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  • Legendary Joe Sample passed away at age 75

    After a series of health issues including 2 heart attacks and a battle with lung cancer, legendary pianist Joe Sample passed away on September 12th. His career spanned 50 years and included playing with some of the biggest names in music from Miles Davis to Marvin Gaye to Ella Fitzgerald, being a member of the Jazz Crusaders, and releasing numerous solo albums through out his storied career.

    Sample’s family confirmed the sad news with a post on his Facebook page, which read: “At 9:50pm (Houston,TX time), September 12, 2014, Joe Sample passed. His wife Yolanda and his son Nicklas would like to thank all of you, his fans and friends, for your prayers and support during this trying time. Please know that Joe was aware and very appreciative of all of your prayers, comments, letters/cards and well wishes.”

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  • Elan Trotman's Island Muzik Group

    Barbadian-Born sax-man Elan Trotman has cooked up yet another tropical treat with his latest release "#LiveandUncut". Since releasing his best-selling album "Tropicality" last March, Elan has been busy appearing on major festivals and jazz cruises, as well as picking up some side-man work with artists that include Jonathan Butler, Earl Klugh, Keiko Matsui and Brian Simpson. "#LiveandUncut" is Elan's 6th album to date, and is being released on his very own Island Muzik Group label. The 10-song project is deeply rooted in Caribbean Jazz Fusion grooves that feature sax and steel pan, and it showcases Trotman's band, which was formed shortly after their time at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In addition to the 8 elegantly written original compositions, the group also pays tribute to jazz legends Sonny Rollins and Chick Corea with exciting arrangements of "Don't Stop The Carnival" and "Spain".


  • Brian Culbertson Wants You To Relax


    If you've been to a Brian Culbertson show or listened to much of his music, you know his funky infectious grooves make you want to move! Now, however, Brian is showing his softer side as his puts out some incredible piano music especially designed for massage, yoga, meditation or just general relaxation. Breathe is available stating today on iTunes. Meanwhile, he has plans to record a new live release this month at Yoshi's in Oakland! That package is due out in January. Check out other new releases today including a new album from Kim Waters HERE

  • Cindy Bradley Gets Major Props as a Music Teacher!


    You probably know Cindy Bradley for her amazing music--including her latest mega-hit, "Riverside Jive", but did you know that she is also a huge hit with her fourth and fifth grade students! So much so, that she's made it into the quarter finals for a Music Educator Award from the Grammy Foundation. It's an inspiring story worth reading! Her LOCAL PAPER has the dish!

  • Kenny G Drops Details of New Album on Twitter!

    Early this morning Kenny G let everyone in on the name of his upcoming album via Twitter! As you can see, the Bossa Nova style package will be called Brazilian Nights, and it will no doubt be amazing! In an earlier tweet, Kenny announced an October release! Stay tuned to the Smooth Jazz Network for details!

  • Smile! Peter White Has a Brand New Release Coming This Fall!


    Guitarist Peter White will offer up a new album on October 7! Simply entitled "Smile", it's his 14th recording and will feature some other great smooth jazz heavy hitters as well. Look for contributions from Rick Braun, Mindi Abair, Euge Groove, Philippe Saisse and more...not to mention his daughter Charlotte White on violin!  You can Pre-Order HERE through Amazon or look for details on his website soon about getting an autographed copy.

  • Euge Groove, Smokey Robinson & Paul Hardcastle With New Releases Today!

    Look at what's new today!! A smokin' hot album from Euge Groove called "Got To Be Groovin", Paul Hardcastle's dance sensation "Movin & Groovin", plus the much anticipated "Smokey & Friends" featuring Smokey Robinson with cool new duet versions of some of his tunes. Guests included John Legend, Elton John, Mary J. Blige, James Taylor and more! Here's a LINK to all new releases!

  • Jordin Sparks and Smokey Robinson for Star Spangled Spectacular!


    The incredible singer Jordin Sparks will join actor John Lithgow in co-hosting a huge celebration of the bicentennial of our National Anthem! The special, which will originate in Baltimore and air on PBS next month, will feature a host of "star-spangled" performers as well - including Motown legend Smokey Robinson! Check out more details HERE

  • Smooth Jazz Radio comes to Tri-Cities, Washington!


    The Smooth Jazz Network welcomes a new affiliate to the family! The brand new Smooth 102.3 in Tri-Cities, Washington has become the country's latest station to play smooth jazz music 24/7! Owner Jeff Jacobs promises it will "truly be filling a void" in the region. Get more information on the new station HERE!

  • Tina Turner Yodels, Shows Love for Switzerland in Commercial: Watch!


    In a tongue and cheek ad for a Swisscom, the now citizen of Switzerland reveals that she's always "felt Swiss"! We see clips of her "yodeling" Simply the Best, serving fondue and other funny moments. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE 

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