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James Terry, Lincoln's Jazz Man

Reprinted from the Lincoln Star Journal
By Cynthia Peterson, Mar 21, 2018

Born, raised and educated in Lincoln, James Terry, 68, isn’t a lifelong jazz devotee, but long enough.

At the age many baby boomers seriously start contemplating stepping aside from their careers, Lincoln’s jazz man tapped into his entrepreneurial side and brought forward his own smooth jazz internet streaming station. Since 2009, he has been the managing director of JazzTimesSmoothRadio.com. "Retirement" is not in Terry’s personal dictionary.

That jazz history elective Terry took while pursuing his sociology degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, opened his ears. The jazz professor often took the class to hear great live jazz at Lincoln’s legendary Tony and Luigi's restaurant. Artists like Jay McShann from Kansas City, Missouri, regularly came to play.

Terry’s first real jazz aha moment was listening to a recording of Charlie Christian, a jazz guitarist.

“It was just … wow!", he said. "I go back and listen to it every so often.”

Today, his musical passion is smooth jazz.

“Jazz,” explained Terry “is a lot of things. You have ragtime like Scott Joplin. You have bebop like Charlie Parker, and cool jazz like Miles Davis. Dixieland, classic, fusion, smooth …"

There are different opinions on what smooth jazz is or isn’t, or whether it’s jazz at all. Allmusic.com describes smooth jazz as polished, “unobtrusive… where the overall sound matters more than the individual parts.”

Why a smooth jazz music station?

“Because jazz is for the whole family," Terry said. "Everybody can listen. I used to like rap, but they started doing all that cussing and sex talk. That’s not for me. That’s not what you want kids to hear.”

Internet stations aren’t bound by the same rules and regulations as traditional radio stations. Terry partners with a streaming service to deliver his content. He picks his own playlist about 15 days out. The current Top 10 smooth jazz songs regularly rotate. Once his business gets to a certain level, Terry will start paying royalties, “but that’s a ways away.”

Terry described his success as a jazz entrepreneur as “hit and miss.” Since his acceptance into the SCC Entrepreneur Program on his second try, he has learned how to promote and produce special events, and more about the business side, including writing contracts.

Terry moved his office out of his home and into a dedicated space at the SCC Entrepreneurship Center near 68th and L streets -- fewer distractions means more focus on business.

“When I first started, I thought I was doing everything right. Then I found out I was doing it all wrong,” he said, chuckling. “It was a surprising moment.”

He has two years remaining in the program.

Terry had a stroke last April. It has left him with some aphasia he’s working through with support and determination. The stroke made him aware he needs to make changes in how he takes care of himself and what he eats. He hasn’t slowed down, at least not much. He still plans to learn to play the xylophone, because he loves the sound.

Before smooth jazz

Terry is writing a book about growing up as African-American in Lincoln.

“I came from what we now call a disadvantaged family,” he said.

When he was age 11, his mother was a victim of violent crime and killed. The perpetrator remains unpunished. He attended Bancroft Elementary (Dorcas Cavett was one of his teachers), Whittier Junior High and Lincoln High Schools. While he wasn’t a kid who got into trouble, he credits staff at the Clyde Malone Center for continually pushing him in the right direction.

“My life could’ve turned out so differently,” he said.

The Malone Center has been part of his life ever since. As a kid growing up, Terry knew he wanted to work at the center. As a young man, he did. Personal experience and a favorite Sociology professor, who favored learning in the field over books, fueled Terry’s desire to help others, and the community activism that remains at his core today.

His smooth jazz station isn’t Terry’s first experience with radio. When community radio station KZUM went live 40 years ago, Terry was ready. Now a paid community specialist at the Malone Center, the community outreach show Malone Reaching Out regularly aired Fridays from noon to 4:30 p.m. on KZUM.

“We gave young minority persons interested in broadcasting a chance to develop their talents and help our cause at the same time,” said Terry in a 1979 newspaper story. Five volunteer DJs (including Terry, known on air as J.T. Soul) brought in their own vinyl records and did their own programming.

