Phillip‘Doc’Martin a rising alto saxophone star who’s heartfelt, humble melodies are wooing live audiences across the country. Phillip’s third and current release Realization, features 14 new songs that don’t passively fit traditional smooth, instrumental or funky rhythm genres. His tunes flex, bounce & bend offering audiophiles a new sax diagnosis.Martin plays his horn with a warm and clear tone supplemented by a chronic range that takes you on a soulful and energetic journey.
Realization is a toe-tapping finger-snapping,get out of your-seat groove CD. Martin’s unique eclectic style takes you on a musical journey from smooth to straight ahead jazz. Jazz star Jeff Lorber says”Doc Martins horn always blows with the energy of a live club recording something sadly missing from most smooth jazz artists these days”.
Legendary George Benson says, Doc Martin is “Someone to watch!”In following his ambition, he attended the University of Central Florida and played as a sideman with Grammy Award winner Sam Rivers, Grammy nominee Kirk Whalum, Sunnie Paxton, Wes Hamrick & the Sounds of Soul. As Phillip continued to hone his skills, he became influenced by saxophone greats Charlie Parker, Grover Washington Jr.,Dave Koz & Gerald Albright.
For an enjoyable jazzy, R&B, and soulfully influenced musical experience that includes original compositions and a unique interpretation of some popular songs, you cannot go wrong with this latest musical excursion of the Jeanette Harris Band.
Reflections was released in 2007 and is now available at CDBaby.
Musician with a “mission”.
The person behind I.P. Network is Inge Wenzel, keyboard-player, composer and arranger with a goal: to give (unknown) talented musicians a chance to be heard and to bring contemporary Smooth Jazz on air in The Netherlands. As different styles have already integrated in the Dutch culture, she thinks Smooth Jazz is a natural move along the other styles of jazz and could be a “bridge” to people who are not familiar with any form of Jazz.
Eight-time GRAMMY® nominee Dave Koz remembers a time when the summers lasted forever, and the most popular rock, R&B, soul and funk bands of the day were propelled by high-octane, richly arranged horn sections. Indeed, from the late 1960s through the ‘70s, bands like Sly & the Family Stone, Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears and other brassy juggernauts of the era ruled the airwaves and opened his young ears to the saxophone’s limitless possibilities as a solo instrument as well as a collaborative voice with the trumpet and trombone.
Four decades later, Koz has assembled three of his most talented and trusted colleagues – Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair – to revisit this golden age with new arrangements of classic songs from this period in the history of popular music. Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns, produced by Paul Brown (Al Jarreau, George Benson, June Tabor, Boney James), is a collaborative effort that throws the spotlight on four high-profile saxophonists, and augments the team with several other equally talented musicians and vocalists. Summer Horns, set for release on June 11, 2013, on Concord Records, turns up the heat just in time for the summer tour season.
Individually, they are three titans of contemporary music: Rick Braun, the gifted trumpeter/flugelhornist with the golden voice; GRAMMY® Award-winning tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum, the Memphis-born wunderkind who mixes Beale Street, gospel, the blues and bop; and Norman Brown, the GRAMMY®-winning guitarist who brings a Louisiana lilt to his Wes Montgomery/George Benson influenced six-string soulful strut. They came together eleven years ago as the supergroup known as BWB and their historic album Groovin’, made them one of the most sought-after groups at that time.
This terrific triad reassembles with the June 18, 2013 release of Human Nature on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group (international release dates may vary). This long-awaited sequel to their debut project spotlights BWB’s stupendous reimaging of eleven selections made famous by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
2013 is a banner year for Smooth Jazz keyboardist Brian Simpson. Highlights from Just What You Need include a percolating “D’Groove” featuring sax icon Gerald Albright, the romantic “In the Rain” featuring Marc Antoine, a brilliant guest performance from Dave Koz on the Jobim classic “Girl From Ipanema”, and much, much more.
Both as a solo performer and the featured keyboardist and music director of the Dave Koz Band, Brian performs in front of an incredibly large number of smooth jazz fans on a non-stop basis. And as winner of the American Smooth Jazz Keyboardist of the Year Award, frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and music director of the Smooth Jazz Cruise, his visibility is tremendous.
Just What You Need is on sale at Amazon.com.