Archive for August, 2011

Saturday Wine Festival in the Park

Saturday, September 17, 2011 • 10:30 am – 5:00 pm • Riverbend Park, Palisade, Colorado

Featured jazz group on Saturday:  Dotsero.

A celebration of food and wine featuring the participation of 56 wineries and their winemakers, this festival features the best venue to learn about and taste how Colorado’s wine scene has matured over the past 19 years. Meet winemakers, cheese makers, peach growers, painters, ice carvers, chefs, and Bacchus; and feel what it’s like to stomp grapes. A specially designated tent to store your wine purchases will be available.

Colorado Mountain Winefest, Riverbend Park, 451 Pendleton St, Palisade, Colorado  81526  (Grand Junction)

Piano & Trumpet | Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

„Filled with light, with open minds and open hearts all over” Martin Ehlers played of the nature and the people in Sweden on his second album. The fact that music is always something absolutely sensual for the composer and pianist, one can feel even in the very first notes of his latest album “Feel The Light”, on which he only presents his own compositions. After his debut CD, “Strange Blue Light Bay,” he hit the bull’s eye with “Swedish Moments”. Ehlers took his inspiration for this from Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, but also John Surman, Erik Satie or George Winston, focusing entirely on “Space, light and emotion”. And this is the style he continues with “Feel The Light”.

The music of Martin Ehlers and his trio is not abstractly calculated art, because each of his own compositions arises from a deep feeling. Bassist Thomas Biller, drummer Derek Scherzer and also Ingolf Burkhardt, who joins the band as a guest playing the flugelhorn and the trumpet, are doing their parts: The brilliant musicians understand each other, breathe the same note, creating a fascinating atmosphere of sound that immediately gets under the audience’s skin. It’s not about sentimentality, but about a feeling of being alive in all its shades, that is transformed into sound. They turn their inside out, they become the music itself and one can feel it clearly – “Light After Darkness”. End of 2011 appears his fourth solo album “Fatum”.

Audio samples and more information about Martin Ehlers Trio, click here.

Here you can order your exclusive ticket and hotel room.

The 2nd Fall into Jazz concert will take place on Friday, September 16, 2011 at The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts in Dover, Delaware. The headliner will be internationally acclaimed guitarist and vocalist, Nick Colionne. Opening for Colionne will be The Benjie Porecki Band with Special Guest Jazz Vocalist Lori Anne Williams.

With a jazz style that is both urban and contemporary, Nick Colionne has blazed a trail to the top of the ranks of today’s stars. Combining all of the various influences of his music career from jazz to R&B to blues to rock, he has created an unmistakable sound and vibe that is instantly recognizable. With lightening fast speed and a distinctively silky sound, Nick takes the guitar to unexpected places every time he performs. His rich baritone vocals delight audiences unaccustomed to hearing such a skilled instrumentalist singing as well, and his showmanship….well, you have to see a Nick Colionne show and experience it for yourself. With energy to spare, unparalleled musicianship and a natural comedic flair, he is one of a kind!

Versatility and virtuosity characterize the career of multi-talented songwriter-producer Benjie Porecki, who is often called a “musician’s musician.” He has earned that moniker by performing equally well as a jazz/gospel/funk B-3 organist, jazz/blues pianist, rock keyboardist, and reggae/blues guitarist while holding his own as a solo artist. Porecki enjoys the distinction of being among the top picks of many artists representing diverse genres.

Washington, DC based jazz vocalist Lori Anne Williams has an extensive background in the performing arts and has performed with a wide variety of nationally-known recording artists. Nathaniel Rolnick of says ““Lori Anne Williams has the sought-after combination of soul and technical prowess that reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald – a treat to any jazz fan’s ears.”

Schwartz Center For the Arts, 226 South State St, Dover, Delaware 19901-6728

Friday, September 16, 2011 – 7:00 pm

Announcement of the Promoter:

The Kinfolks Foundation’s Soul Food Festival scheduled to take place at Fulton County’s Wolf Creek Amphitheater on September 3-4, 2011 has been cancelled.

