Brian Simpson and Eric Darius perform in the Continental Ballroom at the 4th Annual Black Tie event.
Saturday, November 09, 2013 – 6:00 pm
Crowne Plaza LAX, 5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90045
We are proud to present The Fourth Annual Pacific Rim Jazz Festival at The Hawaii Convention Center. With the success of our first three years we hope to continue our tradition of providing World Class entertainment and feature artists who are not only exceptionally talented on their voice and instruments but are also great performers and a thrill to watch. Along with these artist we are also proud to feature some of our best Local Entertainers, Chefs and Restaurants. In maintaining our connection with the community we will also help raise money for scholarship programs for our children. Last year we managed to raise over 30,000 dollars for these programs!
Located at the entrance to Hawaii’s famous resort destination Waikiki, the Hawaii Convention Center provides a convenient location for all to attend. For those of you visiting our site from the US mainland, Asia and around the world we invite you to come and experience the best that Hawaii has to offer, Great Entertainment, Great Food and our world famous Hawaiian Hospitality! The Fourth annual Pacific Rim Jazz Festival, a unique entertainment experience for the people of Hawaii and our visitors to Hawaii!
World Class Smooth Jazz and R&B artists such as the great singer /songwriter Bobby Caldwell , Pianist Keiko Matsui, Saxtress Mindi Abair, Vocalist Spencer Day, Brian Simpson, Michael Paulo, Hawaii’s Jazz Legend Jimmy Borges and more. Food tasting by some of Hawaii’s favorite Chefs from popular restaurants such as Sidestreet Inn, Kai’s Market, The Chart House, Lavernes catering, Jade Dynsaty, 3660 on The Rise and more TBA. Benefitting the Kapolei Foundation scholarship program for youth.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
The Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens presents Jazz & Wine in the Gardens. Enjoy great music, gourmet cuisine and wine tasting from select wineries. An experience you can’t miss and won’t forget!
Jazz & Wine in the Garden features Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Brian Simpson, Michael Paulo, vocalist Spencer Day, Max Bennett, Lori Andrews and MC Timmy D.
September 21, 2013
Gates open 1:00 PM
2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, California
Wayne County Parks Presents
The 18th Annual
Jazz on the River
Elizabeth Park, Trenton, Michigan
Saturday, August 3, 2013
1:00pm – Athena Johnson & Friends
2:30pm – Demetrius Nabors
4:00pm – Brian Simpson
5:30pm – Nick Colionne
7:30pm – Jeff Lorber Fusion
Featuring Paul Jackson Jr & Eric Marienthal
Sunday, August 4, 2013
1:00pm – Deon Yates
2:30pm – Testimony
4:00pm – Lin Rountree
5:30pm – Alexander Zonjic with
Special Guest Keiko Matsui
7:30pm – Sax & The City Staring
Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor,
Vincent Ingala & Joe McBride
The event is free to the public; however, there is a $5 suggested donation for parking. Free parking is available in downtown Trenton with free shuttle provided by Smart Transportation at the corner of Jefferson and West Road, also Jefferson and Elm to the entrance of Elizabeth Park.
The park will be open to the public on both days beginning at Noon, and will close after the final performance.
Elizabeth Park is located off Jefferson, east of I-75, south of West Road in Trenton. Take I-75 South to the West Road exit and follow West Road east to Jefferson. Take Jefferson south into the park.
Questions? More info? Call 734-261-1990.
Elizabeth Park, 4461 Elizabeth Dr, Trenton, Michigan 48183 (Detroit)
If there has been one complaint among passengers who have sailed aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise during its first decade it is that there are so many extraordinary concerts and events to attend that it is simply impossible to see and do everything during the 7-day music vacation experience. Wait until they find out what is planned for the first-ever West Coast departure of the perennially sold out luxury cruise to music paradise sailing to exotic Mexican Riviera ports October 12-19. With an astounding 60 concerts slated and a jam-packed program of unique first-time events, excursions and opportunities exclusively available during the West Coast Jazz Party at Sea, this adventure bodes to top all previous cruises, including the traditional January sailing that sold out for 2014 in record time.
R&B jazz luminaries Brian Culbertson and Boney James will host the cruise embarking from San Diego aboard Holland America’s m/s Westerdam en route to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Baja Coast with a starry cast of Grammy-winning and chart-topping performers featuring David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Tower of Power, Candy Dulfer, Jonathan Butler, Oleta Adams, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Earl Klugh, Kenny Lattimore, party band DW3 and music director Brian Simpson. When the live music pauses, legendary MC Biz Markie and Cool V will DJ to keep The Greatest Party at Sea grooving on the dance floor, and comedian Alonzo Bodden will provide the laughter.
Here are ten reasons why the West Coast Party at Sea is different than previous sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruise:
· Wall to wall live music. The usual program offers 40 shows. 60 concerts will be staged on the October cruise.
· Guests will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a one-hour music lesson from the stars with the fee going to charity.
· At a first-ever songwriting seminar, Culbertson and the band will compose a new song on the spot with direct input from the audience.
· During the “Opening Act” talent contest where guests get to show off their own musical gifts, cruisers will judge the opening rounds of the competition with Culbertson, James and Dulfer ultimately determining the winner who will earn the privilege of opening for the headliner and perform with the cruise hosts on the final night of the voyage.
· When in Puerto Vallarta, guests will enjoy artist hosted excursions such as play golf with Braun, ride horseback with Elliot, sightsee with Culbertson, participate at an outdoor challenge with Butler, explore hideaways with Simpson, or join Dulfer for a swim with dolphins.
· While at sea, cruisers can battle Culbertson and James in a ping pong tournament, take a yoga class with Klugh or shoot hoop with Miller.
· For the romantically inclined, couples can renew their wedding vows during a ceremony presided over by Butler.
· On a theme night designated to support Pinktober, national breast cancer awareness month, guests are encouraged to wear pink. Each cruiser will be given a commemorative pin and when they give the card accompanying the pin to the front desk, they will be making a $5.00 donation to fight breast cancer with cruise producer Entertainment Cruise Productions donating matching funds.
· “Backstage Pass” will be filmed nightly aboard the ship in front of a live audience for national television broadcast. Host Dane Butcher will interview each of the cruise stars.
· For the first time, premium reserved seats for the main shows in the Vista Lounge theater are available for all guests who book their cabins by July 31.
Butcher, the Director of Cruise Operations & Programming for Entertainment Cruise Productions, said,
“We are super excited for the West Coast Jazz Party at Sea because this itinerary has allowed us to program the cruise THE perfect way. With more than 60 shows onboard, we added a bunch of brand new activities that make the guests just as much a part of the cruise as the musicians. Visiting Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta provide fantastic shore excursions, beautiful beaches, great shopping and amazing food along with fabulous weather and smooth sailing. We are not only bringing in celebrity DJ Biz Markie and his sidekick Cool V, who are a perfect match for this party crowd, but we added more artists than ever before and have surprises planned that are guaranteed to make this one of the greatest cruises that we have ever produced.”
Guests have fallen in love with The Smooth Jazz Cruise ever since its maiden voyage in 2004. Much more than a jazz festival and much more than a vacation, cruisers spend an entire week completely immersed in the music. On top of the stellar concert performances with Dream Team pairings that take place nightly in the theater and in more intimate nightclub venues aboard the vessel, guests interact daily with the musicians at cocktail parties, poolside games and activities, informative seminars, autograph sessions and cooking demonstrations. It’s an unforgettable first-class lifestyle experience that keeps fans coming back year after year. Cabins for the October sailing are still available and can be reserved by calling toll-free 888.852.9987 in the U.S. & Canada and +800.852.99872 internationally. For more information, please visit www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com.
