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Sylvia Bennett - Amazing Love
Sylvia Bennett
Amazing LoveOut of Sight Music

Over the course of her 35+ year career, versatile Grammy-nominated jazz songstress and songwriter Sylvia Bennett has collaborated with an ongoing flow of greats, from Lionel Hampton (who once exclaimed, “Man, that lady can sing!”), Rick Braun and Paul Brown to Nathan East and Arturo Sandoval. Her colorful parade of guests continues on AMAZING LOVE, which is dedicated to her late husband of 50+ years, Dr. Hal. This set finds her swaying and swinging through a batch of charming, romantically inclined pop/jazz tunes for different moods of a relationship. She enters into divine duet partnerships with violinist Peter Ferencz of The Peet Project, bassist Brendan Rothwell, saxophonist Ed Calle, and founder, Sandy Shore delivers the “Shore Mix” of the title track. The lovefest extends to her trad jazz arrangement of the French version of the song better known as “Beyond The Sea.”      

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Mike Di Lorenzo - Don't Let Go
Mike Di Lorenzo
Don't Let GoKeep The Groove

After an early career performing at classic NYC venues (Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Apollo), working with the likes of Cissy and Whitney Houston and touring with everyone from Gerald Alston to Bo Diddley, NY/NJ based keyboardist/composer Mike Di Lorenzo is quickly closing in on 20 years as an acclaimed instrumental artist. He drops an inspiring and exciting first single from his upcoming full-length, follow-up to his 2023 album PLAY IT COOL with his latest single “Don’t Let Go.” It’s a hip, edgy symphonic jazz romp blending his melodic and improvisational piano magic with soaring synth textures, the punchy emotional soloing of saxophonist Frank Elmo and subtle vocal embellishments by Sonna Rele, who will be prominently featured on the album!

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Nathan & Noah East - Yesterday cover
Nathan and Noah East
YesterdayEastern Star

Ten years after Noah East, bassist Nathan East’s son, made his recording debut in a duet of “Yesterday” with his legendary dad on Nathan’s Grammy nominated self-titled solo album, the duo returns with a completely re-imagined version of the Beatles classic. Since that time, Noah, now 24, has been following closely in the footsteps of Nathan, a longtime member of contemporary jazz supergroup Fourplay as well as Eric Clapton’s band, and has appeared on thousands of recordings. The younger East has established himself as an in-demand touring and session pianist and organist, with performances in Europe, Japan and the U.S. While their original take on “Yesterday” featured Noah’s exquisite piano work and Nathan’s breezy vocals, this new twist from the forthcoming FATHER SONG debut album, offers a slow-simmering, bluesy instrumental highlighting stellar organ mastery, with trademark Nathan East solo improvisation. 

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Vincent Ingala - Escape With Me
Vincent Ingala
Escape With MeShanachie Entertainment

Seems like not long ago, Vincent Ingala was Smooth Jazz’s upcoming teen sensation – and suddenly, he’s a 30something core genre artist with 15 #1 Billboard hits, including the 2023 Airplay Song of the Year. With the drop of his sultry and elegant yet often electrifying, ultra-eclectic 8th album ESCAPE WITH ME, the composer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist is gunning for a bunch more. Though his bright, infectious originals, including a seductive, keyboard ballad, are hard to top, it’s testament to the timelessness of his style – and love for jazz, pop, R&B and dance music – that the set includes re-imaginings of both a magnificent 60’s Delfonics ballad and a thumpin’ late 90s spin on an Ultra Nate #1 dance hit featuring the soaring guest vocals of Lindsey Webster. 


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Jarez - Coming Back Around cover
Coming Back AroundJ Star Entertainment LLC

Once best known for his tours with the late rapper Coolio and appearances on the popular web series “Cookin’ With Coolio,” multi-faceted saxophonist Jarez is now all about embodying his identity as a solo artist, Mayor of J Funk City. That’s also the name of his 2020 album that made him the first indie saxman to hit #1 on all Charts simultaneously. He rules the town once again with his latest single “Coming Back Around,” a summery, high-octane party jam that marks his second off the chain collaboration with bassist Julian Vaughn. Building on their well-established chemistry, the two up their synergistic game with sass and fire, creating a powerful duality throughout while offering several dazzling solo spotlights by both.

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Jazz In Pink - Glow
Jazz in Pink
GlowJazz In Pink

Let Yourself Glow….with the latest single from Jazz in Pink, featuring keyboardist Gail Jhonson! This track is an up-beat, feel good melody for all to enjoy. "Glow" will make you smile and light up your day with warm energy and positivity! Jazz In Pink, the premier all female, all-star Smooth Jazz ensemble, is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated and long-time Norman Brown music director, composer/keyboardist, Gail Jhonson. "Glow" may be her most brilliant composition to date, a masterfully produced track by contemporary jazz greats Kim Waters and Nelson Braxton!

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Reza Khan - Mystical
Reza Khan
MysticalPainted Media LLC

Over the course of his multi-faceted 15-year recording career, Reza Khan has enjoyed several radio friendly Smooth Jazz hits, including one with Nils. Yet the Bangladesh-born, NYC based composer/guitarist’s unique, freewheeling stylistic fusion includes elements of pop, jazz, soul and global influences. His world jazz guitar vibe comes to full creative fruition on the perfectly titled MYSTICAL, which finds him and longtime co-writer, arranger and producer, saxophonist David Mann, imagining a magical album featuring infectious pieces written with specific contemporary jazz greats in mind. Khan’s incredible skills as a musician and magnetism as a studio visionary attracted a dream guest list that includes Bob James, Jimmy Haslip, Philippe Saisse, Mark Egan, Jeff Lorber and Keiko Matsui – who join with Khan to create special collaborations for the ages. 

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Jeff Logan - Indigo
Jeff Logan
IndigoFire & Ice Entertainment Network

When keyboardist/composer Jeff Logan first reached out to Paul Brown, the Grammy-winning hitmaker was first intrigued by the decades Logan had toiled as a corrections officer while developing his craft. When Brown heard his graceful and infectious, radio friendly compositions and lively piano style, he signed on to produce one song, which quickly evolved into Logan’s new album INDIGO, a tour-de-force collaboration that strikes Smooth Jazz gold. While showcasing Logan’s fresh, ultra-melodic touch on the piano and exciting sense of improvisation, the 10 fanciful, romantically inclined tracks create a dazzling, lightly funky flow that puts a hip, modern twist on a classic contemporary jazz piano sound that may remind listeners of classic tracks by David Benoit, Brian Culbertson and Gregg Karukas.

