Archive for April 10, 2011

 

The 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will be presented after all! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, has come to the rescue.

Mark and Renee Carter, who produce the Seabreeze Festival, are coordinating exactly when and how winners will be announced and the Oasis Awards will be presented. The Festival runs April 13th through the 17th.

The custom-made statuettes have logged some miles. “The actual Oasis Award trophies were already engraved and on a UPS truck headed to San Diego when we had to cancel the event. We retrieved the Awards and began looking for an appropriate way to present them. When Jeffrey Wolfe contacted us on behalf of the Seabreeze Festival, we were elated. Seabreeze is a premiere event deserving of the Awards”, said Oasis co-producer Larry Seacat.

The list of winners has been a carefully held secret. “We have had numerous requests from media outlets and even a few artists asking about the winners list”, said Oasis co-producer Bill Paddock, “but only my partner and I and Mark and Renee have that information”.

Over 10,000 votes were cast for the 19 Oasis Award categories during the online voting throughout February.

The 2011 Oasis Awards were originally scheduled to be announced and presented in San Diego on Saturday, March 12, as part of an extensive four day event. Organizer Bill Paddock orinally launched the Oasis Awards, then called Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, in 2000 and continued in 2001 with a SOLD OUT show at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Paddock sold his interest in the Awards after the 2001 show and the new owners produced a successful show in San Diego in 2002. The Awards had been on hiatus after 2002 until last year when Paddock and Seacat decided to re-launch in 2011. Paddock explained “We had great interest from all over the United States and around the world. That just didn’t translate to ticket sales. We had great publicity and support. Our mistake was planning too much and not getting the word out more clearly. Our post-cancellation feedback showed us that our message was not clearly understood”. “We do want to thank our friends in the industry and especially the artists who have sent words of support in the past month”, added Paddock. “And special thanks to Mark and Renee Carter and Jeffrey Wolfe. Once again, the good people of jazz have come through!”.

Details will be forthcoming from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

www.SeabreezeJazzFestival.net.

Red-hot guitarist and soulful vocalist Nick Colionne has been described as “one of the most exceptional performers to come along on the jazz scene in a long time”. His blend of jazz, R&B, soul and blues, with the added bonus of his rich baritone vocals, have earned him the prestigious International Instrumental Artist of the Year Award at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, succeeding previous winner Chris Botti. Colionne’s Keepin’ It Cool and Just Come On In albums produced five Top 10 hits between them. His latest album, No Limits, debuted to rave reviews with the first two singles, “No Limits” and “The Big Windy Cat” reaching the Top 10.

Celebrated keyboardist, composer and studio musician, Brian Simpson has been the ‘go-to’ man for everyone from Janet Jackson to George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz. The chart-topping musical chameleon is known for his ability to sculpt timeless love songs, soulful party anthems and melodies that stay on your mind. Simpson’s breakthrough as a solo artist began in 2005 with the album It’s All Good – the title track proving instantly and joyfully prophetic, as it hit #1 on the Radio & Records Smooth Jazz Airplay chart and remained in the Top 5 for four months. His latest, South Beach, continues to deliver success with smash hit ‘In the Crowd’, topping the charts even before it was officially released.

One World Theatre is Austin’s original “green-built” venue nestled in the hills of West Austin. Showcasing an eclectic mix of world-renowned performers, One World Theatre is as unique as the artists they present.

Saturday, April 23, 2011 – 7:00 pm

One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road, Austin, Texas 78746