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Prince Tributes On Awards Shows

Prince Tributes On Awards Shows   I personally have been underwhelmed with the Prince tributes on the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, and the BET Awards 2016.  The best one so far is the Sheila E tribute from the BET Awards. http://www.bet.com/video/betawards/2016/performances/sheila-e-medley-prince-tribute.html I get it....Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, and the other performers are great artists in their own right, but the essence of Prince was missing.  That ...

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of July 3

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of July 3 Adam Hawley stays at the top spot once again with 35th Street.  This is the fourth consecutive week for this smooth track. Steve Cole has a new one, titled Mirage, a nice uptempo track to get your day going.  3rd Force is back with Breakout from their smash album Global Force.

Hall of Fame Jazz Composer Maceo Pinkard

Hall of Fame Jazz Composer Maceo Pinkard We received a note from Lster Rutsky the other day, and he let us know that June 27th is the anniversary of Hall of Fame Jazz Composer Maceo Pinkard's brith. Pinkard learned to play every instrument, but he is best known for composing "Sweet Georgia Brown," a song that the Harlem Globetrotters adopted as their theme music.  Sugar, was also a big hit, as Peggy Lee recorded it in 1955.  Them There Eyes was another hit for Pinkard, as Bing ...

Derby City Jazz Festival 4th of July Weekend

Derby City Jazz Festival 4th of July Weekend   If you will be near Louisville, KY this Fourth of July weekend, head on over to the Derby City Jazz Festival!  They are taking over 4th Street Live, and it is shaping up to be a great lineup.   Single day pass start at $55. Weekend VIP passes start at $100.  General Admission weekend passes are $85.   Friday, July 1st Tim Cunningham Cindy Bradley  Chris Standring Marcus Johnson Urban Jazz Coalition...

Wolf Creek Jazz Festival Tickets

Wolf Creek Jazz Festival Tickets If you have not made plans for Labor Day Weekend, you may want to consider a trip down to Atlanta, GA.  The Wolf Creek Jazz Festival is happening, and we have all of your ticket information right here.  The festival takes place September 2nd-4th, at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater. The Wolf Creek Amphitheater is located in South Fulton County, and it sits on a beautiful 435 wooded site.  There's reserved seating, lawn ...

Kim Waters Rhythm and Romance Review

  Kim Waters Rhythm and Romance Review What were you doing in 1989?  Kim Waters was busy releasing Sweet & Saxy, and this was the first time we learned of this talented saxophone player.  Since then he has released 34 albums, including three with The Sax Pack.  Kim has proved his staying power, and it looks like this will continue with no end in sight! Waters' latest offering, Rhythm & Romance, was released in June of 2016.  Overall it is full of mid-tempo grooves that ...

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of June 26

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of June 26 Adam Hawley stays at the top spot once again with 35th Street.  This is the third consecutive week for this smooth track. Paul Jackson, Jr. is back on the scene with B.F.A.M. (Brothers From Another Mother)  We will try to get you a sample ASAP!

Smooth Jazz At Aliante Casino Las Vegas

Smooth Jazz At Aliante Casino Las Vegas There's a lot of Smooth Jazz happening in Las Vegas.  In addition to the Jazz Under the Stars Concert Series in Las Vegas that is going on, the showroom has some artists that will make you travel to the desert.  Let's take a look at some of the Smooth Jazz At Aliante Casino Las Vegas this summer. Najee - June 25th Kirk Whalum - July 9th Earl Klugh - July 30 Peter White - August 13th Jeffrey Osborne - September 2nd Brian ...

SMOOTH SUMMER JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016

  Smooth Summer Jazz Festival 2016 Many Jazz festivals are weekend affairs, featuring ten artists or more over a span of three days.  While this is a great format, there will be times where you cannot attend all three days, so you have to determine which day you want to go.  Of course, there will be an artist or two that you will miss.....such a bummer. The Smooth Summer Jazz Festival 2016 is a "mini" festival....A one night only affair on Sunday, August 28 at the Hollywood Bowl. ...

