Part one - I am pleased to start this week by presenting music out of San Diego from excellent new Smooth Jazz musicians. In mentioning San Diego, I would like to remind you that at the end of our Jan 11th 2020, Program 125, I gave the complete story of the importance to this format’s development in San Diego by Art Good’s trend setting and highly popular Lights Out San Diego radio program and later by Art’s Catalina Jazz Trax Festival. This show is still available in our archives if you missed it. This information is crucial to understanding how this format gained a huge national audience, then fell off the map, and is now resurging.
Back in those early days one of San Diego’s most popular groups was Fattburger, a group I have played on this program many times. Years ago Fattburger played a gig at a San Diego high school. A student at that school, an aspiring bassist Darryl Williams, met them after that appearance . He was inspired and encouraged by members of Fattburger to seek a career in music. Darryl Williams later graduated with a music degree from San Diego State University. He embarked on a career as a session player, performing with many of Smooth Jazz’s brightest stars. When he began releasing his own albums, many of those stars returned the favor by performing on his albums. His fabulous 2017 album aptly titled Here To Stay included work from Euge Groove, Paul Brown, Michael Lington, Jonathan Fritzen, Jeff Lorber, Marcus Anderson, Greg Manning, and others.
Recently Darryl Williams hosted Rick’s Cafe Live while Rick Braun took a week off. During that appearance he played his latest release of a single There’s Always Tomorrow. I am opening this week’s music with that single released June 29th from bassist Darryl Williams.
During Darryl Williams’ appearance hosting Rick’s Cafe Live, he invited another San Diego musician, saxophonist Isaac Edwards, to play on that show. This highly talented artist I feel is sure to make a big splash in future years in Smooth Jazz. Following his first album in 2019, he released a single July 17th. I will give you a listen to the sax of Isaac Edwards with that new single Bird Rock.
Filling out the first segment, I have new releases from Blake Aaron and Sarah McKenzie.
Part three - New releases from Paul Brown, Hiroshima, Justin Lee Schultz, and Norman Brown.
Part one - turn up the quiet time with five uninterrupted songs in a row starting from the new Diana Krall album
Part two - favorite songs from the past years of Smooth Jazz.
Part three - classic among classics segment - Dave Grusin with Lee Ritenour.
Part four - great memories in music segment - Craig Chaquico
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