Kenney Polson – La La (Means I Love You)

With a sparkling saxophone vibe that’s been lighting up the Pacific Northwest for years, Kenney Polson – who’s appeared on TV with greats like David Sanborn and Wynton Marsalis – has blended Smooth Jazz with a wide variety of influences, including Latin, classical, R&B/funk and gospel. True to its title For Lovers Only, Polson’s latest recording finds him creating a tight, soulful ensemble with members of Tower of Power, Kool & the Gang and Parliament, among others. Soothing, romantic and lyrical, the album builds an easy groove with new compositions and satisfying classics (smoothjazz.com).

The new single La La (Means I Love You) is taken from this album.

Listen to La La (Means I Love You) on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Gino Rosaria – Road Trip

 

Gino Rosaria, born and raised in Curaçao, developed an interest in music at an early age. Growing up on a very culturally diverse island, Gino learned to speak four different languages fluently. The influence of the many cultures allowed him to learn and play many different kinds of music, which became a part of his identity. Later on he grew to enjoy Jazz, Latin, and Classical music the most.

Gino released his first Contemporary Jazz album Still Waters Run Deep in the summer of 2019. On that album he features several heavy hitters including Marcus Anderson, Althea Rene, Elan Trotman, Adam Hawley, and more. His debut radio single “Night Groove” made it onto Billboard Most Added in the first week! The single made it onto the top 30 on most of the Contemporary Jazz airplay charts. “My goals are to continue giving virtuoso piano performances in both Jazz and Classical music.” – Gino Rosaria

Swaying in a shuffle-beat Road Trip has the right swinging for the radio-friendly kick. The track is featuring flutist Althea Rene with blazing nuances into the cold steel.

Listen to Road Trip on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

The Peet Project – Let’s Do This

 

 

The Peet Project is a Hungarian pop-funk-jazz band comprising five twenty-something musicians. Their original music is a seductive and eclectic blend, reflecting influences encompassing Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, George Duke, Earth Wind and Fire and the Rippingtons, among others. The group’s driving force is violinist-composer-vocalist-producer Peter “Peet” Ferencz (27). Peter gives the band its unique sound through his use of violin as a lead instrument in an equivalent role to saxophone or keyboards. His talent was recognized by contemporary jazz icons Brian Culbertson, culminating in Brian lending production guidance to one of the standout tracks off the second album, and Dave Koz who travelled to Hungary to record a single with the Peet Project in the summer of 2016.

The band’s new single “Let’s Do This” represents the next step of collaboration between Peet Project and Paul Brown that began in 2017 when Paul remixed “Rosy Cheeks”, the band’s single with Dave Koz that eventually spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Smooth Jazz chart. The band wrote “Let’s Do Tbhis” aboard the 2018 Dave Koz Cruise, tapping on the cruise’s immensely inspiring musical atmosphere. Soon after that, Paul Brown popped in to Peet’s studio to add his guitars to the song.

Listen to Let’s Do This on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

RAH Harrison – Confidential

RICHIE HARRISON, aka RAH Harrison is an American drummer, music producer, DJ and recording artist from Bronx, New York. Harrison exhibited innate musical abilities and was considered a musical prodigy with a remarkable sense of meter.

In 2017, Harrison recorded and played on drums on two tracks off of Treblemaker by contemporary jazz, neo soul, funk flutist Ragan Whiteside; “See You At The Get Down” and “Early Arrival”. Ragan’s single, “Corey’s Bop” charted in the Top 10 across ALL Smooth Jazz Radio including Billboard, RadioWave, Mediabase, SmoothJazz.com, and Groove Jazz Music. Harrison also played drums with Ragan Whiteside’s band during her winning performance at the 2006 Capital Jazz New Artist Competition. He continues to play drums with Ragan Whiteside during her live appearances in New York City.

Listen to Confidential on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Christian “Big New York” de Mesones – Big Tall Wish

Christian “Big New York” de Mesones has been playing bass guitar for over 40 years.  He was only 18 years old when he graduated from the world famous Bass Institute of Technology (now the Musician’s Institute) in Hollywood, California where he had the opportunity to study and workshop with greats such as Abe Laboriel, Louis Johnson, Tim Bogart, Howard Alden, Steve Morse, Pat Metheny, and the late Tommy Tedesco and Ray Brown.  By personal request from visiting guitar faculty member and legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, he performed an original composition for his graduation ceremony.

Mesones’ new single “Big Tall Wish” is taken from his new album, They Call Me Big New York.

Listen to Big Tall Wish on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Keith McKelley – Legend

 

Keith McKelley has had a wide and varied career as a saxophonist and EWI (electronic wind instrument) musician but also produces and writes his own material with the occasional collaboration with other writers and producers to create music that is at a high level, will last, and that is absolutely heartfelt.

Originally from Canton Ohio, Keith has been able to incorporate various forms of music to create his own signature sound and is quite evident when you take the time to hear his playing. Since his move to LA in August of 2013 he has been steadily working his way up the ladder while becoming an integral part of the LA scene.

Keith plans to keep pushing his vision of new music, always setting the bar high. The operative word is “energy”. There always has to be 110% poured into every little bit of music no matter what the situation. This is more than just something he does. He lives it. The idea is to work with high quality artists and and put out high quality, classic work that will surely contribute to the ever changing landscape of music in this world.

His new single Legend features Bob James.

Listen to Legend on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Maysa – It’s Gonna Be Alright

Maysa’s new single “It’s Gonna Be Alright” is the second release of a series of songs titled Music for Your Soul.

Barbara Perry is a wonderful songwriter, and Chris Davis’ sublime arrangement is the perfect setting for Kim Waters’ sweet sax and the vocals of Phil Perry and Maysa to help soothe and relax your mind and spirit while you create, meditate and pray.

“It’s Gonna Be Alright”
Written by Barbara Perry
Breezy Hill Publishing /BMI

Produced and arranged by Chris “Big Dog” Davis
Lead Vocals: Maysa, Phil Perry
Sax: Kim Waters
Background : Kevin Monroe and Devotion

“After the year we’ve just had, I hope people will enjoy this tune by quietly focusing on the positive things they want to happen in their lives in the new year and new decade” – Maysa

Listen to It’s Gonna Be Alright on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Greg Manning – Twinkle

Keyboardist Greg Manning had his debut with Soulciety in 1999. Next followed his albums The Calling (2010) and Dance With You (2014). His fourth album Sugar & Spice was released in July 2016 on Kalimba Music.

His newest single is Twinkle written by Earl Klugh, produced and performed by Greg Manning. Featured guitarist is Darrel Crooks.

Listen to Twinkle on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

Ragan Whiteside – Reminiscing

She’s back! And ready to take you on a trip down memory lane with her new single from her upcoming album, Five Up Top.

Ragan Whiteside, the award winning flutist with 4 consecutive Top 10 Billboard hits under her belt (including Billboard #1 hit “Corey’s Bop”), puts a soulful, groovy twist on Australian rock group Little River Band’s 1978 hit “Reminiscing” featuring a fresh take on a classic song, which has never been done on flute…until now.

Listen to Reminiscing on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 14/4).

d.Mills – Street

Artist / producer / songwriter d.Mills is noted for his outstanding jazz / R &B compositions. A talented musician, songwriter, recording engineer and artist, Mills plays guitar, piano and bass. At the age of fifteen he traveled the U.S. playing guitar for the Legendary gospel singer Shirley Caesar. An outstanding professional, Mills has a God given gift for composing catchy melodies.

His new single Street from his album Next Step is now on our turntable.

Listen to Street on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Andre Cavor – Stay With Me Tonight

“Stay With Me Tonight” is the debut single from Andre Cavor‘s new album, Reinvention. It’s the follow up release to his highly successful 2017 album, Road Trip. When you listen to “Stay With Me Tonight,” you will get a sexy, Spanish, sensual R & B vibe that will stimulate your emotions. Cavor has recorded a soulful saxophone rendition of Jeffrey Osborne’s huge 1983 classic R & B and pop hit.

Listen to Stay With Me Tonight on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Brian Culbertson’s 20th Album

The “XX” Album

First of all, I can’t believe I’m in the middle of producing my 20th album as a solo artist – the list of all 20 are below in case you want a refresher 🙂

So for this seminal recording (releasing on April 10th, 2020), I’ve decided to mix up the styles and sounds from my entire catalog and meld it into one album that represents who I am as an artist. That’s right, there’s gonna be lots of Smooth & Funky Instrumentals, but also some R&B, Pop, Gospel, Slow Jams, and of course, straight-up Funk!

All 12 songs are written and the recording starts on November 11th. Here are some guests and studio musicians that are going to record on this album.

Guests & Musicians on “XX”:

Avery*Sunshine – featured vocals & songwriting
Bootsy Collins – featured vocals & space bass
Noel Gourdin – featured vocals & songwriting
Nicholas Cole – songwriting/keyboards/programming
DW3 – vocals & songwriting
Chance Howard – vocals/keyboards/songwriting
Rodney Jones Jr. – songwriting/bass/guitar/keys
Micaela Haley – vocals
Patches Stewart – featured muted trumpet
Marcus Anderson – alto & tenor sax
Michael Stever – trumpet & horn arrangements
Marqueal Jordan – tenor & bari sax
Alex Al – bass
Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
Ray Parker Jr. – guitar
Isaiah Sharkey – guitar
Gerey Johnson – guitar
Khari Parker – drums
Lenny Castro – percussion
and more…

This is huge list of musicians, but with this large of a production, I need everyone!

Support Brian Culbertson on Indiegogo.

Will Sumner – The Girl

Born in Los Angeles, attending college for music in Boston and then spending his young adult life in Minnesota, Will Sumner played the clubs and led jazz bands for decades as he worked toward composing his first masterpiece, Tropic Zone released internationally to critical acclaim in 1980. Working alongside Prince, Yanni, The Peterson Family and many others on the Minneapolis music scene at the time, he started to receive industry recognition for his lush, heartfelt themes played over hot Latin rhythms, beautiful slow grooves and, of course, funky, driving electric riffs over amazing and complex modulations.

Eventually a move with his young family back to Southern California brought with it the opportunity to dive into film scores, trailers and commercial work, but his heart soon brought him back to his first love, jazz guitar.

From his album Ride The Wave we present the single The Girl.

Listen to The Girl on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Freddie Fox – Top It Off

Smooth Jazz guitarist Freddie Fox will be releasing his new album titled Limitless in December. Limitless will be Freddie’s third album release in over a long and successful career. A graduate of Berklee College Of Music, Freddie has toured with many top acts including Walter Beasley, Jennifer Holliday, Eric Benet, Atlantic Starr, Rose Royce, Sheila E., Evelyn Champagne King and numerous others.

Freddie’s guitar has never sounded stronger and more soulful than on the project’s first single “Top It Off,” a rhythmic, melodic, groove based track.

Listen to Top It Off on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).

Walter Beasley – Here (Aqui)

We are excited to announce the release of Walter Beasley’s new single, “Here (Aqui)”!  It’s the follow up to Beasley’s #1 single, “It’s Alright”.

“During the recording of this album my father was very ill and I lost my Mother to cancer.  One day while getting ready to visit them, I decided no matter what to accept responsibility for every day I was given.  I remember saying to myself, ‘you are responsible for what you do right here, right now’.

I picked up the saxophone and wrote this song” – Walter Beasley

Listen to Here (Aqui) on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

GTF – Autumn Rain

Ten years after their debut Smooth Jazz album Always… made a strong international impact – earning airplay throughout the U.S., Norway, the UK, Japan, Poland and South America – GTF makes a highly anticipated return with Cross Paths – an eclectic jazz, pop and R&B infused collection of powerhouse instrumentals, soulful vocals, infectious originals and lush re-imaginings of classics by George Duke and Nat “King” Cole.”

The title Cross Paths is a reflection of a group whose core dynamic is driven by the intersection and intuitive chemistry of musical talents from Northern and Southern California and beyond. The five piece band is led by its namesakes, San Francisco based married couple George and Tracy Franklin. George is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who plays bass, keyboards and guitar; songwriter and associate producer Tracy also contributes backing vocals.

