Chuck Loeb - Unspoken

Grammy Nominated Guitar Wizard, Composer & Producer Chuck Loeb Rekindles A New Love of Music With Unspoken Drawing Inspiration From Its Healing & Rejuvenating Powers

CD Out 9/30 Features Everette Harp, Nathan East, Eric Marienthal, Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber & Others

"I think I have a problem," admits Chuck Loeb laughing. "I am addicted to music! I admit it. I get inspired when I hear music like Earth, Wind & Fire, Weather Report, Stevie Wonder and Wes Montgomery." Dubbed by The New York Times as 'The Clark Kent of Jazz Guitar,' Chuck Loeb has had a legendary four-decade career that has garnered him heroic status among fans and musicians alike. Loeb's mesmerizing virtuosity, flawless technique, mystical lyricism and dazzling grooves have made him first call as a guitarist, producer, composer and arranger. One quarter of the iconic Contemporary Jazz ensemble, Fourplay, and one third of the trio Jazz, Funk Soulwhich scored a 2015 Grammy nomination, Loeb has worked with a who's who list in music that includes Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Gloria Gayner, Bill Evans and Stan Getz (who happened to have been the best man at Loeb's wedding!) A wizard in the studio, Loeb has produced everyone from pianists Bob James and Keiko Matsui to singer Jon Lucien, saxophonists Kim Waters and Nelson Rangell and fellow guitarist Larry Coryell. He's even penned theme songs for CNN, The New York Yankees and ESPN, as well as performed on soundtracks for such popular films as The Untouchables(Robert De Niro and Kevin Costner), Turner and Hooch (Tom Hanks) and Hitch (Will Smith and Eva Mendes).
September 30, 2016, Chuck Loeb will release Unspokenhis 18th album as a leader. The project remains close to his heart as it was recorded after a recent illness and recovery in which Chuck developed a new found appreciation for his first love - music. "After undergoing surgery," confides Loeb, "I had to get out and walk and sometimes it was difficult. During this period I listened a lot to music. Being a musician for so many years, I have been so involved with the mechanics and analyzation of how the music is produced, that sometimes its hard to just simply enjoy it. But now for the first time in a long time, I was able to just enjoy it purely as a listener. Music lifted me up and drove me forward during my recovery process. It meant so much to me, and rekindled my earliest love and appreciation for it."
As much as Chuck Loeb is revered as an artist, he is equally admired for his sincere, gentle and down to earth spirit. Unspokenis a testamentto the good will and adoration Loeb has amassed from his peers through the years. The star-studded cast unites Loeb with such notable guests as saxophonists Everette Harp, Eric Marienthal, Dave Mann and Andy Snitzer, bassist Nathan East, drummer Brian Dunne and pianists Jeff Lorber and Brian Culbertson, among others. 
The exhilarating "Cotton Clubopens Unspoken. The album's first and chart-climbing single is reminiscent of Joe Zawinul's classic "Birdland." Loeb wrote the song in tribute to the staff of the Tokyo Cotton Club - his favorite club to play. He fronts an ironclad septet featuring pianist Jeff Lorber, who co-wrote the song and who is part of Jazz, Funk, Soul along with Loeb and saxman Everette Harp. "When Jeff and I get together we are prolific. There is no one quite like Jeff. He is an amazing guy and talent, and Everette brings so much emotion to each performance along with his obvious musical skills. "The buoyant and serene "Natural Light" features Loeb's free flowing and agile guitar lines alongside Andy Snitzer's (who can be heard these days with Paul Simon) soaring and fluid soprano. Chuck, who plays all of the other instruments on the track, credits label-mate Keiko Matsui's 'ethereal approach' for the song's inspiration. 
Loeb wrote the album's title track featuring pianist Brian Culbertson, with Earth, Wind & Fire's "After The Love" and Pat Metheny's "Something To Remind You" in mind. Loeb recalls laughing, "I told Pat that I have been trying to rewrite his song for the past 25 years!" The results of Loeb's labor are sublime, resulting in one of the most tender and spectacular moments on the CD. Loeb shares, "I recorded on Brian's 'Fullerton Avenue' and it was a smash hit. I've played a few songs with him and I said to him 'Listen Bro, you owe me!' This was the right track to hear his soulful piano. He did a perfect job as he always does." As the title "Happy Hour" suggests Loeb and company came to let loose and have a little fun. There is a great horn section featured on the track that was arranged by Dave Mann who arranged the horns on the entire CD. "Dave is a huge talent," says Loeb of Mann. He is often in the background. I always want people to know just how great he is!" "Affinity" featuring Everett Harp is a bluesy, funky and soulful number that was inspired by the 1980s tune, "Maputo," written by Marcus Miller and recorded by the bassist along with Bob James and David Sanborn. Loeb reflects, "Everette came in and he brought a little of his love of Sanborn to the track and made it his own."
