Los Angeles based guitarist Adam Hawley has already worked as sideman for stars like Jennifer Lopez, Monica, Kenny Latimore, Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, Michael McDonald, Brian Culbertson and many more.
More important is his solo career, which he started with his aptly titled album Just The Beginning in 2016. His friend and band mate Greg Manning helped him to get a contract with the label Kalimba music. Now Adam returns on the same label with his second album Double Vision in 2018.
The new single Traveling Mood offers the dark side of Julian Vaughn’s bass.
Listen to Traveling Mood on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 16/3).
Patrick Bradley‘s new album is entitled Intangible. According to conventional definition that means not made of physical substance or not able to be touched. An adjective that applies to all forms of music. Patrick Bradley addressed with this adjective on one hand his musical influences, on the other hand all kinds of friendship.
If we put aside the spiritual superstructure, we recognize a new project where Patrick once again is working with keyboard legend Jeff Lorber. Further musicians on this recordings are Paul Jackson Jr., Adam Hawley and Michael Thompson (guitar), Jimmy Haslip (bass), Andrew Carney (trumpet), Gary Novak (drums) and David Mann (horns). All songs were composed by Patrick and Jeff Lorber.
The title song is a fountainhead of luminous organ mastery pulsed by Jeff’s strongly pushing synth bass.
Listen to Intangible on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/3).
“I want to dedicate “Houston Nights” to the incredible musicians from my hometown, including The Crusaders, The Laws Family, Arnett Cobb, and Billy Harper to name just a few. I also want to acknowledge the incredible musicians from Texas Southern University who have shared this Journey as well as everyone that came through the renowned Summer Jazz Workshop as students and instructors. Soulful and sophisticated Houston Nights all!”
“I sincerely home you enjoy the music”
– Michael C Lewis
Listen to Houston Nights on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/3).
To dream out loud-to dream in sequences of seductive melody-is an act of poetic faith. Kenny Pore is a dreamer and a poet both. A free spirit, a man of musical faith.
Kenny’s open hearted approach to making music is deceptively simple. His methodology is instinctual. He brings visions in his head to the studio where, in the company of highly skilled colleagues, he translates the visions into sounds.
Kenny Pore is a writer- producer living in Texas. Sunset is the first single from Kenny’s newest project scheduled for release in 2019.
Listen to Sunset on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/3).
The boys are back! Adventurous and bold, Jacob Webb (keyboards/bass) and Todd Schefflin (saxophone), leaders of The JT Project, knew that it would take more than just a passing interest in music to become the creative force that they envisioned. Jacob commands each stroke on the keyboard to awaken the soul with a touch of fire, and Todd caresses the notes to life with every breath.
Backyard Brew features legendary artist Najee on flute. This up-tempo track features modern production, a singable melody, and virtuous performances. Make sure you listen all the way through to catch a breathtaking call-and-response between Najee’s flute and Schefflin’s saxophone.
“Backyard Brew is KILLER!” – Jason Gorov
Listen to Backyard Brew on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 18/3).
Swiss-American keyboardist Greg Manning is in the Smooth Jazz scene perfectly at home. He worked as musical director with Jonathan Butler and also performed with Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Chante Moore, Mindi Abair and many more.
His debut album Soulciety was released in 1999, followed by his sophomore album The Calling in 2010. His next album Dance With You was released on Kalimba Music in 2014.
Along with our friends at Kalimba Music, we are excited to announce the release of keyboardist/producer Greg Manning’s new single, Top Down! It’s is the first single/title track from Manning’s new album, which is scheduled for release in early 2019.
We think it’s among Manning’s best songs, and we think you and your listeners will agree…
“KILLER!” – Cliff Gorov
Listen to Top Down on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/3).
Brooke Alford, The Artist of the Violin creates magic on stage by bringing the violin to life. When Brooke performs, she connects with her audience and takes them on an unforgettable musical journey through the soulful vibes of R&B, Reggae, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Gospel, and more. Brooke’s dynamic style, colorful imagery, flawless flow, and creative sound make her who she really is, The Artist of the Violin!
With over 10 years of professional experience in the music business and her artistry, Brooke has had a number of outstanding opportunities including opening for national and international recording artists including The Whispers, Mint Condition, Peabo Bryson, Najee, Will Downing, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows, and Eric Darius, just to name a few.
“Atlanta-based violinist Brooke Alford is coming on strong with her debut national single, produced by yours truly. Mixes include accessible tracks for Smooth Jazz, Urban A/C and Quiet Storm radio. Enjoy this new Smooth sound of the violin. Brooke Alford is a trend-setter” – Bob Baldwin
Listen to Closer on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 17/3).