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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 new release The Musician, recorded in the epicenter of ...

Elan Trotman New Album Electro Sax

Plugged In: Saxophonist Elan Trotman adds EDM beats to his Caribbean-jazz fusion The “Electro Sax” album is released as the tropical “Island Gal’” prepares to charm radio. BOSTON (24 April 2017): Saxophonist Elan Trotman is unwavering in his committed to wave the flag high for Caribbean music, but after releasing six soul-jazz albums and more than ten chart-topping singles that made him a permanent fixture on radio playlists, the Barbados native is “shaking it up” by going ...

Blake Aaron New Single Vivid

Guitarist Blake Aaron is Sirius about making it a “VIVID” spring   The vivacious third single from the forthcoming “Color and Passion” album goes for radio adds on April 24.   ALISO VIEJO (11 April 2017): Guitarist Blake Aaron has been featured multiple times on SiriusXM over the past week as part of Jazz Appreciation Month just as his vibrant new single, “VIVID,” is preparing to bloom brightly. The third single issued in advance of his upcoming “Color and Passion” ...

Patti LaBelle New Single The Jazz In You

I have been waiting for some new Patti LaBelle.  The wait is over. With a jazz feel, no less. Patti LaBelle New Single The Jazz In You

Soil & “Pimp” Sessions continues their Death Jazz attack via “Black Track”

NEW YORK CITY (28 March 2017): Jazz won’t know what hit it. The artistic purveyors of a super intense, high-voltage brand of aggressive alternative jazz the band dubbed “Death Jazz,” Soil & “Pimp” Sessions returns to the U.S. marketplace on April 14 with the release of their tenth album, “Black Track,” which will be issued on the Red River Entertainment imprint with distribution via BFD/Sony RED. The six-piece Japanese outfit rips, roars and rages through twelve piping...

Patti Austin Show Dates 2017

If you are in the mood for some Patti Austin, you are in luck. She will be performing in select cities in the USA and also overseas through the year. Patti Austin has always been a favorite of mine, because I love the tone of her voice.  She is also a part of the Quincy Jones family, so her music has always been on point. In case you forgot, she sang It's The Falling In Love, a duet with Michael Jackson, which appeared on the Off The Wall album.  It was never a single, but it was one ...

Julia Fordham The Language of Love New Album

Julia Fordham uses “The Language of Love” to romance and seduce   The British singer-songwriter’s acoustic jazz album, due April 14, reimagines classic hits as standards.     LOS ANGELES (15 March 2017): According to singer-songwriter Julia Fordham, Ella Fitzgerald set the standard when it comes to tackling standards so she had to turn to other source material for her forthcoming collection, “The Language of Love,” which will receive its U.S. and European ...

Artist Profile Kim Tibbs

Over the years, we have seen a long list of U.K. based female vocalists have success in the United States.  Most recently, Adele, Leona Lewis, Joss Stone, and the late Amy Winehouse are names that immediately come to mind. Especially with the soul singers, the music has a distinct sound.  They rely heavily on live instrumentation, where you will notice that organs and horns make up the backbone of the sound. You know how I feel about those horns. Originally from the US, Kim Tibbs ...

Geoff Alpert New Album Open Your Heart

Trombonist Geoff Alpert has loved music all his life, studying the craft, learning several brass/valve instruments, playing in bands and composing songs. Inspired by the likes of jazz legend J.J. Johnson, rock band Chicago’s James Pankow, and fusion greats such as Wayne Henderson and Raul de Souza, Geoff studied music as a major at San Diego State University while supplementing his income gigging near and far. Yet he walked away from music for 30 years in the early `80s to be an ideal ...

Mitchell Coleman Jr. Album Release

The Jazz-Funk Fusion artist is out with some new music that will certainly make you move. Fans of slammin’ yet radio-ready, Jazz-Funk Fusion, will rejoice upon the discovery of bassist/composer Mitchell Coleman Jr.! Coleman, a disciple of the Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Marcus Miller schools of The Throwdown, is still in awe of the success of the 2015 release of his debut CD, Soul Searching. Soul Searching is described as a musical journey of self-exploration – which ...

Al Jarreau Passes Away at 76

FEBRUARY 12, 2017 – Al Jarreau, one of the world’s great singers and a song stylist who defied categorization for decades, died today in Los Angeles at the age of 76. The seven-time GRAMMY winner had recently announced his retirement from the entertainment business after being hospitalized for exhaustion. Jarreau had fought through respiratory and cardiac issues in recent years. “We feel very fortunate to have worked with Al, one of the most distinctive and extraordinary vocali...

Rick Braun 1st Single from Around The Horn

Trumpet Maestro Rick Braun Invites You To Take a Trip Around The Horn  & A Journey Into His Diverse Influences New CD Features Special Guests Peter White, Till Brönner, Lindsey Webster & John Stoddart & Draws Inspiration from Unexpected Sources including Africa, Brazil, Alicia Keyes, Coldplay, Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez "This album is a bit different for me in that it reflects some of what is going on in  R&B and pop music now. I really tried to ...

Selina Albright New Album Conversations

Therapeutic “Conversations”: Smooth soul singer Selina Albright comfortable and confident enough to “Eat Something”   Empowering radio single about self-love and acceptance previews her March 17 debut album release.   FRISCO (30 January 2017): While a song about the joy of packing on a few pounds and a widening booty may seem contrary to the messages bombarding the popular music and media landscapes, smooth soul singer Selina Albright’s “Eat Something” is ...

Lawson Rollins 3 Minutes to Midnight

It’s “3 Minutes to Midnight” and Lawson Rollins has “Island Time” on his mind   The world music guitarist is feeling “Golden” about landing his first motion picture score.     SAN FRANCISCO (23 January 2017): Award-winning world music guitarist Lawson Rollins has the Billboard, America’s Music Charts and Groove Jazz Music charts under the hypnotic spell of his new single, “Island Time,” the first cut taken from his seventh album, “3 Minutes to ...

