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Top Smooth Jazz Albums 2016

The landscape of music has changed immensely over the last 1o-15 years.  I am not only talking about the music itself, but the way it is distributed to the listener.  Radio used to be the number one medium to consume music, especially new music.  There used to be countless radio stations as you rolled up and down the dial.  You would have your choice of the many, Pop, Rock, Country, and R&B stations that were out there.  The number of them would vary, based on your location, but you ...

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of December 25

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of December 25 Nathan East stays put this week with Lifecycle.  This is the first single off of the new album Reverence.  Nick Colionne enters the top ten with Morning Call.  This is yet another single off The Journey.

Upcoming Shows At Yoshi’s Oakland

If you are planning to visit the San Francisco Bay area, you must go visit Yoshi's in Oakland.  It started out in 1972 as a sushi bar, and over the years it has grown into the premiere venue for jazz  music and Japanese cuisine.  It is located in the heart of Jack London Square, THE waterfront destination in Oakland. If you are having dinner at the restaurant, book your reservation two hours before showtime, so you can enjoy the food and the ambience. Speaking of food, check out ...

Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival

If you have never been to the Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival, what is the hold up?  Here are a couple of reasons you need to attend: It is Las Vegas It is spring in Las Vegas Lineup of top Jazz artists Lineup of top R&B artists It is Las Vegas Seriously, though.  March and April are the best months to come out to the desert.  It is the sweet spot because it is not too cold (yes, it does get cold) and it is not too hot.  This is the perfect time to ...

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of December 18

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of December 18 Nathan East takes over the top spot this week with Lifecycle.  This is the first single off of the new album Reverence.  That will drop January 20th.  Except for some shuffling, the top ten is holding firm this week. One of the tracks on the upcoming album is the remake of Serpentine Fire, the Earth, Wind & Fire classic. The track features Verdine White, Philip Bailey & Ralph Johnson. Check out the video for a behind the scenes look! &...

“Wrap This!” delivers a Grammy nomination to 4-time Grammy winner Gordon Goodwin

The big band leader will celebrate the season and his 21st Grammy nomination by performing with his Big Phat Band at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood on Monday, December 12.   LOS ANGELES (8 December 2016): Gordon Goodwin, the most decorated big band leader in the 21st century, asked “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and on Tuesday, NARAS voters answered affirmatively by bestowing another Grammy nomination upon the four-time Grammy winner. The 21st Grammy nomination of his ...

Valentine’s Music Festival 2017

The Valentine's Music Festival 2017 will be happening in February, 2017.  This one is definitely for the ladies.  Four artists.  Keith Sweat, El Debarge, Bobby Brown and Avant will be serenading audiences for four nights in four cities: February 10 - Miami, FL February 11 - New Orleans, LA February 12 - Orlando, FL February 14 - Houston, TX What can you say about El Debarge?  The lead singer of a family group that, in my opinion, could rival any singing group ever.  As I ...

2 Minutes of Smooth Jazz & Smooth R&B December 11

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Seabreeze Jazz Festival Tickets

  There is a big show in the spring of 2017.  When I say big, I mean BIG.  All eyes will be on Panama Beach, FL as the Seabreeze Jazz Festival will feature the biggest names in Smooth Jazz.   Kenny G Brian Culbertson Boney James Tower of Power Paul Brown Patti Austin Four 80 East Ken Ford Roman Street Candy Dulfer Pieces of A Dream Doc Powell Althea Renee Matt Marshak Adam Hawley West Coast Jam Darren Rahn Eric Darius Michael Lington ...

Bid on Mindi Abair Items For Grammy Charities

    When we think of the Grammys, we think of the awards show, and all of the music that comes out of it.  One thing that you may not know is that they have MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation, both of which give back to the community. The GRAMMY Foundation specifically was founded in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture.  They bring attention to important issues, and show the ...

Chris Standring Live In London

If you have some availability on March 5th, 2017, you might want to consider taking a jaunt to London. Chris Standring Live In London recording a live session performance.  He will have a special guest vocalist, and it is one of my favorite performers.  English singer Mica Paris.  I remember her debut album, So Good.  It has several nice cuts on there.  My One Temptation, Like Dreamer's Do, Don't give Me Up and the remakes So Good and Where is the Love with Will Downing.  The album was ...

2 Minutes of Smooth Jazz & Smooth R&B December 4

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Hot Jazz Tracks Week of December 4

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of December 4 Paul Hardcastle grabs the top spot this week with Echoes Rising.  This is off The History of Paul Hardcastle, a nice compilation of Paul's greatest hits.  It is a four disc set.  It also features a nice long chill-out mix, kind of like what we do here with the smoothed out mixes. I am sure you were introduced to Mr. Hardcastle in 1984, when Rainforest was released.  The song 19 came out in 1985.  Those were two monster hits right out of the gate. ...

2 Minutes of Smooth Jazz & Smooth R&B November 27

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Old School On New Year’s Eve

  If you are heading out on New Year's Eve, there will be many options out there.  Of course there are too many to name.  The major cities will have the most options, so all you have to do is decide what type of evening you want.  Do you want a quiet dinner?  How about a bangin' nightclub?  Maybe even a concert?  If the concert is something you want, we will list some options for you right here. Be sure to get your tickets soon, as they will probably sell out quickly.  I ...

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of November 27

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of November 27 This week it is Paul Brown with Put It Where You Want It at number one.  This is the first single off of the new album One Way Back.  This album has a bluesy vibe to it, so give it a listen and enjoy.  Nathan East enters the top ten with Lifecycle.  I am predicting this will be a big hit.  The rest of the top ten stays strong with Paul Hardcastle, Lindsey Webster, Richard Elliot and Chuck Loeb inching up the charts.  