Taken from this album is the new single Autumn Rain.

Listen to Autumn Rain on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

Sheldon Ferguson – Take You There

Sheldon Ferguson is an award-winning guitarist who is originally from Columbia, SC and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Bachelors in Professional Music with emphasis in Performance and Production at Berklee College of Music. In 2011 Sheldon released his first smooth jazz album titled The Brighter Side, at the age of seventeen. Sheldon’s music has sold in over forty different countries and can be heard on jazz stations all over the world. The international radio broadcast, Talking Smooth Jazz, considers him a part of the new generation of smooth jazz.

Outside of his work as a jazz artist, Sheldon Ferguson is Grammy Nominated studio guitarist whose sound is highly sought after. He most recently recorded guitar on Travis Scott’s Billboard Hot 100 hit, Yosemite, which appears on the Double Platinum album, Astroworld.

Ferguson has performed on stage with notable artists, including Ledisi, Aloe Blacc, Bilal, Angie Stone, Bazzi and many others. Whether on stage on in the studio, Sheldon Ferguson’s goal is to create musical moments that will last forever.

Listen to Take You There on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

 

Elan Trotman – I Heard It Through The Grapevine

For urban jazz instrumental artists, mining the sacred gold of Motown – and especially Marvin Gaye – can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Do it right, put your own pizzazz on it, and you’re honoring carrying on one of music’s most cherished legacies. Fall short in your re-imaginings, or sound too much like previous tributes, and it’s a misstep that will take a while to recover from. Immersing in dapper style, searing emotion and deep groovability, the resounding transcendence saxophonist Elan Trotman brings to Gaye’s legacy with his latest album Dear Marvin is best summed up by a fan posting on Amazon, all in caps: “This is the best Marvin Gaye tribute ever. Hats off, my man killed it.” To paraphrase a classic 70’s funk tune, saxophonist Elan Trotman blew the roof off the sucka!

Following up the Billboard charting success of the project’s first single “Got To Give It Up,” Trotman has a blast rolling, darting and powering through “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” bringing freshness to the familiar with vibrant new blues-soul energy and heartrending potency. For Trotman, the key to revamping it and taking it to a higher, unexpected level is turning it into a playful, high-spirited duet with veteran trombonist Jeff Bradshaw. Bradshaw simmers along in harmony role adding sizzle and heft (in a horn section with trumpeter Alex Lee Clark) to Trotman’s melody before emerging as a powerful voice center stage on the second verse.

After riffing off each other for a few bars over the non-stop blues drenched simmering organ of Mitch Henry, Trotman and Bradshaw take us to the most ear-popping spot in the track. It’s a festive celebratory breakdown,- a free for all, hard grooving jam that allows the two to break loose, trade fours and improvise with abandon over wild, sizzling brass harmonies. Nothing happens without these poppin’ killer grooves created by Sherrod Barnes (guitar), Keithen Foster (bass), Atticus Cole (percussion) and Charles Haynes (drums). The urban jazz genre is sometimes accused of being too “cover-happy,” but Trotman and Bradshaw’s adventure-filled “Grapevine” is a worthwhile exception that demands repeated, volume all the way up listening.

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
Written by Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield

Elan Trotman – Saxes and Flute
Jeff Bradshaw – Trombone
Alex Lee Clark – Trumpet
Sherrod Barnes – Guitar
Keithen Foster – Bass
Mitch Henry – Keyboards/ Organ
Atticus Cole – Percussion
Charles Haynes – Drums

Listen to I Heard It Through The Grapevine on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

 

Brian Lenair – Silky Soul

Having performed with the likes of Will Downing, Maysa, Jean Carne, Billy Paul, Angela Bolfill, Christopher Williams, Miki Howard, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Vesta, Tony Terry, the late Phyllis Hyman, Pieces of a Dream, Miles Jay, Grover Washington, Jr., Peabo Bryson, George Benson, Spur of the Moment and others, saxman Brian Lenair has established himself as a talent to be recognized.

Lenair’s new single “Silky Soul” is written and produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis.

Music is not just my vocation, it is my passion and it is my calling. No matter how intimate or large the settings, I always play with the same energy” – Brian Lenair

Listen to Silky Soul on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

Will Downing – Déjà Vu

Legendary vocalist Will Downing delivers a clever duet-styled version of the Grammy Award winning Dionne Warwick hit “Déjà Vu.” Although recorded originally in 1977 by Warwick alone, Will Downing was instead inspired by video of a rare 1990 Warwick tour performance with the song’s author, Isaac Hayes and called upon the incredible talents of Avery Sunshine to re-interpret the special moment these two giants blessed the stage together. A tall order for sure…too tall for most, but not this pair!

The signature opening keyboard chords get a thumping boost from bassist Al Turner, percussionist Pablo Batista and drummer Mike Logan, Jr., who set the mood for the sublime vocal blend of Downing and Sunshine. Their voices complement and blend to each other’s perfectly as Downing takes the production helm on this radio-friendly track.

Listen to Déjà Vu on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

Bob Baldwin – Long Weekend (See You On Tuesday)

Bob Baldwin presents his new single, “Long Weekend (See You On Tuesday)”! It’s the first single from Baldwin’s new CD Henna, set for release in January 2020.

Baldwin’s good friend, flautist Ragan Whiteside is a featured guest artist on “Long Weekend”; Whiteside and Baldwin co-wrote the new single together.

Bob Baldwin grew up in a musical environment. His father, Robert Baldwin, Sr., (1926-2008) was a Jazz pianist who worked with bass legends Keter Betts and Art Davis. He’s also a fan of his elder cousin, legendary jazz pianist Larry Willis (Blood, Sweat and Tears/Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band).

Listen to Long Weekend on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/4).

Kayla Waters – Full Bloom

After launching her recording career with back-to-back No. 1 Billboard singles, urban-jazz pianist Kayla Waters is truly a blooming artist on the rise. The third single from her “Coevolve” album is the aptly titled “Full Bloom,” which goes for playlist adds on Monday. The single drops during the period that voters are considering Waters’ music and video for nominations in four categories in first-round voting for the 62nd GRAMMY® Awards.

Under consideration in first-round GRAMMY voting for Jazz Instrumental Album and Engineered Album, Non-Classical, Waters composed the material for “Coevolve” conceptually. To tell the story of a seedling’s evolution into a blossoming plant on “Full Bloom,” she collaborated with Michael Broening. The Washington, DC-based musician-songwriter-producer jetted to Broening’s Phoenix, Arizona studio for the session. The night before meeting with Broening, Waters doodled on a baby grand piano into the wee hours of the night eager to come up with something fresh. The next day, she presented her ideas, which became the essence of the song.

“During that late-night session, I created the chords to what are now the piano verses of ‘Full Bloom.’ I wanted to come up with a unique concept for the song and with Broening’s help, it naturally came to life. When composing, I wanted the musical construct of the song to literally sound like the blossoming of a flower or in the case of ‘Coevolve,’ the evolution of a seed into a beautiful plant. In the song’s intro, you’ll hear me play a glissando upward on the piano to emulate the sound of blossoming,” said Waters, an inspired 28-year-old artist of substance, style and divine depth.

“Full Bloom” is the only song that Waters wrote with a collaborator for “Coevolve” thus the process was different than that of the rest of the record’s creation. With Broening programming the invigorating track, Waters’ ebullient piano is bolstered by guest soloist Nick Colionne’s crisp electric jazz guitar licks. Freddie Fox adds rhythm guitar to the melody and Mel Brown’s bass enhances the brisk groove.

“The embryonic stage of the song was conceived in Phoenix during our first studio session together. From that point, we worked over cyberspace to get the song done. It was actually the longest song to complete for ‘Coevolve,’ likely due to the collaborative efforts, but it’s also significant and symbolic as a plant takes time to grow, to be nurtured and to bloom,” said Waters, who is signed to Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records.

When Waters’ sophomore album, “Coevolve,” was released last fall, she scored her second consecutive No. 1 hit when the collection’s premiere single, “Zephyr,” topped the Billboard chart. The accompanying video for “Zephyr” (http://bit.ly/2mzMhp6) is on the first-round GRAMMY ballot in the Music Video category. Also appearing on the first-round GRAMMY ballot for Instrumental Composition is the second single from “Coevolve,” “Obsidian Rain,” on which Waters passionately pours her classically trained piano prowess throughout the ethereal jazz-rock-fusion amalgam that she artfully crafted.

Waters debuted on 2017’s “Apogee,” powered by the defining No. 1 Billboard single, “I Am.” She won the Rising Star in Jazz award from the Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Foundation and was named Best Jazz Artist at DC’s Wammies. For more information, please visit http://www.iamkaylawaters.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

Sherry Winston – Regatta

Flutist Sherry Winston has performed with Stevie Wonder and has shared the stage with John Legend, Gregory Porter, Vanessa Williams, Maxwell, Sinbad, Fourplay, Chaka Kahn & many more.

Her TV appearances include Emeril Live, The Today Show, BET, and she has been featured in the New York Times, Ebony, Essence, Black Enterprise, and many other national magazines and newspapers.

Sherry’s client list includes many of the top Fortune 500 companies and she has worked as National Director of Jazz Promotion at Columbia, Arista, GRP and Elektra-Asylum Records in New York.

Listen to Regatta on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).

Ron King – Mellow Out

Ron King is one of the finest trumpet / composer / arranger artists in the world today. A Grammy nominated soloist, he is also one of L.A.’s top studio lead / jazz / improvisational trumpet players. He has received many awards, from the IAJE, NAJE, ASCAP, and the RMA. He has attained Gold Records, for working with such artists as George Benson, Ricki Lee Jones, and Marvin Gaye.

In addition to these artists, he has also performed and recorded with: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra , Frank Sinatra, Keely Smith, Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC-TV’s, The Next Best Thing, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and featured on The Grammy Awards.

Listen to Mellow Out on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).

Mark Etheredge – Resonance

Mark Etheredge teamed up again with Two-time Grammy® winning producer and guitarist Paul Brown along with bassist Roberto Vally, drummer Gorden Campbell and percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia. The contemporary instrumental jazz track, written by Etheredge, was recorded at Carmen Grillo’s Big Surprise Music in Los Angeles, mixed by Paul Brown, and mastered by Rainer Gembalczyk of Sienna Digital.

Etheredge’s first radio single “Connected” ranked No. 31 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz 2016 Year End Chart and ranked No. 2 on the Groove Jazz Music Top 100 for 2016. On January 3, 2017 the second radio single “Roger That” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Most Added Smooth Jazz Songs Chart.

In physics, resonance is a phenomenon in which a vibrating system or external force drives another system to oscillate with greater amplitude at specific frequencies. (Source: Wikipedia) “I think as humans, we all have opportunities to resonate with each other–to be in tune and find peace with each other – if we want it enough,” says Etheredge. “Resonance flirts with that possibility.”

Listen to Resonance on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).

Karen Linette – Let Me Know

One never knows what type of seed is planted until that flower blooms. The vocal botanics that emerge from Karen Linette was recognized long after her first presentation to her mother, when she and her older brother would perform songs that were played during her childhood. That radiance developed into an organic sound, establishing Karen as the go-to person for vocals in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Giving her fellow local musicians more than twenty years of experience as a singer and collaborative artist, she has also shared the stage with national recording artists such as Norman Connors, Dawn Robinson of En Vogue, Cece Peniston, Club Nouveau, Case, Miles Jaye, Anthony David, Miki Howard, Regina Belle, Tom Browne, Dexter Wansel and numerous others.

Listen to Let Me Know on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).

Lisa Addeo – Listen To This

 

The title of keyboardist Lisa Addeo‘s new CD Listen To This says it all about where her musical heart is today. It’s a soulful, heartfelt invitation to attune your ears and set your sonic expectations on a fresh new vibe for the smooth jazz genre. Driven by bright infectious melodies, dynamic improvisations and an aesthetic based on relentless and intoxicating grooves, the collection finds Lisa setting the standard for all that’s hip and innovative in the format for years to come.

