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Talking Smooth Jazz Podcast

Talking Smooth Jazz Podcast

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Since 2008, we have interviewed some of the best contemporary jazz artists in the business. Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, Brian Culbertson, Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright and Boney James to name a few. We’ve introduced you to up and coming artists like keyboardist/producer extraordinaire Nicholas Cole, saxophonists BK Jackson, Adrian Burse, Vincent Ingala, and Elizabeth Mis, guitarist Sheldon Ferguson, Sweden’s keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen and more. International artists, keyboardist Wayne Brown (UK), saxophonist Otoe (Japan), saxophonist Candy Dulfer (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), guitarist Fabio Mignola (Switzerland) and Helen Rogers (UK). To date we have conducted over 500 interviews with 1.2M listens. It has been a great 6 years and we could not have done it without the artists and listeners support - Thank You!


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VOCALIST TY CAUSEY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Apr 23, 2017


Indiana producer, singer/songwriter and performer, Ty Causey appeared on the music scene in the late 1990’S as a vocalist for smooth jazz saxophonist Najee. Causey co-wrote and performed on Najee’s 1998 Morning Tenderness CD; which landed him the opportunity as the featured performer on Najee’s world-wide tour. The music style of Causey is a combination of smooth jazz, sensual classic soul and R&B. Ty’s silky smooth vocals and deep lyrics compliment the soulful melodic production of his music. This style of music has been very challenging for Ty due to the upswing of other styles of music such as Hip Hop and Neo Soul, but his passion for classic R&B andfJazz has inspired him to stay true to himself and the music lovers who crave the same classic R&B, soul and jazz. Tyangles is Causey's newest and 8th solo project. Follow Ty Causey on Facebook and Twitter.

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SAXOPHONIST J HENRY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Apr 09, 2017


J. Henry, hails from the Jazz Capital of the World, New Orleans. This Crescent City native has been dazzling audiences across the U.S. for the last 26 years. Being recognized to have a gift for music since he was 9, J. studied under the mentorship of New Orleans Jazz Great Pierre Poree and Brian Graber, formerly of the Russell Batiste Band. Hurricane Katrina brought J. to Atlanta, where he continued to expand and perfect his signature sound. He returns to talk about his upcoming release, Evolutionary. Follow J. Henry on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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DRIVETIME

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 25, 2017


Drivetime has been carving a niche for themselves in the very tight smooth jazz market for over eight years and are no strangers to the up’s and downs of having to survive with a six-piece Urban Organic Jazz band. Band Leader Bernie Capodici will talk about their new cd, California Dreamin. Follow Drivetime on Facebook and Twitter.

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SINGER SELINA ALBRIGHT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 18, 2017


With a last name associated with musical excellence, Selina Albright is a soulful singer-songwriter with versatility that comes from years of listening to many origins and languages of music. Her angelic tone adds character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful wailing and energetic stage presence commands attention. With the release of her new record “Conversations”, describing the custom-tailored blend of sensual soul and sultry jazz album as “my own therapeutic diary through joy, betrayal, liberation and hope, all written without holding back,” Albright wrote the lyrics for all nine original tunes and co-produced three tracks on “Conversations.”  Conversations features, Peter White, Randy Ellis (Stevie Wonder, Beyonc?) on sax.  Also contributing to the date are producers Chris “Big Dog” Davis and James “JRob” Roberson as well as guitarist David P. Stevens.       Follow Selina Albright on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.  

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SAXOPHONIST DANIEL CHIA

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 11, 2017


Soulful, funky, and energetic, saxophonist Daniel Chia serves up his signature brand of Disco Jazz as the hottest fresh act on the scene. After getting in the studio with 2-time Grammy Award winning producer and guitarist, Paul Brown, Daniel's debut full-length album of original songs features the finest international smooth jazz artists. With his top-notch band of established musicians based in Los Angeles, "In The Moment" will take the listener on an unprecedented sonic adventure. The album garnered tremendous support and the pre-order of his album raised $10000 in less than 24 hours. The burgeoning musician has been impressing in America recently where he was invited to session for famed guitarist Zoux, and also played live with smooth jazz luminary guitarist Peter White and Grammy-nominated vocal group DW3. Ronald Jackson from The Smooth Jazz Ride said: “Young saxophonist Daniel Chia from Singapore shows here on his debut release In the Moment that he may well be one of those who takes up residence inside that C-jazz house since passing through its doors.” Follow Daniel Chia on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.  

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KAYLA WATERS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Feb 25, 2017


The daughter of saxophonist Kim Waters, hot new artist, Kayla Waters is an elite pianist, composer, songwriter, and performer. Recently landing a record deal with Trippin N’ Rhythm Records (SONY), Kayla’s new single "I Am" hit #1 on Billboard’s Most Increased Plays in Smooth Jazz just 10 days after its debut. Coupled with the release of her premier record APOGEE in February, success is indubitably on the way for this new artist. Kayla has eloquently found herself welcoming and utilizing a plethora of opportunities to tour the world and play with several musical legends and major recording artists. The distinctive list includes musical giants such as Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Avery*Sunshine, and Maysa Leak, to name a few. Follow Kayla Waters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST BRANDON WILLIS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Feb 18, 2017


Brandon Willis is a 25 year old saxophonist from Newcastle, Washington that brings a soulful sound and charismatic persona to the northwest jazz scene. Under the tutelage of nationally acclaimed saxophonist Darren Motamedy, Brandon has played for years in the Seattle area. Six months before he was born, his parents attended a jazz concert by local smooth jazz artist Darren Motamedy. Sixteen years later in 2008, Brandon was performing alongside Motamedy at local jazz clubs as he pursues a career in music. Following the successful debut of Brandon Willis’s album “First Time”, he spent the next few years playing shows around the U.S preparing for his second album. In a genre saturated with sax players Brandon took the next step by finding a producer | songwriter capable of making him stand out from the crowd. He found GRAMMY® nominee, producer and label owner Nate Harasim. They quickly began working on the “Brandon Willis | Harasim” sound, prevalent on the new single “IMPACT” and make an “IMPACT” it does. With Harasim’s production and Willis’s sax playing, a #1 hit isn't far off. Brandon signed with M1 Records in late 2016 after showing President Nate Harasim and Vice President Sandy McGraw a promising outlook on the “New” contemporary jazz sound. Follow Brandon on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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KEYBOARDIST JOHN THASAINT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 28, 2017


Thasaint is an independent writer/ producer/musician that has been self-producing and honing his craft for more than 25 years.  He is an award winning illustrative artist who not only creates by his hands but with his mind.  Thasaint creates and produce music for just about any genre with more focus towards Smooth Jazz and Adult Contemporary R&B. He released his first recording project to the public the end year of 2012 titled "Love Confessions" and have since release six CD projects nonstop. Thasaint latest and 8th CD project is titled "TOUCH" due for release January 2017.  All of his music is available on ITunes, Amazon, Cd Baby and other digital music site where music is sold. He continues to build his sound and fan base with his ability to mix elements of Smooth Jazz, R&B and Adult Contemporary into a pleasing instrumental sounds that really haves no label but to make you "FEEL." Follow Thasaint on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST JUSTIN YOUNG

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 15, 2017


Justin Young began playing professionally at the age of 16. But his passion for music started practically at birth. In 2007, after several years of playing with other musicians, Justin Young released his debut album, “On The Way.” As a new artist, he recruited Paul Brown to mix the album, as well as a talented team of musicians. He rose into the smooth jazz world by obtaining radio spins from respected jazz radio stations across the country. With his 2008 releases “Nothin’ But Love” and “Home for the Holidays”, Justin enjoyed airplay from The Weather Channel and Delta Airlines along with radio stations across the U.S. Since then, Justin has become a budding new star waiting to be launched into commercial success. After taking time off to get his MBA, Justin is back with a brand new album called Blue Soul.  Blue Soul is all about getting back to the basics of real instruments, analog equipment and unique saxophone rhythms.  Live musicians performed in the recording studio which gives the songs a distinct uniqueness. No sequencers were used in the making of this album adding to the realness of music. The songs have a lot of raw feel and emotion without the aid of a computer changing the rhythm. The melodies on the saxophone have an undeniable old school feel with a unique twist of Gospel, Funk and R&B.  Follow Justin Young on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST CHASE HUNA

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 14, 2017


Saxophone sensation Chase Huna's debut album On the Chase was recorded while Chase is still in his teens. It features top billboard artist and producer Steve Oliver. The album features 10 tracks. Pure is the first radio single with a great groove and memorable hooks. Into the Sun features sonic audio soundscapes taking you on a journey. The album features multi instrumentalist/vocalist Steve Oliver, bassist Eddie Reddick, keyboardist Tateng Kinidig, drummer Eric Valentine and also features a song written around a drum groove that famed drummer Ricky Lawson played, Time Keeper(which was Ricky's nickname). With well written songs and amazing playing by this young saxophonist this is a wonderful debut album that you can't stop listening to. A must have! (source: Amazon). Follow Chase Huna on Facebook,Twitter & Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST JEANETTE HARRIS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Nov 20, 2016


Saxophonist Jeanette Harris returns to talk about her new release Chocolate Vibez featuring Tim Watson and Patrick Olvera. Follow Jeanette Harris on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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KANDACE SPRINGS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 19, 2016


Every so often a new singer emerges who’s able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. The 27-year-old, Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling full-length blue note records debut, Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them. The eleven songs contained on Soul Eyes all feature Springs playing piano alongside an illustrious cast of musicians that includes trumpeter Terence Blanchard, guitarists Dean Parks and Jesse Harris, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, organist Pete Kuzma, bassist Dan Lutz and percussionist Pete Korpela. Soul Eyes is available on Amazon. Follow Kandace Springs on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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GUITARIST JOEL DEL ROSARIO

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 12, 2016


Guitarist Joel Del Rosario returns with a new cd Past Present Future, featuring trumpeter Melvin Miller on track #1 Summer Song, and flutist Ragan Whiteside on track #4 Delicious Vinyl. Ronald Jackson of The Smooth Jazz Ride said in his review of Past Present Future: “This is truly a complete album – complete in every way. You simply can’t go wrong with skillful playing of any instrument and imagination. Del Rosario makes that plain here on Past Present Future.” Follow Joel Del Rosario on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

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SAXOPHONIST JESSY J

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Nov 06, 2016


Saxophonist Jessy J returns with her debut holiday album, California Christmas.  Produced by Jessy J (except where noted) California Christmas features nine Christmas classics with Paul Brown, Jeff Lorber, Maurice Smith, Steve Oliver and Michael Thompson. Follow Jessy J on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST ISAIAH KATUMWA

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 05, 2016


Isaiah Katumwa is a self-taught saxophonist who last year alone stood side by side on stage with global icons like Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Dludlu, Seweto Kinchy among many is a Uganda’s jazz pioneer and gem whose innovation has inspired and sensitized many into jazz. He has converted many into jazz enthusiasts and now a genre whose crowd and players is growing dramatically in Uganda and East Africa at large. African, Smooth and Divine…. these are the three words that he uses to best describe his music.   His new, and 10th release, “This Is Me” is a genuine expression of African smooth jazz, encompassing his African personality, smooth jazz influences and the theme of love.  Follow Isaiah Katumwa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST DARREN MOTAMEDY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 30, 2016


Saxophonist Darren Motamedy talks to us about his new release, All About Love.  “All About Love” delves deeply into 9 smooth Jazz Cuts. “I wanted to allow the songs to be longer and allow them to breathe” exclaims Motamedy.  Each song is written with purpose and played thoughtfully and soulfully.  Most of the works on “All About Love” are not only written by Motamedy but also played by Motamedy.  Floetic Smooth has Motamedy playing Trumpet, Trombone, Saxes, Pianos, and programming all of the drums and bass guitars.  Portionte’ Floes adds to vocal twist and the spoken word.  “All About Love” is exactly what it’s about.  Songs written in the name of Love.  This album is “All About Cruising” down the highway and letting the music take you there…….This Album is “All About Romance” and a candlelight dinner……….This Album is “All About Feeling Good” and letting go……….  Follow Darren Motamedy on Facebook & Twitter.

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KEYBOARDIST CHRIS GEITH

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Oct 22, 2016


Keyboardist Chris Geith is no stranger in the field of contemporary jazz having performed with well known artists like Peter White, Warren Hill and Vincent Ingala. His unique piano / keyboard work is immediately recognizable. Geith's music is all about variety presented in a highly polished contemporary jazz concept, where jazz, funk, pop, rock and even classical all blend together creating exciting songs that include everything from driving grooves to lush orchestral string arrangements. "Well Tempered Love" features also chart topping sax player Vincent Ingala on two songs, Well Tempered Love (track one) and Cool To The Touch (track two) . Follow Chris Geith on Facebook & Twitter.

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SAXOPHONIST RILEY RICHARD

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 16, 2016


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes up and coming artist, Riley Richard. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Riley Richard is an inspired jazz saxophonist who has plans on making his contribution to the jazz genre. Having studied at Cleveland School of The Arts, Cuyahoga community college and Cleveland state University, Riley was trained in the traditional sense of jazz analyzing the styles of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Sonny Sttit. Although having a heavy interest in sports at a early age, Riley was encouraged by his parents to take piano lessons in which led him to learn the flute and eventually the Alto Saxophone. His first professional gig was at the age of 14, playing with Cleveland’s legendary organist Eddie Baccus SR. From then on Riley has shared the stage with the likes of Najee, Brian Simpson, Kim waters and Boney James and the list continues.  We'll talk to Riley about his upcoming debut cd, Family Ties. Follow Riley Richard on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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VIBRAPHONIST STEVE RAYBINE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Oct 15, 2016


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes vibraphonist Steve Raybine.  In the late 90’s, Steve Raybine received some great encouragement from Rick Braun, his friend and former bandmate in the critically-acclaimed 70’s progressive jazz ensemble, Auracle. A longtime fan of the veteran vibraphone master and percussionist, the Smooth Jazz superstar suggested, “Why don’t you try to do for vibes what I’ve done with the trumpet?” Embracing Braun’s challenge, Raybine, a longtime music educator who was head of the jazz program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha at the time, has made it his mission since the release of his 2000 debut album Balance Act to make the vibes the centerpiece of a fresh contemporary sound within the genre – a dynamic alternative to the plethora of sax, guitar and keyboard artists.   His latest release, Cool Vibes, a soulful, tropical- tinged collection whose 15 tracks explore Raybine’s lifelong passions for jazz, R&B, Latin, pop/rock and blues.  Follow Steve Raybine on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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AZIZA MILLER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 09, 2016


Music fans have long anticipated Aziza's latest collection of songs, This Journey of Love.  The EP features her tributes to Horace Silver ("A Song for Silver"), Natalie Cole ("A Song for My Friend"), and four additional compositions that spotlight Aziza's talents as both composer and musical artisan.  This Journey of Love follows a trio of releases that explored Aziza's unique blend of jazz, soul, and poetry, Jazzsoetry Vol. 1 (2007), Jazzsoetry Vol. 2 (2010), and What's On Your Mind? (2014).  Follow Ms. Aziza Miller on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST GERALD ALBRIGHT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 02, 2016


Grammy nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright is set to release his first independent record simply called "G" on his label, Bright Music Records.  Gerald says about this release, "When I tell you that I'm truly excited about his cd, it's deemd an understatement.  This project is extremely meaningful on so many levels!  I'm 'stepping out on faith.'  I'm a believer that the best effots happen when you take control of your life and career.  I pray that the listener is deeply moved by the music on this project."  "G" features Selina Albright, Doug E. Fresh, Michael McDonald and more.  "G" is scheduled for release on September 30. Follow Gerald Albright on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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BASSIST BLAIR BRYANT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Sep 25, 2016


Twenty-two year old bassist Blair Bryant returns with his first full length album and debut for Innervision Records, titled Gold, a dynamic start to a joyously melodic and grooving journey by an artist whose vibe and multitude of talents as a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has earned acclaim and heavy predictions of success by rock, blues, R&B and contemporary jazz greats like Keb’ Mo, Jimmy Jam, Nick Colionne and new label mate Blake Aaron.  The Kansas City based Bryant laid a powerful foundation for Gold with his breakthrough 2015 EP New Colours, whose track “Lightning Bug” hit the Top Ten on the Groove Jazz chart and received acclaim as one of the genre’s Top Ten new CDs that year. Bryant is a true musical prodigy counting among his influences on the bass the late Wayman Tisdale, Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller.  A fierce bassist whose arsenal includes the upright double bass, electric standard and fretless basses, Bryant, the consummate musician also plays guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards and vibraphone.  Bryant, who co-produced Gold with his father and manager Damon, plays a wide variety of instruments on the 11 track collection, and his piano solos are as explosive and dazzling as his lead bass lines and improvisations. Follow Blair Bryant on Facebook and Twitter..

