Along with our friends at Empress Entertainment, we are excited to announce the release of (Taylor) Sorice debut single, “You Better Know It”!
Joining Sorice on her soulful new single is award winning Smooth Jazz flautist, Ragan Whiteside. “You Better Know It” is written by Sorice and veteran producer/arranger Dennis Johnson, who is also Whiteside’s husband.
Sorice, Whiteside and Johnson have captured a very hip vibe that compliments her signature style.
Listen to You Better Know It on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).
Adam Hawley‘s second album Double Vision is rich with new grooves and star-studded features including Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Julian Vaughn, Marcus Anderson, Darren Rahn, & Kat Hawley. The album has already achieved #2 on the Amazon Sales chart, Top Ten on iTunes, Top 25 on the Billboard Jazz Album (sales) chart, and two #1 singles on Billboard!’s Smooth Jazz airplay chart.
Hawley’s new single “Just Dance” features Dave Koz on saxophone. It’s the follow up to Adam’s #1 singles “Can You Feel It” and “Traveling Mood”.
Listen to Just Dance on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).
San Antonio saxman BillyRay Sheppard‘s debut album Silk is out now on the Big Bib Entertainment label!
The album was co-written and produced by Smooth Jazz hitmaker Steve Oliver. Sheppard’s new single/title track “Silk” is the follow up to 2018’s debut single, “Heels and Pearls”.
“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.”
– Charlie Parker (quote taken from Sheppard’s website)
Listen to Silk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).
Keyboardist Nicholas Cole has surprised the smooth jazz community with his solo albums A Journey of One (2010) and Endless Possibilities (2012).
Meanwhile this wunderkind can be found on albums of well-known musicians such as Brian Simpson (Just What You Need), Steve Cole (Pulse), Julian Vaughn (Breakthrough, Limitless), Lebron (Shades), Elisabeth Mis (Breakaway), Lin Rountree (Serendipitous, Soulfunky), Jeff Kashiwa (Let It Ride) or Marcus Anderson (Style Meets Substance).
While his reputation as a studio musician is already phenomenal, the insiders are waiting for the breakthrough as a live musician. His fame rises by his third album Night Sessions (2015).
From his long awaited forthcoming album The Weekend, keyboardist/producer Nicholas Cole delivers this highly infectious, pop infused visceral sweet, Sugar, the first radio single now playing at Smooth Jazz Buzz.
Listen to Sugar on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).
Vance Kelly and the Rhythm Jets have once again teamed up with renowned composer/arranger/producer Trammell Starks on their new single, “Spice Island”.
The dynamic new single features bandleader Vance Kelly on alto sax, Sam Sims (Boney James, Michael Jackson, Dave Koz) on bass, the virtuoso Chris Blackwell on guitars, Rafael Periera on percussion, Trammell Starks on keyboards and the incomparable Lil John Roberts (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder) on drums.
Listen to Spice Island on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).
Jazmin Ghent is among the hottest up&coming national Smooth Jazz artists today. Jazmin Ghent’s The Story of Jaz is of astonishing complexity and maturity of a musical personality that has grown up in young years. The smooth jazz genre can be grateful for such talents. From her new album The Story Of Jaz comes the sexy songstress’ new single, “Work Wit It”. It’s the follow-up to Ghent’s Top 5 Billboard hit, “Heat”.
Written by Jazmin Ghent, produced by Ron Jenkins and recorded by Euge Groove at ‘The Groove House’, “Work Wit It” features Jazmin’s signature rich and soulful tone.
Listen to Work Wit It on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).
Even as he’s scored countless #1 hits as the producer of the most popular and influential performers in the genre, Paul Brown, over the past decade plus as a solo artist, has been pushing the needle towards a powerhouse fusion of Smooth Jazz and Blues.
One of the best stories told on Uptown Blues is from behind the scenes. The tightly funky, easy struttin’ new single “Blues For Jeff” isn’t simply a tribute to the late guitarist (and friend) Jeff Golub. Brown originally wrote it for Golub, but unfortunately Jeff never had the opportunity to record it. Golub was truly the originator of the Uptown Blues vibe that Brown celebrates on “Blues For Jeff”.
“Jeff had a huge influence on me as an artist. I went to see him in concert and was blown away by his energy on stage. He played so blusey, I thought…WOW! He, more than any other friend or fellow artist, told me to put out records as a guitarist. I took his advice and here we are today. I wrote this song for him” – Paul Brown
Listen to Blues For Jeff on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).