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Talking Smooth Jazz

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Interviews with smooth jazz artists from around the world!

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Interviews with smooth jazz artists from around the world!

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By Terri aka Jazz Queen - Apr 27 2010
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Thank you for your wonderful reviews of the show, they are very much appreciated! Smooth Jazz is my passion and I absolutely love hosting the show.

Thank You Terri and Mike

By Amazon_Princess - Jun 22 2009
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Ever since my local smooth jazz station went off the air, I was not up to speed on what's going on in the smooth jazz world until I found this podcast. Not only does it feature new releases from established artists, but it also spotlights new and independent artists. Whether you're a jazz aficionado or just a casual fan, you'll appreciate the interviews, music, and news presented in this podcast. Thank you Terri and Mike for all your hard work in supporting the smooth jazz genre.

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8 Ratings
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Host of Talking Smooth Jazz

By Terri aka Jazz Queen - Apr 27 2010
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Thank you for your wonderful reviews of the show, they are very much appreciated! Smooth Jazz is my passion and I absolutely love hosting the show.

Thank You Terri and Mike

By Amazon_Princess - Jun 22 2009
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Ever since my local smooth jazz station went off the air, I was not up to speed on what's going on in the smooth jazz world until I found this podcast. Not only does it feature new releases from established artists, but it also spotlights new and independent artists. Whether you're a jazz aficionado or just a casual fan, you'll appreciate the interviews, music, and news presented in this podcast. Thank you Terri and Mike for all your hard work in supporting the smooth jazz genre.
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Talking Smooth Jazz

Latest release on Oct 18, 2020

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Interviews with smooth jazz artists from around the world!

Rank #1: VIOLINIST CHELSEY GREEN

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Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes vioinist Chelsey Green.  Having shared the stage with artists including Roberta Flack, MC Lyte, Denyce Graves, Ruben Studdard, J.Cole, Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots, emerging artist Chelsey Green brings the unmatched tone, richness and vibrancy of acoustic violin and viola playing to audiences in a whole new way.  We will talk to Chelsey about her current cd, Still Green: The EP and her upcoming project, The Green Room.

Follow Chelsey on Facebook and Twitter.

Aug 17 2014

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Rank #2: SAXOPHONIST, VINCENT INGALA

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Twenty-something music prodigy Vincent Ingala is no stranger to contemporary jazz audiences. His heartfelt, sweet and soulful mix has catapulted him to the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts, garnering him three Billboard #1s, and eight top 10 hits. The charismatic and handsome instrumental wizard has endeared fans, contemporaries and critics alike with his consummate musicianship, fun-loving stage presence, energized and inspired performances and all-around passion.

With the release of Personal Touch, Vincent Ingala further asserts himself as one of the most exciting artists in contemporary jazz. For the multi-talented and multi-dimensional artist, his agenda is simple. “It's all about the music for me!” declares Ingala. “It always has been, and always will be. All I can ask for is that people feel good when listening to my music.”

HE IS THE NEW BONEY JAMES! ~Jazz Queen~

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Jun 13 2018

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Rank #3: DOWN TO THE BONE

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This seminal group, purveyors of all that is funky and groovy announces the re-release of it's long out of print first three recordings now available on the Trippin N Rhythm record label and a soon to be released special edition box set with the inclusion of live tracks; Staten Island Groove, Concrete Jungle, Brooklyn Heights and Deja Vu recorded live in the studio with many of the bands original members. With millions of records sold worldwide, a grammy nomination and a string of chart topping singles,  Down To The Bone re-emerges from the shadows with it's newly gained rights to these recordings, at long last making them available again for purchase in America and Canada. Group founder Stuart Wade who created a singular cottage industry with his groove and funk laden sounds that captured and captivated the American radio and a devoted legion of fans world wide, is excited to be able to bring back these recordings that set the table for a long and storied career over the course of eleven records for he and the band. Using many of the original band members in the UK, Wade went about making a live in studio recording of the four songs featured as bonus tracks on the box set that really capture the natural energy and cohesion of a group that electrifies with it's boundless drive and energy. This special edition box set will be available in stores in American and Canada on April 26th.

Apr 27 2019

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Rank #4: GUITARIST NICK COLIONNE

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Guitarist Nick Colionne is back with a brand new album, The Journey, his 5th solo release.  The Journey features Najee, Nicholas Cole, who wrote and produced Uncle Nick, James Lloyd, Wayne Bruce, and Chris “Big Dog” Davis.  

