Archive for May 4, 2010

Contemporary R&B bassist Michael Manson and his wife, Lana Manson, have recently opened the Musical Arts Institute at 9244 S. Lafayette, Chicago, Illinois.

Dedicated to providing unequaled music instruction and performance opportunities to persons of all ages, abilities and life circumstances, the Musical Arts Institute is a non-profit, community-minded organization.

The mission of the Musical Arts Institute is to teach our students the technical skills needed for them to reach their fullest potential by keeping the highest standards in music while also paying attention to each and every individual student’s goals, interests and needs. The school offers a varied and unique music programs for both children and adults. Private and group lessons include voice, piano, string, percussion, wind and brass instruments.

“It is our desire to help each student discover their highest potential that is unique to their abilities and goals. Whether you are an adult wanting to learn to play the piano for the first time or an accomplished musician on the competitive scene, we have a class that is just right for you,” said Michael Manson, executive director.

For more information on the Musical Arts Institute, please visit


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – April 28, 2010 – General Manager Paul Devitt of Hyatt Regency Newport Beach announced today the artist schedule for the annual Hyatt Regency Newport Beach 2010 Summer Jazz Series. Building on the success of the past 18 years, this summer’s stellar line-up of 15 revered jazz acts embodies exceptionally talented vocalists, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists.

“With an ensemble of top musicians in the genre for the 2010 series, this year’s outstanding group of performers showcase a range of jazz sonance from traditional to contemporary and smooth jazz, to R&B and big band,” said Event Producer and Promoter Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald of Wendy Jayne Productions, Inc. “Our vision this year – as the new event management company – is to enhance the popular series with expanded talent, increase outreach to the public, heighten community involvement and sponsorships, and give an overall polished identity to grow the series for years to come.”

“Our new partnership with Wendy Jayne Productions enables us to take our summer jazz series to the next level by utilizing the expertise they bring to the table for concert, event and talent management,” said General Manager Paul Devitt of Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. “As we near 20 years of this popular series, we are excited to offer an even more rewarding and robust series moving forward.”

From June 25 through October 1, every Friday night (and a special show on July 4),* a diverse collection of jazz musicians will entertain audiences at the intimate outdoor amphitheater, surrounded by a serene and lush landscape, at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Following are the show dates and performers: