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Smooth Jazz Network The originators of the term SMOOTH JAZZ and the SMOOTH JAZZ radio format... Serving over 100 radio s http://www.SmoothJazzNetwork.com/

The Smooth Jazz Network was established in 1990.

It is a worldwide 24 hour a day radio network with programs broadcast on over 25 stations worldwide. The network hosts include: Sandy Kovach mornings, Miranda Wilson middays, Allen Kepler afternoons and Maria Lopez nights. The network also broadcasts 24 hours a day on iHeart Radio at http://www.SmoothJazzNetwork.com/

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Ryan La Valette - Music has this week's #1 song on our #Top20 countdown! Congratulations! See the full chart on our webs...
09/29/2022

Ryan La Valette - Music has this week's #1 song on our #Top20 countdown! Congratulations! See the full chart on our website!

Check out this week's #Top20 songs! Find links to each song at bit.ly/SJNTop20
09/25/2022

Check out this week's #Top20 songs! Find links to each song at bit.ly/SJNTop20

#1 this week goes to Paul Brown! Congratulations! See the full #Top20 on our website and download our app to listen to t...
09/24/2022

#1 this week goes to Paul Brown! Congratulations! See the full #Top20 on our website and download our app to listen to the show Sunday 12 PM EST!

#BehindTheBeats this week with musician, artist, and filmmaker Belton Mouras Jr. Check it out on our website!
09/20/2022

#BehindTheBeats this week with musician, artist, and filmmaker Belton Mouras Jr. Check it out on our website!

Last years' Best Artist winner Willie Bradley (solo) sat down with us for this week's #BehindTheBeats interview! Check i...
09/14/2022

Last years' Best Artist winner Willie Bradley (solo) sat down with us for this week's #BehindTheBeats interview! Check it out on our website!

We say farewell to a music legend.
09/12/2022

We say farewell to a music legend.

JAZZ PIANIST & NEA JAZZ MASTER RAMSEY LEWIS DIES AT HIS CHICAGO HOME, SEPTEMBER 12, AT THE AGE OF 87

Jazz pianist, three-time Grammy winner, and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis, who successfully crossed over from the Jazz charts to the Pop charts, most notably with his smash hit “The In Crowd,” died peacefully at his home in Chicago on the morning of September 12. He was 87.

Ramsey E. Lewis Jr. was born in Chicago on May 27, 1935. Growing up in the Cabrini Green housing project, he began taking piano lessons at age four and played piano at church, where his father was choir director. A jazz fan who played lots of Duke Ellington and Art Tatum at home and took his son to jazz concerts, Ramsey Lewis Sr. encouraged Ramsey to embrace that music.

When Ramsey was a freshman at Wells High School, saxophonist and pianist Wallace Burton, a fellow church musician whose jazz ventures had enticed Ramsey, asked him to join his band, the Clefs, a septet of collegians that blended jazz and R&B. Lewis needed to familiarize himself with bebop and other jazz styles but learned on the run. After the outbreak of the Korean War, the military draft claimed several members of the Clefs, including Burton. The three members who didn’t get drafted—Lewis, bassist Eldee Young, and drummer Redd Holt—formed what would become known as the classic Ramsey Lewis Trio.

In 1956, they released their first album, Ramsey Lewis and His Gentlemen of Jazz, on the Chess label. Three years later, Lewis was invited to perform with the trio at Birdland in New York. Their three-week gig led to performances at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Village Vanguard, and recordings with Max Roach, Clark Terry, and Sonny Stitt.

Lewis broke through in a big way in 1965 with the early crossover smash, “The In Crowd.” The elegantly funky, Grammy-winning song (written by Dobie Gray) was followed by two more chart-toppers, “Hang on Sloopy” and “Wade in the Water.”

After Young and Holt left to form their own group, Lewis continued in the trio format with bassist Cleveland Eaton and future Earth, Wind & Fire eminence Maurice White on drums. He subsequently experimented on electronic keyboards in more expansive settings. A high point was his 1974 album Sun Goddess, produced by White and featuring members of Earth, Wind & Fire (whose falsetto specialist Philip Bailey he would tour with years later). The recording established Lewis as a fusion music icon with broad appeal.

Over the years, Lewis has performed and recorded in a remarkable variety of musical settings. Throughout the ’70s, he embraced R&B and Latin music without abandoning mainstream jazz. In 1983, on the album Reunion, he reconstituted his most famous trio.

