Saturday, May 28, 2022

VASSAL BENFORD · MELODY MAN ·RADIO SINGLE·

The Benford Jazz Label
May 23, 2022


With more than 57 platinum records to his credit working with a galaxy of stars in various music genres, over $150 million in movie box office receipts, and management duties for boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and the estate of fabled blues icon B.B. King, megaproducer Vassal Benford is returning to his roots determined to conquer jazz just like everything else he’s conquered throughout his unparalleled multimedia career. The songwriter-keyboardist is determined to breathe fresh energy and creativity into contemporary jazz, beginning with his first single, “Melody Man, issued on The Benford Jazz Label.

Benford was sixteen when legendary jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis recorded the song the teenager wrote about his first crush, “Michelle,” which went number one. Two years later, jazz bassist Stanley Clarke produced the second song Benford wrote, a tune that was a cowrite with Grammy winner Jeremy Lubbock, which became another number one hit for Lewis and his duet partner, the illustrious jazz singer Nancy Wilson.

As the years rolled by, the hits kept coming as Benford’s projects topped the charts in multiple genres for superstars DJ Diplo, Toni Braxton, NAS, Flo Rida, Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Rick Ross, Deborah Cox, Sheryl Crow, U2, Jade, Bobby Brown, New Edition, Lil’ Kim, Patti LaBelle, Faith Evans, Chanté Moore, Oleta Adams, Lisa Stansfield, Tramaine Hawkins, and The Fine Young Cannibals among others.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

MARHID · HUNCH ·RADIO SINGLE·

Dr.Funk Producciones
June 1, 2022


The Spanish duo returns with a new release "Hunch" a joint production of two great producers and musicians Sergio Hidalgo and David Margam in which the great Italian saxophonist Gianni Vancini has joined with a masterful collaboration with arrangements that will take you to a state of higher emotional.

Gianni Vancini is one of the most important saxophonists on the contemporary scene, considered one of the artists and musicians with the greatest projection on the international circuit. More info about Gianni Vancini on the official website www.giannivancini.com

Monday, May 23, 2022

NAJEE · SAVOIR FAIRE

Shanachie Entertainment
May 13, 2022


The Billboard #1 Artist’s New CD is a Pan-American Journey Traversing The US & Brazil Featuring An All-Star Line-Up with Alyson Williams, Frank McComb, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Barry Eastmond, Robert Herbert & Adam Hawley Among Others

“My life has been a series of pivotal events and circumstances that have gotten me to where I am,” reflects the fearless chart-topping Contemporary Jazz pioneer Najee. In a business where trends and artists come and go, the genre-bending saxophonist’s staying power is a rare blessing. The Grammy and NAACP award-winning musician’s genuine love for connecting with people, coupled with his consummate musicianship and sheer passion for music, have made him one of the brightest stars in Contemporary Jazz for close to four decades. “I heard this beautiful saying once,” explains the Zen saxophonist who has collaborated with Prince, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, among others. “It said that some people meet their destiny while traveling on a road trying to avoid it. I recall as a young man contemplating the idea of changing directions and going into banking. Here I am still doing what I am doing because it’s what I am meant to do! Every day I wake up and I am grateful for my life and career.” Najee’s gratitude permeates every note on Savoir Faire, his newest recording out on Shanachie Entertainment May 13, 2022. Recorded during the pandemic, Savoir Faire, a Pan American excursion, found Najee enlisting friends from New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Connecticut, Florida, Sao Paulo and Rio, to honor a melting pot of influences. “I gave up worrying about disputes between genres a long time ago,” states Najee. “Duke Ellington said there are only two kinds of music: good music and bad music. So based on that I do not worry. People seem to forget that in the early days of jazz, the music was designed to make people dance. All of your experiences live inside you and they come out in your music. I just want to make good music and make it accessible for people to enjoy.” Fait Accompli on Savoir Faire!