Career moves included positions at different youth facilities in Lincoln. He brought a different perspective and thought he could help the kids. There were opportunities out of state, too, though Lincoln always drew him back.

In the mid-1980s, Terry graduated from the second Leadership Lincoln class, an organization that continues to engage and prepare individuals from diverse backgrounds for community leadership roles. About that same time, Terry returned to the air on KZUM with "The JT Soul Show: Music You Never Heard." The target audience was university students, and often ran five to six hours of music minority students couldn’t find anywhere else.

“We had the black community and when our show was on, their radios were on," he said. "When we were off, their radios went off, too.”

Jazz in the city

The state of jazz in Lincoln “is good and growing,” Terry said. He credits Martha Florence and the Jazz in June committee for delivering on their vision for more than 25 years. Spencer Munson, who took over as Jazz in June coordinator a couple years ago, is equally committed and innovative.

“He continues to be instrumental in bringing great new jazz and smooth jazz to Lincoln. He knows music,” Terry said. “And, I can’t forget the Capital Jazz Society and Dean Haist -- the free Monday night jazz sessions at Blue Blood Brewing Company …”

Terry is doing what he does to bring the best in live jazz entertainment for local and regional events. JazzTimeSmoothRadio and the Downtown Lincoln Association, with support from sponsors, wanted to extend that Jazz in June-like party into July. In 2015, Tower Jazz, featuring established as well as up-and-coming local talent, took off. Last summer, the free jazz concert series at Tower Square, 13th and P streets, expanded into August featuring vibraphonist Steve Raybine and others. He’s finalizing artists for the Tower Jazz 2018, including Chad Stoner from Omaha, who is sure to be an attention-getter.

Another Terry production last summer -- with Lincoln Parks and Recreation -- was the new Union Plaza Cultural Concert Series at the amphitheater near 21st and O streets.

There have been jazz nights at the Nebraska Club and, this year, monthly Friday night jazz at the Boiler Grand Hall (in the Grand Manse at 10th and P streets). In January, the Mitch Towner Quintet played a sold out benefit for Jazz in June. Next up is Latin jazz on March 30.

All that jazz is going on in Lincoln, thank in part to Terry.

Tower Jazz Review

By Lindsay Esparrago Jun 30, 2015

It is time to say goodbye to June, but jazz performances are not over for the city of Lincoln.

Starting July 7, Jazz Time Smooth Radio and the Downtown Lincoln Association will present Jazz in July at Tower Square on 13th and P streets every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Just like Jazz in June, admission is free and the concert series will focus on established and upcoming local musicians.

“It’s basically an extension of Jazz in June,” said James Terry, the founder of Jazz Time Smooth Radio. “It’s something that’s been going on for about 30 years just in June, but hey, we want more jazz.”

The series will have performances by two groups from Omaha and two groups from Lincoln, including Darryl White, associate professor of trumpet at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a member of the UNL Faculty Jazz Combo. Groups the audience can expect to see include Darryl White Trio, Brian Saxkeys Holland ft. Tha Jazzy Truth, The Jazzocracy and Ed Archibald.

“I tried to choose different types of groups and split them in half to give Lincoln a variety,” Terry said.

This isn’t Terry’s first shot at promoting jazz in the Lincoln community.

Keeping jazz alive in Lincoln has been a goal of his since his interest for jazz music peaked after taking a history of modern jazz course in the mid-1970s before he graduated from UNL with a sociology degree.

Terry said he wants to give Lincoln four more weeks of jazz, but more than that, he wants to give Lincoln jazz music 24 hours, seven days a week with his online radio station, Jazz Time Smooth Radio.

“I’m trying to brand the website as a part of this series. I have about 2,000 listeners right now, but not very many from Lincoln and Omaha,” Terry said. “I’m trying to change that.”

With a change in the number of listeners, Terry said there’s change in the Lincoln community, too.

“We need more jazz concerts,” he said. “It’s a lot about the community and having something people can take their families to, but it’s also about bringing money into the city.”

The Downtown Lincoln Association is attempting to bring this money into the city by getting nearby downtown businesses and restaurants to collaborate with Jazz in July. By involving them as food vendors, they hope to promote them.

