CANDACE BELLAMY Santa Baby Candace Bellamy
A physician by day and singer by night whose voice has been called “a smoky instrument of joy” by the Austin Chronicle, Candace Bellamy’s EP SANTA BABY has dreamy, soothing vibes that will heal any trace of the holiday blues! Following three lush, romantic ballads, she tosses in some energetic funk/jazz to create the perfect party mix. SANTA BABY is an incredible intro to a vocalist we should be keeping our eye on!
SYLVIA BENNETT Winter Wonderland Out of Sight Music
This voice will certainly warm up your holiday season… with her smooth mix of "Winter Wonderland," international recording artist and Grammy-nominated singer Sylvia Bennett welcomes all of the joys of winter. Kick back, put the worries of the world aside, and pour yourself an egg nog, as you slip into this seasonal selection from our favorite smooth crooner. You’re sure to find your happy place with Ms. Bennett’s version of one of the most joyful holiday songs ever written, featuring a jazzy saxophone and a fun musical arrangement for Sylvia to cheerfully sing and sled through. Are you listening?
SHARON MARIE CLINE God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (A Benediction for Peace) Sharon Marie Cline
With its hypnotic marching drumbeat and bright blend of gospel and jazz, internationally acclaimed Los Angeles based singer Sharon Marie Cline’s dramatic twist on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” becomes a deeply heartfelt benediction for peace in our troubled times. She warms up the coming winter by infusing the familiar carol with spoken words in addition to her smooth majestic vocals. The time is right for this peaceful prayer and timeless message. We hope this will help you find some peace this holiday season.
A joyous and eclectic follow-up to his recent album SO CLOSE featuring Jeff Lorber and Tom Scott, internationally acclaimed vocalist Thierry Condor brings the Christmas pop from Switzerland to THIS IS CHRISTMAS. The collection begins with a big band swing arrangement, of a familiar classic before unveiling the artist’s intimate side via a mix of heartfelt, lyrically insightful originals and a few chestnuts we all know and love. Condor’s unmistakable voice makes THIS IS CHRISTMAS a stocking stuffer to remember!
JAN DALEY There's Nothing Like Christmas Log Records
A sweet holiday treat to follow up her critically acclaimed recording WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE, Jan Daley’s seasonal delight, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE CHRISTMAS is a charmingly romantic collection stocking-stuffed with lush and intimate arrangements of classics, carols and soaring and passionate original ballads. Looking forward, the singer, songwriter and actress will be debuting a new, live show “Broadway Lights Up The Silver Screen – An Evening of Broadway Songs You Love From Films We Cherish.” Until then, as the snow falls and the trees light up, she gladly reminds us THERE’S NOTHING LIKE CHRISTMAS!
CHRIS BIG DOG DAVIS Christmas in Connecticut CDS Records
Santa Claus has come to town and just in time to lift our spirits! In-demand, two-time Grammy nominee, producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis, celebrates the holidays with his first-ever, solo recording, CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT. This festively adorned, and meticulously arranged, 5 seasonal song EP, features special guests actually from Connecticut, Kevin Monroe & Devotion, Dawn Tallman, David Livolsi, Trevor Summerville, Dana Lauren, Asa Livingston, Orice Jenkins, Tony Blount and Mike Green. Producer of contemporary jazz greats (Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Phil Perry, Maysa and many more), Davis is well known for his work in Smooth Jazz, delivering ten #1 hits to the format since 2008. Make it a homecoming, and spend CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT with Chris "Big Dog" Davis.
JESSY J California Christmas Changi Records LLC
On her first-ever seasonal collection CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS, contemporary jazz and Latin saxophonist Jessy J creates fresh new holiday traditions. Her spirited new collection melts away the snowy images of the holiday and replaces them with upbeat, jazzy and bluesy fun in the tropical sun. While the tunes are all holiday staples, her seductive and energetic melodies and colorful arrangements make them feel fresh. On hand playing elves to her Santa are Steve Oliver, Paul Brown and Jeff Lorber. Celebrate something new with CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS!
JAREZ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town J Star Entertainment LLC
Just weeks after deep-vibing us with his sensual and silky new EP SEXY SAXY VOL. 2, versatile saxman Jarez shifts from the down tempo of that project into a playful, percussive groove for a fresh, infectious romp through “Santa Claus is Coming To Town.” The guy who toured and recorded with Coolio turns up the heat for a toe-tapping joyous sleigh ride. You better watch out for Jarez’s “Santa Claus is Coming To Town.!”
GRADY NICHOLS Falling in Love with Christmas New Day
Capturing the timeless sound of the classic holiday albums he grew up with, Tulsa, Oklahoma based saxophonist Grady Nichols makes it easy to do just what his album title says he’s doing, FALLING IN LOVE WITH CHRISTMAS. He puts a vibrant spin on seasonal classics with a mix of intimate and high-energy arrangements while including two originals and a spoken word track in which Nichols’ family explains the true meaning of Christmas. Helping him spread the musical joy are world-renowned musical friends Michael Omartian, Chris Rodriguez and Jeff Lorber. Feel like FALLING IN LOVE WITH CHRISTMAS? Listen no further!