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Apr 10 2016

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Rank #5: SAXOPHONIST KENNY NIGHTINGALE

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Kenny Nightingale is an American based smooth jazz recording artist with a fusion of gospel sounds and contemporary jazz with world beat grooves. His father owned a musical school in Nigeria, where Kenny first learned the art of playing the saxophone. After mastering the saxophone in the ghetto, he also learned how to play the piano, guitar and drums.  Kenny Nightingale is a musician from a strong musical background of 8 brothers from Lagos Nigeria also known as the Motherland. Kenny is a soulful multi-talented Jazz R&B Gospel Artist with a smooth blend of Pop groove. At a tender age of 8, Kenny took after his father's footsteps playing the saxophone.  Kenny describes his music as a blend of pop and smooth jazz with a heavy influence of gospel music in his lyrics.  His debut release is called Breathe.

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Oct 24 2019

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Rank #6: KEYBOARDIST CAL HARRIS, JR.

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Cal’s new album “Soulful” has been released everywhere. Cal Harris Jr. returns with his long-awaited 3rd Release “Soulful”.  This collection of emotionally captivating instrumentals speaks volumes without saying a word. His first album on the Innervision Records label includes the #1 hits “Soulful” and “Timeline.”  The record features guest performances by Jeff Lorber (keys), Ted Belledin (sax), Mel Brown (bass), and Innervision label mate Blake Aaron (guitar).

Follow Cal Harris, Jr on Facebook, Twitter@calharrisjr and Instagram@calharrisjr1

Sep 27 2019

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Rank #7: VOCALIST, TAHIRAH MEMORY

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Described as having “…a beautiful instrument, a truly warm and gorgeous sound…” audiences have been inclined to feel as though they come away from a performance post an intimate conversation rather than crowded venue.  One listener says there is a “…natural honest element…as though singing is an extension of her breathing.”  The dynamic tones, soulful melodies, and cryptic but honest references truly show Tahirah’s ability to relate to an audience using her voice to “…creatively and musically express feelings behind songs in ways that delight and surprise and move…” With fibers in a jazz-rooted father, a chaotic upbringing, an intense sense of feel, a love for old soul, an open ear for all music, and a respect for current rhythm and blues, Tahirah Memory’s sound is unlike any other, sounding distinctly like her personal truth.”

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Nov 07 2018

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Rank #8: GUITARIST U-NAM

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Guitarist, U-Nam, returns to talk about his new release, Is That So?, and the newest artist signed to his Skytown Record Label, Ukranian saxophonist, Andrey Chmut's debut release, Smoothability, feat. Bob James, U-Nam & Valeriy Stepanov.  In fact Andrey contributes to four of the tracks from Stepanov’s debut CD ‘New Beginnings’ and now, with his own album ‘Smoothability’, he is at last stepping center stage.  With featured performances from the consistently excellent U-Nam, plus the timeless Bob James, it promises to be one of the smooth jazz events of the year.

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Jul 04 2018

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Rank #9: PRODUCER RAHNI SONG

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As an ambitious kid growing up in the Stowe Village housing project in Hartford, Connecticut, Rahni was greatly affected by the musical influence of his parents. “Our house always had music playing! Day and night! It was a way of life for me!” Years ago in a small room in the back of the house, his dream began. Wires, microphones and tape recorders everywhere.  Hanging on the wall was a spray-painted replica of a gold album. Music staff paper covered the floor as an electric piano sat in the middle of the room.  He looks at the painted gold record and says “One day that thing on the wall is going to be the real thing!”  As a teen, Rahni would sit obsessively for hours taking in the magic of his musical role models. He was very picky about who he listened to. From the pioneering Gospel music genius of Myrna Summers and Henry Jackson to the jazz, r&b, and funk of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, and the arrangements of Thom Bell, Gene Page, Quincy Jones and Henry Mancini. 

Throughout his many years as a producer, musician, and recording engineer, he has kept his finger on the pulse of the ever-changing music industry and its numerous trends, without missing a beat! From Funk, R&B, and Hip-Hop to Classical, Pop, Rock, and Jazz! Unlike the predictability of many producers of today, Rahni is a true music chameleon. 

Follow Rahni Song on Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 15 2018

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Rank #10: THE LEGENDARY AL JARREAU

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Talking Smooth Jazz is honored to welcome seven-time Grammy award-winning singer / veteran Al Jarreau. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy® Awards, scores of International Music Awards and popular accolades worldwide. He has released a new album called My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke. 