But Terry said there is more work to be done to keep the performances going for the summer.

“What people don’t realize is that it’s a lot of work,” he said. “You have to get sponsors to pay for it and you have to get more collaborators to join in on it.”

The series is free for all, but Terry stressed the importance of getting members of the community to contribute by donating in order for Lincoln to bring in national jazz bands like Jazz in June used to 3 years prior.

“It’s really exciting. Bands from all over the country have reached out and want to perform in Lincoln because friends from Nebraska have told them about it,” Terry said. “But it’s critical that community members reach out, too.”

Talk of expanding the series into the next few months and onto the UNL City Campus Union Plaza is being negotiated among the Downtown Lincoln Association.

But for now, Lincoln has the opportunity to enjoy four more weeks of jazz. “Jazz isn’t as big here as it is in some cities, but I want that to change,” Terry said. “I want people to think ‘jazz’ and then think ‘Lincoln.’”


Boney and Brian Share the Stage

Post by PR, 23 June 2015

Two of the biggest names in jazz today -- Boney James and Brian Culbertson, will be performing on the same stage -- the Chicago Theatre on July 17th. The two have performed together on "The Smooth Jazz Cruise", but this will be a rare on-land performance where the two jazz greats will appear on the same stage in the same night.

Boney James will be promoting his new hit album "Futuresoul" and Brian will be promoting his double live CD "LIVE - 20th Anniversary Tour."

The Chicago Theatre is a national landmark with the famous "C-H-I-C-A-G-O letters spelled out atop the six-story building. This large and beautiful theatre opened in 1921 and seats 3,553 people. The grand lobby was modeled after the Royal Chapel at Versailles, France.

source: TheChicagoTheatre.com <http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/2015/july/boney-james-and-brian-culbertson-at-the-chicago-theatre.html>


Brian Culbertson's Jazz Getaway 2015

Post by PR, 4 May 2015

Hosted by Brian Culbertson in the heart of California Wine Country, this 5-day annual Jazz Getaway features the best in jazz artists. This years artists will include Boney James, Al Jarreau, Spyro Gyra, Mindi Abair, Chaka Khan, Peter White and many more! This year's jazz getaway runs June 11-14, 2015.

This is the fourth year for the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway begun by Culberton. Besides the incredible all-star legendary jazz performances, the event features parties where attendees can mingle with the artists. This is the best of food, wine and travel in a luxury event.

For more information visit JazzGetAway.


Grammy Foundation Silent Auction

As part of the festivities of the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway there will be a silent auction and wine reception to benefit the Grammy Foundation. The Grammy Foundation cultivates the appreciation and advancement of recorded music to American culture. They work with The Recording Academy to bring national attention to the value and impact of music and arts education and the preservation of our rich cultural heritage.



International Jazz Day in Paris

Post by PR, 13 Mar 2015

"Jazz is so much more than music: it is a lifestyle and a tool for dialogue, even social change. The history of jazz tells of the power of music to bring together artists from different cultures and backgrounds, as a driver of integration and mutual respect."

- Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the United Nations

On April 30, 2015 jazz musicians from around the world will gather at the United Way headquarters in Paris, France for the 4th international Jazz Day. Previous years' concerts were held in France, Japan and Turkey, New Orleans.

Many jazz stars will come together this year to perform the All-Star Global Concert. This year's concert will feature: Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Hugh Masekela, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, Femi Kuti, Wayne Shorter, Lee Ritenour, and Terri Lyne Carrington. The concert will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, directed by pianist John Beasley.

France ranks second for the birthplace of jazz, after the United States of course. Jazz music became popular in France after the arrival of the famous Harlem Hellfighters battalion in 1917 who fought in World War I. The infantry regiment's orchestra led by James Reese Europe played ragtime while they marched through the French countryside.

The United Nations organized International Jazz Day in 2011 for the following reasons:

  • Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance
  • Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression
  • Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace
  • Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities
  • Jazz fosters gender equality
  • Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change
  • Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones
  • Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies."


