In 1978, when I was 17, I was a DJ at the (notorious) Sjangri-La club in Heerlen (the Netherlands) where i played funk music and I was very proud of that, later I played in several clubs such as the coconut groove and the sounds in Aachen (Germany),here’s a collection of records that I played then.
Michael Paulo - One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for nearly 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct saxpertise to a virtual who’s who of artists, including Al Jarreau (Paulo’s longest term touring association), James Ingram, No. 1 Smooth Jazz Trumpeter and guitarist Rick Braun and Peter White, Oleta Adams, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Carl Anderson, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis and more.
Warren Hill - (born April 15, 1966) is a smooth jazz saxophonist from Toronto, Canada.Hill was discovered in 1988 while performing at his graduation from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Record producer Russ Titelman, who was in the audience, invited him to record on an album by Chaka Khan. After moving to Los Angeles, he signed with RCA in 1989 and recorded his debut album, Kiss Under the Moon. He supported Natalie Cole on tour for her album Unforgettable. He had a hit in 1993 with the song "The Passion Theme" from the movie Body of Evidence.
Brian Lenair - Lenair's love for music began at the age of eight in his home in the Washington DC area where he grew up. His most profound influence came from his dad, who also plays the saxophone. His first music instructor in junior high school, Bruce Tyler, also encouraged his love for music. Brian credits the works of jazz greats Grover Washington, Jr. and Stanley Turrentine for inspiring him to play as well.
Eric Darius (born December 3, 1982), is an American saxophonist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, and educator.Eric Darius (born December 3, 1982), is an American saxophonist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, and educator.Eric Darius (born December 3, 1982), is an American saxophonist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, and educator.
Eric Darius - (born December 3, 1982), is an American saxophonist, vocalist, songwriter, producer,and educator ,Darius was born in New Jersey to a father of Haitian descent and a mother of Jamaican descent.He grew up in Tampa, Florida.Born into a musical family, his father plays bass, his mother and sister sing, and his older brother plays drums and trumpet. Darius grew up listening to Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, George Benson, Bob Marley.
a professional musician, he was recruited as a member of Bobby Caldwell's tour. For the rest of the 1980s, Koz served as a session musician in several bands, and toured with Jeff Lorber. Koz was a member of Richard Marx's band and toured with Marx throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, which was around the time he recurred as the guest saxophonist on the syndicated late-night talk show The Arsenio Hall Show. He also played in the house band of CBS' short-lived The Pat Sajak Show, with Tom Scott as bandleader.
Dave Koz - American jazz saxophonist, born 27 March 1963. Brother of Jeff Koz.Within weeks of after deciding to be
Rick Braun - (born July 6, 1955) is a smooth jazz trumpeter, vocalist and record producer.Braun's mother was a self-taught pianist and banjoist. Braun played drums in high school, then followed his brother in playing the trumpet. In the 1970s, he attended the Eastman School of Music, and while a student there became a member of a jazz-fusion band, Auracle.The band worked with producer Teo Macero, and Braun co-produced the second album.
Steve Cole - (born August 17, 1970) is an American smooth jazz saxophonist. He is also a professor/adviser of music business at the University of St. Thomas
Michael Vince - Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist combines an appealing blend of jazz, funk, and soul to deliver his own brand of smooth jazz instrumentals. Michael has recently completed writing his debut EP, which features both electric and nylon string acoustic guitar.
Felton Offard - is a gifted guitarist/composer/producer. He is an extremely versatile artist who has worked with diverse acts, from pop star Barry Manilow to jazz legend Clark Terry. Mr. Offard co-wrote the song, "I'll Follow You", recorded by Grammy award winner Melvin Williams and Tracy Worth. His works have appeared on National Public Radio and the Australian documentary "Animal World" . Felton Offard wrote and produced seven of nine songs on the critically acclaimed jazz project Lines and Spaces, "Shades of Brown". As a guitarist he has appeared all over the United States and Europe .
Alvin Davis - music combines an array of influences from Smooth Jazz and Reggae to Soul, R&B, House and modern pop. The result is a truly unique sound that takes from each of these genres without being defined by any one. Whether he’s covering chart-topping hits from the likes of Pharell, Alicia Keys and Drake or entertaining international audiences with his eclectic album cuts, Alvin always brings a signature soul to the saxophone, in any setting.
Skinny Hightower - (born November 12, 1985) is an American jazz pianist, drummer, bass player, and producer. He is known to have worked particularly within the smooth jazz community as a producer and session musician for nearly a decade but didn't begin working as a solo artist until 2015. He claims to listen to nearly every genre of music excluding smooth jazz, stating that he wants to always have a fresh perspective without presenting a stale expression of his interpretations.
Najee - Profile:Born 4th November 1957 in Jamaica, Queens, NYC where he still resides. Smooth Jazz artist, plays saxophone (soprano, alto and tenor), clarinet, flute and keyboards. As well as releasing a number of solo albums he has performed with other artists including Freddie Jackson, Will Downing, Jeffrey Osborne, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr. and George Duke.
Felton Offard - is a gifted guitarist/composer/producer. He is an extremely versatile artist who has worked with diverse acts, from pop star Barry Manilow to jazz legend Clark Terry. Mr. Offard co-wrote the song, "I'll Follow You", recorded by Grammy award winner Melvin Williams and Tracy Worth. His works have appeared on National Public Radio and the Australian documentary "Animal World" . Felton Offard wrote and produced seven of nine songs on the critically acclaimed jazz project Lines and Spaces, "Shades of Brown". As a guitarist he has appeared all over the United States and Europe .
Walter Beasley - is an American saxophonist, a professor of music at the Berklee College of Music, and founder of Affable Publishing and Affable Records.
Darren Rahn - With over 25 #1 radio singles and multiple Grammy nominations over the past 11 years as an artist, producer and mixing engineer, Darren Rahn has become urban jazz’s premiere sonic architect, the “go-to” guy for established genre greats and up and comers looking for their next sure-fire hit. Yet in signing with Woodward Avenue Records and recording his fifth album, the British Columbia born, Denver based saxophonist – who launched his solo career with Soulful in 2004 – is after something more meaningful than a few more instantly infectious smashes
Adam Hawley - was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. At a young age he developed a keen interest in music, taking up piano lessons at eight and guitar lessons a year later. He eventually attended the University of Southern California where he graduated with a PHD in Music.
Mike Phillips - hails from Mount Vernon, NY. He became interested in music at a young age, moving through several different instruments before settling on the saxophone. By the age of 16, he decided to play professionally. He made an impromptu New York debut at Wilson’s nightclub in New York in 1993, and that led to a series of session and sideman jobs in jazz, R&B, and even rap.Phillips and his soulful yet funky grooves have wowed fans across the globe and earned standing ovations from audiences at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Marion Meadows - is an American saxophonist and composer, mainly in smooth jazz.He was born in West Virginia and grew up mainly in Connecticut.His first album as a leader was For Lovers Only in 1990.He has had several other commercially successful releases, considerable exposure on smooth jazz radio, and has toured internationally.
Earl Klugh - At the age of six, Klugh commenced training on the piano until he switched to the guitar at the age of ten. At the age of thirteen, Klugh was captivated by the guitar playing of Chet Atkins when Atkins made an appearance on the Perry Como Show.Klugh was a performing guest on several of Atkins' albums. Atkins, reciprocating as well, joined Earl on his Magic In Your Eyes album. Klugh also appeared with Atkins on several television programs, including Hee Haw and a 1994 TV special entitled "Read my Licks". Klugh was also influenced by Bob James, Ray Parker Jr, Wes Montgomery and Laurindo Almeida. His sound is a blend of these jazz, pop and rhythm and blues influences
Michael Lington (born June 11, 1969) is a Danish-American contemporary saxophonist, songwriter, producer, recording artist and a purveyor of soul and contemporary jazz.Lington has released 11 solo albums and has 25 singles that have charted on the Billboard and Radio & Records (R&R) contemporary jazz radio charts.
Everette Harp - is a saxophonist, flautist, keyboardist and vocalist. Most famous as a jazz saxophonist, Everette has worked with George Duke on many of the latter's albums, and has always invited George Duke to feature as guest musician on his own albums.
Julian Vaughn - A dynamic lead bass player from Kansas City, bassist Julian Vaughn has made a international name for himself since 2010 as a bassist in the smooth jazz which is dominated by artist who play sax. Although the bass is often associated with funk, Vaughn likes to play with more of a finesse style as well as some funk.
Michael Manson - took interest in the electric guitar at the age of 14. Influenced by the music of Al Jarreau and intrigued by the technique of Jarreau's bass player Abe Laboriel, Manson's love of music soon began to shift towards the bass guitar. At 15, he and a group of friends formed Togetherness, releasing an album and two singles before Manson left to join the Navy six years later. After returning to Chicago to obtain both his B.A. and Master's in Music degrees, he joined City Lights and began performing regularly on Chicago's jazz circuit. In 1999, he was invited to play the Montreux Casino Lights '99 festival. Sharing the stage with the likes of Boney James, George Duke and Kirk Whalum, he made connections that would eventually lead to a spot performing on the Montreux Jazz tour.
Chris Standring - (born 1 December 1960) is a British jazz guitarist known for his heavy use of 1970s-style musical nuances. Before launching his solo career with his 1998 album Velvet, he represented a third of the band SolarSystem,a band that combined elements of jazz and hip-hop.
Euge Groove - (born November 27, 1962), better known as Euge Groove, is an American smooth Jazz ,saxophonist .Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, he graduated from the University of Miami School of Music in 1984. Grove did not record his first solo album until 2000. Prior to that, he had replaced Richard Elliot in the group Tower of Power when Elliot decided to pursue a solo career, and he also did session work with various pop acts, most noticeably the Miami girl group Exposé. He has a sax solo on their No. 1 hit "Seasons Change," and another on their 1993 hit "I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me).