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Rei Narita - Phantom Sense cover
Rei Narita
Phantom SenseStudio Luna Azul

With nearly 20 single releases over the past two and a half years, Asian Smooth Jazz pioneer and multi-talented composer/pianist Rei Narita who is not only one of the genre’s most gifted artists but also constantly finds ways to surprise us either musically or thematically. On “Phantom Sense,” he does both, fusing one of his lively, charming and free-flowing trademark piano melodies with spacey and hypnotic, dynamics filled synth musings and funked out electronic percussion to illuminate a fascinating modern concept. Also known as “VR Sensation,” “Phantom Sense” is a phenomenon where various sensations other than sight and sound are pseudo-perceived during virtual reality experiences. Now it’s also the title of one of the coolest and trippiest tracks of the summer!   

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Al Nesbitt and The Alchemy - A Million Shiny Things
Al Nesbitt and The Alchemy
A Million Shiny ThingsMad Hat Fat Lip

Since opening 95 years ago, the legendary Chateau Marmont on Sunset Strip has been a beloved retreat for Hollywood creatives craving a temporary home away from the prying eyes of the public and press. With his new four-piece ensemble Al Nesbitt and the Alchemy, the multi-faceted, flamenco rock-driven, veteran acoustic guitarist – who recently scored a profile in Guitar World Magazine-Online – finds a fresh and exciting musical way to explore the rich history of the historic landmark. Fusing his snappy exotic style – influenced by everyone from John McLaughlin to Vicente Amigo – with his passions for film composers like Nicholas Hooper, Hanz Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat, Nesbitt creates an epic journey through time fueled by moody, film noir-inspired jazz and funky, symphonic rock jams.   

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Nils - Feelin' Good
Feelin' GoodBaja/TSR Records

If any Smooth Jazz great should be FEELIN’ GOOD, it’s super guitarist, composer, and producer Nils, whose accolade-filled two decade run includes having his hit “Pacific Coast Highway” chosen Billboard’s Song of the Decade and Nils himself being named the #1 Smooth Jazz Airplay Artist for 2021 and 2023. FEELIN’ GOOD is the perfect title for an engaging, uplifting album infused with the prolific artist’s trademark sense of adventure, alternating between snappy, crunchy funk-filled jaunts and sly, moody seductions - all wrapped in the colorful, brass-tinged bow of the cool dynamite he brings to an Earth, Wind & Fire classic. Nils builds on the intricacy of his electric guitar with tasty sonic production details and killer performances from an ensemble featuring Mitch Forman (piano) and Johnny Britt (Rhodes, vocals, horns). 

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Steve Oliver - A New Light
Steve Oliver
A New LightWide Sky Records

After releasing ILLUMINATE in 2018, Steve Oliver engaged in some cool side projects, including a popular duet album with Brian Simpson and a set of acoustic re-imaginings of his greatest hits. Now, the prolific Smooth Jazz hitmaker a journalist once called “musical Disneyland” (for his sunny personality and composing style) is back in snappy, melodic and sonically adventurous radio-friendly mode with A NEW LIGHT. Perfectly in line with his other instantly infectious albums with similarly light-bearing titles, the collection – co-produced by genre mega-hitmaker Michael Broening – offers a blend of funky-breezy drive time jams, gently caressing ballads (one featuring saxman Jeff Kashiwa) and exciting dashes of percussive exotica featuring the one-two punch of his dynamic strings and trademark dreamy wordless and percussive vocals.      

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Shawn Raiford - The Next Step
Shawn Raiford
The Next StepShawn Raiford Sax Productions

Calling to mind the title of sax man’s Shawn Raiford’s critically praised 2020 debut album, MAN WITH A HORN… While many may call themselves ‘men (or women) with horns, few know what to do with it to create the magic and make an emotional connection! Raiford, who’s been sharing his vibrant and adventurous horn-fire with fans in and around his home base in California for years, continues his breakthrough hot streak by following his recent, top-charting single, a sassy and brassy twist on Silk Sonic’s #1 multi-Grammy winning smash, “Leave the Door Open,” with his 3rd pre-release single, “Vallejo,” from his forthcoming album THE NEXT STEP. This jazzy nod to the original East San Francisco Bay Area hip hop scene sound, pioneered by Mac Dre and E-40 promises to propel Mr. Raiford further into Smooth Jazz star status! Becoming well-known for his live performances, the artist packs his rich, pure, dynamic tones into an entertaining, muscular delivery making for exciting concert productions featuring this supernova. 

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Rainforest Band - Good Medicine
Rainforest Band
Good MedicineSan Francisco Records

With the release of GOOD MEDICINE, an inviting mix of spirited contemporary jazz, robust funk and sensual balladry, six-piece Bay Area ensemble Rainforest Band confirms its status as one of Smooth Jazz’s most environmentally conscious artists. Launched in 2017 by R&B/Gospel soul veterans Tony Saunders (bass), Vernon “Ice” Black (guitar) and Sylvester Burks (keyboards), the group refashions the eco-minded aesthetic of BLUES FROM THE RAINFOREST – A MUSICAL SUITE, an early 90s “environmental earth music album” created by Saunders’ father, famed keyboardist Merl Saunders, and the legendary Jerry Garcia. While the soaring power and passion of saxophonist Dave Ellis ensures that this collection is more horn-centric than their debut, there’s also plenty of urban jazz and groovin’ soul from Saunders and tasty, melodic guitar magic from Black and Lorn Leber. GOOD MEDICINE will make you feel good!

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Paolo Rustichelli - Tempus Fugit cover
Paolo Rustichelli
Tempus FugitNext Age Music

Following the tremendous success of 2023’s “Love Divine” featuring the iconic Miles Davis posthumously, the father of chillout music and Smooth Jazz pioneer Paolo Rustichelli returns with a sexy summer gem and a new guest, sax star Jessy J. The title track to his soon to be released album, “Tempus Fugit” literally translates to “Time Flies.” Yet, it also stands still and traverses back and forth in our minds and here we are, always in the present moment! The non-linear thinking musician delivers a song that borrows musical ideas from the past and present and all the while innovates the future. Press play, turn up “Tempus Fugit” and dance in the moment, reminisce about the past, or plan for the future… This song will allow you to experience all of the above at the same time!

