Archive for December, 2010

Happy New Year 2011

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Smooth Jazz

Blake Aaron is a guitarist who is best known for his passionate musical style, his memorable compositions, his soul and technical expression on the instrument, and his ability to connect with an audience, so it was not long before Blake would emerge as a solo artist.

A resident of Palm Springs, California, Will Donato is a frequent headliner with The Art of Sax at smooth jazz concerts in the area. He is also a frequent guest of Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, a pioneering smooth jazz concert promoter and morning drive radio personality on Palm Springs’ KJJZ.

Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa Indian Wells, 44-600 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, California 92210 (Map) (Palm Desert, Palm Springs area)

Friday, December 31, 2010 – 9:00 pm


The smooth jazz radio network known as Broadcast Architecture has added Mas Multi Media (Smooth Jazz 1400 KBDB-AM/Reno, Nevada) to its Smooth AC Radio Networks. Its Smooth Adult Contemporary Radio Networks, including the Smooth Jazz Network programming, is heard in 40 markets throughout the U.S. and worldwide. “We’re thrilled to assist Mas Multi Media and Miguel Mena in bringing Smooth Jazz back to the radio in Reno,” BA Owner/Pres. Allen Kepler said.

“Our past experience in Reno revealed a very loyal and active Smooth Jazz audience and we’re happy to answer the call! We are also very excited to launch Smooth Jazz on an AM station in a major market. We know the loyal fans of this genre of music will support the radio station and its advertisers. This format should have a home in every major market and the AM dial may be the place it reveals its solid value.”

“We are thrilled to bring Smooth Jazz back to Reno and also excited join the Smooth Jazz network family,” Miguel Mena said.


ZOÉ is one of the hottest Smooth Jazz bands originating from the South Jersey / Philadelphia area. The group is comprised of five talented musicians whose melodic compositions produce extraordinarily compelling music. Currently, members of ZOÉ include: saxophonist Reggie Harris, keyboardist Cleveland Belin Jr., drummer David Ferebee, bassist H. Maurice Fonville and percussionist / trumpeter Bolivar “Chico” Guadalupe, all of which contribute to the original songwriting and vocals.

Currently, Edgardo Cintron fronts the Latin pop orchestra, “Cintron” along with his partner, Rocco DePersia. Their latest recoding “Back in the Day” is doing very well and can be purchased at all major music stores. You can visit their web site

Join for ZOÉ and the CINTRON Band for an evening of Smooth Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, a Santana tribute, R & B classics and Dancing !

The package includes dinner for 2, the incredible show, a champagne toast at midnight, an overnight stay in one of the Embassy Suite’s spacious suites AND made to order breakfast on New Year’s Day !

Call toll free 877.887.2835

Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport, 9000 Bartram Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Friday, December 31, 2010 – 8:00 pm

During his performances, Stan Sorenson blends a variety of musical styles and songs with traditional jazz sounds. Cool, Be-bop, Latin, Rock, Reggae and today’s Contemporary Jazz are combined to create his unique flavor. Stan’s wide-ranging repertoire includes original compositions, jazz standards, and Django Reinhardt compositions, as well as drawing on modern classics by Sting/The Police, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Stone Temple Pilots and Green Day to name a few.

Jazz Prose is Stan’s backup group, which can range from an acoustic bass player to a five piece jazz ensemble including saxophone. The various configurations may also include a percussionist for the Latin Jazz sound. The jazz session on this event comprises a trio with Steve Douglas on bass and Andy Ziker on drums.

5th and Wine – Downtown Scottsdale’s favorite restaurant disguised as a wine bar, located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. They pride themselves on serving a wide array of simple, flavorful, food at moderate prices. Their atmosphere is comfortable, warm and equipped with an extensive wine bar, complete kitchen and fabulous dining space.

5th and Wine is perfect for stopping by during the day and ordering from their delicious lunch menu – or come by after work and check out their enticing Happy Hour. Their tantalizing options include bruschetta, calamari, strawberry gorgonzola salad, various Paninis and sandwiches, 5th and Wine burger (don’t forget to add bacon), and their chef’s delicious daily features.

5th and Wine also offers wine tasting parties, hosts groups and entertains special events. Their unique restaurant layout design presents flexibility exceeding your dining needs. There is a 60-seat dining room, soft seating lounge area, bar area, tasting room for up to 40 people for meetings or a casual get together, and a covered courtyard patio welcoming guests to sip al fresco while enjoying the outdoors.

They are located west of the Horse Fountain at the corner of 5th Avenue and Marshall Way, right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, providing the ideal location for your next dining experience. 5th and wine invites you to come join us and experience their food and dining environment first-hand.

Friday, December 31, 2010 – 7:00 pm
5th and Wine, 7051 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

KWJZ In Seattle Is Gone

Posted: December 28, 2010 in Radio, Smooth Jazz
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Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a vibrant neighborhood American Steakhouse featuring the finest steaks, seafood, hand-shaken martinis and live music. With 20 locations across the U.S., they offer comfortable fine dining in a lively atmosphere. Whether it’s for business, pleasure or both, they look forward to quickly becoming your favorite local steakhouse.

