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Interview with Lars Taylor – jazz guitar player

Licensed radio station owners can download and broadcast this interview package

Lays Taylor began his career in music in the 1990s; moving from his native Switzerland to work as a popular and versatile session musician in Berlin.

Back then he was known as Lars Rüetschi and he was kept busy in the studio – playing on many hits with popular artists of the day, and as a live performer – until around 2009.

Following a break of a few years he returned to writing and recording music in his home studio, based in a quiet Swiss village well away from the frantic life of a big city.

Although he prefers not to be placed in any music genre, his two most recent releases are popular with fans of smooth jazz.

Sweet Onion was released in 2019 and is still regularly played by broadcasters, and his latest single Keep it Going is gaining in popularity every day. Both tracks involved iconic producer Paul Brown in post production.

Buy Lars’ music wherever you get your digital music or here.

Lars’ YouTube page is here.

Lars Taylor.

Interview with Rick Habana – smooth jazz producer

Broadcasters, you can download this self-contained package for free broadcast: >> here <<
Editing or re-purposing of the package is NOT allowed.

Rick Habana is a producer, songwriter, engineer and composer. In this interview Rick tells Steve Hart about his passion for blending music genres to create his unique smooth jazz sound.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Rick Habana he has succeeded in creating a sound that has landed him numerous music placements with many of the top television stations – not just in the US but around the world.

Rick has also started breaking new barriers on a project called The Collective, where he works on mostly live music with international musicians and singers from all over the world.

The Collective project involves musicians based in Finland, Italy, Netherlands, London, Canada, Venezuela, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. Together they have helped make a dream come true for Rick.

The Collective Volume 1 features smooth jazz legend Paul Brown on some tracks; one being Smooth it Out. The album’s first single release.

Rick plans to release an ongoing series of albums under The Collective brand.

Rick Habana.

Interview with Markus Rutz, jazz trumpet player

I got to interview Chicago-based jazz musician Markus Rutz (pronounced roots) for my Cool Nights jazz radio show in April 2020.

I cut the interview (recorded via Skype) with some tracks from Markus’ new album and the package has been broadcast by at least 70 stations world-wide.


Chicago jazz musician Markus Rutz [pronounced ‘roots’] has just released his third album called “Blueprints Figure One: Frameworks”.

The jazz trumpeter, who admits to being heavily influenced by Miles Davis, spends his time teaching the trumpet, composing his own melodies, performing, and recording his music.

Here, Markus talks to Steve Hart about his journey from nine-year-old wannabe musician to popular recording artist.



That’s the sound of trumpet player and composer Markus Rutz (roots) who was talking to Steve Hart. Markus’ latest album is called “Blueprints Figure One: Frameworks”.

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Stephanie McCourt – Save Me

Stephanie McCourt is a London-born retro soul singer with a passion for music like no other. With influences including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse, Stephanie’s unique blend of retro soul, gospel and jazz with modern-edged production is a breath of fresh air to the current 2019 musical climate. 

After a brief appearance on the X factor in 2015, Stephanie caught the attention of many within the industry, including the likes of Simon Cowell and Rita Ora. Stephanie also caught the attention of Hank Hughes, CEO of F/H Block (clients include Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy) who decided he wanted to invest in Stephanie and take her on as an artist. 

Having spent months in the studio, writing original material with many of F/H Block’s finest writers and producers and having already peaked interest from the likes of Eamonn Holmes and TalkRadio’s James Whale, Stephanie is ready to take 2020 by storm with the release of her debut original material. Expect to hear a delivery of soul, combined with powerful vocals and an abundance of emotion, projected through her captivating voice and expertly crafted music.

Interview with Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind & Fire

In July 2019 I was fortunate to speak with Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind & Fire.

We talked about his long career in the music industry and his new release and move into jazz with a track called Co-Swagit.

I hope you enjoy the music and memories.