Monday, 28 September 2020


Label: Greg Manning Music
July 27, 2020

Producer and keyboardist Greg Manning has just released his new single Grateful as a follow-up to Twinke, his previous # 1 single. Judah Sealy on sax is featured as guest artist in Grateful.

Sunday, 27 September 2020



Rob Zinn – Take That! Feat Greg Manning
Paula Atherton – Ain´T No Denyin´ - Don´T Let Me Wait – A Night In Madrid
Debora Galan – Make You Mine
Special Efx – Vacation For Life
Antonio Gómez – Aires De Mar - Redondo
Carol Albert Feat Paul Brown - Perfect Sunday
Sean U Feat Blake Aaron – Magic Hour
Wakana – (Feat: Darren Rahn & Koh Mr. Saxman) - Go For The Sound
Chieli Minucci – Mr. Marzipan
Blake Aaron (Feat Darren Rahn) – Groovers And Shakers
Airbone – Smooth Sailling
Lionel Richie – All Night Long 

Saturday, 26 September 2020


About the color of this week: Blue, Dave says: “Today’s song from the album (to match the color blue), I must admit, is my favorite. A song written in NYC with my longtime collaborators Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, it’s called “Long Goodbyes” and features the absolutely gorgeous piano of one of the all-time greats (and a huge musical mentor to me and so many others), the amazing Bob James. There’s a really funny (and completely true) story of how Bob got involved with this song in the first place…click the blue video to hear it and hear the song. Trust me, you can’t make this stuff up!! :)

Thematically, this song is about that feeling of having to say goodbye to someone we don’t want to say goodbye to. The emotion behind that moment is represented in the song…wistful, but with a tinge of hopefulness, as if maybe this goodbye won’t be forever. It’s a feeling we are all familiar with, especially in the pandemic. One of the most difficult aspects of this period has been not being able to see our loved ones for so long, making those "long goodbyes” inevitable. But one day soon we will all be reunited…and what a reunion it will be!”

Friday, 25 September 2020


Label: Rob Zinn Music 
September 14, 2020

Rob Zinn in his purest style. Take That! it's an invitation to fun!!

Rob Zinn: trumpet, flugelhorn, harmon
Darrell Crooks: guitars
Greg Manning: Keys, synths, bass and drum programming

Produced and mixed by Greg Manning

Available on all Digital Media Outlets

Thursday, 24 September 2020


Label: Independent 
September 24, 2020

Based in San Diego, Debora Galán spent her early childhood in Madrid, where her mother and grandfather sang flamenco at huge family gatherings. She was educated in Washington, D.C. and became a widely acculturated teen, listening to singers from Streisand to Sade.

After two decades as an R&B, jazz, gospel, and pop singer, Galán jumped out of the box with her 2016 album, All About Love. It was her first as a leader and primary composer. Carving out new stylistic territory, the latin jazz album was a clear reflection of her Spanish/Cuban heritage. She had reclaimed her full identity.

All About Love features 10 originals exploring the various aspects of love, from enchantment to heartbreak. Critics have praised Galán’s stirring vocal renditions and the rich and rhythmic arrangements framing them.

Debora Galán, Debora Galán has released her new single, Make You Mine. Produced by Emmy-winning Latin/World music producer, Allan Phillips, Make You Mine features sax virtuoso, Justo Almario, of the jazz-funk band, Koinonia. Phillips, who also produced Galán’s first album, All About Love, is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who has also played several of the instruments on this track including vibes.

Galán, has been working on her new project since returning SD after her last East Coast tour last summer (July 2019) where she was a featured vocalist at Blues Alley, in Washington, D.C., to debut her collaborations with genre-busting bassist/composer Christian de Mesones’ latest work. Galán co-wrote and was the featured vocalist for two songs, Hispanica and Sweetnight, on his album titled, They Call Me Big New York. Debora Galán brought the slow burn and endless rhythmic possibilities of Latin Jazz into the realm of Smooth Jazz. 

"Make You Mine" is something more than a love song, is Debora Galán with her sensual voice in a smooth and tender interpretation.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020


Label: Vintage League Music 
August 27, 2020

BT ALC Big Band is excited to release new single "The Iguana", recorded remotely during the Covid19 pandemic.

Once again, the process began by getting VLM co-founder and Soulive drummer Alan Evans together with organist Darby Wolf at Iron Wax Studios to lay down the initial track for the rest of the band to work off of. BT ALC Big Band is known to employ the classic organ trio sound (organ bass) as their rhythm section but decided to use an electric bass for this recording. Bassist Nate Edgar (Nth Power / John Brown’s Body) and BT ALC Big Band co-leader Brian Thomas have been close friends and musical partners for years and were excited to reconnect for this project. “Nate is so musical, versatile and such a beautiful soul. We knew he’d be a perfect fit for this song” said Thomas.

