Monday, January 27, 2014

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - January 27th, 2014 #jazz

TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Najee - "The Morning After" - (Shanachie)
2 - 2 - Pieces Of A Dream - "In The Moment" - (Shanachie)
3 - 3 - Brian Simpson - "Just What You Need" - (Shanachie)
4 - 5 - Steve Cole - "Pulse" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
5 - 6 - Vincent Ingala - "Can't Stop Now" - (
6 - 4 - Dave Koz & Friends - "Summer Horns" - (Concord/CMG)
7 - 8 - Jeff Golub - "Trains Keep A Rolling" - (eOne)
8 - 7 - Oli Silk - "Razor Sharp Brit" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
9 - 9 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Hacienda" (Heads Up)
10 - 16 - Chieli Minucci & Special EFX - "Genesis" - (Shanachie)
11 - 45 - Paolo Rustichelli - "Soul Italiano" (Med Groove) - (Next Age Music)
12 - 11 - Nicholas Cole - "Endless Possibilities" - (Cutmore)
13 - 12 - Boney James - "The Beat" - (Concord Jazz)
14 - 19 - Andy Snitzer - "The Rhythm" (Native Language)
15 - 20 - Bob Baldwin - "Twenty" - (City Sketches)
16 - 18 - BWB - "Human Nature" - (Heads Up)
17 - 13 - Hiroshima - "J-Town Beat" - (Hiroshima, Inc.)
18 - 33 - Keiko Matsui - "Soul Quest" - (Shanachie)
19 - 17 - Kim Scott - "Rite Of Passage" - (Independent)
20 - 28 - Brian Culbertson - "Another Long Night Out" - (BCM)

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Arizona Jazz Festival bodes to be a souled out weekend #jazz

Parade of Grammy winners and R&B legends set to join a stellar jazz slate March 7-9, including Ne-Yo, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers and Gladys Knight

With thousands of old school and new school R&B and contemporary jazz fans from across the U.S. flocking to Phoenix twice a year for the Arizona Jazz Festival, promoter will present a captivating crop of Grammy winners, hall of fame legends and current chart-toppers at the spring edition taking place March 7-9, 2014 at the luxurious Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Tickets are available now as three-day or single-day concerts through the Arizona Jazz Festival website ( or by calling 602.244.8444 with prices ranging from $50-$750.
Grammy winner Ne-Yo serves as opening night headliner in what promises to be an elaborately choreographed production showcasing R&B-pop hits from the singer-songwriter-producer accompanied by a splashy army of dancers and backing musicians. Opening the evening, eight-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Ledisi offers a smooth blend of sophisticated soul brushed with elements of jazz.
The Saturday schedule gets underway with a pair of soul-jazz saxophonists, Marion Meadows and Paul Taylor, performing as a dynamic duo. Hitmen Euge Groove, Peter White and Rick Braun unite as Jazz Attack for an energetic set from the instrumental fan favorites. In advance of a national concert trek, a unified collective of R&B vocalists and contemporary jazz musicians will debut as the Hypnotic Groove Tour. Crooner Jeffrey Osborne, Grammy winner Faith Evans, Grammy nominee Maysa, singer-songwriter Rahsaan Patterson, neo soul trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and saxmen Eric Darius, Michael Lington and Dominic Amato will mix and match in a variety of intriguing combos. Next, Motown legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Smokey Robinson will cruise through a collection of his sparkling-eyed classics. Considered the Godmother of Soul, Grammy winner Patti LaBelle will unleash her force of nature voice into the desert night to close the bill.
Opening the final day is Michelle Williams, a Grammy winner as a member of Destiny’s Child who has also achieved award-winning solo success as a gospel and R&B vocalist and on Broadway as an actress. Leela James, a gritty-voiced new school singer heavily influenced by iconic old school vocalists, will belt out a soul-stirring set of R&B, hip hop and blues joints. An international trio composed of Grammy-winning guitarist Norman Brown, South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Jonathan Butler and Swiss-born pianist Alex Bugnon infuse global sounds into a multicultural mosaic of jazz, R&B and pop. The Empress of Soul, seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight brings an air of class to the festival along with decades of crossover hits. Grammy-nominated chart-topper Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns with Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright conjure fun memories as the all-star sax quartet rips through horn-powered hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s packed with funk, R&B and jazz. In the festival’s closing spot, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and 2014 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners Ronald Isley and Ernie Isley aka The Isley Brothers bring a wide-ranging songbook of soul, R&B, funk, rock and street corner doo-wop hits that dates back to 1959.                    
A host of the festival’s artists will participate in the All-Star Jam after the Saturday program concludes and some will perform at The Sunday Brunch with seating beginning for the buffet and inspirational concert at 9 AM. Separate tickets are required for these events and are available for $25 and $39.50 respectively.
Taking place in March and October, the Arizona Jazz Festival is a music and lifestyle experience held at a plush first-class resort attracting a diverse adult audience from all over the nation. Attendees often make a vacation out of it by immersing themselves in the music while taking advantage of the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa’s extensive offerings such as the all-suite hotel’s 18-hole golf course, water park, athletic club, full-service spa and salon, and six on-site restaurants. Ticket and hotel packages are available at        
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - January 20th, 2014 #jazz

TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 3 - Najee - "The Morning After" - (Shanachie)
2 - 1 - Pieces Of A Dream - "In The Moment" - (Shanachie)
3 - 2 - Brian Simpson - "Just What You Need" - (Shanachie)
4 - 6 - Dave Koz & Friends - "Summer Horns" - (Concord/CMG)
5 - 9 - Steve Cole - "Pulse" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
6 - 7 - Vincent Ingala - "Can't Stop Now" - (
7 - 10 - Oli Silk - "Razor Sharp Brit" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
8 - 4 - Jeff Golub - "Trains Keep A Rolling" - (eOne)
9 - 8 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Hacienda" (Heads Up)
10 - 13 - Andy Snitzer - "The Rhythm" (Native Language)
11 - 14 - Nicholas Cole - "Endless Possibilities" - (Cutmore)
12 - 5 - Boney James - "The Beat" - (Concord Jazz)
13 - 24 - Hiroshima - "J-Town Beat" - (Hiroshima, Inc.)
14 - 11 - Spyro Gyra - "Rhinebeck Sessions" - (Crosseyedbear)
15 - 18 - Euge Groove - "House Of Groove" - (Shanachie)
16 - 15 - Chieli Minucci & Special EFX - "Genesis" - (Shanachie)
17 - 28 - Kim Scott - "Rite Of Passage" - (Independent)
18 - 12 - BWB - "Human Nature" - (Heads Up)
19 - 32 - Blake Aaron - "Soul Stories" - (Innervision)
20 - 29 - Bob Baldwin - "Twenty" - (City Sketches)
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Self Titled: "Offiong Bassey" - Release February 4th - #Jazz #Video

Order Offiong Bassey from Introducing you to the music of singer-songwriter-poet Offiong Bassey ( is a privilege. Her self-titled global soul debut album signals the arrival of a cross-cultural artist of substance and breadth with a unique perspective and heritage. The Boston-born woman of Nigerian parents sings, raps and chants stories and commentary in English, Pidgin English and Efik, her native tongue, immersed in earthy body-moving Afro-Peruvian rhythms amidst R&B harmonies, danceable funk, jazz intonations, divinely-illumined gospel and colorful Nigerian Ekombi. The CD that will be released February 4th, after a limited release last year debuted at #2 on the CMJ New World Music chart, reached #4 on the SoulTracks chart and garnered a full-page feature in the Boston Globe.

