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Hampton

The 3-day Hampton Jazz Festival features a variety of jazz, pop, blues, soul and R&B.

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 7:30 PM

Friday’s show features the incomparable Charlie Wilson. Since storming back onto the music scene after his departure from the Gap Band, Charlie has turned out one hit after another and is currently one of the finest entertainers working today. Making his festival debut this year will be Jaheim – billed as possibly the next Luther – fans will come to appreciate the true greatness of his voice. Also appearing on Friday will be a super jazz package featuring Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown and Alex Bugnon. This is probably smooth jazz at its best. Friday’s show will open with Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers with special guest William ‘Mobetta’ Ledbetter.

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 7:00 PM

Saturday’s show features Hampton Jazz Festival’s favorite – The O’Jays – paired with another icon of R&B music – Chaka Khan. Together they are sure to give Festival patrons a once in a lifetime experience. Also appearing will be Morris Day & The Time – a great throwback to music from the 70′s and 80′s. Rounding out Saturday will be one of the true icons of the smooth jazz genre – Spyro Gyra.

Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 2:00 PM

Sunday’s show will feature something truly special. Toni Braxton and Babyface will both appear and perform complete shows – but what will be really exciting for Festival patrons will be that they will perform songs together from their brand new smash album “Love, Marriage & Divorce”. This will surely be one of the highlights of the Festival. Also appearing will be Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns 2014 with Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliott. Local Hampton Jazz fans will also delight in this year’s Sunday opener The Now & Then Trio + One, well-known throughout the Tidewater area.

Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, Virginia 23666

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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

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Planning is underway for the 31st Jazz Festival in Pensacola. This two-day event, scheduled for April 5th and 6th, 2014, is being designed to be a celebration of music with the sounds of Jazz—Big Band, Contemporary, Dixieland, Traditional, New Orleans and Latin—along with Gospel, Blues and much more, will be presented.

Two Days of Free Jazz in Seville Square
The two day FREE Pensacola JazzFest is held from 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Saturday–Sunday, April 5-6 in Seville Square, a beautiful park located in the center of historic downtown Pensacola. The venue location features a sprawling live oak canopy and a picturesque central gazebo used as the main stage. Seating is provided, though many of our attendees bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets, or purchase food from one of our quality food vendors.

JazzFest is a free, family-oriented festival that celebrates all types of jazz and attracts approximately 16,000 enthusiastic listeners over the weekend. The music will include a variety of jazz styles, presented by prominent national, regional and local artists, as well as area college and high school jazz bands. There is even a “Kids Jam with Harmonicas and Kazoos” each afternoon for the children. In addition, an arts and crafts exhibition is included to enhance the festival atmosphere and add value for our attendees.

The Jazz Society of Pensacola (JSOP) has been the sole presenter of the Pensacola JazzFest since 1999, following WUWF-FM’s tenure as event presenter. The event is presented as a gift to the community from Jazz Society members and its sponsors, and funds are raised in various ways throughout the year. Over $10,000 is raised from both JSOP member and non-member donors who are dedicated to this annual event.

The 2-day Pensacola JazzFest features a variety of performers, including the Lao Tizer Quartet.

Seville Square, E Government St at S Alcaniz St, Pensacola, Florida 32502

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92Y Soul Jazz Festival
March 14 & 15

Join us for two nights of soul jazz-modern music with a deep foundation in groove and melody and the freedom of improvisation.

March 14
DJ Logic & Friends

Combining the sounds of soul jazz and nu-jazz, DJ Logic comes to 92Y with his closest friends to present an evening of unexpected, evocative songs.

DJ Logic, turntables
Lamont McCain, bass
James Hurt, keys
Justin Tyson, drums
Igmar Thomas, trumpet

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Joey DeFrancesco All-Star Band

Joey DeFrancesco brings a modern funky energetic approach to the Hammond B3 organ. His All-Star band performs with the funk, pulse and sweeping melodies from Jimmy Smith and others.

Joey DeFrancesco, organ
Brian Lynch, trumpet
George Garzone, tenor sax
Nir Felder, guitar
Billy Hart, drums

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Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope

Fresh from their latest album Mirage, Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope brings a shimmering, tender opening set of beautiful and fresh music, including “A New Day” and “Arrival” with electric quartet and string quartet.

Brian Landrus, baritone and bass saxophones, bass clarinet, bass flute
Billy Hart, drums
Nir Felder, guitar
Leo Genovese, piano, Rhodes
Lonnie Plaxico, electric and acoustic bass
Sara Caswell, violin
Joyce Hammann, violin
Judith Insell, viola
Jody Redhage, cello
Ryan Truesdell, conductor

March 15

Esperanza Spalding

92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave (at 92nd St), New York, NY 10128

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

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 4:00 PM
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

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After a highly successful, critically acclaimed 11th edition, Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival® is already set to return for 2014! The dates have been confirmed by Chillout Productions, the festival will run from Thursday, February 13 to Friday, February 21 in 2014. The same format will be followed, having two weekends of Main Gigs and Jazz Garden® in between, but with more new additions that will exceed everyone’s expectations as seen every year.

According to the founders and organizers of the festival, it’s too early to specify who might be featured on the twelfth edition; however, it will be undeniably a great line-up once again.

“Since the Dubai International Jazz Festival® began back in 2003, its popularity has grown immensely and this year was no different. More than 55,000 fans from across the region flocked to Dubai Festival City for the annual nine-day event, which welcomed great acts by world-class performers like the Legendary British Rock Band Deep Purple, American Pop Rock Bands 3 Doors Down, OneRepublic, and Irish Alternative Rock Band The Script. With the new theme of ‘Rocking the City’, the festival has yet again proven itself to be much more than just a Jazz event,” said Anthony Younes, CEO, Chillout Productions.

