Do You Feel


José James, 36, is a singer songwriter from Minneapolis, and is best known for performing and blending modern jazz and hip-hop. James joined the Blue Note roster in 2013 when he released his breakout album No Beginning No End to wide acclaim. With its irrepressible lead single “Trouble,” the album release found José making national TV appearances on ConanLate Show With David Letterman, andTonight Show With Jay Leno.

The New York Times praised his “cool and confident” album, adding that it “sounds like the result of the black-pop continuum, jazz and soul and hip-hop and R&B, slow-cooked for more than 50 years.” NPR Music raved that “James makes utterly contemporary music,” noting that he “skirts categories with ease, fitting in with current R&B innovators like Frank Ocean or Miguel, yet maintaining a strong awareness of a lineage that stretches from Ray Charles to Marvin Gaye to Lou Rawls to Maxwell.”

Find this tune on his 2013 Album titled: No Beginning No End

José James official site and his full bio can be found at: josejamesmusic.com


Don’t Let Me Go


Jarle Bernhoft, 38also known as Bern/hoft, is a Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and lyricist. Bernhoft is from Nittedal in Norway, but currently lives in New York.

what he [Bernhoft] did with those few tools was quite extraordinary. Using them, and via a process of instant recording, looping and layering, he was able to create the sound of a full band – including all the instrumental parts plus backing singers on rich harmonies – and it was all just him.”  – The Guardian

Find his website here: Bernhoft.org

Find his new album released last month here: Islander / Bernhoft


Mindi Abair


Mindi Abair, 44, was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is an smooth jazz saxophonist. Mindi started playing the piano at age five, and started playing alto saxophone at the age of eight, when her elementary school band instructor laid out instruments on the first day of band class and instructed each student to pick the instrument they most wanted to play. Mindi has toured and/or recorded with the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran, Mandy Moore, Josh Groban, Adam Sandler, Keb’ Mo’, Lalah Hathaway, Lee Ritenour, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Rick Braun. She toured with Aerosmith in 2012. In 2003, Abair moved from pop to jazz. (Source: Wiki)


Easing into Friday Night with Céu & Herbie


We all know the legendary Herbie Hancock.  Céu is a Brazilian singer-songwriter.  “Céu reached unprecedented chart numbers for a Brazilian female artist—1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers (New Artist) Chart, 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 1 on Billboard’s World Music charts. In 2008, Céu received a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary World Music Album” of 2007 for her debut album Céu.

If you like this music, check out  another one my Céu favorites: Sonhando (Portuguese for ” Dreaming”)


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Chillin’ on Friday Night with Zero 7

Alternative Music, Chill


Zero 7 is a British musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker.  This song, In The Waiting Line, is from their debut album, Simple Things which was released in 2001 and received critical acclaim.

↓ click for audio (Zero 7: “In The Waiting Line“)


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Easing into Friday Night with Patrick Watson…


Patrick Watson  is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec.

There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills…
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust…
This is a place where I don’t feel alone
This is a place where I feel at home…

And I built a home
for you
for me

Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
There is a tree as old as me
Branches were sewn by the color of green
Ground had arose and passed it’s knees

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held on me
Held on as tightly as you held on me…

And I built a home
for you
for me


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Friday Night Serenade…

Joel Virgel, is a singer and songwriter who was born on the French Caribbean Island of Guadalupe and raised in Paris. Here’s Joel with “Kiss Me.”

↓ click for audio (Joel Virgel – “Kiss Me”)


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All I do…

Here’s Kirk Whalum easing us out of a long day with one of my favorites: “All I Do…

click for audio (All I Do)

Friday night with Andrea…

We were introduced to Andrea Bocelli at a concert in Miami.   Now the American Airlines Arena isn’t a night with Andrea in Tuscany…but the evening was memorable nonetheless.  There are those that perform – and then there is Andrea Bocelli.  A man in a league of his own.   Several weeks later, I recall driving over the Miami causeway out to Key Biscayne.  It was a blistering summer, Sunday afternoon.   The sun roof was open.  There was acqua blue velvet water glistening all around me.  Warm tropical winds rushing through the car.  And Andrea belting out this song.  Andrea and me on Key Biscayne…fantasy island.


Friday night in Tokyo with Kem…

Years ago, I’m walking back to my hotel on a sultry Friday night in Tokyo.  Its been a grueling week.  I’ve been away from home for several weeks.  I’m dragging.  Friendly, safe country – but never quite at ease among strangers, away from my own bed.  I don’t recall the year.  I don’t remember the hotel.  But, I do remember this unforgettable Kem tune drifting out of the lounge.  I slump into a soft, cushy chair along the window and order a drink.  I ask the bartender if he wouldn’t mind playing the song again.  He indulges.  And I proceed to be immersed by “Love Calls” while I watch the Tokyo evening pass me by.  It feels like yesterday…



 

Breathe in…

dana point

Years ago, I attended a conference at Dana Point, CA and ran on a beach that looked strikingly similar to this photo.  I was listening to “Chill” music provided by the hotel.  I don’t remember much about the conference.  But, this image of the ocean, the waves crashing on the shoreline, the overcast skies, and this song remain indelibly present with me.

Here’s Rachel Lloyd singing “Breather 2000” from the album called Chill – Dana Point.

 

click for audio (Breather 2000)

Saturday afternoon with Katie Melua…

Katie Melua, 28, was born in Kutaisi, Georgia (in the old Soviet Union).  She’s a singer, songwriter and musician.  She moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England at fourteen.  In 2006, she was the UK’s best-selling female artist and remains once of the most successful in Europe.


Friday Night with Chris Botti…

wine

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