Armed with a surplus of technical agility and firepower, Najee commandeers a magnificent 10-track journey that is a testament to his keen ability to assemble the right musicians in order to orchestrate unforgettable musical moments. Joining Najee on his 19th recording as a leader are Alyson Williams, Frank McComb, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Barry Eastmond, Adam Hawley and Robert Herbert, among others. Savoir Faire opens with the album’s first single, the funk-drenched and mystical “Dr. Dolittle,” penned by pianist Frank Wilkins. Najee’s spunky soprano juxtaposed with Rohan Reid’s slaphappy bass and guitar and the gritty swinging horn section ceremoniously opens the album. “Luna” is the perfect showcase for Najee’s sublime, flawless and dancing flute. The track’s smooth rock-steady groove makes it hard to sit still. Pianist Mark Harris II wrote “Luna” and appears on the song. A welcome gem on Savoir Faire is Michael Henderson’s timeless R&B hit “Valentine Love,” featuring Alyson Williams and Chris “Big Dog” Davis. “The first time I heard ‘Valentine Love,’ it was covered by Norman Connors and Michael Henderson, who is a great bassist and songwriter. I have always loved the story and the chord changes,” admits Najee who was convinced that Williams and Davis would both put their own stamp on his version. “I knew they could make it special,” states the two-time Platinum-selling and four-time Gold-selling multi-instrumentalist. “Alyson Williams is like a modern day Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan. She’s a living legend, she’s brilliant and she is one of the most underutilized vocalists in the industry. I can’t say enough about Chris Davis who has this natural ability to take a song and re-harmonize and take it somewhere completely different.”

FOLLOW ME 87.6 RADIO SHOW. EP 280

Playlist


Christophe Goze – Dreams & Promises (Ft. Cathy Battistessa)
Shelia Moore-Piper – Love Is a Beautiful
eJazz Artistry – Angel
Tomas Blank Project – Enjoy
Patrick McLean – What`s Wrong (Smooth Jazz – Champagne Mix)
Joe Leader – Isn`t She Lovely
Oakland Stroke – Papa Was a Rollong Stone ( Ft. Lou Pomanti)

Saturday, May 21, 2022

JESSY J · DIG IT ft. JEFF LORBER ·RADIO SINGLE·

Changi Records
April 4, 2022



What do you do after celebrating over a decade as one of contemporary jazz’s top saxophonists, known for your trademark blend of sensual Latin tinged powerful horn playing which garnered 12 top singles and 6 chart topping albums? You tap into your longtime love for the vibrant soul and blues energies of the 60s and 70’s to release your first studio album in six years BLUE, an album of original songs totally stylistically different from your previous recordings as evidenced by the cover art reminiscent of some of the great albums of that era.

Driven by a fresh spark of creativity due to the isolation she felt during lockdown, Jessy set out to create an album full of James Brownesque drums and tasty/bluesy Ray Charles organ licks showcasing some of her most passionate and robust tenor playing ever. “The tone for BLUE was set when I wrote the track “Spinnin’,” whose high energy old school vibe was about me pouring out my frustration over cancelled gigs and sudden lifestyle adjustments due to lockdown,” states Jessy. “Overall my playing on the album reflects fourteen years of growth as a musician and songwriter, which feels normal considering how young I was when my first album came out. I always want to be evolving as an artist and producer. BLUE is very different from my earlier albums because it’s a snapshot of where I am now in my life and how I was feeling during these difficult times.”

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

RON KING · CASCADE ·RADIO SINGLE·

KingSoundsRecords
March 28, 2022


Ron King is one of the finest trumpet / composer / arranger artists, in the world today. A Grammy nominated soloist, he is also one of L.A.’s top studio lead / jazz / improvisational trumpet players. He has attained Gold records for working with such artists as George Benson, Ricki Lee Jones, and Marvin Gaye.

