Friday, July 23, 2021

CHAN HALL · SOMETHIN' 2 PROVE

Chan Hall
June 4, 2021

International Smooth Jazz keyboardist and 3-Time Grammy nominee, Chan Hall celebrates his latest release, "Somethin’ 2 Prove" featuring special guests including Bill McGee, Marcus Anderson and Tony Craddock Jr.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

TIM BOWMAN · SMOOTH VIBES. VOLUME ONE

I.M. Records/Purpose Jazz/NIA Music Distribution
July 16 ,2021


Last Friday July 16th, Award winning veteran guitarist, songwriter, band leader, producer, entrepreneur Tim Bowman will release Smooth Vibes, Vol. 1 on his I.M. Records label distributed by Purpose Jazz/Eone. Smooth Vibes, Vol. 1 is a 10 song collection of many of Tim’s favorite songs that were in his music vaults, all written by Tim.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

WADE C. LONG · MR. JONES ft. ANDRES COCA ·RADIO SINGLE·

Sealong Music Group
July 16, 2021


Wade C. Long is back with his second release from Longitude Part 1: Keys Please. Teaming with multitalented guitarist Andres Coca, this dedication to the legendary Quincy Jones is the epitome of what a contemporary jazz tune should be.

JUAN CARLOS MENDOZA · ALL DAYS IN A WEEK ft. ISMAEL DORADO ·RADIO SINGLE·

Juan Carlos Mendoza
June 15, 2021


Bassist, composer, producer, arranger Juan Carlos Mendoza, with a long history as a session musician, has accompanied, recorded and produced the greats of the Spanish pop and rock and national jazz scene, just to name a few; Mondragon Orchestra, Victor Manuel and Ana Belen, Hevia, Dangerous Friendships, Javier Vargas, Jayme Marques etc etc, with more than 100 recordings in his career and three CDs of his own as an artist.

CRUSHED VELVET & THE VELVETEERS · LOVE & TRUTH

Vintage League Music
June 9, 2021

Alan Evans, multi instrumentalist and co-founder of acclaimed US band Soulive, releases powerful soul album Love & Truth as his alter ego Crushed Velvet and the Velveteers.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

BROTHER REGGIE · UNDERCOVER BROTHER VOL. 2: JUST US

Brother Reggie
May 1, 2021

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Brother Reggie (Reginald Van Carreker) Washington D.C.-based artist.

Brother Reggie has been performing around the DMV for years, engaging audiences with smooth jazz, soul and contemporary gospel original and cover selections.

TOM BRAXTON · LOOKIN' UP

Innervision Records
August 6, 2021

Lookin' Up showcases saxophonist Tom Braxton's signature originals such as the hit single "Hope for Tomorrow" a duet with the legendary Bob James, and the upbeat and funky "J Factor". 

Monday, July 19, 2021

CHRISTOPHER CJ · FOLLOW ·RADIO SINGLE·

Christopher CJ
July 12, 2021

Christopher CJ is a saxophonist specializing in heartfelt musical entertainment. His first radio single was a cover of Ed Sheeran's 2016 Song of the Year, “Thinking Out Loud" and his debut EP is titled Sunset Songs.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

FOLLOW ME 87.6 RADIO SHOW EP. 242


Playlist

Nils – Above The Clouds
Artaska – Alchemy
Evelyn Rubio – Port Isabel
Papik & Ely Bruna – I`m Not in Love
Sylvia Bennett – Lorilee (Ft. Arturo Sandoval)
Ely Bruna & Papik - Steppin' Out
Tony Saunders – And The Beat Goes On

Friday, July 16, 2021

ILYA SEROV · IRONIC · RADIO SINGLE ·

Silky Sound Records
July 12, 2021

Los Angeles-based trumpeter /singer /guitarist /band leader Ilya Serov has a passion for Jazz that knows no bounds. A talented young musician with an old soul, Serov brings an infusion of imagination, vision and energy to the many shades of America’s original musical art form. Possessing both chops and charisma, his live performances and recordings have attracted a solid following among jazz fans and seasoned musicians alike.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

CASTELLA · SO GLAD I MET YOU ft. WILLIE BRADLEY

Castella Music
July 9, 2021

Castella hit the music scene in April 2020 with the release of her original tune No Ordinary Love. Hailing from Long Beach, California, Castella has sang her entire life. Castella's family and friends know her as Cathy Rebecca Crowell-Thompson - wife, mother of 3 and Human Resources (HR) Executive.

In the latter part of her career in HR, she was inspired to tap into the creative side of her brain by mentor and writing partner, Darryl Swann. Unknowing to Castella, this little project would turn into the fulfillment of unrealized dreams of sharing her gifts with the world and being her saving grace after losing her HR position just weeks after the release of her EP. Castella released her first EP -Thinking About You, produced by Corey Stampley, in late 2019.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

FOLLOW ME 87.6 RADIO SHOW EP. 241

Playlist



Jack Turner – Weak
James Saxsmo Gates – Killing Me Sofly
Marcia Miget – Girl From Ipanema
Michael St. Clair – The Cat

Friday, July 9, 2021

WILL SUMNER · BUILDING CASTLES · RADIO SINGLE ·

Ocean Street Records
July 12, 2021


Born in Los Angeles, attending college for music in Boston and then spending his young adult life in Minnesota, Will played the clubs and led jazz bands for decades as he worked toward composing his first masterpiece, Tropic Zone released internationally to critical acclaim in 1980. Working alongside Prince, Yanni, The Peterson Family and many others on the Minneapolis music scene at the time, he started to receive industry recognition for his lush, heartfelt themes played over hot Latin rhythms, beautiful slow grooves and, of course, funky, driving electric riffs over amazing and complex modulations.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

