Jeff Lorber Fusion Prototype

Jeff Lorber Fusion Prototype Review

Jeff Lorber Fusion is back with another high-energy funk album.  When I say high-energy, I mean this album could actually replace your morning coffee!  The main players are back: Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Gary Novak, and joining the fray on this project is veteran Andy Snitzer.  They provide a nice, ten-track effort that will be a staple in your daily playlist. What would a jazz album be without the guest appearances?…

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Soul Train Cruise 2018

Soul Train Cruise 2018

Well, the Hippest Trip in America will be heading out to sea at the end of January, more specifically, January 27th-February 3rd, 2018.  The old school will be in full effect as you enjoy great music, food, and activities such as the Soul Train Line dance, 25 celebrity hosted events, and you can even renew your wedding vows at sea. So, what does the itinerary look like? It will start…

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George Benson & Kenny G Breezin' & Breathless Tour

George Benson & Kenny G Breezin’ & Breathless Tour

George Benson and Kenny G have announced a joint tour that will start in May, and run through October.  It is called the Breezin’ & Breathless Tour.  In 2017, Benson’s Breezin’ will be celebrating it’s 40th anniversary, while Breathless will celebrate it’s 25th year in existence. Let us break this down, shall we? George Benson – Breezin’ 40 years of anything is an accomplishment in itself.  You can probably argue…

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Brendan Rothwell New Album Time On My Hands

Brendan Rothwell New Album Time On My Hands

I have always said that the bass is the essential element in the band.  Why?  Well, it is the bottom of the groove.  I mean, you can have a track without any drums, and if you have a good bassline, the drums become an afterthought. It is always nice to have a new, talented musician on the scene.  Brendan Rothwell has released his debut album, Time On My Hands, and…

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Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 26

Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 26 Morning Call is still at the top of the Smooth Jazz chart this week.  We also have some great new music making its way into the top ten.  Rick Braun‘s remake of the hit We Don’t Talk Anymore, Brian Culbertson‘s Hey Girl, Gerald Albright‘s Boom Boom, and Don’t Say A Word by Walter Beasley are featured this week.  

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Hampton Jazz Festival 2017

Hampton Jazz Festival 2017 Tickets

There are several choices to make if you are looking at vacation plans.  This is especially true if you are planning that vacation around entertainment.  You may want to consider late June in Hampton, Virginia.  This is when the Hampton Jazz Festival 2017 will take place. The event will be happening June 23rd-25th, at the Hampton Coliseum.  This festival began in 1968, and has been offering up some of the biggest names…

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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 release on April…

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Steve Harvey's Sand & Soul Festival 2017

Steve Harvey’s Sand & Soul Festival 2017

In October, you usually have to look forward to some cold weather, depending on where you reside.  At least for a weekend, you can hang out in paradise, soaking in the sun, while eating some good food and enjoying some top notch entertainment. Steve Harvey’s Sand & Soul Festival 2017 will be happening October 6th-9th.  It will be taking place at the Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas. Thee will be comedy,…

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Jazz Legacy Foundation 5th Annual Gala Weekend

Jazz Legacy Foundation 5th Annual Gala Weekend

The Jazz Legacy Foundation is all about preserving the idea of Jazz music.  They do this by sponsoring educational programs, creative arts, leadership development, workshops and community partnerships.  For example, they have a Celebrity Golf Tournament which supports Jazz and music education.  They also have an Instruments for Change program that provides musical instruments for young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to obtain them. This is some…

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Candy Dulfer 2017 Show Schedule

Candy Dulfer is an absolute favorite here at The Jazz World.  Why?  Well you can throw on any album and listen to ANY one track, and you will instantly become a fan.  This is no exaggeration. Let’s break it down for you: The slow jams are all on point The funk jams are some of the funkiest out there She is willing to experiment with different sounds She was one…

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Essence Festival 2017

Summer 2017 means a few things.  One in particular is the Essence Festival 2017.  New Orleans will be the place, and the stars will be out in force.  The event will take place June 29th-July 2nd.  The party with a purpose is back, and better than ever as some of the biggest names in entertainment will take the stage in the Big Easy. Diana Ross is headlining this year’s festival, and…

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Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 19

Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 19 Nick Colionne continues at number one this week.  Nick will be a part of the City of Lights Jazz & R&B Fest happening in Las Vegas. Brian Simpson is back in the top ten with Wonderland.  Other than that, the top ten stays firm, with major movement from Cindy Bradley.  

