Vincent Ingala & Jonathan Fritzen
We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving... in the Northeast this year we have endured floods, a tornado, earthquake, hurricane and most recently a freak snow storm blizzard in October. I am particularly thankful to have all my family and friends safe and well during these past months.
I am also thankful to have taken the Friday after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) off and with my friend, fellow broadcaster, former WTIC-FM air-personality Keith Alan and our wives, we ventured due North for a little smooth jazz.
Keith and Vincent's parents Leo & Dawn have known each other since the Disco era, club nights and mobile DJ events with "The Sounds of Leo". So this was much like a reunion... old friends reminiscing about the good 'ole days!
Once again WEIB 106.3FM's "Smooth, Soulful & Afterwork Cool Down" presented a spectacular evening featuring Jonathan Fritzen & Vincent Ingala. Both artists have been featured in this series before - Jonathan in October and Vincent in November of 2010. Now they would perform together for the first time at The Holyoke Hotel & Conference Center.
We've had the pleasure of seeing Vincent Ingala on numerous occasions, so it was a delight to see Jonathan Fritzen live. Our good friend from the UK, Rich Edwards show SmoothGrooves live on 96.6 GFM's (listen online every Monday 2pm EST) was the first to bring Jonathan Fritzen's sound to my attention. Jonathan's 2008 "Love Birds" and "V.I.P" & 2010's "Diamonds" CD's were available for sale this evening, so we snapped up a copy of each. These CD's are available from Jonathan's official website or Amazon.
Jonathan Fritzen was experiencing his first Thanksgiving with family in the States. This certainly was going to be one that he would never forget, as he ventured to the stage first and took command with "Diamonds" & "Feelin' The Groove" before establishing himself with the now standing room only crowd to the hauntingly beautiful "Midnight Secrets".
After a short break Vincent joined Jonathan on stage for a 45 minute set that brought everyone to their feet. The rousing "K-Jee" was pure delight to three seasoned club DJ's (Leo, Keith and myself), which was taken to new heights with a special percussion break, that Vincent & Jonathan turned into a battle of the drums and cowbells, in the middle of the song.
They also teamed up on "Dance With Me" and to no one's surprise on this Friday night, jammed to the current #1 smooth jazz track "Friday Night." Another highlight was seeing these two talented young musician blow away the audience with the sultry "Fly Away" from Jonathan's "Diamonds". Vincent playing the sax parts to perfection as laid down on the CD by saxophone star Jessy J. No Vincent Ingala concert is ever complete without "It Is What It Is" from his debut "North End Soul."
Yet again the stars are shining for the up and coming talents in the smooth jazz arena with Vincent Ingala and Jonathan Fritzen in the spotlight. A collaboration on some future project just seems inevitable, if their on stage presence is anything to go by. We wish continued success to both these talented musicians.