Unspoken also showcases the song "Treetops," featuring saxophonist Eric Marienthal, who Loeb most recently recorded with on their 2015 collaboration Bridges. "Eric is one of my best friends," shares Chuck. "He is also one of the best musicians on planet.The tune pays homage to Weather Report's Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Jaco Pastorius who have long remained influences. The Latin-tinged and winning Si Se Puede" featuring German trumpeter Till Bronner, is an ode for President Obama and the people of Cuba. Loeb's daughter Lizzy (a talented singer in her own right) wrote the samba "Way Up High," featuring her mother and Loeb's wife Carmen on vocals. Loeb confides that both his wife and daughters are always a part of his creative process. "I am always hard on myself," confesses Chuck. That is where my family comes in. They help me to have an outside objective perspective."
Shifting gears, the song "Cut and Run" is a swinging trio and beatnik number joining Loeb with Mann and drummer Brian Dunne (who is a member of Hall & Oates' band). "Dave's plays amazing flute," says Loeb. I told him I want you to wear a beret when you play this. It is a look back at my love of the birth of the cool from the 50s.Unspoken transports us to Spain on the Mediterranean with the tunes "Voramar and" "Via Verde." Both tunes pay tribute to places close to Loeb and his family's heart as they make their home there a few months a year. "Voramar" features saxophonist Eric Marienthal, pianist Pat Bianchi and drummer Brian Dunne (featured on the show Darryl's House). "Via Verde" which is co-written and features his daughter Christina on ukulele and vocals, showcases Chuck's exquisite taste and ability to summon such grace, beauty and healing energy with this playing. It is the perfect ending to a beautiful journey. Or perhaps it is a new beginning?
The release of Unspoken coincides with the first Chuck Loeb Signature model guitar by Sadowsky Guitars. The special edition will showcase a newly designed shape and will boast an extensive array of electronics. "Roger Sadowsky worked very hard and gave a lot of thought to the sound of my playing, and came up with what I call the Mercedes Benz luxury model of the guitar. I am very excited."
Born and raised in Nyack, New York, Chuck Loeb began playing the guitar as a child. As a teen the dedicated young musician would ride the train to Philadelphia to study with Dennis Sandole, whose other pupils included John Coltrane, James Moody and Pat Martino, to name a few. While a student at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Loeb studied with Pat Metheny. He is now a professor and, has his own "School of Jazz Guitar on the educational website.
Upon graduation he joined Gloria Gaynor's band and further honed his skills performing alongside such heavyweights as Chico Hamilton, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Barretto Joe Farrell and Hubert Laws, among others. In 1979 Loeb became a member of Stan Getz's ensemble and the same year, he met singer/songwriter Carmen Cuesta and the two were married soon after.
In 1985, he joined the group Steps Ahead with Michael Brecker, Michael Mainieri, Peter Erskine and Victor Bailey. In 1988, after nearly ten years of intense studio work, he made the decision to develop his own recording career releasing. My Shining Hour, which was followed by Magic Fingers on DMP along with four other projects for the audiophile label.
Chuck Loeb joined the Shanachie Entertainment family releasing his label debut The Music Inside in 1996. Loeb's subsequent recordings for the label include The Moon The Stars & The Setting Sun (1998) Listen (1999) In A Heartbeat (2001) All There Is (2002) eBop (2003) When I'm With You (2005), Silhouette (2013), Jazz, Funk Soul (with Jeff Lobber and Everette Harp) (2014) and Bridges (with Eric Marienthal - 2015). 
With the release of Unspoken, Loeb unleashes the enduring beauty and power of music. The guitarist concludes, "I am really proud of this music and have a strong emotional attachment to it. I hope the CD reflects the deep love I have for music and the artists who helped me to create it. I hope that it can bring joy and healing to others."

