Archive for January, 2011

 

In celebration of Marcus Miller‘s latest album A Night In Monte-Carlo, Concord Music Group is arranging for one lucky fan to win a bass lesson with Marcus Miller!

1 Grand Prize Winner Will Win: a Bass Lesson via Skype with Marcus Miller!

Do you love to play the bass? Are you a fan of Marcus Miller? Would you want a private bass lesson from one of the world’s most renowned bassists, or would you like to hear him play a tune just for you? Enter now to win!

Here is the link.

Back by popular demand! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise is back for 2011 — setting sail aboard the dinner and entertainment yacht The Lady Anderson. Docked behind the Captain Anderson Restaurant on Grand Lagoon, The Lady Anderson features two climate controlled dining salons, a full service galley, full service bar, and exceptional on-board staff with a performance stage on the boat’s main level in air-conditioned comfort. The Seabreeze Jazz Festival Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise  is the perfect way to kick off the weekend of smooth jazz in style.

The Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise is a three-hour cruise of breathtaking St. Andrews Bay as dolphins play and the setting sun sparkles off the water. Dinner will be a selection of hot entrees (Seafood, Carved Beef and Pasta Dishes), Vegetables, Salad, Fruit, Rolls with Butter and Dessert plus Coffee and Tea. A Cash Bar will be available.

Then, get ready for some high-energy smooth jazz from saxophonist Eric Darius right from your dining table. A Meet and Greet and CD Signing to follow dinner and the show. The boat will return to the dock promptly at 10pm. This event will jumpstart the “ultimate weekend in smooth jazz” with a once-in-a-lifetime evening of great dining, great scenery, and live smooth jazz.

WEDNESDAY – APRIL 13th : Boards 6:30pm, Sails 7pm

The Lady Anderson is located at the Captain Anderson Marina on Thomas Drive at 5550 North Lagoon Drive in Panama City Beach. This is a short drive from the Pier Park area.

This Valentine’s weekend, cruise the Hudson river aboard the luxurious Spirit of New York and listen to the smooth sounds of Phil Perry! There truly is no better way to spend this special evening. Breathe in the moonlit Manhattan skyline, indulge in delicious food and fine beverages, and enjoy a romantic performance by the one and only Phil Perry! Treat the one you love to a truly unforgettable Valentine’s experience!

Please note that food and beverages are not included in the ticket price.

PHIL PERRY
Born and raised in East St. Louis, Phil Perry has spent most of his career as one of the most sought-after backing vocalists in the music business. His bright, multi-octave range has played a supporting role on dozens of albums by such acts as Anita Baker, Boz Scaggs, Rod Stewart, Peabo Bryson and George Duke. But he has also distinguished himself through five strong solo albums that have highlighted both his ability to interpret classic soul songs as well as his own songwriting skills.

Phil Perry first came to the attention of Soul Music fans as the lead singer of the Montclairs, whose “Begging’s Hard to Do” was a moderate hit in 1972. After a brief stint as part of the singing duo Perry and Sanlin, Perry went solo in 1991 with The Heart of a Man, an album most notable for Perry’s remake of Aretha Franklin’s “Call Me.” His follow-up album, 1994’s Pure Pleasure, was perhaps his best, and included fantastic remakes of “After the Love is Gone” and “If Only You Knew” and a seven minute cover of the Spinners’ “Love Don’t Love Nobody” that was sheer magic. During the 90s, Perry also received increased coverage on Smooth Jazz radio through his guest work on albums by Lee Ritenour, the Rippingtons and others, and inspired Windham Hill subsidiary Private Music to sign him. His Private Music debut, One Heart One Love, hit the top five. On his follow-up album, My Book of Love, Perry began to take a more active role in songwriting and production, putting his personal imprint beyond the vocal performance. This led to his lead songwriting role on 2001’s Magic, an excellent album on Peak Records that showed Phil Perry in complete control over his music.

Phil’s most recent album Ready For Love (released August 2008) entered the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart at #4. Produced by the master of the Urban ballad, Chris ‘Big Boy’ Davis (Will Downing, Maysa, Najee) and joined by special guest, smooth jazz superstar Kim Waters, Ready For Love is drenched in sensuous grooves and passionate melodies. Join us aboard The Spirit of New York on Friday, February 12th as we ready ourselves for love this Valentine’s Day!

The Spirit of New York – 2 Cruises
February 11th, 6:30PM
February 11th, 9:30PM

Purchase Tickets

Jazz For Motown – Join us as we celebrate the music of the Motown Era featuring national recording artists Art Sherrod Jr, Marcell Russell, Shang, WaWa Legrand and more!

Gordon Center For Performing Arts (One of the most elegant Theaters in Maryland). 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
March 26, 2011 – 7pm

Special Pre-Sale tickets available now through February 1st for only $20.
After February 1st, tickets will be $28.
Buy on line www.charmcityjazz.com.


The Nominees for the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards are now published. The winners of the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will be determined by public and industry voting. The winners will be announced March 12, 2011 at the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards show at the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego, CA.

Please visit http://oasiscontemporaryjazzawards.com to vote your favorite artists.

The list of nominees follows:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Chris Botti

Brian Culbertson

Richard Elliot

Dave Koz

Kirk Whalum

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Chris Botti

Jonathan Butler

Brian Culbertson

Dave Koz

Chris Standring

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Mindi Abair

Cindy Bradley

Joyce Cooling

Sade

Esperanza Spaulding

SAXOPHONIST OF THE YEAR

Gerald Albright

Richard Elliot

Kenny G

Euge Groove

Dave Koz

GUITARIST OF THE YEAR

Marc Antione

Norman Brown

Steve Oliver

Chris Standring

Peter White

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brian Bromberg

Stanley Clarke

Nathan East

Marcus Miller

Esperanza Spaulding

BRASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Greg Adams

Chris Botti

Cindy Bradley

Rick Braun

Brian Culbertson

KEYBOARDIST OF THE YEAR

David Benoit

Brian Culbertson

Greg Karukas

Jeff Lorber

Brian Simpson

PERCUSSIONIST OF THE YEAR

Alex Acuna

Vinnie Colaiuta

Sheila E

Ricky Lawson

Harvey Mason

CD OF THE YEAR

“Blue Bolero” Chris Standring

“Heart and Soul” Kenny G

“Hello Tomorrow” Dave Koz

“Soldier of Love” Sade

“XII” Brian Culbertson

SONG OF THE YEAR

“3rd Degree” Fourplay

“Bright” Peter White

“One of Those Nights” Matt Cusson

“Pixel” Jeff Lorber Fusion

“Put the Top Down” Dave Koz

“Sending My Love” Norman Brown

“Soldier of Love” Sade

“Start All Over Again” Dave Koz

“Talk of the Town” Darren Rahn

“That’s Life” Brian Culbertson

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Fourplay

Jeff Lorber Fusion

Spyro Gyra

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman

Tizer

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Jonathan Butler

Spencer Day

Will Downing

Maysa

Sade

COLLABERATION OF THE YEAR

“Brother Earl” Marc Antione and Paul Brown

“Imagine” Herbie Hancock and Indie Arie

“Start All Over Again” Dave Koz and Dana Glover

“That’s Life” Brian Culbertson and Earl Klugh

“Whacha Gonna Do For Me” Darren Rahn and Wayman Tisdale

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Cindy Bradley

Drew Davidsen

Spencer Day

Darren Rahn

Kyle Wolverton

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Paul Brown

Jeff Lorber

Jason Miles

Marcus Miller

Matt Pierson

BEST FESTIVAL

Berks Jazz Festival

Capital Jazz Festival

Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

BEST VENUE

Anthology-San Diego

Sculler’s-Boston

Spaghettini-Seal Beach, CA

Vibratto Grill Jazz…Etc-Bel Air, CA

Yoshi’s-San Francisco

ARTIST OF THE DECADE

Chris Botti

Boney James

Dave Koz

Pat Metheny

Peter White

CD OF THE DECADE

“Shine” Boney James

“Saxophonic” Dave Koz

“River: The Joni Letters” Herbie Hancock

“Lover’s Rock” Sade

“When I Fall In Love” Chris Botti

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://stixbones-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Stix Bones and Friends
Marcus Anderson & Matt Marshak

Music by DJ Rafe Gomez (The Groove Boutique)

The Paradise Theater
2413 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY

Doors 8 PM

$20 Tickets General Admission

(718) 720-1015 for info

Are you ready to FuNk your World?

Quite simply this is an incredible show from a group of musicians who generate the sort of tight horn filled rhythms that are both entirely timeless and totally to die for.

If you have not had the opportunity to see East Bay Soul live! Here is your chance to see them up close and personal.

Former Tower of Power mastermind Greg Adams has created this new project called East Bay Soul. Members of the band are Greg Adams (trumpet), Brian Allen (bass), Johnnie Bamont (sax and flute), Michael Paulo (sax), Joey Navarro (keyboards), Johnny Sandoval (percussion), Evan Stone (drums), Lee Thomburg (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone) and James Wirrick (guitar). But don’t await an instrumental-only band. On the new album East Bay Soul are also a lot of vocals.

Nevertheless the band stands in the tradition of Tower of Power with a strong emphasis on the horns. East Bay Soul is entitled after the San Francisco East Bay Area. The group presents contemporary jazz with a big dose of R&B, just the right mixture to let you dance and groove.

Saturday February 12 @ 8PM

Spaghettini Grill and Lounge
3005 Old Ranch Parkway,
Seal Beach, California 90740
Call for reservations:Tel: 562-596-2199
Visit http://www.spaghettini.com/