Jazz writers – damn!

I’ve seen comments like this a dozen times.  Look at this brief bio of David Benoit you can find on AllMusic and other sites:

One of the more popular performers in the idiom somewhat inaccurately called “contemporary jazz,” David Benoit has mostly performed light melodic background music, what critic Alex Henderson has dubbed “new age with a beat.”

This guy leads off the bio with a tangent about contemporary jazz, immediately forsaking the goal of a bio. It’s hard to respect jazz writers who always slam an iteration of the genre because it’s not to their liking. Pretty sad.

Jammin’ Jazz returns

Jammin' Jazz text logo - Jazz for the New Generation

Jammin' Jazz text logo - Jazz for the New GenerationI still miss having XM72 – Beyond Jazz on my XM radio (though it lives on as MOJA Radio). One of the most popular shows on that channel was Jammin’ Jazz, a weekly party by Michelle Sammartino featuring groovy jazz, jazzy jambands, and any high-octane jazz Michelle could find. Here’s the message she sent out last week:

Hiya Folks!

Remember me? Your friend in MOJA, Michelle Sammartino! You are getting this email because you were on my mailing list from the old XM days on Beyond Jazz (XM 72) and/or the mailing list for MOJARadio!

And I have some BIG NEWS!!!!

Jammin’ Jazz – Jazz for The New Generation, my long running show, my baby, is back on the airwaves and you can listen in FREE every Wednesday night from 10PM – 12 Midnight CST from wherever you are! If you have web access you can stream it online at WDCB.org, OR if you are in the Chicagoland area you can tune in on 90.9fm WDCB!

The show is better than ever, TWO FULL HOURS of what is new and cool and groovy in Jazz RIGHT THIS MINUTE… Jazz in the Present Tense! Don’t think you are gonna lull yourself to sleep during this show… NO WAY! You remember…. I know ya do… this show is about getting that blood moving!

I am so happy to be back!!! After a six year hiatus from regularly servin’ up the jazzy-funk for ya, I have a lot to share and a ton of artists to turn you on to… so come on and get back on the bus!

Come take a listen at WDCB.org and be sure to say hello on the website at JamminJazz.com! I also have a Facebook page for Jammin’ Jazz and I try my best to do the Twitter dance too….

Here is official press release and more info about the station! Come support Jammin’ Jazz by tuning in and join the party every Wednesday night!!! And a huge thank you to WDCB and the people who brought this show back to life!!!

See ya Wednesday night!

Welcome back, Michelle!

Playlist: 1991 Contemporary Jazz

I’ve posted the fourth in my series of top contemporary jazz recordings of past years. This one is eight of the best-selling artists in 1991, including the debut recordings from Fourplay and Candy Dulfer, some serious funkiness from David Benoit and Eric Marienthal, the Crusaders produced by Marcus Miller and more! Click the image below to immediately listen and spread the word! Thanks for those who have submitted such nice feedback through 8tracks!

New Nelson Rangell

Cover to the 2015 Red recording from Nelson Rangell

Cover to the 2015 Red recording from Nelson RangellNelson Rangell is a guy whose playing I’ve always loved. He’s strong on the sax and fantastic on flute and piccolo. He’s released two albums independently this year. Red features him on sax on mostly original compositions in the familiar contemporary jazz mode. Blue has him on flute and piccolo in a variety of songs and styles. Bob James guests on a few tracks. Nelson tells you about it in his first blog.