James Day Song, Soul, & Spirit

James Day New Album Song, Soul & Spirit

James Day New Album Song, Soul & Spirit releases May 29th. Not since Quincy Jones‘ Back on the Block have we seen such a line up of soul and jazz all stars.  Every song a musical event. The first single Speak Love boasts R&B veterans Glenn Jones, Tony Terry & Tim Owens with jazz chart toppers U-Nam & Lin Rountree. Check out Speak Love below: Love is my Bible unites 3 of…

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Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival 2017

Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival 2017

If you will be in Southern California this October, you may want to consider heading out to Catalina Island for the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival 2017.  It is a quick 60 minute boat ride to the island.  You can also be a baller and take the 15 minute helicopter ride.  It is up to you.  Once you are there, you can enjoy all of the relaxing activities that the island has…

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Top Jazz Tracks Week of May 28

  Top Jazz Tracks Week of May 28 Lindsey Webster takes the top spot this week with Where Do You Want To Go.  If you have not had a chance to listen to the album, you are missing out on some fine tracks.  Webster will be on the road for several dates this summer.  We will keep you posted on her whereabouts.  New to the top ten this week include…

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Steve Oliver Concert Dates 2017

Steve Oliver Concert Dates 2017

The thing about jazz instrumentalists, is that unless you are in tune with the artist’s sound or tone, you may not know who is playing when their song comes on.  You do not have that problem with Steve Oliver.  He has a distinctive guitar sound, and you will know a Steve Oliver song when you hear it. So when did I first hear of Mr. Oliver?  I heard this song…

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New Album from Latin Tropical Soul Band 3D Rhythm of Life – Fantasy

I personally enjoy Latin music that is Soulful, and that has a beat with a funky groove.  3D Rhythm of Life is a Latin Tropical Soul Band led by drummer Michael Tate, and the grooves on their new release, Fantasy will definitely have you up and moving.  If you had to describe the sound, Tate would  illustrate it as a fusion of Latin and Afro-Caribbean grooves, blended with a variety of genres including…

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The Queen City Jazz Fest 2017

The Queen City Jazz Fest 2017

The Queen City Jazz Fest will hit Uptown Charlotte on June 17th.  The event will take place at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. The show will feature Brian Culbertson, Mike Phillips, Jeff Bradshaw, Jeff Lorber with Paul Jackson, Jr., and Yuna. Doors open at 5pm Show starts at 6pm Find tickets here  

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Mother's Day Music Festival

Frankie Beverly & Maze Tour Dates 2017

When I was younger, my friends and I had a running joke going.  We would look at some of the “older” bands and remark that they were old when their hits were out!  Maze was a group like that……like 25 years ago.  I may be mistaken, but they were older when their hits were new.  Fast forward to 2017, and they are STILL doing the damn thang. If they have…

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Album Review For Ty Causey Tyangles

Album Review For Ty Causey Tyangles

The name Ty Causey may not immediately ring a bell, but I am sure that you know the voice.  Causey actually started out with Najee, as a writer and vocalist on the album Morning Tenderness.  Since then, Causey has been an in-demand vocalist, working with artists such as Norman Brown, Joe Sample and Pieces Of A Dream. Causey’s first release, N-Tysing, signified the beginning of a smooth soul artist, and every release…

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Pieces Of A Dream New Album Just Funkin’ Around

The story of Pieces Of A Dream is a tale of destiny and brotherhood. Picture three starry-eyed fanatical teen musicians who manage to get discovered by Mister Magic (Grover Washington, Jr.), become teen sensations and go on to join the pantheon of musical wonders from the “City Of Brotherly Love” that includes Gamble and Huff, Patti Labelle, McCoy Tyner, and The Roots. Dubbed “the Steely Dan of Smooth Jazz” by…

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New Lyric Video For Love Is A Battlefield

WATCH GRAMMY-NOMINATED SOUL/JAZZ DIVA MAYSA’S Riveting New Lyric Video For Love Is A Battlefield “The reason why I chose ‘Love Is A Battlefield’  has a lot to do with the way  the world is today and all of the things we are going through as a people.   As humans, we are surrounded by people who are not choosing love first.  People are choosing money over love and compassion. To me,  ‘Love…

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Top Jazz Tracks Week of May 21

  Top Jazz Tracks Week of May 21 Paul Brown continues at the top spot this week with Hush.  This is the second week at number one.  If you are in Portugal in September, you may want to check out Paul Brown.  He will be a part of the Portugal Jazz Fest. Jeff Lorber Fusion is back in the top ten this week with Hyperdrive.  

