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The Best Smooth Jazz Bands and Artists of All Time

by on May.27, 2017, under News

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Combining elements of funk, R&B, funk, rock, pop, and yes, jazz – smooth jazz was wildly popular as a commercial subgenre of jazz. Smooth jazz artists also could be found adult contemporary radio and is called smooth because of its downtempo melody that carries the song. First emerging in the 1960s, smooth jazz works well as background music and wasn’t necessarily as complex or innovative as traditional jazz music. Nevertheless, top jazz artists rose to prominence in the late 1980s before peaking in the 1990s and early 2000s. Though smooth, contemporary jazz isn’t as big as it once was, it’s impact can’t be disputed and many famous jazz artists are considered to be some of the best musicians of modern time.
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A fOURPLAY Happy New Year

by on Jan.01, 2017, under News, Videos

fOURPLAY, Kirk Whalum, and Blue Note Tokyo wish a Happy New Year!


A New Year’s well wish from fOURPLAY & Kirk Whalum to Chuck Loeb at the Blue Note in Tokyo.

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fOURPLAY’s SILVER gets Grammy Buzz!

by on Oct.29, 2016, under News

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Fourplay Interview at Playboy Jazz Festival

by on Jul.16, 2016, under News

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Yountville, CA – 06/09/16 – Napa Valley Jazz Getaway – Lincoln Theater

by on Jun.09, 2016, under Event

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Event
Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
When
Thursday, June 9, 2016
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
100 California Drive
Yountville, CA 94599

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San Francisco, CA – 06/13/16 – USA – fOURPLAY on Franklin – San Francisco Jazz Center

by on Feb.14, 2016, under Event

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Event
fOURPLAY on Franklin
When
Monday, June 13, 2016
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA, USA 94102

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Bass Musician reviews SILVER!

by on Jan.23, 2016, under News

Fourplay SILVERThis is the kind of Jazz that’s ‘for the people’, and stems from a confidence level that only musicians that know they are excellent can provide. The songs are melodious, structured, and full of the kind of patterns that appeal to anybody.

Silver” is a predominantly an instrumental body of work with ten tracks. Each one is unique with a diverse approach and tells its own story. The tracks are perfectly crafted to communicate a complex sentiment that make you feel the emotion behind the composition. It is exciting for me to follow Nathan’s bass lines, but I find myself really enjoying the fine details the rest of the band provides as well.There are plenty of opportunities for each of them to cut loose and show their stuff. I am thrilled about how well balanced this CD was engineered so you can hear each of the players clearly.

If you are already a Fourplay fan, you probably already have this CD. On the other hand, if you are just getting acquainted with Jazz this would be a great starting point. Start with Silver, then you can go back twenty-five years and see how this group has evolved into such a higher  musical entity.

This CD is a must-have!

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Fourplay – Silver (Behind The Scenes)

by on Jan.23, 2016, under News, Videos

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Nathan East Describes What It’s Like to Perform at the White House

by on Jan.09, 2016, under News, Press &Reviews

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We’ve talked with bassist Nathan East about his performances on many big hits, including “Easy Lover,” “Get Lucky,” “Change the World” and “Footloose.” Aside from his recording career, his tenure with artists like Eric Clapton and his esteem as one of the most in-demand session bass players has put him in many unique situations, including several performances at the White House.

His most recent appearances at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue resulted in a pair of specials for PBS: The Gospel Tradition aired earlier this year, and featured East backing up Shirley Caesar, Darlene Love, Michelle Williams, Lyle Lovett and Aretha Franklin, and ‘A Celebration of American Creativity,’ which airs this Friday and features East playing alongside Smokey Robinson, Usher, James Taylor, Queen Latifah and more.

We talked to East about the thrill of playing for the president, the time he played with a president, and the other heads of state who have heard him play.

AllMusic: How overwhelming is it to perform at the White House?

Nathan East: It’s pretty exciting. Everything it takes to get in there, too, you’re constantly pulling out your ID, then you have to go through one thing at the street, one thing outside the White House, another thing inside with metal detectors and screenings, and then once you’re in there, it’s pretty exciting.

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Nathan East, Fourplay celebrate 25 years

by on Jan.09, 2016, under News, Press &Reviews

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A quarter of a century is a rather remarkable period of time for a jazz ensemble to stay together.

We’re happy to report that the celebrated jazz quartet, Fourplay, reached just that milestone this year and are celebrating the happy occasion with a new album called Silver.

The supergroup began its journey in 1990, when keyboardist Bob James asked drummer Harvey Mason, bassist Nathan East, and guitarist Lee Ritenour to collaborate with him on the recording of his album Grand Piano Canyon. They released their self-titled debut in 1991. Since then, they’ve released more than ten albums, received a Grammy nomination and had several number one hits on Billboard‘s contemporary jazz chart.

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