Gino Rosaria · Straighten Up

Keyboardist Gino Rosaria, born and raised in Curaçao, developed an interest in music at an early age. Growing up on a very culturally diverse island, Gino learned to speak four different languages fluently. The influence of the many cultures allowed him to learn and play many different kinds of music, which became a part of his identity. Later on, he grew to enjoy Jazz, Latin, and Classical music the most. Gino started performing regularly in his early teens.

Gino moved to the US in 2003 to study music under the world-renowned Daisy De Luca Jaffe. In 2009, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Classical Music Performance. Gino then started taking private Jazz lessons with Jazz pianist David Shelander, who studied with Bill Evans. During his time in the US. Gino went on to win many competitions and appeared on national TV and radio stations performing solo, chamber, and with orchestra. Today Gino performs and does studio work regularly with some of the best musicians around, including award-winning artists such as violinist Karen Briggs, Jazz clarinet player Tim Laughlin, flutist Kim Scott, jazz guitarist Adam Hawley, and flutist Althea Rene.

In 2016, Gino started a new project called Groove Symphony where he released all original music inspired by his newborn Simon. In 2017 Gino’s Groove Symphony project won an award for Best Funk/Fusion EP from the Akademia in Los Angeles. Today Gino travels as an educator teaching master classes, as a producer producing music for clients all over the world, as a sideman/musical director for many national acts, and as a performing artist continuously writing and performing original music. Gino also holds an artist-in-residence position at a mega-church in Pensacola FL.

Gino released his first contemporary jazz album in the summer of 2019. On that album, he features several heavy hitters such as Marcus Anderson, Althea Rene, Elan Trotman, Adam Hawley, and more. His radio single “Night Groove” made it onto Billboard within the first week! The single made it onto the top 30 on most of the contemporary jazz charts.

“My goals are to continue giving virtuoso piano performances in both Jazz and Classical music,” says Gino. His Curaçao roots are heard all over his music, and Gino is very proud of that.

Adam Hawley · Unstoppable

Guitarist and producer Adam Hawley has burst on to the scene as a celebrated and innovative artist, composer and band leader. Handpicked by Maurice White (founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire) he first debuted on the legend's label Kalimba Music. In all, Adam’s four albums and work as a producer have spawned an incredible 14 Billboard #1 hits. In it's first week, the 3rd record Escape was the #1 selling album in the nation, outselling every other Contemporary Jazz album as per Nielsen. The debut single went on to become the Billboard and Smooth Jazz Network Song of the Year for 2020.

Hawley followed this up with the 4th album Risin' Up; it's title track again reached the top of the Billboard charts in late '21. 2022 was particularly successful including four more #1's, culminating with 2022 song of the year. Coupling this with a robust touring schedule throughout the world, the best is yet to come.

Select Tour Date Highlights Include:

•Seabreeze Jazz Fest
•Java Jazz
•Mallorca Jazz Fest
•Berks Jazz Fest
•Dave Koz Cruise
•Newport Beach Jazz Festival
•Catalina Jazz Fest
•Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
•Smooth Jazz Cruise
•Cancun Jazz Fest
•Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz
•Rehoboth Jazz Festival

In addition to touring as a leader, he has also played for Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, The Manhattan Transfer, Brian McKnight, and appeared on American Idol in the house band to name a few. He also is an educator holding a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

D.S. Wilson · Pocket Change

Saxman D.S. Wilson teamed up with Artist/Producer Steve Oliver as well as Gold and Platinum Producer Jeff Carruthers, along with an all-star cast to produce Wilson’s fourth solo Smooth Jazz album entitled “Metamorphosis”. The album features a contemporary sound with catchy melodies, along with solid grooves and influences from Wilson’s background in Rock, Pop, and Blues. Buoyed by the Top 20 success of his previous album “Skyline” (produced by Adam Hawley), Metamorphosis represents Wilson’s growth journey from being a part-time musician in the corporate world to leaving the corporate world for full-time music career. The single “Pocket Change” was released on Jan. 5th, 2024 and is the first advance single from the new album.

D.S. Wilson: Saxophone, Piano, Keys
Jeff Carruthers: Guitars, Keys, Programming
Steve Oliver: Guitars, Programming
Eric Valentine: Drums
Chris Miskel: Drums
Maurice Fitzgerald: Bass
Cornelius Mims: Bass

Emm Gryner · Business & Pleasure

Emm Gryner is an award winning singer, songwriter, actor and best-selling author. Emm sang and played keyboards in David Bowie’s band, and appears on numerous recordings, including his landmark 1999 SNL appearance, Bowie at The Beeb and Toy. Bowie’s acclaimed Glastonbury 2000 documents her performance in front of more than 100,000 fans at Worthy Farm. With Trapper she shared arena stages with Def Leppard, and she also helped bring the first music video recorded in outer space to the world.