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GUITARIST U-NAM

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Sep 24, 2016


With Surface Level, Billboard Chart-Topping artist U-Nam picks up right where he left off with his highly acclaimed and #1 album "C'est Le Funk" in his own "U"-nique way.  Surface Level blends the contemporary jazz style and U-Nam's inimitable soulful guitar sound and virtuosic playing to create something that will please the nostalgic 80's funk fans as well as the smooth jazz lovers.  The album has a varied mix of different tempo and grooves. Follow U-Nam on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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FLUTIST KIM SCOTT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Sep 18, 2016


Urban Jazz Flutist Kim Scott brings the fire on debut for Innervision Records titled “Southern Heat” the Alabama based artist’s new cd features the current hit single “Sizzle.”  Well known for her unique, hauntingly beautiful tone, Kim amps things up considerably on the new collection which includes wild, infectious re-imaginings of R&B classics like MJ’s “Billie Jean” and Lakeside’s otherworldly “Fantastic Voyage,” and a fiery Latin jam of Martha Munizzi’s gospel hit “Glorious.”  It also features a batch of soulful, inspiring originals (all co-penned by Kim) that showcase her virtuosity as a flutist and increasing presence as a lead vocalist.  Among these are the elegant, spiritual minded ballad “Forgiveness,” the exotic, deep bass slow-jam “Two Become One” and the trippy and edgy trance-soul tune “What You Stank about This?”  The set closes with a “Stank Remix” of that last song called “Groove with Me” that comes alive with Stephen Strickland’s rap and instruction on some new hip-hop dance steps created by Kim.   Follow Kim Scott on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

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Saxophonist Vandell Andrew

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Sep 11, 2016


Saxophonist Vandell Andrew has released his highly anticipated cd, All For Love, featuring guitarist David P. Stevens and vocalists Brandon Marcel and Topic. Follow Vandell Andrew on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

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SAXOPHONIST PAUL TAYLOR

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Sep 10, 2016


Saxophonist Paul Taylor return to Talking Smooth Jazz with a new album called Countdown.  His 11th release, the album’s colorful fusion of grooves and styles was created by the saxophonist and his longtime collaborator, co-writer and producer Dino Esposito. The two share a dynamic several decade long history that began when they played in the same band while attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Esposito’s collaboration as a co-writer, producer and sonic co-architect began with Paul’s 1995 debut On the Horn and continued with Pleasure Seeker (1997), Undercover (2000), Hypnotic (2001), Nightlife (2005), Prime Time (2011) and Tenacity (2014).  Follow Paul Taylor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

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KEIKO MATSUI

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Aug 21, 2016


Internationally Acclaimed & Celebrated Pianist, Composer & Humanitarian Keiko Matsui Marks 30th Anniversary Of Recording Debut With Journey To The Heart. Journey To The Heart, Keiko Matsui’s 27th recording as a leader, marks the 30th Anniversary since her recording debut and is her boldest statement yet. With the release of Journey To The Heart, Keiko confirms her place as one of the most dynamic and important voices in instrumental music and assures us that her journey continues. Follow Keiko Matsui on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST ARNO HAAS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Aug 20, 2016


German born saxophonist Arno Haas joins us to talk about his latest release, Back To You, featuring the legendary Al Jarreau (his all time favorite singer) along with Evelyn Kallansee.  This collection is a definite ascension following the 2013 release of Magic Hands that reflects a sophistication and willingness to explore previously uncharted artistic territory. Follow Arno Haas on Facebook. 

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TRUMPETER JOHNNY BRITT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Aug 14, 2016


Singer, musician, composer, Johnny Britt (founding member of 90's hit making, R&B, Hip Hop group Impromp2) is back with another prolific yet seductive; full-length EP called "MARVIN MEETS MILES" Vol. 1.  Johnny Britt is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, trumpeter, arranger and composer in the entertainment industry and has worked behind the scenes in the recording studio or live on stage with some of the biggest artists and projects in the industry including, Quincy Jones, John Legend, David Bowie, Josh Groban, Jennifer Lopez, The Temptations, Annie Lenox, Common and Herbie Hancock. Follow Johnny Britt on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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CAROL DUBOC

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Aug 06, 2016


Open The Curtains has a star-studded line-up of musicians, who not only happen to be women but who are also some of the baddest musicians to grace this planet including; percussionist Sheila E., pianist/vocalist Patrice Rushen, saxophonist Mindi Abair, guitarists Bibi McGill and Jennifer Batten, drummer Queen Cora Coleman, bassist Rhonda Smith and trombonist and singer Aubrey Logan. Collectively these women have collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and Prince to Michael Jackson, Pink and Beyonc?, and beautifully carry Duboc’s message of female strength, wisdom and independence forward with grace, brawn and undeniable hipness. While seven of the ten songs on Open The Curtains are originals penned by Carol, she chooses to pay tribute to a trio of women who have long inspired her – Nina Simone, Patrice Rushen and Peggy Lee. Follow Carol Duboc on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

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MICHAEL BIG MIKE HART, JR.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jul 30, 2016


Michael “BIG MIKE” Hart Jr. is a talented guitarist, producer, session player, bassist and vocal arranger. His distinctive, classic and retro sound is one of the most sought after sounds in the country. The Sacramento native developed his love for guitar at a young age, and referred to it as the “Holy Ghost!” With a drive like no other, “BIG MIKE” has been harvesting his gift for the last 20 years. His guitar heroes include Rob ”Fonksta” Bacon, Bobby “Bobby G” Gonzales, John “Jubu” Smith, Derek “D.O.A” Allen and the man who helped jumpstart his journey, his uncle Jimi “Bottom Hammock” Morris. Mike has taken a piece from all of his influences and fused them together, creating his own individual style. He has been afforded the opportunity to tour, produce and write for MTV (Cribs/Teen Cribs, Making The Band 4, Next), Bad Girls Club, Vh1 (From G's to Gents), Access Hollywood, The T.O Show, HBO, BET, NBA, DJ Quik, Slimm (112), Dogg Pound, Ricky Bell (NEW EDITION), Michael Lington, Jessy J, Dave Hollister, Lenny Williams, Wayman Tisdale,Karyn White, Goapele and is the guitarist for Kenny Lattimore. .Follow Big Mike on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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GUITARIST KAY-TA MATSUNO

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jul 17, 2016


Kay-Ta was born in Osaka, Japan, and moved to Boston, MA to study at Berklee College of Music when he was 20. The broad capacity of his playing style (from Gospel, R&B, country, jazz, and rock) helped him to start his career as a session guitarist in Los Angeles. His list of credits includes:David Foster, Baby Face, Natalie Cole, Keiko Matsui, Lalah Hathaway, Amerie, Chante Moore, Jackiem Joyner, Daniel Bedingfield, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Steve Porcaro, Virgil Donatti, Tony Macalpine, Jody Watley, Amber Riley (from Glee) Bob Mintzer (from Yellow Jackets), He also co-produced the debut album of artist Colby O’ Donis from Convict Muzik. (Geffin/Konlive) and he co-wrote australian Pop star Cody Simpson's single "Be The One."  We'll talk to Kay-Ta about his 1st solo project, Arrival.

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PIANIST & PRODUCER, SKINNY HIGHTOWER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jul 16, 2016


Skinny Hightower is a smooth jazz pianist who is known for his keen ability to draw influences from other genres of music, claiming that he doesn't listen to smooth jazz.  Nonetheless, the result is a smooth, complex blend some where in between R&B, jazz, and soul.  Skinny started out playing drums as a young child, later developing an ear for piano, bass and guitar.  He recorded his first song at nine years old and realized that he'd found a niche in song writing and recording.   As years progressed, Skinny continued recording smooth jazz and has since worked with numerous artists behind the scenes as a producer.  Skinny Hightower's release "Cloud Nine" is his first effort, a powerful series of songs that should fit perfectly into anyone's smooth jazz collection.   Follow Skinny Hightower on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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GUITARIST DAVID P. STEVENS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Mon, Jul 04, 2016


Guitarist David P. Stevens returns with a brand new cd called Love City featuring saxophonists Najee, Pamela Williams, Vandell Andrew and Jackiem Joyner, violinist Chelsey Green, vocalists Selina Albright and Frank McComb, trumpeters Isaac Byrd, Jr. and Lin Rountree and more!.  Love City is scheduled for release on July 9, 2016. Follow David on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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RUSS FREEMAN OF THE RIPPINGTONS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jun 26, 2016


True Stories, recorded over an intensive three-month span, is a refreshing elixir that will delight devout fans of The Rippingtons and attract new ones. Joined by original Rippington, alto and soprano saxophonist Brandon Fields, drummer Dave Karasony, bassist and rhodes player Rico Belled and special guest Jeffrey Osborne, Freeman orchestrates ten compelling originals. The album opens with the hypnotic and scintillating “Wild Tales,” the CD's first single, which Freeman calls an “experiment in randomness.” Fusing elements of jazz with traces of EDM and world influences, The Rippingtons foreshadow the journey ahead and promise it to be nothing short of exhilarating.Many of the classic Rippingtons hit repertoire prominently feature rich saxophone melodies and this time out Freeman showcases his unparalleled guitar wizardry. Follow The Rippingtons on Facebook and Twitter.

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HIL ST SOUL

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 25, 2016


Hil St. Soul is the moniker used by singer Hilary Mwelwa and songwriter/producer Victor Redwood Sawyer.  The duo has received critical raves on both sides of the Atlantic with their amalgamation of jazz and neo-soul fronted by Mwelwa's engaging voice. We will talk to Hilary about her career and upcoming cd. Follow Hil St Soul on Facebook and Twitter.  

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LAUGHLIN LIVE SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 11, 2016


DeSquared LV in conjunction with 3141-7Dayz Entertainment is proud to present the Ultimate "Nuttin' but Jazz" weekend. The "Laughlin Live Smooth Jazz Festival" will be a unique blend of heart, art & soul and will feature a variety of established and up and coming smooth jazz & Latin jazz artists from across the country. The "Laughlin Live Smooth Jazz Festival" will be just that...ALL JAZZ!  The Laughlin Live Smooth Jazz Festival weekend will take place at 4 amazing venues: Laughlin Ranch Golf Club & Spa, the "E" Center, the Laughlin Events Center and Harrah's Beach. The 2016 Laughlin Live Smooth Jazz Festival will the be first of 5 consecutive jazz series that will be held every Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-5, 2016 through 2021 in Laughlin, NV.  We will talk to the promoter Ms. Sheryl Thornton-Burnham about all of the events and the artists line-up. Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST CHRIS GODBER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, May 07, 2016


Saxophonist Chris Godber returns with a brand new release, Starting Over.  It has a distinctive Smooth Jazz vibe that bridges the gap between genres.  Stellar musicianship on this one with Lowell Hopper and Adam Hawley making sure those Guitar solos are rock solid and Eric Lampley holding down a tight bass line; virtuoso piano work and top notch production courtesy of Caleb Middleton melt it all together.  Eleven original tracks and one fresh rendition of Etta James' classic, “At Last” confirm Chris Godber’s sax chops are on par with the best of them. This is Godber’s best yet, and is sure to be on this summer’s must have list for smooth jazz lovers! Follow Chris on Facebook and Twitter.

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SINGER JAMES DAY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Apr 30, 2016


James Day has always been a student of life; an observer whose keen understanding of emotions, situations and relationships has translated into a career as an in-demand songwriter and producer.  His new release “James Day Songs - Repertoire”, produced by James and guitarist U-Nam, it features the freshly remixed title hit by Tony Terry, plus all new songs and performances by Maysa, Glenn Jones, Trina Broussard and more, peppered with top contemporary jazz soloists U-Nam, Walter Beasley, Lin Rountree, Tim Owens, U-Nam, Audrey Wheeler, Gavin Christopher and Cool Million. Follow James Day on Facebook and Twitter.

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SAXOPHONIST MICHAEL LINGTON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Apr 23, 2016


Multi-talented saxophonist, producer and composer Michael Lington's ninth solo project, SECOND NATURE, in tribute to the roots of Memphis soul is set for release April 22., 2016.  The album reunites Lington with producer by Barry Eastmond and features  all originals with the exception of one cover, the chart-topping soul anthem, “Soul Finger.”   In preparing for this album, Lington immersed himself in the classic Memphis sessions and even journeyed to the STAX museum  While most of the album was recorded at the famed Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, he also recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, which has churned out sessions for everyone from Al Green, Chuck Berry and Buddy Guy to Ike and Tina Turner, Solomon Burke, Otis Rush and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland. SECOND NATURE unites a who’s who list in music that transcends genre and musical boundaries, including GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and venerable bluesman Booker T. Jones and The Dap Kings, the celebrated soul/funk outfit most notably known for their hit-making collaborations with Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse. Lington also enlists Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient, multi-Platinum and GRAMMY-winning guitarist Ray Parker Jr. and chart-topping vocalist Taylor Dane. Brian Culbertson fans will be delighted to hear the pianist surprisingly featured on trombone.  Follow Michael Lington on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Websites:  Linton Wine & Cigars

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SINGER & SONGWRITER, LEONARD DOZIER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Apr 17, 2016


ACCOMPLISHED. This single word not only accurately depicts Leonard's nearly 20 years as an actor, singer, writer and producer, but it also depicts the totality of his life.  Leonard has released “The Soul of a Pisces, an adult contemporary R&b/soul/smooth-jazz tinged project. We’ll talk to Leonard about his new project, his acting and voice over careers and you’ll hear his spot on impersonation of President Obama, spot on! Follow Leonard on Facebook and Twitter.

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BASSIST BYRON MILLER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Apr 16, 2016


Byron Miller is emerging from a 12-year recording hiatus with his finest, flawless and most fully realized album as a leader, prophetically titled Psycho Bass. The album – the fourth of his career overall  - contains three of the last recorded performances of George Duke, special veteran guests Ndugu Chancler on drums, guitarist David T. Walker and percussionist Sheila E, as well as introduces the universe to the freshly chocolate minted fierceness of the Psycho Bass Band. Slammin’ from beginning to end, Psycho Bass is a non-stop, no-skip winner that is going to blow listeners minds to become the most beloved, raved over and uplifted album of the year.  Byron has played with Luther Vandross, Ludacris, Beyonce, Roy Ayers, and his mentor, the late George Duke, whom he started playing with at age 19.  Both melodic and percussive, the Byron Miller bass sound is as intoxicating as Pouilly-Fuiss? wine from a brown paper sack, unimpeachably funky, instantly recognizable and clearly sourced from someone just a bit touched about the brain. No wonder legend has it that this soul brother is orbiting Earth not just as Byron Miller but also as his alien alias…Psycho Bass. Follow Byron on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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GUITARIST NICK COLIONNE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Apr 10, 2016


Guitarist Nick Colionne is back with a brand new album, The Journey, his 5th solo release.  The Journey features Najee, Nicholas Cole, who wrote and produced Uncle Nick, James Lloyd, Wayne Bruce, and Chris “Big Dog” Davis.   Follow Nick on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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PRODUCER ERVIN "EP" POPE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Apr 09, 2016


Ervin is the Executive Producer of Hip Hop Legend Scarface's new CD "Deeply Rooted". He's also played keys and produced records for Kanye West, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Janet Jackson and many other artists. Currently he's on Tour with Rapper The Game, his last CD "Infectious" was Straight Fiyahh.  Ervin lastest release October 42, is dedicated to his mother.   Follow Ervin on Facebook and Twitter.

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SAXOPHONIST MARCUS J

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Mar 20, 2016


Marcus Johnson is an alto saxophonist rising through the ranks of the Smooth jazz scene.  Marcus' debut album entitled “Passion Speaks Louder” is a fuse between Smooth Jazz and Hip Hop. Marcus J has taken the elements from both of these Genres to make his own unique sound. This is the new age of jazz music. Follow Marcus on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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GUITARIST CHRIS STANDRING

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 19, 2016


Chris Standring offers his tenth solo recording with a dazzling soul infused groove-laden jazz set. Digging even deeper into creative territory, Standring continues to stand out from the herd and blaze new trails in the contemporary jazz world.  Celebrating the remarkable milestone of album number Ten – an ever evolving catalog that includes the 2011 re-issue of his 1989 first indie recording Main Course (The Early Tapes) - he’s still got the cool, trippy sonics happening via a colorful fusing of live instrument and DJ sounds. But this time, while keeping his melodies, rhythms and arrangements as infectious as ever, the British born, L.A. based hit maker fashions them as the vehicle for him to unleash his deeper chops as a powerhouse jazz player and improviser.  Soloing with a wild abandon he’s been holding back way too long, the longtime Benedetto endorsee introduces us to the latest love of his musical life, his new, gorgeous white Bambino archtop jazz guitar. Perfect combination? Sounds like a perfect Ten.  Follow Chris on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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GUITARIST ADAM HAWLEY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 12, 2016


Guitarist Adam Hawley’s debut album “Just the Beginning” has been 7 years in the making and features many of the artists he has been working with the past several years including Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Michael Lington, Eric Darius, Greg Manning, L. Young, and Tracy Carter.   Follow Adam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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3RD FORCE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Mar 06, 2016


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes the founders of 3rd Force, William Aura and Craig Dobbin to talk about their new release, Global Force.  Ronald Jackson from The Smooth Jazz Ride said about Global Force:  From start to finish, there is so much to love about this album: "The melodies, the rhythms, the sense of a phat, “whole,” sound, and of course, the skill and effort put into it all. Horns blaze brightly (saxman Derrick Edmondson and trumpeter/trombonist Mitch Mannker clearly bring their “A” game), keyboards and piano sing eloquently and with feeling, the flute calls ever so sweetly, and guitars guide us through the becoming collage. The entire project is just so alive."  Read the full review at The Smooth Jazz Ride. Follow 3rd Force on Facebook and Twitter.

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TRUMPETER ISAAC BYRD, JR.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Feb 13, 2016


Trumpeter Isaac Byrd, Jr. returns to talk about his new release, Life.  Life features the catchy dance-pop party song “The Come Up” and the title track “Life”, which features members of Tribe Judah and reflects the emotional transitions he has faced in recent years to be able to blossom now as a confident person and performer. Another irresistible track is the coolly soulful “Dreams”, which features Byrd’s sensual muted trumpet melody floating over graceful piano harmonies and an easy grooving percussion line.  Follow Isaac on Facebook and Twitter.  website: www.isaacbyrdjrmusic.com

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SAXOPHONISTS TONY EXUM, JR and DANNY KUSZ'S POWER SOL GROUP

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 31, 2016


With the ever growing demand for packaged shows, national recording artists Tony Exum, Jr. and Danny Kusz have teamed up to create the Power Sol Group.  This is a high-energy and soulful collective of industry-topping smooth jazz artists that are dedicated to innovating the smooth jazz industry and bringing a unique show to your next event.  On their own, founders Tony and Danny have created a unique blend of funk, R&B, fusion and jazz to create the new sound in smooth jazz.  The combination of these two artists create an unstoppable force that wow any crowd and have people on their feet the entire show.  The show is also scalable depending on the type of event.  If you would like more information, or want to book the Power Sol Group at your next event, email them at powersolgroup@gmail.com.    

