So-Cal Guitarist Blake Aaron keeps the contemporary Jazz hits coming, with the single Drive from his upcoming release Color And Passion on Innervision Records. Aaron has played with a who's who of musicians, from Carlos Santana to Sheila E, with Jazz turns including David Benoit, Najee, and Hiroshima. On Drive, he's joined by co-writer and producer-Saxophonist Darren Rahn. You can hear Drive at various times on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK.
Kansas City Bassist Julian Vaughn plays with funk and finesse on Black Dynamite his latest release on Trippin N Rhythm Records. Vaughn learned music in his grandfather's church choir, and now has a career that has taken him around the world and to the top of the smooth jazz charts as a player, producer, and writer. You can hear Black Dynamite at various times on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK. It may well be the slinky, chilled out Jazz vibe you need to make it across town at rush hour. Look for Julian Vaughn around town next time he comes through.
California's Walter Beasley has recorded 25 albums over the years in a formidable music career. You've heard most of them on Jazz 91.9 WCLK. He's also a Professor at Berklee School of Music. His latest record on his own Affable Records label is called Going Home, and features collaborations with Clark Atlanta University's own Phil Davis, Derek Scott, Trey Gilbert, Will Downing and Derek Cannon.
Bob James' keyboard sound is iconic in Contemporary Jazz, going back to his 1970s recordings. Hit records like Angelina(Theme from Taxi) and Westchester Lady established him as a Grammy-winning artist, arranger and producer. As a founder of Fourplay he has created innovative virtuoso fusion music for decades. James' latest release on evosound is called Expresso.