David C. Linton

2020 was very good for Phil Denny with Billboard’s  Top 10 Lifted which followed his #1 Feel Alright which featured guitarist David P. Stevens.  Tough Get Goin’ is an uptempo song that may reflect the mood of us all after a year we won’t soon forget.

Trippin N Rhythm Records

British virtuoso guitarist Roberto Restuccia returns with Arrival, the debut single from his forthcoming album With Every Turn (Trippin N Rhythm Records) produced by Oli Silk.  This mellow track sets the mood for well…the arrival of that special someone.

Brian Simpson & Steve Oliver release a new single from their album Unified(Shanachie Entertainment).  The Road Never Ends is a mid- tempo soothing song featuring Brian’s noticeable keyboard/piano strokes complimented nicely by Steve’s well known guitarist licks. Rounding out the ensemble is Alex Al on bass, Eric Valentine on drums and Roman Yslas on percussion.  This is the kind of song that will compliment any activity, like your afternoon ride with Jamal Ahmad, host of the SOUL of Jazz daily from 2p-7p on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Blake Aaron: Sunday Strut (feat. Najee)

Jan 1, 2021
Innervision Records

As we ring in the New Year many of your favorite Jazz artists are releasing new music. Guitarist Blake Aaron jumpstarts 2021 with Sunday Strut, the third single from his Color and Passions full length released in September of 2020. This infectious single featuring Najee is an  uptempo tune designed to get your New Year off to a lively start.

2020 will go down as a year to remember or one we may want to forget; one thing is for sure it had some memorable music. Several artists like Ragan Whiteside, Paul Hardcastle Phil Denny, Carol Albert and Julian Vaughn maintained their Billboard Smooth Jazz chart prowess. Some Jazz veteran acts like Spyro Grya, Kirk Whalum, Bob Baldwin and Hiroshima, showed they can still deliver despite all of the new artists emerging on the scene. As we ring in the new year Jazz 91.9 WCLK will countdown the Top 50 Smooth Jazz Songs of 2020.

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