RHYTHM JETS Rhythm Jets Christmas Infinity Jazz Records
There’s no better way to celebrate a funky Cool Yule than with Rhythm Jets, the powerhouse 8-piece Atlanta based R&B/Smooth Jazz band that’s been energizing the genre these past few years with a signature sound they call “Infinity Jazz.” Produced by Trammell Starks and Vance Kelly, RHYTHM JETS CHRISTMAS is a fun-soaked EP full of upbeat, happy Holiday favorites and buoyant sparks of Gospel. It’s also an electrifying showcase for guest lead vocalists Alfreda Gerald, Chinua Hawk and Joshua Kelly. Celebrate the season’s greatest joys surrounded by the spirit-filled vibes of RHYTHM JETS CHRISTMAS, and be inspired to sustain the love all year long!
THE JENNIFER SCOTT QUARTET Carol Of The Bells Jennifer Scott
Following up her recent multi-lingual debut album LE TEMPS DE L’AMOUR, classically trained world jazz pianist and singer Jennifer Scott, showcases her gorgeous ivory work on a unique, polyrhythmic twist on “Carol of The Bells.” Her colorful arrangement shifts from moments of gentle intimacy to dynamic and percussive, classically influenced improvisations via interactions with her powerhouse quartet. Scott’s “Carol of the Bells” is the perfect way to ring in the jazzy holiday fun!
TONY TERRY & SYLVER LOGAN SHARP December Goodbye Song King Records
R&B veteran Tony Terry, and former lead singer of the legendary group CHIC, Sylver Logan Sharp, team up for an original duet destined to be a Christmas classic! “December Goodbye,” composed by Grammy winning and chart topping songwriters, James Day and Gordon Chambers, was produced by maestro, Daryl LA Hunt, who has served as musical director for Yolanda Adams, Roberta Flack, and Stephanie Mills. This soulful, bittersweet seasonal song is sure to fill your heart with melodic melancholy!
BROTHER 2 BROTHER f. Carter Carter Can I Take You There Grandiora Records
Move over, Philly! Siblings Winston and Charles (Chaz) Carter – collectively known as BROTHER 2 BROTHER featuring Carter Carter - are declaring their hometown of Pittsburgh the official city of Brotherly Jazz. The electric guitar and drummer duo backs their boldness with a list of prime opening gigs (Cameo, Bobby Brown, Angela Bofill, Parliament Funkadelic) and a tight, melodic, in the pocket debut CAN I TAKE YOU THERE. Helmed by producer Chuck Cymone – who has done projects with Chris Standring, Eric Darius, Peter White, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot – the song set spotlights the Carter’s prowess on their respective instruments and creates an inviting, sonically expansive world full of sultry contemporary jazz and R&B. When BROTHER 2 BROTHER asks, CAN I TAKE YOU THERE, you’re gonna say yes!
JAN DALEY When Sunny Gets Blue Log Records
For veteran recording artist, touring performer and actress Jan Daley, choosing to title her latest EP after her lush, lush heartbreaking interpretation of “When Sunny Gets Blue” has a personal connection. Its legendary composer, Jack Segal, has been her songwriting coach and mentor, and the one who encouraged her to do this exquisite project. While showcasing the master vocalist in the purest of lights, WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE the EP, offers lush, caressing arrangements that provide the perfect setting for her smooth, swanky and swooning vocals. A former Miss California, Daley follows in the Great American Songbook tradition of many of the legends she’s opened shows for, including Louis Armstrong. You won’t feel blue after listening!
Nathan East is so much more than a world-class bassist, if you look closer, you’ll discover the Fourplay founding member’s playing is a channel to convey a greater purpose on this planet… one of healing. Whether he’s conscious of it or not, the affable composer and musician lovingly cultivates a better human experience for all he comes in contact with, in person and through music. A life based around gratitude results in more to be grateful for… This is a principle that Nathan’s very familiar with. His resume overflows with collaborative endeavors with some of the greatest music minds of all time. His aptly titled new recording, REVERENCE, the follow up to the #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz solo debut NATHAN EAST, will be available on January 20, 2017. The first single, “Lifecycle,” an upbeat, joyful, life-affirming celebration of connection, is already spinning on radio around the world, creating massive motion on the charts and emotion with listeners. We anticipate another wonderful run from one of our favorite runners!
One of the most versatile musicians in Texas, Al Gomez started out as a trombone player with local Tejano bands before evolving into a first call guitarist, playing and sharing the stage with everyone from Selena, Aaron Neville and Willie Nelson to Carlos Santana and Buddy Guy. After funkin’ up the Smooth Jazz world a bit with his critically-acclaimed 2014 debut CASA GROOVE, the electric guitarist brings his rich, infectious sound to his cool follow-up EP CATCHIN’ A VIBE. The set is full of edgy licks, vibey grooves, irresistible melodies and moments to dance and later romance. In addition to its awesome originals, Gomez includes dynamic re-imaginings of classics by Dr. John, Luther Vandross and George Duke. Don't delay, catch this vibe today!
