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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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Stokley Introducing Stokley

Stokley debut solo album Introducing Stokley

Here is an update on the new Stokley album: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –After over two decades as the lead vocalist for the incomparable hit-making R&B band Mint Condition, singer and two-time GRAMMY Award nominee Stokley charters a new course with his breathtaking debut solo album Introducing Stokley, set for release on June 23, 2017 via Concord Records. Featuring guest appearances by the likes of GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper and…

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Daryl Hall & John Oates On Tour

Daryl Hall & John Oates On Tour 2017

If you really want to break it down with the Old School, you HAVE to include Hall & Oates.  I mean, what genre are they really?  Rock n Roll?  Soul?  Pop?  Funk?  It makes no difference.  All of their songs are on point.  We could really categorize them if you like….. Soul You can still jam I Can’t Go for That at a lounge and EVERYONE will groove to that….

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Maysa Love Is A Battlefield Album Release

Maysa Love Is A Battlefield Album Release

Grammy-nominated vocalist Maysa has remained one of the most instantly identifiable voices in R&B and Jazz over the past 25 years by staying true to her musical vision. “I look for soul in a song,” explains Maysa, who launched her musical career as a member of Stevie’s Wonderlove and who has been a long-time vocalist with the explosive UK Jazz/Funk sensation Incognito. The Baltimore native adds, “I sing mostly positive,…

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Elan Trotman Electro Sax

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…

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San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival 2017

San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival 2017

When people are talking about San Diego, there are plenty of thoughts that come to mind.  You have the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, the Gaslamp District, and Mission Bay. San Diego is also the gateway to Tijuana.  I could go on and on, but I am sure you get my drift.  Oh, and the weather. With an average high of 67 degrees and sunshine just about every day, it is a…

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Jill Scott summer tour 2017

Jill Scott Summer Tour 2017

Jill Scott is getting ready to hit the road this summer.  The three-time Grammy award winner will pay more than 20 dates throughout the United States, and she will also sneak a show in Canada as well. She will get it started at the Hampton Jazz Festival on June 23rd.  This is a three-day festival in Virginia that has been taking place every year since Hampton Coliseum opened its doors in…

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Michael McDonald On Tour 2017

If you are ranking your all time favorite soul singers, Michael McDonald has to be on that list, right?  I mean, just look at the history.  He started out in a rock band – The Doobie Brothers – I use the term rock band loosely because that rock had a funk bottom to it.  Songs like Takin’ It To The Streets, Minute By Minute and What A Fool Believes, are…

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Brian Culbertson Funk

Top Jazz Tracks Week of April 23

Top Jazz Tracks Week of April 23 Brian Culbertson continues at the top of the charts with Hey Girl.  This is off the Funk! album.  Fun fact:  Brian has written and produced more than 28 number one smooth contemporary tracks.  Many hits throughout his career, and there’s no end in sight. Lindsey Webster is back in the top ten with Where Do You Want To Go.  

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Stokley New Single Level

Stokley New Single Level

I must say that I have always been a Mint condition fan.  What’s not to like?  Live instrumentation and a slow swing groove made for jams that you can run on repeat all day.  Then there is Stokley.  He can surely sing those slow jams.  I mean, between some of those modern classics:  What Kind Of Man Would I Be, U Send Me Swingin’, Breakin’ My Heart(Pretty Brown Eyes) and…

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QC Summerfest

3rd Annual QC Summerfest

If you plan on visiting Charlotte this July, then you might consider heading out to the 3rd Annual QC Summerfest.  The Belk Theater will be the scene for this three day event. Let’s check out the lineup: Day 1 – Friday, July 28th Boney James and Althea Rene Boney James has released 15 albums, with the first coming out in 1992.  So many hits, I just can’t choose one.  He does…

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Guitarist Blake Aaron

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…

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Clint Holmes

A Rendezvous With Clint Holmes

Halfway through his fifth decade as a multi-hyphenate entertainer who has released albums and singles that topped the pop charts, performed as an accomplished showman in long-running Las Vegas and Broadway productions, played sidekick to Joan Rivers’ on her late night television show, won an Emmy for his own talk-variety show, and served as a special correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight,” Clint Holmes (www.ClintHolmes.com) gets back to his roots as a jazz singer on his newly-released…

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Joe Thomas in Concert 2017

Joe Thomas in Concert 2017

Singer Joe Thomas has been cranking out smooth R&B music since 1993.  Considering it is now 2017, I would say that anything over 20 years is a really good run.  Funny thing, I do not think he has received his just due.  When people discuss the top male vocalists over the past two decades, I never hear his name mentioned.  I can pick out a song or two off of…

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Brian Culbertson Funk

Top Jazz Tracks Week of April 16

  Top Jazz Tracks Week of April 16 Brian Culbertson is back with Hey Girl.  This is off the Funk! album.  A slow groove for you to play over and over.  Brian is starting to work on an album of romantic songs.  This will be released on Valentine’s Day 2018.  We will keep you updated on the progress. Also do not forget the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway happening June 7-11….

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Gulf Coast Summer Fest

Gulf Coast Summer Fest 2017

September will usually mark the end of summer, but there will be an event in Florida that will keep the summer vibes going for one last weekend.  The Gulf Coast Summer Fest 2017 will take place in Pensacola, Florida on Saturday, September 2nd.  The concert will be happening at the Pensacola Community Maritime Park. Florida in September.  I am sure you can handle that! All of the Smooth Jazz All Stars…

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Norman Brown Let It Go Album Review

I just want to go back to the year 1994 for a minute.  My musical tastes had broadened, and I was looking for different sounds and styles to quench my musical thirst.  There were two artists in particular that did this for me.  One, was the Brand New Heavies.  They had a UK Funk thing going on, and I had to grab everything that they did up to that point. The…

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Trey Songz on tour

Trey Songz On Tour

Of the crop of the current R&B singers, I will say that Trey Songz is among the best.  He has a nice tone, and overall, he has quality songs.  For me, Can’t Help But Wait is his signature song, but there are others that have a nice groove.  One song that you may have slept on, is Out Of My Head, the Lupe Fiasco song from his Lasers album.  The…

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Jessy J Concert Dates

Jessy J Concert Dates

One of our favorite ladies, Jessy J, just added some tour dates to her schedule. Here are some of the upcoming show dates: May 6- Jazz on The Green, Ocala, FL Jazz On The Green is a two day event in Florida that helps youth related, educational or non-profit organizations raise funds to support themselves.  This year it will take place May 5th at Bo Diddley Plaza in Gainesville, and…

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Kayla Waters

Top Jazz Tracks Week of April 9

Top Jazz Tracks Week of April 9 Kayla Waters takes the top spot this week on the Smooth Jazz Charts.  I Am is the first single off of the Apogee release.  She will be performing in select cities during the month of May.  Visit iamkaylawaters.com for more information. Three new entries to the list this week.  Michael Lington‘s Midnight Drive, Bona Fide, by Julian Vaughn, and Lindsey Webster‘s Where Do…

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