Steve Cole – Pulse

There are many saxophone players in the world of smooth and contemporary jazz, and it can sometimes be difficult to sort them all out.  But there are some that stand…

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…

Jazz/Funk/Soul – Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, and Everette Harp @ The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

It was a warm summer night and there was another great concert scheduled at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, MD.  I was excited about seeing this…

Brian Culbertson goes indie for Another Long Night Out

Brian Culbertson was a college student living with three roommates in an apartment that was over a costume shop on a busy street when he recorded the demo tracks that landed…

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…

Althea Rene is “In The Flow”

SV: I was a Motown junkie when I was a kid, when all those classic singles were coming out in the mid sixties so I totally flipped out when I…

Nick Colionne and Steve Cole Tear It Up in Bethesda, Maryland

On a beautiful August evening in Bethesda, Maryland, a sizable crowd gathered in the new Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club to hear Chicago natives Nick Colionne and Steve Cole. The…

5th Annual Low Country Jazz Festival – Charleston, SC

The 5th Annual Low Country Jazz Festival will take place August 30 – September 1, 2013 in Charleston, SC, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Proceeds benefit “Closing the…

Keyboardist, George Duke, Dies at Age 67

(Reprinted from jazzwisemagazine.com, 8/5/2013) It has been reported veteran jazz, R&B, funk and fusion keyboard virtuoso George Duke has died aged 67. This news comes after a difficult period for…