Four-time Grammy winning producer and President of Blue Note Records Don Was says, “Lisa did a great job on her new album. It fits in really well with the most successful albums in the Smooth Jazz field. My compliments.”

Listen to Listen To This on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).

Chadwick Johnson – Addicted

Singer + songwriter, Chadwick Johnson releases his new album, Stormy Love on September 25th 2019. Chadwick brings his soulful sound and artistic depth as both a recording artist and a producer on this provocative new work, fusing together elements of Smooth Jazz and Americana with genuine storytelling at the heart of this record.

Chadwicks first single from the new record is a bluesy Smooth Jazz production of his original song, ‘Addicted’ ft. Grace Kelly on saxophone. Chadwick and Grace interact with a soul stirring, playful banter as they bring to life feelings of the trepidatious excitement one feels when finding themselves ‘addicted’ to new love.

Winner of the Hollywood Music In Media Award for ‘Song Of The Year’, Chadwick has played for and worked with some of America’s most celebrated icons, including a command performance for President Bill Clinton as well as recording sessions with legendary producer, David Foster. In live performances, has has shared the stage with Olivia Newton-John, Katharine McPhee, Terry Wollman, Susan Anton and Grace Kelly.

Stormy Love was recorded at Talley Sherwood’s Tritone Recording Studio in Los Angeles and the Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas.
Mixed and Mastered by Kent Moore.

Listen to Addicted on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).

Jody Mayfield – Rear View Mirror

 

Jody Mayfield is a jazz musician from Atlanta GA. He studied at Clark Atlanta University, where he majored in Music Performance. He holds a B.A. Degree in Music Technology from Morris Brown College and Master’s Degree in Music Technology from Southern Utah University.

He has performed with musical greats such as Dizzy Gillespie at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland (’81, ’82) as well as James Lloyd of Pieces of a Dream; Frank Foster; Grover Washington, Jr.; Mary Lou Williams; Illinois Jacquet and the Tony Rich Project. He also opened concerts for Sarah Vaughn, Dexter Gordon, Rodney Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Fred Hammond, Bishop T.D. Jakes to name a few. Jody Mayfield was the creative director for Evander Holyfield’s record label, Real Deal Records for three years.

“Music is the only thing humans can create from nothing. When we create music, we are emulating God” – Jody Mayfield

Listen to Rear View Mirror on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).

Kevin Stixx Marshall feat. Michelle Carter Williams – Fly

 

Award-winning songwriter/producer Kevin Stixx Marshall has teamed up with singer/songwriter Michelle Carter Williams on a stunning new independent single, “Fly”. The duo’s debut collaboration combines a soulful jazz experience with a classic rhythm and blues undertone to take listeners on a delightful musical excursion.

In 2002, Kevin helped Marcus Johnson establish Three Keys Music, a record label partnership with BET Networks co-founder Robert L. Johnson. Kevin parlayed the success of that label into procuring a deal with MHz Networks to become drummer and music collaborator for the hit TV show “8101” with Emmy nominated radio and TV personality Michel Wright. The urban-based, entertainment talk show reached more than 2 million viewers worldwide, and featured industry heavyweights in which Kevin collaborated with the likes of Regina Belle, Coolio, Eric Roberson, and Tony Terry, among others.

Listen to Fly on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 10/4).

Herb Alpert – Fantasy

 

Herb Alpert brings you his new single “Fantasy” from his upcoming album Over The Rainbow (available everywhere September 20)!

“Fantasy”, which was written by Maurice White and Eduardo Del Barrio and famously recorded by Earth, Wind, and Fire, was a long-time favorite of Herb’s and he took the opportunity to record a version for his new album.

“I am always looking for good melodies to play and if it is a familiar song that I am working on, I’ll try to do it in a way that it’s never been heard before,” says Alpert. “When choosing songs, I look for something that makes you feel good, I have learned to become an audience to my own music and listen to what creates feelings that stop and call you.”

Listen to Fantasy on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).

Eric Darius – Fired Up

Saxophonist Eric Darius is a man of action. Hardly any other musician in the smooth jazz genre has played his way into the front row as fast as he has. His activity is also reflected in his numerous releases.

Cruisin (2000), Night On The Town (2004), Just Getting Started (2006), Going All Out (2008), On A Mission (2010),  and Retro Forward (2014) are his milestones. Like many other artists, he took over the reins after his record contracts expired and founded his own label SagiDarius Music.

He is well aware of the considerable additional work and responsibility. Nevertheless, he perceives his step as a liberating blow. Appropriately his newest album is called Breakin’ Thru (2018). Taken from this album is his new single Fired Up. This single floods the album with a funky attitude featuring Rodney Jones Jr. on bass and Andre Troutman on talk box giving this tune its special flavor.

Eric Darius – Alto & Tenor Saxophone
Rodney Jones Jr – Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Drums
Calvin Frazier – Guitar solo
Phillip Lassiter – Trumpet & horn arrangement

 

Listen to Fired Up on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).

Mariea Antoinette – That Thing

Strip away Lauryn Hill’s scathing admonition to men and women on her 1998 hit, “Doo Wop (That Thing),” and you are left with an innovative rhythmic track that astutely balances jagged hip hop edginess and a melodic R&B soul. It’s an unlikely composition for a classical harpist, which makes it Mariea Antoinette’s sweet spot. She has made it her mission to tackle unexpected funk, rhythm and blues, and pop songs, creating new possibilities for her instrument by presenting them with harp as the protagonist. Teaming with producer and arranger Allan Phillips, Antoinette’s reimagined “That Thing” goes for playlist adds on September 23.

Antoinette’s elegant stringed siren provides a surprising contrast over the buoyant beats Phillips constructed. Lush harmonic accoutrements are provided by a vibrant live horn section – trumpeter Derek Cannon, tenor saxophonist John Rekevics and trombonist Jordan Morita – and dramatic strings from the APM Allstars Strings along with Evan Marks’ guitar and Phillips’ keyboards. Antoinette debuted “That Thing” with her band on stage last month at the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, garnering an enthusiastic standing ovation.

“I chose the track for its funky, innovative rhythm and the beats are very cool. It’s a perfect song for harp that people are not expecting. Lauryn Hill is a music pioneer and a leading voice for women and for her style, ingenuity and edginess. The stories she tells through her music and lyrics are fresh and unique. ‘That Thing’ schools both women and men on motivations, keeping your eyes open and being wise in relationships. Everyone loved it when we played it live in San Diego,” said Antoinette.

“That Thing” offers an alluring glimpse into Antoinette’s forthcoming album, “All My Strings.” She and Phillips are busy tracking material for her third album that is slated to drop January 31, 2020 on the Infinity Productions/MAH Productions label. Antoinette’s last outing, “Straight from the Harp,” went top five at Billboard when it was released in 2015. The San Diego-based musician has been balancing her solo career with being a member of the all-star female ensemble Jazz in Pink since 2007. In June, she made her Playboy Jazz Festival debut at The Hollywood Bowl playing with Jazz in Pink, with whom she has performed at several prominent festivals this year, including Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Cruise and the upcoming Barbados Jazz Excursion and Cancun Jazz Festival. The award-winning harpist collected three statues last year for Instrumentalist of Year (San Diego Prestige Awards), Best Jazz Single for “Overture” (Black Women in Jazz & The Arts Association), and a BMA Image Award from the Black Music Awards. Her high-profile performances include playing for President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Ne-Yo at the BET Awards, at Vanity Fair’s Grammy party with Jamie Foxx and on American Idol.

For more information, please visit https://www.marieaantoinette.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

Tony Momrelle – We Had Searched For Heaven

Tony Momrelle is one of the most exciting and significant soul musicians on the modern British stage.

In a music career spanning 20+ years, he has performed with some of the greatest artists in the world: Incognito, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Sade, Gary Barlow, Andrea Bocelli, Gwen Stefani, Robert Palmer and many more. In Autumn 2016 he supported the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire on their sold-out UK tour.

Momrelle was also lead male vocalist of the famous British Acid-jazz band Incognito for more than sixteen years. His new single “We Had Searched For Heaven” features Maysa on vocals.

Listen to We Had Searched For Heaven on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).

Ace Livingston – As Long As You Love Me

 

Continuing the hard-grooving momentum he generated with his last album My Metamorphasis, Jamaican born bass powerhouse Ace Livingston infuses his instantly infectious new single “As Long As You Love Me” with a blend of cool, soulful vibes, supercharged funk, brassy energy, colorful jazz soloing and mystical soundscape touches. Like the promise and fulfillment of love itself, the track builds momentum from it’s intimate opening melody to its fiery burst of passionate expression.

Livingston’s new single is produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis.

“I’ve had the pleasure of playing with Ace; more powerful than his musical brilliance is his unselfish and shining collaborative nature. I only hope I continue to have opportunities to play with him”
– Harry Connick Jr

Listen to As Long As You Love Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 9/4).

Butch & Rhonda Coleman – Moment Of Your Time

A spiritually grounded husband and wife duo that recognizes music as a universal healer, Maryland based Butch & Rhonda Coleman create a fascinating dual sound around the plucky thump of his bass and her versatility as a sultry pop/R&B singer and jazz keyboardist. The title of their third album Moment Of Your Time doubles as an invitation to get to know them and their deft blend of old school soul-jazz, breezy and heartfelt balladry and buoyant urban-flavored Smooth Jazz. Adept at creating a variety of moods, the Colemans like to say that their music tells a story. Here, that’s paying homage to past influences like Bill Withers while making sure we’re hip to their eclectic, very contemporary sexy, funky flow. – SmoothJazz.com

Listen to Moment Of Your Time on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

The Justus Brothers – Chinese Checkers

Jason Clark, Niko Lyras, Steve Potts, Pat Register and Dave Smith are the core members of The Justus Brothers, the new Contemporary Jazz super group from Memphis, TN. They are five of the city’s most talented, most experienced, and most respected musicians.

Having played together all over the world for decades, these brothers have a bond that creates amazing music and amazing moments for the audience. Joined by stellar guest artists such as percussionist Billy Ramirez and Memphis horn ace Scott Thompson, they’re releasing a new album of deep grooving originals along with a few choice covers.

Check out their fresh treatment of Booker T’s “Chinese Checkers”.

Listen to Chinese Checkers on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

Bernard “BK” Jackson – Velvet Ropes

 

Bernard “BK” Jackson is an international-performing saxophonist, electrifying audiences across the globe with his unique playing style, energetic stage presence and unparalleled passion for music that touches the soul. A native of Tampa, Florida, he goes by the stage name “BK Jackson” and has crossed musical paths with industry giants such as B.B King, Brian McKnight, Bruno Mars, Hunter Hayes, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Zac Brown Band and more. Most notably, BK spent three years touring domestically and abroad with musical icon Prince, performing timeless hits for sold out arenas night after night as a member of his 11-piece horn section, known as New Power Generation.

Currently, BK can be found rocking the stage with New Orleans front man Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews as a member of the multi-talented musician’s touring band, Orleans Avenue. The group headlines tours around the world, bringing audiences a classic infusion of the New Orleans brass band sound, perfectly mixed with sonic rock, jazz and hip-hop influences. In addition to headlining their own sold out shows, the group has also opened for powerhouse acts such as The Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Hall & Oates, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

His new single Velvet Ropes features keyboardist Nicholas Cole.

Listen to Velvet Ropes on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

The Slim Man Band LIVE at Vicky’s

A double LIVE CD of mostly Slim Man songs, some Bona Fide tunes, and a few cool covers.

Slim Man just won Best Jazz Vocalist at the 2019 Coachella Music Awards. Fourth year in a row. He wants to put out a double LIVE CD. He knows it sounds a little crazy and a bit ambitious but let him tell you the story…

“I’m from Baltimore, Maryland. I moved to Palm Springs, California, a few years ago. Last October, I was asked to do a residency at a listening club outside of Palm Springs, a place called Vicky’s.

