Archive for the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ Category


TIZER featuring Chieli Minucci, Karen Briggs and Lao Tizer at Yoshi’s San Francisco on International Jazz Day.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – 8:00 pm

Yoshi’s – SF, 1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco, California 94115



The Eric Essix Jazz Escape at the Renaissance Ross Bridge, is the first event of its kind in this region to be hosted by a world class golf resort and spa. It’s a weekend getaway that offers an intimate jazz concert experience in a secluded, lush woodland environment that is still only minutes from the airport, city center, shopping, attractions and great restaurants. For residents of Birmingham and surrounding areas, the Renaissance at Ross Bridge is the perfect getaway that’s not far away…making Eric’s Jazz Escape the ultimate “stay-cation”!

Artists Schedule:

Roman Street, Brian Culbertson, Kelley O’ Neal & the KAYO Band, Frank McComb, The Eric Essix Project, Kim Scott, Tracy Hamlin, and Karen Briggs.

Labor Day Weekend
August 29-31, 2014

Renaissance Ross Bridge, 4000 Grand Ave, Birmingham, Alabama 35226


FRIDAY, MAY 9, 7:00 PM
Mento Buru
Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet
Poncho Sanchez

Kern County Honor Jazz Band
Kyle Burnham
Nomad Quartet ft. Scott Henderson
Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet
Fireworks Show
Gerald Albright

Festival Entry Stage Friday
Bakersfield Jazz Workshop

Festival Entry Stage Saturday
CSUB Players
Isaiah Morfin

CSUB Amphitheatre, 9083 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, California 93311


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



Blue Restaurant, Located in Center City Charlotte Hearst Tower 206 N. College St. (GPS) Corner of 5th & College St. Charlotte, NC 28202 Phone: 704.927.2583
Call (704) 927.2583 – to make reservations for this special event.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 6:00pm in EST


UJC and The McConnell Arts Center invite you to join us for a magical evening of music featuring legendary jazz/fusion composer/keyboardist Jeff Lorber!

One of the pioneers of the musical format known today as contemporary or smooth jazz, Jeff Lorber has been an icon for the fusion of Jazz, Pop, Funk, and R&B genres for more than three decades. A Grammy nominated composer and artist, Jeff Lorber continues to break new ground with his signature combination of unique melodies, improvisation, and deep pocket grooves on his latest chart topping release, “Hacienda”.

Columbus’ own Urban Jazz Coalition will complete this dynamic musical package and perform their own eclectic blend of contemporary jazz, as well as music from their brand new ”Top 30″ release, “One Step Closer”.

Jeff Lorber…a true musical legend! Urban Jazz Coalition…one of the hottest contemporary jazz groups in the USA! A dynamite combination…a show that you absolutely will not want to miss!

Friday, November 15, 2013 – 8:00 pm

McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St, Worthington, Ohio 43085  (Columbus)

Jazz’SAlive in Travis Park celebrates its 30th Anniversary with live performances from National & International Artists,
Plus Local & Regional Bands who participated in the very first Jazz festival in Travis Park.

September 21, 2013

Main Stage: 7pm — S.A. River Rats Brass Band | 7:30pm — Ed Calle | 9:30pm — Hiroshima | Jefferson St Stage: 11:30am — Take Note (City of San Antonio’s Parks & Rec. Dept. Youth Band) | 1:00pm — Small World | 2:30pm — Bett Butler & Joel Dillery | 4:00pm — Beverly Houston | 5:30pm — West Side Horns

September 22, 2013

Main Stage: 6:00pm — S.A. River Rats Brass Band | 6:30pm — Spyro Gyra | 8:30pm — Ramsey Lewis | 11:00pm — After Dark Jam Session featuring visiting national, local & regional artists | Jefferson St Stage: 12:00pm — The Regency Jazz Band | 1:30pm — Ken Slavin | 3:00pm — Joe Posada | 4:30pm — First Light featuring Richard Garcia

Travis Park, 711 Navarro St, San Antonio, Texas 78205


In his second year as the Detroit Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Chris Collins has cultivated another amazing lineup for this year’s Labor Day weekend performances. The vision for 2013 was to bring together artists who represent real jazz in all its forms. World-renowned musicians will come together to give Festival attendees performances they’ve never experienced before. This year’s artistic vision focuses on the language of jazz and the generations of musicians who have dedicated their lives to propagating its many dialects. We will celebrate history and revel in the creative spirit of artists who expand boundaries to create truly unique, engaging and meaningful music.

2013 Detroit Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence Grammy award winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Hailing from Panama, Danilo’s abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Danilo is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

Artist-in-Residence – Danilo Pérez featuring:
• Panama 500
• Panama Suite with Wayne State University Big Band, U of M jazz students & surprise special guests
• Danilo Pérez & Geri Allen piano duo

60th Anniversary Jazz at Massey Hall featuring Jon Faddis, Jesse Davis & the Bill Charlap Trio

Aaron Diehl Trio

Ahmad Jamal

All We Are Saying: Bill Frisell Explores the Music of John Lennon featuring Greg Leisz, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen


Berklee College of Music: Unlimited Perception

Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes Piano Duo

Central Michigan University Jazz Lab I

Charles Lloyd & Friends featuring Bill Frisell

Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach Duo

Dave Murray Big Band featuring Macy Gray

Detroit Jazz Factory Showcase
• Scott Gwinnell Ensemble
• Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet

Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra – The Music of Duke Ellington, with guest soloists Alice Tillman, Shahida Nurullah & James Carter, David Berger, Conductor.

