JAN DALEY | When Sunny Gets Blue | Log Records
AL DEGREGORIS | Time And A Half | A-Pex Recordings
DOUG JONES | Secrets | Doug Jones
JAEE LOGAN | Sun Rider | Lounge Renown Records
NEX LEV'L BAND | Lev'l One | Nex Lev’l Band
DAVE SERENY | About Her | Grooveunited Records
PETER WHITE | Groovin' | Heads Up
REBECCA ANGEL Jet Samba Timeless Grooves Records
With RIO 2016, there’s no better time to celebrate the joys of Brazilian music – and emerging New York jazz vocalist Rebecca Angel’s got the perfect track to remind us just how exuberant and passionate those vibes are! Produced by contemporary jazz veteran Jason Miles and featuring Rebecca’s father, trumpeter Dennis Angel, the exotic, playfully rhythmic track is the first -ever vocal version of legendary Brazilian composer Marcos Valle’s 2005 instrumental hit. Rebecca enhances her beautiful lead vocals with some wondrous scatting throughout. Take off with “Jet Samba”!
Veteran contemporary jazz, Latin, and classical guitarist Dave Baker compiles his favorite solo, duo and ensemble tracks from his two decade recording career on his latest release 20/20: BEST OF DAVE BAKER. Keeping his nylon string playing and right hand techniques center stage, he runs the stylistic gamut with fresh interpretations of long beloved classic pop and jazz hits (Christopher Cross, Acoustic Alchemy, Steely Dan, etc.), 20/20 is a musical vision you’ll love!
SYLVIA BENNETT It's All About Love Out of Sight Music
Sylvia Bennett’s first all original, contemporary jazz album, IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE, is finally available. Featuring the Grammy-nominated singer in an entirely new sonic atmosphere, one that plays on her sensual side and taps into her 24/7, deeply held belief that love is the answer as well as the question. The project has produced two hits before it’s release date and the 3rd single, the title track, “It’s All About Love,” is no doubt going to be another runaway radio smash as well with it’s smooth, ethereal groove featuring the high studio standards of producer/songwriter Hal S. Batt (Shakira, Julio Iglesias) and the gorgeous layering of voice with a sweet, seductive musical ambiance. The Miami song machine is in her creative prime and is redefining the business of music, with no intentions of stopping anytime soon!
SYLVIA BENNETT For You Out of Sight Music
After an exciting year of charting new territory with original contemporary jazz as well as charting several singles on the Smooth Jazz airplay charts from the 2016 recording ALL ABOUT LOVE, the Grammy-nominated vocalist Sylvia Bennett is back in the studio working on her 2017 release, FOR YOU. Another album of mostly original material will be heading our way in the first part of the New Year. In the meantime, we are enjoying a very smooth and sexy cover of “The Look Of Love,” as an early album teaser single, impacting radio now!
EDDA BORG No Words Needed Independent
Classically trained pianist Edda Borg is one of Iceland’s greatest ambassadors, doing everything from singing with the Reykjavik Big Band to working with Bjork and running the Edda Borg Music School. On NO WORDS NEEDED, she’s all about the high energy, in the pocket keyboard driven ensemble funk – most notably on the fiery jam “Liberation,” her latest single. She also floats lush wordless vocals to the infectious grooves and elegance of the album's first radio single, “Let Me Know,” while the languid “I Want It All Back” finds her vibing beautifully with acoustic guitar. There are NO WORDS NEEDED to express Borg’s wild musical heart!
DAVE BRADSHAW JR. Set Me Free MOKU Records
After playfully teasing Smooth Jazz Fans for a year with three lively and infectious lead singles, Dave Bradshaw, Jr. delivers soulful, in the pocket melodic and groove perfection on his long awaited full length album that truly lives up to its name, SET ME FREE. The multi-talented composer and keyboardist lets loose on a freewheeling set that includes rich elements of retro soul-jazz with flavors of Latin music. The collection also marks an extraordinary new partnership with saxophonist/producer Darren Rahn. Rahn not only takes Bradshaw’s core vibe to a deeper sonic level, he also whips out his hard driving sax to create a dynamic synergy with Bradshaw’s piano and keyboards. Tired of listening to the same ol', same ol'? Let Dave Bradshaw Jr. SET YOU FREE!
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!
