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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



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
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


Smooth Jazz Now and Friends Remember Whitney Houston

February 21, 2012 - As it was stated during the Grammy Awards, "We've had a death in the family." Now our own Jazz family is remembeing Whitney Houston.

Everyone on our staff were touched by the outpouring of love and sadness for Whitney.

Check out our exclusive comment from friends and colleagues.


Gregory Abbott: “The world has sustained an incredible loss and I personally am crushed that Nippy (Whitney) has left us. Artistically she had one of the most satisfying voices I have ever heard. A melodic pop sensibility, tinged with a down home gospel flavor that gave it authenticity. I just love listening to her. I first heard her sing out at New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey while on an expedition out there to hear her mother (Cissy) sing. We were considering using Cissy to sing backup vocals on songs I was recording for my very first record deal. What a surprise to hear her young daughter with her angelic composure as she proceeded to shake the rafters loose. I absolutely had to have her sing as well, and I ended up singing several duets with Whitney (unreleased). I was nervous as hell.

Whitney was one hundred percent rock solid calm and at home. Amazing. She was only seventeen. She sounded like a singer ten, fifteen years older.  She and her mother helped me through that session with advice on how to build drama, phrasing, and using different parts of the voice to communicate the emotion of a song.

We all know Whitney's track record of accomplishments. She has made as great an impact on the music industry (and especially singers) as any individual possibly could make.  All through the years, Whitney has been supportive and someone I've truly called "friend". What a generous, vulnerable soul was she. How painful that she's gone. I will miss her very, very much.”  - Gregory Abbott


“It’s unfortunate that it took Whitney Houston’s death for the world to remember how amazing she was.  After watching The Bodyguard for the first time and listening to her ‘Greatest Hits’ continually for the past week it’s hard not to be in awe at the brilliance of what she was. Now as we move on it’s as important to learn from what happened.

This is a tragedy and we need to pay attention to it.” – John Beaudin, Host and Program Director fo Smooth Jazz Now

“The world has lost one of the all-time greats. She had such a rare gift, one that reached the outer-limits of the matter the language, her voice was understood. That's the mark of a true icon, someone who's influence will be felt forever. The world will miss you, Whitney.” - Dave Koz

“Whitney Houston was an incredible talent.  I grew up listening to Top 40 radio, and she changed the face of it for me.  She brought instant heart and soul and feel ...and this voice that could just soar above the music.  I have to say that she influenced a generation of singers and musicians definitely including myself.  And she introduced me to Kirk Whalum via the song "I Will Always Love You".  That's the best pop saxophone solo in history.” – Mindi Abair


“Whitney was so blessed with a voice that touched everybody!  Her music will always stand the test of time! Much love to her family and friends around the world!” - Steve Oliver


“Very sad to hear of the passing of Whitney Houston- the world has lost a great talent. I just watched her 1991 version of "The Greatest Love of All" from the Welcome Home Heroes concert. Her singing is effortless, just like breathing for the rest of us. I love the message of the lyrics and watching this footage of her always moves me to tears.” - Peter White

”What can I say. I wish she had never met Bobby Brown!” – Alfie Zappacosta


 "Hearing Whitney Houston sing was like listening to magic. I will never forget her singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl, completely perfect in every way." - Ken Navarro


"Whitney was a rarity, who put forth her entire being into every note she sang. She gave so much of her soul to her music and to her fans and all we can say now is 'thank you for your gift'."
Johannes Linstead

"Whitney Houston had the ability to touch her listener's inner soul. She had the gift of one of the most powerful voices in the history of the world. She has influenced many of today's pop female singers." - Alan and Lita Blake

“I was stunned and saddened by the news of Whitney Houston's passing. She was one of the greatest voices of our generation. She and her talent will be missed immensely. My heart goes out to her family. Thank you Whitney for all the great music you left us.”
Nick Colionne

“My heart is very heavy with sorrow from the unfortunate passing of music icon, Whitney Houston at the young age of 48.  Ms. Whitney, “Nippy” as she was affectionately called by loved ones, was the world’s greatest female vocalist of all time. Her sleek, soulful and powerful voice and vocal range was unparalleled and incomparable. Her God given talents inspired all vocalists, all musicians and fans across the entire world alike in immeasurable ways.

From 1985 and on, the presence of your “VOICE” and musical prowess was seen, heard and felt very deeply, by everyone’s eyes, ears, heart & soul. You delivered performances from your music recordings and stage shows that could not and will never be duplicated or replicated. There will never be another you, Whitney.
Tony Bennett said it best, “When I first heard her, I called Clive Davis and said, 'You finally found the greatest singer I've ever heard in my life.'" This is a quote that has stood the test of time, as Mr. Bennett has been quoted recently in the wake of Whitney’s passing.
We have lost a world treasure. Ms. Whitney, you will always be missed but you will never be forgotten with the illustrious and indelible musical legacy that was carved out with your “VOICE”.

I offer my deepest condolences to Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, her lovely mother Cissy and the rest of her family and close friends. “
Alfonzo Blackwell

“At her best she was the best but it was difficult to watch her decline. The Bodyguard was my era in music and more importantly Whitney Houston was all I wanted to be as a young girl. Even though she stopped being my role model long ago I will always remember how great she was to me when I needed it most. I think its important to remember Whitney without rose colored glasses.” – Shannon Edwards


“I think we all feel the same sadness that we lost Whitney. She was an undeniable talent, one of the all time best singers and I remember when I heard her for the first time, thinking, what a voice and beauty. Unfortunately, her passing was not a surprise but it still breaks your heart when you hear the news. A troubled soul on earth, now an angel.” – Michael Lington.

"Whitney Houston set the vocal bar very high, that paved the way for other singers to follow. Whitney was in a class of her own. I've been singing and humming Whitney Houston's songs continuously since she parted from this earth. There's a new angel singing in Heaven! RIP Whitney."
- Alphonse Mouzon

“What a voice!  Absolutely the best voice of the modern era.  She set the bar for female vocalists and no one did it better.  Incredible range, dynamics, tone quality and what an incredible gift she was given from God. I will truly miss her.  May she rest in peace and please let us focus on her career and not her personal life.  God Bless you Whitney!”
Tim Cunningham

“Whitney Houston a wonderful and gifted vocalist who with her strong, sensitive and spiritual voice amazed us all. Her greatest gift of all was that we felt that love she had for music whenever we heard her sing to guide us all to a higher level of excellence. A true Lady and Legend that was heaven sent. She will be in our hearts, minds and souls forever. Thank you, Whitney for your gift.” 
Thomas Borino / Airborne

"There is and was no purer vocalist than Whitney. Even those who have come close to her level are successful! That shows how amazing she was!" - Patrick Yandall

“As artists we are best remembered by the music we create and the legacy of our lives this soundtrack provides for our fans everywhere! Whitney sadly has left us way too early but through her music her spirit lives on always! What a voice! I remember growing up as a teenager, and seeing/listening to her on the Grammy’s, radio, television and even movies. She was THE female pop star with that incredible controlled voice all female singers emulated and wished they could be during the 80’s and early/mid 90’s! She will be deeply missed and my sincere condolences to all her family and friends!”
– Rob Tardik

“She possessed a voice so pure and beautiful and sang so effortlessly that we were all inspired listening to her. She will be sorely missed.” - Dennis Angel of the Dennis Angel Band

“Whitney's voice was more than a voice, it was an instrument. No auto-tune, no crazy effects, just pure talent straight from the church choir. Her musical approach to melody and improvisation influenced not just vocalists, but instrumentalists like myself, and has taught me how to make your instrument "sing".” – Elan Trotman

“Whitney Houston, one of the greatest vocalist’s in this modern day ... her picture will hang on the wall of every musical venue across the world. Her memory will never fade.” - Shelby Brown

"In one musical phrase Whitney was sassy street, thunderous power and a sudden angel - We have lost a penultimate artist."
- Freddie Ravel


"Whitney Houston had one of the greatest voices of our time. Her influence runs wide and deep in the music community and will continue to do so for generations to come" – Jim Adkins

“Since Whitney has been part of popular music for over a quarter century, it's easy to forget how very good she really was.  If one listens to the sheer quality of her voice: her control, her phrasing, her pitch and her tone; she really had one of the most incredible voices of our times.  Her artistry, her beauty and her talent will be greatly missed, and we can be thankful that we have heard such a gifted voice in our lifetime.  A true loss in the world of music.  She had few rivals, to be sure.” - Joe Turner - Weekend Host at Smooth Jazz


"Whitney was surely on the comeback trail, with Clive Davis at the helm. Clive only backs the winners, and she was coming up from the back of the pack, aiming for a good showing at the finish line. As recently as last August, her TV interviews indicated that she had seen the last of her demons, and was poised to reclaim at least a portion of her former glory. Unfortunately, she stumbled in the home stretch with a disastrous outcome. It must be very hard to escape the downward spiral of fame, hard drugs, and general over indulgence, and although we all mourn Whitney's passing, this will be a sobering signpost to all on the road to a life in music." - Gabriel Mark Hasselbach