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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Michael Anthony Fields, Jr. - has finally emerged on to the music scene with his smooth and exhilarating bass playing. He has made his mark on the smooth jazz world with his remake of Frankie Beverly & Maze’s Cant Get Over You. Once a member of the smooth jazz band Soultry Sound, Michael has set to embark on his musical journey and to take it to a higher level.
Cornelius Bumpus - American woodwind player, keyboardist and vocalist, born 13 January 1946 in Dallas, Texas, USA, died of a heart attack 3 February 2004 while on a flight from New York to Los Angeles. He began his musical career at age ten playing alto saxophone in the school band in Santa Cruz, California. Through the encouragement of his parents, his love of music grew, and by age twelve he had joined his first working band. He then led a rhythm and blues band for seven years.
Allan Kaljaste - is one of the younger rising saxophone players and composers in Estonia. Being an active musician, he has been writing music since the age of 19.The style, closest to his heart, could be described as smooth, hip-hop, pop, funky, jazz.
Mike Murray - Smooth Jazz, Chill Composer, musician and producer,began his musical journey as a child. His mother and father regularly sent him to summer camp where he spent a lot of time on an old upright piano. Mike hadn’t touched a musical instrument until years later after the death of his father in 2001. As an accomplished but unknown pianist, his father exposed Mike to the Jazz classics and classical music. Mike later landed a spot with a local high school funk band as a drummer but he lacked focus. The time came to turn the page to the next chapters in life.
Jaared - (pronounced exactly like Jared) (born Ralph Jaared Arosemena in Washington, DC on January 20, 1967) is a Washington, DC-based contemporary jazz saxophonist.In 2002 he was nominated the Best New Artist of the Year for 2002 by The National Smooth Jazz Association,Jaared suffered from asthma as a child, and almost died on from the chronic lung disease. His doctor told his family that learning to play a wind instrument would strengthen his lungs, and Jaared chose the Alto Sax.Jaared tours with a famous British contemporary jazz guitarist Peter White.
Neamen Lyles - Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, strengthened by his faith, and intrigued by the burgeoning “smooth jazz” genre and movement, Neamen developed a style both unique and universal, an approach to his sound that both honors those who’ve preceded him and marks a fresh, clearly delineated path forward.
Khani Cole - amazing sense of expression makes Places, her second Fahrenheit release, one of New Adult Contemporary's most exciting vocal albums of 1998.Khani Cole's Fahrenheit debut, Piece Of My Soul, launched her into national prominence. With her four and half octave range and sultry manner, Khani garnered critical acclaim from all sides of the music industry. Jazztimes Magazine remarked that her ''soulful alto reveals uncommon emotion and strength.'' R&R Magazine instantly recognized her as the exciting and new talent in the smooth jazz & vocal (NAC) arena, while closer to her adopted home of Phoenix, the Arizona Republic simply proclaimed the obvious: ''Khani's smoky voice could set off fire alarms.''
Craig T. Cooper - Profile:U.S. soul-jazz guitarist, composer, producer and engineer.Born and raised in Los Angeles as the youngest of seven children, he began cello lessons at the age of 4 & soon went on learning trumpet, drums, piano & finally the guitar.In 1984 he started to work as a studio musician, alongside Anita Baker, Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow, O'Jays, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Ronnie Laws, Crusaders and Tone Loc amongst others.To diversify, he worked on numerous movie soundtracks and also hit the road & toured with the likes of Cheryl Lynn, Billy Preston, and Ronnie Laws.
Robert Cristha - German pianist and composer Robert Christa, born 1961 in Dillingen/Donau, Germany, follows his own musical way and has - since his youth - ever been searching for music’s true beauty, what made him also dispense gladly with old patterns and explore lesser known paths.
Edoardo Nordio - The bass is the chosen instrument of Italian musician Edoardo Nordio. Since the 80's he played in various clubs in Rome and in studio sessions as a session musician. His second passion is voice acting for numerous television series and movies. His debut album Fusion Steps was released in 2018 on AlfaMusic.
Brandon Fields - (born 1958) is a saxophonist, flutist, and clarinetist from Indiana.He has recorded with Alex Acuña, David Benoit, Stanley Clarke, Harry Connick Jr., Luis Conte, Terence Trent D'Arby, Neil Diamond, George Duke, David Garfield, Robben Ford, Al Jarreau, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Los Lobotomys (Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips & co), Neil Larsen, Michael McDonald, Bill Meyers, Alphonse Mouzon, Ricky Peterson, Tom Petty, Lionel Richie, The Rippingtons, Tower of Power, Luther Vandross, Dave Weckl, Nancy Wilson and Phil Upchurch.He recorded also with Ray Charles, appearing on the posthumously-released album Genius Loves Company (2004).
Joe Fuentes - was born in Los Angeles, California in 1963 and at the age of 4 his parents decided to migrate to Mexico City, Mexico. He picked up his first guitar, a gift from his Mom, at the age of 6 and it has been his faithful companion ever since. During his childhood, he was always exposed to a wide variety of music.
Tony Gable & 206- Born in San Antonio, Texas, and now a Seattle, Washington resident for over two decades, Tony Gable has always been involved in the arts. He actually enrolled at Western Washington University with the dream of becoming an art teacher, but this dream gave way to the reality of an exciting and rewarding life in the performing arts.His interest in a career as a professional musician began with his designing T-shirts and other merchandise for local Seattle bands. His whistle wetted by this, all it took was hearing and seeing Santana's work in Woodstock to get Tony out of college and into the "street percussion" scene. He would soon return, though, and ultimately earn a degree in graphic design which he uses to great effect even to this day.
Grant Geissman - Born April 13, 1953 - Berkeley, California,Guitarist / Composer Grant Geissman is a popular Contemporary Jazz recording artist, with fourteen highly regarded solo albums. Grant's latest project, Cool Man Cool, features "cool music I like to play, cool people I like to play with," including special guests Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Tom Scott, Jerry Hahn, Russell Ferrante, Patrice Rushen, Mike Finnigan, and Van Dyke Parks.