Ten albums into one of Smooth Jazz’s most inspiring and compelling careers, Euge Groove reminds us on his latest infectious, infinitely melodic and easy grooving gem that he’s still cool…still sexy…still unafraid to embrace his soul music ancestors…and yes, STILL EUGE! The multi-saxophonist taps into his passion for blues and gospel while stirring up a fresh batch of danceable jams and steamy ballads, including one featuring the dreamy acoustic guitar of Peter White. Euge complements these core tunes with deeply soulful vocal tracks featuring two of R&B’s greatest, Rahsaan Patterson and Oleta Adams. After 16 years of mesmerizing his fans with some of the genre’s greatest hits, it’s refreshing to know that he’s STILL EUGE!
Recognized around the world as pioneers of acid jazz, a genre combining elements of jazz, soul, funk and dance music, the UK's Incognito is still on the forefront of London's creative music scene more than 3 decades in. Founded by Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, the band has been a mainstay for some of the most well known voices in the world, including Grammy-nominated Maysa, and British sensation, Imaani, as well as extraordinary musicians, and some of the hottest musical discoveries on the planet. IN SEARCH OF BETTER DAYS, is the band's 17th studio album and a joyful amalgamation of vibrant musical stylings, captures the sound and soul of London circa 2016! Featuring lyrically enlightened tracks, and relentless grooves, the recording also features legendary Japanese guitarist Hotei Tomoyasu and Jamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender. This collection is completely tuned into a world IN SEARCH OF BETTER DAYS, providing a soundtrack to lead the way through self-discovery, love and connection. Bluey’s so deep into the inkwell, that I think he actually may be the inkwell… he’s a brilliant source to draw inspiration from in our modern times.
THE JAMES KOB EXPERIENCE So Right Partly Sunny Records
A multi-talented musical Renaissance man trained in classical guitar and orchestral composition, James Kōb draws on his vast skills as a songwriter, producer, scoring and orchestration skills to create SO RIGHT, the debut project from The James Kōb Experience. The collection is an exciting musical excursion featuring refreshing and super-melodic original tunes blending breezy Bossa, with lighthearted pop, and sensual jazz reminiscent of Sergio Mendes. In addition to sharing his expansive musical vision, the collection doubles as a wondrous showcase for the warm and sensuous vocal talents of featured singer Maria Shafer. SO RIGHT is a multi-cultural experience you won’t want to miss!
JAREZ Sexy Saxy Vol. 2 J Star Entertainment LLC
Since breaking through in 2013 with his solo debut ON TOP OF THE WORLD, L.A. based saxophonist Jarez has been a non-stop hit machine. He’s been at forefront of an exciting revitalization on the contemporary jazz scene with his explosive blend of soulful jazz and hip-hop. The innovative saxman, who has recorded and toured with music icon Coolio for years, fashions his cool, fashionable and relaxed new EP SEXY SAXY Vol. 2 as a sequel to 2015’s Vol. 1. Jarez sets the funk aside for a set of silky and sensual romantic mood setting originals – including one featuring guitarist Dirk K and a “chilled version” of his hit single “In Too Deep.” Turn the lights down low and embrace the vibe of SEXY SAXY!
JAY NYA SOL Dancing In The Moonlight JayNyaSol.band
An eclectic high energy ensemble founded by Award winning producer T. Burns in 2009, JAY NYA SOL plays tunes as fascinating as their name on their full length collection DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT. From track to track, the band – led by Burns (percussion, vocals, keyboards), Isha Love (keyboards, piano) and Takahito Mori (guitar) – takes Smooth Jazz where it’s never gone before! Stylistically, they ease from sensual and sultry R&B to synthy pop, old school funk and Santana style rock/jazz fusion. Beyond the stylistic diversity, another highlight is the variation of lead melodic instruments. They’ve also got a powerhouse guest list that includes saxman Gerald Albright, vocalist Vanessa Bryan, saxman Cal Bennett and trumpeter Rahmlee Michael Davis. You’ll be DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT trying to keep up with JAY NYA SOL!
REZA KHAN Wind Dance Painted Media
The inspiration behind Bangladesh Born and Raised, NYC based, world-fusion guitarist and composer, Reza Khan’s 4th solo album release, WIND DANCE, came in an instance, upon a breeze and swirled meaning through movement into the recording artist’s mind. "This is a story of a Twilight Dream," Reza recalls, which sparked a song title on the new album, he continues, “it happened in a breath of an instance or in a whole life, I don’t know.” This engaging collection is magical and mystical in a way that only Reza can harness through composition and playing. The guests on the project are as special as the music itself, including performances from Andy Snitzer, Philippe Saisse, Nelson Rangell, Mark Egan, Miles Gilderdale, and Marc Antoine. WIND DANCE will move your mind and body through a journey of sweet reflection and musical expression, prepare to be blown away!