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MARK ETHEREDGE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 30, 2016


Keyboardist and composer Mark Etheredge has just wrapped up “Connected” -- a new contemporary jazz album produced by two-time GRAMMY® winner Paul Brown. The album on Vipaka Records features ten originals composed by Etheredge including two in collaboration with featured guitarists Paul Brown and Chuck Loeb. In addition to drummer Gorden Campbell, bassist Roberto Vally and percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia, keyboardist Etheredge is joined by trumpeter Lee Thornburg and saxophonists Greg Vail and Andy Suzuki.  “Connected” will be released worldwide on Friday, February 26, 2016.  Follow Mark Etheredge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

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SAXOPHONIST TONY CRADDOCK, JR.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 24, 2016


Saxophonist Tony Craddock, Jr.’s mission is to connect weather and life through music. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science and uses weather to illustrate inspirational stories embedded within his music. We’ll talk to Tony about his latest project Convection and his upcoming Valentine Day Smooth Jazz Brunch event with special guest Ken Navarro. Follow Tony on Facebook and Twitter.  

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KEYBOARDIST DERRICK HARVIN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 17, 2016


Producer and keyboardist Derrick Harvin released his debut cd From Here. From Here is not just a product of Harvin’s choice to progress in his music career; it is Harvin’s courageous effort to embrace a brighter tomorrow after the heartbreak of his past. Dedicating the album to his late father, Harvin chooses to view the world from where he is at the moment with eyes wide open and a heart full of faith. He hopes that the story within From Here represents the universality within his audience, as everyone has the choice to decide how they will perceive and appreciate the future from here. Harvin is ready to captivate a global audience, one that can begin to understand life’s great mysteries hand in hand through a magnetic album that surveys the depth of an artist’s sentimentality.   Follow Derrick on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST JWHITE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Nov 22, 2015


JWhite opens up a true original Jazz story with his anticipated EP, "Grit & Glamour!" JWhite paints a vivid picture on the canvas, illustrating the perfect soundtrack for urban life. "Grit & Glamour" is the new soundtrack for urban story telling. Follow JWhite on Facebook and Twitter.

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KEYBOARDIST BOB BALDWIN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 21, 2015


Four-time SESAC Award-winning and Grammy nominee Pianist/Arranger Bob Baldwin continues his flow of music, and follows up with his tributes to Michael Jackson and Songwriter extraordinaire Thom Bell with his MelloWonder/Songs In the Key of Stevie CD. Follow Bob on Facebook and Twitter.

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KEYBOARDIST KEVIN HOWARD

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Nov 15, 2015


Kevin Howard's new cd, Travels, takes you on a journey with 10 of his original compositions blending contemporary jazz, smooth jazz fusion, funk and Latin rhythms. Follow Kevin on Facebook.

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VOCALIST HELEN ROGERS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 14, 2015


Billboard chart-topping vocalist and songwriter Helen Rogers of Jazzmasters fame returns with her solo debut, the potent Smooth Jazz Meets Reggae (Skinny Bwoy Records). The 10-song set (plus two CD-only bonus tracks), features original songwriting and production, as well as compelling reggae covers of “Don't Know Why” (Norah Jones), “Be Thankful For What You Got” (William DeVaughn) and the reggae classic “I'm Still In Love” (Alton Ellis). Follow Helen on Facebook.

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SAXOPHONIST CLIFFORD CLARK

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Nov 08, 2015


Saxophonist Clifford Clark has released his debut project, Ocean Air, composed and arranged by saxophonist Martin Blockson. Follow Clifford on Facebook.

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SAXOPHONIST VINCENT INGALA

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 07, 2015


The long-awaited third release of multi-instrumentalist, Vincent Ingala, gives you more of his funky, soulful smooth jazz. From the driving upbeat title track, “Coast to Coast,” to the smooth, sensual, “Love On Hold,” Ingala will take you on an emotional journey, In addition to his seven original compositions, Ingala stays true to his love of old-school and R&B with three surprising covers. Follow Vincent on Facebook and Instagram.

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GUITARIST JESSE COOK

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 25, 2015


For Jesse Cook, music has been a journey. Sonically and literally.  His new release, One World, begins another chapter in the multi-tasking artist, composer and producer’s quest. His destination: The digital realm. To create the disc’s emotive melodies, fluid grooves and rich sonic tapestries, he incorporated technology more than ever before. The Paris-born, Toronto-raised Cook himself is a product of cross pollination and his guitar compositions incorporate rumba, gypsy, flamenco, Latin, Afro-Cuban, jazz and classical motifs into multicultural amalgams. On previous discs, Cook traveled extensively and recorded in disparate locales in order to foster authenticity. However, on “One World,” he opted to sonically explore far-reaching lands from his home studio while incorporating more modern technology and electronics than ever harnessed on past ventures. Cook’s alluring guitar prowess remains the focal point - expressive, poetic, evocative and emotionally stirring. Follow Jesse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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BASSIST JOHN DILLARD

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Oct 24, 2015


Profusely creative, highly energetic, sensitive and yet dynamic are a few words that describe the artistry of this extraordinary bassist. John Dillard embarks upon his journey, setting his pace on his first album as a solo artist, “Lets Ride.”  “Lets Ride” is a project of passion, longsuffering, and perseverance.  Its smooth, funk-groovy feeling will have you relaxed or wanting to ride with the top down with the wind lowing through your hair. Follow John Dillard on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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BASSIST AL TURNER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 18, 2015


Bass Guitar Impresario, Al Turner, affectionately called “The Burner” returns with his latest record “Simply Amazing”, his forth album in 10 years. Simply Amazing finds the gifted producer, expanding his iconic style. Produced by Al Turner, along with Co-Producers Barry Eastmond, Dana Davis and Dave Isaac, Simply Amazing is the latest addition to Al’s diverse catalog. A strikingly balanced record, the album finds Al skillfully blending Jazz, Funk and R&B, making an eclectic melodic statement. Follow Al on Facebook and Twitter.

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HARPIST MARIEA ANTOINETTE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Oct 17, 2015


Urban-jazz harpist Mariea Antoinette will release a special edition of her Billboard Top 5 album “Straight from the Harp” on September 25 in conjunction with receiving a Phenomenal Women in Entrepreneurship Award from the National Council of Negro Women. The Allan Phillips-produced disc that peaked in the Billboard smooth jazz albums Top 5, “Straight from the Harp,” connects with a balanced set list of soul-infused originals and R&B classics. Showcasing Antoinette’s gorgeous, graceful and sensual harp theatrics amidst down home funk grooves, ebullient pop harmonies and spacious jazz improvisations, the record was purposely crafted to fulfill the artist’s mission to smash limiting preconceptions, banish borders and offer adventurous new possibilities for her celestial stringed instrument. Follow Mariea on Facebook and Twitter.

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SAXOPHONIST DANTE LEWIS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 11, 2015


Dante Lewis, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, is a powerful saxophonist and musician.  Since the age of 12, Dante has wowed audiences throughout the Carolinas with his quality sound, his engaging personality, and his passion for music.  His third cd project, No Cover Charge is produced by the award winning producer Byron Counts and has some of the most enjoyable originals for the smooth jazz listeners that sure to be a favorite in your collection. Follow Dante on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST MARCUS ANDERSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 04, 2015


Saxophonist Marcus Anderson returns with two new releases.  Marcus Anderson Xperience (his first live cd), celebrates his 10th anniversary in the business.  The Marcus Anderson Xperience is a two-disk set that includes the story behind each song.  His 2nd release, AND Coffee, coincides with the release of his new coffee line on October 16.  This eleven track disk features Darnell "Showcase" Taylor, guitarist Matt Marshak, trumpeter Lin Rountree, keyboardist Nicholas Cole and bassist Julian Vaughn.  Each track is named after a coffee beverage. Follow Marcus on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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OLETA ADAMS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Oct 03, 2015


Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single “Get Here” (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War) Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe.  She's releasing two new singles, Long and Lonely Hours and Safe and Sound from her upcoming prayer album. Follow Oleta on Facebook.

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BASSIST BLAIR BRYANT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Sep 27, 2015


21 year-old Blair is a fierce bassist who plays more than 10 instruments including: the upright double bass, electronic fretless, 5 string Fender Jazz and 6 string ESP basses. He prefers using piccolo strings, similar to his idols Wayman Tisdale and Stanley Clarke. Blair also plays the Yamaha Motif, Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organs, B3 and XK1.   B2 New Colours is the debut project from Blair Bryant. New Colours is a showcase for Blair’s writing and playing style, which is upbeat, layered, lush and evocative of many pleasant tonal colors and moods. His creative influences among many are: Wayman Tisdale, Stanley Clarke, Joe Sample and Michael Munson. This CD is reflective of his growth and preference for Smooth Jazz, with well-developed melodies and instrumentation. Follow Blair on Facebook and Twitter.

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LEGALLY BLYND

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Sep 26, 2015


Legally Blynd is easily the tightest, most creative soul-blues band performing today. Great songs rooted in the blues and gospel quartet traditions, written by and featuring the deeply soulful lead vocals of John "Jubu" Smith, a double whammy of awesome guitar work by Jubu and Errol Cooney, and a rhythm section made up of some of the most accomplished players in the business make for a truly world-class team. --Lee Hildebrand, Veteran Contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle and Living Blues.  Legally Blynd consistently produces music that pushes the boundaries of what music should be. Combining soul, gospel, and blues influences, Legally Blynd brings a clearly differentiated sound to a diverse group of audiences everywhere. The all-star band members have built careers for top billing artists such as Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Destiny’s Child, Raphael Saadiq, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Luther Vandross,Sheila E.,Frankie Beverly & Maze, Whitney Houston, John Legend, Chrisette Michele, and numerous more. Aptly named "Legally Blynd," the band has serious goals as artists to reach, inspire and bring people of all demographics together, through the love of their music. We'll talk to them abut their new release, You. Follow Legally Blynd on Facebook and Twitter.

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GROOVE, LTD. FEATURING GUITARIST U-NAM AND SAXOPHONIST SHANNON KENNEDY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Sep 13, 2015


On the heels of the success of their first single, "It's Only Love", which earned a place on USA Today/Mediabase and was #11 on Allen Kepler's Top 20 Smooth Jazz Countdown as well as being a favorite of his for several months, Groove LTD. is gearing up for the release of their debut album, First Class. Produced and written by Billboard Chart Topping Artist and Multi-Platinum Producer, U-Nam, First Class is an energetic album that will have listeners playing it on repeat. Teaming up with up and coming saxtress Shannon Kennedy. The project includes an impressive line up of special guests including keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen, Maysa Leak, Grammy Award winning percussionist Paulinho DaCosta, drummer Michael White (of Maze, George Benson), bassist Dwayne "Smitty" Smith (Boney James), Neo-Soul singer Myron Davis, steel drums master Andy Narell, as well as many more.   Follow U-Nam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow Shannon Kennedy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST LEBRON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Aug 30, 2015


Saxophonist Lebron releases his 2nd album "New Era" featuring Keith Fluitt, trumpeter Lin Rountree, bassist Julian Vaughn and vocalist Rachael Gehmlich.  Ronald Jackson from The Smooth Jazz Ride said about New Era, “Truly an album of class, funk, romance, soul, and feel-good energy. Follow Lebron on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

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GUITARIST KEN NAVARRO

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Aug 29, 2015


New and Beautiful Contemporary Jazz from one of the genres most gifted and successful recording artists.  Top charting and award winning contemporary guitarist and composer Ken Navarro has created his 22nd album “Unbreakable Heart”. With 11 new compositions, Navarro's brilliant acoustic and electric work are featured throughout this exciting release. Follow Ken on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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KEYBOARDIST AND PRODUCER NICHOLAS COLE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Aug 26, 2015


Trippin N Rhythm's recording artist keyboardist and producer Nicholas Cole is back with this third release, Night Sessions.  With a killer horn section and featuring saxophonist Steve Cole on Date Night, basist Julian Vaughn on My Love, Anthony Saunders on So Good, and Kay-Ta-Matsuno on Hide and Seek.  Night Sessions is available on Amazon. Follow Nicholas on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST CURTIS HAYWOOD

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Aug 12, 2015


Saxophonist Curtis Haywood returns with a new cd, Smooth Ingredients. Follow Curtis on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram.

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SUN SOUL ORCHESTRA

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Aug 09, 2015


Created by husband and wife team Steveo Theard and Ginger Murphy, together they have formed the Sun Soul Orchestra, a spirited ensemble featuring a string quartet, vocalists, and instrumentalists playing originals and arrangements of Soul Music.  Sun Soul Orchestra is an inspired project that features a rotating collection of artists performing original music and covers arranged by Stevo and Ginger.  We will talk to Stevo about their new release, What Matters Most. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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GUITARIST NILS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Aug 08, 2015


Nils returns with his first full studio album since his 2012 release "City Groove" call "Alley Cat."  The 12-track disc includes artists bassist Darryl Williams, trumpeter Johnny Britt, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, and the late drummer, Ricky Lawson. Follow Nils on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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GUITARIST PAUL WHITLEY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Aug 05, 2015


Guitarist Paul Whitley returns with a new release called "Come Groove With Me", a collection of 13 original songs. The CD builds on a broad stylistic range musically, from the highly charged, gospel – influenced, jazz and soul with accompanying vocals. Follow Paul on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST NAJEE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jul 29, 2015


The Multi-Platinum & Multi-Grammy Nominated Instrumentalist Najee is back with his new album "YOU, ME, AND FOREVER" featuring "soulful vocalist" Frank McComb, "Pieces of A Dream" James Lloyd and "producer" Robert Damper. Follow Najee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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KEYBOARDIST CECIL RAMIREZ

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jul 19, 2015


Cecil Ramirez is an independent contemporary jazz artist, pianist and composer from Sacramento, California, USA. He has been a headline artist for Brian Culbertson's Napa Valley Jazz Getaway and Sax On The River. This year, Cecil co-hosted the official Welcome Dinner for Napa Valley Jazz Getaway 2015 with Brian with guests artists BC, Eric Darius, and Vincent Ingala. He will be back at Sax On The River 2015 as a headliner and music director. Cecil's new CD Party In The Back is Cecil's homage to the R&B grooves that he grew up with, listened to and played as part of an R&B band on tour in the 80's. The album is a collection of 7 hook-laden original tunes and 3 covers of Cecil's favorite songs. Available on Amazon and CD Baby. Follow Cecil on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST PHIL DENNY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Tue, Jun 30, 2015


Saxophonist Phil Denny returns following the three-time Billboard charting debut release "Crossover" with more tasty lyricism, sultry flow and stylish groove on the diverse and well-balanced sophomore release "Upswing." The 11-track offering infuses elements of R&B, urban vibe, uptempo pop and funk. "Upswing" will be available July 1, 2015! Follow Phil on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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DRUMMER WENDELL HOLMES, JR.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 13, 2015


Drummer Wendell Holmes Jr. incorporates the dynamics of rhythm with the perception of sound, redefining the ability to apply beats and melodies to all aspect of musicianship ranging from athleticism and performing arts to creation and production. Conference USA athlete turn, professional percussionist, Wendell Holmes Jr. brings a universal vibe to Jazz fusing the simplicity of Gospel drumming with the displacement of Rock drumming, creating a balance of heart felt grooves.  We will talk to Wendell about his Lewis Avenue and Above It All releases and his recent trip to China. Follow Wendell on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST J. HENRY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jun 07, 2015


We'll talk to saxophonist J. Henry about his Phenomenon record, scheduled for release on Tuesday, June 9 on the Spectra Jazz label. Follow J. Henry on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST PAULA ATHERTON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 06, 2015


Here she is once again dancing the funk right off everyone’s dancing shoes: saxtress Paula Atherton. The lady has a new label (Maurice White’s Kalimba Music), some slammin’ contributions from one of the coolest guitarist around, Nick Colionne, lovely trumpeter Cindy Bradley, and the wonderfully talented, equally lovely keyboardist Gail Jhonson. Couple that with that same seductive, crystal clear vocal style that has brought her this far and an album of all new, all original material – Ear Candy — and I think we can look for a chart topper here.             This release marks her fourth, and each just seems to take the listener a little bit farther into the fascinating sound-rich world of this now so well-defined saxtress. That her fortunes are blossoming so well (new label, notable luminaries signing on to contribute) only further proves her to be more than ready to share the upper rungs of that wonderful c-jazz ladder. It is also evident that her style and material are irresistibly charming. Ear Candy …mmm, mmm good. – Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride. Follow Paula on Facebook and Twitter.

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THE QUEEN CITY JAZZ FEST 2015

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jun 03, 2015


Charles Whitfield and R&B artist Will Downing talks to us about The Queen City Jazz Fest happening June 20, 2015 at The Uptown Amphitheater at NC Music Factory in Charlotte, NC. Artists scheduled to performed are Will Downing, Brian Culbertson and Mike Phillips with Karen Briggs.  Tickets are on sale at www.livenation.com.  You'll also hear new music from Will Downing's new release, Chocolate Drops. Follow The Queen City Jazz Fest on Twitter.

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SAXOPHONIST JAZMIN GHENT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, May 31, 2015


New artist, Jazmin Deborah Ghent is a young very soulful, passionate and dynamic saxophonist from Huntsville, Alabama. This recent graduate from Florida State University and Tennessee State University's Music Education/Jazz Studies Department is known for her exceptional tone quality and her ability to combine her gospel roots to create a fresh new sound to the smooth jazz music industry. Her self-entitled EP is described as tremendously diverse from the upbeat sounds of "Boss", the creative happy song "EYO" to the smooth soulful sounds of "Jazzy Jazz". Jazmin's full CD "Boss" will be available for purchase in June 2015. It is obvious this entertainer's true passion is music! "This rising star is one to keep an eye on!" Follow Jazmin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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TRUMPETER DAVID JONES

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, May 30, 2015


Emerging from Alabama’s Gulf Coast like an exciting and electric force of musical nature, multi-talented composer, trumpeter and vocalist David Jones calls his brand of Smooth Jazz, “Soul Jazz” and titles it BEAUTIFUL MUSIC! There’s so much more here than that title implies. With the help of guitarist Eric Essix, Jones gets the party off to a soulful, funk-drenched start, having his trumpet declare on his radio hit, “Let The Players Play.” He and Essix keep the rock/soul hoppin’ on “Glory Be.” Jones includes lovely vocals and trumpet ballads and even an explosive Gospel tune. It’s BEAUTIFUL MUSIC for fans with expansive tastes! ~Jonathan Widran Follow David on Facebook.

