Archive for December, 2011

At the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center this morning, Charlie Siemon, Chairman of Festival of the Arts Boca, announced the much-anticipated lineup for the 2012 festival, which will run from March 7 to 18 in Mizner Park.

“We’re proud of what will be another bang-up year,” said Siemon, stressing that the 2011 festival’s trends toward younger performers will continue next year. He also said that the festival has built up enough prestige in its five years that booking his most desired acts was not a problem: “When we wanted somebody, we were able to get them.”

Look for more extensive coverage of Festival of the Arts Boca in the February edition of Boca Raton magazine, including a detailed festival road map and interviews with authors. In the meantime, here’s the full lineup.

7:30 p.m. March 7: Jose Carreras, a world-renowned member of the Three Tenors, will perform at Mizner Park Amphitheater.

7:30 p.m. March 8: Alfredo Rodriguez, a Cuban jazz pianist with Miami roots, will perform with his trio at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center.

7:30 p.m. March 9: Building from the success of last year’s live score to “The Wizard of Oz,” the Boca Symphonia will conduct the music for a screening of “Casablanca,” to celebrate the film’s 70th anniversary, at the amphitheater.

4 p.m. March 10: Kevin Bleyer, the head writer for “The Daily Show” will return by popular demand after his successful lecture at this year’s festival, at the cultural arts center.

7:30 p.m. March 10: “The Night at the Opera” will feature three young stars from the Metropolitan Opera – Angela Meade, James Valenti and Jennifer Johnson Cano – at the amphitheater.

4 p.m. March 11: Barbara McDonald Stewart, whose father James served as the first U.S ambassador to Israel, will speak about the founding of Israel and her book “Refugees and Rescue” at the cultural arts center.

7:30 p.m. March 11: Time for Three, a string trio that combines classical, country, gypsy and jazz music into its repertoire, will perform at the amphitheater.

7 p.m. March 12: Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” will speak about “Knowing Your Value” at the amphitheater.

7 p.m. March 13: Dr. Susan Resnick Pierce will moderate a President’s Panel on “The Role of the College President in Preparing Citizens of the World” at the cultural arts center.

7:30 p.m. March 14: Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa will perform with the Lynn Philharmonia at the amphitheater.

7:30 p.m. March 15: Two jazz trios – fronted by Patti Austin and Tony DeSaro, the former focusing on Gershwin – will present a “Jazz Roots” program in the amphitheater.

7 p.m. March 16: Andrew Ross Sorkin, the best-selling journalist of “Too Big to Fail,” will speak about “How to Fix the Financial System” at the amphitheater.

8:30 p.m. March 16: Legendary Mexican-American conga player, Latin jazz band leader and salsa singer Poncho Sanchez will provide an evening of music and dancing at the amphitheater.

3 p.m. March 17: Celtic rock band Seven Nations and the Drake School Dancers will highlight a special Saint Patrick’s Day Bash at the amphitheater.

5 p.m. March 18: Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the festival’s Distinguished Writer in Residence, will conclude Festival of the Arts Boca at the cultural arts center.

Special VIP tickets are on sale now; individual and package tickets for the public will go on sale Nov. 2. For information, call 561/368-8445 or visit

This event is the perfect way to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. The Dr. King Cool Jazz Weekend Jazz Celebration will feature African-American excellence in music. Dr. King gave his life to demonstrate African-American excellence and we have booked a talented group of Cool Jazz/R&B artists who reflect excellence in Jazz.

Tom Browne (Funkin For Jamaica) will be the featured headliner, Jazz/R&B sax man Kyle Turner, Jazz/R&B Violinist Michael Ward, Jazz/R&B Pianist Darrell Lavigne, and guest vocalist will add to their unique talents to the lineup. Chef Mario will present the Platinum VIP Cool Jazz Buffet from 7pm to 8:30pm. Dancing and Entertainment will follow from 8:30pm to 12 Midnight. Gold Seating will begin at 8:30pm.

Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 7:00 pm
Sunset Station Ballroom, 1174 E Commerce St, San Antonio, Texas 78205

The International Polo Club is the ideal venue for the coolest event in South Florida. Smooth Jazz will be flowing along with: Great Food – Great Drink – Awesome Music

February 10-11th 2012

Cindy Bradley
Nicole Henry
Mindi Abair

Saturday – 1:30 PM

Urban Gypsy
Robert Harris
Nick Colionne
Michael Franks
Mindi Abair & Friends
Jeff Golub
David Pack
Frank Richardson III
Kim George
Ron Reinhardt
Peter Moya

International Polo Club, 3667 120th Ave South, Wellington, Florida 33414 (West Palm Beach)
Fri, 02/10/2012 – 05:00 – Sat, 02/11/2012 – 08:00


September 22nd thru September 29th, 2013

Ports of Call: Barcelona, Messina, Sicily; Mykonos, Greece; Athens, Greece; Sorrento, Italy

This is a Unique opportunity to hang out with Dave and his friends. You don’t want to let this ship sail without you.

On board are Michael McDonald, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Keiko Matsui, Peter White, Vincent Ingala, and more!

In a career spanning nearly two decades, Dave Koz has established himself as a platinum-selling artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host, and instrumental music advocate. On September 22, 2009, Dave Koz, the six-time Grammy nominee, was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a star in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame.

The list of artists who Koz has played with bears testament to his talent and includes such musical luminaries as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, U2, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross, and Rod Stewart. With a triumphant career as an artist and radio personality, and the well-earned respect of the recording industry, Dave’s artistry, commitment and influence continue to grow. His recent Concord Records release, Hello Tomorrow, features 13 tracks written by Dave and his collaborators, friends and legends and focuses on new beginnings along with a bright future.

For more information about the cruise visit

Their only L.A. Appearance! Two Shows! One Night Only! The Night before the “2011 Drum Off”, Grafitti will be at the world famous Baked Potato!

Baked Potato has earned its reputation for serving the best “spuds” in town, as well as L.A.’s best spot for the greatest names in Jazz, Blues, and Rock since 1970. Check out their calendar for further info:

Friday January 13, 2012
The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd West.
Studio City, CA 91604
Tel: (818) 980-1615
Open Nightly 7:00pm – 2:00am
Show Times 9:30pm and 11:30pm

All Ages Welcome!!!

Tickets: $30.00, ask about the $5 off coupon!
Baked Potato Accepts, Visa / MC / American Express / Discover/ Cash, over the phone, or by internet!

Dennis Chambers / drums
Gary Grainger / bass
U-Nam / guitar
Haakon Graf / keys

Jan. 10, 2012: Jazz Alley – Seattle
Jan. 11, 2012: Jazz Alley – Seattle
Jan. 12, 2012: kuumbwas – Santa Cruz
Jan. 13, 2012: Baked Potato – Los Angeles (Studio City)
Jan. 14, 2012: Nokia Theater (Drum Off) – Los Angeles (TBD)
Jan. 15, 2012: Yoshis – Oakland
Jan. 17, 2012: Marquee 15 – Corona
Jan. 19, 2012: Cohibas – Long Beach
and more being added for February of 2012!

U.S. Bookings:
Peggy Jo Oliva

Musical heavyweights Jason Mraz, James Blunt, Jools Holland and James Morrison are set to headline the 2012 Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival, the event’s 10th anniversary.

The nine-day fest, with more than 200 performers across 27 concerts, will also cover genres such as blues, funk, swing, acid, rock, contemporary, modern and fusion.

It will be held at Dubai Festival City February 16 to 24. Officials have promised “wallet-friendly ticket prices”.

Other top artists in the line-up are Jonathan Butler (r&b/jazz fusion), Brett Dennen (folk/pop) and Spyro Gyra (jazz fusion).

Anthony Younes, managing director of ChillOut Productions, the festival’s organiser, said the next instalment will be “the finest in the event’s 10-year history”. It will be “one to remember”, he stressed.

The 2011 edition attracted 50,000 audience members and Younes hopes to reach the same number next year.

“Since launching in 2003, we’ve strived to meet the expectations of our rising fans,” said Younes. “To accommodate all of them, we have moved to our new home, Dubai Festival City, to take the festival to a level never before seen.” Brian LaBelle, senior vice president of Skywards, said the jazz festival “has done much to contribute to the growing arts and cultural scene in Dubai”.

Shows will be hosted every night at the Al Badia Golf Course, allowing thousands of music enthusiasts the opportunity to sit back and enjoy a cross-mix of genres in a chilled-out atmosphere.

“The festival will be held in the most tranquil of settings, at the golf course. Access in and out is very easy,” said Ian Plumley, head of sales and marketing for Dubai Festival City, who referred to the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival as “one of the things to do when you come to Dubai”.

Grammy-winning artist Blunt, who rose to fame with hit songs You’re Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover, performed at the festival in 2009. Mraz rose to fame in 2008 with his hit song I’m Yours, which spent an impressive 76 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

The first weekend of the Main Gigs section (February 16 and 17) will feature 15 international jazz artists. It will be followed by the Jazz Garden event (February 18 to 22). The second weekend of Main Gigs (February 23 and 24), as with the first weekend, will host high-energy concerts from the music world’s finest acts.

Special Smooth Jazz artists on this festival are Acoustic Alchemy on February 16th, Jonathan Butler on February 17th,  Althea Rene on February 18th,  Cindy Bradley on February 21st,  All-Star Smooth Jazz on February 22nd, and Spyro Gyra on February 23rd.

For further information on ticket prices and performance dates, visit

We are pleased to announce the line-up for our 10th annual Jazz on the Vine, May 11-13, 2012!

Join us at The Osthoff Resort for a wonderful weekend of dynamic performances by world-renowned jazz musicians including White Hot Summer Groove featuring Peter White and Euge Groove, Nick Colionne, Celebrating the Music of Grover Under the Direction of Jason Miles, Down to the Bone, Maysa, Jackiem Joyner, Matt Marshak and Marcell Guyton!

Sample an array of over 100 exotic wines from international and domestic vineyards and enjoy eclectic cuisine created by our award-winning Osthoff Chefs.


Friday, May 11th 4:30pm Gates Open

5:15pm Jackiem Joyner
7:15pm Maysa
9:15pm White Hot Summer Groove
Featuring Peter White and Euge Groove
Saturday, May 12th 1:00pm Gates Open

1:45pm Matt Marshak
3:45pm Down to the Bone
6:15pm Celebrating the Music of Grover
Featuring Walter Beasley, Tom Scott, Gerald Veasley and Grammy Award Producer, Jason Miles
8:45pm Nick Colionne

Afterglow – May 11th & 12th
Marcell Guyton performs nightly at Lola’s on the Lake Restaurant & Lounge following the last performance

Jazz on the Vine, Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 53020 (Sheboygan)


This is living proof that if you believe in something, it can become a reality. Earlier this summer Elan Trotman had a dream to collaborate with another up-and-coming artist likehimself and 6 months later, New Kidz on The Horns (w/ Lin Rountree) has made some serious noise in the smooth jazz circuit, played some major festivals across the country, and recently scored a Top 20 Radio single with our cover of Stevie Wonder’s “As” (now available on iTunes). Dream big for 2012 – the year of the Indie Artist! The sky is the limit!

Cedars Banquet Hall, 419 Island Pond Rd, Springfield, Massachusetts 01118

Saturday, December 31, 2011 – 9:00 pm

A resident of Palm Springs, California, Will Donato is a frequent headliner with The Art of Sax at smooth jazz concerts in the area. He is also a frequent guest of Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, a pioneering smooth jazz concert promoter and morning drive radio personality on Palm Springs’ KJJZ.

Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa Indian Wells, 44-600 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, California 92210 (Map) (Palm Desert, Palm Springs area)


Saturday, December 31, 2011 – 9:00 pm


Celebrate the music that made movies great! Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz joins Marvin Hamlisch and your PSO in a concert featuring memorable songs from the silver screen. Hear Marvin’s own Academy Award-winning song, “The Way We Were,” as well as other classics “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz and “Somewhere” from West Side Story. Tap your feet along to music from The Pink Panther, James Bond and more. This concert is pure entertainment!

Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:30 00
Friday, January 27, 2012 at 8:00 00
Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 8:00 00
Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 2:30 00

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, 600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222