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Berks

The 10-day fest features the best in jazz, blues, gospel and many more, including legendary vocalist Peabo Bryson. The annual Berks Jazz Fest is presented by Berks Arts Council, located in Reading, PA.

The mission of Berks Arts Council is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in our community through collaboration, education, and presentation.

Berks Arts Council & the Berks Jazz Fest receive state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The complete schedule of this premier jazz festival is here.

Various Venues in Reading, Pennsylvania 19611

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The 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Festival features a variety of performers on three stages.

“SALUTE TO GEORGE DUKE” featuring headliners: Pieces of a Dream, Bobby Lyle & Maysa, Con Funk Shun, The Messenger Legacy, Bettye LaVette, Kelley Hunt with local and regional talent.

Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival (formerly Rhythm & Ribs) will be Saturday, October 12.

The re-branding will help connect the festival at the historic 18th and Vine area to Kansas City’s history as one of the homes of jazz, said Trey Runnion, chairman of the museum’s board.

American Jazz Museum, 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

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Sat. September 21: Jazz Festival
Jeffrey Osborne • Ledisi • Euge Groove • Gregory Porter • Times 4 • Collaboration Jazz Band feat. Brenda Reed

Sun. September 22: Blues Festival
Boz Scaggs • Robert Cray Band • Los Lobos • The California Honeydrops • Shane Dwight • Robert Thomas

Visit http://www.russianriverfestivals.com for more details!

Johnson’s Beach & Resort, 16241 First St, Guerneville, California 95446

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Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Harbor Park Jazz and Blues festival is produced by the volunteer efforts of the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund. This outdoor music fest features an array of national jazz & blues artists and attracts thousands of music fans to Kenosha’s scenic Celebration Place.

David Benoit headlines the 10th Annual Harbor Park Jazz & Blues Festival at 7 pm after a variety of other jazz and blues performances. Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included over 25 solo recordings. His ’80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY-nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Celebration Place, 206 55th St, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140 (Milwaukee area)

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The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival is a three day cultural celebration featuring hundreds of musicians, delicious cuisine, artisans from the region, amusement rides and engaging family activities. The event started fifteen years ago as a one day dedication of Gahanna’s new Creekside Park area and the beginning of Olde Gahanna’s revitalization. The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival has experienced unprecedented growth in attendance and has truly become more than the celebration of music, food and fun; it has become a premiere family summer event.

Artists will be announced on their website. Last year Cindy Bradley with the Urban Jazz Coalition performed on this event.

June, 14-16, 2013

Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, 123 Mill St, Gahanna, Ohio 43230 (Map) (Columbus)

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TIZER featuring Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs and Chieli Minucci

Driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, jam band influences and Afro Cuban and world rhythms, Downbeat — the first studio album by TIZER, a multi-cultural band led by Boulder, CO native, keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer — throws down a high powered collection of 12 brand-new originals on this scintillating release of fresh instrumental music from one of today’s rising stars of the world-fusion genre. Establishing themselves in the contemporary jazz world over the past few years, TIZER has spurred comparisons of a modern twist to the 70s and early 80s heyday of jazz fusion, when trailblazing ensembles like Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report set the aesthetic standard.

Truly embodying the title and spirit of his 2007 solo album Diversify, Lao assembled a group of veteran world-class musicians to create a dynamic rich with new melodic, harmonic and improvisational possibilities. Co-produced by Lao and guitarist Jeff Kollman, the eclectic set includes five original compositions by Lao and numerous collaborations with his cohorts, including the first single “World In Rhythm,” co-written with Emmy winner and Grammy nominated guitarist Chieli Minucci, best known as founder and leader of Special EFX.

Over the past few years, TIZER—a 2011 nominee for “Jazz Group of the Year”–has taken their multi-faceted world fusion vibe around the globe, galvanizing thousands at events including the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, the Dubai Jazz Festival, Barbados Jazz Festival, the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival and the Festival International Providencia Jazz in Santiago, Chile. In addition to their usual whirlwind of U.S. dates, their 2012 schedule in support of Downbeat includes the Jarasum International Jazz Festival in South Korea and four shows in Russia. While Lao was a “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee in 2002 and Diversify spent many weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart, TIZER has a multi-genre, multi-national appeal that expands beyond just jazz enthusiasts. Their diverse resume includes performance slots alongside Zappa Plays Zappa, Jethro Tull, Isaac Hayes, Al Jarreau, Spyro Gyra, George Benson, Soulive, Babyface, Bruce Hornsby and Robin Thicke.

Those who haven’t yet experienced TIZER’s intensity, expansive arrangements and exciting soloing in concert got the next best thing with the group’s 2010 debut release TIZER Live, which captured the vibrant interaction of what Lao calls “the ultimate cultural and musical melting pot”; Italian-American New Yorker Minucci, African American violin great Karen Briggs and Cuban born drummer/percussionist Raul Pineda, in addition to Kollman, Steve Nieves (sax/vocals/percussion) and Lao himself, who grew up in Boulder, Colorado. Bassist Rufus Philpot, who joined TIZER after that recording, hails from London. The concert recording at the world renowned Musicians Institute in Hollywood was TIZER’s very first live performance as a group; it included fresh interpretations of seven songs from Lao’s earlier recordings, including Diversify and Golden Soul (2001).

Downbeat marks the first time that Lao has co-produced one of his albums. Loving the big sound of the band and all the intricacies it has in the live setting inspired his simple concept when it came time to write and record the album. “Producing and mixing with Jeff, my goal was to give listeners a taste of the energy TIZER creates in the live setting, so most of the recording was done live in the studio,” he says. “While no solo on disc can capture what happens onstage, we wanted Downbeat to have the same blend and balance via strong, detailed arrangements and studio production. It all starts with a completely live rhythm section—drums, bass, percussion, keys—and that translates to an organic foundation to build from.”

Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 6:30 pm

Resort at MarinaVillage, 5951 Silver King Blvd, Cape Coral, Florida 33914

Jazz on the River is a great way to spend the weekend. This Festival is also often called the Russian River Jazz Festival because earlier in the year the Russian River Blues festival takes place in the same area at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. The setting couldn’t be better. Huge redwood trees surround you with the hot sun shining through. Everyone hangs out on lawn chairs and just kicks back while the music plays. If you get too hot, just jump in the warm and inviting Russian River for a dip. Combined both festivals are since 2011 the Russian River Blues And Jazz Festival.

Announced smooth jazz artists are George Benson, The Dream Tour with Brian Culbertson & David Sanborn.

Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, 2012 – 10:45 am

Johnson’s Beach & Resort, 16241 First St, Guerneville, California 95446