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Ken Navarro Makes it Two-In-A-Row on Top the Smooth Jazz Now Chart With Ruby Lane
May 5, 2014 - Congrats to Ken Navarro and his newest hit 'Ruby Lane." The popular guitarist has now hit the top of the charts two weeks in a row. "Ken is a scary guitarist," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now. "There are not many people on this planet who can play like that." MORE

Ken Navarro Back on Top the Smooth Jazz Now Chart With Ruby Lane
April 28, 2014 - Ken Navarro has always been a favorite on Smooth Jazz Now. He was one of our original announcers when we launched our radio station years ago and his music has always had a sweet spot with our audience. "Ken is one of the most talented acts in Jazz and an insanely talented guitarist," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now. MORE

It's a Hat Trick for Pete Gitlin - Three Weeks At #1 with "Epiphany" on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
April 21, 2014 - Congrats to Pete Gitlin! His new hit 'Epiphany' has stayed on the Smooth Jazz Now charts for three straight weeks. "This is certainly a special song for the format," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now. "I knew right away that Pete had plugged into something special with this tune." MORE

Pete Gitlin Has Staying Power with "Epiphany," #1 For Two Weeks on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
April 11, 2014 - Could this be a sign that the Smooth Jazz audience wants more variety? Pete Gitlin's latest single release 'Epiphany,' which is not really a Smooth Jazz tune, has truly connected with our listeners. MORE

Pete Gitlin Has an "Epiphany" at #1 on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
April 4, 2014 - The new #1 song on Smooth Jazz Now isn't really Smooth Jazz but it sure sounds great in the genre. Pete Gitlin's "Epiphany" (featuring Lea Cappelli) has made it to the top spot in only seven weeks. 'Pete's music has always spoken to our audience,' Says John Beaudin, Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now, "His way with melody is amazing," MORE

Nick Colionne Scores Hat Trick with Three Weeks at #1 on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
March 28, 2014 - We are certainly overstating the obvious when we say that Smooth Jazz Now listeners love Nick Colionne! His hit "Got to Keep it Moving" is #1 for it's third week in a row. "We love Nick," says John Beaudin, Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now, "This is the most requested tune on our station right now." MORE

Nick Colionne Has Legs - Keeps it at #1 on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
March 21, 2014 - Nick Colionne had no trouble staying at #1 with "Got To Keep It Moving" on the Smooth Jazz Now Top 50 Countdown. The guitarist has only been on our chart for 5 weeks and two of those in the top spot. "Nick is everything that's good in this format," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now, "his tunes always have strong reactions with our listeners."MORE

Nick Colionne Has the First Big Hit of Spring - Reaching #1 on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
March 14, 2014 - As spring is almost upon us Nick Colionne has stepped up with what could be one of the biggest hits of the 3-4 months. His "Got to Keep It Moving" has made it to the top spot in just four weeks. "Nick has a huge following here at SmoothJazzNow says Operations Manager John Beaudin. MORE

March 8, 2014 - video review of Jim Samuel "NOW"

REVIEW – Jim Samuel – NOW – Jim Samuel Productions
March 7, 2014 – One thing's for sure this sounds like nothing you have heard before. What's been the big complaint in Smooth Jazz? Everything sounds the same? Sometimes it does. MORE



Chieli Minucci & Special EFX Makes it Three Weeks at #1 on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
March 7, 2014 - Looks like we have our first bona fide hit of 2014 from Chieli Minucci and Special EFX. "Blue Lagoon" easily beat out the pack by hitting #1 for a third straight week. "We have a fast rising hit from Nick Colionne," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now, "But Chieli and company held firm." MORE

 

SMOOTH JAZZ NOW CHART FOR May 5, 2014

TM LM ARTIST SONG
1 1 Ken Navarro Ruby Lane (two weeks at #1)
2 4 Braxton Brothers Know You Better
3 7 Nathan East Daft Funk (HOT SINGLE PICK)
4 2 Les Sabler A Felicidade
5 8 Brandon Willis Stay With Me
6 3 Pete Gitlin Epiphany For The Children (featuring Lea Cappelli) (#1 for three week)
7 14 Vincent Ingala Kimi Trick (feat. Jonathan Fritzen)
8 5 Phil Perry Where is the Love
9 22 Geoff McBride Love Is The Answer
10 6 Phil Denny Crossover (HOT SINGLE PICK)
Check out the whole chart here
SMOOTH JAZZ NOW TOP 30 COUNTDOWN
 
