Archive for the ‘ Smooth Jazz ’ Category

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach – Radio Gold

Canadian trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach‘s relationship to popularity is reciprocally correlated to his skills as a musician. For having an extraordinary talent in composition and performance, he is relatively undiscovered.

He has released meanwhile thirteen albums displaying the key qualities of contemporary jazz, smooth jazz and straight ahead jazz. His new album Radio Gold (2019) is like a best of his previous works encompassing nineteen tracks including nine Billboard hits.

Gabriel plays on his album trumpet, flute, flugelhorn, Valve ‘bone. Featured artists are Miles Black, Greg Manning, Lew Laing, Bob Baldwin, Jeff Lorber (keys and key bass), Warren Hill, Rock Hendricks, Walle Larson (sax), Ronny Jordan, Paul Brown, Rob Tardik, Adam Rohrlick (guitar), Dee and Brittani Cole (vocals).

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Samuel Obie – Cat-a-Fly

Author, singer, songwriter, musician & producer raised in the small town of Hillsborough, NC, now residing in Charlotte Metro area. Samuel Obie’s instrument of first choice is the Hammond B3. But he performs also other instruments. Cat-a-Fly is his newest album.

Samuel comments: “I do music from my heart. Having gospel music roots, along with listening to r & b, now playing jazz live with a friend who has introduced me to the great Jimmy Smith, my songs takes a little from all these elements and gives me a basis for my creativity. I was trained on a Wurlitzer spinet at age 14 by my Mom. Going to work with Shirley Caesar, John Kee, Edwin & Walter Hawkins, Bobby Jones allowed me to experience the console Hammond Organs like the B-3 & C-3. Then, working with my talented siblings gave me the opportunity to buy portable Hammonds Sk1 for my studio & the XK-1c for my roadshows. I’m having fun doing what I love music. The first track BFF signifying music as my best friend that’s been with me since age 14.”

Cat-a-Fly is on sale at CDBaby.

Phaze II – No Cover Charge

Phaze II are the winners of the 2005 Capital Jazz Challenge Competition and the 2014 WAMA award for fan favorite winners! PHAZE II has now become a go to back up band for various national and world renowned artists when they perform in the Washington, DC area. Performing with such artist as Regina Belle, El DeBarge, MeL’isa Morgan, Kenny Lattimore, Frank McComb, Paul Taylor, Cindy Bradley, Matthew Whitaker, and Tim Bowman just to name a few.

PHAZE II released its first CD entitled, Options, which Smooth Jazz 105.9 radio personality, Al Santos, described as a very credible debut CD. The Options CD embraced creativity, powerful producing, collaboration, and above all, the musical gift that each band member offers. Backtalk, the sophomore CD, has unique style and versatile sounds that range from Latin Jazz to R&B. They also released Live N Uncut a two disc CD/DVD set. This project mediates an acoustic along of what a Phaze II live performance is all about. Their CD Live in Anaheim was recorded at the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. No Cover Charge is the fifth CD release by this extraordinary group. This project encompasses a few jazz classic covers along with some new original music ranging from jazz funk, contemporary jazz, Latin jazz to R&B.

No Cover Charge is available on CDBaby.

J Beam – Looking at the Same Sun

Multi-instrumentalist J Beam produces his creations in his own home studio in North Carolina. Looking at the Same Sun is his third compilation of songs, which is for download only. A blend of musical styles and genres, all under the umbrella of jazz. A Nu Disco, Easy Listening, Bossa Nova, Philly Int/Atlantic Soul, Jazz/Rock Fusion, Modern and Old School R&B, and Neo Soul kind of vibe. Genre-Blending Jazz.

These songs are worth to be inquired on CDBaby.

Reza Khan – Next Train Home

Bangladesh born guitarist Reza Khan does not view himself or calls himself a citizen of the world, he lives the citizen of the world. He worked for the UN from Asia to Angola, performed music and started a family in South Africa, before he finally settled in New York.

His solo projects include Painted Diaries (2008), A Simple Plan (2011), The Dreamwalker (2013) and Wind Dance (2016). Next Train Home is his fifth album.

Of course his new album is embellished with a selected group of top musicians like guitarist Nils, saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa, Andy Snitzer, David Mann, pianist Matt King, Marimba player Philippe Saisse, bassist Mark Egan and many more whose mention would overflow this page.

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Gary Meggs – Life’s Little Changes

Gary Meggs is currently on tour with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. He is also heavily involved with the University of Arkansas at Monticello Jazz program where he developed their nationally recognized undergraduate jazz program. He and his colleagues have just added a jazz graduate program. In addition Gary performs nationally and is a successful songwriter. He earned his Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Music education while studying with Wendell Evanson and saxophonist Earl Hesse. Mr. Meggs has performed with many entertainers such as The Temptations, Four Tops, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Mickey Gilley, Conway Twitty, Lou Marini, Regis Philbin, Tom Bones Malone and many others.

Gary has been a guest artist with the 8th Air Force Jazz Band, Air Force Band of the West and was the director of the 531st Air Force Jazz band during his military career. He is retired from the 106th Army Band. When not touring or teaching Gary stays busy as a performer, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He and his wife Debbie reside in Hot Springs Arkansas.

Life’s Little Changes is his new album, now on sale at CDBaby.

The Smooth Jazz Alley – Let’s Ride

The new album is almost here!! It took a little longer than expected but it is coming along far beyond what we could have imagined! We are in the final stages of tracking before it goes to mixing and mastering. The album will feature some big named artists in Smooth Jazz and of course Stan will be featured on a few tracks. Stan has also decided to stay on board as a writer for The Smooth Jazz Alley & will continue doing his part in the magic behind the scenes in the studio.

Additionally, we are excited to have drummer Kevin Lewis on board as executive producer who has played a vital role in assisting with producing tips behind the scenes, so we are really excited with everything that has transpired this year. Thank you to all of our fans who continue to support us by listening to our music and also to the radio stations that are continuing to play our songs. As always, keep checking back for updates!

The album will be soon available on Amazon.com.

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