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TRUMPETER GREG ADAMS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, May 20, 2015


Trumpeter Greg Adams and his band East Bay Soul are back with what should be a smash album for them called That’s Life, as they harness some of that ol’ Greg Adams CD Tower of Power feel (like that found on the lead track “Little Black Dress”) as well as some other creative presentations. Eclecticism, innovativeness, soul, and a full-blown commitment to excellence – this is the stuff great albums must include as ingredients for success. Adams and his band have sailed this one out of the park, in my opinion. Give it a good listen. – Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride. Follow Greg on Facebook, East Bay Soul, and Twitter.

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KEYBOARDIST NATE HARASIM

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, May 17, 2015


Celebrating 10 years in the music industry, composer, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Nate Harasim, earned a Grammy nomination for his work on Dave Koz’s Billboard #1 Jazz Album Hello Tomorrow and a 2014 Soul Train nod for Vandell Andrew’s #1 hit “Let’s Ride.” He scored a #1 for Steve Oliver (“Fun in the Sun”) as one of 14 Top 20 tunes and has also helmed sessions for Darren Rahn, Steve Oliver, Lin Rountree, Julian Vaughn and Vandell Andrew, among others. A tireless entertainer Harasim’s hundreds of stage appearances include performing at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball with best pal Rahn and playing twice at the Dubai International Jazz Festival.   His new album “Shades of Nate” on Woodward Avenue Records, afforded him the creative license to produce an eclectic and out of the box record.  On this release he worked with two rappers, K-Squeez and Dyl. Track # 7 is a “wild twist” as Jonathan Widran puts it, to a Beethoven song called Moonlight Sonata and he covers Phil Collins’ mega hit, In The Air Tonight featuring Melina and Nils. Other guest artists include, trumpeter Lin Rountree, saxophonist Elan Trotman, vocalist Anna Stevenson, drummer Ricky Lawson, and so many more! Follow Nate on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAXOPHONIST GREG CHAMBERS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, May 09, 2015


Saxophonist Greg Chambers joins us to talk about his latest CD, "Can't Help Myself, entirely produced by Nate Harasim & Matt Godina, and features 2x Grammy winner Paul Brown, Julian Vaughn, and Nils.   Follow Greg on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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FRANK MCCOMB

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, May 06, 2015


Named one of the 27 greatest keyboard players of all time by Music Radar, Frank McComb is a divine soul man who speaks with the native tongue of soul, jazz, blues and pop.  His virtuoso vocal and piano work has made him not only an indispensable and highly sought after session musician, but a favorite on the soul, jazz and R&B scenes.  He’s worked with Prince, Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Gerald Levert, The Rude Boys, and so many more!   Frank will talk to us about his new EP SoulMate featuring guitarist David P. Stevens and Avery Sunshine. Follow Frank on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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GUITARIST JJ SANSAVERINO

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Apr 26, 2015


National recording artist for Innervision Records and guitarist for Maxi Priest, Guitarist JJ Sansaverino returns with his latest release Waiting For You, dedicated to his friend, drummer Ricky Lawson,and featuring Ze Luis, Gary Stanionis and Vivian Sessoms. Follow JJ on Twitter and Instagram.

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BASSIST JULIAN VAUGHN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Apr 25, 2015


One of the most stylish and creative lead bassists of this wonderful time in C-jazz is the rising star Julian Vaughn whose fluid bass runs and compositions always seem to hit that special nerve in you that’s reserved for the smooth groove. Here on his latest released,Limitless, he continues to serve it up in abundance. Bringing in a few luminaries from his Trippin N Rhythm/Cutmore Records family (saxmen Lebron and Darren Rahn, keyboardist Nicholas Cole, and flutist Althea Rene) along with saxmen Marcus Anderson and Elan Trotman, the bassist loads up with heavy grooves and romantic seductions. The up-tempo but easy ridin’ lead track “Ride Along” firmly complements tracks like the energetic “Initiate” and calls a cool timeout for the fluid entrance of the more laid back romance-laden offering “All to Myself” and the mid-tempo R&Bish “Ecstacy.” Vaughn’s wonderful tribute to the late great Wayman Tisdale shows how much of an impact the jovial and greatly talented Tisdale had on Vaughan. We all love a great up-tempo jam, and Vaughn certainly offers his share here, but his skill with crafting slow- to mid-tempo tracks with tons of melody like the previously mentioned “All to Myself,” “I Will,” and “Say Yes” is equally as powerful and full of charm. Here is a bassist who is doing it the right way…feeling the genre and the groove and how it moves him and his music to always strive for excellence. As the album title could imply, his potential is truly Limitless. – Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride.

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TRUMPETER LIN ROUNTREE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Apr 19, 2015


Trumpeter Lin Rountree is back with a new cd “SOULFUNKY”, a collection of some of the most soulful, funk filled groves to hit the contemporary jazz scene in quite some time. Arguably Rountree's greatest work to date, this project features collaborations with some of the industries hottest musicians.  Guest appearances include: Kenny "Mac" Martin, Julian Vaughn, Lebron, Nicholas Cole, Michael "Big Mike" Hart, NIls, Kim Scott, Nate Harasim, Al Turner, Beth Griffith and HIdden Beach Recording artist Mike Phillips. Follow Lin on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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TRUMPETER FARNELL NEWTON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Apr 18, 2015


Trumpeter Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians & music educators in the Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz, Latinmusic, soul, hip hop, funk, and more.  From Portland, Oregon,  Farnell has been touring with three-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott, legendary rhinestone rockstar bassist Bootsy Collins and critically acclaimed soul newcomer Jarrod Lawson.  Farnell returns to Talking Smooth Jazz to talk abut his brand new release, Ready To Roll. Follow Farnell on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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KEYBOARDIST VAHAGN STEPANYAN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Apr 12, 2015


Vahagn Stepanyan is a gifted Armenian-born keyboardist, songwriter, composer, arranger and producer.  His debut cd, "Moonlight" infuses the musical styles of Smooth Jazz, R&B and Funk with the talents of artists from the USA, Brazil, Armenia, Thailand, Israel, Turkey, Slovenia and Germany.  Moonlight features saxophonist Eric Marienthal, guitarist Adam Hawley, bassists Melvin Lee Davis and Anthony Crawford, drummer Cleverson Silva, and trumpeter Tony Guerrero.  Moonlight is available May 5, 2015.  Pre-order your copy today on Amazon. Follow Vahagn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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KEYBOARDIST BRIAN SIMPSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Mar 29, 2015


Simpson’s latest masterwork is the perfect amalgamation of music that is close to his heart – Jazz, R&B, Funk and Soul. Out Of A Dream (Released February 17, 2015) is Simpson’s sixth album as a leader and third recording for Shanachie Entertainment. “When I first embarked on making this album, I was at a point where I felt I had to take my music to a different place,” explains Simpson who enlists nine different co-composers on the album that keep the sound ever-evolving and fresh. “By collaborating with other composers I was able to explore different styles of writing while still maintaining my own vibe.” Out Of A Dream unites Brian Simpson with an all-star cast including saxophonists Najee, Dave Koz and Grace Kelly, guitarists Marc Antoine and Norman Brown, singer Maysa and trumpeter Maurice Brown, Jonathan Fritzen, among others. Follow Brian on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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DW3 pays “Tribute” to their late drummer-mentor Ricky Lawson

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 28, 2015


GRAMMY®-nominated vocalists DW3 are brothers Billy & Eric Mondragon and Damon Reel.  With the release of their highly-anticipated Woodward Avenue Records debut, Southern California’s premiere R&B, funk and contemporary urban jazz powerhouse DW3 lets the world in on a cool “Vintage Truth” paying tribute to their late drummer Ricky Lawson.  “Vintage Truth” features contributions from a handful of the genre’s superstar performers. Brian Culbertson plays piano on the opening track, the rousing, vocal harmony laden R&B tune “Let The Music.” Paul Brown produced, mixed and contributes his inimitable guitar to “I Can’t Tell You Why,” while Greg Adams lends trumpet and horns to Eric’s original tune “Hold Me,” and Dave Koz infuses his lush sax emotion on “When You Cry.”  Before he passed away, legendary GRAMMY®-winning drummer Ricky Lawson, who performed with DW3 in the final two years of his life, co-produced four of the core tracks on “Vintage Truth” with keyboardist Sean Dancy – including “Dance With Me,” “Overjoyed,” “California Dreamin’” and “When You Cry.” Follow DW3 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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JAZZ VOCALIST VICTOR FIELDS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Mar 22, 2015


Contemporary jazz vocalist, Victor Fields, joins forces with smooth jazz guitarist, Chris Camozzi, for a head-bobbing and soulful rendition of a Lou Rawls classic!  The Lou Rawls Project is a sultry, bluesy and easy swinging set featuring lush, sophisticated re-imaginings of ten Rawls classics.  Victor's rich gauzy tenor and his ability to move seamlessly between the blues, jazz, R&B and Pop prompted the legendary Lou Rawls to call him “the man with the golden voice” and the Los Angeles Times to describe him as "a stylistically accomplished singer who deserves much more attention." Follow Victor on Facebook and Twitter.

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2015 Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala Weekend.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 21, 2015


President & CEO Alvin Keels joins us to talk about his Jazz Legacy Foundation's Fundraising Gala weekend happening November 13-15, 2015, in Hampton, VA.  Line-up includes, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, El Debarge, Marcus Johnson, Boney James, Maysa, Richard Elliott, Rick Braun and more!  Follow Jazz Legacy Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

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COMPOSER, ARRANGER AND KEYBOARDIST, CHRIS GEITH

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Mar 15, 2015


Chris Geith returns to talk about his latest release Chasing Rainbows, a collection of music heard on The Weather Channel's Local on The 8's and his upcoming release, Well Tempered Love.   Follow Chris on Facebook and Twitter.

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JAZZ GUITARIST DEE BROWN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 14, 2015


Jazz guitarist dee Brown returns with a new release called Brown Sugar, Honey Coated Love on Innervision Records.  Foundationally inspired by Proverbs 27:7 which says, “a satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”  Possessing a solid musical background, dee has performed with artists such as Nate Harasim, Aretha Franklin, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Paul Taylor, Randy Scott, Michael Winans and Gail Jhonson, just to name a few.  Follow dee on Facebook and Twitter.

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GUITARIST CRAIG "THUMPER" SAMUELS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 07, 2015


Craig “Thumper” Samuels, the one man band from Omaha Nebraska has been on the music seen for several years and has a very high following. He's a musician, singer, songwriter, actor, model, composer, producer, and much more. His style of music blends rock, gospel, funk, jazz, pop, R&B, and many other styles together and adds a little spice of his own to produce his sound - the O-Zone sound. We will talk to Craig about his latest release, One.  Follow Craig on Facebook and Twitter.  

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SILKY & SMOOTH'S JASON CARROLL AND ISAAC BYRD, JR.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Feb 28, 2015


Producer and Keyboardist Jason Carroll and Trumpeter Isaac Byrd, Jr., joins us to talk about their new project Silky & Smooth. Formed by Jason and Isaac, Silky & Smooth is a collaboration that features the likes of Jeff Gaeth, Nathan Woodward, David P. Stevens, and Charlie Duran. With a lineup as versatile as this, the sound is as unique as smooth jazz gets. Though Carroll produced all of the songs on the album, Silky & Smooth has enough diversity from song to song to satisfy just about any smooth jazz lover's craving for tasteful music.  

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JONATHAN FRITZEN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Feb 21, 2015


Take one of the hottest composers and keyboard players in instrumental pop, add in featured performances from the likes of Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor and Nils Landgren, hook them up with ten wonderful new tunes and what do you have?  The answer is ‘Fritzenized’, the latest album from the Billboard chart-topping, artist Jonathan Fritz?n. Follow Jonathan on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram.  

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GUITARIST BOBBY PORTER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Feb 15, 2015


We welcome Bobby to talk about his latest release, Comin At You.

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GUITARIST KEN NAVARRO

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Feb 08, 2015


Guitarist Ken Navarro has released "Hope, Joy, Strength" a trilogy of 3 new songs.  Uplifting and energetic beautiful contemporary jazz music from one of the genre's most gifted and successful recording artists.  Top charting and award winning contemporary guitarist and composer Ken Navarro begins 2015 with positive and soulful new music. Follow Ken on Facebook and Twitter.

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SAXOPHONIST AND FLUTIST NELSON RANGELL

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Feb 07, 2015


Saxophonist and flutist Nelson Rangell is back with two new releases: "Blue" an entire collection of flute recordings.  This is a diverse cd with everything from pop jazz originals, cool covers, uptempo straight ahead to jazz adaptations of well known classical pieces from Ravel, Faure and Prokofiev.  The other new release is called "Red" featuring all saxophone tunes.  Nelson says "this is more of a contemporary pop jazz cd than a smooth jazz recording with a pretty fair amount of improvisation going on."  Follow Nelson on Facebook.

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GUITARIST AND PRODUCER DIRK K

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 31, 2015


Guitarist and producer Dirk K is originally from Germany. He is an accomplished guitarist, whose career begun in the early 1990s.  Releasing 14 cd's as a recording artist on Sony, Bellaphon, Fuzzy Music and on his own independent label DIP records, his new release, It’s On is his exciting new album. Dirk K lets us know from the opening minute of the coolly percussive title track of his latest collection that It’s On. Follow Dirk K on Facebook and Twitter.

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SAXOPHONIST JAREZ

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jan 28, 2015


SEXY SAXY Volume 1, the seduction is on high and the EP is loaded with fresh and inviting new tunes featuring the project’s first single, “Hold On Tight” with Billboard, chart-topping Smooth Jazz saxophonist Vandell Andrew. Also features A.J. Luke who helped enhances the vibe. All seven of the tunes are sax-drenched, saucy and smooth infused with Hip Hop, soul and jazz! This may not be your father’s Smooth Jazz, but you’re gonna dig it! ~ Sandy Shore Follow Jarez on Twitter and Instagram.

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SLIM MAN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 25, 2015


Born Timoteo Camponeschi, Slim Manicotti started the band, Bona Fide.  They have released their first CD in five years called “Bona Fide” produced by Marc Antoine.  We'll talk to the group's founder Slim Man about that and his upcoming cookbook.

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BASSIST MITCHELL COLEMAN, JR.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 18, 2015


With the release of his first solo CD effort, ‘Soul Searching’, and single ‘Genesis’, an instrumental jazz/funk fusion collection that interweaves music inspired by his much admired influences, Mitchell Coleman Jr has fulfilled a lifelong dream of creating the music he hears in his heart and feels in his soul – and sharing it with the world. The disc, independently released on his own Soul Revelation label , features some of L.A.’s funkiest players: his long-time collaborator and ‘Soul Searching’ co-producer, Hollywood (pulling triple-duty on piano and vocals), Deron Johnson (formerly with Miles Davis) is also on keyboards, Kayta Matsuno and Sean Fabian are on guitar, Tim Anderson and Sal Avila are on saxophones, while industry veterans and sisters, Pam and Joyce Vincent (formerly of Tony Orlando and Dawn) and Jim Gilstrap (the ‘Good Times’ TV show theme song singer) perform background vocals along with newcomers Sean Thomas and Nodesha.

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PIANIST AND COMPOSER DAN SIEGEL

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 17, 2015


It’s been five years since Dan Siegel released a new recording and the cover of his 20th disc, “Indigo,” provides a glimpse of the musical content. Stylish black & white photos shot by Siegel in Paris, Berkeley, Malibu and Irvine colored in muted shades of Indigo reflect the melodic beauty and idyllic romance that illuminate Siegel’s ten original compositions that are fully-orchestrated acoustic jazz renderings produced by Grammy-nominated bassist Brian Bromberg and Siegel. 

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JAZZ VOCALIST CARMEN LUNDY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 10, 2015


“Soul To Soul,” a passionate new song cycle from vocalist, songwriter, producer and musician Carmen Lundy is Lundy’s 14th album, and the next chapter in her critically-acclaimed career as both a musical artist and a visual artist; a return to her roots but also an exploration of these roots -- and the journey that those roots can take you on. The release of “Soul To Soul” will be accompanied by tour dates both in the U.S. and overseas. Featuring the stellar talents of guest artists Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Mayra Casales, Simphiwe Dana, Bennie Maupin, Carol Robbins, Ada Rovatti, and Warren Wolf along with Carmen’s core rhythm section members Darryl Hall and Jamison Ross, “Soul To Soul” invites the listener on an intriguing journey. The moods and moments of “Soul To Soul” are genre-bending and traverse many borders, both literally and figuratively.

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GUITARIST FRANK PIOMBO

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 19, 2014


Frank Piombo's musical career spans three plus decades of professional entertainment as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter.  He has appeared as a lead guitarist and vocalist with many live bands throughout his career. The Night Speaks: A Smooth Jazz Journey is a compulation of original smooth jazz guitar, saxophone, trumpet, and flute.   Follow Frank on Facebook.  

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BASSIST CHIP SHEARIN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Sep 20, 2014


Bassist, composer and producer Chip Shearin returns to talk about his new cd "How I Live", executive produced by The Lakers coach Bryon Scott, featuring comedian Sinbad and his upcoming Avengers tour with bassist Ethan Farmer. Follow Chip on Facebook.

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GUITARIST U-NAM

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Sep 17, 2014


U-Nam returns with a brand new project, C'est Le Funk.  Brent Black from criticaljazz.com said about C'est Le Funk, "For the artists that walk the smoother side of the improvisational street, the groove has remained stagnant for over a decade. The differences between most artists can be measured with a sheet of paper. U/Nam's C'est Le Funk pushes the music forward and drops a groove bomb of flavor and lyrical flow that most artists are still struggling to find. These are old school vibes dusted off with a new cool funk full of attitude and a technical proficiency to match. While there is an obvious George Benson like influence, U/Nam channels this pioneering sound into his own unique presentation. Simply put, no other contemporary artist sounds like U/Nam!"  

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SMOOTH JAZZ THERAPY'S DENIS POOLE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Sep 07, 2014


Denis Poole is a music journalist who operates the contemporary jazz website smoothjazztherapy.com, the hottest place on the web for smooth jazz and classic soul.  Follow Denis on Facebook and Twitter.