- Stephen Doble, UK News Editor, 26 Feb 2015, "Paris to Host Internetional Jazz Day 2015", The Jazz Line. 8 Mar 2015, <http://thejazzline.com/news/2015/02/paris-host-international-jazz-day-2015/>

- United Nations, International Jazz Day. 8 Mar 2015 <http://www.un.org/en/events/jazzday/>

What is Cool Jazz?

Post by PR 3/2/15

In an age of the Civil Rights movement, just after World War 2, a new style of jazz was forming. Marked by more subtle phrasing and rhythmic syncopations, jazz musician Miles Davis was shaping a new sound in the jazz era.

Miles Davis was a trumpet player who played with Charlie Parker in the 1940's. When he branched out on his own, the birth of "cool jazz" was delivered to the world with Davis' first album "Birth of the Cool, released in 1950." Miles Davis went on to win 9 Grammy's in his life, and is known as one of the top musicians of our time.

Described as cool, calm, creative and subtle, cool jazz, (also called West Coast Jazz), consists of controlled phrasing, subtle rhythms and clustered harmonies. Other cool jazz musicians besides Miles Davis include the Modern Jazz Quartet, Chick Corea, Gerry Mulligan and Lennie Tristano among many others.

Watch a video to learn and listen to the Sound of Cool Jazz

Watch the full video Trane and Miles on Amazon Instant Video Download ($1.99 rent, buy $11.99)

Sources: - Michale Fortuna, "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool," All About Jazz, 1 July 2001. 3 Mar 2013, http://www.allaboutjazz.com/birth-of-the-cool-miles-davis-capitol-records-review-by-michael-fortuna.php
- Encyclopaedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/136142/cool-jazz
- Piero Scaruffi, A History of Jazz Music, 2003. 1 Mar 2015, <http://www.scaruffi.com/history/jazz11.html>

A Happy Valentine's Day Surprise from Stevie Wonder!

Stevie Wonder Appeared on Stage with Jazz Artist Brian Culberton

Post by PR 2/19/15

Midway through Brian Culbertson's already great show of jazz music in Long Beach, the crowd went wild as legendary Stevie Wonder walked out on the stage, completely surprising Culbertson and the band, who were headlining the Rainbow Productions Valentines' Day Show.

After the shock wore off, Culbertson had the pleasure of jamming with the jazz great as Wonder played exquisite jazz interludes on his harmonica. Culbertson's band included Eddie Miller, Chris Miskel, Michael Stever and Rodney Jones Jr.

Watch that very moment now:

from the YouTube video:The Amazing Brian Culbertson With Surprise Musicial Legend Stevie Wonder! uploaded by ladyesq64

Source: Melanie Maxwell, "Stevie Wonder sits in with Brian Culbertson at Long Beach concert!", Smooth Jazz News, 19 Feb 2015, <http://smoothjazznews.com/2015/02/stevie-wonder-sits-brian-culbertson-long-beach-concert/>


Contact JazzTime Smooth Radio to Book some Great Local Jazz: 402-580-6983

Jazz Musicians for Hire

Looking for Great Music for Your Next Event?

Post by PR 2/17/15

JazzTime Smooth Radio will help provide some great jazz music for your wedding, anniversary, fundraiser or other events. Check out these available jazz musicians:

• Ed Archibald
Ed Alchibald has over 40 years experience in Jazz, R&B, Blues & Soul.
He has opened for the legendary Al Green and appeared on the local TV show "Jazz One". His critially acclaimed album "Smoove Grooves" was released in 2006. His style is similar to Grover Washington, Boney James and Kirk Whalum. Hire Ed for any event that requires fun with an elegant flare.
Watch a video clip of Ed Archibald playing live

•Tim Javorsky
Tim Javorsky loves to entertain! After studying classical sax and voice in college he started a DJ service which led to his jazz music performances for crowds several hundred times a year. He likes to emulate the styles jazz greats Stan Getz, Louie Armstrong, and many others.
Watch a video clip of Tim playing Jazz After the Green

Journell Henry hails from the Jazz Capitol of the world, New Orleans. He studied with Pierre Poree and Brian Graber of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has performed with many gospel recording artists and is working on his own recording label.
Watch a video clip of J.Henry

