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Shoreline Jazz

Music enthusiasts, or anyone who enjoys having a good time, may be happy to know that a jazz festival will return to Heritage Landing this summer. While the inaugural event in 2012 was the one-day Lakeshore Jazz Festival, this year’s festival features a new name – Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival — and an expanded schedule. The festival will be a two-day event this year, instead of the one-day event in 2012.

“I prefer to call the first one the pilot (festival),” said Alexander Zonjic, renowned flutist and co-organizer of the festival.

With a passion for jazz music and the Muskegon area, Hawkins Lang, the original organizer of the jazz festival in Muskegon, had an idea to create a music festival to celebrate the anniversary of his restaurant, Hawk’s Feathers and Finns. But what Lang didn’t expect while organizing the festival two years ago was the strong relationship he would begin to develop with Zonjic.

When the original headliner artist for the “pilot” jazz festival fell through, Lang came across Zonjic’s name, listened to his music and called Zonjic. Lang was surprised that Zonjic answered the phone. “I thought it was going to be his assistant (on the phone),” Lang said. From there, the two “just kind of hit it off.” Over time, Lang and Zonjic said they believe the festival will greatly benefit the area economically.

Zonjic, who has been both performing and working in the music festival business for more than 20 years, is excited about the Muskegon area. When he originally visited Muskegon, he said he knew Heritage Landing would be a wonderful place for a jazz festival. “My instincts kicked in and I thought ‘this would be so cool,’” Zonjic said. Zonjic said the idea of the festival is to have a large, cultural and diverse event in Muskegon.

Because the event is two days, Zonjic is hoping that jazz enthusiasts from Chicago and Detroit will visit the area. The music festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24. Tickets are expected to be available for purchase soon for the price of $25 per day.

The two-day jazz festival is set to have a total of 10 acts.

Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 1:00 pm

1pm – Lin Rountree, 2:30pm – Urban Jazz Coalition, 4pm – Tim Bowman, 5:45pm – Nick Colionne, Brian Simpson & vocalist Maysa, 7:30pm – Boney James.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 – 1:00 pm

1pm – Phil Denny & Oli Silk, 2:30pm – Michael Manson, 4pm – Jeff Lorber Fusion with Eric Marienthal & Jimmy Haslip , 5:45pm – Vocalists Lalah Hathaway & Ruben Studdard, 7:30pm – Alexander Zonjic with special guest Kenny G.

Heritage Landing, 199 E Apple Ave, Muskegon, Michigan 49442


What do Grammy Award winners Russell Ferrante, Eric Marienthal, and Jimmy Haslip all have in common? The answer is Kevin Peter Jones. Currently residing in Washington D.C., Kevin Peter Jones was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, started playing drums at the age of ten, and hasn’t stopped since. Over the years, Kevin has played and produced with many world renown musicians including Bunky Green, Wayman Tisdale, Will Kennedy, and Dave Brubeck. Kevin has worked hard to hone his craft to become one of the premier drummers in the world. After completing his duty in the United State’s Air Force, Kevin turned his musical experience towards teaching, all the while continuing his personal musical pursuits. Kevin is now focused on his current audio project entitled Magnetic Journey.

Saturday, January 18, 2014 – Two shows, 8 & 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 19, 2014 – Two shows, 8 & 10 p.m.

Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007


While in the midst of the vineyards last June to shoot a promotional clip for the third annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, the flourishing jazz and wine festival’s Founder and Artistic Director Brian Culbertson looked into the camera and vowed “More artists, more music, more food and of course, more wine.” The hit-making contemporary jazz and R&B mixologist is making good on his promise with the unveiling of the powerhouse lineup of jazz and funk artists that will perform for the many thousands of Getaway attendees who will come from all over the U.S. to Napa Valley from June 11-15, 2014.

Slated to join Culbertson for five-days of concerts, wine tastings, fine dining and unique social opportunities are Eric Benét, Lee Ritenour, David Grusin, Ohio Players, Morris Day & The Time, Earl Klugh, Mavis Staples, Average White Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Eric Darius, David Benoit, Michael Lington, Eric Marienthal, Jazz in Pink featuring Gail Jhonson, Althea Rene and Karen Briggs, Cecil Ramirez and the comedic mind of Keenen Ivory Wayans.

VIP Packages are already sold out with Four-day Gold Packages ($499) on sale now through the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway website ( Two-day Silver Packages ($229) will go on sale in late November.

The 2014 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway will open with several VIP-only events as well as an exclusive Welcome Dinner Concert and Jam Session at renowned chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill and Wine Bar with a performance by the Cecil Ramirez Quartet along with Culbertson and saxophonist Lington for which a separate ticket is required (available through the Getaway website for $125). The Thursday night theme concert on June 12th will be Jazz Legends at the Lincoln Theater, which will also be the venue for Friday Night Funk Night. The music moves outdoors on June 14& 15 to the breathtakingly beautiful setting at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards for concerts that run from 4-10:30 PM. Afternoon happenings during the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway include a cigar and port event hosted by Lington with Ramirez and daily Wine Downs at the luxurious Westin Verasa Napa, the host hotel that for the first time will be solely reserved for guests of the Getaway. The Westin Verasa will also be the scene for the hot Late Night Hangs scheduled for Thursday through Saturday evenings post-concert during the Getaway at which fans can meet and mingle with the artists after their stroll down the Cab Carpet. As in previous editions of the Getaway, silent and live auctions will be held to benefit The GRAMMY® Foundation, which supports music education programs in schools, a mission of Culbertson, who raised nearly $100,000 for the organization during the first two Napa Valley Jazz Getaways.

