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The nominees for the third annual National Smooth Jazz Awards have been announced and trumpeter Rick Braun leads the competition with five nominations. Rick has been nominated for Best Brass Performer of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Male Artist of the Year. With three nominations each are saxophonists Dave Koz, Richard Elliot and Boney James, guitarist Marc Antione and vocalist Sade. Smooth jazz lovers are able to vote in all major catagories onlin …
Artists are signing up to perform at the 3rd annual National Smooth Jazz Awards in San Diego Saturday night, March 2nd. Al Jarreau, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, Wayman Tisdale, Keiko Matsui, Fattburger and last year's big winner Rick Braun have already signed to perform at the ceremony, which will be held at the Golden Hall Theatre. There should be at least 30 smooth jazz artists performing in the show, which will be taped for future airing on the BET on Jazz cable channel. Keyboardis …
For the first time in the three year history of the National Smooth Jazz Awards, there will be a co-host for the ceremony that will be held Saturday night, March 2nd. Vocalist Brenda Russell will join saxophonist Dave Koz to host the event that will be held at the Golden Hall Theatre in downtown San Diego. Russell has been no stranger working with Koz because they have been touring the country for the last five years at Christmas time to present Dave Koz and Friends: A Smooth Jazz Chri …
Producers for the National Smooth Jazz Awards have announced additional performers for the event that will be held this Saturday night at the Golden Hall Theater in San Diego. Percussionist Sheila E, trumpeter Chris Botti, saxophonists Boney James, Euge Groove and Jaared, guitarist Joyce Cooling, and keyboardist Freddie Ravel have been announced to join Al Jarreau, Rick Braun, Peter White, Keiko Matsui, Kirk Whalum, Wayman Tisdale, Fattburger, Everette Harp and Brian Bromberg as performer …
Rick Braun was the big winner at the National Smooth Jazz Awards Saturday night. Braun won five awards, including Song of the Year and Album of the Year for Kisses in the Rain. Here is a list of the award winners.

Guitarist of the Year: Peter White

Drummer of the Year: Harvey Mason

Bassist of the Year: Waymon Tisdale

Producer of the Year: Paul Brown

Brass Player of the Year: Rick Braun

Industry Advancement Award: Art Good of Jazz Trax

Group of the Year: The Rippington …

29.01.2011

Carol Welsman

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Peggy Lee is one of the most underrated jazz vocalists of all time. We hear about Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald, but seldom do we hear about a woman who not only had the voice, but also the knack for writing songs that did tell a story well. Now Canadian vocalist Carol Welsman salutes this special woman with a new compilation of songs called I Like Men: Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee.

Even though at first glance there is little connection between the two singers, Welsman has alway …

29.01.2011

The Sax Pack

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
It looks like the return of the Rat Pack, but three smooth jazz sax men continue to come together to bring their individual stylings to one of the best collaborations in years. Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters are known as The Sax Pack and show some of the traits of Frank, Sammy and Dean, musical ability, good looks, chemistry, charm and wit. Between the three men, Jeff, Steve and Kim have 20 smooth jazz radio hits and have sold tens of thousands of albums.

Some people find it hard to …

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, the group Hiroshima goes back to the first ten years of their musical existence. Instead of re-releasing tracks from that first decade, leader Dan Kuromoto decided to re-record those songs on their newest CD Legacy. He says, we really didn't feel like doing the best ofs. We didn't know what that means really. When you have 17 CDs, how do you do a best of. Actually we then put it on our website and asked people to submit what they thought were their …
When guitarist Craig Chaquico records a CD, you can expect a lot of moods in it. He says, I like the album to be sort of like a good movie or a good book that takes you on a journey that interests you so it touches your emotions. A good book or a good movie can have the action scenes in it, but it can't all be action. It's got to have the romance scene, it's got to have something that touches your emotions. No matter who we are, we don't even need to know each other, we all have these same em …
Even though flautist Alexander Zonjic lives across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario and is a Canadian by citizenship, he has considered Detroit his second home for about 30 years. He is the morning host on Detroit's smooth jazz radio station WVMV, owns a jazz supper club called Seldom Blues in downtown Detroit, promotes five to six major festivals throughout the metro Detroit area and has a successful career as a musician. Although he has been the host of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards sin …