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Smooth & sultry, cool, yet definitely funky. These words best describe the sound of saxophonist Tim Cunningham. Cunningham has headlined venues across the globe, from intimate nightclubs to Las Vegas Casinos. He continues to be a major part of multiple festivals, both in the U.S. and the Caribbean, bringing his soulful style to fans the world over. We will talk to Tim about his current album, Tim Cunningham Live.
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Saxophonist Sam Rucker is set to release his new CD “Tell You Something” in June. Sam teams up with legendary producer Norman Connors, renowned pianist Bobby Lyle, sax great Euge Groove, Tom Browne, Alyson Williams and a host of other great musicians. “Tell You Something” features three soulful covers and eight of Sam’s original songs that not only entertain but encourage as well. This is contemporary jazz music with a message. Even as an instrumentalist, Sam’s music speaks to the listener and conveys an infectious positive energy.
Approaching his 20th anniversary in the business, saxophonist Paul Taylor has released his 10th album Tenacity, featuring keyboardists Jonathan Fritzen and Jeff Lorber.
Jeff Antoniuk and The Jazz Update
Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk is internationally respected as a jazz composer and musician. Now living in Annapolis, Maryland, the Canadian born artist appears on numerous recordings and has been consistently well received by critics.
With a master’s degree from the University of North Texas in jazz performance and West African ethnomusicology, Antoniuk spent a decade touring and recording with the Unified Jazz Ensemble. In 2004, he formed his own heavy hitting quartet, the Jazz Update.
The group celebrated the release of their first album together in 2007. Brimming with Antoniuk originals and luscious covers, the CD Here Today quickly climbed the jazz radio charts in the US and Canada and achieved stellar success in the world of high tech music sourced through high speed cable, Internet and broadband.
With the quartet’s 2010 album Brotherhood Antoniuk and company step out with fresh, memorable, and beautifully executed compositions. The progressive jazz disc delivers sophisticated and compelling rhythm, melody and harmony. Its global themes are brought home with depth and humor. Brotherhood began receiving significant airplay and advance sales even before the official release date.
Popular shows at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian and U Street clubs show the Jazz Update to be equally adept at live performance. The group surprises and satisfies wherever they perform.
Dynamic, multi-talented and dripping with soul, Marcus Anderson is an award winning musician with an abundance of career defining accolades all achieved under the age of thirty. With the release of his fifth solo Album Style Meets Substance, the critically acclaimed Pop/R&B and jazz musician’s career is fast becoming one to watch. Hailing from South Carolina, Anderson is currently performing to audiences all over the world as one of the saxophonist in PRINCE’s band the New Power Generation.
Style Meets Substance is the epitome of his musical influences. His trademark horn playing and arrangements provide an album of beautiful momentum that pushes the sonic experience into an exquisite listening pleasure. Sensual sax melodies, smooth jazz standards, funky grooves and Latin beats are all combined into one 13 track album. All songs are written, performed, arranged and produced by Anderson, demonstrating his constant reinvention of contemporary jazz traditions. Style Meets Substance also features collaborations with renowned musicians Morris Hayes, Nicholas Cole, and horn players from the New Power Generation.
Talking Smooth Jazz will broadcast Saxophonist Jarez's "On Top Of The World" listening party live at the Elixir Lounge in Henderson, NV.
August 28 - Saxophonist/Educator/Composer - Kenyon Carter
Highly respected by his contemporaries, Georgian born Kenyon Carter, is frequently invited to collaborate on stage and in the studio with some of the biggest names in the music business. He expresses his creative and soulful style through a beautiful and sultry sound. Although unique and entirely unmistakeable, he has been compared to contemporary smooth jazz favorites like Boney James, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright.
Coming off the heels of his highly acclaimed freshman CD, Right By My Side, Kenyon has moved on to produce yet another heartfelt creation. His newly released, Songs for My Father, exhibits Carter's seemingly effortless ability of blending gospel with Jazz, with an intensely powerful result.
Join me as Kenyon and I discuss the motivation behind his latest project.
JOIN ME AND GUEST: SAXOPHONIST CHARLES WALKER. BORN IN ALABAMA, CHARLES BEGIN PLAYING THE SAXOPHONE AT THE AGE OF TWELVE, BY FOURTEEN HIS UNIQUE SKILLS AND PASSION FOR MUSIC OPENED THE DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY FOR HIM TO BEGIN PLAYING AT HOPEWELL BAPTISH CHURCH IN WYLAM ALABAMA. HIS STYLE IS COMPARED TO THE LIKES OF GROVER WASHINGTON JR., CANNONBALL ADDERLY, KIRK WHALUM, AND GERALD ALBRIGHT. SHARING HIS PROJECT: "LIFE CHANGING" A JOURNEY CALLED GRACE..SINGLES: NOT THE TIME; NOT THE PLACE. AND YOU BROUGHT THE SUNSHINE..
Mindi Abair is one of the most dynamic performers on the music scene today. In addition to her acclaimed solo work, she was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. More recently, Abair received a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, four of the most pre-eminent saxophonists http://www.mindiabair.com/
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Sam Rucker urges “Be True 2 Who U R” ahead of the June 3 release of “Tell You Something” Hip-hop producer turned contemporary jazz saxophonist Sam Rucker has something to say. Blending jazz, hip-hop, soul and gospel, he communicates through inspirational instrumentals that meaningfully resonate with listeners. Nearly three years in the making, his sophomore album, “Tell You Something,” is slated for release from Favor Productions on June 3 and contributions from Norman Connors, Bobby Lyle, Tom Browne and Alyson Williams on the set mixed and mastered by Euge Groove.
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Jackiem Joyner also known by the stage name Lil Man Soul is a saxophonist and flute player from Norfolk, Virginia, He has worked in contemporary jazz, gospel and world music.
Renowned chart-topping contemporary jazz artist and producer Jackiem Joyner has traveled all over the world with his signature saxophone sound, yet he returns home—figuratively—on his fourth release, Church Boy. Reaching back to his roots and reigniting his faith, Joyner brings together his beloved jazz and his foundational gospel music. Joyner.
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