"The Iguana" is inspired by the uptempo grooves on Grant Green’s classic album "Live At The Lighthouse" recorded in 1972. Evans suggested getting Soulive bandmate Eric Krasno to play guitar, which was perfect as no one has mastered the funky Grant Green lead and rhythm guitar sound more than Krasno. Rounding out the special guests is legendary flutist/tenor saxophonist Karl Denson (Greyboy Allstars / Rolling Stones). Also contributing to this track are saxophonists Mark Zaleski, Pete Levesque, Mike Tucker, Tucker Antell & Jared Sims, trumpets Yaure Muniz, Alex Lee-Clark, Mark Berney & Doug Olsen, trombonists Ben Griffin, Brian Thomas, Clayton DeWalt & Rob Krahn, percussionist Yahuba Garcia.

Since the group's formation in 2011, BT ALC Big Band has gained a reputation for hard grooving original compositions featuring the most talented jazz and funk musicians in Boston. BT ALC Big Band draws from the big band traditions of Duke Ellington and Count Basie then infuses music from funk legends like James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic, and The Meters, creating an undeniably unique sound, Big Band Funk.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020


Label: Dream On Records
September 18, 2020

Saxophonist and flutist Paula Atherton has enjoyed a long career in contemporary jazz. Her new album, "Can You Feel It?" already started to receive accolades with her single also titled "Can You Feel It," reaching #1 for three straight weeks on Billboard charts. The album features multiple producers, from Lou Gimenez, Bill Heller, better known as keyboardist for The Ripppingtons, Greg Manning, multi-instrumentalists Matt Godina and Nathan MItchell, Paul Brown and Schuyler Deale.

It's an album full of variety, from the latin rhythms of “One Night in Madrid”, the sensational version of Patrice Rushen's funky song “Forget Me Nots” amazing with Cindy Bradley on trumpet and trombone. Atherton's beautiful voice on the ballad "Calling You", the fantastic “Can You Feel It" which was Billboard's first #1 single and that gives its name to the album. Undoubtedly a real pleasure for listening, as well as its second single "Just Can't Stop".

"Funkulator" is the track that closes the album, another superb song that reinforces the variety and genius of a high-rise album where, in addition to Atherton, the guitarist and co-producer Lou Gimenez has a fundamental role, the appearance of up to five songs by Cindy Bradley, the presence on the keyboards and production of Greg Manning or the already mentioned Matt Godina and Nathan Mitchell.

"Can you Feel It?" It is a safe bet, where each of the songs is a delight, they make time pass too quickly and you want more Paula Atherton, although you will always have the opportunity to listen to it from the beginning and enjoy it again...

Javi Martin

Monday, 21 September 2020


Label: R.L. Walker
September 7, 2020

A new remixed and remastered version of "Warm Autumn Sunset" from the album "3rd Time's the Charm" that is sure to be a classic from smooth jazz saxophonist R.L. Walker. Just in time for the fall season! Get ready to relax and feel the good vibes!



Brian Hughes - One 2 One
Nils - 3 Outa sight
Mario González – Open Road
Phil Sheeran – Look of Love
Maurice Johnson – The Next Time i See you
John Novello (Feat Eric Marienthal) – Good to Go
Gary Palmer (Feat Bob Baldwin) – Land Of The sun
Dee Dee Davis (Feat Bob Baldwin) I Do
Francisca Tomas – Clouds in my Mirror
James Day (Feat Audrey Wheeler) – Better Days
Mattias Roos - Feels Like Home
Carl Roland – A Natural High
JJ Sansaverino – The Groove Messenger
Desmond Meyer (Feat Greg Manning) – Lickamore
Will Donato – The High Road
Eddie Garrido – In a Dream -Flying Through
Catie Waters – Sunsets
Mario González - little bossa
Antonio Gómez – Porvenir
Adriano María – Mediterranean Mood – It´s me
Mindi Abair – Forever
Illya Serov – Chillin´
Eddie Garrido- te me olvidas- El verdadero amor – No me platiques mas
Paul Carrack - how long live - Harvest for the World


Saturday, 19 September 2020


Label: Légère Recordings 
September 18, 2020

Infused with soul, jazz and a good splash of hip hop "Freedom Is You" is the brand new single by Myles Sanko taken from his forthcoming studio album "Memories Of Love" due for release early spring 2021 and will be available for pre-order next month in limited edition gatefold and standard vinyl, deluxe edition CD, and digital versions. Self produced and co-written with long time bandmate Tom O'Grady (Resolution 88), "Freedom is You" is personal and celebrates Myles's love for music.

