A Message From Operations Manager John Beaudin - “We Are Shutting Down Our Stations”


May 6, 2014 – All four internet stations of the AirCom Radio Network will be down by the end of the day. Owner John Beaudin released this statement.

I want to thank everyone for the support of our radio stations. It has been a pleasure to experience internet radio with you and to have the opportunity to expand the boundaries of some formats. However after having one too many sobering meetings with our accountant I feel it is time to hang up our microphones. I simply do not have the time it takes to run four radio stations.

With so many projects on the go creating a few potential conflicts I had to make the decision to either sell our stations or shut them down. We had some good offers but, in the end, I thought it best to close our doors as a radio outlet. We will continue as an industry site however.

I want to thank Gerald Veasley, Johnny J Rivera, Ken Navarro, Cameron Smith, Daniela Nardi, Nick Colionne, Steve Bauer, Bruce Nazarian and many others who helped out on our stations. Your contributions were invaluable.

Thanks

John

 

 

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Excitement Grows For the Biggest Smooth Jazz Event of 2014 – The Lemonade Weekend 2

Read our Interview with Lemonade Creator Bruce Nazarian

September 18, 2013 – Tickets are now on sale for what will surely be the biggest Smooth Jazz event of 2014. The Lemonade Weekend 2 - four days of music and friends, food and wine, sun and FUN! Keep these dates open: March 27-30, 2014. The weekend will feature the only national awards body for the format and tons of events for fans including performances from nearly 100 artists like Paul Brown, Bob Baldwin, Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Blake Aaron, Chieli Minucci, Darren Rahn, Chris Standring, Chieli Mincucci and many more.

One of the unique elements of this spectacular weekend beyond the entertainment is the dedication to help school music programs. Lemonade Weekend 2 creator Bruce Nazarian says it's the most important aspect of the music festival, “We have currently designated schools in Burbank, Glendale, and Hollywood High School (specifically) as the first recipients of donations from the funds raised by the Lemonade events.” Nazarian adds, “In addition, because I was born and raised in Detroit I have a soft spot in my heart for Detroit public schools. We have made arrangements to support Charity Music Inc., in Detroit, to help get instruments into the hands of disadvantaged kids there, and we're also creating a distance-learning program so that the very best musical artists in Southern California can beam in in their mentoring and training by video into Detroit schools.”

Read our entire interview with Nazarian (below) for all the details on the Lemonade Weekend 2 and click here for more information and to purchase tickets

General info: http://LemonadeWeekend2.com
Tickets: http://LemonadeWeekend2.com/tix

How the Lemonade Weekend came to be (long version) - http://lemonadeweekend2.com/about/history

 

 

BRUCE NAZARIAN INTERVIEW

Smooth Jazz Now - For those who don’t know, tell us how this Lemonade Weekend started?

Bruce Nazarian - Well John, the short version is that the Lemonade Weekend got started quite by accident.

Back in March 2011, I was managing several artists who were supposed to play a showcase at the Oasis awards that were to take place in San Diego. And I had also been a sponsor, and was helping promote the concert on my radio show.

Monday before the Thursday opening night, we were all notified that it had been summarily cancelled.

I immediately got on the phone and rescheduled my artists' showcases, booking them into the Anthology club for the Saturday afternoon. When people heard that there was still music taking place, many who were thinking about canceling decided to change their mind and come to San Diego anyway.

As the weekend coalesced, CJazz's In Concert for Cancer on Friday night started things off, our showcase on Saturday continued the fun, Peter White came down to San Diego and played a free private show for Oasis ticket holders who had been burned by the cancellation, then Lao Tizer's show on Saturday night at Anthology buttoned things up for Saturday. Sunday continued the fun with the Humphrey's jazz brunch with Will Donato and Rob Tardik, and wrapped up with Jackiem Joyner's Sunday night concert. Once it became clear that we'd made lemonade out of the lemons dumped on us by the Oasis awards, the name stuck. The Lemonade Weekend was born.

Almost as soon as we were finished and people were heading back home, I began to get inquiries, "when can we do this again"? It's taken a little bit of time to plan it properly, but here we are. READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW

 

August 16, 2013 - When my mom told me Elvis was dead in 1977 It really didn't phase me. I was 17, at the time, I loved Zeppelin, Elton John and Pink Floyd - I couldn't relate to a big man in a bedazzled karate Gi singing songs that my parents once rocked too.......but then you get older, ones musical palette expands. You want to know who inspired your own music heroes and it's hard not to tip your hat to ELVIS. Today is the anniversary of his death. - John Beaudin

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Playboy Jazz Festival This Weekend

June 14, 2013 – The 35th Anniversary of the Playboy Jazz Festival is this weekend, June 15-16th. What a Father’s Day treat for all the Dads out there! It all takes place tomorrow at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and there is an amazing all-star line-up with some of the best musicians around. On stage Saturday are performers George Duke with special guest Jeffrey Osborne, Naturally 7 with Herbie Hancock and Grammy nominated, Gregory Porter. Sunday’s artists will include Sheila E., Indie. Arie and Bob James/David Sanborn featuring special guests Steve Gadd and James Genus.

For the complete list of performers go to: www.playboyjazzfestival.com – By Shannon Edwards

 

 

REVIEW – Drew Davidsen – True Drew – Oznot Records (3 1/2 out of 5 STARS)

May 28, 2013 - There is a sense of new life on this Drew Davidsen album. Sure, he looks like a million bucks after shedding a few pounds but there is much more going on here. Davidsen is well known as a guy who gives back with his charity work in Ghana, West Africa and like Peter White, Davidsen balances energy, catchy melodies and amazing guitar playing.

The album opener, 'My Guitar,' was inspired by Pat Metheny, Davidsen says, “This upbeat, driving symphony of guitars with a unique vocal hook takes full advantage of a beautiful 24-fret, solid-body Carvin.” Pardon me if I repeat myself again but this is the type of tune Smooth Jazz needs. Davidsen seems to have figured out that not everyone wants to sleep on the job in this format.

'95 South,' inspired by Wes Montgomery, is another kick-ass, speed-ticket, energy tune that serves as a reminder of the energy this format had before being watered down in R&B groove. READ MORE

 

 

Boney James 5th Week at #1 - Biggest Hit of the Year So Far on Smooth Jazz Now

May 3, 2013 - Things keep looking better for Boney James. The popular sax-man has the biggest hit of the year so far on Smooth Jazz Now with 'Batucada.' It's now been #1 for five weeks. "It's always special when a song stands out that much," says John Beaudin Program Director of Smooth Jazz Now. "Boney is always one of our top artists here on Smooth Jazz Now but this tune is really taking off," adds Beaudin.

Four tracks entered the chart this week including Tony Exum's 'T-Time' coming in at #49, Process Seven with 'Proces' at #46, Jim Peterik's lifeforce with 'Forces at Play' at #45 and the hghest entry 'One Step Ahead' by Darren Rahn coming in at #42.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a bi-weekly chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. CHECK OUT THE CHART

 

Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and John Legend Set For GMA Summer Concert Series

April 30, 2013 – Good Morning America has announced a huge line up for its 5th Annual Summer Concert Series.

It all kicks off May 24 when Mariah Carey hits the stage at Rumsey Playfield in New York City’s Central Park. She will be followed by a new artist every Friday for the next three months. John Legend and Alicia Keys are booked in to appear as well as Carly Jae Jepsen, Selena Gomez and Kenny Chesney among others.

All concerts are free to the public and will take place live during “Good Morning America,” Fridays from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET. – MORE

 

 

Supergroup BWB Charged Up with New Album and Tour

April 25, 2013 – Three gifted smooth Jazz musicians; Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown came together 11 years ago with their group BWB. These guys put their name on the map with the famous album Groovin’ and are back in full swing with an upcoming release ‘Human Nature’ set for release June 18th. The crafty song selections on this CD are reimaging of eleven hits made famous my Michael Jackson.