Usher New Album Flawed and Remix Contest

  Usher New Album Flawed and Remix Contest Usher returns with a new album, Flawed, which is set to be released in July.  That, of course could change, but that is the latest information we have.  Rumored producers include:   Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge & Christopher Perry, Jermaine Dupri, Brian Alexander Morgan, Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Skrillex, and Max Martin. This will be the first release since the 2012 release, Looking 4 Myself, which featured Scream, Lemme See, and ...

Maxwell On Tour

  Maxwell On Tour Maxwell is coming to a stage near you.  If you are looking for a hot show to attend this summer, check out Maxwell On Tour.  He will perform all of your favorite hits, going all the way back to 1996 with the Urban Hang Suite.  Wow, has it really been that long since Ascension, Sumthin Sumthin, and Til The Cops Come Knocking' first came out? Maxwell On Tour  The new album blackSUMMERS'night drops July 1st, so be sure to look out of that. You can preorder ...

Preorder the Rippingtons True Stories

Preorder the Rippingtons True Stories 30 years is a long time for anything.  Friendship, marriage, working at the same company.  For bands, 30 years is a milestone, as many bands break up for various reasons. The Rippingtons are celebrating 30 years with a new album.  True stories will drop on June 24th, so preorder it today! In the meantime, check out Wild Tales. On a related note, we have to say that they have the best album art!!

Incognito New Album In Search of Better Days

Incognito New Album In Search of Better Days   The Jazz World is really excited about the new album from Incognito.  In Search of Better Days will drop on June 24th, and we are sure that it will give us some great music to enjoy for years to come.  The group, led by Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, have been in the game of Jazz+Funk since the 1981 release Jazz Funk.  Since then they have released 25 albums of great music. For us, the Positivity album is iconic, as every single ...

Adam Hawley Album Review Just The Beginning

Adam Hawley Album Review Just The Beginning Just The Beginning is Adam Hawley's debut album, but be is not a newcomer to the scene.  Hawley has played his guitar on tour with Jennifer Lopez, Dave Koz, and Brian Culbertson among others.  When he is not on the road or in the studio, Hawley can be found in the classroom, teaching at a few colleges around Southern California.  I am sure his students appreciate all of the tracks on this album. This is an 11 track effort, and it features ...

Vintage Jazz Cover of the Ginuwine Song Pony

Vintage Jazz Cover of the Ginuwine Song Pony I saw this the other day.  Pretty nice!

LA Reid & Babyface in the Mix Artist Listing

LA Reid & Babyface in the Mix Artist Listing A few weeks ago, BET Honors recognized LA Reid for his influence and contributions on the music business.  Although he is currently a music executive, back in the 1990's, Reid and Babyface were two of the most in-demand producers of the time. Before that, Reid got his start as the founding member of the Deele, who cranked out some serious late 80's funk. I thought it would be cool to put together a slow jam mix from the duo, showcasing ...

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of March 5

Fool Me Once, by Lindsey Webster holds the top spot for the second consecutive week.  It is refreshing when a new artist is received so positively!  Many of the established smooth jazz artists have good things to say about her.  Check out some of her music, to ever better, go see her live! Chris Standring enters the top ten this week with his latest, Ready Steady Flow, off of the Ten album. Full Chart

Charleston Low Country Jazz Festival 2016

Charleston Low Country Jazz Festival 2016 If you are looking for a reason to head out to North Charleston, South Carolina, you should think about the September timeframe.  The Greater Charleston Low Country Jazz Fest will hit the North Charleston Performing Arts Center September 2-4.  This lineup will rival any of the "Big Boys!" Friday, September 2nd: Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz, David Sanborn Saturday, September 3rd: Nick Colionne, Avery*Sunshine, Will downing Sunday, ...

