Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series 2017

Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series 2017

I have said many times that two of my favorite things are wine and music.  When you package those together, you have a winning combination.  If the music is provided by some of the top names in the music biz, then you have just taken it to another level. The Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series 2017 artist lineup has been announced, and let’s just say that they have knocked it out…

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Smooth Jazz New York Cruise Series 2017

Smooth Jazz New York Cruise Series 2017

If you will be in New York this summer, more specifically in July and August, you may want to check out the Smooth Jazz New York Cruise Series 2017.  These are weekly contemporary jazz concerts at sea.  These are Wednesday excursions, so this is the perfect mid-week distraction to get you through the rest of the week. Let’s see the current lineup:   July 19th – Jonathan Butler & Gerald…

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Diana Ross Summer Tour 2017

Diana Ross Summer Tour 2017

Diana Ross was here in Las Vegas earlier this year.  She performed a mini 9-date residency at the Venetian Theatre.  While I personally did not attend, the show reviews were stellar.  I mean, you have to put the word Legendary when you address Ms. Ross, right? We are talking Motown here.  As far as I am concerned, that is the beginning of the Soul music movement.  Diana Ross was an…

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Pieces Of A Dream Just Funkin' Around

Album Review Just Funkin’ Around By Pieces Of A Dream

Pieces Of A Dream is back with a new album.  They have always been a favorite of mine, since back in the old days.  Remember the track Fo-Fi-Fo?  That was in tribute to the famous Moses Malone prediction for the 1983 NBA playoffs.  The founding members, keyboardist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon actually were discovered by Grover Washington, Jr. almost forty years ago!  Being together in the music biz for that…

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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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3D Rhythm of Live Fantasy Cover

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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Paul Brown

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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