"This song is about my relationship with music. Music is my freedom, music gives me purpose, music makes me feel alive, it completes me and I will be forever grateful to have found it. If I had never found music I would have been truly lost in my early years and God only knows the person I would be today"

With an upbeat, soul lifting spirit, and catchy hook sung by a 8-voice choir and accompanied by a powerful music video directed by Myles himself. As always you truly get to experience the full creative spectrum of this sensational multi-talented artist. A musician, composer, producer and cinematographer, the diversity of talents have allowed him to create music entirely in his own vision.

Friday, 18 September 2020


In this fourth week of the "Colors Of A New Day" campaign Dave introduces us to the “Side by Side” collaboration with David Sanborn, his saxophone hero since his youth. Although the two have toured together, "Side by Side" marks the first recording together.

Dave says, "Now if you know me then you know I'm completely crazy about David Sanborn. He's my saxophone hero: I adored him and his records growing up. I used to memorize all of his licks, learn every note of his songs and try to emulate him in every possible way. One day when I was younger, I got to know him. His wise advice? Stop copying it and be myself. Probably the best advice I have ever received from a mentor.

David and I eventually became colleagues and friends, and we even consolidated our musical kinship in 2016 with a tour of the United States together. But one thing still eluded me ... the opportunity to record a song together on an album with this true master of alto sax. Well on A New Day, we finally MADE IT ... a dream come true! Not only did David play this song with all his heart, we also wrote it together. Produced by the incredible Rick Braun, "Side By Side" will be the first radio single from the album. When I think of when I was a kid, listening to Sanborn on my bedroom record player ... and now, doing a duet together, I can hardly believe it, my head is spinning! I couldn't be more proud or excited. This song is about friendship and supporting your friends, even when you can't physically lean on them, as many of us have experienced in this pandemic. David recorded his parts in New York, I in Los Angeles ... and yet, as you will hear, we really lean on each other ... that's what friends do!


Label: Mario Gonzalez Ibarra Music
September 10, 2020

Mario is a musician, Multi-instrumental performer from Monterrey,Mexico currently living in Iowa,USA. He attended the School of Music at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León (UANL) in Monterrey,Mexico earning a Music degree in Percussion performance, He has been involved in different projects, percussion ensembles and also as a Music Instructor. His music is mainly influenced by Latin Jazz, and Funk.

In 2018 he released his first Single, a jazz ballad titled “The way you love me” in October2019 he released the Smooth Jazz EP titled “Milestone”

"Open Road" is the name his new Smooth Jazz EP recently released in September 2020. "Open Road" represents the beginning of a new journey and all the possibilities ahead.

For this new EP Mario has been able to collaborate with musicians around the world and add their talent and musicianship to this new project.

Thursday, 17 September 2020


Label: A-Pex Recordings International 
June 9, 2020

Contemporary keyboardist Al DeGregoris is back with his latest project - this time with legendary producer / composer / keyboardist Jeff Lorber at the helm! Tight, copper-toned and retro-cooler than any of his previous four releases, DeGregoris' new album Time Sensitive - his first since Time and a Half 2016 - showcases the dynamic chemistry he created with fellow keyboardist - and fusion legend more than ever before. The two began collaborating musically years ago and Lorber began producing songs for DeGregoris on All in Good Time (2014), but this is the first time that every song in a DeGregoris collection has been co-written and produced by Lorber. The result is pure melodic magic, non-stop energetic funk exuberance, driven by the wild, adventurous intertwining of their keyboards.

True to its whimsical title, “Cookie Jar” is relentlessly playful, a spicy, groovy pounding jam that rolls with super melodic retro riffs, a tight, springy bass bottom and a simmering horn section created by David Mann. Lorber has clearly transferred his passion for old school keyboard sounds to DeGregoris who brilliantly jams on it before exploring the deeper, more jazzy soul of the track with a dancing and dazzling, highly improvisational acoustic piano section. A truly uplifting melody released for a time when our collective minds need it most, “Cookie Jar” is a non-stop retro funk fest performed by two masterful keyboard talents.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020


Label: Saxtime! Entertainment
July 27, 2020

Most artists who put a “Doc” in their name do it out of cleverness, for marketing reasons, or as a crafty way to express their mastery of their instrument or vibe. Since the release of his 2003 debut Saxappeal, Phillip “Doc” Martin has all that down pat, wowing audiences everywhere from Blues Alley in D.C. to the St. Lucia Jazz Festival and the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival. His latest release and 7th CD self-titled was produced by Super Producers Marvin Tony Hemmings and Jacob Webb and Mastered By Darren Rahn. 