Kim Waters - Saxophonist, composer and producer and is a trendsetter in the world of contemporary jazz. He has scored ten #1 hits, recorded 13 chart-topping albums and sold over a million records, placing him among the top 5 best selling instrumentalists in contemporary jazz. During his 16-year career, Kim Waters has paved the way as one of the premiere architects for Urban Smooth jazz, a soulful blend of R&B and jazz, of which he is the reigning king! Waters’ model handsome good looks coupled with his impeccable fashion sense and masterful fusion of distinct musical styles have made him one of the most sought-after musicians in contemporary jazz.
Nelson Rangell - (born March 26, 1960) is an American smooth jazz musician and composer from Castle Rock, Colorado. Although he is known for his work with the tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, his primary instrument is the piccolo, which he began playing at the age of ,He has at times worked with Jimmy Haslip and Russ Ferrante.
Eric Essix, the year 2018 marks two inspiring milestones in his multi-faceted career. The Birmingham, Alabama based contemporary jazz guitarist released "More", his 25th full length recording since launching his recording career in 1988 (30 years ago) with the album, First Impressions. That debut recording was the start of a creative journey that has made him a genre icon - not only for his keen ability to fashion a continuous flow of infectious melodies and funky grooves, but also because while delving into several sub-genres (pop, R&B and Gospel among them), he has artfully dismantled past ideas of what jazz is and reinvented them.
Gregory Goodloe - R&B-jazz guitarist is typically lowkey and chill, but he was especially humbled when he received the call that his single, "Stylin'," went No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart. The song, written and produced by hitmaker Darren Rahn and showcasing Goodloe's electric jazz guitar bravura, serves as the title track to the guitarist's upcoming album, due this fall.
Reggie Codrington - Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina,is the son of the nationally known musician and bandleader Ray Codrington who played with some of the greatest musicians ever known such as: Little Richard, Gladys Knight, and the late Jackie Wilson, just to name a few. Reggie fondly remembers his father’s band practicing in the family’s den. His entire little boy dreams were of music. “I guess one would say I was born into music,” he says.
Brian Culbertson - Profile:Born January 12, 1973, Brian is a smooth jazz musician and instrumentalist from Decatur, Illinois, United States. Son of jazz band director and trumpeter Jim Culbertson, Brian's instruments include the keyboard and trombone.Brian Culbertson began his quest in music at the age of 8 on piano, adding drums at 9, trombone at 10 then bass at 12. He grew up loving genre-crossing jazz-pop artists such as Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Yellowjackets and Chick Corea.
Kirk Whalum- (born July 11, 1958) is an American jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured with Whitney Houston for more than seven years and soloed in her single "I Will Always Love You", the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. He was also featured on many Luther Vandross albums, most often playing on the singer's covers of older pop and R&B standards such as "Anyone Who Had a Heart", "I (Who Have Nothing)", and "Love Won't Let Me Wait".
Phillip Martin - is a promising new artist on the smooth-jazz scene. The young saxophonist possesses an R&B-inflected sound, and his album FourPoint 0 (Carzino) is filled with tunes that would fit well on smooth-jazz radio. “Look to the Sky” is sweetly lyrical, while “Dirty Funk” is a soul-jazz romp and “Prelude/What a Day” is a haunting ballad that opens with an orchestral flourish. Martin also sets his sax over a variety of electronic rhythms: “Rapture” combines melodic sax and a rapid-fire electronica beat, while “Good Day at Work” lopes along, driven by an electronic groove.
Darron “Cookie” Moore - is an independent musician/ artist who was born and raised in Detroit, MI. Writing his first song at the age 12 he began his musical quest at a young age. He is a bassist, songwriter and producer who also plays keyboard and drums. Beginning his musical journey at a young age, Darron wrote his first song for his school choir at age 12. He has taken music lessons, but is mostly self taught. A significant part of his musical background stems from his studies at Grambling State University and Wayne State University. Darron is also grateful for his bass teachers/mentors, Kerry Lacey and Lamont Johnson for teaching him music articulation.
Steve Clarke - Bassist/Composer Born and raised in Bridgeport Connecticut, Steve Clarke is from a musically inclined family. His father played the trumpet along side the late greats Eddie and Bobby Buster from New Haven, Connecticut during the 1950's and was president of the Musicians Union. His oldest brother is a jazz saxophonist, and four of his other brothers played brass instruments in school and marching bands.
Donald Patterson - was born in Dallas, Texas. Donald is a professional bassist who is skilled in the electric bass and has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan.He has performed in concert with a host of artists including Phillip Bailey, Kirk Whalum, Howard Hewett, Brian McKnight and a host of others.
Kenny Pore - Profil:Guitar player born into a musical family on a cold mid-winter's day in Chicago, Illinois (US), in 1952. At 16, Kenny dropped out of high school, grabbed some essentials including his guitar, and set out to see America starting a broad musical career.
Peter White - Profile:British jazz guitarist and songwriter grew up in Letchworth Garden City. First came to notice as a guitarist in Al Stewart's band in the mid 80's and appeared on Polish singer Basia's first album. In 1990 he began his solo career and has released many albums in the Smooth Jazz genre as well as working with many artists in this field including Dave Koz, Gato Barbieri, Rick Braun, Jeff Golub, Lee Ritenour, Rippingtons, Kirk Whalum,
Paula Atherton - Born and raised in Massapequa Park, Long Island, NY, Atherton began playing the flute at the age of nine and then the saxophone during her teen years.She became further interested in jazz soon afterwards. As a jazz vocalist/musician, Atherton was influenced by artistes such as Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and David Sanborn.
Threestyle - Magdalena Chovancova (sax. flute), and Robert Fertl (guitar, bass, drum programming, keyboards) are the Munich based group Threestyle. The group already released Feel The Vibe (2012), Get It (2014), Road To Montery (2016) and Smooth Ride (2017) on the label Welovemusic Records.
Citrus Sun - is a smooth jazz group created by Incognito leader/producer Jean Paul "Bluey" Maunick. Maunick brought in one-time Average White Band guitarist Jim Mullen and two Incognito members: drummer Richard Bailey, bassist Julian Crampton, horn players Ed Jones, Fayazz Virgi, Dominic Glover, and pianist Tim Vine. Their tight Heads Up debut Another Time Another Space was issued February 27, 2001
Cindy Bradley - was born in North Tonawanda in upstate New York. She already played piano, but picked up her first trumpet by accident at age nine because it was the only available instrument which she recognized in her teacher's list for school band classes. She began playing traditional jazz trumpet as a schoolgirl and went on to earn degrees in jazz studies at Ithaca College in New York state and in jazz trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.
Rohn Lawrence - is een Amerikaanse gitarist in de jazz en smooth jazz, afkomstig uit New Haven, Connecticut. Lawrence speelde al op de lagere school akoestisch gitaar en bouwde als jongen al gitaren. Rond zijn dertiende ging hij elektrische gitaar spelen. Hij was in New Haven lid van de funk-bands Good News en The Lift (met Marion Meadows). Hij woonde in Boston en werkte daar met de groep Bread & Butter. In 1994 kwam hij met zijn eerste album, een paar jaar later volgde een tweede plaat,Lawrence heeft gespeeld met onder meer George Duke, Diane Reeves, Jonathan Butler en Freddie Jackson. Hij is in zijn spel beïnvloed door George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian en bijvoorbeeld John Tropea.
Robin Bramlett - Recording artist, musical director, bassist, songwriter, and producer,played in the band jazz in pink.
Jarez’s - rise from the studio to the stage has been a remarkable journey of talent, timing and authentic showmanship.Originally trained as a jazz artist, Jarez understood the necessity for extending his musical outreach to younger audiences, which led to a unique business and musical partnership with hip hop guru Coolio. While managing Coolio, Jarez simultaneously recorded and played his saxophone live around the world with Coolio. Combining his ear for jazz with upscale interpretations of hip hop, Jarez’s music became a prescription for bringing youth back to instrumental music and a solo career sprang forth.
R.L. Walker - cements his passion for the Smooth Jazz genre. Choosing this project to showcase just how blessed he has been and continues to be. The tracks contained in this project highlight familiar sounds from the genre’s greats which Walker draws his Inspiration from, paying homage to those who have come before him. And of course R.L. Walker brings his Genuine and unique style of Saxophone playing for which his fans have come to greatly enjoy.
Angela Puxi - who grew up in the Ruhr area in Germany, originates from a family of Sardinian immigrants. This working-class kid has discovererd her passion for music at early age, though she had to fight hard against prejudice, and for getting access to the major orders of an academic training. Driven by her longing for creativity and perfection, after secondary school she has studied jazz saxophone at the Hogeschool voor de kunsten in Arnhem (NL).
Rob Batie - has been drawing listeners in with the power, spirit and subtle complexity of his music since he bounded onto the jazz scene in 2000. At 27, Rob was answering the call of his long-standing passion for jazz, stepping away from main-stream corporate America to carry out his dream. Once in action as a musician, Rob quickly gained an enthusiastic following, as music fans responded to the St. Augustine Florida raised musician and his new soul jazz and smooth romantic tone, calling it “impeccably smart with highly addicting energy.” Rob pulls from every emotion inside to deliver an unforgettable performance time after time.
Dee Lucas - National recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with Remembrance in 2004. Thereafter, it has been a steady showcase of unique stylings with Something to Ride 2 (2007), Standing Room Only (2010), Rebirth of the Smooth (2012), The Smooth Factor (2014), Going Deeper (2016), & The Sweet Spot (2017).His upcoming 2018 release “Going Left” will serve as proof that Dee Lucas is here to stay. As as runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for a plethora of artists such as Boney James, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nnenna Freelon, Hugh Masekela, Gregg Karukas, Peter White, Nick Colionne, and Michael Franks just name a few.
