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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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