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After several years away, Jim Samuel has returned to music with an album comprised of SMOOTH COVERS of songs you will recognize in a style that is unique. An album that is more SMOOTH DANCE than smooth jazz, this album has an undercurrent of R&B and Dance rhythms that make you want to move. Great music for listening, great music for dancing. Get up and get moving to a dynamic new energy in smooth jazz- SMOOTH COVERS, SMOOTH DANCE.
Jim was joined on this album by several wonderful musicians. Please continue reading to learn more about these talented musicians.
Vicky Blacker has been entertaining listeners and fans with her vocals since she was a child. An alumnus of the North Carolina School for the Arts, Vicky has been wowing audiences as a singer/performer with numerous groups over the years and as a featured vocalist on recording of many radio and TV jingles. Vicky had a "great time" with her contribution of background vocals and "sighs" on smooth covers, SMOOTH DANCE and "can't wait until the next album!"
Tony Neenan played lead trumpet for 3 years with the award winning Towson State Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Hank Levy. At Towson he received the "Musician of the Year" award and was voted outstanding soloist at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival as judged by Stan Kenton, Marion McPartland and Clark Terry. He has performed with many artists including Tom Jones, Mel Torme, the 5th Dimension, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson to name a few. Tony recently completed 13 years touring with various Broadway musicals and is now pleased to be back living and performing in the Baltimore-Washington area.
With a musical and recording career spanning many years, Steve Rosch is a fixture in the Mid-Atlantic music scene. Not only has Steve worked inside his studio as a composer, producer and engineer but he has also performed with many local and touring musical acts as a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist. "I am honored to have been a part of Jim's new album." Steve not only performed vocals and guitar but also acted as the remixing and mastering engineer on smooth covers SMOOTH DANCE.
Tom Thompson grew up in Baltimore listening to King Curtis, Junior Walker and other great 60's reed men that inspired Tom to playing the tenor sax at an early age. Influenced by his love for 60's R&B and Motown, he also developed a talent for playing the electric bass. Working the Baltimore music scene in the 60's and 70's led him to meet and work with Jim and eventually to traveling and performing throughout the United States and Canada for over 30 years. "It has been a great ride touring and performing with musicians, friends and musical greats over the years. Tom also developed a talent for arranging and continues to perform. "It's a real pleasure to have crossed musical paths with Jim again"..... and the ride continues.