While many independent artists with cool, successful “day jobs” prefer to avoid references to them when they talk about their music, Martin is the complete opposite, fully embracing the inspirational factor of being a top notch practitioner in two very different professions. Beyond his ever-expanding musical fan base, hundreds of patients in the Washington DC area know him as “Dr. Martin,” a board-certified dentist in group practice there. He called his 2013 album "Good Day At Work" to reflect his artful balance between the rigors of life as a dentist and the sometimes exhilarating, often challenging grind of being an independent artist and performer. One of the insert photos in the packaging of Pocket Love finds him enjoying the best of both worlds, embracing his treasured alto while wearing his green scrubs and cap.

As Martin continued to hone his skills, he became influenced by influential sax players from across the traditional and smooth spectrum, including Charlie Parker, Everette Harp, Grover Washington Jr., Dave Koz and Gerald Albright. In addition to his acclaimed discography, his appeal as a live performer has secured him shows at prominent venues like Ram’s Head Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland, Philadelphia’s Dell East and SoCal’s Spaghettini, in addition to appearances at the Bahamas Jazz Festival, Carolina Music Festival, Trenton Jazz Festival and Berks Jazz Fest.

Because of the financial ups and downs of being an independent artist, Martin made an important life decision to become a dentist, moving to the Metro DC area to attend Howard University College of Dentistry, where he received his degree and certification. His love of music and his commitment to dentistry were both so strong that he rebranded himself as Phillip “Doc” Martin and relabeled his early releases under that name so new fans could find them.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020


Label: Sealong Music Group
September 14, 2020

"She" is the new single from singer-songwriter Wade C. Long. It's the 3rd single from the LP "Nostalgia".

"She" is a love ballad with a timeless sound, where the artist proudly declares his love for his woman.

Sunday, 13 September 2020



George Benson - Cruise Control (Live)
Ben Lóncle Soul – Strangers In The Night
Tony Lindsay – Find The Day
Tompi – Feel This Way
Rick Braun And Richard Elliot - Sao Paulo
Marc Antoine – Bella Via
Basia – Astrud (Live) - Blame I Ton The Summer
Citrus Sun – Mais Uma Vez
Brian Bromberg – The Girl From Ipanema
Dave Koz Feat Brian Mcknight – Summertime In NYC
Tony Lindsay – Sweet Love

Friday, 11 September 2020


“I heard the Beatles' "Yesterday" on the radio. Through the lens of the pandemic, I felt this amazing melody and prophetic lyrics in a completely different way. Oh, how I longed for Yesterday! Haven’t we ALL?! It's always been one of my favorite songs and I'd never gotten the chance to record it. Considering how much all our lives had changed since COVID-19's arrival, it seemed like the right idea to include this amazing song in the narrative of the album, for it truly was just yesterday that our lives were completely different. And while we can’t necessarily go back to that same kind of innocence, the prospect of a bright tomorrow is something we all can focus on.

I immediately enlisted the help of genius vocalist / instrumentalist / producer Matt Cusson, who developed the hauntingly beautiful and intimate track…it's Matt who does all those stunning Take Six-style vocals you’ll hear. And then we invited the incomparable Meshell Ndgeocello to play bass…and man, did she turn in an EPIC performance. The bass part alone is a work of art! Click on the yellow image above to hear our version of "Yesterday." I do hope it brings peaceful memories of life before the pandemic, and helps you chart your course for the future as well...for knowing where we’ve come from will help guide us to where we are going.” – Dave Koz

Thursday, 10 September 2020


Label: Black Rainbow Records. January 31, 2020

Last January Christian Gratz's first album called "1979" was released and, although Covid-19 has caused it not to have the visibility it should have, we cannot ignore it because it is an absolutely cool work. Dressing from the cover of the album in the purest vintage style, this album is for all those who remember with nostalgia those years from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. A return to the past, a trip back to those amazing years in which the followers of Steely Dan, Greg Guidry, Andrew Gold, Joey Scarbury enjoyed each of their songs.

"1979" offers us tracks like "Midnight Radio", "Dark Lady", "Midnight", "Hold On"...sounds that go from the west coast to funky and disco sounds like the instrumental Disco Connection, Fallen Angel Theme and Dracula make "1979" an amazing album to enjoy and one of albums of the year. 
Javi Martin

Christian Gratz info:

Wednesday, 9 September 2020


Label: Independent 
September 7, 2020

"Keep Pressing On" is the new radio single from Vann Burchfield. Keep Pressing On marks the first new music from the powerhouse smooth jazz saxophonist since 2017's "Lay Back".

