Tonight we have another song from that brand new September 14th release of the album Love Is Here To Stay that has now topped the charts for four weeks as Billboard’s number one jazz album. Sure to be one of the great celebrated duets of all time, Diana Krall and 92 year old icon Tony Bennett have combined their incredible voices on this album of twelve songs.
Our very latest new release is from saxophonist Jazmin Ghent. The CD, The Story Of Jaz, is spelled Jaz like her nickname, Jaz. It is her third album and was first available at the recent middle of October Catalina Island Jazz Festival. Jazmin’s parents hit it off so well on their first date that they decided right then and there they would name their first child after their mutual love of jazz. This is how Jaz acquired her name.
It was a great choice considering the recent success and recognition she has received as a smooth jazz artist. In fact she is one of the brightest new stars of this format. She was voted the best new smooth jazz artist of 2017. She outsold all major artists in CD’s at last year’s Catalina Island Jazz Festival and headlined Saturday night of the first week of this year’s festival.
An early release from her new album, the song Heat,that I played on an earlier program, is already Billboard’s number 8 this week. Tonight’s music begins with more from her great new, highly anticipated album. As a new artist you know how highly regarded you are becoming when superstars of smooth jazz play on your album. James Lloyd , Pieces Of A Dream founder and keyboardist accompanies Jazmin’s sax on the song Funk Junk.
This week we have a new Billboard number one in smooth jazz.
I have an artist that should be better recognized for his amazing talent. This is the long time center fielder for The New York Yankees Bernie Williams. He is a classically trained guitarist that has been playing since he was eight. His musically interest has never waned and he often played for his teammates on the road. He began playing professionally after retiring from baseball and has produced some beautiful music. His first album after retiring was appropriately titled Moving Forward. On this song he combines his guitar with the sax of Dave Koz. The song is Ritmo De Otono