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Interviews with smooth jazz artists from around the world!

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Interviews with smooth jazz artists from around the world!

    SMOOTH JAZZ - URBAN A/C SINGER, ANEESSA

    SMOOTH JAZZ - URBAN A/C SINGER, ANEESSA

    Aneessa kicked off her stateside debut with a winning cover of Soul II Soul’s 1989 anthem, “Back to Life,” which has cracked the Top 10 of Billboard Magazine’s “Smooth Jazz” chart. In a similar thematic vein is Aneessa’s cover of Madonna’s “Miles Away” which she relates to so deeply for its message of a long-distance relationship. Aneessa and Michael wrote “Just to Be with You” about their relationship when love was blooming yet they were so far away from each other, leading to her coming to visit…and never return home.

    Most interesting is the song “Satisfied” which, ironically, was written by Michael and his first wife, Brenda. Their daughter Tiffany remembered the unreleased song and suggested it as perfect for Aneessa to sing. Real love, maturity, and acceptance don’t get any deeper than that.

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    • 1 hr
    SAXOPHONIST PAULA ATHERTON

    SAXOPHONIST PAULA ATHERTON

    Review by Eliana Fermi on September 12, 2020:

    Saxophonist, flutist Paula Atherton has enjoyed a long and varied career in contemporary and mainstream jazz. Her acumen on her instruments are poised and adept. Her full-length album Can You Feel It has already begun to garner real accolade with her single also titled “Can You Feel It,” landing a #1 hit, three weeks in a row on Billboard. What is even more cementing about this accolade is she also landed #1 slots on Mediabase and #1 on the Smooth Jazz Network. Each track is produced by various producers including, Bill Heller, best known as the legendary keyboardist for the Ripppingtons. Longtime collaborator guitarist Lou Gimenez who has co-written several of Paula’s tunes historically. Other co-writing and production credits include keyboardist Greg Manning, multi-instrumentalist Matt Godina, including multi-instrumentalist Nathan Mitchell, Paul Brown, and the notable Schuyler Deale known for his work with Billy Joel, Michael Bolton, Jeff Lorber, and more. So what does this all-star line-up of producers and contributors add up to for Atherton? Simply put, a canvas to which Atherton can shine her abilities in the highest preeminent way on her latest album Can You Feel It.

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    • 54 min
    GUITARIST ROB TARDIK

    GUITARIST ROB TARDIK

    Canadian-born, Toronto-native Rob Tardik is a multi-award winning guitarist and contemporary pop/jazz/world/fusion instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues all across North America including the prestigious Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Rochester Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Vine in Wisconsin, The Catalina Island Jazz Festival, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham Jazz Festival, The Rose Theatre in Brampton, The Burlington Centre for the Arts, The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Oakville Centre, WreckHouse Jazz Festival, and the Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto.

    His new release, DIVERSITY Volume 1 (Smooth & Chill) is a 24-track double album. The first 2 tracks feature the brand new recordings: Infinity and Diamond Night, followed by a compilation of 22 re-mastered tracks from Rob’s previous six albums that share a common vibe of Smooth & Chill. This is the first in a 4-volume eclectic set of DIVERSITY albums. A new DIVERSITY volume is to be released during each season of 2020: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each volume is grouped to a common particular musical style aligned to each season. Smooth and Chill is meant for the listener to relax and unwind during the cold days and nights of winter.

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    • 1 hr
    GUITARIST SHELDON FERGUSON

    GUITARIST SHELDON FERGUSON

    Sheldon Ferguson is a Grammy-nominated guitarist who is originally from Columbia, SC and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Bachelors in Professional Music with an emphasis in Performance and Production at Berklee College of Music. In 2011 Sheldon released his first smooth jazz album titled The Brighter Side, at the age of seventeen. Sheldon’s music has sold in over forty different countries and can be heard on jazz stations all over the world. The international radio broadcast, Talking Smooth Jazz, considers him a part of the new generation of smooth jazz. In January 2018, Sheldon released his second album, Soul Searching, after a six-year hiatus from releasing music. Soul Searching charted at #7 on the Smooth Jazz Global Listener Chart and #39 on the Top 50 Albums Chart. The album documents a journey of self-discovery and Sheldon hopes to inspire others with its message.  

    Sheldon's new release is called Love Languages.

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    • 54 min
    SAXOPHONIST ZACH SANDERS

    SAXOPHONIST ZACH SANDERS

    In the October Issue of Grimes Magazine they wrote about Zach Sanders, "Zach Sanders, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, has been wowing crowds with his dynamic and energetic saxophone playing, since the age 14.  While his star has shown brightly throughout the Carolinas, he has begun to branch out nationally and has shocked the world with his new release Pretty Girl.  Zach's exciting young band An Experience, is now building their exciting 2021 performance schedule.  Get ready for a new, fresh face in contemporary jazz/R&B! Zach Sanders is one to watch!"

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    • 34 min
    SAXOPHONIST JUDAH SEALY

    SAXOPHONIST JUDAH SEALY

    National Smooth Jazz Recording Artist Judah Sealy is a Billboard Charting Saxophonist, Keyboardist, and Producer from Rochester N.Y.  Judah Sealy’s unique sound comes from a blend of vintage R&B, gospel, neo-soul and funk with some contemporary R&B influences as well. Judah's smooth saxophone style is heavily influenced by Kirk Whalum, George Furlow, Gerald Albright, and Boney James to name a few. His is also an accomplished pianist in his own right. He has shared the stage with many known acts including Kirk Franklin, Maze ft Frankie Beverly and has played on many stages including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. He has also lent his saxophone talents to renowned Smooth Jazz hitmakers such as Jacob Webb and Greg Manning. 

    "LEGACY" is Judah Sealy's third full-length album. This twelve track album is written and produced by Judah Sealy and features his smooth jazz saxophone stylings with stellar production. This album features his hit single "Off The Charts" which spent two months on the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

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Thank You Terri and Mike

Ever since my local smooth jazz station went off the air, I was not up to speed on what's going on in the smooth jazz world until I found this podcast. Not only does it feature new releases from established artists, but it also spotlights new and independent artists. Whether you're a jazz aficionado or just a casual fan, you'll appreciate the interviews, music, and news presented in this podcast. Thank you Terri and Mike for all your hard work in supporting the smooth jazz genre.

Terri aka Jazz Queen ,

Host of Talking Smooth Jazz

Thank you for your wonderful reviews of the show, they are very much appreciated! Smooth Jazz is my passion and I absolutely love hosting the show.

Sigma Dre ,

Thank you for Wayman tribute

I appreciate you doing such a great tribute to Wayman. He lives in same area of Oklahoma I live in. The smile of his is what gets to you immediately even if you did not know him. I did not know him personally, but you felt you did once in his presence. I can remember him playing his bass guitar at his brother's church in North Tulsa and just how much he truly loved people, his family, God, and music. This world suffered a great loss with Wayman's passing, but he is in God's band now. Again, thank you.

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