Friday, February 10, 2006
BERKS JAZZ FESTIVAL, ALFONZO BLACKWELL, THE OASIS - SMOOTH JAZZ, MAGIC 106.7 SMOOTH JAZZ
The 16th annual FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Fest this year will feature the City Rhythm Orchestra presenting the music of Frank Sinatra,a Michelle & Brian Culbertson collaboration, keyboardist Joe McBride, sax player Kenny Blake and vocalist Liz Longley, plus Dianne Reeves, Joe Sample, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Ramsey Lewis, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Candy Dulfer, Gerald Veasley, Kurt Elling and the Robert Cray Band. In addition, three spectacular ensemble shows - The Music of Marvin Gaye &amp; and Motown; Ivan Lins & Friends; and a Tribute to Wes Montgomery - top the lineup. The event runs from March 17-26 at multiple venues throughout Berks County.
ALFONZO BLACKWELL - SOULFULSMOOTHJAZZ.COM & SOULFULCLASSICS.COM
Alfonzo Blackwell is an incredible force in the internet radio industry. He has begun this year in classic style that is surely a stunning and rare commodity. Blackwell has forged ahead of the pack in the internet radio-smooth jazz/chill and classic soul and RnB formats to deliver stellar musical content and much more. Through his superb musical direction and great leadership at SoulfulSmoothJazz.com Radio and SoulfulClassics.com Radio, he has garnered considerable praise and accolades for fostering a refreshing new platform for artists of today as well as for legendary artists. With Blackwell’s close attention to detail and hard work, our favorite smooth jazz artists such as Dave Coz, Brian Culbertson, Acoustic Alchemy and many others have supported SoulfulSmoothJazz.com Radio and participated in exclusive interviews with the fastest growing station of its kind. Visit the illustrious websites to tune-in to the smooth and soulful blends of music and you will come away with so much more than you ever imagined. Kudos to the SoulfulSmoothJazz.com Radio Team, SoulfulClassics.com Radio Team and their musical director-Alfonzo Blackwell. Visit: www.soulfulsmoothjazz.com and www.soulfulclassics.com
THE PLANET'S #1 SMOOTH JAZZ - THE OASIS
With the lack of a smooth-jazz station on commercial radio in St. Louis, MO after the former WSSM (106.5 FM) went off the air last April, former WSSM employees Terry Fox and Jason Church have launched "The Oasis," a.k.a. "The Planet's #1 Smooth Jazz." The station, available on the internet only at www.foxmusicmachine.com, offers two high-quality streams (one dial-up, the other broadband) and a playlist that boasts "three or four hundred" artists. Aside from smooth-jazz mainstays like Kenny G, Sade, Dave Koz, Chris Botti, George Benson, Steely Dan and Michael Bublé, the station also includes tracks by John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Grover Washington Jr. — musicians, in other words, who commercial smooth-jazz stations might not necessarily program.
MAGIC 106.7 SMOOTH JAZZ
Greater Media Announces Multicasts In their Boston MarketGreater Media has announced the details of its digital multicast channels for the Boston and as a result Smooth Jazz returns to the Boston airwaves after a six-year hiatus with the debut of MAGIC 106.7’s Smooth Jazz Channel. The side channel will be a blend of traditional and contemporary jazz, fusion, and new adult contemporary music. Listeners will also have the opportunity to tune in online at www.magic1067.com and click on the Smooth Jazz Channel icon.