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.

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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.

Paul Charles – From Glory to Glory

Based in Montreal, Paul Charles has a highly established career as a bassist, music director, arranger, director and bass teacher. Paul Charles is a bassist, music director, arranger, director, bass teacher, speaker and seasoned businessman. He is a man of many talents; perseverance, experience and versatility have led to the success of countless musical projects.

From Glory to Glory is the musical journey on which Paul Charles is taking us on his first solo studio project. The meaning of the word gospel is good news. And this is exactly what Paul wants to bring to the listener through these jazz / soul creations with a Gospel DNA. Let the rhythms inspire you and each note bless your soul.

Celebrate this album on CDBaby.

John Novello – Good To Go

Organist, keyboardist, pianist, master of all keys John Novello started his solo career with the album Too Cool (1990), followed by Always & Forever (2004), Threshold (2004), Organik (2005) B3 Soul (2008) and Ivory Soul (2016). His newest project is Good To Go (2019).

The album was produced and engineered by John Novello and Andy Goldmark. Most of the tracks are written by John Novello, some by Andy Goldmark in parts with other writers. The album also offers two covers. John Novello plays on this album acoustic piano, electric piano, B3 Organ, Korg synthesizers and on selected tracks bass. He is joined by Eric Marienthal, Jeff Nathanson, Jazmin Ghent, Jeff Ryan (sax), Adam Hawley, Chris Standring (guitar), Eric Valentine, Rayford Griffin (drums), Andy Goldmark (drum programming), and Alberto (percussion).

Friends of the music of The Rippingtons will love the uplifting and dynamic sound of Good To Go which is stylistically very similar to the music of this group. The renewed collaboration with saxophonist Eric Marienthal has a beneficial effect on the quality of the title song.

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Soul Brass Band – Levels

Drummer Derrick Freeman leads the Soul Brass Band, founded in 2015. Initiated by a video project of contemporary rhythm and blues artist CeeLo Green the idea was to assemble some friends of the music scene. So drummer Freeman, bass player Aron Lambert, trumpeter Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, trombonists Michael Watson and Terrance Taplin, saxophonist James Martin, guitarist Danny Abel and tuba player Steve Glenn found together. Though the Soul Brass Band is well-versed in traditional music its stage shows are more eclectic, as it turns not only to material from fellow brass bands like the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth but also funks it up. Listen for tunes that range from old-school artists like Sly and the Family Stone and the Jackson 5 to hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg and Juvenile.

“The versatility is there to do that,” Freeman proclaims. “We’ll do some traditional songs in the set and just mix it up and mess with people’s heads a little—reel people in and shock ‘em. Expect to be wowed.” Levels is their new album which spreads the legend of New Orleans Jazz in the style of Trombone Shorty.

Get it at CDBaby.

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach – Radio Gold

Denver Colorado born trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach was last time in our focus with his album Open Invitation (2014). His next album MidCentury Modern Volume 1 (2018) is of a special peculiarity. Although a guarantor of smooth jazz Gabriel now delivered a jazz album.

Actually he returns with Radio Gold, Gabriel’s most funky~smooth release ever, including his Billboard hits and tracks from his 2011 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards ‘Album of the Year’, plus a never before heard gem, written with George Benson, feat. the iconic late guitarist Ronny Jordan.

You find this collection on CDBaby.

Luca Di Luzio – Globetrotter

Jazz guitarist Luca Di Luzio has concentrated his musical activities so far on his native Italy. This changes fundamentally with his new project Globetrotter (2019).

The title is program and the list of musicians involved is more than illustrious. Beside Jimmy Haslip, as producer and bass player, are performing Dave Weckl on drums, George Whitty on keyboards and Max Ionata on tenor saxophone.

The album contains six originals and two traditional standards. The album has biographical traits, as all six pieces written by Luca refer to periods of his life that have left their mark on him.

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