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A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, trumpeter Rick Braun first surfaced as a member of the jazz-fusion outfit Auracle, formed while he was a student at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. After two LPs the group disbanded, and Braun turned to songwriting, scoring a hit with REO Speedwagon's "Here with Me. " In time he directed his focus to contemporary jazz, issuing his solo debut Intimate "Secrets" in 1993. After touring with Sade, he returned in 1994 with "Night Walk" as well as the seasonal release "Christmas Present." With 1995's "Beat Street," Braun's popularity continued to snowball, with 1996's smash "Body and Soul" launching the NAC chart-topper "Notorious." A two-time winner of the Gavin Report's smooth jazz artist of the year award, he returned in 1998 with "South of Midnight." He also collaborated with Boney James on the 2000 release "Shake It Up." "Kisses in the Rain" followed a year later.

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Andrew Neu: The Big Band Side of Andrew Neu

Read "The Big Band Side of Andrew Neu" reviewed by Jack Bowers

No matter where The Big Band Side of Andrew Neu has been hiding, it's a real kick and genuine pleasure to have it in plain sight and within earshot, especially as Neu has at his side a number of the Los Angeles area's most accomplished sidemen and no less than seven superlative guest artists who lend ...

Around The Horn

Label: Shanachie Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: So Strong; Pool Dancer; Love Take Me; We Don’t Talk Anymore; Everything Is Alright; In Common; I Love You More; Around The Horn; Vila Vita; Yellow; One South Beach Night

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rick Braun: Around The Horn

Read "Around The Horn" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

There's only so many ways you can go in jazz with the trumpet. Straight ahead and then a sharp left turn into more experimental improvisation paging (Miles Davis), a technically proficient if somewhat rigid traditionalist (Wynton Marsalis) or become a tasty, if unmemorable ingredient in the smooth jazz gumbo (Chuck Mangione). These are the ...

can you feel it

Label: Artistry Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Can You Feel It; Back to Back; Take Me To The River; Mallorca; Get Up And Dance; Another Kind Of Love; Delta; Silk; Radar; The Dream; Dr. Funkenstein

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rayford Griffin: Reflections of Brownie

Read "Reflections of Brownie" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Clifford Brown left a big legacy, in spite of living a lamentably short life--he died in a car accident in 1956, when he was just twenty-five years old. His recordings with drummer Max Roach endure as near-perfect works of art. Sets like Study in Brown (1956), Clifford Brown and Max Roach (1954), Clifford Brown and ...

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Heartfelt Performances And “remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Fest

Heartfelt Performances And “remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Fest

By Sean McKenzie As I watched the amazing lineup of jazz royalty remembering the true legend, Joe Sample, I had never been so moved by such a fitting musical tribute. I remember it was only a little over a year ago that Wayne Henderson had been given his regal sendoff. And now, amongst other Sample fans, ...

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"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

One of the featured attractions at this year’s Berks Jazz Festival (its 25th anniversary show) will be a special performance on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Reading, PA called “Remembering Joe Sample.” This special tribute to the world renowned pianist and composer who passed away last September was organized by musical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rick Braun: can you feel it

Read "can you feel it" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Celebrated trumpeter Rick Braun's release can you feel it is aptly titled. The veteran purveyor of the smooth jazz sound does not disappoint on his latest offering. Some of Braun's musical friends on this eleven song collection include: Brian Culbertson-piano, Euge Goove-tenor sax, Jeff Lorber-keyboards and guitar, Dave Koz-tenor sax, and Nate Phillips-bass.

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Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

New single from the late guitarist Jeff Golub debuts in the Billboard Top 20 ahead of Tuesday’s album release with sales benefitting The Golub family. New York, NY: A few days prior to New Year’s Day, the day guitarist Jeff Golub passed away at age 59, his frequent collaborators Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner ...


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