Chops N Soul Gimme The Grease

If you spend any time on this website, you know I love two things:  Old School and Jazz.  Now if you have a project that incorporates elements of both, then you have a winner. One more thing.  I really like horns.  I am talking big horns, when they are actually a part of the song.  No filler, but an important part of the groove. CHOPS N SOUL is bringing al of these together. This project is a collaboration between award-winning Canadian singer/producer/keyboard player "Soul" ...

Top Jazz Tracks Week of January 22

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of January 22 2017 is starting off strong for Nathan East.  He has a new album coming out this month, called Reverence, and the first single, Lifecycle continues to live at the top of the charts this week.  Adam Hawley's Joy Ride makes a big leap this week.  BWB is back with I Want You Girl, and Vandell Andrew comes in at number 10 with Back At It.

Gordon Chambers New Album Surrender

Gordon Chambers is set to release his fourth Album, Surrender. Surrender is an inspirational odyssey of Chambers’ personal testimonies and heartfelt vocals. Supported by a notable cast of featured artists--such as three-time Grammy-winning recording artist Lalah Hathaway and two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eric Roberson--Surrender is a melodious offering of faith, optimism and perseverance set to the tempos of timeless R&B, pop and gospel. Chambers croons about dissen...

Phil Perry & Rick Braun New Albums February 24th

Cannot wait for these!  We will give you a review and more details as they are available.   Phil Perry - Breathless Al Jarreau declares "Phil Perry is the real thing." Perry's rich velvety tenor, unrivaled falsetto and smooth, soulful and compelling voice, have set him in a class by himself. His ability to convey the deepest meaning with a simple turn of a phrase, whisper or inflection in just the right place, has long made him the go-to-man for music insiders. Phil Perry's vocal ...

Charlie Wilson Shows February 2017

Back in the day when Funk was king, you had many bands that cranked out the uptempo songs, but when it came to the slow songs, those same bands were lacking. One of the only acts that were proficient in both the uptempo and the slow jams, was The Gap Band.  You know the uptempo tracks:  Burn Rubber, You Dropped The Bomb (On Me), Shake, Party Train, and Early In The Morning. But they also had the monster slow jams:  Yearning for Your Love, Going In Circles, Stay With Me, and the ...

Jan Daley When Sunny Gets Blue

Jan Daley is out with a new EP entitled When Sunny Gets Blue.  This is a five track EP,and if you like contemporary vocal jazz, this is one you will want in your collection. The title track is produced by the late Jack Segal, who is one of the writers of the song.  Daley also recorded More Love, another song written by Segal.  This EP is the fifth release from Daley, and we love the contemporary vocal stylings. Daley is also a veteran of the stage as an actor, starring in the product...

Java Jazz Festival 2017

March will kick off the unofficial Jazz Festival season, and we will do our best to keep you informed on all of the festivals that will be happening.  Although we usually cover the United States, there are actually some major festivals that will take place in other parts of the world. The Java Jazz Festival 2017 is one of those events.  It is taking place in Indonesia, yes Indonesia, and it will feature several of your favorite artists, and also many of the popular International musicians ...

Top Smooth Jazz Albums 2016

The landscape of music has changed immensely over the last 1o-15 years.  I am not only talking about the music itself, but the way it is distributed to the listener.  Radio used to be the number one medium to consume music, especially new music.  There used to be countless radio stations as you rolled up and down the dial.  You would have your choice of the many, Pop, Rock, Country, and R&B stations that were out there.  The number of them would vary, based on your location, but you ...

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of December 25

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of December 25 Nathan East stays put this week with Lifecycle.  This is the first single off of the new album Reverence.  Nick Colionne enters the top ten with Morning Call.  This is yet another single off The Journey.

Lindsey Webster Show Schedule

Lindsey Webster's new album has been out for a couple of months, and if you have not heard it, you are really missing out.  The title track, Back To Your Heart is a good lead off, but let me tell you....Where Do You Want To Go is the one of the best jams of 2016.  It has that groove where you just sway from side-to-side. It is refreshing to have a vocalist and a band full of talented musicians.  It sounds like they had been playing together for years.  This is what you ...

Upcoming Shows At Yoshi’s Oakland

If you are planning to visit the San Francisco Bay area, you must go visit Yoshi's in Oakland.  It started out in 1972 as a sushi bar, and over the years it has grown into the premiere venue for jazz  music and Japanese cuisine.  It is located in the heart of Jack London Square, THE waterfront destination in Oakland. If you are having dinner at the restaurant, book your reservation two hours before showtime, so you can enjoy the food and the ambience. Speaking of food, check out ...

Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival

If you have never been to the Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival, what is the hold up?  Here are a couple of reasons you need to attend: It is Las Vegas It is spring in Las Vegas Lineup of top Jazz artists Lineup of top R&B artists It is Las Vegas Seriously, though.  March and April are the best months to come out to the desert.  It is the sweet spot because it is not too cold (yes, it does get cold) and it is not too hot.  This is the perfect time to ...

2 Minutes of Smooth Jazz & Smooth R&B December 18

  2 Minutes of Smooth Jazz & Smooth R&B December 18

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of December 18

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of December 18 Nathan East takes over the top spot this week with Lifecycle.  This is the first single off of the new album Reverence.  That will drop January 20th.  Except for some shuffling, the top ten is holding firm this week. One of the tracks on the upcoming album is the remake of Serpentine Fire, the Earth, Wind & Fire classic. The track features Verdine White, Philip Bailey & Ralph Johnson. Check out the video for a behind the scenes look! &...