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Inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer Brian Simpson is a master of all he purveys. His eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense of how to craft a song that stands the test of time have made him the go-to man for many. Through the years Simpson has been revered for his unparalleled ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible grooves. Simpson’s soulful approach to music has made him first call for many including Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz. A chart-topping musical chameleon who wrote the #1 R&B hit “The First Time” for Surface in the 1990s, Brian Simpson has a knack for churning out timeless anthems. Simpson’s approach is simple, “I’m following in the footsteps of those that laid the foundation of contemporary jazz music

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Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Walter Atkins

It was a fantastic feast of musical talent featured at the 31st annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, held at a relaxed Southern California venue near the cool Rainbow Lagoon Park. The event was located next to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Aquarium. On Sunday night, the long running festival closed with a ...

Persuasion

Label: Shanachie Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Persuasion; Wonderland; One and Only; Lost In Love; Need You Now; Supernatural; Take It Up; Starbound; Surreal Theme; Always Here For You

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Brian Simpson: Persuasion

Read "Persuasion" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

There's jazz that is edgy, startling, daring, confrontational and demands attention be paid. It grabs you by the ears and pulls you close and won't let go. Then there's a kinda/sorta jazz where all the edges have been sanded off, there's no chances taken, no unexpected or startling moments, and nothing is ever at risk. If ...

Out of A Dream

Label: Shanachie Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: One of A Kind, Out of A Dream, When I Say Your Name, Sky Watcher, Just One Wish, San Lorenzo, Let's Get Away, Rio Sway, Her Eyes, Nightfall

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Get Ready For The Free 4th Annual GRandJazzFest Aug. 15-16 In Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

Get Ready For The Free 4th Annual GRandJazzFest Aug. 15-16 In Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation brings 10 diverse jazz performance acts to the Rosa Parks Circle stage in jny: Grand Rapids, Michigan on Aug. 15-16, West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. This year’s headline act brings together three internationally acclaimed musicians—Paul Brown and Nate Harasim with special guest Deon Yates – under the billing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

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The Romance Continues: Urban-jazz Saxophonist Kim Waters Will Mark His 25th Year With The Release Of “silver Soul” On September 2

The Romance Continues: Urban-jazz Saxophonist Kim Waters Will Mark His 25th Year With The Release Of “silver Soul” On September 2

The first single, “Dreaming Of You,” is the No. 2 most added radio track this week. New York City (10 July 2014): With persistence, patience and passion, romance grows stronger, richer and sweeter each year and for 25 years, urban-jazz saxophonist Kim Waters has written, produced and performed chart-topping candlelight compositions that explore the excitement, exoticism ...

Just What You Need

Label: Shanachie Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Wherever You Go; Just What You Need; Emerald City; Soul Embrace; A Love Like This; The Girl From Ipanema; D'Groove; In the Rain; Castaway; You Gotta Be

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Saluting Music Legends With The Formation Of The SiriusXM Watercolors Jazz Hall Of Fame

Saluting Music Legends With The Formation Of The SiriusXM Watercolors Jazz Hall Of Fame

David Sanborn, Earl Klugh and Grover Washington Jr. are the first artists slated for induction during a ceremony aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise in October St. Louis, MO: Young musicians fantasize about one day being a hall of famer yet contemporary jazz artists were left only to dream. Until now. SiriusXM’s Watercolors, the leading satellite radio ...


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