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December 20
Edition # 310
A Café Jazz
Christmas !

Special Presentation
'Tis the season... With the big day only a few days away, it's time again for our annual Christmas special. True to form we've chosen music consistent with ...

Highlights & Complete Play List:

Russ Freeman - Holiday
Plan 9 - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Greg Vail - Joy To The World
Chris Camozzi - Do You Hear ...
Michael Franks - Island Christmas
Chris Blizzard - Joy To The World

December 13
Edition # 309
Special EFX

It's now been almost twenty years since the release of the Special EFX self-titled debut cd. In the time since, band co-founder ..

Philippe Saisse
- Song for Saisse
NY Louie - Louie's Groove
Ricardo Silveira - Lua No Mar
Jason Weber - J Street
Sam McNally - Jubilation

December 6
Edition # 308
The Perfect Love
Pamela Williams

Perhaps one of the more underrated performers on the smooth jazz scene, and one that I personally prefer to refer to as the first lady ...

Charlie Wood - Better Days
Fred Smith - Wonderland
Rick Braun - To Manhattan With Love
Zig Noda - Do You Know
Sergio Caputo - Guess I Miss You Again

November 22
Edition # 307
Along the Way
Brian Hughes

On this, the first new release from Brian in about four years, the former Torontonian is joined by bassist Tim Landers, Neil Wilkinson, ...

Dave Koz - Just To Be Next To You
Kafele - Mellow Moonlight
David Benoit - Le Grand
The Bliss - Relax, Unwind
Marc Antoine - Senor Groove

November 8
Edition # 306
At Last
Ronny Jordan

This is now the sixth release for the London-born Jordan whose father was a preacher. As such, Gospel music was an integral part...

Amedeo - Dusty Roads
Oscar Lopez - Guitarra Guitarra
Darron McKinney - Shift Change
Will Downing - Daydreaming
RioListic - Bossa No.5

November 1
Edition # 305
Philly Style
Jeff Lorber

One of the true pioneers of contemporary instrumental music,
Jeff’s love of jazz began
while he attended ...

Alex Bugnon - Back in Love
Richard Smith - Sing A Song
Najee - La Smooth
Keiko Matsui - Precious Time
Poncho Sanchez - JB's Strut

October 25
Edition # 304
All the Way
Ken Navarro

As did many artists in the
Smooth Jazz genre, Navarro began his recording career as a premiere session player...

Eric Marienthal - Sweet Talk
Jeff Golub - Vibrolux
The Steven Lee Group - Double Play
Praful - 196 Dawn
Urban Jazz Coalition - Luquillo Beach

October 11
Edition # 303
Steve Cole

It was Steve's father who first exposed Steve to Jazz in its many varied forms. Following his father's example ...

Tom Colclough - Wonderland
Freddie Fox - My House
Finger Roll - Back on Track
Yulara - City Of Joy
Roger Sause - Magic Motion

October 4
Edition # 302
Come On Up
Brian Culbertson

Ever since he first burst onto the SJ scene not quite ten years ago, Culbertson’s name has become synonymous ...

Joel Rodney - Sunset on Swan Pond
A. Ray Fuller - Portuguese Love
Kirk Whalum - Another Beautiful Day
Kevin Chokan - Passin Thru
Special EFX - Mi Amore

September 27
Edition # 301
Radio Contact
Acoustic Alchemy

During the 1980s and '90s, the
duo of Greg Carmichael & the late Nick Webb produced a series of superb albums as they ...

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - Maui Rain
Andrew Oh - Summer Rain
Blake Aaron - So In Love
Paul Hardcastle - Signs of Life
Will Sumner - Off Shore

September 20
Edition # 300
The Very Best of
Café Jazz !
A Special Presentation

It was in the fall of 1997
that Café Jazz first crackled onto the airwaves. Now, six years, several hundred shows, and ...
Highlights & Complete Play List:
Boney James - Metropolis
Kat Hendrix - Before the Rain
The V.I.P. Club - Coconut Kiss
Allon Sams - Feelin' It
Fridrik Karlsson - Express It
Gregg Karukas - Blue Touch

September 6
Edition # 299
Let It Ripp
The Rippingtons

The concept for The Rippingtons
can be traced back to about 1987 or so, when a small record label in Japan contacted ...

Lawrence Barris - Seraphim
Jimmy Sommers - Havana Nights
Pamela Williams - Unconditional
Billy Paul Williams - Miles To Go
Bernie Williams - La Salsa En Mi

August 30
Edition # 298
Still Small Voice
Paul Jackson Jr.

A composer, arranger, producer and guitarist, Jackson is a
highly respected musician. He
attended U.S.C...

Chris Standring - Snowfall
Albert Calvo - Same Day Samba
Bass X - Vonnie
Chris Botti - Indian Summer
Ken Navarro - Bringing Down the House

August 23
Edition # 297

Nu Life Stories
Dave McMurray

McMurray first began in music
playing the clarinet but he switched to
the sax shortly after seeing
a performance by ...

Nick Colionne - High Flyin'
Zzah - Alegria E Aviero
The Heddon Street Band - Seeing is ... Simply Red - Sunrise
Brian Hughes - Brighter Day

July 12
Edition # 296
Sweet Spot
Kevin Toney

Toney’s first taste of success
in music can be traced back to the early 1970s when he worked with Donald Byrd...

Lisa Hilton - So Lucky
Jimmy Dludlu - Walk of Life
Igor - A Day In Sydney
Acoustic Alchemy - Milo
Michael Sims - Room With A Groove

July 5
Edition # 295
Nura (self-titled cd)

Originally hailing from Ottawa,
Nura studied voice training
at the Royal Conservatory
of Music in Toronto ...

Bernie Williams - Just Because
Jaared - Happy Times
Cabo Frio - Simple Call
Kem - Matter of Time
Hiroshima - Revelation

June 28
Edition # 294

Smooth Jazz in Canada Eh!
A Café Jazz Special Presentation

In anticipation of the forth-coming
Canada Day celebrations
we’re having a bit of a
celebration of our own...


Vince Mai - Pumpin
Four80East - Eastside
Kalabash - Vanilla Essence
Ray Garand & Steve Werbicki - Jag
Jamie Bonk - Rain
Maurice Gordon - Movin' With Your Love

June 21
Edition # 293

Night Grooves
Chieli Minucci

Minucci readily acknowledges
that he was pretty well born with music already running through his veins;
his father ...

Paul Taylor - Cantina
The Ron Paley Big Band - Jazz Is
Paul Jackson Jr. - Athens Park
Dave McMurray - Detroit to Cali
The Rippingtons - 17 Mile Drive

June 7
Edition # 292

In Deep
Marion Meadows

Meadows began in music on the clarinet, but switched to the sax as a teen. He played in both the school orchestra ...

Rayford Griffin -In Your Eyes
Steve Cole - NY LA
Noel Webb - Fever
UltraBlue - Blind
Kevin Toney - Sweet Spot

May 31
Edition # 291

Morning, Noon, & Night
Bob James

Bob first started playing the piano
at the age of four. As a teen he took part in several competitions
and frequently walked away ...

David Sanborn - Cristo Redentor
Acoustic Alchemy - No Messin'
Freddy Cole - Save A Little Time For Me
Paula Atherton & Interplay - Raining
De-Phazz - Looks

May 24
Edition # 290

Sunny Nights
Fortune Vinson Cruse

We can trace the beginnings of the Philadelphia-based trio to the mid 70's or so, when keyboardist
Dennis Fortune ...

Keiko Matsui - Forever, Forever
Nelson Rangell - Dedication
Boz Scaggs - What's New?
Dave McMurray - Mack Avenue
Brian Culbertson - Say What?

May 17
Edition # 289
Steve Briody (self-titled)
Steve Briody

You may very well have already
heard some of Steve’s work as many of his compositions have been used on radio & television...

Richard Elliot - Sweet Memories
Doc City - Wally's Badd
Eric Darius - Embrace
Gretchen Lieberum - Rapture of the Blue
Ultrablue - Nightgroove

May 10
Edition # 288
Gregg Karukas

Since around the time that he
first heard and saw the Beatles on TV, Karukas had dreamed
of playing ...

Ronald Turner
- Real Chocklett
Ronny Jordan - At Last
Bob James - Five O'Clock Chateau
Candy Dulfer - Finsbury Park, Café 67
Shahin & Sepehr - Norooz

May 3
Edition # 287
Dual Identity
Larry Gittens & Media

Gittens is a veteran musician
and versatile performer, whose musical story began in a small town in New Jersey...

