Monday, May 30, 2005


Diana Ross is embarking on a European summer tour that will take her to Greece, Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria during June and July. We just received the dates and have made them available to you as follows:

June 26 – Cyprus, Greece @ Tafro da Villa
June 27 – Athens, Greece @ Kavaiskaki Stadium
June 29 – Liverpool, England @ Summer Pops
July 1 – United Kingdom @ Blenheim Palace
July 2 – Liverpool, England @ Summer Pops
July 3 – Cork Eire, Ireland @ Showgrounds
July 5 – Vienna, Austria @ Opera House
July 7 – Rome Italy @ Auditorium
July 8 – Perugia, Italy @ Perugia Jazz Festival
July 9 – Taomina, Sicily @ Greek Theatre
July 11 – Bonn, Germany @ Musuemplatz
July 12 – Berlin, Germany @ Tempodrome
July 13 – Hamburg, Germany @ 13 CCH
July 15 – Straubing, Germany @ Jazz de Donau
July 16 – Freiburg, Germany @ Courtyard Ganter Brewery
July 17 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Live At Sunset

Sunday, May 29, 2005


Pianist Marian McPartland teams with Teddy Wilson on Piano Jazz due September 27, and McPartland also teams with Bruce Hornsy on yet another release also entitled Piano Jazz due on October 4. Both releases are from Concord Records.

Verve Records has announced a “best of” for saxman John Klemmer. The Very Best of John Klemmer is due on August 30.

Ron Isley (Isley Brothers) is finishing up work on a solo release for Island/Def Jam due August 30.

Elbicho release his second release entitled Elbicho II, which continues the septet's innovative, original and addictive musical offerings. This one feaures more high quality flamenco fusio.

Spanish flamenco guitarist Raimundo Amador has released Mundo Amador(Amador World) where he combines flamenco and blues.

Friday, May 27, 2005


David Sanborn is on a whirwind tour in support of his latest album that will take him across the United States, Georgia, Serbia, Turkey, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. Here are confirmed concert appearances between the months of June and late October.

June 9 – Dallas, TX @ Meyerson Symphony Center
June 10 – Austin, TX @ One World Center
June 11 – Algodones, NM @ San Felipe Casino
June 18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Indy Jazz Fest
June 25 – Southfield, MI @ Southfield Civic Center
July 2 – London, Great Britain @ Barbican
July 4 – Tiblisi, Georgia @ Tiblisi Jazz Festival
July 5 – Belgrade, Serbia @ TBA
July 7 – Istanbul, Turkey @ Istanbul Jazz Festival
July 9 – The Hague, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Festival
July 13 – Montreuz, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
July 16 – Straubing, Germany @ Jazz an der Donau e.V.
July 22 – Mableton, GA @ Mable House Amphitheatre
July 23 – Nashville, TN @ Belcourt Theatre
Aug 19 – Santa Ynez, CA @ Gainey Vineyard
Aug 20 – Healdsburg, CA @ Rodney Strong Winery
Aug 26 – Cerritos, CA @ Cerritos Center
Aug 27 – Golden, CO @ Coors Amphitheater
Aug 28 – Temecula, CA @ Thornton Winery
Sept 1 – Kahului, HI, Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Sept 4 – Honolulu, HI @ Blaisdell Center
Sept 13-18 – Seattle, WA @ Jazz Alley
Oct 27 – Sarasota, FL @ Van Wezel Prof. Art Center
Oct 28 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 29 – Melbourne, FL @ King Center

Thursday, May 26, 2005


Here is the update that we have concerning Al Jarreau's concert schedule from late May through early August.

May 28 – Sparks, NV @ The Nugget Casino
June 16 – Boston, MA @ Fleet Boston Pavilion
June 17 – Vienna, VA @ Wolftrap Foundation
June 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park
June 19 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Music Center
June 23 – Westbury, NY @ Westbury Music Fair
June 26 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Centers
July 7 – Montreal, Canada @ Montreal Jazz Festival
July 10 – Krefeld, Nr. Dusseldorf, Germany @ Philamonie
July 11 – Perugia, Italy @ Umbria Jazz Festival
July 13 – Turin, Italy @ TBA (Festival)
July 14 – Pescara, Italy @ Jazz Festival
July 16 – Donauesschingen, Straubing, Germany @ Blues & Jazz Festival
July 17 – Schwetzingen, Germany @ Scholb
July 19 – Finkenstein, Germany @ Jazz Festival
July 20 – Burg Clam, Germany @ Weissen
July 22 – Pirmasens, Nr Trier, Netherlands @ Jazz Festival, Freilichtbuhne
July 23 – San Feliu, Gerona, Spain @ Town Square Festival
July 24 – Luzerin, Switzerland @ Blue Balls Festival
July 26 – Esslingen, Germany @ Castle
July 29 – Valencia, Spain @ Feria De Julio
July 30 – Alicante Spain @ Recinto Puerto Festival
Aug 2 – Tillburg, Netherlands @ The Choice

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


The JVC Jazz Festival is set for June 1 through 5 on Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre. Featured performers include Norman Brown’s Summer Storm with Peabo Bryson, Brenda Russell and Everette Harp, plus Chris Botti and Raul Midon.

The Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival runs June 3 through 5 at Marine Park in Red Bank, New Jersey. Over 30 acts will be performing this year, including topliner 7-time Grammy Award winning Latin Jazz Artist, Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta. The event is being sponsored in part by New York’s CD 101.9.

The 15th Annual Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest will take place June 2 through 5 at the Tito Puente Amphitheatre in San Juan. This year’s scheduled performers include Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion, Al Di Meola, Nestor Torres, the Roy Haynes Quartet, Paoli Mejias, Gal Costa, Jon Faddis, the Miguel Zenon Quartet and the Count Basie Orchestra with Patti Austin.

Bricktown, Oklahoma will host the 20th Annual Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival from June 9 through the 12th. Performers this year include Kirk Whalum, New Orleans Blues Man, Henry Butler, Grady Nichols, Michael Zaporski and FutureVisions.


Here’s a sampling of what’s upcoming for May 24…
Luciana SouzaDuos II (Sunnyside)
Hugh MasekelaRevival (Heads Up)
Dave BrubeckLondon Flat, London Sharp (Telarc)
Miguel ZenonJibaro (Marsalis Music)
Babtunde OlatunjiCircle Of Drums (Chesky)
Walter Beasley For Her (Heads Up)
Sara LazarusGive Me The Simple Life (Dreyfus)
Cedar WaltonUnderground Memoirs (High Note)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Lots of rare stuff being released lately and we thought we would pass onthe information to you in case you happened to be looking for it. Here is a sampling of what we have come across.

Loleatta Holloway – Loleatta Holloway: The Anthology
Finally a greatest hits collection from Loleatta Holloway that actually includes all of the her other work besides her disco releases. Her former label, Salsoul, has accumulated the mellow and soulful tracks that she had recorded during her disco heyday to complete the collection of rarities. This double CD collection includes 33 killer tracks in all. Drop it onto your CD player and enjoy!

Sonio Rosa – Bossa Rosa De Sonia
Originally released in the 60’s, Sonia Rosa sings and plays guitar against a sweet bossa background. The tracks are smooth, jazzy and breezy – and yet still current enough to include as part of your Brazilian collection.

Bohannon – Footstompin’ Music – The Best of Bohannon
Probably one of the most underrated musician/producers of his time, Hamilton Bohannon is long overdue for the recognition that he so deserves.This collection includes his early work for the Brunswick record label andit includes some great trimmed down funk sounds dating back to the early 70’s.

Various ArtistsBlue Note Trip 4 – Movin' On Mixed By Jazzanova
This one is the fourth in the CD series with tracks expertly selected and mixed by Jazzanova. The collection includes tracks from Bobbi Humphrey, Eddie Gale, Curtis Fuller, Sam Rivers, Lee Morgan, Sheila Jordan, Nicola Conte, Bobby Hutcherson, Chico Hamilton, and others.

Joe BataanSubway Joe / Gypsy Woman
A superb collection by Joe Bataan, who was able to successfully merge thesound of 60’s soul alongside New York Latin influences. We are glad to seethat there have been a batch of Joe Bataan rereleases lately and this oneis definitely one of the best out there..

Monday, May 23, 2005


Joshua Redman has two new CDs due on May 24 as he releases Momentum (Nonesuch) and SF Jazz Collective (Nonesuch). On Momentum, Joshua Redman showcases his funky and fusion side. Alongside fellow musicians, vibraphonist Stefan Harris, drummer Brian Blade, and bassists Me’Shell Ndegeocello and Flea. Redman is also a principal member of the SF Jazz Collective (along with Nicolas Payton, Miguel Zenon, Renee Rosnes, Bobby Hutcherson and Brian Blade). SF Jazz Collective is also the name of the self-titled debut set.


Al Jarreau, Cassandra Wilson, Boney James and Chris Walker have combined their talents to tour this summer under the banner Hot Summer Nights. The entire summer concert series will run eight weeks and will open on June 16 in Boston, Massachusetts. Here is a sampling of the tour dates:

June 16 – Boston, MA @ Fleet Boston Pavilion
June 17 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
June 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Amphitheatre
June 19 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center
June 24 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Jazz Festival
June 25 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Casino
June 26 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center


Patti Labelle’s upcoming CD, Classic Moments, is set for release on Def Soul Classics on June 21. The 13-track CD will include a duet with Mary J. Blige on Aretha Franklin’s Ain’t No Way, plus covers of Elton John’s Your Song, Michael McDonald’s I Keep Forgettin', L.T.D.’s Love Ballad and Kristine W.’s Land of the Living. Classic Moments was produced by Darryl Simmons and Babyface. Labelle has a busy schedule ahead with several highlighted performances, including. The White Tie Ball in London on June 23; Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedom concert on July 4; The Cincinnati Jazz Festival on August 20; plus a tentative tour of South America during October and November.

Saturday, May 21, 2005


Guitarist Stanley Jordan latest CD entitled Dreams of Peace (alongside Italian group Novecento) is a return to his smooth jazz and funk roots. Tracks from the CD can be heard on many smooth jazz radio stations worldwide, especially for the song Easy Love. Jordan is currently touring across the United States


We just gotten wind of Bebel Gilberto’s forthcoming concert dates and are pleased to share this with you. We’ll continue to update this as we receive notice. Scheduled performance dates are as follows:

June 7 – Denver, CO @ The Denver Botanic Gardens
June 9 – Vancouver, BC, CN @ Vogue Theatre
June 10 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
June 11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
June 13 – Eugene, OR @ The Shedd
June 15 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
June 17 – Reno, NV @ Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheatre
June 18 – Santa Fe, NM @ Lensic Performing Arts Center
July 14 – Ottawa, ON, CN @ Festival Plaza
Sept 9-10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Blue Note recording artist Anita Baker has announced 2005 tour dates as follows:
June 25 – Los Angeles CA @ The Hollywood Bowl
July 16 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace
July 23 – New York, NY @ Jones Beach
July 30 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
All shows will include a performance by special guest Babyface. Her latest CD is entitled My Everything (Blue Note).


Teddy Rok Seven’s Universal Funk is a CD that is heavily influenced by the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, DJ Shadow, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Weldon Irvine, Jay Dee, Elvin Jones, D’Angelo, Pete Rock, and Herbie Hancock. It’s jazz in the vein of NuJazz Afro with some Hip Hop thrown in.


Blue Note Records has announced the signing of 26-year old pianist Robert Glasper to their roster. Glasper has worked with an eclectic mix of artists, including Carmen Lundy, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Nicolas Payton, Q-Tip and Mos Def. His Blue Note debut CD is due for release in the fall.


Former Earth Wind & Fire alumni. original keyboardist Larry Dunn, plus Sheldon Reynolds (guitarist/vocalist) and Morris Pleasure (keyboardist), both of whom spent more than a decade with the group, have come together under the band name Devoted Spirits to release Tribute to Earth Wind & Fire. The CD is released by Thump Records Classic R&B/Experience Hendrix.


The Rippingtons will bring their smooth jazz sound to the Jazziz Bistro at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, June 29, and on Saturday, June 30.


Santana’s next album (originally set for release on June 21) is now due on September 6 via Arista. Entitled All That I Am, the CD will feature another round of collaborations, this time between Santana and Mary J. Blige, Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph, Sean Paul, the Black Eyed Peas, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, OutKast’s Big Boi, and a re-teaming with Michelle Branch. In the meantime, Santana will begin a North American tour on May 30 in Tampa, Florida, with support from the Los Lonely Boys. In late July and August, Carlos Santana will join Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter for five shows in Japan, and the in September the Santana band will hit another set of dates with support from Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

Thursday, May 12, 2005


Lost Highway Records is due to release the Countryman by Willie Nelson from the vaults on August 8. The album was originally conceived back in 1995 when Island Records founder Chris Blackwell signed Willie Nelson to the label. Over time, some basic tracks were recorded with producer Don Was, but thereafter Blackwell left the label and the album was left in jeopardy as Island Records went through sales and mergers. In 2004, producer Richard Feldman came in to finish the album that finds Willie Nelson covering the Jimmy Cliff hit The Harder They Come as well as Sitting In Limbo, from the soundtrack to the film The Harder They Come, plus a duet with Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals on I’m A Worried Man.

Here is the complete track listing:
Something To Think About
How Long Is Forever
I’m A Worried Man with Toots Hibbert
The Harder They Come
I’ll Still Be Thinking Of You
Sitting In Limbo
Darkness On The Face Of The Earth
One In A Row
I’ve Just Destroyed The World
You Left A Long, Long Time Ago
I Guess I’ve Come To Live Here
Undo The Right


Simply Red will once again take to the stage as they prepare for a world tour to commence on October 25 and continuing on through Christmas. Official dates will be announced soon, however, we do know that the tour will make stops in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Luxemborg, France, Italy and Germany. The tour will break for the holidays and then pick up again in early 2006 with additional countries being planned. We’ll publish the actual dates once the information becomes available.


Percussionist, producer and remixer Phil Kullmann presents Raw Artistic Soul: What About Love, a mix of contemporary worlds grooves filled with lush percussive rhythms, warm musical landscapes and luscious vocals.

GRP Records has confirmed that World of Brazil by Lee Ritenour has been scheduled for release on August 9.

The Aloha Pussycats and Lewis Dane have compiled Klubb Jazz, Vol. 6 (Various Artists) - a collection of Latin and jazz based tracks. The mix throughout is elegant, stylish and is filled with intense Brazilian influences.

Sabrina MalheirosEquilibria. Sabrina Malheiros is the daughter of Alex Malheiros, from the legendary Brazilian group Azymuth. Her debut CD is a collection of bossas and sambas with touches of hip-hop, RnB and electronic music. Equilibria was produced by DJ Venom, who is the son of Bluey of the British Jazz group Incognito.

Rivera RotationSunrise & Rainbow. This CD is comprised of 13 smooth house grooves, with touches of jazz, electronic music and modern soul thrown in. Included is the Floaters’ classic from the 70’s Float On. It’s a stunning collection from Pete Rivera and company that is fit for the clubs as well as for the living room.

Soul Lounge: 40 Soulful Grooves by Various Artists is 3-CD box set featuring smooth soul-lounge tracks from Incognito, Brenda Russell, Maysa, Angie Stone, Angela Johnson, Tourtured Soul, and many others. The album also includes some rare remix versions.

An Unforgettable House Mix: For An Unforgettable Dinner by Various Artists is a collection of Jazz, Soul and Disco House. This compilation CD includes tracks featuring chanteuse Hanna Hais and many others.