Bernard “BK” Jackson - is an international-performing saxophonist, electrifying audiences across the globe with his unique playing style, energetic stage presence and unparalleled passion for music that touches the soul. A native of Tampa, Florida, he goes by the stage name “BK Jackson” and has crossed musical paths with industry giants such as B.B King, Brian McKnight, Bruno Mars, Hunter Hayes, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Zac Brown Band and more. Most notably, BK spent four years touring domestically and abroad with musical icon Prince, performing timeless hits for sold out arenas night after night as a member of his 11-piece horn section, known as New Power Generation (NPG) Hornz. Currently, BK can be found rocking the stage with New Orleans front man Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews as a member of the multi-talented musician’s touring band, Orleans Avenue.
Onaje Allan Gumbs(born Allan Bentley Gumbs, September 3, 1949 – April 6, 2020) was a New York-based pianist, composer, and bandleader.
Vandell Andrew - started studying music at the age of 13 at a local jazz summer camp in the treme area of New Orleans. It was then that he learned to play the trumpet. ... Following high school, Vandell enrolled in music classes at Southern University at New Orleans, and studied with the legendary Edward “Kidd” Jordan.
Ronny Smith - Grammy considered guitarist ,left University of Maryland as a music education major to pursue the life as a guitarist and a U.S. Army Bandsman. He toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He has shared the stage with such artists as the Marvelettes, jazz drummer Bobby Durham, vocalist Melba Moore, and trumpeter Donald Bryd. He has recorded with some of the top session musicians of the Nashville and the California scene, to include, Gary Lunn (Peter Cetera), Pat Coil (Michael McDonald), Craig Nelson (Ben Tankard), and Dan Needham (Euge Groove), Scott Martin and Stan Martin (Quincy Jones) and Andy Martin (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat band).
Jonathan Butler - Profile:Singer/songwriter and guitarist (gospel-tinged smooth jazz) born 10-Oct-1961 in Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa.Jonathan was a member of Pacific Express. Being a part of this group, he had his first chance to record jazzy material and to play it live on stage. It was funky jazz, RnB and jazz-rock but a long way from what he had been doing as a teen star.
Kayla Waters - A classically trained pianist who grew up in a jazz household, Kayla’s parents observed her innate passion for music when as early as 10-months old, "baby Kayla" frequently made her way into the living room and began “playing” the family’s Brentwood piano. Enrolling in piano lessons at the age of six, she instantly fell in love with music and fervently began mastering her gifts. The daughter of urban-jazz saxophonist Kim Waters, Kayla closely observed the inner workings of the music industry by studying and admiring his successful career; it naturally inspired her to pursue her calling as a solo jazz pianist. In addition to being featured on several of her father’s albums, she has performed with him at various concerts and jazz festivals worldwide
Will Donato - has performed with some of the best known musicians of the groove / smooth jazz genre, namely Al McKay of Earth Wind and Fire, Richard Elliot, Bruce Conte of Tower of Power, Steve Reid of The Rippingtons, Brian Simpson, Steve Oliver, Gregg Karukas and Nick Colionne. He has worked in the pop music genre as well - most notably with Gerald Levert,
Preston Smith - Innervision recording artist and radio personality,is rocking the world of smooth jazz! His new radio show "endless melodies" airs 6pm - 8pm (central) every Monday on 101.5fm in Houston, Texas. His latest album release, On the Surface, was on the 2018 Grammy ballot for Contemporary Instrumental Album of the Year, and was a final nominee at the IMA Awards for Best Jazz/Funk Album held in the Lincoln Center on March 31st. Smith also won awards at the 2017 Indie Music Channel Awards in Hollywood, California for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and six other major awards.
Andre Cavor - Cleveland based saxophonist follows with Road Trip (2017) his idols Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler on their path to the ideal blend of smooth jazz and gospel music.Andre started his journey performing sax in church and then founded The Cavor Project, an 11 piece ensemble spreading a good reputation around the area. This album mirrors his biographical development shifting Cavor’s artistic life to a new level.
Ragan Whiteside - Flutist ,vocalist, and songwriter,is taking the Contemporary Jazz world by storm. With her unique style and soulful vibe, this triple threat is bringing the flute back into mainstream focus.Ragan began her musical journey at the very early age of 5. She played the piano, drums, and the violin, but found her true love in playing the flute. From there she went on to study classical music.
Art Sherrod Jr. - Saxophonist is influenced by David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Kim Waters and other professional sax men of the smooth jazz genre.
J. Boykin - Millennial Saxophonist , affectionately known as the "Sax Sensation” has played with and opened for Frankie Beverly & Maze and Ledisi, John Legend, Take 6, Koinonia, Kirk Whalum, Doc Powell & Brian Culbertson. J. has appeared on Fox Televisions “Glee” and J.'s "Happy" video was spotlighted when Oprah interviewed Pharrell on Oprah Prime.
Blake Aaron - was an immediate success as a solo artist, with three singles from his debut With Every Touch remaining in the Top 50 on the Gavin/Smoothjazz.com charts for at least eight weeks. He reached even higher ground with his second album, Bringin' It Back , whose single "She's So Fine" remained on the Radio & Records charts for eight straight weeks; two singles from this release reached the Top 100 of the year.
Mindi Abair - (born 1969) is an American saxophonist, vocalist, author, and National Trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization that puts on the Grammy Awards show.Her solo career has produced ten No. 1 radio singles, two No. 1 Billboard Jazz CDs, and four more solo CDs that have landed No. 5 and above on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. She was the featured saxophonist for the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, and performed with the rock band Aerosmith.Abair's recordings have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards.
Jim Adkins - has been involved in recording since the age of 17. He has won several awards in a Virginia songwriting contest in Jazz, Acoustic Rock and Gospel. His most notable award is the 1999 Billboard Song Contest, placing 2nd in the jazz category out of thousands of entries.
Selina Albright - Daughter of Gerald Albright ,tried the saxophone once. She got dizzy, though, and that's pretty much all it took for her to realize that the sax wasn't for her.Los Angeles native independent singer-songwriter Selina Albright has an impressive way of evoking powerful emotional responses in her listeners. With her sultry, angelic tone and elaborate vocal arrangements, combined with powerful multi-octave wailing and energetic stage presence, she certainly is one whose voice and spirit pierce directly to the soul and command attention.
Gerard Albright - Born in Los Angeles, Albright grew up in its South Central neighborhood.He began piano lessons at an early age, although he professed no interest in the instrument. His love of music picked up when he was given a saxophone that belonged to his piano teacher. It further reinforced when he attended Locke High School. After high school, he attended the University of Redlands where he received a degree in business management with a minor concentration on music. He switched to bass guitar after he saw Louis Johnson in concert.After college, Albright worked as a studio musician in the 1980s for Anita Baker, Ray Parker Jr., Olivia Newton-John, and The Temptations. He joined Patrice Rushen, who was forming a band, in which he played saxophone. When the bassist left in the middle of a tour, Albright replaced him and finished the tour playing bass guitar. Around the same time, he began to tour Europe with drummer Alphonse Mouzon.
Kenwood Anderson - is a filmmaker, musician, and producer. He grew up in Rochester, NY, surrounded by music and art. "My obsession with music was instant, and permanent," he says. He graduated from School Of The Arts, and from Berklee College Of Music. He moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and took every gig he could find. He has logged countless hours playing drums and singing background vocals for live performances. He was a member of the bands RioSoul, Kontroversy, and the Reall Deall Band.Along the way, he developed his producing and songwriting talents. He creates smooth jazz albums under his own name, and produces other artists in various genres. His debut album "Handful Of Grooves", earned a 5-star review in Recording Magazine.
Marcus Anderson - Saxophonist was born in 1985 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Eventually graduating from North Carolina Central University, he began the life of the working musician, accompanying various artists and doing his own gigs in between. Eventually a video of one of Anderson’s fiery solo performances caught the attention of Prince, who immediately hired Anderson as a full-time touring musician for the New Power Generation between 2012 and 2016. In addition to work with Prince, Anderson worked with Cee Lo Green and Judith Hill
Bennett began playing guitar at the age of six, learning clarinet for the school orchestra then returning to guitar at 15, playing in school and local bands.
He studied at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, where he immersed himself in the worlds of harmony, music theory, arranging, composition and performance. This led to Bennett studying at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with honors.
Bennett B - began playing guitar at the age of six, learning clarinet for the school orchestra then returning to guitar at 15, playing in school and local bands.He studied at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, where he immersed himself in the worlds of harmony, music theory, arranging, composition and performance. This led to Bennett studying at Berklee ColleBennett B ge of Music, where he graduated with honors.
Aaron Bing - (born Aaron Jaye Bing), is an American adult contemporary and smooth jazz saxophonist,Award-winning saxophone player Aaron Bing, whose memorable performances sharing the stage with The Temptations, Frankie Beverly, Tyrese, Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osborne and Brian McKnight inspires a new generation of jazz fans.Aaron heard Kenny G for the first time in the 9th grade. He liked the sound and was inspired to play the saxophone. Since then, he went on to learn 21 different instruments with the soprano saxophone now being his main instrument.
Hank Bilal - South Carolina native, Hank Bilal has had many great accomplishments as a musician, from performing on The Grammy Awards with Aretha Franklin to teaching children the elements of music. The trombonist loves making music for people's enjoyment and aims to please every crowd.
Willie Bradley - is a native of Orangeburg, SC and a graduate of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC where he earned his BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career he has become a go –to musician for many of soul music’s greats over the years. Willie’s stage presence includes performances with jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, Hiroshima and Marion Meadows.
Brian Bromberg - (born December 5, 1960) is an American jazz bassist and record producer who performs on both electric and acoustic instruments. Though he tends to gravitate towards the genre of smooth jazz, Bromberg has released some straight-ahead jazz records in which he performs with a trio, and has even ventured into more rock-oriented jazz fusion territory as of late.
Dee Brown - My father played Jazz music all day long, but most of the musicians were horn players or keyboard players. I was then introduced to the guitar and a player by the name of Wes Montgomery. I loved that sound as soon as I heard it. I remember asking my father what instrument is that? And he said that's a guitar.
