Archive for October, 2010


The 6th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival will be on February 19th, 2011. Tickets are now available for purchase, and will be issued in early December, 2010. To reserve yours today, call us at 941 639 3720 or go to this website to purchase online. Featured artists are Mindi Abair and David Benoit.

This year there will be a three-tier price structure. Regular tickets, which include all entertainment, beverages (wine, beer, sodas and water), samplings of food for a vast array of local restaurants and a welcome bag containing souvenir glasses will be $80 + tax ($70 + tax if purchased before 1/31/11). A limited number of folding chairs will be available.

Added this year is a premium ticket – $95 + tax (limited to 100 seats). Same as regular tickets, except you have a pre-reserved, stage-front seat for the show!!!

VIP tickets including specialty wines and food specially catered for your elite group, as well as stage-front seats and shaded rest area (plus much more) are available for $130 + tax.

Wine & Jazz Festival, Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, Florida

Saturday, February 19, 2011 – 1:00 pm

One of the major jazz-fusion bands born in the ‘70s, the Yellowjackets have continued to evolve and create great new music across three decades. The group features original members Russell Ferrante (keyboards) and Jimmy Haslip (bass), along with world-class saxophonist Bob Mintzer and the return of drummer Will Kennedy. With imaginative compositions, powerhouse chops and deep funk grooves, they are among the premier working bands in jazz history.

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber emerged during the same period with six albums that he now calls “second generation fusion.” Always a phenomenal player and composer, Lorber’s trademark sound became widely emulated and he is also a respected record producer. For this SFJAZZ date, Lorber returns to his soulful, funk-laden brand of electric jazz. Joining Jeff in this contemporary all-star band are legendary trumpeter Randy Brecker (of Brecker Brothers fame) and saxophonist Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea Elektric band). Along with the Yellowjackets, this show is truly a slammin’ double-bill!

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, California

Sunday, November 07, 2010 – 7:00 pm

For more info go to the Festival website.

The Original Is Better

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Advices

The orginal is always better. Not everyone is a Spitzweg.
Don’t copy these posts!


The 3rd Annual Orlando Food and Wine Fest returns to Downtown Orlando November 13th and 14th, 2010! The Orlando Food and Wine Fest is a fun-filled, tastebud enticing food and wine lovers dream, spread over two spectacular days in the heart of Downtown Orlando. 103.1 WLOQ and The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association join forces once again to produce a festival that will celebrate great food, great wine, and great entertainment. Attendees will enjoy:

* Over 36 of Orlando’s top restaurants.
* 12 Wine stations featuring wines from all over the world.
* The very popular Sports bar where you can watch your favorite collegiate and pro sports games.
* The Main Stage featuring two days of live entertainment and national recording artists.
* Vendors, multiple wine stations, beverage stations and more.
* The Chef’s Stage where you can learn how to cook like the Pros.

Featured artists will be Fourplay, WAR and Marc Antoine.

Saturday, November 13th from 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, November 14th from 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Join Smooth Jazz Lovers for “Notes in Shades of Pink,” a benefit for breast cancer awareness, featuring sultry saxophonist, JESSY J, with soulful-jazz flutist Althea Rene.

True Love. With these two perfectly chosen words, Jessy J has, in unveiling the title of her second Peak Records release, captured the blazing emotions of her legions of fans across the U.S. and Latin America who made her the breakout genre star of 2008.

With her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms, instantly captivating melodies, and model looks, this Mexican American saxophonist/singer proved quite the sensation with her debut CD Tequila Moon, earning her such accolades as Radio and Records “Debut Artist of The Year” and contemporary jazz song of the year by R&R and Billboard for the title track, which stayed perched at #1 for an incredible eight weeks. Adding to the multi-talented artist’s rising star was her cover story in Jazziz Magazine, features in People Espanol, and JazzTimes, to name a few, plus numerous television appearances and radio interviews.

Althea Rene‘s latest CD release No Restrictions has a unique urban contemporary flavor with a jazzy/R&B twist. She surrounds herself with some of today’s most influential music producers to create an unsurpassed collection of jams. Grammy winning producer Michael Broenig (Paul McCartney & Marion Meadows) leads the charge with the piping hot title track “No Restrictions”.