Contemporary Uptempo Jazz Dance Mix

Contemporary Uptempo Jazz Dance Mix February 20, 2016 - Exotic DJ has just released a jazz mix for the dance floor!  Smooth Jazz In The Mix 10 the Contemporary Uptempo Jazz Dance Mix is part smooth jazz, part dance floor groove.  That equals sweet ear candy to start your weekend.  The Uptempo Jazz Dance Mix is a welcome addition to the smooth jazz mix series, which is globally recognized as the best in beat mixed smooth jazz. As always, Exotic DJ blends the latest tracks with some ...

Natalie Cole Medley

Natalie Cole Medley [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAlsac_R4W8[/embedyt] We lost a great singer recently.  Natalie Cole passed away at the age of 65 at the turn of the new year.  There have been many stories and tributes, and her music is currently being played in rotation.  This is a good thing, as her music will live on and so will our memories.  I wanted to add my two cents, with a medley of my favorite Natalie Cole songs. Press play, close your eyes, and relive your ...

Smooth Jazz In The Mix 8 The Beat Goes On

Smooth Jazz In The Mix 8 The Beat Goes On August 1, 2015 - Exotic DJ has just released the anticipated follow up in the smooth jazz mix series.  Smooth Jazz In The mix 8, is the latest in the best beat mixed smooth jazz.  Artists in this edition include; Candy Dulfer, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, The Rippingtons, and more! Exotic DJ has been mixing smooth jazz since 2001, and he has received acclaim for the ability to keep that groove movin' and those heads bobbin'.  "I love the ...

The Jazz World Artist Profile Exotic DJ

The Jazz World Artist Profile  Exotic DJ Keith Richard aka “Exotic DJ” is a Las Vegas based DJ and Remixer who can play for any crowd with an aggressive mixing approach and a music style that will make you exclaim, “Damn...that is MY Jam!” For 20 years, he has brought his vigorous style and dynamic stage presence to events throughout North America. “Singing in bands really helped my perspective in creating my mixing style as it stands today,” Keith said in an interv...

Smooth Jazz In The Mix Volume 7 JazzRadio In The Mix

Smooth Jazz In The Mix 7 May 25, 2015 - Smooth Jazz In The Mix Volume 7 JazzRadio In The Mix, is a part of the Smooth Jazz Mix series.  We have a little something for everyone!  We have smooth jazz tracks, uptempo funky jazz, we have a classic jam, and remakes of a couple of classics. We start it off with some smooth jazz by Brian Simpson, Dave Koz and Jackiem Joyner.  In between, we have a remake of a Luther Vandross classic, "My Sensitivity (Gets In The Way)" by Ledisi.  Everything ...

The Jazz World Artist Profile Jason Carroll

The Jazz World Artist Profile Jason Carroll Jason Carroll is an up-and-coming artist in the smooth jazz community.  Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Carroll had learned multiple instruments by his late teens, including piano, bass, guitar and the drums.  2 Smooth is the second release by Carroll as he teams up with the Smooth Jazz Symphony.  This album fits right into that pocket, and of you know smooth jazz....you know exactly what I mean.  You can hear some Brian Culbertson ...

New Latin Jazz – Romances Latinos by Rusty Crutcher

New Latin Jazz - Romances Latinos by Rusty Crutcher Romances Latinos, new latin jazz by renowned saxophonist Rusty Crutcher, breathes an even higher level of sensuality into what the artist/producer calls The World’s Most Beautiful Latin Love Songs, written by the Greatest South and Central American Songwriters and Composers of the Twentieth Century.  The romantic mix of songs is anchored by three essential boleros -- Without You: Sin Ti, All and Nothing: Todo y Nada, Unforgettable: ...

Smooth Jazz In The Mix Volume 3 The Contemporary Jazz Mix

Smooth Jazz In The Mix Vol. 3 February 11, 2015 - Exotic DJ just released the third installment of the smooth jazz mix series! Smooth Jazz In The Mix Volume 3 The Contemporary Jazz Mix is perfect for your your cocktail party!! This smooth mix continues with more from the Smooth Jazz All Stars. "Let's Get It Started." is the perfect track and attitude to kick off this mix.  In addition to Brian Culbertson, we have more piano from Pieces of a Dream.  Their tracks are so nice and smooth, I ...