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D.S. Wilson - Metamorphosis
D.S. Wilson
MetamorphosisBig Splash Music, LLC

Though its release is scheduled for 2025, the title of Chicago-based saxophonist D.S. Wilson’s next album, METAMORPHOSIS perfectly captures the full circle evolution from his roots in jazz through decades of playing and recording rock, pop and blues before emerging as a bona fide Smooth Jazz artist in 2018. Testament to his extraordinary melodies and chart success - as well as spotlighted for being a finalist in the illustrious talent competition on board the Dave Koz Cruise - Wilson’s 2023 album SKYLINE was produced by Adam Hawley and METAMORPHOSIS is being helmed by Steve Oliver and Grammy nominee Jeff Carruthers. The sophomore single, "Telegram" is a feel-good, joyful jazz jam reminiscent of genre staples like Spyro Gyra and The Rippingtons. 

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Listening Loft : MUST HAVES

Dan Alan Levine - Over The Moon
Dan Alan Levine
Over The

Acclaimed TV arranger/orchestrator and Tony Award nominee for the score of the Broadway Musical "Anna Karenina," multi-talented pianist/composer Dan Alan Levine says that “one of the nice things about Smooth Jazz is that it allows the spirit and soul to relax.” It’s joyfully ironic then, that the wondrously inviting, infectious tunes on his stylistically eclectic (and perfectly titled) debut album OVER THE MOON are peppy and optimistic. Advance singles are still receiving airplay around the world on Smooth Jazz radio and being featured on some of the most popular streaming Playlists. Mixed and mastered by chart-topping songsmith Peter Ferencz (Peet Project) and driven by light funk grooves that breeze along the pop, soul, jazz, tropical and Latin landscapes – with a dash of classical. Dan’s emotionally compelling melodies come to life with the support of two genre leading ladies, flutist Kim Scott and saxophonist Jeanette Harris. The latest single, "Sky Skippin'" (radio remix)  is a burner with a freshly reimagined and remixed perspective from Hungarian Smooth Jazz producer and hitmaker Peet Ferencz with live drums, bass and guitar!

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Patrick Bradley - Road Trippin'
Patrick Bradley
Road Trippin'Patricks Song Factory

Just in time for spring and summer travel plans, veteran pianist/composer Patrick Bradley creates the ultimate free-spirited, let’s forget about the winter, driving tune with his breezy, high-spirited single, “Road Trippin’," from his forthcoming album GRATITUDE. After years of brilliant hit-making with Jeff Lorber, this instantly engaging track – the follow-up to the post-pandemic EXHALE album – is Bradley’s latest collab with Smooth Jazz saxophonist and producer Darren Rahn, who co-wrote and produced this new tune, which features the unique touches of a Wurlitzer piano. Deeply rooted in the joy of their shared spirituality, the prolific Bradley-Rahn partnership has blessed us with positive, percussive and jazzy, solo-filled tunes that have the power to clear minds, uplift souls and get toes tapping! 

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Jill Butler - Joyride
Jill Butler
JoyrideJill Butler

It’s listed as a “Fun Fact” on her bio, but when you listen to multi-talented, genre-busting (blues, jazz, pop soul) pianist, vocalist and composer/producer Jill Butler’s aptly titled, wildly and adventurous debut JOYRIDE, you’ll know it’s truly her ongoing mission – devoting 100% of her time to uplifting the soul and uniting hearts through music. She brings her fiery and frolicsome, homegrown Louisiana lightning to a slate featuring both shimmering, percussive piano driven originals (including tributes to her professional musician parents and regional legend Carol Fran) and fanciful twists on classics by Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Charlie Chaplain and New Orleans great Allen Toussaint. While ensembling with a cadre of Louisiana Music Hall of Famers, Butler also spins fascinating flute, vibes and organ sounds on her synth.  

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The Allen Carman Project - I've Arrived
The Allen Carman Project
I've ArrivedAllen Carman Music

Five years and six hit singles since releasing their critically acclaimed debut CARMANOLOGY, the title of The Allen Carman Project’s I’VE ARRIVED says it all about the vibrant full-length collection their fans have been longing for. Comprised of those memorable singles and two new freshly funked-out, horn-fired tracks, the set showcases the intricate sonic invention and ever-groovin’ camaraderie between Carman’s hoppin’ bass, Philippe Saisse’s keyboard wizardry and jazzy, high-energy solos and Gumbi Ortiz’s alternately wild and subtle percussive textures. The band’s expansive repertoire features songs for every mood, from laid back romance and breezy mid-tempo coolness to full on Latin party jams. The Project is booking festivals and events across the U.S. in 2024... Don't miss them!

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Evan Carydakis - Paradise Beach
Evan Carydakis

For some artists, a title like “Paradise Beach” might be a metaphorical, sunny fantasy, but for Evan Carydakis, the name of his latest joyous, in the pocket, sizzle funk-driven single is an invitation to an actual beautiful destination. Working once again with his versatile keyboardist/producer Michael Whittaker, the Australian saxophonist and rising Smooth Jazz artist is in a lighthearted celebratory mood from the energizing start, extolling the glorious, calming yet fast swirling virtues of the Greek isle of Mykonos. From the punchy blast of sunlight in the first notes and grooves (courtesy of powerhouse drummer Stacey Sydnor), the track offers a soundtrack to a fun day on the white sand – and the buzzing party atmosphere of the bars and clubs after hours. 

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Bob Coate - Love Like That
Bob Coate
Love Like

The first thing you'll see on the website of the keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Bob Coate is the phrase “Smooth Jazz and Beyond.” More than just clever branding, the slogan captures the stylistically freewheeling artist’s ever-evolving vibe. Easing away from the laid back beachy cool of his earlier singles, his previous two were a festive Latin excursion and an in the pocket, light funk romp with producer Sonix. Continuing not only to move but obliterate the needle of previous expectations, Coate’s upbeat, frolicsome latest single “Love Like That,” finds him blending lighthearted, jazzy piano magic with bluesy organ harmonies over a contemporary, irrepressible groove. In addition to featuring the energetic warm tones of Hungarian saxophonist Peter Herold, the track was produced by Peet Ferencz (Peet Project) and Sandy Shore ( – a remarkable duo that has also produced an ongoing series of star-studded “Songles" and is opening their studios to artist works!