Blair Bryant’s full length debut GOLD is a buoyant, playfully grooving journey by an artist whose infectious melodic vibe and multitude of talents as a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has earned acclaim from Keb’ Mo’, Jimmy Jam and Nick Colionne, among others. A fierce, Marcus Miller influenced bassist who makes that his lead melodic voice, the Kansas City native also adds guitar, drums, percussion, piano, organ, Rhodes and vibes to his powerful palette. Blair Bryant’s music is fascinating sonic GOLD!
VANN BURCHFIELD Let's Get Started Self-Released
Before he released his sparklingly exotic, Brazilian themed 2015 debut RYTHMS OF RIO last year, Birmingham based saxophonist Vann Burchfield was perhaps best known in jazz circles for setting a new Guinness world record for circular breathing (besting Kenny G). Now that the award-winning, multi-instrumentalist is in the mix of top indie Smooth Jazz artists, there’s no stopping his smooth, sexy, silk-funk fired musical flow. His new collection LET’S GET STARTED features a handful of lush and lighthearted melodic originals amidst a batch of cleverly seductive, easy grooving re-imaginings of classic 80s pop/soul hits. Want to hear what it sounds like when a masterful player is on the rise? LET’S GET STARTED!
DAVID CORREA New Moon Baja/TSR Records
A popular Bay Area guitarist renowned for his explosive global fusion of Latin folk, Rumba Flamenco, French Gypsy and Middle Eastern music, David Correa is recording under his own name after many years as leader of David Correa and Cascada. The dynamically rhythmic, deeply melodic nylon string master’s NEW MOON explores his passion for the Southwest. His journey includes the soulful, spirited “Hacienda,” the whimsical, percussive “Sandstorm” (highlighted by clapping “palmas”) and the exuberant, high energy “Paseo De Pueblo.” Dancing and dreaming under the NEW MOON is encouraged as you listen!
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!
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!
JAMES DAY Songs Repertoire SONG KING RECORDS
Harkening back to those classic Quincy Jones albums featuring a rich array of veteran and up and coming R&B vocalists, International Award winning and chart topping songwriter James Day brings together on his new album REPERTOIRE an exhilarating roster of R&B and urban jazz singers and instrumentalists to create the ultimate 80s styled jam. The mix of soul, Smooth Jazz, disco/dance and Quiet Storm magic includes leads and solos by Maysa, Lin Rountree, Tony Terry, Walter Beasley, Glenn Jones, Audrey Wheeler, Donnie, U-Nam, Trina Broussard, Tim Owens and the late Gavin Christopher. The vast REPERTOIRE of James Day includes songs for every moment and mood of the day!
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!
MIKE DiLORENZO with Frank Valdes Soul To Soul Keep The Groove
Veteran New York based keyboardist Mike DiLorenzo may be classically trained, but his eclectic career is driven by jazz, R&B and Latin music. SOUL TO SOUL, his new album featuring percussionist Frank Valdes, runs the glorious gamut from Latin funk to organ swing to smooth, contemporary jazz. Using a cool array of unique instruments (including Rhodes, melodica and accordion), the sound is a jazzy blend of street beats and melodic improvisation making SOUL TO SOUL a cool, connected musical experience from two amazingly soulful musicians.
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!
CAROL DUBOC Open The Curtains Gold Note Music, Inc.
After several solid collaborations with Jeff Lorber, Carol Duboc makes a monumental shift on her infectious and eclectic new album Open The Curtains. Embracing an emphatic “Girl Power” aesthetic, the sexy and soulful singer/songwriter surrounds herself with a star studded lineup of female jazz, rock and R&B musicians, including Mindi Abair, Sheila E, Patrice Rushen, guitarists Bibi McGill and Jennifer Batten, drummer Queen Cora Coleman, bassist Rhonda Smith and trombonist/singer Aubrey Logan. Duboc’s mix of blues, soul, pop and funk influenced tunes includes seven emotionally hard-hitting originals (including the title track, which features vocals by her nine year old daughter) and classics made famous by her heroes Rushen, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee. OPEN THE CURTAINS to experience Carol Duboc like never before!
A major force on the Hungarian music scene, the Gébert-Ulbert Project is a quartet led by Ferenc Ulbert (guitar) and Attila Gébert (piano). On their perfectly titled album HAPPY PILLS, the 3-time International Songwriting Contest winners create the ultimate feel good vibe via guitar driven instrumentals and funky and romantic vocals by a dynamic roster of vocalists, including lead singer Ágnes Szász. These HAPPY PILLS are the ultimate pick-me-up, crank the volume!
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!
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!
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!
