About the Artist Jazz doesn’t always come easy growing up in the dusty plains of West Texas, but that’s where it all began for Tom Braxton. Lubbock, Texas is an unlikely environment for a boy to dream of being a jazz musician. Fortunately, Tom had a direct link to this creative art form through his dad, James ("J.T.") Braxton.
Lin Rountree: The Musical Storyteller
written by Althea Blackford
for aboutBlackBoston.com It’s smooth jazz at its best. Lin Rountree has a smooth, relaxing feel about his music. One thing that is remarkable is that he tells stories with his music. There is a clear sense of direction Rountree takes you on. It’s a musical journey with each song.
Gordon James' new album, 'In Joy' has been described as "A wild ride from beginning to the end and the high energy Gordon brings to his phrasing pulls it all together". Just go to http://GordonJames.SongForFree .
Marshak, a native of Long Island, grew up on rock ‘n’ roll music in a home full of musicians. Passing guitarists inspired his muse, and in high school he honed his chops with three well-respected teachers: Joseph “Joey” Casciano, Mike Orioles and Richard Rabatin.
BORN : Tullahoma,Tennessee/Now Residing in California for @ 25 yrs. MUSIC STYLES : Funk, R & B, Jazz, Gospel, Rock, Ect... MAIN INSTRUMENT : Guitar OTHER INSTRUMENTS : Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Keyboards, Bass, Vocals
Toronto-based guitarist/composer Jamie Bonk is set to release his fourth and latest album, 5. Recorded over a three year period, this five song EP features, in addition to Jamie's own guitar playing, performances by two outstanding instrumentalists, flugelhornist Jeff Oster and pianist Loren Gold.
Paul Hardcastle is a producer and keyboardist from London. He recorded solo in the mid-'80s with his "19," a record featuring news reports and other sources on Vietnam, becoming a major hit in Britain.
"Jay Soto represents a new generation of musicians and he's ready to make his mark. He's not only a guitarist but a songwriter, engineer and producer. It's nice to see someone with that much talent, energy and enthusiasm emerge on the scene, creating a fresh sound." -Jeff Lorber
Back in January 2011 Smooth Jazz Journalist of The Year nominee, Denis Poole, commented that 'North End Soul' from multi instrumentalist, writer and producer Vincent Ingala was, by any standards, an outstanding piece of work. In fact, it proved to be spectacular debut and set the scene for what evolved into a truly remarkable year.