Bassey authored the eleven multicultural songs that make up “Offiong Bassey,” which was produced by Blethy Emmanuel Tiegnon of the Ivory Coast. Authentic through and through, she recorded with African musicians, percussionists and vocalists as well as players from Mali, Morocco and other parts of the world. With lyrics rooted in traditional African storytelling along with modern day Western sensibilities, a pair of cuts will be worked at radio. Calling “Legitimate Child” one of her most important songs, Bassey sings over an invigorating Calypso workout about the value and worth of every human being in the eyes of our Creator no matter the circumstances of their birth and what they have or do not have. The celebratory “Conclusion” is her foray into Afrobeats that pays homage to countryman Fela Kuti, a pioneer of the genre and one of her musical influences.

After recently selling out a show at Boston’s famed Scullers Jazz Club, Bassey, a Yale graduate blessed with a name that means “God’s moon,” is eager to tour leading into the recording of an unplugged album this spring.

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Eric Clapton - The 1970s Review

Film follows Clapton's bold musical journey through the 1970s, with exclusive interviews, rare footage and more.  Pre-order Eric Clapton The1970s Review

In 1968, Eric Clapton was at a crossroads. A virtuoso lead guitarist and the crown prince of heavy rock, with Cream he had quickly risen to the very pinnacle of popular music's hierarchy. Yet his exposure to the work of American mavericks The Band led him to lose faith in his own group, and to embark on a bold musical journey across the following decade.

This film, from the makers of Eric Clapton - The 1960s Review, follows Clapton's journey through the seventies, from his immersion in musical collectives such as Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek and the Dominos, through his re-emergence in 1974 as a phenomenally successful solo artist and onwards across a series of critically acclaimed albums and tours in the latter half of the decade which cemented EC's reputation as not just an extraordinary musician but as a  composer of majestic material and a performer of quite startling intensity.

Featuring new and archive interviews, rare performance footage, contributions from the likes of Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock, The Albert Brothers , George Terry, Willie Perkins, Bill Halverson, Clapton biographer Marc Roberty and more, plus a host of other features.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Legendary Drummer Harvey Mason Signs Solo Deal With Concord Records #jazz

 Debut release Chameleon set for April 2014
Concord Records today announced the signing of an exclusive solo deal with legendary session drummer, producer, composer & recording artist Harvey Mason, whose debut recording for the label, Chameleon, will be released in April 2014.

A blend of R&B, urban and cutting-edge jazz, Chameleon takes its inspiration from the title track, which Mason co-wrote with Herbie Hancock, and is a knowing nod to Mason himself, aptly dubbed the “Chameleon” for his uncanny ability to perform so many styles of music. The album updates classic tracks that Mason either wrote or actually played on, such as Hancock’s “Chameleon,” Grover Washington’s “Black Frost,” Patrice Rushen’s “Before the Dawn,” Donald Byrd’s “Places and Spaces” and Mason’s own “Either Way.” Look for Mason to hit the road with his new band Chameleon to support his Concord release.
Mason is among the most recorded and in-demand drummers of all-time. He has worked with a pantheon of musical giants, including Barbra Streisand, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bjork, Carlos Santana, Michael Jackson, John Legend, Seal, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has composed and written songs recorded by artists ranging from Nancy Wilson and Mary J. Blige to The Notorious B.I.G., Lupe Fiasco, Nelly/P. Diddy and T.I. Mason’s deal with Concord adds one more remarkable chapter to his legacy.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with Harvey Mason again,” says Mark Wexler, General Manager of the Concord-Telarc Label Group. “We have known Harvey for many years through his work with the contemporary jazz supergroup Fourplay, and he is not only one of the world’s most talented musicians, he’s also a consummate music professional – a brilliant producer, composer, arranger and conceptualist.”
Mason is a founding member of Fourplay, and he continues to flex his writing, playing, arranging and production skills with partners Bob James, Nathan East and Chuck Loeb. Fourplay’s most recent recording, Esprit De Four, was released on Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group, and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, receiving a GRAMMY® nomination.
Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1947, Mason began taking formal drum lessons at age seven, playing in school bands and finally buying his first drum set at the age of 16. He continued his education first at the Berklee School of Music, then attended the New England Conservatory of Music on full scholarship, studying performance, composing, arranging, percussion and mallets. He received immeasurable preparation for orchestral work from the legendary Vic Firth, timpanist with the Boston Symphony.
In the’70s and ’80s, “Mase” was king, working on Donald Byrd’s commercial breakthrough album Black Byrd and a series of successful crossover albums for Blue Note Records. This led to his seminal work on Herbie Hancock’s jazz masterpiece Head Hunters (1974), which featured the hit “Chameleon” (co-composed by Mason) and Mason’s own arrangement of Hancock’s “Watermelon Man.”
A string of recordings comprising a “Fusion 101″ class for aspiring drummers soon followed, including performances on Grover Washington Jr.’s Mister Magic, Bob James’ Three (featuring “Westchester Lady”), Lee Ritenour’s Captain Fingers, and many more. The icing on the cake for this phenomenal ’70s output was Mason’s contribution to George Benson’s triple-platinum selling Breezin’ album.
Mason’s precision playing has graced movies for such renowned composers as Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission Impossible 1, 2, 3 & 4, Up , Star Trek, Speed Racer), Michel Colombier (Prince’s Purple Rain), Michel Legrand, Miles Davis’ (Dingo), Dave Grusin (Three Days of the Condor, The Fabulous Baker Boys and On Golden Pond), John Williams (Hook), and Lalo Schifrin (Rush Hour 1,2 & 3 and The Enforcer), Harvey Mason ( Dreamgirls, Get On Up) to name only a few.
With a commitment to broaden his solo career, Mason says that he’s finally found a good balance. “It’s become more evident to me how much I love playing live and having interaction with band mates and music fans. I’m not a smooth jazz player or a straight-ahead jazz player. I’m more than all of that, I am the Chameleon.” He adds, “The best is yet to come.”

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - January 6th, 2014 #jazz

TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 6 - Pieces Of A Dream - "In The Moment" - (Shanachie)
2 - 5 - Dave Koz & Friends - "Summer Horns" - (Concord/CMG)
3 - 1 - Jeff Golub - "Trains Keep A Rolling" - (eOne)
4 - 3 - Brian Simpson - "Just What You Need" - (Shanachie)
5 - 17 - Najee - "The Morning After" - (Shanachie)
6 - 2 - Boney James - "The Beat" - (Concord Jazz)
7 - 4 - Vincent Ingala - "Can't Stop Now" - (
8 - 9 - Steve Cole - "Pulse" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
9 - 13 - Oli Silk - "Razor Sharp Brit" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
10 - 14 - Spyro Gyra - "Rhinebeck Sessions" - (Crosseyedbear)
11 - 10 - Jeff Lorber Fusion - "Hacienda" (Heads Up)
12 - 8 - Andy Snitzer - "The Rhythm" (Native Language)
13 - 15 - Jessy J - "Seconds Chances" - (Shanachie)
14 - 18 - BWB - "Human Nature" - (Heads Up)
15 - 16 - Marion Meadows - "Whisper" - (Shanachie)
16 - 12 - Paul Hardcastle - "Hardcastle VII" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
17 - 7 - Chuck Loeb - "Silhouette" - (Shanachie)
18 - 20 - Nicholas Cole - "Endless Possibilities" - (Cutmore)
19 - 11 - Euge Groove - "House Of Groove" - (Shanachie)
20 - 19 - Keiko Matsui - "Soul Quest" - (Shanachie)
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Concord Recording Artists Receive Two NAACP Image Awards Nominations #jazz



Boney James The Beat and Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair & Richard Elliot Summer Horns
nominated in the category of Outstanding Jazz Album

(January 10, 2014) Concord Music Group is proud to announce that Boney James The Beat and Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair & Richard Elliot Summer Horns have been nominated in the category of Outstanding Jazz Album for the 45th NAACP Image Awards.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 21 during the Awards Ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced live Saturday, February 22 on TV One (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed). For a complete list of nominees:

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