REBECCA ANGEL | My Favorite Time Of The Year | Timesless Grooves Records
MARIEA ANTOINETTE | Gloria: Angels We Have Heard On High | Maasai/Infinity Records
DAVID BENOIT TRIO | Believe (feat. Jane Monheit & The All American Boys Choir) | Concord Records
FOURPLAY | Silver | Heads Up International
BRYAN LUBECK | Rejoice Emmanuel | Earthscape Media
BILL MCGEE | Still Bill | 804Jazz
PIECES OF A DREAM | All In | Shanachie Records
PAUL TUVMAN | Musically Speaking | Independent
KIM WATERS | My Gift to You | Red River Entertainment
JIM ADKINS The Journey Clear Image Records
Though he’s based in Central Virginia and has won numerous awards from V.O.C.A.L. (Virginia Organization of Composers and Lyricists), guitarist Jim Adkins’ picture perfect melodies, tight snappy pocket grooves and soulful blues and rock influences have been heard all over the world, from the U.S. to Europe to Indonesia and Australia. A popular independent recording artist since the late 1990s, Adkins continues to embrace THE JOURNEY on his infectious and dynamic sixth album, whose tracks include the lively, spirited acoustic-driven “Time With You”; the slick, funked-up electric title track; the whimsical old school R&B flavored “The Secret Place”; and a colorful, improvisation-rich venture “Into the Storm.” The Billboard Song Contest winner also includes a graceful cover of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love,” followed by a spirited blues jam that heralds “A New Horizon.” THE JOURNEY is a passionate, musical adventure you won’t want to miss out on!
This holiday season, Angels are everywhere – literally! A jazz vocal major at Ithaca College, Rebecca Angel gets a jumpstart on her career with “My Favorite Time of the Year,” a soulful, easy swinging original pop/jazz tune that beautifully showcases her charming, lilting voice. Produced by the legendary Jason Miles, the lighthearted season brightener features a silky flugelhorn solo by her father Dennis Angel, a popular independent Smooth Jazz instrumental artist in his own right who also penned the song. Rebecca’s debut single will ensure that you’ll declare this “My Favorite Time of the Year,” too!
MARIEA ANTOINETTE Gloria: Angels We Have Heard On High Maasai/Infinity Records
Hot off her genre-defying jazz funk driven debut album STRAIGHT FROM THE HARP, Mariea Antoinette’s dynamic “strings with wings” take flight with a fresh interpretation of “Gloria (Angels We Have Heard on High)” that masterfully combines a hypnotic lead melody, dreamy atmospheres and an irresistible R&B groove. Reflective of her ability to fuse many musical styles, her new single offers the perfect mix of tradition with hip and contemporary R&B flavored Smooth Jazz. Let’s all shout “Gloria” and look for those angels!”
With years of performances on stages with the top artists in urban jazz and a popular radio show on Urban Soul Radio, sensual singer/songwriter Aysha’s career is definitely on the rise. Featuring a mix of soulful originals and lush covers, her latest release TAKE ME HIGHER, on Innervision Records, offers a dynamic showcase for a sexy vocal style she dubs “Smooth R&B with a Jazzy edge.” Joining her ascent to a higher plane in her artistry are Darren Rahn, Najee, Steve Oliver and Eric Darius. Even as you sing and sway along, TAKE ME HIGHER will elevate your soul!
"When Push Comes to Shove," the new single by Bennett B has a familiar, yet totally new sound. This tune rocks and doesn't let up! It's classy, greasy, elegant and gritty all at the same time. Bennett combines elements of R&B, funk, jazz and soul to create a style and sound unlike any other with a stellar horn arrangement by Lee Thornburg (Tower Of Power). With production by two-time Grammy winner, Paul Brown, this tune is destined to be an instant classic!
CHERYL BARNES Listen to This Barnes & Cabasso Music
The title of jazz vocalist Cheryl Barnes’ new album LISTEN TO THIS is an invitation to enjoy a brilliant collection of songs, interpreted masterfully by this amazing artist, whose extensive resume includes performances with Wynton Marsalis and Quincy Jones on the jazz side, the Clara Ward Gospel Singers, and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Talk about vocal range and versatility! Ms. Barnes’ voice and phrasing are stunning. I’m especially drawn to the entrancing “Come with Me,” the gently swinging “Like Jazz,” and her latest single, an incredible take on Joni Mitchell’s “Come In From the Cold." Cheryl Barnes’ LISTEN TO THIS is an absolute must-have!
SYLVIA BENNETT It's Christmas Time Gift Card & CD Out of Sight Music
IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME has been repackaged into a beautiful CD Greeting Card combo offering a unique blend of holiday favorites, sprinkled with four new holiday songs, three new originals penned by the talented Ms. Bennett and producer Hal S. Batt, including "Wrap You Up For Christmas." Each original song was inspired by the colors, lights and the spirit of giving... the classics include "Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and, Sylvia’s personal favorite, "The Christmas Song." Don’t miss IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME from Sylvia Bennett, that talented singer who accompanied Lionel Hampton through the years. This special offering is included in our favorite jazz chanteuse's classy and fun new gift collection! #GoShopping
SYLVIA BENNETT From The Heart CD & Greeting Card Out of Sight Music
Let the music be the message! Sylvia Bennett selects her favs from the original album SONGS FROM THE HEART and creates a gorgeous playlist on her stylish, all-in-one FROM THE HEART CD and Greeting Card! Featuring timeless classics from the great American songbook, including “My Funny Valentine,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “As Time Goes By,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” and more. Perfect for any occasion, Sylvia’s FROM THE HEART is sure to warm anyone’s heart… Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and/or Father’s Day, anniversaries, and birthdays... a lovely way to send your love with flair in this clever jazz-o-gram from Sylvia Bennett. The music is SO good, you may just decide to keep it for yourself, we wouldn’t blame you!
SYLVIA BENNETT It's All About Love Out of Sight Music
Grammy-nominated jazz singer, Sylvia Bennett comes to the table with a hip, luxe new single, “Another Love Song,” featuring her gorgeously pure vocals with modern beats as smooth as a night in Miami! The focus of the song, co-written and produced by Sylvia’s long-time music partner, Hal S. Batt, offers encouragement to never give up on love… as the next love may be the best love! Love, a common theme with Ms. Bennett, will be the focus of her next full album due out in 2016, IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE will include this riveting new track! Sylvia Bennett mixes her pristine vocal stylings into to a fresh new sonic playground on “Another Love Song,” which is anything but… more like a unique, exciting love song that lends itself beautifully to the contemporary, lifestyle vibe of Smooth Jazz!
TOMMY BLACK The Man Independent
San Diego music teacher turned recording artist Tommy Black is a multi-talented, spiritually infused composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who uses his sweet, light funk grooves and compelling musicianship to heal, inspire and raise the consciousness of the human family. On his new EP, he surrounds his crisp, languid Norman Brown-influenced electric strings with a multitude of cool, soulful textures – including chill ambiences, trumpet, flute, female wordless vocals and moody synth harmonies. If you’re looking for a new vibe to uplift your spirits, Tommy Black is THE MAN!
PATRICK BRADLEY Can You Hear Me Patrick Bradley
When you hear the bluesy organ solo on “All In,” the easy flowing opening track of keyboardist/composer Patrick Bradley’s CAN YOU HEAR ME, and the wild Moog synth solo on the high octane “North of Evermore,” you might just think they’re being played by the project’s legendary producer Jeff Lorber. That’s how exciting and innovative Bradley is as a player! Though he enlists the help of all-star friends like Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Jimmy Haslip and Eric Marienthal, Bradley shines on both the main melodies and sparkling solos on a set that’s rocking, funkified and at times profoundly spiritual. CAN YOU HEAR ME? That would be a resounding YES!
DAVE BRADSHAW JR. Nothin' But Groove MOKU Records
Fun, positive, smooth… “Nothing But Groove” is the latest jazzy single from Southern California keyboardist and composer, Dave Bradshaw Jr. This upbeat new hit follows on the heels of his recent summer smash, "Jumpstep," featuring chart-topping saxophonist Darren Rahn, and the title track to his forthcoming release! Bradshaw says of Rahn, “To be able to come out of the gate strong and work with someone of Darren’s caliber is like a dream come true.” The successful sideman, Dave Bradshaw Jr., confidently steps into the spotlight with his own signature sound as he wraps production on the full album, due out in early 2016! Be on the listen for "Nothing But Groove," it'll have you feeling good and moving to the groove in no time!
ROBERT (DUBWISE) BROWNE Groovy Love Thing Electrifying Grooves Records
One of Jamaica’s most prolific electric guitarists, Robert “Dubwise” Browne – known affectionately as “Dubz” – has toured the world with artists like Shaggy, Diana King and Jimmy Cliff and performed at Jamaica Jazz & Blues and Reggae Sunsplash. He’s also recorded with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Now, with his third solo album, he’s got a GROOVY LOVE THING going on, infusing these ten bright, infectious and groovy tunes with everything from jazz to reggae. His crisp, melodic lead lines lend emotional depth and heartfelt intensity to a compelling blend of tender, soulful ballads and exquisite, feel-good jams. Anyone looking for a little spirit of the islands will also enjoy this collection of breezy, tropical song excursions. Jump into this GROOVY LOVE THING, you'll love it!
Eddie Bullen is a Juno Award winner, renowned studio owner and versatile behind the scenes force on the Canadian jazz scene – but the Toronto based pianist/composer’s dynamic new album SPICE ISLAND takes him back to his roots growing up on the “spice island” of Grenada. Fusing spirited urban grooves with playful, easy rolling Caribbean and Latin rhythms, Bullen’s compositions – acclaimed by the New York Daily News as “audacious and sexy” - reflect the freewheeling, funky 70s style of contemporary jazz that influenced his later musical life. One visit to the glorious SPICE ISLAND and you’ll never want to come back!
VANN BURCHFIELD Rhythms Of Rio Independent
Perhaps best known in the saxophone world for setting a new Guinness world record for circular breathing (besting former champ Kenny G), Birmingham based composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Vann Burchfield launches his career as a solo instrumentalist with an intoxicating, rhythmically inviting and freewheeling exploration of the RHYTHMS OF RIO. The award winning saxophonist created the joyous, buoyant musical escape to Brazil – featuring eight seductive instrumentals and two lush vocals by his wife Teresa – to help overcome the temporary loss of his home due to a natural disaster. Likewise, Smooth Jazz fans going through a time of crisis, and even those just wanting to enjoy some fresh musical sunshine, should hop on down and explore the RHYTHMS OF RIO!
TRACY CARTER Dimensions Of A Musician Independent
He started writing songs when he was 13 years old… In 1993 he wrote a million selling, Top 10 hit, he was 19 (“Gansta Lean” by DRS). Written and performed with Tony! Toni! Toné!, Chaka Khan, Wendy Moten, Wayman Tisdale among others… Tours regularly with Dave Koz and Gerald Albright; Richard Elliot can’t say enough about this man (check Richard’s website), and he was nominated for a Grammy on the Dave Koz and Summer Horns project! Meet keyboardist, composer, arranger, vocalist, Tracy Carter, an extraordinary talent and creative musical force! On an average, the prolific musician writes four songs a day in his studio and we’re excited to announce the arrival of his solo recording, DIMENSIONS OF A MUSICIAN! In his own words, this music is “soulful, inviting, and tantalizing”! The project flows with great melodies, as you'd expect, gorgeous grooves and beats and rich textures with seductive vocals. Tracy Carter has an intimate relationship with music, hear the soul of the artist on DIMENSIONS OF A MUSICIAN!
SHARON MARIE CLINE This Is Where I Wanna Be Independent
Celebrated and critically acclaimed L.A. based vocal stylist Sharon Marie Cline has released a live album and holiday project in the past, but those were simply prelude to her glorious emergence as a recording artist with this an exquisite and romantic collection that allows her to declare, on the dreamy and sensual, flute spiced title track, one of two lush originals among 10 well chosen interpretations of classics, that “This Is Where I Wanna Be.” Cline’s triumph lies in her effortless breezing from easy swinging (“Happy Talk,” an inspired choice from SOUTH PACIFIC) to Bossa (“Love Dance,” “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”) to blues (“You Don’t Know What Love Is”). When you listen, you too will declare, THIS IS WHERE I WANNA BE!
MITCHELL COLEMAN, JR. Soul Searching Soul Revelation Music
Emerging bassist Mitchell Coleman may be SOUL SEARCHING on his dynamic and driving debut, but he doesn’t take long to find some tasty, infectious urban jazz and funk grooves. Influenced by greats like Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham, the multi-talented musician and composer kicks off the 12 track, two interlude set by stamping a fun and fiery “Passport” to a place filled with buoyant R&B/jazz fusion. While establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with, he also pays homage to Earth, Wind & Fire (a dreamy “That’s The Way of the World” featuring Pam Vincent) and the late great Joe Sample with an eloquent take on “When Your Life Was Low” featuring Dionyza Sutton. There’s plenty of soul in SOUL SEARCHING!
Back by Fan Demand... European Smooth Jazz and Chillout producers Chris W. Williams and Curtis McLaw have returned to center stage with their 10th album in their 25 year career! Dancing Fantasy started recording on the German electronic label IC Digit in 1990, had an overnight success with their debut album MIDNIGHT BLVD, landing on Billboard's NAC Top 10 Chart with songs like "Cry Nature“ and "Voodoo Jammin'" receiving heavy U.S. radio airplay! Their success continued with critically-acclaimed recordings, including a project for Higher Octave. Followers all over the world continue to support this band, luring them back to the studio recently, to complete this new musical chapter. Chris and Curtis have delivered an exciting, warm atmospheric album that includes irresistible chilled vibes and sexy smooth beats with catchy melodies featuring guitar, trumpet and saxophone. BACK HOME is where their heart is, let the Fantasy begin again!
THE DANGLING SUCCESS Life Is Good Independent
The five veteran musicians who comprise The Dangling Success may have resumes that include legends like Chaka Khan, The Isley Brothers, Don McLean and The Shirelles, but their combustible, sax, guitar and keyboard driven vibe makes them the ultimate groove, R&B, Smooth Jazz band. While everyone raves about their live performances, they move heart, feet and spirit just as well on LIFE IS GOOD, a perfectly titled album they dedicate to the optimists of the world. Like them, their titles are all about having a good time – from the buoyant grooves of “Drinking Margaritas” and the playful, jangling “Feelin’ Frisky” to the ultimate Jazz/Funk jam “Pineapple Kush.” No question about it, LIFE IS GOOD!
To paraphrase the title of one of Dr. Dave’s previous recordings, once again, ‘the Doctor is in’ stirring up a spirited storm of healing, soulful melodies and electric guitar funk on his perfectly titled album CAREFREE. The prolific, world renowned musician includes some freshly re-imagined covers of classic tunes – most notably, his reggae infused, island spin on Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – however, Dr. Dave is also an exciting composer. He whips up fresh, infectious magic on tracks like the sensual, wind in your hair opening title track “Carefree”; an atmospheric, pocket groove driven ballad that truly “Feels So Good”; the breezin’ George Benson influenced “G.B. Style”; and the moody, romantic, old school vibin’ “Sylvia.” Listen to Dr. Dave & The House Call Band and you’ll truly feel CAREFREE!
CAROL DUBOC Colored Glasses Gold Note Music, Inc.
Before emerging as a popular contemporary jazz/pop artist, multi-talented vocalist, songwriter and producer Carol Duboc penned hits for Chante Moore, Patti Labelle, Stephanie Mills and Tom Jones. On her latest album COLORED GLASSES, she expands into deeper, more insightful emotional territory than ever before to explore the ups and downs intrinsic to the aftermath of a hard breakup. Collaborating once again with Grammy nominated legend Jeff Lorber on composition and production, Duboc’s soulful, reflective and triumphant tunes come to life with the help of jazz greats Jimmy Haslip, Michael Thompson, Eric Marienthal, Hubert Laws and Paul Jackson, Jr. Duboc’s empowering journey will help you see life a bit brighter through COLORED GLASSES!
DAVE ERICKSON PROJECT City Nights Independent
Following his similarly cool, unique and soulfully urbane 2013 debut Pinnacle, Denver-based composer/guitarist Dave Erickson – recording with the Dave Erickson Project (DEP) – presents an exciting and colorful master class in musical diversity on the instantly infectious CITY NIGHTS. Alternating between sizzling rock/blues licks and laid back seduction via luminous melodic licks, Erickson keeps the set unpredictable as he leaps from jazz to Latin, R&B and even folk influences. It’s the perfect soundtrack to some fun and romantic CITY NIGHTS!