In addition to these artists, he has also performed and recorded with The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Frank Sinatra and Keely Smith, The Jimmy Kimmel Live television show, ABC-TV’s, The Next Best Thing, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and featured on The Grammy Awards!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

GREG CHAMBERS · DOUBLE TROUBLE ft. MICHAELD FIELDS Jr. ·RADIO SINGLE·

Greg Chambers Music
March 28, 2022


Saxman Greg Chambers new single "Double Trouble" is funk-forward, sassy and sweet, and hard-hitting from start to finish. Featuring bassist extraordinaire Michael Fields Jr. and an array of A-list players (Dwayne "Smitty" Smith, Eric Valentine, Matt Godina), "Double Trouble" boasts an infectious hook, whimsical interplay between sax and bass, and a rock steady, driving funk to bind it all together.

Greg's expressive delivery, shimmery saxophone tone, and melodic writing help to make this one bad tune.

Monday, May 16, 2022

FOLLOW ME 87.6 RADIO SHOW. EP 279


Playlist:

Drivetime – Un Domani Migliore
Chieli Minucci – Bright Sky
Christophe Goze – A New Beginning
Gregg Karukas – Elegant Nights (Dedicated to Joe Sample)
Paul Tayor – Friday@5
Jason Peterson DeLaire – Nightcap ( Ft. Chris Camozzi)
Ragan Whiteside – Thrill Ride
Everett B Walters – Same Ole Line
Eric Essix – Ain`t No Sunshine (Ft. Ruben Studdard)
Jacqlin Spring – Just Keep lt Real

Thursday, May 12, 2022

DEE LUCAS · HOT ICE ft. GINO ROSARIA ·RADIO SINGLE·

ODL Music
March 28, 2022

National recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas is back just in time to heat up things in 2022 with "Hot Ice"!

Coming off the heels from his Billboard smash hit "Full Tilt", Lucas is joined again with 9-time Billboard #1 artist & hitmaker Adam Hawley. "Hot Ice" features piano virtuoso and Smooth Jazz charting artist Gino Rosaria. The two together are the perfect combination of blending a sizzling hot hook with an ever so-cool melody!

Monday, May 9, 2022

FOLLOW ME 87.6 Ep. 278 RADIO SHOW


 Playlist:

Joe Leader – Just The Two Of Us
Drivetime – European Bleu
Lou Pomanti & Friends – Come Together (Ft. Marc Jordan & Robyn Black)
Smooth Jazz All Stars – Mornin`
Kenny Pore – Siempre del Corazón ( Ft. Asthon Mora)
Christophe Goze – At The End Of The Street ( Ft. Marc Antoine)
Roberto Tola – Sunny Morning (Sumer Party) ( Ft. Zorina Andal)
EJaz Artistry – Summer Breeze

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

AARON BROWN · MR. JONES ·RADIO SINGLE·

BBP LLC Records
March 21, 2022

Inspired by his mother’s death and his mentor’s massive stroke, R&B/jazz guitarist-bassist Aaron Brown felt a sense of urgency to create new music. As he works on his fourth album that he anticipates releasing in the fall, his BBP Records label will offer a preview when the single, “Mr. Jones,” goes for radio adds on March 21.

Brown wrote, produced and arranged the single named after his longtime friend and mentor, Gordon “G-man” Jones. Brown’s sinewy bass leaps to the fore over drummer Gene Faffley’s beats on the cut that features a prominent saxophone lead by guest star Pete Belasco, who admirably carries the melody with impassioned horn play. Dennis Johnson adds keyboard harmonies, embellishing Brown’s nuanced electric guitar.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

FOLLOW ME 87.6 RADIO SHOW Ep. 277


 

Playlist:

Marcus Williams – Sleep Walking
The Clarisse Sisters – Fire & Ice (Ft. Basia)
Phillippe Saisse – Lost Words (Ft. Marc Antoine)
Christophe Goze - Passing Time - Live Version
Roberto Tola – Sun Kiss
Drivetime – Un Domani Migliore
Lou Pomanti & Friends – Me and Mr.Jones (Ft. Oakland Stroke)
Victor Hodge – One Hundred Ways
Byron Miller – Real Love (Ft. Walter Beasly & Stevie Wonder)