Archive for August, 2011

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

Check out The Texas Smooth Groove Tour coming to a city near you! There will be a lot of great musicians with Texas connections!!! For all of you in or near Texas who miss 107.5 The Oasis September 2nd is The Reunion Gathering for all of you at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville, Texas!!

Join us in September for the Texas Smooth Groove Tour with Tom Braxton, Fingerprints and Mark Harper (hosted by Lynn Briggs).

Ticket on sale August 5, 2011 @ Come and enjoy a great night of Smooth Jazz

MCL Grand Theater, 100 N Charles St, Lewisville, Texas 75057 (Dallas area)

Friday, September 02, 2011 – 7:00 pm

St. Louis, Missouri (22 August 2011): Anyone who has ever sailed upon The Smooth Jazz Cruise knows why it has earned the moniker “The Greatest Party At Sea.” Beginning with the 2013 sailings – January 13-20 and January 20-27 – the week-long music theme cruise to the Caribbean featuring the brightest contemporary jazz stars will officially be renamed The Greatest Party At Sea. George Benson will be the special guest headliner, which will be the first time the iconic guitarist-singer has ever performed aboard a ship.

Departing from Fort Lauderdale aboard Holland America’s m/s Westerdam, The Greatest Party At Sea will cruise in luxury to Belize, Cozumel, and Key West. Guests will be treated to an extended stay in Cozumel, allowing the time to fully explore its exotic beauty and enjoy the full complement of excursions on offer.

But the primary lure to this cruise is the extraordinary music. In addition to Benson, legendary pianist Bob James, R&B vocalist Angie Stone and jazz violinist Ken Ford will make their debut aboard the full-ship charter previously known as The Smooth Jazz Cruise, which has been sailing annually since 2004, selling out many months in advance. Grammy winners David Sanborn and Marcus Miller will host the cruise while Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer will serve as special event hosts. Adding more star power to the list of performers are Rick Braun, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub and musical director Brian Simpson. Funny man Alonzo Bodden will provide comic relief. Cruise director Dane Butcher and radio personality Pat Prescott will also host the festivities.

“Our vision for The Smooth Jazz Cruise has never wavered. The name change simply reflects the broad and diverse talent that takes the stage as well as the wide and exciting array of opportunities presented to passengers. We promise to present the finest music and cruise experience in the world. Seeking and signing the very best artists in this genre may be the most important facet of that pledge. The lineup for The Greatest Party At Sea 2013 clearly reflects our dedication to excellence and our commitment to the most amazing people we have ever known – our loyal guests,” said Michael Lazaroff, executive director of Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises), producer of The Greatest Party At Sea.

The Greatest Party At Sea is an experiential vacation that offers passengers a wealth of opportunities to meet and interact with their favorite artists off-stage in an out-of-the-ordinary setting. While sailing to picturesque ports of call in the Caribbean, guests enjoy nightly headline concerts with unique artist pairings in a large showroom theatre as well as in more intimate lounges that foster spontaneous collaborations. More laidback shows happen poolside day and night, and many guests dance until dawn in the ship’s nightclub. Daytime activities aboard the ship include cocktail parties hosted by the musicians, autograph and question & answer sessions, informative panels, sporting events, and contests. While in port, guests can indulge in a wealth of sun and fun relaxation and recreation choices as well as some of the finest shopping options in the world. The ship contains an abundance of opportunities for pampering in the spa and salon or to get a workout in at the health club. And with all the fine dining rooms, restaurants and room service available, cruisers often sign up for one of the many different fitness classes offered.

Since approximately 60% of the passengers are returning guests, special rates are offered for their loyalty with the steepest discount provided to those who have sailed with the program four or more times. To reserve a cabin from the U.S. and Canada, guests can call toll-free 888.8JAZZ.US (888.852.9987). International guests – and there are usually two dozen countries represented on each sailing – can call toll-free 800-8JAZZ.USA (800.852.99872). For more information about The Greatest Party At Sea, please visit

About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises)

The largest private music charter company in the world, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) owns, produces and promotes The Greatest Party At Sea (The Smooth Jazz Cruise) and The Jazz Cruise (, and is proud to partner with Time Life for The Malt Shop Memories Cruise ( and an R&B/soul music cruise soon to be announced. Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) prides itself on providing first-class musical vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective genres for loyal passengers, many of whom make the cruises an annual affair. With its current slate of excursions, Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) will have produced 35 full-ship charter cruises. Additional information is available at

The 14th Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival presents internationally acclaimed Grammy-winning jazz & blues artists, 200 wines from 20 wineries and great Northwest cuisine. Headline Grammy-winning acts include jazz legend Al Jarreau, Arturo Sandoval, Spyro Gyra, Diane Schuur, Stanley Jordan, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bill Frisell, Coco Montoya and blues master John Hammond.

August 26th, 27th, & 28th, 2011
Friday 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

8th and Columbia Sts, Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington

See you in the Historic 4th Avenue Business District Saturday, September 24, 2011 !

This year’s festival brings traditional and contemporary jazz to the streets of the city’s downtown Historic Fourth Avenue District, giving the community just a taste of the rich cultural heritage of the area. The Taste of Fourth Avenue Jazz Festival is a dynamic event featuring local and nationally renowned jazz artists. The festival is a community event providing first class entertainment, a diverse selection of food vendors, and an arts village for everyone to enjoy. Business merchants include Urban Impact, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame-Carver Performing Arts Theater, Green Acres Café, Masonic Temple , and Magic City Barber Shop.

Taste 2011 Performers

2:00pm- 2:45pm Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame All Stars
3:00pm- 3:45pm Bo Berry
4:00pm- 4:45pm Neo Jazz Collective
5:00pm- 5:45pm Cleve Eaton
6:00pm- 6:45pm Daniel Jose’ Carr
7:00pm- 7:45pm Darryl Evan Jones
8:00pm- 9:30pm Paul Taylor 

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, 1631 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Saturday, September 24, 2011 – 2:00 pm