About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC
The world leader in full ship charter music cruises, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (ECP) owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com), and is proud to partner with Time Life for the Soul Train Cruise (www.soultraincruise.com), Malt Shop Memories Cruise (www.maltshopcruise.com), The Country Music Cruise. (www.countrymusiccruise.com) and Celtic Thunder Cruise (www.celticthundercruise.com). Pleasing guests is Entertainment Cruise Productions’ most important goal and objective while providing luxurious vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective music genres in an extraordinary setting for devoted passengers, many of whom make the fun and exciting cruises an annual affair. Additional information is available at www.ecpcruises.com.
Source: Great Scott Productions
Mr. Showbiz returns. There’s nobody quite like Dave Koz. The man has boundless energy and his shows are always spectacular. Grammy nominated, Dave makes his 4th visit in recent years to win your heart and light up your life.Joining Dave will be Brian Simpson (keyboards), Mark Jaimes (guitar), Frank Felix (bass) & Marc Parnell (drums).
Saturday, September 7th
4:30 PM Matt Marshak
6:00 PM Art Sherrod Jr. & Motown Show
7:30 PM Euge Groove & Brian Simpson
All Day Octagon Jazz Band
Sunday, September 8th
4:30 PM Steve Rudolph and Dauphin County All-Stars Jazz Band
6:00 PM Marcus Johnson
7:30 PM Maysa & Her Awesome Band
All Day Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Youth Band
Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N Front St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
The Great American Songbook will hang with hip-hop-infused, genre-bending jazz and good ol’ New Orleans zydeco at the 34th Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland.
Natalie Cole, Michael Feinstein and Aaron Neville & Dr. John will headline the deep and varied festival, which kicks off Friday, April 19.
The schedule has been tweaked this year to feature two showcase weekends.
“It’s always been a 10- to 12-day span,” said JazzFest organizer Terri Pontremoli, who led the event from 2001 to ’04. “But what we’re doing this year is loading up on the weekends. We wanted something that feels more like a happening. People in the region can travel to downtown and see more than one concert in a night.”
Performer/composer Brian Simpson brings together a stellar lineup for an evening of contemporary jazz. Tokyo born keyboardist Keiko Matsui fuses Eastern, Western and world beat influences in her spiritually based compositions. Guitarist Marc Antoine has numerous No. 1 hits on the contemporary jazz charts, and he was named international artist of the year at the Chicago Jazz Awards in 2010. Versatile saxophonist Marion Meadows has enjoyed a robust solo career and played with Brook Benton, The Temptations, Michael Bolton and many others. Vocalist Phil Perry, a founding member of The Montclairs, was named 2007 Male Vocalist of the Year in the SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 8:00 pm
Tri-C Jazz Fest, State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Brian Simpson live @ Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2013
Keyboardist, composer and studio musician Brian Simpson is known for his ability to sculpt timeless love songs, soulful party anthems and melodies that stay on your mind. Hailing from Gurnee, Illinois, and growing up in a house filled with music, Brian always knew music would play center stage in his life. After graduating from Northern Illinois University, Simpson relocated to Los Angeles where he quickly immersed himself in the local jazz scene. Late night jazz sessions found him playing alongside everyone from saxophonists Everette Harp and Boney James to guitarist Norman Brown. But soon the free-spirited musician found himself taking a temporary leave of absence from the jazz scene, touring the world with pop divas Teena Marie, Sheena Easton and Janet Jackson. His foray into the pop world didn’t end there; in January 1991 he co-wrote the #1 Pop hit “The First Time” by Surface, which conquered both the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.
Placing his success in pop aside, Brian Simpson has always been a working jazz musician. He has toured with some of the greats of recent jazz history, including George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, Kirk Whalum, and Jonathan Butler. Simpson’s breakthrough as a solo artist began in 2005 with “It’s All Good”, a track that hit #1 on the Radio & Records Smooth Jazz Airplay chart and remained in the Top 5 for four months. His latest album is called “South Beach” (2010). Brian has been the musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for the past 15 years, and for the last 8 years the Musical Director of the highly popular “Smooth Jazz Cruise” featuring Marcus Miller and David Sanborn.
Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
2 nights (May 3-5, 2013) incl. half-board & all concerts: from 284,00 Euro per person in a double room
Concert tickets per day (without hotel): 55,00 Euro per person