Wayne Gerard - The first concert Wayne ever saw was the rock group KISS. This show ignited his passion with the guitar and he quickly went from comic book nerd to fronting his own band by age 15! This passion took him on a musical journey that has spanned rock, blues, Hip-Hop, punk, funk and eventually to Wayne State University where he studied Jazz Composition,With numerous recordings and productions under his belt, he has also toured and performed with the likes of Bob James, Stevie Wonder, Angela Bofill, Warren Hill, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor and many others.
The Nex Lev’l Band is specialized in R/B and Smooth Jazz. The band consists of founder/drummer Morris “Pinky” Harris, also known as Mr. Pocket himself and bassist Ernest Rahim. Their debut album was Lev`l One (2016). Their newest project is Got My Top Down (2020). Featured guest artists on this album are Eddie Baccus Jr. (sax) and James Lloyd (piano).
Steve Laury- Like Wes Montgomery, Is A Guitar Player's Guitarist, Getting All There Is Out Of His Instrument. In A Single Song, Steve Will Play Octaves, Single Lines, Straight Comping, Upfront Empressario Work And Finesse It With A Guitar Question And Answer Period.As A Composer, Producer, And Performer, Laury Operates In That Rarefied Air Where Composition, Execution And Spontaneity Interact To Produce Truly Satisfying Music.
Brian Hughes - Profile:Canadian guitarist, producer, engineer, songwriter, born 1955, based in Los Angeles, CA. Released contemporary jazz albums, but also works in other genres as with Loreena McKennitt, The Chieftains, for Greek recording artists Alkistas Protopsalti, Evanthia Reboutsika, Yannis Kotsiras and Panayotis Kalantzopoulos, including the soundtrack for A Touch of Spice.
Avenue Blue - Rooted in jazz, blues, and rock, guitarist Jeff Golub spent time with Rod Stewart and other stars before his first solo album, 1988's Unspoken Words. He formed Avenue Blue a few years later to explore the softer side of blues and jazz. The self-titled release also features trumpeter/flugelhornist Rick Braun, drummer David Palmer, keyboardist Kevin Savagar, acoustic bassist Jack Daro, and electric bassist Cliff Hugo.
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Jeff Golub - (born April 15, 1955, Akron, Ohio, USA - died January 1, 2015, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA) was an American jazz guitarist who released twelve solo albums and three albums as the leader of the instrumental band, Avenue Blue. he worked as a sideman for Ashford & Simpson, Tina Turner, John Waite, Dar Williams, Vanessa Williams, and Peter Wolf., with whom he played from 1988 until 1995 performing on four albums and five world tours, as well as recording a live DVD.
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.
Art Porter Jr. - (August 3, 1961 – November 23, 1996). Porter joined his father's band (The Art Porter Trio) as a drummer at the age of 9 and played with them into his teen years. Porter was then drawn to the saxophone, after noticing its melodic abilities, and began to play it during shows with his father's group. Porter is a 1979 graduate of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, where he played in the marching and jazz bands. When Porter turned 16, he began to be barred from clubs because he was under 21. It was during this time that he was arrested and charged with working under-age in a nightclub serving alcoholic beverages. Then Arkansas Attorney General, and future President of the United States Bill Clinton, who was also a saxophonist, intervened to get the charges dropped and pushed for the law to be changed to allow under-age musicians to appear in adult facilities as long as their legal guardians accompanied them. This law became known as "The Art Porter Bill"In 1996, Porter traveled to Thailand to appear at the Thailand International Jazz Festival. After the festival on November 23, he went boating on the Kratha Taek reservoir in Sai Yok. The boat Porter was traveling on started to sink, and Porter, along with several others, drowned. Porter was survived by his wife and two elementary age sons.In 1998, the album For Art's Sake was posthumously released in his honor. It is a compilation album composed of songs from Porter's previous albums, as well as two previously unreleased songs. It also features one song by Jeff Lorber dedicated to Porter.
Ernie Watts - Two-time Grammy Award winner is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music. It has been more than fifty years since he first picked up a saxophone, and from age sixteen on he has been playing professionally, initially while still attending school. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound. In 2014, Watts received the prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize given by the city of Frankfurt, Germany.
Jimmy Sommers - The Mt. Prospect, IL, native first picked the alto saxophone in the fourth grade when on "instrument day" he chose the sax, even though he didn't know what it was. His first recording was as a featured soloist with the MacArthur Junior High School jazz band. As a teen, he would use fake IDs to sneak into nearby Chicago nightclubs such as Kingston Mines to jam with blues musicians. In L.A., he played on remix sessions for the likes of Chaka Khan, George Clinton, Boyz II Men, 2Pac, DJ Quik, Wyclef Jean, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Melvin M. Miller - He is as charismatic as his music is captivating. Critics have aptly named him a composer, educator, musician, conductor and performing artist. His name, Melvin Maurice Miller. Born and raised in one of the largest cities historically known for great jazz and jazz greats, Chicago, Illinois – it’s no small wonder that music would become his life’s passion.
Jakob Elvstrøm - Having played the alto-saxophone for more than 20 years, Jakob Elvstrøm decided it was about time to make his first funky solo-album!The result has been worth waiting for. The fourteen instrumental and one vocal track, is a personal blend of funk and contemporary jazz.Jakob Elvstrøm has played professionally for almost two decades, always focusing on the soulful and funky side of jazz and pop music. His new album certainly reflects this.
Theresa Grayson - is a Texas original born in Tyler and raised in Houston. She was exposed to music at the early age of four and learned to play all of the woodwind instruments, the piano and guitar. At the age of 8, Theresa formed an unbreakable bond with the saxophone which led her to receiving accolades for her outstanding musicianship all through grade school. By the age of 16, Theresa was already performing with local bands and gaining valuable experience in show business and recording. She earned a sterling reputation from musicians, recording artists and choirs as an accompanist in their live performances and recordings.
Mark Maxwell, aka Dr. SaxLove. I'm a saxophonist, composer, and recording artist living over here near Detroit. You can learn more about me and my music if you want to on my Mark Maxwell Music website.I learned pretty early in life that my calling was music and that I had a mission: To help uplift the spirit of humankind with the sweet and mellow sound of the saxophone.