Walter Beasley - Go With the Flow
Paul Jackson Jr. - It's A Shame
Acousticsol - If You Came Back
Daryl Hall - Cab Driver
The Rippingtons - Stingray

April 26
Edition # 286
Original Cinema
Spyro Gyra

The band was founded back in 1974
in Buffalo NY, and remains
one of the most well known and influential...

Fattburger - Irene
Fortune Vinson Cruse - For Tomorrow
Gerald Veasley - Sarah's Song
Shahin & Sepehr - Fellow Travelers
Shelby Brown - It Feels So Good  

April 19
Edition # 285
Bridge the Gap
Les Sabler

Born and raised in Montreal, Sabler graduated as a jazz major from Concordia University before relocating to Florida’s West Coast ...

Tom Scott - Holding Back the Years
Peter Kater -   Red Moon 
Peter White - Charlotte's Song
Solar Wind -  Catalina Breeze 
Steve Briody - 6 AM

April 5
Edition # 284
Bobby Lyle

A versatile pianist and keyboardist, Lyle has for most of his career straddled musical boundaries. A native of Minneapolis...

Bob James - Baby Cakes
Rod Tate - Let's Roll
Willie Hill - Did You Give Thanks
Tony Adamo - When Love Comes ...
Nura - Rue Clarendon

March 29
Edition # 283
Just Chillin'
Norman Brown

Growing up in Kansas City, Brown was only eight when he first became interested in playing guitar...

Mindi Abair
- As Good As It Gets
Luis Villegas - Whittier Boulevard
Doc Powell - Ode to Chet
Althea Rene - Secret Smile
Fortune Vinson Cruse - Creek Lane

March 22
Edition # 282
Urban Jazz Coalition

The ensemble is a talented septet of musicians that call Columbus Ohio home. They first broke onto...

Keiko Matsui
- Venus of the Sea
Clifford Adams - Love's Gonna Get You
Bobby Lyle - Give Me Your Heart
Rik Emmett - Steady Burn
Nelson Rangell - Look Again

March 15
Edition # 281
Shadow of the Cat
Gato Barbieri

Although he recently celebrated his 70th birthday, the Argentine-born saxman’s music is still bursting
with passion ...

Stanley Clarke
- Just Cruzin'
Jeff Lorber - Gigabyte
Doc City - 1257
Carol Welsman -You Take Me Away
Tom Scott - Feeling It

February 22
Edition # 280
Midnight Morning
Greg Adams

Adams was a founding member of Tower of Power, and the man behind the groundbreaking sound
and style of the...

George Shelby - First Kiss
Fourplay - Ju-Ju
David Lanz - Romantica
Ed Johnson - Over That Wave
Les Sabler - Bridge the Gap

February 15
Edition # 279
Gentle Force
3rd Force

At its nucleus, the group is an instrumental trio composed of William Aura, Craig Dobbin, & Alain Eskinasi. Each is a multi-instrumentalist...

Chuck Yamek -
The Crusaders  - Viva de Funk
J. Thompson - Tell Me The Truth
Yanni - Never Too Late
Don Diego - This Must Be Heaven

February 8
Edition # 278
A Thousand Stories
Turning Point

The group now has six excellent releases to their credit and tours extensively, appearing in over 200 live performances...

Gato Barbieri - Last Tango
Larry Gittens & Media - Joe's Sample
Darrell Diaz - Las Guardias
Chieli Minucci - Foolin' Around Again
Spyro Gyra - Cape Town Love

February 1
Edition # 277
Hardcastle III
Paul Hardcastle

In 1984 or so, the young Brit
was starting to make quite a bit of a name for himself with his infectious blend...

Jonathan Butler - Pata Pata
Victor Fields - Bluesette
Samantha Siva - Spirit Chaser
City of Sound - City of Sound
Urban Jazz Coalition -Noches Calientes

January 25
Edition # 276
Russ Freeman
Freeman's name is most often heard in association with the Rippingtons, one of the last decade's most popular SJ ensembles. Long-time fans...

Les Sabler
- Reasons
George Scott - Fireplace
Billy Eric - Wherever the Tide Takes Us
Curtis Macdonald - Shadow Crossing
Above the Clouds - My All-Star

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