Detroit radio formed the soundtrack of Emm’s life and career and her brand new record is a celebration of that music. From Motown,jazz and pop, to Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac and the Doobies, Business & Pleasure is infused with the sunshine soul and stellar playing of the late 70s and early 80s. These songs, produced by Fred Mollin, written with poet Michael Holmes, and recorded with drummer Shannon Forrest (Toto), keyboardist Pat Coil (Michael McDonald), bassist Larry Paxton (Alison Krauss), and guitarists Tom Bukovac (Taylor Swift) and Pat Buchanan (Hall & Oates, Dolly Parton), embody a take on yacht rock that sails deep into the 2020s and introduce the world to a bold new character: a powerful woman whose passion, presence, conviction, humor and grace serves to unite the world in music, joy and love, once again.

Simon Denizart · 9-4 / Music Box

Originally from Créteil, French pianist Simon Denizart arrived in Montreal in 2011 and wasted no time in getting his music heard. Initially working with the Canadian label The 270 Sessions, he produced three albums, Between Two Worlds (2015), Beautiful People (2016) and Darkside (2017). This productive period earned him the Radio-Canada Revelation award in 2016 and two ADISQ nominations in 2017 and 2018. 
Released in 2021 on the Laborie Jazz label, his fourth album NOMAD offers a dynamic and original encounter between the piano and the calabash. It was again nominated for an ADISQ award in the Album of the Year Jazz category that same year. 
Critically acclaimed, "Croyez-nous c'est un sacré talent" (Radio-Canada), "Simon Denizart, retenez bien son nom!" (FIP - Jane Villenet), he performs all over the world (France, Canada, Czech Republic, Cuba, etc.) and leaves no one indifferent. 
"Simon Denizart is a pianist in a class of his own, with obvious jazz influences, but also rock, world music and even neo-classical music" (Jérôme Davieau, "Cultivating a fluid, dynamic sound that brings him very close to the late Swedish pianist Esbjörn Svensson" (Christophe Rodriguez,, he plays sensitive, energizing music, sprinkled with subtle, accessible melodies. 
In 2023 he began a new collaboration with the prestigious Canadian label Justin Time Records, which produced his forthcoming fifth album: Piece of Mind.

Dee Lucas · On The Verge

Saxophonist Dee Lucas has released a brand new single titled "On The Verge’". In this offering, the soprano saxman delivers both a catchy and infectious hook combined with a story-telling melody spreading inspiration and optimism as the overall message. 

"On The Verge" is a ANOTHER smooth but energetic song from Dee’s 10th solo album No Boundaries which is destined to be a favorite among Smooth Jazz listeners. 

"On The Verge"
Dee Lucas - Soprano Saxophone
Melvin Baldwin - Drums
Bob Baldwin - All other instruments

Listen Dee Lucas "On The Verge" on SmoothJazz Weekend Radio Playlist

Herb Alpert · Slow Down

"Slow Down" is the latest single from Herb Alpert's new album, Wish Upon A Star. The track was written and produced by Herb and his longtime collaborator, fellow Smooth Jazz artist and keyboardist Jeff Lorber. The upbeat, funky groove is grounded in Lorber's syncopated comping while Herb's trumpet melodies soar high above. Lorber interjects with soulful interludes on both organ and piano. The sound is filled out with Mitchell Long's skillful guitar and Gary Novak's locked-in drums. 

Wish Upon A Star is the 88-year-old Alpert's 49th studio album and includes covers of iconic tunes like Jerry Reed's "East Bound And Down", Elvis Presley's "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame", The Beatles' "And I Love Her", and Cat Stevens' "Father And Son". 

Listen Herb Alpert "Slow Down" on SmoothJazz Weekend Radio Playlist

Jeff Lorber Fusion · The Drop

“I think it’s easy to write music but it’s hard to write great music,” confesses trailblazing and Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer, Jeff Lorber. “I am always looking for inspiration, and it doesn’t take much for me to drop whatever I’m doing to chase an idea for a new song if I hear something that inspires me.” A consummate musician, Lorber’s passion, technical wizardry, forward-thinking and earnest approach, and sheer musicianship, have inspired legions of musicians for over five decades. A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and Bob James, Jeff Lorber is also one of the most in-demand producers in Contemporary Jazz. September 22, 2023, Lorber will release his latest inspired work on Shanachie Entertainment, The Drop, an album of originals which unites him with an all-star cast including bassist and longtime Jeff Lorber Fusion members bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Gary Novak, guitarists Paul Jackson, Jr. (also a member of Jazz Funk Soul with Lorber and Everette Harp), Snarky Puppy’s Marc Lettieri, bassist Cornelius Mims, drummer Gary Novak and saxophonist David Mann, among others. Lorber’s goal for his anticipated recording was simple. “I focus on making music that’s fun, exciting and fresh that I enjoy, and that I hope other people will feel uplifted and energized by when they listen to it,” shares Lorber, who is a big fan of audible and kindle books, with a keen interest in science fiction and detective books.