Kris Brownlee - is no stranger to creating great entertaining music. He is a graduate of Manchester University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Performance and Psychology. This 19-year veteran has worked with some of the finest musicians in the world, including Grammy Award-winning producer Michael Broening, Jonathan Fritzen, Cindy Bradley, Elizabeth Mis, Gabriel and Eddie Severn, Victor Haskins, Argentinean vocalist Gabriela Anders, legendary guitarist Freddie Fox, Jay Soto, and many more. First emerging on the scene in 2001 as the front-man for his then group, The Grooveside, Kris quickly setup a weekly performance residency in Chicago that allowed him to sharpen his contemporary sound.
Blair Bryant - Is Bassist and multi-instrumentalist and is the newest generation of young musicians to take the contemporary jazz world by storm. The Kansas City native has played with Najee, Eric Roberson, Mike Phillips, Blake Aaron, Darren Rahn, Althea Rene, Elan Troutman, Bernie Williams and many others. Blair has been compared to a contemporary Stanley Clarke, with 3 albums and 2 top ten singles on the Groove Jazz music charts.
Eddie Bullen - Pianist, composer, arranger and producer,is in every way, a standout amongst his generation of multi-talented artists. Eddie's lengthy career has yielded an abundance of awards and recognition for his outstanding talents. From his first album, 'Nocturnal Affair' to his most recent ‘Spice Island', Eddie gives his audience a taste of contemporary jazz, flavoured with Caribbean rhythms.
Vann Burchfield - Birmingham based composer, producer, saxophonist & multi instrumentalist. He's perhaps best known in the Saxophone world for setting a new Guinness World Record for circular breathing (beating former champ Kenny G)!Vann has had the honor of performing at the White House on four separate occasions. He also has performing for many coporate events such as PGA Senior paring party. Southern Company, Alabama Power, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Not to mentions many half time shows and outdoor Jazz Festivals. Vann rings a smooth R&B vibe to all his performances... His band is always entertaining..
Andrey Chmut - performs on his album alto sax, tenor sax, soprano sax, EWI, background vocals, keyboards & programming and is joined by U-Nam, Andrey Vdovichenko (guitars), Orhan Agabeyli (percussion), Knesia Chmut (background vocals and violin), Serhii Eremenko (guitars), Ruslan Bolatov ( Rhodes), Artem Lebedev, George Iweze (bass), Tobi MD Fotonade (live drums), Igor Agrich (Rhodes, organ & MiniMoog), Valeriy Stepanov (piano, Rhodes, keyboards & programming), Artem Banar (lead and background vocals), Anynya Udongwo, Cleulia Daniel, Kemi Oke (background vocals), and Bob James (electric piano).
Al DeGregoris - Has a major keyboard talent and Smooth Jazz musician/composer,Al conjure up images of Joe Sample or Oscar Peterson with his cool, inventive playing, which merges traditional rhythmic patterns with a modern chromatic concept,Al started playing piano at the age of 4, saxophone at the age of 6, wrote his first song and formed his first band at the age of 7, and did his first paying gig at the age of 13. While studying with notable local musicians Charlie Hoffman, Esq. and Gerard De Angelo, Al continued to perform at local functions honing his performance skills with the help of his cousins "The King's Men". At the age of 16, Al was leading his own band and was asked to perform at his high school faculty's New Years Eve party. The gig was a huge success!
Quintin Gerard W. - A native of Norco, Louisiana, attended Destrehan High School, where his formidable musical talent earned him a place in numerous concert and jazz honor bands in Louisiana and the New Orleans area. Awarded a music scholarship at Loyola University of New Orleans, he studied Jazz Music Performance and Education and had the opportunity to study from jazz master Ellis Marsalis. In 1989 Quintin Gerard W. moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue his dreams of becoming a Recording Artists and Professional Saxophonist.
Jazmin Ghent - is a national smooth jazz and gospel recording artist as well as an accomplished music educator. She was awarded the prestigious 2019 ‘NAACP Image Award” for Outstanding Jazz Album, “The Story of Jazz”. She was nominated for 2019 Smooth Jazz Network’’s Best Artist of the Year and was voted 2017’s Best New Smooth Jazz Artist.
Al Gomez - Guitarist is referred as one of the most versatile guitarist in Texas…tejano, country, rock, r&b, jazz and funk. As a freelance guitarist, Al stays busy working with various groups in Texas.. Currently Al is working in the West Texas area. Al Gomez first solo CD “Casa Groove” on Shade Records, was released in the summer of 2014. Al’s solo CD will contain some tunes he grew up listening to as well as his original songs. A smooth jazz CD packed with funky, bluesy and smooth guitar playing and his love of great vocal harmonies.
Marqueal Jordan - Having been a member of Brian Culbertson’s band, the Jazz world has been blessed to hear the big tone and melodic sounds that flow from Marqueal’s saxophone. As a vocalist, his sultry voice has often been compared to Marvin Gaye and Maxwell. His critically acclaimed debut CD, “CATALYST”,showcases his fluid versatility and laid-back grooves.
JWhite - began to develop quickly in music, studying privately under the late Emil Acitelli. His efforts eventually lead to a music scholarship attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where J.White earned his Bachelor’s Degree in music and performed with the Marching Band, Wind Symphony, and toured with the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of the late Odie Burrus. While in College, JWhite began to tour all over the State of Arkansas and Memphis performing with a local show band.
Darryl Murrill - knows no boundaries when it comes to saxophone excellence. Murrill masters the alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones to the delight of his following. He began playing saxophone at age 13 and has morphed into a sensational musician, minstrel, and songwriter. He plays with such intensity, that the sounds penetrate even the faintest of hearts.
Gregory Karukas - (born May 18, 1956) is a smooth jazz pianist from Bowie, Maryland. He experimented with drums, guitar, trumpet, and keyboards as a child, but it was not until his teens that he pursued music professionally as a pianist, having played with the Bowie High School Starliners big band. When he was sixteen, he owned one of the first Minimoog synthesizers.
Alex Parchment - is a dedicated musician, producer, and artist. He has been honing his trumpet and piano skills for years with his acceptance into the Rosa Parks High School of the Fine and Performing arts in Paterson, New Jersey, Jazz House Kids' inaugural class, and through Howard University's rigorous music education major. Alex has had the opportunity to perform on stages throughout the East Coast, including the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Blues Alley with jazz luminaries Patti Austin, Christian McBride, David Sanborn, Chick Corea and more.
Konstantin Klashtorni - Profile:Smooth Jazz saxophonist,was born in the small town of Korosten in Ukraine. The youngest of three children, his father was an industrial engineer. His mother, a teacher, loved music. Konstantin remembers how, at family gatherings, his mother would sing while his uncle played the accordion.When he was 9 years old, his mother, noticing his early talents with music and hoping to pass her love of music on to him, took Konstantin to a local music academy, close to his school. He was given an aptitude test, was accepted and assigned to learn the clarinet. At 13, while still in the academy, he picked up playing the saxophone on his own.
Grady Nichols - From the time he picked up his first saxophone in the sixth grade, Grady Nichols fell in love with the instrument. Raised in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Nichols studied under legendary saxophonist Joe Davis in his high-school years. After graduating from John Brown University, Nichols moved to Tulsa and became recognized on the scene for his mix of jazz and gospel hues. In 1996, he released his debut album, Between You and Me, which was mainly a live recording.
Ray Obiedo - Smooth jazz guitarist was born and raised in Richmond, California, where as a child he frequently traveled to nearby San Francisco to take in free concerts by the likes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream; still, he did not pick up the guitar until age 17, also drawing considerable influence from acts including James Brown, Miles Davis, and Earth, Wind & Fire. At the outset of his career, Obiedo regularly shifted between jazz and R&B, working with a variety of artists including Herbie Hancock, Julian Priester, and Sheila E.
BillyRay Sheppard - is a jazz saxophonist who has lived in San Antonio Texas for many years. He is a proud graduate of Fox Tech High School and St. Mary’s University. Soon after academic life, he pursued many different avenues in the field of music. He has been performing since the 80's, and his musical roots run deep; having his earliest musical experiences in Blues, R & B, Reggae, Latin, Tejano and Country bands. It's his love for music that has kept him grounded and his love for jazz that keeps him performing.
Oli Silk - is a British smooth jazz keyboardist, producer, and composer,In 2006, Silk made his debut at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, and later that year he was named Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News magazine and Art Good's Jazztrax.com, Also in that year, his song "Easy Does It" hit No. 19 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz,chart. In 2009 his song "Chill or Be Chilled" reached No. 3 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz chart, and No. 5 on the Top Smooth Jazz Songs 2009 chart.In January 2014 Silk's song "At Your Service" (feat. Julian Vaughn) reached Number 1 on the Smooth Jazz chart.Silk was nominated International Artist of the Year 2010 by the American Smooth Jazz Awards.
Joey Sommerville - Trumpeteer musical essence lies in the Baptist church. "When I was a teenager, I would judge the caliber of my playing by the number of people in the congregation who 'got happy'. If you aren't touching the listener's soul, then you aren't really playing music. Soul communication is the key." He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including mega-rock group Phish. He was the featured instrumental soloist on the Cirque de Soleil's Grammy-nominated and Juno Award winning album, Alegria. In 2001, he scored a Gavin Top 20 Contemporary Jazz hit as a writer/producer with Bob Baldwin for the single "Business Call".
Cashmere Williams - got his start playing in church at seven years old, there he learned to blend with musicians and developed his signature sound. In 1996, he won a partial scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he studied compostion and arranging. In 2003, he got the call to play with American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard appearing on all the national TV networks like: Jay Leno, David Letterman, The View and many more! Recently, he was nominated and won"Best Male Jazz Artist" 2016 and 2017 by The Alabama Music Awards! Check out his latest EP "Uptown"on Lenoah Records.
Darryl Williams - It took ten years for urban-jazz bass player Darryl Williams to write, record and release “Here to Stay,” his Billboard top 10 single and the title track to his second album. This week’s release of the follow-up single, “Do You Remember,” proves that he doesn’t plan to go away anytime soon. Plucking rubbery basslines on piccolo and electric basses on the slick jazz-funk energizer that he wrote and produced, Williams is joined on the dancefloor filler by chart-toppers Michael Lington (saxophone) and Adam Hawley (guitarist).
