Archive for October, 2011

Terry Wollman – Buddhas’s Ear

Raised in Miami, graduated in Boston and working in L.A. guitarist and producer Terry Wollman combines talent, desire and passion to create mesmerizing music for connoisseurs of fine art. With his Latin flavored debut album Bimini (1986) he received first acclaims. His second album Say Yes (1998) impressed with great music performed by top-notched musicians. Buddha’s Ear (2011) is Terry’s return to smooth jazz and beyond.

As on his previous releases he is joined by professional musicians like John (JR) Robinson, Abraham Laboriel, Luis Conte, Greg Manning, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Keb’ Mo’, Melanie Taylor and Melissa Manchester. All music was composed, arranged and produced by Terry Wollman with the exception of Mandela and Right Where You Are, co-composed with other musicians.

Terry opens the door to his exotic music world with Mandela, a song committed to Carter Mandela Moore. A mélange of Kalimba, wood flute and sax crescendo introduces into the lead melody masterly interpreted by Terry on acoustic guitar. Mindi Abair directs to the world music bridge and intertwines with the guitars of Terry and Keb’ Mo’.


Chad Volkers – Solar Maximum

Guitarist Chad Volkers is an East Tennessee native and an alumnus of the UT jazz studies department. Chad maintains a busy performance and teaching schedule around the Knoxville area. Chad Volkers has been performing and teaching professionally for 14 years. He is currently an instructor at Pellissippi State Community College.

His guitar album is entitled Solar Maximum and available at CDBaby.

Jerome Dawson – Romey’s Return

Saxophonist, Jerome Dawson, has been jazzing it up since he was 8 years old. He has made himself known throughout Northern California and has shared the stage with talented artists, including Sista Monica, Maruga Booker (Drummer for George Clinton) and Buzzy Linhart.

With a unique style that is soulful and intense, Jerome Dawson has been known to bring the crowd to its feet. Jerome Dawson’s love for David Sanborn, Wayman Tisdale, the late Art Porter and Grover Washington, Jr. fuels his desire to play an upbeat, contemporary, smooth style with an R & B funk attitude. This has driven the creation of Wazabe Blue, an eclectic mix of smooth jazz that has something to offer music lovers of every kind.

Romey’s Return is his sophomore approach to smooth jazz and now available at CDBaby.

Player A – Our Own Devices

Player A is not a typical Nashville music group. These contemporary jazz musicians are their own recommendation. Flooding the scene with new ideas and extreme professionalism it was only a natural way to release after their debut EP On The Side their sophomore album Our Own Devices (2011).

Player A are keyboardist and producer Eric Copeland, bassist Gary Lunn, guitarist Mark Baldwin, drummer Bryan Fullen and saxophonist Sam Levine. Inspired by mastermind and composer Eric Copeland Player A presents the finest smooth jazz, Nashville ever heard.

Sleekness starts the album with a funky approach. Marcus Anderson takes the lead on sax. This young lion is a powerhouse of saxman. Mark Baldwin gives his call on sax the right answer on guitar.


Candy Dulfer – Crazy

Candy Dulfer has released her new album entitled Crazy. After the worldwide release of her new album Crazy Candy will perform with her band in the USA and – for the first time in her career – in South America. After that she’ll once again join Dave Koz for his annual Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour where they’ll be performing dozens of shows across the USA in November and December. In early 2012 she’ll be Special Events Host on the Smooth Jazz Cruise together with jazz legends such as David Sanborn and Marcus Miller. For later in 2012 tours are planned in Japan, Russia and across Europe.

Candy Dulfer is to be presented once more as a creative and ambitious musician.  The album is influenced by Candy’s close cooperation with Printz Board (musical director of the Black Eyed Peas and multiple Grammy winner). A majority of the songs comes from the common spring. Printz was even responsible as a producer and singer  for most of the songs. Candy’s longtime companion Ulco Bed stands out for the rest of the songs as an ally. Candy and her crew give the radio the spores in all its aspects, – first-class songs and an irresistible groove.  The album is produced by Dave Love. The album is now on sale in Europe and will be available in USA on November 8, 2011.

Karl Watson – Soul Journey

The Washington, DC metropolitan area hosts a plethora of musicians such as one, Karl Watson for KWatt Music. An anointed keyboardist, organist, producer, composer, arranger, instructor, and psalmist, Karl Watson has burst onto the music scene with a soul-stirring style to lift the heart and mind of the listener into the very presence of God. “Worship”, is his heart’s cry and as he ministers it is his primary goal is to lead people into a deeper worship experience and to unleash the power of God through the medium of music.

His album Soul Journey is Smooth Contemporary Jazz that moves your soul in every direction. It’s so rich, so deep, and soulful it will touch you like no other. Feel this music at CDBaby.

Brian Lenair – The Journey

For the past years, Brian Lenair the former front man for Washington-DC based Jazz/R&B band, Spur of the Moment, whose previous CDs entitled, Spuraddict and Out of the Shadows, prevalently features Brian’s talents. This experience has taught him how to combine lush Jazz arrangements with silky R&B inspired tracks as to create a rich collection of sultry ballads and funky smooth Jazz songs.

He does this while still managing to mesmerize audiences as a true showman with his smooth, sultry sound during live performances. He has toured and played with many legendary Jazz and R&B recording artists including George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr., Al Jarreau, Peabo Bryson, Will Downing and Jean Carne, to name a few. Brian’s musical journey has also afforded him the opportunity to showcase his talents with the Westminster Choir College Jubilee Singers and as a featured soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

His debut album is called The Journey and is now available at CDBaby.

Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2011

The weather God was good to us. Bright shining sunrays flooded through the glass building of the Kurhaus Göggingen in Augsburg. On Friday, September 16, 2011, started the 4th annual Smooth Jazz Festival. We already arrived at the venue in the afternoon to meet Jessy J and Paul Brown for a small talk after the rehearsal in the inner courtyard of the Kurhaus. Peter Hoerd (GrooveFM) conducted the interviews, we hope to present you soon.

Promoter of this event was Christian Bößner, who lives in Augsburg and organizes since several years Smooth Jazz Festivals in Europe. This year was special, because Christian already promoted the Smooth Jazz In The Cube 2011, a festival in the Austrian mountains May 20-22, 2011 at CUBE Biberwier-Lermoos. The event featured Nils, Brian Culbertson, Jackiem Joyner and Nick Colionne, who thrilled the international audience with their exceptional performances.

Christian shows an admirable staying power and ability to assert the triumphal march of Smooth Jazz in Europe. Against all odds he makes it possible to host a great event with many International stars of the Smooth Jazz scene and this every year.


Michael Strautman – The Key of Me

Michael Strautman was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 1977, to a musical family. He began learning the piano at the age of six; frustrating his teacher with his constant improvisation. By 1988 at the age of eleven, his family had moved south to Bowling Green, KY. Hearing his Dad’s LP Double Vision by Bob James and David Sanborn, he clearly remembers the insatiable desire to “play it as well as that” and so his parents saw to it that he had his first saxophone. By his sophomore year in high school there was no doubt that he wanted to be a full-time musician.

Michael can be heard on recordings such as: The Key of Me (2011 Michael Strautman, Solo Album), My Holiday (2005 Darla Day), Far (2004 Hillvue Heights), The Rose Came With Thorns (2004 Hillvue Heights), Waka Waka (2003 Capetown), Christmas Like Never Before (2000 Tucats) and Eclectic Savvy (2000 Jane Pearl). Michael currently is a member of Skip Bond and the Fugitives and The Tyrone Dunn Experiment in Bowling Green, KY.

The Key of Me is now on sale at CDBaby.

Lee Jones – Songs from the 13th Hour

Lee Jones is a young Nu Jazz/Americana guitarist and composer from the UK. He has performed at a number of national jazz clubs and festivals in recent years and has appeared as a special guest with guitarist Martin Taylor at the Pizza Express, London.

After winning Jazz Fm’s “Best New Instrumentalist” award, Lee completed the BMus Jazz (Hons) course at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2007; studying with Partisans’ guitarist Phil Robson.

In Summer 2007, he released his debut album Swish with former WEA producer Simon Tittley which featured throughout the jazz media and on radio in the UK and North America.

Lee has just released his second album Songs from the 13th Hour featuring US jazz-fusion guitarist Larry Coryell and saxophonist Jean Toussaint. Lee will be performing the project throughout 2011 with his own group in addition to teaching guitar privately and for various colleges.

For more information about the artist and to buy his albums visit his website.


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