I put together a band, and we played every Wednesday night for 3 ½ hours, week after week, month after month. Some magic started happening on stage. We kept improving, learning new songs, crafting the catalog, honing the arrangements.

We’d play on a Wednesday night and then every Thursday I’d send the band my show notes, ideas on how to improve. We started getting better and better. We were hitting our stride.

After 8 months, and 32 shows, I decided to do a live recording of Our Big Finale, the last show of the season. Wednesday, June 5th, 2019. Vicky’s was packed. We played for 4 hours and 18 minutes.

When we went into the studio a couple days later to listen to the recording, I was apprehensive. Live CDs are tough to make. That’s why there are very few of them these days, and even fewer good ones. So we sat down in the studio and listened…

What came out of the speakers sounded really good. Song after song, the music was stellar. The performances were excellent. The 9-foot grand piano sounded glorious. The music had some sizzle. There was definitely some pep in the pepperoni.

We  started out as a group of musicians, and over time became a band. And most important, the band is having fun. You can hear it on this recording.

I tried to create a set list that has peaks and valleys, a list that has highs and lows and in-betweens. I varied the tempos…some songs are slow, some are fast, and some are half-fast! We did lots of Slim Man songs, some Bona Fide songs,  and a couple cool covers. It’s a wonderful mix of music.

We want to finish this project. And to get that done, we need some funding. And that’s where you Slim People come in. We need a minimum of $6,000 to get these songs mixed and mastered. And then there’s promotion. We want to hire the proper people to spread the word, to give it the best chance of success.

The more money we raise, the better chance for success.

I’ve done 2 LIVE CDs already. I’ve got a feel for this stuff. And I’ve run 4 successful Kickstarter campaigns. I haven’t had any complaints yet!

We’ve put together some very cool rewards. Kickstarter’s a great platform to find funding for creative projects you’re passionate about. And I’m passionate about this. I wouldn’t be putting this CD up on Kickstarter if I didn’t feel really good about this music.

So make a pledge, get cool stuff.

Thank you for listening. And thanks for the support.

Couldn’t do it without you Slim People.

Who loves ya?

 

Uncle Slimmy ”

To support the project visit

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/slimman/the-slim-man-band-live-at-vickys/description.

Dave Bradshaw Jr. – Latina Love

 

The story behind Dave Bradshaw’s development as a contemporary urban jazz artist after years as a renowned, very versatile sideman in Southern California is as poignant as “Jumpstep” is uplifting. For 13 years, he was a member of the Al Williams Jazz Society, a popular, multi-faceted ensemble led by the popular jazz drummer and jazz promoter, known for their regular gigs at Spaghettini in Seal Beach and rousing annual performances at the Long Beach Jazz Festival. The keyboardist had the pleasure of opening for genre greats like Kenny G and Brian Culbertson; he was often inspired by their success and felt like he had the potential to become an artist and performer in his own right. But at some point, while continuing at the top of his game technically, he started feeling like he was losing his passion for music.

The passing of Bradshaw’s father in 2010 changed everything, making him realize like never before that time was quickly passing by and if he wanted to pursue deeper dreams, this was the time. Composing became a necessary catharsis, and he began putting all of his intense emotions over his dad’s loss into music. Excited by what he was writing, he invested in DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software and started making his own beats and tracks. He was encouraged by many of his musical cohorts to do a recording. He started off very DIY, printing his own CDs with graphics he created himself.

His first album was Set Me Free (2016), followed by Flipside (2018). From his new album comes Latina Love featuring the Earth, Wind & Fire Horns.

Listen to Latina Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

Adam Hawley – Shuffle

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.

He is joined on the new album by an incredible huge cast of musicians such as Dave Koz, Keith McKelley, Darren Rahn (saxophone), Carnell Harrell (organ), Nathaniel Kearney Jr. (key bass), Eric Valentine, Gary Novak (drums), Ramon Yslas (percussion), Jeff Lorber(Rhodes, piano, Clav), David Mann (horns and arrangement), Mel Brown, Julian Vaughn, Ian Martin(bass), Marcus Anderson (sax, flute), Demonte Posey (Rhodes), Carnell Harrell (synth), Greg Manning (keys), Kat Hawley (vocals) and Trevor Neumann (trumpet).

From his new album comes his single Shuffle. Shuffle featuring Darren Rahn develops from a routine piece of music into a uniquely personal style of a guitarist who knows his crafts.

Listen to Shuffle on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 11/3).

Ragan Whiteside – Jam It

 

The sizzling summer heat. A backyard barbecue filled with food, family and friends. A tune comes on the radio that instantly sets bodies in motion. As people start moving and grooving, someone exclaims, “That’s my jam!” This scene is what soul-jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside envisioned when creating her latest single, “Jam It.” The hot track became her fourth consecutive Billboard Top 10 single when it hit the ninth spot on the chart for the week of August 3. At No. 9 with a bullet, it’s still rising like the mercury.

Whiteside wrote “Jam It” with seminal urban-jazz artist Bob Baldwin, who produced the joint with Dennis Johnson (Marion Meadows, Freddie Jackson, Phil Perry, Melba Moore). The cut previews Whiteside’s forthcoming fifth album, “Five Up Top,” slated to drop this fall from Randis Music, an indie label run by Whiteside and Johnson.

“Your favorite party song comes on the radio and someone claims it as their jam. I wanted ‘Jam It’ to give you that feeling and get people dancing – whether you’re at a backyard barbecue or just driving to work. Wherever you’re listening, you should turn up your speakers and JAM IT!” said the Atlanta-based Whiteside.

Whiteside’s hit streak began when her 2017 “Treblemaker” album sent all three singles into the Billboard Top 10. Another collaboration with Baldwin, “Early Arrival” featuring saxophonist Kim Waters, got things started when it checked in at No. 7. She scored her first Billboard No. 1 hit with “Corey’s Bop,” a clubby trek she wrote with Johnson and Baldwin. Her own boisterous party starter, “See You at the Get Down” celebrated at No. 5.

Whiteside’s vibrant and velvety flute leaping amidst jazzy rhythms and funky beats is ushering her instrument back into the centerstage spotlight. She takes pride in being a completely independent artist who is flourishing while releasing her own recordings. A classically trained flautist and vocalist who grew up in Mount Vernon, New York, Whiteside took up the flute after first learning piano, violin and drums as a child. While studying classical music, she discovered her passion for songwriting and arranging. When Whiteside first became a jazz, funk and R&B mixologist, she won the Capital Jazz New Artist competition. She began collaborating with Baldwin and Johnson for her debut disc, “Class Axe” (2007), pouring splashes of classical into intoxicating jazz, funk and R&B cocktails. Whiteside incorporated fusion into the branded brew on subsequent sets: 2012’s “Evolve,” 2014’s “Quantum Drive” and “Treblemaker.” Among her honors, Whiteside was named Flutist of the Year at the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards.

Either on her recordings or as a guest artist, Whiteside has flanked urban/contemporary jazz cohorts Earl Klugh, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Marion Meadows, Walter Beasley, Patrice Rushen, Chieli Minucci, Frank McComb, Eric Darius, Baldwin and Waters. Her spirited stage performances have made her a popular draw at festivals and cruises such as the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival and the Capital Jazz SuperCruise. Catch Whiteside in the coming weeks at the Derby City Jazz Festival in Louisville, KY on August 10; Fourth Avenue Jazz Festival in Birmingham, AL on August 24; and at the Gulf Coast Jazz Summer Fest in Pensacola, FL on September 1. For more information, please visit http://www.raganwhiteside.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

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

Reggie Codrington – Sunny Skies

 

When the burden of caring for aging and ailing parents is added to the daily stresses and strains, sometimes simply seeing sunny skies is enough to help get through the day. That scenario is what inspired urban-jazz saxophonist Reggie Codrington’s new single, “Sunny Skies,” which he wrote with bassist-producer Darryl Williams. The hopeful mid-tempo R&B groove, mixed by hitmaker Euge Groove and going for playlist adds on August 12, features Codrington’s soulful soprano sax expressions and trumpet play from his 82-year-old father who is battling Alzheimer’s.

Afflicted with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy that required nine major surgeries even before he became a teenager, Codrington is returning the loving care he received from his parents, Joyce and Ray Codrington. The grind is a challenge physically and mentally, but the optimistic artist awakens each day seeking beauty and blessings in his life that put a smile on his face.

“The song (‘Sunny Skies’) makes me feel happy. I find beauty all around me, even in the rain. But seeing sunny skies makes me feel especially peaceful and happy. Blue skies make me feel close to nature. I’m a pretty simple guy. Life is complicated enough and so are all the things going on in life. Sunny skies keep me moving forward,” said Codrington.

After an intro from Codrington’s label, M.A.N.D.A.T.E Records, Codrington and Williams hooked up a few years ago at a jam session. Williams sent a track to the saxman who then wrote the buoyant melodies for “Sunny Skies.” With Williams programming the drum tracks, playing piccolo and synth basses and keyboards, Codrington emotes smilingly on a special curved horn designed to overcome his physical limitations. Guitarist Darrell Crooks, who has recorded with Grammy winners Eric Clapton, Boyz II Men, Ledisi, Gregory Porter and Kirk Whalum, adds rhythmic licks while Rymand Entezari contributes electric piano touches. Codrington gets emotional when talking about his father, who has played with Little Richard, Gladys Knight and Jackie Wilson, making a guest appearance on the single.

“Yeah, man, he’s an inspiration for me. It means a lot (to me) to have him on the record with all that he’s going through with Alzheimer’s. There’s great beauty in that as well as inspiration for me. Taking care of my parents as their health fails, I try to find the bright spots in each day to keep from feeling down. Everyone has got to find their own ways to get through the day. It could be as simple as looking up in the skies. Just seeing beautiful blue skies makes me feel like I can take on the world,” said the Fayetteville, North Carolina-based Codrington who studied music at Howard University.

Last year, Codrington dropped a single, “Cherry Sweet,” a song that sprang from helping his mother feel better by giving her cherries. It appeared on his “Against The Odds” disc, titled for the improbable story of how he overcome a rare disability and found a home in music. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy is the least common form of the disorder and is a chronic condition that affects movement and muscle coordination, sparking tremors and walking difficulties. Muscles were cut and transferred from his elbow, wrist and triceps to improve the functionality of his fingers. To make walking easier and enhance mobility, muscles were sliced from his legs. The curved sax enables him to play comfortably. Codrington has performed for President Barak Obama, recorded with Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr. and Nils, and opened for Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Wilson, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Peabo Bryson, Kenny Latimore, Kim Waters and Kevin Toney. He’s too modest to know what an inspiration he himself is for others.

For more information, please visit https://www.ReggieCodrington.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

Willie Bradley – Over The Horizon

 

Trumpeter Willie Bradley’s new single “Over The Horizon” is killer! It’s the second single from Willie’s forthcoming new album, It’s My Time.

“Over The Horizon” ft. Julian Vaughn
Written by Willie Bradley (BMI)
Produced/co-written by Jeff Canady (BMI)
Mixed by Greg Manning

Trumpet/flugelhorn – Willie Bradley
Lead bass guitar – Julian Vaughn
Keyboards – Demetrius Nabors
Bass guitar – Robert Skinner
Lead guitar – Gary Johnson
Drums – Jeff Canady

Listen to Over The Horizon on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

Dave Koz and Friends – Before I Let Go

Overcoming massive scheduling problems, saxophonist and entertainer Dave Koz has again managed to win some of the best musicians for his Summer Horns project. His new dream team consists of trumpet player Rick Braun, saxophonists Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot as well as trombonist and singer Aubrey Logan, a featured artist for Postmodern Jukebox.

Greg Adams, Tom Scott and Gordon Goodwin, who also arranged the previous album, are on this recordings again. Featured artists are singer Kenny Lattimore and Sheléa Frazier, Jonathan Butler and Gloria Estefan. The press release also mentions a rhythm arrangement by Chris “Big Dog” Davis.

