KJAZZ Artists

KJAZZ Radio UK Celebrates the Indie Artists Who Made KJAZZ

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Maurice Johnson Maurice Johnson currently has two albums to he credit, released under his own indie label, JAZZ DROPS RECORDS. They include the 2010 debut release, TONIGHT and 2013 release, PEACE, LOVE & JAZZ. Maurice has also been interviewed and featured on a wide assortment of independent internet radio stations, including Nigerian based, iGroove Radio and UK, KJAZZ Radio. Website
Rocco & Rahj Rocco & Rahj is the duo of keyboardist John ‘Rocco’ Altamura and guitarist Roger ‘Rahj’ Keay. Along with extensive recording and performance experience in blues, jazz, rock, soul, R&B, funk and ambient musical styles, both are also accomplished song writers, producers and audio engineers, having worked with a multitude of world class artists both live and in the studio. No doubt inspired by their NYC roots and enjoying a present day Florida beach lifestyle, it is this combined formula that has evolved their captivating sound and distinctive style into an original musical sub-genre which they have dubbed “Beach Jazz”. Apple Music
Bickley Rivera Bickley Rivera's Nujazz & Chill Steelpan Music: the fusion of Steelpan, lush vocals and Chill Reggae Website
Wayne Wesley Johnson Award Winning Guitarist who formerly toured with guitar legend, Les Paul, recorded and performed with Nokie Edwards (The Ventures), and others, and has performed with Mason Williams (Classical Gas). Wayne Wesley Johnson is also a dynamic player in that he is filled with emotion and expression. There may be soft romantic passages complimented by more energetic and exciting moments always keeping the listeners and audiences engaged in the musical moment. Website
Denny Jiosa “If Eric Clapton played jazz, he'd be Denny Jiosa” - Jazziz Magazine. Denny Jiosa's music blends cool Wes Montgomery-esque jazz with elements of rock & roll, gospel, R&B, and blues, growing out of his extensive experience as a wide-ranging Nashville session musician and producer. Website
Ian Raven In addition to his instrumental works as a composer, producer and pianist, Raven made a substantial and extremely successful contribution to the career of France’s super star Viktor Lazlo in the form of her famous hit track “Canoë Rose”. With three gold albums and fifteen albums released both in Europe and in the USA to his name, Raven keeps presenting new music every year in Europe, the USA and beyond – both in physical CD format and for the growing online market. Apple Music
Jeff Oster Jeff Oster is a Grammy-nominated American musician who specializes in trumpet and flugelhorn in the New Age music genre. He is a member of the four-piece band Flow. Oster's style has been described as "Miles Davis meets Pink Floyd." Website
Holle Thee Maxwell Holle Thee Maxwell is an American vocalist and songwriter who performs opera, jazz, soul music, blues, R&B, pop, and country music. She has performed with soul and blues artist Ike Turner and jazz organist Jimmy Smith. She wrote a song for Bobby Bland's 1978 album, Come Fly with Me. Website
Aysha Testament to Aysha’s expanding presence as a powerhouse artist in the genre is the opportunity she had on Take Me Higher to collaborate with so many of its top artists and producers. In addition to Rahn and Seward, who also helmed and sang on the lush, soulful ballad “Undeniable,” Aysha has tracks with guitarist Steve Oliver (“The Right Thing”), saxophonist Andre Delano (“Up So High”), Carmen Grillo from Tower of Power (“Let’s Get It On,” “All I Want”) and Damon Dae, who sang on and produced the vocals for “You’re The Only One” (with instrumental tracks produced by Sean “Barney” Thomas (Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Freddie Jackson). Special guests include saxman Eric Darius on “Undeniable” and Najee, playing graceful flute on the sensuous funk romance “All I Want,” co-written by Aysha and bassist Darryl Williams. Website
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James Colah Has composed, performed, recorded and produced music for more than 300 artists of various genres with the philosophy, “As long as you have a germ of a melody which you can hum, I can develop it into something which is sure to please.” His achievements and experience span many diverse areas of the music business including being signed to CBS ( Sony / BMG Records ) with his two identical triplet brothers at an early age, resulting in a European tour. He has also toured with many other high profile acts including supporting, ‘Tears For Fears’ in America and Canada and the classic soul band, ‘The Foundations’ throughout Europe. Website
Daniel Chia Soulful, funky and energetic, saxophonist Daniel Chia brings his signature brand of disco jazz, combining jazz, vintage soul and modern beats. Website
