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Guitarist Blake Aaron Biography Blake Aaron has come a long way from the kid who played rock shows on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood and toured with R&B acts like The Drifters, The Coasters, Little Anthony, Mary Wells, and Bobby Womack. Aaron, who, even from the beginning and through it all, always loved, played and studied jazz, is a guitarist who is known best for his passionate musical style, his memorable compositions, his soul and technical expression on the instrument, and his ability to connec …
Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project recently released two CD set, "Here and Now Live in Concert." This snapshot of the group features a retrospective look at many of the favorite songs of Caribbean Jazz Project fans. Although most of the tunes are re-recordings, the arrangements are fresh and full of the fiery intensity that fans have grown to expect from one of the hottest Latin acts in jazz today.

"Here and Now Live in Concert" is the first Caribbean Jazz Project live album ever re …

29.01.2011

Erin Bode

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In the world of jazz, there are often two kinds of vocalists - the ones who sing and the ones who speak to the heart. It’s the singers who irresistibly whisper to your soul that you remember. Listen to Erin Bode and you’ll soon realize she’s someone you won’t forget.

The youngest of four children, Bode grew up the average daughter of a Lutheran minister. From celebrations to funerals, music was part of everyday life. Children in the home were actively encouraged to take up lessons at …

29.01.2011

Ray Vega

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It isn’t often that a concert reviewer is caught dancing in the isles. Trumpeter Ray Vega managed to make me do just that at a recent concert at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis, Missouri. His enticing salsa rhythms and progressive harmonies captivated the audience of the crowded jazz club. However, it was his love of life and gentle spirit that enticed JazzReview to learn more.

JazzReview.com: I read somewhere that you were a frustrated saxophone player.

Ray Vega : I’m not a …

29.01.2011

Peter White

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Guitarist Peter White continues to release music that innovates the genre. From his first recordings in the early 90s, he brings energy that matches and exceeds his peers. About people remembering those early recordings, he says, that means more to me to hear a song that I recorded way back for my first solo CD 19 years ago. It means a lot to me to hear that music that's still being accepted today. It's nice to hear the new songs, but wow, that song from my first album still getting played 19 …

New Orleans is keeping a secret from jazz fans. If you head down to the Ritz-Carlton’s French Quarter Bar during Thursday through Saturday nights, you’ll get a chance to hear the smooth sounds of trumpeter/vocalist Jeremy Davenport. Named by People Magazine as one of the hottest young bachelor’s, Davenport combines old-school charm with a wealth of talent. He’s also been featured in Cosmo Girl, GQ, Travel and Leisure, New Orleans and others.

Although the thirty-three-year-old …

29.01.2011

Tony Adamo

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With the 2002 release of Dance of Love , Tony Adamo is one of the hottest new artists to hit the airwaves. Sensually poetic, Tony Adamo in Dance of Love is a diary of romantic paradise. With words like "He runs with the dark horses, but you love him for the wild ride," this CD is sure to put you in just the right mood. Light a few candles, open up a bottle of red wine and enjoy the moment.

Adamo’s writing career actually started during his tour of duty in the Gulf War. The 15-h …

29.01.2011

Dave Koz

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Dave Koz is once again being considered for a Grammy. The announcement was made on December 4, 2003 that "Honey-Dipped" from the "Saxophonic" album was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. The October release of the album missed the Grammy deadline and the nomination came as bit of a surprise to the saxist. "I’m excited . . . shocked and excited," said Koz a few hours after hearing the news. When asked if he expected it, he quickly replied, "Not in a million years . . . defini …
29.01.2011

Rick Braun

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Rick Braun recently released Esperanto, an eclectic album that highlights music as the universal language. This CD is a bit different than previous Braun recordings. Braun stated that he "didn’t stick with smooth jazz formulas. [I] did what I wanted to do. I really enjoyed making it."

A cornucopia of vibes, Esperanto moves through an exciting blend of styles. "Daddy-O" jives with a steady soul, while "Sir W" kicks it up a notch. The Latin feel to "The Villa Di Costa" pro …

29.01.2011

Marc Antoine

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Guitarist Marc Antoine has established himself as a musician who brings out a distinctive sound mixing classical, Latin jazz and flamenco styles. This style has helped him gain momentum in the smooth jazz genre to release CDs that consistently top the charts. However, his latest CD "Modern Times" brings about a different sound to Antoine's repertoire. He says, "Although people primarily know me for my acoustic flamenco guitar sound, for years I've also done sessions on electric for Celine Dion, …