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Paul Hardcastle (JazzMasters) - "19"

Paul Hardcastle (Jazz Musician)

Paul Hardcastle, jazz musician, (born 10 December 1957) is a British composer, musician, producer, songwriter, radio presenter, and multi-instrumentalist.

Although he specialises mainly in synthesizer and programming, he is able to play multiple instruments. He is best known for his song 19 which went to number 1 in 13 different countries in 1985. Hardcastle is best known for the 1985 single "19", which had huge international success in the charts; it went to No.1 in the UK (for five weeks), a number of other countries worldwide, and reached number 15 in the US Pop Charts and number 1 in the US Dance and Club charts.

"19" became the top-selling single in 13 countries. This was helped by the fact that versions of the song, spoken by well-known local news anchors, were recorded in French, Spanish, German and Japanese.

The song received the Ivor Novello Award for Best-selling single of 1985. Later in 1985, he teamed up with singer Carol…

Diana Krall - Just The Way You Are

Diana Krall - jazz singer

Diana Krall,jazz singer, November 16, 1964, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of Adella A. (née Wende), an elementary school teacher, and Stephen James "Jim" Krall, an accountant.

Her father played piano at home and her mother sang in a community choir. In 1993, Krall released her first album, Stepping Out, which she recorded with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton. It caught the attention of producer Tommy LiPuma, who produced her second album, Only Trust Your Heart (1995). Her third album,

All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio (1996), was nominated for a Grammy and continued for 70 weeks in the Billboard jazz charts. Love Scenes (1997) quickly became a hit record with the trio of Krall, Russell Malone (guitar) and Christian McBride (bass). In August 2000, Krall was paired on a 20-city tour with Tony Bennett.

They were paired again for a song on the TV series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... Orchestral arrangements by J…

Jimmie Smith - Midnight Special (jazz History)

Jimmie Smith - Jazz Musician

Jimmie Smith, jazz musician is a jazz pianist.
Smith studied at the Al Germansky School for Drummers in his home town of Newark from 1951–54, then attended the Juilliard School in 1959–60. He began his professional career in New York City around this time.

In the 1960s he played with Jimmy Forrest (1960), Larry Young (1960–62), Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross (1962–63), Pony Poindexter (1963), Jimmy Witherspoon (1963), Gildo Mahones (1963), Jimmy McGriff (1963–65), and Groove Holmes (1965). From 1967 to 1974 he played with Erroll Garner before moving to California around 1975.

He then played with: Benny Carter (1975, 1978, 1985), Sonny Criss (1975), Bill Henderson (1975, 1979), Hank Jones (1976), Ernestine Anderson (1976, 1986), Plas Johnson (1976), Phineas Newborn, Jr. (1976), Harry Edison (1976–78, with Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Zoot Sims), Lorez Alexandria (1977–78), Tommy Flanagan (1978), Terry Gibbs (1978, 1981), Bob Cooper (1979), Marshal Royal (1980), …

Bonnie Raitt - Something To Talk About

Bonnie Raitt - Jazz Musician, Singer

Bonnie Raitt - Jazz Musician, Singer,born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer-songwriter, musician, and activist.

During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk, and country. In 1989, after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success, she had a major hit with the album Nick of Time.

The following two albums, Luck of the Draw (1991) and Longing in Their Hearts (1994), were also multimillion sellers, generating several hit singles, including "Something to Talk About", "Love Sneakin' Up on You", and the ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me" (with Bruce Hornsby on piano).
Raitt has received 10 Grammy Awards.

Bonnie Raitt Music Reviews

She is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" and number 89 on their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"…

Sentimental - Kenny G

Kenny G. Jazz Musician

Kenny G., jazz musician 1990s: Worldwide acclaim with Breathless, Miracles and The Moment Kenny G has worked on several film soundtracks, including Dying Young and The Bodyguard.

The song "Theme for Dying Young", written for that movie, was nominated for a Best Pop Instrumental Performance. G co-wrote the soundtrack of The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, and performed his own song "Waiting for You" as well as his single "Even If My Heart Would Break".

His music was also included in The Shadow and Miracle on 34th Street. His sixth studio album, Breathless, was released in 1992, and went on to become the best-selling instrumental album ever, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide, selling 12 million copies in the United States alone.

The album included many hits such as "Forever in Love", the recipient of the Grammy Award for the Best Instrumental Composition and which charted in the Billboard Yea…