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Acoustic Alchemy – Spiritual Smooth Jazz

The British Smooth Jazz super-group “Acoustic Alchemy” was originally the title of a CD by two guitarists, Nick Webb and Simon James. Oddly enough, today neither is part of the band called, “Acoustic Alchemy.” However, Nick Webb’s spirit lives on … Continue reading

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Richard Elliot – a Tower of Power unto himself

When you have “horn play for Tower of Power” on your resume, it gives you lots of street creed in the world of Funk and Smooth Jazz. And when you see Richard Elliot play, he lives up to expectations created … Continue reading

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Mindi Abair – America’s Sweetheart of Smooth Jazz

Mindi Abair is America’s darling with a saxophone. But she is so much more! She has just released a book titled, “How to play Madison Square Garden – A Guide to Stage Performance.” And how does she know this? While … Continue reading

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Chris Botti – Smooth Jazz with Soul & Charm

Not many trumpet players have the resume that Chris Botti developed over his career. Chris Botti, was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2007, including Best Pop Instrumental Album. Then in 2009 he was nominated for three more Grammy Awards, … Continue reading

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Nelson Rangell – Sharp, Intelligent Smooth Jazz

Rarely does a player stand out as naturally gifted with musical abilities like Nelson Rangell. He effortlessly finds his groove and melody no matter in what musical environment he finds himself. That very well may be why Jazziz magazine writes … Continue reading

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Boney James – Dishing Up Some Phat Smooth Jazz!

Boney James is one of smooth jazz’s most successful saxophonists, and deservedly so. He is a prolific writer and is on fire whether in the studio or on stage. Just look at the facts, to date nine of his studio … Continue reading

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Jeff Golub loses sight, but continues making music

Jeff Golub is one of Smooth Jazz’s most well known guitarists. While recording his latest release “The Three Kings,” Jeff Golub lost vision in one eye. Loss of vision in the other soon followed. Golub posted this on his web … Continue reading

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Cindy Bradley – Smooth Jazz Trumpet Sensation

Most people never heard of her, yet this week she adorns the top spot on the Billboard Jazz Charts and Cool Grooves is delighted to write about her this week. She is trumpet player Cindy Bradley and her tune “Massive … Continue reading

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Paul Taylor is #1 on Billboard this week!

For a jazz musician, it doesn’t really get better than it is for Paul Taylor this week. He played his way all the way to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts and holds the number 1 spot for his … Continue reading

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Brian Culbertson – The Smooth Jazz/Funk experience

You can tell when a group of musicians have mojo. It permeates the music and leaves the audience with a sense of euphoria and a silly grin that only appears after witnessing something wonderful. I know that after seeing these … Continue reading

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