In The Mix with Reggie TheJazzman
Have You Had Your Jazz Today?
Phyllis Hyman, Angel Flying Free
July 07, 2018 05:11 AM PDT
It's easy for me to admit I fell in love with this woman at some point a long time ago.
Like so many others, I still have much love for her even now.
Phyllis captured me with that beautiful voice and captivating beauty.
This tribute recalls the amazing class and beauty of Phyllis Hyman, a star whose light faded too early and tragically. Depression and cocaine were her demons and her suicide left us devastated, asking, ourselves How and Why?
This mix takes me back to the eve of our meeting at the legendary Blue Note in NYC. I sat at her feet next to the stage and gazed up at this statuesque beauty, even taller with her signature headpiece. Post performance I was blessed to present her with a dozen roses. Definitely one of my life's most memorable moments. Many years later I can feel that night and recall my nervous sweaty palms. I smiling because she left me with something....a few special precious moments in time.
My preference here is to play her ballads, some of which may be more unfamiliar and obscure so for some you may be hearing new grooves. That's alright. Believe me, it's all good!
So here it is...hoping to see you again angel. Maybe we can Meet On The Moon.
If you loved her like I did, drop a comment or two below.
April 29, 2018 02:02 AM PDT
THE SHOW MUST GO ON.......
In spite of the fact that I practically lost my voice due to a battle with a cold, and physically was a little drained, this is where the rubber meets the road. Time to put in some work, after all, mentally I was feeling pretty good. Good enough to take a Carefree Drive.
If you happen to be a little under the weather, maybe the change of seasons got ahold of ya, then this show is for you. Get your Kleenex, sit down, get comfy and hang with TheJazzman for a while. Guaranteed to soothe, it's music for medicinal purpose with some of the best in Smooth Jazz (it works....you'll see!)
ENJOY!!The Carefree Drive... The Ride You Can't Live Without!!
March 23, 2018 03:00 PM PDT
August 04, 2017 10:21 AM PDT
Besides jazz I just have this thing for neo-soul...those grooves just get me every time. You'll hear that quite a bit in this mix, another one from my Downtime series.
The Voice (Intro) Raheem Devaughn
August 04, 2017 08:23 AM PDT
Several years ago (I was blowing up the music scene as DJ RL then) I created a series of music cds incorporating mainly R&B with an every-now-and-then mix of jazz. I think I actually retired the series at Volume 18. I might post a few more but for now, here's one of my favs from that series....ENJOY!!
Dangerously In Love Beyonce
November 11, 2016 10:18 AM PST
Today, I just had to bring this mix back....it's full of bass and some funk.
One of the great bassists, Victor Bailey passed on today at the young age of 56 and I can see him, feel him and HEAR him still thumpin his bass, the latest addition to the heavenly orchestra.
Victor fought the good fight, doing his best to stay in this realm with us but God and life had the last say. His body was afflicted with a disease that slowly caused him to lose control of his muscles, a condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. He'd been battling this for over 25 years.
This is funky which is how I'm going to remember Vic..
June 23, 2016 02:20 PM PDT
As I move through my early 50's, I recognize more and more samples of music from back in the day. This helps to keep the music from my era alive and well and is a constant reminder that that music was made to stand the test of time. Its refreshing to see the new school/old school connection.
I just love the sound of R&B and neo-soul. Cats like Raphael Saadiq, Babyface and Rahsaan Patterson making sure I get fed regularly. Of course when you put together a set that has some old and new, it's the sound that ties it all together. This set is a musical bridge and weaves just that type of pattern. If you like that type of music then you'll enjoy.
I'm not going to spoil it by listing the artists/songs. If you know your music, you're right in there. There's always a surprise or two when you turn me loose and of course, the mixes have to flow like butter.
I spun this one for SsassyRadio about five or six weeks ago and in case you missed it here it is for your listening pleasure. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Reggie TheJazzmanDare To Dream, A Celebration Of the Life Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 17, 2016 05:04 PM PST
"I have decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear." -Martin Luther King Jr.
January 15th, a great man with a greater love was born. Focused, he lived with a purpose burning within him and a determination to fulfill his destiny. He had a dream.
Unselfish, he gave his life knowing that it would propel and further that dream. "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends". What manner of man was this? This mix recognizes the strength, courage, committment and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr through spoken word, sound clips and song. When you listen, listen with an open mind and an open heart. During this mix, try to walk a few steps with Dr. King and recognize how he's influenced your life and touched the world. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...thank you! The dream continues.........
President Barack Obama is part of the dream fulfilled. After having served two terms, many of us are sad to see him go. Undeniably, we're privileged. We've lived and been a part of history, part of THE DREAM. Certainly, to say the least, Martin would have been proud and I'm sure, from his heavenly home, his light brightly shines.
While I was looking through my catalog for songs and song titles relevant to Martin Luther King Jr., I thought about the deep south where many of his battles were fought. Of course, three key cities involved in the civil rights movement were Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham. Along with marches and non-violent protests, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered some of his most memorable speeches in these locations. When I saw Eric's title 'Somewhere In Alabama', I was curious so I listened and instantly knew this was the song that I was searching for. Soulful, emotional and raw.
Having familiarized myself with many of Martin's speeches, all that was left was to find a message that was moving, powerful and fitting. Eric's guitar work and lead in laid the foundation for Martin's delivery and as the song transitions, I carefully positioned Martin's prophetic speech.
After listening to the final mix several times, I was left with an overwhelming feeling of awe of what's been accomplished and how far we still have to go. Eric after hearing the finished product was moved as well.
Special thanks to Eric Essix, a Birmingham Alabama native who allowed me use of his tune.Gospel Meets Neo-Soul
October 09, 2015 09:50 AM PDT
Introduction To Jazzical Gospel Joan Clarke
September 26, 2015 05:34 PM PDT
Here you'll find the best in smooth jazz, r&b and neo-soul mix sets in addition to ©TheCarefree Drive, Sunday's Gospel Brunch, the syndicated show, ©The Definition Of Smooth and Hot Off The Press.
Blessed with a set of baritone pipes, Reggie uses his voice as an instrument, combining his old school style of broadcasting with a soothing and silky delivery, perfectly complimenting his jazz and R&B mix sets. His interpretations of rhythms and his ear for the unique have enabled him to continually bring something new, exciting, and innovative to the world of smooth jazz.
Reggie The Jazzman Mitchell, your mixologist and master of transition, will take you on a musical journey you are not soon to forget. His show, The Definition of Smooth, is heard both nationally and internationally.
Meet Reggie TheJazzman, host and producer of © The Definition Of Smooth and ©The Carefree Drive, your jazz mixed with class, style and a whole lotta flavor, and Sundays' Gospel Brunch, your source of inspiration, worship and praise! Follow Reggie on Facebook (Reggie TheJazzman Mitchell) and on Twitter (reggiethejazman). Also visit his website www.smoothjazzmixes.com for more of your favorite music "in the mix"!
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