BY HANS-BERND HÜLSMANN
When beauty and musical talent come together in a compelling symbiosis, then Ragan Whiteside’s flute is the herald of this glorious message. Her Bachelor of Music-Performance and the gain of the Capital Jazz New Artist Competition are signs for things to come. Read More
I am very proud of the success of the first single from Evolve, “Off Kilter”. While the tunes from my first album, Class Axe, were very well received by radio (thanks for the support!!), this is my first appearance on the Billboard Radio Charts. Ten weeks in the top 20 is a great start!!
Tune in to Coffee Talk Jazz for my LIVE interview on Wednesday, February 6th at 7pm PST / 10pm EST for the Ladies of Jazz Series.
BY JONATHAN WIDRAN
If versatile vocalist and urban jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside had emerged about two decades earlier, her soulful melodies, pocket grooves, and spirited improvisations would have been huge in the emerging smooth jazz format. Read More
While filming the video for “Sweet Sticky Thing,” our director/videographer got up close and personal with the Chattachoochee River….
BY RONALD JACKSON
October 26, 2012
I recall watching flautist/vocalist Ragan Whiteside perform for the very first time at the Capital Jazz Fest as part of the Capital Jazz Fest New Talent Competition a few years ago and, even before she was declared the winner, I felt deep in my bones that she would have that honor bestowed upon her. So fluid, assured, and comfortable with her instrument and within herself that you just knew she had claimed that honor long before it was given. Read More
Everyone loves a music countdown and Starpoint Radio is now the home of the UK Soul Chart. The UK Soul Chart reflects the latest and hottest Independent and Major Label Soul music that is proving popular with the top Club and Radio DJ’s as well as the leading Soul tastemakers and Soul fans in the UK.
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BY JOHN SHELTON IVANY
“evolve” is an astounding album by ragan whiteside. the band is superb, but
the real hero is ragan herself, when she gives the emotional punch using
her angelic voice on every chorus and verse. like much of the album, it’s
ornate, idiosyncratic and bittersweet all at once. as bruce springsteen once
sang “she’s all that heaven will allow.”
BY DENIS POOLE
September 24, 2012
With a magical combination of neo soul and urban jazz, Smooth Jazz Therapy favorite and flautist extraordinaire Ragan Whiteside is back on the scene with her brand new project ‘Evolve’. It follows her 2007 recording ‘Class Axe’, which at the time I described as finding the sweet spot where contemporary jazz meets smooth R & B, and in common with this previous release benefits hugely from the input of Bob Baldwin and Dennis Johnson. Perfectly demonstrating the talents of Whiteside, not only as a sublime flute player, but also as a songwriter and vocalist, ‘Evolve’ is right up there with the best contemporary jazz albums of 2012. Read More