Smooth jazz comes to Lake Tahoe, Nevada as the Lake Tahoe Smooth Jazz Festival takes place during the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29 throughout Squaw Valley. Set to perform are Sax Pack with Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters and Marion Meadows, Bobby Caldwell, Rick Kelly and Norman Brown’s Summer Storm.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005


We noticed that immediately after the latest Arbitron rankings were released a couple of weeks ago, that the New York Chill radio station, WQCD 101.9FM, immediately went into plan B to hopefully increase their audience share and to boost ratings down the road. It was bad news for WQCD as their ratings dropped dramatically from a 3.4 in the Fall Arbitron to a 2.6 for the Winter Arbitron survey. Plan B of course means adding much more "familiar" tracks into rotation such as What’s Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner, Sweet Thing and Ain’t Nobody by Rufus and Chaka Khan, Through The Fire by Chaka Khan, Careless Whisper by George Michael, The Closer I Get To You by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, Forget-Me-Nots by Patrice Rushen, Lowdown by Boz Scaggs, I Can’t Go For That by Daryl Hall and John Oates, Cruisin' by Smokey Robinson, Higher Love by Steve Winwood, Unbreak My Heart and Another Sad Love Song by Toni Braxton, and Rise by Herb Alpert. We will continue to monitor WQCD to see how they decide to counter their (hopefully) short-term ratings decline. Let’s hope that the New York market fully embraces this smooth jazz and chill hybrid format so that it can spread to other radio stations around the country. If you are interested in viewing the full WQCD playlist, you can check our archives from January 2005, where we posted their entire 400-plus-song playlist (at that time).


As a follow-up to Endorfinas en la mente, flamenco chill visionary artists Chambao, release their follow-up Pokito a poko. The band is known for creating flamenco chill, and has been quite successful in blending different sounds and palos (flamenco forms) along with electronic music. The new CD includes 11 new songs, plus a special edition DVD that contains five unreleased song videos, plus other content.

Here is the track listing:
Pokito a poko
Mi primo Juan
Camino interior
Roe por la escalera
Dibujo en el aire
Como la luz
Sueno y muero
Como lo siento
Te lo has creio tu


Sheila E. will join Candy Dulfer at this year’s upcoming North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands on July 10. Prince band mates Chance Howard (keys/vocals) and John Blackwell (drums) are now officially touring as a part of Candy’s band.


Paul BanksBones & Love Bombs (Cope Records, May ’05)
Bentzen BrotherhoodWired Up (Cope Records, May ’05)
SP Just FrostPeace In The Valley (Copa, May ‘05)
Mark CarterWest Coast Groove (Orchard, 5/10)
Amsterdam Jazz Trio - For The Time Being (Orchard, 5/10)
Calvin KeysCalvinesque (Silverado, 5/10)
Connee BoswellWith All My Heart (Flare UK, 5/17)
Neal CaineBackstabber’s Ball (Small Records, 5/17)
Jon HassellMaarifa Street (Nyen, 5/17)
Ron BlakeSonic Time (Mack Avenue, 5/24)
Luciana SouzaDuos II (Sunnyside, 5/24)
Roy AyersUbiquity II: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 (Rapster, 5/31)
Tito PuenteUnforgettable Beat (Sony BMG Music Norte, 5/31)
Scott Robinson & Emil Vicklicky TrioSummertime (Cube Bohemian, 5/31)
Peppino D’Agostino & Stef BurnsBayshore Road (Favoured Nations Acoustic, 5/31)
Robin AveryWay You Hold Me (Darfin, 6/4
Harry Connick Jr.Occasion (Marsalis Music, 6/4)
June ChristyBallads For Night People (Blue Note, 6/7)
Pat MartinoImpressions: The Soulful Pat Martino (Savoy, 6/7)
Brian AugerCloser To It (Castle, 6/13)
Ernest RanglinSurfin’ (Telarc, 6/21)
David PackThe Secret of Movin’ On (Peak, 6/21)
John StevensRed (Maverick, 6/28)
Jeremy PeltIdentity (MaxJazz, 6/28)


Warner Bros. releases on June 6 a CD/DVD of Seal’s Live In Paris performance from July 6, 2004. The CD includes 14 tracks, while the DVD includes four added selections (Deep Water, Hey Joe, Whirlpool, and Don’t Make Me Wait). Seal is scheduled to commence a North American and European tour on May 20 in Las Vegas with a series of performances lined up through the fall. European stops along the way include concerts in Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, and Germany.

Here is the full track listing from the Live In Paris DVD:
Get It Together
Just Like You Said
Dreaming In Metaphors
Prayer For The Dying
Don’t Make Me Wait
Love’s Divine
My Vision
Waiting For You
Kiss From A Rose
Heavenly…(Good Feeling)
Don’t Cry
Future Love Paradise
Hey Joe
Deep Water


Herbie Hancock will be hitting the concert stage this summer with a new lineup consisting of bassist Marcus Miller, guitarists John Mayer and Lionel Loueke, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and percussionist Munyungo Jackson. This latest incarnation of The Headhunters ’05 have been scheduled for three shows surrounding their June 10 appearance at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo festival: June 8 in St. Louis, June 9 in Dayton, Ohio and June 11 in Memphis.

Herbie Hancock, in the meantime is completing work on his latest studio album, Possibilities, which will be released via Vector Recordings on Aug. 30. Guests artists appearing on the CD include Angelique Kidjo, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Sting, Trey Anastasio, Damien Rice, John Mayer and Annie Lennox.


The long, long-awaited CD entitled A Time 2 Love from Stevie Wonder will now be released on June 14, 2005. The new CD includes 16 new tracks, with two bonus tracks being added for release in foreign markets. Tracks on the CD include the title cut A Time 2 Love co-written by India.Arie, From The Bottom Of My Heart, Positivity, and My Love Is Fire, which was originally written for Luther Vandross.


These are all new releases available May 10, 2005 . . .
Joe LovanoJoyous Encounter (Blue Note)
Louis ArmstrongPlatinum Classics: The Very Best Of (Cleopatra)
Dr. JohnAnthology – Deluxe Edition (Master Classics)
Billie HolidayAnthology – Deluxe Edition (Cleopatra)
Dionne WarwickIn Concert Classics – DVD (Koch)
Joe WilliamsJazz Master Series – DVD (Shanachie)
Billy CobhamBilly Cobham’s Culturemix – New Morning The Paris Concert – DVD (MusicVideo Distributors)
Various ArtistsNarada Jazz: The Singles (Narada Jazz


Garth Trinidad (WKCR) is taking his Atlantiquity (available May 10) on the road as he heads to clubs in major cities on a promotional tour for the CD where he’ll let loose the remixes on his turntable. The album is filled with a dozen tracks from the Atlantic Records vaults that have been remixed by an eclectic mix of DJ’s. The CD features a batch of songs from the ‘70’s made famous by the likes of Chic, Eddie Harris, Donny Hathaway, Kleer and the Average White Band.

Here’s the full tour itinerary:
May 12 – San Francisco @ Bambuddha Lounge
May 13 – Atlanta @ Djngo
May 14 – Detroit @ Fifth Avenue Downtown
May 22 – Columbus, OH @ The Brownstone
May 23 – New York @ Table 50
May 24 – New York @ Joe’s Pub
May 25 – New York, Harlem @ Creole
May 26 – Philadelphia @ Marathon Grill
May 28 – Washington, DC @ Avenue Nightclub

Monday, May 09, 2005


Bassist Paul Jackson has released his second solo effort Funk On A Stick via Urbanzone Productions/Roc Armani. The CD has been described as a combination of Return To Forever/Headhunters with James Brown, Oscar Brown Jr. and Chuck Brown – in other words – it’s a funk-jazz-fusion sound. Cuts from the album have already been added to a series of radio stations around the U.S.

Other albums being added to Smooth Jazz radio include,
Patches StewartBlow (Koch Records)
The Rippingtons - Wild Card (Peak)
Black Gold MassiveStories (Major Menace)
KemAlbum II (Motown)
Richard ElliotMetro Blue (ARTizan Music Group)
Donny OsmondWhat I Meant To Say (Decca)
Jeff GolubTemptation (Narada Jazz)
Bass XBass X Volume – Family Time (Liquid 8)
Wayman TisdaleHang Time (Rendezvous Entertainment)
HiroshimaObon (Heads Up International)
Smokey RobinsonGreatest Hits: My World Definitive Package (Motown)


The Estes Park Jazz Fest (May 14-15) will feature Dotsero, Eric Gunnison and Marlena Shaw.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass presents Ramsey Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Dianne Reeves and Bobby McFerrin as they headline the June Festival slated for June 23-26.

Paul Taylor and Brian Culbertson play at the 21st Annual Genuine Jazz Festival in Breckinridge on June 23-26.

The Telluride Jazz Celebration (Aug 5-7) will feature Ron Carter, John Scofield, Dave Holland and Bobby Watson.

The Vail Labor Weekend and Jazz Party (Sept, 2-5) has booked Kurt Elling, Stefon Harris and Russell Malone.


Paul Anka marks his Verve-label debut with Rock Swings, as he covers the music of a younger generation. The 14-track set features orchestra-backed versions of Soundgarten’s Black Hole Sun, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, and Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel. The CD was previously released internationally some months back and had reached number 1 on the German album chart. The set also features songs by Eric Clapton, Van Halen, Billy Idol, the Pet Shop Boys and Oasis. Anka will be on tour throughout the remainder of the year, with a new set of dates to begin on May 29 at Harrah’s in St. Louis.


Stevie Wonder’s 55th birthday celebration on XM 60 on May 13 at 5PM ET, featuring Stevie Wonder songs all day plus a live concert from Osaka, Japan as Stevie Wonder performs with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Louis Prima on XM 5 on May 15 at 9PM ET in a live performance from the old Rat Pack days from the Sahara in Las Vegas, along with Keely Smith and Sam Butera


Essential Records releases The Essential George Benson on June 28. Concord Jazz is releasing the 2-CD package of The Living Room Tour from Carole King. Carly Simon moves over to Columbia Records (after 18 years with Arista) and is preparing to release an album of standards entitled Moonlight Serenade on July 19. The 11-track set will be released in DualDisc format, with the DVD side showcasing behind-the-scenes footage. MeShell NdegeOchello will release her first all-jazz CD, Dance Of The Infidels on June 21 on Shanachie. The CD features guest artists including Kenny Garrett, Jack DeJohnette, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Soulalive’s Neal Evans, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Sabina of the Brazilian Girls.

Also, look out for releases…
Us3Questions (Megaforce/Ryco, out now)
Nouvelle VagueNouvelle Vague (Luaka Bop/V2, out now)
SuphalaThe Now (Rasa Music, out now)
Ben WyattBuzzin’ Fly Volume 2 (Astralwerks, out now)
Zap MamaShow Me The Way (Seiji Remix) (Giant Step Records/Luaka Bop, out now)
Raheem DeVaughnThe Love Experience (Jive Records, May 17)


Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangione, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, Alex Bugnon, Alexander Zonjic, Ken Navarro, and Michael Brock headline the 2005 Cool Cars and Smooth Jazz outdoor concert series at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The event is set for Thursdays, June 30 through August 4. Cool Cars and Smooth Jazz is presented by Smooth Jazz V98.7


Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago play the The Shoreline Amphitheatre, Monterey, CA, on September 3, and Michael McDonald will perform at The Ironstone Amphitheatre, Ironstone Vineyards, Monterey, CA, on July 31.


Joss Stone – Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR, May 25
Manhattan Transfer – McDonald Theatre, Eugene, OR, May 26
Tower of Power – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR, June 19
Boz Scaggs – Britt Festivals, Jacksonville, OR, July 18
Femi Kuti – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR, July 29
Gipsy Kings – Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR, Aug. 4
B.B. King - Britt Festivals, Jackson County Expo Park, Central Point, OR, Aug 11.
Bela Fleck, Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty – Britt Festivals, Jacksonville, OR, Aug. 31


Word is that Rafi Gomez is finishing up work on his second Groove Boutique CD which should be out sometime before year-end. In the meantime, you can catch Rafi live at the Shelter in New York City as he brings the Groove to The Shelter (20 West 39 street, between 5th and 6th Ave.), on Thursday, May 12 from 8PM-10PM. He’ll also hit the road this summer as he tours nationwide with The Groove Boutique Presents Ultra Chill 1.0. We’ll pass on the schedule once we get more information. Also look out for an announcement soon that The Groove Boutique is coming to a television station near you.


Cleopatra Records has just released Billie Holiday Remixed which a collection of classic songs remixed for both the dance floor and the chill room. It easily complements the other Billie Holiday remixes that have appeared on the recent Verve Remixed releases. Here is the track listing:

Ain’t Nobody’s Business (NY City Mix)
Don’t Explain (Pleasure Device Mix)
Fine And Mellow (Chiller Mix)
God Bless The Child (Nu Jazz Mix)
Loverman (Lucky Mix)
Them There Eyes (Pearl Mix)
Strange Fruit (Faith Mix)
My Man (In The Flesh Mix)
Don’t Explain (Angel Mix)
I Cover The Waterfront (Vogue Mix)
Strange Fruit (Outsider Mix)
God Bless The Child (Fredco Mix)


Dave Koz and his friends have confirmed their tour schedule as they head across the U.S. Dave Koz will be joined by a group of stellar smooth jazz musicians as they take their "A Smooth Summer Night Tour" to more than 25 cities. This year's lineup features R&B vocalist Jeffrey Osborne, contemporary jazz guitarist Marc Antoine and multi-instrumentalist Praful. The tour commences June 10 at the Reading Eagle Theater in Reading, PA and wraps up on August 21 at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA.

Initial dates for this year's A Smooth Summer Night Tour are as follows:

6/10 Reading, PA (Reading Eagle Theatre)
6/11 Winona, ONT (E.D. Smith Farms)
6/12 Westbury, NJ (Westbury Music Fair)
6/16 Albuquerque, NM (Sandia Amphitheatre)
6/17 Denver, CO (Paramount Theatre)
6/24 Richmond, VA (Kanawha Plaza)
6/25 Charleston, WV (University Of Charleston)
6/26 Charlotte, NC (NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center)
7/13 Atlanta, GA (Chastain Park Amphitheatre)
7/15-16 Chicago, IL (Navy Pier Skyline Stage)
7/20 Cleveland, OH (PalaceTheatre)
7/21 Kettering, OH (Fraze Pavillion For The Performing Arts)
7/22 St. Louis, MO (The Orpheum Theatre)
7/23 Apple Valley, MN (Music In The Zoo)
7/30 Oakville, CA (Robert Mondavis Summer Festival)
7/31 Saratoga, CA (Montalvo Center For The Arts)
8/19 San Diego, CA (Humphrey's)
8/20 Concord, CA (The Chronicle Pavillion)
8/21 Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Bowl)

