Archive for August, 2010

Join us for Thursday Night Vibe at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on August 26th for a performance by saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa where we’ll be celebrating Jeff’s birthday with many special invited guests. Hosted by Deborah Howell.

One of the most diverse, in demand sax players in all of contemporary jazz, Jeff Kashiwa finds pure joy at the heart of his increasingly fast-paced touring schedule by reminding himself, every time he gets on stage, that he’s there to do one thing: Play!

Enjoy live music, happy hour drink specials, delicious outdoor dining and spectacular downtown views and many more surprises.

Doors open: 6pm

Showtime: 7:30pm

Cover Charge: $20

Enjoy happy hour drink specials from 6-7:30pm!

The first 25 people to arrive will receive a pair of tickets to the Redwhite & Bluezz Pasadena Jazz Fest, August 28th & 29th at the L.A. County Arboretum featuring Stanley Clarke, Rachelle Ferrell, Doc Powell and many others,

Plus there will be many surprise guests and lots of giveaways!

And now join us for the Thursday Night Vibe After Party and continue the party after the show with Jadar Entertainment and DJ Sydney Thompson!

The Vibe continues inside The Garden where you can dance ’til 1am!

Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, 120 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles 90012

(213) 629-1200

Founded in 15 B.C. by the Romans at the confluence of the rivers Lech and Wertach, Augsburg, along with Trier and Kempten, is one of Germany’s three oldest cities. Particularly during the Renaissance, Rococo and Industrial eras, Augsburg played a leading role Europe-wide; today it is the third-largest city in the state of Bavaria. Famous sons of the city include the business magnate Jakob Fugger, the composer Leopold Mozart and the writer Bertolt Brecht.

Click here, to get more information about the City of Augsburg. Here you will also find the link to the tourist information of Augsburg.

Order your festival ticket here: Smooth Jazz Shop.

Don’t miss the return of Soul Trumpeter Lin Rountree to the famed Blues Alley in Washington DC, backed by one of the hottest bands on the east coast “PHAZE II” with special guest, International Soul Recording Artist Gloria Ry’ann fresh off tour with R&B Sensation Leela James. Two shows 8:00 and 10:00 pm.

Blues Alley is a special place. It has a very true, intimate “jazz club” ambiance, the best to experienced including the top clubs in New York. If you see the right artist and go with someone you enjoy, you will count it as one of the best musical experiences of your life. Do some research before, try to find an artist who you know will be good, and go. You won’t regret it.

Time September 5 · 8:00pm – 11:30pm

Location Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Washington, DC

Jeff Golub & Mindi Abair return to Pizza Express in London for 5 shows over 4 nights, having both enjoyed successful runs at the club in the last year or so, this time they share the stage. They’ll be joined by Andy Whitmore on keyboards, plus Incognito’s Tony Mason on drums and Otto Williams on bass.

Seats are on sale now. Please call 020 7439 4962 to reserve a table or visit to book online.  September 3 at 7:30pm – September 6 at 11:00pm.

Pizza Express Jazz Club may well be smaller than some of the capitol’s other live rooms but its classy interior and close audience to stage proximity ensures that each gig brings the best out of both. As a restaurant chain founded in the 1940 by Peter Boizot MBE, whose trip to Florence inspired him to create a pizza chain that prided itself on serving fresh, handmade pizzas, Pizza Express has long supported jazz in some of its larger restaurants around the UK.

Yet the flagship Dean Street London restaurant remains the jewel in the company’s crown and since its re-launch in 1996 (conducted by Van Morrison), has proved itself as a consistently capable of booking some of the biggest names in jazz, with a sensibility for promoting rising stars and legends alike. Often a place where some of today’s household names made their UK debuts or exclusive performances, the likes of Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Danilo Perez, Avishai Cohen, Mose Alllison, Peter White, Richard Bona, Rokia Traoré and a certain Jamie Cullum made an early showcase, while Norah Jones made her European debut, with Amy Winehouse and Peter Cincotti making early important performances there – Sting even took to the stage for an impromptu version of ‘Round Midnight once – such is the venue’s credibility and popularity.

Urban Jazz Coalition is back for an encore concert at Easton Town Center and better than ever! The band that has thrilled smooth jazz audiences from coast to coast returns with their energizing signature sound and some exciting new musical dimensions.

Easton Town center was co-developed by The Georgetown Company, Steiner + Associates and Limited Brands. Opened in June 1999, Easton is a 1.7 million square-foot ‘New Urban Retail’ center that features pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, open-air gathering spaces, fountains and parks for children, in addition to over 160 best-of-class retail, entertainment and dining tenants. Easton was honored with an Innovative Design Award by the International Council of Shopping Centers in 2000. The development draws more than 20 million visits annually.

Easton Town Center sits within the 1,300-acre Easton development, a 12 million square-foot mixed-use development undertaken by The Georgetown Company and Limited Brands, Inc. since 1994. With over 7 million square feet of retail, office hotel and residential properties already complete, Easton has in this time become a dominant destination for commercial activity in Columbus and throughout the entire central Ohio region. With over 25,000 employees already in place, Easton will eventually have over 40,000 employees at full build-out.

August 25, 2010
6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Over the course of six CDs, guitarist Chris Standring has distinguished himself in the contemporary jazz realm with adventurous and lyrical compositions leavened with pure-pop perfection, dazzling guitar solos and thick beats. His jazz leanings and riffs have always been in the foreground, but he expanded his sound with rock, blues, R&B and electronic elements.

San Diego’s newest, premiere dining and live music establishment – Anthology, offers some of the most legendary acts on stage and in the kitchen. Located near the hip neighborhood of “Little Italy” on the southern end of India Street, Anthology marked its grand opening on June 6, 2007. Anthology comes to life in the spirit of the classic ’30s and ’40s supper clubs with a decidedly modern spin, to deliver a culturally harmonious gathering of food, music, wine and ambiance in an intimate 300 seat venue.

Anthology has become one of San Diego’s premier upscale dining rooms. On stage, Anthology plays host to renowned local and international musicians in Jazz, Classic Rock, Blues, Latin and World music. From unplugged to plugged, solo to large bands, guests can be sure they will be impressed by the exciting array of local musicians and singers. Artists who have performed include: Ramsey Lewis Arturo Sandoval, Kenny Rankin, Larry Coryell, Mose Allison, Sonny Landreth, Chick Corea and Lee Ritenour. Director of Music Operations Michael Pritchard, with more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, most recently as talent buyer for Humphrey’s Backstage Club, has secured an impressive array of musical talent (see the artists list).

Tickets available now. Call 619-595-0300 or go to

Time September 9 · 7:30pm – 11:30pm

Location Anthology
1337 India Street
San Diego

Cool Urban Jazz will soon quench the hot summer nights at The Shops at La Cantera in San Antonio, Texas. A Summer Jazz Series, free concerts at The Falls, on the east end of Main Street by The Yard House, will showcase some of the best talent in the contemporary jazz genre, including Nils. Bring your lawn chair and settle back to enjoy music from some of the finest jazz artists, including Nils. No outside coolers allowed, but several great spots in the area have decent beer selection!

Saturday, August 21: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Richard Elliot – nationally, renowned saxophonist known as the “James Brown of Contemporary Jazz” for his intense soulful inspirations of his recordings, latest CD Rock Steady.

Saturday, August 28: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Nils – recently nominated as best guitarist for the October 2010 American Smooth Jazz Awards; his recording “Pacific Coast Highway” is the most played contemporary jazz song of the decade with nearly 30,000 spins, current CD is Up Close and Personal.

Saturday, September 4: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Jeff Kashiwa – hailed as one of the most diverse saxophonist in contemporary jazz, Kashiwa rose to fame during his amazing, decade long tenure with The Rippingtons, recent CD Play.