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TRUMPETER ISAAC BYRD, JR.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Sep 06, 2014


Trumpeter Isaac Byrd, Jr., brings a rich and dynamic history as a jazz performer to his emergence in the contemporary urban jazz world.  Isaac returns with a new cd called "Life".  The single "Meek" featuring guitarist Nils is named after his wife, Shmeka. Follow Isaac on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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THE LEGENDARY AL JARREAU

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Sep 03, 2014


Talking Smooth Jazz is honored to welcome seven-time Grammy award-winning singer / veteran Al Jarreau. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy® Awards, scores of International Music Awards and popular accolades worldwide. He has released a new album called My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke.  Follow Mr. Jarreau on Facebook and Twitter.

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ERICH CAWALLA OF THE UPTOWN BAND

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Aug 27, 2014


Erich from the The Uptown Band returns to talk about their sophomore album Heart, Soul, Body, & Mind featuring Will Lee, bassist from The Late Show with David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra, trumpet great and founding member of Tower of Power and East Bay Soul, Greg Adams, percussionist Doc Gibbs from The Emeril Live Show on the Food Network, drummer Curtis Harmon of Pieces of a Dream, and the CD’s Producer, bassist Bennie Sims of The Three Degrees. 

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JASON CARROLL

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Aug 23, 2014


Jason Carroll is a contemporary smooth jazz artist and producer known for his skillful multi-instrumentalism.  Many people are misled by his compositions, believing that there is a live band playing when it is astonishingly only Jason by himself.  For this reason, some people have identified him as the “Prince” of Smooth Jazz.  Jason received raved reviews for his debut cd Cool and his follow-up cd, 2 Smooth.  We’ll talk to Jason about his new release, Let It Flow, dedicated to his mother Barbara Ann Carroll who asked him to do another smooth jazz cd before her death. Follow Jason on Twitter.

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VIOLINIST CHELSEY GREEN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Aug 17, 2014


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes vioinist Chelsey Green.  Having shared the stage with artists including Roberta Flack, MC Lyte, Denyce Graves, Ruben Studdard, J.Cole, Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots, emerging artist Chelsey Green brings the unmatched tone, richness and vibrancy of acoustic violin and viola playing to audiences in a whole new way.  We will talk to Chelsey about her current cd, Still Green: The EP and her upcoming project, The Green Room. Follow Chelsey on Facebook and Twitter.

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JARROD LAWSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jul 30, 2014


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Jarrod Lawson to discuss his debut self-title project, a soulful, intricate R&B and jazz-influenced compositions carrying spiritual, thought provoking lyrics. Follow Jarrod on Twitter and Instagram.

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TRUMPETER SAM HANKINS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jul 27, 2014


DAZZLING, INVENTIVE, AND SUPER MELODIC TRUMPETER! Offering up a fresh and exhilarating vibe with his full length debut Nothing Between Us, the trumpet sound on this smooth jazz album is playful and dancy, sometimes reflective & intimate, but often peaceful and becomes a unique expression of the musician, rounding it off with a unique hip hop smooth jazz tune. Trumpeter and composer Sam Hankins draws on a powerhouse resume as a music educator and R&B/jazz sideman that includes multiple awards as a middle school bandleader and performances with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band. Follow Sam on Facebook and Twitter.    

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DOMINIQUE TONEY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jul 23, 2014


The daughter of the founding keyboardist Kevin Toney of the legendary group The Blackbyrds, singer, songwriter, actress and dancer Dominique Toney is a multi-faceted performer.  On August 12th, she releases her debut album, “A Love Like Ours” with special guests guitarists Ray Parker, Jr., and Rob Bacon, Labrese Black and her father, Kevin Toney.

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SAXOPHONIST TIM CUNNINGHAM

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jul 19, 2014


Smooth & sultry, cool, yet definitely funky. These words best describe the sound of saxophonist Tim Cunningham. Cunningham has headlined venues across the globe, from intimate nightclubs to Las Vegas Casinos.  He continues to be a major part of multiple festivals, both in the U.S. and the Caribbean, bringing his soulful style to fans the world over. We will talk to Tim about his current album, Tim Cunningham Live. Follow Tim on Twitter @tcfanclub01.  

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GUITARIST DAVID P. STEVENS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jul 16, 2014


Guitarist/ Producer, David P. Stevens is quickly becoming a recognized name in contemporary jazz!  With 3 albums to his credit, “Timeless”, “The Shedd”, and “Epiphany”,  David is blazing trails, and captivating audiences world wide!  David returns with a new release Mr. Guitar, featuring artists such as Elan Trotman, Jeanette Harris, Gail Jhonson, Andrew Neu, and famed neo-soul artist Jaguar Wright!  Expect a blend of Jazz, R and B, soul, gospel, rock and dance to be the prevalent influences that make up David’s youthful and exciting new project!

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TRUMPETER RICK BRAUN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jul 09, 2014


Once called the “Crown Prince of Smooth Jazz” Rick Braun releases his 16th album, “Can You Feel It” with some help from his friends, Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber, Euge Groove, Randy Jacobs and featuring American Idol contestant, Elliot Yamin.   Rick will host a New Year’s Eve Gala at the  JW Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa New Year's Even gala, "A Night In New Orleans" Decemeber 31, 2014, in Tuscon, Arizona.  Joining Rick this year are Richard Elliot, Peter White and special guest, Larry Braggs.  For more information, visit RickBraunNewYearsEve.com.

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FLUTIST RAGAN WHITESIDE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jul 02, 2014


2014 has been an exciting year for Ragan, having won Flutist of the Year in the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards, and looking forward to the highly anticipated release of her 3rd studio album, Quantum Drive.  This album pushes the boundaries of Contemporary/Urban Jazz and R&B even further and features collaborations with Bob Baldwin, Frank McComb, Althea Rene, and Patrice Rushen.

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SAXOPHONIST JAREZ'S "ON TOP OF THE WORLD" LISTENING PARTY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Thu, Jun 19, 2014


Talking Smooth Jazz will broadcast Saxophonist Jarez's "On Top Of The World" listening party live at the Elixir Lounge in Henderson, NV.  

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THE VOICE CONTESTANT, GEOFF MCBRIDE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 07, 2014


You’ve heard him on “The Voice.”  Now get ready to hear the true voice of Geoff McBride as he takes a deeper, more expansive Journey To The Soul on his new independent full length recording. After a memorable appearance on the hit television singing competition show, The Voice, industry veteran Geoff McBride is making a comeback with his latest inspirational smooth R&B album, Journey To The Soul.  Produced by renowned musician Trammell Starks, Journey To The Soul features lead single, “Love Is The Answer,” a signature, smooth, romantic song that McBride delivers as a solid taste for the rest of the album. Written by Todd Rundgren, “Love Is The Answer” is currently gaining consistent spins on urban jazz radio. 

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BASSIST MICHAEL MANSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jun 04, 2014


Michael Manson is tremendously excited about the Thumpin' CD/DVD release.  He is equally as excited about the possibility to walk the same path as his mentor and friend, the late, George Duke.  In his words,"it is now my responsibility to use all that I have learned from George, to do all that I can, to make the best music I can, so that I continue the legacy and lineage that he has invested in me. So we move forward.  As George would say, "we were there, and now we're here" so here we go". My 1st live record. It features some new tracks and some reworking of some other tracks.  On this recording, no special guests from my friends, but just a showcase of my band and I "getting it in".  Most importantly and personally, for me is a tribute to my friend and mentor George Duke who I dedicate this project to. 

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GUITARIST ERIC ESSIX'S JAZZ ESCAPE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jun 01, 2014


The Eric Essix Jazz Escape at the Renaissance Ross Bridge, is the first event of its kind in this region to be hosted by a world class golf resort and spa. It’s a weekend getaway that offers an intimate jazz concert experience in a secluded, lush woodland environment that is still only minutes from the airport, city center, shopping, attractions and great restaurants. For residents of Birmingham and surrounding areas, the Renaissance at Ross Bridge is the perfect getaway that’s not far away…making Eric’s Jazz Escape the ultimate “stay-cation”!

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SAXOPHONIST SAM RUCKER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, May 28, 2014


Saxophonist Sam Rucker is set to release his new CD “Tell You Something” in June.  Sam teams up with legendary producer Norman Connors, renowned pianist Bobby Lyle, sax great Euge Groove, Tom Browne, Alyson Williams and a host of other great musicians.  “Tell You Something” features three soulful covers and eight of Sam’s original songs that not only entertain but encourage as well.  This is contemporary jazz music with a message.  Even as an instrumentalist, Sam’s music speaks to the listener and conveys an infectious positive energy.   

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GUITARIST CARMEN CHILES

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, May 21, 2014


Singer/guitarist/songwriter Carmen Chiles smoothly blends elements from rock, jazz and back to soul creating a sound so unique it demands a genre of its own.  A self-taught artist Carmen describes her music as “Soul Rock’ and first fell in love with the guitar while it was in the hands of her big brother, and her story began, when he passed it on to her.   We will talk to Carmen about her upcoming EP, Candles in Harlem.  

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PIANIST WAYNE BROWN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, May 17, 2014


Producer, musician and songwriter, Wayne Brown formed the Virtual Jazz Band with a clear goal in mind.  He wanted to bring together musicians and singers from diverse musical backgrounds that had a common love for jazz.  Wayne joins us from London to talk about his new CD, Cloud 9.  The second album from the critically acclaimed Wayne Brown and the Virtual Jazz Band is an uplifting blend of Latin, Jazz and Funk instrumentals, with a few special guest vocalists.  This album gives us an insight into the personal musical prowess of Wayne, highlighting his great arrangement, production and performance skills.  A true gem for any music connoisseurs collection.  

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SAXOPHONIST MARTIN BLOCKSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, May 14, 2014


Martin Blockson has released his 7th album, Odyssey VII, featuring saxophonist Marcus Anderson and flutist David "Pic" Conley.  Odyssey includes a very special song called "Mia" Martin wrote in memory of a very special little angel.

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LUTHER VANDROSS TRIBUTE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Apr 19, 2014


Our special guests will be Luther’s long-time back up singer Kevin Owens. Kevin has written a book called So Amazing: Through the Eyes of Kevin Owens, chronicling his amazing journey on stage and behind the scenes with Luther and Ray Goodman & Brown.  We will also talk to Leonard Dozier. Leonard is an actor, voice actor, singer and songwriter and is working on a play about Luther.

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GUITARIST KEN NAVARRO

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Apr 16, 2014


Ken Navarro is back with a new album, Ruby Lane.  "Ruby Lane" is new and beautiful contemporary jazz from one of the genre's most gifted and successful recording artists. Top charting and award winning contemporary guitarist and composer Ken Navarro has created his 21st album and his first ensemble album in 4 years.  Ken's brilliant acoustic and electric guitar work are featured throughout.   Follow Ken on Twitter @Ken_Navarro.

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BRIAN CULBERTSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Thu, Apr 10, 2014


In February 1994, Brian released his debut album "Long Night Out."  In February 2014, he released "Another Long Night Out", on his BCM label, featuring an all-star cast of jazz superstars, including, Lee Ritenour, Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Candy Dulfer, Ricky Lawson, Russ Freeman, Jonathan Butler and Steve Lukather, and more.  We’ll also talk to Brian about his 3rd annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway happening June 11-15, 2014 and his newest project, Culbertson Pinot Noir wine.

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BASSIST SEKOU BUNCH

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Apr 09, 2014


Sekou Bunch started playing the bass at age 14.  At 17, he performed with Tom Browne on the best selling funk classic LP “Funkin for Jamaica” and received his first gold record at age 19.  An accomplished musician and composer Sekou Bunch has performed and/or recorded with Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder,  Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, to name a few.  In 2008, he released his debut album “The Next Level” featuring Angela Winbush, Boney James, Stanley Clark, and more.  

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GUITARIST NICK COLIONNE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Apr 02, 2014


With a jazz style that is both urban and contemporary, Nick Colionne has blazed a trail to the top of the ranks of today's stars.  Combining jazz, R & B, blues and funk, he has an unmistakable sound and vibe that is instantly recognizable.  Nick takes the guitar to unexpected places every time he performs and his rich baritone vocals delight his audiences.  As for his showmanship....you have to experience a Nick Colionne show for yourself. With style and energy to spare, unparalleled musicianship and a natural comedic flair, he is one of a kind.  We welcome Nick back with a brand new album, Influences.   This show is dedicated to Nick’s longtime manager, Ms. Carol Ray.

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SAXOPHONIST PAUL TAYLOR

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Mar 26, 2014


Approaching his 20th anniversary in the business, saxophonist Paul Taylor has released his 10th album Tenacity, featuring keyboardists Jonathan Fritzen and Jeff Lorber. Review: thesmoothjazzride.com www.paultaylorsax.com Twitter @paul_taylor_sax Instagram @paultaylorsax

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SAXPHONIST VANDELL ANDREW

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Mar 19, 2014


Saxophonist Vandell Andrew is back with a new EP, Turn It Up.  "Turn It Up" is a collection of uptempo, high-energy instrumental songs, Produced by Nate Harasim, Landa Gherra' and Vandell Andrew.

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MARCEL ANDERSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Mar 16, 2014


Marcel Anderson is a soulful and spiritual gospel singer.  Reared in a household with 3 talented brothers and 3 sisters, he discovered one of the many gifts God had placed in his heart, which was singing Gospel Music.  We will talk to Marcel about his debut album, Still Living and new book, Still Living: Purposed to Live. Follow Marcel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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GUITARIST CHRIS STANDRING

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 15, 2014


Guitarist Chris Standring returns with a brand new album, Don't Talk, Dance!  

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SAXOPHONIST MARCUS ANDERSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Mar 12, 2014


Dynamic, multi-talented and dripping with soul, Marcus Anderson is an award winning musician with an abundance of career defining accolades all achieved under the age of thirty. With the release of his fifth solo Album Style Meets Substance, the critically acclaimed Pop/R&B and jazz musician’s career is fast becoming one to watch. Hailing from South Carolina, Anderson is currently performing to audiences all over the world as one of the saxophonist in PRINCE’s band the New Power Generation. Style Meets Substance is the epitome of his musical influences. His trademark horn playing and arrangements provide an album of beautiful momentum that pushes the sonic experience into an exquisite listening pleasure. Sensual sax melodies, smooth jazz standards, funky grooves and Latin beats are all combined into one 13 track album.  All songs are written, performed, arranged and produced by Anderson, demonstrating his constant reinvention of contemporary jazz traditions. Style Meets Substance also features collaborations with renowned musicians Morris Hayes, Nicholas Cole, and horn players from the New Power Generation.

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MS. OFFIONG BASSEY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Feb 16, 2014


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes singer/songwriter and poet, Offiong Bassey, an exciting artist who draws upon the numerous influences that have touched her life.  Her debut album, Offiong Bassey, is a nuanced, mosaic of songs that truly represent who she is as an artist – a genre-bending mix that includes Afro-Peruvian rhythms, funk, R&B and Nigerian Ekombi. The album debuted at #2 on the CMJ New World Music chart its first week in radio promotions and reach #4 on the Soultracks music chart.

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MYCAH CHEVALIER - JAZZ VOCALIST| ACTRESS | DANCER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Feb 12, 2014


Blessed with an irresistible and soulful voice, Mycah’s music is in a class all her own.  She has shared the stage with noted artists such as The Whispers, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, JaRule, Arturo Sandoval, Ski Johnson, Ray Gaskins & Maysa Leak to name a few.  In addition to her debut solo project Roux’s Fantasy, she is lead female vocalist for the group guiltypleasures, who’s debut single "Anticipation (The Remix)" has been in steady rotation on WHUR 96.3FM’s Original Quiet Storm since April 2010, and was deemed a “New Classic” by many.  Mycah just released new hit single “In The Groove” with friend & fellow artist Brian Christopher. Within days of its release its received multiple plays on stations around the globe, and has hit #3 on the UK Soul Chart Top 30 three weeks in a row! 

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Saxophonists Marcus Anderson and BK Jackson

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Feb 05, 2014


Marcus Anderson is multi-talented producer, song writer, composer, saxophonist, vocalist and flutist.  BK Jackson is a young, energetic, saxophone sensation from Tampa, Florida.  Both are members of Prince’s 11-piece horn section known as the New Power Generation (NPG) Orchestra. We will talk to them about their time touring with Prince and their upcoming albums.   

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GENEVA RENEE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Feb 01, 2014


One of the most versatile soprano vocalists in the DMV area, Geneva Ren?e generates energy and excitement everywhere she performs.  Geneva Ren?e is an adult contemporary pop/soul vocalist with a brand new debut CD "Beautiful Wonder" produced by Dinky Bingham and is full of passionate music that celebrates the powerful emotion and potential of our dreams while empowering us to express our true feelings through song.   

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ANIYA JAZZ

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jan 22, 2014


Aniya Jazz releases their new CD, "Colors of the Sun", filled with the unique sounds you’ve come to recognize from Aniya, and coupled with new explorations and the inclusion of some excellent outside talent.

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RUSLAN SIROTA

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 19, 2014


Ruslan is a Grammy award winning pianist and composer.  His self-titled,debut album includes guest appearances by Chick Corea, George Duke and Stanley Clarke, among others.

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EVERETTE B WALTERS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 18, 2014


Guitarist, Michael Everett Brown and Bassist, Harold Walter Brown III, the two brothers from the south side of Chicago are the founders and driving force behind the jazz/funk group Everett B. Walters.  They have released a new cd, Riding The H Train.  

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FOUR 80 EAST

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jan 15, 2014


Four80East is a Canadian electro jazz ensemble from Toronto with Rob DeBoer (keyboards, bass and guitar) and Tony Grace (percussion); accompanied by various session musicians.  They have released a digital-only release designed exclusively for Europe called Biblioteca, a collection of 10 choice cuts from our catalogue, plus a brand-new remix of Je Pense A Toi.

