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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Smooth Jazz Guitarist Norman Brown Set To Launch His Christmas Tour
Brown has been quite active this summer, as he toured with his "Norman Brown's Summer Storm", featuring energetic and funky hit making sax man Paul Taylor, Darius, Bugnon and multi-hit R&B singer, Chante Moore.
He will not even rest after his "Intimate Christmas 08", as the guitarist, who also hosts a radio program, will embark on the "2009 Smooth Music Cruise" (January 31st - February 5, 2009.) There will be again a stellar lineup: Nick Colionne, two-time Grammy-nominated; superstar saxophonist Boney James; Grammy-nominated singer Heather Headley; two-time Grammy-award winner Larry Carlton (from Fourplay) and the vivacious sax player Mindi Abair. This great event will also feature Grammy-nominated trumpeter Greg Adams (Tower of Power), tenor sax player Steve Cole and many more. For more information: www.normanbrown.com; www.SmoothMusicCruise.com. – by Akbar Nour – Smooth Jazz Now.com
Norman Brown, "BWB is not Dead Yet"
Norman Brown at the Top of the Charts
As if this wasn't enough, the CD also debuted at No. 28 on the R&B charts. Brown has expanded his audience beyond the smooth jazz market. One of the reasons is his ability to capitalize on his vocals.
"I've always felt like I could do what a lot of the great jazz artists in the past have done," he says. "Starting with Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and into the future with George Benson, People like this were able to bring a whole new audience over to instrumental music because they were singing. So I've been finding the right songs, which has been successful so far." - by Francesca Samuel
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
|Norman Brown "Artist of the Month" for November
November 1, 2004 - Mention the great guitarists to Norman Brown and he lights up like a firecracker, "You know I heard Wes Montgomery throughout my childhood because Dad always played him," says Brown, "But it didn't catch my ear until I started playing guitar." He told Smooth Jazz Now that Jazz wasn't his first choice though, "Before I wanted to be Wes Montgomery I wanted to be Jimi Hendrix." Luckily for us he found the Jazz religion and that included George Benson, "Oh yeah, he changed my life man. That's why I'm doing what I'm doing." Brown and Benson know each other and that influence as well as Montgomery's has always been a firm ingredient in the Norman Brown sound. The Grammy winner (he won last year for "Just Chillin") is our artist of the month for November. Read out interview.
Norman Brown Lets His Voice Be heard
September 22, 2004 - "In this business you have to keep reinventing yourself," says Norman Brown. The guitarist who just released his follow up to the Grammy winning "Just Chillin," is excited about his new direction - singing. "In the beginning of my career I was discouraged from singing. I was told it's a no no for a Jazz musician to try to sing," says Brown, "It was just a nice way of saying you can't sing." After winning the Grammy he sat down with the president of Warner Brothers where he shared his wish to be a vocalist. The result is "West Coast Coolin," an album that incorporates his trademark catchy inspirational guitar style with a few Urban flavored vocals sung by Brown. The first single "I Might" is already charting on the U.S. Urban/AC charts. The guitarist also has "Up 'N' At 'Em" on the Smooth Jazz Charts. Norman Brown will be our 'Artist of the Month" for November. Read part one of our interview.Read part one of our interview.
|Norman Brown To Deliver New Album In June
May 13, 2004 - Guitarist Norman Brown is currently charting with Brian Culbertson on 'Come On Up' from the Culbertson album of the same name but Brown should return to top billing shortly. The BWB guitarist will release his follow up the Grammy winning 'Just Chillin' next month. Producer Paul Brown will return behind the controls. Also expect a follow up to 'Groovin' from BWB featuring Brown with Rick Braun and Kirk Whalum possibly later this year. Brown's last album 'Just Chillin' from 2002 won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
BWB To Record and Tour This Year
January 7, 2004 - To no ones surprise Smooth Jazz supergroup BWB made the top 20 in both Canada and the U.S. year end charts. The group consisting of Saxophonist Kirk Whalum, trumpeter Rick Braun and guitarist Norman Brown plan to record their second album later this year and plan to tour in February. Whalum told the Associated press the first BWB album was just a way of testing the waters without too much commitment, "unlike marriage, we thought this is something you want to try out first. If we were going to be committed to it, we wanted to make sure. The initial infatuation of it was undeniable. We love one another and love playing together.... We can't wait to get back into the studio." Whalum was recently nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel for the disc "The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter II."
BWB Gets Into Christmas
May 21, 2003 - Your Holiday season could be a little funkier for 2003! Smooth Jazz supergroup BWB are working on a Christmas album for Warner Brothers but word is it may not be released this year. The boys in the band also have new solo albums in the works Kirk Whalum (left) will release "Into My Soul" on July 22nd and Rick Braun's latest will be out on August 26th. BWB (which also features Norman Brown) are currently on the road.