TONY LINDSAY Tony Lindsay Next Move Entertainment - Canada/Lindseed Music
11-time Grammy winning singer Tony Lindsay is world renowned for being a frontman on numerous tours with Santana and recording or performing with The O’Jays, Al Jarreau, Steve Winwood, Aretha Franklin and the late Teddy Pendergrass. He’s also legendary in the San Francisco Bay Area for leading his R&B/Jazz/Pop ensemble Spang-a-Lang. Lindsay’s deeply soulful, self-titled album showcases the vocalist's incredible range and stylistic versatility, from Smooth Jazz laced R&B ballads and Latin-tinged jazz to Santana influenced fusion... the project includes the artist's debut international hit single, "Only If You Knew What My Eyes See." Download now and discover the magic of Tony Lindsay!
A renowned artist, producer, songwriter, vocal coach, session musician and performer, the multi-talented Jaee Logan brings a lifetime of musical joy to his emergence as a Smooth Jazz artist. In addition to selling over 30 million records worldwide, he has worked with everyone from Sheila E, Pebbles and Club Nouveau to Rosie Gaines, Digital Underground and Bobby Brown. Logan’s latest single "Morning," which features legendary Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White, is pure jazz, funk and love. Harkening back to the classic shimmering jazz-soul keyboard vibe of the 70s, the song includes dreamy, soaring vocals and a burst of Latin piano exuberance midway through. Logan will be releasing his full-length debut album SUN RIDER in early 2017. Until then, enjoy a beautiful and inspiring "Morning"!
KEN NAVARRO Bonfire Positive Music Records
When fire meets air things start to heat up and when music meets passion, it’s the same thing… Discover “One Summer Day," a beautiful new song from masterful acoustic guitarist Ken Navarro. Ken’s new album “BONFIRE” features thirteen diverse tracks of smooth jazz, fusion, rock and global grooves, all sharing a summer vibe and melodic richness. Navarro has had well over twenty recordings on the music charts over the past 25+ years… BONFIRE will prove to be no exception. The innovative composer plays every instrument on the album, focusing foremost on guitars, and venturing off into all the other sonic elements you hear on this hot new release! Warm up the speakers, start BONFIRE and let the summer begin, no matter what time of year.
STEVE OLIVER Pictures & Frames SOM Entertainment, LLC
Throughout his decade and a half of instrumental #1 Billboard Smooth Jazz radio hits, multi-talented composer/guitarist/vocalist Steve Oliver peppered his recordings with soulful pop/R&B vocals. Expanding his musical aesthetic further into that dynamic realm, his first all-vocal album PICTURES & FRAMES is driven by his trademark cool, classic, contemporary vibe and meaningful, soul searching lyrics. Recorded at the iconic Capitol Studios and using Frank Sinatra’s legendary mic, Oliver creates his John Mayer, Michael McDonald and Steely Dan influenced sound with the all-star rhythm section of Lee Sklar and Vinnie Colaiuta as well as a debut singing collaboration with critically-acclaimed, Northern Californian songstress Chris Webster. PICTURES & FRAMES is a splendid musical snapshot of Oliver’s heart and soul!
KENNEY POLSON Paradise Vol. 1 Sony
After earning four college degrees and teaching for years everywhere from Bogota and Rio to Beijing, saxophonist and composer Kenney Polson returns to recording and performing music full time with the release of an album whose title perfectly describes the listening experience: PARADISE, VOL. 1. Drawing on his passions for jazz, new age, Latin, R&B, funk and gospel, Polson creates a spirited, soulful mix of melodic tunes, jazzy riffs and dreamy atmospheres with top Brazilian musicians he has recorded with previously. In all, the versatile musical force of nature has visited and performed in over 50 countries. He pools all those magical experiences and vibes together to create a true musical PARADISE! Best of all, the second half of the album title promises there’s more to come!
STEVE RAYBINE Cool Vibes Bad Kat Records, LLC
A onetime bandmate of Rick Braun in the 1970’s progressive jazz group Auracle, vibraphonist, composer, percussionist and renowned music educator Steve Raybine has been on a mission since his 2000 debut to make the spirited sound of the vibes a fresh contemporary sound in Smooth Jazz. On his infectious, rhythmically-compelling (and perfectly titled) new album COOL VIBES, the Omaha, Nebraska-based artist stirs up exciting island flavors with a rhythmic mix of swaying coolness and light-funk charm. With a swirl of styles that explore Raybine’s passions for jazz, R&B, Latin, pop/rock and blues, it’s the perfect soundtrack to a night of chillout and romance. Full of surprises, he even does a spirited rap on one track. Steve Raybine's COOL VIBES are the perfect mid-summer delight!
PHILIPPE SAISSE TRIO On The Level Badar Log Music
On the heels of his first hit, solo single in more than 10 years, 2016's "And So But Then," the Philippe Saisse Trio is back with fresh new, hippifying grooves on the cool and slinky new hit single “On The Level.” Penned by Saisse and featuring percussionist Gumbi Ortiz and guitarist Marc Antoine, the tune seductively blends the veteran Grammy nominated keyboardist ‘s 60’s influenced trademark soul jazz style (with piano, Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes) with a cool, mega-contemporary slowed down EDM vibe courtesy of David Finck’s hypnotic upright basslines. The overall vibe was enhanced by mixing engineer Goh Hotoda, who was told by Saisse to create an Amy Winehouse styled flow that’s retro and modern at the same time. With “On The Level,” the trio takes us to the next level of Smooth Jazz consciousness.
