Archive for May, 2011

Anders Holst is what adult contemporary music has been waiting for. Rooted in jazz, soul and European pop music, Anders’ distinguished sound fuses sophisticated lyrics with lingering melodies, exploring themes of romance, isolation, optimism and the complexity of interpersonal relationships.

Born in Gothenburg Sweden, Anders grew up in a home filled with music. Not only from the thousands of choirs for which his nation is known, but also his father’s diverse collection – Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, and later The Supremes, Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach. Following his influences and passion, Anders wrote his first song at age eleven.

Nominated for a 2010 American Smooth Jazz Award, Anders was recognized alongside major label artists Seal, Matt Dusk and Michael Buble in the International Male Vocalist category. His tracks have appeared on numerous smooth jazz and AC charts, and he has performed on WNBC’s “Weekend Today.”

Anders’ second full-length recording, SoHo Suite, (due out June 7th) is meant as an ode to his New York neighborhood and the emotions it inspires. The album includes originals with a jazzy interpretation of the classic Michael McDonald tune, “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near). Although not a far departure from Romantika and Five, SoHo Suite promises to bring a fresh approach to smooth jazz composition, as well as a refined maturity in both the studio and live engagements.

“I do believe that his honest and original love songs can give romantic music a brand new chance, so do your heart a favor, check him out.” – Quincy Jones

“It grabbed me instantly; I haven’t heard music and lyrics like this before. When you can play something unique after listening to music for 35 years, that’s fantastic!” – Fred Bronson, Billboard Magazine


Poised for release on June 7th, Holst’s much anticipated album Soho Suite is making its advance debut at Eurocircle’s gathering on June 1st at Taj Lounge. Join us as we enjoy a live performance by this Swedish crooner in person and help him celebrate the release of his latest album.

Drink Specials $10 pp
The first 50 guests who purchase a ticket will receive a $50 gift certificate to Jewelry

Taj Lounge, New York, NY, United States

Wed, Jun 1 2011, 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m

Sunday, June 19, 2011:

5:00 pm- Jazz Vespers (at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, 8th & Shipley Streets)

Monday, June 20, 2011:

Phase III Dedication, Clifford Brown Garden- details to follow
Concerts start in Rodney Square on Tuesday- see below:
Tuesday, June 21, 2011:

8:00 pm- Manifest 3
6:00 pm- Junior Mance Quintet

Wednesday, June 22, 2011:

8:00 pm- Ninety Miles featuring Stefon Harris, David Sanchez & Christian Scott
6:00 pm- The Avery Sharpe Quintet

Thursday, June 23, 2011:

8:00 pm- Soul of Summer featuring Jonathan Butler, Eric Darius & Maysa
6:00 pm- The Ronny Jordan Full Band

Friday, June 24, 2011:

8:30 pm- Take 6
6:45 pm- Tizer featuring Chieli Minucci & Karen Briggs
5:00 pm- The Metta Quintet

Saturday, June 25, 2011:

9:00 pm- TBA
7:00 pm- Rufus Reid Quintet
5:00 pm- Rene Marie “Voice of My Beautiful County” tour featuring Rene Marie- vocals, Kevin Bales- piano, Kevin Hamilton- bass & Quentin Baxter- drums
3:30 pm- The Captain Black Big Band

Sunday, June 26th, 2011:

4:00 pm: Concert at the Grand Opera House- details to follow

Rodney Square, 11th & Market St, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

The West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival, Philadelphia’s preeminent music and culture event is back and better than ever. The 2011 edition of the festival will again showcase internationally acclaimed, award-winning artists, alongside some of the best regional and upcoming talent.

This year, we celebrate the diversity that is our world, our country, our city and our communities. We invite you to Ogontz Avenue to experience, on two stages, three days of live Jazz, Salsa, R&B, Classical, Soul, Reggae and more. Explore the Marketplace filled with hand-crafted, original Art creations. Exhibitors from around the country have been selected to deliver a multi-cultural mix of jewelry, clothing, photography, paintings and so much more. No festival is complete without food! Come enjoy the array of cuisine from around the globe and around the corner. A new feature of the festival is our Children’s Day event; complete with live performances, music workshops and a video gaming arcade.

As part of the festival’s greening and sustainability initiatives, we urge the use mass transit. Free shuttle service to the festival site is available at our Park and Ride locations in select locations around Philadelphia. Complimentary parking is available at many locations.

Chaka Khan, Men of Soul (Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson, Howard Hewett), Chrisette Michele, Eddie Palmieri, Christian McBride, Roy Ayers, The Rodney Mack – Philadelphia Big Brass, The Persuasions, Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra, Tia Fuller, Gerald Veasley, 3D Ritmo de Vida, Webb Thomas Trio, Sherry Butler, Po/Jazz Connection, Fred and Tanya Jazz Duo, Alex Evans, Micel Beckham, Lynn Riley, Tony Wyatt, Timi Tanzania, Val Ray Quartet, 3rio, Mike Boone, Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Ensemble, Georgie Bonds, Carl Grubbs, Crystal J. Torres , TC III, Andy Aaron and the Mean Machine, David Joel, Bootsie Barnes, Jafar Barron, Monkadelphia , Philadelphia Clef Club Youth Band, Michael Ray, Richard Waller, Carmen Butler, and so many more!