Jazz Grammy Winners

Post by PR, Feb 8, 2015

In today's 57th Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles a Grammy award was given to Chick Corea for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, "Fingerprints" from his CD "Trilogy". Listen Now at Amazon

Other Grammy winners for Jazz included:

  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: Beautiful LIfe, Dianne Reeves
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Trilogy, Chick Corea Trio
  • Best Large Ensemble Album: Life in the Bubble, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
  • Best Latin Jazz Album: The Offense of the Drum, Arturo O'Farril & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Source: Jazztime.com, 2 Feb 2015. http://jazztimes.com/articles/154900-jazz-grammy-awards-announced

Ken Vandermark

post by PR 1/19/2015

Should minors be allowed to attend concerts at jazz clubs where alchohol is served if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian?

Chicago jazz artist Ken Vandermark did just that, attending hometown Boston jazz clubs with his father, a writer for the jazz magazine Cadence.That is where he fell in love with jazz. He went to shows three nights a week at hundreds of shows and says, "...That’s where I fell in love with jazz, figuring out that they were playing the same pieces different ways every night. I was captivated by that.”

His life-changing moment came when his dad gave him Joe McPhee's album called Tenor when he was 17. It came from his work promos.

Vandermark says “It changed my life. I was on trumpet, but I switched to tenor. I went to college, but I became more interested in music and less in studying. By graduation, I was completely devoted to music and have been doing it ever since.”

Vandermark became one of the youngest recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship (called the "genius grant"). He used the grant to create a musical tour with a group of musicians from the U.S. and Europe.

Vandermark is a very committed avant-garde improvisational jazz musician. He has released over 100 albums with nearly 40 ensembles and spends most of his time composing and arranging as well as on the road.

Watch a clip from "Musician" the Ken Vandermark Documentary that shows an insightful portrait of the hard-working artist.


sources: Manny Theiner, "Music Preview: Saxophone and Trumpet Duo Travel beyond the Jazz Code", All About Jazz. 18 Jan 2015. 19 Jan 2015 <http://news.allaboutjazz.com/music-preview-saxophone-and-trumpet-duo-travel-beyond-the-jazz-code.php#>

Want to Star in a Dave Koz Music Video?

post by PR 10/27/2014

All you need to do is upload a video of yourself singing and dancing to the track "All You Need is Love" from the new album The 25th of December. The most unique video submissions will be edited together to capture the essence of this reimaging of the iconic Beatles tune.

The song features many famous musicians: Eric Benet, Johnny Mathis, Heather Headley, Richard Marx, Jonathan Butler, Maysia, BeBe Winans, Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder. Order the Album

See more info


B.B. King Taking a Needed Rest from Tour

post by PR, Oct 12, 2014

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King, age 89, stopped a performance in Chicago October 3, diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion. One of modern music's greatest, B.B. was playing about 100 shows per year. His remaining tour was cancelled so he could fully recuperate.

King says he is back home listening to music, watching movies and enjoying some down time. He said he is busier now than he was on the road talking to his friends who are calling to check up on how he is doing.

source: AFP News, 09 Oct 2014, 12 Oct 2014

Dave Koz and Friends to Release New Holiday Album

The 25th of December

post by PR Sep 27, 2014

"The 25th of December" is the title of the new holiday album that will be released for the 2014 holiday season.

The first single song "All You Need is Love" features the legends: Eric Benet, Johnny Mathis, Heather Headley, Richard Marx, Jonathan Butler, Maysa, BeBe Winans, Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder.

Preorder Now at Amazon


The Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour may be coming to a city near you!

Here is the schedule:
Sarasota, FL - Nov 28
Clearwater, FL - Nov 29
West Palm Beach - Nov 30
Naples, FL - Dec 1
Atlanta, GA - Dec 3
Newport News, VA -Dec 4
Morristown, NJ - Dec 5
New Haven, CT - Dec 6
New York NY - Dec 7
Bethesda, MD - Dec 9
Greenville, TN - Dec 10
Cleveland, OH - Dec 12
Chicago, IL - Dec 13
Carmel, IN - Dec 14
Mesa, AZ - Dec 17
Carritos, CA - Dec 19 & 20
Rohnert Park, CA - Dec 22

Source: http://davekoz.com

Mindi Abair on the Late Show

Mindi Abair sat in with Paul Schaffer and the CBS Orchestra on Late Night with David Letterman on July 19. She played "Wild Heart" and "Train" from her new CD "Wild Heart" and played the rest of the show as well.

