Content by tag "Najee"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Los Cabos Jazz Experience 2018

Read "The Los Cabos Jazz Experience 2018" reviewed by Wendy Ross

Life Luxe Jazz -The Los Cabos Jazz Experience
Norman Brown, Boney James, et al.
Los Cabos, Baja California, Sur, Mexico
November 1-4, 2018

Life Luxe Jazz -The Los Cabos, Jazz Experience took place at the Pueblo Bonita Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort November 1-4. The first annual Life Luxe Jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Najee: Poetry in Motion

Read "Poetry in Motion" reviewed by Liz Goodwin

On Najee's 15th studio release, and fourth project for the Shanachie label, the Jamaica Queens, N.Y. native delivers an inviting, feel-good album on which he is joined by such diverse talents as pianist/keyboardist Bobby Lyle, multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer/arranger Barry Eastmond, multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Jean-Paul “Bluey" Maunick, vocalists Will Downing, Maysa and Eric Roberson, and guitarist Blake Aaron.

The ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Robbins

They were the last act of the two night 35th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival held July 14 and 15 at Town Point Park. Because of inclement weather the festival had to be moved inside to the 46 year old Scope Arena. The star studded smooth jazz festival featured Russ Freeman with the Rippingtons, Najee, Pieces ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Lloyd: Here We Go!

Read "Here We Go!" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Solo albums from a member of a longtime band are usually driven by one of two impulses. Either the material is something which doesn't quite fit the group's sound or it is dipping a toe in the pool to test the waters for splitting from the band. Along with drummer Curtis Harmon, keyboardist James Lloyd has ...

Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight (Hybrid SACD 5.1 Multichannel)

Read "Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight (Hybrid SACD 5.1 Multichannel)" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

When Grover Washington, Jr. passed away in 1999 the jazz world lost one of its most successful and talented creators, and in his wake a slew of saxophonists have stepped up to fill the void. None have. jny: Philadelphia jazz deejay Bob Perkins said, of Washington, a native of the City of Brotherly Love, “He was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Simpson: Out of A Dream

Read "Out of A Dream" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Some records not only desire your attention, they demand it. Think of Miles or Trane or Mingus and think of just puttering around the house as the music plays. It can't be done. The grandmasters of jazz made music that required it be heard and not merely listened to.

Out of A Dream is ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Groove-O-Matic" Glory For Guitarist Blake Aaron

"Groove-O-Matic" Glory For Guitarist Blake Aaron

No. 1 single will appear on the “Soul Stories” album coming this summer. Aliso Viejo, CA: Guitarist Blake Aaron is still tucked away in the recording studio tinkering on his forthcoming fifth album, “Soul Stories,” yet he’s already topped the charts with a single from the session. Aaron’s cool electric jazz guitar dances to a retro ‘70s ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Najee To Perform Concert And Tribute In Kansas City

Najee To Perform Concert And Tribute In Kansas City

The American Jazz Museum continues on Saturday, February 15th with the second concert in its “Jammin' at the Gem" performance series 2013-2014 season with two-time Grammy Award Nominee, the internationally known jazz saxophonist and flautist, Najee, who will perform work from his latest album “The Morning After". The full title, “The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey “(in short ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia

This season of Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Concerts on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing celebrates the nation’s best and brightest jazz performers. An evening summer breeze, a beautiful setting, the sounds of horns, smooth vocals, and heart pounding percussions will make these concerts a summertime must-do event. This season’s power-packed lineup will grace the stage ...

Take Five With Felix Langford

Read "Take Five With Felix Langford" reviewed by Felix Langford

Meet Felix Langford:

At 13, I fell in love with the art of percussion and I credit my brother, John (Doc), as the one responsible for teaching me basic beats and exposing my ears to some of the hippest and most innovative cats on the jazz scene. He exposed me to trendsetters like John Coltrane, ...