Friday, May 27, 2011

Hello again Jazzers . . .
Well here we are again and it's nearly June.  While the Canadian west coast and the American northwest wait for summer to arrive, there is no shortage of jazz heating up the internet channels.  One of the hottest artists has actually been around for a while and his new release has been climbing the jazz and contemporary jazz music charts.  JOEL DEL ROSARIO and his new release "Coast to Coast" is sure to make a lasting impression for the summer of 2011.  Check out this great contemporary jazz guitarist on his new website at

With a music career spanning over two decades, guitarist and songwriter, Joel Del Rosario has touched just about every genre of music from: Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Southern Gospel.  Classically trained at Viola University, Joel studied, performed, and was second chair in the San  Francisco School of the Arts Orchestra.  Though winning several competitions with the renowned SOTA Orchestra, Joel felt the pull to venture in the world of jazz and so began his love affair with the genre which would envelop a majority of his music career.

His passion for the guitar however was born from tragedy.  Experiencing the loss of his mother through breast cancer at the age of 11, Joel sought solace and peace through playing his guitar.  It was during those quiet moments in the dark contemplating. practicing and developing an intimate relationship with his guitar voice.  

"Joel Del Rosario brings the fresh, unique, stylistic, funky, exciting, spiritual music that this genre needs. He is such a humble cat. Look forward to him becoming a legendary musician. He is AWESOME the new generation of contemporary jazz is emerging!"- Tony Exum Jr.

And be sure to stop by the CD Baby website and purchase a copy at:

Have a listen to "Coast to Coast" from Joel Del Rosario

Coming in July to Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle is the one and only BRIAN CULBERTSON.  Four great nights from July 14-17 and all you need to do to attend is call and make a dinner reservation.  The dinner reservation assures you a wonderful menu to choose from and the best seats in the house. For more info check this link to the venue:

Finally, you may have noticed that I have a new name:  LynnValleyJazz and left the word 'smooth' out. Over the last 30 plus years that I have been following the evolution of jazz,  I have noticed one thing that never changes.  The constant growth and maturing of the genre itself.  From the early years of "Lady Day" (Billie Holiday) through the jazz fusion days of the 70's and 80's to the advent of smooth jazz, the music has always remained in constant shift.  It is that ability to grow and change that gives jazz it's free-styling beauty and heartbeat.  Now with the advent of a new growth spurt upon us, I wanted to reflect that change in my newsletter's name.  "I am not worried about the future of jazz as it was around long before I was and will continue long after I am gone".  

So "smooth", "funky", "traditional" or just "straight ahead jazz" I will be here letting you know what's new and what's changing in the world of jazz. As my Facebook friend Mark Stanley of Soundtraxx always says, "I will be serving you up all the Jazz, and nothing but the Jazz". And her is another link you should check out, that is Soundtraxx with Mark Stanley
for the most unique couple of jazz hours on the radio. As well, I will be featuring a new artist each week on my Facebook page at and if you're not already a friend, then just send me a request.

Until then I wish you Peace and Love and as always I'll be 'keepin you in the mix'


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