Tuesday, 8 September 2020


Label: Delilah Records 
September 2, 2020

The critically acclaimed Italian Saxophonist Rocco Ventrella draws on Jazz and Funk to release this new sun kissed track: a breath of wind that brings new freshness to the international Smooth and Contemporary Jazz scene.

A captivating theme, played together with the guitarist Roberto Tola, leaves room for different moments of improvisation, where the artists pour out all their liveliness and experience of the genre, with a crackling contrapuntal ending, until the tune fades slowly with a jazzy melody, almost be bop..

Monday, 7 September 2020


Label:  Trippin' 'N' Rhythm

August 21, 2020

Randy is a professional musician, producer, and songwriter. He has recorded with Michael Powell (composer and producer for Anita Baker, Patti Labelle, Randy Crawford and others), J. Moss & Paul Allen (composers and producers for Boys II Men, Brittney Spears, N'Sync and others), Hiroshima, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington, Jr., Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters, Rance Allen, Dietrich Haddon, Men Of Standard, Kirk Franklin, Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Bob James, Marion Meadows and many other artists on almost every major record label.

 In 2008, Randy produced four songs on the Vickie Winans CD, Woman To Woman. He also on his recent single, How I Got Over, which debuted at # 1 on Billboard. In 2009, Randy produced seven songs for the jazz guitarist, Tim Bowman's CD, which was the number one album in the country on the Smooth Jazz charts. His fourth CD, titled Breathe, was in the top 40 nationally for five months.

 Additionally, he has received two gold, two platinum, and one multi-platinum record for his work on a Gospel Wow compilation CD and recordings with Grammy winners Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond.

 Last month his fifth CD "Elevation" was released. It is a journey in which he perfectly defines smooth jazz through ten songs which it features Cindy Bradley and Anesha Birchett.

Sunday, 6 September 2020



Anessa - Just_To_Be_With_You_

Debora Galan – Make You Mine (Hacerte Mío)

Jacqine - I Really Did Love You (Realmente Te Amo)

Mónica Santana - Believe In Us

Maysa – It´s Gonna Be Alright  (Feat: Chris Davis – Phil Perry – Kim Waters)

Marion Meadows - Dreamin (Feat. Maysa & Peter White)

Christian De Mesones Feat: Debora Galan – Hispanica

Aysha - Feat: Darren Rahn – Take Me Higher

Catie Waters – Crazy

Diana Krall Duet With Michael Bublé - Alone Again (Naturally)

Carmen Cuesta Loeb – (Feat; Bob James) – Shape Of My Heart

Diana Krall And Natalie Cole - Route 66

Diana Krall – Just The Way You Are – So Nice

Friday, 4 September 2020


This is the second week of the "Colors Of A New Day" campaign by Dave Koz ahead of the release of his new album of original tracks after 20 years. 

Dave tells us about today's color, Orange.

“Welcome to week 2 of our Colors Of A New Day campaign! It’s all about the color ORANGE today. It’s called “The Closer We Get,” and I’m proud to say I wrote this song with the fantastic saxophonist/producer Darren Rahn, who has really become a big star in his own right. Darren and I wrote this tune to be the kind of song you put on and hopefully, it just takes you away…without a care in the world. It’s a romantic song for sure, but the inspiration is also firmly rooted in the quarantine, in that we’ve all had to find new ways to be close to the ones we love in this very surreal time. The pandemic has shown us you don’t really need to be with someone to feel close to them.”

Tuesday, 1 September 2020


Label:  Independent

August 31, 2020

Magic Hour is the new single from keyboardist Sean U. Produced by Blake Aaron includes Sean U piano; Blake Aaron guitar; Darryl Williams bass and Tony Moore drums.

Monday, 31 August 2020


 Label: Clark Street Records

June 19, 2020

For nearly five decades, singer-songwriter-musician, Randy Goodrum—whose new solo recording, Red Eye, released on June 19, 2020, on the artist’s own Clark St. Records—has dodged classification by refusing to be easily categorized. On his first project under his own name in many years, Goodrum plays jazz piano with phenomenal skill and emotional depth, and returns to the captivating vocal stylings that graced his several previous releases as a leader.

Red Eye, which features songwriting collaborations with fellow keyboard great and co-producer/co-writer, Larry Williams (who also plays horns), spans several genres, with a pronounced leaning toward what Goodrum calls “Intelligent Pop/Jazz.”

