Archive for November, 2011

Bonny Bonaparte has left Spyro Gyra for health related reasons. You may remember that Bonny missed about a month earlier this year while Will Kennedy and (mostly) Josh Dion filled in for him.

What happened was a stroke, from which Bonny has not yet fully recovered. Further, his doctor has advised him that the travel, that is a necessary part of being in this band, poses a threat to his continued health and recovery.

Bonny Bonaparte (Drums) was born and raised on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. His early shows with popular local groups such as “The Trinidad Troubadours” followed by tours in the U.S., Canada, South America, The Virgin Islands, and most of the Caribbean gave Bonny the opportunity to perform with such diverse artists as James Brown, The Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Commodores, The Jackson 5, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Manhattans, Millie Jackson, B.T. Express, and many others.

After returning home, Bonny played with Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Yellowman, and recorded with Valentine, The Mighty Sparrow, Crazy, Calypso Rose, Tony Ricardo, and his mentor Earl Rodney and Friends.

Bonny currently resides in Las Vegas, where he’s performed with Clint Holmes, Dennis Miller, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Jeffrey Osborne, David Brenner, Soul Desire, Paul Christopher, Tony Tillman, and many others. Bonny has toured and recorded with Bruce Hornsby for several years, and was touring and recording with Spyro Gyra. Bonny is listed as one of the “Prominent & Influential R&B drummers of the 1990’s” in “The Ten Commandments of R&B Drumming” (Zoro).

We pray for a full recovery for Bonny B.

Yoshi’s is happy to offer a dinner + show package for New Years Eve.
Performing artist on all days is Brian Culbertson.

At a cost of $165, the package includes a ticket to the show, priority reserved seating, special NYE dinner, and a savings over the cost of purchasing separately.

Doors open at 7:30 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM.

Shows at December 29, 30, 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, California 94607

Saxophonist Phil Denny has a long history of performing in the midwest as the front man and founder of the Lansing, Michigan group Too Smooth For Notes. For the last several years, Phil has been developing and honing in on his individuality on the sax while cultivating a diverse fan base and building an impressive resume including performing with or along side notable artist like Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Randy Scott, Tim Bowman, Lalah Hathaway, Gail Jhonson, Howard Hewitt, Al McKenzie, Orrick Ewing and even had an impromptu jam session with Stevie Wonder.

This time great keyboardist Nate Harasim will share the show.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel Resort 1100 Nugget Ave Sparks, NV 89431

Wednesday, December 14th 2011 – Doors Open at 6:00 PM

Once in a great while an artist, with a history and story so compelling, returns with a product so unique and masterful, that it demands serious attention! That’s Andre Delano. His style is a great mixture of R&B, dance, and funky soul. Join Ms. Bridgette and the CoffeeTalk Jazz Crew at Legendary Spaghettini Grill & Lounge for Andre Delano’s Smooth Soul Christmas.

Spaghettini Grill & Lounge, 3005 Old Ranch Parkway, Seal Beach, California 90740
Saturday, December 3rd 7:30 pm
$30 Reserved Seats Tel: 562-596-2199

Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter At Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody, Atlanta, Georgia 30346

Saturday, December 31, 2011 – 10:00 pm

Go for tickets here!

With phenomenal capabilities of emulating and incorporating music styles from global genres with a mix of pop/rock/soul and contemporary, he has forged the edge on branding a fresh, new, crisp and chart topping sound as an unparalleled guitarist and signature vocalist. His radiating live performances have earned him countless standing ovations throughout the U.S. and world tour invites. Adding a technical force to his credit, Steve Oliver is branded and acknowledged for designing a spectacular guitar synth for Carvin Guitars and has conducted training videos available online and demonstrations the NAMM show annually.

He has already several albums to his credit. First View (1999), Positive Energy (2002), 3D (2004), Radiant (2006), Snowfall (2006) and the DVD/CD feature One Night Live (2008) are to mention. His new album is entitled Global Kiss and released by Oliver’s own label SOM Entertainment.

Don’t miss his spectacular New Year’s show at La Palapa Restaurant Bar.   La Palapa Restaurant Bar Night Club & Banquet Facility serving Southern California for all your dinner, party, banquet, beachfront beach wedding & reception needs located in Belmont Shore of Long Beach, California SoCal always the best food and live entertainment.

La Palapa Restaurant Bar, 4020 Olympic Plaza, Belmont Shore, California 90803

Saturday, December 31, 2011 – 9:30 pm

Today we kick off our Christmas Tour! Mindi Abair, Kirk Whalum and I will be traveling all over the USA, playing 20 shows- a mix of holiday favorites along with some of our own music. This is the first time Kirk is joining us so if you’ve seen us before, you can expect a totally revamped show. Ho ho ho! We hope to see you out there!


November 25 Austin, TX One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road

November 29 Dallas, TX House of Blues, 220 Lamar Street

November 30 Houston, TX House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Street

December 1 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue

December 2 New Haven, CT John Lyman Center, Southern Connecticut State

December 3 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Boulevard

December 4 Reading, PA Miller Center for the Arts, 2nd and Washington Street

December 6 & 7 Boston, MA Scullers Jazz Club, Double Tree Guest Suites, 400 Soldier Field Road

December 8 Annapolis, MD Rams Head Tavern, 33 West Street

December 9 Buffalo, NY Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue

December 10 New York, NY BB King’s Blues Club and Grill, 237 West 42nd Street

December 12 Stuart, FL Lyric Theater, 59 S.W. Flagler Avenue

December 13 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 Mc Mullen Booth Road (Clearwater Jazz Charity Event)

December 14 Jacksonville, FL The Florida Theatre, 128 East Forsyth Street

December 16 Fresno, CA Tower Theatre, 815 East Olive Avenue

December 17 Sacramento, CA Grand Ballroom, Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane

December 18 San Diego, CA Balboa Theater, 86B Fourth Avenue

Rick Braun is coming back for more at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa for the Tucson Jazz Society’s 6th Annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular 2011!

Plans have already begun to ring in the New Year with another hand picked, “best of the best” award winning line-up including Euge Groove and Jonathan Butler! ! Rick will be getting the party started early, revving up the excitement and bringing you up-to-the minute information at each stop on his worldwide tour throughout 2011.

“If you like great music, great food, great company and an incredible party, don’t miss this event!” – Rick Braun

Tickets for this exciting evening include a delectable gourmet dinner specially crafted by the resort’s award-winning culinary team, dancing ‘til you drop, a midnight toast and more.  For more information visit Tucson Jazz Society.

Chris Botti returns to the Blue Note for his highly-anticipated annual three week run through Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Since the 2004 release of his critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti (pronounced boat-tee) has become the largest-selling American jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music, and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum, and Grammy Awards.

Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, and Aerosmith’s own Steven Tyler.

Hitting the road for 250 days or more per year, Botti and his incredible band have performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including performances at the World Series and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

A master artist and performer, Botti, who’s sold nearly three million albums worldwide, worked closely with an unparalleled roster of the world’s greatest musicians, drawing from a wide-ranging repertoire of pop, jazz, and classical music to create a series of aesthetically rewarding performances and two night’s worth of unforgettable concert experiences. Chris Botti In Boston, an extraordinarily luxurious film of the two-night event, captures and accentuates the warmth, excitement, chemistry and spontaneity of the shows.

Appearing December 15, 2011 – January 1, 2012.

Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012