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GROOVEATECH

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 11, 2014


After more than ten years in development, Grooveatech Orchestra's flagship full-length album, “One More Time,” has been released on Grooveatech Records to great critical acclaim. The album utilizes elements of jazz, funk, and electronica, flawlessly showcasing the expertise of Grooveatech's many musicians.  Groovetech Orchestra is the brain child of Aaron Wider, who also produces, composes, arranges and performs as vocalist on the record. Grooveatech's artists come not only from a myriad of different locales around the world, but also from a surprisingly diverse array of musical backgrounds, including (but by no means limited to) groove, funk, pop, rock, and smooth jazz. The result is both a classic, warm tone familiar to music aficionadoes while maintaining a radically unique signature sound.   

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FREEPORT JAZZ

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jan 08, 2014


In 1981 in Philadelphia, Scott Marvill assembled a group of musicians eager to play the music they loved, Jazz.  This led to their formation of "Freeport." Then Scott moved to NC taking the opportunity to bring the NY/Philadelphia jazz feel to the South.  Some highlights have been recording and performing with Tower Of Power, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Special EFX, and Grover Washington Jr.? "Live At The 2012 Hillsborough Jazz Festival" is FREEPORT captured doing what they do best. Performing live.  Listen carefully and you'll hear folks caught up in the energy.  Folks dancing, kids playing, etc.  This CD gives you that experience. ENJOY!!

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TRUMPETER WILLIE BRADLEY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 05, 2014


Wille Bradley releases his debut album called "Another Day and Time" produced by Nicholas Cole.  It features Lin Rountree, Jeff Kashiwa, Marcus Anderson, Nicholas Cole and Kay-Ta Matsuno.

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RAJDULARI BARNES

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 04, 2014


Rajdulari returns to discuss her new album Journey of a Woman available now on iTunes.

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Guitarist Terry Wollman

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Nov 24, 2013


Terry’s latest release, “Buddha’s Ear” is an audiophile masterpiece.  Terry Wollman’s guitar playing, writing, and production take us on a heartfelt musical journey influenced by his travels around the world.  In his usual style, he once again brings together an all star band including John (JR) Robinson, Abraham Laboriel, Luis Conte, Greg Manning, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Keb’ Mo’, Melanie Taylor and Melissa Manchester.  He adds to the beauty of this recording with three string quartet arrangements recorded at the world renowned Capitol Studio.

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Remembering Saxophonist Art Porter, Jr.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 23, 2013


Art Porter, Jr. was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1961. Porter joined his father's band (The Art Porter Trio) as a drummer at the age of 9 and played with them into his teen years. Porter was then drawn to the saxophone, after noticing its melodic abilities, and began to play it during shows with his father's group. On the 17th anniversary of his death, we will remember Art with his good friend, Christopher Cuben-Tatum.  

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HIROSHIMA

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 23, 2013


Dan Kuramoto of Hiroshima is back to talk about their new cd, J-Town Beat, a concept cd conceived by their friend, Duane Ebata.

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Drummer Ricky Lawson

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Nov 20, 2013


Grammy winning former member of the Yellowjackets Ricky Lawson, affectionately known throughout the music industry as the “Drummer to the Stars”, is the most well known and respected percussionist in the world. Ricky has collaborated with many artists including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, and Phil Collins just to name a few.   

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Paris Escovedo

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Nov 17, 2013


Son of the legendary Thomas “Coke” Escovedo, Paris Escovedo, of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent was born with talent running through his veins. Paris returns with a new single, "Our Regard" and to talk about his upcoming Performance @ Fiesta Rancho Hotel Casino, Las Vegas Nv. for the 2013 Latin Grammy After Party on November 21, 2013.

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Saxophonist Andrew Neu

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 16, 2013


Saxophonist Andrew Neu has released his fourth album entitled "Everything Happens For A Reason" featuring Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Bobby Caldwell, Jeff Lorber, Steve Oliver, and Tom Schuman. 

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Saxophonist Phil Denny

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Nov 13, 2013


Phil Denny returns to Talking Smooth Jazz with his first holiday album called The Messenger, scheduled for release on November 29.

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AIRBORNE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Nov 03, 2013


Airborne celebrates 25 years in the business and releases their 25th Anniversary cd, "Silver Skies."  This project with all new compositions is a testimonial to the wisdom, endurance, determination, spirit, and extraordinary talents of the contemporary jazz group Airborne.

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SAXOPHONIST GIANNI VANCINI

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 27, 2013


Italian saxophonist Gianni Vancini performed on the Dave Koz & Friends at Sea cruise and was one of the artists featured during the New Artists Spotlight show. Born in Mirandola, he studied saxophone under the instruction of Angelo Gabrielli and graduated with highest honors at the “Vecchi-Tonelli” Master Institute of Musical Studies in Carpi (MO) – ITALY.  His debut cd is called "Souls United" and Gianni will release a new cd called "Get Your Groove On" in January.

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TRUMPETER GABRIEL JOHNSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Oct 26, 2013


Up and coming trumpeter Gabriel Johnson was one of the standout performers on the 2013 Dave Koz & Friends at Sea Cruise.  His debut album “Introducing Gabriel Johnson,” blends his trumpet sound with the sound of modern jazz and hip-hop.

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MARQUEAL JORDAN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Oct 23, 2013


Marqueal’s solo debut CD, “Catalyst” showcases his full range as a saxophonist, vocalist & songwriter.  Fully funded on Kickstarter.com, Catalylst is scheduled for release on October 29.  

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JOEL DEL ROSARIO & SURE WILL

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Oct 16, 2013


Guitarist Joel Del Rosario and Keyboardist SureWill releases “Side by Side”, a 10 song album of original tracks the album features Tony Exum Jr., Toney Rhodes, & Sam Hankins.

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5TH & YORK

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 13, 2013


5th and York - named after a street corner on the outskirts of Charlotte - is bringing fresh new sounds to the music scene as each member brings a unique style, background and musical ingenuity to the mix. A mix so popular that they are regularly asked to open for legendary artists like Frankie Beverly & Maze, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, and R&B greats Anthony Hamilton and the late Gerald Levert. Listen to 5th and York and in an instant you will understand why this sensational band is on the rise to their own legendary status.?

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KEYBOARDIST JAMES COLAH

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Oct 12, 2013


James Colah is from London, England and is an accomplished keyboards player, producer, arranger, composer, session man and International Songwriter Award winner with an impressive resum? in the music industry.  Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes James to talk about his last project, The James Colah Project.

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Dave Koz & Friends at Sea European Cruise

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Oct 05, 2013


I went on an amazing cruise sailing from Rome, Italy, porting in Mykonos, Greece, Messina, Italy and Athens, Greece.  Artists included Brian Culbertson, saxophonist Elan Trotman, Gerald & Selina Albright, trumpeter Gabriel Johnson, eukele player Jake Shimabukuro, and so many more. It was not my first cruise but it was my first Dave Koz cruise and my first time out of the U.S.  It was a wonderful experience!  

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FLUTIST DAVID PIC CONLEY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Thu, Sep 19, 2013


David “Pic” Conley, founding member of popular recording group Surface, was instrumental in the group’s #1 R&B hits “Shower Me With Your Love” and “Only You Can Make Me Happy.”  He is also known for his superlative flute solos, lusty vocals, and impeccable production masterpiece. His latest album is called Bird of Paradise.

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SAXOPHONIST STEVE COLE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Sep 18, 2013


  Steve Cole's new CD “Pulse” is a 10-song set mixing R&B, contemporary jazz, gospel, blues and pop that he produced with fellow saxman David Mann. The new collection surveying Cole’s musical passions showcases the artist’s affinity for infectious melodies, a wall of horns, and soulful grooves.  

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PIECES OF A DREAM

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Sep 15, 2013


Shanachie Records recording artists Pieces Of A Dream released their 20th album, In The Moment featuring superstar guitarist Rhon Lawrence and up and coming saxophonist Tony Watson, Jr. 

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INTERVIEW WITH NIVO DEUX (UNAM & SHANNON KENNEDY)

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Sep 14, 2013


NiVO DEUX (pronounced nee-voh doo) is a French-American duo based in Los Angeles. The band's 80's New Wave and Electro-Pop influences are apparent, but the band also hints at the influence of the Smooth Jazz, Funk, Rock FM, Electropop, and Nu-Disco styles in their music. The group's core members comprise of Platinum French R&B/Pop Producer and Chart-Topping Guitarist U-Nam and up and coming Saxophonist and Vocalist Shannon Kennedy.   

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SAXOPHONIST JAREZ

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Fri, Sep 13, 2013


Saxophonist Jarez returns with a new cd, On Top of The World scheduled for release on Sept. 17.

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INTERVIEW W/FLUTIST DARRYL EVAN JONES

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Sep 08, 2013


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes fluteman Darryl Evan Jones to talk about his new project, “Relentless.”  Darryl’s instrument of choice is the flute; an elegant, versatile instrument that richly expresses his unique style described simply as “Instrumental Soul”.  What sets Darryl Evan Jones apart as a musician is that he doesn’t just play his instrument.  He “sings” with the flute, sharing a full range of emotions that fluidly connect with his audience.

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INTERVIEW W/GINETTA M

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Sep 07, 2013


Interview with trumpeter Ginetta M.

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INTERVIEW W/TRUMPETER LIN ROUNTREE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Sep 04, 2013


SERENDIPITOUS, Lin Rountree's fourth project to date and debut album on CutMore Records is set to release September 3rd. Produced and co-written by Grammy Award winning producer Nate Harasim, this auspicious project establishes Mr. Rountree as a bona-fide leader in the new sound of Soul-Jazz.    

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INTERVIEW W/SAXOPHONIST LEBRON DENNIS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Aug 25, 2013


Sax Sensation Lebron Dennis is Cutmore Records new artist to sign to the label.  His debut record, Shades features 10 all new original tracks and is scheduled for release in August. 

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INTERVIEW WITH RANDY SCOTT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Fri, Aug 23, 2013


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes saxophonist Randy Scott to talk about his latest project, 90 Degrees at Midnight.

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INTERVIEW W/R&B SINGER MARC STAGGERS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Aug 18, 2013


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes R&B singer Marc Staggers whose unique and soulful style is  reminiscent of Luther Vandross.  Marc’s first R&B album "Then and Now" represents a return to "Old School" and contemporary R&B that all music lovers of R&B will undoubtedly appreciate. His newest project “Back to Soul” features Marc and actor Tico Wells of the Five Heartbeats (choir boy), performing the classic R&B remake of the late Luther Vandross and Gregory Hines hit song, There's Nothing Better Than Love.

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST JEFF GOLUB

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Aug 14, 2013


It has been a helluva two-years since guitarist Jeff Golub released his last album, "Three Kings," which paid tribute to blues legends B.B King, Freddie & Albert King.  As the record was released, the optic nerves in Golub's eyes inexplicably collapsed leaving him blind. Adjusting to his new life meant adopting Luke, a guide dog. While attempting to catch a New York City subway last September, Golub fell onto the tracks as a train rapidly approached.  He was clipped and dragged by the train as Luke and bystanders frantically attempted to help.  Miraculously Golub escaped the harrowing and what could have been a fatal ordeal with only minor scrapes and bruises.  Undaunted and as boisterous as ever, Golub stands defiantly, toting his guitar with Luke perched at his feet, at the crossroads of train tracks on the cover of his aptly titled new album, "Train Keeps A Rolling." 

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INTERVIEW W/SAXOPHONIST DELTON WALKER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Aug 11, 2013


Delton Walker is an artist in the Jazz circuit that combines elements of Jazz, R&B and Funk.  Following the release of “Back In Your Arms Again” in 2009, Delton returns to talk about his next release “Back On Track” due for release in the spring of 2013.  

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INTERVIEW W/J HENRY AND THE RUDE BOYS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Aug 10, 2013


J. Henry does it again, this time with the legendary R&B group The Rude Boys (Written All Over Your Face)!  Let Me Be The One is sure to be a future classic as J. Henry, Joey Little Jr., Keni Myles, and Gee Labeaud team up to bring classic music back! But we'll let you be the judge! 

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INTERVIEW W/R&B SINGER CHANTE MOORE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Fri, Aug 09, 2013


First New CD in Five Years, Moore Is More, Set For Release July 30, 2013 Chant?'s effortless combination of R&B soaked in gospel roots, soul accents kissed with a touch of jazz and grace with fire, coalesce on her Shanachie Entertainment debut, Moore Is More. Chant? wrote or co-wrote most of the songs featured on the new CD. We'll talk to Chante about her new project and her role on TV One's R&B Divas.

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INTERVIEW WITH JAZZ GROUP ANIYA

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Aug 03, 2013


Aniya is a group of 6 individuals with one common goal of turning people on to jazz music. "Our music is a collage of smooth jazz, traditional, Neo-Soul, Latin, Gospel, and Hip Hop. Some people call this music Acid Jazz, we call it good music."   Guitarist, Delbert Boyer joins us to talk about their current release, Full Circle. 

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INTERVIEW WITH SINGER GENE-O

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jul 14, 2013


With his amazing creative talent, one-of-a-kind signature sound and unbelievable vocal range (4 octaves), Gene-o has the ability to capture an audience and make even the largest venue feel like an intimate gathering.  Gene-o has established himself as one of the most sought-after vocalists in California and has proven to be especially popular in the San Diego area where he is in high demand. As vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, and self-taught musician, Gene-o shares his gift of song that is so transformative, it will make you believe not only in the power of love, but in the possibility of magic. His incomprehensible style will stay with you long after the show is over.  It has also been rumored that Gene-o could be a distant relation to the late great Nat King Cole which you to will witness when you are captured by his charisma, soft loving yet strong capturing voice.

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INTERVIEW WITH ZOE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jul 13, 2013


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes the group ZOE to talk about their new cd, Unstoppable.  Zoe is one of the hottest Smooth Jazz bands originating from the South Jersey / Philadelphia area. The group is comprised of five talented musicians whose melodic compositions produce extraordinarily compelling music. Currently, members of ZO? include: saxophonist Reggie Harris, keyboardist Cleveland Belin Jr., drummer David Ferebee, bassist H. Maurice Fonville and percussionist / trumpeter Bolivar "Chico" Guadalupe, all of which contribute to the original songwriting and vocals.

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST BRYAN LUBECK

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jul 07, 2013


Guitarist Bryan Lubeck returns to Talking Smooth Jazz with a new cd called Tuscan Sky.  The CD brings the majesty of the Spanish guitar into a new age of infectious grooves and soaring strings.  Features some of today's top soloists and a bonus track co-written with Grammy Award winner Jim Peterik.  

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MOTOWN JAZZ XPERIENCE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 29, 2013


Ms. Theresa Randleman, CEO of T-Rose Entertainment, returns to talk about the The Motown Jazz Xperience, a collaboration of Detroit based jazz musicians united to bring forth a selection of melodic tunes from their libraries and musical experiences as Motown Jazz musicians. The Motown Jazz Xperience will be performing at the Detroit Riverwalk Jazz series on Thursday, July 4, 2013.  

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Interview w/Keyboardist Cal Harris, Jr.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Fri, Jun 21, 2013


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Keyboardist Cal Harris, Jr. to talk about his sophomore project called "Shelter Island" featuring saxophonists Marion Meadows, Elan Trotman and guitarist Joel Del Rosario.

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Detroit River Walk Jazz and Soul Concert Series

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 15, 2013


The Detroit River Walk Jazz and Soul Concert Series is a bi-weekly Thursday night Jazz series beginning June 20 and will feature an array of local, national and international Jazz artists, including, The flutist Kim Scott, Motown Jazz XPerience, Karen Briggs and Gail Jhonson, on the garden patio of Robert's River Walk Hotel on the river.  Produced by T. ROSE Entertainment, a Michigan-based entertainment management firm specializing in jazz musician management, event bookings, tour management, concert/festival bookings, promotions and consultation.  The Founder and CEO, Ms. Theresa Randleman, talks to the Jazz Queen about the jazz series.

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Saxophonist James Saxsmo Gates

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Fri, Jun 14, 2013


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes James Gates to discuss his new cd, Gates Wide Open.

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Interview w/Guitarist Andrea Razzauti

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jun 12, 2013


Guitarist Andrea Razzauti releases his label debut project on Woodward Avenue called "Front Street."  Produced by Paul Brown it features the legendary Patti Austin, labelmate saxophonist Elan Trotman, keyboardist Greg Karukas and more. Andrea is also an amazing painter.  Check out his beautiful artwork at www.andrearazzauti.com

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Interview with Rajdulari Barnes

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jun 09, 2013


Take Ella Fitzgerald's clear vocal tone, Jill Scott's spunk, and Chaka Khan's funk and you have new jazz vocalist Rajdulari Barnes.  At age 17, she was offered her first gig at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, and later shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin while attending Berklee. The Jazz Queen talks to Rajdulari about her career as a singer and model, her debut cd HoneyWine and her upcoming project, Journey of A Woman.

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TALKING SMOOTH JAZZ CELEBRATES 5 YEARS!

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 08, 2013


On June 8, 2008, Talking Smooth Jazz aired its first show on BlogTalkRadio.com.  It was the first format on the site to interview regional, national and international smooth jazz artists and pioneered the way for similar shows.  Since then we have done more than 400 shows and have over 400,000 downloads.    Join us on June 8, 2013, as we take a look back on the last five years with some of our most memorable moments.  Thanks to the artists and fans for supporting Talking Smooth Jazz.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST ANDRE WARD

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Fri, Jun 07, 2013


Hush Music/Orpheus Enterprises label continues its long-standing legacy with the latest release from Andre Ward.  Smooth Jazz’s top saxophonist is changing the atmosphere by fusing the elements of traditional Jazz, R 'n' B, Funk, Hip-Hop and Pop into an explosive sound that is incomparable.  A master of the soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, flute and EWI (electronic wind instrument), the multi-dimensional musician is reinventing the genre with the release of his new album,CAUTION.   CAUTION is a groundbreaking masterpiece executive produced by Beau Huggins featuring Jamie Knight, Naomi Emanuel and Janice Dempsey.  

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INTERVIEW W/BASSIST DWAYNE "SMITTY" SMITH

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jun 05, 2013


Dwayne “Smitty” Smith is a multi-talented bassist, writer and producer.  Affectionately known as “Smitty”, he is one of the most sought after and respected musicians of our day.  In addition to being one of the top session and touring bass players in the country, he has two solo projects to his credit: “This is Me” his debut CD, which was top10 on Tower Records “New Artist List” and received rave reviews; and “Stories”, his sophomore project, set for release this Spring, which promises to receive wide acclaim as well.  

