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Saturday, June 07, 2014 – 12:00 – noon

The 3-day Capital Jazz Fest line-up on this date is: (Pavilion Stage) Remembering George Duke Tribute Show hosted by vocalist Al Jarreau & Stanley Clarke plus special surprise guests | Rick Braun | Dianne Reeves | Down to the Bone | Vocalist Michael Franks | “Catch A Rising Star” Showcase featuring Generation NeXt: Julian Vaughn, Nicholas Cole, Lin Rountree & Lebron | (Symphone Woods Stage) Vocalist Chaka Khan | The Brand New Heavies | Klymaxx featuring vocalist Bernadette Cooper | Vocalist Dwele | Vocalist Regina Belle.

Sunday, June 08, 2014 – 12:00 – noon

The 3-day Capital Jazz Fest line-up on this date is: (Pavilion Stage) Vocalist Kem | Incognito | Vocalist Rachelle Ferrell | Jeff Lorber Fusion | Marcus Johnson | Keiko Matsui | “Catch A Rising Star” Showcase – Part III featuring Lil’ John Roberts & Friends | (Symphony Woods Stage) The O’Jays | Vocalist Faith Evans | Vocalist Peabo Bryson | Loose Ends | Vocalist Joe.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland 21044


Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April of 1970. While attending the Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square (then known as Beauregard Square), she and Duke Ellington, who also appeared at the event, came upon the Eureka Brass Band leading a crowd of second-line revelers through the Festival grounds. George Wein, producer of the Festival, handed Ms. Jackson a microphone, she sang along with the band and joined the parade…and the spirit of Jazz Fest was born.

Inspired by the spirit of Mahalia Jackson and the Eureka Brass Band back in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to celebrate the culture of Louisiana with the combined fervor of a gospel hymn and the joy of a jazz parade.

These artists will perform on the festival:

Bill Miller

Pura Fé
A Tribe Called Red

Yellow Bird Indian Dancers
Stoney Creek Singers
Oneida Longhouse Singers and Dancers
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Aaron Neville

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Dr. John
Allen Toussaint

Irma Thomas

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Pete Fountain

The Nevilles

Rebirth Brass Band

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk

Better Than Ezra
The Meter Men featuring Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter, Jr. with special Guest Page McConnell
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
Vernel Bagneris presents The 35th Anniversary Celebration of “One Mo’ Time”
Marc Broussard
Chris Owens backed by Her Hot Rhythms Band
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys

Papa Grows Funk
Cowboy Mouth

Tab Benoit

Anders Osborne
Theresa Andersson

Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Jon Cleary & the Diabolical Fandangos

John Boutté
Sonny Landreth

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater
Jeremy Davenport

Davell Crawford

Terence Blanchard
Deacon John

Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
Donald Harrison, Jr.

Henry Butler & Friends

Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs
The Soul Rebels
Marcia Ball

Charmaine Neville Band
Treme Brass Band’s Tribute to Uncle Lionel Batiste
Ellis Marsalis
Nicholas Payton XXX with Vicente Archer and Lenny White
George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners
Tucka & the Groove City Express

John Mooney & Bluesiana
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with special Guest Jo-El Sonnier
Jonathon “Boogie” Long & the Blues Revolution
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
Los Hombres Calientes feat. Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield
Glen David Andrews
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience with special guest Queen Ida
Raw Oyster Cult

Hurray For The Riff Raff
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns

The Iguanas
The Revivalists

Creole String Beans
James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars

Eric Lindell
Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark
Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds

Astral Project
The Zion Harmonizers

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
Val & Love Alive Mass Choir
Gregg Stafford and the Jazz Hounds
The Boutté Family Gospel

Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119


The 5th Annual “Low Country Jazz Festival” is coming to Charleston SC on August 30- September 1, 2013!

Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns, Clarke/Duke 4 (Stanley Clarke and George Duke), Randy Crawford and Joe Sample… Jazz in Pink featuring Saxophonist Pamela Williams, Flutist Althea Renee, Violinist Karen Briggs and Keyboardist Gail Johnson….

For more information on the festival and those performing, go to

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

Buoyed by the huge success of George Benson’s headlining performance in 2011, the Indy Jazz Fest has added a second outdoor roster of entertainment at Opti Park in Broad Ripple.

