Jazmin Ghent – Amends

Jazmin Ghent is among the hottest up & coming national Smooth Jazz recording artists today. From her new album The Story Of Jaz comes the saxtress’ new single, “Amends”.

Written by Jazmin Ghent and legendary keyboardist Jeff Lorber, and recorded by Euge Groove in the ‘Groove House’, “Amends” features her rich and soulful tone. “Amends” truly depicts the essence of Smooth Jazz. The subtle flow of this composition takes the listener on a magical musical carpet ride. Whether driving, jamming or early morning rising, this is the jam you never want to end!

Listen to Amends on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).

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Mark Harris II – Goin’ Up

Keyboardist Mark Harris II started his musical career with the debut EP Imagine in 2015. Now he returns with his sophomore project Interstellar (2018). A powerful blend of Fusion, Jazz, and Funk elements to paint a futuristic view from one of contemporary jazz’s new up and coming artist.

St. Louis-based keyboardist Mark Harris II new single “Goin’ Up” is taken from his new CD, Interstellar. It’s Mark’s hip, modern viewpoint on Contemporary Jazz in the new era. “Goin’ Up” is penned by Harris, who also performs keyboards and bass on the new single.

Listen to Goin’ Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).

Johnny Britt – Hot Fun In The Summer

Johnny Britt’s new single “Hot Fun In The Summer” is released in perfect coordination for the hot Summer months! It’s a killer new version of Sly & The Family Stone’s classic, and features Najee on saxophone. Hot Fun In the Summer has that special inimitable atmosphere you perhaps knows by songs like Roy Ayers’ Everybody Loves The Sunshine.

“Hot Fun In The Summer”
Johnny Britt – vocals
Najee – saxophone
Nils – guitar
Marcus Williams – drums
Sean Lawson – percussion

Britt will be performing at Art Good’s legendary Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival in October.

Listen to Hot Fun In The Summer on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 19/3).

Patrick Bradley – Newport Coast

Keyboardist Patrick Bradley‘s new single “Newport Coast” is the follow-up to hit singles “Dear Friend”, “Tailwind”, and “Intangible”, all taken from Bradley’s Intangible CD. While Pacific Coast riding is an often used picture in smooth jazz, Newport Coast conjures an edgier alternative. Andrew Carney on trumpet leaves a deep footprint.

“Newport Coast” (3:23)
Produced by Jeff Lorber
Written and arranged by Patrick Bradley and Jeff Lorber
ISRC code US-ZXY-17-02172

Listen to Newport Coast on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).

David Garfield – One Like You

The new single from David Garfield‘s Jammin Outside The Box CD follows several Smooth Jazz hits such as ” Go Home” and ” Jamming”, which charted the Billboard Top 10. Garfield teams up with iconic songwriter Smokey Robinson to write this new original song and brought in long-time collaborators Michael McDonald and David Sanborn to round out this all-star offering. ” One Like You” is a romantic R&B, yet smooth groove leaning to the old-school vibe, definitely a song to be listened to on a candlelit Friday night in loving company.

“One Like You” spotlights the classic vocal stylings of Smokey Robinson doing what he’ s so well recognized for, and complimented by the rich and familiar vocal textures of Michael McDonald. Garfield, who leads the band on keyboards and Fender Rhodes, also produced and arranged the track.

Listen to One Like You on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).

Rob Zinn – All In

Committed to continue the momentum created by last year’s “Walk The Walk” album in pursuit of his goal of becoming a contemporary jazz headliner, trumpeter Rob Zinn will drop a new single, “All In,” that goes for playlist adds on June 17. The track that bridges the gap leading to his third studio album is produced by two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown.

Zinn wrote “All In” with Brown and Lew Laing Jr., who crafted the rhythmic urban groove and smooth harmonies that illumine the big city backdrop for the hornman’s cool jazz declarations. Tapping into his diversity as a musician and composer, to Zinn, the cut that sounds like a nocturnal drive on the coast on a summer eve makes a statement – professionally and personally.