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Sep 03 2014

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Rank #11: KEYBOARDIST, SKINNY HIGHTOWER

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After acquiring positive reception from his label debut Emotions and reaching #1 on the Smooth Jazz Billboards with his first single Taboo, Skinny Hightower seeks to stake his claim as a smooth jazz powerhouse with his third effort RETROSPECT, set to release September 14th.  Retrospect features, saxophonist Konstantin Klashtorni, guitarist Almon Johnson, vocalist Bebe Merrills, and drummer Nate Smith.

"PEOPLE DIDN'T REALLY GET TO HEAR MY PIANO INFLUENCES ON EMOTIONS AS I WAS JUST GETTING A FEEL FOR THE INSTRUMENT. BUT ON RETROSPECT, PEOPLE WILL DEFINITELY GET TO HEAR IT." - SKINNY HIGHTOWER

Follow Skinny Hightower on Facebook@skinnyhightowermusic, and Instagram/YouTube@skinnyhightower.

Sep 08 2018

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Rank #12: DRUMMER, ELIJAH GILMORE

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Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes Elijah Gilmore, an American jazz artist, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a drummer. His debut album Return To Zen, features Gerald Veasley, Dominick Farinacci, Reggie Wooten, Ben Tankard, and Mike Pope to name a few. If you like jazz then this is a great album to add to your jazz collection! His new album received raved reviews by multi-grammy award-winning jazz group, The Manhattan Transfer Singers!

Follow Elijah on Facebook, Twitter/Instagram @elijahbeats

Sep 26 2018

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Rank #13: SAXOPHONIST MICHAEL PAULO

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Internationally Renown Saxman Michael Paulo new release after ten years. Hailed as his best work yet featuring performances by Peter White, Paul Brown, David Benoit, Brian Simpson, Paul Jackson Jr, and more. Dynamic, sensual and heartwarming saxophone.

Beautiful Day features a collection of popular songs and jazz classics along with original compositions by Sax man Michael Paulo. After a ten year hiatus from recording, he is back with his full sound, sensual ballads, and funky grooves. Featuring stellar performances by many of his smooth jazz friends!

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Aug 19 2018

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Rank #14: TRUMPETER ISAAC BYRD, JR.

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Trumpeter Isaac Byrd, Jr. returns with a brand new cd, Come Fly With Me, featuring guitarists Nils and David P. Stevens, bassist Blair Bryant, saxophonists Marcus Anderson and Will Donato, trumpeter Tom Browne, and Willie Moore III. 

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Aug 10 2018

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Rank #15: THE QUEEN CITY JAZZ COLLECTIVE

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The Queen City Jazz Collective (QCJC) is made up of a group of gifted musicians who reside in the great city of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Not just artist who use their musical gifts in Charlotte, but musicians who have shared their gifts individually throughout the world. Blending a musical mixture of smooth jazz with a touch of soul, the QCJC will ignite your musical appetite!  Members of the group are vocalists, Ken Gober & Gena Chambers; saxophonist Gabriel Bello; bassist JD Dillard; and guitarist Paul Dozier.

Jul 28 2019

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Rank #16: SAXOPHONIST ELAN TROTMAN

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Saxophonist Elan Trotman has quickly become one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers as he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum, and Najee, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards and The Barbados Music Awards both named himJazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions.

Elan is also the Executive Producer and host of the Barbados Jazz Excursion, a jazz and golf weekend getaway which brings over 300 music lovers to the island every Columbus Day Weekend. Elan is also the founder of the Never Lose Your Drive Foundation – a Non-Profit which directly funds the Headstart Music Program. Headstart Music provides FREE weekly instrument instruction to students ages 7-11 on saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet, and percussion. Elan's new cd, Dear Marvin, is a saxophone tribute to Marvin Gaye.

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Mar 24 2019

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Rank #17: VIOLINIST, DANIEL D

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Daniel D. is a classically trained contemporary violinist who began performing live at age 12. A graduate of the Charleston School of the Arts, Daniel gained national recognition as a teenager for his blend of Hip Hop, R&B, & Gospel with performances for President Obama, Oprah Winfrey & Michael Jackson and as a featured performer on B.E.T. His energetic and interactive performances have attracted a loyal following with nearly 700,000 Facebook followers and a full-time touring schedule with performances at festivals, theaters, corporate events, universities and professional sporting events. Daniel has released five albums and is currently working on his 6th studio album. Daniel currently resides in Denver, CO.

Jun 09 2019

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Rank #18: TRUMPETER, LIN ROUNTREE

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Lin Rountree aka The Soul-Trumpeter, is an accomplished recording artist, producer, and live performer. With Six solo projects, Twelve Top 20 Billboard singles, and numerous collaborations with some of the industry's top R&B/Contemporary Jazz artists to his credit he is poised to become one of the most renowned artists of his generation.  STRONGER STILL the new CD from Trippin N' Rhythm recording artist Lin Rountree features some of the Industry's  hottest artists and producers and is set to release this February 2018.   The first single  "Pass The Groove" produced by Michael Broening is currently one of the HOTTEST songs in Contemporary Jazz and is flying up the National Billboard Charts. 

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Feb 18 2018

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Rank #19: VOCALIST KEA MICHAELS

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Singer/Songwriter KEA (Kea Michaels) is swiftly proving herself as an outstanding and soul-piercing new artist with her June 21-slated second single, “Not My Friend,” the follow-up to her poignant debut “I Love You” which peaked at #1 on four U.K. Soul charts, was picked up by the BBC, received support from several U.S. Smooth Jazz outlets and was chosen as ‘Song of the Month’ by influential music site SoulTracks. As the follow-up, “Not My Friend” is so strong that it was added “out of the box” to the programming playlist of WFSK in the music hotbed city of Nashville. The radio promoter only sent it to get valuable feedback. The station started playing the song immediately!

KEA is fiercely talented and purposed new artist worthy of attention and support as she leads up to the release of her debut EP, Relationships.
“Inviting you to feel what I feel is my desire for my listeners. Get caught up in the mood and the moment. When I sing about being in love, I want to touch the hearts of those that feel love and want love.”

Follow Kea Michaels on Facebook@keamichaels and Instagram@musicbykea

Sep 15 2019

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Rank #20: SINGER, LEONARD DOZIER

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Singer, Leonard Dozier returns with his fourth album, “Sunday Word”, preceded by the exceptionally infectious single, “Fly,” a pop-flavored soul-infused original tune, penned by Leonard with collaborator (former Atlantic recording artist) Jamie Myerson.  With a more immediate response than to his previous work - in particular from college radio and internet play - “Fly” is somewhat of a musical departure for Leonard, who notes, “It hearkens back to the late ‘70s/early ‘80s sound of artists like Hall & Oates and I think that pop/R&B style from that time is coming back in vogue now.  Honestly, I believe this track has all the elements – the song, the production, the arrangement….it feels like my best recording to date!”

Follow Leonard on Facebook/Twitter @leonarddozier and Instagram @leonard.dozier & @leonarddoziermusic.

Oct 21 2018

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GUITARIST SHELDON FERGUSON

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Sheldon Ferguson is a Grammy-nominated guitarist who is originally from Columbia, SC and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Bachelors in Professional Music with an emphasis in Performance and Production at Berklee College of Music. In 2011 Sheldon released his first smooth jazz album titled The Brighter Side, at the age of seventeen. Sheldon’s music has sold in over forty different countries and can be heard on jazz stations all over the world. The international radio broadcast, Talking Smooth Jazz, considers him a part of the new generation of smooth jazz. In January 2018, Sheldon released his second album, Soul Searching, after a six-year hiatus from releasing music. Soul Searching charted at #7 on the Smooth Jazz Global Listener Chart and #39 on the Top 50 Albums Chart. The album documents a journey of self-discovery and Sheldon hopes to inspire others with its message.  

Sheldon's new release is called Love Languages.

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Oct 18 2020

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SAXOPHONIST ZACH SANDERS

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In the October Issue of Grimes Magazine they wrote about Zach Sanders, "Zach Sanders, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, has been wowing crowds with his dynamic and energetic saxophone playing, since the age 14.  While his star has shown brightly throughout the Carolinas, he has begun to branch out nationally and has shocked the world with his new release Pretty Girl.  Zach's exciting young band An Experience, is now building their exciting 2021 performance schedule.  Get ready for a new, fresh face in contemporary jazz/R&B! Zach Sanders is one to watch!"

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Oct 11 2020

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SAXOPHONIST JUDAH SEALY

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National Smooth Jazz Recording Artist Judah Sealy is a Billboard Charting Saxophonist, Keyboardist, and Producer from Rochester N.Y.  Judah Sealy’s unique sound comes from a blend of vintage R&B, gospel, neo-soul and funk with some contemporary R&B influences as well. Judah's smooth saxophone style is heavily influenced by Kirk Whalum, George Furlow, Gerald Albright, and Boney James to name a few. His is also an accomplished pianist in his own right. He has shared the stage with many known acts including Kirk Franklin, Maze ft Frankie Beverly and has played on many stages including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. He has also lent his saxophone talents to renowned Smooth Jazz hitmakers such as Jacob Webb and Greg Manning. 