With an increase of 20% from the 2012 Edition, this year’s event was indeed more than an average music festival. Fans of the OSN Jazz Garden® witnessed a number of unexpected acts from award-winning musicians who never failed to entertain the crowd that by the end of every night managed to sweep the festival goers off their feet. On the last day of the OSN Jazz Garden®, the attendance reached over 5,000. This was because the festival did not limit its content to the commonly known concerts; it was continuously expanding by adding creative activities to its bills, thus the unwavering success.

“The challenge of raising the bar for the next edition will always be there. People will constantly expect a bigger and better edition. Every year, we need to come up with fresh and unique ideas to offer our ever-growing crowd. Truth to be told, it’s not a matter of necessity for us, it’s a matter of choice. Just like the festival being a system for bringing Jazz to large audiences that wouldn’t normally hear it. It’s not easy, but we did it. And for 2014, we most definitely will,” commented Younes.

Following its successful years, the most popular multi-day festival and most rewarded music event in the gulf region received an award last March 20 for Highly Commended – Best Festival at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2013.

Jazz Garden — The Legends Edition line-up

February 13

8–9.15pm: Tony Lakatos

9.30-11pm: Al Foster

February 14

8-9.15pm: Kirk Lightsey

9.30-11pm: Larry Carlton

February 19

8–9.15pm: Steve Grossman

9.30-11pm: Sean Jones

February 20, 2014

8–9.15pm: Nestor Torres

9.30-11pm: Billy Childs

Jazz Garden — The Weekday Edition line-up

February 15

8.30-9.30pm: Four 80 East

10-11pm: Alex Schultz and Raphael Wressnig’s Soul Gift Band featuring Sax Gordon

February 16
8.30-9.30pm: Jonathan Fritzen

10-11pm: Tad Robinson and band

February 17

8.30-9.30pm: Paul Shilts Weimar

10-11pm: Deitra Farr and band

February 18

8.30-9.30pm: Matt Marshak and Le Bron

10-11pm: “Sugaray” Rayford and band

George-Benson

He strums, he scats and now ten-time Grammy® winner George Benson croons the songs of his musical hero Nat King Cole with elegance and emotion. The legendary jazz guitarist and silky-smooth vocalist brings his show An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Benson will be accompanied by the North Charleston POPS! for this performance which has sold out Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House and numerous other venues across Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. In addition, he will perform all of his greatest hits that George Benson fans know and love.

The North Charleston POPS! will be conducted by Randy Waldman, who led Barbra Streisand’s orchestra for 20 years, and who shares the spotlight as jazz pianist on several numbers in the program. The North Charleston POPS! recently performed with Earth, Wind and Fire at the North Charleston Coliseum and the national touring Broadway productions of WICKED and MARY POPPINS during their runs at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. The Unforgettable Tribute show will also feature a chorus and Benson’s touring band backing his heartfelt renditions of Nat King Cole’s greatest songs.

“To have the legendary George Benson on the same stage with the North Charleston POPS! singing the unforgettable songs of Nat King Cole is like three great shows in one! This very special combination is sure to create a magical night of music that will be talked about for years to come.” said Dave Holscher, North Charleston Performing Arts Center General Manager.

“The musicians of the North Charleston POPS! are thrilled to work with such a dynamic artist as George Benson!” said Tacy Edwards, North Charleston POPS! Manager. “Bringing popular music to life and working with the talented artists that appear at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center is a great joy for us”.

Tammy Greene, Founder and President of Jazz Diva Entertainment explained, “We are extremely pleased to present George Benson in the Carolinas once again, this time for the Lowcountry. This particular show is a rare opportunity to join the genres of jazz, pop, R&B and classical music together in a way that only an entertainer of legendary stature like George Benson can accomplish as he pays tribute the great Nat King Cole. This is a show that versatile music lovers should absolutely not miss. We are also happy to be partnering with our friends at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center who play host to the Lowcountry Jazz Festival every year. Additionally, to have such a renowned and respected group of musicians such as the North Charleston POPS! accompany George and his ban ensures that audience members will be presented with exactly the kind of evening that is stated in its bannering…’Unforgettable!’”

Benson’s recording, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole just released in June 2013, replicates the spirit of the upcoming live performance and was created after four years of touring and development. It is perhaps the most meaningful of Benson’s career, featuring songs he learned and sang as a child, a testament to the classic timelessness of Cole’s music. The New Zealand Herald, in reviewing the live performance, stated, “…with a voice uncannily similar to Cole’s, a wide, bright grin and an enormous stage presence, Benson’s covers truly did journey back to the fifties and sixties… Benson’s powerful renditions reminded his audience why any night with Cole was Unforgettable.”

Audiences can likely also expect to hear some of Benson’s own classics, which propelled him to the first ever platinum jazz album in 1976. With a career spanning five decades and 35 recordings, there are plenty of hits to hope for during the show.

The show is presented by the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Jazz Diva Entertainment, producer of the Lowcountry Jazz Festival.

Saturday, February 08, 2014 – 8:00 pm

North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, South Carolina 29418

Lorber

Jan 8th two shows. 7:30 and 10:00 pm. Jeff Lorber returns to Portland.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97209

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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Our Jazz lovers’ weekend has earned national recognition as one of the premier jazz festivals of the Southeast. Evening and afternoon concerts in the Grand Ballroom along with fun activities and live music throughout the resort make this a weekend that will satisfy even the most discriminating jazz enthusiast. Join us this year as Billy the Kid plays alongside Rockell Scott on Friday and Grammy Nominated Jazz Artist, Gerald Albright takes the stage on Saturday.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 8:00 pm

Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28804