Remembering Joe Sample

Friday night. Actually Saturday morning. I was binge watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. A girl’s gotta have her escape hatch after another 8 hours in that spiritual black hole known…


Brian Culbertson – meditative music out now and energized live album coming soon

Brian Culbertson is finally doing a live album. Live performances by contemporary jazz artists, especially those on the smooth side, are generally more energized and exciting than their studio releases….


Al Jarreau – My Old Friend – Celebrating George Duke

“There are times when you find a piece of music written by somebody else and you just get swept away by what they were saying in the song. Very often…


2014 Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival

This year marks the 15th anniversary of this wonderful little festival in St. Mary’s County, MD that has been growing in popularity over the years. Before I get into the…


Mindi Abair at Blues Alley, Washington, DC

A rainy and humid summer night in Georgetown did not dampen the spirits of 125 people who came out to Blues Alley for Mindi Abair’s CD release party. Her latest…


Style Meets Substance – Marcus Anderson

On Style Meets Substance Marcus Anderson has done something that few artists have managed to pull off. He has created an album that is fresh and thrilling without completely jumping…


Jonathan Butler on Tavis Smiley Show

Tune in or set your DVR’s to the Tavis Smiley Show on Friday, July 18th to see Tavis’ interview with Jonathan Butler. Jonathan’s new album, Living My Dream, released on…


Rick Braun – Can You Feel It

After taking a two album break from the music that has defined the sound of Rick Braun and put him at the top of the trumpet game for so long,…


Summer Horns Tour 2014

It’s 11pm. I’m rolling on 5 hours of sleep and facing down another exhausting day at work but I just got hit by a blast of energy that is so…


Jackiem Joyner – Evolve

Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner recently released Evolve, his 5th CD. Joyner wrote and produced all 11 songs on his latest project. He calls this CD Evolve because it is a reflection…