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The O'Jays Show Dates 2017

The O’Jays Show Dates 2017

My first memory of an O’Jay’s song was the infectious, Sing A Happy Song.  Normally I would name several hits before I would think of that one, but once that beat starts, you have to groove in your seat. Sing a happy song, sing a happy song Come on sing along, sing a happy song Get on up and dance, sing a happy song Come on clap your hands, sing a happy…

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Babyface Early 2017 Show Dates

Babyface Early 2017 Show Dates

Babyface has been one of the most prolific artists of our time.  There are several moving parts that make up his career.  This includes the Solar Records years as a member of the Deele, the LA Reid & Babyface production team, the movie soundtrack productions (Boomerang, Soul Food, Waiting to Exhale), LaFace Records,  Babyface the performer.  Did I miss anything? Anyway, remember the show MTV Unplugged?  Babyface recorded an episode and…

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Daniel Chia album In The Moment

Daniel Chia Album In The Moment

I have said on many occasions that, in some ways, today’s Smooth Jazz can really be classified as the new R&B.   Many of the instrumental artists today blur those lines, and when all of the elements converge; Great songs, talented musicians, and a superior studio recording, you have an album that will resonate with the listener. In The Moment is the debut album by Saxophonist Daniel Chia, and he is a…

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Jeff Lorber Fusion Prototype

Jeff Lorber Fusion New Album Prototype

Multi-Grammy Nominated Visionary Jeff Lorber  Journeys On A Thrilling Musical Excursion  with PROTOTYPE (March, 24, 2017)  Featuring Jeff Lorber Fusion and Special Guests Nathan East, Chuck Loeb, Larry Koonse, Paul Jackson, Jr., and Dave Mann Among Others Trailblazing pianist, composer, producer and bandleader Jeff Lorber is a consummate artist who continues to push himself to new plateaus. A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and Bob James,…

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Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 12

Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 12 Nick Colionne continues at number one this week.  Morning Call is the second number one off of The Journey.  Cindy Bradley is back with Category A.  This track features Chris Standring.  Walter Beasley is also back in the top 10 with his new track, Don’t Say A Word.    

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Artist Profile Kim Tibbs

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…

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Kirk Whalum #Lovecovers

Kirk Whalum #Lovecovers Pre Order

We have a release date for Kirk Whalum’s new album, #Lovecovers.  On April 11th you will be able to pick up the latest release from one of the premier Smooth Jazz artists.  He has some great tracks, and some even greater artists playing on the album. You can preorder the album today, and when you do preorder, you will be able to download two tracks: Love On Top What Is…

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Tim Bowman City Lights

Tim Bowman New Track City Lights

Tim Bowman is back with a new track.  It is called City Lights, and I must say that it is a hit!  It is written by Tim Bowman, and Darren Rahn is the producer.  The song title is right on point.  Listening to this song, you get the feeling you are driving into the City for a night of fun….and mischief! See for yourself…. We will keep you up to…

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Geoff Alpert New Album Open Your Heart

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…

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Smooth Jazz In The Mix 12

Smooth Jazz In The Mix 12

Smooth Jazz In The Mix 12 – The Jazz Beat Mix Las Vegas – February 26, 2017 – Exotic DJ has released the latest edition of the Smooth Jazz Mix Series.  Smooth Jazz In The Mix 12 is packed with the hottest new smooth jazz releases, with a few throwbacks to round out the mix. The collection starts out with Arrival, from Paul Taylor.  Like the title states, you definitely have…

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Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 5

Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 5 Nick Colionne is back with a new number one this week.  Morning Call is the second number one off of The Journey, and if you like those tracks, you will like the entire album.  Marc Antoine is back in the top ten this week with Why Not, featuring Philippe Saisse.

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Mitchell Coleman Jr. Album Release

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…

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Cincinnati Music Festival 2017

Cincinnati Music Festival 2017

The Cincinnati Music Festival has been going on since 1962.  It was then called Ohio Valley Jazz Festival, where it was an all-jazz affair.  It has since evolved into a two-day festival that features some of the biggest names and upcoming artists on the scene.  This year will be no different. Cincinnati Music Festival 2017 will take place on Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th at Paul Brown Stadium. The…

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