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Debbie Burke

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Catch That Funkin’ Energy with BlendJazz

The Alabama indie smooth jazz/funk/R&B band BlendJazz pulls you in, grabs you with the rhythm, and keeps your head bopping. It’s because of the unique combo of Henry Mixon, Earl Rice and AnthonyStix Payton, who together, make tunes like “Slow... Continue Reading →

Man of Textures: From Hard Rock to Smooth Jazz

It’s been an interesting ride so far for the former New York City taxi cab driver who makes his way now as a smooth jazz bassist. Christian DeMesones (given the nickname “Big New York” because people have trouble pronouncing his... Continue Reading →

Smooth-Edged Velvet Funk From Brother2Brother

In 2001 the Carter brothers (Chaz and Winston) formed a smooth jazz group called Midtown. Finding initial success, they went on the road and opened shows for national artists like R&B superstar Roy Ayers and many others. A few years... Continue Reading →

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