Archive for February, 2011

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.

More information about Smooth Jazz In The Cube and Brian Culbertson, click here.

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After 16 years of musical training, classical guitarist Jesse Cook established a serious musical career in composition and production, seemingly incognizant of his own talent for performance. A gifted instrumentalist, Cook’s ability as a performer came to widespread public attention in the mid 1990s and only because a cable television company played his recordings as piped in background music for the television channel guide.

Accordingly, he released his first album literally by popular demand and in response to the myriad call-in requests from television viewers who enjoyed the background sounds on the channel guide. The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard New Age chart. By 2000, Cook’s performances regularly drew sell out crowds, and his recordings sold quickly to an eager public. In 2001, three of his four albums had attained gold certification in his native Canada.

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The YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts of the Great South Bay YMCA seeks to establish itself as a premier cultural institution on Long Island. The YMCA Boulton Center’s mission is to provide high quality arts programs that entertain, educate and inspire the culturally, racially and economically diverse population of Long Island. A wide range of programs and classes are offered across the arts spectrum including music, dance, film and spoken word. Particular emphasis is placed on education and outreach.

YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St, Bay Shore, New York

Saturday, February 26, 2011 – 8:00 pm


It’s official . . . saxophonist Boney James has signed with the Verve Music Group. He will be assigned to the Verve Forecast label with Brian Culbertson.

Boney’s new album has been titled, “Contact,” with March 29, 2011, the release date. Donell Jones, Heather Headley and Latoya Luckett from Destiny’s Child are all guest stars on the project .  Looking forward to Boney’s new effort  the follow-up to “Send One Your Love” on Concord Music Group.

James was the third-best selling contemporary jazz artist of the 2000s according to Billboard Magazine.

Welcome to Verve Forecast (the old GRP),  Boney.

This is our winter series that will feature three great and popular jazz recording artists in an up-close and personal venue. Limited to 80 fans. In order they will be:

Marcus Anderson on Friday, February 18.
Marcus is the new kid on the block and is in great demand for major concerts internationally. He has just released his second smash hit CD

Shilts on Friday, March 18.
Shilts, the former leader and driving force of jazz/funk super-group “Down to the Bone” fame will be featured in the second spot of this series and this will actually be a CD Release party where you will be hearing his latest works.

Matt Marshak, April 8th.
Matt is certainly a seasoned performer with many of his tunes climbing high on the jazz charts over the last several years. His guitar playing has elements of smooth jazz, funk and soul. Matt, as you may remember, has graced our stages several times before…going back to the days of those SOS Club outdoor concerts. We love the boy! This event will also be a CD Release Party.

Complete details, pricing and ticketing information is available at our website Please join us for these fabulous performers. Remember, these concerts are all about YOU, we do this because we love the music right along with you too!

You can also go to and listen to and watch these gentlemen perform. Just remember, most of the videos have poor quality because they were shot with someone’s hand held camera.

These concerts are limited to 80ish people, so buy soon.


New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Crazy Love,” Michael Bublé

Latin Jazz Album: “Chucho’s Steps,” Chucho Valdes and The Afro-Cuban Messengers

Contemporary Jazz Album: “The Stanley Clarke Band,” The Stanley Clarke Band

Jazz Vocal Album: “Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From >Dee Dee,” Dee Dee Bridgewater

Jazz Instrumental Album: “Moody 4B,” James Moody

Improvised Jazz Solo: “A Change is Gonna Come,” Herbie Hancock

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: “Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard,” Mingus Big Band

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Imagine,” Herbie Hancock and Larry Klein, arrangers (Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, Jeff Beck, India.Arie, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare)

Pop Instrumental Album: “Take Your Pick,” Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto


Marbella is the newest addition to the Thursday Night Vibe scene; it’s unlike any other Hollywood night spot. The combination of Spanish style design with the glitzy old 1930’s Hollywood glamour is fascinating. With a 4,000 square-foot patio and an additional 10,000 square feet inside, Marbella’s is deliciously spacious. The inside is divided into a lounge, upper VIP area, and main dance floor. So make sure you’re on the list to be one of the first to experience Marbella with Jadar Entertainment and 94.7 the Wave.

6757 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA.
Admission: $25.00 (626) 676-0696

Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, is proud to announce that bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding has won the GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist. Winners were announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. All nominations were for albums released from September 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.

Spalding is the first jazz musician to ever win the Best New Artist GRAMMY® Award. She was nominated along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Her inclusion in this mainstream category signified her considerable appeal to a broad audience.

“Esperanza is a phenomenal artist, and we’re thrilled about her GRAMMY® win,” says Mark Wexler, Senior Vice President and Label Manager, Jazz and Classics Group. “All of us at the Concord Music Group are delighted that she’s been honored by her peers in the music industry, and we’re proud to be a part of her success.”

Concord Music Group label manager Gene Rumsey added, “Esperanza embodies everything a ‘Best New Artist’ should: inspired vision, unique creativity and undeniable talent. The Concord team is extremely pleased to be associated with such an outstanding person and artist. We look forward to what will surely be an important and lasting career in music.”

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.

Chamber Music Society, Spalding’s most recent release, is a brilliant marriage of string and jazz trio, and a showcase for her eclectic sensibilities along with her vocal and compositional talents. In January 2011, Chamber Music Society hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

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 2009 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

For nearly 20 years, Heads Up International has been successfully carving its niche in the world of contemporary instrumental music. Heads Up artists and releases have consistently landed on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz, Traditional Jazz and World Music charts, and have garnered numerous industry awards, including Billboard’s Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year, the AFIM’s Independent Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, eight GRAMMY® Awards and numerous GRAMMY® nominations. Heads Up was also the winner of JazzWeek’s Radio Programmers Album of the Year Award for two consecutive years, and Gibson Guitar’s Best Female Jazz Guitarist. In addition to the awards and accolades, Heads Up artists have regularly captured the No. 1 slot in national radio airplay.

Esperanza 2011 Spring Tour

16-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
17-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
18-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
19-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
25-Feb-11 Portland Jazz Festival – Newmark Theater Portland, OR
26-Feb-11 Bovard Auditorium Los Angeles, CA
27-Feb-11 Campbell Hall Santa Barbara, CA
03-Mar-11 Shaftman Performance Hall Roanoke, VA
04-Mar-11 Weinberg Center Frederick, MD
05-Mar-11 Union County Arts Center Rahway, NJ
09-Mar-11 Finney Chapel – Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
11-Mar-11 Music Hall Detroit, MI
12-Mar-11 Ritz Theatre Jacksonville, FL
26-Mar-11 Capetown International Jazz Festival Cape Town, South Africa
30-Mar-11 Cully Jazz Festival Cully, Switzerland
01-Apr-11 Teatro Metropolitan Catania, Italy
02-Apr-11 Teatro Kursaal Santa Lucia Bari, Italy
05-Apr-11 Hangar 23 Rouen, France
06-Apr-11 Espace 1789 Ouen, France
08-Apr-11 Barbican Centre London, England
09-Apr-11 Palau de Congressos Girona, Spain
10-Apr-11 Auditori de Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
12-Apr-11 Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, Morocco