Tonight as usual in the first hour of our program, I will play for you the absolute latest plus Billboard’s top three songs in smooth jazz. In the second hour we will visit the very best of the classic old from this format.
We already have the first new releases of 2019. A single released January 10th that will be part of an album coming out later in February is from pianist John Novello. He returns with a compelling new album titled Good To Go filled with the kinds of dazzling songs and improvisational keyboard wizardry that has made him a favorite in contemporary smooth jazz. His new album will include collaborations with Jazmin Ghent, Jeff Ryan and on a brand new release played tonight the sax of Eric Marienthal.
We also have a surprise new release of a single from the group Jazz Funk Soul. If you recall this group consisted of of smooth jazz veterans, the keys of Jeff Lorber, the sax of Everette Harp, and the guitar of Chuck Loeb. Unfortunately Chuck Loeb passed away in July of 2017 and Jeff Lorber has been recording with his Grammy Award winning group The Jeff Lorber Fusion. This is what made this release such a surprise. The new guitarist for the group is Paul Jackson Jr. He has been a recording artist for over thirty years as well as a highly accomplished session player. Some of his most memorable credits include his work on Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, his work on American Idol, and his music on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jazz Funk Soul’s new album soon to be released is titled Life And Times and the early release from this album is Windfall.
I have more new releases from late last year including more from Jeff Goldblum, Michael Buble', Acoustic Alchemy, Kayla Waters, Jazmin Ghent, Josh Vietti, and Jeff Ryan.
We begin the second hour as always with suburb jazz singer and jazz pianist Diana Krall. She has two Grammy nominations this year along with Tony Bennett for their album Love Is Here To Stay. This will be another song from that brand new September 14th release of that album that was Billboard’s number one jazz album for eight weeks last year. Diana Krall and 92 year old icon Tony Bennett combine their incredible voices on My One And Only. Following you will hear Vincent Ingala, Brian Simpson, Greg Adams, and Candy Dulfer completing our five in a row segment.
During the second hour I play for you classic songs from smooth jazz. As I plan to make it a pattern, I will close the show with a song each week that is considered to be a classic among classics in smooth jazz.