A week to reminisce about for jazz fusion guitarist Tyler Reese

His “Reminiscence” album debuts at No. 5 on the Billboard chart and garnered two nominations at Thursday’s Hollywood Music in Media Awards. On Sunday, he’ll play the first of two hometown album release concerts.   NASHVILLE (15 November 2016): Guitarist Tyler Reese has been releasing jazz-rock records since he was 15, but the now 23-year-year-old finally reached Billboard’s Top 5, which is where his newly-released “Reminiscence” debuted on the contemporary jazz albums ...

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of November 20

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of November 20 Gerald Albright sits at the top spot once again this with Taking Control.  This is the first of many tracks from the album that I believe will end up in the top ten. Peter White enters the top ten with Do I Do, the Stevie Wonder composition.  Groovin', is out now, and it has a lot of great reviews, so be sure to check it out.  Peter White is currently on tour, and you can see his itinerary here.

Will Downing Concert Dates

On the heels of Black Pearls, the album that was released earlier this year, Will Downing has some live dates coming up through December.  The soul crooner will also have some special guests.  Najee will be on the bill for six dates.  Chante Moore and Alex Bugnon will join Downing for a special performance in Charlotte. Will has been making music for 25 years.  It sure does not seem that long, but I actually do not remember a year when Will did not have any new music.  He is also ...

Jonny Zywiciel Onward & Upward

  After “Time To Heal,” it’s “Onward & Upward” for singer-songwriter Jonny Zywiciel throughout California and across America SAN FRANCISCO (11 November 2016): While thematically the titles could be tied to the post-election mood of the nation, singer-songwriter Jonny Zywiciel’s (pronounced “Zuh-witch-ul) newly released “Onward & Upward” album, driven by the single “Time To Heal,” doesn’t have a political agenda. Yet the songs that the San Francisco-based ...

Brian Simpson New Album Persuasion

Do you know why we love Brian Simpson?  It is all about the grooves and the melodies.  They just have that flow, and it makes you take notice. Brian Simpson New Album Persuasion will drop on November 18th. Persuasion is Simpson's seventh recording as a leader and fourth CD for Shanachie Entertainment and features all original music. Front and center throughout the CD is Simpson's eloquent touch, sophisticated harmonic sensibility, bluesy overtones and R&B stylings. His approach is ...

Keith Sweat Concert Tickets

We have some concert information for Keith Sweat.  He will be on the road for select dates over the next few months.  We have already told you about the Las Vegas Soul Festival happening on November 19.  There are some other dates that you may be interested in. December 2nd - Northfield, Ohio December 17th - Grand Prairie, TX with special guest Kem. There will also be a special block of Valentine's Day performances.  These shows will feature Bobby Brown, El Debarge and Avant. ...

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of November 13

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of November 13 Gerald Albright snags the top spot the week with Taking Control.  This is the first single off of the new album, G.  Lindsey Webster and Richard Elliot have new tracks in the top 10.

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of November 6

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of November 6 Gerald Albright snags the top spot the week with Taking Control.  This is the first single off of the new album, G.  Other than some shuffling, there is virtually no change on the top 10.

Las Vegas Soul Festival Tickets

If you want to flashback to the early 1990's, this show is a must see!  We have your Las Vegas Soul Festival Tickets where you can be front and center.  It is taking place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Who will be there? The performances will be provided by Keith Sweat, Dru Hill and Ginuwine.  Mike Epps will be providing the comedy relief. What can you say about Keith Sweat?  He is the official beginning of the New Jack Swing movement.  Sweat and Teddy Riley, ...

Contemporary Violinist Daniel D

I was turned on to contemporary violinist Daniel D the other day.  So I clicked on the YouTube link....and...BAM!  I was immediately loving the sounds. Daniel D throws the violin as the lead over some current and classic sounds.  Check out this clip as he takes on some classics, such as The Spinners, Maze and Marvin Gaye: We want to allow for some equal time, so here is a compilation of some current pop songs to show Daniel's versatility: Daniel is popular on the touring ...

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of October 30

Hot Jazz Tracks Week of October 30 Laguna Beach stays at the top of the charts this week.  Laguna Beach is the eleventh solo album by the jazz fusion guitarist.  Paul Hardcastle and Euge Groove have new music in the top 10 this week.

Peter White Groovin’ Behind The Scenes

Here is a quick interview with Peter White about his upcoming album.  Groovin' is White's third album of cover songs, and it has a little something for everyone.  He puts his spin on classics such as, Stevie Wonder's Do I Do,  I heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, and I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash. Check out this Peter White Groovin' Behind The Scenes teaser: “…White’s third album of cover songs, with classics from the late 1960s to the late 1970s, and his ...

Diana Ross at Venetian Theatre

Diana Ross at Venetian Theatre I guess Celine Dion was on to something when she started her Las Vegas residency inside the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in 2003.  Because of that success, other artists have signed up for their own residencies along the strip.  The latest artist to take on Vegas is the legendary Diana Ross. Do we really need to state the credentials?  The Supremes....The Wiz....Lady Sings the Blues.....The solo hits.... Oh, and am I the only one digging her ...

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Tickets

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox Tickets If you are on the fence about the genre of Smooth Jazz, I have an act that will make that a little easier for you.  Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox is a band that takes your favorite pop hits, and re-interpret them with a jazz and big band flair. These are not just remakes, many of the songs are unrecognizable.  Take their interpretation of Toxic featuring Melinda Doolittle.  Superstar Dave Koz has even joined the Postmodern Jukebox for ...