In 1995, he introduced the crossover supergroup Urban Knights, featuring Grover Washington Jr., Earl Klugh, and Dave Koz. Urban Knights I was the first of eight albums by the band. In 2005, returning to his gospel roots, Lewis recorded With One Voice, which earned him the Stellar Gospel Music Award for Best Gospel Instrumental Album.

Among his many honors were five honorary doctorate degrees and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist. “The In Crowd” single was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and his personal memorabilia reside at the Smithsonian Institution. Lewis received a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award, which placed him in the hallowed company of such piano legends as Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Dr. Billy Taylor, and Cecil Taylor.

In his late eighties, Lewis still connected with younger generations. His monthly Saturday Salon livestream series, produced during the pandemic by his wife Jan, was critically acclaimed. His forthcoming album, The Beatles Songbook: The Saturday Salon Series, Volume One, which will be released November 11 by Steele Records, was drawn from the livestream performances. Ramsey also spent the last year of his life working on his memoir Gentleman of Jazz with his co-writer Aaron Cohen. The book will be released via Blackstone Publishing in 2023.

Ramsey Lewis is survived by his loving wife Janet Lewis; daughters Denise Jeffries and Dawn Allain (Michael); sons Kendall Kelly Lewis, Frayne Lewis (Juletta), and Bobby Lewis (Crystal); grandchildren Apryl Daniels (Dennis), Regan Lewis, Kris Jeffries (Nailah), Joshua Allain, Junell Lewis, Malachi Lewis, Aja Alain, Jordan Lewis, Ramsey Lewis IV, Dorien Olson-Lewis, Miyoshie Lewis, Meshach Lewis, Taylor Lewis, Kevai Lewis, Frayne Lewis Jr., Niya Lewis, and Asia Lewis; great-grandchildren Jalen Simmons, Dennis Daniels III, Omari Jackson; nieces Paula Jackson and Kimberly Johnson; and nephew James Johnson. He was predeceased by his sons Ramsey Lewis III and Kevyn Lewis.

“Ramsey’s passion for music was truly fueled by the love and dedication of his fans across the globe. He loved touring and meeting music lovers from so many cultures and walks of life. It was our family’s great pleasure to share Ramsey in this special way with all those who admired his God-given talents. We are forever grateful for your support.” —Jan Lewis

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Jazz Foundation of America at www.jazzfoundation.org

Did you see? Jeffery Smith is back at #1 this week with Jazz Party! See the #Top20 on our website!
09/12/2022

Did you see? Jeffery Smith is back at #1 this week with Jazz Party! See the #Top20 on our website!

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour dates are live! Check it out below!
09/07/2022
Dave Koz 25th annual Christmas Tour Dates Set

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour dates are live! Check it out below!

Each year Dave Koz and Friends plan a coast to coast Christmas tour. This year's first stop is Atlanta on November 25th. They're working their way west to wrap up in California on December 23rd. See all the dates and get your tickets here. Performers include Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Peter White, Rebecc...

@Brian Culbertson Official's Napa Valley Jazz Getaway has announced a few performers! Tickets are already on sale for se...
09/04/2022
Culbertson's Napa Valley Jazz Getaway 2023 Partial Lineup Announced

@Brian Culbertson Official's Napa Valley Jazz Getaway has announced a few performers! Tickets are already on sale for select presale groups!

The 10th annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway hosted by Brian Culbertson has announced a partial lineup for their 2023 event. So far artists announced include: Brian Culbertson The Whispers Confunkshun Eric Darius Marcus Anderson Michael Lington Pieces of A Dream Noel Gourdin The BC Band The event takes....

We've got a new #1 song this week! Links to the songs are at bit.ly/SJNTop20
09/02/2022

We've got a new #1 song this week! Links to the songs are at bit.ly/SJNTop20

Cindy Bradley's single "Drive" is this week's #1 song! Congratulations! See the full #Top20 chart at bit.ly/SJNTop20
09/01/2022

Cindy Bradley's single "Drive" is this week's #1 song! Congratulations! See the full #Top20 chart at bit.ly/SJNTop20

Michael Lington 's new single “Play” is currently climbing the Smooth Jazz Charts and this past week we were able to gra...
08/28/2022
Michael Lington: Behind the Beats

Michael Lington 's new single “Play” is currently climbing the Smooth Jazz Charts and this past week we were able to grab a few moments with the talented saxophonist #BehindtheBeats

Each week we'll take you 'Behind the Beats' to learn more about the artists that play on our airwaves. This week: Michael Lington. Michael Lington’s new single “Play” is currently climbing the Smooth Jazz Charts and this past week we were able to grab a few moments with the talented saxophonis...