The trio is set to tour at the beginning of June

Here are the dates:
6/1/2013 2013 Jazz Festival @ Hyatt Newport Beach CA
6/6/2013 Napa Valley Opera House Napa CA
6/14/2013 A Celebration of Black Music Cincinnati OH
6/15/2013 One World Theatre Austin TX
6/21/2013 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Wilmington DE
6/22/2013 Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest Charlotte NC
6/26/2013 Spirit Cruise Ship New York NY
7/19/2013 The Norfolk Jazz Festival Norfolk VA
7/20/2013 Bonelli Park - JazzFest West San Dimas CA
7/21/2013 Bonelli Park - JazzFest West San Dimas CA
8/3/2013 Rodney Strong Winery Healdsburg CA
8/10/2013 Festival of the Vine - Fraze Pavilion Kettering OH read more

 

4th Week at #1 For Boney James on Smooth Jazz Now

April 19, 2013 - Boney James is again the most talked about artist on Smooth Jazz Now. His hit 'Batucada' was the most requested tune on our station for the last two weeks. "You have to love a song with this type of staying power," says John Beaudin, Program Director of Smooth Jazz Now.

Only three new songs entered the chart this week including Monkey House with 'Faith in the Middle' at #47, Delilah's 'Love Life' at #44 and Walter Christopher 'You're Beautiful' entering the highest at #42. There were no songs entering in the TOP 20 so we had no HOT SINGLE PICK this week.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP Chart is based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – SEE THE CHART


HOT SINGLE PICK – Andy Snitzer – 'Candy'

April 10, 2013 – The hottest new song on the Smooth Jazz Now TOP 50 chart last week was Andy Snitzer's 'Candy' entering at an impressive #5. The tune comes from, 'The Rhythm,' Snitzer's 3rd Native Language album and his 8th overall. The label calls the single “sweet funk/pop” which it is indeed. “I just love this song,” says John Beaudin Program Director of Smooth Jazz Now. “Andy is one of my favorite sax player's and also I really love his work with Paul Simon and the Rolling Stones,” adds Beaudin.

“Throughout my career, I’ve had the distinct privilege to make great music with wonderful people who happen to be among the most popular, talented musicians and artists in the world,” says Snitzer. “All of them have been influential in the evolution of my solo career, and it’s very gratifying to realize how much I have grown as a musician and artist over the past 20 years. I like my early solo recordings but they were mostly a relative hodgepodge combination of a lot of things; they didn’t necessarily articulate a distinct stylistic position. Eventually I figured out that making an album was not primarily about being a badass in ten different ways. It’s primarily about setting a compelling mood, taking an artistic position that your listener can sense and identify with. That’s what drove me to create Traveler, and I’m excited that The Rhythm is another step in that direction.” - MORE

 

It's a Hat-Trick For Boney James - Three Weeks at #1 With Batucada

April 5, 2013 - The most popular song in the land belongs to Boney James. The sax-man is firmly at #1 again, for the third time, with Batucada. "This week, especially, nothing came close to how many requests we got for this song," says John Beaudin Program Director of Smooth Jazz Now. He adds, "Boney could be in the top spot for weeks."

Seven new songs entered the chart this week including our HOT SINGLE PICK from Andy Snitzer entering the highest at #5 with 'Candy.' Jeanette Harris came in at #15 with "Keep Holding On' and Jim Samuel also entered strong with his rendition of Christopher Cross' 'Ride like the Wind' at #15

The SmoothJazzNow TOP Chart is based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – MORE

 

Smooth Jazz Now To Present World Premier of Jim Samuel's 'Smooth Covers, Smooth Dance' On Friday, March 15, 5PM (EST)

March 15, 2013 – The AirCom Radio Network is proud to present a special 90-minute Full Spin with Jim Samuel. The pianist is releasing his comeback album 'Smooth Covers, Smooth Dance” today and Smooth Jazz Now has the exclusive world premier of the album in its entirety. “It's amazing,” says John Beaudin, Program Director of Smooth Jazz Now, “Jim's been out of the game for so many years but he's found his sweet spot again – he's found his groove.”