Yvonne J Born in Dundee, Scotland. Yvonne began performing throughout the U.K., Europe and USA. Radio and TV appearances quickly followed appearing with major Scottish celebrities on regional TV stations, moving to the major national stations and eventually worldwide appearances. She did “The Best Disco in Town” produced by Harry Rabonowitz (‘Chariots of Fire’) for a major national network. She has also appeared on Ulster T.V. and Canal Sur, Spain. Sharing the stage with Billy Ocean, Eddie Kendricks, Bill Fredricks and Rose Royce. There’s a great “feelgood” affect in much of her work. Listening to her sing, it’s not difficult to imagine yourself on a sun-soaked beach in Brazil or at other times sipping cocktails with a beautiful partner and gazing into the blazing sunset. If you like your soul, smooth, sultry and sexy you will love Yvonne's music. Website
HATTLER A German jazz, rock bassist and composer. Hattler took much of his early influences from Jimi Hendrix. In May 1971, he founded the pop group Kraan. Kraan's early Krautrock style later developed towards fusion, combining rock, jazz and ethnic elements. Tab Two, Hattler met trumpeter Joo Kraus from Ulm. Together with guitarist Torsten de Winkel, from their early attempts to combine jazz and Hip-Hop, over their seven highly successful studio albums, they became the pioneers of German Acid and NuJazz.Flagman Ahead became a long-lasting hit on American radio stations, and the duo produced music for Tina Turner. After many world-wide tours, the duo went their separate ways. Since 2009 Hattler is on tour with 'Siyou'n'Hell', an energetic duo with gospel singer Siyou. 'Hell' stands for the short form of his first name Hellmut. They released two albums so far. At some concerts they are joined by additional musicians, mostly in the second half of the show. Website
Jamie Bonk Jamie Bonk is a Canadian guitarist/songwriter living in Vancouver, BC. His most recent release is the fingerstyle guitar-based single ,”Little Bit”. Clocking in at just over two minutes, “Little Bit” sees Jamie focus on the steel string guitar and is influenced by his love of Folk music and his Classical guitar studies. Bassist Henrik Bridger joined Jamie on the recording and his stellar playing added an energetic depth to the track. Website
Robert Lee Revue Comprised of a formidable array of musical talent, The Robert Lee Revue consists of fellow Mysterian's (96 Tears fame) cohort Frank Rodriguez on keyboards, Dr. Jack Nash on bass, Tom Barsheff on saxophone, Amy Lynn Balderrama on percussion, and drummer Rudy Levario, this latest recorded foray into the wondrous textures explored through the idiom of 'smooth jazz' follows hot on the heels of the group's release, For the Love of Smooth Jazz. In the case of the Robert Lee Revue, this is marked with a precise blending of fluid guitar riffs complimented by equally fluid elements of keyboard and saxophone. Website
Roger Smith He has accompanied and played with artists from the blues, country, pop and jazz music genres, and is a member of the legendary band, Tower of Power. In the 1990s he branched out on his own and released his first single “Off The Hook,” which reached number one on the charts. Website
Frank Piombo Frank Piombo, Multi Award Winning Contemporary Jazz Guitarist/Composer and International Recording Artist. Member of the Recording Academy. Sound Exchange. BMI, and the International Singer-Songwriters Association. Inducted into the 2020 Indie Music Hall of Fame. Nominated in 2019 and 2020 by the “East Coast Music Hall of Fame.” Website
Jeff Gaeth Jeff began playing music at the age of 14 in high school. In addition to private lessons in saxophone, harmony, theory, arranging and composition, he also played in numerous bands in and around L.A. and attended the University of California at Los Angeles UCLA. After moving to Los Angeles in 1974 Jeff began his professional career working as a sideman with many "big" names in the music industry including the great Ray Charles, Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Marley and the Wailers and legendary jazz musician Horace Henderson to name a few. Jeff also spent a number of years as a "session man" in many L.A. studios contributing to everything from commercials to sound tracks. Website
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Amsterdam Connection 'Two Souls One Breath' is the very first tune that Naomi Adriaansz and Tim Welvaars composed together for their duo Amsterdam Connection. Website
Bernard Rose Bernard has developed a unique style of his own. Growing up some of his favorite artist and groups included Quincy Jones, John Coltrane, Bobbi Humphrey, Patrice Rushen, Roy Ayers, George Duke, Weather Report, Spyro Gyra, Earth, Wind, and Fire and others. These artist inspired his interest in jazz, smooth jazz, and jazz fusion. Website
