Recently, I discovered from a girlfriend that one of my favorite smooth jazz artists was coming to town in 2 days! I immediately purchased tickets to attend because I was starving for a live smooth jazz concert. For the past few years, it seems the smooth jazz concert venues in Houston have diminished especially since we lost our smooth jazz station. It seems that fans in Europe and Asia are more interested in our jazz artists than we are these days.
So, when I heard Kirk Whalum (www.kirkwhalum.com) and Jonathan Butler (www.jonathanbutler.com) were coming to town, I was ecstatic. It had been too many years since I had seen them live and they were performing at my favorite music theatre – Arena Theatre – (www.arenahouston.com) where every seat is the perfect seat.
Attending that concert made me realize that I could use some soul-healing music in my life on a frequent basis. So, I am dusting off the CDs from my extensive smooth jazz collection and plan to start following my favorite artists again.
Here are a few of my favorite artists:
Warren Hill www.warrenhill.com (Passion Theme)
Kim Waters www.kimwaters.net (It’s Time for Love)
Everette Harp www.everetteharp.com
Marcus Miller www.marcusmiller.com
Walter Beasley www.walterbeasley.com
George Duke www.georgeduke.com
Marion Meadows www.marionmeadows.com
Check them out and listen to the two songs I listed above.
I think a man that can create music with an instrument (especially a saxophone and a guitar), exudes sensuality. The way they touch and interact with their instruments is like watching a lover’s wooing of his mate. It definitely puts me in a more loving mood as Jazz is music that truly touches the heart and soul.
Do you like smooth Jazz? Why? Why not?
If so, share some of your favorite artists.
Do you know of any local smooth jazz venues in Houston?
If so, please share the information.