James Lloyd: From Pieces of a Dream to Reality

Curtis Harmon and James Lloyd James Lloyd began taking piano lessons at age 6.  Being classically trained, he was first introduced to jazz at age 12. When James is not on the road playing music, he’s in his home studio writing music. James has written, co-written and produced for several …


Jessy J: Second Chances and New Beginnings

Jessy J is a Latina saxophone player who broke onto the scene in 2008 with her chart-topping debut album Tequila Moon, which combined influences of jazz as well as Latin rhythms. Jessy earned the Radio & Records ‘Debut Artist of The Year’ Award and Contemporary Jazz ‘Song of the Year’ …


Brian Culbertson: Artistry Cannot Be Categorized

Brian Culbertson began his musical journey at the age of 8 on piano, adding drums at 9, trombone at 10, then bass at 12. Loving genre-crossing jazz-pop artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, and Tower of Power, Culbertson’s artistry cannot be categorized into one genre. Brian has released …


Russell Ferrante: A Rise in the Road with the Yellowjackets

In 1977, a group of talented musicians were assembled to record Robben Ford’s album. There was a certain chemistry, and musical affinity, between keyboardist Russell Farrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson. While Ford’s record label wanted to record more pop and vocal-oriented albums; the group, known as Robben …


iRock Jazz LIVE! with Saxophonist Jessy J

Jessy J has a gangbuster career already, scoring back-to-back hits, #1 Song of the Year and a #1 Billboard Album in 2011, five years after making her debut she’s back with her highly anticipated Self Produced album entitled Second Chances. Jessy J burst onto the contemporary jazz scene in 2008, …


Nick Colionne: Growing Up in Chicago Influenced My Music

For the past few years, Smooth Jazz radio stations around the country have quietly changed call letters and formats opting for alternative rock, Spanish pop and even talk radio. Many people relied on the easy listening style of music to keep them de-stressed during the work day. It was a …