San Francisco Bay Area’s “The Smooth Jazz Alley” is an R&B, Soul, Jazz & Funk project that was formed by keyboardist/producer/engineer Marco Montoya and guitarist Stan Evans. Released in 2016, their debut album entitled “Been A Long Time Comin’” (produced by Marco Montoya) quickly received an overwhelming response from Jazz radio stations and networks around the globe. The album made Billboard’s most added to radio consecutively and within a year the album reached the Top 50 of 2017 on SmoothJazz.com along with the Smooth Jazz Top 100 of 2017 on the Smooth Jazz Network. The album also made the ballot and was considered for the 59th Annual Grammy’s in the category of Contemporary Instrumental Album of the year.
In 2018 Drummer/Producer Kevin Lewis joined The Smooth Jazz Alley after the departure of Stan Evans. Marco & Kevin met while performing with (Contemporary Jazz) guitarist Joel Del Rosario, who was working with Marco on the second album. Aside from his exceptional drumming skills, Kevin Lewis known as (Pdz) “Prodrumz” brought his producing skills which included a roster of some amazing established guest artists featured on the highly anticipated follow up album, “Let’s Ride.”
The Smooth Jazz Alley provides a variety of distinguished arrangements and creativity. Their music has essentially substantiated the answer to "the argument that there is so much Smooth Jazz to be experienced on so many levels that it is impossible to ignore the genre’s mark on our music culture today”, as so aptly (stated) by Ronald Jackson of www.thesmoothjazzride.com