Archive for June, 2010

Trumpet | Friday at 8:00 pm

The composer, arranger and producer with own record label looks back at common performances with e. g. Sade, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty. He is a two-time winner of the Gavin Report’s »Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year« award and belongs with 15 solo albums (latest CD »Yours truly«) to the most successful US Smooth jazz musicians.

Meet Rick Braun live at the Smooth Jazz Festival – here you get your ticket: Smooth Jazz Shop.

The Town of Branford, Branford Festival, the Branford Recreation Department, and Blue Plate Radio – Greater New Haven’s Premier Jazz Station, is pleased to announce the second annual Thursday Night Jazz Series on the Branford Town Green beginning July 1st thru August 26th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Branford Jazz Series is inviting everyone to kick-off the weekend early and to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Branford Town Green and to listen to some of the best jazz musicians anywhere. Local merchants will join in the event by staying open late and the town’s many award-winning restaurants will be looking forward to serving you! Ice cream, coffee, soda, and ice cold water are just steps away!

Bridgeport native Walter Duda was inspired by rock n roll vocalists Dion and Bobby Darin. He then became a fan of the vocal harmony arrangements of Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), The Beatles and The Hollies. While in Detroit, he was introduced to the rhythm and grooves of The Motown Sound. Next, progressive rock groups King Crimson and Yes caught his imagination. Eventually hearing jazz fusion keyboardists Brian Auger and George Duke inspired him to switch from playing guitar to piano.

As a songwriter, he has been influenced by many artists, including Michael Franks, Mose Allison and Bobby Caldwell. You’ll hear those influences first hand as Walter Duda opens the 2010 Branford Jazz on the Green Series at July 1!

The Chris Geith Group will be playing music from the new album “Island Of A Thousand Dreams” and also from “Timeless World” and “Prime Time”.

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Branford, CT

For 13 years, the Smooth Jazz Cruises have been a hit. This summer enjoy New York’s favorite summer jazz series aboard the Spirit of New York!

The Smooth Jazz Cruise has evolved into one of New York’s most popular attractions.

Every Wednesday this Summer, starting June 30th, and continuing through the September 1st, Spirit presents Smooth Jazz Sunset and Smooth Jazz Moonlight Cruises around the Hudson on board the luxurious Spirit of New York cruise ship. Imagine a beautiful summer evening sailing along the Hudson with the majestic view of the Manhattan skyline and listening to one of your favorite artists perform live in concert in the intimate setting of the Spirit of New York.

Najee, NYC native. One of the first innovators of the sound that became Urban Contemporary/Smooth Jazz. He has recorded/performed with Prince, Patti Labelle, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, Phyllis Hyman, George Duke. ‘Nuff said.

Come on board to watch Najee’s shows at 14th July.Smooth Jazz Sunset Cruise 6:30 – 8:30pm and Smooth Jazz Moonlight Cruise 9:30 – 11:30pm! For more information visit the website.

Last night Esperanza Spalding performed as a featured artist at the 10th annual BET Music Awards hosted by Queen Latifah at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Esperanza paid tribute to Prince who received a lifetime achievement award. She accompanied herself on standup bass for “If I Was Your Girlfriend” and also sang with Janelle Monae, Patti LaBelle and Alicia keys.

The BET AWARDS’10 recognized the achievements of artists, entertainers and athletes in 19 different categories. Look for Esperanza’s new release, Chamber Music Society, August 17, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group.

Next Level Jazz is for the artist desiring a new sound, a new look, and a new level of success.

The song, the players, the feel, the mood, the groove, and the pocket. When all of those come together, then you have something special. But what if you don’t live near a music center, and for years have been struggling to get a good clean jazz sound. Your jazz sound, but played and mixed by people who know what they are doing.

Musicians and engineers of Next Level Jazz have been winning Grammys in every music format for years working with names such as Vanessa Williams, Michael McDonald, Chaka Kahn, Take Six, Yolanda Adams, Brian McKnight, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, Gladys Knight, Jonathan Butler, Jim Brickman, and many more.

Darkhorse recording is a retreat for the creative soul. The artists love the fact that it’s remote and minutes away from Nashville. Darkhorse has been the studio home for names such as Larry Carlton, Victor Wooten, Michael McDonald, Kirk Whalum, Bela Fleck, and of course many more in all genres including country, pop, and rock. It’s long on vibe, and short on distraction with plenty of windows so your jazz can breathe and not be stifled by four concrete walls.

It’s kind of a lost art anymore. But they specialize in meeting with and helping artists develop a career, making the right steps from the ground up. Their goal is to completely change the way people think of your music, from the casual listener, to the hardened gatekeeper. Next Level Jazz specializes in a radical turnaround in every phase of your artistry, leading to a new level of success, and more opportunities.

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Doors open at 6:00pm. Cash bar and delicious food tastes from 20 participating restaurants.

The Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Band will open for Richard Elliot starting at 7:30pm on the mainstage. Proceeds to benefit the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute Jazz program and Clearwater Jazz Holiday Educational programs.

Tickets: Limited VIP with Meet & Greet for $93 with 5pm admission and General Admission for $48

For one admission price, patrons will be able to enjoy tastings from Pinellas County eateries including; The Melting Pot, Luna-Hilton Carillon, Costco Wholesale, Tucson’s Southwest Grill, Ward’s Seafood, Delectable Gourmet Gifts, Cafe Ponte, SouthBeach Grill, The Lobster Pot, Jack Willies Tiki Bar & Grill, Tarpon Turtle, Thirsty Marlin,8 Flamestone American Grill, Brady’s Backyard BBQ, Ed’s Fine Wines, Clear Sky Beachside Cafe, Toffee to Go, Melitta Coffee, Greek Town Grille, Caretta on the Gulf-Sandpearl Resort and more. These eateries will offer a wide variety of delicious food from fresh seafood to decadent desserts and everything in between as they listen to the sounds of Richard Elliot.

For tickets call 727-791-7400 or more information 727-461-5200

Join The Smooth Jazz Cruise and JazzBeat Promotions presents Atlanta’s #1 smooth Jazz location, Sambuca Jazz Cafe, for the launch of Eric Darius’ newest CD On a Mission , and for the official Atlanta launch of The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012!

The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2011(both sailings) is sold out at this time (Wait List Only) and The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012 (again two sailings) started its sales on April 30, 2012 and is already 40% sold!! Eric Darius, one of the stars of the cruise, will be performing at Sambuca in part to launch the cruise for the city of Atlanta. Joining Eric on the cruise will be hosts David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright, along with such stars as Boney James, Alonzo Bodden, Rick Braun, Candy Dulfer, Jeff Golub, Rashaan Patterson, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample and Peter White, and, of course, our very special guest Smokey Robinson!!

But this night has another purpose as well, for this will be the national launch of Eric’s latest CD, On a Mission. You know that there will be a lot of energy and excitement behind that event. We all look forward to the amazing talent of Eric Darius and hearing his latest, and greatest, tunes and grooves.

Win tickets to the 2010 Smooth Jazz Cruise during the concert for Eric Darius. Buying tickets online will automatically enter you in the contest. You must be present to win!

Date: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Sambuca Jazz Cafe
Street: 3102 Piedmont Road N.E.
City/Town: Atlanta, GA