For the complete lineup visit

West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, 7143 Ogontz Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

METRO ATLANTA, this event is just 9 days away, believe me when I say that you don’t want to miss it!! Secure your ticket now w/advance ticket purchase at

Guests will enjoy the fine art of Spivey’s Creations & an off the charts, Live Performance by Jazz Keyboardist, Brian O’Neal w/ special guest Joey Sommerville. Get your tickets now and join us for a great night of art, wine & entertainment, while supporting a very worthy cause. Event Presented by DO Foundation, Sponsored by MarketingCamp, L.L.C., BCO Media, K&G Fashion Superstores & more! (Graphic Design by Renae McNeil).

The rich smooth sounds of jazz and blues will permeate through Downtown Omaha as national, regional and local artist will perform some of the greatest music jazz and blues has to offer. Plenty of food and beverage will be available for purchase!

Friday Night

– Jazz Attack featuring Peter White, Rick Braun and Gerald Albright

– Lao Tizer Band featuring Chieili Minucci and Kareen Briggs

Saturday Night

– Soul of Summer featuring Jonathan Butler, Eric Darrius, Maysa and Karrin-Allyson

To contact or find the most up to date information on the Omaha Riverfront Jazz & Blues Festival, visit their website at: .

Lewis & Clark Landing, next to Rick’s Café Boatyard, 345 Riverfront Dr, Omaha, Nebraska

July 8 – 9, 2011 (Friday – Saturday)

Ron Otis & Friends w/ special guest, Grammy Award Winner EARL KLUGH. Also joining is RONNIE LAWS, Brian O’Neal, Perry Hughes, Al Turner & Romel Alexander. Partial proceeds to benefit Community Social Services & DO FOUNDATION. May 27, 2011 — Showtime 7pm Hope United Methodist Church 26275 Northwestern Hwy Southfield, MI 48276 Phone: 248.356.1020

Go for tickets here.

Ken Ford grew up in a home filled with the diverse sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B. Born on November 14, 1968 in St. Louis, Missouri, Ken lived in Detroit, Michigan with his Parents, before making their permanent home in Atlanta, Georgia. From The Jackson Five and Earth, Wind & Fire concerts to his father’s DJ gigs, Ken was immersed in music. Ken’s parents recognized a special gift in their only child one night when they overheard him at a party, playing along with an Al Green song note for note on a toy keyboard – long before his first music lesson!

From that point on, they kept an instrument in his hands and eventually led him to the stringed instruments, and at the impressionable age of nine, he settled on the violin. Throughout school, Ken trained classically to play the violin, which led him to becoming a founding member of the DeKalb Youth Pop’s Orchestra. He would also train himself how to play by ear by mocking the popular music heard on He continues to draw a diverse group of music lovers to his performances and leaves his fans in awe as they find themselves jumping out of their seats and moving to the funky, unique sounds of the electric violin.

Ken’s efforts pay him in many dividends. He now enjoys a solid and accomplished career, playing along side some of contemporary jazz, soul and R&B greats such as Ledisi, Wayman Tisdale, Wyclef Jean, and Lalah Hathaway. The list goes on and on, and it continues to grow as audiences across the nation are introduced to this electrifying instrumentalist. With three successful CDs under his belt, his first release Burnt Toast, his sophomore release Chevelle Lane, and his third release Right Now, Ken continues to top the charts.


The Naperville Jazz Festival will take place at the Naperville Community Concert Center located in Central Park in downtown Naperville,

June 18, 2011.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and we’ll present live jazz from 4 to 10 p.m.

For our 2011 Naperville Jazz Festival sponsored by Calamos Investments, we are pleased to present:

4pm Lisle High School Jazz Combo

5pm Shawn Maxwell Quarter

6pm Agnieszka Iwanska

7pm Reginald T. McCants Quartet

8:30pm Sypro Gyra

Rick O’Dell, Program Director and Midday Personality at WLFM – 87.7FM Chicago’s exclusive Smooth Jazz station, will emcee the event.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and the evening’s performances will begin at 5:00 p.m. Presale tickets are priced at $25. At the day of the event, ticket prices are $30.

Proceeds from the Naperville Jazz Festival go to benefit Project H.E.L.P.

Directions to the Naperville Jazz Festival

The Jazz Festival will take place at the Naperville Community Concert Center located at 104 E. Benton Avenue.

Naperville Community Concert Center, 104 E Benton Ave, Naperville, Illinois 60540

Don’t miss the incredible concert season this year, with stunning performances from your favorite smooth jazz artists. Concerts are held every Friday evening during the warm Southern California summer season. The Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series presents this year a lot of smooth jazz artists.

Schedule begins with:

June 24 – The Max Weinberg Big Band

July 1 – Jeff Lorber Fusion.

Concert artists also include Hiroshima, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Paul White.

Individual prices vary, season tickets are $1300 – $1850 per person. For tickets and information, call (949) 729-6400.

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, California

Charlotte, NC – On June 24-25, 2011, Uptown Charlotte will reverberate with the sounds and rhythms of some of the world’s greatest jazz performers at the 2nd Annual Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest.

Friday, June 24, 2011 – In The Spotlight
Shableek and Uncommon Jazz
Marcus Johnson
Michael Franks

Saturday, June 25, 2011 – Under The Stars
Jeff Lorber Fusion
Gerald Albright
DMS – David Sanborn, Marcus Miller and George Duke

To purchase tickets visit

The Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest will bring together local and international artists to North Carolina.

The Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest will quickly becoming a highly anticipated event in the Carolinas attracting festival attendees from the Southeast region. Many will come just for the music, while others enjoy the shopping and fine dining Uptown Charlotte has to offer.
Road Runner Mobile Amphitheatre, 1000 Seaboard St, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28206

Charlotte, NC –June 24-25, 2011 2nd Annual Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest