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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonathan Butler: Close To You

Read "Close To You" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Dearly Beloved, Jonathan Butler having loudly--even hysterically, you might feel--proclaimed to the world that he has fallen in love with Jesus, let us consider his latest album and ponder Verse Two of “I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by Messrs. Hal David and Burt Bacharach:

What do you get when you kiss a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa

Read "Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Michael Lington
Blue Note Napa
Napa, CA
October 7, 2017

Danish saxophonist Michael Lington and company presented a genuinely rousing evening of contemporary jazz music and a few surprises at the inviting Blue Note Napa venue. The exhilarating second set also included a few tracks from his current Second Nature album ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jonathan Butler at Yoshi's

Read "Jonathan Butler at Yoshi's" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Jonathan Butler
Yoshi's
Oakland, CA
October 27, 2016

Serious Bay Area fans braved heavily snarled traffic on this rainy dark Thursday night for the second set of renowned South African guitarist Jonathan Butler. Now living in warm Southern California, Butler and his potent band flew in the same day for a two night stand ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Miami's Jazz Roots Concert Series with New Artistic Advisor Shelly Berg

Miami's Jazz Roots Concert Series with New Artistic Advisor Shelly Berg

November 4, 2016 through April 7, 2017

The JAZZ ROOTS annual six-part concert series held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for The Performing Arts, has become a musical institution in the jazz world often credited with helping to revitalize, nurture and spur the expansion of Jazz music in the south Florida area and beyond. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

The Soul of Jazz: Stories and Inspiration from Those Who Followed the Song in Their Souls

Read "The Soul of Jazz: Stories and Inspiration from Those Who Followed the Song in Their Souls" reviewed by Trish Richardson

The Soul of Jazz: Stories and Inspiration from Those Who Followed the Song in Their Souls by Trish Richardson (Grayson James Press, 2011) includes interviews with nineteen world renowned jazz artists. The following is an excerpt from saxophonist Mindi Abair's chapter:

What have you learned about your character as a result of being in ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Unforgettable All-Star Lineup Leads To A Record Sell-Out And A Second Sailing Of The Smooth Jazz Cruise

Unforgettable All-Star Lineup Leads To A Record Sell-Out And A Second Sailing Of The Smooth Jazz Cruise

Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Joe Sample, Peter White and more will headline two Caribbean voyages in 2015 St. Louis, Missouri (23 July 2014): While sailing into placid blue-green Caribbean waters last January, The Smooth Jazz Cruise encountered a tidal wave of demand for cabins for ...

NEWS: RECORDING

For Jonathan Butler, Living His Dream Is Now A Breeze

For Jonathan Butler, Living His Dream Is Now A Breeze

The singer-songwriter-guitarist’s “Living My Dream” album is released today as “African Breeze” storms the Billboard Smooth Jazz Singles chart. Sherman Oaks, Calif. (23 June 2014): Last year’s struggles serve as the theme of the material two-time Grammy nominee Jonathan Butler wrote and recorded at the House of Blues studios in Los Angeles for “Living My Dream,” which ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Brian Culbertson And Kompoz.com Collaborate On "Another Long Night Out" Contest

Brian Culbertson And Kompoz.com Collaborate On "Another Long Night Out" Contest

Kompoz artists to borrow elements from the hitmaker’s “Beautiful Liar” to create a brand new song Miami, FL: Jazz is collaborative by definition and contemporary jazz chart-topper Brian Culbertson is opening the door for users of the Kompoz site to utilize original tracks from his song “Beautiful Liar” as source material to create an entirely new song ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rising Above The Struggles, Butler Is Living His Dream

Rising Above The Struggles, Butler Is Living His Dream

Family, friends - including Marcus Miller and the late George Duke - and an “African Breeze” combine forces on “Living My Dream,” coming June 24 from the R&B-jazz artist. Sherman Oaks, CA: It took a while for Jonathan Butler to feel comfortable saying it, but the South African singer-songwriter-guitarist’s confidence has grown as he celebrates what he ...

NEWS: EVENT

Culbertson Is Going Back To School

Culbertson Is Going Back To School

Contemporary jazz star will return for “Another Long Night Out” at DePaul University School of Music 20 years after the release of the debut album that he recorded while a student of the university. Los Angeles, CA: An accomplished alum currently possessing the No. 1 Billboard contemporary jazz album and single for two weeks and counting, multi-instrumentalist ...