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Fahrenheit 702 - Gettin' In The Game, Vol. 1
Fahrenheit 702
Gettin' In The Game, Vol. 1Jaz-Zay Soul Recordings

Fahrenheit 702 brings a sultry, high energy and party vibe to their debut GETTING IN THE GAME, Vol. 1! Named for producer/bassist/group founder Greg Radford’s triumphant return to the music industry after a near-decade hiatus, the colorful Las Vegas centric themes and slick ensemble action make it the perfect soundtrack to a winning streak with a frolicsome night on The Strip. The core members of this Smooth Jazz collective include Radford, power vocalist Diane 'Dedae' Patrise' Spann and saxophonist Keith Marlo are complemented by Grammy & Emmy Award winning Singer/Trumpeter Skip Martin, keyboardist Mike Clark, bassist Walter Jones, guitarists Michael Henegan and James 'JD' Davis, plus Ronnie Foster (organ) and John Wedemeyer (guitar) infuse blues excitement into the delirious swirl of urban jazz, Prince-like funk and Brazilian coolness.

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Lowell Hopper - Precious Moments
Lowell Hopper
Precious MomentsGet Jazzed Records

During his 20-year service in the Air Force, multi-talented guitarist Lowell Hopper started to write and produce his own music while performing and recording with jazz artists in Germany, the Panama Canal and his adopted home state of Florida. One wonders if those lucky folks who heard and worked with him in those days had any inkling that he would one day be one of Smooth Jazz’s most prolific artists who would release 23 albums over 30 years. While Hopper’s 23rd album, PRECIOUS MOMENTS, is laced with funk and soulful fluidity on the his strings – for the most part however, this is an uber romantic mood record, filled with passionate, intimate slow burning and mid-tempo ballads that make a perfect soundtrack to those precious moments we share with loved ones.  

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Infinitive Vibes - One Love cover
Infinitive Vibes
One LoveBLWM Production LLC

With the release of two versions of the passionate, gospel-inflected R&B ballad “One Love," written by Katrina Watts-McFarland and bundled as a debut EP, the Smooth Jazz world is graced with the launch of Infinitive Vibes, a unique indie music collective whose goal is to create generational wealth by consistently releasing music of all genres, using a shared equity royalty split. Just as significantly, the lushly romantic tune introduces two off the charts talents – vocalist Brenda Roy and saxophonist Stabe Wilson – who each carry the emotional melody of their version backed by jazzy horns, a rousing choir of backing vocalists and the grooving support of top Bay Area studio musicians. Having performed with the likes of Lionel Richie, James Brown, Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo, Roy is currently on tour with Patti Labelle. Wilson’s resume features Edwin and Walter Hawkins, Donald Lawrence, Kirk Franklin, Howard Hewett, Tower Of Power and Eric Roberson.

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James PJ Spraggins - Metamorphosis
James ‘PJ’ Spraggins

In 2023, veteran drummer/producer James 'PJ' Spraggins re-emerged after an eight year hiatus with STICK IT OUT, an innovative funk and ballad filled album that was featured on SiriusXM’s Dave Koz Lounge. Now, true to its core, faith-based message of determination and confidence, the multi-faceted artist teams with longtime friend and Grammy winning producer/keyboardist Phil Davis for his latest single “Metamorphosis.” Featuring Davis’ gorgeous, easy flowing piano melody and load of fascinating synth sounds over Spraggins’ hypnotic drums and electronic percussion, it’s a meditative and atmospheric tune that seems expressly designed to help people “chillax” and contemplate the mysterious way life evolves as we live it. Even the extra stuff on this tune is alluring, including the song's pastel butterfly cover art and the Spotify Canvas video displaying the actual metamorphosis of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.  

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Ron King - Mosaic cover
Ron King
MosaicKing Sounds Records

After decades as a first call sideman for everyone from Marvin Gaye and Frank Sinatra to Jeff Lorber and David Benoit, Grammy nominated trumpeter/flugelhorn master Ron King knew the perfect guy to collaborate with when he turned his musical creativity towards Smooth Jazz... Guitarist/producer Paul Brown, who told Ron that he needed to write a hit. He’s been doing just that ever since, with numerous charting singles and albums, including his 2023 collection CASCADE, which made the Top 100 Albums of the Year Chart. Laying an inspiring foundation for his upcoming album, King’s latest single “Mosaic” sets the perfect romantic mood, showcasing his supremely silky flugelhorn melody over an easy funk groove, hypnotic guitar and piano harmonies in a dreamy, seductive atmosphere. 

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Andrew Neu - Keep It Real
Andrew Neu
Keep It RealCgn Records

In addition to being among the elite Smooth Jazz recording artists with five hit singles over the past few years, saxophonist Andrew Neu is so powerfully identified by his legendary touring associations (Bobby Caldwell, Smokey Robinson, Diane Schuur, Norman Brown) that it’s often easy to overlook his amazing facility for dazzling horn arrangements – a versatile skill that led him to record the critically acclaimed big band album CATWALK in 2018. The 2024 Grammy nominee’s punchy, percussive and alternately silky and hard jamming new single “Keep It Real” – Neu’s fourth collaboration with keyboardist/producer Greg Manning – offers spectacular showcases for his emotionally compelling way with a melody and his ever-sizzling brass magic on the explosive choruses. The title is meant as a reminder that real musicians are behind the music we love!

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Sonix - Victory
VictoryNucleus Entertainment

With his chart-topping 2022 debut album LOVE CRUSADE, keyboardist/composer Tim “Sonix” Rouse infused Smooth Jazz with groovin' blasts of the epic, sonic magic he previously brought to the music of legends and icons including David Bowie and Barry White, DMC, Maxi Priest, Travis Barker, and 50 Cent. Continuing his mission to spread love and harmony across the globe through music, the multi-talented artist and label owner (Nucleus Entertainment, Inc.) nicknamed “The Mad Scientist” sets the stage for LOVE CRUSADE 2.0 with this buoyant, high energy, synth and piano driven funk and fury of its lead single “Victory.” With soaring atmospheres swirling around Sonix’s ultra-catchy melody, it’s a sweeping anthem and rallying cry paying homage to the ever-resilient spirits of those who have endured life’s toughest trials, overcome obstacles and emerged as champions!

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Nick Stefanacci - Secrets
Nick Stefanacci
SecretsSweet Lion Music

Nick Stefanacci’s rise in Smooth Jazz has been so quick and steep that it’s hard to believe he was a longtime pop fusion artist who started his career touring with artists like Derek Trucks, Ja Rule and DMC. Three years after dropping his picture-perfect collection, COVER TO COVER, rising Smooth Jazz star Nick Stefanacci launches his new EP SECRETS with a sizzling, high-octane tribute to one of the legends he covered, Michael Jackson, complete with a “Billie Jean”-like bass groove. In addition to two previously released singles (including a seductive holiday tune featuring vocalist Rich Aveo), the set features three mid-tempo jazz/funk ballads (one is also a playful romantic vocal) that showcase the power and soaring passion Stefanacci brings to his ever-evolving artistry.    

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Ultrablue - Herbie
New York StoriesSRS Records

John Smatla, leader of the cosmopolitan global fusion collective UltraBlue, has been on a roll, paying homage to jazz legends since successfully re-releasing the group’s self-titled 2006 release last year. He follows the Earl Klugh tribute “Maria in Blue” with a free-spirited, horn-fired tip of the cap to “Herbie” Hancock, the single’s inspiration. The song features Smatla’s absolutely dazzling melodic and improvisational piano excitement, but there’s an even deeper connection with the intense grooves of longtime Hancock drummer, Trevor Lawrence. Another key element is the lyrical playing and fiery solo by New York saxophonist Eric Knight. Smatla worried it wouldn’t live up to its namesake – but once he let go and chose to have fun, the inspiration led him to a burnin’ final product. The song will be included on Ultrablue’s upcoming album NEW YORK STORIES.   

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Jamie WilliamS - Tongue Tied cover
Jamie WilliamS.
Tongue TiedJamie WilliamS.

A consummate, globally renowned entertainer, saxophonist Jamie WilliamS. has performed over the past quarter century in Europe, Central and South America and the Far East while also doing gigs with everyone from Gloria Estefan and Ricky Peterson to Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber and on the Smooth Jazz side, Kim Waters and Walter Beasley. Considering that Hudson sang a Stevie Wonder classic on his debut album AFTER HOURS, WilliamS. – also a Professor of Music Production at Full Sail University - had a tough act to follow in dropping his long awaited second collection TONGUE TIED. Yet he succeeds spectacularly and eclectically, finding his niche with an awesome array of mood swings, from fiery blues funk and silky cool romance to atmospheric chill and a smoky, emotional mid-tempo urban jazz flow.

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Listening Loft : ESSENTIALS

Amandus - Ready To Move
Ready To MoveAmandus Records

To draw whimsical inspiration from his pre-music career, German composer/keyboardist Michael AMANDUS Quast has made a thrilling science out of creating his music career, from his tours with 80s icons (Paul Young, Nik Kershaw, Midge Ure) to these past few years as an ever-adventurous rising Smooth Jazz star. His recent chilled hit, “Earth" has in fact been spinning and streaming on radio stations and playlists around the global! On this latest Amandus single, the engaging gem “Ready to Move,” the energetic groovster returns to his signature explosive fire of funk. This single offers an instantly hummable, emotionally charged hook with an inventive intertwining synth/piano and sizzling horn from guest German saxophonist (and amazing soloist) Arno Haas! If you weren't ready to move, you are now!

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Marcos Ariel - Missing Ipanema cover art
Marcos Ariel
Missing IpanemaHumaita Music

With 30+ albums, legendary Brazilian keyboardist/composer Marcos Ariel has been a true ambassador for his home culture, sharing the varied musical joys of Brazil and his hometown of Rio for four decades. Extending a series of recent albums dedicated to themes like his love for the sea and the flora of Rio, Ariel infuses his latest collection MISSING IPANEMA not with a sense of nostalgia or melancholic longing, but with celebratory vigor, whimsy and exotic, intoxicating rhythms in his musical heart. He expresses this love with passionate acoustic and electric piano melodies and solos, backed by a cadre of Brazilian greats and a guest appearance from Marc Antoine. 

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Sy Baldwin - Dance cover
Sy Baldwin
DanceSy Baldwin Music

Sometimes, the stress of the world gets so crazy that there’s only one thing to do – just escape from our cares, throw caution to the wind and, as guest R&B/pop-hip hop singer Honore urges us to do on Sy Baldwin’s punchy, brassy and groove-intensive new single - “Dance.” Having made a name for himself with with mellow tunes, romantic lyrics and a modern, cutting edge sound, this track allows Baldwin to let loose as a multi-instrumentalist with Honore and silky cool saxophonist Justin Young, who both guested on Baldwin’s earlier single “Share My Love.” They remind us that sometimes it’s okay to chill out, cut out and have some fun!

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Steve Baxter - Crusade Blvd
Steve Baxter
Crusade BlvdSlubba Bub Record

In 2003, the same year Steve Baxter released his debut solo album IN AND OUT, he earned a Grammy nomination for his work on the Jazz Crusaders’ classic RURAL RENEWAL. Over 20 years later, the versatile trombonist – who has toured with Barry Manilow, Ray Charles and The GAP Band and recorded with Justin Timberlake among others – keeps the classic, soul-deep Wayne Henderson vibe a viable, funky and rockin’ force in Smooth Jazz with his latest album CRUSADE BLVD. Baxter showcases his multi-faceted style with a blend of coolly, strutting grooves, inviting, hipster melodies, silky intimacy and two power vocals featuring legendary soul crooner Ellis Hall.   

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Marius Billgobenson - A Little Bit of Honey cover
Marius Billgobenson
A Little Bit of HoneyBlue Willow Entertainment

It’s fitting that a portion of the proceeds from the pre-sale of Congolese born, Stockholm based singer-songwriter Marius Bilgobenson’s latest single “A Little Bit of Honey” was donated to the international anti-poverty, social justice organization Global Citizen. The multi-talented artist is a concerned and compassionate musical citizen of the world, committed to bridging cultural divides through his music. Produced by and featuring guitarist Paul Brown – who helmed two tracks on Bilgobenson’s album THE SPIRIT LOVE – the charming and romantic, horn-spiced tune fuses exotic African rhythms and sensibilities with a soulful, urban jazz vibe. The tune features performances by David Garfield, Shane Theriot, Ron King and Freddie Washington. Welcome back Marius... You are a voice for the voiceless! 

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Black Tie Affair feat Dennis van Aarssen - Scenes From a Rooftop cover
Black Tie Affair & Dennis van Aarssen
Scenes From a RooftopBTA Music Powered By AOE

If you want to let loose and dance this summer with both abandon and supreme coolness, start moving across the floor to “Scenes from a Rooftop,” a blast of fashionable, horn-fired Latin magic pairing the smooth, urbane croon of 2019 Voice of Holland winner Dennis van Aarssen with Black Tie Affair, a powerful ensemble specializing in the experimentation of fusing classic big band jazz with modern music production. Painting colorful images of a can’t miss party under the stars on a balmy summer night, the irresistible new single blends the sophisticated charms of DvA and BTA’s previous collaborations.

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Uli Brodersen - City Lights
Uli Brodersen
City LightsLorraine Tracks

Laying a splendid foundation with two lead singles, the fun and bouncy “South of Summer” and the soulful, atmospheric “Coast to Coast,” veteran German jazz guitarist Uli Brodersen completes his dazzling comeback (after a decade away from solo recording) with his new EP City Lights. The longtime creative associate of Smooth Jazz keyboardist Amandus creates a project inspired by the unique energies of his nocturnal drives through the world’s illuminated metropolises. In addition to the previously released tracks, he includes fresh tunes that artfully showcase his masterful fusion of poppin’ melodic string excitement and cool electronic keyboard wizardry. These four magical songs will invite you to feel the energy of bright lights and late nights... Press play and dive into the world's most vibrant cities!

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Mark Carter - Brand New Day
Mark Carter
Brand New

It's been more than 15 years since guitarist/composer Mark Carter's last Smooth Jazz album. The 2022 Paul Brown-produced hit "Swingtown" left the door open for more from the talented Southern California recording artist! Hopefully back in the groove for a good while, Carter re-establishes his multi-faceted, stylistically diverse excellence on this latest album BRAND NEW DAY. Alternately showcasing his crisp, edgy electric guitar artistry and romantically-inclined acoustic guitar grace (including on the project's rollout radio single, "First Love" with saxophonist Greg Vail), Carter infuses his love for gritty funk and classic blues with a touch of Latin jazz into his infectious contemporary jazz vibes.  

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Deaddream - Dreamin
DreaminDiverseworks Records

For an enigmatic band with minimal available background information and an unusual dark-themed moniker reflecting the challenge these days of attaining the elusive American Dream, the five-piece Baltimore-based urban jazz fusion ensemble Deaddream sure makes a great deal of fun and furious joyful noise! The new album, DREAMIN is centered on instantly catchy melodies and hip, organic and machine generated grooves, and their expansive slate of vibes rides beautifully on a multitude of emotions conveyed by different lead instruments – including acoustic and electric piano, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and spacey and exotic synth adventures. Every note seems to convey the idea that the dream may be dead, but let's see if these feel-good vibes can renew hope!

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Ted Hammond
In the FlowAugmented 6th Music

True to the title of his 2023 debut GLOBAL VILLAGE, San Antonio multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer Ted Hammond took listeners on a fascinating and exotic journey, tapping into his love of jazz, salsa, Spanish music, country fusion and classic R&B. His equally infectious, ultra-melodic follow-up single, “In the Flow” falls perfectly in the Smooth Jazz pocket, with a hypnotic, easy rolling groove, caressing atmospheres, a breezy lead melody and sparkling guitar work by Blayne Cook, as well as stunning piano playing and incredible EWI energy provided by the Rippingtons' longest tenured saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, who makes the track pop with his adventurous contributions!

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Skii Harvey
Somethin' Bout

Australian born Skii Harvey is a multiple international award-winning singer-songwriter with accolades from the Billboard Music Awards, the UK Songwriting Awards and the Australian Songwriter’s Association. Still, it’s charming to imagine her formative years playing an old upright piano in a converted porch bedroom in her mother’s small semi in Sydney. Compared favorably throughout her nearly two decade recording career to Ella Fitzgerald and Tina Turner, she officially wraps a seven-year chapter she calls the “broken” years with a gem. The follow-up to her heartrending EP WAITING, Harvey’s lilting, tenderly romantic latest single “Somethin’ Bout You,” begins with an indie folk vibe and evolves into a smooth, power ballad with R&B, rock and gospel edges. Stay tuned for this next chapter!

Jazz Holdouts - Room To Breathe
Jazz Holdouts
Room To BreathePiermont Jazz

As the supergroup Jazz Holdouts reaches their milestone decade as a force in Smooth Jazz with their smooth swaying, sonically sexy sax, piano and synth driven new single “Room to Breathe,” the reason for their clever name comes clear. In the decades before keyboardist Alan Palanker, saxophonist Louis Cortelezzi, guitarist Michael Thompson and bassist John Siegler pooled their talents, they were so busy as sidemen with legends (Madonna, Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, David Foster, Chaka Khan, et al) that they were holding out on sharing the kind of ample compositional and improvisational jazz chops they generously showcase on catchy tunes like this new single!

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Shawn Kingsberry - Unapologetically Shawn
Shawn Kingsberry
Unapologetically ShawnShawn Kingsberry

So much more than a multi-talented bassist, composer and producer adept at fusing analog with computer generated sounds, Shawn Kingsberry is a dynamic musical visionary who likens himself and his classic R&B, Smooth Jazz, neo-soul and classic R&B to the character of “Morpheus” in “The Matrix” – masterminding the magic to bring listeners the best of all worlds. His highly anticipated, perfectly titled album UNAPOLOGETICALLY SHAWN is an epic 15-track set featuring his multitude of popular singles since 2021 and a batch of sonically and rhythmically eclectic new gems that includes ultra-hip re-imaginings of classics by Phil Collins, Christopher Cross, Wham! and Karyn White & Babyface. 

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Abe Lamarca - When Gods In The Music
Abe LaMarca
When God's In The MusicKINGASOUL Entertainment

Building momentum towards his second full-length album IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK, Cleveland bred jazz/R&B influenced singer Abe LaMarca – A proud alumni member of the “Crown Jewel” of Las Vegas, Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns - brings his trademark “soul survivor” swag to “When God's In the Music,” one of the most uplifting, thought provoking and inspirational Smooth Jazz vocal tunes in years. Applying the “Let Go, Let God” aesthetic to the spirituality of the songwriting process, he brings every ounce of passion to the key lines, “You’re right where you belong... Don’t have to write the melody... Sometimes you just gotta play along.”  

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Dee Lucas - TWENTY
Dee Lucas
Tighten UpODL Music

Two years after his Soul Café Radio Indie Soul Awards nomination, 4-time Billboard charting saxophonist Dee Lucas remains steadfast in his aim to create a “Rebirth of Smooth Jazz” (as his mantra goes) with each recording. Currently celebrating two decades since releasing his debut album REMEMBRANCE, he sets the stage for the release of his latest, the aptly titled TWENTY, with this new single, the cheery, infectious “Tighten Up,” which features some of Lucas’ most charming and lyrical soprano playing and adventurous soloing ever-riding over a bright and bubbly mid-tempo groove.        

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Cord Martin
Urban RenaissanceCord Martin Music

Released amid a flurry of fresh, funky and sensual singles these past few years, saxophonist Cord Martin needs only his emphatic, melodic horn energy, plenty of blues/gospel intensity and a relentless groove to state his intention for his burgeoning Smooth Jazz career – an inspiring and power-packed “Urban Renaissance.” The Tennessee native’s emergence as an artist complements an already thriving multi-faceted career as an educator, conductor of youth ensembles, and sideman for a wide range of artists from a multitude of genres – including Aretha Franklin, Rick Braun, Jeff Coffin, Tom Harrell, Lee Konitz, Ben Tankard and The Cab Calloway Orchestra.    

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Bruce McKenzie - I'm Back (Remix)
Bruce McKenzie
I'm Back (Remix)B-Love Entertainment

Talk about a Renaissance man! An Air Force veteran who served the U.S. for 30 years, Bruce McKenzie is currently on track to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy, General Psychology – Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He’s also an exceptional veteran guitarist whose nearly half century of playing includes five Smooth Jazz albums and a flurry of recent comeback singles. McKenzie’s latest, a feisty, high energy synth-fired remix of his 2022 track “I’m Back,” is an explosive showcase for his melodic, crackling rhythm guitar and lead electric guitar, which builds to a truly explosive ending. 

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Morgan|Husband|Feraud - A Soul in Time feat Eric Marienthal cover
A Soul In TimeGuitar One Records

A year after releasing GROOVIN’ SMOOTH, the fourth album from his award winning, self-styled West Coast Laid Back Jazz” group Ghost Jazz Trio, veteran guitarist, composer and producer James Morgan returns to his classic, jazz-fusion roots with Morgan|Husband|Feraud... A tight, seamless and propulsive new trio with drummer/keyboardist Gary Husband and bassist Hadrien Feraud. Showcasing their artful ensemble action, their funky, free-spirited debut single “A Soul In Time” – the title track from the group’s upcoming debut album - features a silky, increasingly fiery melody by guest saxophonist Eric Marienthal and adventurous solo improvisations by Husband (on piano) and Feraud.

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Bryan Morris - Tasty Smooth
Bryan Morris
Can't BelieveBMoProductions

While he’s played with legends like Maynard Ferguson and blues master Kenny Neal and formed his own popular blues band The Truth featuring Cat Rhodes, veteran drummer Bryan Morris popped into the Smooth Jazz universe for the first time last year as co-composer and performer on Roman Street’s popular 2023 single “Key to Paradise.” The multi-talented artist’s aptly titled debut EP, CAN'T BELIEVE showcases his exciting diversity and ability to inspire a wide range of moods. It includes a hypnotic chill tune featuring silky sax and excitingly edgy electric guitar, atmospheric electronica with intoxicating grooves and a brassy, discofied vocal jam featuring Ms. Rhodes on vocals. Mr. Morris is one to watch for fresh musical ideas and exciting grooves.

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Nex Lev'l Band - Purple Passion
Nex Lev'l Band
Purple PassionNl Productions

With each successive recording full of catchy and uber-melodic, urban-tinged Smooth Jazz delights, the Next Lev’l Band continues living up to its uniquely challenging moniker. Launched by drummer Morris Harris, bassist Ernest Raheem and keyboardist Grant Nicholas, the popular Baltimore based ensemble infuses PURPLE PASSION – their first collection in four years – with a potent mix of lead instrumental voices. They complement the elegant and funky piano of Nicholas with crisp, edgy spotlights for electric guitar, and, most prominently, the soaring sax energy of guest Eddie Baccus, Jr. – all topped at special moments by silky, soulful female backing vocals. 

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Jessie Laine Powell - My Love Journey
Jessie Laine Powell
My Love JourneyJLP Music Global

There’s no better way for multiple award-winning singer/songwriter Jessie Laine Powell to prepare her fans for her brand-new second album MY LOVE JOURNEY than letting us know, via the title of her latest single, that we’re in for “Something Special.” Complementing her soulful, grace-filled vocals with hypnotic piano and synth magic and finger-snap percussion, she offers an intimate invitation into the promising early stages of a budding romance. When she’s not singing, the Lexington, KY artist also shares her special gifts via her two arts related mentorship organizations, Dream Manifestor and M.U.S.E. (Motivated Understanding of Self Emerging). A woman of many talents, including sliding right into the pocket of Smooth Jazz vocals!

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Michael Ross
No Hugs For YouMIHI Records, Inc.

In addition to an eclectic discography as a vocalist and instrumentalist that reaches back to 1991, singer, guitarist and all-around musical hyphenate Michael Ross was a staff guitarist at Chicago’s Schubert Theatre, and has played in musical theatre touring companies and performed with everyone from Ramsey Lewis and Ronnie Laws to Wayne Newton and Jimmy McGriff. His latest single, “No Hugs for You” lyrically levels the playing field for those who may be challenged by kindness, while musically it engages the senses like an irresistible summer breeze with a sultry sax showcase for his soulful, laid-back vocal style, which will remind listeners of Al Jarreau with a bit of George Benson included on a gorgeous scat outro!

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Evelyn Rubio - Touch cover
Evelyn Rubio
TouchProductions On Seaspeed Llc

From portraying Mary Magdalene in a Canadian production of Jesus Christ Superstar to portraying Morticia Addams onstage, Mexican born saxophonist, songwriter and vocalist Evelyn Rubio has always found dynamic ways to make her mark – so much so that both her likeness and horn have been inducted into the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame Museum. Continuing to showcase her array of talents in fresh and unexpected ways, she follows her fiery, pop/R&B vocal single “Because I Want To” with a moody, seductive slow burning power ballad arrangement of John Klemmer’s 70’s jazz fusion classic “Touch” that showcases the many shades of her ever-deepening artistry.   

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Ronny Smith - Struttin
Ronny Smith
StruttinPacific Coast Jazz

Right in line with chart-topping, Smooth Jazz guitarists the likes of Norman Brown and the late great Nick Colionne, multi-talented guitar hero Ronny Smith – a 35-year veteran of U.S. Army bands - has been working his fluid and melodic, Wes Montgomery/George Benson-influenced string magic for over 20 years. His latest, perfectly titled album STRUTTIN is a picture perfect collection of playfully grooving and burning smooth tunes from start to finish. Infused with exciting brass energy, sly and sultry ballads, and a soulful re-imagining of a Great American Songbook classic as well as a snappy personal homage to the Montgomery aesthetic on a whimsical, exotic twist of a familiar Wes chestnut. 

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Sharmond Smith
You're the OneSharmond Smith Music Company

Well known for his lengthy associations with fellow Bahamian musicians King Eric Gibson and Ronnie Butler, saxophonist/flutist Sharmond Smith’s multi-faceted career includes heading his own entertainment company and making his mark on Smooth Jazz with two albums and a few holiday releases. His latest single “You’re the One” is a sultry, silky ballad featuring his cool sax weaving around the powerfully poignant and emotional vocals of Akia Knowles, a popular Bahama-based international performer. The song’s narrative carries a pointed message about a woman discovering her true worth after leaving a bad relationship... While many women can tell this story, few can deliver it with the power of Akia!

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Daniela Soledade - Garota de Ipanema
Daniela Soledade
The Girl From IpanemaCopanema Records

When folks around the world think of Brazilian music, one sultry bossa nova classic comes to mind… Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “The Girl From Ipanema.” It’s been covered hundreds of times since the famous Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto version, but perhaps never more beautifully and authentically than on this new single by emerging Rio born, U.S. based singer Daniela Soledade. She tenderly and dreamily carries on the legacy of her grandfather Paulo Soledade and musician father Paulinho Soledade, both of whom collaborated with the foundational greats of bossa nova. Sung seductively in Portuguese and English, this charming new version features the smoky sax of Jeff Rupert. 

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Debbie Spring - Have I Got A Deal For You
Debbie Spring
Have I Got A Deal For YOU Cr Records

Contemporary and Smooth Jazz have had their share of top violinists... Inspired by the great Jean-Luc Ponty, Debbie Spring brings a whole new sensual, intoxicating vibe to the genre via her five-string viola. After decades of playing with everyone from The Mavericks to Miami Sound Machine and Shakira, the illustrious veteran musician follows her 2023 breakthrough album TOCAMOS with the title track to her forthcoming album, HAVE I GOT A DEAL FOR YOU. The full album is a stylistically adventurous, genre-busting set that taps into the loves of her musical life, including bouncy, Latin-tinged horn jams, lush, romantic ballads, soaring orchestral pieces and a trippy, and tasty spin on a Seal classic, "Kiss from a Rose," which is the 2nd single from the forthcoming album!

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J. Staton - Weekend
J Staton
WeekendNext Paradigm

After vibing with super producer Jeff Lorber on his 2022 single “Kickin’ It,” fast emerging saxophonist J Staton turned to an equally versatile and talented veteran to pen and produce his first Paradigm Music track, the passionate, high powered and whimsical romp “Weekend.” Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Webb writes the perfect tune and creates an optimal sonic environment to showcase both Staton’s silky romantic charm and emotion-filled intensity. After one of Staton’s punchy solos, Webb chimes in and ups the funk quotient with a snappy electric bass solo. This exciting “Weekend” is one you’re gonna want to make plans for! 

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Eric Evans - Water Sound
The Eric Evans Project
Water SoundSoundtracks To Life

Since its 2010 debut with WAVES OF GRACE, The Eric Evans Project has captivated global audiences with a unique blend of contemporary jazz. A decade later, after years of fruitful collaboration, Eric Evans and David Eugene Ivey founded "Soundtracks to Life," a music and media arts publishing company. Evans expertly handles various instruments and composition roles, infusing his touch into every project. His live performances enchant Smooth Jazz enthusiasts with vibrant flutes, alto sax, and EWI. Evans began working with chart toping guitarist Adam Hawley on recent releases, with “Water Sound” as their latest. Delivering a dreamy, swaying piece enriched with lush sonic textures, transitioning seamlessly from relaxed and laid-back to soaring to a deeply emotional track. Dive into the musical waves of "Water Sound" and let it carry you to your own personal oasis.

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Jayson Tipp - Table For One
Jayson Tipp
Table For OneMind in Overdrive

It’s been a banner year for Jayson Tipp! The veteran keyboardist/composer celebrated 30 years since founding his popular “rough jazz” fusion band Under the Lake – which has been on a prolific creative roll since releasing a comeback album in 2018. 2023 also found Tipp releasing two hit airplay singles (one produced by Darren Rahn, the other by Adam Hawley) which laid a promising, momentum-filled foundation for the drop of his long-awaited Smooth Jazz debut album TABLE FOR ONE. Driven by his summery, upbeat grooves galore and a tasty mix of various keyboard sounds (including organ) with his lively, romantically inclined, improvisational piano excitement, the engaging collection features impactful guest appearances by saxophonists Quintin Gerard W (from Under the Lake) and Greg Vail as well as trumpeter Ilya Serov. 

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