GROOVE MASTERS BAND Keeping The Groove Alive Groove Masters Band
Closing in on 10 years as a contemporary jazz and gospel mainstay in their hometown of Charlotte, NC, Groove Masters, winner of the coveted “Best Jazz Band in the Carolinas” Award, lives up to their cool moniker on their 3rd album release, KEEPING THE GROOVE ALIVE with funk, neo soul and Smooth Jazz. Known for their lively performances, Groove Masters have toured with a wide variety of noteworthy artists, from Hip Hop legend, Doug E. Fresh to Gospel star Twinkie Clark. These super heroes of groove, are bringing audiences to their feet around the globe… be on the look out for Groove Masters at your favorite jazz fests!–
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!
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!
JAREZ Coming For You J Star Entertainment LLC
“Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand…” Halloween just got a whole lot smoother while remaining wickedly fun and frightening with “Coming For You,” a spooky and jazzy groove from innovative saxophonist Jarez. The upbeat thriller debuts on SmoothJazz.com Global Radio during the month of October with a Video World Premier on SmoothJazz.com on Friday, October 21st and featured again on Halloween weekend! Get “Coming For You” now for your holiday playlist and smooth the heck out of your festivities… Muahahaha!
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!
The unique urban-flavored Smooth Jazz ensemble, JAZZ COLLAB is the exciting outgrowth of Montreal based keyboardist and producer Jacques Mignault’s Jazz Collab Productions, which he calls a “utopian” group of top Quebec jazz players. Most prominently featured on the dreamy and atmospheric, easy grooving single “All I Wanna Do Now” are the calming lead vocals of Jean-Claude Beliveau and the slow simmering sax of Yves Adam. You’ll be saying “All I Wanna Do Now” is listen again!
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!
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!
JUSTIN KLUNK Clarity EP Justin Klunk
There’s a major reason saxophonist Justin Klunk’s Twitter and Instagram name is @KlunkFunk - his high octane EP CLARITY is as jammin’ and funky as Smooth Jazz gets! The upbeat tracks pair his powerful sax and horn texturing vibes with the thrust of rhythm and electric guitars, creating an energizing experience and a (literally!) smashing release. Playing and touring with Ariana Grande, Tommy Page and others, he’s also blowing open his solo career with CLARITY!
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"!
d. MILLS Mission Complete d. M. Records
A onetime bassist playing behind gospel legend Shirley Caesar and an NYC detective, multi-instrumentalist d.Mills brings a fascinating background to his career as a Smooth Jazz composer. While his melodic focus is his lively acoustic piano, the tunes on MISSION COMPLETE offer a mix of smooth grooves, R&B and jazz with touches of rock guitar, sexy vocals, exotic percussion, sensual atmospheres and funky horns. MISSION COMPLETE has the complete package with several, charting radio hits for fans with eclectic tastes in jazz.
DAVE MUSE Firefall Revisited Deva Records
A founding member of the platinum 70's and 80’s hit-making soft rock band Firefall and member of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, multi-instrumentalist Dave Muse finds a fresh way to re-imagine the group’s hits and renowned album cuts on his new album FIREFALL REVISITED. Putting his soulful and whimsical flute virtuosity front and center (with a little sax here and there), he enhances the picture perfect pop melodies with jaunts into spirited contemporary jazz, blues and rock fusion. Muse brings fans up to date with an explosive new Latin jam tune as well, "Nestor." FIREFALL REVISITED will inspire you to fall in love with the band all over again – and maybe discover some gems you overlooked!
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.
DENNIS NELSON Full Nelson 1030 International Records
A modern day Renaissance Man, Dennis “Finger Roll” Nelson produces and directs videos, TV shows and films while infusing his sweet soul and Smooth Jazz vibe in the recording studio! On FULL NELSON, you'll hear crisp and dynamic electric guitar melodies and and clever improvisations. He’s worked in the past with pop/soul legends like Robert Palmer and The Temptations, but he also brings exciting gospel elements to his irresistible mix of elegance, groove and spirited jazz. His creative energy is injected in many entertaining endeavors, Smooth Jazz fans are about to get FULL NELSON'd with this exciting new recording!
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!
ISAAC NORRIS Something To Say Isaac Norris
The title of Michigan-based saxophonist Isaac Norris’ debut EP SOMETHING TO SAY tells Smooth Jazz fans looking for some fresh new vibes everything about his intentions as a solo artist. After years of playing with major artists like gospel greats Marvin Sapp and Debra Perry and jamming with a local big band collective called Big Band Nouveau, the Grand Rapids born and raised performer fashions an infectious and soulful sonic world where uptempo, danceable funk collides powerfully with heartfelt and silky smooth romantic passion. You will feel the inspiration when Norris has SOMETHING TO SAY!
JOHN NOVELLO Ivory Soul 529 Music
At the heart of John Novello’s signature sound that’s imprinted on #1 hit songs worldwide is a classic sense of groove and sensuality perfectly captured in the title of his latest collection IVORY SOUL. The multi-faceted keyboardist, arranger and composer, draws on his deep old school jazz, soulful pop and R&B sensibilities for a set that finds him gliding and grooving on acoustic and electric piano, B3 organ, Korg synthesizers and even upright bass. Enhancing the cool, Novello jams with top saxmen Gerald Albright, Eric Marienthal and Tom Scott. The new single, "I Can't Stop My Heart" is trending now at Smooth Jazz radio. Get Novello and get groovin’ with some potent IVORY SOUL!
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!
Hungary’s hottest export, the pop/funk/jazz band, Peet Project, featuring the multi-talented band leader, violinist and vocalist Péter Ferencz, has another exciting musical offering for this last quarter of 2016… RIVER CRUISE, a maxi single with two rousing, new tunes; the bubbly Smooth Jazz instrumental hit, “River Cruise,” and catchy companion vocal, “Got This Feeling.” While their vibe may be as relaxed and cool as a river cruise… this clever, innovative ensemble is on the fast track to stardom!
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!
KRIS RUSSELL I Concentrate On You Kris Russell
Growing up in a family of musicians and entertainers, vocalist Kris Russell was inspired by great female jazz singers, studied the styles of legendary Brazilian artists and has had a long passion for the works of Cole Porter. The veteran live performer draws from all of these influences on her debut single “I Concentrate on You,” a lush, intimate and inviting twist on the Porter classic, a delightful intro to a truly gifted and versatile singer!
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!
Helping Smooth Jazz rediscover the joys and musical possibilities of the jazz flute, classically trained Birmingham, Alabama, native Kim Scott brings some southern heart on her latest album SOUTHERN HEAT. It’s a passionate mix of intense funk, dreamy pop/soul, hip-hop, Latin and gospel energy. A longtime touring member of the Jazz in Pink ensemble, Scott (also an accomplished vocalist) complements her originals with powerful re-imaginings of Michael Jackson and Lakeside classics. Warm up your world with SOUTHERN HEAT… it's wildfully infectious, soulful, and inspiring!
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!
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!
THE PR EXPERIENCE #ThatsWhatsUp The PR Experience
Brian Culbertson fans who dig it when the keyboardist jams on the trombone are going to love The PR Experience, the Atlanta-based horn duo featuring trumpeter Nelson Render and trombonist Marvin Pryor. Having played collectively with everyone from Ray Charles to The Ohio Players and ConFunkShun, the tandem perfectly capture the vibe of their sound with their album title, #THAT’S WHAT’S UP! “Experience The Smooth… Experience The Sound… Experience The Jazz.” Three other key elements that jump out, funk, groove and neo-soul. Musically, if you want to know what’s up, let The PR Experience show you the way! #thatswhatsup
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!
BOBBY WELLS Back In The Day Bobby Wells
A mainstay on the Colorado contemporary jazz scene since the 90’s, critically acclaimed producer, songwriter and keyboardist Bobby Wells creates the ultimate, urban-flavored jazzy experience. He balances the super-melodic, smooth and swaying vibes on his latest project BACK IN THE DAY with exhilarating, toe tapping groove lockdowns. Working with guest guitarists, Michael O’Neill and Freddie Fox and sax greats Gerald Albright and Darren Rahn, Wells mixes his ‘in the pocket’ Smooth Jazz with Gospel, tropical spices, and keeping true to its title, the feel good kind of R&B that we loved BACK IN THE DAY!
SIR JONATHAN WILLIAMS To Sir, With Love D.E.F. Classics Records
A versatile composer and multi-instrumentalist, Sir Jonathan Williams brings an exciting 40-plus year musical history to the cleverly titled TO SIR, WITH LOVE, his sweet, super melodic and rhythmically inviting new album on D.E.F. Classics Records. In the early 70s, Williams was part of the house band for All Platinum Records (later Sugarhill Records), which evolved into the influential funk and disco band The Rimshots and later The People of Pleasure Show. He brings all that soul while working with world-class musicians, including two-time Grammy nominee Najee. If you love romantic Smooth Jazz, you will love TO SIR, WITH LOVE!
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!