Ronald Jackson

Ronald Jackson

This is an impressive collection of melody-rich tunes and smooth R&B rhythms from a multi-talented artist who plays all of the instruments on the CD, except for the sax …
With a theme bright, airy, and glowing with straight-ahead jazz of pretty pure quality, the Vinson Valega Trio brings material from which all of the various sub-genres o…
What I often define as "refreshing and innovative" is not so much the playing abilities of artists as their vision and fluidity in styling their music, particularly melo…
In the ever-growing subgenre of smooth jazz, it’s always so very invigorating and encouraging to happen upon a group such as Washington, DC’s own Collaboration, a band f…
"Open air," the title track of Dagobert Bohm’s 1999 released (released this year), Circle Around, appropriately describes the environment for all of the music c…

Every now and again, one is presented with a timely event or experience that will remain etched in memory, easily accessible at any time. I had such an experience when I attended a concert at Alexandria, VA's Birchmere headlined by the legendary Maysa. Opening for Maysa were Kendall and Kelvis Duffie, aka Kloud 9, a sensational vocal duo I’d reviewed a while back here at Jazz Review. There on a three-day tour, this duo’s onstage performance was matched only by the p


Keiko Matsui

Published in Concert Reviews
In smooth jazz, as with other genres of music, there are many extremely talented pianists and keyboardists. In this writer's opinion, NaradaJazz recording artist Keiko Matsui is among the top, let's see...THREE! Here’s an artist (and I mean that in every sense of the word) who really needs no intro, but I love knowing that I am introducing her to someone who just may not yet be acquainted with her extraordinary musical genius.

I have long been a huge fan of this worldly, beautiful

So, you like your jazz straight-no chaser? Do you like the idea cruising on the Atlantic to the sounds of great traditional jazz being played by some of the best in the business? Have you ever experienced such a treat? Well, whether you have or not, the chance is here again as The Jazz Cruise, a bevy of giants congregating on board Holland America’s m/s Westerdam, courtesy of Jazz Cruises LLC (the heavyweight of jazz cruise sponsors), launches its 8th annual blockbus

It's getting close to that time of year again. If you've not done so before, spoil yourself a bit and indulge in the experience of sailing with saxophonist extraordinaire, Dave Koz and a few of his pals as he hosts Jazz Cruises, LLC’s Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruise from November 2 - 9, 2008. The talent lineup brings aboard--along with Dave’s personal firepower--Euge Groove, Eric Benet, George Duke, Candy Dulfer, Jonathan Butler, U-Nam, Brian Simpson, Naj

It's getting close to that time of year again. If you've not done so before, spoil yourself a bit and indulge in the experience of sailing with the "big guy," bassist and smooth jazz personality Wayman Tisdale, as he hosts Jazz Cruises, LLC’s Smooth Jazz Cruise from January 18 January 25, 2009. The talent lineup boasts-- in addition to the funky licks of Wayman--Gerald Albright, Euge Groove, Kirk Whalum, Brian Simpson, Peter White, Willie and Lobo, Ever