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THE ALL NEW JAZZED AND BLUE PRESENTS:
GRAMMY WiNNiNG BARiTONE SAXOPHONiST GARY SMULYAN
AND HiS NEWEST RELEASE 'SMUL'S PARADiSE'
AND MUSiC FROM
OSCAR PEREZ
, DEE DEE BRiDGEWATER AND MORE!!!

http://www.rockwired.com/smulsparadisecd.jpgJANUARY 29, 2012 - The weekly online radio series Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz is back and is now available for download at Rockwired.com and features an exclusive interview with Grammy-winning baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan regarding his brand new release Smul's Paradise. In the opening segment, Smulyan discusses the inspiration behind the tracks of his new CD, working with Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein and Kenny Washington and his affinity for the organ jazz trio sound. The second half of this edition of Jazzed and Blue will feature music from such jazz and blues artists as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nick Moran Trio, Mozik, Veronneau, Diane Schuur and more. “After being gone for about three months, it is great to finally be back and doing this show again. " says Jazzed and Blue host Brian Lush. “It's a real treat to end a long week with a show like this and to kick back and listen to some great music."

Smul's Paradise, baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan's debut recording for Capri Records, is a tribute to the classic jazz organ trio format. Operating in nearly unchartered waters as a baritone player fronting an organ trio, Smul's Paradise gets its name and direction from saxophonist Smulyan, and he is almost certainly one of very few baritone players to front such a group. The CD will be released January 17, 2012. "It's the first time for me," Smulyan acknowledges, "but I've been wanting to do this for a long time. It's such a favorite format of mine; I grew up listening to George Benson with Lonnie Smith, and Don Patterson on those albums by Grant Green, and Larry Young - beautiful, incredibly swinging music."

Prior to Smul's Paradise, the quartet featured on this album had never played together as a group, though both Hammond B3-player Mike LeDonne and drummer Kenny Washington have recorded several times with Smulyan, and guitarist Peter Bernstein has played weekly gigs at Smoke in New York for the past decade as part LeDonne's organ quartet. All are close friends outside the recording studio and you can hear the camaraderie among the players. The impeccable rhythmic and harmonic give-and-take among the band is indeed paradise for an expressive baritone player like Smulyan, but the other players get ample time to show off their solo chops as well.
 
Gary Smulyan has long been recognized as a major voice on baritone saxophone. Winner of the 2011 DownBeat Critics Poll and Jazz Times Readers and Critics Polls for baritone saxophone, Smulyan is known for his aggressive rhythmic sense, intelligent and creative harmonic vocabulary, and a strong and incisive wit. He's been a member of Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd, and was part of the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Bob Brookmeyer, as well as the Mingus Big Band and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He currently performs with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano's Nonet, the Dave Holland Octet as well as Big Band, as well as George Coleman's Octet and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. In addition, he has shared the stage and recording studio with a wide range of luminaries including Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Ray Charles, and Diana Ross, among many others.  Smulyan is a six-time Grammy award winner for his work with B.B. King, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and the Vanguard Orchestra.  
TODAY'S PLAYLiST
NiCK MORAN TRiO
NO TiME LiKE NOW
From the LP 'NO TiME LiKE NOW'

OSCAR PEREZ NUEVO COMiENZO
THE iLLUSiVE NUMBER
From the LP 'AFROPEAN AFFAiR'

TALKiNG COWS
HURDLESS iN THREE
From the LP 'ALMOST HUMAN'

DEE DEE BRiDGEWATER
MiDNiGHT SUN
From the LP 'MiDNiGHT SUN'

DiANE SCHUUR
WHY CAN'T HE BE YOU
From the LP 'THE GATHERiNG'

KENNY LOVE
GLiDE
From the LP 'CASE SENSiTiVE'

THE LANDRUS KALEIDOSCOPE
STRiPED PHASE
From the LP 'CAPSULE'

MOZiK
EYE OF THE HURRiCANE
From the LP 'MOZiK'

VERONNEAU
LA MER
From the LP 'JOiE DE ViVRE
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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS EDiTiON OF JAZZED AND BLUE HERE!!!

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   ABOUT THE HOST:
http://www.rockwired.com/brian.JPGBRIAN LUSH holds a BA in Creative Writing from the UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO. He established ROCKWIRED on New Years of 2004 and hasn't looked back since. He is currently the host of all of ROCKWIRED.COM's programming which includes such shows as ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES and ROCKWIRED FREE FORM RADIO. As program producer for ROCKWiRED.COM, LUSH is hands-on when it comes to interviewing and building a lasting rapport with the artists that come ROCKWiRED's way. As a youngster, BRIAN LUSH had no idea what kind of seed was being planted by reading magazines such as HIT PARADE, HIGH TIMES, SPIN, REQUEST (remember that one?) and even ROLLING STONE. "Those were the days before the internet and being a rock journalist looked like the coolest job imaginable." says LUSH "But reading these magazines had me imagining that one day I'd be the artist giving all of the clever answers to some poor guy with a tape recorder. Well, life has a way of surprising you. Now, I'm the poor guy with the tape recorder and asking all of the questions."

CONTACT BRiAN LUSH AT: djlush@rockwired.com