Summer Horns II From A To Z is based on the same principle as the previous album. Selected songs that have passed the test of time and yet remain in lasting memory. The common denominator of all songs is a horn arrangement that qualified the piece for inclusion on the album. Cross-genre, dynamic and with a certain pep.

From this album the group releases Before I Let Go. This new single featured in the original Frankie Beverly and the group Maze. The song is completely transcribed to a horn arrangement featuring the formation in Toto and as soloists.

Listen to Before I Let Go on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

Dr. Dave & The Housecall Band® – Midnight Daydream


 

Turning a onetime clever album title into the name of his high energy ensemble, Dr. Dave & The Housecall Band® work major musical healing miracles on their latest album Midnight Daydream. With a sizzling swirl of pop, R&B, traditional and contemporary jazz, topped off with tasty touches of Latin, blues and swing, Dr. Dave embraces the freedom to improvise more than ever before and tackle jazz classics and a popular TV theme in addition to a slate of ultra-infectious originals.

Two new singles out this year from Dr. Dave’s coolest collection yet, on the heels of his chart-topping “Sexy Cindy,” (named for Cindy Sanchez Medina, Miss Santander, Colombia 2018), expect the tropical jazz of “Cabo Time” and the sensual title track “Midnight Daydream” to saunter up the Smooth Jazz charts as well.

Listen to Midnight Daydream on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 8/4).

Rainforest Band – Peace to the Planet

Rainforest Band is a collaboration between guitarist Vernon ‘Ice’ Black, bassist Tony Saunders and keyboardist Sylvester Burks. The inspiration for the group came from the original Rainforest Band formed by Merl Saunders (Tony’s dad), featuring Jerry Garcia. The 1990 project Blues From the Rainforest – a Musical Suite was created out of Merl and Jerry’s need to spread the word about the beauty of the rainforest, as well as the message of preservation. With influences of world music, new age and traditional blues, Saunders and company crafted tunes that took the listener on a spiritual and musical journey that was close to their hearts.

On Peace to the Planet, Black, Saunders and Burks have created 12 original compositions in the Smooth Jazz genre that evoke a relaxed, romantic and funky vibe. Included are Caribbean Sunset which transports you to the beach, and SIZ with its Crusaders/New Orleans feel featuring Billboard #1 charting artist Jeff Ryan on saxophone. Other special guests include Gail Jhonson from The Norman Brown Band on keyboards and percussionist Marquinho Brazil.

Today, in the spirit of what Merl and Jerry created, Rainforest Band’s Peace to the Planet takes the mission to a new level through Contemporary Jazz. With the same goal of spreading the message of preservation for one of the world’s most delicate and endangered regions, Rainforest Band is back with a new sound for a new generation.

The time is now, but the message is the same – we all need to do our part to save the planet.

Listen to Peace to the Planet on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).

U-Nam – Future Love (Japanese Edition)

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U-Nam is celebrating the release of a very special Japanese edition of his Billboard Top 25 Best Seller Jazz Album “Future Love”, which includes an unreleased song that didn’t end up on the album, he has decided to share it with you! So you guys can listen to it anytime.

The song is called “Soul Walkin’” and the great news is that the song will be included in a deluxe (worldwide) edition album of “Future Love” for the Holidays which will includes as well new songs.

Listen to Soul Walkin’ on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).

Paolo Rustichelli – Hypnofunk

 

Born in Rome, Paolo Rustichelli is an Italian composer, piano & keyboard virtuoso, singer and producer who composes and performs his music completely by himself. He amazes audiences with his eclectic styles that make him unique and recognizable . His peculiar sound cluster has become emulated by artists worldwide. Among his album projects, Paolo recorded, performed and produced for rock-jazz superstars Carlos Santana and Miles Davis.

Paolo’s new single “Hypnofunk” features his virtuous performance on piano.

“I like Paolo’s ability to mix classical and jazz elements together, in a simple and innovative way, it’s really refreshing!…”

– Miles Davis

Listen to Hypnofunk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).

James “PJ” Spraggins – Bounce Back

On the heals of his third album release “Time to Heal” (2015), Birmingham, Alabama – based drummer/producer James “PJ” Spraggins has been hard at work providing the backbeat for many artists from jazz guitarist Eric Essix to most recently chart-topping jazz flutist Kim Scott. Currently, PJ is working on his next project which will feature this brand new single, “Bounce Back.” The upbeat inspirational vibe of “Bounce Back” is sure to be music to the ears of jazz lovers the world over.

“Bounce Back” features Donald Hayes on Sax, Sean Michael Ray on bass as well as Theo Gkoutsidis on the guitar with Spraggins providing the drums, keys, vocals along with mixing, writing and producing the track.

Listen to Bounce Back on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).

Nicholas Cole – Soulmate

Keyboardist Nicholas Cole has surprised the smooth jazz community with his solo albums A Journey of One (2010) and Endless Possibilities (2012). His fame is likely to rise by his album Night Sessions (2015).

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).

From the forthcoming album The Weekend we now present the single Soulmate featuring Chieli Minucci on acoustic guitar going for adds July 22, 2019.

Listen to Soulmate on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4).

The Allen Carman Project – Carisma

Thanks to the clever title of the debut album by rapidly-burgeoning urban-contemporary jazz supergroup The Allen Carman Project, we now have a phrase that perfectly captures a unique and inspiring phenomenon. “Carmanology” is what happens when a lifelong musician – in this case, bassist Allen Carman – hooks up with masters of his chosen genre, rekindles his long set-aside dreams and creates an extraordinary recording chock-full of innovative sounds, infectious melodies, explosive grooves and irresistible radio hits.

More than the realization of the vision of a single artist, The Allen Carman Project is a fresh collective featuring a host of contemporary jazz greats, each contributing a distinct musical perspective. With a rhythmic and melodic foundation laid by Carman, Grammy-nominated keyboardist Philippe Saisse, percussionist Gumbi Ortiz and drummer Luis Alicea (all celebrated veterans of fusion legend Al Di Meola’s band), “Carmanology” fast becomes an expansive playground for fun, freewheeling creative contributions by saxophonist Andy Snitzer, violinist Evan Garr (also from the Di Meola fold), guitarist Marc Antoine, trumpeter Rick Braun and Grammy-winning guitar legend Nile Rodgers.

The band’s diversified positioning is confirmed by the samba piece Carisma, which recalls the good times of the composer Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim. Marc Antoine masters this genre with sovereignty on his acoustic nylon guitar.

Listen to Carisma on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)

Kenney Polson – Innocence

 

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Smooth Jazz saxman Kenney Polson has performed around the globe. His approach to music focuses on strong, memorable melody, appealing groove, and rich chord structure. Reviewing the album Paradise, Volume I jazz critic Scott Yanow writes, “Polson’s tones on his instruments are beautiful and he loves to caress the melodies, putting a lot of thoughtful emotion into the themes.”

His high-charting 2019 album For Lovers Only,  blends smooth jazz with rhythm and blues and includes leading players such as guitarist Bruce Conte and keyboardist Roger Smith (Tower of Power), trumpeter Larry Gittens (Kool & The Gang), guitarist Phil Upchurch (Donny Hathaway and George Benson), and smooth jazz pioneer – pianist Tom Grant. Trombonist Fred Wesley (Parliament Funkadelic) and bassist/vocalist Michael Henderson (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder) are also featured.

Listen to Innocence on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)

Carol Albert – Sun’s Out

 

Summer’s here and the Sun’s Out!

Fast emerging pianist/composer Carol Albert follows her two consecutive top 5 billboard hits with this vibrant Latin-spiced summer track. The first of Albert’s songs to be produced by hit-maker Paul Brown, it features Brown himself on guitar, Roberto Vally on bass, Gordon Campbell on drums along with Albert playing all keyboards while providing her trademark wordless vocal textures.

Listen to Sun’s Out on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)

PHAZE II – Release Me

 

A native Washington, D.C. jazz ensemble, PHAZE II has a unique style that bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary jazz. Their sound is smooth and rhythmic, fused with eclectic blends of jazz. This six-piece ensemble has extensive backgrounds in music that produce a wonderful chemistry on and off stage.

Their new single “Release Me” features vocalist Karen Linette, taken from the group’s new CD No Cover Charge.

Listen to Release Me on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Ralph Johnson – Co-Swagit (Everything’s Cool)

 

Ralph Johnson is an award winning American musician, best known as one of the original members, percussionists and vocalists for Earth, Wind & Fire. Ralph “Slick” Johnson is no stranger to the industry, as his resume reads of music royalty. Besides performing and recording with Earth, Wind and Fire, Ralph has produced and performed on several artists’ recordings such as Howard Hewitt, Jay- Z, Temptations, Johnny Adams, Blue Magic, Stanley Turrentine, and more

In his early career, Maurice and Verdine White attended one of Ralph’s performances and became very impressed by his talent. In late 1971, Ralph received a phone call from Michael Beale, Earth, Wind and Fire’s then guitar player. Ralph auditioned with Michael Beale and Verdine White at Michael’s house, soon landing him a spot in the legendary music group.

After forty years of performing and touring with Earth, Wind & Fire, Ralph can still be found center stage with his own brand of “slick” choreography and smooth vocal style artistry to support the group’s signature sound that their fans have grown to love for over the past forty years, and many more to come.

“Co-Swagit (Everything’s Cool)” is Ralph’s new solo single. It’s up, bright, and hot for summer.

Listen to Co-Swagit (Everything’s Cool) on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Althea Rene – Barbara Mae

 

Detroit, Michigan born flutist Althea Rene has never regretted having chosen music as her purpose in life. With Flute Talk in 2000, Chocolate Rush (2003), In The Moment (2006), No Restrictions (2008), In The Flow (2013), Live In Detroit (2015) and Unstoppable(2017) she can look back on a remarkable discography. Now her new album Flawsome (2019) delivers the next paving stone of her street to glory.

Althea explains the title Flawsome as something or someone that is extraordinary because of its imperfections. The album is elaborately designed. Demetrius Nabors, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, & Lew Laing are listed as responsible producers. In addition to Althea, who plays the flute as her favorite instrument, are named as musicians on selected tracks Demetrius Nabors (keyboards), Robert Skinner (bass), Gary Johnson, Andrew Freeman and Jas Miller (guitar), Nate Winn, Eric Valentine (drums), Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Lew Laing (drum programming, keyboard bass, keyboards, rhythm arrangements), Euge Groove, Jeanette Harris (sax), Andrew Dorsett (keyboard and programming) and Dwight Adams (trumpet).

I don’t know who is Barbara Mae. A living person or fictive. However Euge Groove and Althea offer a maximum of authenticity and emotionalism. Althea explains: Barbara Mae is her mother. This homage is her first single taken from the new album.

Listen to Barbara Mae on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 7/4)

Threestyle – Good News

Magdalena Chovancova (sax, flute, keyboards), and Robert Fertl (guitar, bass, drum programming) are the Munich based group Threestyle. The group already released Feel The Vibe (2012), Get It (2014), Road To Montery (2016) and Smooth Ride (2017) on the label Welovemusic Records.

Their new album is entitled Reasons 2 Love (2018).  Guest musicians on this project are James L. Manning, Bryant Siono, Sekou Bunch, Cecil Thomas (bass), Jeffrey Freeman, Lew Laing, Bill Meyers (keyboards), Christopher Troy (keyboards and vocals), Latonya Black, Tim Owens (vocals), Gabriela Chovancoa, Munyungo Jackson (percussion), Paul Brown (guitar), Michael Ripoll (bass, rhythm guitar), Frank Josephs, DeYou Dobsons (drums).

Good News is the new single from this album. Good News spreads faster. So does this fine tune.

Listen to Good News on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Gregory Goodloe – Stylin’

R&B-jazz guitarist Gregory Goodloe is typically lowkey and chill, but he was especially humbled when he received the call that his single, “Stylin’,” went No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart. The song, written and produced by hitmaker Darren Rahn and showcasing Goodloe’s electric jazz guitar bravura, serves as the title track to the guitarist’s upcoming album, due this fall.

