Keyboardist and composer Mark Etheredge has just wrapped up “Connected” -- a new contemporary jazz album produced by two-time GRAMMY® winner Paul Brown. The album on Vipaka Records features ten originals composed by Etheredge including two in collaboration with featured guitarists Paul Brown and Chuck Loeb. In addition to drummer Gorden Campbell, bassist Roberto Vally and percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia, keyboardist Etheredge is joined by trumpeter Lee Thornburg and saxophonists Greg Vail and Andy Suzuki. The project was recorded at Big Surprise Music in Los Angeles.
“Connected” will be released worldwide on Friday, February 26, 2016. The first single for radio is the title track, which ranked in the top 20 Smooth Jazz chart on Billboard on February 3. Album release shows have been booked at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, CA on February 28, and in the San Francisco bay area on March 19 at Angelicas in Redwood City.
Check out what the press is saying about "Connected" :
"With a deep sense of groove and a compelling mix of lighthearted and deeply emotional melodies, the multi-talented performer creates a lively, diverse and lushly soulful celebration of human connection with world class musicianship." - SmoothJazz.com Global Radio
"Impeccable technique, silky smooth piano lines, and a special finesse in the details." - Smooth-Jazz.de
"A real winner for smooth jazz fans that were sorry when radio programmers turned the sound into wallpaper, this cat knows his stuff and ain't afraid to strut it. Well done." - Midwest Record
"Picture perfect smooth jazz album that goes down like honey wine." - Smooth Vibes
"Could well be the one of the albums of the year." - Exclusive Magazine
“Connected” denotes a return to instrumental music for Etheredge following 2012’s adult contemporary vocal session “Change Coming,” driven by “The One,” a single graced with backing vocals from dance music diva Jeanie Tracy that received international airplay. His debut date, “As Dawn,” was a New Age record released at the height of the genre’s commercial power and reissued in 2010. “Connected” is Etheredge’s first collection recorded in Los Angeles after relocating from the Bay Area two years ago, leaving a job in the tech space to fully devote himself to following his musical muse.
“I realized I wanted to do something more meaningful, make a more positive impact on the world and share my passion for music,” explained Etheredge.
In addition to his work as a solo artist, Etheredge has performed alongside notable artists such as Tom Politzer (Tower of Power), Danny Hull (Journey), Charlene Moore (Weather Girls), Jeanie Tracy (Two Tons of Fun), Charles Williams (Johnny Otis), Clifford Coulter (John Lee Hooker), Clare Fischer, Marsha Stevens, and more. His groups have opened for Bobby McFerrin, Sergio Mendes, Tuck and Patti, Betty Carter, Sheila Jordan, and numerous others.
Etheredge grew up surrounded by diverse music. His mother was a school music teacher and choir director, and for much of his life, his father was a Methodist minister. Etheredge studied jazz performance at De Anza College and San Jose State University. On his musical journey he absorbed a wide spectrum of genres including jazz, pop, classical, rock, gospel, blues, R&B, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Brazilian styles.
Etheredge is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The GRAMMYs®). His works are published through BMI.
A portion of this biography was written by Rick Scott / Great Scott P.R.oductions.