Indy Jazz Fest begins on Sept. 10 with five nights of indoor performances and culminates with outdoor shows on Sept. 15-16.

The final day, Sept. 16, will focus on smooth jazz, the largely instrumental genre linked to urban contemporary music, both melody- and groove-based. The schedule will be headlined by multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson and saxophonist Gerald Albright.

Culbertson’s last Indianapolis appearance was in 2009 at the Murat Theatre. Albright, who was an Indiana Black Expo performer in 1991, appeared locally most recently in 2008.

The Sept. 15 Opti-Park program includes pianist Robert Glasper Experiment, vocalist-reedman Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and the “Bring It” tour of a quartet led by bass guitarist Stanley Clarke and keyboardist George Duke.

The Sunset Series designates the festival’s indoor evening events. The 2012 schedule:

>> Sept. 10 — Aaron Diehl Quartet, group led by the 2011 Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave.

>> Sept. 11 — “Latin Tinge,” Pavel and Direct Contact, local Latin-jazz ensemble, Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 N. Central Ave.

>> Sept. 12 — Cheryl Bentyne, solo show by member of leading vocal quartet Manhattan Transfer, Mark Winkler, Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle.

>> Sept. 13 — “Tribute to Slide Hampton,” Indy Jazz Fest band, DeHaan Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 W. Hanna Ave.

>> Sept. 14 — Slide Hampton, trombonist, with the Steve Allee Big Band, Jazz Kitchen.

David Allee, an Indy Jazz Fest director, made the announcement at the Rhythm! Discovery Center Downtown. He told The Indianapolis Star later that Facebook surveys and sold-out shows with other presenters over the past two decades, plus the Benson show’s success, spurred the move to take a chance on a smooth-jazz day.

It’s also been successful as part of the mix at the club Allee runs, the Jazz Kitchen. “Our jazz audience here doesn’t come from a purist standpoint,” he said.

Other events related to Indy Jazz Fest are likely to be added , he said, including master classes by Hampton and Bentyne and performances at the venerable Chatterbox Jazz Club and the brand-new Indy Reads Bookstore on Mass Ave.

Opti Park, Indianapolis Art Ctr, 820 E 67th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220

Stanley Clarke teamed up with keyboardist George Duke in 1981 to form the Clarke/Duke Project. Together they scored a Top 20 pop hit with the single “Sweet Baby,” In 1981 George Duke and Stanley Clarke began their official collaboration together with the release of Clarke/Duke Project, which produced the top ten smash hit, “Sweet Baby.” In total they have recorded three albums. Over the course of their funk-filled and genre-smashing collaborations, Clarke and Duke have created performances full of fun, energy and exceptional musicianship with a big bottom and keyboard flights of fancy. More of the same fantastic musical roller-coaster ride is on the way with their new CLARKE/DUKE 4 “BRING IT” Tour.

It has been six years since they last toured together and both are looking forward to the CLARKE/DUKE 4 “BRING IT” Tour. Clarke remarks, “I’m looking forward to these performances, because the most fun I have touring is with George. We have a good time together. We’re both older and more experienced. Our repertoire is more all-encompassing and much more diverse.”

Duke adds, “Touring with Stanley is always a good thing, because he’s a nut. He’s the younger brother I never had. We each have different perspectives on music, but at the same time a lot of similarities. It’s the diversity of our backgrounds that makes it interesting. My musical background is West Coast and Stanley’s is East Coast. I came from R&B, where Stanley came more from rock.”

The CLARKE/DUKE 4 “BRING IT” Tour should be extra-special because both Clarke and Duke broke new ground in the movement that spearheaded jazz-fusion in the early 1970s. Thirty plus years later there is longevity to that movement as shown by the oft-sold-out, highly successful Return To Forever world tour in 2010-2011. It’s an opportunity to be able to go out on tour and perform a style of music that they helped pioneer.

08/29/12 Vienna, VA Wolftrap United States

09/01/12 High Point, NC The John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival Oak Hollow Lake Park United States

09/03/12 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Jazz Fest United States

10/20/12 – 10/27/12 Carribean Cruise Capital Jazz Supercruise United States

The Friends of John Coltrane will present the 2nd Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, September 1, 2012.

