Happy New Year 2005

And to kick off the first week of this year we've got chartbusting, smooth jazz guitarist Norman Brown performing at the Suncoast Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, this Friday and Saturday, January 7th and 8th.

She embodies seductive soul with one of the most recognizable voices that ever topped a pop chart. Taylor Dane brings her blend of R & B, pop, and jazz to the Railhead Showroom at the Boulder Station Hotel-Casino, Saturday, January 22th.

The following Saturday, January 29th in the same venue will be the funky smooth sounds of bassist and former NBA star, Wayman Tisdale.

Native Language, the smooth jazz record label with top-rated smooth jazz saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, has lost two prime artists from its roster during last year with guitarist Steve Oliver moving over to Koch Records for his latest release, 3D, produced by Tom Schumann(Spyro Gyra); and keyboardist Scott Wilkie leaving as well for a new label.

It's evident that it will take a lot more promotion to get artists like keyboardist Theo Bishop off the ground, who happens to co-own Native Language with Joe Sherbanee, a keyboardist as well. Theo's latest release, Newport Nights, has yet to hit stride in the smooth jazz world, despite his fine writing, as well as production assistance from the likes of Brian Bromberg.

They both started the label not too long ago in the '90s, and have struggled to achieve the stature of labels like Peak and Shanachie. In Fact, right now Jeff Kashiwa is the lead horse, and the only runner capable of keeping the indie afloat.