Check out this week's #Top20 chart! Links to the songs at bit.ly/SJNTop20
08/26/2022

Check out this week's #Top20 chart!
Links to the songs at bit.ly/SJNTop20

@Dave Koz has this week's #1 song! congrats! See the full #Top20 chart on our website!
08/25/2022

@Dave Koz has this week's #1 song! congrats! See the full #Top20 chart on our website!

Sad news, Sade’s longtime producer / collaborator Mike Pela has passed away. Click the article below to read the band's ...
08/24/2022
Sade's Longtime Collaborator Mike Pela Passes Away

Sad news, Sade’s longtime producer / collaborator Mike Pela has passed away. Click the article below to read the band's statement.

Sade’s longtime producer / collaborator Mike Pela has passed away. The band's website wrote on July 25th: Sade’s longtime collaborator and Grammy Award winning producer, sound engineer, and mixer Mike Pela passed away this weekend after a sudden illness whilst travelling in Italy. He was deeply ...

Take a minute to download our NEW FREE APP and listen to us whenever, wherever you like! The Top 20 airs this morning & ...
08/20/2022
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Take a minute to download our NEW FREE APP and listen to us whenever, wherever you like! The Top 20 airs this morning & tomorrow morning at Noon ET!

"Champagne Nights with Maria Lopez" is the best way to unwind after your day. Maria Lopez sets the mood and takes you on a smooth and silky journey with sultry and smooth music all night long!

We've got a couple  new tunes on the #Top20 this week! Links to all the songs on our website!
08/19/2022

We've got a couple new tunes on the #Top20 this week! Links to all the songs on our website!

Ragan Whiteside Music  rises to #1 this week with "Thrill Ride." Congratulations! See the full #Top20 chart at bit.ly/SJ...
08/18/2022

Ragan Whiteside Music rises to #1 this week with "Thrill Ride." Congratulations! See the full #Top20 chart at bit.ly/SJNTop20

Have you seen Leopfollowme perform?? You've got to watch this guy dance and work the sax... millions of YouTube views an...
08/17/2022
YouTube Phenom Leo P Signs with Shanachie

Have you seen Leopfollowme perform?? You've got to watch this guy dance and work the sax... millions of YouTube views and now he's signed with Shanachie Entertainment and has an album coming!

Dancing, Bari Sax phenom Leo P signs with Shanachie Entertainment and we cannot stop watching him! Leo P has millions of YouTube views on his videos ranging from performances with a full orchestra, to performing with 'Too Many Zoos' on the subway. Leo P describes himself on Facebook as "Leo P the da...

Ragan Whiteside Music spoke with us for this week's Behind the Beats interview! Check it out!
08/16/2022

Ragan Whiteside Music spoke with us for this week's Behind the Beats interview! Check it out!

Lots of new music on the #Top100 this week! Check out the chart & visit our website to see who was new & who moved 10+ s...
08/14/2022

Lots of new music on the #Top100 this week! Check out the chart & visit our website to see who was new & who moved 10+ spots this week!

New #1 song this week! Check out the full Top 20 chart below! Links to all the songs on our website at bit.ly/SJNTop20
08/13/2022

New #1 song this week! Check out the full Top 20 chart below! Links to all the songs on our website at bit.ly/SJNTop20

Jeffery Smith has this week's #1 song... "Jazz Party." Congratulations! See the full #Top20 chart at bit.ly/SJNTop20
08/12/2022

Jeffery Smith has this week's #1 song... "Jazz Party." Congratulations! See the full #Top20 chart at bit.ly/SJNTop20

New music is coming to our network -- check out the trailer below to the short film "Mickey's Tree" and catch a sneak pe...
08/11/2022
"Mickey’s Tree” Short Film Sending Some Smooth Music Our Way

New music is coming to our network -- check out the trailer below to the short film "Mickey's Tree" and catch a sneak peak of the new single. Mickeystree

New music is coming to the Smooth Jazz Network airwaves soon. It's a tune from a short film that debuted at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival this year. Check out what the filmmakers have to say about it and watch the trailer below: MICKEY’S TREE, A Forty Minute Film has been deve...

This week's Behind the Beats interview is with Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr., and Everette Harp of the supergroup Jazz F...
08/09/2022

This week's Behind the Beats interview is with Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr., and Everette Harp of the supergroup Jazz Funk Soul.

They've got a new album out now and we'll take you behind the beats! Just click the article below!