But the dozen-song Red Eye only scratches the surface of Goodrum’s multitude of talents and interests: Over the years, the award-winning artist has also written hit songs that slot into pop, country, rock or no box at all. Some in the music business have told him he’d be better off finding one thing and sticking to it, but the only category that Randy Goodrum has ever wanted to be a part of is the Randy Goodrum category. “Whatever it is, I want to do it my way,” he says. “That is the jazz ethic that I’ve always lived by, and still do.”

Sunday, 30 August 2020

FOLLOW ME 87.6 RADIO SHOW ····· EP 200

In the Ep. 200, we have prepared very special music to share with you to one more week you continue to enjoy with us. Thanks to everyone for listening every week and make this day so special for us. Thank you...

Ron Otis – That Feels Good

Randy Scott – Elevation

Friday, 28 August 2020


Dave Koz's new album will arrive in October. Conceived and recorded entirely under the umbrella of Covid-19. It's called A New Day. The sole purpose of making this album was to bring a sense of hope, comfort, and good feeling to all those whose lives have been so transformed by this pandemic.

 A New Day will be Dave Koz's first album of original material in 10 years with a very special guest list including David Sanborn, Bob James, Brian McKnight, Meshell Ndgeocello, Rick Braun and more ... they all recorded their parts virtually, the release date for this album is October 9, 2020 ... 30 years and a day after the release of Dave's debut album… and to celebrate, he is preparing something very special and unique for all his fans by releasing 6 songs from the album in a new and creative way ahead of the full album release.

 Under the name "Colors Of A New Day", a campaign begins in which every Friday  every Friday from August 28 and for 6 consecutive Fridays, through his YouTube channel, Dave will tell a story and play a song from the new album, using a different color in the background. The first song is "Summertime In NYC", featuring Brian McKnight, and the color will be RED. The next song on the following Friday, the color will be ORANGE and so on. Every week, another song and another color!

 The intention is that at the end of this campaign, a rainbow of colors will be formed ... a beautiful metaphor for where we are in the pandemic, and the rainbow that will be waiting for us once we manage to overcome these difficult and complicated moments

 Dave Koz's offering with this new album is to use the music all the way to that rainbow so that our forward journey is as smooth and bearable.

 "Summertime in New York City" is the first song to be released from Dave's new album, A New Day.

 With the help of Ralph Johnson, the percussion legend of Earth, Wind & Fire, who sets the tone and great voice of Brian McKnight, is a happy and enjoyable summer song that exemplifies the unwavering spirit of New Yorkers, and of all of us like making our way through this pandemic that has changed our lives in incomprehensible ways.

Thursday, 27 August 2020


Label:  Concord Records

February 28, 2020

One common thread weaves throughout the staggeringly diverse tapestry of music that producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist Sergio Mendes has created over his remarkable six-decade career: the spirit of joy.

From his pioneering contributions to the foundations of bossa nova alongside the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, through the era-defining Latin-pop sound of his iconic group Brasil ’66; his scintillating collaborations with jazz legends like Cannonball Addereley and Herbie Mann to his chart-topping adult contemporary smash “Never Gonna Let You Go;” on through his 21st-century reinvention with the Black-Eyed Peas and John Legend or his Oscar-nominated theme song from the animated hit Rio: an infectious spirit of joy pervades everything Mendes has ushered into the ears of listeners.

The Brazilian legend’s new album is no exception. On In the Key of Joy, released February 28, 2020 from Concord Records, Mendes looks back the only way he knows how – by once again moving forward. Released to coincide with a spectacular new documentary on his life by acclaimed filmmaker John Scheinfeld (Chasing Trane, Who Is Harry Nilsson?), In the Key of Joy melds the classic Brazilian, jazz and pop sounds that have long characterized Mendes’ music with stunningly contemporary inspirations that make the album sound at once utterly timeless and wholly of the moment.

As he has throughout his musical life, Mendes thrives on collaboration on In the Key of Joy. The album brings together fellow Brazilian legends with modern-day hitmakers and young rising stars, bringing familiar voices and fresh life to a set of new original songs penned by Mendes and his collaborators. Guests on the album include Common, Hermeto Pascoal, Joe Pizzulo, Cali y El Dandee, Buddy, Sugar Joans, João Donato, Sheléa and Mendes’ wife and longtime singer, Gracinha Leporace.

To accompany the documentary’s wide-angle perspective on Mendes’ sweeping history, the Deluxe Edition of In the Key of Joy includes the soundtrack to the film, a career-spanning overview that encompasses the greatest moments from Mendes’ musical life. From the unforgettable Brasil ’66 classic “Mas Que Nada” to Burt Bacharach’s “The Look of Love,” which Mendes memorably performed on the 1968 Academy Awards telecast; collaborations with and the dazzling, soulful “Never Gonna Let You Go,” the disc offers an essential primer on Mendes’ ability to place his indelible imprint on multiple styles of music across the decades.

