Friday, July 29, 2005


Santana's All That I Am has been postponed for release and is due on November 1. Previous release dates were June 21 and September 6. No reason has been given for the release date change by Arista. The CD features collaborations with Mary J. Blige, Los Lonely Boys, the Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, Robert Randolph and Kirk Hammett. In addition, Arista will also release the Santana DVD A&E Live By Request on November 15.

Los Mocosos is set to perform at Music In The Park at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose, CA on Thursday, August 4. The group is currently touring in support of their latest release entitled American Us. The sound is reminiscent of Santana, Malo and War.

Bebel Gilberto returns to San Francisco for her first performance there in 4 years s she appears at Bimbos on Sunday, September 11.

Celso Fonseca makes his BayArea debut as he performs classic bossa nova at Yoshi's in West Oakland, CA on September 20-21. His second international release is Rive Gauche Rio. The singer/guitarist has been a regular collaborator with artists such as Gilberto Gil, Marisa Monte and Caetano Veloso.

Tony Bennett, Sonny Rollins, Mavis Staples, John Handy, the Pat Metheny Trio, Branford Marsalis and John Scofiled are among those set to participate at California's 48th Annual Monterey Jazz Music Festival, which is set to be held September 16-18.

This weekend on the The Dave Koz Show, Dave welcomes guitarist Chieli Minucci. Minucci's latest releases is Got It Goin' On. Boney James also appears on the show. Check your local listings for times and radio stations.

Thursday, July 28, 2005


New York's CD 101.9 FM presents a series of free jazz concerts at Eisenhower Park in Long Island. The concert series will next present Jonathan Butler on August 12 and Roy Ayers on August 26. CD101.9 also presents the Belvedere Vodka Summer Jazz Series which will present Chuck Loeb on July 29 at McLoone's Pier House in Long Branch, New Jersey; Marion Meadows on August 5th at Seagull's Nest at Sandy Hook State Park in Highlands, New Jersey; Jon Lucien on August 18th at Due Amici in Brielle, New Jersey; and finally Alex Bugnon on August 26th at The Quayand Marina in Sea Bright, New Jersey.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


The Houston International Jazz Festival kicks off its 15th year on August 5 with three days of jazz at the Verizon Wireless Theater at Bajou Place. On August 5th, KTSU 90.9 FM presents Hiroshima and then on August 6th, Latin-Jazz artist Tito Puente, Jr. continues in the tradition of his famous father. On August 7th, KHJZ 95.7 FM presents an evening of Smooth Jazz with the Guitars & Saxes Tour, with Mindi Abair, Jeff Golub, Warren Hill and Wayman Tisdale. Also appearing at the festival this year are Norma Zenteno and Caliente.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


New York group Yerba Buena release Island Life, their second album comprised of salsa, meringue, hip-hop, funk, samba, cumbia, Gypsy and middle eastern sounds. Highlight of the album is flamenco singer Diego El Cigala as he guest vocals on Corazon Bandolero. The group is led by producer Andres Levin, who has worked with Aterciopelados, Los Amigos Invisibles, Carlinhos Brown, David Byrne and Tina Turner.

