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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/11/06
Yes he is Canadian. A national treasure. Our very own virtuoso. But if you ever needed proof that Jesse Cook is a citizen of the world, check out this new release - Beyond Borders. What a fanciful feast of musical deliciousness! Every track...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2017/10/23
  Although one of smooth jazz’s fast rising acts are Hungarian born and bred, there is a French term that can be applied to at least attempt to describe them. That term would be je ne sais quois, because their innovative approach and...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/10/10
Azul - Spanish for blue or sky blue is the major influence on guitarist Johannes Linstead’s tenth album recorded in various studios around the world including the Dominican Republic, Australia and Canada.  He incorporates the lazy hazy days of...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/09/25
There are very few singer/songwriters from the 70s still making relevant new music today but with the release of "Wide Open", Michael McDonald can surely count himself a member in that revered society. Sure, the guy is an icon and sure, the guy...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/09/18
There are a number of defining moments in almost every artist’s career that signify a significant milestone. It could be a debut album, or it may be a top ten tune or album itself. There’s the possibility of a headlining tour is a yardstick...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2017/08/28
Najee’s name in Arabic means “safe, friendly and affectionate”. Born Jerome Najee Rasheed in Greenwich Village and raised in Jamaica, Queens the multi instrumentalist grew up with some of the best in the industry. Mentored by jazz greats Frank...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2017/08/14
I remember meeting Norman Brown many years ago, on the Smooth Jazz cruise. I was backstage getting set to do some hosting and he introduced himself to me. "Hey Vickie," he said extending his hand, "You're from The Wave in Canada, right?" I shook...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2017/07/31
I admit to a deep affection and affinity for the classic soul sound. Whether it originated and emanated from Detroit, Memphis, Philadelphia, Chicago or any other R'n'B musical epicentre, the names behind it are indelibly inscribed in the annals...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2017/07/17
Spanning four decades and 22 albums you know the latest album from Philly’s Pieces Of A Dream is going to be a funk fest.  With founding members drummer Curtis Harmon and keyboardist James Lloyd along with ace saxophonist Tony Watson Jr. things...

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Posted by April Galenzoski on 2017/07/03
  They say that blood is thicker than water and it may well be true but blood is also beautifully harmonious, as evidenced here by the pairing of the two Oberhamers brothers - Brandon and Doug. Much like the countless singing siblings who have...

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Posted by Terry Sweeney on 2017/06/19
I admit it. There is a modest list of artists that I get excited over upon hearing word they are poised to release a new project. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that on that distinguished and confidential list is Maysa Leak. Her vocal...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/06/05
According to urbandicitionary.com someone with a bluesoul considers him/herself a complex person by nature, open minded, very friendly and polite.  I can see all of these traits in this rising star originally from the Detroit area.  This 37 year...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/05/23
You know how, back in the old days, you'd get a brand new album (or CD or cassette or ohmygosh 8-track) and listen to it over and over again? That's me right now in 2017 with the brand new John Mayer collection The Search For Everything. I am...

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Posted by Shannon Ella on 2017/05/08
The origins of Phil Perry date back nearly half a century when he held down the position of lead mic for the RnB group The Montclairs between 1971 and ’75, offering soul hits such as "Dreaming’s Out Of Season|. However, with the release of his...

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Posted by Shannon Ella on 2017/04/26
When it comes to playing funky music keyboardist Brian Culbertson knows a thing or two about the groove.  Hanging out and jamming with the late Prince and Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire inspired the instrumentalist/producer to reconnect with...

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Posted by Shannon Ella on 2017/04/10
He has been called the “Prince of Sophisticated Soul.” Buttery smooth, silky and sexy, sophisticated, sultry and sensual - just a few words to describe the indescribably sensational voice of Will Downing. And when this exceptional voice meets a...

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Posted by Shannon Ella on 2017/03/27
It may sound a tad cliché, but describing this smooth Euro-trio as an actual family affair couldn’t be more truthful. Czech born Magdalena Chovancova (saxophone, flute, keyboards, backing vocals) and her German born husband Robert Fertl (guitar,...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/03/13
  I always viewed the trumpet to be the most simplistic instrument to play but in reality it takes a lot of talent.  It’s all about valves and using your tongue. But what trumpeter Rick Braun has come up with on his 14th solo album for Shanachie...

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Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/02/27
When I was very young ... I mean barley out of diapers ... my parents gave my sister and me each an album for Christmas. I (lucky chick that I was) got Bobby Sherman (swoon). My sister, a very sophisticated 18 months older than I, got Herb...

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Posted by Shannon Ella on 2017/02/13
It has been said that in times of peril, we most often find our inner strengths and subsequently our inner selves. That appears to have been the predicator for the latest album from one of smooth jazz music’s mainstays Chuck Loeb. It was during...

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