“I am 100% committed, ‘all in’ this journey of becoming an international trumpet player and composer and will remove any obstacle standing in the way of achieving my goals. The song also speaks to the relationship that I am in, in that I am ‘all in’ with her as my love, soulmate and life partner. Sharing this journey with her is a beautiful thing. ‘All In’ is a statement, if you will, about the commitments that I’ve made to my music, my artistry and my relationship – not necessarily in that order,” said Zinn, who plays Tin Pan in Richmond, Virginia this Saturday (June 8) with saxophonist Tony Exum Jr.

“Walk The Walk” showcases Zinn’s versatility, incorporating funk, Latin, R&B, rock, pop and urban jazz. With Brown in the producer’s chair and on guitar, the set features trumpet and sax collaborations between Zinn with Andrew Neu and Michael Paulo. Singles issued from the collection garnered global airplay and earned most added status on the Billboard chart. The record built on Zinn’s 2016 solo debut, “Yesterday Again.”

Born in Maryland and raised in nearby Delaware, Zinn has played trumpet and flugelhorn in a wide array of settings – from swing and jazz big band to blues, dance and tribute bands. A top-drawer sideman, Zinn has performed with a luminous list of soul-jazz hitmakers, including Brown, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Adam Hawley, Jazmin Ghent, Nick Colionne, Eric Marienthal, Kim Waters, Brian Bromberg, Jackiem Joyner, Marion Meadows, Chieli Minucci and Ragan Whiteside. Fronting his own band, Zinn opened for Grammy winners Norman Brown and Jeff Lorber Fusion as well as Pieces of a Dream. This year, Zinn performed at several prominent jazz festivals such as Berks Jazz Festival, Mallorca Jazz Festival and Sandy Shore’s Jazz Weekender. Zinn also played 2019 gigs in popular jazz clubs such as Philadelphia’s South paired with Neu and Spaghettini near Los Angeles where he accompanied Brown.

While work has only just begun on his next album, Zinn is eager to share “All In,” which reveals growth and maturity.

“My latest single embraces a fresh, groove centric, new type of song from me. Everything comes from my heart. Most of my song titles have deep meaning to me and are personal reflections about my life. Naming a song is important. It has to mean something. I am ‘All In’ my musical journey and my commitment to my love.”

For more information, please visit http://robzinn.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

Michael J Thomas – I’ll Never Love Again

While everyone’s been going (literally) Gaga over “Shallow,” the #1 hit single from the Oscar nominated film A Star is Born, powerhouse indie saxophonist Michael J Thomas — keeping the momentum of his hit album Driven (which garnered the #1 Billboard hit Baby Coffee) going — finds a deeper, more profound connection to the film’s heartbreaking closing band “I’ll Never Love Again.” Using his lyrical, richly soulful soprano to convey Lady Gaga’s array of emotions without words, Thomas explores the subtle nuances and gripping intensity of the song’s gorgeous melody. He eases effortlessly from a state of gentle elegiac grace towards a crescendo that bursts with the musical equivalent of sorrowful tears and a celebration of a grand life that was.

Thomas says, “My music biz mentor, Carl Griffin, called me with excitement about a week before I went to the Grammy’s this year and said he just watched the new A Star Is Born movie. The last song of the movie, “I’ll Never Love Again, performed by Lady Gaga caught his ear and he said he could hear my soprano sax as the lead melody. He sent me a You-Tube link to listen and I instantly connected with it. I could hear the ideas of what he was hearing. It’s a beautifully written song by a great team of songwriters including Lady Gaga and Natalie Hemby, and when I watched the movie it really put the entire meaning in perspective. Although the movie is a remake in its third version, the story-line stands true today. Many creative people struggle with mental illness and turn to substance abuse as a coping mechanism.”

Listen to I’ll Never Love Again on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).