Left

National recording artist/saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with his debut recording titled Remembrance in 2004. Thereafter, it has been a steady showcase of unique stylings with Something to Ride 2 (2007), Standing Room Only (2010), Rebirth of the Smooth (2012), The Smooth Factor (2014), Going Deeper (2016), & The Sweet Spot (2017). His new album Going Left will serve as proof that Lucas is here to stay.

A runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival competition, Dee Lucas has shared the stage with a plethora of artists including Boney James, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nnenna Freelon, Hugh Masekela, Gregg Karukas, Peter White, Nick Colionne, and Michael Franks just name a few.

Lucas’ new single “Going Left” is produced by David P. Stevens.

Listen to Going Left on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/4).

Gregory Goodloe – Stylin

At a very young age, guitarist Gregory Goodloe knew that he would be a musician. Strumming to the music of Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Norman Brown, these musicians, among many others inspired him greatly. A self-taught musician and U.S. Army Veteran, Denver native Gregory Goodloe received a music scholarship to Paul Quinn (formerly Bishop College) in Dallas, Texas.

He has also played with Grammy award winner & Gospel Jazz artist Ben Tankard, Norman Brown, Dave Koz & Friends with Michael McDonald, Brian Culbertson, James Ingram, Roy Ayers, and many others.

Goodloe’s new single “Stylin” is written and produced by veteran hit maker, Darren Rahn.

Listen to Stylin on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 1/4).