Is there anybody out there that is wondering whether smooth jazz is a dying format? If so I would bet you have not attended a jazz festival on Catalina Island, Seabreeze in Florida, or many others all year long around the country. Or you have not attended live performances in Sacramento. If you had you would have been part of large crowds, in many cases sold out, of highly enthusiastic fans enjoying smooth jazz at its best. I am filled with promise that this resurgence will continue by the increasing number of young artists playing smooth jazz and the great number of new releases we are seeing.
For this show I have singles released this year that will soon become part of new albums from Vince Ingala, Chris Standring, and Skinny Hightower. I also have selections from new albums by Brian Simpson and Steve Oliver, Joey Alexander, Lawson Rollins, and Carol Albert.
In this week's Billboard's top three Smooth Jazz songs, there is a surprise. Number two is a fast rising song just released on January 1st. It has jumped up from number 15 last week with a huge increase in radio airplay indicating it should soon reach the top.
Our classic among classic segment will feature work from saxophonist David Sanborn.
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