Customers that purchased their tickets through Ticketmaster online or over the phone should be refunded automatically within a week of canceling the event. Customers that purchased their tickets through a Ticketmaster outlet must return to the outlet where they originally purchased their tickets for a refund. To contact Ticketmaster customers may call 1-800-653-8000.

For information on other Soul Food Festival events and the Kinfolks Foundation, contact:

Kinfolks Foundation’s Soul Food Festival

Corporate Headquarters: Post Office Box 50123 – Midwest City, OK 73140

Tel: 877-415-7258 – Fax: 904-354-5252 – Email:

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause customers who have either won or purchased tickets for the event.

As many of you know, The Trinity House is pleased to announce that they are hosting the first annual Labor Day Jazz Benefit Concert entitled “Jazz-It-Up” to benefit the homeless concert for a cause. The event is being held at the luxurious Humphreys Concerts by the Bay (note our event is a private event not a part of Humphreys concert series) on Shelter Island.

VIP Guests will arrive at 5:00PM and take pictures with one of the artists. They will then be escorted to Humphreys Concerts by the Bay Ballroom for dinner. After dinner  VIP guests will be escorted to their reserved seating in the concert area. Doors open to General Admission guests at 5:30PM. They are offering various ticket packages including VIP and Executive VIP which include dinner and hotel stays. They will also be having a silent auction. All proceeds raised will support homeless women and children at The Trinity House.

Jazz it Up: A Benefit Concert for the Homeless will star Jonathan Butler, Jackiem Joyner and Eric Darius.

Humphreys by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, California 92101

Saturday, September 03, 2011 – 5:00 pm

Producers Gerald McCauley and Ben Bove recently completed a documentary film about the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano. They are very proud of this work! The DVD will be available online (mid Sept.) at

This is the documented story of the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano: The Inventor, The Musicians, CBS / Fender employees. The movie tells the inside story of how the Rhodes became the most successful Electric Piano of our time.

The introduction of electric instruments mainstream music and Rhodes use. The movie shows different Rhodes models throughout the generations, performances by musicians on Rhodes and interviews with George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Greg Phillinganes, Marcus Miller, Jeff Lorber, Rodney Franklin, George Benson, Joe Sample, Ellis Hall, Jerry Peters, Ronnie Foster, Bob James, Herbie Hancock, Ray Manzarek, John Novello, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Ramsey Lewis, Maurice White, Larry Dunn, Allee Willis, Lalah Hathaway, Les McCann, Vince Wilburn Jr., Quincy Jones, Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, Rami Jaffee, Michael Bearden, Eumir Deodato, Onaje Allan Gumbs, David Paich, James Poyer, D’Angelo, Donald Fagen, Robin Lumley, Steve Molitz….

New York, NY (22 August 2011): Blessed with an instantly identifiable voice that made her a chart-topping, platinum-selling recording artist around the globe, Basia returned to her native Poland in June to record a live album, From Newport To London: Greatest Hits Live…And More, that will be released by eOne Music on September 13th in conjunction with a twenty-city U.S. concert tour. The jazzy title track with a European film noir air of mystery, one of three new studio recordings penned and produced by Basia and long-time collaborator Danny White, is the first radio single from the collection.

Recorded in Łódź, Poland, From Newport To London generously offers fifteen live songs, including signature hits “Cruising For Bruising,” “New Day For You,” “Promises” and “Time And Tide.” The disc also has an acoustic version of “There’s A Tear,” a new studio recording of a track that appeared on Basia’s 2009 release, It’s That Girl Again, with an entirely new arrangement. The other new song is “Wandering,” a love song about traveling through life’s ups and downs and getting through them by sticking together. It is a duet between Basia and prominent Polish singer Mietek Szcześniak.

“Since the release of our last studio album (It’s That Girl Again), Danny (White) and I have spent a lot of time playing concerts, but we also had some time to write a few new songs. The result of all the touring is that we formed a tight, experienced band that deserved to be documented by recording one of our live shows along with the new songs, which we could not wait for our fans to hear,” said Basia. “It was not easy to choose the songs for the live show, but we tried to include songs from every album we have made so far. Danny and I are very proud of our band. Every one of them had their spot where they could shine and shine they did!”

On tour, Basia will be backed by most of the same band that performed on the live album consisting of White (keyboards), Marc Parnell (drums), Giorgio Serci (guitar), Paul Booth (saxophone) and backing vocalists Veronique Clarisse and Annick Clarisse-Willequet.

Join us for The Sunset Jazz Concert Series

Featuring the best Live Jazz and R&B from the hottest musicians in the region!!!

August 28, 2011 / 4pm to 8pm

The Smooth Jazz Sounds of…

Saxophonist “Jaared”

It’s the perfect way to relax, unwind, meet new people and most of all…


Great Drinks – Great Food

$8.00 General Admission

Latin Palace 509 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231


Due to the weather forecast for this weekend, The Sunset Jazz Concert for 8/28/2011 at Latin Palace is CANCELLED. Saxophonist Jaared Arosemena will be rescheduled this Fall. Thanks and be safe this weekend.


Join Argosy Cruises for a great Jazz Cruise series featuring some of Seattle’s most prominent Jazz Musicians. These cruises feature live music in an intimate atmosphere, a 2-hour cruise of Elliott Bay, champagne greeting and a fantastic brunch buffet all on the Royal Argosy departing from Pier 56 on the Seattle waterfront. Cruises run Mid-August throug the end of October.

2011 Jazz Brunch Series

Aug. 21 Michael Powers

Aug. 28 Deems Tsutakawa

Sep. 4 Greta Matassa

Sep. 11 Susan Pascal

Sep. 18 Michael Powers

Sep. 25 Darren Motamedy

Oct. 2 Deems Tsutakawa

Oct. 9 Greta Matassa

Oct. 16 Susan Pascal

Brunch Menu:

Fresh Fruit Salad, Waldorf Salad, Chilled Farfalle Pasta Salad with traditional alder-smoked salmon, Prawn Cocktail, Northwest Egg Scramble, Oven roasted red potatoes, Uli’s Chicken and Rosemary Sausage, Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, Fresh Pastries, Chef’s Ham Carving Station

Coffee, Tea and champagne greeting.

Rate: $50 per person, plus tax and service charge.

Boarding begins at 11:00am. Cruise departs at 12:00 and returns at 2:00pm.

About the Artists:

Michael Powers: On stage, guitarist Michael Powers has shared billings with Herbie Hancock, the legendary Ray Charles, award-winning vocalist Diane Schuur, Gladys Knight and the Pips and contemporary Jazz artists Ronny Jordan, Tom Grant and David Benoit. His powerful performances have regularly commanded standing ovations.

Darren Motamedy: Saxophonist Darren Motamedy is one of the most sought after contemporary smooth jazz artist in the Northwest. Darren has performed with giants like “The Rippingtons” and “David Lanz”. He has opened shows for Grover Washington Jr., Ray Charles, Dee Daniels, Ce Ce Penniston and Denice Williams with his great band.

Deems Tsutakawa: Deems has established himself internationally as a distinctive and imaginative writer, arranger, producer and an explosive solo pianist. With his roots planted firmly in an Asian American upbringing, Deems’ music has evolved into a delectable blend of R&B, pop and mainstream jazz that he calls “contemporary soul jazz.”

Susan Pascal: Susan Pascal’s music strikes a fine balance between spontaneity and imaginative arrangements, originals and great jazz and American standards. Susan Pascal’s name is as recognizable on the Pacific Northwest jazz scene as the unique tone of the instrument she plays: the vibraphone.

Greta Matassa: Greta wins wide acclaim and has earned a reputation as one of the top jazz vocalists in the Pacific Northwest. Her live performances are known for their soulful melodies, familiar standards, and loyal audiences. Often, Matassa will perform songs that consist entirely of audience requests.

Royal Argosy, Pier 56, 1101 Alaskan Way # 201, Seattle, Washington