Archive for February, 2011

March 11 – Los Angeles/Seal Beach, California

March 12 – San Diego – The Oasis Jazz Awards

March 19 – Orlando – WLOQ Festival

March 25 – Cape Town, South Africa

March 31 – Reading, PA – Berks All-Star Jam

April 1 – Reading, PA – Berks Jazz Festival

April 3 – Mohegan Sun, Connecticut

May 7 – Cleveland


The coastal beach setting of Panama City Beach will come alive for the 2011 The Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 13th-17th at the Pier Park Amphitheater, presented by The Smooth Jazz Cruise. Known as the ULTIMATE weekend in smooth, the festival is celebrating its 13th year and has become synonymous with fun in the sun with top-notched national contemporary jazz entertainment with a back drop of beautiful white, sandy beaches, emerald green waters, great shopping and dining at adjacent Pier Park and an abundance of activities for just about every taste in beautiful Panama City Beach.

Named as one of the “Top 10 Jazz Festivals in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine, the 2011 event promises to be as exciting as ever. A Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise, live entertainment on-stage at Pier Park, and upbeat After-Parties are planned. Lineup to be announced soon. Affirmed are the following artists:

George Benson, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Norman Brown, Candy Dulfer, Gerald Albright, Peter White, Richard Elliot, Eric Darius, Mindi Abair,  Kirk Whalum, Warren Hill, Ken Ford, Euge Groove, Jeff Golub, Marion Meadows, Cindy Bradley, Michael Lington, Marcus Anderson, Julian Vaughn, Nicolas Cole, Doterso, Robert Harris, Jones and Company.

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After six years of unforgettable concert experiences and entertainment, Jazz in the Gardens has grown to become one of the most highly regarded and anticipated music festival events in the country.

Last year, this event garnered a heaping 45,000 guests, attracting both locals and thousands of out-of-towners to the beautiful City of Miami Gardens. Patrons enjoyed live performances by Grammy award-winning artists such as Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, John Legend, Teena Marie, Boyz II Men, Cassandra Wilson and David Sanborn alongside a host of other world renowned talents such as Joe Sample, Melanie Fiona, K’Jon and Eric Roberson, all while reveling in a wide variety of ethnically diverse foods and top notch merchandise from all around the world.

On March 19th & 20th, 2011, Jazz in the Gardens will continue the magical annual tradition at SunLife Stadium, hosting an event that will surely surpass last year’s experience with another illustrious lineup that continues to make this festival second to none. Your Jazz in the Gardens weekend experience will include pre-festival events, after parties, fabulous shopping, community events and much, much more!

Every year this event gets bigger and better, and 2011 will be no different. Continue to browse this website to get updates on talent, tickets, hotel, and travel packages, vendor information, sponsor updates, JIG branded merchandise, other local and regional Jazz in the Gardens events and contests to meet and greet the artists!

Jazz in the Gardens, voted the best festival of 2010 by Miami New Times, has upgraded their already star-studded line up to include former New Edition members Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant to the two-day music
festival, returning to Miami Gardens’ SunLife Stadium for the 6th consecutive year, March 19 and 20, 2011. Performing under the name “Heads of State”, Brown, Gill and Tresvant will reprise their exhilarating chart topping hit making career, which is widely credited for inspiring and originating the explosive boy band movement of the 80s and 90s. The group replaces Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick “The Ruler” on the bill.

Saturday, March 19, 2011, “Jazz in the Gardens” attendees will be treated to electrifying performances by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Charlie Wilson, Al Jarreau, Jazmine Sullivan and Brown/Gill/Tresvant aka “Heads of State”.

Sunday, March 20, 2011 line up will feature R&B legends Gladys Knight, EnVogue, El DeBarge, Lalah Hathaway and
Branford Marsalis performing their classic hits. Joining the star-studded cast, and adding his unique and internationally renowned mixing skills, is Miami’s own bright star, D.J. Irie, the official DJ for The Miami Heat and now “Jazz in the Gardens”.

Tickets are on sale now at, Ticketmaster locations and online,
and at the SunLife Stadium Box Office. Tickets range from $45 for General Admission to
$70 for Prime Reserve. Discounts available for 2 day passes (best value).

Four80East returns to Rochester with an infectious heavy-groove sound that had the ETJ audience jammin’ throughout their May 2010 concert. Still topping the smooth jazz charts with “Rollin’ On”, Four80East will perform at this year’s American Smooth Jazz Awards, for which they have received a “Best International Group” nomination. Enjoy upbeat contemporary music that spans the “smooth jazz, straight-ahead jazz” chasm. Their accessible and innovative music, enriched with impressive solo riffs, reflects some of the best talent on the jazz scene today.

The main sanctuary of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, the new home of the Exodus To Jazz series, is a popular venue among music fans for its exceptional acoustics and majestic aesthetics.

Show Time: 8:00 PM (two one-hour sets); Doors open at 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices: Reserved table – $35; Reserved theatre – $25; General Adm. theatre – $20

Saturday, March 05, 2011 – 8:00 pm

Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 111 North Chestnut St, Rochester, New York 14604

Oasis Jazz Awards Show w/Jason Miles

Friday, March 11th at 3pm – The Edge, Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego

Looking forward to this one!!


The talented composer, arranger, keyboardist, and trombonist Culbertson began his musical training at the age of eight with piano lessons, at nine he moved to drums, at ten trombone, and at 12 bass. Bored with classical recital pieces, he began composing in junior high. His dedication earned him six individual and five group Down Beat student awards in high school. After completing his studies at private DePaul University in Chicago, Brian went on to compose jingles for clients such as United Airlines, Oldsmobile, Sears and McDonald’s.

At age 20, he self-produced his debut album “Long Night Out”. In 2001, Brian released “Nice & Slow” (featuring special guest trumpeter Herb Alpert and singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore), which spent six weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart thanks to the #1 singles “Get It On” and “All About You”. On stage and in studio, Brian performed with stars such as Patti Austin, Will Downing, Chris Botti, Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz and Boney James. In total, he has released 12 albums and produced or performed on over 20 #1 records. His actual album “XII” (2010) hits #2 of the Billboard Jazz Album charts.

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