The Premiere Jazz Event of the Triad will feature the reunion of two venerable jazz artists with Stanley Clarke, George Duke and the Clarke/Duke Project; a giant of Latin Jazz, Poncho Sanchez and Shemekia Copeland, an artist who takes the mantle from the blues legend, KoKo Taylor. The 2012 Festival will also boast a performance by an up and coming contemporary artist set to burst onto the national stage and some of the best jazz talent in North Carolina. Keep up with what’s happening by connecting with the Festival on Facebook and Twitter. Watch the video from last year’s inaugural festival and purchase your tickets for the 2nd Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival. We’ll see you at Oak Hollow Park in High Point, NC on Labor Day! Kirk Whalum will be festival host.

John Coltrane Int’l Jazz & Blues Festival, Oak Hollow Festival Park, 3400 N Centennial St, High Point, North Carolina (Winston-Salem, Greensboro)

The 3rd Annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont brings back a sense of serenity, soul and smooth sounds to the City of Richmond. Located at Maymont, the Richmond Jazz Festival features over 20 local, national and international bands and artists on two stages. Festival attendees enjoy smooth jazz, while taking advantage of products and services sold by vendors, scheduled wine tastings and chef demonstrations featuring international cuisine. This year, the festival will span over 3 days!

Festival performances will begin on Friday, August 10th with local jazz acts at the Hippodrome Theater. Then come enjoy the beautiful landscape of Maymont where over 20 artists will perform on August 11th and August 12th. The musical selections will be predominately jazz, but will also include R&B, neo-soul and other genres that add diversity and flavor to the festival.

Artists Schedule:

Lonnie Liston Smith

India Arie
Robert Cray
Dave Koz
Trombone Shorty
Stanley Clarke
Keiko Matsui
Brian Simpson
Ravi Coltrane
Bebe Winans
Kim Waters
Allen Stone

George Benson
The Whispers
Norman Brown
Poncho Sanchez
John Pizzarelli
Jeff Lorber
Nick Colionne
Norman Connors
Lonnie Liston Smith

Richmond Jazz Festival, Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220

The following performers were announced today by Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. Keep checking the website of the festival, Facebook and Twitter regularly for updates on performance times, stages and additional performers to be announced soon!

Friday, May 25

Brian Culbertson
Billboard chart topping artist, Brian Culbertson began his quest in music at the age of 8 on piano, adding drums at 9, trombone at 10 then bass at 12. With 12 albums that have passionately surveyed a broad spectrum of musical styles, Culbertson has prominently featured many of music’s finest players, including Patti Austin, Will Downing, Brian McKnight, Kenny Lattimore, Faith Evans, acoustic guitar legend Earl Klugh and William “Bootsy” Collins, to name a few. One thing that this multi-talented man’s fans can rest assured of is that Brian Culbertson always brings his very best – and the very best out of others – in all of his broad-ranging musical endeavors.

Sonny Rollins

Grammy award winner, Theodore Walter (Sonny) Rollins, established a reputation in the fifties first among musicians, then the public, as the most brash and creative young tenor on the scene. More than 50 years later, his extensive resume includes a performance Grammy for This Is What I Do (2000), and his second for 2004’s Without a Song (The 9/11 Concert). In August 2010, Rollins was named the Edward MacDowell Medalist, the first jazz composer to be so honored. And in March 2011, Rollins was presented the Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence, from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony.

Karrin Allyson

Multiple Grammy nominated singer and pianist has long been described as a “musician’s musician”. Among musicians, Karrin is known as a great bandleader and one of the great pleasures of the current scene is listening to her highly developed interplay with her bandmates — it sounds so effortless — but it conceals the deep musical sophistication. May 2011 marked a milestone for the artist, the release of Round Midnight, the thirteenth album in a series dating back to her 1992 debut album “I Didn’t Know About You.” Karrin currently lives in New York City, following a childhood in the midwest, schooling in the Bay Area, a degree in classical piano performance and important stints in Minneapolis and Kansas City, where she began her recording career with Concord Jazz. Music lovers and critics around the world marvel at the range of this extraordinary musician.

Saturday, May 26

Patti Austin with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Sunday, May 27

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band with Terence Blanchard
Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White Trio

Groovin’ Stage, Hemming Plaza, Jacksonville, Florida

One of the area’s most popular music festivals will return for its 9th year from November 24-26. Past years have included such jazz legends and award-winning musicians as George Duke, Fourplay, Sergio Mendes, Herbie Hancock, Ivan Lins, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Armando Manzanero, and Sacbe, among many others.

This year’s lineup will include Natalia Lafourcade, Jeff Lorber, Randy Becker, Enrique and Fernando Toussaint, Jon Anderson of Yes, Stanley Clarke, Alex Otaola, Richard Bona, and the Yellowjackets.

Read more about this year’s JazzFest and its participants.

American Thanksgiving (November 24 this year) is a popular time for tourists to travel to the area, since the weather is fantastic, Hurricane Season has ended, and prices are lower around town than during High Season. Many accommodations are already booked, so if you’re interested in the Riviera Maya JazzFestival,  reserve your Royal Palms condo.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Return To Forever, whose mind-blowing experimentation in jazz and rock transformed the music world, will debut a historic new lineup this summer on a massive tour of 32 US cities that begins in Pittsburgh on August 7th. The tour brings a re-imagined musical dimension to both the wildly influential group and its repertoire.

Solidifying the tour’s once-in-a-lifetime experience, Zappa Plays Zappa, the musical tribute to Frank Zappa, will join the bill alongside “Return To Forever IV” (RTF IV), the legendary group’s fresh incarnation of core members Chick Corea (keys), Stanley Clarke (bass) and Lenny White (drums), along with Mahavishnu Orchestra alum and violin virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty as well as guitarist-extrodinaire Frank Gambale.

Working together with complete creative compatibility and steeped in the tradition of extreme freedom of expression, these five pillars of jazz and rock have prepared a must-see performance that will please fans new and old. Their ever-evolving set-list encompasses an amalgam of Return To Forever classics, highlights from each member’s solo repertoire, and brand-new compositions written for the RTF IV lineup.

“Since all the guys in the band are such good composers, I wanted to have everyone’s compositions add to the new RTF IV vibe. So we all agreed: let’s open it up — which is the way we like it, and I think the way the fans like it too.” – Chick Corea

On showcase will be the freshly released Corea, Clarke, & White project Forever, a two-disc set of 18 tracks that includes jazz trio standards, updated RTF-classics, new tunes and special guests: Chaka Khan, Jean-Luc Ponty, and original RTF guitarist Bill Connors. Released June 7, 2011 on Concord Jazz, a division of Concord Music Group, disc one is a best-of sampler from the triumphant “RTF-Unplugged” world tour in 2009. Disc two is a bonus CD with its own story. DownBeat points out, “The three seasoned veterans sound wildly happy to be playing together again” while the New York Times says, “Mr. Clarke and Mr. White are a hyperfluent, assertive and malleable rhythm team, whether swinging in a post-bop vein or opening the throttle on a groove.”

RTF IV is recently off a successful run across Australia that was deemed “nothing short of wonderful” and “a renaissance.”

Zappa Plays Zappa was founded by Dweezil Zappa to bring the music of his late father, Frank Zappa, to contemporary audiences through a series of international performance tours dubbed “Tour De Frank.” Dweezil’s fellow band members are among the most brilliant and innovative players working in any genre and, collectively, rise to the challenge of bringing the legendary Zappa repertoire alive in concert. Dweezil Zappa, a 2009 GRAMMY Award winner, continues to record and perform on a regular basis around the world.

Also in June, Chick celebrated his 70th birthday (6/12) and Stanley will celebrate his 60th birthday (6/30).




8/7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

8/8 – Buffalo NY – UAB Center for the Arts

8/9 – Baltimore, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

8/10 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center

8/11 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion

8/12 & 13 – New York, NY – The Beacon Theatre

8/16 – Columbus, OH – The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

8/17 – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre

8/18 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

8/19 – Detroit, MI – MeadowBrook Music Festival

8/20 – Hammond, IN – The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino

8/21 – Indianapolis, IN – The Murat

8/22 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center

8/24 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre

8/25 – St. Louis, MO – Fabulous Fox Theatre

8/26 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland By AMC

8/27 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre

8/28 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

9/8 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre

9/9 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues

9/10 – Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheatre

9/11 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall

9/13 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater

9/14 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

9/15 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater

9/17 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center

9/19 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s By the Bay

9/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre

9/21 – Davis, CA – Mondavi Center

9/22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre

9/23 – Eugene, OR – Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center

9/24 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre