WELCOME TO CONTEMPORARY JAZZ FAN
A FAN'S PERSPECTIVE (During the Pandemic)
Hey Family! Check out this 2023 SoundCloud Interview that I did with the great Jay Lang, leading up to my upcoming performance at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Va. on January 6th, 2024! #SoundCloud
Just listened to this wonderful insightful interview!
G- Stream and G-Stream 2 Turn It Up hits
Check his website for tour dates.
Congratulations to BEST ARTIST OF 2023 winner Vincent Ingala❤️🎷, BREAKOUT ARTIST winner Arthur Thompson and to Jonathan Butler who had the #1 song of 2023 "Coming Home"! Congrats to WJZA Smooth Jazz 101.1 this year's winner of Local Smooth Jazz Radio Station of the Year! Read this year's BEATS interviews, year-end charts and more!
November 10, 2023
🏆FEBRUARY 4, 2024🏆
EVEN THOUGH THEY DID NOT WIN BOB JAMES❤️🎹WAS AT THE PRE-GRAMMY SHOW WHICH WAS LIVE ON YOUTUBE AND IT WAS STATED: "the performance was undeniably anchored by a pair of distinguished veterans, founding members of the band Fourplay: pianist ❤️Bob James and drummer ❤️Harvey Mason, Sr. (If that name sounds familiar for more than discographical reasons, it might be because his son, producer Harvey Mason, Jr., is the current CEO of the Recording Academy.
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Jazz Hands was Released September 15, 2023
An eclectic, fantastic album!
Featuring CeeLo Green, Dave Koz, DJ Jazzy Jeff and many more.
Check out his website and album.
Hear this candid, intelligent conversation in an interview with Sandy at smoothjazz.com on September 13th. It includes Bob's insight into each song.
Plus maybe a reunion of some sort with FOURPLAY, Harvey Mason and Nathan East in discussions with Bob (maybe even Lee Ritinour and Larry Carlton). As a big fan of FOURPLAY I have the original on cassette tape and the vinyl white album. Fingers crossed!
Bob James is a great disc jockey too!
THANK YOU DAVE KOZ❤️
October 28, 2023
he posted on YouTube and Facebook an
August show from Pennsylvania of
DAVE KOZ 🎷
with MAYSA and the BAND
So for those of us who could not make one of the shows, here it is. It is FANTASTIC!
he posted on YouTube and Facebook an
August show from Pennsylvania of
🎹 BRIAN CULBERTSON❤️
SUPPORT THESE LONG STANDING LIVESTREAMS
MICHAEL LINGTON❤️ (sax) 🎷🎷🎷 on Stageit stageit.com/MichaelLington or www.michaellington.com on many Sundays. Next performance February 14 at 5 pm PT and 8 pm ET
Pay what you can.
Latest album LOOKING AHEAD!
BRIAN CULBERTSON ❤️ (piano)🎹🎹🎹 The Hang on YouTube on many Friday Nights www.brianculbertson.com. Check out his latest single BY CANDLELIGHT, and SLEEP! He is going back on his Triology Tour in February. catch his past shows on YouTube.
What a FABULOUS/FUNKY Hang special New Years Eve show. But, if like me you missed it live, here it is:
Do you love his Winter Stories❄️❄️ album?! Wouldn't you like to have him do all that album on a tour?? Let him know!
Please tip Brian for The Hang shows through CashApp, Venmo or PayPal or Join his Hang Club and hear him Monday and Wednesdays too!
Checkout their websites for more info.
KEYSTONE KORNER OUT OF BALTIMORE,MD Live and Streaming www.keystonekornerbaltimore.com
This is a wonderful venue, and have been streaming great jazz for years. Stream for only $10!
Past shows included: BRIAN SIMPSON❤️(piano), WALTER BEASLEY ❤️(sax), MARCUS JOHNSON❤️(piano), ARTURO SANDOVAL❤️(trumpet), YELLOWJACKETS, TAKE 6, HOUSTON PEARSON ❤️(sax), GREGG KARUKAS❤️ (piano) & PAUL BROWN❤️ (guitar)
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS WEBSITE THROUGH THE MENU
In this website, through the Menu, you will find a list of contemporary jazz musicians and their websites that will take you to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Find out about their upcoming tours, purchase their music, etc.
A FAN'S PERSPECTIVE ON CONTEMPORARY JAZZ MUSIC/MUSICIANS DURING THE PANDEMICAs a contemporary jazz fan for over 30 years, never did I think that a pandemic would have me appreciating my world of this music genre even more. In the late 1980s early 1990s, many of us were working at a garden center in Northern Virginia, and listened to a contemporary jazz radio station to calm our nerves and lessen our stress during the busy seasons. I started to collect cassette tapes. We even had a few trips to catch musicians in Washington D.C., and the suburbs. Since then, I had also attended many in person concerts and bought many CDs. In March 2020 little did I know that an online venue with human being extraordinaire Dave Koz would set in motion many live stream events over the next year. Dave talked about Rick's Cafe Live (RCL) from Los Angeles every Saturday night at 6:30 PT. So I tuned in, and my world opened up not only to musicians I knew and followed over the years, but up-and-coming ones as well. There was a steady stream of amazing musicians on his YouTube channel, and even though it was free to join, donations (in my opinion, if you could afford it, they should be made to all musicians) were encouraged, and very much appreciated. This has been true with most of the venues. The pace was lively on RCL. Fans checked in on the site, chatted, and gave emojis of encouragement to the musicians. It was a party every Saturday night. Super-talented sax player Boney James, came to us live from his backyard studio every other Friday afternoon for Solid Fridays; Entertainer/Mr. Fun/Multi-Talented, piano, keyboard and trombone player Brian Culbertson did and is still doing a show called The Hang every Friday evening from his Chicago Studio; Michael Lington as well brings his sax super-talent to Stageit from his studio on Sunday evenings, and won their first Stagies award for innovator of the year/most creative. There also have been the impromptu virtual visits, too many to list, from extraordinarily talented sax player Dave Koz and his many concerts, through Looped and throughout the year. Dave also promotes, as mentioned earlier, many of his fellow musicians. He and many others do with up-and-coming musicians as well. Again too many to list. Gerald Albright also did his first incredible live show recently at the Lone Tree Arts Center in Colorado. It was also streamed live. There are so many more you could attend, but these are the ones I can speak directly about.
So even though I have been a contemporary jazz fan for over 30 years, this past year has brought me a renewed sense of love for this music genre, but more importantly, what beautiful, genuine people there are behind the music. Like many fans, I felt I have gotten to know them personally through these virtual visits. As Rick Braun has said at the end of each show, "We can't spread the germs, but we can spread the love. " This is something we have needed now more than ever. Love that is, not the germs! Even though live venues are opening up, cannot wait to attend Berks 30th Jazz Festival in Reading, PA in August, I am seeing musicians realize that in person and live stream can coexist. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done and continue to do.