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FLAUTIST ALTHEA RENE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, May 22, 2013


A former Wayne County Deputy Sheriff in Detroit, Michigan, flautist Althea Rene studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C.  Signed to the Trippin 'N' Rhythm label, her debut project for the label "In The Flow" is scheduled for release on May 28, 2013.  Produced by Michael Broening it features trumpetess Cindy Bradley, bassist Mel Brown, guitarist Freddy Fox and saxophonist Randy Scott. 

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THE LEMONADE WEEKEND 2.0

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, May 15, 2013


In March 2011, The Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards Weekend was cancelled just days prior to the events leaving fans and scheduled artists in disbelief.  Bruce Nazarian, aka The Lemonator, aka The Digital Guy, stepped in, put together a showcase of artists to perform at Anthology and the Lemonade Weekend was born.  The Lemonade Weekend 2.0 is scheduled for March 20-23, 2014, in Hollywood, CA. The four day musical event includes the VIP Founder's party on Thursday night, followed by music all day Friday and Saturday, and special closing day events on Sunday. The First Annual Citrus Music Awards are a part of the Lemonade Weekend 2.0, and will recognize excellence in several musical formats, for instrumentalists, singers, producers, sidemen, venues, producers, arrangers, writers, and even radio stations and presenters.

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INTERVIEW W/KEYBOARDIST BRIAN SIMPSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Fri, May 10, 2013


Keyboardist Brian Simpson returns with a brand new cd called, Just What You Need featuring Jonathan Butler, Elan Trotman, Dav Koz, Gerald Albright, Marc Antoine, with 3 songs written and produced by keyboardist and producer phenom, Nicholas Cole.  This is simply one of the best, if not the BEST! cd I've heard this year.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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INTERVIEW W/SAXOPHONIST TRAVIS BRIDGES

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, May 08, 2013


Known as South Florida’s Smooth and Soulful Sax Man, Travis Bridges’ unique sound has been described as “music for your soul…, a smooth jazz vibe with an inspirational feel and an R&B groove among with- just a pinch of funk.” His deeply moving, inspirational style can be heard in his own compositions and recordings, and while accompanying nationally known recording artists.  Travis talks to the Jazz Queen about his newest cd, Horn of Plenty: Harvest Harmony.

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JASON MORALES, ADAM HAWLEY & MAURICE A. ELLIS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, May 05, 2013


Introducing vocalist Jason Morales, guitarist Adam Hawley and bassist Maurice A. Ellis, the newest members of Brian Culbertson's band.  

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Selina Albright

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Apr 13, 2013


One of the newest member of keyboardist Brian Culbertson's band, Selina Albright is a multi-genre vocalist and songwriter with versatility that comes from years of listening to many origins and languages of music. Her soulfulness and angelic tone add character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful wailing and stage presence commands attention.  She has released a new EP called Brighter that features her father, saxophonist Gerald Albright and Brian Culbertson.  Brighter is available on cdbaby. I had the opportunity to interview Selina on location in Seattle where Brian debut the new band.  

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SAXOPHONIST JEANETTE HARRIS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Apr 10, 2013


Saxophonist Jeanette Harris' new CD, Summer Rain is her fourth, which she produced and had a hand in writing all of the selections except her lovely cover of the Luther Vandross classic “Here and Now.”  Its 11 sunny songs wrap the listener in the glow of fun love grooves and sweet romance.  Summer Rain is available at www.jeanetteharrisband.com.  

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SAXOPHONIST ELAN TROTMAN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Tue, Apr 09, 2013


Saxophonist Elan Trotman returns to Talking Smooth Jazz to discuss his new cd, Tropicality.  Co-produced by Guitarist Peter White, who also joins us.  Tropicality features Peter White, Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Nick Colionne, Terri Lynn Carrington, Nicholas Brancker, Lin Rountree and more.  Tropicality is available at www.elantrotman.com

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Interview with Saxophonist J. Henry

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 30, 2013


Saxophonist J. Henry returns to discuss he newest release on the Underground Sound Entertainment label called Phenomenon, featuring Mike Mo, Creole King and Dicharisse.

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INTERVIEW W/BASSIST CHIP SHEARIN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Mar 20, 2013


Chip Shearin is highly recognized as an astonishing record producer. On top of performing and producing – he also runs KEO Music Recordings, an indie label distributed by Warner Bros.  His new cd "How I Live" features Marion Meadows and John P. Kee.

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INTERVIEW WITH SINGER MICHAEL AUSTIN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Mar 17, 2013


In 1975, Michael Austin was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.  After surviving 27 years in prison, Michael was released in 2001 on with the help of Centurion Ministries, a New Jersey based organization dedicated to seeking prison release for the innocent.  He was pardoned by the Govenor in 2003. In 2012, Michael released his first full-length album, I Just Want To Love You.  Most of the songs were written during his incarceration at the Maryland State Penitentiary.  The smooth stylings and romantic themes hearken back to his jazz, R&B and classic influences.

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INTERVIEW W/SAXOPHONIST MARION MEADOWS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Mar 13, 2013


Saxophonist Marion Meadows makes his label debut on Shanachie Entertainment with his 13th release, Whisper. Ronald Jackson of The Smooth Jazz Ride said about Whisper: "The material here is full of the Meadows musical diary of influences and style. Powerful, melodious, sensuous, and full of creative passion all at once. Here is, quite simply, another masterful effort from Meadows who has, throughout the years since and including his 1990 debut, continually worked his musical benevolence on jazz and R&B fans everywhere."

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INTERVIEW W/SWING OUT SISTER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Mar 03, 2013


Swing Out Sister are a British sophisti-pop group best known worldwide for their 1986 song "Breakout."  Corinne Drewery from Swing Out Sister join us to talk about their new CD+DVD set, Private View, an acoustic take on some of the groups' hits.  The set also includes "Tokyo Stories."

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INTERVIEW W/GUITARIST EDDIE BENITEZ

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 02, 2013


Guitarist Eddie Benitez returns with a brand new album called Forbidden Dreams.

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Interview w/Percussionist Gary Stanionis

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Feb 27, 2013


Gary’s funky soulful pocket and world percussion voice have allowed him to share the stage with some of the most legendary and in demand artist of our time including live performances with: Elements (Gary’s Band), Paul Jackson (The Headhunters), Frank McComb, Jackiem Joyner, Al Jarreau and more.  We will talk to Gary about his current album Takin It Back, which pays respect with a tribute to some of the greatest song writers and performers of our time! (They do a killer cover of Sade's "Somebody Already Broke My Heart.")

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The Rhythmic Lounge

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Feb 17, 2013


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Ms. Chantel Aktins, the CEO and Owner of The Rhythmic Lounge. The Rhythmic Lounge was created in order to open the doors for up and coming “artists”and “entertainers” of all kinds and to give people a place to promote their talents and network.

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INTERVIEW W/GUITARIST SHELDON REYNOLDS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Feb 16, 2013


Former guitarist for Earth, Wind & Fire, Sheldon Reynolds returns with a new album, Let There Be Love.

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST DAVID P. STEVENS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Feb 13, 2013


Multi-talented contemporary jazz, neo~fusion, R&B, nu~soul guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and recording studio engineer David P. Stevens, returns with a new cd called Epiphany.  Epiphany is 13 tracks of great contemporary jazz, neo~fusion, R&B, & nu~soul featuring Gerald Albright, Tesa Williams, Frank McComb, & others.?

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INTERVIEW WITH TROMBONIST, JEFF BRADSHAW

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Feb 06, 2013


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Hidden Beach Recording Artist Jeff Bradshaw to talk about his new cd, Bone Appetit.

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INTERVIEW WITH SINGER DOUYE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 13, 2013


Douy? continues her musical journey as she currently works on her sophomore music project, set to be released this year. “My goal is to capture the passion I feel for my artistry and be able to fully express depth and veracity in my performances as I connect with the world.” The Nigerian born songstress sound is inviting, soulful and captivating. The first single from Douy?’s sophomore project is titled “Life Is Good” has been gaining attention both in the United States and in Europe; the song is climbing up the Uk Soul Chart and consistent spinning radio stations. “I look forward to how my fans will react to this project compared to my debut project. I believe that great things will come out of this experience.”  

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST SHANNON KENNEDY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 12, 2013


Saxophonist Shannon Kennedy returns with a new cd called, Behind Your Eyes, her fifth since her debut in 2005—is a remarkably sophisticated and diverse collection of mostly vocal music.

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CHRIS GEITH AND DAVID WELLS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jan 09, 2013


Pianist Chris Geith and Trumpeter David Wells have teamed up together to create a new cd called, No Side Effects.

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INTERVIEW WITH PHOTOGRAPHER/ARTIST BETTIE GRACE MINER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 06, 2013


An alternative photographer and fine artist, Bettie Grace Miner creates art pieces that combine photography and painting techniques. Miner’s creative roots originally began in music, evolving into the fine arts. A lover of music, Miner began a series of jazz art spanning seven years and culminating into more than one hundred images of jazz artists and music inspired art. Exhibits, limited edition prints, posters, Giclees, collectible books and more have brought the faces of contemporary jazz musicians to fans worldwide. Miner creates art featured by numerous jazz and blues festivals benefiting national charities. Her dedication to children’s causes, environmental, wildlife, and art programs has been a heartfelt and ongoing ambition.

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INTERVIEW WITH KEYBOARDIST ERVIN POPE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 05, 2013


It's the second time around for Ervin "EP" Pope, and his sophomore project, "INFECTIOUS", is spreading like wildfire. A slightly different flavor from his first project ("With These Hands"), this mix is every bit as tasteful and sure to please any music enthusiast. In a true testament to his diversity as an artist, Pope manages to incorporate many genres of music yet maintain a Smooth Jazz essence. From the delicate tickling of the ivories to the intensity of the lead guitar, several instruments, instrumental and vocal tracks - he strikes a fine balance between traditional jazz, contemporary/smooth jazz, easy listening, R&B, pop, rock, soul, gospel, and even a hint of hip hop. It's smooth, it soothes, it pops, it sizzles, it rocks, and it bops. The instrumentalists and vocalists on this project are top-notch. With musical influences like George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Kenny G, Dave Koz, Walter Beasley, Wayman Tisdale, and Branford Marsalis, Ervin Pope's "INFECTIOUS" will fit right in to your collection of Jazz favorites.

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INTERVIEW WITH FOURPLAY'S BOB JAMES

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Nov 25, 2012


One of the founding members of the super group Fourplay, Bob James is a two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and producer.  Discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, James recorded his first solo album, Bold Conceptions, that year for Mercury Records. 58 albums and innumerable awards would follow through five decades.  Bob talks to the Jazz Queen about Fourplay's new cd, Esprit De Four.

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INTERVIEW WITH PIANIST JIM BRICKMAN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 17, 2012


Since the release of his debut album No Words in 1994, Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best-selling solo piano artist of our time.  His signature style has brought him six Gold and Platinum albums, 30 charted adult radio hits, and two Grammy nominations.  His best-known compositions include the chart-toppers "Valentine," "The Gift," "Love of My Life," "Simple Things" and "Peace."  We welcome Jim Brickman to talk about his latest project, Believe.  

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST DELTON WALKER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Nov 14, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes saxophonist Delton Walker to talk about his current cd, Back In Your Arms Again.  This release by Delton is a smooth laid back approach with a major R and B and Neo-Soul feel to it. It was produced to lift ones spirits with its melodic tones leaving you tapping your feet and snapping your fingers long after the CD is over.

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INTERVIEW WITH TRUMPETER BRANDON BARBEE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Nov 11, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Brandon Barbee, trumpeter/arranger, composer, trumpet instructor and improvisation instructor based out of Hampton Road, VA.  His new EP "Breathe" was produced by saxophonist Martin Blockson.

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INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT CARVALHO

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 10, 2012


Reggae, Hip Hop, Latin, jazz, soul: the eclectic sound of multi-talented musician and singer/songwriter Carvalho evokes them all with his captivating melodies. His new album is titled "All The Things You Know To Be True" expect a sonic bed of different musical textures, timbres and lyrics that intrigue but stay in your mind. The album features musicians from the Xtended Family H on guitar, Mark Davis Andy Mason percussion, Ben Cook on Trombone, Leeanne Stoddart vocals/spoken word and Stateside based rapper E7P.

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INTERVIEW WITH VIOLINIST DANIEL D

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Fri, Nov 09, 2012


The extremely talented violinist Daniel D (for Davis) is taking contemporary R&B/jazz to the next level with his brand new release EPIC SOUNDS featuring his soulful and inspired violin playing. With music from Usher, Music Soulchild, and Grover Washington Jr. violinist Daniel D. appeals to music lovers of all persuasion, especially those of us who appreciate moving music that blends elements of pop, R&B, jazz and even neo-soul and hip hop.

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST JOHANNES LINSTEAD

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Oct 27, 2012


The gypsies in Spain were the first to develop the Spanish guitar sound, flamenco and many Latin music motifs. Johannes Linstead has always had a bit of the wandering gypsy spirit.  His new cd, Tales of the Gypsy, explores the many nuances of the Spanish guitar from the traditional to the contemporary, from fiery and passionate to soulful and swinging, sometimes lightning-fast and always beautifully melodic.  Linstead demonstrates on Tales of a Gypsy why he is recognized internationally as one of the most popular and best-selling guitarists and composers in the world-fusion field.  Once again he melds far-ranging influences and global styles into his own signature sound.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST ELIZABETH MIS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Oct 17, 2012


Elizabeth Mis returns with a brand new cd, Breakaway.  The first single released, “It’s Uh Girl’s World” is one of ten explosive, soprano driven tracks on her Trippin N Rhythm debut that collectively mount a major Breakaway from the same ole, same ole and forge a dynamic new direction for the genre.  Keeping it all about the newly emerging generation, Mis invites three other rising young artists to put their stamp on the set, including keyboardist Nicholas Cole and Trippin N Rhythm labelmates Julian Vaughn (bass) and Cindy Bradley (trumpet).  Guitarist Tim Bowman appears as a guest on “Sax Appeal.”  

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INTERVIEW WITH KEYBOARDIST ROGER SMITH

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Oct 14, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Tower of Power's keyboardist Roger Smith.  Roger’s long awaited "Best of Album" takes a look back over the past ten-plus years and 7 albums. Featuring the talents of Dave Koz and Motown legends The Temptations, not to mention the inimitable horns from Tower of Power, Roger Smith – 360 spans from his funky #1 hit "Off The Hook" to the rich jazz ballad "Rachael’s Dream", to the upbeat and energetic Brazilian party of "Fiesta" and finishes with a soul-stirring gospel anthem "Put Your Faith In Me", penned by Ben Sidran and Ricky Peterson.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST JACKIEM JOYNER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Oct 10, 2012


Renowned chart-topping contemporary jazz artist and producer Jackiem Joynerhas traveled all over the world with his signature saxophone sound, yet he returns home—figuratively—on his fourth release,Church Boy. Reaching back to his roots and reigniting his faith, Joyner brings together his beloved jazz and his foundational gospel music.  Church Boy features Kirk Whalum, Yolanda Adams, Toby Mac, and Israel Houghton.

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST LEE RITENOUR

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Oct 06, 2012


Grammy Award winner Lee Ritenour won a Grammy Award for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC.  Lee talks to the Jazz Queen about his new cd, Rhythm Sessions.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST MARTIN BLOCKSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Oct 03, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Martin Blockson to talk about his new cd, Excursion.

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KEYBOARDIST LAO TIZER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Sep 29, 2012


Downbeat, is the highly anticipated new album from acclaimed jazz, world, fusion group, TIZER (2011 "Jazz Group of the Year" nominee), to be released on September 18.  This collection of 12 new original tracks encompasses a wide array of musical flavors to make for a memorable listening experience for any fan of creative, jazz-inspired music.

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST RUSS FREEMAN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Sep 26, 2012


Fans that have followed Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer, and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (Aruba, Kenya, Morocco, Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, etc). Guitartist Russ Freeman talks to the Jazz Queen about the bands new cd, Built To Last.

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SAXOPHONIST KEITH MCKELLEY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Sep 22, 2012


Saxophonist Keith McKelley talks to the Jazz Queen about his self-titled cd that infuses styles such as funk, pop, R&B, Jazz, & some hip hop into a nice melodic blend ranging from smooth to in your face.  A must buy if you are looking for the next new saxophonist with plenty to say.

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KEYBOARDIST NICHOLAS COLE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Sep 19, 2012


We first met Nicholas in 2010 when his self produced debut cd "A Journey of One" was released.  He was only 17 then.  Two years later he releases his sophmore project "Endless Possibilites" on the new Cutmore Records label.  At 19 years old Nicholas has written and/or produced for saxophonist Marcus Anderson, bassist Julian Vaughn, and trumpeter Willie Bradley. Nicholas' label debut features 14 self produced originals and features cameos from Steve Cole, Julian Vaughn, Tim Bowman, Lynne Fiddmont, Steve Oliver and another talented newcomer Vincent Ingala. 

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FLUTIST RAGAN WHITESIDE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Sep 12, 2012


Evolve is flutist, vocalist and songwriter Ragan Whiteside’s truly exciting and innovative sophomore CD. Fusing together the coolest elements of contemporary jazz, neo soul and funk, this award winning artist makes an aesthetic statement that marks her evolution as an undeniably talented musical force. 

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GUITARIST U-NAM

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Sep 08, 2012


Paying tribute to his hero and favorite artist George Benson, U-Nam released the album Weekend in L.A. (A George Benson Tribute) as U-Nam & Friends. The album includes a MEGA-ALLSTAR line up of artists and musicians including but not limited to Patrice Rushen, Tim Owens, Mike White, Ricky Lawson, Matt Rohde, Jeff Lacey, Franck Sitbon, Denis Benarrosh, Darryl Williams, Andreas Oberg, Marva King, Najee, Stokley (Mint Condition) and many more.

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SAXOPHONIST TONY WATSON, JR.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Sep 05, 2012


Saxophonist Tony Watson Jr. has played tenor sax on popular smooth-jazz cds by Walter Beasley, Najee and Pieces of a Dream.  Tony talks to the Jazz Queen about his solo project called Perfect Imperfections.

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INTERVIEW WITH GRAMMY NOMINATED JOE SAMPLE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Aug 29, 2012


Randy Crawford and Joe Sample have been making music together in one form or another for nearly 36 years!  From their first hit together in 1979, "Street Life" (which Randy sang with Joe and The Crusaders) to "One Day I'll Fly Away," "When Your Life Was Low" and "Last Night at Danceland," to their recent duo collaborations on the Grammy nominated CDs Feeling Good and No Regrets, they've made music that people remember.  Their new cd Live was record on tour in Europe.  Live is a true gem.  The album contains Randy's and Joe's classics "Street Life,"  "Almaz" and "One Day I'll Fly Away," as well as choice tracks from their recent duo studio releases Feeling Good and No Regrets - "Everyday I Have the Blues," "Me, Myself and I" and Randy's rendition of Edith Piaf classic "No Regrets."

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SMOOTH JAZZ MUSIC SHOW

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Aug 26, 2012


Two hours of the absolute best in smooth jazz with a sprinkling of smooth R&B.

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INTERVIEW WITH R&B SINGER MICHAEL LYNCHE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Aug 25, 2012


If you are an American Idol fan, you will remember Michael Lynche who was a contestant on Season 9.  The Florida native and devoted family man's rise from obscurity was well documented through his riveting appearance on American Idol.  Known to America as "Big Mike," he was famously saved by the judges, giving him a second chance to continue through the competition, becoming one of the top 10 finalist.  He recently released his debut self-titled cd on Big3 Records.

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KEYBOARDIST PATRICK COOPER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Aug 18, 2012


hhhco-founded a contemporary jazz band called N-Touch co-founded a contemporary jazz band called N-Touch co-founded a contemporary jazz band called N-Touch        hhhhhPatrick Cooper has worked with a powerhouse of world-class seasoned musicians. He wrote the title song on Marcus Johnson's Smooth Jazz chart topping CD "Just Doing What I Do". He is also the co-founder of the contemporary jazz band called N-Touch. Patrick talks to us about his latest cd, The Way It Used To Be.

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INTERVIEW WITH PIANIST/COMPOSER KEVIN TONEY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Thu, Aug 16, 2012


Award-winning keyboardist, composer and author Kevin Toney talks to the Jazz Queen about his new cd, New American Suite. This inspired project blends traditional acoustic jazz trio music with the compositional expanse of classical movements.  New American Suite introduces the artist’s dynamic new band, Kevin Toney 3 featuring Kevin Toney on piano, Michael Bradford on bass and Chris Coleman on drums. Kevin is also the auther of "The Virtuous Man, Breaking The Men’s Code." 

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INTERVIEW WITH BASSIST JULIAN VAUGHN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Aug 15, 2012


Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records, one of the genres most active and aggressive labels, knew a star when they saw one and jumped at the chance to add Julian Vaughn to its ever growing roster of fresh and inventive young artists. “Breakthrough" marks his label debut and is already making waves across the country with a two week debut on the national Billboard chart at #24.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST PAULA ATHERTON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Aug 08, 2012


Come "Enjoy The Ride" with Paula Atherton.  Her new cd features guitarist Nick Colionne, trumpeter Cindy Bradley and more.  Ronald Jackson from The Smooth Jazz Ride said: "To say that Paula Atherton has the right formula for success as a competent force to reckon with in smooth jazz would obviously be an understatement. If her previous releases — including "Groove With Me," her last release before this project—haven’t brought you on board yet, hop on this groove vehicle. You’re truly bound to Enjoy The Ride." – Ronald Jackson

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INTERVIEW WITH KEYBOARDIST JONATHAN FRITZEN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Aug 05, 2012


Jonathan Fritzen is a contemporary jazz pianist from Stockholm, Sweden.  His debut album Love Birds was released in 2008.  He's since released VIP, Diamonds, and his newest project Magical is scheduled for release on August 21. Magical features Boney James, Vincent Ingala, Darren Rahn and Paul Brown.  Jonathan will join us live from Sweden.???bu His debut solo album, Love Birds was released in 2008His debut solo album, Love Birds was released in 2008  f FROM   

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THE JAZZ QUEEN MUSIC SHOW

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jul 29, 2012


Smooth Jazz Music.

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SAXOPHONIST PHIL DENNY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jul 28, 2012


Jonathan Widran said Phil Denny is a major new force on the contemporary urban jazz scene. His blazing sax, infectious melody and in-the-pocket grooves create an exuberant album on par with anything I’ve been hearing lately by Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, The Sax Pack and Eric Darius. Phil's debut album "CROSSOVER" features Matt Godina, Gerey Johnson, Nils Jiptner, Terrance Palmer, Anna Stevenson and Frank Selman.  Artfully mastered by Darren Rahn and of course the "Producer" that made it all happen Nate Harasim. 

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GUITARIST JJ SANS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jul 25, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Guitarist JJ Sans to talk about his debut album Sunshine After Midnight, JJ puts forward a stunning selection of his original compositions, with the help of a stellar array of musicians, producers and special guests. Sunshine After Midnight is a diverse showcase of original guitar styles-including R&B, jazz, rock, fusion and JJ's trademark ballad style-featuring many of NYC's finest musicians. 

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SAXOPHONIST MARCUS ANDERSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jul 11, 2012


We catch up with Marcus on becoming the newest member of the Sax Pack (Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole) and touring with Shelia E.

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KEYBOARDIST/PIANIST BRIAN CULBERTSON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Tue, Jul 10, 2012


Brian is back with a brand new cd called Dreams featuring Noel Gourdin (Mint Condition), Vivian Green, Stokley Williams and Kenny Lattimore.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST VINCENT INGALA

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jul 08, 2012


Vincent returns to talk about his new cd, Can't Stop Now.

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GUITARIST JAS MILLER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jul 07, 2012


Jas received his music education with the Berklee College of Music, with Howard Roberts of Musicians Institute, and the University of Oklahoma, among others.  He records and teaches music in Southern California. We'll talk to Jas about his new cd, The Groove.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST TONY EXUM, JR.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jul 04, 2012


Tony returns to talk about his new cd, The One.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST CANDY DULFER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 30, 2012


Performing since age seven, bandleader of Funky Stuff since age fourteen, international recording artist since age nineteen, touring the world since age twenty .  After the worldwide release of her new album ‘Crazy’ Candy will perform with her band in the USA and - for the first time in her career - in South America.

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SMOOTH JAZZ MUSIC

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jun 24, 2012


The absolute best in smooth jazz music.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST ROB WHITE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 23, 2012


Saxophonist Rob White returns with a new cd, Just Kickin It.

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INTERVIEW WITH GOSPEL JAZZ ARTIST BEN TANKARD (PT.2)

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Tue, Jun 19, 2012


Join us for part two of our interview with Ben Tankard.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST ROD WILLIAMS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 16, 2012


Rod Williams is a talented musician who's diverse style includes a blend of R&B, Smooth Jazz, Classic Soul, Old School and New.  We will talk to Rod about his new cd, Hands Down.  

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INTERVIEW W/16 YR. OLD SAXOPHONIST CURTIS BROOKS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jun 03, 2012


Curtis started playing the saxophone in the 4th grade at the encouragement of his band teacher.  Now 16 years old, he also plays the soprano and tenor sax and will be attending the Berklee College of Music this summer.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST GARY HONOR

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jun 02, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes saxophonist Gary Honor from Sydney, Australia to talk about his new cd, Heads & Tales, produced by Gary and keyboardist Oli Silk.

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INTERVIEW WITH GOSPEL JAZZ ARTIST BEN TANKARD

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, May 23, 2012


Ben Tankard has won 9 Stellar Awards, 34 Stellar, 8 Dove, 3 Grammy nominations and is the best selling GospelJazz instrumentalist in the world.  Since he came on the national scene in 1990, there have been many titles associated with Ben Tankard, from the Quincy Jones of Gospel to the father of GospelJazz.  Tankard's sixteenth studio album features music from legendary producer-songwriters, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and special guest appearances by Mark Kibble / Take 6, & Gerald Albright and others.

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INTERVIEW WITH FO/MO/DEEP

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, May 20, 2012


Ron Holmes of FO/MO/DEEP returns to talk about their sophomore release "A Beautiful Bang." 

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SUFFOLK RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, May 19, 2012


The first in a series of jazz festivals, the Suffolk Riverfront Jazz Festival in Suffolk, VA., benefits the Gladys Gatlin Foundations, an organization dedicated to helping women veterans transition back to civilian life.  Scheduled artists to perform:  Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Syro Gyro, Jeff Bradshaw, Cindy Bradley, Stanley Jordan, and Soulon on Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29, 2012.

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INTERVIEW WITH KEYBOARDIST BOB BALDWIN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, May 09, 2012


Celebrating the legacy of one of the most influential songwriter/producers of our time, Bob Baldwin Presents "Betcha By Golly Wow: The Songs of Thom Bell.  You may not recognize the name, Thom Bell, but you know his music:  La La Means I Love You,  Break Up to Make Up, Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time, to name a few.  Thom Bell wrote for The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and The Spinners.  Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes the return of Bob Baldwin to talk about this new project.

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INTERVIEW WITH TERRY MOORER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, May 06, 2012


As founder of Learn the Music Business, Terry Moorer believes in helping others understand how complex the music industry can be.  In a joint effort with his business partner, MC Lyte, Terry Moorer has launched one of the most highly anticipated music websites within the music community, www.learnthemusicbusiness.com.  Mr. Moorer brings with him over 25 years of experience in publicity, marketing, Internet marketing and consulting.

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CHESTER COUNTY JAZZ FESTIVAL

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, May 05, 2012


Festival Producer and owner of Sugarbaby Events Anita Broady joins us to talk about the inaugural Chester County Jazz Festival, June 29 through July 1, 2012!  The festival will be presenting live concert events at both the Asplundh Concert Hall on the campus of West Chester University, and at Hoopes Park in West Chester, PA.  Scheduled artists include, Gerald Veasley, Peter White, Warren Hill, Tom Braxton, Dotsero, and more!

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THE JAZZ QUEEN MUSIC SHOW

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Apr 29, 2012


Join us for two hours of the absolute best in smooth jazz music.

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INTERVIEW WITH GAVIN MORRISON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Apr 15, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Gavin Morrison to talk about his cd Manzanita Lounging. The CD has 7 new instrumental songs that feature electric and acoustic guitar, piano, organ, harmonica, bass and drums. The style is a groove oriented smooth Jazz.

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INTERVIEW WITH TRUMPETER MELVIN MILLER

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Apr 01, 2012


He is as charismatic as his music is captivating. Critics have aptly named him a composer, educator, musician, conductor and performing artist.  The sound of his horn and the style with which he performs comes from a variety of influences.  Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Melvin to talk about his music and career.

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INTERVIEW WITH SINGER GREGORY ABBOTT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Mar 18, 2012


Platinum singer songwriter and producer Gregory Abbott burst upon the music scene in the late eighties and early nineties with his multi-platinum mega hit "Shake You Down", top 5 Rhythm and Blues hit "Got The Feelin (Its Over) ,"Ill Prove It To You", and "Let Me Be Your Hero. His new release on Spectra Records is entitled "Drop Your Mask" and now available on Amazon.

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST CHRIS STANDRING

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 17, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Guitarist Chris Standring to discuss his new cd, Electric Wonderland.

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST PETER WHITE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Mar 14, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes the return of Peter White to discuss his new cd, Here We Go.

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INTERVEIW WITH GUITARIST KEN NAVARRO

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Mar 11, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Guitarist Ken Navarro back with a new cd "The Test of Time" scheduled for release on March 20, 2012.

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INTERVEIW WITH SAXOPHONIST SHELBY BROWN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 10, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Shelby Brown to discuss his new cd, The Meaning of Life.

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INTERVIEW W/SAXOPHONIST ERIC MARIENTHAL

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Mar 07, 2012


When Eric was just 10 years old he used to dream of becoming a professional musician, to make his own records and tour around the world. When he first started playing his saxophone in 5th grade he really had no idea what all that even meant. Well, after having performed in over 60 different countries, recording 10 solo CD's and playing on hundreds of other records, films, television shows and commercial jingles, Eric has definitely exceeded those musical goals he set for himself way back then. We welcome Eric to talk about his new cd "It's Love" available now on Amazon.  

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST CLIFFORD CHARLES

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Mar 03, 2012


Clifford Charles is a talented guitarist, arranger and composer who has been playing and composing for the past two decades. He creates music using his unique style and sound.   Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes guitarist Clifford Charles to talk about his new "Songs From Deep Within" cd.

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SMOOTH JAZZ MUSIC SHOW

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Feb 26, 2012


Join us for two hours of the absolute best in smooth jazz.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE PEET PROJECT

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Feb 19, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes the Peet Project to discuss their new cd, Does The Music Turn You On?"

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST LLOYD GREGORY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Feb 11, 2012


Lloyd Gregory is a well-established classic jazz guitarist whose style is smooth, soulful, melodic, flowing and immediately likeable.  The self-titled “ Lloyd Gregory” is Gregory’s first album for Stanley Clarke’s Roxboro Entertainment Group label.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST HULON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Feb 08, 2012


Hulon (Dr. Hulon Crayton) is a smooth jazz saxophonist hailing from Panama City, FL who started his jazz career as a member of noted jazz group the On Call Band®. In addition to his jazz career, Hulon is also a noted entrepreneur and philanthropist. Hulon runs The Arthritis and Infusion Center, a successful medical practice that specializes in the treatment of Rheumatological diseases and disorders as well as sports-related injuries. Hulon has been practicing Rheumatology since 1986, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin.

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INTERVIEW WITH BASSIST NATHANIEL KEARNEY, JR.

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Feb 04, 2012


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes bassist Nathaniel Kearney, Jr. to discuss his debut cd "Back To Bassics."

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SMOOTH JAZZ MUSIC SHOW

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 29, 2012


Join us for two hours of the absolute best in smooth jazz with a sprinkling of smooth R&B.

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INTERVIEW WITH TRUMPETER EDMUND SOBCZAK

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 28, 2012


Trumpeter Edmund Sobczak is known as EDolutionary (stage name) which is a mixture of his name and the evolutionary style of music he creates.  Edmund’s musical taste is influenced by artists like Michele Camilo, Arturo Sandoval, Miles Davis, Winton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dave Koz and many, many others from all kinds of genres, including classical and pop but his number one inspiration for the modern style and tone was Chris Botti.    

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST NAJEE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Jan 18, 2012


Najee returns to Talking Smooth Jazz with The Smooth Side of Soul.

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST PAUL WHITLEY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 14, 2012


He began recording and producing in 2002 after being laid off from his job as a civil engineer. Since then he has played behind and worked with artists such as Marvin Sapp, John P. Kee, Byron Cage, Jonathan Butler, Dorinda Clark-Cole, William Becton, Kenny Curry & Nu Spirit, and Dennis Reed & GAP to name a few. Paul’s current project, "Versatility" is a collection of 15 original songs. The CD builds on a broad stylistic range musically, from the highly charged, gospel – influenced, jazz and soul with accompanying vocals.

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INTERVIEW WITH COMPOSER/PRODUCER & MUSICIAN JERE B

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Jan 08, 2012


Jere B is a Composer/Producer & Musician.  His award winning band, SounDoctrine has released four critically acclaimed CDs and a DVD and has received notable honors from Soul Patrol, The Hollywood Black Film Festival, Campus Crusade for Christ, New Artist Radio, The Capital Jazz Fest Challenge, WSV and the American Gospel Music Awards among others.   

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST JAZZY FRANK

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Jan 07, 2012


Guitarist Jazzy Frank joins us from Thailand, Bangkok to talk about his music and career.

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST DAVE MCMURRAY

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Dec 17, 2011


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes multi-instrumentalist, Dave McMurray.  He has produced and remixed for artists like The Rolling Stones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Elton John, and Geri Allen.  His new cd "I Know About Love" is a collection of dark, hypnotic grooves and features Bob James, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Herschel Boone, Eminem’s keyboardist Luis Resto, and stunning vocalist Jessica Wagner-Cowan.  

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INTERVIEW WITH ERVIN POPE

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Dec 14, 2011


Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Ervin Pope to talk about his new cd "With These Hands."  This project is one that fuses soulful easy listening instrumentals with contemporary ballads. Composed by one of the best Hip Hop and R&B producers in the game today. EP has produced and played keys for many top artist. Including Kanye West and Ne-Yo.

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INTERVIEW WITH TRUMPETER JAMES ANDREWS

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Wed, Dec 07, 2011


James Andrews, trumpeter, vocalist, aka "12", aka "Satchmo of the Ghetto", is grandson of the late Jessie "Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo" Hill; is older brother to Troy Andrews (aka "Trombone Shorty") and is determine to keep the flame of New Orleans Soul and R&B alive and burning in the hearts of many. In Andrews new album…The Big Time Stuff!!!...You can hear, feel, smell, and taste New Orleans throughout this recording.

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INTERVIEW WITH DRUMMER JOREL "JFLY" FLYNN

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sun, Dec 04, 2011


Jorel returns to Talking Smooth Jazz with a new cd called "Hypnotic." 

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INTERVIEW WITH PARIS ESCOVEDO

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Dec 03, 2011


Paris is the son of Thomas "Coke" Escovedo an original member of Santana.  Paris’ uncle is Pete Escovedo, (Santana) and is cousin to Sheila E. (Santana, Prince).  He has performed, toured and recorded with Arrested Development, Angie Stone, Pink, Collective Soul, and Malo.  The highly anticipated debut album from the next generation of Latin Jazz, The Paris Escovedo Project, is a trend setting global blend of Latin, Jazz, R & B, and Old School. 

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INTERVIEW WITH SAXOPHONIST WILL HOLTON

Author: Talking Smooth Jazz
Sat, Nov 19, 2011


Born in Buffalo NY, Will Holton has been playing the sax for over 10 years and "Wowing" the public professionally for the past 2 years. We will talk to Will about his new project, Love Stories Untold, Vol. 1.

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