SMOOTH JAZZ NOW TOP 30 COUNTDOWN
 
New Interviews

Jim Samuel Reaches Higher Levels....Fast
January 28, 2014 – It's always great to start a new year with momentum and Jim Samuel is hitting the ground running. The keyboardist has just released his sophomore album “NOW” and all the buzz is showing signs of an even bigger success than his “Smooth Covers, Smooth Dance.” We sat down with Samuel to catch up. MORE

John Beaudin Video Interview with Jim Samuel hits 4500 in only 3 Weeks CLICK HERE TO WATCH

 

 



INTERVIEW - One-On-One with Jim Samuel
March 27, 2013 - With the release of Jim Samuel's new album 'Smooth Covers, Smooth Dance' last week and our 90-minute radio special on his career we thought we would delve a little deeper into what makes Samuel tick. MORE

10 Things You Might Not Know About Mike MacArthur
March 26, 2013 - Mike MacArthur has an impressive resume. Playing with Diane Schuur and the late great Maynard Ferguson creates great cache for an artist.
We asked MacArthur for a few more quirky facts about his career that we might not know. Here is what he served up. MORE

INTERVIEW - One-On-One (20 Questions) with Wayne Wesley Johnson
December 13, 2012 – SmoothJazzNow has a new artist/interview feature called One-On-One. It’s 20 questions for your favorite Smooth Jazz artists. Most acts will be asked the same questions but we will also change it up on some weeks. MORE

INTERVIEW - One-On-One (20 Questions) with Greg Adams
December 13, 2012 – Greg Adams has been out there. Even though many fans know him from his days with Tower of Power that stint seemed to be just an opening act for what was to come. MORE

INTERVIEW - 10 Things You Might Not Know About Pete Gitlin
December 11, 2012 - It's been a great year for Pete Giltin. The guitarist reached #1 on the SmoothJazzNow.com chart and there's no sign of him slowing down. We asked Pete to give us some rare facts - things you might not know about him. Check out the list. MORE

New Reviews

John Beaudin's Interview with Rob Tardik hits 12,000 Hits on YouTube in Just One Month -
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HOT SINGLE PICK - Rob Tardik - "One World" - Tardik Talks New Album LIMITLESS with Smooth Jazz Now

March 27, 2013 – They say “everything is perception” and from the start our image of Rob Tardik has been hard working and positive. With the release of his fourth album LIMITLESS, later this year, we thought we would catch up with Tardik and ask about the sound of the new project. MORE

REVIEW - Mike MacArthur – Feels Like Home (4 out of 5 Stars)
March 2, 2013 – I think the reputation of a music reviewer is that of a bitter and jaded curmudgeon living in a van down by the river. Years ago after writing a blistering review of a project that sounded half finished the artist approached me at a club and screamed, “You must spend a lot of time looking for things to hate?” “Actually it's the opposite, I answered, “I use my hours looking for the good stuff, 3/4 of the trip, however, is filled cliched blah!” MORE

Review - Terry Wollman - A Joyful Noise - Mango Eater Music (4 Stars out of 5)
November 18, 2012 - Christmas music is a unique animal. A challenging one. Imagine explaining the concept to an alien, "So we celebrate this holiday and musicians, at least once in their careers, get to record the same 30-40 songs and hope that their versions sticks," MORE

REVIEW - Bob Baldwin – Presents Betcha By Golly Wow – The Songs of Thom Bell – Peak Records (**2 out of 5 STARS)
May 1, 2012 - We live in a world where most instrumental music sounds like it was made for a 5x5 vertically moving room and that includes some Smooth Jazz. Interestingly, most Smooth Jazz musicians are technically some of the best players on the planet but many have fallen into this big vacuous hole, an amnesic state, where channelling Bert Kaempfert is common place. MORE

REVIEW - Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society (****4 out of 5 Stars) – Heads Up – Concord Music Group
April 4, 2012 – Esperanza Spalding is a groovy chick. I mean, really, when she’s in the room, everyone else disappears and I’m talkin’ more than that big “love-sculpture” hair. She’s the type of musician you might walk up to at a party, ask about her music, and walk away three hours later regretting the question. This lady has a vision so you better have a seat. MORE

Kennard Ramsey – Somos – 5 out of 5
October 20, 2011 – This is no ordinary album. In fact, there is nothing normal about this album and that’s what makes this one of the most perfect projects that’s ever come across my desk. MORE

REVIEW: Colbie Caillat – All of You - Universal Republic
– On her third album Colbie Caillat has decided to strategically give us an uptempo summer-vibe. It still sounds like her smash debut “Coco” but this time it’s Colbie with caffeine and it’s positive and fun. Caillat co-wrote every tune on the album with different famous, mostly behind-the-scenes songsmiths.. MORE

REVIEW - Michael Franks – Time Together – Shanachie Records
– There are not too many things in life as deliciously lazy as Michael Franks voice. The guy could chill out someone on deaths door. Seriously, angst has no place on a Michael Franks record – he’s good at one great thing..making you feel good! MORE

 

Diana Krall Cancels Buffalo Show on ‘Glad Rag Doll’ Tour

February 27, 2013 – Canadian Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is coming to a city near you. This Grammy Award -winning beauty is in full swing on her ‘Glad Rag Doll’ Tour. In selling over 6 million albums in the U.S. and over 15 million records worldwide, this is one girl you won’t want to miss!

Krall released her album ‘Glad Rag Doll’ in October of 2012 and some of the Jazz music she used was written in the 1920s to 30s and has that take you back in time feel. She also throws in a few ideas from her father’s collection of records that he had collected over the years.

Diana was set to perform at the UB center for the Arts in Buffalo, NY tonight but has postponed that performance due to an upper respiratory infection.

Check out her touring schedule to find tickets in your area. Go to www.dianakrall.com - By Shannon Edwards


Barbra Streisand Slated to Release “Love Is the Answer” on September 28th

July 22, 2009 – It’s been a string of successful albums for Barbra Streisand - “Guilty” (1980), “Emotion” (1984), “Till I Loved You” (1988) or “Higher Ground” (1997) and that’s just a few of them. Now the multi-talented diva is set to release her highly awaited studio album, “Love Is the Answer” on September 28th on Columbia Records.

The new project “demonstrates a cabaret and jazz singer of emotional clarity, depth and maturity,” according to Columbia.

The famous vocalist, actress, director, writer, composer, producer and designer also has a new collaborator in Grammy Award-winning Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall. She is also working with her old pal, famous Grammy Award-winning song writer and producer Johnny Mandel. The pair worked together on “Back to Broadway” (1993) CD. He also arranged and co-produced Diana Krall’s Grammy winning album “When I Look in Your Eyes” (1998).

The "actress who sings," as Streisand once termed herself, has repeatedly been garnering success and many awards over her rich four decades-long career. She is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Endowment for the Arts and Peabody Awards, as well as the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.

Streisand won Oscars for both Best Actress and Best Song Composer, and the three films she directed received 14 Oscar nominations. A leading film star in dramas, comedies and musicals, her latest film became the top-grossing live-action comedy ever. More

 

 

Diana Krall and Elvis Costello’s Kids Prefer the Hamster Dance

April 24, 2009 – Diana Krall has a sense of humor when it comes to her kids with Elvis Costello. The Jazz superstar says the twins have lots of favorite tunes but they are not usually in their parents discography, "They like everything. They like Frosty the Snowman, this theme from The Mickey Mouse Club called Hot Dog.” Krall talked to Sarah Liss of the CBC about those crazy tunes that her kids play over and over, there’s this thing called the Hamster Dance, which they like. They do their own dance to it — let’s get crazy!” says Krall, “They also like Yes We Have No Bananas. That’s a pretty good one, not too big a hit. I’ll turn on the radio and start singing a song and they just pick it up. It’s kinda scary.”

Krall, whose new CD, ‘Quiet Nights’ is a Bossa Nova love letter to her husband, says there is one Elvis tune that the kids usually love, “They like [Costello’s] Pump It Up, too. But some days they don’t like it. Some days it’s, “No Pump It Up!”

Krall is currently producing Barbra Streisand’s new album. – by John Beaudin

 

 

Diana Krall Finds Her Mantra on ‘Quiet Nights’

April 8, 2009 – Some might say “speed kills,” but Diana Krall has found her inner chi in multi-tasking – a lot. She is producing Barbra Streisand, married to Elvis Costello, has twin boys and has just released her new album ‘Quiet Nights’ which of course comes with a tour that doesn’t end until December in Moscow.

Interestingly the Jazz singer/pianist is more suited to the speed and says it’s easier for her this way. She told the Malaysia Star, "I'm just doing better work because I'm more relaxed - you don't have too much time to obsesses or worry.” Krall adds, “I'm living beyond my wildest dreams”

With long-time producer, Tommy LiPuma in tow, Krall took a Bossa Nova and ballads approach on the new CD. The Grammy winner had an urge to work with

German arranger Claus Ogerman again (they worked together on 2001’s ‘The Look of Love’) and she longed to be in the middle of an orchestra again. Some critics have not been kind to Krall’s new product.

She told the Toronto Star, “Everything I do has some kind of comment. With The Look of Love it was all about the picture. Then the Girl in the Other Room (2004) it was `Why aren't you doing what we love you to do?' And then the big band (2006's From This Moment On), la la la ..... There are very few legends to work with and Claus Ogerman is one of them. There's a strength for me to interpret standards and Bossa Novas; it's something I really love to do. I'm not saying it's easy, or safe, but what's not safe? I guess writing your own compositions again and maybe incorporating a chainsaw in your band. (Preposterous laughter) We live in this sort of pop-idol world, where you're expected to do all these vocal gymnastics. I was listening to lot of Joao, he sings very quietly, that's probably why the album came out the way it did. I hope people like it. I think it's beautiful and it certainly wasn't easy to make it sound that way.”

Krall, who is now 44, claims to have a second wind, when her band mates are taking naps before sound checks she’s visiting museums and meeting people. – by John Beaudin

 

 

Diana Krall Gettin' All Sexy

Dec. 22, 2008 – Diana Krall says get ready for a more intimate, sensual and erotic album this time around. I guess that explains all those promo shots of the singer wearing stiletto high heels

Krall explains,  "I'm not coy single girl singing 'Peel Me a Grape. I love that song but I don't love it for me any more, I feel more womanly, I guess, and I think this record is a love letter but very sensual, more on the erotic side. It's definitely late night."

The new CD ‘Quiet Nights’ won’t hit stores until March 31 on Verve but fans are buzzing with anticipation on where this new “sexy” direction will take the Jazzer.
Long-time Krall producer Tommy LiPuma returns to produce a few Antonio Carlos Jobim covers for Krall and a new Jazz version of Burt Bacharach’s ‘Walk On By.’ "It was just the greatest recording experience I've had to date," said Krall

Krall is also slated to produce Barbra Streisand in January. That album will be out in late 2009.

‘Quiet Nights’ is the first album for Krall in three years. – by Kari Graham

 

 

Diana Krall and Chris Botti Plan Summer Dates

May 3, 2007 - She had twins on December 6, 2006 and after spending some great bonding time with sons Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, Diana Krall is ready to do that other thing she's good at - performing. Krall has just announced a 32-date tour with Chris Botti. The dates in support of her latest album "From This Moment On" kick off on June 8th in Oakland, California and have her performing across the country before returning to California to end it all at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Botti will not be with her at every stop of the tour - check the tour dates below. - by Kari Graham

 


Smooth Jazz Christmas 2005


September 28, 2005 - Smooth Jazz artists Dave Koz, Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, Eric Marienthal, Vanessa Williams, Norman Brown, David Benoit, Toni Braxton, Rick Braun, and Gerald Albright, will all contribute to this holiday seasons "A Charlie Brown Christmas Tribute". The album is due October 4th from Peak Records.

Anita Baker will also release a holiday album with Blue Note. "Christmas Fantasy" hits stores October 4th, and will feature appearances by Joe Sample, Larry Carlton, Nathan East, Ricky Lawson, and all four members of The Yellowjackets. Barry Eastman, who co-produces here, also wrote three original tunes for the outing.


Dave Koz and friends, David Benoit, Patti Austin, and Jonathan Butler will be hitting the road on "A Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour". Dates are available on www.davekoz.com - by Cheryl Philips

Diana Krall Gives Thanks to Oscar Peterson
August 24, 2005 - Oscar Peterson celebrated his 80th birthday in style with a gala reception peopled by the who's who of jazz. Diana Krall and husband Elvis Costello flew in from New York to be a part of the celebration, during which Krall performed and sang Happy Birthday to her mentor.
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