Goodloe’s sound straddles jazz straight-ahead and contemporary, jacked with a swig of hip hop swagger. Packaged with Rahn’s glossy pop sensibilities and a soul-powered R&B groove laid down by an agile rhythm section – bassist Mel Brown, drummer Tarrell Martin and wah guitarist Allen Hinds – the winning combo sent “Stylin’” to the top of the Billboard chart, Goodloe’s first. It also topped the Mediabase and Smooth Jazz Top 20 charts.

“In today’s modern world and culture, I wanted to bridge the gap between the standard jazz flow of Wes Montgomery, the smooth flow of George Benson and the hip hop culture of Jay-Z. ‘Stylin’’ is a means of expression in today’s music and culture,” said Goodloe. “Going number one is a dream come true, an unexpected blessing of God’s grace and very encouraging.”

Goodloe is working with Rahn to finish the album. “I nicknamed Darren ‘Dr. D’ because when he and I go into the lab (studio), it’s total chemistry between us.”

While Goodloe plans to ride the hot “Stylin’” single well into the peak of summer, he’s got something planned to cool things down before the album drops. He wrote “Cool Like That” with soul-jazz icon Bob Baldwin, which will be the next single.

“‘Cool Like That’ captures the true essence of soul-jazz in a cool, laidback style,” said Goodloe, who gigs a couple times a month in the Denver area, his hometown.

As an accompanist, Goodloe has flanked an interesting mix of R&B, jazz and gospel greats spanning R&B crooner Howard Hewett, soul balladeers Surface, R&B heartthrob Tank and original Earth, Wind & Fire keyboardist Larry Dunn; smooth/contemporary jazz luminaries Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Norman Brown and Ben Tankard; and non-secular giants Shirley Caesar, John P. Key, The Rance Allen Group and Angela Spivey. He’s also served as music director for soul-jazz chanteuse Aysha.

A self-taught musician and a US Army veteran, Goodloe wrote, produced and played all the instruments except for a couple of keyboard parts on a 2010 demo collection titled “It’s All Good” in order to introduce himself as a solo artist. He didn’t pursue airplay until 2016 with the Rahn penned and produced single, “All The Way,” which earned most added status on the Billboard chart. Goodloe and Rahn reteamed the following year for another radio single, “Get’n It,” which featured the same musicians who play on “Stylin’.” Along with earning most added honors, the cut rose to No. 5 on the Billboard New & Active chart. Both singles appear on Goodloe’s “Get’n It” album (2017). For additional information, please visit http://gregorygoodloe.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

The JT Project – Some Of That

 

Following the success of their #1 Billboard single “Backyard Brew”, The JT Project returns with their new single “Some Of That” featuring guitarist Nick Colionne. This foot-tapping, head-bopping new single showcases The JT Project’s ability to craft incredibly powerful melodies with taste and refinement.

Colionne’s guitar slots in beautifully on this song, riding the groove hard. The JT Project created this song specifically with Nick in mind, and it shows. We hope you enjoy this new single and stay tuned for the upcoming album, celebrating The JT Project’s 10 Year Anniversary.

Listen to Some Of That on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Byron Miller – Soldier Of The Groove

 

Bassist Byron Miller shares the fate of many sidemen who play with the superstars without the fame promotes their reputation significantly. He performed with George Duke, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Santana, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and The Crusaders, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, and Luther Vandross.

In 2015 he released Psycho Bass, the fourth of his solo career after Git Wit Me, Until (1997), and I’ll Come By (2003), with three of the last recorded performances of George Duke, Ndugu Chancler on drums, guitarist David T. Walker and percussionist Sheila E. Psycho Bass is Byron’s Funk name.

The Gift: Psychobass 2 (2018) is Byron’s follow up offering performances of Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson, Jr., Walter Beasley, Gordon Campbell, Phil Davis, Munyungo Jackson and more. Three tracks with Ndugu Chancler on drums he just left off. “When he passed, I couldn’t hear anybody else playing on them…”

On Soldier Of The Groove Byron lets his bass speak with the language called Funk. Byron entitles it a roundly warmer, gentler contact to The Funk. Byron’s new single “Soldier Of The Groove” is the follow-up to the hit singles “Funky Boy” and “The B Spot”.

Listen to Soldier Of The Groove on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Alan and Lita – Step Up! Remix

“Alan and Lita are an extraordinary team whose experience with other artists affords them a unique musical perspective that I thoroughly enjoy.” -Najee

“They are both incredibly talented, and my musical mentors….” -Rachelle Ferrell

“Both Al and Lita are tremendous artists and deserve to be heard by the world many times over!” – Bob Baldwin

Their new single, “Step Up! Remix” is a fusion of Jazz, Soul, and Pop and right on time for summer fun!

“Step Up! Remix”
Produced and remixed by Bob Baldwin
Co-produced by Alan Blake

Listen to Step Up! Remix on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

LaShawn D. Gary – Now Is The Time

Composer/Producer/Arranger/Pianist LaShawn D. Gary is a native of Detroit, Michigan. LaShawn received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Southern University in Instrumental Music Education, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville.

He has toured professionally as a pianist with guitarist Mark Whitfield and the late Alvin Batiste.  LaShawn’s work also includes Keith Washington, Sean Kingston (Orchestration), L. J. Reynolds of the Dramatics (String Arranger), Joss Stone (Copyist), Raphael Saadiq (Copyist), The Four Tops (Copyist/Arranger), and many more.

Gary’s new single “Now Is The Time” is taken from his CD Love, Peace & Praise.

Listen to Now Is The Time on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Madoca – Illusions of Love

MADOCA™ [pronounced “ma du ka”], is a world-class keyboardist and composer, Grammy voting member & publisher, ASCAP member, and national recording artist.  Her style is a fusion of contemporary/classic jazz, soul, funk, Latin and salsa — providing musical sustenance for your mind and soul.

Her latest release, Illusions of Love is produced by award-winning producer Bob Baldwin, and showcases the growth and maturity of this very talented Japanese/American International performer.

Madoca has performed tribute concerts for music legends Joe Sample, Herbie Hancock, and Ramsey Lewis.   She has also opened for or worked with Chris Botti, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliott, India Arie,  Eric Marienthal, and Pamela Williams, to name a few.

Listen to Illusions Of Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

Patrick Lamb – Tailgate

Patrick Lamb is the saxophonist of the stars. He performs with Gino Vannelli, Bobby Caldwell, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Tommy Thayer, Diane Schuur, Bobby Kimball, Alice Cooper, and Smokey Robinson. However, his limited time still allows him to successfully pursue his solo career.

This we tie to his albums, as there are The Closer I Get (2000), Sunshine Alley (2002), With A Christmas Heart (2003), Soul Of A Free Man (2007), Don’t Get No Better (2007) as duo with Patsy Meyer, It’s All Right Now (2011), Pick Up The Pieces (2013), and this year Soul Ties.

Listening to the introducing track Tailgate, makes it immediately audible that Patrick approaches his themes with raw energy and an irrepressible presence. It’s the follow-up to the project’s first single, Homebrew.

“Tailgate”
written by Patrick Lamb and Jeff Lorber
Mixed by Darren Rahn

Patrick Lamb – Saxophone
Alex Al – Bass
Lil John Roberts – Drums
Tony Maiden – Guitar
Jeff Lorber – Rhodes

It’s a HOT track for the Summer!

Listen to Tailgate on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

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).

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).

Ragan Whiteside – Jam It

After 3 consecutive Top 10 Billboard hits (including Billboard #1 and Smooth Jazz Network’s 2018 Song Of The Year “Corey’s Bop”), soulful flautist Ragan Whiteside returns with a brand new collection of funky Smooth Jazz with her upcoming fifth studio album, Five Up Top. We are excited to announce the release of the first single, “Jam It”.

Composed by Whiteside and Bob Baldwin, and produced by veteran producers Baldwin and Dennis Johnson, “Jam It” embodies the signature feel-good vibes and funky grooves that Ragan is known for.

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

Mark Allen Felton – Could It Be

Mark Allen Felton who honed his musical skills playing in clubs in the Los Angeles area while appearing in videos by Ed OG & the Bulldogs and Tony! Toni! Toné!. Felton produced his first solo CD On The Prowl in 1994 and went on to share the stage with many artists including: Al Jarreau, Oleta Adams, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Kenny G., Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz, Billy Preston, Marcus Miller, Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osbourne, and many others and has also toured with Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbuster Fame -who sold over 25 million records) for five years.

Mark Allen Felton’s new CD Soul Real is a collection of diverse, funky, melodic, smooth songs which he affectionately calls “Hipstrumentals”. “I’ve been told, my music sounds like a very flavorful gumbo of sound!” Could It Be is taken from this album.

Listen to Could It Be on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 5/4).

Erik Hjelt – Cherish

Keyboardist Erik Hjelt‘s new single “Cherish” offers a fresh, jazzy interpretation of Kool & The Gang’s hit. It’s the first single from Erik’s new album, Divine Nature.

Artists joining Hjelt on the new single include Mel Brown on bass, Ricardo Silviera on guitar, and Will Kennedy on drums.

We think you and your listeners will dig it!

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

Michael Lington – Silver Lining

Denmark born saxophonist Michael Lington is a constant deliverer to the smooth jazz scene. Starting with his self-titled album in 1997 he continued with Vivid (2002), Everything Must Change (2002), Stay With Me (2004), A Song For You (2006), Heat (2008), Pure (2012), Soul Appeal (2014), Second Nature (2016) and Silver Lining (2018).

Saxman Michael Lington’s new single “Silver Lining” is the title track from Michael’s album, Silver Lining. It’s the follow-up to Michael’s hit singles “City Life” and “Deja Vu”. Silver Lining is a metaphor for optimism and this positive radiation is the main motif of this theme.

“Silver Lining”
written by Barry Eastmond and Michael Lington

Michael Lington – Alto sax
Paul Jackson Jr – Guitars
Barry Eastmond – Keyboards
Alex Al – Bass
Teddy Campbell – Drums
Lenny Castro – Percussion
Michael Stever – Trumpet

Listen to Silver Lining on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).

U-Nam – Artbeat

 

The buzz that from the get-go has surrounded “Future Love” from writer, producer and guitarist Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul shows no sign of abating. As well as becoming the #1 best selling jazz and smooth jazz album at Amazon US, in the top 20 of that same category at iTunes US, #13 on the smoothjazz.com top 50 major album charts and #20 on the Billboard Top 25 jazz albums chart, it has also reinforced U-Nam’s status as a perennial musical trendsetter.

Indeed, with nine top 30 Billboard hits already to his name U-Nam, propelled by the vibrant “Future Love”, is currently enjoying unbridled success. It is a collection with the magic ingredient of being radio ready throughout and this was perfectly demonstrated by Future Love’s zesty title cut that was the first single to hit the airwaves. Now, and perhaps reflecting his emergent standing as the heart beat of smooth jazz, he is doing it all again with the cleverly titled “Artbeat” that will be going for adds on May 27th, 2019.

A feel good tune of immense proportions (which includes Mattias Roos on Rhodes plus Dwayne “Smitty” Smith on bass, this ultra smooth soul jazz extravaganza has a delicious seventies style vibe that might well be described as U-Nam’s own “Breezin’” of 2019. It is a comparison that will not be lost of George Benson aficionados the world over and as smooth jazz fans everywhere prepare for another sizzling summer it is the sunshine filled “Artbeat” that will provide the musical backdrop.

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

Jake Shimabukuro – Time of the Season

Every major artist has that one defining album or performance, but for ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, his entire career has been filled with such magical achievements. Since he first came to the world’s attention with his deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005, the Hawaiian-born Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.”

The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” was one Shimabukuro often heard in his house growing up, and on The Greatest Day he trips into nostalgia with an elegant rendition that features some of his smoothest, Wes Montgomery-like phrases.

Listen to Time of the Season on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).

Lisa Addeo – Never Enough

 

Lisa Addeo plays jazzy piano and sings delivering soulful vocals with a sultry swoon.

Lisa broke attendance records as a young adult playing piano alongside the legend Liberace as his protege at Radio City Music Hall. Fans describe her as a ‘world-class musician’ and say her music is ‘tenderly intimate, exquisitely arranged masterpieces, a joy to listen to.’ One fan wrote, “Prepare to fall in love with Lisa’s music. It will take you to a place you’ll want to stay.”

Lisa’s new single “Never Enough” is filled with improvisation, melody, subtle hooks and terrific musicianship.

Listen to Never Enough on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).

Back in “Sessions”

The Philippe Saisse Trio’s hit-filled “The Body and Soul Sessions” gets remastered by Grammy winner Colin Leonard for release on vinyl, CD and digital on June 21.

An acoustic jazz trio and a multiple Grammy-winning mastering engineer who has plied his deft touch to records by Alessia Cara, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Khalid and others totaling over 100 million in album sales may seem like strange bedfellows at first. But keyboardist Philippe Saisse has a history with Colin Leonard dating back a few years and now calls upon him to master all his recording projects. Leonard had been itching to get into a vinyl release after having recently acquired a lathe cutting machine that presses vinyl albums thus Saisse’s idea to revisit his trio’s 2006 release, “The Body and Soul Sessions,” instantly intrigued Leonard. The remastered album drops June 21 for the first time on vinyl and will also be available as a CD and in digital form on the Bandar-Log Music label.

An eclectic collection of a dozen pop, R&B and jazz covers, “The Body and Soul Sessions” spawned four singles, including No. 1 hits “Do It Again” and “September.” With Saisse’s spirited and nimble piano, Fender Rhodes and keyboards, David Finck’s bouncy and probing acoustic bass, and Scooter Warner’s crackling drum and percussion rhythms, Saisse describes the swinging, buoyant Goh Hotoda-produced set as “a fun, party record that was a really successful album.” Revamping the mix of contemporary and straight-ahead jazz for release on vinyl required editing and sacrifice.

“A vinyl album can only contain twenty minutes of music per side and the original album was fifty minutes long. We had to remove one song (“The Dolphin”) and edit each track to get the album down to forty minutes. As it turned out, the limitations of the technology actually made it a better, more concise album,” said Saisse, who first tapped Leonard to master his trio’s 2017 album, “On The Level.”

All twelve songs appearing on the original version will be on the CD and digital release of “The Body and Soul Sessions Remastered.” Later this month, the disc’s groovy, 1960s retro “Constant Rain” will be serviced to radio and online outlets for playlist adds.

Part of what inspired Saisse to reboot the album came from his desire to keep the good times going after working the past couple years with Grammy-winning guitar legend Nile Rodgers of Chic. Saisse wrote, produced and played keys on a song called “State of Mine” with Rodgers for the debut album by The Allen Carman Project, “Carmanology,” a project Saisse developed and produced with percussionist Gumbi Ortiz that was released last month. Rodgers liked the song so much that he included it on Chic’s 2018 album, “It’s About Time,” swapping out the original rhythm tracks for Chic’s rhythm section.

The French-born, Los Angeles-based Saisse was a Grammy nominee for his 2011’s contemporary jazz outing, “At World’s Edge.” His first recording date was 40 years ago with jazz fusion guitar giant Al Di Meola with whom he has continued to tour throughout the years. Saisse launched his solo recording career in 1988 with “Valerian.” The busy keyboardist-composer-producer has forged a unique and diverse career working with superstars David Bowie and The Rolling Stones, touring the globe in astute power trio PSP with Simon Phillips and Pino Palladino, and crafting tracks and albums for contemporary/smooth jazz royalty Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Rick Braun, Marc Antoine, and BWB among many more. Known for his sweeping arrangements and cinematic compositions, Saisse pens music for film, video games, commercials and television such as “Madam Secretary” and the Jesse Owens biopic, “Race.”

“The Body and Soul Sessions Remastered” contains the following songs:

“Do It Again”

“September”

“Lady Madonna”

“Harley Davidson”

“Lovely Day”

“Fire and Rain”

“Constant Rain”

“The Dolphin”

“Comment Te Dire Adieu”

“Body and Soul”

“We’re All Alone”

“If I Ever Lose This Heaven”

For additional information, please visit https://www.philippesaisse.com.

Source: Great Scott P.R.oductions

Justin Young – Justin Groove

Saxophonist Justin Young’s new single “Justin Groove” is driven by groove, funky sax lines and pure excitement in Justin’s horn arrangements! It’s the first single/title track from Young’s upcoming new album. For over a decade, Justin has put out quality Smooth Jazz albums, but his new single, “Justin Groove,” is ready to prove to the world that his music is undeniably great! Working with the best in the industry, Justin co-wrote the song with Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis who met Justin on the Capital Jazz Cruise a few years ago.

Davis writes “I call him “Beib” after Justin Bieber!! Eager and excited as he still is now. It took some years before we actually came together and worked together. Justin Groove is about the Groove and Funky Sax lines and melodic structure. Pure excitement you hear in Justin horns arrangements. Great work Justin!!”

“I wrote “Justin Groove” during one of the most difficult times of my life. I left my corporate job of more than 11 years when I was no longer inspired to work there. I was just a number. I turned in my badge knowing all I had was the support of my family and trust in God that He would bring me something better. The following day, I locked myself in the studio and wrote this song. I picked up the phone and asked Chris Davis to turn my vision into a reality!”
– Justin Young

Listen to Justin Groove on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 4/4).

Eugen Botos Finally Live CD and DVD

They record one of their live performance in club Blue Note and Eugene wants to released this fantastic concert on DVD and CD. With this campaign, I am asking all of you to be directly involved in this project from the very start so that I can complete my LIVE DVD record.
That’s why we asks for a crowdfunding. All The world needs good funk music!

Eugen Botos, young passionate keyboardist and composer is a multi-talented musical visionary who has found a way to break down the boundaries and brought together the often unfairly separated worlds of contemporary jazz fusion and urban pop music.

At the conservatory (2002) he founded a jazz-funk band titled “Eugen Botos Finally“ with Robert Vizvari (bassist) and Martin Koleda (guitarist). All of them were brought up on Chick Corea ́s Electric Band and Mark King ́s Level 42. They has spanned the musical genres of contemporary jazz fusion, R&B, funk, urban pop music, hip-hop, etno and latin music. Eugen Botos and his music can be definitely seen as a new fresh and innovating energy in the jazz genre.

The band became more visible in 2008 when Eugen started to cooperate with famous American saxophonist Eric Marienthal and Finally became his band for European concerts. These performances moved them forward to finish their debut album called My Space (2010). There are also another famous guests, great musicians, on this album as Canadian bassist Alain Caron, Venezuelan pianist Otmaro Ruiz, bassist Janek Gwizdala, guitarist Harri Stojka and American pianist Peter Horvath.

In 2011 the band Finally had a concert tour in Slovakia with great musician Gary Bias, the saxophonist from the band Earth Wind and Fire. In 2013 Finally and Sheldon Reynolds had a concert tour throughout central Europe and in 2014 the band appeared again at Bratislava Jazz Days. Eugen Botos and Finally are relesed a second CD album (Final Definition) which was released in japan label P-Vine in 2016 with many special guests again like: Brian McKnight – R&B singer, Maysa Leak – smooth jazz singer also known as a former singer of British band Incognito, Sheldon Reynolds – singer of Eart Wind and Fire, Eric Marienthal saxophone player, Angela Johnson – jazz singer, Jeff Lorber – jazz piano player and producer, Marcus Miller multiinstrumentalist and bass guitar player, Brian McKnight – R&B singer , legendary Dionne Warwick sings on Botos tune called “Symphony of broken hearts”, Victor Wooten play bass battle with Robert Vizvari on track ” L.A. Funk”. “From that point, the writing and recording of Final Definition was something like a puzzle, but also full of many dreams come true, as I began working with so many artists who are heroes of mine, from Dave Weckl and Marcus Miller to Victor Wooten and Brian McKnight,” says Botos. “I draw from many musical influences, including the fusion jazz we did on My Space, as well as pop, pop-jazz, R&B, funk and even Latin music.

In 2019 Eugene Botos invite for his Slovakian tour one of the most talented drummer – Pete Ray Biggin from Level 42. They record one of their live performance in club Blue Note and Eugene wants to released this fantastic concert on DVD and CD.

With this campaign, I am asking all of you to be directly involved in this project from the very start so that I can complete my LIVE DVD record. Thats why we asks for a crowdfunding.

All The world needs good funk music!

Support the new album here.

Rebecca Angel – Thoughts & Prayers

NYC based jazz vocalist Rebecca Angel releases the EP What We Had in June 2018, her debut album. The album is produced and arranged by Jason Miles, who also performs keyboards, Fender Rhodes, Moog bass, percussion and pads.

Her new single is Thought & Prayers, anew a collaboration with Jason Miles and a critical reflection on America’s problems with the numerous shootings, especially at schools.

The Braxton Brothers – A Stronger Love

“A Stronger Love” is the new single from The Braxton Brothers‘ album Higher (Braxton Productions). It’s the follow up to their hit single “The Only Woman In The World”.

“What the world needs now is love”, says Wayne Braxton, “but we have to be clear about the kind of love we are talking about!” The twin brothers, Wayne and Nelson, both agree that the kind of love that is pervasive in our fast-paced world of today is many times shallow, self-seeking, flimsy and conditional. “What we need right now is love that is different,” Nelson says, with Wayne adding “yes, a love that is STRONGER.”

The lyric that was originally created for the chorus of the song stated the words ‘I want a stronger love.’ The sentiment behind the story of the song is the desire for a love that is unconditional, kind, selfless and enduring, the kind of love that can truly transform our world.

Listen to A Stronger Love on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).

Bob Baldwin – Eleanor Rigby

Pianist/Producer Bob Baldwin‘s multifarious ‘gushings’ of The Beatles began in the 1960’s as a young lad living in the urban surroundings of Yonkers, NY before eventually moving further up the Hudson River. In both regions, however, was one of the power radio stations of the universe, WABC Radio in New York, with golden voices like Cousin Brucie, Harry Harrison, and Dan Ingram, who were playing the pop hits of their time in the 60’s and 70’s.

It was there where Baldwin caught the infamous Beatles bug that had obviously swept the Untied States. The mere fact that there was minimal if any keyboard references on The Beatles catalog was all the rage in the mind of a chord man like Bob Baldwin. It left tremendous room for interpretation and clearly, he took the ball and ran with that opportunity.

Baldwin’s talent is showcased on his stunning instrumental interpretation of the project’s new single, “Eleanor Rigby”.

Listen to Eleanor Rigby on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).

Gino Rosaria – Night Groove

Gino Rosaria, born and raised in Curaçao, developed an interest in music at an early age. Growing up on a very culturally diverse island, Gino learned to speak four different languages fluently. The influence of the many cultures allowed him to learn and play many different kinds of music, which became a part of his identity. Later on he grew to enjoy Jazz, Latin, and Classical music the most. Gino started performing on a regular basis in his early teens.

Gino moved to the US in 2003 to study music under the world renowned Daisy De Luca Jaffe. Today Gino performs and does studio work on a regular basis with some of the best musicians around, including award winning artists such as violinist Karen Briggs, Jazz clarinet player Tim Laughlin, flutist Kim Scott, jazz guitarist Adam Hawley, and flutist Althea Rene.

In 2016, Gino started a new project called Groove Symphony where he released all original music inspired by his newborn Simon. In 2017 Gino’s Groove Symphony project won an award for Best Funk/Fusion EP from the Akademia in Los Angeles. Today Gino travels as an educator teaching master classes, as a producer producing music for clients all over the world, as a sideman/musical director for many national acts, and as a performing artist continuously writing and performing original music. Gino also holds an artist-in-residence position at a mega church in Pensacola FL. “My goals are to continue giving virtuoso piano performances in both Jazz and Classical music…” says Gino. His Curaçao roots are heard all over his music, and Gino is very proud of that.