Tim Cunningham - For decades the words "smooth , sultry, cool & funky" have been used to describe Tim's high energy and emotional stage show as his sexy blend of smooth jazz and soulful R&B connects with people of all ages, races and genres of music. This unique and versatile style has earned Tim the pleasure of opening for such jazz greats as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, Brian Culbertson and George Benson. On the flip side, his bumpin' R&B flavor has on occasion paired him with Earth Wind & Fire, Cameo, Boyz II Men, Patti Labelle, Frankie Beverly, Jeffrey Osborne, and the late Luther Vandross
Vanessa Collier - Fresh off winning a 2020 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Instrumentalist – Horn Player of the Year for the second year in a row (2020 & 2019), Vanessa Collier is releasing her highly anticipated and self-produced fourth album, Heart on the Line. As a multi award-winning songwriter, master musician, and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa shares a new album that weaves together funk, soul, rock, and blues. In her trademark style, Vanessa seamlessly blends musical styles, all while delivering soulful vocals and searing saxophone solos and demonstrating witty and impressive songwriting skills.
Elan Trotman - Saxophonist,has quickly become one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers as he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Najee, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards, and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions.
Jeff Ryan - After years of playing in a variety of regional soul, funk and even big band ensembles, the San Francisco Bay Area based saxophone sensation has captivated thousands with his robust, heartfelt vibe at numerous prominent Northern California jazz festivals – including a four year run at the Stockton Jazz Festival, where he has opened and performed along with urban jazz greats Marion Meadows, Eric Darius, Paul Taylor, Nick Colionne and Julian Vaughn. Fans in Southern California have seen him jam with guitarist Nils at Spaghettini. Now, with the release of “Up and Up” and his multi-faceted debut album Embrace, Ryan is in prime position to join their ranks as one of contemporary jazz’s top emerging artists of 2018.
Andreas Vollenweider- Swiss musician, born October 4, 1953 in Zürich, Switzerland. His music has been categorized as World Music, Jazz, New Age and even Classical; two of his albums were number 1 on the Billboard charts simultaneously in the categories Classical, Jazz, Pop and Crossover for more than 11 weeks. His music could be described as very dynamic and colorful. His primary instrument is an electrically modified harp of his own design, but he also plays a wide variety of instruments from around the world, including the Chinese guzheng. His albums feature many musicians performing his compositions with him, ranging from simple solos to suites for orchestra and soloists. His music is mostly instrumental but he has occasionally forayed into vocal music as well.
Kim Scott- has performed on the stages of Blues Alley, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Catalina Jazztrax and more as a soloist. She is also a member of the all-female jazz supergroup Jazz in Pink, alongside other musicians such as keyboardist Gail Jhonson and violinist Karen Briggs, and has shared the stage with them across the country.
Stan Sargeant - musical beginnings can be traced back to Howard University where he was told that he’d never make it in the music industry. He was advised to take another major and as a result, earned a degree in molecular biology. However, this didn’t discourage him from pursuing his musical passion. Stan was able to pay for his degree by playing the D.C. club scene at night and on weekends with vocalist Julia Nixon, who later joined “Dreamgirls” on Broadway. Stan relocated to Los Angeles in 1991 with only a bass, an amplifier, an old Chevy and $500. It was there that he met famed blues artist, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson. It was then that the realization of his dream had begun.
Special EFX - Profile:Smooth jazz outfit with a distinctive Latin/African vibe. Formed in 1982 by guitarist Chieli Minucci and drummer/percussionist George Jinda. Having recorded 13 albums they split amicably in 1995 after releasing 'Body Language'. George Jinda retained the use of the Special EFX name and recorded the album 'Here To Stay' before being incapaciated after suffering a stroke in 1997. The Special EFX name was handed back to Chieli Minucci who has since recorded and toured as Chieli Minucci and Special EFX.
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.
Grover Washington Jr. - (December 12, 1943 – December 17, 1999) five days after his 56th birthday, Washington collapsed while waiting in the green room after performing four songs for The Saturday Early Show, at CBS Studios in New York City. He was taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 7:30 pm. His doctors determined that he had suffered a massive heart attack. was an American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist. Along with George Benson, John Klemmer, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Dave Grusin, Herb Alpert, and Spyro Gyra, he is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre.He wrote some of his material and later became an arranger and producer.Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Washington made some of the genre's most memorable hits, including "Mister Magic", "Reed Seed", "Black Frost", "Winelight", "Inner City Blues" and "The Best is Yet to Come".
Anita Carmichael - internationally acclaimed singer saxophonist ispecialising in original jazz funk and soul plus jazz standards on UK's leading independent Saxology Records. Latest album Lipstick on my Reed, she has also released the Saxotronix album
Dave Dunlop is originally from London Ontario and moved to Toronto to attend Humber College in the mid 70’s. He has had a successful career in studios, theatre, and live shows throughout the world and has played on Juno & Grammy award winning albums.“I’ve been fortunate to back up many great artists, Gino Vannelli, Aretha Franklin, Michael Buble, Roger Daltrey, & Aaron Neville have been a few of my favourites”.Some of the Jazz greats he has played with are Tito Puente, Maynard Ferguson, John Pizzarelli, & Diana Krall.
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.
Marshall Charloff - Singer, songwriter, Marshall Charloff, has been creating music since an early age. Currently, Marshall fronts the incredible Purple xPeRIeNCE - the greatest tribute to Prince in the world. Not only does he style the magic of Prince’s talent in an uncannily, unmatched fashion with his appearance, vocal imitation, and multi-instrumental capacity on guitar and piano, but Marshall also performs nationwide fronting world-class symphonies in most major cities in the US and Canada.
Garrett Body - affectionately known as “G Body” is an amazing bassist from Chicago, IL. His musical journey began at the age of 9 where he began playing for a local church choir. Over time Garrett developed and perfected his craft and love for music. Garrett’s music has inspired many and has allowed him the honor of sharing the stage with many notable recording artists such as Heather Headley, Jennifer Hudson, Dwayne Woods, Euge Groove, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Brian Simpson,
Lincoln Adler - is a composer, performer, producer and engineer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His latest releases aim to bring a bit of lightness and levity to help folks get their social distance groove on. He is proud to announce the release of Tabula Rasa – the quintet collection of his latest music. Featuring the amazing artistry of Erik Jekabson on trumpet, Mike Blankenship on keys, Scott Thompson on bass, and Aaron Green on drums
Vincent Ioia - emergence onto the urban jazz scene with his explosive and infectious track “First Time” – the lead single from the New York based saxophonist’s album No Time Like Now – is testament to the healing power of music and a reminder that, once an artist’s passion takes root, his dreams can only be set aside for so long. For many musicians as talented and versatile as Vincent, finally finding time to devote to launching a career not only as a professional musician but a bonafide artist after a 30 year career as an Information Technology professional and C-level executive on Wall Street would be the compelling story all by itself – especially considering the contemporary jazz powerhouses he’s now working with. Ioia, who began playing guitar and sax in his mid-teens, is collaborating on No Time Like Now with Ricky Peterson, Gerey Johnson and, Bill Heller.
