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Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Paul Taylor took up the saxophone at the age of seven. Though the Denver native has lived and worked primarily in Las Vegas since graduating as a music performance major from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the proximity of his adopted hometown to Los Angeles gave him many opportunities to vibe with R&B and contemporary jazz producers and artists. In 1994, Jeff Lorber asked Taylor to play with him at the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival.

Another popular keyboard player, Keiko Matsui, and her producer/husband Kazu liked Taylor’s charismatic performance and offered him an audition with their band. He recorded and toured with the Matsuis for two years (appearing on “Sapphire” and “Dream Walk”), and Kazu Matsui eventually co-produced his debut album “On The Horn” (1995), which spawned the #1 radio hit “Till We Meet Again.”

Although Taylor has since been one of the genre’s most popular live attractions as a solo artist, he eagerly accepted Russ Freeman’s invitation to tour with The Rippingtons as a special guest artist in 2000. He later toured as a featured performer with the all-star “Groovin’ For Grover” lineup (including Lorber, Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright).

Over the past few years, Taylor has also been part of two of the genre’s biggest summer tours, Gentlemen of the Night (with Marion Meadows and Warren Hill) and Sax and the City (with Meadows and Vincent Ingala). Long a mainstay among the most popular and elite artists, Taylor has been on one of the most exhilarating upswings of his career over the past seven years, starting with “Ladies’ Choice” (2007), which marked his first ever #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz.

“Burnin’” the title track from his 2009 album, “Push To Start” from “Prime Time” (2011) and “Supernova” from his latest release “Tenacity” (2014) hit the pole position on the Smooth Jazz Songs chart. The albums itself respectively reached the Top Ten on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.

Here you can order your exclusive hotel package:
1 night (11./12./13. Sept. 2014) incl. breakfast & 2 concerts: from 129,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights (11.-14. Sept. 2014) incl. breakfast & 7 concerts: from 439,00 Euro per person in a double room

Summer Concert

Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg, California 95448

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Time to relax and treat yourself with a dose of NeoSoul & Smooth Jazz. The 2nd annual 2014 VrroomVIP: NeoSoul & Smooth Jazz ESPRESSO series features a wide variety of extremely talented Smooth Jazz & NeoSoul musicians from across the country. Not just a concert, come early and get a taste of the VrroomVIP Experience with catered light delights at our pre-show Mix & Mingle. Also experience some of the greatest local poetic talent to kickoff each featured performance.

Get your tickets here.

Friday, July 25, 2014 – 7:00 pm

PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, North Carolina 27701

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Brian Simpson performs at the poolside Jazz Under The Stars Summer Concert Series.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 – 7:00 pm

Aliante Casino + Hotel, 7300 Aliante Pkwy, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89084

Flint

The 3-day Flint Jazz Festival features a variety of jazz performers:

Friday – August 8
5-6 Mott Steelheads
6:30-7:30 Phil Denny (http://www.phildenny.com/themusic.htm)
8 SHEILA E (http://www.sheilae.com/)

Saturday – August 9
2 -3 3B3
3:30-4:30 Eclipse
4:30-5 Tapology Dancers
5:30-6:30 Jazz Cycle
7 – 8:30 FREDDY COLE (http://www.freddycole.com/)

Sunday – August 10
2 – 3 Smooth Operations
3:30–4:30 Greg Williams
5-6 People’s Jazz Band
7 CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO

Riverbank Park, 1101 Beach St, Flint, Michigan 48502

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Sunday, July 20 Rob Tardik & Gabriel Hasselbach
Sunday, July 27 Warren Hill
Sunday, August 3 Cindy Bradley
Sunday, August 10 Four80East
Sunday, August 17 Jeff Lorber

Assiniboine Park, 55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 2N6

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July 25

Vincent Crenshaw & Nishah Dimeo*
Brian Lenair

August 8

Urban Standard II*
Jeff Bradshaw

August 22

John Dillard*
Nick Colionne

Corpening Plaza, 231 1st St W, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101

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Christian “Big New York” de Mesones returns to K2 Restaurant and Lounge with a brand new show, highlighting some of the best talent in the industry. Performing with Big New York will be Billboard chart-topper Willie Bradley on trumpet, and Monterey Jazz finalist, “the Soulful Nerd”, Kenny Wesley. Returning to the stage with Christian are Elliot Levine, Jay Jones, Mike Gamble, and Curtis McCain, and for the first time, Christian brings a double sax attack, featuring Rob Maletick and Eddie Baccus, Jr. Seating is limited, so reserve your table early.

$15 in advance// $20 at the door// Age limit: 21+

Friday, August 1 @ 9:00 PM

K2 Restaurant and Lounge, 14633 Jefferson Davis Highway, Woodbridge, VA 22191

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The Harbor Park Jazz & Blues Festival features Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 1:30 pm

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

Summer Jazz Series Clearwater

Lobster Pot Bistro, 478 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767