Culbertson said, “It is extraordinary how much the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway has grown in just our third year and I’m so excited about our incredible lineup for 2014, our biggest and best yet. In addition to being joined by these legendary artists, I continue to invite more exquisite wineries to be involved with the Getaway as well as many more unique restaurants to be present at our outdoor events to provide a true ‘taste of Napa’ experience. I look forward to welcoming wine and jazz enthusiasts to the beautiful Napa Valley once again.”

Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who became a fan favorite for the vitality and prodigious skills that he brought to contemporary jazz ever since the release of his 1994 debut disc, “Long Night Out,” signaled the arrival of a consistently creative and engaging artist. The keyboardist and trombonist is back in the recording studio working on his 14th collection, a remake of the first album that he made in his crowded apartment bedroom “studio” while he was a 20-year-old college student. But this time out, instead of playing most of the instruments himself, he will be joined by an all-star collective of contemporary jazz artists comprised of many of the musicians that inspired him while recording the original. “Another Long Night Out” will be released in February 2014 in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the first record. Additional information about Culbertson is available at

Highlights of the 2013 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway can be viewed at



Join us for a day of great Smooth Jazz with Jeff Kashiwa Group and the Summer Concert Allstars with Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Brian Bromberg and Eric Marienthal. The beautiful grounds of the Clearwater Casino Resort & Spa sits right on the waterfront overlooking Agate Pass. The grassy lawn, the great tunes and a gathering of Smooth Jazz Community will make this another great summer day of musical memories.
Gates open at 12:00p. Music from 2:00 – 7:30p.

On a sunny summer Saturday, head to the beautiful grounds of the Clearwater Casino Resort Hotel. Drive from the South End of the Puget Sound or the Peninsula or catch the Bainbridge ferry from downtown Seattle. Park in Seattle, walk on the Bainbridge ferry and grab the free Clearwater shuttle at the ferry dock parking lot on Bainbridge and get transported directly to the Clearwater Casino Resort. It’s just 7 miles from the ferry, this quick trip will find you delivered to the gorgeous setting to enjoy some good tunes and great friends on a Northwest summer day.

Jeff Kashiwa Group and the Summer Concert Allstars with Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Brian Bromberg and Eric Marienthal.

Saturday, August 10, 2013 – 2:00 pm

Clearwater Casino Resort, 15347 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish, Washington 98392


The 23nd annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest will take place on on April 5-14, 2013. The festival is well known for its friendly atmosphere and the numerous volunteers that help things go smoothly, in addition to the large number of top-notch artists performing there.

Check out the lineup at the festival site, highlights include Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, David Benoit, Brian Bromberg, Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal, Maysa & Her Jazz Funk Soul Symphony, Norman Brown,  Richard Elliot, Peter White, Jeff Lorber, Fourplay, Elan Trotman, Najee, Michael Lington and many more!

It’s going to be another awesome festival!

For more information about the festival visit





more to be added soon!

If you love the saxophone, play the saxophone, or are a fan of saxophonists; you don’t want to miss this! From the man who created the world’s first and most successful Smooth Jazz Cruise – Warren Hill has put together an incredible new event – inviting an All-Star cast of some of the top musicians in the world to share their knowledge of their craft and deliver great intimate performances!

Imagine yourself in an intimate hotel, getting the chance to be up close and personal with world class saxophonists. Spend 2 full days attending clinics, workshops, learning tips and tricks from the best in the business, then witness evening concerts presented by Warren Hill and special guests. But it doesn’t stop there… both nights will conclude with jam sessions in the hotel lounge that are sure to go down in the history books!

When you enter the Warren Hill Saxophone Summit, you are walking into an immersive musical experience with the potential to change your life forever. You will enjoy inspiring workshops, demonstrations, intimate performances and two remarkable days of transformative education.

Book now to take advantage of the Sax Summit’s expert-led workshops, electrifying keynote presentations, hands-on musical education, and award-winning entertainment with jam sessions every night and the Rising Star competition. Enjoy all of these unforgettable experiences while making lifelong friendships with people who are just as passionate about saxophone, jazz and music as you are!

March 23-24, 2013 10 am to midnight, both days

Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Santa Ana, CA


GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh’s renowned ‘Weekend of Jazz’ returns to Kiawah Island Golf Resort this November!

Since 2004, Earl Klugh has been bringing world-renowned artists together with jazz enthusiasts for his one-of-a-kind weekend getaways at 2 Five-Star, Five-Diamond properties; The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Klugh’s 3rd annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island will be held November 15-17, 2012 and feature entertainment from CHRIS BOTTI: one of the important and innovative figures of the contemporary music world, 2-Time GRAMMY®-winning vocalist PEABO BRYSON, GRAMMY®-winning saxophonist KIRK WHALUM and vocalist KEVIN WHALUM, versatile jazz/crossover saxophonist ERIC MARIENTHAL, PGA Tour Champion & Golf Commentator JOHN MAHAFFEY, award-winning director and producer RICK BIEBER, contemporary jazz/R&B trumpeter JOEY SOMMERVILLE, Your Host and GRAMMY®-Winning Guitarist EARL KLUGH, and more!

The Sanctuary, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455

In Concert for Cancer (ICFC) is an annual concert fundraising event that raises brand awareness and funds for cancer organizations.  ICFC’s mission is to share the joy of world-class live music performance, and in doing so, raise critical dollars for cancer research and patient services.

March 11, 2011 marked the inaugural launch of ICFC in San Diego, CA. We welcomed 839 attendees aboard the flight deck of the legendary aircraft carrier, the USS Midway Museum. Our San Diego beneficiary is Scripps Health in La Jolla California. ICFC returns to San Diego September 8, 2012 for its 2nd annual concert event celebrating cancer survivorship in support of Scripps Cancer Center (

Among the announced artists are Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal and The Family Stone, featuring original founding members from Sly and The Family Stone, Cynthia Robinson, Jerry Martini and Greg Errico.

On the flight deck of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, 910 N Harbor Dr, SanDiego, California 92101

Considered one of Kenosha’s favorite music events for the diversity of its lineup and its idyllic Lake Michigan setting, HarborPark Jazz and Blues (HPJB) has welcomed many national jazz and blues artists and attracts thousands of concertgoers to Kenosha’s scenic lakefront. Before the audience enjoys the big band sound of the KUSD Jazz All-Stars and our smooth jazz headliner Eric Marienthal, they will be dancing, singing and clapping their hands to the classic jazz and R&B sounds of “Funk Bunker” and the soulful Chicago style blues of Toronzo “Bluesman” Cannon at the all new “Music Oasis”. The Music Oasis is a new intimate performance area created to give the audience a unique chance to be-up close and personal with the bands.

Come settle into your lawn chair or stretch out on a blanket with a nice beverage from the Wine and Beer garden, snack on your favorite appetizers or enjoy any of the culinary vendors. Visit the Texas Roadhouse VIP Lounge to enjoy a succulent catered meal. Either way, bring your friends and family, reward employees, or invite important customers out for an unforgettable day of GREAT MUSIC, GREAT FOOD & GREAT FUN, all for a great cause.

The 9th annual HarborPark Jazz & Blues festival is produced by the volunteer efforts of the Marylou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund. Proceeds benefit the Fund’s Career Exploration Organization (CEO) initiative, which provides academic and career coaching to minority youth ages 14-17 and supports breast and cervical cancer initiatives for women in treatment. The fund has provided more than 150 students with a college scholarship and provided financial assistance to over 300 women for their breast or cervical cancer treatment.
Hope to see you there!

2012 Performance Schedule
Snap-on Music Oasis
1:00 pm – Gates open
1:30 pm – 3:00pm Funk Bunker
3:30 pm – 5:00pm Toronzo “Bluesman” Cannon

Main Stage
5:45 pm – 6:30pm KUSD Jazz All Stars
7:00 pm – 8:30pm Eric Marienthal

Harbor Park Jazz & Blues Festival, 206 55th St, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140 (Milwaukee)

French Polynesia – Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine & Taha’a
September 29- October 6, 2012

Cruise with Cjazz to magnificent French Polynesia on this luxurious and exclusive 150 cabin full ship charter aboard 5-star Paul Gauguin Cruise line! Enjoy free flowing award winning DeLille Cellars wines, world-class cuisine by top Chef Kevin Gillespie and top recording artists of Contemporary Jazz!

Since 1994, Cjazz has promoted and presented recording artists of contemporary music, with a specialized focus on the jazz genre. Cjazz has created and produced music events for Grand Hyatt Hotels, The National Basketball Association, Yamaha Music, The YWCA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Scripps Health, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and a variety of performing arts centers.

“We are very excited about this extraordinary, once in a lifetime adventure to French Polynesia,” says Michele Abrams, founder of Cjazz. “When we were approached by Stacy and Greg Lill of DeLille Cellars with the idea of bringing world-class jazz musicians on this cruise, we were elated! Combining the best of wine, culinary and jazz is a perfect fit, and pairing it with a luxurious cruise on one of the finest, intimate ships, The Paul Gauguin, made it an easy decision. Whether you are a big jazz fan or simply want to enjoy the discovery of great new music, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the world’s best musicians, up close – while cruising to some of the most beautiful and romantic places on earth. You may not want to return home!”

Cjazz is very proud to present an exciting array of Grammy nominated, award-winning recording artists on this cruise, truly some of the world’s best for you to enjoy!

Announced artist are Richard Smith, Eric Marienthal, Dan Siegel, Sean Holt, Eric Milstein and Land Richard. Book your cabin here.