Watch a video of "Wild Heart":

Press Release - Preston Love

Nebraska Jazz Musician Preston Love

December 18, 2013


We are celebrating Jazz musician Preston Love during the month of January.  Love is originally from North Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from North High.  He started as a professional sideman and saxophone balladeer during the ‘Big Band Era.’ He was a dedicated member of Nat Towles, Lloyd Hunter, Snub Mosley, Lucky Millinder and Fats Waller bands.   

His big break came at the age of 22, with the Count Basie Orchestra.  Love played and recorded with the Count Basie band from 1945–1947 and played on Basie's only #1 hit record, 'Open The Door Richard.'

Eventually Love became a bandleader himself.  He played and had several hits with Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, and his friends Johnny Otis and Wynonie Harris.  In 1952, he partnered up with songwriter Otis Rene ("When It’s Sleepy Time Down South.) And launched Spin Records.  The label released material by the Preston Love Orchestra and others.

In the 1960’s Preston Love worked with Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin in California. He eventually became Motown’s West Coast house bandleaderHe played & toured with The Four Tops, The Temptations, Tammi Terrell, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and others.  Preston Love also recorded with Nichelle Nichols, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa (Freak Out), Shuggie Otis, T-Bone Walker, Charles Brown, Ruth Brown and others. 

Love also appeared in the Clint Eastwood film, Play Misty For Me, with the Johnny Otis band.

Preston toured the U.S. and Europe quite frequently into the 2000’s and also adding to his credit, lectured and wrote and published the history he was part of.  Plus he played with other legends, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder.
Love, in his senior years, moved back to Omaha and wrote a book and led bands.  The last of band, featured his daughter vocalist Portia Love, drummer Gary E. Foster, pianist Orville Johnson, and bassist Nate Mickels. 

His many other talents included being an advertising agent for the Omaha Star.  This is a local newspaper serving the city’s African American community.  His other daughter is Laura Love.  In February 2004, Preston Love died after battling prostate cancer. 


Press Release - Nov 2013

Jazztime Smooth Radio

Phone: (402) 560-3721

Contact: James Terry

Email: jtsoul_17@yahoo.com

For Immediate Release

November 22, 2013

Welcome to Jazztimesmoothradio.com—The station that will help you unwind from your busy and stressful lives!! Join the internet movement to promote smooth jazz artists and musicians from around the world!!

Jazztimesmoothradio.com is Nebraska’s Largest Smooth Jazz Internet Radio. We Network with Artists, Musicians and Vocalists from around the world to promote America’s Great Smooth Jazz heritage and preserve the legacy for Smooth Jazz.

Our Mission at Jazztimesmoothradio.com is to strengthen the entire Jazz community. We search, find and promote Artists, Musicians and Vocalists from around the world so our listener’s can be exposed to their art and how their music will heal and refresh their days and nights. Plus our Jazztimesmoothradio.com is a new venue for smooth jazz groups. Our playlist includes; Kool Klean, Weather Report, Various, Vincent Insaln, Steve Cole, Patrick Yandall, Joyce Cooling and Cindy Bradley! Join the Internet Movement and promote Jazztimesmoothradio.com

Latest News from Smooth Jazz Network:

Hot Single Pick - Patrick Yandall

Huge Debut for "My Lady"

August 27, 2013
by Karl Graham

Patrick Yandall had the biggest debut in months on Smooth Jazz Now.His "My Lady" entered at #3 on the TOP 50 Chart.

"We've had lots of huge tunes on the chart this year but this is one of the highest entries yet," says John Beaudin, Operations Managerof the stations parent company AirCom Radio Network. "There is an irresistible quality to so much of what Patrick does," Beaudin adds.