What We're Listening To ** July 2016

Keiko Matsui - Journey To The Heart (2016)
The lovely Japanese keyboard player Keiko Matsui truly entered a new chapter in her musical life with this stellar release. Backed by an international acoustic band, she delivers her beautiful brand of world and smooth jazz, supported by some great guests, among them Swiss harmonica player Gregoire Maret. Fresh and exciting music!

Patrick Yandall - Ethos (2016)
Guitar player Patrick Yandall continues to please with another solid smooth jazz album, the musicianship is on the highest level, and the songs stick in your mind. Very recommended!

Kay-Ta - Arrival (2016)
This japanese guitar player who plays with Greg Adams' East Bay Soul and others released his debut album and it is a winner. Groovy, funky and smooth, it runs the whole gamut, and with guests like Jackiem Joyner and Jonathan Fritzen, you can't lose. Thumbs up!

David P. Stevens - Love City (2016)
Guitarist David P. Stevens is on a roll and with this latest album, he really impressed me. He is getting better all the time and with Love City, he joined the top level of the genre. Cool grooves and melodies abound, and with guests like Jackiem Joyner, Selina Albright, Lin Rountree, Frank McComb and others, you know what to expect. Excellent stuff!

Paul Jackson, Jr. - Stories From Stompin' Willie (2016)
Guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. is back with a vengeance with this album, all killer, no filler, featuring tons of top players. You won't be disappointed!

What We're Listening To ** June 2016

Paula Atherton - Ear Candy (2015)
This is a great jazz-funk album by saxophonist Paul Atherton, chock full of classic funk, Philly soul and old school R&B. Special guests include Nick Colionne, Cindy Bradley and Gail Jhonson who all contribute to this ultra groovy and soulful release, marking this release a pinnacle in this artist's career. Very recommended!

Will Downing - Black Pearls (2016)
Backed by some stellar musicians like saxophonist Najee, soul crooner Will Downing delivers some truly smooth r&b/soul, paying homage to some of his favorite female vocalists, classic songs abound, from "Don't Ask My Neighbors" to "Your Smile", "Street Life" and "Everlasting Love" and more, boasting lush production, beautiful melodies and thoughtful arrangements, a labor of love not to be missed!

Johnny Britt - Marvin Meets Miles (2016)
Singer and trumpet player Johnny Britt does his tribute to Marvin Gaye on this really nice album, his muted trumpet puts some spice into the music and yields the Miles reference, but in the end, it is a smooth collection of Marvin Gaye songs, from "Inner City Blues" to "Trouble Man", "Let's Get It On" and "What's Gong On", done with taste and style. Thumbs up!

Melvin Lee Davis & Tracy Carter - Kindred Spirits (2013)
This bass and keyboards duo of two top-session players delivers an awesome bunch of smooth and groovy instrumentals on the highest level of musicianship. For the discriminate listener!

Masahiko Satoh & Medical Sugar Bank - MSB (1979)
My nod to the past goes to this classic album by keyboardist Masahiko Satoh, the music is classic funk-fusion from the 70ies and 80ies with a distinct NYC vibe. Lots of great solos by all involved. MSB Two is also very recommended. Both have been released on CD in Japan. A true classic!

Smooth Jazz New York Presents the 2016 Smooth Cruise Season

New York, NY, June 9, 2016: Smooth Jazz New York in association with Marquee Concerts is pleased to present another star-studded contemporary jazz line up for New York City's original Smooth Cruise series, now in its 19th year. The 2016 season takes place aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a 210-foot luxury yacht.

The cruises set sail Wednesday evenings, July 13 through August 31. The summer's roster includes seven nights featuring more than a dozen of the world's most popular contemporary jazz and R&B acts in an intimate setting. With shows at 6:30 and 9:30pm, the Smooth Cruises depart from Pier 40, located at Houston Street at the West Side Highway and cruise down the Hudson River, offering world-class artists as well as exceptional views of the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and the New York City skyline.

"It's great to be back onboard the Hornblower Infinity with for our 2016 season," notes Bill Zafiros, co-founder of Smooth Jazz New York. "We've curated an exciting array of jazz and R&B artists to perform this season with the added perk of the breathtaking harbor views that have come to make the Smooth Cruises so popular for almost two decades."


Wed., July 13: Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright
Wed., July 27: BWB with Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum & Rick Braun
Wed., August 3: The return of Down to the Bone
Wed., August 10: Rachelle Ferrell & Rahsaan Patterson
Wed., August 17: Najee & Alex Bugnon
Wed., August 24: Roy Ayers & Nick Colionne
Wed., August 31: Freddie Jackson & Eric Darius

The spacious Hornblower Infinity features an open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows that provide endless opportunities to enjoy sights of New York Harbor as guests enjoy the music of world-renowned artists. The yacht features spacious exterior sun decks and includes climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, enabling the cruises to sail rain or shine.

The Smooth Cruises offer food and beverage service at an additional charge. A buffet dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 and there are cash bars on multiple decks. Limited Premium Ticket Packages feature a separate boarding line, a premium buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and a reserved seating section.

For information and tickets, visit Tickets are ON SALE NOW at and by phone at 1-866-468-7619. Prices start at $45 depending upon time of purchase and ticket level. Smooth Cruise Early Bird ticket pricing is currently in effect through 11:59pm on Friday, June 10. See the web site for ticket options, package pricing, available limited time discounts, and a discount parking links. The Smooth Cruises sell out quickly and so it is recommended that tickets be purchased early.

About Smooth Jazz New York

Smooth Jazz New York, a subsidiary of Marquee Concerts, has produced the Smooth Cruises for the past 18 summer seasons. The organization produces and promotes New York's biggest and best Smooth Jazz shows and serves as the portal for live contemporary jazz shows in the New York Metropolitan area. Learn more at

About Marquee Concerts

NYC based Marquee Concerts, one of the premier independent concert promoters in the Northeast, produces hundreds of events across all spectrums and genres. Marquee is constantly researching new music trends, recognizing today's up-and-coming entertainers, and expanding upon existing business relationships to put on the best shows possible and remain a competitive mainstay in the concert promoter's industry. Learn more at

8 Consecutive Weeks, 80 Shows,  
15 Legendary Bands, 60 Iconic Musicians
October 19 through December 12, 2016 in New York City
Aaron Meekcoms, courtesy of Chick Corea Productions
New York, NY - June 6, 2016 - This fall, 22-time GRAMMY® Award-winning keyboardist and composer Chick Corea will make history with an unprecedented two-month 75th birthday celebration at The Blue Note, his musical home in New York City

Running October 19 through December 12, 2016, the 80-show engagement will feature Corea leading 15 legendary bands comprised of 60 musical friends from over half a century, marking a birthday celebration groundbreaking in scale, artistry and sheer musical power.

The full residency schedule can be found at the bottom of this press release.

Select highlights include:
  • "The Music of Return to Forever & More"
    The premiere of two unique ensembles playing the music of Return to Forever over the course of two respective weeks: Acoustic featuring Ravi Coltrane (sax), Hubert Laws (flute), Avishai Cohen (bass), and Lenny White (drums); and Electric featuring John McLaughlin (guitar), Victor Wooten (bass), and Lenny White (drums).
  • "For Miles"
    A celebration of the music of Miles Davis, featuring Kenny Garrett (saxophone) Wallace Roney (trumpet), Mike Stern (guitar), Marcus Miller (bass) and Brian Blade (drums).
  • Steve Gadd Week
    A deep dive into Corea's longtime musical partnership with drummer Steve Gadd through two different ensembles:  Three Quartets featuring bassist Eddie Gomez (bass) and Ben Solomon (saxo) and The Leprechaun Band.
  • "Experiments in Electronica"
    Since the 1960s, Corea's pioneering work on electronic keyboards (spanning Miles Davis, Return to Forever and the Elektric Band) has inspired generations of electronic musical innovators. This special two-night run will offer Chick's latest take on all things electronic, joined by Marcus Gilmore (drums) and leading genre-defying electronic explorers (TBA).
Corea's first Blue Note birthday run, marking his 60th anniversary in the fall of 2001, was a cathartic two-week engagement for a city just beginning to heal following the 9/11 attacks. The run produced the GRAMMY®-winning album Rendezvous in New York. In November 2011, he returned to The Blue Note with a month-long 70th birthday residency featuring countless artistic giants. This year's 75th birthday celebration marks his most ambitious Blue Note residency ever.

"From the level of talent that will be presented to the number of shows to the overall duration, this is an unrivaled residency in so many ways," says Steven BensusanPresident of Blue Note Entertainment Group. "You never see an artist take residency in a venue for this amount of time consecutively, and on this scale."

"Though most importantly, the fact that it commemorates our longtime friend and legend Chick Corea's 75th birthday makes this truly special, especially given Blue Note's deep relationship with Chick over the past 30 years," adds Bensusan. "We're looking forward to making history with Chick this fall."

