Category Archives: New CDs

Current smooth jazz releases

GRAMMY nominations announced!

By Melanie Maxwell This month’s Smooth Jazz News cover girl Mindi Abair and Gerald Albright were among 14 of Concord Music Group‘s recording artists who were nominated for a 2014 GRAMMY award this morning. Mindi’s Wild Heart and Gerald’s Slam Dunk were both nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Nathan East‘s self-titled debut on Yamaha […]

Dave Koz & his friends celebrate the season at Spaghettini Beverly Hills

By Melanie Maxwell We haven’t sat down yet for the big Thanksgiving spread, but after last night I certainly have “visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.” Rather than St. Nick shouting “Now Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now Prancer and Vixen! On Comet! On, Cupid! On Donner and Blitzen! Dave Koz dragged a sleigh-full of celebrities […]

Music, mingling & more at the Long Beach Jazz Festival!

The 27th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival will be filled with memory-making music, mingling, tasty festival fare and unique merchandise this weekend, Aug. 9-10. Among the many headliners, Al Jarreau will recall fond memories of the late George Duke with a musical tribute to his longtime friend on Sunday. The GRAMMY-winning vocalist will surely include […]

Brian Culbertson’s new CD available today!

Brian Culbertson’s 14th album, Another Long Night Out, was released today, Feb. 25. A boundless creative force, this showman, multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter is responsible for 26 No. 1 hits. There seem to be a few more in this new CD. Available now at, and iTunes.