Monday, July 25, 2005


Barravento - Barravento (Brazilian Import)
Bill Evans - Complete Quartet (Lonehill Jazz)
Brian Culbertson - It's On Tonight (GRP)
Brian Simpson - It's All Good (Rendezvous)
Bule Bule & Antonio Queiroz - Fome E A Vontade De Comer (Brazilian Import)
Bruce Cale Quartet - Live: In Memory Of Roger Frampton (Tall Poppies)
Buster Williams - Dreams Come True (Unidisc)
Caetano Veloso - Caetano Veloso (Universal International, from 1971)
Charlie Biddle - Charlie (Unidisc)
Coleman Hawkins - In The Hush Of The Night (Unidisc)
Cornell Dupree - Shadow Dancing (Unidisc)
Dave McMurray - My Brother Me: The Best Of David McMurray (Hip Bop Essence)
Dee Dee Bridgewater - Just Family/Bad For Me (Collectibles)
Derek Bailey - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Tzadik)
Dizzy Gillespie - Closer To The Source (Collectibles)
Dwight Trible & The Light Force Trio - Love Is The Answer (Ninja Tune)
Fela Kuti - Best Of Fela Kuti (Wrasse)
Fernando Santos - Lamentos Aos Orixas (Atracao Fonografica)
Garage A Trois - Outre Mer (Telarc)
Gerald Veasley - At The Jazz Base! (Heads Up)
Grant Green - Easy (Unidisc)
Jimmy Witherspoon & Brother Jack McDuff - The Blues Is Now (Verve)
Jose Padilla - Man Ray, Vol. 4 (Wagram)
Karel Ruzicka Jr. - Brooklyn Moods (Cube Bohemia)
Lionel Hampton - Moods (Unidisc)
Lionel Hampton - Jazzmaster (Unidisc)
Lu Watters & His Yerba Buena Jazz Band - Good Time Music: San Francisco
Style (ASV/Living Era)
Mauricio Tizmba - Africa Gerais (Brazilian Import)
Mike Phillips - Uncommon Denominator (Red Urban)
Milton Nashimento - Pieta (Savoy Jazz)
Naguinho Da Beija-Flor - Nos Bracos de Comunidade (Brazilian Import)
Paquito D'Rivera - Jazz Chamber Trio (Chesky)
Pieces Of A Dream - Pieces Of A Dream/We Are One (Collectibles)
Richard "Groove" Holmes - Dancing In The Sun (Unidisc)
Richard "Groove" Holmes - Star Wars/Close Encounter (Unidisc)
Roger Kellaway - Remembering Bobby Darin (Ipo)
Samba de Dalva - Samba de Roda (Brazilian Import)
Sam Levine - Play It Again: Smooth Jazz Favorites (World Entertainment)
Sarah Vaughan - After Hours At The London House (Verve)
Stanley Turrentine & Gloria Lynne - Love's Finally Found Me (Unidisc)
Tom Braxton - Bounce (Rendezvous)
Various Artists - Honey Love: Smooth Jazz Plays R. Kelly (Shanachie)

Friday, July 22, 2005


As we previously reported, pianist Herbie Hancock will release his new album Possibilities on August 30 via a collaboration between Starbucks'Hear Music, Vector and Hancock's own Hancocks Music imprint. Collaborators on the project include Carlos Santana, Joss Stone, Sting (on a new recording of Sister Moon), Christina Aguilera (covering Leon Russell's A Song For You) and Raul Midon (covering StevieWonder's I Just Called To Say I Love You). In the interim, Hancock isabout to begin a five-night tour of Japan with Santana that kicks off in Yokohama.

Here is the track listing for Possibilities:
Stitched Up featuring John Mayer
Safiatou featuring Carlos Santana and Angelique Kidjo
A Song For You featuring Christina Aguilera
I Do It For Your Love featuring Paul Simon
Hush, Hush, Hush featuring Annie Lennox
Sister Moon featuring Sting
When Love Comes To Town featuring Joss Stone and Jonny Lang
Don't Explain featuring Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan
Gelo No Montana featuring Trey Anastasio
I Just Called To Say I Love You featuring Raul Midon

Thursday, July 21, 2005


GRP Records is set to release Def Jazz on August 9, a collection of smooth jazz interpretations of rap, hip-hop, and R&B classics from the vaults of Def Jam Records. Each of the 10 songs, performed by an all-star rosterfrom the world of contemporary jazz, was carefully selected from the archives of the hip-hop giant Def Jam - a company celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2005. Def Jazz is the brainchild of record producer Tony Joseph, a former radio and club DJ who has enjoyed success with Unwrapped, a series of largely instrumental CDs fusing smooth jazz and hip-hop. For this urban jazz project, Joseph, along with GRP/Verve's VP of A&R Bud Harner, assembled some top names in jazz to tip their hats to some of the biggest stars of rap and hip-hop. Among those featured on Def Jazz are Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Joey DeFrancesco, Roy Hargrove, and Jeff Lorber. These outstanding instrumentalists are just some of the musicians who pay tribute to Def Jam tracks, which range from undiscovered gems to more modern hits. Songs such as Jay-Z's Can I Get A..., and LL Cool J's Back Seat, and Doin' It are among the tunes selected for Def Jazz. One ofthe highlights on De Jazz is a remake of The Rain, the #1 R&B smash hit by Oran "Juice" Jones. Jones chose to revisit the classic, but with a new twist. "The spin is Juice has a daughter now," Joseph explains, "whocatches her man with another man." In the role of the daughter is emerging neo soul singer Ledisi, and she is joined on the track by Jones himself. Through a random connection, Jones found out about the remix and was excited to join in on the action. Some of the standouts on the disc are Hey Young World (Slick Rick) featuring Albright on sax and Kevin Toney on vibes and Wurlitzer, All I Need (Method Man) with Hargrove on trumpet and DeFrancesco on Hammond B-3, and Ghetto Jam (Domino) showcasing Braun ontrumpet and Dwight Sills on guitar. With the release of Def Jazz, Joseph is now eager to take the music to the stage. He envisions a mixed lineup of both young musicians and seasoned veterans for some live old school/newschool flavor.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Jazz-electro Brazilian-band Bossacucanova is on tour in the U.S. as an 8 piece band with recent stops in Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles. On July 14 they appeared at the Hothouse in Chicago; followed by the Concert of Colors in Detroit on July 15; the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on July 16; and finally at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 17.


Whaa! is the third album by Zuco 103 set for release on August 2. This Brazilian/European band have blended Afro-Cuban, Ethiopian, West African and dub sounds to this new project. Guests musicians include legendary dub and reggae pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry, bossa nova master Roberto Menescal and vocalist Dani Macaco of the Spanish band Macaco.

Monday, July 18, 2005


Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Trumphet Madness (Leo)
Aki Takase, Alex Von Schlippenbach & DJ Illvibe - Lok 03 (Leo)
Anthony Braxton & Walter Franks - Duets (Leo)
Art Blakely & The Jazz Messengers - Big Beat (Blue Note)
Aruan Ortiz Trio - Aruan Ortiz Trio (Universal Latino)
Candido - Anthology (Salsoul UK)
Carly Simon - Moonlight Serenade (Sony)
Clayton Brothers - Back In The Swing Of Things (Sindrome)
Club d'Elf - Gravity All Nonsense Now (Kufala)
Don Cherry - Symphony for Improvisers (Blue Note)
Donald Byrd - Fuego (Blue Note)
Erik Truffaz - Saloua (Blue Note)
Evan Parker & September Wings - Short Stories (Leo)
Fieldwork - Simulated Progress (PI Recordings)
Freddie Redd - Music From The Connection (Blue Note)
Funk de Nite - J-5 (Laroo)
Gerald Cannon - Gerald Cannon (Woodneck)
Grant Green - Sunday Mornin' (Blue Note)
Hank Marr - Bluesin' And Cruisin' (Double-Time)
Herbie Hancock - Inventions And Dimensions (Blue Note)
James Moody - World Is A Ghetto (Fuel 2000)
Jeremy Pelt - Identity (Max Jazz)
Jerry Bergonzi - Live Gonz II (Double-Time)
Jessica Williams - Live At Yoshi's Vol. 2 (Max Jazz)
Liam Sillery - Minor Changes (Oa2)
Louis Armstrong - Life Is So Peculiar (Pazzazz)
Louis Jordan - #1's (Geffen)
Miguel Bose - Morenamia (WEA International)
Paola Conte - Elegia (WEA International)
Rafael Farina - Exitos Originales (Disky)
Richard Bona, Lokua Kanza & Gerald Toto - Toto Bona Lokua (Sunnyside)
Sammy Davis Jr. & Carmen McRae - Boy Meets Girl: The Complete Sammy DavisJr. and Carmen McCrae on Decca (Verve)
Sherman Irby - Faith (Black Warrior)
Tito Puente - Mambolero (ZYX)
Ugochi - African Butterfly (Spirit Speaks)
Ximo Tebar - Goes Blue (Sunnyside)

Sunday, July 17, 2005


Guitarist Paul Brown's latest release is The City, and it's out now on GRP.

Dave Koz is working with producer Phil Ramone on his next release which will be an album of movie music, complete with saxophone, full orchestra and guest vocalists. It will include songs like Moon River, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and A Whole New World.

New from Giant Step Records is Sun & Moon from Jiva. Sun & Moon includes classic Jiva tracks like Stars, I Realized, Love Chooses Lovers and remixes of Stars by Tom & Joyce and Louis Vega that bring back memories of Nuyorican Soul. Sun & Moon blends R&B, House, Bossa Nova and Drum & Bass beats.It's currently available on Giant Step/P-vine Records in Japan only.

Friday, July 15, 2005


The IMAC Theater in New York will be hosting several upcoming concert events featuring smooth jazz artists. Look for Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons on August 6 for two shows; David Benoit on September 24 for two shows; and Acoustic Alchemy on October 1.

NBC Channel 10 in Philadelphia will feature summer jazz concerts every Friday night in August featuring smooth jazz artists - Independence Blue Cross Presents Penn's Landing Jazz Series on the Waterfront with WJJZ and NBC 10. NBC 10 Meteorologist Amy Freeze and WJJZ's Michael Tozzi will co-host the 'live' concerts from the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing everyFriday, beginning August 5th, from 7-7:30 PM. The lineup this year includes saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa on August 5th; session guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. will perform on August 12th; Steve Cole and his band will rock the Plaza on August 12th; and the televised series concludes with the ever popular guitarist/vocalist sensation Nick Colionne. The concerts are free and seating is available on a first-come first-serve basis.

The Berkeley (California) Jazz Festival at the UC Berkeley Greek Theatre kicks off on Saturday, July 16. This year's festival will highlight smooth jazz artists, with Rachelle Ferrell, KEM, Boney James, Lalah Hathaway, Bobby Caldwell, Unwrapped All Stars, and Ray Obiedo & the Urban Latin Jazz Project. The Berkeley Jazz Festival begins at noon on Saturday, July 15 at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre and is being produced by Another Planet Productions.

Ray Obiedo & the Urban Latin Jazz Project will appear at the Downtown Berkeley BART station on August 20 as part of the Berkeley Downtown event. Urban Latin Jazz Project band members include Paul Van Wageningen (drums), David Belove (bass), Rose Ann Dimalanta (keyboards), Derek Rolando (percussion), and Alex Myrzun (sax).

Shelby Lynne and Raul Midon perform at The Birchmere in Alexandria,Virginia on Monday, July 18. Also at The Birchmere are Norman Brown, Peabo Bryson and Brenda Russell on July 21.

CD101.9 New York Chill and Smirnoff Vodka are hosting two-hour cruises around New York Harbor on board the Spirit Cruise ship, every Wednesday through August 31st. Smooth jazz performers scheduled to appear are Spyro Gyra (July 20); Peter White (July 27); Jeff Golub, Warren Hill & Rafe Gomez ( August 3); The Rippingtons (August 10); Pieces Of A Dream & Rafe Gomez (August 17); Richard Elliot (August 24) and Angela Bofill & Rafe Gomez (August 31).

New York's S.O.B.s will present the Yuerba Buena - Island Life release concert on Wednesday, July 20 at the Irving Plaza. in New York City.

Nouvelle Vague (with a full live band) will perform at the Canal Room in New York City on September 14.

Miss Kitten, along with a DJ set will be at the Hiro Ballroom in New YorkCity on Tuesday, October 18.

The Verve Remixed tour continues with a series of mix-sets being scheduled in Europe and South America between now and the end of the year. Stops along the way will include Diesel U Music in Tokyo on July 15; the Arrezo Wave Festival in Mantra, Italy on July 16; Vieggio in Vienna Italy on July 23; and the Global Gathering Festival in Manchester, England on July 30. Afterwards, the tour will continue on to France, Spain, Denmark, CzechRepublic, Finland, Brazil, and Germany, including multiple appearances at Fabric in London.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


Here's a sampling of what's upcoming in the Seattle, Washington area...

Summer Concerts at the Chateau: Outdoor concerts at Chateau Ste. Michelle,14111 NE 145th Street, Woodinville: 98.9 Smooth Jazz Festival, Jazz Attack, Brian Culbertson, Kim Waters, Steve Oliver on August 6, Gipsy Kings on August 7; Pink Martini on August 19; Madeline Peyroux on September 17.

Puyallup Fair at the Western Washington Fairgrounds: The Four Tops and The Temptations on September 17.

Summer Nights at South Lake Union Park: B.B. Kings Blues Festival with B.B.King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Joe Bonamassa on August 17; Susan Tedeschi on August 25; Trio! with Stanley Clarke, Bela Fleck and Jean-Luc Ponty on August 26.

White River Amphitheater: Series of outdoor concerts at Muckleshoot Reservations, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road, Auburn: Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago on August 31.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Al Green & The Soul Mates - Back Up Train (Arista/Legacy, 1967 album remastered with bonus tracks)
Blood, Sweat & Tears - No Sweat (Wounded Bird, 1973 album)
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Mirror Image (Wounded Bird, 1974 album)
Carole King - The Living Room Tour (Starbucks Hear Music)
Daniel Lanois (w/ Brad Mehldau & Brian Blade) - Belladonna (Anti-/Epitah)
Deniece Williams - This Is Niecy (Arista/Legacy, 1971 album remasterd with a bonus track)
Dramatics - Watcha See Is Watcha Get (Atlantic, 1971 album remastered)
Ella Fitzgerald - Hello Dolly (Verve, 1964 album remastered)
Jaguar Wright - Divorcing Neo To Marry Soul (Artemis)
Paul Brown - The City (GRP)
Paul Hardcastle - Hardcastle 4 (V2)
Sting - My Funny Valentine: Sting At The Movies (Universal Japan)
Teena Marie - Robbery (Arista/Legacy, 1983 album remastered with bonus tracks)
Willie Nelson - Countryman (Lost Highway)

Monday, July 11, 2005


Abida Parveen - Ishq - Supreme Love (Accords Croises)
Amado Batista - O Amor (WEA International)
Angelo Debarre & Ludovic Beier - Entre Amis (Le Chant Du Monde)
Bob James - Essential Collection: 24 Smooth Jazz Classics (Koch)
Charlie Barnet - Everest Years (V.I. Music)
Charlie Hunter, Bobby Previte & DJ Logic - Longitude (Thirsty Ear)
Chet Baker - Live In France 1978 (Gambit)
Dave Liebman - Manhattan Dialogues (Zoho Music)
Dave Wecki - Multiplicity (Stretch)
Domingo Federico - Domingo Federico (BMG International)
Don Ellis - Don Ellis at Fillmore (Bird)
Florin Niculescu/Latchodrom, Le Quatuor Drin - Djangophone (Le Chant DuMonde)
Gabor Szabo & Lena Horne - Lena and Gabor and Guitar (El)
Gal Costa - Novelas (Som Livre)
Herbie Hancock - Live: Detroit./Chicago (Hudson Street)
Ildo Lobo - Incondicional (Lusafrica)
Jimmy Smith - Stay Loose...Jimmy Smith Sings Again (Verve)
John Harrison Trio - Roman Sun (Whaling City Sound)
John Lindberg - Winter Birds (Between-The-Lines)
Jorge Ben - Samba Esquema Novo (Universal International)
Jorge Ben - 10 Anos Depois (Universal International)
Juan d'Arienzo & Hector Maure - Sus Primeros Exitos (BMG International)
Lalo Schifrin - Magnum Force (Aleph)
Last Exit - Koln Concert (Atavistic)
Mambru - Mambru (BMG International)
Manimal - Espirito Congo (Universal International)
Marko Lackner - Awakening (Double Moon)
Maria Eva Albistur - Avatar (Universal International)
Marcus Vinicius - O Verbo (Som Livre)
Marian McPartland & Elvis Costello - Piano Jazz: McPartland & Costello
(Jazz Alliance)
Mastaki Bafa - Wawa (World Network)
Milly Quezada - MQ (Sony International)
Milton Nascimento - Courage (Verve)
Moussu T e Lei Jovents - Mademoiselle Marseille (Le Chants Du Monde)
Niou Bardophones - Air de Rien (Buda Musique)
Olodum - Best Of (WEA International)
Omara Portuondo - Sentimineto (La Escondida)
Oscar Peterson - Piano Supreme (Budmusic)
Patrick Noah & Septeto Araison - Afro-Cuban Music (Playasound)
Paul Brown - City (GRP)Philip Catherine - Meeting Colours (Dreyfus)
Ray Charles - Friendship (Columbia)
Robert Gomez - Etherville (Basement Front)
Salome de Bahia - Brasil (Tommy Boy)
Sirone - Sirone Live (Atavistic)
Various Artists - Brazil (Som Livre)
Various Artists - Best Of Bahia (WEA International)
Various Artists - Africa Remix (WEA International)
Various Artists - Cultura de Club, Vol. 4 (Vale Music Spain)
Yerba Buena - Island Life (Razor & Tie)

Sunday, July 10, 2005


July 14 - Perugia, Italy @ Umbria Jazz Festival
July 15 - Pescara, Italy @ Teatro Massimo Pescara
Aug 12 -13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Aug 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Playhouse Square Center, State Theatre
Aug 19 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival Park, Young Artists Hall
Aug 20 - South Bend, IN @ Morris Performing Arts Center
Aug 27 - Saratoga, CA @ Historic Mountain Winery
Sept 3 - Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood
Sept 4 - Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cod
Sept 9 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Binkley Memorial Baptist Church Coffeehouse
Sept 11 - Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavillion
Sept 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kimmel Center
Sept 17 - Monterey, CA @ Monterey Jazz Festival
Sept 20 - San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
Sept 22-24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Golden Nugget Hotel
Oct 28 - Morristown, NJ @ Morristown Community Theatre
Nov 4 - Houston TX @ Jones Plaza
Nov 18 - Kansas City, MO @ Ameristar Casino
Dec 10 - Storrs, CT @ Jorgenson Auditorium
Dec 16-18 - Las Vegas, NV @ Golden Nugget Hotel

Saturday, July 09, 2005


Salsoul Nation - 2-CD Nonstop Mix Compiled & Mixed by DJ Luke Howard
This one is a fantastic 2-CD collection mixed by DJ Luke Howard and released in conjunction with London's Queer Nation club. It features more than 2 dozen classic Salsoul tracks, including a few rarities, plus remixes for a fresh new perspective. On disc 1 you'll hear 13 tracks, including Hit N Run (QN re-edit) by Loleatta Holloway, My Love Is Free (Gardening Club re-edit) by Double Exposure, More (12-inch mix) by Carol Williams, Freak On (Miss Cheesecake re-edit) by Lemon, Don't Beat Around The Bush (HMD Tribal Edit) by Salsoul Orchestra, Ain't No Mountain High Enough(12-inch mix) by Inner Life, plus more. Disc 2 features 15 tracks and includes Ooh I Love It (Paris Is Burning Tribute re-edit) by Salsoul Orchestra, High (12-inch mix) by Skyy, I Know You Will (12-inch mix) byLogg, Dreamin' (acapella) by Loleatta Holloway, And You Know That (Body Action re-edit) by the Jammers and many more!

Dexter Wansel - Live On Mars/What The World Is Coming To
Two of Dexter Wansel's best albums now finally released on one CD. Wansel easily blends jazz and soul with a bit of funk on these two albums from the mid to late '70's. The result is a tight batch of crossover tracks that work well both as jazz funk groovers and smooth modern soul tracks. The CD includes guest vocals from Jean Carn and Terri Wells, plus the cuts -What The World Is Coming To, Dreams Of Tomorrow, Holdin' On, Dance With Me Tonight, Disco Lights, Prelude #1, Life On Mars, Rings Of Saturn, Stargazer, plus many others.

Friday, July 08, 2005


Jazz saxophonist Andre Delano recently celebrated the release of his debut project - Full Circle (available from 7th Note Entertainment), with a special performance for an intimate audience at the Bel Age Hotel in WestHollywood, California. Delano is a former backup singer for soul artist Maxwell.

Donny Osmond continues to rise on the Smooth Jazz Charts as his song Breeze On By is ranked #18 on the Smooth Jazz Charts.

Diana Krall has just finished her year-long worldwide tour performing music from The Girl In The Other Room and has also just completed the TD series of Jazz Festivals across Canada. Diana is now working on her next recording - a Christmas album.

Full Cycle has released the Kenny Dope remix of Sing by Roni Size featuring Jocelyn Brown.

Trumpeter Hugh Masekela has released Revival, his first album in three years. On this new project, Masekela blends a mixture of smooth jazz and Afro-pop with his signature sound. For those of you who might remember, Masekela had a huge international instrumental hit back in 1968 with Grazing In The Grass. He then went on to perform with Paul Simon, Herb Alpert and Fela Kuti, among others. Standouts on Revival include, Sleep, Nontsokolo andFresh Air.

Boney James and Nova Menco will topline the Smooth Jazz 98.1 Presents Jazz On The Beach music festival in San Diego. It's scheduled for August 14 at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater.

The Quantic Soul Orchestra release their second CD Pushin' On which features excellent vocals from Alice Russell on 5 of the album's 11 tracks. Titles include Pushin' On, Introducing The Quantic Soul Orchestra, The Conspirator, Get A Move On, End Of The Road, That Goose In My Grave, Feeling Good, Hold On Tight, and Paintings And Journeys.

Richard Elliot will guest this weekend on The Dave Koz Radio Show. Elliot has a brand new album out called Metro Blue and its off to a great start with it as the first single People Make The Worlkd Go Round is currently #1o on the Radio and Records Smooth Jazz chart. Elliot is currently on tour all summer with the Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Peter and Jonathan Butler. Toni Braxton, George Benson and Michael McDonald also appear on the weekend's show.

Thursday, July 07, 2005


Affinity - Route 66 (Rhombus)
Arlid Anderson - If You Look Far Enough (Universal International)
Azucar Moreno - Originales: 20 Exitos (Sony International)
Beaux J Poo Boo - All Things Are New (Summit)
Bill Evans Trio - Bill Evans At Shelly's Mannehole (JVC Japan)
Bob Rockwell - Bob's Ben (Stunt)
Bugge Wesseltoft - New Conception Of Jazz Filming (Universal International)
Carla Bley - Carla Bley Live (Universal International)
Chet Baker - Conservatorio Cherubini Complete Concert (Lonehill Jazz)
Dee Dee Bridgewater - J'ai Deux Amours (Universal International)
Demis Roussos - 20 Super Sucessos (Sony International)
Donald Byrd Quartet - Chat Qui Peche (Fresh Sounds)
Graham Collier - Charles River Fragments (Jazzprint)
Harry Beckett - Flare Up (Jazzprint)
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez & Robby Ameen - Robby & Negro At The Third World War (American Clave)
Ivan Lins - 20 Super Sucessos (Sony International)
Jaleel Shaw - Perspective (FS New Talent)
Johnny Griffin - Little Giant (JVC Japan)
Kip Hanrahan - All Roads Are Made Of The Flesh (American Clave)
Kip Hanrahan - Pinero (American Clave)
Louis Armstrong - Satchmo (Prism Platinum)
Louis Armstrong - Legends: Louis Armstrong (Direct Source)
Malene Mortensen - Date With A Dream (Stunt)
Martinho de Vila - Sambas Enredo Unidos de Villa Isabel (SonyInternational)
Milton Cardona - Bembe (American Clave)
Nihilo - Tropical Radar (Noiseprint UK)
Paul Bley - Early Trios (Fresh Sounds)
Phil Edwards - Anthologie 1986-2003 (Magic France)
Phil Ranelin - Close Encounter Of The Very Best Kind (Rhombus)
Radka Toneff - Some Time Ago: A Collection Of Her Finest Moments (Universal International)
Raggie-Brillante Quartet - Attitude (Orchard)
Rich Perry Quartet - You're My Everything (Steeplechase)
Russell Garcia & His Orchestra - Los Angeles River (Fresh Sounds)
Stan Kenton - Conducts Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra, Vol. 1 (Tantara)
S-Tone Inc. - Luz Y Sombra (Schema)
Silvana Deluigi - Yo! (American Clave)
Swingle Sisters - Romantiques (Universal International)
Thaide & DJ Hum - Humildade E Coragem Sao Nossas Armas Para Lutar (Sky Blue Brazil)
Tom Guarna - Get Together (Steeplechase)
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio - Midnight Sugar (Japanese Import)
Walfredo de los Reyes Jr. Y Su Orquesta - Cuban Jazz Con Sabor Sin Timbal No Se Bailaros (Caney SP)
Various Artists - Chill In: India (Music Brokers Arg)
Various Artists - Tango Chill Sessions (Music Brokers Arg)
Various Artists - Filati Pregiati: Italian Bossanova Extra (M.O.D.A.)
Various Artists - Pied De Poule (Zone 3)Various Artists - Mocidade Independente (Sony International)
Various Artists - Karim Rashid: Newyorkelectronew (Never Stop)
Various Artists - Essential Guide To Brazil (Essentials)
Various Artists - Essential Guide To Africa (Essentials)
Villu Veski, Tilt Kalluste & Astor Piazzolla - Mi Tango En Buenos Aries (Orchard)

Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Jonathan Butler will continue to tour through the month of July promoting his new album Jonathan. Tour dates include stops in California, Colorado,and Washington, D.C.

Brian Simpson has just released his debut album, It's All Good on the Rendezvous label. He has toured with Dave Koz for years as his musical director and keyboardist. He can be seen this summer on Dave Koz's Smooth Summer Nights Tour.

Tom Braxton releases his solo debut entitled Bounce. Braxton has spent many years as Wayman Tisdale's saxophonist. The album is set for release on July 26 on the Rendezvous label.

Jay Kay and Jamiroquai are due to return with a sixth studio album onS eptember 26 in the United States via the Epic label. The set was first released on June 20 by Sony Music in the United Kingdom. Jamiroquai appears in Vienna on July 9 with stops throughout Europe and the US throughout the rest of the year. The new album entitled Dynamite is their first release in four years.


Note that the Guitar & Saxes Tour (as indicated below) includes Wayman Tisdale (bass), Warren Hill (sax), and Mindi Abair (sax).

July 23 - Fort Worth, TX @ Sundance Square (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
August 2 - Boston, MA @ Sculler Jazz Club (with Warren Hill)
August 3 - New York, NY @ Spirit Cruise Ship WQCD Chelsea Piers (withWarren Hill)
August 4 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Carefree Theatre (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
August 5 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
August 6 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
August 7 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Playhouse (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
August 12 - St. Louis, MO @ Orpheum Theater (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
August 13 - Chicago, IL @ Skyline Stage Navy Pier (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
August 14 - Dublin, OH @ Wendy's Corporate Headquarters (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
August 27 - Sparks, NV @ Red Hawk Golf Course (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
September 9 - Saratoga, CA @ The Garden Theatre
September 10 - Guerneville, CA @ Johnson's Beach Russian River JazzFestival (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
September 23 - Rancho Santa Fe, CA @ The Bridges (with Warren Hill)
October 2 - Avalon, CA @ Avalon Ballroom Catalina Island Jazz Trax Jazz Festival (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
October 15 - Anchorage, AK @ Atwood Concert Hall (Guitars & Saxes Tour)
October 29 - Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall (Guitars & Saxes Tour)

Saturday, July 02, 2005


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Marc Rizzo is one of the new breed of young guitarists in contemporary bands and has built a substantial following through his years of touring and recording with IL Nino and Soulfly. Recently, Rizzo has stepped out with solo projects that reveal a phenomenal command of the guitar. Colossal Myopia unveils Rizzo to be a master musician with deep musical roots in metal, classical and flamenco guitar “Colossal Myopia” is a mixture of all the music that Rizzo listens to. It’s a combination of Metal Nuevo Flamenco and Jazz. “I don’t really listen to one type of music and I think my record showcases that,” explains Rizzo. “It’s an all instrumental CD for music lovers that want to enjoy pure music without all the politics and negative lyrical content.”Rizzo’s raw energy combined with the talent of a new-generation shred-master is a much needed breath of fresh air to the instrumental rock genre. Rizzo goes on to describe some of the music - “Colossal Myopia is a song that I wrote while trying to combine heavy riffing with flamenco buleria rhythms. Introspection Of An Introvert is pure shred metal, while the PiƱata Hits Back is Nuevo flamenco guitar with salsa style percussion. This entire record is a total trip and I’m glad to finally have put a record out that combines all the music I love on one record. “Colossal Myopia” is really just a look into my CD collection, because I love listening to Paco de Lucia and then metal. These styles were meant to be together.”


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