Posts Tagged ‘The Rippingtons’

Niswonger Performing Arts Ctr

The Rippingtons is Grammy-nominated American contemporary jazz band celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. Started by guitarist Russ Freeman in 1985, the band has hosted many well-known musicians that have launched successful careers, and has created the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide for a quarter of a century… including Kilimanjaro, Tourist in Paradise, Welcome to the St. James Club, Weekend In Monaco, Live in L.A., Sahara, Brave New World and Live Across America.

Opening for The Rippingtons will be Fort Wayne, Indiana native and Megawave Recording artist, Kris Brownlee. With over 25 years of playing saxophone all over the Midwest, Brownlee, formerly known as The Grooveside has just released “Halo” the first single off his highly anticipated thrid album, Sincerely Yours.

Join us Saturday, January 26 for an evening of unforgettable jazz music!

Tickets for this show are $17-32 and are available the NPAC box office at 10700 SR 118 S., Van Wert or by phone at (419) 238-6722. Tickets are also available online at http://www.npacvw.org or on the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of NW Ohio facebook page.

Niswonger Performing Arts Ctr, 10700 Ohio 118, Van Wert, Ohio 45891, (Lima, Fort Wayne, Indiana)

With the sold out success of it’s inaugural year, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival continues it’s tradition of bringing in world class entertainment to Hawaii as well as continuing to support the local community through it’s charitable contributions. With it’s goal of bringing in diverse talents from Pacific Rim nations the festival hopes to continue it’s reach and popularity to the international community as well as the USA.

It is also the intent of the festival to highlight and feature many of Hawaii’s own talented artists and musicians and in the process allowing them the opportunity to share the stage with world class artists. We are proud to announce our new and bigger venue, The Hawaii Convention Center Ballroom. We hope to substantially grow our audience and increase accessibility to Hawaii’s tourist center in Waikiki.

Artist Schedule:

Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons
After 25 years and 18 studio recordings this Grammy nominated powerhouse band continues to break new ground. The most requested band to appear by Hawaii fans they are finally back in the islands . They will be debuting songs from their brand new release Cote D’azur

Deniece Williams
With 4 Grammy Awards won and 9 Grammy nominations over her career “Niecy” is part of R&B and Gospel music history. Her 4 octave range continues to astound audiences world wide. Her No.1 hit songs include Too Much Too Little to Late, Let’s Hear it for the Boys and Gonna Take a Miracle.

Rick Braun
He has lent his talents to some of Pop music’s greatest artists such as Sade, Rod Stewart and War . His versatility as a trumpet player is unmatched and his success as a solo artist has brought him all over the world. This will be his second appearance at the festival and is always a crowd favorite.

Michael Paulo
Festival Producer Michael Paulo is also a well respected and internationally renowned saxophonist and is a local home grown talent. Through his efforts jazz fans in Hawaii have been able to enjoy world class jazz artists in Hawaii.

Brian Simpson
As Music Director for Dave Koz, Brian has performed for every smooth jazz artist you can think of. His expertise in organizing musicians and talent lends itself well to our event . Brian has also had number one hits songs as a solo artist and is the most sought after pianist in Smooth Jazz

Kaori Kobayashi
Voted “The most beautiful saxophonist in Asia” ,her youtube video”Nothing is Gonna Change My Love for You “ has garnered over 5 million u tube views. Her popularity in Asia has brought her to perform from Korea to Thailand and China. This is her debut performance in the United States and the festival’s first international artist !

Lani Misalucha
Born in the Philippines into a musical family, her father was an operatic tenor and her mother was a coloratura soprano. Lani is the first Asian to headline a main showroom in Las Vegas strip. Dubbed as “Asia’s Nightingale” and “New Siren of the Strip” in 2004 in Las Vegas, she has won many awards: Best Solo Performer (Tinig Awards), Best Major Concert (Aliw) Awards, Entertainer of the Year (Aliw Awards), Best Femaile Recording Performer (Awit Awards), Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Katha Music Awards), Best Ballad Recording (Awit Awards). She just finished her show “Lani in Waikiki: Return to Paradise” sponsored by Roberts Hawaii and produced by Roy Tokujo.

Rene Paulo
Pianist Rene Paulo who is commonly known as Hawaii’s “King of the Keyboard“ is one of the most respected musicians of his generation. Breaking down barriers, he was one of the first ever musicians from Hawaii to be accepted into the prestigious Julliard School of Music. Since then, Rene has warmed the hearts of people all over the world with his unique style of piano playing and showmanship. He will make a special guest appearance at this years festival.

