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Julian Vaughn – Bona Fide

Kansas City very own bass player Julian Vaughn has already three jokers on his hand, his self-released debut The Purpose Project (2010), Breakthrough (2012) and Limitless (2015). Now he plays his fourth joker Bona Fide (2017), the third album which is released on the label Trippin’ N Rhythm.

Julian performs on all tracks with the exception of Bona Fide bass and gathered together on selected tracks some fine names of the smooth jazz scene such as Mel Brown (bass), Adam Hawley, Matt Godina, Justus West, Gerey Johnson and Mike Hart (guitar), Nicholas Cole, Jeremy Nixon, Aaron Mayfield (keyboards), Jeremy Thomas (keyboards, organ), Elan Trotman, Marcus Anderson, LeBron Dennis and Steve Cole (sax), Lin Rountree (trumpet), Lester Estelle and Marcus Finnie (drums), Anthony Saunders and Isaac Cates (vocals).

Julian Vaughn has written most of the tracks with the exception of three songs. The album takes a fulminate start with the title song featuring Steve Cole on sax and Mel Brown on bass. Steve Cole has compiled a full program with overdub and a polished arrangement, while Mel performs the bass in a Wayman Tisdale mode similar to Julian’s treatment of the bass.

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Julian Vaughn – Bona Fide

 Hailing from Kansas City bass player Julian Vaughn started his solo career with his self-released debut entitled The Purpose Project in 2010. His sophomore album Breakthrough followed in 2012 and Limitless in 2013 at Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records, an expanding label with a heavy concentration on the smooth jazz genre.The new album from Trippin n Rhythm recording artist Julian Vaughn is titled Bona Fide and will be released in June.

Pre-releases will be available  on May 20, 7:30 PM at GEM Theater KCMO, the cd release concert.

Julian Vaughn – Limitless

Kansas City’s very own bass player Julian Vaughn convinced with his self-released debut The Purpose Project (2010), and his sophomore album Breakthrough (2012). Now he returns with his new album Limitless, which has been released on Trippin N’ Rhythm Records this month.

The album features saxophonists Elan Trotman, LeBron, Darren Rahn, and Marcus Anderson, flutist Althea Rene, Nicholas Cole on keyboards, vocalists Kim Griddine & Anthony Saunders and many more.

The first track Ride Along flirts with a children’s song motif. Julian and Elan Trotman are joking around and create that way the first single of the album. The interplay of bass and sax completed with a horn arrangement is also the pleasing choice of instrumentation of Initiate.

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Various Artists – The Ultimate Smooth Jazz Number 1’s Vol 3

610p12HUqnL._SY355_Following the huge success of previous Volumes 1 and 2, Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm presents another collection of its most recents chart topping hits with The Ultimate Smooth Jazz Number 1’s Vol 3. Vol 3 starts with the most prolific artist in the Smooth Jazz format known as Paul Hardcastle. Not only did Paul reach #1 on the US Billboard chart with “Soft Rain”, the album which the single was taken Jazzmasters VII hit #1 on the contemporary smooth jazz album billboard chart and also #1 on the album Jazz chart simultaneously.

Next up on the collection is one of the hottest female artists in the format Cindy Bradley, her latest US Billboard hit single Riverside Jive is taken from the new release Bliss. This young lady has taken our format by storm in recent years, her list of accolades extend yearly including the win of the Brass player of the year beating the formidable Chris Botti in the running for the award. We follow with guitarist Nick Colionne with “Got To Keep It Movin”, a single which was top of the Billboard charts for 3 weeks running, this guy knows how to keep he’s audience grooving. Since the passing of the one and only bass guitarist Wayman Tisdale, Bass guitarist Julian Vaughn seems to have what it takes the follow in the steps of the late great Wayman, once again Julian Vaughn comes with this Billboard hit single “Ju Ju’s Groove”. His live funky performances set the stage alight and is not one to be missed.

No collection would be complete without the one in only guitarist Tim Bowman, this smash hit Billboard single “Let It Shine” reached #1 and stayed there for 6 weeks. The list goes on with great artists and hit singles by Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm, Vol 3 is as smooth and funky as it gets and is a perfect follow on from the previous two Volumes. So whether you have followed the lot or just dipping in, we can assure you will be entertained with the best selection of hits from any label around. Here at Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm we try to set the trend in keeping things fresh and funky, and the Smooth Jazz #1 s is the best place to start. Get it now at

Julian Vaughn – Breakthrough

Hailing from Kansas City bass player Julian Vaughn started his solo career with his self-released debut entitled The Purpose Project in 2010. His sophomore album Breakthrough is just released at Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records, an expanding label with a heavy concentration on the smooth jazz genre.

Joining this label gave him the opportunity to show his talent on festivals such as the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Catalina Island Jazz Festival, Big Bear Lake Festival and the Dubai International Jazz Festival. Labelmates such as Darren Rahn and Nate Harasim were supportive in producing his album.

The starting On Your Feet carries the signature of Rahn (sax) and Vaughn (bass) both impressing on their respective instrument. A certain proximity to Wayman Tisdale’s style is unmistakable.

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Julian Vaughn – Breakthrough

Kansas City bass guitarist, Julian Vaughn released his new album Breakthrough on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records on August 14. The talented young player got his start in music playing the drums in his church before switching to the bass when he was 15. Julian released his first album, The Purpose Project, in 2010 and got some help on the effort from ace producer and saxophonist Darren Rahn and bass player Mel Brown, who played with Wayman Tisdale before his death. Vaughn plans to celebrate the release of the album with a CD release party this Friday in Kansas City at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Breakthrough is brought to life through the hands of one of the formats per-eminent and skilled producers Darren Rahn, whose brilliant touch has resulted in chart topping Billboard hits for the likes of Dave Koz, Eric Darius and the late and beloved Wayman Tisdale. Playing lead bass makes it all but inevitable that comparisons be made to Tisdale, an artist that through his music confirmed to Vaughn that this was the path that he wanted to follow, but that’s where the comparisons end. Vaughn has folded the influences of Tisdale, Stanley Clark and others in to his own unique thumping, ground pounding, soul laced signature that will send a strong signal to the world that he has arrived.

The format classic in waiting ‘On Your Feet’ will do as the title suggests, get you up and moving and with titles like ‘Jubilant’, ‘No Matter’ and the title track, Vaughn is prepped to usher in a new attitude, vibrancy and positivity that is sure to pump some much needed life into the contemporary jazz blood and lead the youth brigade as it molds the shape and sound of the next evolution.

Julian Vaughn – The Purpose Project

The unique stylings of solo bassist Julian Vaughn are born of a love for the smooth jazz genre. The Kansas City native takes from his historic surroundings, long known for its important contributions to jazz, and adds his youthful yet soulful style to create his debut CD entitled The Purpose Project.

Vaughn is a self-taught bass player. Born March 3, 1980 the musician grew up in the church where his grandfather pastored until turning over the reins to Vaughn’s father. Like other kids at the church, he began his music career playing the drums, but says, “Trying to play the drums at church was like ten football players going after a fumble. Everyone wanted to play.”

Years went by and the fight over the drums got old. At 15 Vaughn decided to try a different instrument. He picked up a bass guitar that another man in his church was playing and immediately fell in love. This was truly love at first sight. Vaughn was blessed with the ability to play by ear. He soon discovered how to play songs and special techniques.

One day Vaughn found his father’s Najee cassette “Tokyo Blue.” He listened, this was the first time he had heard smooth jazz, and fell in love again. He was hooked. To this day “Tokyo Blue” remains his favorite jazz recording.

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