Yandall told Smooth Jazz Now exactly how the song came about. "My wife was having a rough week at work and I wanted to write her something funky to lift her spirits up. I hope it does that for everyone that hears it!"

"I don't think this one will take long to make it to #1," says Beaudin. The guitarist's "Tower of Soul" stayed at #1 for five weeks in February 2011.


Ranked the #1 Humanitarian Charity in America

September 10, 2013

K.I.D.S. celebrated their 28th Anniversary this year. They
provide new clothes, shoes, toys, baby items and books to millions of kids in distressed situations. 97% of all donations go directly to children and families making it one of the highest ranked and most efficient charities in America. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator and Forbes, Consumers Digest ranks K.I.D.S. as the #1 Humanitarian Charity in the United State.

K.I.D.S. helps children challenged by low literacy by donating books and learning products to after-school tutoring programs or to communities such as Native American reservations. Children are given age-appropriate books to keep as their own, and build reading skills and share their joy of reading with their family.

Children in domestic abuse shelters receive warm clothes, shoes, toys and personal care products. This helps to restore a child's sense of safety and routine after they have been uprooted from their homes.

Children in homeless shelters can resume their schooling with pride and self-esteem with gifts of new clothes, brand name sneakers, a warm coat and school supplies.

K.I.D.S. also benefits children with serious illnesses and military families. To donate or fine out more, visit the K.I.D.S. Website.

BEF - Boomer Esiason Foundation

Fighting Cystic Fribrosis

August 26, 2013

In 1962 the life expectancy for someone with Cystic Fibrosis was the age of 10 --today, in 2013, it is 37.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that affects more than 30,000 Americans. It is not curable but every day there is more hope, with 40% of the people with DF living to over the age of 18.The severity of the symptoms vary depending on the types of gene defects.

Boomer Esiason is former NFL quarterback whose son was diagnosed with CF. He and others began focusing on education, helping to support research for a cure for CF. The Boomer Esiason Foundation was launched in 1994. Boomer says, "The quiet courage and determination of CF families inspires me; it is for these families that we work day in and day out."

To learn more visit the BEF Website.

NEADS - National Education for Assistance Dog Services

Also known as: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans and Canines for Combat Veterans

August 20, 2013

NEADS is a non-profit organization that provides canine assistance for people who are deaf or have a disability. These assistance dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners.
They are the oldest continuing hearing dog program in the country, with headquarters in Massachusetts, and the the only program of its kind in New England.

Watch a video about how these service dogs help people in need.

NEADS receives no government funding and relies solely on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations, service organizations, bequests and workplace campaigns.

To donate to NEADS or apply for an assistance dog visit their Website.

Donate Your Wheels to NHF

August 9, 2013

Founded in 1972, National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for inherited bleeding disorders. Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder that prevents the blood from clotting normally with no known cures.

Are you about to upgrade your old car or other wheels? If so, why not donate it to NHF instead of trading it in or taking it to the dump? Now you can donate your car, boat, motorcycle, truck or other vehicle directly to NHF. Your vehicle donation helps support NHF's mission to fund vital research, and provide key educational programs and public policy initiatives to help people with bleeding disorders.They accept all vehicle donations, even if they're not running.

Call them to arrange donation at 1-855-NHF-4-CAR, or Donate Online.

ALSF - Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Receives $180,988 Check Today

July 31, 2013

Today, July 31,2013, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer will receive a check for $180,988 in a special presentation from Rita's Italian Ice, a frozen treats chain based in Trevose, PA.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.

Rita's Italian Ice implemented a paper lemon campaign in 2006 to help raise funds for the foundation.Yesterday in Boyertown, the Rita's Italian Ice outlet hosted their 8th annual head shaving event to honor chidren who have lost their battle with cancer and to raise money for ALSF. This Boyertown outlet for Rita's Italian Ice received the most contributions for the company out of 600 outlets. Visit ALSF

#20 - "Twenty" for Bob Baldwin

July 25, 2013

World-class keyboard artist, producer and arranger, Bob Baldwin is celebrating his 20th album, appropriately named "Twenty". In this album Baldwin pays tribute to the jazz musicians who influenced his career the most: Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard. Be sure to listen to the tribute songs "Butterfly", "Chameleon" and "Red Clay"

The new album will be released August 20, but can be pre-ordered now. Pre-order Twenty

Bob Baldwin will be performing in Detroit on July 28 with Everette Harp, saxiphonist.

Does Bullying Cause Poor Mental Health?

July 17, 2013

A group of researchers at UNH Crimes against Children Research Center has been studying the harmful effects of bullying on long-term mental health.

Their study included sibling aggression, looking at more than 3,500 children from ages one month to 17 years. The categories of aggression were divided into 3 categories, physical aggression, property aggression, and psychological aggression.

The study revealed that children impacted the most negatively were those who had been mildly physically assaulted by a sibling when they were under the age of 9. These children reported greater instances of anxiety and depression.

Dr. Steven Pastymak comments "It's not OK for the kids to fight. We really do need to help develop parenting tools..."

Read more about it at NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

Children's Tumor Foundation at NASCAR

July 9, 2013

This past month the Children's Tumor Foundation returned to NASCAR K&N Pro Series Competition in Hampton, Virginia. Daniel Graelff and the Racing4Research program uses motorsports to build research funding for the fight against Neurofibromatosis (NF).

Neurofibromatosis, or NF, is a common yet under-recognized gentic disorder found in one of every 3,000 children. To learn more, visit the Chilren's Tumor Foundation.

Playing for Change Foundation:

July 3, 2013

Teaching Women's Rights to Nepal Villages through Music, Drama and Dance

Known as one of the busiest slave trafficking routes in the world, many women and young girls are taken from their village in rural Nepal and sold to India. Uneducated women and girls from disadvantaged communities are most vulnerable. In many rural villages girls are not considered valuable and only boys attend school.

To raise awareness and help to educate people in these rural communities a group of Napali women called Mothers Can Change the World have developed a program of music, drama and dance performances, made possible by The Playing for Change Foundation. Some programs teach about addictions to drugs and alcohol for young women at risk. Others raise awareness of women trafficking.

One of the performers says," People lived without education for a long time, but no one lived without music. The music is the only one key that can keep the world with peace. I'm playing the role to change the world through the music and drama."

To learn more visit the Playing for Change Foundation.

Chicago Theatre's Smooth Jazz Cruise

June 21, 2013

The Chicago Theatre welcomes George Benson and Boney James tonight, June 21, in an encore of 2012's sellout performance.

Tony Cornelius will also be appearing at this Chicago show presented by Smooth Jazz Cruise. Tony is the son of the late Don Cornelius, the creator of Soul Train. Tony chose the city of Chicago to launch The Don Cornelius Foundation and its People All over the World campaign. The Foundation's mission is to establish programs for awareness, prevention and support for those conontemplating suicide, or survivors who have lost loved ones. The Foundation's slogan is "Life is Beautiful, Precious and Worth Living" and help line is: (800) 273-Talk (8255).

Best Friends Animal Society

Monday, May 20, 2013

In the 1980s shelters across America routinely killed cats and dogs as a primary method of handling unwanted and unadoptable pets. A group of friends began taking some of the unadoptables to a safe haven to heal. With care and patience, the majority of these animals found loving forever homes and families. The rest of the animals spend their days romping in the sanctuary. This group of friends who cared so deeply about animals grew and became Best Friends Animal Society in Utah.

Today the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is one of the largest in the nation and has an average of 1700 animals receiving medical help and getting the love and attention to help them overcome their past.

If you love animals and you’re planning a vacation through Utah this summer, BestFriends Animal Society offers free tours seven days a week. The sanctuary is located in Angel Canyon, near the Golden Circle of national parks 90 minuntes away. This beautiful and tranquil canyon is where many animals have healed from their hard journeys in life.

On the sanctuary you can visit places like the Bunny House, Parrot Garden, Wild Friends, DogTown (as seen on Animal Planet), Horse Haven, Cat World, Piggy Paradise and more.

Call ahead to reserve your space: 435-644-2001, ext 4537.

If you are interested in adopting a pet locally, BestFriends recommends Petfinder.com or Petango.com

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