Rod Lucas with Best Smooth Jazz London. Smooth Jazz with a voice. Rod Lucas has been playing Smooth Jazz on British radio since 1971 (BBC Radio Medway/Kent) starting at the tender age of 15. In those early 70's Rod featured people like Milt Jackson, Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Cal Tjader, Erroll Garner, Ramsey Lewis, Sergio Santos Mendes&Donald Byrd. He also featured material from Spanish Flamenco guitarists including Paco de Lucia Luiz Bonfa. Latin singers too, like Maria Helena Toledo. Herb Alpert added to the whole feel of Smooth Jazz in those days with Rod in early 70's.
Then other Smooth Jazz artists came along, Bob James&Earl Klugh and all featured in Rod Lucas's his nightly BBC programs 'chat n grooves'. Rod would play all kinds of world music that had a sweet cross over 'funky' feel of chilled early 70's Smooth Jazz Grooves. Rod was one of the few in British radio playing it on BBC Radio back in the day.
BSJ's music features artists ranging from George Benson, Cal Tjader, Oscar Peterson, Sergio Mendes, Grover Washington Jr, Kenny G, Bob James, Candy Dulfer, Cindy Bradley, Marc Antoine and Peter White to name just a few. The music on 'Best Smooth Jazz' is mainly instrumentals - NOT traditional Jazz, but a fusion of soulful instrumentals - covering 5 decades of Smooth Soft Cool Jazz. This is the nu groove that discerning adults enjoy with BSJ. Also listen out for artists like Shakatak, Brian Culbertson, Norman Brown, Stan Getz and many others. Rod features the very latest Smooth Jazz artists and new albums that make the grade.
Best Smooth Jazz is presented in a popular and entertaining way by the Sony Award Winning radio and broadcast personality Rod Lucas, who says "Smooth Jazz is the purest feel good factor music ever that crosses all age groups and types of people.