Archive for August, 2010

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 http://pizzaexpresslive.co.uk 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 www.anthologysd.com

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.

Based in Scottsdale, AZ, Beamz Interactive, Inc. is an interactive music products company that develops innovative musical instruments and music software to enable people of all ages and skill levels to play music. Its premier product, the Beamz, is an affordable new musical instrument that allows people to make music by simply passing their hands through any of the six laser beams that each triggers different streams of musical notes and sounds.

Beamz players can access over a hundred songs, both originals and top hits, for inspiration to create their own music. Beginners and children can play with ease, while more experienced musicians will be amazed at its limitless possibilities to arrange, compose, produce and record music. Powered by a computer through a USB port, the Beamz is easy to install and begin using – reading music is not required.

On Aug. 31, Euge Groove will debut a new, interactive CD titled Groove On This! The CD works inside the Beamz interactive software. The cool thing,” says Groove, “is you can interact with my songs from either the laser beam controller, a midi keyboard, or directly for the keys on your computer. It’s for anyone to mess with even if they know nothing about playing a musical instrument. I re-recorded new versions of 10 of my most popular songs and spent the last eight months getting it all to work inside the Beamz software.”

Groove is justifiably proud of his upcoming CD. “It’s a pretty bitchin’ project,” he says. “It truly is a blast to play with. I’ll have video tutorials for each song up on my eugegroove.com/beamz site when it launches at month’s end. In the meantime, the disc also comes with some brief video content from me explaining how to use it as well as mp3 versions of the 10 songs for people to reference to.”

The Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is a non-profit organization which manages the city-owned Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is dedicated to presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film and live performances that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and the Triangle Region.

Kim Waters’ winning combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion, coupled with his technique and soulfulness have made him one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a mainstay on Quiet Storm and contemporary jazz radio. The prolific saxman, who recently celebrated his 20th anniversary in the business, maintains a hectic schedule juggling such diverse projects as The Sax Pack (with fellow saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole) and his Streetwize and Tha’ Hot Club CDs that are known for their clever reworkings of the hottest hip hop, R&B and reggae hits on the radio. On January 26, 2010 Kim Waters returned with his finest CD yet, Love Stories, a sublime collection of love inspired anthems that explore the deep range of emotions love can evoke. Love Stories is sure to further endear old Kim Waters fans and bring new ones to the forefront. It is confirmation that Kim Waters has rightfully been crowned the king of smooth urban jazz and that he is here to stay!

Maysa is a true original. Blessed with a remarkably beautiful and instantly recognizable voice, the vocalist possesses the ability to know just where to take a song and what to do to unearth the heart of it and drive it home. Maysa is a singer who is at home in any musical context whether it be jazz, soul, funk or R&B. She is also a first rate composer. It is no wonder why Jazziz Magazine calls her “One of the most identifiable and consistently enjoyable singers on the scene today!” and why The Baltimore Sun calls Maysa “one of the best singers in underground soul.” The songbird, who was a member of Stevie Wonder’s Wonderlove and who was the lead vocalist for the celebrated British jazz/funk group Incognito, has just nabbed a Soul Train Award for “Soul Approved Underground Singer.”

Kim Waters and Maysa will perform at the Carolina Theatre  Sunday, Agust 22 7:00 PM. Location:  309 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701.

New York’s premiere summer jazz series is back once again! Join us in celebrating the Smooth Cruises’ 13th year aboard The Spirit of New York, located at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers (23rd St & West Side Hwy). Experience this one-of-a-kind LIVE JAZZ concert series as you cruise down the Hudson River taking in fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty and the breathtaking Manhattan skyline. This summer will feature ten of the world’s greatest jazz acts in an intimate setting, every Wednesday evening starting June 30th ending September 1st. The Smooth Cruises sell out quickly, so get your tickets today!

The Rippingtons, founded in 1986 by Grammy-nominated guitarist Russ Freeman, celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2006. The band has enjoyed tremendous success from the beginning, with their groundbreaking debut album Moonlighting, which Jazziz Magazine voted to be the #1 Most Influential Contemporary Jazz Album of all time. The Rippingtons have had several number one Billboard-charting albums, and also won several Oasis Awards, including Group of the Year in both 2001 and 2002, as well as Achievement in Video in 1999.