Listen Today! Download our new FREE app on iPhone or Android!7 AM PT Smooth Weekend9 AM PT Top 20 Countdown11 PM PT Smoo...
08/07/2022

Listen Today! Download our new FREE app on iPhone or Android!

7 AM PT Smooth Weekend
9 AM PT Top 20 Countdown
11 PM PT Smooth Jazz Classics
1 PM PT The Dave Koz Radio Show

Check out this week's #Top100! Congrats to all our artists! Find links to the #Top20 songs at bit.ly/SJNTop20
08/06/2022

Check out this week's #Top100! Congrats to all our artists!
Find links to the #Top20 songs at bit.ly/SJNTop20

The #Top20 songs of the week are here! Congrats to all the artists! Tune in Saturday at 9 AM PT to listen to them -- and...
08/06/2022

The #Top20 songs of the week are here! Congrats to all the artists! Tune in Saturday at 9 AM PT to listen to them -- and don't forget we've got a new app now to listen wherever you are!

Find it at www.smoothjazznetwork.com/listen

Kim Scott has this week's #1 song, "Shine!" See the full  #Top20 chart on our website! bit.ly/SJNTop20
08/05/2022

Kim Scott has this week's #1 song, "Shine!" See the full #Top20 chart on our website! bit.ly/SJNTop20

Kenny G performed on a metal tune with his son Max Gorelick but he says it wasn't him in the video... do we believe him?...
08/04/2022
Kenny G Guests With Son On Metal Band Tune...It's INTENSE

Kenny G performed on a metal tune with his son Max Gorelick but he says it wasn't him in the video... do we believe him? Look at the hair!

Kenny G guest performed with his son Max Gorelick on metal band Imperial Triumphant's latest tune. Watching the video everyone is masked but a certain long haired performer with a saxophone stands out. Now, Kenny G did perform on the track but he wrote on instagram, "PS - that’s not me in the vide...

"Wine and Jazz" started as  a wine club but has grown into much more. Check out the interview with Mindi Abair and you'l...
07/31/2022
Mindi Abair: Behind the Beats (and Wine)

"Wine and Jazz" started as a wine club but has grown into much more. Check out the interview with Mindi Abair and you'll also find links to a couple of her curated playlists to listen to while you sip!

Each week we'll take you 'Behind the Beats' to learn more about the artists that play on our airwaves. This week, we're talking to Mindi Abair about not just her music, but her wine! Mindi Abair is back with yet another hit single titled “Nothing Ever Hurt Like You” and in talking with Mindi abo...

Check out this week's #Top20 songs! We're playing them on the air (or on our free app) Saturday morning 9PT or Noon ET. ...
07/30/2022

Check out this week's #Top20 songs! We're playing them on the air (or on our free app) Saturday morning 9PT or Noon ET.

Links to the songs at bit.ly/SJNTop20

Marcus Anderson has this week's #1 song..."Soul Ties," congratulations! See the full #Top20 and #Top100 charts on our we...
07/29/2022

Marcus Anderson has this week's #1 song..."Soul Ties," congratulations! See the full #Top20 and #Top100 charts on our website!

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival is coming to Charleston this Labor Day Weekend! Check out the lineup!
07/28/2022
Lowcountry Jazz Festival Coming Labor Day Weekend

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival is coming to Charleston this Labor Day Weekend! Check out the lineup!

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival kicks off Labor Day weekend in Charleston, South Carolina raising money for Closing the Gap in Healthcare, Inc. Performances this year include: Marqueal Jordan Lindsey Webster Dee Lucas Robert Glasper Norman Brown Brian Simpson ft Gerey Johnson Gerald Albright Marcus Mil...

This week's Behind the Beats interview is with Greg Manning (Greg Manning Music Page) Check it out!
07/24/2022
Greg Manning: Behind the Beats

This week's Behind the Beats interview is with Greg Manning (Greg Manning Music Page) Check it out!

Each week we'll take you 'Behind the Beats' to learn more about the artists that play on our airwaves. This week: Greg Manning. Greg Manning recently released his compelling and emotional new single “A Song For Peace.” We grabbed a few minutes this week and caught up with the talented keyboardis...

Paul Taylor has this week's #1 song with "Friday @5" Congratulations! See the full Top 20 chart at bit.ly/SJNTop20
07/22/2022

Paul Taylor has this week's #1 song with "Friday @5" Congratulations! See the full Top 20 chart at bit.ly/SJNTop20

Wanna take in some smooth jazz on the Florida coast this summer? Check out the Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition this ...
07/20/2022
Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition Lineup Announced

Wanna take in some smooth jazz on the Florida coast this summer? Check out the Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition this coming Labor Day weekend!

