Archive for November, 2010

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are pleased to announce that bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding, in response to the Diversity and Innovation Fund Request for Proposals, has been asked to host Find The Beat, a progressive new television show on PBS.

Find The Beat, a new program that promotes diversity, features Spalding joining with a group, a band or solo musician to explore the roots of their music. Their journeys take them to see authentic performers, explore cultural connections and investigate musical history.

PBS and the CPB issued a request for proposals for a new television show to be sponsored by their Diversity and Innovation Fund. The DI Fund, “seeks to diversify the National Program Service by attracting younger and more racially and ethnically diverse viewers and visitors.” More than 200 submissions were received in response to the request for proposals, from which only 16 were chosen by their editorial staff to advance to panel review.

Esperanza Spalding combines the imaginative flights of a serious improviser with the musical accessibility of a pop star and within two years of her solo debut has beguiled success at nearly unimaginable heights. Esperanza, her 2008 release, spent over 70 weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and was the most successful internationally selling debut that year.

Spalding’s most recent release, Chamber Music Society, is a brilliant marriage of string and jazz trio, and a showcase for her eclectic sensibilities along with her vocal and compositional talents. Other career highlights include two televised performances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign, features in Oprah Magazine and The New Yorker, numerous awards and high profile tour dates, capped by an invitation to perform at the 2010 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

To learn more about Esperanza Spalding, visit her online at:

PBS is inviting public comment and wants to hear from you now. Support diverse and innovative programming on public television by telling PBS to fund Find The Beat with Esperanza Spalding:

Tom Braxton started his musical career with the jazz fusion band No Compromise. After his college years Braxton launched his solo course. His debut album Your Move (1992) was the first opportunity to record a duet with long-time friend Kirk Whalum on the song Peacemaker. His sophomore album Katalasso (1998) was his second smooth jazz album, followed by Face to Face (1999) an instrumental praise and worship CD. His next album Comfort and Joy (2001) was a Christmas album.   This is also the title of his upcoming tour.

Thu., Dec. 2 Dallas, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

Brooklyn Jazz Cafe

1701 South Lamar Street

7:00 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 3 Addison, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour


15207 Addison Road

8:30 p.m.


Sat., Dec. 4 Midland, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

St. Marks United Methodist Church

1701 N. Main Street

7:00 p.m.


Sun., Dec. 5 Lubbock, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

Cactus Theater

1812 Buddy Holly Avenue

7:30 p.m.


Tue., Dec. 7 Dallas, TX Private Event

Wed., Dec. 8 Sparks, NV (Reno) Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Orozko Lounge

1100 Nugget Avenue

6:00 p.m.


Thu., Dec. 9 San Diego, CA Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

Humphreys Backstage Live

2241 Shelter Island Drive

8:00 p.m.


Fri., Dec. 10 Seal Beach, CA Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour


3005 Old Ranch Parkway

8:00 p.m.


Sun., Dec. 12 Meadow Vista, CA Celebration Community Fellowship

16981 Placer Hills Road, Suite C-8

8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


Mon., Dec. 13 Auburn, CA Celebration Cares Christmas Concert

(Benefits Women of Worth)

The Ridge

2020 Golf Course Road

7:00 p.m.


Tue., Dec. 14 Dallas, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

St. Paul United Methodist Church

(Advent of Jazz Series)

1816 Routh Street

7:30 p.m.


Sat., Dec. 18 San Angelo, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

Christian House of Prayer

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

One Love Street

6:00 p.m.


Peter White leads an all star lineup featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair playing dazzling arrangements of your favorite holiday songs. It will be a treat for the holiday season!

Over the past 16 years, as Peter White has kept thousands of smooth jazz fans worldwide enthralled by his spirited melodies, soulful grooves and inviting, instantly recognizable acoustic guitar tone, he’s always had a blast finding unique ways to bring his modern sensibilities to cherished pop classics. Thanks to the smooth jazz format’s affinity these days for instrumental cover songs, two of the incredible 13 #1 Radio & Records airplay hits he’s enjoyed over the years, “The Closer I Get To You” and “Walk On By” (from 1994’s Reflections), have become enduring staples of the format.

But pop music fans were listening to White’s classic acoustic guitar style even before the advent of the New Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz formats, most notably via his collaborations with British folk/pop singer Al Stewart. The Stewart-White partnership, which culminated with the dual live recording Rhymes in Rooms in the mid-90s, spanned over 20 years. White played on Stewart’s landmark Year of the Cat album, co-wrote and performed on two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Time Passages” and “Midnight Rocks,” and served as the Scottish singer’s bandleader while playing guitar, Hammond Organ and piano. He later co-produced Stewart’s Famous Last Words album.

White’s other major longtime association was with Basia, an early vocal star in the genre that later became known as smooth jazz. In 1984, brother Danny White and a then unknown Basia formed the band Matt Bianco; Peter performed on the group’s album Who’s Side Are You On as well as on the hit single “Half a Minute.” When Basia and Danny left Matt Bianco to focus on her solo career, Peter White’s guitar and accordian became an integral flavor in her popular sound. He played on her three bestselling albums Time and Tide, London Warsaw New York and The Sweetest Illusion, and appeared on her live performance release Basia on Broadway. Basia sang on “Just Another Day,” which became a popular airplay hit from Caravan of

Saturday, December 04, 2010 – 7:30 pm + 10:00 pm (two shows)

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42 St, New York, NY

Jay will be performing with Chieli Minucci aand Special EFX Sunday 12/12/10 at Daniel Street Nite Club located at 21 Daniel Street Milford, CT. 06460. He will play an opening set at 7:30p.m. of newly composed original material w/ Rohn Lawrence, Dave Livolsi and Trever Somerville. Special EFX goes on at 8:45p.m. Tickets are available at the dash when typing the website address).

Celebrate the holiday season and the 25th Anniversary of Special EFX! Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is the leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Special EFX, which he co-founded with the late George Jinda in 1984.  A major force on the jazz and world music scene for 25 years, Special EFX’s newest release, Without You is a diverse collection of jazz-fusion, Latin rhythms, and the effortlessly flowing guitar artistry that Chieli is known for. A true sound-tapestry, blending layers of sound and harmonic texture, Without You is an instant classic.

This show will feature the Special EFX lineup of favorites – drummer Lionel Cordew, bassist Jerry Brooks, keyboardist Jay Rowe, and vocalist/percussionist Philip Hamilton.  We have some holiday surprises and special guests planned for this show. Buy tickets early – this show will be a sellout.


Bob Baldwin and Friends rings in that other decade!!

Bob Baldwin and Friends Featuring Porter Carroll and a hot Latin rhythm section featuring Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz Percussion Chembo Corniel, Ruben Rodriguez (of Jazz at Lincoln Center Latin Jazz Orchstra fame), Hot drummer Erik Perez and more…..

We will be digitally recording this for a live record……looking for full voices and add to the magic of the evening..

Trumpets first opened in 1985, and it soon became the best Jazz venue in the state of NJ. The best musicians in the world performed at Trumpets like Gato Barbieri, Wynton Marsalis and Dave Valentin, to name a few. In October 1999 the club was acquired by Enrico Granafei and Kristine Massari. A musician himself, Enrico used to perform at Trumpets years ago. The Italian harmonica player, gurtarist and composer is determined to maintain the tradition of this legendary Jazz Club.

Trumpets Restaurant
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ

Saturday, December 4 · 7:00pm – 11:30pm

Meritxell, an artist in many ways–singer, songwriter and producer–is the ultimate performer. She takes on the world with all she has to offer. Born and raised in Barcelona, and living in the United States for 10 years now, she is a true mixture of cultures, musical styles and diversities. The world is ready for a real “world project”: as diverse as the world itself. Geared towards a large variety of tastes and directions, with no boundaries.

Introducing the new CD, titled The Meritxell Project, a world project, in both English and Spanish, very diverse in styles: From world beat to ballads, r&b, rock/funk and tropical latin. When you hear the first song, don’t expect the next to sound the same… So, open your mind, listen with your heart, and “travel the world”.

Friday, December 10 · 9:00pm – 11:30pm

The Bentz Street Sports Bar

6 South Bentz Street

Frederick, MD

When you love to play guitar, you play. Nothing can stop you. When musical ideas are burning in your brain, you play them. Through The Valley (2004) was Travis Vega‘s expression and his debut album, starting his career as solo musician. George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Norman Brown and Peter White are Travis’ idols. In fact these legends have impressed a whole generation of guitarists. Following the mainstream in smooth jazz Travis soon succeeded in placing his music on smooth jazz radio stations throughout the United States. Travis comments: “I really don’t know if you can call what I do Jazz parse, I don’t consider myself a straight ahead jazz musician, but a musician that has influences of jazz, pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock, I love to combine all those styles that have influenced me and create what feels good to me.”

The holiday season begins in earnest. Please join Travis for these holiday performances.

Saturday, November 27th, 2010
Lincoln Center

Benjamin Holt Drive off of Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA

Price: free

In front of Cambell’s

Sunday, November 28th, 2010
Lincoln Center

Benjamin Holt Drive off of Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA

Price: free

In front of Cambell’s

Lincoln Center is conveniently located on both sides of Benjamin Holt Drive off Pacific Avenue. They are approximately 60 minutes south of Sacramento and 60 minutes east of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Join us for a day filled with music, shopping, dining and relaxing in the beautiful confines of the All New Mall of Monroe! Enjoy local, regional and national performers including the Master Piper himself, Alexander Zonjic & Friends! Come see the Men of Grace, the Bedford High School Orchestra, the Monroe County Education Center Chimes Choir and much more! Two stages and a full day of music and fun!

The Mall of Monroe (formerly Frenchtown Square Mall)

2121 North Monroe Street

Monroe, MI

Saturday, December 11 · 12:00pm – 9:00pm

We have found a treasure of concert for contemporary jazz fans. A Jazz Concert with Roy Ayers/The Ray Gaskins Band/ FO MO DEEP.

Fo/mo/deep are Ron “FatKat” Holmes. Jr (bass), Kenneth “Pounce” Pouncey (percussion), Keith Newton (sax, flute), N. Michael Goecke (trombone), Andre Scott (drums), and Kevin Jones (Keys). For those, who haven’t listen to their music yet, we have good news. The group has just released their debut album Eclecticism. Ron explains: “Eclecticism in music draws from a plethora of grooves/styles from around the world.” In short we can await a diversity of styles.

Ray Gaskins is a prolific saxophonist/keyboardist/vocalist. Some will know his terrific sax sound from his work with Fishbelly Black or The Exodus Quartet. His music is full-bodied, the soul is obvious, and the fact that vibist Roy Ayers was drawn to this talent’s side on this latest effort, A Night in the Life, is ample proof that the cat has earned the attention of the players in the business that, quite simply, are.

Roy Ayers’ vibe is legend. An American funk, soul, and jazz composer and vibraphone player of his own. Ayers as not only an accomplished musician but also a well-known entertainer on the music scene. He often performs with music and comedic speech/storyline interaction to his audience to enhance his appeal. One of his most popular is a track taken from the LP ‘In the Dark’ released in 1984 called ‘Poo Poo La La’. This has now become a standard favourite amongst his audiences.

Saturday, December 11 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

8700 Old Annapolis Road
Ellicott City, Maryland 21045


Alex Bugnon has created one of the most recognized styles in today’s contemporary jazz piano. It is a sultry mixture of contemporary jazz, funk, and R&B with hints of gospel. Even the titles of his CDs create anticipation for a musical experience that is delivered with passion. His latest album, reunites him with Atlanta based keyboardist and producer Phil Davis. After recording Free and his last album, Southern Living, in Atlanta, Bugnon calls this city his second musical home. Free is a refreshing blend of exotic rhythms with haunting, soulful melodies and the signature Alex Bugnon piano sound.

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.

Saturday, November 27, 2010 – 8:00 pm

Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007