Join them for a festive New Year’s Eve featuring a tempting prix fix menu and live music all night long.

Best known in the California area for their remake of Hall & Oates “Sara Smile,” they have been played extensively on radio stations WAVE in Los Angeles, CA, various radio stations in Sonoma County, CA, the WAVE in Houston, and OASIS in Dallas. An accomplished band with an incredible grass roots following, The Brew has opened for such diverse notables as the Rippingtons, George Howard, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Chuchito Valdez, Hiroshima, Acoustic Alchemy, Larry Corryel, and Kirk Whalum.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Ringside, 4608 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas 77027-4716
Friday, December 31, 2010 – 9:00 pm

Teena Marie Has Died

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Music Business


Grammy Award-nominated singer–songwriter–producer, Teena Marie has died. Nicknamed Lady Tee, (sometimes spelled Lady T), was a protégée of late funk legend Rick James, and was notable as one of the few successful white performers of R&B. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also wrote, produced, sang and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release Irons in the Fire. She said it was her favorite album. She had a daughter, Alia Rose, who, as of 2009, sang under the name Rose Le Beau. Marie died on Sunday, December 26, 2010, at home, of natural cause as announced by her manager, Mike Gardner. She was 54.

Born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California, the 54-year-old artist famously paired with late funk legend Rick James and was nominated four times for a Grammy Award, according to her official website.

Marie was found dead by her daughter after apparently dying in her sleep, manager Mike Gardner said.

“Teena was a black voice trapped in a white body,” said Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One, a broadcasting company that targets African-American and urban listeners. “I would always tell her that she was one of the greatest vocalists of our time.”

Among her songs were “Lovergirl,” “Portuguese Love,” “Ooo La La La,” and “I’m a Sucker for Your Love.”

While no cause of death has been released, the singer’s publicist Lynn Jeter said that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure — a neurological event, marked by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions, according to the Mayo Clinic — a month ago.

“Luckily, someone was there,” Jeter said of that seizure. “The ambulance took her to the hospital, and on the way she had another seizure.”

The publicist said that she had a “great” conversation on Saturday with Marie, who told her that she was excited about heading to Atlanta to perform this week — in what would have been her first performance since the seizure.

Marie sang under various record labels, including Motown, Epic, Stax Records and Cash Money Classics, since bursting on the scene as a 19-year-old, according to her website. Her last studio album, Congo Square, featured several collaborations.

“The enduring influence of Teena’s inspirational, trailblazing career, could only have been made possible through her brilliant song-writing, showmanship and high energy passion which laid the ground work for the future generations of R&B, hip-hop, and soul,” said Gene Rumsey, chief label officer with Concord Music Group. “We feel extremely fortunate to have worked with a visionary who changed music in indelible ways.”

Eddie Levert, founder of the vocal group The O’Jays, praised Marie as both a singer and mother.

“There are a lot of black people who swore by her and believed in her, as far as her music was concerned,” he said. “She was a good mom, and to me, that is saying a lot.”

You are officially invited to the fifth annual “5 Minutes to Midnight” NYE affair. Houston’s signature New Year’s Eve event will once again be the gathering place for those that have come to appreciate elegance, opulence and a sizzling hot party to ring in the New Year.

We know what you want. Something special. Something different. New faces and luxurious surroundings.

The lavish J.W. Marriott Galleria provides the perfect environment to welcome you in for a night of splendor and excitement. Settle into one of the luxurious rooms for a low $109 and dash over to the Galleria for that perfect piece to set off your look!

Children and those who dress like them are never allowed at our events. This is the place for you to be the sexy professional you are and enjoy the company of others with taste and distinction.

Kyle Turner, a creative and innovative artist, has warmed many hearts with the sultry musical notes on his saxophone.   Kyle a native Houstonian will be the featured artist on this event.

The event of the year awaits you. We’ll see you there.

Early bird ticket specials available!

Text 281.830.2803 or 713.301.8339 for reserved sections and bottle service

Live the “Champagne Life” in 2011

J.W. Marriott Houston Galleria – 5150 Westheimer – Houston, Tx 77056 – (713) 961-1500.

Ken Ford
has a long list of credits which include appearances on the local TV News Show FOX5 “Good Day Atlanta”, WSB-TV’s Family to Family Parade, WXIA-TV/11Alive Noon News, The Trumpet Awards, studio projects with labels such as LaFace and SoSo Def Recordings, and string arrangements/solos for hip-hop artist Goodie Mob, r&b singer Laurnea, and Maxwell. Radio station interviews included Atlanta’s V103 with Joyce Littel, and WCLK 91.9 with Ken Batie. Ford has shared the stage with artists such as Eric Benet, Roy Ayers, Caren Wheeler, Rachelle Farrell, Jean Carne, Regina Carter, and Jonathan Butler. The list goes on and on.

Grown Folks New Year’s Eve Bash, Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, Georgia 30337

Friday, December 31, 2010 – 7:00 pm