Regular listeners will be aware that I start the second hour of my program with a song from jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall and that I adopted the title from her next to last CD, Turn Up The Quiet, for the title of that segment of my show. Well my wife and I traveled to Reno to attend a Diana Krall concert November 2nd. My hope was to finally have the opportunity to see her in live performance. Well unfortunately she acquired a bug and had to cancel her sold out performance. I hope she is feeling better by now. We will certainly look forward at a future time to seeing and hearing her fantastic jazz piano and vocals.
Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums and I guess now nine debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz albums chart. Her albums have garnered five Grammy awards and eight Juno awards. She also has earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums. I am sure those awards will continue to pour in for her current album of duets with legend Tony Bennett, Love Is Here To Stay which will once again start our second hour later on. It debuted as Billboard’s number one jazz album and has held that position for six weeks.
For our first new release this evening, we have another from one of the greats. This album is from 83 year old trumpeter Herb Alpert, just released October 19th, titled Music Volume 3 Herb Alpert Reimagines The Tijuana Brass. It is all new takes on classic Tijuana Brass songs. This album is currently number six on Billboard’s jazz albums.
Our second new release is from a CD first available in conjunction with her headliner appearance at the recent middle of October Catalina Island Jazz Festival is from saxophonist Jazmin Ghent, one of the brightest new stars of smooth jazz. The album is titled The Story Of Jaz (spelled Jaz after her nickname).
Third up tonight is a release in June from the album Serenade from violinist Josh Vietti, his second release this year. His career had a slow start as a street musician in Santa Monica selling CDs from the trunk of his car where he was cited for performing without a license. He got that license and started drawing huge crowds. He attracted a lot of attention and has since become established as a smooth jazz star. He headlined the Friday evening performance of the second weekend of the recent Catalina Jazz Festival.
As always I will play Billboard's top three songs in smooth jazz in the middle of the first hour.
In our second hour I will play some of the classic songs from smooth jazz with one exception. A new release will start that hour with a selection from that great new album Love Is Here To Stay from 92 year old icon Tony Bennett and jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall.