Three Weeks at #1 for Gerald Albright & Norman Brown on the SmoothJazzNow Top 50
Oct 6, 2012 - Norman Brown & Gerald Albright have just made it three weeks straight at #1. The pair are doing well with the hit 'In The Moment.' "I gotta say I love it when a tune that I really dig makes it to the top of the chart," says SmoothJazzNow Program Director, John Beaudin.
The top movers this past week included Acoustic Alchemy with their song 'One For Shorty' jumping 15 spots to #24. Brittni Paiva who jumped 15 spots to #34. She debuted on the chart last week. Both Paul Brown and Vincent Ingala had big gains moving up 10 slots to #33 and #14 respectively.
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Gerald Albright & Norman Brown Keep it at #1 on the SmoothJazzNow Top 50
Sept. 29, 2012 - It was another great week for the dynamic duo of Gerald Albright & Norman Brown. Their single 'In the Moment' stayed at #1 for the second week. "This tune has really connected with our audience," says SmoothJazzNow Program Director John Beaudin. "Actually their album "24/7" is still the most played CD on our station."
Chris Standring had the hottest mover on the chart with 'Pandora's Box' climbing up fourteen spots to #5. Lee Ritenour also had a good week. His new single, 'The Village' moved up thirteen slots to #18.
Three new tunes entered the chart this week. First the album track 'Dinah' a country-flavored song from Bobby Caldwell was the highest entry at # 27. Acoustic Alchemy debuted 'One For Shorty' at #39 and 'Alive' by Brittni Paiva entered at #46.
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Gerald Albright & Norman Brown Make #1 a Collaborative Effort and Fourplay Debuts at #5
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Gerald Albright Composes Theme for New BET Program
For the show’s airtime, check your local listings.
Albright’s latest CD, “Pushing the Envelope,” was released in June and follows 2008’s Grammy-nominated “Sax for Stax.” Original titles include “Highway 70,” “Bobo’s Groove,” “Capetown Strut,” “I Found the Klugh” and “The Road to Peace (A Prayer for Haiti).”
Gordon, a veteran interviewer, says the weekly 30-minute show is a fast-paced roundtable talk show that highlights the week’s most important stories from politics to pop culture. It’s a mix of one-on-one headline interviews with today’s top newsmakers and celebrities, and features a roundtable discussion.Gordon also hosts his critically acclaimed, award-winning specials “Conversations with Ed Gordon.” This latest show marks Gordon’s third stint with BET and adds to the list of positions Gordon has held over the years, including contributing correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes II” and contributor for NBC’s "Today Show" and "Dateline." – By Brian Soergel
| SAX FOR STAX at Berks Jazz Fest
March 27, 2009 - On Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at 2pm at Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania (www.berksjazzfest.com), there will be the crowd-pleasing smooth jazz show Sax for Staxwithtwo supremely talented and long-time popular saxophonists, Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum. The two are paired up as part of the exciting Sax for Stax tour on the legendary music of Stax Records. The Record company had artists such as Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, and the Staple Singers and was based in Memphis Tennessee (nicknamed Soulsville, USA). Stax Records is now a subsidiary of Concord Music Group. The Sax for Stax tour features Gerald Albright on alto saxophone with his uniquely bluesy tones and “So Amazing” high altissimo notes that delight audiences. Along with Kirk Whalum, with his special, soulful, smooth-as-silk tenor saxophone magic, they make a great combination. Albright and Whalum appeared together at the 2007 Berks Jazz Fest as part of the Guitars & Saxes tour with Jeff Golub and Tim Bowman. Since the mid-1960s, Albright, influenced by Cannonball Adderly and Maceo Parker, has been an in-demand studio musician and sideman. More
| All Right for Summer with Gerald Albright's New CD
May 21, 2008 - Great sax player Gerald Albright will be releasing shortly (June 24) his eleventh album and second one on the Peak Records label. It will be entitled "Sax For Stax" (produced by Albright himself and Rex Rideout) and will pay tribute to the famous music label "Stax Records", founded in the 60's in Memphis.
The label allowed the emergence of famous soul artists such as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Carla Thomas and many others. "Sax for Stax" will feature height covers of famous Stax classics such as the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself" featuring Ledisi; Johnny Taylor's "Cheaper to Keep Her" and "Who's Making Love, and the Dramatics' "What You See Is What You Get" featuring Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Philip Bailey. There will also be three Albright'' original tracks also fruitful collaborations with famous R&B and contemporary jazz vocalist Will Downing on "Never Can Say Goodbye", talented sax man Kirk Whalum on "Memphis Passon" and a tribute to the Blues' Father titled "W.C. Handy Hop".
"Sax for Stax" will presumably be a next popular smash, following the success of his previous albums: "Groovology" (2002), "Kickin' It Up" (2004) and "New Beginnings" (Albright’s debut album on Peak Records in 2006). For more information: www.geraldalbright.com; www.peakrecords.com - By Akbar Nour
Smooth Jazz Christmas 2005
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.
Diana Krall will deliver her first Christmas album in 2005. The outing, "Christmas Songs" will be released on Verve November 1st.
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
Gerald Albright Upbeat on 'Kickin' It Up'
Groovin' For Grover Tour Debuts Next Week