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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


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


Tickets are now available for the fourth annual Bob James Jazz Festival. The Bob James Jazz Festival will be held Friday and Saturday evenings, May 16-17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. the first night at Eckilson-Mabee Theatre on the Missouri Valley College campus. Saturday, the concert kicks off at 6 p.m. at Bueker Middle School’s Harold L. Lickey Auditorium, and doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for each night are sold individually: $20 for the Friday night concert and $25 for Saturday.

The first night performance lineup includes area favorite Sedville Jazz Company, followed by Metropolitan Jazz Workshop. Saturday night, the concert begins with the “All-Stars” of the Bob James Jazz Festival Clinic. Music students of all ages participate in the Clinic and have the opportunity to open the Saturday night Bob James Jazz Festival.

Salty Dawg’s COLD SWEAT then takes the stage to add an R&B feel to the jazz concert. Gary Coble, a.k.a. Salty Dawg, is a Marshall-native who now leads the Kansas City-area music group COLD SWEAT, who provide “amazing, unique arraignments accentuated by Exceptional Slide Guitar, Soulful Sax and a Rhythm Section to die for,” according to

Headlining the 2014 Bob James Jazz Festival are the Sons of Brasil, a Latin jazz ensemble assembled by trumpeter Stan Kessler. At last a festival finale appearance by Marshall-native and jazz legend Bob James, performing a few select pieces from his repertoire.

Bueker Middle School, 565 S Odell Ave, Marshall, Missouri 65340


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


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


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


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


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


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


This year, the festival will be held Friday, October 18 through Sunday, October 20.

CC Gas Stage – The North Stage

6:00-7:00 PM Del Mar Jazz Band CC
7:30-8:30 PM William Skrobarczyk/CC
9:00-10:00 PM Claudia Melton/ Duocity/ Dallas
10:30-11:30 PM Victor Rendon & Blue Mambo/NYC
Midnight-1:00 AM Europa/ S.A.

The AT&T Stage – Center Stage

5:30-6:30 PM Jazz Mass Concert Version & Choir
7:00-8:00 PM PM Soul/ S.A.
8:30-10:30 PM George Morin/ S.A.
10:30-Midnight Kyle Turner/ Houston

CITGO Stage – South Stage

5:45-6:45 PM Freddie Martinez/ C.C.
7:15-8:15 PM Latin Talk/ C.C.
8:45-9:45 PM Allen Herman/ El Paso
10:15-11:45 PM Cat’s Don’t Sleep/ S.A.

Heritage Park, 1581 N Chaparral St, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401


Sat. September 21: Jazz Festival
Jeffrey Osborne • Ledisi • Euge Groove • Gregory Porter • Times 4 • Collaboration Jazz Band feat. Brenda Reed

Sun. September 22: Blues Festival
Boz Scaggs • Robert Cray Band • Los Lobos • The California Honeydrops • Shane Dwight • Robert Thomas

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Johnson’s Beach & Resort, 16241 First St, Guerneville, California 95446


Friday Night / 9.20
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
Featuring Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
New music commissioned in tribute to Dave Brubeck
Gregory Porter
The new voice in jazz
Saturday Afternoon / 9.21
George Benson
The Gospel-Funk of  The Relatives
Saturday Night / 9.21
Bobby McFerrin: Spirityouall
Prism: Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn, & Eric Harland
Joe Lovano-Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints
Music inspired by and commissioned from Wayne Shorter
Sunday Afternoon / 9.22
Bob James & David Sanborn
Featuring Steve Gadd & James Genus
Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
Directed by Paul Contos
With Joe Lovano / 2013 Artist-In-Residence
Folsom High School Jazz Band I
from the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Festival
Sunday Night / 9.22
Diana Krall
Glad Rag Doll World Tour
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
80th birthday celebration

Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey, California 93940