Over 20 albums into his multi-faceted career, Birmingham, Alabama native Eric Essix and his alternately crackling and languid electric guitar continue to re-invent contemporary jazz via his soul, funk and down home Southern roots. Offering a mix of infectious covers and provocative originals, Essix stirs up deep grooves and cool moves with his explosive trio (three fifths of his previous band) featuring drummer James “PJ” Spraggins and electric bassist/keyboardist Kelvin Wooten, who is also a Grammy nominated producer. Whether they’re chillin’ or burning, this trio is always on the move!
ETHAN (EBASSMAN) FARMER Farmer's Vineyard Ropeadope
World renowned Chicago bred, L.A. based bassist Ethan “eBassman” Farmer became a behind the scenes musical force touring, writing, producing and recording with Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie, Babyface, Patti Labelle, Christina Aguilera and Darius Rucker, among others. Emerging center stage, he invites jazz, funk, pop and rock fans to groove along on a deep, authentic, passionate journey through FARMER’S VINEYARD, where unexpected musical flavors capture and serenade the senses with each listen. While Prince-like in his big production values and Marcus Milleresque in his bass virtuosity, Farmer’s also focused on picture perfect melodies and just the right amount of smooth – including a taste of sultry romance featuring sax great Boney James. You’ll be harvesting this FARMER’S VINEYARD for a long time!
Back in the day, when critically acclaimed, chart-topping, San Francisco Bay Area Jazz vocalist, Victor Fields was starting his music career, working a day job and performing music on the side, the legendary Lou Rawls and entourage caught Victor's live performance in a small club in Oakland. Rawls called Fields “the man with the golden voice,” and inspired Victor to launch a full-fledged recording career. Rawls once said the immortal words, “Soul is Truth,” and Victor Fields fulfills that reality brilliantly on highly anticipated release, THE LOU RAWLS PROJECT - A sultry, bluesy and easy swinging set featuring lush, sophisticated re-imaginings of ten Rawls classics. In addition to the first single, the smooth and romantic “Let Me Be Good To You,” the singer lends his graceful caress to the balmy, gently swaying “Lady Love” (featuring producer Chris Camozzi on guitar), the smoky “Let’s Fall In Love All Over Again” and Rawls’ Philly SOUL trademark classic, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” It’s not braggin’ on himself, baby, to call Fields’ THE LOU RAWLS PROJECT a true masterpiece.
Talk about a divine pairing! On the spiritually empowering, yet jazz-infused EVERLASTING, trailblazing jazz saxophonist Phil French - a former musical director for Grammy winning singer Yolanda Adams – joins forces with vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, producer/songwriter Terrence Richburg, known as the “Quincy Jones of Gospel” for his critically acclaimed solo albums and work with everyone from Richard Smallwood and Aretha Franklin to The Winans, Jennifer Holliday and Gerald Albright. Though their ultimate spiritual goal is a joy filled shout out to the Lord, audiences everywhere can sway and groove along just as easily to this alluring mix of high octane instrumental funk, smooth jazz melodies and dreamy ballads. There are also a handful of beautiful vocal tracks by Terrence and Kathy Richburg. You are sure to be touched by this inspiring collaboration... an EVERLASTING musical connection!
Smooth Jazz has a new star... check out the uplifting new release from the extremely versatile, Texas-based guitarist Al Gomez, CASA GROOVE on Shade Records featuring all kinds of feel good energy blended into his Smooth Jazz including R&B influences, Neo Soul, Funk, traces of Tejano and killer vocal harmonies, making for a spicy, fresh vibe! Think Santana meets Larry Carlton! The Pecos, Texas native studied music at West Texas State University, Sul Ross State University, and The Recording Workshop of Cincinnati, he also graduated from a two year Master Guitar Certificate Program from Berklee College of Music in Boston! One of the most exciting collections to hit our musical landscape, CASA GROOVE is filled with hooky, original compositions that sound like world-class hits including his latest singles, the infectious, soulful, vocal-infused "Devotion" and the glistening instrumental, "Erica." Al Gomez is in the casa!
Nothing like a festive, percussive Latin groove to get the holidays going! Popular Smooth Jazz guitarist Al Gomez gives a soulful, jazzy electric flair to the famous carol, creating the perfect soundtrack to decorating the casa! What’s fascinating is that Gomez’s journey into Latin jazz began with him playing trombone in Tejano bands in his native Texas. Since shifting to guitar, he’s played or shared the stage with everyone from Cheech and Chong and the late Selena to Buddy Guy and Carlos Santana. Now, he’s ready to celebrate the season – so put “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” on YOUR wish list and get the fiesta started!
THERESA GRAYSON World Blue L2L Records
A multi-faceted instrumentalist and musical visionary who switches off lead voices between soprano and tenor saxes, flute and vocals, Theresa Grayson was inspired to create WORLD BLUE - a powerful, inspiring and expansive exploration of cultures - by her years teaching elementary school students about music from around the globe. On this 13 track set featuring Marion Meadows and Michael Ward, the Houston based performer’s high energy fusion takes the listener on a journey celebrating the vibes of different regions. Her itinerary includes Eastern Asia (“Crane’s Dance”), France (with Grayson’s French vocals on “Je t’adore”), Latin America, Jamaica, Africa and India. World Blue also features covers of “Radioactive,” “Sway” and “We Are The World,” which features a 40 piece children’s choir and 80 piece adult church choir. It’s time to get out and paint the WORLD BLUE!
Keyboardist/composer Derrick Harvin brings a dynamic resume as an engineer/producer for an all-star array of pop and R&B stars to his emergence as a solo artist with the ultra-melodic, smooth groove driven FROM HERE. He’s worked behind-the- boards magic for 50 Cent, Chaka Khan, Hilary Duff and Natasha Bedingfield. Now he brings that expertise – and his unique ability to interpret his visual inspirations in a deep, heartfelt musical way – to an infectious batch of tunes that ring with the sounds of emotion. SmoothJazz.com Global calls it “Smooth Jazz at it’s finest!” If you’re a fan of Brian Culbertson and Jeff Lorber, you’ll love what you hear on FROM HERE!
VINCENT INGALA Coast To Coast Independent
Still in his early 20s, chart-topping saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Ingala recently moved from his native New England to Los Angeles to headline the weekly live broadcast brunch at the new Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills. As the title of his 3rd album points out, he’s truly a COAST TO COAST sensation! Ingala continues to bring a fresh, young perspective to instrumental music via his colorful, innovative vibe blending Smooth Jazz, Funk, Soul and R&B. His star-studded, horn drenched new album finds him vibing with trumpeter Lee Thornburg, British jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins (of BadBone & Co.), Peter White, Roberto Vally and DW3. The set gets off to a danceable, thumping start with the infectious title track before taking a deliciously “Nasty” turn with some slow simmering sax-trombone tradeoffs and harmonies. Ingala showcases his tender, romantic side with the elegant old school soul ballad “Love on Hold.” Fans from COAST TO COAST will love this!
iREEDMAN & MS. MONÉT Everyday People I Reed Records
The supremely soulful pairing of world-class saxophonist Joel Peskin (iReedMan) and accomplished singer Ms. Monet (featured vocalist with Boz Scaggs) brings together two powerhouse artists with all-star resumes loaded with everything from avant-garde jazz to iconic pop... from Frank Zappa and The Beach Boys to Celine Dion, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Their new EP EVERYDAY PEOPLE launches with a supercharged version of the Sly Stone classic – but its diverse slate of smooth R&B and lighthearted old school funk originals is equally dynamic and infectious, with a little sultry thrown in for good measure. This EP is for EVERYDAY PEOPLE who like some deep emotions as they groove!
DARRIUS JAMAR Bounce Back Independent
Bassist/composer Darrius Jamar’s music has been featured on the VH1 series "Love and Hip-Hop," and he brings generous amounts of both, to his fresh, innovative and supremely grooving debut EP BOUNCE BACK. Before engaging SMOOTH JAZZ fans with his infectious mix of laid back soul and all-out brass fired funk, the Huntsville, Alabama native – who grew up playing in church - cut his gospel, R&B and contemporary jazz chops performing on stages with Grammy nominated singer Martha Munizzi, Darren Rahn, Tim Bowman, Tamia and Jordan Knight. The minute you finish listening to Jamar’s irresistible tunes, you’ll BOUNCE BACK for repeat spins!
With a crisp, melodic and masterful electric guitar style reminiscent of Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton and the late Jeff Golub, San Francisco Bay Area guitarist R James brings to contemporary jazz a fresh new voice, complete with Steely Dan-like harmonies and some colorful traditional jazz leanings. Helmed by two time Grammy winning producer Paul Brown, James’ old school soul-jazz flavored debut ELIZABETH’S DREAM includes a thoughtful Sam Smith cover ("Stay With Me") and a tune which was chosen winner of the Bethlehem Jazz Contest ("Montgomery Land"). Happily ensconced in guitar heaven, you won’t want to wake from ELIZABETH’S DREAM!
JAREZ Can't Get Enough Top Jazz Records LLC
With the release of his latest single, the soaring, infectiously funky and emotionally charged jam “Can’t Get Enough,” L.A. based saxophonist Jarez continues giving jazz a fresh new attitude via his energy infused blend of jazz and hip-hop. Though he grew up listening to traditional greats like John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, Jarez has recorded and toured with the hip-hop icon Coolio for years. He also became involved in many aspects of Coolio’s business operations, and performed multiple times on “Cooking with Coolio.” While developing his solo recording career, Jarez has also served as spokesman for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change (EJCC) campaign. If you “Can’t Get Enough” of Jarez from his latest single, he’s coming out soon with a new full length album.
KENYA My Own Skin KenyaMJ Music
A fast growing jazz-kissed soul sensation who is artfully wooing a growing base of admirers around the world, Chicago vocalist and songwriter Kenya makes her U.S. debut with MY OWN SKIN – which, upon its early 2015 release in Europe, was a #1 smash on the UK Soul chart for four consecutive weeks. Kenya’s family life and successful career as a clinician and educator delayed her emergence as an artist, but now the multi-talented performer – who counts everyone from Stevie Wonder to Billie Holiday as influences - is quickly finding her niche as a sensual, emotional vocalist sharing what she calls the “many layers…and spaces within me.” Her deep 15 track debut finds her feeling mighty comfortable in MY OWN SKIN.
REZA KHAN Dreamwalker Painted Media
New from Bangladesh-born guitarist Reza Khan comes DREAMWALKER with his band Painted Diaries and featuring special guests keyboardist Philippe Saisse and saxophonist Andy Snitzer on Reza’s exciting new collection of global grooves! The title track is the project’s first single and we anticipate a tremendous traction at radio worldwide. The music is remarkably accessible… fans of Peter White and Ken Navarro, will love Reza Khan! Living in New York, Reza gathers his musical inspiration from his world travels as well collaborative efforts with renowned musicians. Chillaxed yet deep!
Though Paul Knight began his musical journey playing sax and flute, one listen to the Toronto based vocalist and performer’s intensely soulful, easy grooving debut single “Irreconcilable” makes it clear that he made the right choice of lead “instrument.” In addition to appearing on three tracks of the R&B City Series 1 CD (featuring the popular Canadian smooth jazz hit “A Second Look”) Knight has provided backing vocals for Earth, Wind & Fire, Glenn Lewis, Devine Brown and Dione Taylor of Soular. “Irreconcilable” is irresistible!
BRYAN LUBECK Rejoice Emmanuel Earthscape Media
Master of a fluid and breezy Spanish guitar vibe and spirited urban grooves that have made his vineyard themed albums (VINEYARD GROOVE, TUSKAN SKY) major indie hits, Bryan Lubeck follows his Christmas classic WE THREE STRINGS, with the new seductive, light funk holiday hit, REJOICE EMMANUEL. Backed by an irresistible rhythmic flow, Lubeck adds exciting energy to his sensual contemporary Christmas jazz with the help of saxophonist Phil Denny and keyboardist Scott Allman. REJOICE EMMANUEL gives every listener a reason to rejoice this holiday season!
Throughout Bill McGee’s extraordinary, multi-decade musical career, he’s been a music teacher, released seven CDs as owner of 804 Music Group, scored two gold records, worked with Evelyn “Champagne” King, Lou Rawls, The O’Jays and Sugar Hill Gang. The international trumpet man, music producer and educator’s latest multi-faceted jam is a way to let the world know he’s STILL BILL, a soulful, spiritual, jazzy horn guy who still hangs with the top musicians in the business. This Smooth Jazz, cool funk, gospel and blues-infused set features seven infectious originals and four lush re-imaginings of classics by Herbie Hancock, The Stylistics, and Hugh Masekela. He’s STILL BILL and still making the musical magic!
BYRON MILLER Psycho Bass Byron Lee Miller Studio, LLC
Throughout his four decade career, Detroit bassist Byron Miller has brought the coolness and funk to a lot of “late greats” including Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Joe Sample and Luther Vandross. Emerging from a 12-year recording hiatus with an expansive, deep bottom, intensive album, with a title that doubles as his new musical persona and mission statement, Byron blesses us with three of the last sessions from the late great George Duke, including a slowed-down, emotional twist on Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” With an exciting guest list that includes veterans Ndugu Chancler (drums), David T. Walker (guitar) and Sheila E. (percussion), Miller balances fierceness with heartfelt emotion on the atmospheric, old school, soul-jazz flavored single, “U Must Be Crazy,” then turns to Duke-esque classic, mellow fusion on “Spoken Funk.” Miller also includes a pair of moody and meditative gems in “Apples & Oranges” and the atmospheric “Eyes.” Lunatic for the low end? Don’t miss PSYCHO BASS!
KEN NAVARRO Unbreakable Heart Positive Music Records
From one of the most respected and critically acclaimed contemporary jazz guitarists in the world, comes an artful and heartfelt new collection of songs. Ken Navarro’s 22nd album to date, UNBREAKABLE HEART, includes eleven new compositions, all gorgeous, all deeply moving, and all featuring Navarro’s brilliant acoustic and electric guitar work! Delicate and introspective at times, and upbeat and exhilarating at other moments in the recording… the instrumentation is rich and diverse and we’re keen to mention that there is a lovely tribute to actor Robin Williams (“Robin Fly Away”) and a notable nod to jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (“Jaco Smiled”). From jazz to smooth, from classic to pop, the chart-topping, award-winning musician is certain to steal hearts, enthrall fans and capture new admirers with UNBREAKABLE HEART!
NILS Alley Cat Baja/TSR Records
A prolific, chart-topping Smooth Jazz hit maker with so many airplay classics that he merited a 2014 compilation called JAZZ GEMS : THE BEST OF NILS, the versatile Munich born, Los Angeles based composer, guitarist and producer launches into the next phase of his multi-faceted career with ALLEY CAT, his most explosive, infectious and sonically creative album yet, on Baja/TSR Records. Incorporating more horns than ever and beautifully showcasing his expanding skills as a sound designer and keyboardist, Nils’ 12 sensational, ultra-melodic tracks offer a range of musical vibes for everyone’s tastes, from retro soul-jazz and high energy hypnotic funk to sensual, silky ballads. Like a sly ALLEY CAT, Nils is always adding fresh new sounds to keep his music hip, slinky and sexy!
Don’t let Gary Palmer’s elegant suit and tie on the cover of his album LOVE ME AGAIN tell the whole story... he’s all about steppin’ out and having some sweet, soulful Urban Jazz fun. Alternating between soprano and tenor, the versatile NYC born and raised, South Florida-based musician and songwriter stirs up the sultry romance on the breezy, easy groovin'' “Love Me Again” and “Stay With Me,” a balmy vibe is the perfect backdrop to his rich tenor-driven emotion. Another romantic highlight is the sultry, Earth, Wind & Fire-influenced “Yes I.” In the mood? Listen to LOVE ME AGAIN again and again!
Fresh off his latest soulful urban jazz album LOVE ME AGAIN, saxman Gary Palmer celebrates the season with a bright blast of R&B/funk driven jazz on a vibrant, delightfully funky rendition of Donny Hathaway’s timeless classic “This Christmas.” Palmer’s “rest of the year” music often has a spirited tropical vibe to it, and this track’s lively piano solo has a few colorful dashes that truly make the season bright (and a bit warmer!). Come celebrate “This Christmas” with Gary Palmer & THE GP Project.
With a sensual, romantic vibe driven by her distinctive sultry vocals and fresh interpretive style, Fabiana Passoni won the 2012 Brazilian International Press Award for Best Brazilian singer living in the U.S. and was also selected as Talk 2 Brazil’s 2012 Person of The Year. On her highly anticipated new EP INNER BOSSA, the beautiful and charismatic songstress offers a sweet, intimate seduction via a blend of clever covers and soul-drenched originals. The collection includes graceful, dreamy takes on Aretha Franklin’s classic “Daydreaming” and Spandau Ballet’s classic 80’s ballad “True,” in addition to the lovely, self-penned, whispery ballad “Remember My Name” and easily rhythmic “Mouvance.” There’s no better way to connect with your INNER BOSSA than through the music of Fabiana Passoni!
NELSON RANGELL Blue Independent
He is truly one of the most diverse and exciting performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo. Nelson Rangell offers up, simultaneously, RED, a gripping, sax-soaked contemporary jazz adventure, and BLUE his sparkling new collection of flute recordings. Blue is a musical exploration of tremendous depth and broad vision with beautiful melodies and spiraling improvisations featuring very special guest Bob James. According to Rangell releasing BLUE at the same time as RED is an attempt to do something unique and to sincerely engage listeners in his musical vision. "I'm a flutist as much as a saxophonist and, after all these years and 17 CDs, I wanted to try to tell another side of my musical story in a more full way on that instrument." Ranging from whimsical (“Dizzy”) to profound (Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau De Couperin”) BLUE gracefully and mind-blowingly swirls jazz, pop and classical together with creative abandon.
NELSON RANGELL Red Independent
In a sea of saxophonists, there is only one Nelson Rangell - Daring, compelling, and heartfelt. Fans of contemporary jazz are quite familiar with this extraordinary talent, he released eight CDs with GRP Records garnering chart-topping airplay in the 80’s and 90’s, and recorded with The Rippingtons, Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, the GRP All-Star Big Band, featured on Don Grusin’s Grammy-nominated album, THE HANG, among numerous other accolades. RED, Rangell’s dynamic, sax-centric new recording, part of a tandem album release with BLUE, his flute and piccolo musical masterpiece, is a full-throttle adventure with bold and persuasive originals including the first single, the rocketing “Point Of Departure,” and the slammin’ “The Red Pill,” balanced by honest and haunting ballads such as “Matters Of the Heart” and “Some Next Grace.” Two albums from one mad-skilled musician, Nelson Rangell makes a big statement with this unprecedented maneuver… fully embracing his independence as a Global recording artist!
After years of recording, performing and touring as a soloist and guest artist with a variety of other acts, Swiss born singer, songwriter and pianist Maja Remensberger makes her powerful, emotional emergence as a solo artist with STILL IT GOES. An exquisite balladeer and thoughtful lyricist, her repertoire reflects a colorful, expansive variety of influences, from pop, soul and jazz to gospel. STILL IT GOES marks the launch of a great new adult contemporary voice!
RHYTHM JETS Velocity Infinity Jazz Records
A high energy jazz/world fusion rhythm and sax driven ensemble based in Atlanta, Rhythm Jets boast an action packed lineup – featuring sax, piano, B3, lap steel and electric guitars and steel drums – whose members have worked and/or performed with Earl Klugh, BoyzIIMen, Bob James, Stewart Copeland, Susan Tedeshi, Jeff Beck and Chuck Mangione. Led by visionary front man, alto and tenor saxophonist Vance Kelly, the band’s infectious and eclectic new EP VELOCITY is quickly picking up speed with a growing fan base and international radio airplay. Rhythm Jets artfully balances high octane jams with more romantic, dreamy tunes and tropical flavored whimsy. Perfectly complementing their instrumental prowess is the sultry, powerful Kenyan born vocalist Mercy Myra, who adds touches of exotic soul to two tracks. Your heartbeat will pick up major VELOCITY listening to them!
KATJA RIECKERMANN Never Stand Still HornStar Records
Long before Katja Riekermann launched her solo career, the swanky, soulful and bluesy saxophonist was a multi-media sensation, appearing on TV’s Ally McBeal and in the film Star Trek: Nemesis, touring as lead sax with Rod Stewart and honing her chops with everyone from Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) to Brooks and Dunn. The title of her third album NEVER STAND STILL perfectly describes its infectious mix of Motown soul, deep emotion, and sexy, swanky funk (as on the hit single “Walkin’ The Dog”). Vibing with special guests like Joe Bonamassa and Arturo Sandoval, Riekermann ensures that you’ll NEVER STAND STILL!
The only thing better than a new Lawson Rollins recording is a Lawson Rollins remix project featuring chilled out versions of his evocative songs, re-imagined for the electronica and downtempo sector of the music scene. Those of us who like to travel and gravitate towards vibey, sultry hangs and inspired concoctions will be all over INFINITE CHILL, a 10 song collection of the critically-acclaimed, world guitarist's most compelling material, fused with beats and moods befitting of an evening in Ibiza! This languid and loungey album features Shahin Shahida (Shahin & Sepehr) and delivers big on allure! INFINITE CHILL - The Remix Sessions promises to transform your listening experience from smooth to tranquil!
Inspired, soulful Bay Area bassist Tony Saunders returns with a sophisticated, jazzy new single, the title track from his forth-coming 3rd album release UPTOWN JAZZ on San Francisco Records. The upbeat, upscale new single puts you in an uptown mood... featuring on horns, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Mic Gillete (Tower of Power) and the debut of Paul Hardcastle Jr. The new album from the prolific composer and two-time Emmy award winner, will arrive on the heels of his critically-acclaimed, charting, 2014 release APPALOOSA. "Uptown Jazz" is getting down at radio this fall, prior to the release of his full album! Tony is living out his passion for music, romancing the bass... which is something that his world-famous father, keyboardist Merl Saunders (Jerry Garcia) always expected for him.
SHASHATY Brighter Day A.H.I. Records
Inspired by years of on-stage experience with the brightest of stars including Carlos Santana, The Mavericks, Kirk Whalum and Dave Koz. ShaShaty’s own 5-piece band opened for legends the likes of The Bee Gees, Peter Cetera, Gloria Estefan and George Benson! ShaShaty explodes on to the scene with this exciting, fresh sound that is truly original! His A.H.I. Records debut, BRIGHTER DAY is a soul-drenched, smash hit with high energy, sweet and pure saxophone performances with soaring melodies and genre-blending curves. The first single, “Dream Ride” is like a top-down, moonlit drive, while “Let’s Go!” and the title track are upbeat, mood enhancer’s with cool vocal accents and “Late On 91” will soulfully set your spirit free! It’s clear to see why ShaShaty has so many fans around the world… and tons more on the way!
SONGS FOR EVERYONE is the latest cool collection from SLOW, the Polish Smooth Jazz duo featuring life long friends, guitarist Tomasz Kaczmarczyk and pianist Krzysztof Werminski. The jazz is fresh, the concept is innovative, and the vibe is smooth European. Thanks in part to this accomplished partnership, Poland is becoming a hub for contemporary jazz in central Europe, with growing interest in this lifestyle music format. SLOW met critical acclaim in 2011 with their debut ART OF SILENCE. Released through the boutique label, V-Records, the compelling 2nd album, SONGS FOR EVERYONE, indeed has a little something for all kinds of music lovers... Smooth Jazz, electronic flavors, even a chamber string quartet and gorgeous female vocals including Jagoda Jahga on the dreamy title track! At your leisure, but make it quick, check out SLOW!
SEAN SULLIVAN Hereafter SonyRed
Sean Sullivan’s relaxed musical approach and smoldering vocal style will draw you in like a Sunday morning. HEREAFTER is a compelling collection of jazz, blues, pop and soul. On this smoothly eclectic album, produced by Matt Pierson, the New York City singer, songwriter and guitarist delivers gorgeous originals with intelligent and moving lyrics, plus cool, soulful covers. The Sullivan-penned, "Don't Get Me Started," the first Smooth Jazz radio single, has a Marvin Gaye vibe with a Boz Scaggs jazzy-bluesy slant along with the moody and alluring, "Wash My Soul," which features tasty saxophone and melancholy flute. Covers include Michael Franks' "Jive," Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vain," and Aretha's "Until You Come Back To Me." If you dig the music of the aforementioned Franks, and Scaggs as well as James Taylor, this gem of a talent is for you... Sean Sullivan is the star to watch rise and rise, from now 'til the HEREAFTER.
THE B. CHRISTOPHER BAND High Tide Independent
Exceptional, electric guitarist B. Christopher’s renowned as a top television composer, with some 7,000 song placements and counting! His work has made it possible for him to vibe with superstar rhythm cats, bassist Nathan East and drummers Anton Fig and Kenny Aronoff on his highly anticipated debut recording HIGH TIDE. You’ll find a showcase of artful fusing between melody, dynamic technique and skilled improvisations on the dreamy, seductive and atmospheric opener “Best Laid Plans,” the uplifting, easy funk-rock influenced “Islamorada” and the hypnotic blues-rocker “Flashback.” Fans of Carlton, Nils and Nick Colionne will also dig Christopher’s crafty high-toned licks on “Eights” and the bubbling energy of “Fifth at Six.” Contemporary jazz guitar reaches a new HIGH TIDE with the welcome addition of B. Christopher!
PAUL TUVMAN Musically Speaking Independent
Filled with gorgeously rendered, easy flowing compositions written by pianist Paul Tuvman over the past 30 years, MUSICALLY SPEAKING is more than just a dazzling debut by a thoughtful new Smooth Jazz artist. It also marks the resurrection of his musical dreams after he set them aside to become a successful airline pilot. This pilot’s amazing musical journey involved making some wonderful musical friends – including Rick Braun, who adds simmering horn section harmonies to “Rebecca” and “Inverted.” MUSICALLY SPEAKING, Tuvman’s blend of elegance and funk soars to the heavens!
WALDINO Let It Flow WaldinoMusic.com
The wonderment of Waldino continues with his most connected and creative album to date, LET IT FLOW! Sexy vibes, alluring lyrics and swirling electro grooves surround the title track, which comes in two flavors here, one with vocals and the other as a radio-friendly, jazzy re-mix! The musical craftsman has outdone himself on this exciting new project with 17 original tracks… Waldino has forged together an eclectic yet cleverly cohesive mix of sweet, Chill Jazz as heard on the single, “Let It Flow,” Electro Fusion, and “It’s A Beautiful Day,” plus Electro Dance which is pumpin’ on “Let’s Go” and “Hot Stuff,” Groove Funk as featured on “I Got The Groove, and “e-Motion,” as well as a splash of roadhouse blues on tunes “Chillin’ In The Ethereal Plane,” and “Funk Love Magic.” LET IT FLOW is in reference to going with the flow in life, in love and of course in laughter, “Trying hard to let loose all the things that bother us then we go out and let it go, then we go out and let it flow…” Amen.
DARBY WILLIAMS Me Roc Cartel
Tall, blond, bodacious and sensual, newcomer Darby Williams commands the stage just as she commands her dynamic vocal range, with artistic creativity and a personal touch, Signed to Roc Cartel by label Founder/President Ray De La Garza, Williams captures the essence of perhaps the greatest collaborators in jazz, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn! With her debut album ME, such titles as “Lush Life,” “Mood Indigo,” and “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me”, echo the sweltering notes and delicate compositions of this illustrious partnership. Darby’s interpretations are both thoughtful and intoxicating. The delicate nature of her phrasing, and obvious feel for American Songbook material is immediately evident. The single, "No One Knows" features Darby with two-time Grammy Award winner Peabo Bryson in a soulful duet. Bryson acclaims, ”Darby is a fantastic vocalist with command and range. I've sung with the greats and she's more than holding her own."