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Moonchild New Album Voyager

Moonchild New Album Voyager

Moonchild will release their new album, Voyager, on May 26th.  This will be the third album release from the trio.  Be Free was released in 2012, and Please Rewind came out in 2015.  The Los Angeles based band has been gaining in popularity over the past two years. I originally came across Moonchild while I was conducting research for the Summer Spirit Festival.  I ended up listening to All The Joy, and…

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Elan Trotman's Fourth Annual Barbados Jazz Excursion 2017

Elan Trotman’s Fourth Annual Barbados Jazz Excursion 2017

An Excursion to paradise with a purpose Soul-jazz saxman Elan Trotman will host his fourth annual Barbados Jazz Excursion with a festival lineup featuring Will Downing, Norman Brown, Alison Hinds, Marion Meadows, Brian Simpson, Jeanette Harris and Julian Vaughn. BOSTON (11 May 2017): Bigger but simpler. That’s the mandate soul-jazz saxophonist Elan Trotman adopted for his flourishing music festival and benefit golf tournament in his native Barbados. Festivalgoers that flock…

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Earth Wind & Fire Summer Tour 2017

Earth Wind & Fire Summer Tour 2017

This summer is shaping up to be a winner if you like attending live concerts.  Earth Wind & Fire Summer Tour 2017 was just announced, and they will be touring with a special guest. So, what is your favorite EWF song?  For most people it can be a difficult question to answer.  I mean, they have more than 20 albums, so there are plenty of tracks to choose from.  You…

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Cool Guitars EP

Cool Guitars Smooth Jazz EP

Back in the day when terrestrial radio still dominated the airwaves, several of the radio stations used to release music samplers to showcase specific artists.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, KKSF was the smooth jazz station, and they released quite a few of these samplers.  I really liked those because it gave you a chance to learn about some new artists. I have not seen those sampler CD’s in…

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2017 Summer Spirit Festival

2017 Summer Spirit Festival

Columbia, Maryland seems to be a hotbed of entertainment in the summer of 2017.  In August, the Soul will head out to the Merriweather Post Pavilion for the 2017 Summer Spirit Festival.  This will be the 12th anniversary of the event, and of course you will hear the best in R & B, Soul, New Jack swing, Old School Rap, and GoGo. Here is the lineup:   Saturday, August 5th – Park…

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Jackiem Joyner Main Street Beat

New Album From Jackiem Joyner Main Street Beat Due June 30

SHERMAN OAKS (8 May 2017): Delivering on his promise to “Evolve,” the title of Jackiem Joyner’s last soul-jazz album, the saxophonist became a father since his 2014 release, an elation-inducing experience that informs the music he wrote and produced for his new Artistry Music set, “Main Street Beat,” due June 30. The first single from the funky, dance inspiring, Motown-influenced session that will be shipped to radio this month is…

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James Biscuit Rouse New EP Biscuit Street

Previously we featured a new single by James Biscuit Rouse, called Give It A Chance.  We liked the fact that the track had that ConFunkShun slow jam vibe.  We also like it because of the live instrumentation, especially the long guitar solo toward the end. Well, James has just released an EP so there’s some new music for you to enjoy. The EP is called Biscuit Street, and there are six tracks….

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Top Jazz Tracks Week of May 14

  Top Jazz Tracks Week of May 14 Paul Brown jumps up eight spots to grab the top spot this week with Hush.  That is off the One Way Back album.  John Novello is in at nine with Shuffle The Deck, and Norman Brown’s first single off the new album, Let It Go enters the charts at number ten.  

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Candy Dulfer Together

Candy Dulfer Together Album Review

Candy Dulfer’s album Together was released on April 14th.  If you have not heard the entire album, it will be worth your while to take the 67 minutes to experience the feeling. In short, this album is a masterclass on funk.  Dulfer shows precisely how an artist can take the style of the current musical landscape, and incorporate it with their signature sound.  Starting with her first album, Saxuality in 1990, Dulfer has always…

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Capital Jazz Fest 2017

Capital Jazz Fest 2017

The temperature in Maryland will be turnt up in June as the 25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest will be in full effect.  It will take place June 2-4, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Three days and two stages, and an added late night dance party. The Friday Soul concert is still being finalized. Gates open at 10am on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th. Here is the Saturday lineup: Pavilion…

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Mary J Blige New Album Strength Of A Woman

It has been said that most of Mary’s best work stems from some sort of personal tragedy.  I am not going to argue with that, because we have seen the results.  We can just look at My Life and No More Drama as proof.  Heck, Mary was married for about 13 years, and personally, the only album release that was good during that time was The Breakthrough. So maybe there was…

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2nd Annual Jazz Spectacular 2017

2nd Annual Jazz Spectacular 2017

I guess if you have an amazing event, you must do it again!  That’s what the organizers of the Jazz Spectacular are thinking.  On June 18th – Father’s Day – the stars will align once again at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill.  There will be a nice mix of vocal prowess, guitars and horns. Well who do we have? For all of you who are into creative vocal stylings,…

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Avery Sunshine New Album

Avery Sunshine New Album Twenty Sixty Four

Some people have a calling that is undeniable. Avery*Sunshine is that force of nature. Yet the former church pianist/musical director, who scored a #1 Billboard chart hit, was at once a reluctant warrior. “I had no idea that my work in the church would prepare me to do what I do.” Bringing people together through her riveting stage performances, candid and often humorous stage banter and optimistic anthems about love…

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Chick Corea The Musician

Chick Corea New Album The Musician

CHICK COREA RELEASES THE MUSICIAN: NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM AND 3-DISC SET CHRONICLING HISTORIC BIRTHDAY CONCERTS WITH 10 DIFFERENT BANDS, 28 LEGENDARY MUSICIANS Landmark set available in deluxe hardcover edition on April 21, 2017; 3-CD and 3-LP editions to follow   Chick Corea first laid eyes on New York’s Greenwich Village in 1959, fresh from high school, with a head full of music that only he could have imagined. With this…

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