Early personnel included David Benoit, Kenny G, Brandon Fields, and Gregg Karukas. Special guest stars have included Arturo Sandoval, Abita, Willy Chirino, Dave Grunsin, Joe Sample, Dave Koz, Bob James, Ozomatli, Kirk Whalum, Chante Moore and the list goes on. Currently the Rippington’s lineup consists of Russ Freeman, Jeff Kashiwa, Bill Heller, Dave Karasony, and newcomer Rico Belled. This well respected group has gained a worldwide fan base. Following their #1 20th Anniversary album, the group released Modern Art in March 2009 to much critical acclaim. Don’t miss out on one of the greatest groups in contemporary Jazz!

The Spirit of New York, Pier 61 @ Chelsea Piers

August 18th, 6:30PM

August 18th, 9:30PM

Charmcityjazz.com is a division of R- Entertainment / Marketing, LLC; a full service event production and marketing company. Charm City Jazz’ mission is to create a web based platform that serves the needs of music lovers, concert fans, and musicians. Their goal is bring Jazz Venues, Jazz Artists, Jazz Producers, Jazz Publications, Jazz Festivals, Jazz Cruises, Jazz Concerts and Jazz Fans all under one source.

Sax Appeal II is a All Star Sax Jazz show featuring Phillip Martin, Marcus Mitchell, Eric Marner, & Eddie Baccus Jr. The event will take place at the Best Western Ballroom, 1800 Belmont Ave.,  Baltimore, MD September 24 · 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM.  Tickets $25 (includes light fare). Buy on line now at www.charmcityjazz.com or call The Best Western 410-265-1400.

On 28th of august the label California sunset records featuring wavemusic presents SUNLIGHTSQUARE live on stage. Join us at the Stage Club in Hamburg when the London top act gives a concert t of the special kind.

“It’s the wavemusic Allstar’s passionate mixture of Jazz, Pop and Soul that set the crowd on fire within seconds.” (Hamburger Abendblatt)

The 12-man formation around Claudio Passavanti is one of the most popular bands in London’s music scene. We have been there ourselves to see them perform in the legendary Jazz Café at Camden Highstreet and were thrilled: Deep black Soul Vocals, a rhythm section that leaves you breathless and Claudio brilliantly at the Keyboards.

Another Highlight of the evening will be the release of the California Sunset Records “20up Club CD”, produced and published in cooperation with the Empire Riverside Hotel. The wavemusic.sound.collective in person together with Djane Jo Sinlclair from London will be spinning records to introduce the new disc of the highest bar and lounge in town.

“The audience was celebrating the band with standing ovations.” (FAZ)

Get your tickets for one of the hottest nights in Hamburg now! Tickets are limited.

Ticket Contact: California Sunset Records GmbH- Mrs. Annika Moeser

Phone: +49 (0) 40. 696649-0 – Mail: events@californiasunset.de

SATURDAY, 28th of AUGUST in 2010
ENTRY: 7 pm

VENUE: STAGE CLUB, HAMBURG

TICKETS: 29 € incl. COCKTAIL

DRESS CODE: UPSCALE

Chico’s House of Jazz is Rouse Jr’s way of paying homage and carrying on the legacy of his father, the great Charles Rouse. Who is best known for his years of work as a tenor sax player alongside the widely admired Thelonious Monk, has, and continues to influence millions of people around the world.

This club will not only honor Chico’s father, but Chico is also looking to bring back the rich and unique world of Jazz that has seemingly taken a back seat to other music genres for the past few decades. Located on Lake Avenue in Asbury Park and just a stone’s throw from Cookman Avenue and nearby Ocean Grove, Chico’s is ready to bring classic jazz to the heart of Asbury Park’s bustling arts scene.

Saxophonist/Singer/Songwriter Mindi Abair has not only set sonic trends, but has broken all the boundaries as she continues to define the less traditional future of jazz. Her own brand of soul and pop meets jazz adds a refreshingly unique voice to an exciting new generation of crossover artists who are, like her, powerful instrumentalists as well as thought-provoking singer/songwriters. This performer’s unique hybrid sound a mix of cool vulnerability and utter conviction have brought her to the top of her game.

Friday, 27th August 2010
8pm and 10pm
Tickets: $25

Chico’s House of Jazz
631 Lake Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
732-774-JAZZ (5299)