Two days of smooth jazz are coming to a Pensacola, Florida beach this September! The Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition will take place September 3rd and 4th. Performing artists include: Rick Braun, Boney James, Jonathan Butler, Vincent Ingala, Greg Manning, Jeanette Harris, Gino Rosaria, Incognito...

#1 song of the week goes to @Michael Broening Productions ! Congrats! See the full #top20 chart and links to the songs a...
07/15/2022

#1 song of the week goes to @Michael Broening Productions ! Congrats! See the full #top20 chart and links to the songs at bit.ly/SJNTop20

Catch last week's chart? This weekend's comes out tomorrow! bit.ly/SJNTop20
07/13/2022

Catch last week's chart?
This weekend's comes out tomorrow! bit.ly/SJNTop20

STREAM Smooth Jazz with just one click!Please get our FREE APP! The SMOOTH JAZZ NETWORK APP is now available in the Appl...
06/29/2022

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Donnell Spencer Jr. delivers a smooth and soulful groove with his latest single Over U! Click to preview here! https://conta.cc/3jKY39P Donnell Spencer Jr #smoothjazzbest #smoothjazzvnues
Up 19 spots this week to #69 at Smooth Jazz Network! Thanks Allen Kepler and iHeartRadio!
WOW! Our "Seabreeze Rising Star" RYAN LA VALETTE is shooting up the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts with his new single "Let It Flow" -- now ranking at #4 nationally!! Be the FIRST in the United States to see this talented young artist DIRECT FROM NEW ZEALAND on Saturday, April 23rd at the 2022 Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, FL. Less than 25 Single Day Saturday tickets remain -- so don't wait! https://www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/tickets.html
WOW! Our "Seabreeze Rising Star" RYAN LA VALETTE is shooting up the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts with his new single "Let It Flow" -- now ranking at #4 nationally!! Be the FIRST in the United States to see this talented young artist DIRECT FROM NEW ZEALAND on Saturday, April 23rd at the 2022 Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, FL. Less than 25 Single Day Saturday tickets remain -- so don't wait! https://www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/tickets.html
A BIG Thank You to Allen Kepler and his team at Smooth Jazz Network for supporting "The OG Bounce" across their radio stations across the nation and iHeartRadio. #theogbounce #SmoothJazz #contemporaryjazz
Thank you Smooth Jazz Network, iHeartRadio, and Allen Kepler! This week, SGC's single, "Chicago Morning" enters the Top 100 at #88 at www.smoothjazznetwork.com!
40th Anniversary Album: Contemporary jazz band Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci will drop “Twenty Twenty 2” on April 22 NEW YORK CITY (30 March 2022): Celebrating a fortieth anniversary is a big deal, especially when it comes to the longevity of a band so, when the novel coronavirus forced contemporary jazz group Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci to abandon their concert tour midflight in March 2020, Minucci retreated to his New York City home studio and began work writing, producing and recording an album to commemorate the outfit’s milestone occasion. “Twenty Twenty 2” arrives on April 22. Minucci, a three-time Emmy-winning and Grammy nominated guitarist-composer-producer-arranger, teamed with Hungarian percussionist George Jinda to form Special EFX in 1982, a bountiful partnership that ushered the band to the top of the charts, saw them embark on extensive concert tours with stops at some of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world, and crafted a distinctive brand of music that incorporates jazz, rock, fusion, blues, pop and world music. Although Jinda died in 2001, the release of “Twenty Twenty 2” celebrates the enduring legacy of what he and Minucci built together that continues to thrive today via the guitarist’s fervent vision and creative force. “Twenty Twenty 2” consists of eleven new Minucci compositions, most of which were written during the first year of the pandemic. The album includes two reimagined songs from Minucci’s catalogue that were expanded and given new twists. “Everything & Anything,” a refresh of “Anything & Everything” penned thirty years ago, now features a sweet and soulful saxophone solo by Grammy winner Eric Marienthal. Over seven minutes long and recorded live at the SiriusXM studio prior to the lockdown, “Ballerina Dreams” is a sprawling 1989 piece that frees Minucci’s guitar to plier and pirouette with passion and grace. A nearly nine-minute remake of The Allman Brothers Band’s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” is given the Special EFX gloss and serves as the album’s surprise opener. Minucci and his extended band - seventeen musicians perform on “Twenty Twenty 2” in addition to the guitarist – broke from standard Special EFX recording practices. “Special EFX has traditionally been a live-in-the-studio band for most of its years. But because of the world health crisis, that option wasn’t available. So, as many artists also experienced recently, the music was sometimes recorded one part, one musician at a time. This was a new experience for me,” said Minucci who acknowledged that “Ballerina Dreams” and the playful, handclapping Irish romp “Ceili Music” are exceptions that were recorded live. “Twenty Twenty 2” showcases Minucci on acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, synths, beats, shaker and vocals. Making appearances on the album are keyboardists Lao Tizer, Jay Rowe and Oli Silk; saxophonists Marienthal, Nelson Rangell and Richie Cannata; violinist Antoine Silverman; trumpeter Lin Rountree; bassists Jerry Brooks, Ric Fierabracci, Dave Anderson and Gianluca Minucci; drummers Joel Rosenblatt, Lionel Cordew and John Favicchia; and percussionist Mino Cinélu. In writing music for the album, Minucci found inspiration everywhere: on meditative beach walks (“Words Left Unsaid”); in mellow moments of reflection (“Slow Hands”); sifting through his record collection to listen to some of his favorite big-band sounding fusion groups (“Showboat”); solitude and seclusion (“Folks Like Us”); admiring the productions and arrangements of global pop artists like Zedd and Max Martin (“Novembers Child”); and from watching espionage and terrorism playout on a television series (“Homeland”). “I once read that composing is like an energy wave passing through one’s body: first from above, through the mind, then through the body, and finally out the hand, off into the world for all to share. I still feel that same excitement about music that I experienced as a child, more than ever perhaps,” said Minucci who has written music for television (“The Guiding Light,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “American Idol” and the “Good Morning America” theme), movies (“Bowfinger,” “Legally Blonde,” “Snake Eyes” and “Panic”), radio (Bloomberg Radio theme), and theater (live productions of “Peter Pan,” “Dora the Explorer” and “Thomas the Tank Engine”). Special EFX featuring Minucci recently launched their 2022 concert itinerary with shows in Minneapolis and Denver to set the stage for “Twenty Twenty 2.” The band has dates booked through October and includes Boscov’s Berks Jazz Festival (April 2, 3 and 10), Winter Park Jazz Festival (July 16) and the Vail Jazz Festival (July 17). Special EFX will be in Houston, TX (Sugar’s Cajun Cuisine) the day “Twenty Twenty 2” streets and at Southern California hotspot Spaghettini the following night. “My hope is that music lovers will listen to ‘Twenty Twenty 2’ from top to bottom, as is, in the order I chose to sequence it in - kind of like how we all did back in the day, before streaming and websites,” said Minucci who earlier this year released the solo acoustic guitar album, “Someone’s Singing.” “Twenty Twenty 2” contains the following songs: “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” “Gonna Be Alright” “Slow Hands” “Showboat” “Folks Like Us” “Ceili Music” “Everything & Anything” “Novembers Child” “December” “Ballerina Dreams” “I’m Leaving You” “Kampalino” “Homeland” “Words Left Unsaid” Catch Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci on tour in 2022. March 31 Annapolis, MD Ramshead Tavern April 1 Richmond, VA The Tin Pan April 2 Reading, PA Berks Jazz Festival Midnight Jam April 3 Reading, PA Berks Jazz Festival April 10 Reading, PA Berks Jazz Festival/Friends of Nick Colionne April 22 Houston, TX Sugar’s Cajun Cuisine April 23 Los Angeles, CA Spaghettini April 29 & 30 Tarrytown, NY Jazz Forum Arts May 6 Baltimore, MD Montpelier Arts Center June 5 Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena June 12 San Diego, CA San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival June 17 Birmingham, AL Steel City Jazz Festival June 18 & 19 Atlanta, GA Velvet Note July 16 Denver, CO Winter Park Jazz Festival July 22 Pittsburgh, PA Allegheny County Sound Park Bandshell July 23 Augusta, GA Capture the Rhythm Art and Jazz Series August 6 Portland, OR Vanport Jazz Festival August 25 Branford, CT Branford Town Green October 28 Miami, FL Miami Smooth Jazz Festival October 29 Charlotte, NC Middle C Jazz For more information, please visit https://chielimusic.com. # # # Chieli Minucci Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci
"Dig It" is this week's Pick on Smooth Jazz Networks Beats! Thank you Smooth Jazz Network. Listen to "Dig It" now on Apple Music: https://found.ee/blue-apple