Kirk Whalum releases 'Romance Language'
Grammy winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum is celebrating Valentine's Day today with the release of his 29th album, Romance Language. On this set, Kirk pays tribute to jazz greats John Coltrane on saxophone and Johnny Hartman on vocals, who released the original version of Romance Language in 1963. The album contains American Songbook classics like "My One And Only Love", "Lush Life" and "Autumn Serenade." Kevin Whalum handles the vocals while their Uncle Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum is featured singing on "Almost Doesn't Count." As a special Valentine's Day gift to his fans, Kirk is performing a two-hour concert in Portland, Oregon and streaming the show live beginning at 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT via his Facebook page. The stream will include a backstage camera offering viewers a rare glimpse behind the scenes. Then on February 18th, there will be a rebroadcast of the Valentine’s Day concert at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT with a live question and answer session with Whalum.