Call Me Saxy – Havana

A musical trendsetter with nine (yes nine) Top30 Billboard hits to his name writer, producer and guitarist extraordinaire Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul continues to invigorate the world of smooth jazz with an approach that is both innovative and daring.  A string of solo albums, with another planned for February of this year, plus side projects such as the critically acclaimed Groove Ltd. (via which he released the hugely successful “First Class”) have marked him out as a perennial trend setter and now, brand new for 2019, he is all set to do it again with “Call Me Saxy”.

This cool collaboration that is due for release on the Skytown Records label in the last quarter of 2019 finds him teaming with an exciting all female line-up sax players including his latest protégé Nikki Sax and it is Nikki who features with U-Nam on “Havana”, the first single from the album to be serviced to radio.

The duos’ sumptuous reworking of the song that in 2017 was a hit for Cuban-American vocalist Camila Cabello is a triumph for U-Nam’s production skills. Gone is the rap that on the original was provided by Young Thug and in its place is the sophisticated interplay, underscored with a smooth Latin lilt, which showcases to perfection the artistry of Nikki on sax and U-Nam on guitar.

All this points to a meteoric rise for Nikki, a classically trained musician, who was raised and educated in the Ukraine and at age twenty-one, has already performed in India, Turkey, Thailand, Jordan and extensively within her home country. Indeed with looks that are stunning, talent to burn and a newly signed recording contract with Skytown Records the stage seems set for Nikki Sax to be the next big thing in sax driven smooth jazz.

“Havana” is the first single to be taken from U-Nam’s “Call Me Saxy” project and will be going for adds January 28, 2019.

Listen to Havana on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).



Live at Yoshi’s – 10 Year Anniversary Special


The CD will be recorded live at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, CA on Jan 28th, 2018. This is the celebration of the 10 year Anniversary of Tequila Moon. I’m excited to commemorate this experience with my fans, they have the opportunity to be heard and seen in the Live CD and Videotaping of this exclusive show.

The setlist will feature classics from my catalog over the past ten years including #1 hits Tequila Moon, Tropical Rain, Hot Sauce and brand new material.

Can’t wait for you to hear it soon, to be released Spring 2018

Support this project and visit this website.

Italian Saxophonist Rocco Ventrella – Another Time

Italian Saxophonist Rocco Ventrella announces his new CD Project “Another Time”.

Hello Jazz Fans and my precious Friends. This is Saxophonist Rocco Ventrella coming to you for Bari Italy. I am in the midst of recording my new CD “Another Time”. I am working with LA super producer and top Billboard Artist Greg Manning of Los Angeles. I am excited to say this is my best work ever and I can’t wait to share this labor of love with you all.

You can be a part of this exciting project by donating here at and help me make this dream a reality.

Thanks so much for being part of my musical family and helping me share my new music with the world.

Ciao and much love,

Rocco Ventrella

If you want to buy the new CD and support Rocco visit this website.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – National Museum for Women in the Arts


The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), located in Washington, D.C. is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. NMWA was incorporated in 1981 by Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay. Since opening its doors in 1987, the museum has acquired a collection of more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and decorative art. Highlights of the collection include works by Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Le Brun. The museum occupies the old Masonic Temple, a building listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

What have this museum and smooth jazz in common? This is the event:  “Loving You” is an evening to appreciate You, it is all “For the Love Of” You. Marcus Johnson will share his FLO brand and passion through his music and wine. He will perform songs with his band from his portfolio of 17 CDs filled with romance. Belly of Nile is sponsoring this event and providing multiple bellydancers who will be performing for your delight at this amazing venue all in a celebration of love. Guy Lambert, yes that powerful voice from your morning radio, will be hosting the evening and DJ Cleveland Brown will be setting the mood for Loving You. And in Loving You, you can benefit someone else as the proceeds will go to the Cinderella Foundation.

Friday, February 15, 2013 – 8:00 pm

National Museum for Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Smooth Jazz And Videos – Larry Carlton


Larry Carlton. For Guitar. Instructional/Guitar/DVD. Smooth Jazz, Jazz Fusion and Instructional. Instructional video: DVD. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.320412).

ISBN 0634068431. Smooth Jazz, Jazz Fusion and Instructional. 5.25×7.5 inches.

One of today’s most influential jazz-rock guitarists, Grammy-winner Larry Carlton puts his talent to work for you in two areas of specialization: Blues and Chord Substitution. The Blues section deals with imitation, theme development, extended phrasing, banding techniques, vibrato and solo construction. In the Chord Substitution section, Larry explains his trademark triad approach, starting with basic chord substitution and leading to extended triad-on-triad usage.

This is Larry’s exciting fusion sound, spelled-out, clarified and made accessible to any guitarist. All examples are clearly illustrated with substantial musical phrases and improvised solos. Exclusive live concert footage is provided throughout the DVD to demonstrate the use of Larry’s examples in a live band situation. The accompanying instructional booklet comes complete with easy-to-follow diagrams that correspond exactly to the DVD. For guitarists of any level. 52 minutes.

This DVD is available here.

Smooth Jazz And Videos – Smooth Jazz Techniques


Smooth Jazz Techniques (Effortless Guitar Series) by Richard Smith. For Guitar (Guitar). Lick Library. DVD. Lick Library #RDR0280. Published by Lick Library (HL.393134).

From a guitarist’s perspective, Smooth Jazz is more like instrumental rhythm and blues, funk and pop music! It is a vibrant playground of great grooves, sophisticated blues-based harmonies, and lush orchestration – in the tradition of James Brown, Tower of Power, Earth, Wind and Fire and Carlos Santana. It is where jazz, rock, pop, funk, r&b, and Latin styles all come together on the guitar.

This DVD will help you to master this style, extending your knowledge of jazz harmony, blues techniques, funk rhythm skills and a keen, lyrical sense of melody in a variety of tone and amp settings. Richard Smith is a session player and recording artist who lives in Los Angeles, California. He is also a Senior Professor and Chair of the Studio/Jazz Guitar department at the University of Southern California.

Buy this DVD here.

George Benson makes his Nate King Cole CD



George Benson:


New Album in the Making
I’m recording a new Nat King Cole tribute album with an orchestra and would love for you to be a part of it!

Welcome to my PledgeMusic page.

I’ve had the idea to record an album featuring the music of Nat King Cole for quite some time now. Thanks to my long history with Concord Records, together we arranged an amazing 42 piece orchestra to make a record I’m really passionate about.

Since this is a very unique and special project to me and I am blessed by many good friends who have supported me along the way, I wanted to give my fans a chance to take part in something unique and special, too. So, instead of the traditional ‘making of’ DVD or a few extra bonus tracks, Concord Records and I have teamed up with PledgeMusic to give you an opportunity to participate in some exclusive offers only available here.

I will personally autograph CDs and Vinyl. You can get your name listed in the album artwork! You can even purchase my newly developed Ibanez LGB300 signature guitar which I’ll personally sign for you over a Skype chat!

A lot of these offerings are limited edition and aren’t even printed yet, so all you have to do for now is ‘Pledge’ and your credit card won’t be charged until the bar at the top of the page hits 100%. And just for Pledging, you’ll gain access to behind the scenes information on the making of the album including exclusive videos and updates along the way.

And I want you to know that a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy through our friends at Music Cares.

Thank you for being a part of this special project and I can’t wait for you to hear this record!

– George

If you are interested to support this project, visit this website

Smooth Jazz And Videos – I Came to Play – the Science of Rhythm Guitar by Paul Jackson, Jr.

Learn some of the best-kept secrets of R&B rhythm guitar playing. Paul Jackson, Jr. brings over twenty years recording experience right to your home or studio. In this video you will learn the techniques needed for great rhythm, how to dissect a chord into simple parts, the concept of space, and what role “effects” play in a song. These are techniques that Paul has used on countless gold and multi platinum recordings.

This video is available at CDBaby.