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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

Now Even More Chances to Win an iPad-3 From Smooth Jazz Now
March 1, 2014 – Our famous i-Pad-3 giveaway is back and now with even more chances to win. You can simply join our mailing list by clicking the iPad banner at the very top of each one of our 12 thousand pages.MORE

Chieli Minucci Hits #1 for Another Second Week on Smooth Jazz Now Charts
February 28, 2014 - Just turn on Smooth Jazz Now any time of the day and you will hear the love for Chieli Minucci. His "Blue Lagoon" is #1 for a second straight week. "One of the most played artists, from the beginning of this station, is Chieli," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of all the Jazz stations on the AirCom Radio Network. "No one in this format can create melodies and guitar riffs like him," adds Beaudin. MORE

Chieli Minucci Hits #1 as Smooth Jazz Now Returns to Weekly Charts
February 21, 2014 - Smooth Jazz Now listeners are in love with "Blue Lagoon." Congrats to our old friend Chieli Minucci and Special EFX reaching #1 on our radio Chart. "Chieli is an incredible talent," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now, MORE

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



1 1 Pete Gitlin Epiphany For The Children (featuring Lea Cappelli)
2 3 Ken Navarro Ruby Lane
3 4 Nathan East Daft Funk (HOT SINGLE PICK)
4 6 Global Noize Stand
5 2 Jim Samuel Mr Magic (Featuring Gerald Albright)
6 8 Rob Tardik Return to You
7 5 Nick Colionne Got To Keep It Moving
8 15 Patrick Yandall My Lady (HOT SINGLE PICK)
9 19 Les Sabler A Felicidade
10 12 Phil Denny Crossover (HOT SINGLE PICK)
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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 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 -

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


Milwaukee Loses Its Smooth Jazz Station WJZX
June 15, 2010 – Terrestrial radio lost another Smooth Jazz station on May 27th. Milwaukee's Smooth Jazz WJZX flipped to an all-Beatles format last month but on June 7th unveiled their destination sound, Country music.

The new station switch, called ‘Big Buck Country’ promises to play "country legends of the late '70s, '80s and early '90s," and it couldn’t be further from Smooth Jazz but it does appeal to the same demo range of 35-54.

The first song played by the station in its new format: "Gone Country" by Alan Jackson.

Smooth Jazz Program Director, John Beaudin says “Smooth Jazz is now a format for internet radio only. We invite all listeners of Milwaukee’s Smooth Jazz station to check out our outlet and try us out. I think they will be pleasantly surprised by what they hear.” – by Shannon Edwards

You can't Kill Smooth Jazz in Milwaukee
June 26, 2007 - Seems when one Smooth Jazz door closes another opens. In reaction to Smooth Jazz WJZI switching to an AC format last week in Milwaukee, Lakefront Communications L.L.C., will flip it's classical format, WFMR back to Smooth Jazz. The latter first brought Smooth Jazz to Milwaukee from 1995-1997. They plan to use lots of syndication from the Smooth Jazz network owned by the formats top consultant Broadcast Architecture including Ramsey Lewis in mornings and Dave Koz in afternoon drive. Lakefront Communications L.L.C. President/GM Tom Joerres said, "The other Milwaukee radio station dropping the Smooth Jazz format this past week was finally the opportunity to take 106.9 back to its roots. It literally was made to play Smooth Jazz. Also this past year there was twice as much interest in Smooth Jazz than interest in the Classical format that 106.9 has been offering. It was an opportunity to satisfy twice as many listeners interest in our community and fill a recent void in the market." Check out Smooth Jazz 106.9 here - by John Beaudin
Another One Bites the Dust - Milwaukee Loses Smooth Jazz WJZI-FM
June 19, 2007 - A lot of Smooth Jazz fans in Milwaukee are fuming mad with WJZI-FM flipping to an Adult Contemporary format yesterday. Station Vice President and General Manager Bill Hurwitz of Milwaukee Radio Alliance said the new format would attract the "underserved" 35-54 female audience. Milwaukee has been without an AC format since 2003 when WLTQ-FM dropped the format. The All New Smooth 93.3 is a "mainstream adult contemporary" format according to Program Director Stan Atkinson. Core artists for the new station include Elton John, Phil Collins, Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Kelly Clarkson and Rod Stewart. - by Kari Graham
U.S. Fall Smooth Jazz Ratings
February 4, 2005 - - More ratings Ups: Milwaukee's WJZI 93.3 was up seven tenths of a point to place fourteenth, Ocean City, Maryland's WQJZ 97.1 also had a nice book, rising to twelfth, once of its highest showings since signing on nearly seven years ago. Downs: Louisville's Smooth Jazz combo of WJZL/WJZO dropped a full point and three tenths to tie for seventeenth, Salt Lake City's KBZN 97.9 dropped seven tenths of a point to slip to eighteenth. - by Nick Langan