Archive for May 18, 2010

Grammy-nominated smooth jazz saxophonist Boney James was hit by a drunk driver last Saturday after driving home from his performance at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival, his publicist reported.

James was stopped in traffic on the 405 freeway when a drunk driver rear-ended him at 70 miles per hour, “causing a gash in his chin that resulted in 14 stitches, a fractured jaw and two broken teeth.”

At the time, James was on speaker phone his wife Lily Mariye, who played Nurse Jarvik on NBC’s ER.

James was pulled from his car by passersby and soonafter was taken away by Long Beach Fire & Rescue. In a press release, Boney said, “I’m euphoric … I’m lucky I wasn’t killed. I just had a near death experience and am relatively unscathed.” There is more good news: his car was totaled, but his saxophones, which were in his trunk, are apparently fine.

James was discharged from the hospital at 1 a.m. Sunday, and had his teeth repaired by his dentist. A May 21 show in Columbia, South Carolina has been cancelled, but the status of other shows are pending further medical evaluation of James’ condition.

By Lilledeshan Bose, Monday, May. 17 2010 ocweekly.com

The 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will recognize the best performers and performances in the jazz genre on March 10-13, but they’ll make headquarters at rock n’ roll icon, the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California.

“We were very, very pleased to receive bids from eleven downtown San Diego hotels and choosing one was not an easy decision,” said event co-producer Chris White. “In the end, though, the staff at Hard Rock Hotel best matched our commitment to create a first class experience for both artists and attendees over the entire Oasis Awards Weekend”.

”We are thrilled to be selected as the host hotel for the 2011 Oasis Awards,” said Matt Greene, general manager at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. “While our brand may be built around rock n’roll, it’s a genre that has been greatly influenced by jazz music and this event will be as much fun for us as it will be for attendees. It’s safe to say the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will rock in 2011, but we don’t think anyone will mind this time around.”

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The 2011 Oasis Music Awards will be known as the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards. The annual Awards were announced two months ago and have been very well received by industry insiders and fans alike, according to Co-Producer Chris White.

Founded as the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards in 2000, the plan was to rebrand the Awards as the Oasis Music Awards. The immediate and broad acceptance, though, coupled with the greater exposure that various sub-genres of Jazz are now receiving, prompted the organizers to make the change to Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards. Jazz Fusion, Groove Jazz and Urban Jazz will also be recognized and have a greater presence under the new name and format.

Event Co-Producer White stated, “Smooth Jazz was a dominant radio format for many years but the music has now moved from radio stations to the internet and personal digital devices. With that, the genre has again grown to more prominently include the various textures in and around Jazz. We want the Awards to reflect this broader expanse of today’s most popular Jazz artists, recordings and performances as well as the heritage of Jazz”.

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The 43rd Annual Hampton Jazz Festival has announced the lineup of artists to perform at this year’s event.

The Festival will take place over a three-day period at Hampton Coliseum on June 25, 26, 27 and will feature some of the greatest names in R&B, Soul and Smooth Jazz.

Confirmed artists are as follows:

Friday’s lineup features one of HJF’s most beloved artists – Gladys Knight. Appearing with Gladys will be Bubba Knight, Gladys’ brother and one time member of “The Pips.” Making a rare appearance as a solo artist will be Keith Sweat. Also appearing will be festival favorites Dave Koz and Jonathan Butler together again with special guest Sheila E. Their brand of smooth jazz has always delighted HJF fans. Festival “newcomer” Melanie Fiona will also be appearing, whose hit single “It Kills Me” was billboard’s number one R&B song for 5 consecutive weeks.

Saturday’s show features one of R&B’s greatest live performers – Charlie Wilson. His hit single “There Goes My Baby” was Billboard’s number-one hit for 20 weeks. Also appearing is Teena Marie who started her career with R&B legend Rick James. The ladies are sure to love festival first timer Joe, whose R&B ballads will set many hearts aflutter. Rounding out the Saturday show is the jazz group Down to the Bone.

Sunday’s show heralds the return of all time Festival favorite – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. If you can’t get a groove on with Frankie then you don’t have a groove. Back together and making their HJF debut is En Vogue, one of the biggest female performing groups of all time. Smooth Jazz takes over as Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum pay tribute to Stax Record Company. Rounding out the Sunday show is Hampton’s own – The Fuzz Band.