The son of legendary keyboardist/composer Merl Saunders, Tony Saunders was taught piano by Herbie Hancock and for his tenth birthday received an electric organ from Sly Stone. But the magic started happening once he shifted to bass, and the two time Emmy Award winner’s s third album UPTOWN JAZZ on San Francisco Records is a full-blown celebration of the multiple ways he grooves. Joyfully eclectic throughout, he launched the album with the brassy, ultra-funky title track single that featured Gabriel Mark Hasselbach and Tower of Power’s Mic Gillete on horns and Paul Hardcastle, Jr. on sax. Saunders’ bass also bubbles beneath the emotional sax passion of Gerald Albright and later engages on an improvisation rich jazz-fusion journey also featuring saxophonists Tom Politzer (Tower Of Power) and Rock Hendricks and vocalist Sakai (Train)! UPTOWN JAZZ gonna give it to ya!
Concurrent with his success as a solo Smooth Jazz artist, keyboardist/composer Brian Simpson has been a true music MVP, serving as Dave Koz’s musical director for two decades and working with legends the likes of George Duke and Stanley Clarke to Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham and Gerald Albright. His effortless way with lively, infectious melodies, jazzy ivory improvisations, super-vibey atmospheres and nonstop seductive grooves, hits another sweet spot on PERSUASION, his 7th album as a leader. While his lush piano stays front and center, Simpson surrounds himself with format super stars Boney James and Peter White. You won’t need to be persuaded to listen to PERSUASION over and over!
WILL SUMNER Endless Sumner willsumner.com
Will Sumner may have been born in Minnesota, but the highly versatile San Diego based guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist’ several decade recording career – starting with his 1980 classic surf jazz album TROPIC ZONE - is all about lighthearted, feel good, easy grooving summer vibes. His latest collection ENDLESS SUMNER, whose title is a colorful reference to a classic Beach Boys album, is endlessly smooth, melodic and fresh. The tracks are driven by Sumner’s electric and acoustic virtuosity, enhanced in all the perfect spots by lead sax and horns. Continuing the eclectic flow of earlier releases, the album mixes heartfelt urban rhythms, funk and Latin grooves and breezy tropical atmospheres. If you can’t wait for summer to begin (or end), put ENDLESS SUMNER in a continuous loop!
Paul Taylor's 11th studio album is sexy, smooth and super contemporary. Take Taylor’s world-class saxophone playing, including his distinctive tone and styling, and add influences of pop, smooth jazz and electronic dance music... now enhance all of that with acclaimed music producer Dino Esposito’s expertise and you have COUNTDOWN, Paul Taylor’s most fashionable recording to date. This is one of those albums that you can put in your playlist and trust that everyone will enjoy it with its sultry grooves, exceptional originals and cool, compelling covers of popular artists like The Weekend. Launch COUNTDOWN an count yourself in as DJ at your next gathering or on your next road trip... it offers the best of today's music!
SoulTracks found the perfect way to describe Lindsey Webster’s artful dual talents as a vocalist and songwriter: “If Carole King and Sade had a kid, she would be Lindsey Webster.” The Sade comparison is particularly apropos. The rising soul/jazz star has perhaps Smooth Jazz’s most sensually inviting voice since the Nigerian born singer first charmed us. Webster is also the first vocalist since Sade to hit #1 on the contemporary jazz charts (“Fool Me Once”). On her lush, beautifully intimate and easy flowing Shanachie Records debut BACK TO THE HEART, she delivers smokey, honey toned vocals on a batch of soulful originals, including one inspired by and featuring Kirk Whalum. Open up and let Lindsey Webster take you BACK TO YOUR HEART!
Picking up where he left off on 2006’s PLAYIN’ FAVORITES and prior to that, 1994’s REFLECTIONS, Peter White’s new batch GROOVIN’, is the 3rd in his collection of timeless tunes. You’ll hear the distinctive guitarist lay down some cool grooves with familiar melodies from The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and Otis Redding to name a handful… He’s injected cool vocalizing and bright horn arrangements into the mix as well, with special guests saxophonist Vincent Ingala and trumpeter Rick Braun, plus an awesome arsenal of A-List studio greats on the recording. According to White, “I like playing covers because if you can take a song that people know, by a well-known artist, and make it your own, then you have defined yourself as an artist.” Not one to label his music, the affable performer has turned his passion for music into a four-decade career with an easily recognizable, contagious style of playing that feels like “groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon”!
Award-winning independent recording artist, Kelly Andrew, has just released his fifth album of original music. This multi-talented composer, producer and artist’s album, RENDEZVOUS – co-produced by Grammy winner and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman – is warm, romantic and hypnotic, yet lives up to its adventurous title with rhythmic variations and soaring sonic surprises. Andrew creates the perfect balance between New Age ambience, modern rhythms and compelling, piano, guitar and sax driven Smooth Jazz. RENDEZVOUS with the beautiful vibrations of this musical Rembrandt for an exciting and memorable encounter.
Toronto bred, Atlanta-based vocalist Kayte Burgess has an amazing, uplifting message to impart to fans of urban-flavored Smooth Jazz on her latest single: “Treat Yourself”! The uplifting and deliciously indulgent track is the culmination of a fascinating career, including performing as opening act for Erykah Badu and Jill Scott; singing background for Al Green an Lionel Richie; and being part of the Atlanta-based, internationally touring band Simply Irresistible. Treat yourself, and get to know this incredibly soulful artist!
ALESSANDRO DANELLO Shine Weberworks
When a young boy from Bogotá, Colombia played his saxophone at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), he impressed a lot of people, and one judge in particular, Grammy-winning producer Jeff Weber. Weber's vision for 14-year-old Alessandro Danello, is to harness his talent, energy and youth and pair him with today's popular songs in contemporary jazz motifs. He's matched hit songs from The Weekend, DNCE, and Walk The Moon and arranged them for Danello's bright saxophone playing with certain flair by injecting the full horse power of Ariana Grande's entire band including her musical director, Troy Laureta. The result is this fun, upbeat 4-song EP that includes a sweet original, the title track “Shine,” penned by saxman Justin Klunk. Alessandro’s star is burning bright as SHINE delivers it’s first hits, jazz covers of “Cake By the Ocean,” and "Can't Feel My Face." Watch this space!
AL DEGREGORIS Time And A Half A-Pex Recordings
If his last album – and first teaming with the emphatic one-two production punch of Nils and Jeff Lorber – ALL IN GOOD TIME, was Al DeGregoris’ emergence into the big leagues of contemporary urban jazz, TIME AND A HALF finds the keyboardist on his way to becoming the genre’s Babe Ruth. Continuing the playful metaphor of the album’s title, he works double and triple time with his collaborators on every last detail to ensure a multi- faceted sonic experience from start to finish. There’s lushness, sensual flow, easy grooves, rambunctious piano melodies, fiery horns and exciting contributions from guest saxmen Steve Cole, Eric Marienthal and Andy Snitzer. While working with Nils cements DeGregoris’ ability to rework classics into fresh, contemporary concepts and will ensure several return visits to the radio charts, it’s his more adventurous journeys with Lorber that really demonstrate his ability to go beyond the usual parameters of urban jazz and make memorable statements hinting at a vibrant future for the genre.
BUFF DILLARD Mr. Bonejazz Buff Dillard Music, LLC
Continuing to glide contemporary jazz to a scintillating new edge, Charlotte, NC based trombonist Buff Dillard infuses his instantly compelling and dazzlingly diverse latest solo recording MR. BONEJAZZ with deep grooves, soulful seduction and free flowing musical atmospheres. As a high school student, he played with Pieces of a Dream and the Count Basie Band – and his career since includes work with greats best in the pop, R&B, gospel and jazz worlds. He brings all those inspirations together on a set where he balances his ‘bone with violin, sax and organ. If you love your horns funky, you’ll dig MR. BONEJAZZ!
Many dentist's play Smooth Jazz in their offices to calm their patients' nerves... but there's only one dentist that actually plays Smooth Jazz the way world-class saxophonist, Dr. Phillip Martin plays, super soulful and totally in the pocket! In fact, Phillip "Doc" Martin's latest album, POCKET LOVE, is loaded with hip, infectious melodies, a mix of dreamy coolness and funk and seductive grooves. The Grover Washington, Jr. cover, "Just The Two Of Us," includes the spirited guitar licks of two time Grammy-winner, Paul Brown. Time for a check-up, make an appointment today and feel the POCKET LOVE!
He won’t have to ask you twice… once you hear the rhythms you’ll be on your feet. “Get Up And Dance,” the brand new single from two-time Emmy Award winning violinist, philanthropist and musical innovator, Damien Escobar, is helping to shape the future of instrumental music, with sweet, irresistible playing and compelling production that fuses influences from world, hip pop, jazz and more. Dame Esco, as his friends and fans know him, was just 10 years old when he became the youngest student accepted into Julliard. After launching the renowned, ground breaking duo, Nuttin’ But Stringz with his brother Tourie, Escobar has recently gone solo. Still in his twenties, he’s well on his way... with nonstop, headlining performances, 200k downloads and more than a half a million social media followers, the man is boundless!
There may be nothing new under the sun, but there’s certainly something as warm and delicious. And it’s hot. Rising star saxophonist, Jazmin Ghent’s new album, CHOCOLATE SUNSHINE, is a languid, jazzy experience. The young woman stole the hearts of contemporary jazz fans onboard the 2014 Smooth Jazz Cruise -- where she won their talent competition and played with Boney James and Candy Dulfer. The Smooth Jazz Go Girl has toured with the prestigious, all-female jazz ensemble, Jazz In Pink, and has performed at world-renowned jazz festivals. Think Rehoboth, Seabreeze, Lowcountry, Red Cat, Magic City and The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend. The 25-year old’s sophomore release comes on the heels of her debut, BOSS, which produced two Top 20 hits. CHOCOLATE SUNSHINE is sophisticated and contemporary, with hand-picked guests -- hit-maker Jonathan Fritzén; groove master, bassist Julian Vaughn; in-demand guitarist, Adam Hawley; and critically-acclaimed, jazz saxophonist Nelson Rangell. Bring your sunscreen!
CHRISTIE GRACE Golden Thread Christie Grace
With a mix of deep soul, easy swing and global vibes, veteran Canadian jazz sensation Christie Grace’s intimate and infectious new album GOLDEN THREAD is masterful self-healing project inspired by a three week journey to Big Sur, California. Working with Juno Award winning producer Chris Gestrin, Grace lends her gorgeous, emotional voice to a set that incorporates jazz, pop, folk and R&B influences. GOLDEN THREAD is pure vocal gold!
GRAINGER The Phase III EP: Lets Go Back GBM Records
The name Grainger in the music industry is synonymous with groove… whether it’s in reference to bassist Gary Grainger or his brother, drummer Greg Grainger. The two are considered one of the most sought after rhythm sections in the world. Combined, they’ve played with an amazing assortment of musical royalty including Whitney Houston, Santana, John Scofield, Kim Waters and Acoustic Alchemy! The new 4-song EP, PHASE III, is the prelude to Grainger’s forthcoming full-length album which includes the single, a compelling, soul-filled vocal, “Let’s Go Back,” plus 3 additional tracks featuring their patented funky, tight grooves and catchy melodies, with special guest Kim Waters. The brothers are currently in the studio with the recently reunited funk project, Pockets, along with other original members, creating fresh new songs for yet another upcoming Grainger-infused release!
LOWELL HOPPER Between The Lines Get Jazzed Records
Dubbed by SmoothJazz.com as “one of our best discoveries yet!”, Panama City, Florida based guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Lowell Hopper is a veteran in two inspiring ways. During his 20 years serving in the Air Force, he performed and recorded with jazz artists in Germany, Panama Canal and Florida. His stellar 7th solo recording BETWEEN THE LINES features the kind of soulful, hypnotic guitar lines, deep, haunting original melodies, easy grooving basslines and seductive beats he’s been wowing audiences with for over 30 years. Don't miss special guest, saxophonist Chris Godber on "Flying High," which could be Hopper's anthem upon the release of such a quality recording!
JESSICA JOLIA Make Room (feat Lin Roundtree) Dekada Records
An exciting new vocal presence in Smooth Jazz, Jessica Jolia’s second single “Make Room” is a slyly soulful, Afro Latin influenced, dance tune featuring colorful harmonies by award winning soul/jazz trumpeter Lin Rountree. The singer, songwriter and musical synergist launches her solo career after recording, performing and touring with Meghan Trainor, Lyle Lovett, The Chainsmokers, Eric Benet, Earth, Wind & Fire and others… You will want to “Make Room” on your personal playlist for Jessica!
DOUG JONES Secrets Doug Jones
With the release of SECRETS, Doug Jones lets the cat out of the bag with a hot, must-have collection of bold, bright, instantly infectious tracks. The veteran East Coast saxophonist enters his third decade of recording, riding a wave of glorious reviews for his 2013 project TOP DOWN. His tunes are funky, brassy and soulful, with exotic touches, some spicy flute magic and a bit of Caribbean sunshine along the way. You won’t be keeping these SECRETS to yourself for long!
AZIZA MILLER This Journey Of Love Aziza Miller
In the years since she was Natalie Cole’s musical director, composer, singer and pianist Aziza Miller has performed to standing room only crowds at NYC’s most prestigious clubs. Her latest recording, THIS JOURNEY OF LOVE, showcases her passions for soulful, urban jazz vocals with lively jazz melodies and improvisations on a set that includes both vocal tunes (including a tribute to Cole) and a spirited piano driven tribute to Horace Silver. THIS JOURNEY OF LOVE is one you’ll enjoy taking!
NEX LEV'L BAND Lev'l One Nex Lev’l Band
Are you ready for the next level in your Smooth Jazz listening experience? Then check out Nex Lev’l Band, a five-piece unit launched by Pieces of a Dream’s James Lloyd in 1992 and still going strong! Specializing in passionately silky and eminently funky, jazz-soul vibes, the ensemble – driven by saxophonist Isaac Parham and vocalist Mycah Chevalier – offers contemporary jazz at its finest. They’ve shared stages with Ray Charles, Roy Ayers, Brian McKnight and Kirk Whalum. Now let them take you to LEV’L ONE on their latest musical journey!
TYLER REESE Reminiscence REMU Records
Having studied with Pat Metheny and played with everyone from Prince to Ernie Isley, guitar virtuoso and contemporary instrumental music innovator, Tyler Reese brings an incredibly diverse background to his rock, funk and R&B driven new album REMINISCENCE. Just as he’s seducing us with his graceful acoustic sound, he amps up the emotional intensity with high-powered, electric strength, edgy jazz fusion and even some rhythmically dynamic Django Reinhardt flavored vibes. Soaked with inspiring diversity and off the charts playing, REMINISCENCE is a guitar lover’s dream date.