"LEGACY" is Judah Sealy's third full-length album. This twelve track album is written and produced by Judah Sealy and features his smooth jazz saxophone stylings with stellar production. This album features his hit single "Off The Charts" which spent two months on the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts.

Aug 16 2020

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BASSIST CHRISTIAN DE MESONES

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Christian “Big New York” de Mesones has been playing bass guitar for over 40 years.  He was only 18 years old when he graduated from the world-famous Bass Institute of Technology (now the Musician’s Institute) in Hollywood, California where he had the opportunity to study and workshop with greats such as Abe Laboriel, Louis Johnson, Tim Bogart, Howard Alden, Steve Morse, Pat Metheny, and the late Tommy Tedesco and Ray Brown.  By personal request from visiting guitar faculty member and legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, he performed an original composition for his graduation ceremony.

On his new release, Christian has returned to his roots, focusing on the deeply personal Latin, funk, and rock influences that shaped his love for musical composition.  He spent 2018 performing locally and composing and recording additional material to round out his long-awaited, debut solo release, “They Call Me Big New York”.  

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Aug 09 2020

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SAXOPHONIST MARCUS ADAMS

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A thrilling performer and one on the rise, vocalist and multi-instrumental soul/jazz artist Marcus Adams is a sign that the new crop of smooth jazz artists can certainly carry the torch. Working on his sophomore studio album, he combines R&B, Soul, and Jazz to create songs that takes the listeners on a musical ride of the highs of love and depths of pain in life.  His friendship with Grammy-nominated producer Demonte Posey led to the release of his heralded freshman release entitled ‘Suddenly’. The project propelled Adams into the national spotlight. The jump from a beloved local act in Milwaukee, WI to a favorite performer in jazz venues across the nation proved to be the right path for Adams to establish his unique sound and brand. Following the release, Adams toured the nation and created an avid and loyal following.

The online release of his new cd 'Love Letters', features Selina Albright, Marqueal Jordan, Ragan Whiteside, Merlon Devine, and Smooth Jazz SUPER PRODUCER Lew Laing!! 

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Jul 05 2020

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HARPIST MARIEA ANTOINETTE

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A native of San Diego, California, Ms. Antoinette’s diverse repertoire consists of classical, smooth jazz, and R&B music. She has performed for The President and First Lady Of The United States, Barack and Michelle Obama, and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her across the US and abroad.

Attending UC San Diego for undergraduate work and continuing on to the University of Arizona for Masterclasses in harp performance, she was privileged to have studied under some very notable teachers. crediting her dynamic performance technique to Russian teacher Elena Mashkovtseva. 

Ms. Antoinette has been sought after to perform and record for a variety of artists and events including Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, The BET Awards, and American Idol. Mariea’s talents are enjoyed and appreciated by a growing list of private and corporate clients as well as her dedicated fans.

Mariea’s next full-length album, titled “All My Strings” includes her latest single “Loving You” (a cover of the Minnie Riperton classic) as well as hit singles “Overture” and “That Thing!”

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Jun 07 2020

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TRUMPETER ALEX PARCHMENT

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Alex Parchment is a dedicated musician, producer, and artist. He has been honing his trumpet and piano skills for years with his acceptance into the Rosa Parks High School of the Fine and Performing arts in Paterson, New Jersey, Jazz House Kids' inaugural class, and through Howard University's rigorous music education major. Alex has had the opportunity to perform on stages throughout the East Coast, including the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Blues Alley with jazz luminaries Patti Austin, Christian McBride, David Sanborn, Chick Corea and more. In 2015, he was selected for the world-renowned Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center. In July of 2019, Alex was invited by Kenny Wesley and the US State Department to travel to Tanzania to perform, cultivate knowledge and share American culture. 

He now performs as a solo artist, leads the Alex Parchment Quintet, a traditional jazz ensemble and AP Chemistry, a musical experiment fusing soul, funk, hip hop, R&B, and jazz to form a unique but energetic sound. Through education, Alex endeavors to inspire artists of all backgrounds to look to music as a means of expression and communication. Alex strives to connect a community of artists together to create art that pushes the boundaries of genre and musicianship.  Alex's new release is called Burnin' Up available now.

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May 31 2020

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GUITARIST, NILS

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Join us for a conversation with guitarist Nils about his new release, Caught In The Groove featuring, Oliver C. Brown (percussion), Johnny Britt (organ, vocals, and horns), Mitch Forman (piano), Derrick Dmar Martin, Tony Moore, Gorden Cambell (drums), Darryl Williams, Reggie McBride, Darryl Jones, Carsten Schmelzer (bass), Clydene Jackson (Rhodes), and Dov and the LoveStar Strings (live string section). 