Ben Tankard - (born January 10, 1964) is an American gospel/smoothjazz musician, producer, reality-tv father, author and motivational speaker from Daytona Beach, Florida. His instruments include the synthesizer, piano, tuba, drums, guitar, and percussion. Often referred to as the "Godfather of Gospel/Jazz", his instrumental music has bridged the gap between two genres and charted at #1 Billboard Smooth Jazz and Gospel Charts. Standing 6'6" tall, he is a former professional basketball player (shooting guard).
Marcus Adams - was born in the small town of Greenwood, Mississippi, where he spent part of his childhood where he wrote his first song at age eight. An early love of gospel was a natural outgrowth of his religious upbringing, and he was influenced by Al Green, James Cleveland, The Caravans and The Winans. Hearing alto sax legend David Sanborn, however, put the dream of becoming a sax player front and center.
Gerry Smoot - Born and raised in Owensboro,Kentucky now residing in Evansville, Indiana. Started playing keys at the age of 2, bass at 8, and drums at 9. Plays in 3 bands including his own The Gerry Smoot Band.
Rodney E. Foster, Sr. - is a veteran in the music business. He has covered a broad range of roles that include artist, writer, producer, manager, recording and mastering engineer. “As a sound engineer, I am always looking for new techniques to improve the quality of my songs so I challenged myself to create three albums with the goal that each would be better than the last
John T. Klemmer - (born July 3, 1946) is an American saxophonist, composer, songwriter, and arranger.He was born in Chicago, Illinois and began playing guitar at the age of 5 and alto saxophone at the age of 11. His other early interests included graphics and visual art, writing, dance, puppetry, painting, sculpting, and poetry. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and began touring with midwestern "ghost big bands" (Les Elgart, Woody Herman) as well as playing with small local jazz and rock groups. After switching to tenor saxophone in high school, Klemmer playing with commercial small groups and big bands in Chicago while leading his own groups and touring.
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - is a JUNO Award winning multi-instrumentalist with a firm grasp on contemporary and mainstream jazz idioms. He is a unique stylist on trumpet, flute, flugelhorn and more, with more than a dozen Ds.under his own name, and many more with numerous other artists as player and/or producer, several of which have gone gold, platinum, and even double platinum. He has several JUNO awards, West Coast Music award, etc.
JJ Sansaverino - has reached millions touring the world with his “Benson meets Santana” musical style. An extraordinary performer, JJ has a “take no prisoners” performance attitude, gracing the stage night after night touring on his own or with reggae legend Maxi Priest and bringing his vibe of Smooth Jazz, R&B, and Reggae. A Berklee School of Music graduate and award winner, he has shared the stage with the likes of Maceo Parker, Victor Bailey, Gerald Albright, Randy Brecker, Shaggy, Ricky Lawson, Sean Paul, Rick Braun, the Marley Family, and even performed for Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding in 2002.
Norman Connors - American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, producer and headliner. Born March 1, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. His first recording was "Magic Of JuJu" by Archie Shepp in 1967. In 1972, he recorded his first album as a bandleader. He went on to lead jazz recordings with Carlos Garnett, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Herbie Hancock. In the mid-'70s, he turned to sophisticated R'n'B and soul material featuring guest singers such as Michael Henderson, Jean Carn, Phyllis Hyman, Al Johnson, Jones Girls, etc.
The group Copacetic hails from Columbus, Ohio and formed as a result of friends coming together to help on a gig. They have been performing their mix of Jazz, Gospel and Soul together ever since. Their name “Copacetic” simply means “all is well” or “everything is cool”. That is the goal each time they perform – for those listening to walk away with a great listening experience and feeling that everything is cool, all is well.The members of Copacetic are Ed Hill (saxophones), David Jordan (keyboards), and Derek Brown (guitars). And while they have worked together at different times in various other settings, it took some time for the group to be born.
Chazzy Green - Born in Detroit, Chazzy initially received classical training in clarinet and flute. However, something deep inside beckoned to his spirit and drew him to alto and tenor saxophones, as he began to explore blues, rock, jazz and fusion.While attending Howard University to continue his music studies, Chazzy discovered that his musical roots extended back to his grandfather, who had played trumpet in an all-black brass band in the 1920's.He subsequently found that his family's musical artistry stretched out to include other family members who were well known in the music industry, specifically Lester Bowie and Byron Bowie, esteemed musical legends and founders of "The Art Ensemble Of Chicago".
Roberto Restuccia - Inspired by great contemporary jazz guitarists like George Benson, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Chuck Loeb and the late Ronnie Jordan UK based guitarist Roberto Restuccia made after his debut album Exposure (2016) with When The Smoke Clears (2017) the second step of his solo career.Now he joined Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records and has released his third album With Every Turn (2021).
Trumpet sensation Maurice Brown orbits simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting-edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound.
Chase Huna - always had a love for jazz and a love for the saxophone. He began playing at age 10 and by age 14 was already on stage at Spaghettini Seal Beach. From La Quinta, CA and recently out of high school, his newest single is co-written and produced by Grammy winning guitarist/producer Paul Brown.
Mel Holder - Grammy-nominated Producer/Artist/Author/Speaker Mel Holder spreads his ministry through a blend of jazz and gospel, fused with African and Caribbean rhythms. Mel has worked with and shared the stage with the likes of KC & the Sunshine Band, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Stevie Wonder. Mel’s call to ministry has opened the door for him to perform at over 150 events every year, touching lives worldwid
Aston Grey Project - has covered so much ground in a short time. On Sept 10, 2013 released Chill Lounge, the bands first CD ever! Right off the top the guys show you they are here for serious business. Released on the Platinum Vybe Recordings label. The CD gives you insight that all the players are very skilled and ready to show the world just what the Aston Grey Project has to offer. The band was founded by Platinum Vybe Recordings president Chris Clay, who ‘s also an active member of the band. Clay (Piano, Strings, Programming, Percussions), Dowell Jones (Drums), Lionel Samuel (guitars), Brandon Green (electric/acoustic bass/upright). All whom have been apart of the music industry for many years.
