Our own Beth Knudsen talked exclusively to the keyboardist.
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.
The trumpet master is, in our opinion, the real San Francisco treat. Adams obviously paid close attention growing up in “everybody's favorite city” in the 60’s. Add to that a stint at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and you get an artist that always makes the fan pay close attention.
This guys has one of the most impressive resume's in Contemporary Jazz having worked with Chicago, Heart, Elton John, Huey Lewis and the News, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, and Carlos Santana.
His new album ‘East Bay Soul 2.0’ features the hit ‘Carry On’ that’s currently charting (as of Dec. 7th) at #7 on the SmoothJazzNow.com Top 50 Chart.
Check out our One-On-One with the legendary Greg Adams. CLICK HERE
One-On-One (20 Questions) with Wayne Wesley Johnson
Our first act is Wayne Wesley Johnson from New Mexico. His song ‘Passion’ has become a hit on SmoothJazzNow and now you can get to know another side of this guitarist. CLICK HERE
Airborne Interview with Smooth Jazz Now
Airborne - Well, this new CD of ours which is our 7th, we approached it from a place of influences from our last 3 CD's. There is always a concept in a Airborne CD and our plan for ‘New Horizons’ was to keep that Smooth Jazz feel of our 2008 "Winds of Change" CD. We also wanted that World Fusion sound that was on the 2007 "Turbulence" CD and to somehow insert the fire of our 2004 "Heavy Vibes" CD that had hot Latin rhythms and R&B vocal arrangements. Read More
Zach Bandolin Back Home After Lots of World Travelling
After touring stints in Seoul and Japan the guitarist is firmly planted back home in Canada.
In Conversation with U-NAM on his latest CD ‘Unanimity’
So when you taste the fourteen groovy and melodic tracks served by the Paris-born musician, you may think at first you’re listening to George Benson and his famous guitar licks. But it is definitely not the case, because even if the French guitarist acknowledges Benson as one of his main sources of inspiration, he does reinvent the genre with his injection of revamped Funk and Soul. This is the U-NAM’s French touch which again delivers a top class Smooth Jazz guitar act with a line up of very high calibre. Read the Interview
|In Conversation with Paula Atherton
February 19 - 2010 - Smooth Jazz female sax players are not numerous, but there is a collection of talented performers such as Candy Dulfer, Jessy J and Paula Atherton among others. Mrs. Atherton does not only perform sax and other horn instruments, she is also a consummate singer. Her sophomore album ‘’Groove with Me’’ came out this year on her own label, Dream On Records. It is packed up with ten tracks blending Funk, R&B, Smooth Jazz and Latin sounds and also an amazing line up of Smooth Jazz talents such as guitarist Chieli Minucci (Special EFX), trumpet player Greg Adams (Tower of Power), pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs and keyboardist Bill Haller (Rippingtons). Regular members and other side musicians bringing their talents to this project include bassist Schuyler Deale (Jeff Lorber, Billy Cobham, Michael Bolton), drummer Lionel Cordew (Mike Stern, Special EFX, Jeff Lorber), percussionist Emedin Rivera (Special EFX, Dave Valentin, Paquito D’Rivera), bassist Stanley Banks (George Benson), guitarist Darin Brown (Enrique Englesias, Willie DeVille), guitarist Steve Briody (Randy Brecker, Dave Valentin), and keyboardist John Deley (Dido). This New York-based artist makes you want to groove with her. It was a genuine pleasure to chat to this lady. Read the interview
|Rob Tardik Sticks to the Positive Stuff
January 16, 2010 – It’s easy to get negative in a world with too much FOX-News and not enough positive quiet-time. Rob Tardik is well aware of how easily one can become derailed but he had a great foundation, “Having amazing well grounded parents I’m sure helped all the way,” says the guitarist. Tardik adds, “I have a very close friend and she always say to me when we chat, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood” and we both die laughing but she is right. I always get up happy in the morning, no drama, and try to be the best person I can everyday.” Rob Tardik dropped by the Smooth Jazz Now studio to chat with Morning Man and Program Director John Beaudin. Check out their chat. Read the Interview
Interview - In Conversation With Alex Bugnon
His crafting musical arrangements and beautiful melodies have a touch of Contemporary Jazz, R&B and Gospel. Bugnon should have become a classical pianist, having studied at the Paris Conservatory and the well-known Mozart Academy in Salzburg. However, he turned his back to Mozart and decided to move to the US, becoming the widely acclaimed and talented pianist we know today. Being a Swiss citizen myself, it was a great pleasure to sit down and talk to this talented artist . More
|Interview:Interview with Patrick Yandall
April 7, 2009 - Fran Samuel: Hi Patrick, thanks for doing the interview with us at Smooth Jazz Now. Instead of me writing an intro on who you are why don’t you tell us? So who’s Patrick Yandall?
Patrick Yandall: A guitar player from Bay City, MI., and now residing in San Diego who lives and breathes his music. I started playing guitar at 6 years old. Started playing clubs at 13. More
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