Althea Rene - Flawsome
In 2018, the former Detroit Deputy Sheriff who’s been putting stylish funk in the flute for more than 20 years authored an autobiography called “Becoming Chocolate Barbie – A Guide for Professional Women in the Music Business.” Translating her passionate mentorship and advocacy for women’s empowerment to the studio, Rene’s cleverly titled eighth album FLAWSOME perfectly reflects its vulnerable yet empowering concept of “flawed” + “awesome.” Vibing with an iconic lineup of Smooth Jazz greats – including Maysa, Jeanette Harris, Euge Groove and Gerald Albright – Althea tackles jazz, rock, funk and even an exotic island flow. She balances pure, flowing flute with steamy, sizzling sax and flute jams, some wild trumpet fun and horn section sizzle. Smooth Jazz doesn’t get any more FLAWSOME than this! ~ smoothjazz.com
Dr. Dave & The HouseCall Band - Midnight Daydream
Dr. Dave® is a popular smooth jazz guitarist having played with the greats including Freddie Hubbard, Ernie Watts and the late Fattburger members Carl Evans, Jr., Hollis Gentry, legendary brothers Ronnie and Hubert Laws and of course with The HouseCall Band®. Turning a onetime clever album title into the name of his high energy ensemble, Dr. Dave & The Housecall Band® work major musical healing miracles on their latest album MIDNIGHT DAYDREAM. With a sizzling swirl of pop, R&B, traditional and contemporary jazz, topped off with tasty touches of Latin, blues and swing, Dr. Dave embraces the freedom to improvise more than ever before and tackle jazz classics and a popular TV theme in addition to a slate of ultra-infectious originals. Two new singles out this year from Dr. Dave's coolest collection yet, on the heels of his chart-topping “Sexy Cindy,” (named for Cindy Sanchez Medina, Miss Santander, Colombia 2018), expect the tropical jazz of "Cabo Time" and the sensual title track, "Midnight Daydream" to saunter up the Smooth Jazz charts as well.
Shawn Myers -The Silent Life
Award winning, New Orleans-based drummer, composer, and band leader Shawn Myers released The Silent Life, his debut album as a leader on March 12, 2019. The album features 10 original compositions of Myers’ and a diverse line-up of some of New Orleans’ top musicians. Combining the sounds of African-American Music, Haitian Voudou, West African Voudou, and Electronic Ambience, The Silent Life refers to a concept outlined by Hazrat Inayat Khan in the book The Mysticism of Sound and Music, where all vibrations and life arise from the stillness of nothing. The Silent Life is available on all major streaming platforms. Based in New Orleans, Shawn Myers currently tours nationally and internationally with multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Leyla McCalla, and maintains an active local performing schedule. He has performed with many local and international luminaries, including Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Roland Guerin, Nduduzo Makhathini, Andrew Duhon, and Sarah Quintana. He has studied drums and percussion with Billy Hart, Jamey Haddad, Jason Marsalis, and in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Haiti.