Dave Panico Dave Panico – considered “One of the Best” by US Smooth Jazz – is considered to be Saxophonist Extraordinaire by his fans. Also known as the Soaring Saxman. From the very first note, his music and heart will take you places you’ve never been. The passion and emotional power that comes from his horn will reach down to the very core of your soul. Website
David King "King's round tone and sensitive phrasing elevate the guitar to a near mystical place" Guitar Player Magazine. Website
David McLorren An award winning Producer, Artist & Multi-Instrumentalist, David McLorren offers his unique brand of music. An infusion of Jazz, Reggae, R & B and World Music to satisfy anyone’s music taste buds. Website
Deni Newton Deni started her singing career in Tulsa OK. with Shelter Records at Leon Russel's famed church studio. Currently she is part of the multi platinum composer/ lyricist Marilyn Berglas Emerald Lion Music. She has been the #1Jazz singer on REVERBNATION in Omaha NE. For more than 3 YRS. with over 32,000 plays. Apple Music
Dr Gradus Doctor Gradus are a British jazz-prog-rock quartet. Their debut album freely re-works the music of the French impressionists. Website
Ed Barker It all began with a sax solo for George Michael, a note from the British Prime Minister and a No. 1 Hit…. In 2012, British saxophonist, Ed Barker, performed a sax solo for one of the world’s most iconic pop musicians of our time: George Michael. Ed performed the sax solo on George Michael’s hit single, Cowboys And Angels to tens of thousands of fans around the UK as George introduced Ed personally to the crowd each night. It was this sax solo that put Ed on the map. Website
Emilio Palame Band Emilio Palame is a seasoned jazz pianist, composer/arranger, producer/director and actor residing in jny: Los Angeles. Instruments: Piano, composer/arranger Teachers and/or influences? Self taught at first then studied with jny: Buffalo, NY's premier jazz piano teacher Russ Messina—went on to SUNY Fredonia where I ran the Jazz Ensemble program ... Spotify
Faith Gibson Faith Gibson began her career as a jazz vocalist at the 2003 Glasgow Jazz Festival. The shy Pittsburgh native grew up within a family of musicians, played piano and flute as a child, and sang in choirs as well as smaller vocal ensembles. In her search for a mode of expression, jazz ultimately seduced her. Spotify
Fran Clark I began my singing career as a backing vocalist, later becoming a session singer and lead vocalist, singing in the soul, pop and jazz genres. I undertook years of professional training and took part in various vocal workshops and classes, particularly in jazz. Website
Fresh Dixie Hailing from London having met at University, Fresh Dixie are one of the UK’s most exciting and up and coming cross-over jazz artists. Their unique sound fuses elements of jazz, pop and soul and their live show has gained a strong reputation for its energy and infectiousness. Website
Gino Goss Award winning Producer/Artist, Trumpeter, Latin percussionist Gino Goss decided in 2008 to embark on his own, forming Gino Goss and Jammajazz, producing a unique and exciting sound that is all his own. In 2009, he released is debut CD ALMOST FAMOUS to glowing reviews. Website
Gordon James An accomplished singer, performer, composer and recording artist with five CDs in the jazz genre, James performs throughout New Jersey at senior facilities, libraries, clubs, restaurants and concert venues. Website
Goregory Goodloe Goodloe is a Jazz, R&B and Gospel guitarist who has played for or opened for such iconic artists as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, Howard Hewett, Shirley Caesar, John P. Kee, Michael McDonald, Ben Tankard and Tank. Gregory Goodloe also served as music director for the group Surface and Jazz/Soul singer Aysha. Website
Hackdaddy Mike Hackbert is the creative force behind Hackdaddy. Mike has been an active musician since the early ’70s, when he began playing brass instruments and settled on the trumpet as a primary instrument. Mike was involved with a number of bands and ensembles in high school and college; his composing and arranging skills were honed in college and are still in use today. Website
Jake Aldridge Rapper-turned-singer Jake Aldridge is one of the most intriguing British artists in recent years. Despite starting his career with a lack of natural rhythm, he went on to become an award-winning musician picking up multiple awards in the best artist category. Website
Jayvic London based r’n’b singer Victor Johnson, aka Jayvic originally born in Bristol to Nigerian parents, Jayvic’s passion for music was apparent from a young age, his musical influences came from listening to r’n’b, hip-hop, soul and jazz from musical greats such as Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Notorious B.I.G, 2Pac, Boys II Men. Website
