Posts Tagged ‘ Smooth Jazz ’

Nathan Mitchell – Smooth Groove

Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, and Singer Nathan Mitchell aka “Nate” is becoming one of the most sought after talents on the National Smooth Jazz Market. Since his 2011 entrance in the smooth jazz industry as a premier keyboardist, organist, and vocalist, he has performed with a widely diverse list of some of the biggest artist(s) in the music industry, including Grammy nominees/winners and billboard chart toppers such as: Jessy J, Paul Brown, Gerald Veasley, Mindi Abair, Marcus Anderson, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), Shaun LaBelle, Jaquiem Joyner, Nick Colionne, Will Donato, Nate Najar, and Jonathan Fritzen; as well as stars from many other genres like Chico DeBarge, Chris Tucker (Comedian), Thomas McClary (The Commodores), as well as, many other acclaimed artist(s).

After experiencing the tragic lost of his wife in 2010 from a 5-year battle of Cancer, Nate has been actively driven to make every dream a reality for the betterment of his 3 children, legacy of his wife, and personal well-being. Through his musical gifts he has seen restoration and healing come into his life and has encouraged many, through his music, to live there lives based on there God given passions.

Currently, Nate is working with guitarist Nick Colionne, along with the national talent roster of Mighty Music Group (a New York based booking and management company). Recently, he signed a recording deal with Woodward Avenue Records and will be releasing his debut single, “For All Eternity” in 2013 featuring national acclaimed (saxophonist) Marcus Anderson and (guitarist) Nate Najar. This single has already taking the jazz industry by storm and has been recognized by the Grammy award winning producer and artist; Paul Brown, whom has taken the task of mixing and mastering this passionate and soulful dedication song. The passion of Nathan Mitchell’s music is soul stirring and powerful. Once you have experienced the pureness and passions of his musical sounds, your life is guaranteed to be changed forever. Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare for live, love, and passion as you watch and listen to the heartbeat and inspiring sounds of Nathan Mitchell.

His new album is Smooth Groove, a passionate, soulful, funky, and energetic approach to smooth jazz. Get it now on CDBaby.


Marcus Miller – Laid Black

Bass icon Marcus Miller, one of the top five world bass players, enjoys high name recognition. He not only possesses a high reputation among critics but also among his professional colleagues. Ever since he took over the role of host at the smooth jazz cruises, he is well known far beyond the field of jazz.

His solo albums are not pure collections of songs but conceptually planned. On his previous album Afrodeezia he themed not only Africa, but sought a close alliance with numerous African musicians. Marcus comments: “With Laid Black, I decided to bring the music right up to the present – using elements from what’s happening in urban music today. So you’ll hear hip-hop, trap, soul, funk, R&B and jazz on this album”.

Marcus performs on the new album bass, keyboards, vocals, synths, Wurlitzer electric piano, clavinet, bass clarinet, drums, and rhythm programming. Further supporting musicians on selected tracks are Marquis Hill, Patches Stewart, Russell Gun (trumpet), Alex Han (alto sax), Brett Williams (keyboards, piano, Fender Rhodes), Alex Bailey (drums, percussion), Russell Gun with New Orleans horns, Selah Sue (vocals), Adam Agati (guitar), Trombone Shorty (trombone), Jonathan Butler (vocals, guitar), Louis Cato (drums), Kirk Whalum (flute, tenor sax), Caleb McCampell (vocoder), Cliff Barnes (piano), Julian Miller (vocals), Richie Cajate-Garcia (percussion), and Take 6 (vocals).

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Grace Kelly – Go Time Brooklyn

Not to be confused with the famous Philadelphia-born actress who became Princess Grace of Monaco and died in 1982, the Grace Kelly profiled in this bio is a straight-ahead jazz saxophonist/singer who had several albums in her catalog before she was 17. The precocious New England native has made the alto sax her primarily instrument, but she also plays the tenor and soprano saxes — and Kelly can play clarinet, flute, acoustic piano, and drums, as well. At times, Kelly will put down her saxophone and sing, although she is an instrumentalist first and foremost.

Her new album Go Time Brooklyn is just released under Jazz Pop (What?) on CDBaby.

Rick Parma – Chocolate Cake

From Dance, RnB, Funk, Rock, Pop, Trap and more this album has it all. Rick Parma uses the amazing talents of his closest friends to create the most dynamic Instrumental album ever. The diverse style choices are unbelievable. Rick called on his long time friend Matthew Kerr to produce tracks that Rick then morphed into a polished music experience that you’ve never hear before. There are so many great artists that contributed to this album starting with the few featured artists Dean Grech, Ginetta’s Vendetta, Willie Bradley, and of course Matthew Kerr. Contributing artists Taiki Tsuyama, Gail Jhonson, Tj Fisher, Hans Zermuehlen, and more.

Chocolate Cake is a delicious offer on CDBaby.

Michael Franks – The Music In My Head

The common denominator of singer/songwriter Michael Franks is not a style but his characteristic voice. He has always been a wanderer between the worlds of Pop, Jazz, Brazilian, New Age and film music.

His multitude of albums have given him a wide following, even among numerous musicians such as Ringo Starr, Natalie Cole, The Carpenters, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Al Jarreau, Carmen McRae, The Manhattan Transfer and Patti LaBelle.

The Music In My Head (2018) is Michael’s 18th album and his first after a hiatus of seven years. His previous album was Time Together on Shanachie Entertainment. Joining Michael on his new project are producers/arrangers Gil Goldstein, Scott Petito, Charles Blenzig and former Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, along with stellar guest musicians such as guitarist David Spinozza, saxophonists Bob Mintzer, Eric Marienthal and Gary Meek, late guitarist Chuck Loeb (Fourplay), and for the first-time pianist Rachel Z.

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Ron Garnett – Soul to Soul: A Gospel Jazz Collaboration

Ron Garnett played with small bands while he was in the Air Force and when he was discharged, he headed up his own trio for a while. It wasn’t until nine years ago that he picked his guitar up again and began to play with the church band. The musicians were excellent and it’s helped him get his chops back. He is presently still playing with the church band.

Though he has performed on several albums as a vocalist, he has never done any recordings with his guitar. It’s always been his dream to record an instrumental CD and it is now released in June, 2018. Since his background is in jazz and his experience in the church has been gospel music, it seemed to make sense to produce a gospel jazz CD. The title is Soul To Soul, A Gospel Jazz Collaboration. This album has a smooth jazz flavor and should make for easy listening while on the road, doing busy work or while relaxing.

Get the album on CDBaby.

Denis Farfone – Timeless

‘It’s a passion. If I don’t do it, it’s like not breathing,’ he says. ‘I was blessed with a very different type of sound,’ he says. ‘I can play soft and sweet and driving and dirty on the same song.’ ‘I take my music very seriously. I nurture it, respect it,’ says Denis Farfone. ‘I,m not a moonlighter, I’m very professional, and I think people appreciate that.’ ‘I am so passionate, so blessed, so lucky,’ Farfone says. ‘I had gotten back to writing and maybe playing a gig,’ Farfone says of his start in 2005. ‘I started to write all of these songs and was having so much fun I just decided I would keep doing it. So playing all original songs just made sense.’ And play all original songs he does – his current catalog includes more than 300 songs from his more than 25 solo albums, like ‘Celebration Of Life’ and ‘Dream Catcher’ to lesser-known gems.

Timeless is his newest project. A smooth silky yet vibrant soprano saxophone will take you to the moon and back! The album is available on CDBaby.