JIM SAMUEL Now That You're Gone Smooth Dance Records
This sultry, moody, horn-infused jazz track, “Now That You're Gone,” has been plucked from Jim Samuel's NOW album and is being featured on the audio book for the new Harry Bosch novel, The Wrong Side Of Goodbye. The popular detective series, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, began in 1992 with The Black Echo and now numbers some twenty novels. The wistful tune features Tony Neenan on flugelhorn, creating an inspiring albeit somewhat melancholy motif, which of course lends itself beautifully to the storyline of the latest Bosch thriller and will definitely enhance your winter playlist!
DAVE SERENY About Her Grooveunited Records
I have always been a fan of Toronto-based guitarist Dave Sereny’s music… his style is contemporary and urban. He’s been making in roads in the genre for many years and in fact, has been nominated multiple times at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. His stunning new single, “About Her,” features fellow Canadian, saxman Warren Hill on saxophone. The tune is from a soon-to-be-released album due out in 2017, which promises to feature other notable musicians and will be supported with a tour! In the meantime, expect this new single, with a memorable melody and cool backing vocals supporting Sereny’s stylish guitar work, make it’s way up the Smooth Jazz charts!
Step right up and experience GRAMMY® nominated composer and record producer, Arun Shenoy’s latest musical inspiration featuring a 13 member collaboration team known as The Groove Project. A STAGEY BANK AFFAIR, referring to an expression derived from an actual event held in the North East of England in the previous century at Stagshaw Bank. The gathering went from a forthright agricultural fair to a rather rowdy celebration involving sideshows, gambling and drinking before being banned in the 1920s. The concept translates to excitement in musical terms, and will certainly liberate your inner child with a fantastic fusion of funk, jazz and rock with a spicy hint of worldly pleasures, featuring pianist Uziel and Bansuri flautist Ravichandra Kulur, in addition to jazz great, Jeff Coffin. We’ve never heard anything quite like it… and we’re certain that you’ll be enthralled. Surrender to the swirling wonderment within and dig in for some good ol’ fashioned fun, like Stagey Bank fair!
THE SMOOTH JAZZ ALLEY Been a Long Time Comin' The Smooth Jazz Alley
Forming their powerhouse guitar and keyboard duo, The Smooth Jazz Alley in the wake of the breakup of their Bay Area Latin fusion band Grupo Caribe, Stan Evans and Marco Montoya’s debut BEEN A LONG TIME COMIN’ features a dynamic mix of tasty, in the pocket, Smooth Jazz grooves with lead melodies powered by Evans' fluid electric guitar and Montoya’s playful piano and keys. With nods to the exotic music of their past, this album’s BEEN A LONG TIME COMIN’, but entirely worth the wait!
Four decades after making his initial musical foray performing and recording with seminal soul-jazz organist Charles Earland, Pittsburgh-based electric guitarist Jack Turner launches a fresh new movement in contemporary jazz guitar with his crackling, playfully grooving debut, I GOT NEXT. Embracing the freewheeling next chapter in his career, the versatile composer/musician – who pays direct homage here to Wes Montgomery - creates a powerful fusion of soul, acid, funk, hip hop, ambient music and exotic Latin and Brazilian music – all rooted in jazz. I GOT NEXT should be the very next album you check out!
WALDINO Smile WaldinoMusic.com
From audio craftsman, Waldino, comes his latest recording, and his most exciting yet, SMILE, featuring mood music for a happier life! Electro-positive beats enhanced by compelling lyrics in between the chilled, musical vibe, from the infectious title track to the highly motivating, “You Know You Got It,” to the captivating, “Turn Me Around,” SMILE is an Ibiza-conjuring soundtrack drenched with melody and splashed with sunshine! The doctor of groove, Walter Liskiewicz (aka Waldino) is one of the most prolific recording artists in the genre with new releases every other year on average and many more songs in the works, it’s a nonstop creative flow for the retired maxillofacial surgeon! Download the album and turn up your SMILE!
VERTICE WILLIAMS All Good V-Records
A former two-time Black Music Award winner, Vertice Williams creates seductively grooving and wonderfully joyous music for the heart and soul on her perfectly titled album ALL GOOD. The sultry L.A. based singer – who has performed with many musical stars including album producer and engineer, chart-topping guitarist/vocalist/composer, Steve Oliver, as well as Ronnie Laws, Fattburger and blues great, Barbara Morrison - beautifully captures the multi-faceted essence of her incredible versatility when she sings this on her recording, “I just wanna sing… gospel, jazz or blues… share my gifts with you..” She does it all with style, sass and lush intimacy, as the aforementioned Oliver plays guitar, keyboards and bass guitar synth. You’ll be feeling ALL GOOD after a single listen!
PATRICK YANDALL Ethos Zangi Records
Now into his third incredible decade making crisp, tight and soulful electric guitar driven contemporary jazz, San Diego based award-winning composer and Zangi Records artist Patrick Yandall, chose the perfect name for his 17th international album: ETHOS. The term is a Greek reference to the power of music and its ability to touch listener’s emotions, behaviors and even morals. Yandall aims to do all that while bringing jazzy and melodic joy via the collection’s range of moods – from deep, thoughtful ballads to high energy, funk jams and a little joyful samba. Whatever the personal ETHOS you experience when you listen, you’ll be inspired every minute!