Misz The Groove Producer - Now as a mature producer, composer and arranger, she is very happy to bring an updated style and sound to the world of contemporary jazz. This is what you will hear in the latest recordings from Misz. A blend of the past mixed with contemporary to represent the present. As she blends jazz improvisations with the many musical genres, you can hear the modern day sounds influenced by the past. Those musical genres such as Soul, R&B, Pop, Country, Gospel, Hip Hop and Reggae mixed with jazz improvisations, creates music that is refreshing and the sounds are a welcomed pleasure for the listeners.
Tony Exum Jr. - National recording artist Thomas “Tony” Exum Jr. is a contemporary jazz, R&B and funk saxophonist, songwriter and performer with a sultry and soulful sound. In 2019 Tony released his single “My Name’s Tony” receiving national airplay, charting on the Smooth Jazz Network top 100 chart for several weeks. In addition, the My Name’s Tony Spring/Summer 14 city tour, included performances at the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival in San Diego, California, Spaghettini’s in Long Beach, California, The Soiled Dove Underground in Denver Colorado, Jazz in The Park in Prattville, Alabama and the Winter Park Jazz Festival in Winter Park Colorado to name a few.
Shawn Raiford - is one of the most appreciated musical talents currently rising in the Sacramento area music scene. Either playing alone or with the SRE Band, Shawn Raiford’s engaging ability on the alto saxophone combines his enthusiasm, showmanship, and capacity to entertain with just the right combination of popular hits and original music.
Alvin Davis - is a superb saxophonist who has worked with some of the greats - Edwin Starr, Neville Staples, Alton Ellis, Steel Pulse, classical star Nigel Kennedy and R&B artists like Jackie Graham.He is a professional and highly regarded saxophonist who performs not just as part of great line-ups in bands but also as solo sax with backing tracks for corporate events and parties.
Gerey Johnson - Most recently as the touring guitarist with Richard Elliot, Boney James, Euge Groove, and The Ex Senators, He has been on the contemporary jazz scene for years as a musician, songwriter, producer and record company executive. With credits on over 85 nationally distributed records, you can hear his work on recordings from jazz artists like Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Brian Culbertson, the “Sax Pack”
Freddie Fox - Los Angeles studio guitarist Freddie Fox is an in-demand sideman. A graduate of Berklee College Of Music, Freddie has toured with many top acts including Walter Beasley, Jennifer Holliday, Eric Benet, Atlantic Starr, Rose Royce, Sheila E., Evelyn Champagne King and numerous others. One can listen to his signature guitar sound on Marion Meadows’ albums Dressed To Chill and Player’s Club, George Benson and Al Jarreau’s Morning, Walter Beasley’s Just Kickin’ and many more.
Steve Galloway - This Greenwood, SC based, smooth jazz saxophonist has an impeccable degree specifically a music degree from Lander University where he studied under Columbia jazz mainstay Robert A. Gardiner, whom he’ll still sit in with on occasion when passing through Columbia. For his music performance degree, Galloway said Gardiner would have him transcribe solos from the likes of Miles Davis and other jazz greats. However, Steven enjoys listening to a variety of music, from Grover Washington Jr., to Stevie Wonder and even Drake. Among his musical influences are, Charlie Parker, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, Roberta Flack, Jim Snidero, Jerry Bergonzi, to name a few.
Marcus Click - As a native of the Louisville, Kentucky, Marcus grew up with aspirations of becoming a pro football player, but his goals changed after having committed over 13 years of his young life to the U.S. Navy honorably. During this time, his love for jazz grew by listening and learning from the late Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Najee, Dave Koz, the late saxophonists, Art Porter and George Howard. Marcus says on one account,” I became truly inspired by a phone call from the late George Howard, a conversation and experience I’ll never forget.” Marcus would find his way before Rebbie Jackson (a Sister of Jackson 5 & Janet Jackson) and her family during a weekend show in Las Vegas. He knew his life was being routed towards a musical journey.
Antonio Jackson - In a world where so many want to sound like everybody else, Antonio Jackson strives to sound like no other saxophone player but himself. By placing his emphasis on the curved soprano saxophone (which he calls… BabySax), Antonio’s influences have stemmed from artists like Grover Washington Jr., Najee, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, George Howard, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Michael Jackson (just to name a few). Coming up as a young musician, Antonio has bounced around the smoke-filled jazz clubs of Minneapolis, Boston and Los Angeles as well as the performance stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Brandon Lane - Richmond, VA bassist celebrates his recent Masters of Music degree in Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University with a funk-filled, mightily melodic grooving EP, with a title tells us exactly what’s in store, Oldsoulmusic. Influenced by everyone from Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke to Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire, Lane’s balance of snappy, in your face intensity and simmering chill vibes pays glorious homage to the classic R&B era while infusing his youthful contemporary sensibilities. All songs composed, arranged, produced, mixed and mastered by Brandon Lane.
The Justus Brothers - Keyboardist Jason Clark, guitarist Niko Lyras, drummer Steve Potts, saxophonist Pat Register, bassist Dave Smith are the core members of Memphis based group The Justus Brothers.Since several decades they are backing luminaries such as Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Kirk Whalum, Gregg Allman, Ike Turner, Dave Stewart and many more.
Charles Langford - Hailing from Springfield, MA saxophonist Charles Langford is todays one of Boston’s top player. He already performed with The Toni Lynn Washington Blues Band, The Temptations, Mighty Sam McClain, Melvin Sparks, Norman Connors, Solomon Burke, and Steve Turre. His debut album was That’s Wassup in 2008. Now he returns on Blue Canoe Records with the album Powerless (2021).
Lee Jones - is a multi-instrumentalist. Playing woodwinds (flute, clarinet and alto sax), guitar, bass guitar, keys, composer and occasional vocals. His self produced music features him playing multiple instruments on a recording. As a veteran of the live jazz scene, Lee finally released his debut album in 2018 after spending a number of years of writing songs. He stays mainly on the sax and keys as lead instruments.
Kit Worton - is a gifted, guitarist, vocalist, song writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Kit Worton and RTS have an impressive background of clients and accomplishments. For a decade Kit was musical director to Merv Griffin Productions award winning shows. In addition to lending his talents to popular network television series such as ABC’s “Wildfire”, “Cashmere Mafia”, and “Raising Sextuplets” his scores have been included in movies with producer James Brolin and award winning director Stewart Rafill.
Kenee Maree - is a gifted instrumentalist, performer, and composer. Due to his brother’s influence, Kenee picked up the guitar at the age of twelve. His love for this instrument was born. Kenee later attended Jackson State University on an academic scholarship. It was there that he entered the Music Ed Dept. and met several talented young men. They later, collectively became the group “Wynd Chymes’. The group earned critical acclaim in Japan, Canada and in the states.
Michael Walker - (b. Newport, Arkansas - November 19, 1959), began as a Blues guitarist influenced by the legendary B.B. King. In the year 2000, Michael became leader of the cover band Chill Factorof Dallas, Texas. After 12 years with the group, he turned his interests towards Smooth Jazz leaving the band to create the “A Smoother You” project. After sending a few tracks to Producer/Guitarist Paul Brown (who gave his blessing), Michael forged ahead with his project and was signed by Spectra Jazz Records.
The Smooth Jazz All Stars - are an eclectic mix of talented jazz musicians who transform popular music of the past and present into smooth rhythms and beats for any occasion. we dedicate tributes to a range of artists in genres from pop to r&b to gospel and Jazz.
David P. Stevens - Quickly becoming a recognized name in songwriting, production and performance, is LA based, multi-talented, David P. Stevens. Reminiscent of one of his biggest influences Babyface, David shows us the full range of his musical prowess and passion in more ways than one. Equipped with the precision and the skills needed to stand out from the crowd, Stevens has shared the stage and studio with prominent artists, such as: Gerald Albright, Nick Colionne, Najee, Jaguar Wright, Frank McComb, LaToya London, Lisa McClendon, and many more.
Zachary Breaux (June 26, 1960 - February 20, 1997) was an American jazz guitarist, influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery and best remembered for his soul-jazz work. He played with many notable jazz musicians during his career, including Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Donald Byrd.
Zachary Breaux (June 26, 1960 - February 20, 1997) was an American jazz guitarist, influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery and best remembered for his soul-jazz work. He played with many notable jazz musicians during his career, including Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Donald Byrd.
Zachary Breaux - (June 26, 1960 - February 20, 1997) was an American jazz guitarist, influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery and best remembered for his soul-jazz work. He played with many notable jazz musicians during his career, including Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Donald Byrd.He died on February 20, 1997 at the age of 36 while on holiday in Miami Beach. He was trying to save the life of another swimmer.
Chieli Minucci - Profile:American contemporary jazz guitarist, composer, music producer, and arranger of Italian descent, born 1958 in New York, USA.Chieli Minucci started Special EFX in 1982 with George Jinda, a drummer from Hungary. The band combined rock, Latin rhythm, and smooth jazz.
Max Valldeneu - is an artist deserving of being elevated beyond best-kept-secret status here in Chicago. That’s why we chose to spin “It’s About Love” and “The Girl is Mine” from his latest project on our show, “Chicago Music.” He’s definitely one of our most pleasant surprises of the past twelve months.”
Paul “Shilts” Weimar - even as he's dazzled audiences around the world with his high energy soloing over the funky beats of U.K. jazz groove sensations Down To The Bone, Paul “Shilts” Weimar just wants to be known as “an approachable boy from London who wants to have a laugh…a cheeky cockney chappy.” Part of the fun for the charismatic saxophonist is getting people up and dancing–and if they’re listening to him blow from the car stereo, he hopes as they travel down the open road that they’ll be up for some serious HeadBoppin, the name of his highly anticipated debut on ARTizen Music Group.
Joe Plass - Growing up in Portland Oregon, music has always been my passion. My professional playing career started at a very young age playing R & B Funk and Soul in clubs around the Northwest. Although I always loved those funky bass lines from the likes of Louis Johnson and Larry Graham, I also had great respect and admiration for Jazz music. So with such early influences as Stanley Clark, Alphonso Johnson and Joco Pastorius, I crafted a tight blend of funky jazz-fusion bass playing.
Tony Bragano - After graduating business school in 2008 (the University of San Francisco), I decided to pursue a full-time career in music, primarily playing the soprano saxophone and smooth jazz. One of my mentors is a man known as Mr. Natural, who operates a local music school in the Haight area. He truly inspired me. I am blessed to have met many friends along the way who make a living by expressing themselves as unique individuals and artists. Their unique stories and experiences of how they continue to spread their art are always a wonderful source of inspiration to me.
Michael J. Parlett. - This gifted sax player brings with him a certain sense of admiration & blessings to Gospel Jazz music in the form of his recent project, “Waiting On You”. Released back in 2006, much of the rhythm & strengths are focused on Gospel tracks & originals. And the CD overall is a winner! Such classic hits covered were “Shackles” (Mary, Mary) & “Speak To My Heart” (Donnie McClurkin).
Guy “Pop Du” Johnson was born in Long Island, New York where his parents exposed him to the wide range of performing arts of New York City. This exposure is where he developed his interest in music. Opera did and still does remain to be a part of his listening preference, which in turn helped him develop his unique tone on the curved soprano saxophone.
Søren Reiff - Danish guitar player. Have been orchester leader and played guitar on several danish TV shows In 2003, Reiff's first album was released as soloist Reiff jr Funky Flavas. The album features Mike Stern, Michael Ruff, Nabiha and Rikke Mølgaard, among others. In 2010, his second solo album was released: Soren Reiff - Miss you. The album features David Garfield (keyboards), Will Lee (bass), Steve Ferrone (drums), Ricky Lawson (drums), John Peña (bass), Veronica Mortensen (vocals) and Michito Sanchez (percussion). In 2015, his third album was released - Gratitude, featuring Jimmy Haslip (bass), Gary Novak (drums), Michito Sanchez (percussion), Alexx Daye (vocals) and Kim S. Hansen (keys).
Joey Smith - comments his new album: “Missing You is an album inspired by things I experienced while traveling playing music. Mainly based in Tokyo, I traveled several years seeing much of the world as a cruise ship musician. The things I experienced there and around the world changed my life and I since have a driving desire to try to share some of those experiences through my music. I hope you enjoy my music as much as the hard work and energy required to create it.”
Jeffery Smith - originally born in Shreveport, LA and currently residing in Dallas, TX - began playing music at the tender age of seven. Raised among other talented musicians, Jeffery was exposed to, and ultimately mastered six different instruments including lead, bass, and acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion, and talkbox.By age nine, Jeffery’s strong desire to play music motivated him to start his own band. His increasingly obvious talent even inspired many of the neighborhood girls to form his first fan club.
Ernie Slaughter - has just released his long awaited CD project titled “Chillin” which is sure to please the lovers of Smooth Jazz with beautiful songs that come straight the Heart! Ernie plays with passion and emotion on every track which is clearly evident the moment you pop the CD in. The CD is co produced with his Brother Eliot Slaughter, who is also the featured Keyboardist and Songwriter on the CD project.
Bruce Riley offers his own version of Smooth Jazz. His skills are musical composition, audio engineering and the sax. He is currently affiliated with Broadcast Music Inc. After Rhythm Impressions in Jazz (2011), Smooth Jazz and Smooth Jazz 2 (2012) followed Essence of Smooth Jazz (2012).
Jimmie Highsmith Jr. - Born September 18, 1967 in “Flower City” Rochester NY, The Birthplace of Jazz luminaries Cab Calloway, PeeWee Ellis, Chuck Mangione and many others. James, or as his friends call him “Jimmie” is a seasoned Jazz musician who began his musical incipiency at the mere age of 7. Jimmie began studying piano, which created an early basis for his song writing in his later years. A music teacher introduced him to the harmonious sound of the saxophone. He began playing the saxophone,
Jay Kim - was born in Seoul, Korea, he grew up in Seoul, Korea and moved to McLean, Virginia when he was 13 years old, and first began playing music right after he heard a song called “In The Name of Love” by Grover Washington Jr. from Radio. By 14, he became a leading soloist at Fork Union Military Academy Jazz Band and was honored as a first chair selection to all states of military high school band festival.Jay Kim influenced by noted saxophone players such as Dave Koz, Everette Harp, Euge Groove, Grover Washington Jr.
Dominc Amato - was infected by the saxophone virus listening to his father sax play. His mother and brother are musicians too, so it’s no wonder that he began experimenting musical instruments in early years. Turning Point is an instrumental jazz group based in Phoenix Arizona and founded by the guitar and bass duo of Thano and Demitri Sahnas. In 2004 Dominic joined this group and together they recorded the album Matador in 2005.
Earl Carter - is well known in smooth jazz business. He already recorded with Marcus Johnson, Bobby Lyle, Jaared, Alyson Williams, Spike Lee, John Tillery and also performed with Nick Colionne, Bob Baldwin, Mike Phillips, Freddie Jackson, Michael Lington and a lot more.
John Bolden aka J.Dee - is one of those artists hiding his musical biography very well. Did you know for example that he was producer, arranger, percussionist, keyboardist and background vocalist on Grover Washington Jr.\’s album Next Exit (1992)? What and where did he perform after all that time?Well, he produced the albums The Concept of the group Y.T. Style (1993) and Str-8 from Da Boot of Nais (1995). You will also find his credits on albums of Grover Washington Jr. like Prime Cuts: The Greatest Hits (1999), Trios (2004) and Gold (2006).
Fattburger - is a jazz group, best categorized in the jazz-funk, contemporary jazz, or jazz fusion subgenres. The band was formed by saxophonist Hollis Gentry, keyboardist Carl Evans Jr., bassist Mark Hunter, drummer Kevin Koch, and guitarist Steve Laury in San Diego during the early 1980s. Tommy Aros soon joined as a percussionist.
Pro2Call - blends the best of smooth, electric and gospel jazz into fresh new directions.Combining the earthly grooves of soul jazz with laid back mellow harmonies and uptempo hard hitting rhythms, their music takes listeners on a journey that inspires and uplifts.
Carl Stanley - Picture the scene as a fourteen-year-old Carl Stanley hears the track ‘Betcha Don’t Know’ from Najee’s debut CD ‘Najee’s Theme’ and as a result is never the same again. Despite his subsequent passage into the upper echelons of British contemporary jazz, it actually took him two more years to first get his hands on an alto sax. Then, armed with a tape of a Grover Washington Jr. album, he began to teach himself to play by ear.
Brian Simpson - was born and raised in Gurnee, Illinois to very music-oriented parents. His father was a fan of jazz music, and Simpson says, "Our house was filled with music. I never really considered any other lifestyle.The musician also states that his brother and sister both played instruments. At the age of ten, he began to play the piano. He states that while he initially preferred the sound of jazz guitar, the main individual who influenced his piano tastes was Oscar Peterson. Simpson then graduated from Northern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor's of Arts degree in music (piano).
Elisabeth Mis- Cleveland born saxophonist has entered the Smooth Jazz scene on tiptoe. Her debut album Forever and Ever, produced by guitarist Paul Brown, was released in 2008 and was only available at her website.In 2012 she released Breakaway on Trippin’ N Rhythm Records and everything changed. The album was produced by keyboardist Nate Harasim and executive producer was Les Cutmore. Most of the songs were written by Nate Harasim and Darren Rahn.
Jeff Allison - is a gospel urban jazz artist, composer, arranger and producer. Pushing the envelope playing the 7 string bass, Jeff’s music is comparable to the sounds last impressed upon us from the late Wayman Tisdale. By blending modern jazz with gospel music, this centerpiece may be something of interest to fans who like the taste of those mixtures
Rick Parma - From Dance, RnB, Funk, Rock, Pop, Trap and more this album has it all. Rick Parma uses the amazing talents of his closest friends to create the most dynamic Instrumental album ever. The diverse style choices are unbelievable. Rick called on his long time friend Matthew Kerr to produce tracks that Rick then morphed into a polished music experience that you’ve never hear before. There are so many great artists that contributed to this album starting with the few featured artists Dean Grech, Ginetta’s Vendetta, Willie Bradley, and of course Matthew Kerr. Contributing artists Taiki Tsuyama, Gail Jhonson, Tj Fisher, Hans Zermuehlen, and more.
Vel Lewis - You have certainly listen to the music of keyboardist Vel Lewis. TV shows such as The Sopranos, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Mad About You, and Wife Swap USA feature his compositions. In earlier time a member of the group The Futures he also followed his own path as performer with Earth, Wind, & Fire, Parliament/Funkadelic, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks.
Rhonda Smith - is a bassist, vocalist and songwriter, critically acclaimed for her musical abilities in various genres, including smooth jazz/funk to electrified funk/rock. Smith, who hails from Canada, In addition to her long tenure as bassist and vocalist for Prince, Rhonda has also performed with Chaka Khan, Beyonce, T.I., Erykah Badu, Patti Austin, Patrice Rushen, Larry Graham, Little Richard, Najee, Candy Dulfer, George Clinton and many others.
Sekou Bunch - New York City born bass player worked together with Tom Browne, when he recorded the hit Funkin’ For Jamaica. has performed and/or recorded with Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Roger Daltry, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Paul Anka, George Benson, Wayne Shorter, the Winans, Lionel Richie, Toni Braxton, Freddie Hubbard, Roberta Flack, Liza Minneli and many others.
Steven Garrison - is a renown saxophonist in the DC Metropolitan area. Starting on his musical journey at the age of 7, he started off as a pianist, performing for several recitals, concerts, and church events. It was at the age of 10 that Steven was given the opportunity to play the saxophone. His music began forever changed from then on. At age 11, Steven began playing the saxophone and received private lessons under Roland Young. In addition, he was an active member of the school band. Under Young’s guidance Steven had started performing for various churches within the Maryland/DC Metropolitan Area as well as playing for both private and corporate engagements.
Donn Bynum - was creating a future with his horn. At the tender age of 18, Bynum joined the legendary Bootsy Collins Group for several shows before attending Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. After graduating, Bynum joined the world famous Commodores and ventured on several world tours of Europe, Asia, Africa, as well as the USA. Playing sax, flute, keyboards and drums, Bynum would also join the Commodores for concerts in Bermuda, Nassau Bahamas, and the Virgin Island with an appearance on the Motown 25th Anniversary television show.
Tarik Clark - is an embodiment of the old saying, “When it comes from the heart, it reaches the heart”. His style is full of passion. Born and raised in Hannibal, MO, Tarik began playing music at an early age. His fascination with the saxophone started at the age of 5 when he was mesmerized by a saxophonist visiting his church. He began taking clarinet lessons at the age of 8 (once his two front teeth finally came in), and quickly switched to saxophone at the age of 10. Tarik credits his father, Stan “Holy Harp” Clark, who plays a mean harmonica and his mother, Georgia with continuing to challenge him musically, Spiritually, and academically. Clark earned a BS in Engineering Management from the prestigious Missouri University of Science and Technology; however, his true passion is music.
Kyle Wolverton - Growing up in the cozy, damp, environment of Seattle, Kyle had many hours to listen, learn, and play while watching the rain fall. With his early musical taste firmly rooted in gospel, Kyle found himself drawn toward influences such as Grover Washington Jr., Maceo Parker and David Sanborn. His love of fusion jazz combined with R&B influences such as Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, and Keith Sweat soon melded together to create a very unique sound.
Jessy J - brought in 2008 a sexy note into the smooth jazz scene, when she started her solo career with her album Tequila Moon. Under the patronage of hit-producer Paul Brown she was soon the optical and acoustic highlight on J many festival and events.
Keith McKelley - has had a wide and varied career as a saxophonist and Aerophone (Roland’s digital wind instrument) musician but also produces and writes his own material with the occasional collaboration with other writers and producers to create music that is at a high level, will last, and that is absolutely heartfelt.
Gene Dunlap - (born June 19, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan),is an American jazz/soul/disco drummer and bandleader.and he began playing drums as a high school student.He joined the guitarist Earl Klugh as a drummer. In later years, he also performed with Roy Ayers, who played the vibraphone, and guitarist Grant Green.Afterward, he rejoined Earl Klugh during the mid-1970s,to record a series of albums during a period of 20 years, including some albums for Capitol Records.After 1994, Dunlap quit performing and taught inner city youth in Detroit, but returned as a bandleader/drummer in April 2000.
Terje Lie - Norwegian saxophonist, based in Los Angeles, CA he started his career as a musician during high school in Norway with his blues/rock band with which he appeared as a lead vocalist on Norwegian television at seventeen years of age.Over time, he became a part of that country’s scene of young rising jazz artists and freelance musicians, featured as both a singer and saxophonist
Jerome Dawson - has been jazzing it up since he was 8 years old. He has made himself known throughout Northern California and has shared the stage with talented artists, including Sista Monica, Maruga Booker (Drummer for George Clinton) and Buzzy Linhart.With a unique style that is soulful and intense, Jerome Dawson has been known to bring the crowd to its feet. Jerome Dawson’s love for David Sanborn, Wayman Tisdale, the late Art Porter and Grover Washington, Jr. fuels his desire to play an upbeat, contemporary, smooth style with an R & B funk attitude. This has driven the creation of Wazabe Blue, an eclectic mix of smooth jazz that has something to offer music lovers of every kind.
Steve Oliver - (born August 14, 1964) is an American musician, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Although best known for his work in the field of contemporary or “smooth” jazz, he performs in a wide variety of styles including pop, rock, Latin, electronic, and world music.
Michael Haggins - is an American bassist and songwriter.Haggins has worked and recorded with many artists while also working in the network television industry for NBC, ABC, CBS. His sound combines funk and smooth jazz, having been inspired by Stanley Clarke, Isley Brothers, George Duke, and Earth Wind & Fire.
Mark Stephens - What have Alanis Morissette, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Stanley Clarke, James Ingram, Kirk Whalum, George Duke, Take 6 and Josh Groban in common? Keyboardist Mark Stephens has performed with them on many concerts.
Dean James - When it comes to one of the most distinctive sounds in what we call todays smooth jazz genre, Dean James comes to mind front and center. The sultry, soulful & smooth sound of his Alto & Soprano sax continues to leave a lasting impression for his most devoted as well as new listeners.
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.