DJF 2013 National Trumpet Comp Winner with the Gary Schunk Trio

DJF Dave Brubeck Tribute Series featuring:
• Brubeck Brothers Quartet
• Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra Commission Project – Newly Commissioned arrangements of Dave Brubeck Compositions -featuring the DJFO & guest soloists
• The Real Ambassadors – A Recreation of Dave & Iola Brubeck’s Dramatic Masterpiece, Conductor, Bill Meyer
• TO HOPE; A Celebration: Dave Brubeck’s Historic Mass – A Stunning Masterpiece 65 Voice Choir, String Orchestra & the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
with Rick Margitza on Saxophone

DSO Civic Jazz Orchestra

Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway “Duke at the Roadhouse”

Francisco Mora Catlett & AfroHORN

Freddy Cole Quartet

Gene Dunlap Sextet

George Bohanon Azar Lawrence Collaboration

Geri Allen Homecoming Band featuring Robert Hurst, JD Allen, Sheila Jordan, Dave McMurray, Karriem Riggins & George Bohanon

Gregory Porter

JD Allen Trio

Joan Belgrave Sings Dinah Washington

Johnny O’Neal Trio

Johnny Trudell & the Michigan Jazz Fest All Stars

Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson & Orchestra conducted by Dan Coleman, playing selections from the new album “Walking Shadows”

Karriem Riggins

Kimmie Horne

Lee Konitz Quartet

Mack Avenue Superband Musical Director Rodney Whitaker featuring Kirk Whalum, Carl Allen, Gary Burton, Sean Jones, Warren Wolf, Evan Perri, Aaron Diehl & DJF Artist-in-Residence Danilo Pérez

Marcus Belgrave – Trumpet Call

McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Savion Glover

Michael Weiss Quintet

“MILES SMILES” featuring Wallace Roney, Larry Coryell, Rick Margitza, Ralphe Armstrong & Alphonse Mouzon

Oakland University Jazz Band

Quest Reunion featuring David Liebman, Richie Bierach, Ron McLure & Billy Hart

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Robert Glasper Experiment

Saxophone Summit featuring Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane

Teddy Harris Jr. Tribute – The New Breed Be Bop Society

Terell Stafford Quintet

The Alan Broadbent Trio featuring Sheila Jordan plus Strings

The Cookers: Billy Harper, Gary Bartz, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart

The David Berger Jazz Orchestra featuring Cecile McLorin Salvant

The Delfeayo Marsalis Octet presents “Sweet Thunder”

The John Scofield Überjam Band featuring Andy Hess, Avi Bortnick & Tony Mason

The Robert Hurst Group

The Three Baris: A Tribute to Pepper Adams featuring Gary Smulyan, Howard Johnson & Frank

Tony Monaco Trio featuring Fareed Haque

Tribute to Brad Felt featuring Steve Wood, Gary Schunk, Pat Prouty, Bill Higgins, and Terry Kimura

Tribute to Don Byas featuring James Carter

Tribute to Stan Kenton featuring The Four Freshman & the Toledo Jazz Orchestra

Trio Da Paz & Friends Play Jobim & Getz featuring Romero Lubambo, Duduka Da Fonseca, Nilson Matta, Harry Allen, Joe Locke, Maucha Adnet

Tumbao Bravo

Warren Wolf Quartet featuring Robert Hurst, Carl Allen, & Benny Green



For over 35 years, Spyro Gyra has maintained a strong position at the forefront of modern jazz. Their debut album 1979’s Morning Dance included the title track that became a Top 40 single and proved to be the band’s breakout single. To this day, the Calypso-inspired track is still in heavy rotation on contemporary jazz stations nationwide. Soon after their acclaimed first release, the band initiated a heavy touring schedule that has been in perpetual motion ever since.

Their 2001 album In Modern Times, an album that spent 64 weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, peaked at the #2 position. Two years later, the band released Original Cinema, followed by The Deep End in 2004. Both albums spent a considerable amount of time on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. 2006’s Wrapped in a Dream cemented the band’s position as heavyweight contenders in the contemporary jazz arena, earning a Grammy nomination and wide critical acclaim.

Spyro Gyra continued this momentum into 2007, releasing Good To Go-Go, an album that captures a more live groove with the help of new drummer Bonny B. Good To Go-Go scored two Grammy nominations in December 2007: Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Pop Instrumental Performance (the latter nomination for the track “Simple Pleasures”). In 2009, Spyro Gyra added the album, Down the Wire, to its voluminous discography and earned the group a Grammy nod for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Their most recent release 2011’s A Foreign Affair debuted at #2 on Billboard’s jazz charts. Spyro Gyra continues to remain an exciting and dynamic instrumental group, constantly pushing and exploring the boundaries of contemporary jazz.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 6:00 pm Two cruises, 6 & 9 p.m.

Spirit of New York, Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, New York, New York 10011