While he’s never been interested in living in the past, the experience of making the documentary and the 60thanniversary of the bossa nova gave Mendes an excuse to look back and take in the scope of his accomplishments.

In the Key of Joy provided the opportunity to make some new encounters as well as reunite with old friends. The album was recorded between Mendes’ native Brazil and his adopted home of California, one more way in which he bridges past and present in an eclectic harmony.

The lilting Brazilian pop of “Sabor Do Rio” opens the album with the instantly recognizable Mendes sound, the lush and sunny blend of voices and horns harking back to Brasil ’66 while Common’s welcoming rap invites in contemporary listeners. Like much of the album, the song was co-written by Mendes with producer and multi-instrumentalist Mika Mutti and woodwind player/arranger Scott Mayo. The propulsive dance-floor pulse of “Bora Lá” is a buoyant backdrop for the vocal pairing of Brazilian samba star Rogê and Mendes’ lifelong muse, Gracinha Leporace.

 The Colombian pop duo of brothers Cali y El Dandee take the spotlight on the sultry “La Noche Entera,” co-written by the pair along with Mendes and the great Brazilian musician/producer Carlinhos Brown. The angelic pipes of The Voice alum Sugar Joans aptly grace “Samba In Heaven;” the singer is a second-generation collaborator with Mendes, her father being Joe Pizzulo, who so memorably sang the lead on “Never Gonna Let You Go.” Pizzulo himself rejoins Mendes for “Love Came Between Us,” which evokes the silky sound of that classic hit.

Bossa pianist João Donato co-wrote and performs on the percolating “Muganga.” In the liner notes, Mendes refers to Donato as one of his “Three Magi,” along with Hermeto Pascoal and Guinga. The former contributes the party-like atmosphere of “This Is It (É Isso),” also performing an emphatic Portuguese rap. Guinga, meanwhile, wrote and plays guitar on the album’s mesmerizing final cut, “Tangara,” which conjures images of sun-dappled beaches and vibrant forests chiming with birdsong.

The upbeat title track features up-and-coming Compton rapper Buddy, who also recently worked with keyboardist Robert Glasper. Singer-songwriter Sheléa dances nimbly around the acoustic guitar lines of Chico Brown on “Catch the Wave” and takes an achingly yearning turn on the ballad “Times Goes By.” Mutti penned the delightfully cheery “Romance in Copacabana,” with its whistling melody and a spotlight for the bandleader’s fleet jazz piano skills.

Revealing Mendes’ inability to stand still as music evolved, In the Key of Joy is stunning in the range and beauty of its spectrum of styles and collaborations.

Wednesday, 26 August 2020



Label: Trippin N Rhythm

August 10, 2020

‘Mr. Marzipan’ is the new single from the album ‘All Stars’ 

Chieli Minucci – guitars, keys, beats

Jerry Brooks – bass

David Mann – saxophones, flute, horn arrangement, sax soloist

Tatum Greenblatt – trumpet, flugelhorn

Mike Davis – trombone

Lin Rountree – trumpet soloist

Produced by Chieli Minucci

Tuesday, 25 August 2020


 Label: Dome Records

August 14, 2020

“If you look at Incognito as being the flagship of my career, consider Citrus Sun as being the indulgent – and for fun only – speedboat that rides alongside her". That is Bluey explaining his love for Citrus Sun, who deliver their fourth album Expansions and Visions. “This band is our getaway, our live-for-the-moment statement”, he says.

And for the second album running, the band did literally get away – to Krabi on southern Thailand’s West coast, where they enjoyed a life of beach and boat trips by day and writing and recording by night. The core of Citrus Sun is the Incognito rhythm section – Bluey, keyboard player Matt Cooper, bassist Francis Hylton, guitarist Francisco Sales and drummer Francesco Mendolia – who are joined by guest musicians and singers.

A gritty reworking of the Ashford-Simpson classic “California Soul” features Noel McKoy, with background vocals from Jamiroquai’s Valerie Etienne and Hazel Fernandes. Valerie also takes the lead on a blistering version of Lonnie Liston Smith’s “Expansions”, described by Bluey as “a pivotal song in the soundtrack of our lives”. Legendary UK guitarist Jim Mullen returns on “Expansions”, “Stay You” (a Seventies-styled tribute to the late Leon Ware) and a very funky instrumental “Hard Boiled”.

