Top Jazz Tracks Week of March 5
Nick Colionne is back with a new number one this week. Morning Call is the second number one off of The Journey, and if you like those tracks, you will like the entire album. Marc Antoine is back in the top ten this week with Why Not, featuring Philippe Saisse.
|1||Morning Call||Nick Colionne||Buy Amazon|
|2||Do I Do||Peter White||Buy Amazon|
|3||Joy Ride||Adam Hawley||Buy Amazon|
|4||I Am||Kayla Waters Featuring Kim Waters||Buy Amazon|
|5||So Cool||Doc Powell Featuring Melvin Jones||Buy Amazon|
|6||I Want You Girl||BWB||Buy Amazon|
|7||Back At It||Vandell Andrew||Buy Amazon|
|8||Tuesday Swings||Jazz Funk Soul||Buy Amazon|
|9||Back To Your Heart||Lindsey Webster||Buy Amazon|
|10||Why Not||Marc Antoine Featuring Philippe Saisse||Buy Amazon|
The Cincinnati Music Festival has been going on since 1962. It was then called Ohio Valley Jazz Festival, where it was an all-jazz affair. It has since evolved into a two-day festival that features some of the biggest names and upcoming artists on the scene. This year will be no different.
Cincinnati Music Festival 2017 will take place on Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th at Paul Brown Stadium.
The 2017 edition will feature a nice mix of old-school and current R&B. Mary J Blige will headline the Friday night show, and Usher will headline Saturday night’s event. One of my favorite funk bands, ConFunkShun will be performing on night two. The band was formed in Vallejo (San Francisco Bay Area) and with hits like Too Tight, Ffun, and Ms. Got The Body, they had that funk backbone. They also had the slow jams – Baby I’m Hooked and I’m Leaving Baby showcased their versatility.
The Bay Area will also be represented on Friday, as En Vogue will be harmonizing for you. Fun Fact: Their producers, Foster and McElroy were members of the group Club Nouveau. Remember them??
Here is the lineup for each day:
Friday, July 28th
- Mary J Blige
- Bell Biv Devoe
- En Vogue
Saturday, July 29th
- Anthony Hamilton
On July 27th, there will be a pre-party called Party With A Purpose. It will be hosted by Doug E. Fresh, and it will feature Kid Capri and Rob Base. For this event, a $5 donation from each ticket will go to the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitor Bureau Hospitality Initiative.
Sounds like a great weekend to me!
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Known for his impeccable chops, melodic wizardry and keen compositional prowess, trumpeter, composer and producer Rick Braun has been thrilling audiences for decades. Having clenched over 20 #1 Smooth Jazz hits, Braun has collaborated with the best in contemporary jazz including Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Peter White, Dave Koz, Boney James and Brian Culbertson, to name a few. The highly versatile musician has also made a mark collaborating with pop stars like Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Sade, REO Speedwagon, and Natalie Cole.
Rick Braun is back and dare I say, better than ever? Around The Horn is the title of the new album, and I know that it is probably cliche to say that it is possibly his best…..but I am saying that this album is his best to date. There are some interesting grooves and rhythms here, and he has some guest appearances that take the album to the next level.
Here are some of the highlights:
The album leads off with the track, So Strong. An uptempo track that reminds me of the classic, Mas Que Nada. There’s nothing wrong with that! If you find yourself driving down a highway near the coast, this song will be a part of that soundtrack.
Pool Dancer breaks it down to showcase a little funk. His horn just sits right inside of that groove, and for me, it is a misnomer. I am visualizing a chill out session at a Las Vegas pool. The weather is hot, but not scorching, and everyone is just chillin’. I will not be mad if you want to get up and dance though.
We always love a good slow jam. Especially a slow jam with a swing beat. Lindsey Webster lends her talent to the track, Love Take Me, and I must say that this my new favorite song. Braun expertly plays off of Webster’s lead, and he takes over at the end with his signature sound. One South Beach Night is the same song, with Braun supplying the lead.
The first single off of the album, We Don’t Talk Anymore is a remake off the Charlie Puth/Selina Gomez song. I was lukewarm on the original, but this version is the blueprint for those who are thinking about putting their spin on a current pop song. Oh, by the way, Peter White makes the first of two guest appearances on this track.
If you need a song or two to pick you up, just listen to Everything is Alright and In Common. Both tracks have an upbeat vibe that will get you going. By the way, In Common is Braun’s interpretation of the Alicia Keys song.
I Love You More is a slow jam with a reggae feel to it. With just a hint of backing vocals, this track is one of the highlights of the album. The title track, Around The Horn has a nice island groove. This features another great horn player, Till Bronner.
Around The Horn is one of the great albums of 2017, and I am sure that we will be hearing many singles off of the album.
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