John Carey John Carey uniquely combines Urban Soul, Pop, Latin and Smooth Jazz together giving listeners a variety of his eclectic styles. Throughout John’s musical journey, he had the opportunity to tour and play with The Chi-Lites and has opened for many musical artists such as Natalie Cole, George Benson, & Earth Wind and Fire, Ledisi, Warren Hill, Queen Latifah, Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Mindi Abair, Norman Brown, Al Jarreau, and many more. Website
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Julia Huff The Chicago-based chanteuse sacrificed a budding career as a hard news journalist to return to the path of singing she was born to strut with high favor and love power. With music produced, arranged and largely composed by the legendary Jerry Peters (Phyllis Hyman, Earth Wind & Fire). Website
Kerani Her music has been described as sophisticated, and carefully crafted, with classical influences. Kerani scores music for documentaries, short film and trailers. At this moment, she has 9 albums to her name. Website
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Marilyn Berglas Multi platinum songwriter/producer/pianist/performer has over 150 recordings world-wide including Johnny Mathis, Denice Williams and Billy Preston. She is in the songwriters hall of fame and motion picture academy. Marilyn co-wrote and produced 4 songs on Bianca Rossini’s "kiss of brasil" nominated for best Brazilian cd. She is in Ripley’s believe it or not for being a child prodigy at 2 1/2 and has performed internationally including 6 years at the famous polo lounge in Beverly Hills. Apple Music
Mark Mosley Mark Mosley is a Jazz and Blues Guitarist, who is active in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore City regions.Mark has toured and/or worked with artists such as Lou Donaldson, Gary Bartz, Keter Betts and many others. Website
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Mike McGill Mike’s sound has been described as that of Jack Johnson’s laid back soothing style, but if you ask him he'll say "I really have no idea. I've been influenced by so many different artists. I can't put my finger on it. You tell me! I'm just having fun." Let's just say a little surf / meets folk / meets rock / meets pop. Website
Myroslav Levytsky Born in Ukraine 1963 years. "Myroslav Levytsky has a genuine pianistic touch, with subtle nuances and a wonderful feel for rhythm. His constantly syncopating, colorful compositions were captivating with the richness of their unusual pattern of imagery and intonation. With his original interpretive style the composer recasts the works of piano masters Chopin, Debussy, Mussorgsky and Beethoven. This is not a reproach but a compliment to the musician, who works in jazz. His academic education and skill have helped Levytsky develop his own original composition and performance technique. The presence of Ukrainian motifs plays a far from inconsiderable role in his style, which is rooted not so much in Ukrainian ethnicity as in the piano style of the Ukrainian romantic composers". Olga Kizlova - jazz journalists associations library. 1992 years: - Myroslav Levytsky & Oleg Levytsky formed "Braty Bluzu" band Braty bluzu – 2010: Oleg Levytsky – sax/voice, Andrij Vincersky – drums, Sergij Taftaj – guitar, Vitalij Savenko – bas, Zaxar Valaga- violine, Myroslav Levytsky – keyboards/compouser. Website
Nick Cole A soulful keyboardist, Nicholas Cole blends jazz with his love of gospel and R&B. Influenced by artists like Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, and Brian Culbertson, Cole emerged in the 2010s and landed a number one Smooth Jazz Songs chart single with "Snap" off 2012's Endless Possibilities. In 2019, he scored a second number one smooth jazz song with "Soulmate" featuring guitarist Chieli Minucci. Website
Nick Cole A soulful keyboardist, Nicholas Cole blends jazz with his love of gospel and R&B. Influenced by artists like Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, and Brian Culbertson, Cole emerged in the 2010s and landed a number one Smooth Jazz Songs chart single with "Snap" off 2012's Endless Possibilities. In 2019, he scored a second number one smooth jazz song with "Soulmate" featuring guitarist Chieli Minucci. Website
NJ Ladyfingers NJ, (her initials) is a classically trained pianist and FAMU graduate, who decided to express herself by playing contemporary jazz, fusion, and a little R&B. As a soloist, Normita provided piano solo musical entertainment for social occasions on a regular basis. She later was introduced to Sonjah Wise, a vocalist, and LadyFingers became a duo. Currently NJ LadyFingers performs multiple configurations from trio to sextet, depending on the occasion. Website
Noel Webb Noel has performed both as a solo jazz violinist and as a symphony violinist. His notoriety initially came as he performed with the Boston Youth Symphony orchestra at age 14. His latest pop/rock LP album, My Love, was released in 2019. He recently experimented with rock/country on "I Followed," a single release. Website
Rae Marnie Jazz, Blues, Soul, Neo Soul, Lounge Vintage Voice Vocalist Website
Richard Boulger A former long-time, private student of trumpet legends Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd, Boulger spent years developing his craft with the hopes of creating music that will touch the listener, invoke feelings and emotions, and even inspire. Website
Rod Tate "Tate's jazz is among the smoothest. Profoundly influenced by '70's Quiet Storm music & the seductive, throaty growl of Grover Washington Jr. He takes listeners on a journey into a world where all bed sheets are made of satin, and there is never a shortage of red wine. - Noah E., listen.com" Website
Roger Keay of Rocco & Rahj Fame KJAZZ features the solo music of the Kings of Beach Jazz Roger Keay who with his musical partner Rocco make up Rocco & Rahj Website
Ron Hutchens In 1990, he wrote a song that was recorded by the rock band “Blue Tears” on MCA Records. In 2000, he co-wrote and produced a contemporary jazz project “The Strange-Hutchens Ensemble”. 2003, the song “Strong”, written with Gregg Fulkerson, was released on “Attraction 65” with Atenzia Records. 2008, he recorded “A Different State Of Mind” with Terry Vuncannon. 2010 , he released his first solo project “Something In Blue”. In 2013. Website
Sam Hankins Before becoming a solo artist Hankins performed with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band. A prolific composer, Hankins had composed over 150 pieces before he took his wife’s advice and began pursuing the next phase of his diverse career. Website
Sarai Usry Sarai is gifted with a very powerful voice that can also be smooth and sultry. Sarai has a voice that not only will touch your heart, but will move your soul. Her voice will melt you, and make you want you to hear it again and again. So sit back, relax and enjoy. Website
Sharon Musgrave Sharon brings to the table a classic soul, Hot EP! Nothing has changed in her musical taste, just her development. Lady Musgrave as her twitter page states, is constantly honing in on her writing abilities and she gets better with each release. All affirms Sharon's song writing and vocal prowess as a jazzy, soulful, fusion goddess. Website
Si Cranstoun People have compared Si to many old greats like Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke but Si remains his own man with his own distinct voice and songwriting close enough to the old pros of the 1950s and 1960s. Website
Sonido The flamenco smooth jazz fusion is a genre that is increasing in global popularity and 'Sonido' are leading the way Website
Stanley Baird Stanley Baird has been playing the saxophone since an early teenager and has shared the stage with legends including Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Kim Waters, Regina Belle, Alex Bugnon, Brian McKnight, The O'Jays, George Howard, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight, Kirk Whalum, Patti LaBelle and many more Website
Steffen Kuehn Trumpeter, Composer, Arranger and Prodcuer - is the 2014 Grammy Award Winner with the Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Website
Viktor Lazlo A French-Belgian singer of Grenadian and Martiniquan descent. She studied in Belgium, where she is primarily known. Her biggest hit was "Breathless" in 1987. That year she also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1987 held in Brussels. She sings in French, English, Spanish and German. Website
Vocalatti I am a singer songwriter producer from the North West in the UK.....I love Jazz and Soul...in fact all music brings me joy!, My music has had mainstream play on The BBC music app on The Sun Lounge show with Adam Dunning , Jazz FM Curved Radio in Australia and Kjazz Radio uk. Website
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Patrick Yandall mooth jazz, blues, and contemporary jazz and international recording artist/ guitarist Patrick Yandall. Voted Jazz Artist of the Year (Lifeswork Entertainment in 2009) Jazz Artist of the Year nominee for SDMA awards and with a staggering 20 albums available... Website
Z Star Z-STAR is the alias of Zee Gachette a British/Trinidadian singer-songwriter, musician, artist, and record producer based in Brighton and signed to Muthastar Records. Zee has released three albums under the name Z-STAR, Voodoo Dragon Risin, Who Loves Lives and Masochists & Martyrs. Website
Michel Zanoboli Jazz Composer, Pianist, Multi-instrumentalist and singer. Website
Zolbert Zolbert is a saxophonist, composer and producer. In 2013, one of his early compositions, Frappé, won the first prize in a smooth jazz club's song contest of Zugló, Budapest. Website