Featured on much of the album is the youngest addition to the band, 22-year-old Indonesian harmonica sensation Rega Dauna, who delivers a solo on the jazz funk tune “A Lust For Life” with a maturity which belies his age. Also showcased on that track are the band’s Portuguese guitarist Francisco Sales and Dominic Glover on trumpet. Bluey himself contributes vocals on several of the cuts, including the album closer “Thinking Of You”, a gorgeous soulful bossa duet with American singer Deborah Bond.

Monday, 24 August 2020



Airborne is a multicultural contemporary jazz group based in New Haven, CT, USA.

Formed in the 1980s, these jazz veterans celebrate years of recordings, jazz festivals, concerts, and nightclubs. The members have toured around the world. Airborne has many CD awards at the top of the charts and has received worldwide broadcast and international recognition.

Airborne the proclaimed "Musical Peacemakers" of Contemporary Jazz sends an inspiring Message of hope to the world.

Airborne has a beautiful jazz sound characteristic of Island Passion and Urban Emotion. The hot rhythms of the band gently navigate a fresh sea of ​​music and voices.

Airborne received a Merit of Honor from the World Peace Organization for Excellence in World Music and as Humanitarians.

As musicians, recording artists, educators and humanitarians, the band's quality of excellence and compassion has kept them on the path to success.

Sunday, 23 August 2020



Follow Me 87.6 FM presents…

Skinny Hightower-Blue Moon

Scott Marvill  - Blueish Green - We Are Here feat: Chuck Loeb

 Bobby Porter - Jazzy Fields Of Gold

Dee Brown - The Prize

James Colah - YES!

Special EFX – Mr. Marzipan

Blair Bryant - Power Up!

Spontaneous Groovin' Combustion - Jackie's New Car - Double Deuces

The Moore Twins - Northern Hospitality – Strollin - Breath of Fresh Air (feat. Gabrielle Garo)

Four80East and Cece Peniston - Are You Ready – 5 5 6 -Ba ba Brazil

Paula Aterthon - Just Can't Stop

Mike Phillips - Watching You (Feat Brian Mcknight) - Just The Two Of Us (feat Butterscotch)

Paul Brown – 24-7 (feat Greg Vail)  Just Chillin  (feat Darren Rahn) -  Mind Games (feat Gregg Karukas) -  Deep Into It (feat. Rick Braun)


Saturday, 22 August 2020


Label: Independent

August 10, 2020

From the album ‘Stay In Your Lane”

Ron Otis is one of the most established sidemen in contemporary American jazz. The Detroit-based drummer is renowned for his versatility, improvisation and impeccable timing - incorporating syncopated rhythms and funky accenting. having toured with guitarist Earl Klugh and pianist Bob James for over a decade, Otis usually plays alongside bassist Al Turner.

 He has also played drums for music icon Aretha Franklin and R&B singer Soul KEM.

Thursday, 20 August 2020


 Label:  Unisoul Records

June 18, 2020

With multiple #1 radio singles and  GRAMMY recognized as an artist, producer, composer and studio engineer, Scott Marvill has become a premiere “go-to” guy for established artists and up and comers looking for someone easy to work with any bring many years of experience to the table.

 With the constant push from other artists the time was right to launch his solo career, open Freeport Jazz Studio, get busy recording and release some material. Initially he engaged Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Andy Snitzer to perform on his early compositions. His goal? To make music reflecting his coming up in Philadelphia where he stayed busy as a studio session guitarist, performing, attending Combs College of Music, and teaching privately.

 It all started at home growing up in a musical house. His Dad was by hobby a jazz drummer and his Godfather played jazz guitar. Many nights were spent with his Dad traveling PA, NJ, DEL, and NY following big bands and contemporary jazz artists. The next morning he would imitate what he heard. Some times on drums starting at age 7 or guitar beginning around 12. They say roots run deep. His Grandfather made history performing live on the first televised musical performance in 1939 at the New York Worlds Fair. He performed and recorded mostly on fiddle with country greats and even did some Broadway acting with Bob Hope and others.

 Marvill being self-taught really has allowed him to develop his own style. As he progressed in the Philly scene he set out to learn to read and understand music theory. He soon found himself with 40-45 music students per week where he shared his knowledge but also life lessons with his young students which garnered calls from their parents thanking him.

 His open friendly personality has helped him build a solid base of recording clients be it a single bass or guitar track to a full composition and production to a radio-ready product.

 He has shared the stage and studio with rising artists, legends and Grammy award winners in the jazz community such as Bob James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, Andy Snitzer, Marion Meadows, Nils, Bob Baldwin, Chris Godber, Dee Lucas, Tower Of Power, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Special EFX, Grover Washington Jr. and the list goes on.

 Today presents "Blueish Green" their new single. Enjoy it.