Ticketing Information:
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Wednesday, June 8 at 1pm EDT through Thursday, June 23 at 12:59pm EDT. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning on Thursday, June 23 at 1pm EDT. All tickets can be purchased at or call 212-475-8592.
Chick Corea's 75th Birthday Celebration will feature two shows nightly, at 8pm and 10:30pm.

What We're Listening To ** May 2016

Nia - Nia (2015)
Nagashima Tomoko is Nia. Her self titled debut album was composed, arranged, and produced by jazz trumpet player Takuya Kuroda. It was recorded in NYC and delivers neo soul with quirky and very jazzy vocals, the music has strong jazz undercurrents and employs real instruments, there are several nice solos by all involved. Check it out!

Arno Haas - Back To You (2015)
German saxophone player Arno Haas delivered another picture perfect smooth jazz album, recorded in the US with a long list of top-notch players. Groovy and catchy tracks with lots of great playing by all involved. Very recommended!

Donald Hayes - Front Ground (2016)
Sax player Donald Hayes delivers a really nice smooth album that pushes all the right buttons, guests include Wayman Tisdale, John Stoddart and many more. Thumbs up!

Snarky Puppy - Cucha Vulcha (2016)
This band is on a roll, their latest release is a really spirited and decidedly groovy affair, this band of master players continues to evolve and deliver gem after gem. Don't miss it!

The Atlantic Family - Live At Montreux (1978)
My nod to the past goes to his classic 2LP set which was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival and features AWB, Klaus Doldinger, Don Ellis, Sonny Fortune, Ben E. King, Herbie Mann, Luther Vandross and many more. Long extended versions with tons of solos, especially notable is their rendition of "Pick Up The Pieces" clocking in at over 21 minutes. Pure mayhem!

Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2016

The 5th annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival took place like every year at the Protur Biomar Hotel in Mallorca, Spain over the first weekend in May, featuring a top-notch lineup of smooth jazz players, backed by two local bands of professional players from Germany and England. Smooth jazz fans from all over Europe and the US gathered on this Mediterranean island to have fun, meet like-minded music aficionados and mingle with the artists who stay at the same hotel, often with their spouses. This 5 star hotel provides the perfect setting for this event, with the hotel director being a big supporter of the event.

For the early birds, the festival started already on Tuesday with the gala diner with all the artists and musicians present, plus a concert by the local jazz-funk band Saxophobia Funk Project, followed by excursions and other activities the next days for people wanting to experience the island. This year, a local Bodega was visited, enhanced by a concert of Team Harmony, a sax and harmonica duo from Holland.

Wednesday night, the festival opened officially with the Smooth Jazz Allstars, a great jam session with all artist of the festival together which was held open-air at the unfinished church Església Nova in Son Servera, featuring Gerald Albright, Nathan East, Paul Taylor, Steve Cole, Gerald Veasley, Eric Darius, Gail Jhonson, Nils, Joey Sommerville and more.

Thursday night bassist Gerald Veasley did a well received performance, while saxophonist Eric Darius brought the house down with his high energy playing. After this concert, there was the nightly after show chillout party with DJ Richard Edwards, having people partying till the wee hours.

I joined the festivities a little later on Friday with the show of keyboardist Gail Jhonson doing her own music, mainly featuring material from her last two albums Her Story and New Beginnings, with special guest Steve Cole on sax, followed by saxophonist extraordinaire Gerald Albright, who was vowing the crowd with his flawless playing and tight show. A funny thing happened when the Soul Train line he initiated ended up right on the stage, having Gerald jump onto the occasion, inviting everybody to get up on the stage and dance.

Saturday provided four shows, two in the afternoon and two in the evening. Saxophonist Steve Cole kicked it off in style with his soulful playing, being a crowd favorite, his song "Curtis" gave me goosebumps. Next were Peet Project from Hungary, a great band of young players led by violinist Péter Ferencz delivering an upbeat show with lots of catchy songs, entertaining us to the fullest. After the dinner break, world class bassist Nathan East, supported by keyboardist Gail Jhonson who served as musical director, performed material from his current solo release plus a few well selected covers, especially memorable was his rendition of Stevie's "Overjoyed", featuring the sweet sax of Paul Taylor. This was a very sophisticated and varied set. After that, trumpet player Joey Sommerville wrapped up the night with a funky show of instrumentals and vocals as well, he was supported by the great local saxophonist Ramon Miguel, who provided several outstanding solos.

Sunday, the festival came to a close with the shows of saxophonist Paul Taylor, mesmerizing the crowd with his beautiful playing on the alto and soprano saxophones, drawing from his vast catalog, before guitarist Nils provided the last concert, doing material from his current release Alley Cat, plus some of his biggest hits, Paul Taylor guested on two tracks. As an encore, he played a beautiful rendition of "Europa", which ended the festival in style.

Once again, this edition of the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival was a memorable experience with many exciting musical moments, enjoyable time with friends and artists, and some relaxation in the facilities of the hotel. Mark your calendar for next year's Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival which will take place over the first weekend in May 2017.

Sunday night, the festival came to a close with the gospel show which was ably hosted by saxophonist Kirk Whalum, his Gospel According To Jazz Celebration featured a string of guests and his band, the lineup consisted of Kevin Turner on guitar, Marcus Finnie on drums, Braylon Lacy on bass and John Stoddart on keyboards, plus the great Doxa Gospel Ensemble giving the music a boost with their powerful voices. Kirk Whalum started the show playing solo, entering the hall from the rear and wandering around in the audience. The first guest was Jonathan Butler doing "I Am That I Am", before Kirk Whalum did his instrumental "Nannette" that featured bassist Gerald Veasley, while Kirk Whalum played his flute beautifully, followed by "Madiba", an extended instrumental that allowed the band to solo in several spots. Singer Shelea came to the stage to do a heartfelt vocal, before brother Kevin Whalum did his "Somebody Somewhere" with a sparse acoustic accompaniment and some great vocal artistry, having the audience sing along. The Doxa Gospel Ensemble was featured doing their current song "Summertime" which was very nice. Jonathan Butler did "Be Encouraged" and "I Need You Lord", with the gospel choir lifting those songs to a whole other level. John Stoddard sang the moving "My Tree" just accompanied by his piano, then special guest Donnie McClurkin came to the stage, doing his thing of preaching and singing, he did "Search Me Lord", providing a highlight together with singers Shelea and Kevin Whalum by improvising and scatting, before he did the great "We Fall Down" and "Falling In Love", wrapping up this entertaining show that has become a festival tradition.

Berks Jazz Fest 2016: Keiko Matsui

The Sunday morning brunch was held at the Crowne Plaza ballroom, after a nice breakfast, we were entertained by the lovely Keiko Matsui on the grand piano. She had a new band and a new show. The lineup consisted of Jimmy Branly on drums, Carlitos Del Duerto on acoustic bass (both hailing from Cuba) and J.P. Mourão on acoustic guitar, hailing from Brazil. With this international band in an acoustic setting, Keiko Matsui delivered her unique brand of music, starting with "Night Waltz", followed by "Kappa", later she played the beautiful "Forever, Forever", the band supported her always nicely in a restricted and still effective manner, each band member had his solo spots during the show. She also did a nice instrumental version of "A Drop Of Water" from her first US release that featured Carl Anderson, before the last few songs were done. She was called back for an encore and did one more in a trio setting, wrapping up a varied a special show, starting a new chapter of her career.

Saturday night at 10pm, saxophonist Gerald Albright and guitarist Jonathan Butler appeared at the Crowne Plaza Ballroom. They opened as a duo with Gerald Albright playing the bass and Jonathan Butler playing guitar, singing the Bill Withers' classic "Lovely Day", before the rest of the band joined in. They were backed by a killer band (J.J. Williams on the drums) that played just perfectly. After the guitar led instrumental "African Breeze" providing an African flavor, followed by some of Gerald Albright's early tracks like "G & Lee" featuring his sharp sax playing, then it was time for a few songs, among them "Lies", one of Jonathan Butler's biggest hits. Then Gerald Albright did "Champagne Life" from his 24/7 album and my highlight of the show, JB's "It's A Man's Man's World", killing it. Then it was Jonathan Butler's turn for two more of his songs, among them "Free" from his current album of the same name, and "Living My Dream", before Gerald Albright dug deeply into his catalog with Luther's "So Amazing" and Johnny Gil's "My, My, My", then Jonathan Butler took us back to Africa with the great guitar led instrumental "Catembe", then Gerald Albright did his lengthy rendition of the bluesy "Georgia On My Mind" with turned into a funk party in the end having people get up and dance. This was really great show on the highest level of musicianship.