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


Plenty of new jazz releases to mention, so here goes...
Weather ReportWeather Report (Columbia/UK, from 1971; 4/26)
Danilo Perez TrioLive At the Jazz Showcase (Artistshare; 4/26)
Dr. JohnThe Best Of The Parlophone Years (Blue Note; 4/26)
Billy EkstineOne For My Baby (Jazz Hour 4/26)
Chet BakerChet Baker: Career 1952-1988 (Shout! Factory; 4/26)
Nancy WilsonNancy Wilson Live From Las Vegas (5/3)
Sylvia StriplinGive Me Your Love (5/3)
Joe Lovano with Hank JonesJoyous Encounter (Blue Note; 5/10)
Gabrielle GoodmanUntil We Love (Winter & Winter; 5/10)
Simone KopmajerRomance (Zoho Music; 5/10)
Bradley LeightonJust Doin’ Our Thang (Pacific Coast Jazz; 5/10)
Manhattan TransferMan-Tora: Live In Tokyo May 17, 1983 (Collectibles; 5/17)
Gil ParrisLive At The Next Door Café (Chase Music Group; 5/17)
Ben WebsterBlue Skies (Fruit Tree/Italy; 5/17)
Marc RibotSpiritual Unity (Pi Records; 5/17)
Bill LaswellPresents Dub Massive Chapter 1 (Trojan/England; 5/23)
Bill LaswellPresents Dub Massive Chapter 2 (Trojan/England; 5/23)
Lena HorneSeasons Of a Life (Blue Note; 5/24)
Arturo SandovalLive At The Blue Note (Half Note Records; 5/24)
Freddy ColeThis Love Of Mine (High Note; 5/24)
Nina SimoneLet It Be Me (Justin Time/Just A Memory; 5/24)
Kathy KosinsVintage (Lightyear; 5/24)
Joshua Redman Elastic BandMomentum (Nonesuch; 5/24)
Dave BrubeckLondon Flat, London Sharp (Telarc; 5/24)
SF Jazz CollectiveSF Jazz Collective (Nonesuch; 5/24)
Shirley HornLive At Le Jazz Au Bar (Verve; 5/24)
Hugh MasekelaRevival (Heads Up Africa; 5/24)
Stanley TurrentineBetcha (Wounded Bird, from 1978; 5/31)
Stanley TurrentineTender Togetherness (Wounded Bird, from 1981; 5/31)
Ernie WattsChariot Of Fire (Wounded Bird, from 1982; 5/31)
Eric GaleIsland Breeze/Blue Horizon (Wounded Bird; 2-CD; 5/31)
Al Di MeolaHeart Of The Immigrants (Wounded Bird; 5/31)
Al Di MeolaOrange And Blue (Wounded Bird, from 1994; 5/31)
Terence BlanchardFlow (Blue Note, produced by and featuring Herbie Hancock; 6/7)
Ray BrownMoonlight Serenade (Kingston, 6/7)
Ray BrownSummerwind (Kingston, featuring Monty Alexander from 1980; 6/7)
Monty AlexanderSolo (Kingston, from 1980; 6/7)
Veronica MartellThe Art Of Intimacy (Koch; 6/7)
Cal TjaderSolar Heat (Passport, from 1978; 6/7)
John ScofieldThat’s What I Say: The Music Of Ray Charles (Verve; 6/7)
Sammy Davis Jr. and Carmen McRaeThe Complete Sammy Davis Jr. and Carmen McRae on Decca (Verve; 6/7)
Eddie PalmieriListen Here! (Concord Picante; 6/14)
McCoy TynerDimensions (Collectibles; 6/14)
Ry CooderChavez Ravine (Nonesuch/Perro Verde; 6/14)
Patricia BarberVerve (Mobile Fidelity; 6/21)
Me’Shell NdegeOcelloDance Of The Infidels (Shanachie; 6/21)
Bonnie BramlettPennies From Heaven (Zoho; 7/5)
Freda PayneAfter The Lights Go Down (Impulse!/LPR (7/12)
Yusef LateefPsychicemotus (Impulse!/LPR; 7/12)
Gabor SzaboSpellfinder (Impulse!/LPR; 7/12)
Pharoah SandersElevation (Impulse Records; 7/26)
Gato BarbieriChapter 4 Alive In New York (Impulse!/LPR; 7/26)


Breeze On By is the latest single by Donny Osmond which has been added to heavy rotation at numerous smooth jazz radio stations around the world. The song takes on a sampled melody of the George Benson classic Breezin' and mixes it with lyrics written by Donny Osmond, Eliot Kennedy, Gary Barlow and Bobby Womack. The single has already become Donny’s first top ten single in 30 years in the U.K., plus it has quickly being added at many smooth jazz radio stations in the states. KKSF in San Francisco added it out of the box, and now, Breeze On By can be heard at KSBR-Los Angeles, WLVE-Miami, WNWV-Cleveland, KSSJ-Sacramento, KOAS-Las Vegas, WVSU-Birmingham, KAJZ-Albuquerque, KSMJ-Bakersfield, KUAP-Little Rock, KJZY-Santa Rosa, WVAS-Montgomery, and WSBZ-Ft. Walton Beach, among many others.

In the interim, Donny Osmond is in the midst of a whirlwind promotional and concert tour in support of the album entitled What I Meant To Say (Decca). We’ve got his full U.S. and U.K. tour schedule from now until late fall.

5/4 Lowell, MA (Lowell Auditorium)
5/5 New Brunswick, NJ (State Theatre)
5/6 Easton, PA (State Theatre)
5/7 Lancaster, PA (American Music Theatre)
5/9 Washington, D.C. (XM Studios)
5/10 Alexandria, VA (Birchmere)
5/11 Cleveland, OH (State Theatre)
5/12 Columbus, (Palace Theatre)
5/13 Wisconsin Dells, WI (Crystal Grand Theatre)
6/2 Mt. Pleasant, MI (Soaring Eagle Casino)
6/3 Waukegan, IL (Genesee Theatre)
6/4 Janesville, WI (Janesville PAC)
6/7 Davenport, IA (River Center Adler Theatre)
6/8 Prior Lake, MN (Mystic Lake Casino)
6/9 Orilla, Ontario (Casino Rama)
6/11 Mashantucket, CT (Foxwoods)
6/13 Verona, NY (Turning Stone Casino)
6/17 Cerritos, CA (Cerritos Center)
6/18 Reno, NV (Silver Legacy Casino)
6/25 Chastain Park, GA (Chastain Park)
6/28 Salt Lake City, UT (Kingsbury Hall)
6/29 Rexburg, ID (Hart Theatre)
6/30 Boise, ID (Morrison Center)
7/6 - 7 Windsor, Ontario (Casino Windsow)
8/4 – 7 Las Vegas, NV (The Orleans)

9/24 Belfast Odyssey
9/25 Dublin Point
9/27 Sheffield Arena
9/28 Birmingham, NEC
9/30 Newcastle Arena
10/1 Glasgow Clyde
10/2 Glasgow Clyde
10/4 Nottingham RCH
10/5 Nottingham RCH
10/7 Hammersmith Apollo
10/8 Hammersmith Apollo
10/9 Hammersmith Apollo
10/12 Cardiff CIA
10/13 Brighton Centre
10/15 Manchester MEN


A flurry of artists are signed for the Chateau Ste. Michelle this summer in Seattle, Washington. The series will feature the two-day 98.9 Smooth Jazz Festival, plus the Gipsy Kings, Madeleine Peyroux and others. A series of outdoor show are scheduled in and around the Pugent Sound, including the White River Amphitheatre near Auburn, Marymoor Park in Redmond and South Lake Union and Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. The shows are produced by the Lakeside Group and House of Blues Concerts. Here’s a sampling of the lineup: Gipsy Kings on Aug. 5; 98.9 Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Jazz Attack (Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot and Peter White), Brian Culbertson, Kim Waters and Steve Oliver on Aug 6.; 98.9 Smooth Jazz Festival, featuring Fourplay (Bob James, Larry Carlton, Harvey Mason and Nathan East), Summer Storm (Norman Brown, Peabo Bryson, Brenda Russell and Everett Harp), Norman Brown (performing solo) and David Lanz on Aug. 7; and Madeleine Peyroux; Sept. 17. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.


The sweet sounds of smooth jazz hits the D.C. area in style as this three-day music festival will feature Diane Schurr, Jonathan Butler, Marcus Johnson, Poncho Sanchez, Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends, Michael Franks, Will Downing and the legendary Nancy Wilson, who by the way is coming out of retirement just to perform at this event. The Jazzmatazz Music Festival will benefit the young patients at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The concert series runs from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8, with shows at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA, the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C, and at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in D.C

Monday, May 02, 2005


Here are two highly recommended jazz links for your enjoyment:


Carlos Santana and his bandmates have been slated to appear on ABC-TV's Good Morning America (GMA) on June 10, 2005. The concert will take place in Bryant Park in New York City, located behind the main branch of the New York Public Library. The performance will be free to the public and excerpts will be broadcast throughout the morning GMA show between 7 and 9AM ET.


Steve Cole - Spin (Narada; 4/26)
Soul Ballet - All The Pretty Lights (Twfi; 4/26)
Jorge Pescare - Groove In The Temple (Voiceprint; 4/26)
Mica Paris - If You Could Love Me (5/3)
Martin Taylor - Solo (P3 Music; 5/10)
The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman - Wild Card (Peak Records; 5/17)
Strunz & Farah - Desert Guitars (Selva; 5/17)
Brian Bromberg - Choices (Artistry Music; 5/24)
Walter Beasley - For Her (Heads Up; 5/24)
Jeff Golub - Temptation (Narada; 5/24)
Praful - Pyramid In Your Backyard (Encoded Music; 5/31)
Lee Ritenour - Overtime (Peak Records; 6/7)
David Benoit - Orchestral Stories (Peak Records; 6/14)
David Benoit - Charlie Brown Christmas (Peak Records; 6/14)
Lizz Wright - Dreaming Wide Awake (Verve Forecast; 6/14)
Rita Coolidge - And So Is Love (Concord; 6/28)


Hiroshima performs live at BB King's in New York City on XM 71, Wednesday, May 4 at 9PM ET.

Steel Dan performs in concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, recorded at the start of the 2000 Two Against Nature Tour, on XM 45, Thursday, May 5 at Midnight ET.

Ann Peebles performs live in concert from the XM Performance Theatre in an acoustic set, on XM 60, Saturday, May 7 at 8PM ET.

Nancy Wilson performs in a concert recorded at the Las Vegas Sands Hotel, on XM 5, Sunday, May 8 at 9PM ET.


As we previously mentioned several week ago, Bebel Gilberto is set to release a remixed version of her latest CD (released in 2004). Entitled, Bebel Gilberto Remixed, it will feature mixes by Thievery Corporation, Telefon Tel Aviv, Guy Sigsworth, Grant Nelson, DJ Spinna and Tom Middleton. It will be released in North America sometime in June via Six Degrees Records. The initial pressing will be a limited edition, including a second CD with extra remixes.


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