Please note - on account of the corona virus, the performance listed below is to be rescheduled for late May.
We have an excellent jazz saxophone player in our community, a man that is also one of Redding’s leading doctors, Dr. David Short. In 1996 Dr.Short started the group Sax Therapy with three other local saxophonists. The name came from one of his patients that commented that playing the sax must be good therapy in down time from his high stress medical vocation. Each year the group invites talented high scholars to join the band. What a wonderful thing that is to give the youth the boost and experience of playing with veteran musicians. This year the band has invited Shasta High senior Caden Potter and Foothill High seniors Cameron Sewell-Snyder and Brenden Fredrick to perform with Sax Therapy at the band’s annual concert at Old City Hall in Redding Sunday March 29th from 3 to 5:30 PM. In these uncertain times be sure to check all events for current status before attending (see note above).
I have another quick note. My interview with jazz’s brightest young star, jazz pianist Joey Alexander will be featured on next week’s show. He has been described as a once in a lifetime musician. Everything he overcame and all he has accomplished in a few short years make a very fascinating story that I am sure you will enjoy. Please don’t miss that interview. It will be right at the beginning of the show next week.
For this week's show, the new releases continue to pour in and you will hear a selection from each album of that brand new music. I will begin with the very latest. Guitarist Adam Hawley is one of the shining new artists playing smooth jazz. We are hearing him perform everywhere and collaborating with many smooth jazz stars. Most notabal is his work with Dave Koz. Adam Hawley is well on his way to super stardom. He recently released only his third album in his young career. It is titled Escape. His first two albums have produced four Billboard number ones and seven top ten hits. Our first listen from Escape is the title track. Adam combines his guitar with the trumpet of Rick Braun.
Another of the brightest of the new stars of smooth jazz is 27 year old multi instrumentalist Vincent Ingala. The tenor sax is his primary instrument of choice. Already in his young career he has charted five number ones and fifteen top ten hits. He just released a new album Echoes Of The Heart. I will play the title track that features the keys of smooth jazz pioneer Chris Geith.
Our next new release is from guitarist Ken Navarro.He has been a mainstay of smooth jazz since the release of his debut album, now thirty years ago. His new album is titled Into The Light and has this easy listening song Walking Each Other Home.
Internationally renowned pop-funk jazz band from Hungary, the Peet Project features violins, sax, keys, bass, and drums. Their leader is Peter Peet Ferencz. They are known as the bad boys from Budapest.They are enjoying a greatly increased popularity after collaborating with Dave Koz on Smooth Jazz cruises and music. They released a new album February 14th titled Ups And Downs. It is nothing short of stupendous. i will play their song from that album, Down To The Lake.
In the middle of the first hour, you will hear Billboard's top three Smooth Jazz songs for this week.
For our classic among classic segment I am wandering a little away from Smooth Jazz. As I have said before I want this program to just be about good music. My goal is to leave you with a song that you will still be singing or that you will still be enjoying in your mind after I am off the air. Hopefully this song will fit that bill. My true test is when I play a song at home and later find my wife Joyce singing it in the kitchen. How cool is that?
The song I am about to play the music was written by Marvin Hamlisch and the lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager for the 1978 film Ice Castles. Carole Bayer Sager was one of the most important songwriters of her time. She had many hits with Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch. In the late 1970’s Sager and Hamlisch were an item. That relationship faded in the early 1980’s and she married and collaborated with Burt Bacharach. Anyway I got off track. Getting back to the original story Hamlisch and Sager’s composition for the movie Ice Castles was nominated for a Grammy at the 22nd annual Grammy Awards and for a Golden Globe and Academy award for best original Song at the 52nd Academy Awards Show. Sung by Melissa Manchester this is the Theme From Ice Castles-Through The Eyes Of Love.
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