Deshannon Higa
DeShannon is a renowned jazz trumpet player in Hawaii and New York City with over 20 years of professional experience.
He has performed around the world: Birdland, Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. As a trumpet player, composer and arranger, he has worked with many famous musicians like Burt Bacharach, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, and Tower of Power among many others.

Starr Kalahiki
Winner of two Na Hoku Hanohano awards: Most Promising Artist and Best Jazz Album, Starr Kalahiki has been singing for as long as she can remember. From singing opera (Hawaii Opera Theater chorus), musical (Diamond Head Theater’s Cinderella), stage production (Ulalena on Maui), fronting modern alternative rock band “Missing Dave”, being a member of funk ban”Toyz of Pleasure” and R&B group “Eight-O-Eight”. She was also a jazz headliner on the Star of Honolulu and performed as a background vocalist on the “Lani Misalucha Show, Return to Paradise”.

Jeremy Cheng
Jeremy Cheng performs every Monday at Rumfire bar and grill at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. He sings acoustic contemporary Hawaiian, Soul and R&B. This young, talented, and charismatic singer covers music from Kalapana and celcilio and Kapono to high energy R&B songs to funk.

Special Guest MC Al Waterson
Al Waterson is a professional Singer, Emcee, Actor and Recording Artist. Throughout Al’s extensive background in music, he has performed with bands, orchestras, duos, trios and pianists in most nightclubs, country clubs and showrooms in Hawaii, as well as numerous locations on the mainland.

Sat Nov 3, 2012

Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Fans that have followed Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer, and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (Aruba, Kenya, Morocco, Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, etc).

In recent years, Freeman has noticed that The Rippingtons’ fan base has increased exponentially, as the group’s longtime admirers transfer their passion for the music to their children. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by Freeman’s travels, and collectively, they have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide for a quarter century.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 – 8:00 pm

The Tangier, 532 West Market St, Akron, Ohio 44303

The Las Vegas Jazz Festival is coming to Las Vegas September 14 – 16 2012!

This inaugural event will be held at the beautiful JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

Peformers include the smooth jazz Allstars Peter White, Mindi Abair, Eric Darius, soulful singer Will Downing plus many more!

::Fri sept 14::
Dominic Amato

::Sat sept 15::
Peter White, Mindi Abair & David Pack
Larry Graham
& Graham Central Station
Richard Elliot & Rick Braun
Nick Colionne
Chris Standring & Shilts

::Sun sept 16::
Will Downing
Eric Darius & Larry Braggs
The Rippingtons
featuring Russ Freeman
Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole
& Marcus Anderson
DW3

JW Marriott Las Vegas, 221 N Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89145

Hello Festival Fans.

Check out the lineup for our 2012 15th Anniversary Festival. It’s one of the BEST group of internationally acclaimed musicians that we’ve had! This year you will hear a mix of fusion, contemporary and jazz classics; incredible blues–ranging from rock-infused music to southern “New Orleans” style genres; and Latin jazz…so here it is:

WAR, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, The Brubeck Brothers Jazz Quartet, Yellowjackets, The Rippingtons, Marcia Ball, Diane Schuur, and the legenendary Jose Feliciano.

8th and Columbia Sts, Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington 98660

 

 

To experience the contemporary jazz stylings of The Rippingtons is like taking a colorful and adventurous journey. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by the travels of founder, producer and creative force Russ Freeman, with titles like “Tourist in Paradise,” “Kilimanjaro,” and “Weekend in Monaco.” Collectively, their recordings have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide.

The Rippingtons were founded by guitarist/composer Freeman in 1986, at the dawn of the format that became known as smooth jazz. Jonathan Widran of JazzMonthly.com says, “Freeman’s incredible melodies and acoustic and electric playing . . . have been among the most consistently appealing mainstays in the genre’s rich history, meaning that fans can always count on the latest Rippingtons project to be a winner.” The same goes for their live performances, which display the musical mastery and creative energy of these true virtuosos in their field.

After 25 years and 18 studio albums, this Grammy-nominated powerhouse band continues to break new ground. On their last CD, Freeman and the Ripps took fans on the trip of a lifetime to the “Cote d’Azur.” Next time out, who knows? Freeman’s musical passport still has lot of open space to be stamped, and the journey continues.

Prepare to be transported by the music of The Rippingtons, who continue to refresh and redefine the genre of contemporary jazz. You’ll be glad you took the trip.

For more information about this event follow this link.

Lyric Theatre, 59 Southwest Flagler Ave, Stuart, Florida 34994

Saturday, March 10, 2012 – 4:00 pm

 

The 7th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival will be held on February 17th. 18th and 19th 2012 with the main event on Saturday Feb 18th, 2012.