Pamela Williams - grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which was also the adopted hometown of an early influence of hers, Grover Washington, Jr. Playing with the Martin Luther King Jazz Ensemble at King High School in Philadelphia's historic Germantown section, Williams was required to embrace both electric jazz-funk and hardcore bebop. In 1996, she first found fame as a member of Patti LaBelle's backup band, furthering her subsequent career. Williams has toured with Teena Marie and performed with Prince, Babyface and Chante Moore. She has appeared in music videos by artists ranging from Barry White ("Come On") to rapper/actress Queen Latifah ("Hard Times").
Brandon Willis - is a 25 year old saxophonist from Newcastle, Washington that brings a soulful sound and charismatic persona to the northwest jazz scene. Under the tutelage of nationally acclaimed saxophonist Darren Motamedy, Brandon has played for years in the Seattle area. Six months before he was born, his parents attended a jazz concert by local smooth jazz artist Darren Motamedy. Sixteen years later in 2008, Brandon was performing alongside Motamedy at local jazz clubs as he pursues a career in music.
Zolbert - is a saxophonist, composer and producer, Hungary's smooth jazz ambassador.In 2013 one of his early compositions, Frappé, won the first prize in a smooth jazz club’s song contest of Zugló, Budapest. In 2014 he won the grand prize in the annual song contest on 90.9 Jazzy, Budapest’s leading jazz station. Another highlight of 2014 was a main-stage concert at VeszprémFest, one of Hungary’s leading jazz festivals, opening for globally renowned funk masters The Brand New Heavies.
Ruby Pan - was born in 1987 in Taichung, Taiwan. She studied classical piano from an early age. She did not begin playing the saxophone until after high school at which time she joined the orchestra team. She attended musical school for 10 years, where she played classical music for four of those years. She learned to play jazz in her second year of college. She plays Smooth Jazz, Funk, and R & B.
The JT Project - A multi-talented force of sound that brings forth a unique musical conceptualisation. A new genre in music called JT. Adventurous and bold, Jacob Webb (Keyboards/Bass) and Todd Schefflin (Saxophone), leaders of The JT Project, knew that it would take more than just a passing interest in music to become the creative force that they envisioned. Jacob commands each stroke on the keyboard to awaken the soul with a touch of fire, and Todd caresses the notes to life with every breath.
Merlon Devine - A contemporary jazz saxophonist inspired by his abiding faith in God, Merlon Devine is a lyrical soloist with a smooth, groove-based sound. Devine often performs in church, and sees his role as helping set the tone for praise & worship services. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, he was raised in a musical, gospel-loving family with a mom who sang and a father who played guitar. Along with his nine siblings, Devine grew up singing in church, and first began playing saxophone in school around age ten. After launching his professional career, he caught the attention of keyboardist Ben Tankard, who utilized him for several recordings. Also, there were opening slots for artists like Kirk Whalum, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, and others.
Nate White - started playing the Bass Guitar at the tender age of 16, he went on to work with the former Music Director (John Manuel) of the Motown Recording Act the “Spinners.” In 1975 Nate and John formed a Soul/Jazz Group called Saturday Night Special. After being discovered by Jazz Legend Roy Ayers in late 1976, Saturday Night Special became the Legendary Group “RAMP.”
Bob Reynolds - is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and Grammy Award-winning member of the band Snarky Puppy. Widely known for his work with both Snarky and John Mayer, he is a prolific composer and recording artist with 9 top-selling solo albums to his credit.
Alexander Boynton Jr. - American/Canadian artist, is a smooth jazz triple-threat when it comes to creating sinfully sexy songs. He’s got the bass on melodic overdrive, the talent to craft powerful tales of love, and the team to bring it all together in a musical tour de force. From the minute you press play on Doo Bee Doo Bop, his first solo release, he’ll have your body grooving to his tunes.
Pete Belasco - NY native, just wanted to be a songwriter, but an accident crushed both hands and left him alone to recuperate and explore his talents as a vocalist. His misfortunes quickly turned when he was signed to Verve Records and recorded his debut “Get It Together”. Hits magazine raved, “Slow R&B grooves that promise to seduce you into a bed not made since Marvin Gaye’s, Let’s Get It On.”The journey continued as Belasco returned with “Deeper” on Herbie Hancock’s label, Transparent Music. The sensual, relaxed, and erotic feel continued. The Village Voice declared, (Belasco) “floats a magnetic set of vintage vibes…smoothly exhaling R&B ballads in the manner of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and other close-mic’d soul guns.
Johnny Britt - Profile:American trumpet player, writer and vocalist, born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.After a band teacher passed out photos of instruments for the students to review, Johnny saw the three valves on the trumpet and thought that it couldn’t be that hard to play, so at the age of 12, Johnny picked it up, thus beginning his trumpet career.
Robert Damper - has lent his skills on the 88s to the smooth jazz of Kenny G and Najee, the straight ahead jazz and sophisticated pop of Brandford Marsalis to the synthesized funk of 1980s member of The Fatback Band, and just about everyone in between. So we know that the Seattle native has skills, even if we didn’t know him by name or face because his contributions came on another artist’s work.
Kenya Hathaway - (born January 1, 1971) is an American contemporary R&B and jazz singer. She is the daughter of R&B and jazz singer Donny Hathaway and classically trained vocalist Eulaulah and is the younger sister of Lalah Hathaway, also a R&B and jazz singer.Kenya Hathaway attended the Berklee College of Music, in Boston. She has performed with many prominent artists including with Lee Ritenour on his track "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone", and "Possibilities". She has made some 30 performances on American Idol: The Search for a Superstar as a backing singer,Her older sister, Lalah Hathaway, is a singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger, and pianist.
Jazzhole - is a New York-based band, widely regarded as one of the key members of the acid jazz movement. Their debut album, The Jazzhole, was released in 1994, followed by five others. Their latest, Poet’s Walk, was released in 2006.Throughout the band's history, a nucleus of three members—Marlon Saunders, Warren Rosenstein and John Pondel has remained unchanged. Other members include Ahmed Best, Rosa Russ, Ronnie Russ, Michelle Lewis, Kevin DiSimone, Jack Ruby Jr., KCB, Dave Inniss, Peter Mark, Mark Robohm, Kaïssa, as well as guest players such as Daniel Sadownick, Scott Colley, David Binney and David Sancious.
Marcus Johnson is an American jazz musician, producer, and entrepreneur,Johnson was born in Columbus, Ohio. He and his family moved to Washington, D.C. when he was 12 years old. He grew up listening to a wide variety of music but found his calling in jazz, where he incorporates the rhythms of rap with R&B. His interest in jazz first showed itself when he began "tinkling the keys at age 13 (his step-father won Maryland's "Pick-3 Lottery" and used the winnings to buy Johnson's first keyboard) and he found himself studying both traditional and contemporary jazz musicians (Joe Sample and Thelonious Monk are two names he frequently cites)
Anthony King - is a drummer for Grammy Award winning vocalist Monet. Born into a musical family, he began playing drums from the age of five. He is a two time Gospel Emmy awards drummer of the year winner, toured for Motown and Poly Gram International records with former Prince vocalist Rosie Gaines, recorded with the Kenoly brothers, Jerry Shanahan, Randy Emata and many more.
Randy Muller - Producer/songwriter/arranger/keyboardist Randy Muller was the leader of '70s disco/funk/pop band Brass Construction, whose "Movin'," which was produced by Jeff Lane, became a number one R&B single in 1976. Muller also produced hits on Salsoul Records acts Skyy and Cameron. He arranged B.T. Express' million-selling 1975 number one R&B/number four pop hit "Express" and Shirley Caesar's gospel classic "No Charge." Though they are most known for the driving "Movin'," the band could get melodic and mellow (ex. "The Message (Inspiration)"). Brass Construction, Earth, Wind & Fire, and other '70s-era funk/soul/pop bands were the inspiration for the acid jazz genre of the '90s.
Gary Palmer - Passionate about the saxophone since he was a kid growing up in New York City, Gary Palmer frequently turned to the horn as an outlet and stress reliever during his many years as a law enforcement official. In addition to playing it to change the trajectories of difficult workdays, he always had contemporary/smooth jazz on the radio, calming him and helping him focus even when he was on high stress stakeouts with the Lauderhill Police Department and Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. – retiring in 2010. Now, with the release of the multi-talented musician and performer’s highly anticipated smooth/urban jazz debut Love Me Again, Palmer is the one helping others chill via his cool, catchy melodies, old school production vibe, tropical flavors and easy funk grooves.
Marilyn Scott - Born and raised in southern California, vocalist Marilyn Scott counts among her earliest influences singers like Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Gladys Knight, Janis Joplin, Etta James and Sam Cooke. She began performing in local clubs and school functions when she was 15. She moved to San Francisco to attend college on an art scholarship, and fronted Top 40 and Latin-jazz bands around the San Francisco Bay area. Among the many friends she made was Emilio Castillo of Tower of Power, who recognized her gifts as a vocalist and hired her to do lead and backing vocals with the horn-based band.
Spur Of The Moment - has over the past two decades, bucked the odds, transcended the usual ups and downs, and inspired thousands of fans across the world with a vibe that continues to define the word band. The list of artists that have worked with this immensely talented unit grows yearly. Their resume reads like a "who’s who" of the R&B and Jazz worlds. From the legendary George Duke to Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Ledisi, Raheem Devaughn, and Lalah Hathaway.
Rodney Taylor - is by far one of the most soulful saxophonists to come along in a long time. This fact was just recently recognized by the world famous "Songstress" herself, Anita Baker. Rodney was hand picked by Anita to be her featured Sax Man in her live shows. Rodney's solo CD release on Equity Records entitled "Blow By Blow" is also true testimony to that fact of his soulful and seductive sax stylings.
Freddie Washington - Real Name:Fred Douglas Washington Jr.Profile:American bassist - songwriter Grew up in Oakland, California.He was studying bass by his early teens, becoming so proficient so young that he landed a gig with jazz legend Herbie Hancock at age 19 that lasted for several years,played in the band Bill Summers & Summers Heat.
Patrick Lamb - Since scoring his first touring gig out of college with Grammy winning singer Diane Schuur, multi-talented saxophonist and vocalist Patrick Lamb has impacted literally hundreds of thousands of lives while enjoying a whirlwind dual career as an artist and sideman. While spending years on the road (both in the U.S. and internationally) with pop and contemporary jazz greats Bobby Caldwell, Gino Vannelli and Jeff Lorber Fusion, he has also become a successful solo recording artist, with five albums and three Top 5 hits on the Billboard chart.
The Braxton Brothers - The San Francisco-based smooth jazz duo of twin brothers Nelson (bass) and Wayne Braxton (saxophone) first took shape when both siblings joined the school band during the fourth grade. By high school, each was a perennial member of the California All-State Honor Band; while Wayne went on to Cal State Northridge, performing as a member of the school's celebrated Jazz A Band.
David Peaston - One of the great mysteries of the late Eighties and Early Nineties was how this singer never grabbed a firm foothold on the soul music scene.Alongside four hundred hopefuls, he also auditioned for the infamous talent contest at the Apollo in Harlem.He sang thirty seconds of 'God Bless The Child' (which he first sang at a funeral) and instantly qualified.The result was a deal with Geffen Records and his 1989 album 'Introducing David Peaston', including 'Two Wrongs (Don't Make it Right)', 'Don't Say No' and the Vee Allen song, 'Can l?'.The same year he made his London concert debut supported by Gerald Alston, and also toured in the USA with Gladys Knight. Peaston died from complications of diabetes in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 1, 2012, at the age of 54.
Will P Lyte - is a driven artist with a passion for innovation. His blend of smooth and contemporary jazz certainly borrows from classic tones of the genre although Polite aims to make music that defies conventions.His groundbreaking new record, Lyte EFX, is a stunning example of how the artist manages to modernize the genre with a healthy dose of charisma. The album is a concoction of Latin grooves, tropical vibes, funky spices, and jazz sophistication.
Roger Smith - was born to play the Hammond organ, and destined to become a member of Tower of Power. Since 1998, Roger has been a part of the Tower Sound, drawing on all of his earlier experiences and influences to lead him to where he is today. From the time he was a child Roger played piano and took music lessons.
Lebron Dennis (also known as Lebron) Saxophonist,plays a soulful brand of instrumental R&B, jazz, and pop. Emerging in Phoenix in the 2010s, Lebron initially worked days as firefighter and paramedic while issuing albums like 2013's Shades and 2015's New Era.Born in Mesa, Arizona, he grew up one of three brothers, the son of a dentist father and a nurse mother. Encouraged to play music from a young age, he took piano and guitar lessons for several years before picking up the saxophone in middle school. Initially, he wasn't interested in practicing. It was after his mom took him to see guitarist Earl Klugh (whose band featured alto sax player Michael Paulo).
Mike Stevens - Real Name:Michael William Stevens:Profile:UK producer, saxophonist, keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist, flutist, musical director.b. 26 Jan. 1957, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, UK.Multi instrumentalist and producer of R&B, funk and dance acts. Musical director for Take That. Recorded with Welsh pop legend Tom Jones and American R&B diva Tina Turner in the late '90s. Toured as support act with The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Freddie Jackson.
Jermaine Lockhart - Tenor Saxophonist was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he grew up in the Pentecostal Church, developing his unique saxophone sounds. Since then, he’s added Jazz, Straight-ahead Grooves, and Rhythm and Blues genres to his repertoire.He is influenced by artists such as George Benson, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, and Thelonius Monk
Tom Scott - American saxophonist, composer, arranger, conductor and leader of the west coast jazz fusion ensemble, The L.A. Express. He was born May 19th, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA.His best-known work is the theme-tune for the 1970 TV series Starsky and Hutch. He has made 26 solo recordings, numerous film and television scoring credits and countless appearances on records by such diverse artists as Pink Floyd, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Steely Dan, Quincy Jones and Frank Sinatra.
Light Of The World - Profile:British jazz-funk band.The line up at the start in 1979 was,Jean-Paul (Bluey) Maunick Nevil (Breeze) McKrieth,Paul (Tubbs) Williams,Peter (Stepper) Hinds,Everton McCalla,Ganiyu (Gee) Bello,Nathaniel (Nat) Augustin,Kenny Wellington,David (Baps) Baptiste,This was to change over the years with splintergroups Incognito Beggar & Co,The Warriors.
Morris "Mo" Joseph Pleasure - (born July 12, 1962) is an American composer, singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Pleasure is a former member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire and he's the current musical director of Bette Midler. Pleasure has also collaborated with artists such as Ray Charles, Najee, George Duke, Marion Meadows, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Peter Cetera and David Foster.
Dante Lewis - a native of Columbia, South Carolina, is a powerful saxophonist and musician. Since the age of 12, Dante has wowed audiences throughout the Carolinas with his quality sound, his engaging personality, and his passion for music. Not only is Dante a passionate instrumentalist, but he is also a humble, down-to-earth human being.
Igor Gerzina - is award-winning sax player, composer and the producer of the Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra. He won several Porin awards, an award which is considered as Croatian most prestigious discography award, and also he is winner of several Status awards for the best instrumentalist of the year, awarded by the Croatian Musicians Union.
Daryl Beebe - Saxophonist, producer, song writer/composer,received his Bachelor of Arts from Kentucky State University. He was a member of the University jazz, concert and marching bands. During his undergraduate studies, Beebe began to focus on song writing, production, improvisation, and poetry. Later, he received a Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of Cincinnati. He has performed and recorded with arts such as Kurt Carr, Derrick Brinkley, Karen Clark, Marcus Belgrave, Teddy Harris, James Carter, Jerry Horton and Donnie McClurkin, Vicki Winans, Martha Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Karr, and Kirk Whalum.
Andy Snitzer - Born and raised in Philadelphia, he however went on to university in Miami where he was discovered by Bob James. Although an excellent jazz man, he has crossed over into the mainstream and has toured with the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin amongst others. Andy Snitzer plays the saxophone in a plaintive, emotional tone that literally pulls at the strings of the listener's heart. He has the pathos of the late, great Michael Brecker, the gutsiness of Ernie Watts, and the uncanny human voice-quality of Wayne Shorter. Among a large group of new tenor saxophone players his voice stands out, and we all look for more great music from him.
Maysa Leak - (born August 17, 1966) is an American jazz singer better known by her mononym Maysa. She is well known by fans of smooth jazz both for her solo work and for her work with the British band Incognito.
Donald Hayes - has been blessed and very fortunate to be one of the most sought-after musicians and arrangers in the country, and he has worked with some of the biggest artists in the world including: Beyoncé, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Earth, Wind and Fire,Marcus Miller,Justin Timberlake,ames Brown, The Whispers, Eric Benet, Rev. James Moore, Jamie Foxx,Wayman Tisdale, Chaka Kahn,Philip Bailey, CeCe Winans, Raphael Saadiq, Maya Rudolph, and Stevie Wonder.
Larry Tomko - is a songwriter, singer and saxophonist from San Francisco. Larry worked in the bands Wind Crazy, Shajazz, Firefly, and Armed Gang. He opened one of the first private recording studios in Italy and worked with the Italian group I Pooh. Later he performed with groups from the Bay area like White Teeth, Nobody Famous and Jorge Santana.
Marcus H. Mitchell - “Baptized” in music before he was born, Marcus Young experienced the sound of music at an early age. He was raised in an environment surrounded by music under the influence of his father, Steven Young, a music teacher and an accomplished musician. It’s no surprise that Marcus is a master at playing multiple instruments. Marcus is playing out what he was born to do – deliver pure soulful melodic and inspirational songs infused with jazz rhythms. That’s not to say this young singer, songwriter, composer and musician from Fort Washington, MD, follows any kind of formula. “Groove Jazz” so he says.
Rod Tate - Tenor, Alto ,Soprano Saxophones, Keyboard & Flute,I am a solo artist with two self-released CD's entitled, "A Taste of Eternity" and "True Love Never Fails. My goals are to continually develop as a musician, songwriter,and artist. I also desire to touch the world with my music via recordings,as well as live performances.
Randy Scott - After graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in music education (and prior to taking a master's degree from Wayne State University), Detroit-based smooth jazz saxophonist Randy Scott established his own music production company and recording studio. While teaching music locally, he also wrote, recorded, and produced, working with a variety of artists.
Tom Browne - Soul - Jazz - Jazz-funk singer - songwriter - trumpeter - Born on October 30, 1954. As a student of New York's High School of Music and Art he became a regular on the New York jazz scene. In 1978 after he played a NY uptown club affiliated with George Benson, he was offered several solo recording contracts and ultimately signed with GRP (then distributed by Arista). Browne played with Sonny Fortune, Lonnie Smith and has recorded eleven solo albums between 1979 and 2010. His single "Funkin' for Jamaica," is still a favorite among dance DJ's around the world.
Archie Ajay Jackson - Born and raised in St. Paul, MN, he started playing Bass Guitar at the age of 16. A self-taught Bassist , he performed his first professional show with his brother's band, Miki L’s Blues Review. During this time they opened for several signed Blues acts such as Bobby Rush, Lefty Diz and Denise LaSalle. His first recording experience was with Blues artist Milwaukee Slim on Blue Moon Records. Ajay played several tracks on the album titled “Lemmon Avenue.” as Junior M. Later he started venturing off into different styles of music and joined several original Music bands in the Twin Cities.
Luico Hopper - (pronounced "Lou-é-co") was born on September 5, 1952 in Bassett, Virginia to a musical family.In 1976 at the advice of drummer Dannie Richmond,Hopper moved to New York City to become a professional musician. In the late 70s, Hopper's career was established as a studio bassist recording on scores of radio and television commercials. During this time, Hopper also recorded and toured with a number of artists including Phyllis Hyman, Gato Barbieri, Roberta Flack, Gil Evans, Diana Ross, Earl Klugh, Jonathan Butler, Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gill, Gloria Lynne, Luther Vandross and Bryan Ferry.