XAVIER GORDON · BRIDGES · RADIO SINGLE ·

Xavier Gordon
July 2, 2021

For more than a decade, Xavier Gordon has been an all-around entertainer in the music industry. Pianist, songwriter, producer and jazz artist are just some of the musical titles he has developed since his start playing piano at the age of eight and his debut into the live music scene in Atlanta, GA in 2008. Born in Conyers, GA, he grew up in a musical family full of singers and musicians and quickly became immersed into the rhythmic sounds and powerful music found in church. This influence can be heard in his music even today. In 2009, an opportunity to sit in with the Lincoln Jazz Orchestra turned into an amazing showcase of his talent and a scholarship to study jazz performance. In addition to his childhood classical training, he became formally trained in jazz while obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

DEAN GRECH · BACK IN TIME

Innervision Records
July 16, 2021


With his latest album "Back in Time", Dean Grech has rendered the sounds and styles we’ve come to know since the genre of smooth jazz evolved from the school of “cool jazz” of the 1950s. With a host of LA’s best session players, Grech provides his audience with a variety of arrangements that speak of their own story. 

Sunday, July 4, 2021

FOLLOW ME 87.6 RADIO SHOW EP. 240



Playlist

M`Lynn – You Should Know
Brettina - Simple Pleasures
Cecil Ramirez - Feel Like Making Love
Ander Holst – All I Do
Michael Broening – Shine A light radio
Richard Brown – Stars in My Eyes
Darron “Cookie” Moore – Another Day at Work

Saturday, July 3, 2021

JOHNNY BRITT · GOOD FEELIN ·RADIO SINGLE·

Johnny Britt
July 5, 2021


Founder of the Motown MoJazz group Impromp2 Johnny Britt is now a soloist and has released his 4th solo album titled Mo Jazzin'. GEORGE BENSON quotes I love the way the Mo Jazzin' album was recorded and the concept. It's a classic production all around it's fantastic I even love the cover. DAVE KOZ quotes Johnny Britt is an amazingly consistent music-maker, providing listeners with tracks that make you immediately want to press 'repeat'! And his latest release is no diffeerent. Way to go , Johnny! GERALD ALBRIGHT quotes Johnny Britt has done it again with his beautiful and genuine approach to his instrument. This project is action - packed with an array of great featured artist and great music. Two thumbs up! TERRANCE MARTIN quotes Johnny Britt has always been able to capture the moment of life through his music and that's hard to come by.

Friday, July 2, 2021

WILLIE BRADLEY · MYSTICAL MOMENT ft. NATHAN MITCHELL ·RADIO SINGLE·

Willie Bradley
July 2, 2021


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.

In 2014, Willie released his debut Contemporary Jazz CD “Another Day & Time” produced and co-written by keyboardist/Recording Artist Nicholas Cole. Tracks from this CD made the Smooth Jazz Billboard Charts and have been added to Smooth Jazz Radio Stations worldwide to include Music Choice, Pandora, Spotify, and iHeart Radio.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

JEFF LORBER FUSION · SPACE - TIME

Shanachie Entertainment
July 2, 2021

“I’m incredibly lucky to spend my time doing something that I love. When you are doing things that you enjoy, it is easy to spread those good vibes around,” shares Jeff Lorber. The down to earth and humble trailblazing Grammy-winning pianist, composer and producer has built an impressive four-decade career, transcending musical boundaries and honing his own uniquely identifiable sound. A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and Bob James, Lorber is also one of the most in-demand producers in Contemporary Jazz. Maintaining a busy schedule during the pandemic this past year, Lorber worked on projects with Herb Alpert, Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and Alexander Zonjic, just to name a few. “While working on all of these projects,” explains Jeff, “I was sending my manager Bud Harner stuff that I was writing and he was particularly enthusiastic when I sent him my now new single “Back Room” in demo form. His reaction really inspired me to want to focus on making my own record.” July 2, 2021 Jeff Lorber continues to affirm why he is a magnetic force of nature with the release of the anticipated Space-Time. In selecting an album title, Jeff Lorber alludes to his affinity for science and physics. With all the recent chatter about Government confirmed UFO sightings and potential extra terrestrial life, Lorber muses, “If there are aliens, they are probably watching I Love Lucy right now and maybe jamming to early Miles Davis and John Coltrane or listening to some Sun Ra!”

Space-Time is a supersonic odyssey with longtime Jeff Lorber Fusion trio-mates drummer Gary Novak (who has worked with everyone from George Benson to Chick Corea) and bassist/Yellowjackets founding member Jimmy Haslip. “I first met Jimmy and we worked together in the early 80s but we really started working closely in 2010 after a tour we did together in Russia,” recalls Lorber. “He’s a good partner to have and he keeps the big picture in mind, when I sometimes tend to be more detail oriented about things. Gary became part of the core rhythm section around 2010. He’s a good friend and good hang. We have a lot of fun together besides making music.” The album also enlists some help from flutist Hubert Laws, guitarists Paul Jackson, Jr., Michael Landau and Robben Ford, saxophonists Bob Mintzer, Dave Mann, Gary Meek and Gerald Albright (who actually plays electric bass on a track). Space-Time showcases new and original material including a track that was penned for Jeff’s friend and towering piano giant Chick Corea, shortly after his passing.