Grammy nominated producer Rex Rideout (Luther Vandross & Lalah Hathaway) delivers scorching remakes of the urban classics “Wishing on a Star” and “I Love Your Smile”. Chance Howard (Prince & The Time) takes it to another level with his sizzling Minneapolis groove “Do Ya Like Dat?” Producer Kendall Duffie (Mary Mary & Marvin Winans) puts his silky smooth touch on “Ladies Nite Out” which features guest appearances from recording artists, saxophonist Candy Dulfer and bassist Rhonda Smith. This collaboration of extraordinary talent can be called a “Red Hot” tour de force of musicianship and groovability.

The Soiled Dove Underground is in a state-of-the-art building in the heart of the Lowry Landmark Urban Community. Long-heralded as one of Denver’s premier locations to see a concert, the Soiled Dove has a reputation for bringing quality acts to Denver. The room is configured with three levels of tiered seating arranged in a semicircle facing the stage and generous dance floor. With each seat no more than 45 feet from the stage, the Dove is Denver’s intimate concert experience. Appetizers & cocktails are available to enjoy during shows. In addition to live music performances, the venue is also known as a unique space for large private events.

Sat, November 6
Smooth Jazz Lovers, LLC Presents
Jessy J and Althea Rene
Notes in Shades of Pink

Genre: Smooth Jazz
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

7401 E. 1st Ave Denver, CO 80230

The stars are out this October as Smooth Jazz greats David Benoit, Nick Colionne and Richard Elliot take center stage, live in the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa.

Tickets for this must-see event are on sale now. Visit to be a part of this memorable evening. Blue Chip Casino and Hotel, in Michigan City, IN: The Blue Chip Casino and Hotel are operated by Boyd Gaming corporation. A Fortune 1000 company Boyd Gaming is one of the premier casino entertainment companies in the United States, with 16 casino entertainment properties. with operations in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Louisiana, Indiana and Illinois. The Indiana Casino is the largest floating casino in the United States. The new Hotel, completed in January 2009, features 300 Borgata-like guestrooms, a 19,000-square-foot conference and event center, a spacious spa and fitness facility and a branded entertainment restaurant.

Saturday, October 30, 2010 – 8:00 pm
Blue Chip Casino & Hotel, Stardust Event Center, 2 Easy St, Michigan City, Indiana 46360

Michael Manson

Thumpin Live – Concert/DVD Recording

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mayne Stage

1328 Morse Ave.
Chicago, IL

Doors open: 7:30p.m.

Showtime: 8:30p.m.

Tickets: $20


Complimentary copy of the DVD once completed will be made available to all audience members at a later date.


It all happens here, October 29th at the DuSable Museum, Chicago. The American Smooth Jazz Awards presented by Scott & Company Music Group, Inc.. This venue is sold out!

Sade On Tour

Posted: October 24, 2010 in Concerts, Smooth Jazz
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Following the platinum selling success of Soldier of Love, Sade announces their highly anticipated return to the world’s stage for the first time in ten years. Tickets go on sale in select markets beginning October 16th with additional dates to be announced soon.

6/16 – Baltimore, MD Presale Code is BALTIMORE
6/19 – Philadelphia, PA Presale Code is PHILLY
6/21 – Uniondale, NY Presale Code is NEWYORK
6/24 – E Rutherford, NJ Presale Code is NEWYORK
6/28 – Toronto, ON Presale Code is TORONTO
6/30 – Montreal, QC Presale Code is MONTREAL
7/6 – Boston, MA Presale Code is BOSTON
8/5 – Chicago, IL Presale Code is CHICAGO
8/19 – Los Angeles, CA Presale code is SOCAL
8/30 – Anaheim, CA Presale code is SOCAL

Purchase Tickets Here:

Additional dates will be announced in the following markets soon*: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Calgary, AB; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; Milwaukee, WI; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; St Louis, MO; St Paul, MN; Vancouver, BC.


Direct your browser to this Saturday October 23,2010 starting at Midnight-Until for the listening party for Rod Tate’s new CD release, Peace.

Peace features 12 new original songs that range from Smooth to Contemporary Jazz.

There will be four complete songs from the CD posted and the titles are:
1. Mi Familia 2. Saturday Afternoon 3. Thoughts Of You 4. Peace

We will be serving up some good ole virtual ribs, chicken, 7-layer salad, spaghetti, brisket, string beans, corn on the cob, (for those of you like myself that does the vegetarian thing a plethora of vegetarian dishes, including some Red Beans & Rice, of course….

On the real, grab a fruit smoothie or something and join me live at Midnight. I’ll have one tab open at and one tab open here on facebook to chat with you live for a bit.

The CD release date is : November 27, 2010

Peace will be available online at : made securely via PAYPAL), I-TUNES, and other online retailers.

*Please pass this info on to others you feel may be interested.