James Miles - was born in Brooklyn, New York, and went to Indiana State University. When jazz fusion was becoming popular in the 1970s, Miles was in New York creating innovative techniques in synthesizer programming and electronic music. He recorded Cozmopolitan (1979), his first album, with Michael Brecker and Marcus Miller, although it wasn't released. During the 1980s he was a session musician who worked with Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, David Sanborn, and Luther Vandross.
Paul Taylor - (born April 30, 1960) is an American smooth jazz saxophonist who has released eleven albums since his debut On the Horn in 1995. He is signed to Peak Records. Although originally from Denver, Colorado, he is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is known for his soulful sweet sound and innovative music. He also played as a special guest with the Rippingtons for a short time in 1999 and 2000, after Jeff Kashiwa left the group and before Eric Marienthal joined them.
Vibes Alive - is a collaboration of vibist Dirk Richter and guitarist Randall Crissman. The name of the duo is taken from the title of their debut album Vibes Alive (1997). In 2008 followed their second album After Hours. Vibrasonic (2020) is their third project.
Abdul Zuhri "aka" Dulie is a professional guitarist, composer, producer, band leader for the Parallel Souls Band. He has performed and recorded with R&B artists such as Lionel Richie, Angie Stone, Mary J Blige, D’Angelo, JT Taylor, Tom Jones, Chico DeBarge, GURU, Alyson Williams, Tweet, Fatback Band, Isaac Hayes, Digable Planets, Toshi Kubota, Odyssey, Ben E. King, and Stevie Wonder. Abdul has performed with such great jazz artists as Herbie Hancock, Paul Taylor, Rachel Z, Chieli Minucci, Urban Knights), Noel Pointer, Dennis Chambers, Michael Urbaniak, Hiram Bullock, Onaje Allan Gumbs.
Pamela Williams - is an American smooth jazz saxophonist,Williams grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which was also the adopted hometown of an early influence of hers, Grover Washington, Jr. Playing with the Martin Luther King Jazz Ensemble at King High School in Philadelphia's historic Germantown section, Williams was required to embrace both electric jazz-funk and hardcore bebop. In 1996, she first found fame as a member of Patti LaBelle's backup band, furthering her subsequent career. Williams has toured with Teena Marie and performed with Prince, Babyface and Chante Moore. She has appeared in music videos by artists ranging from Barry White ("Come On") to rapper/actress Queen Latifah ("Hard Times").
Sam “Bassman” Jenkins - career began at the age of 7. A native of South Carolina graduated from Benedict College in Columbia, SC. He majored in Criminal Justice with a minor in Music. While in school, Sam spent many years performing with the renowned Benedict Gospel Choir. While completing his education he also attended and performed in many recitals at the USC School of Music and with the S.C. Philharmonic Orchestra.
Demetrius Houser - Hailing from San Bernadino now Riverside, California resident gifted keyboardist Demetrius Houser created Power of Love. Peaceful and smooth love music. Easy listening. A project for music lovers all over the world. Demetrius Houser makes sure your ears are satisfied and that you vibe to the groove.His new album is entitled West Coast Groove.
Grainger - Whoever was waiting for a new album of the group Grainger had to bring great stamina. Brothers Gary Grainger (bass guitar, tenor bass, keyboards and vocals) and Gregory K. Grainger (drums, percussion, keyboards and vocals) have started their project with the debut album Phase I in 1998, soon followed by Phase II in 2002.Finally, after a longer than anticipated time both show some understanding and release Phase III: Lets Go Back, an EP with the promise for more to come.
Kenny Blake - Jazz saxophonist and composer earned critical acclaim and reached the top of the jazz charts with his four releases on Heads Up Records. His sound is “soul hybrid” a combination of traditional jazz with modern rhythm and blues. Kenny Blake's R&B-tinged solos delight fans around the world.
Spyro Gyra - Saxophonist Jay Beckenstein and keyboardist Jeremy Wall formed a band with jazz and rock musicians who were playing in the Buffalo bar and club circuit.In 1974, when a bar owner asked for the band's name, Beckenstein said, "spirogyra", a type of algae he had learned about in school.The bar owner wrote the name incorrectly, "Spyro Gyra", but it stuck.The founding members of the band were Beckenstein, Wall, bassist Jim Kurzdorfer, drummer Tom Walsh, and keyboardist Tom Schuman.In 1977, they released Spyro Gyra independently before making a deal with Amherst Records.
Joe Carmouche - Joe picked up a guitar at his grandmother's house and started teaching himself to play when he was 10 years old. He often imitated his favorite guitarist - B.B. King. Soon after, Joe experienced the music of Jimi Hendrix.He soon sought to get his first Stratocaster and wah-wah pedal. But when his dad gave him a collection of Wes Montgomery albums, and his mother gave him George Benson's "Breezin" album, he dedicated himself to jazz guitar.Joe Carmouche represents Houston's finest in smooth jazz. In 1998, Joe released his debut CD "After Hours", which became an immediate hit with local radio stations.
Noel Elmowy - At the age of seven began classical pianp studies for 10 years then turned to contemporary jazz fusion and has playing on the Sydney scene since 1974. Performed and workrd in London from 1980 - 1982 with musicians Dave Bitelli (Elton John, David Bowie & Joe Jackson), Martin Ditchum (Sade), Gordon Hunte (Sade), Ray Carless (Elvin Jones) and Chris Scott-Francis (London Jazz Composers Orchestra).
Dave McMurray - the Detroit-based saxophonist and a member of "Was, Not Was" presents his debut album at Hip-Bop-Records (www.silvascreen.com) Peace Of Mind. Featuring guest appearances by Bob James, Mark Whitfield, Don Was and others, and includes a track specially produced for this album by Don Was & David Was. Track highlights include: "Down And Easy," "Chow Main Street," "Home," "1988," "In This Life," "Peace Of Mind," and more!
Roger Odell- Drummer and composer is founder and longtime member of the famous British group Shakatak. Like the other musicians of the group Roger has established his own solo projects. Roger calls it Beatifik.In late 1999/2000 Roger recorded the first album entitled Blue Window. One can call it a family project, because his son Jamie played on keys, his wife Larraine and Jacqui Hicks were the featured vocalists, his daughter Maxine sang background. On the second album Intrigue (2015) performed beside Roger, Larraine, Jacqui, Jamie and in addition Mornington Lockett on saxes and Keith Winter on guitar.
Darren Motamedy - was born in 1959 in Los Angeles, California and is of Iranian and German French-Irish decent. It was not until 1968 while living in Taiwan that Motamedy first realized that he was intrigued with music. "One of my classmates offered to play his clarinet for our class during show and tell when I was in the fourth grade," Motamedy reminisces. "He squeaked and squawked, and captivated our entire class's attention with his song. I knew that I wanted to be able to one day play like him."
Darren Gholston - Saxophonist/composer releases his debut CD for G Street Records, "D's Mood." Co-produced by Darren with Darnell Gholston and the last track entitled "Talk to Me", produced by Grammy Nominated Artist Doc Powell. The title track D’s Mood was written for and about his wife. “It is my musical interpretation of what she brings to me; her strength and confidence to step up to any challenge that she may be confronted with matched with her loving, caring, passionate and giving spirit is the essence of D’s Mood.”
N' Touch - Saxophonist Eldon “T” Jones moves hearts through his profoundly genuine playing and a groove jazz style he’s honed with his band N Touch.Eldon fell in love with music from listening to his uncles play saxophone and his mother sing. He began playing sax in his church and at Jefferson High School in Portland, where he won awards in classical and jazz. From there, he studied music at Mt. Hood Community College, the pinnacle of jazz education in the Northwest. Grover Washington, Jr., Wilton Felder of the Crusaders, and Kirk Whalum inspired his playing.
Paul Rozmus - is a talented musician and performer who is now poised to make his mark in the US. As we're writing this, his record "Rhythm of Love" has climbed to the chartbound status on the Gavin's Smooth Jazz tracking report. Originally from Poland, he's won numerous awards, and currently has a new single in a double-platinum album by polish mega star Natalia Kukulski. The talented flautist/keyboardist has just released his first, all-original contemporary jazz album, Rhythm of Love. In addition to his masterful flute playing, Rozmus is a consummate composer and arranger, penning all the songs on his debut CD.
Sugar and Silk - comprise the combined talents of Danny Sugar (Bass) and Oli Silk (Keyboards).It was during 1996, whilst at college, that Oli and Danny first met. They immediately struck up a rapport with their common interest in jazz. Their first band was a six piece rock/jazz fusion band. Then came a twelve piece soul covers band. Neither allowed the boys to truly express their skills and compositional ideas and so they decided to embark on their own separate recording project. Their first album ‘Sugar & Silk – Fact or Friction?’ Was released in October 2000 and was a completely original self-penned album.
Rick McLemore - Since the time I listened to George Benson's music, I love the warm sound of Gibson guitars. I am always pleased to discover a guitarist sharing my preferences. Rick McLemore is one of them. Rick performed alongside noted artists such as The Drifters, Phyliss Hyman, Ken Navarro, Miles Jay, Bebe and Cece Winans, Troublefunk, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Pieces of a Dream,Rick plays an engaging style. His similarity to George Benson's music is observed by many listeners as one can read on Amazon's website. Fresh and smooth are the most cited attributes,Rick is a self-made man. He is an arranger, composer and producer. Foremost he is an excellent guitarist.While bass and rhythm guitar stay in the background his solo guitar shines brightly.
Mauri Sanchis - Friends of Hammond B3 should be aware of a new name:Mauri Sanchis, a self-taught organist, is living in Alcoy, a small town between Alicante and Valencia in the East Coast of Spain. He soon found contact to leading artists as Gary Hamilton ("You ain't got to be black to play the Blues"), Graham Foster ("To say Mauri Sanchis is as to say soul and feeling") or the legendary Lonnie Smith ("Mauri Sanchis has a gift, something that can never be taught or learned, his music comes from his Soul. His destiny is joined to music, not for himself, but for the joy of the rest of the people.").
Jason Weber - has taken his talents to perform or record with national recording artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Nathan East, Gerald Albright, Everette Harp, Boney James, Dave Koz, Richard Elliott, Kirk Whalum, Marc Antoine, David Benoit, Steve Ferrone, Ray Fuller and Greg Phillinganes among others.
Roberto Vally - Brooklyn born, L.A. based, and world influenced. That is the only way to describe bassist, Roberto Vally. Each of these facets of his life has had a profound effect on his direction and playing.Roberto grew up in Brooklyn, NY. His mother was an amateur singer and his father was a dreamer of one day becoming a musician.Early influences of Roberto, besides his music teachers, included Paul McCartney, Peter Cetera, and Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool & the Gang. “Then I heard bassist Paul Jackson, Stanley Clarke, and Jaco Pastorius and really went into a tailspin
Bernie Williams - A classically trained guitarist, Williams plays and composes music with influences that include jazz, classical, pop, Brazilian, and Latin sounds. Following his career with the New York Yankees, he studied guitar and composition for a year at the State University of New York at Purchase in preparation for his album, Moving Forward.
Andre Delano - Roberson’s musical journey began when he was eight years old. "My father would take me over to my older cousin's house every weekend, and I would see him playing sax to his girlfriend in the basement. She would absolutely melt," Andre says with a laugh. "And I said, 'Okay, that's definitely what I want to do.' Andre's parents nurtured his interest and went into debt to buy his first saxophone. They provided Andre with emotional support and encouragement while he received his formal training at East St. Louis’ prestigious Lincoln High School, the alma mater of legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.
Denny Jiosa – A native of Huntington, Indiana, Denny currently calls Nashville his home. He works as session musician, composer, producer and arranger in the Nashville area. He already performed with Yolanda Adams, Herbie Hancock, Kirk Whalum, Chester Thompson, Chris Kent, Take 6, Phillip Bailey and a lot more. Moving Pictures (1995), Inner Voices (1996), Jazzberry Pie (1998), Among Friends (1999) and Body 2 Body (2002) are his previous solo projects. Smooth jazz lovers worldwide were pleased by these albums which all remained on the Smoothjazz and the Jazzweek charts for several months.
Steffen Kuehn - German-born performed for and worked with The Platters, Marilyn McCoo, Bob Hope, John Handy, Mark Levine, John Fedchock, Chico Freeman, Tim Hagans, Ray Obiedo, Kenny Werner, Ray DeLa Paz, The Temptations, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, The 4 Tops, Ray Sepulveda, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Lefty Perez to name a few. After his debut album Now Or Later (2002), Trumpop is Steffen's second release on his own label Stefrecords. Steffen was supported by producer Peter Horvath (Victor Bailey) who plays keyboards and synth bass on two tunes, and recording engineer Ray Obiedo (Herbie Hancock, George Duke) who also performs his famous guitar on this ambitious album.
Joyce Cooling - Jazz guitarist, vocalist and songwriter,is best known for her eclectic style and colorful body-moving sound. Funky, soulful, and always original, Joyce Cooling is recognized as one of the most dynamic contemporary jazz guitarists in the world.
Matt Marshak - One of the most unique guitar players/vocalists, whose style bridges virtually all genres, brings forth his new singer songwriter release “Simple Man.” His credits include two #1 songs as a jazz guitarist, his own line of Pulaski furniture called “Rhythm and Home,” and tour credits that span the globe. With ten albums as a jazz and blues guitarist under his belt, the new album “Simple Man” adds his incredibly unique and soulful voice to the mix.
Marcin Nowakowski - was born on the 6th of December (1974). He is one of the best and most famous Polish musicians. Apart from being a sideman and cooperating with Woobie Doobie Studio, he is also a very good concert performer.Marcin specializes in wind instruments such as flute, bassoon, clarinet, harmonica, and Electric Wind Instrument-EWI, however, he favoures the saxophone.
Jack Prybylski - Influenced by Tom Scott and David Sanborn Jack Prybylski has released seven albums with Buffalo-based jazz group Them Jazzbeards. He started his solo career with the debut album Soho Strut (2001). On his second album Window Shopping (2006) he performed with guitar-genius Ken Navarro. "It was great working with Ken on this project and drawing on his experience not only as a musician and producer, but also as a label owner and an icon in this genre for years," says Jack.
Isaac Edwards - graduated from North Central University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (Saxophone). He went on to receive a Master's Degree in Music (Jazz Studies) from California State University Long Beach, where he studied extensively with renowned jazz saxophonists, Eric Marienthal and Jeff Clayton (Clayton-Hamilton Big Band).
Rohan Reid - The third of seven children, born and raised in Kingston, Rohan was encouraged to start learning bass at the tender age of 6. In 1985 Rohan, along with Patrick Kitson and Henry Morrison formed Change, a new driving force in Jamaica’s Contemporary Gospel arena. Good news traveled fast and Change became the first local group to be signed to an international record label, Freedom Records (a division of Malaco Records). Rohan’s role as musical director, bassist, composer, producer, writer and vocalist helped to create many of the uplifting hit songs performed by the group.
Phil Denny - Since emerging onto the smooth jazz scene in 2012 much traction has been made by the efforts of saxophonist and businessman,Phil Denny. The 9x Billboard charting, independent artist has been described as a passionate and soulful player often captivating audiences with his smooth, sexy yet energetic style. Friends and fans alike often describe him as a people’s musician having developed and maintained a very active, loyal and ever-growing fan base even before the release of his internationally recognized 2012 debut CD, Crossover.
Rocco Ventrella - has been “Artist Of The Year 2015” nominated on Jazztrax,com and invited to perform at Catalina Jazztrax Festival.Ventrella received a Grammy Awards Pre-Nomination for Contemporary Jazz Best Album 2007 cd “Give Me The Groove”.On the 2005 Ventrella recorded, arranged and produced the "Tribute To Grover Washington,Jr." CD in memory of the late, great saxophone player.
David Davis - is one of the most promising, young, talented and gifted musicians today. David was born and raised in Connecticut. He is a Hartt School Of Music graduate with a degree in Jazz studies and Music Management. For five years he studied with and is a protégé of the late world-renowned, professor and jazz saxophonist, Jackie Mclean.
Nate West - is a worshipper, musician, songwriter, composer, Husband, father and devoted friend.Coming from a musical family, Nate West exemplifies the meaning of his name, gift of God. Nate's Saxophone voice has developed over the years into a desirably rich, earthy and robust sound. His unique musical style and tone has evolved from listening to mentors such as that of Grover Washington Jr, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, and many others. His Gospel roots is most likely why you will hear a lot of soulful expressions in his playing.
Eric Valentine - Washington, DC native multi-instrumentalist is known by his performance as drummer on smooth jazz albums such as Blue Bolero, Don't Talk, Dance! (Chris Standring), Another Time (Rocco Ventrella), Just Come On In (Nick Colionne), Here To Stay (Darryl Williams), Supersonic (Will Donato), Magical (Jonathan Fritzen), Groovin' (Peter White) and many more.
Rob Tardik - In Toronto based guitar virtuoso is a regular contributor to the smooth jazz world. Without Words (2006), followed by The Right Time (2009), Balance.Energy.Laughter.Love (B.E.L.L) in 2011, Limitless (2013), and Moments (2015) are landmarks in music history. The new album Synergy (2017) exploits Tardik's full potential, who focuses this time on teamwork and diversity.
Groove Frequencies - is a project by bassist, keyboardist and writer Johnny E. Stewart. He follows the concept to write smooth jazz music with a groove and bring in musicians that he has met through the years. All started with In The Groove in 2017, followed by Groove Frequencies (2018). Back To The Groove is the third album, available August 2, 2019.The current live performance lineup consists of Jimmy Reid (saxophone), Clay Benjamin ( guitar), Vince Wiley (keyboards), Jason Meekins (drums) and Johnny E. Stewart (bass & keyboards). Guest musicians on selected tracks are Ryan Haynesworth (guitar), Dawoud Said (acoustic piano), and Sherree Patrice (vocals).
Vincent Ingala - (born December 10, 1992) is a contemporary/urban jazz multi-instrumentalist.The tenor saxophone is his main instrument of choice. He has released 6 albums, his most recent being released on February 21, 2020.
Lin Rountree - (born September 15, 1971) is a Soul/Urban Jazz Trumpet player, Music Producer, and Composer.He has recorded six solo albums, the last three for Trippin N' Rhythm Records.Between the years 2011 - 2018 Lin Rountree released thirteen singles that landed on the National Billboard Top 25 Smooth Jazz Chart.
Wayman Tisdale - Real Name:Wayman Lawrence Tisdale,Profile:Born June 9, 1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Died May 15, 2009 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.American smooth jazz bass guitarist, was living in LA.The former Oklahoma Sooners basketball legend and NBA player had his right leg amputated below the knee in 2008 due to bone cancer, which was diagnosed in 2007.In his professional basketball carrer, he won an olympic gold medal with the US basketball team in 1984. He was drafted the 2nd pick overall in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He played professional basketball from 1985 to 1997 for 3 different teams: Indiana Pacers (1985-1989), Sacramento Kings (1989-1994) and Phoenix Suns (1994-1997). He retired in 1997 to focus on his musical career, which started in 1995 with his first album Power Forward.
William Green - is an extraordinary musical artist that captures and expresses the sentiments of a generation. He is continuously expanding his horizons to make an impact on society by creating a union between music and life. Through his music, he has allowed different genres of contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, pop and gospel to integrate into a new and unique form.A full-time musician, composer, songwriter and producer, Green is passionate about his piano, and he puts his heart and soul into his performances. He delivers funky, upbeat, soulful and contemporary jazz sounds