Category Archives: Featured Artists

Interviews with Smooth Jazz Artists

Remembering Al Jarreau

Take a breath. Start with this. If it wasn’t for Al Jarreau you wouldn’t be reading this because I wouldn’t be writing it here.. It’s that simple. On a summer…

Mindi Abair – Wild Hearted and Shakin’ Bones

Inspiration is a lifeline to creative people, whether you are a music star fronting a band or working mom who sneaks in some self time with paintbrush and canvas when the kids…

Boney James – A Conversation About FutureSoul

SV: 23 years and 15 albums if you count the collaboration with Rick Braun and the seasonal projects, which we do because people loved them. Other people have come and…

Old Friends: A Conversation With Al Jarreau

There is a spirit inside Al Jarreau’s latest album, “My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke “ that shows up with every note created by Jarreau and the gifted group of…

Bill Heller

Bill Heller If you’re a Rippingtons fan, then you already know the name Bill Heller, long time keyboardist for the pioneering smooth jazz group.  Over the years, you’ve heard him…

Euge Groove – A Conversation

Some people are flat out fun to talk to. Euge Groove is one of them. Smart, articulate, thoughtful and you can feel the warmth and positivity all the way across…

Chris Farr

Over the years, Smoothviews has featured many of the Philadelphia areas’ most talented musicians. There seems to be an abundance of talent in and around Philly. What are they doing…

Richard Waller

Once again tapping into the stable of musicians that play throughout the Berks Jazz Fest each year, SmoothViews had to feature one of the top notch drummers that has caught…

David P. Stevens

If you’ve been to the Berks Jazz Festival, and attended any of the Midnight Jam Sessions, you may be familiar with guitarist David P. Stevens.  He recently released his latest…

Maurice Ellis

Many times SmoothViews has mentioned how the Berks Jazz Festival introduces us to new artists and side musicians.  As soon as a band takes the stage, we are scanning the…