On this program recently I seem to have played some of what I would maybe call soft easy listening jazz, not really that far from smooth jazz as lines cross between musical formats.. This trend started In November when I played a lot of the Diana Krall, Tony Bennett album that was Billboard’s number one jazz album for eight straight weeks. That album was replaced at number one for one week by TV and movie star Jeff Goldblum’s jazz piano and his orchestra.
Replacing Goldblum at number one on the Billboard jazz albums chart and now there for six straight weeks is Michael Buble’. He stopped doing music for two years in order to be there for his young son who had liver cancer. His son has now fully recovered and Buble’ is back with his chart topping 10th album titled Love. Winner from past work of four Grammys, Buble’ has sold over 60 million records.
Nothing is more important to Buble’ than family so it was no big surprise that he abandoned his career and that all 20 of his extended family moved into the same house to pitch in through the cancer treatments of his young son. It is great to hear such a happy ending. His son Noah is cancer free and his new album is a hit.
Buble’ loves singing about love, thus the title of his new album. He sings his own versions of famous standard love songs. He also wrote and sang an original song about parenthood titled Forever Now that I will play for you this week. I also have another song from this great new album.
This week you will also hear new releases from Jeff Goldblum, The Count Basie Orchestra, Kim Waters, Kayla Waters, Acoustic Alchemy, The J T Project, and Jon Batiste, musical director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
In the middle of the first hour I will play this week's Billboard top three songs in smooth jazz.
The second hour will start with another selection from Diana Krall and Tony Bennett's Grammy nominated album Love Is Here To Stay. You will also here many classics from smooth jazz.
I will wind it up tonight with one of the very best, guitarist George Benson, winner of eleven Grammy Awards. I have a great story about his start in music.
Thank you for listening.