Archive for June, 2011

GOLD (The Wedding Song) by Tom Grant and Shelly Rudolph

Did you enjoy the 2010 release of Delicioso by pianist Tom Grant?

Just in time for summer romance, Tom has re-released Gold (The Wedding Song) featuring vocals by Shelly Rudolph.



For a limited time, Tom is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD

Free download limited to the first 99 people

Link expires 7/6/2011!

On Friday, July 29th we are going to showcase some of the greatest artists music who have touched many people from all over the world. We are paying homage to the Music Legacy of Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass and Gerald Levert.

Now if you have never been to one of our tribute shows, I think you might want to purchase your tickets ASAP because this show will SELLOUT quickly.

The Carlyle Club 411 John Carlyle Street Alexandria, VA

Friday, July 29 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm


The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz is a non-profit organization originally conceived by Paul Brown, noted Hartford jazz bassist and music educator. For 25 years, Paul had produced the Monday Night Jazz Concerts in Bushnell Park, drawing thousands of music lovers to Hartford’s Bushnell Park for picnics and world-class entertainment. That first Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in July of 1992, was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of those wonderful summers.

Paul gathered some friends to help plan that first festival, but ultimately turned the Festival over to a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers from the Central Connecticut area, who continued to fulfill his dream of a world-class jazz event in Hartford, while he concentrated on his professional career and the Monday Night Jazz Concerts. Now in its twentieth year, this free-of-charge Festival is supported by small and medium-sized charitable gifts and donations from foundations, businesses and corporations as well as City of Hartford and State of Connecticut grants. The Festival is also generously supported by contributions from individual jazz lovers throughout the region.

The tradition continues in 2011 in Bushnell Park, America’s oldest public park, when the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz will presented its 20th annual event of three nights and two days of hot and cool jazz on the Performance Pavilion and the Friends of the Festival Arch Stage, featuring great artists from around the world and the USA, as well as young and up-and-coming performers from the local region. Connecticut’s State Capitol Building and Hartford’s skyline provide a beautiful, dramatic backdrop as the sun sets and the stars rise in the night sky and on stage.

Schedule 2011

Friday July 15th, 2011

6:30 pm Opening Ceremony

7:00 pm David Gonzalez & The Latin Jazz Experience

8:30 pm Zaccai Curtis Latin Jazz Quintet feat. Ray Vega, Dafnis Prieto, Andy Gonzalez & Reinaldo de Jesus

Saturday July 16th, 2011

4:30 pm Latanya Farrell

6:00 pm Curtis Haywood

7:30 pm Cindy Bradley with Nate Najar

9:00 pm Groove Project is:

Carl Carter, Bass

Matt Marshak, Guitar

‘Third’ Richardson, Drums

Jay Rowe, Keys

Paul ‘Shilts’ Weimar, Sax

Steve Cole, Sax

10:30 pm Jus Us – The Dance Party

Sunday July 17th, 2011

10:00 am Dixieland Jazz Mass at Christ Church Cathedral featuring Ross Tucker’s Hot Cat Jazz Band – 45 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103

4:30 pm Paul Brown Quintet

6:00 pm Josh Evans Sextet is:

Josh Evans, Trumpet

Abraham Burton, Tenor

Ralph Peterson, Drums

Dezron Douglas, Bass

Frank Lacey, Trombone

TBA, Piano

7:30 pm Al Foster Quartet with Special Guest Wallace Roney

Hartford Jazz Festival, Bushnell Park, 1 Jewell St, Hartford, Connecticut 06103

The Festival of Arts is California’s longest-running outdoor fine art exhibition. Its jury process and open-air gallery setting allow this festival to please all types of connoisseurs. The show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Special art-related attractions and special events such as jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, and guided art tours throughout the eight-week run provide entertainment for all. Open July 3 through August 31. $7 for adults, $4 for seniors military personnel and Laguna Beach residents Free. Hours: July 3 & July 4 (Open 10 am – 6 pm); July 5 – August 31 (Open daily 10 am – 11:30 pm).

Jazz on the Green sponsored by KSBR

Select Saturdays: July 9, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Festival of Arts is proud to welcome some of the finest jazz musicians living, to perform on select Saturdays from 1pm-3pm throughout the 2011 season. World-renowned musicians performing in the Festival’s Jazz on the Green series include:

July 9: Jessy J

July 23: Michael Paulo

July 30: Greg Adams with East Bay Soul

August 6: Eric Marienthal and Brian Bromberg with a special guest

August 13: Poncho Sanchez

Festival of the Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, California

7/23/2011 – 7/24/2011

Hideaway Park, Winter Park, Colorado

Saturday, July 23



Alex Bugnon with Special Guest

Nelson Rangell

Sunday, July 24

Dave Koz

Will Downing

Arturo Sandoval

Hot 8 Brass Band

For more information visit this website.

Smooth Jazz At South Shore is one of the premier music festivals in the Midwest. It brings exciting A-list talent while raising significant funds for charity in Northwest Indiana.

Set on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan in Michigan City, IN, it coincides with the Internationally acclaimed Michigan City In-Water Boat Show. Whether for an evening of incredible Smooth Jazz or a weekend of activities, this is an event and destination you’ll want to return to year after year.

The artists 2011:

Sax Pack

THE SAX PACK is a class act consisting of three signature
sax players; Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. Backed by a tight rhythm section, the talented trio combine their life-long love of music and their passion for performance, to make an impact on audiences that love music as much as they do. Committed to sharing the excitement, spontaneity and creative energy that flows between them on stage, THE SAX PACK inspires an audience far beyond the duration of a show. The well-known saxophonists are excited to create a show that combines their individual styles and diverse backgrounds for a fresh approach to the music that inspired them all to become musicians; jazz.

Darren Rahn

Opening the 2011 Smooth Jazz at South Shore will be Darren Rahn and Nate Harasim. Darren is a master’s level jazz graduate from the University of Northern Colorado. As a Canadian born saxophonist Darren is rapidly becoming a major player in the contemporary jazz genre. As an artist, he has recently scored two top five Billboard hits, including his #1 smash hit “Talk of the Town’ which happens to be the title track of his latest CD.

Nate Harasim

Nate Harasim is an award winning pianist, composer, performer throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and recently the United Arab Emirates performing in front of thousands. As an artist and producer he’s reached both the #1 spot on Billboard within the contemporary jazz genre and held #25 in the AC market. Originally from Flint, Michigan, Nate studied music at the Flint Institute of Music for 9 years. He moved on to the University of Michigan School of Music where he deepened his knowledge, while also pursuing a degree in business. Shortly after Nate joined the U.S. Navy and attended the critically acclaimed Naval School of Music.In 1994, at age 13, Nate quickly gained the reputation and chart topping producer. As a keyboardist he has traveled as a versatile pianist and keyboardist, winning “Best In the State” improvisation and composition. Shortly after he built a band and was playing with the likes of Grammy award winner Norman Brown, Wayman Tisdale, Pamela Williams, Tom Braxton amongst others.

Go for tickets here.

Guy Foreman Amphitheatre, Washington Park shoreline, Michigan City, Indiana

Saturday, August 20, 2011 – 7:00 pm

Music is here. August 12-14, over 1000 artists and 100,000 music lovers converge for a weekend of fantastic musical diversity, tradition, and innovation.

The hottest event of the summer features a stellar lineup of international music stars and new discoveries playing straight-ahead jazz, blues, salsa, latin and more! Presented on 10+ stages and venues over three days, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest transforms downtown San Jose with grooves, food and family fun.

Among many other artists you will see Dave Koz, George Duke, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Ray Obiedo. For more information visit

San Jose Jazz Festival, Main Stage, Downtown San Jose, San Jose, California

The Annual Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival, JazzFest, has become a summer favorite for Sioux Falls and the region. JazzFest is a now a three-day outdoor musical event, featuring two stages and is FREE to the public. At JazzFest 2010 an estimated 75,000 enjoyed the music, sun, food and people watching.

Who organizes JazzFest? JazzFest is a fundraiser for Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You can learn more about Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues at their website

Take a spin through the web site and learn more about the upcoming JazzFest on July 14-16, 2011 at Yankton Trail Park!

Keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber created Jeff Lorber Fusion in the late 1970’s before Contemporary Jazz had a name. The “Fusion” came from blending other genres into jazz hybrid. The band’s first four albums were a group effort, but by 1982 Jeff Lorber Fusion was a solo project. In all Jeff Lorber released 16 solo albums before picking up the “Fusion” again in 2010. The latest release as Jeff Lorber Fusion, Now Is The Time, was nominated for a Grammy as Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

Jeff Lorber has been a part of four Grammy nominations: 1985’s Best R&B Instrumental for his song “Pacific Coast Highway,” 2005’s Best Pop Instrumental Album for Flipside, 2007’s Best Contemporary Jazz Album for He Had a Hat, and most recently in 2010.

Call it Fusion, Contemporary Jazz or Smooth—Lorber will be a great afternoon act for JazzFest. Check the complete line-up of this festival here.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues, Yankton Trail Park, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Grammy nominated artist, Paul Jackson Jr, fusion composer, arranger, producer and guitarist is considered to be the most recorded guitarist in the world. He has seven solo records to his credit, with four consecutive singles achieving top five status on smooth jazz charts, one of which was number one for weeks. Jackson is also a highly accomplished session player, having recorded with artists ranging from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Patti LaBelle, to rockers such as Chicago and Elton John, to jazz greats such as Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, Marcus Miller and Kirk Whalum.

Jackson is currently the guitarist on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno after having been the guitarist for ten years on TV Talent show American Idol. For more information visit the website at For tickets visit

Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM (PT)

Redondo Beach, CA