Samuel was once a member of the popular band Bob Brady and the Conchords who had success with "More, More, More of Your Love" and "Everybody's Going To a Love-In" in the sixties. After his rock n roll dreams faded Samuel achieved success in the business world but now he's back. “I love Smooth Jazz but I also wanted to add some energy, some dance grooves to my music,” says Samuel. The result in an uplifting album featuring interpretations of Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Toto tunes to name a few.

Tune in to Smooth Jazz Now today at 5PM (EST) as Samuel sits in with John Beaudin and, together, they play every track off the album 'Smooth Covers, Smooth Dance.' The radio special will also be replayed both on Saturday and Sunday nights at 10 PM (EST) on Smooth Jazz Now. - READ MORE

 

 

Boney James Reaches #1 in Only Three Weeks On Sister Station Smooth Jazz Now

March 13, 2013 - Boney James doesn't fool around! The famous sax-man has reached the #1 spot on the Smooth Jazz Now Top 50 Countdown and it only took him three weeks. "Ok, really - this is Freakin' Boney James," says John Beaudin, Program Director of Smooth Jazz Now. "Boney is not just known as a superstar, he proves it with every song and every album."

Five tracks entered the chart this week. At #42 Jeffrey Osborne with his second tune from 'A Time for Love,' a cover of 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.' Greg Chambers came in at #38 with 'After Hours.' At #33 Ethan Farmer's 'Beautiful' had a strong debut and it was magic #22 for Drew Davidsen and 'Hi5.' The highest debut came from Euge Groove and one of ths silliest titles ever 'old.edu' at #8;

The SmoothJazzNow TOP Chart is based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. CHECK OUT THE CHART

 

Natalie Cole Teases About New Music

March 9, 2013 – Natalie Cole has found her muse again! The 'Unforgettable' singer told fans on Twitter that she's coming back. The nine time Grammy winner should have a new album out this year.

Her website posted the following: Natalie Is Excited To Announce New Music To Be Released Soon. Stay Updated On Everything Natalie Cole By Following Natalie On Twitter @NatMCole

Cole is still on the upswing and busy with her 2013 tour, more concert dates should be posted soon.

Check out Cole’s tour dates here www.nataliecole.com.  - MORE ON NATALIE COLE

 

 

Michael Buble Getting Ready For New Album Release

March 5, 2013 - Canadian singer, Michael Buble is getting ready for his upcoming album “To Be Loved’ hitting stores April 23rd.

Buble’ tells Justjared.com exclusively, “My new record is about love, happiness, fun and yummy things. Getting to work with my friend and longtime collaborator Bob Rock who produced the entire album was very exciting. We’re a good team. I love the songs we selected this time out. It was also terrific working once again with my songwriting partners.”

This 37 year old crooner has already won three Grammy’s, numerous awards and hit Billboard’s Top Jazz albums chart.

Bublé and his wife Luisana Lopilato are expecting their first child this year too! MORE

 

 

REVIEW – Bruce Mitchell – Earth Heal - A Millennia Production

February 28, 2013 – Bruce Mitchell came out of the gate as a Narada artist back in 1987. That was when New Age was fairly new and exciting. Since then many of those big labels have been sold or, simply, folded but New Age is far from deceased. Just like the related genre of Smooth Jazz most of the terrestrial radio stations have flipped formats only to be reborn on internet radio. I played Mitchell's two Narada albums on Terrestrial radio in the late 80's and now he's found a home on our very own New-Age/Smooth Jazz combo station WhatsInvisible.com.

On this follow up to 2009's 'New Earth Goddess' Mitchell proves why he's a deserving artist that has survived what could have been an Armageddon of a format. In fact, it's because of acts like him that this genre is still relevant. Mitchell is a spiritual musician in every sense of the word. His music will not only make ones mood climb but his intent is clearly to make our experience better.

The opening track 'Opus of Compassion' is a soft whisper of a song. Treading lightly with a unstrained tone of positivity. It's a gorgeous piece.

The title track follows the same tip-toe angelic whimsical feel. It's one of those gentle songs to encourage your shoulders to lower and unwind.

'Aeracura' is an Enya-like little ditty. We've all heard of those great driving tunes, well, this is the opposite. Perfect for stressful moments or mediation.

'Water Spirit' is another great visit to that supportive spiritual well. It's another reminder of the intent of the project.

As in previous CD's Ron Korb handles bass, flute and whistle while Mitchell's piano playing serves as the projects main force. These two have tapped into an incredible synchronistic vibe. - by John Beaudin

For more on Bruce Mitchell visit http://www.newearthgoddess.net/fr_home.cfm

 

 

 

A Four Day Music Retreat With David Lanz March 14-17

February 27, 2013 - David Lanz has big plans to work with aspiring musicians from all over the world. The New Age pianist is offering a series of Four Day Music Workshops starting next month. The first, March 14-17, is at the Lafond Conservatory of Music in Centralia Washington.

Included in Lanz’s venue are gourmet meals, a welcoming concert and a two day workshop with a question and answer period and a private music lesson for each person with David himself.

Attendees also have the enjoyment of sitting back and sipping on wine as David performs selections from his latest release ‘Cristofori’s Dream Re-Envisioned.’

Lanz welcomes pianists of all levels and also those who are just avid music lovers to join him at his private retreat.

For more information on the workshop schedules go to www.davidlanz.com   MORE

 

 

Diana Krall Adds More Shows on ‘Glad Rag Doll’ tour But Cancels Buffalo Tonight

February 27, 2013 – Canadian Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is coming to a city near you. This Grammy Award -winning beauty is in full swing on her ‘Glad Rag Doll’ Tour. In selling over 6 million albums in the U.S. and over 15 million records worldwide, this is one girl you won’t want to miss!

Krall released her album ‘Glad Rag Doll’ in October of 2012 and some of the Jazz music she used was written in the 1920s to 30s and has that take you back in time feel. She also throws in a few ideas from her father’s collection of records that he had collected over the years.

Diana was set to perform at the UB center for the Arts in Buffalo, NY tonight but has postponed that performance due to an upper respiratory infection.

Check out her touring schedule to find tickets in your area. Go to www.dianakrall.com  MORE

 

 

ThisJazz Readies to Launch New Radio Station Monday March 4th

February 23, 2013 – The folks who brought you SmoothJazzNow are branching out into a more Contemporary and Traditional Jazz area with a brand new radio station. ThisJazz will also feature a great mix of different Jazz genre's including Smooth Jazz as well. “On SmoothJazzNow we have always had a sub-category of tunes from artists that sound more Contemporary Jazz or, sometimes, Traditional,” says John Beaudin Program Director of SmoothJazzNow. “We though why not do a little research and see if we could serve Jazz fans from a different angle and also include the best Smooth Jazz in the mix.”

ThisJazz will also make the music first. “The new station will not be heavy on talk,” says Beaudin, “The message is the music. Trust me, you won't hear long diatribes on the psychology of Jazz on this radio station.”

Beaudin says the ThisJazz chart will be unique because of the different genre's of Jazz housed in the countdown. “Lots of Smooth Jazz charts include more traditional/standards type singers but our list will be much more diverse than that. We have been testing the mix for almost a year now and all these cats sound great together.”

If you are a Smooth, Contemporary or traditional Jazz artist submit your music at here

ThisJazz will launch at 6AM (EST) on Monday March 4, 2012.

For information on the station and or advertising opportunities contact John Beaudin at (917) 310-7625

 

 

 

 

Omar Akram Wins For Best New Age Album at Grammy’s

February 11, 2013 – The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were celebrated in Los Angeles last night and Omar Akram took home the trophy for his Top New Age album ‘Echoes of Love.’