The Headliners: The Rippingtons, featuring Russ Freeman, Peter White & Mindi Abair.

Added to the event this year are three additional events:

Friday Feb 17th: VIP Reception 5.30-7.30pm by invite only. Details to follow for our VIP guests.

Sunday Feb 19th: Sunday Jazz Brunch presented by Presley Beane Financial Services at the Isles Yacht Club, Punta Gorda 11am-2pm. Tickets are $35 and full details and tickets can be found in the Online Payment Center from the Home Page

Sunday Feb 19th: Jim Morris and The Big Bamboo Band present their Sunday jazz concert on our stage in Laishley Park from 3-6pm. Tickets $20 (reserved stage front with seat) or $10 general admission. No coolers, however beer, wine and food items will be available during the show. Pets welcome. Tickets can be purchased in the Online Payment center.

Wine & Jazz Festival, Laishley Park, 100 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

Sedona Jazz on the Rocks
30th Anniversary Benefit Festival
Friday October 7 & Saturday October 8

Friday
Dave Koz
The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman
Billy Mitchell

Saturday
Maxi Priest
Los Lobos
Mindi Abair with special guest Jeff Golub
Soulive
Hiroshima
Sahnas Brothers

For more information & tickets visit www.sedonajazz.com or call 602-244-8444.

Friday, October 7 at 4:30pm – October 8 at 9:00pm

Sedona Golf Resort 35 Ridge Trail Dr Sedona, Arizona

Just a few blocks from the beach sits this newly renovated convention facility where many of Rehoboth’s larger events take place. The Center features a long auditorium with 6,700 sq. ft. of space and a seating capacity of 1,000 people. There is also a stage with light and sound equipment, a kitchen, and many other amenities.

Wed. 10/12/2011

at 8:00 PM Rippingtons Opening ”JAZZ GETS THE BLUES” Starring Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Steve Cole, Jeff Golub & Matt Marshak Rehoboth Beach Convention Center

Thu. 10/13/2011

at 8:00 PM Norman Brown & Richard Elliot Opening Mindi Abair Rehoboth Beach Convention Center

Fri. 10/14/2011

at 7:30 PM Tom Netherton Epworth United Methodist Church

Fri. 10/14/2011

at 9:00 PM Fourplay Opening Steve Cole Rehoboth Beach Convention Center

Fri. 10/14/2011

at 10:30 PM Gerald Veasley and Friends – A Late Night Jam Clear Space Theatre

Sat. 10/15/2011

at 1:00 PM Smooth Jazz All-Stars Rehoboth Beach Convention Center

Sat. 10/15/2011

at 2:30 PM Gerald Veasley’s Tribute to Stevie Wonder with Special Guest Joe McBride Epworth United Methodist Church

Sat. 10/15/2011

at 4:00 PM Jeff Golub & Paul Taylor Clear Space Theatre

Sat. 10/15/2011

at 7:00 PM Matt Marshak with Marcus Anderson & The Urban Jazz Coalition Epworth United Methodist Church

Sat. 10/15/2011

at 9:30 PM An Evening With Rick Braun, Gerald Albright & Peter White Rehoboth Beach Convention Center

Sat. 10/15/2011

at 10:30 PM An Evening With Mindi Abair, Nick Colionne, Brian Simpson Clear Space Theatre

Sun. 10/16/2011

at 2:00 PM Smooth Jazz All-Star Grand Jam Rehoboth Beach Convention Center

Rehoboth Beach Convention Ctr, 229 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth, Delaware 19971

Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler is Canada’s newest jazz festival taking place Labour Day weekend September 2 to 4, 2011 in the lively pedestrian village of Whistler, British Columbia. Combining top international and Canadian jazz artists performing in a picturesque, intimate and highly interactive setting, Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler offers over thirty free and ticketed shows providing entertainment for everyone and perfectly complementing the end-of-summer vibe in Whistler.

Featuring:

Jazz greats such as Kevin Eubanks, Stanley Jordan, The New Gary Burton Quartet, Oliver Jones Trio, Spyro Gyra and The Rippingtons in the ticketed venues of Whistler Olympic Plaza and Millennium Place.

An impressive roster of well-known as well as up-and-coming Canadian jazz performers and acoustic musicians in a variety of free indoor and outdoor venues.

A Master Class Series for selected students with intimate performances and learning sessions with an internationally drawn faculty.

A Street Festival with children’s entertainment and family fun including acoustic musicians, face-painters, jugglers and acrobats.

For more information visit http://www.whistlerjazzfest.com/.

Friday, September 02, 2011 – 11:00 am – Sunday, September 04, 2011

Maurice Young Millennium Place, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada