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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

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

 

SMOOTH JAZZ NOW CHART FOR APRIL 21, 2014

TM LM ARTIST SONG
1 1 Pete Gitlin Epiphany For The Children (featuring Lea Cappelli)
2 3 Ken Navarro Ruby Lane
3 9 Les Sabler A Felicidade
4 10 Phil Denny Crossover (HOT SINGLE PICK)
5 17 Braxton Brothers Know You Better
6 4 Global Noize Stand
7 5 Jim Samuel Mr Magic (Featuring Gerald Albright)
8 20 Phil Perry Where is the Love
9 3 Nathan East Daft Funk (HOT SINGLE PICK)
10 11 Brandon Willis Stay With Me
Check out the whole chart here
SMOOTH JAZZ NOW TOP 30 COUNTDOWN
 
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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 SmoothJazzNow.com 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 -
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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

 

 

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."

Three new tunes entered the chart this week. Geoff McBride with his cover of 'Love is the Answer" entering at #36 also David Jones with 'Sugar Babies' at #39 and ThreeStyles 'Funk Lights' coming in at #45.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – CHECK OUT THE CHART


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. "Here is a case of just an amazing melody coupled with cool lyrics and awesome vocals from Lea Cappelli," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now. Beaudin adds "Pete's music is about more than any particular genre. He's no spring chicken yet he's at the top of his game."

Only two new songs entered the chart this week. Vincent Ingala's 'Kimi Trick' featuring Jonathan Fritzen at #30 and 'Another Day & Time' by Willie Bradley entering at #32. 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,"

Only one new track entered the chart this week "Know You Better" from the Braxton Brothers at #30.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – CHECK OUT THE CHART

 

 

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."

Only one song entered the chart this week. Les Sabler's tribute to Jobim "A Felicidade"  at #31. Beaudin says, "Any time Les releases something new it's an event around here. He is a truly gifted musician."

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – CHECK OUT THE CHART


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."

It was a huge week for new entries. Six songs debuted on the chart including the top spot from Jason Miles and Global Noize with "Stand" at #22, ken Navarro's "Ruby Lane" entering at #23 and Dave Koz and Friends "Hot Fun In the Summertime" coming in at #30. Other new entries include "Mitch Mitch" by Bona Fide and featuring Marc Antoine at #33, Generation Next with "Let it Ride" #41 and Phil Perry's cover of "Where is the Love" in at #45.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. –
CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE CHART

 

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. "He was one of the first hosts on our radio station years ago and everyone loves him and lets not forget that Nick always releases top notch stuff."

Three new songs entered the chart this week including two HOT SINGLES PICKS. First Nathan East with "Daft Funk" at #19 and Phil Denny's "CrossOver" entering at #10. "We have had tons of response from Phil's tune says Beaudin.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – CHECK OUT THE CHART


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."

Only two new tracks cracked the TOP 50 this week. "Minty Fresh" from Steve Cole at #31 and Rob Tardik's latest "Return to You" at #44.

Beaudin says, "We received tons of new material in the last month so expect lots of new singles on the chart in the next few weeks."

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. CHECK OUT THE CHART


VIDEO REVIEW OF JIM SAMUEL "NOW" by John Beaudin

 

 

REVIEW – Jim Samuel – NOW – Jim Samuel Productions

March 7, 2014 – One things 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 but this album covers so much territory it's hard to describe it quickly.

Though Jim Samuel comes from a Rock and Roll background having spent the sixties in Bob Brady and the Conchords that early influence doesn't quite bleed through here. Samuel's not the man he was back then and since he left the industry so many years ago he's a richer man now in more ways than money.

The highlight on NOW is clearly his collaborations with the legendary Gerald Albright on Ralph MacDonald's classic “Mr Magic.” Popularized by the late great Grover Washington Jr. it first appeared on his fourth album and helped put the sax-man on the map. It's doing the same for Samuel. Although recorded by stacks of Jazzer's arguable the trademark version comes from Washington and his arranger/ keyboardist Bob James. Samuel deviates from the formula with a cleaner, less produced version. He's not trying to out-due Grover – that would be impossible. Samuel delivers it in a smoother, middle of the road less Jazzy package. So far it's proving to be his biggest hit. 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.

Now you can improve your chances by commenting on our YouTube video. Just click here and you will double your chances every time you comment on a video on our AirComRadio account. Want even more chances? Subscribe to our YouTube channel and that will again improve your chances.

We will give away an iPad-3 at the end of each month...so why not improve your chances to win. Winner will be contacted via email or their YouTube account. CLICK HERE FOR 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.

Only one new song entered the chart this week David Pack's "Everytime I Look at You" featuring Larry Carlton coming in at # 25.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. –
CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE CHART

 

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, "He's always been responsible for some of the more catchy licks in this format." Even better Minucci debuted at #1 on our chart.

Thirteen new songs entered our chart this week. After Minucci the highest entry was Jim Samuel "Mr Magic" featuring Gerald Albright at #6.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – CHECK OUT THE CHART

 

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.

John Beaudin of Smooth Jazz Now - How was the approach to "Now" different from the first album?

Jim Samuel - The approach to “NOW” differed from my first album. “NOW” concentrated on original songs versus cover songs. It had been a long time since I wrote originals and, quite candidly, there were doubts in my mind. However once I got into it I found I enjoyed the process and was pleased with the results. The move toward originals led to the 2nd difference between albums. I found the songs I was writing were better suited for instruments other than my digital keyboard. This led to me having guest performers like Gerald Albright, Rob Tardik and Tony Neenan (pictured above and below with Jim) play on the album. Talents like these performers added a great deal to the songs and to the album. Also, I learned a lot about the recording process on this album. Being out of a studio for more than 30 years, I had a huge learning curve to tackle. I still have a way to go but feel I am learning pretty quickly. I wish I knew what I know now for “SMOOTH COVERS” which would have been a much better album. I do not like looking back however. I am excited that at my age I am still learning and having fun. Who could ask for more other than seeing their songs at the top of the charts. READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW

 

John Beaudin Talks with Jim Samuel (4500 Hits in 3 Weeks!)

 

Interview - Singer/Songwriter Jody Quine with John Beaudin

 

 

Chuck Loeb Hits it to #1 on Smooth Jazz Now

December 5, 2013 - This month's chart welcomes our dear friend Chuck Loeb to the top spot. His 'Silhouette" only took a few weeks to #1. "There is something about Chuck," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of the Aircom Radio Network. "He's probably one of the most talented acts I've ever interviewed."

Steve Cole had a great month with his 'With You All The Way' going up 30 slots to #5.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – MORE

 

Jim Samuel Ready for the Holidays with His "Christmas" CD

December 4, 2013 - Jim Samuel is totally ready for the holidays. The keyboardist is excited about the re-release of his CD 'Christmas.' "When I came back to music the first songs I tried to arrange and record were Christmas songs," says Samuel. He adds, "I have always enjoyed the holidays and really like Christmas music of all kind (carols, pop, gospel, etc). I played a few (songs) for some friends who along with my wife encouraged me to put together a CD.

Having a great connection to the holidays helped Samuel create this wonderful Christmas collection. He says, "I really like Christmas carols. They are not only great in their original design but I find they lend themselves to interesting arrangements. I like songs that be be changed to make them my own."

Samuel shared with us some of his own traditions, "Besides the usual holiday parties , we generally go to a family Christmas Eve party with plenty of eats, drink and be merry to go along with our own unique singing of Christmas songs. On Christmas Day there is another large family gathering which is just an excuse to continue the Xmas Eve party."

The keyboardist says he loves those famous Johnny Mathis Christmas CD and many others, He says,"My faves from the Christmas album are Frosty - a 70's Soul version that makes for a fun Frosty that James Brown would be proud of 2) This Christmas- my homage to Disco music 3) Skating- Smooth Jazz, you can't go wrong with Charlie Brown and 4) Joy to the World- a little Stevie Wonder like version of A Christmas Carol." MORE

 

Bob James and David Sanborn Quickly Make it To #1 on Smooth Jazz Now

October 31, 2013 - When a race includes two superstars this big - you better get out of the way. Congrats to David Sanborn and Bob James for reaching the #1 spot on the Smooth Jazz Now chart. Their 'Deep in the Woods' made it to the top in just three weeks.

Only two new songs entered the chart this week. Rob Tardik came in at #31 with 'No Limits' and Steve Cole's 'With You All the Way" at #35.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – CHECK OUT THE CHART

 

 

Video Review of Rob Tardik "Limitless" by John Beaudin

 

 

REVIEW – Rob Tardik – Limitless (4 stars out of 5)

October 28, 2013 – When the Smooth Jazz format lost most of its terrestrial radio stations a few years ago some musicians in the format were actually relieved. Why would they not lament, what seemed like, the death of the format? One popular sax player, in confidence, told me “It's time to burn the house down and rebuild,” to that I wholeheartedly agreed.

The format seemed monopolized by it's biggest consultant Broadcast Architecture who also years earlier saved the format. The music had become bland and not challenging. Great guitarists who seemed to enjoy pushing the envelope, in the past, were too busy staying under the loudness meter in the office.

That was a few years ago and the majority of Smooth Jazz is still stinking up the joint but it is getting better. Artists who can really play their instruments are learning to balance better. There seems more room to breathe now and Rob Tardik is a perfect example of that. MORE

 

Patrick Yandall Takes It To #1 Again!

October 10, 2013 - Patrick Yandall just got his 5th #1 on Smooth Jazz Now. The guitarist, who has tons of fans on our station, brought his latest tune "My Lady" to the top spot. "I consider Patrick one of the freshest most melodic player anywhere," say John Beaudin, Operations Manager of Smooth Jazz Now.

Five songs entered the countdown this week. The highest entry was Chuck Loeb at #19 with "Silhouette" followed by Boney James' "PowerHouse" coming in at #21 and Jeff Lorber Fusion at #31 with "Hacienda." Also entering the chart were Blake Aaron and "Groove-O-Matic" at #42 and Dr Dave "Affirmation" entering #43 slot.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – CHECK OUT THE CHART

 

 

Excitement Grows For the Biggest Smooth Jazz Event of 2014 – The Lemonade Weekend 2

Read our Interview with Lemonade Creator Bruce Nazarian

September 18, 2013 – Tickets are now on sale for what will surely be the biggest Smooth Jazz event of 2014. The Lemonade Weekend 2 - four days of music and friends, food and wine, sun and FUN! Keep these dates open: March 27-30, 2014. The weekend will feature the only national awards body for the format and tons of events for fans including performances from nearly 100 artists like Paul Brown, Bob Baldwin, Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Blake Aaron, Chieli Minucci, Darren Rahn, Chris Standring, Chieli Mincucci and many more.

One of the unique elements of this spectacular weekend beyond the entertainment is the dedication to help school music programs. Lemonade Weekend 2 creator Bruce Nazarian says it's the most important aspect of the music festival, “We have currently designated schools in Burbank, Glendale, and Hollywood High School (specifically) as the first recipients of donations from the funds raised by the Lemonade events.” Nazarian adds, “In addition, because I was born and raised in Detroit I have a soft spot in my heart for Detroit public schools. We have made arrangements to support Charity Music Inc., in Detroit, to help get instruments into the hands of disadvantaged kids there, and we're also creating a distance-learning program so that the very best musical artists in Southern California can beam in in their mentoring and training by video into Detroit schools.”

Read our entire interview with Nazarian (below) for all the details on the Lemonade Weekend 2 and click here for more information and to purchase tickets

General info: http://LemonadeWeekend2.com
Tickets: http://LemonadeWeekend2.com/tix

How the Lemonade Weekend came to be (long version) - http://lemonadeweekend2.com/about/history

 

 

 

Alexa Ray Joel Records 'Just The Way You Are' For The Gap's 'Back To Blue' Campaign

Sept 17, 2013 - Alexa Ray Joel has recorded a version of her father’s classic song, "Just The Way You Are," as part of the Gap's “Back to Blue” campaign, which is focused on the idea of getting back to what matters most—our truest selves. The Gap campaign features contemporary artists who are recording songs made famous years ago by their parents. These raw, intimate renditions are modern takes on classic pieces and provide a rare glimpse into the soul and journey of each artist.

Directed by Danny Clinch, who is well-known for bringing out the best in musicians, the films are shot in a single, unedited take. Alexa Ray Joel selected “Just The Way You Are” and her piano/vocal rendition was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York. Personal touches like Alexa wearing her father's ring and playing on the exact same type of keyboard used to record the original version, add to the honesty of the film and showcase how going back to your roots helps define who you are.

Billy's original version of “Just the Way You Are” won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1979. Alexa Ray's version of “Just the Way You Are” is available for download now exclusively at iTunes.CHECK OUT BILLY JOELS SITE

 

 

Jason Miles Keeps it at #1 for Two Weeks on Smooth Jazz Now

September 12, 2013 - It was an easy win for Jason Miles on the Smooth Jazz Now TOP 50 Countdown. Again his tune, "It's a Family Affair" stayed at #1. The tune, from the Sly Stone project "Sly Reimagined" has really caught on with our audience. "This is one of my favorite albums of the year," says John Beaudin Operations Manager of the AirCom Radio Network. "Jason has this special quality, this history, this knowledge and great talent in everything he does."

Three songs entered the chart this week. We emailed short clips of 10 new releases to 100 Smooth Jazz Now fans and our new entries came out on top. They include our HOT SINGLE PICK "Deep in the Woods" by super-duo David Sanborn and Bob James entering at #10. "What is interesting about us sending this email to fans is it's a blind-taste-test," says Beaudin, "The fans getting this music have no idea who the artist is, so they vote on song quality alone."

Aaron Bing entered at #31 with "Enchanted Island" and Carol Duboc had "Telepathy" entering at #43.

The SmoothJazzNow TOP 50 is a chart based only on audience requests and inquiries. It is a non-payola chart. Pay-for-play is prohibited on the station. – CHECK OUT THE FULL CHART

HOT SINGLE PICK - David Sanborn & Bob James "Deep in the Woods"

September 12, 2013 - We always get very excited with an entry in the TOP 10. David Sanborn and Bob James debuted strong right at #10 with "Deep in the Woods on our Smooth Jaz Now TOP 50 Countdown. "I am so excited about these two men in the same room again," says John Beaudin, Operations Manager of the AirCom Radio Network. Beaudin was responsible for building the websites and gathering most of the tribute quotes for both Sanborn and James when they were given the Smooth Jazz Awards "George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award" a few years ago. "It was a dream, says Beaudin, "I have been a huge fan for years."

"Three songs entered the chart this week. We emailed short clips of 10 new releases to 100 Smooth Jazz Now fans and our new entries came out on top. They include our HOT SINGLE PICK "Deep in the Woods" by Sanborn and James. "What is interesting about us sending this email to fans is it's a blind-taste-test," says Beaudin, "The fans getting this music have no idea who the artist is, so they vote on song quality alone."

Aaron Bing entered at #31 with "Enchanted Island" and Carol Duboc had "Telepathy" entering at #43. - MORE

 

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