Omar Akram is a recording artist, composer and pianist who was born in New York. He has released four albums in his musical career so far. – By Shannon Edwards

Here is a link to his official site http://blog.omarmusic.com/life/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Not Forget The Jazz Grammy Winners

February 11, 2013 - Every year most of the Grammy headlines are about the Pop, Rock and Country singers but let’s not forget to pay tribute to the Jazz genres.

There were some great take homes last night and Chris Botti scooped up Best Pop Instrumental Album for ‘Impressions.”

The Top Jazz Vocal Album went to Esperanza Spalding with ‘Radio Music Society’ and the Best Jazz Instrumental Album was claimed by Pat Metheny Unity Band for ‘Unity Band.’

The Best Improvised Jazz Solo was picked up by Gary Burton and Chick Corea, soloists for the Concord Label track from ‘Hot House’ and ‘Ritmo’ won for Top Latin Jazz Album from the Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Band.

For a complete list of all the Grammy Winners go to www.grammy.com. – By Shannon Edwards

 

 

55th Grammy Awards Honours Musicians

Feb 11, 2013 - The 55th annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night and The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Gyote and Fun came out as big winners during the gala event.

The Black Keys cleaned up with Dan Auerbach ending up with 4 trophies for Producer of The Year and three Rock category wins with bandmate Patrick Carney.

Mumford & Sons surprisingly took home Album of the Year for ‘Babel,’ while Gyote walked away with Record of the Year Award for their smashing hit single "Somebody That I Used To Know", featuring Kimbra and finished with three awards.

Fun, the American indie pop band, picked up the award for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for ‘We Are Young’ featuring Janelle Monae.

Other winners in the event were Paul McCartney, Adele, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, among others.

Go to www.grammy.com for the complete list. - By Shannon Edwards

 

 

Jazz Bassist Marcus Miller Injured in Bus Crash

November 26, 2012 - Bassist Marcus Miller is "bruised and sore" following a deadly bus accident this weekend. It occured in Switzerland, near Schattdorf on a busy highway. Miller and many of his band mates were injured when their bus overturned, killing the driver. The private bus had two drivers and eleven members of the Marcus Miller Band.

Bibi Green of Greenhouse Management, who represents Miller gave this update on her Facebook page - "Feeling isolated, but very busy putting the pieces together and relieved to hear the voices of everyone in the band and crew who are still in Switzerland. All but 4 have now been released from the hospital. They are bruised and sore, but they will all be fine. Thanks again for all your messages of support."

The group was en route from Monte Carlo to Hengelo for the next stop in the band’s tour.

All the other passengers were taken to hospitals with no life-threatening injuries.

There were no other vehicles involved in the accident police believe and the cause it not clear.

Grammy- winning artist Marcus Miller has worked with legendary greats such as Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. He won his first Grammy in 1991 for Best Rhythm & Blues Song “Power of Love” and in 2001 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album “M2.” – By Shannon Edwards & John Beaudin

 

 

10 Things You Might Not Know About Jeanette Harris

November 18, 2012 - Jeanette Harris is one of the hottest New Sax players in Contemporary Jazz. The Fresno, California native has already charted four songs off of her 'Saxified' album on the SmoothJazzNow Top 50 countdown including the title tune that reached #2 on our chart.

We asked Jeanette to help us get to know her a little more with things that were not in her bio.

Here is her own list of "10 Things You Might Not Know about Jeanette Harris."

1. I love to cook but will not follow a recipe…I’m all about improvising in the Kitchen. There’s nothing like a home cooked meal!!!

2. I love to eat almost all styles of food including - Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Soul Food! The spicier the better.

3. I enjoy fishing…as long as I don’t have to touch the worm or the fish.

4. I co-wrote “The Best Is Yet To Come” on Norman Brown and Gerald Albright's new CD 24/7.

5. I love to rollerblade which is about the only exercise I enjoy doing ? read more