Guitar virtuoso Nils has been one of the most successful forces in the Contemporary Jazz genre. With 4 number 1 Hits in the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts, including the Song of the Decade 2001-2010 “Pacific Coast Highway” and the Song of the Year 2011 ” Jump Start”, he stands out amongst his peers. “His CD ‘Jazz Gems – The Best of Nils’ could easily be titled “The Best of Contemporary Jazz” and it is pure joy and exhilaration reliving these masterfully composed and produced hits.” As songwriter and producer, he used his “Midas touch "to provide hits for many artists in this genre, including Lisa Addeo, George Benson, Brian Simpson, Reza Khan, Alvin Pope, Tony Saunders to name a few.

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May 25 2020

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SAXOPHONIST MARCUS ANDERSON

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Marcus Anderson’s thirteenth album “HERO” features thirteen original compositions, which is the quintessential soundtrack of our lives with a common thread of inspiration, perseverance, passion, and resilience. A new-age fusion jazz artist, Anderson’s music – as well as his message- is even more powerful and poignant in the current political, environmental and social climate of this nation and world.

HERO takes the listener on a musical journey through themes of light and darkness and the quest for meaning in an often-chaotic world. Melding a wide range of musical styles with a natural grace, HERO evokes, but never imitates, the many legendary artists that have influenced Anderson’s compositions.

“Just a Taste” featuring Tim Bowman offers a soft and slowly deepening funky vibe with darting sax lines while Tim’s melodic smooth approach brings the song on home.

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May 24 2020

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GUITARIST U-NAM

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There are only a few established artists who are capable of reinventing themselves and jazz guitarist and Billboard chart-topper U-Nam is certainly one of them.  As if to prove it he will release the genre-busting “U-Nam Goes Big Band”, 03/27/2020, on the Skytown Records label. 

“U-Nam Goes Big Band”, a sumptuous eleven-track rendering of sophisticated mood jazz, is made even more enticing by the amazing back-story that first put it on U-Nam’s radar. A phone call to his Los Angeles studio from Estonian producer Mikk Targo is all it took. Targo, CEO and Founder of the Estonian Author Society EAU had, for the past several years, been working with a panel of music industry experts to select from what was generally regarded as the best one hundred songs Estonia has ever produced. As they did so a body of work emerged that was not only a glimpse into the nation’s musical heritage but also an outstanding showcase for the renowned Lutz Krajenski Big Band.

Coming off the back of a scintillating 2019 that saw him enjoy huge chart success with his 2 sensational albums “Future Love Parts 1 and 2” (that reached #20 on the Top25 Billboard Jazz Best Selling Album Chart and #8 in the Contemporary Jazz category) this is an exciting new direction for U-Nam to take but, with nine Top30 Billboard radio hits already to his name and an approach recognized as always innovative and often daring, his reputation for shaking the musical world to its core is already firmly in place.

Follow U-Nam on Facebook, Twitter @unamprod, and Instagram @unamguitar

Mar 29 2020

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VIBRAPHONIST WARREN WOLF

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Through his three prior Mack Avenue Music Group releases and his attention-grabbing work with the likes of Christian McBride, Bobby Watson, Karriem Riggins, Jeremy Pelt, and the SFJAZZ Collective, Warren Wolf has established himself as the foremost straight-ahead vibraphonist of his generation, a bop torchbearer well equipped to carry the mantle of forebears like Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson.

On his latest album, Warren Wolf reveals an entirely different side to his multi-faceted talents. As the title implies, Reincarnation represents a rebirth of sorts for the Baltimore vibes man. In part, it frees Wolf to indulge his love for the R&B and soul hits that served as the soundtrack to his formative years in the 1990s. It’s also a celebration of a new lease on life, happiness, and contentment that he’s discovered through a new marriage and his five beloved children.

Follow Warren on Facebook, Twitter/Instagram @warrenwolf1

Mar 28 2020

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GUITARIST DAVID P. STEVENS

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Guitarist David P. Stevens is back with a KILLER new five-track EP called Vibrations.  Not only is playing the guitar but singing his ass off on the tracks "Natural" w/Latoya London and soloing on "I Just Can't Wait." 

Keivu Knox of Soultracks.com wrote:

"David P Stevens has crafted a successful six-album run in his career to date, and as number seven is set for a release later this month, the artist known as “Mr. Guitar” may find himself with a new nickname, “Mr.Voice.”  The new single, entitled “Natural,” is a romantic duet with former American Idol finalist and vocal powerhouse, Latoya London.  David more than holds his own vocally on the track, which talks of a love that is “beautiful and made to be.”

The vocal and musical connection between Stevens and London creates a hook that is equally melodic and memorable. Fans of Stevens' guitar work should have no fear, as his solo by track's end reinforces why he has been such a sought after musician in recent years. 

Vibrations, the forthcoming release from Stevens, is set for a February 14th release, and features other collaborations with artists such as Yancyy and Teri Tobin; but in the meantime, check out “Natural” and add it to your Valentine’s Day Playlist."

Follow David on Facebook, Twitter/Instagram @davidpstevens

Mar 15 2020

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DRUMMER KENNE THOMAS

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Drummer Kenne Thomas believes that "art reflects life" and focuses on developing social skills and cooperative interaction through drumming. Contemporary jazz, mixing driving swing numbers and smooth jazz tracks for the modern jazz fan. The group's seasoned musician's blistering solos will have you listening over and over again.

Follow Kenne on Facebook, Twitter @kenne, Instagram @kennethomas

Mar 01 2020

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SAXOPHONIST MARCUS ADAMS

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Marcus Adams is an artist and producer that has shared the stage with and for some notable household names. Honing his craft in church, he established himself as an intricate member of the Christian Faith Fellowship Church’s band under the direction of the late maestro Cornell Thigpen. While there, he produced a project for his sisters, ‘A Touch of Faith’, that eventually earned him and the group a Stellar Award nomination. Adams would go on to establish himself as a force in the gospel industry while working for and with notables such as Fred Hammond, Victor and Cedric Caldwell, Ben Tankard, and the late Reggie White.

A thrilling performer and one on the rise, vocalist and multi-instrumental soul/jazz artist Marcus Adams is a sign that the new crop of smooth jazz artists can certainly carry the torch.  His new release "Dream Again" combines R&B, Soul, and Jazz to create songs that take the listeners on a musical ride of the highs of love and depths of pain in life.

Follow Marcus on Facebook, Twitter @MAdamsGreater and Instagram @saxman6651

Feb 23 2020

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GUITARIST RONNY SMITH

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By and large ‘Raise The Roof’ is the ‘Ronny Smith Show’ front back and center.  Not only does he play guitar, keys, and bass throughout he also arranges, produces and programs all ten tunes. Eight of these are original compositions cleverly complemented by the addition of two immaculately crafted covers.  The first is an edgy interpretation of the Bill Withers classic ‘Use Me’ with the second being a classy re-imagining of the Carpenters blockbuster ‘Superstar’.  Truth to tell he makes both sound brand new and when (for the only time) he calls upon the input of a supporting artist it is Scott Martin on sax that adds another dimension to the easy grooving ‘Cool Breeze’.

The first single to be serviced to radio is ‘Me Time’ that demonstrates the innate feel Smith has for understated yet compelling smooth jazz.  Much the same can be said of the warmly inviting ‘On It’ for which he certainly is and although ‘Brazilian Dancer’ proves to be a supercharged Latin extravaganza Smith is able to channel that same energy into the foot-tapping, in the pocket ‘Breaded Funk Well Done’.

Another number that really fizzes is the high-octane title cut.  The perfect vehicle for Smith’s virtuosity, it is in the good company of the moodily delicious ‘Brighter Day’ and a blues-tinged rendition of ‘Say It Again’ where Smith’s interlude on bass guitar is something to savor. 

‘Raise The Roof’ is a fantastic way to become acquainted with Ronny Smith’s special vibe.  It is due out on January 27, 2020, and is not to be missed.

Feb 22 2020

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SMOOTH JAZZ PIANIST LISA ADDEO

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Lisa Addeo is a Pianist/Vocalist/Composer whose single 'Listen To This' is #1 in Billboard, #1 on the Smooth Jazz Network and #1 on Mediabase chart. Her music is currently heard in homes across America on Music Choice’s Smooth Jazz channel, and Sirius XM's Watercolors, Siriusly Sinatra and Holiday Traditions channels, Lisa Addeo is comfortable playing and singing many different styles, from Contemporary/Smooth Jazz to Pop and the Great American Songbook. 

She delivers a colorful mosaic of cool jazz grooves on her new album, ‘Listen To This’.   

Produced by chart-topping Smooth Jazz guitarist Nils, the album also includes exciting contributions by Adam Hawley, Jeff Ryan, Steve Cole & Johnny Britt.  

In addition to Sirius XM, all of Lisa’s music can be found at www.LisaAddeo.com, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Pandora, iHeart Radio, YouTube and all major digital retailers.  

Don Was, president of Blue Note records says, “Lisa did a great job on her new album. It fits in really well with the most successful albums in the Smooth Jazz field. My compliments." Lisa has been described as a “world-class musician” and her music as “tenderly intimate, a joy to listen to.” Her fans have commented,  “This is music that comes from the heart...with soul.”…“Prepare to fall in love with Lisa’s music. It will take you to a place you’ll want to stay."  

From intimate supper clubs to Radio City Music Hall and every type of venue across the US and Europe, Lisa’s music touches audiences of all sizes. “I adore playing ‘live’. As my music fills the room, the audiences fill my heart.”

Feb 09 2020

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GUITARIST PATRICK YANDALL

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Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes guitarist Patrick Yandall to talk about his new release, Jazz on the Vine.

Jan 26 2020

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ASCENDANT

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Soulful. Inspiring. Authentic. True. Just a few words that people use to describe them and their artistry, and yet ASCENDANT are…simply that…ascendant…rising above. From its start, ASCENDANT has been rising above…their critics, their fears, their obstacles and creating

meaningful, soul-filled music in an era when such artistic statements just aren’t made but desperately needed. Take a listen to the soaring high notes and heartfelt harmonies. It’s there in every soul-drenched note; every colorful chord progression; every thought-provoking rhythm.

ASCENDANT rises… and asks us all to join them in flight…

ASCENDANT is a state of mind; a state of being; an uplifting movement to rise above. It is a platform to express these ideas and ideals through the language of music. Through the band platform (ASCENDANT), the energy and expression are directly showcased and felt in performances and recordings. Within the structure of the music production and publishing company (Ascendant Music Inc.), this expression is shared and utilized with other artists of similar purpose as well as other partnerships.

Follow Ascendant on Facebook and Twitter.

Jan 19 2020

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WARREN KELLER OF SPONTANEOUS GROOVIN' COMBUSTION

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Spontaneous Groovin' Combustion is woodwindist/composer/producer Warren Keller, and his like-minded & like-souled band of musicians.

A lifelong singer/songwriter, and instrumentalist, Warren had tasted minor success on the New York City rock and roll and Nashville country scenes in the 1980s and 90s.

In 2016, Warren rededicated himself to music, with a decided slant toward the Contemporary Jazz genre he'd come to love. Within two year's time, he's assembled some of the best musicians on the planet to record his original tunes as Spontaneous Groovin' Combustion. Their latest single, "Spy vs Spy" on Tune 9 Records pays homage to the great spy themes of yesteryear.  

Spontaneous Groovin' Combustion is currently hard at work on their self-titled EP Spontaneous Groovin' Combustion, featuring the amazing playing of Jeff Lorber, Third Richardson, Alex Al, Dwight Sills, and other 'groovemeisters.'

Jan 12 2020

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SAXOPHONIST KENNY NIGHTINGALE

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Kenny Nightingale is an American based smooth jazz recording artist with a fusion of gospel sounds and contemporary jazz with world beat grooves. His father owned a musical school in Nigeria, where Kenny first learned the art of playing the saxophone. After mastering the saxophone in the ghetto, he also learned how to play the piano, guitar and drums.  Kenny Nightingale is a musician from a strong musical background of 8 brothers from Lagos Nigeria also known as the Motherland. Kenny is a soulful multi-talented Jazz R&B Gospel Artist with a smooth blend of Pop groove. At a tender age of 8, Kenny took after his father's footsteps playing the saxophone.  Kenny describes his music as a blend of pop and smooth jazz with a heavy influence of gospel music in his lyrics.  His debut release is called Breathe.

Follow Kenny on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Oct 24 2019

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Host of Talking Smooth Jazz

By Terri aka Jazz Queen - Apr 27 2010
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Thank you for your wonderful reviews of the show, they are very much appreciated! Smooth Jazz is my passion and I absolutely love hosting the show.

Thank You Terri and Mike

By Amazon_Princess - Jun 22 2009
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Ever since my local smooth jazz station went off the air, I was not up to speed on what's going on in the smooth jazz world until I found this podcast. Not only does it feature new releases from established artists, but it also spotlights new and independent artists. Whether you're a jazz aficionado or just a casual fan, you'll appreciate the interviews, music, and news presented in this podcast. Thank you Terri and Mike for all your hard work in supporting the smooth jazz genre.