Saturday, August 31, 2013

James Colah

The latest release from London England-based Keyboards player, songwriter and producer James Colah is the force of coolness, tasty, stylish contemporary jazz with his original tunes. The Coast Radio Jazz & Soul, has me wondering my Jazz Pursuit of Happiness in Smooth Jazz. I've listened to many astounding Smooth Jazz tracks by various artists. One in particular, the amazing keyboardist, producer, songwriter- James Colah who sent us a pre-release copy of his new song "Take Me Higher", soon to be released around mid- August, 2013.

James who has never sung before made his first attempt to sing. This was very exciting for us to hear his first jazz-soulful vocal track, it was electrify and blew us away. My words exactly, "Is that you James?" I didn't know you could sing? His cool, elegant, breezy style is captivating and his jazz ability will speak to those who appreciate the finer things in life! Don’t miss “Better Days, To Be With You, Come with me, Ocean Tide, Touched by the light, Blissful, Moment In Time, Say It Back, Could it be and now Take Me Higher ” from this cool new project… it’s intoxicating! It will Take your breath away.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Grant Harrison

Grant Harrison,  a newcomer on the music scene, it’s hard to tell music wasn’t his first love. With a knack for songwriting and performing that can’t be taught, this young singer/ songwriter is creating a buzz around Houston and he’s humble enough to not even realize it.

Starting out by drumming on pots and pans as a 3-year-old (like most kids), Grant eventually moved past cookware and toy xlyophones and learned piano at a young age. Raised in a family deeply rooted in the church, he grew up watching his mother sing in the praise band and quickly added singing to his repertoire of skills. He learned to play the guitar when his sister received one for Christmas and he was able to snag it when she wasn’t looking. The ukulele and the mandolin made their way into his arsenal of instruments as well.

“Once I had access to an instrument, I couldn’t put it down,” Grant recalls. “I took up percussion in school and at 12, I joined the praise band at my church.”

As his appreciation for music and instrumentation grew,
“Songwriting became such a passion that it overruled any ability to pay attention in class,” he said. “All I wanted to do was write. I would sit in class and hear the music as the lyrics came to me. I couldn’t get to my guitar fast enough.”

As a fresh face on the scene, Grant is in the enviable position to march to the beat of his own drum. Influences include the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago while whispered comparisons to Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars and John Mayer abound as he performs. But, Grant is determined to be as unique as possible.

“What can I say? I love music. I love God. That's what Grant Harrison is all about.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

JazzBoy- The Coast Radio

Dino Fiumara  Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA Dino has been exposed to a rich environment of music, art and theater since as a child. At the Conservatory of Naples Italy, this is where Dino began his early piano instruction. Dino learned everything from his Grandmother and Father's endless talents and wisdom. At West Virginia University Dino auditioned and became part of the WVU Big Band.

Performing with experiences included concerts with Vince DiMartino from the Old Tonight Show Band, and Chris Vadella, long time performer with Chuck Mangione. Continuing his education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Dino began studying Jazz and Classical Piano with David Budway, recording artist with Hubert Laws, and musical director for Jeff Tane Watts, Liza Minnelli. Dino became part of the prestigious Duquesne Big Band, which led to intense performances with the great Slide Hampton, Herbie Mann, and Tony Williams (who wanted Dino to go on the road with him, however he was too young at the time and wanted to complete his studies). This was a GREAT HONOR bestowed upon him at such an early age from one of the Legends of Jazz.
Dino has performed with such notable Artists as: Barbara Morrison, Dean Koba, Roger Humphrys, Marco Panascia, Stanly Turrentine, Chris Vadella,Herbi Mann, Slide Hampton, Joe Negri, Peppe Merolla, Randy Purcell, Victor Manecchia, Narding Sanchez, Scotty Hood, Stewart Loseby, Richard Brisco, Reggie Watkins, Jeri De Leon, Eddie Layman, Christy Smith, Louis Soliano, and many more....

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Kenny Garret

Kenny Garrett-is a Grammy Award-winning American post bop jazz saxophonist and flautist who gained fame in his youth as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and of Miles Davis's band. He has since pursued a critically acclaimed solo career. Most recently he joined a group of jazz musicians, The Five Peace Band.
Kenny Garrett was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 9, 1960; he is a 1978 graduate of Mackenzie High School. His father was a carpenter who played tenor saxophone as a hobby. Garrett's own career as a saxophonist took off when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1978, then led by Duke's son, Mercer Ellington. Three years later he played in the Mel Lewis Orchestra, playing the music of Thad Jones, and also the Dannie Richmond Quartet, focusing on Charles Mingus's music.
In 1984, he recorded his first album as a bandleader, Introducing Kenny Garrett, on the CrissCross label. He then recorded two albums with Atlantic Records: Prisoner of Love and African Exchange Student. Garrett signed to the Warner Bros. Records label, and beginning with Black Hope, in 1992, he has continued to record with them. Among his notable recordings on Warner Bros. are Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane, recorded in 1996, and Songbook, his first album made up entirely of his own compositions, recorded in 1997 and nominated for a Grammy Award. During his career, Garrett has performed and recorded with many jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Brian Blade, Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones, and Mulgrew Miller.

While Garrett is best known in many circles for the five years he spent playing with Miles Davis during Miles' electric period, he states that he has become accustomed to the association: Herbie Hancock, they always mention Miles Davis, or Wayne Shorter Read More 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Joel Del Rosario

Joel Del Rosario

In the mid-90's, Joel was an intern at A&R. He played guitar in an R&B Band and helped produce. He wrote music for a small record label and studied under tutelage of Elroy Jones (Stanley Jordan) 

Calm in The Storm is one of Rosario's  best work. We expect to hear more from Joel. 

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Kennis Jones

 Kennis  Jones,  flair for music  came at an early age where his father sang with Sam Cook and with the Wings of Faith gospel group. Kennis decided to go to California to pursue his music career. After initially spending time with members of Earth Wind and Fire, Kennis eventually got an interview with Smokey Robinson. Smokey immediately signed Kennis as a personal songwriter.

Kennis wrote many songs for Smokey, a couple of which were released, including the excellent cut “If we’re gonna act like lovers” from the Big Time soundtrack. Kennis also wrote another tune for Smokey Robinson “I’m Loving You Softly” for his Love Breeze album. Facebook

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