Keyboardist Gino Rosaria’s new single “Night Groove” is the first single from his upcoming new album, Still Waters Run Deep.

Rosaria joins forces with guitarist Adam Hawley, as the duo co-wrote the new single:

“Night Groove”
written by Gino Rosaria and Adam Hawley

Piano: Gino Rosaria
Sax/flute: Marcus Anderson
Guitar: Adam Hawley
Drums: Eric Valentine

Listen to Night Groove on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).

Karen Linette – UpSide Of Life

Looking for a great vocal song? Look no further than Karen Linette‘s happy, uplifting new single “UpSide Of Life”. Linette’s new single features Najee on flute.

“UpSide Of Life” ft. Najee
Written by Chris Big Dog Davis and Angie Phillips

Lead vocal: Karen Linette
Flute: Najee
Keys: Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis
Percussion: Kevin Kojo Prince
Backgrounds: Dawn Tallman

Mixed and produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis

Listen to UpSide Of Life on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).

Jessy J – Despacito

The J stands for jazz. Jessy J graduated as the “Most Outstanding Jazz Student” of her class at the University of Southern California. This amazing mix of female attractiveness, finest education and professional talent facilitated her speedy performance in the all-star Guitars and Saxes tours and also with GRAMMY-wining guitarist Norman Brown and his Summer Storm Tour. She also performed at the Dubai International Jazz Festival, at the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, at the Pizza Express in London and at the Smooth Jazz Festival in Augsburg, Germany.

Her solo albums Tequila Moon (2008), True Love (2009), Hot Sauce (2011), Second Chances (2013) and My One and Only One (2015) mark her constant way to fame and popularity in the smooth jazz community.

Now she has released her new single, “Despacito”! It’s taken from her new CD, Live At Yoshi’s. It’s Jessy’s stunning instrumental interpretation of the 2017 mega-hit, which received three Grammy Award nominations at the 60th Grammy Awards: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and is the most viewed YouTube video ever (6.14 billion views).

Listen to Despacito on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).

Kim Scott – Free To Be

Kim Scott has started a new IndieGoGo project to realize her next album Free To Be.

Kim about her new project:

“I’m a music teacher at a fine arts school for 7th-12th graders who want to pursue the arts as a career. I’ve taught for 18 years and I absolutely love giving back to the next generation of musicians. I’m also a professional flutist; a member of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, the Kimoni Duo (a flute and harp duo) and I’m a billboard charting flutist on the Innervision Records label. I love music and the flute. I’ve wanted to be a professional flutist since I first started playing in 5th grade. I can’t think of not ever creating music and putting it out into the universe.

I have created this campaign because I’ve planned and budgeted for the creation and release of my 4th album, “Free to Be”. Because of some wonderful opportunities presented to me, the costs of my project exceeded the budget I created. I chance not being able to release this project on time and need your help to make it happen. This music has to reach the world. The past year I experienced some real life experiences that were detrimental and heartbreaking. I overcame them and this music has breathed new life into my existence. I want to share it with the world in hopes that it will inspire and bring healing.

Your contribution will help me create and promote this project. I want to submit it to the Grammy Foundation for consideration. It’s JUST THAT GOOD! I believe in this project and I believe in you. Will you join my team and help me?

What You Get For Helping:

The project will cost roughly $12,000. I am trying to raise $5,000 for recording at Woodaworx Studio, production, duplication and radio promotion. I plan to use my savings for the bulk of it. Here are the perks for your generous donation:

$50 and up – a personalized, autographed CD

$200 and up – a personalized, autographed CD and a Kim Scott’s “Block Party Radio” t-shirt

$300 and up – a personalized, autographed CD, a Kim Scott’s “Block Party Radio” t-shirt, and a pair of tickets Kim’s CD Release Concert in Birmingham or Huntsville, AL.

$400 and up – a personalized, autographed CD, a Kim Scott’s “Block Party Radio” s-shirt, a pair of tickets to Kim’s CD Release concert in Birmingham or Huntsville, AL. and a meet and greet there.

$500 and up- a personalized, autographed CD, a Kim Scott’s “Block Party Radio” t-shirt, a pair of tickets to Kim’s CD Release concert in Birmingham or Huntsville, AL., a meet and greet there, and acknowledgement in the CD liner notes.

Even if I don’t reach my goal, your full donation will be appreciated and will go towards this project. My track record shows that you can trust me and my intent. Just listen to any of my previous three records on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby or Pandora.”

Support Kim in her campaign here.

Walter Chancellor – Beautiful Day

Professional saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, arranger, mentor and music producer Walter Chancellor has been a mainstay in the Twin Cities Contemporary Jazz and R&B music scene for the past 25 years. After constant touring during his formative years he decided to relocate to musically successful Minneapolis from Des Moines, Iowa and lessen the necessity of so much traveling to perform. Not long after his arrival in Minneapolis, Walter performed and recorded with Prince, earning him a Double Platinum Record for his participation on Prince’s Emancipation CD in 1996.

Additionally, Walter has performed, recorded and has shared the stage with such artists as Chaka Khan, Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer, Chance Howard (Candy Dulfer Band, Prince), Musiq Soulchild, Larry Graham, the late Louis Johnson, Cameo, The Pointer Sisters, Bobby Lyle, The Platters and many more.

Chancellor’s new single “Beautiful Day” is mixed, mastered and co-produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis.

Listen to Beautiful Day on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).

Rocco Ventrella – Magic In Your Eyes

Bari, Italy born saxophonist Rocco Ventrella has meanwhile conquered a firm place in the smooth jazz scene, which he has achieved with skill and perseverance. He found his entrance with the homage Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. (2005), followed by Give Me The Groove (2007), Sweet Temptation (2013) and Another Time (2015). With Keep In Touch (2018) he has set a new musical sign of life.

Italian saxman Rocco Ventrella’s just released a new single, “Magic In Your Eyes”. It’s the first single from Ventrella’s upcoming new EP, Colors (Delilah Records). Rocco Ventrella performs all instruments on his new single, except for Matthias Beckmann on trumpet, and Mark Jaimes on guitar.

Listen to Magic In Your Eyes on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).

Joseph Patrick Moore – Fearless

For over two decades Joseph Patrick Moore has been touring, recording, and establishing himself as an artist with a unique voice and a diversity of talents. His skills as bassist; composer; arranger; producer; author; educator and founding partner of both Blue Canoe Digital and Blue Canoe Records illustrate why he is a highly sought after musician. Moore’s music and creative vision echo the spirits of Quincy Jones; Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis to name a few.

Moore delivers the new single “Fearless”, a smooth laced original composition from Moores’ forthcoming album NEVADA SUN, an exciting new eleven song album that is sure to be celebrated by longtime fans of his music.

In addition to the electric bass, Joseph played all the instruments on this catchy and funky tune. Steeped in a masterful mix of classic and Contemporary Jazz sensibilities, Moore’s signature bass sound leads the listener on a unique musical journey, in what many are saying is destined to become a smash hit of the summer.

Moore has performed with Boney James, Earl Klugh, Bob James, Mindi Abair, Carol Albert, Trammell Starks, and Rhythm Jets.

Listen to Fearless on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).

Herb Alpert – Ain’t No Sunshine

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Creator and innovator, musician and producer, artist, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert is a man with a profound passion.

A legendary trumpet player, Alpert’s extraordinary musicianship has earned him five #1 hits, nine GRAMMY® Awards (the latest from his 2014 album, Steppin’ Out), fifteen Gold albums, fourteen Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records.

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10- and five in the Top 20. Herb Alpert also has the distinction of being the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and vocal single.

Listen to Ain’t No Sunshine on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 3/4).

Kevin Jackson – Circle Back

Guitarist/bassist/producer Kevin Jackson from Baltimore, Maryland has recorded or performed with artists including Sheila E., Wyclef, Maysa, Oli Silk, Tracy Hamlin, Selena Albright, Eric Darius, Steve Cole, and many others.

Jackson recently released his 3rd CD Full Circle which features guest appearances by Oli Silk, Tracy Hamlin, Jackiem Joyner, and
Phillip ‘Doc’ Martin.

Jackson says, “I’ve been wanting to do a CD that goes back to my roots playing jazz and R&B; thus the title, Full Circle. After years of doing jazz festivals and concerts it just felt like it was time. I’m blessed and honored to be doing what I love to do and I don’t take it for granted.”

Listen to Circle Back on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

Brian Lenair – Get Your Groove On

Having performed with the likes of Will Downing, Maysa, Billy Paul, Angela Bolfill, Miki Howard, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Vesta, Tony Terry, the late Phyllis Hyman, Pieces of a Dream, Miles Jay, Grover Washington, Jr., Peabo Bryson, and George Benson, Spur Of The Moment and others, saxman Brian Lenair has established himself as a talent to be recognized.

Lenair’s new single “Get Your Groove On” is an original song, taken from his new CD Underground Volume 3.

Music is not just my vocation, it is my passion and my calling. No matter how intimate or large the settings, I always play with the same energy” – Brian Lenair

Listen to Get Your Groove On on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

Amsterdam Connection – Summer Flow

 

Not only tulips come from Amsterdam. From the canal city derive Tim ‘Harmony’ Welvaars & Naomi Adriaansz with their new formation Amsterdam Connection. Under their previous group name Team Harmony both already released the debut album Two Souls One Breath (2015). Their new project is entitled Isn’t She Lovely (2017).

Tim Welvaars is a prolific veteran harmonica player with more than 30 albums on his belt. Naomi Adriaansz’ instrument of choice is the tenor saxophone.

Their new single is entitled Summer Flow.

Listen to Summer Flow on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

Les Sabler – In The Light

 

Hailing from Montreal, Canada guitarist Les Sabler has constantly build his reputation as top musician with his albums Hidden Treasure (1990), Time For Love (1994),  Bridge The Gap (2003), Sweet Drive (2007), Crescent Shores (2010) and Jobim Tribute (2014).

Long recognized as possessing the magic formula for making top notch contemporary jazz, silky smooth guitarist Les Sabler has come roaring back with his brand new single.

Listen to In The Light on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

Lars Taylor – Sweet Onion

We are pleased to introduce Switzerland based guitarist Lars Taylor to the Smooth Jazz genre.  His debut single “Sweet Onion” is co-produced by Taylor and veteran hitmaker Paul Brown, who also mixed the new single.

In addition to Taylor’s acoustic guitar, “Sweet Onion” features world-class musicians Charles Berthoud on bass and Gorden Campbell on drums.

Listen to Sweet Onion on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

Ron King – Groovin’ On Down

Ron King is among the finest trumpet/composer artists in the world today. A Grammy nominated soloist, he is also one of L.A.’s top  Jazz / trumpet players. He has received many awards, from the IAJE, NAJE, ASCAP, and the RMA.  King has attained Gold records for working with George Benson, Ricki Lee Jones, and Marvin Gaye. In addition to these artists, he has also performed and recorded with The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson/Jay Leno,  The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Keely Smith, , Jimmy Kimmel Live television show, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and was featured on the Grammy Awards.

King’s new single “Groovin’ On Down” is produced by Paul Brown, who also performs on guitar and percussion.

Listen to Groovin’ On Down on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).

WaKaNa – I Told You So

Japanese saxophonist WaKaNa‘s new single “I Told You So” is taken from WaKaNa’s full CD Saxcess Story.

When the song’s co-writer and producer Greg Manning suggested releasing “I Told You So” as the follow up to the first single/title track “Saxcess Story”, they re-recorded the song with Eric Valentine on live drums, and titled it the ‘velvet’ radio mix, in honor of Valentine.

Great idea, Greg…”I Told You So” sounds like a hit. Now that’s what we call a Saxcess Story!

“I Told You So”
written by WaKaNa and Greg Manning

WaKaNa – alto sax
Greg Manning – keys
Adam Hawley – guitar
Eric Valentine – drums

Listen to I Told You So on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 2/4).