Archive for February, 2012

Midtown Groove Presents:
New Music Night @The Houndstooth Pub

Will Donato & Elan Trotman with Kenny Harris & Jay Rowe

Saturday, March 10, 2012 – 7:00 pm

Houndstooth Pub, 520 8th Ave at 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Doors 7 PM/Show 8 PM

Advance tickets $16 Strongly Suggested


To experience the contemporary jazz stylings of The Rippingtons is like taking a colorful and adventurous journey. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by the travels of founder, producer and creative force Russ Freeman, with titles like “Tourist in Paradise,” “Kilimanjaro,” and “Weekend in Monaco.” Collectively, their recordings have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide.

The Rippingtons were founded by guitarist/composer Freeman in 1986, at the dawn of the format that became known as smooth jazz. Jonathan Widran of says, “Freeman’s incredible melodies and acoustic and electric playing . . . have been among the most consistently appealing mainstays in the genre’s rich history, meaning that fans can always count on the latest Rippingtons project to be a winner.” The same goes for their live performances, which display the musical mastery and creative energy of these true virtuosos in their field.

After 25 years and 18 studio albums, this Grammy-nominated powerhouse band continues to break new ground. On their last CD, Freeman and the Ripps took fans on the trip of a lifetime to the “Cote d’Azur.” Next time out, who knows? Freeman’s musical passport still has lot of open space to be stamped, and the journey continues.

Prepare to be transported by the music of The Rippingtons, who continue to refresh and redefine the genre of contemporary jazz. You’ll be glad you took the trip.

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Lyric Theatre, 59 Southwest Flagler Ave, Stuart, Florida 34994

Saturday, March 10, 2012 – 4:00 pm


Join us for a great concert and fundraiser for the Musical Arts Institute featuring performances by Grammy award winner Al Jarreau, Gerald Albright and Michael Manson. Tickets can be obtained through or

These tickets will sell out soon so get yours today and join us for a memorable evening of music. If you can’t be in attendance, please consider making a donation at Thank you .

Al Jarreau

Called “the voice of versatility” and “one of the world’s greatest natural resources”. Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style is one of the world’s most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy® Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide. MAI is grateful and excited that Al has consented to headline our 1st annual gala .

Gerald Albright

Albright has sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone. His self-produced music features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals. Gerald has definitely earned the reputation as the “musician’s musician.” Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself. He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful. He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary.

Albright gives his audience what they come for – a great show! Soon, Albright began to make a name for himself as a sideman of great insight and musicianship, playing on albums by a wide variety of artists — including Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton-John, the Temptations and Maurice White. He also toured extensively with Les McCann, Rodney Franklin, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, the Winans, Marlena Shaw, Debra and Eloise Laws, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, and many others. With 9 CDs under his belt and one collaboration CD, Albright has definitely gained his place in the music world as a player, songwriter and producer.

Michael Manson

With the release of his previous CD, ‘Just Feelin It.’ Michael Manson joined the ranks of today’s premiere jazz artists. His first single “Coming Right At Ya” reached the top 10 on the R&B Smooth Jazz. Bass-master Michael Manson moved from sideman to center-stage on his solo debut, ‘The Bottom Line.’

His passion and precision are displayed with both unrelenting power and laid-back grace on the album that, he says, “reflects the deepest expression of all I have felt making music for the last twenty years.” “I’m happy to be joining the line up for this year’s gala. We will perform and have a great time with the purpose of helping our community foster a sense of excellence through music. Looking forward to it.”

Saturday, April 21, 2012 7:30pm until 10:30pm

UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608

In a recording career of over three decades, master guitarist Earl Klugh has been lauded first as a prodigy and ground breaker, then a defining figure, and ultimately one of the true statesmen of jazz.

Earl Klugh has recorded over 30 albums in his prolific career including 23 Top 10 charting records – five of them No. 1 – on Billboard’s Jazz Album chart. Klugh is both a Grammy-winner and Edison Music Award-winner and has garnered 12 career Grammy nominations, the latest in 2009 for “The Spice of Life.” A Ferst favorite!

Single Tickets for the 2011-12 Season are on sale now.

Season Ticket Packages of five shows or more are on sale now. Contact the Box Office at 404-894-9600 to place your season ticket package order. Download a 2011-12 Season Ticket Order Form

Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive N.W., Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia 30332

Saturday, March 03, 2012 – 8:00 pm

Superstars of Smooth Jazz shining for the stars of FEAT.  Rock’in the Vineyard 2012 presents Steve Oliver and the Producers Paul Brown and Darren Rahn.

Young’s Vineyard, 10120 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-3005

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC and The Smooth Jazz Cruise announced today that George Benson, one of the most influential crossover musicians in contemporary jazz, R&B and pop, will perform at The Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater (“The Fred”) in Peachtree City, GA on Friday, June 1, 2012 to help launch The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea 2013.  Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:00AM EST and are available at The Fred box office, Ticket Alternative outlets, via the Ticket Alternative phone line (800.745.3000) and online at

Benson will be the special guest performer on The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea 2013, which will be his cruise debut.  The 10-time Grammy winner will perform shows over two days when the luxurious 7-day Caribbean cruise is in port at Cozumel.  At various points along the four-decade continuum of Benson’s illustrious career, he has been heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops, a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication or a combination of both.  Benson is presently touring in support of his latest album, “Guitar Man.”  “It’s a very simple equation,” the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master said of his longevity.  “In the end, it’s about the songs and the stories.  That’s what keeps the music fresh for me.”

Opening the concert at The Fred will be Atlanta-based jazz trumpeter Joey Sommerville, whose musical essence lies in the Baptist church.  “When I was a teenager, I would judge the caliber of my playing by the number of people in the congregation who ‘got happy’.  If you aren’t touching the listener’s soul, then you aren’t really playing music.  Soul communication is the key.”  His latest offering, “The Get Down Club,” is iconic, forward-thinking contemporary jazz featuring funk, gospel and bop influences delivered with pop sensibilities.


About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC

The largest private music ship charter company in the world, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Party: Greatest Party At Sea ( and The Jazz Cruise (, and is proud to partner with Time Life for The Malt Shop Memories Cruise ( and The Soul Train Cruise (   Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC 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 will have produced 37 full-ship charter cruises.  Additional information is available at

Source:  Great Scott Productions

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell announced the music lineup for the 2012 Festival scheduled for April 27 – 29 and May 3 – 6.  Started in 1970, the Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to showcase the most storied names in music history alongside many of Louisiana’s equally respected musical artists. A true heritage festival, Jazz Fest stands alone in presenting the highest caliber artists in such varied genres as gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, pop, R&B, Cajun, zydeco and much more. Over 400,000 fans attended last year’s Festival, which annually celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana.

Trombone Shorty, Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, TBA, John Mayer, The Neville Brothers, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, Ne-Yo, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Paulina Rubio, Jill Scott, Florence + the Machine, Allen Toussaint, Feist, Bunny Wailer, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John, Janelle Monae, Yolanda Adams, Iron & Wine, Pete Fountain, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Steel Pulse, Rebirth Brass Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Esperanza Spalding, funky Meters, Levon Helm Band with special guest Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Aaron Neville, Steve Earle, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary Jam, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Ani DiFranco, Givers, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Dianne Reeves, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Better Than Ezra, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Koz, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gomez, Pedrito Martinez, The Bounce Shake Down feat. Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black, and DJ Poppa, Israel & New Breed, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Zebra, Amanda Shaw, James Cotton “Superharp” Band, Cowboy Mouth, Asleep at the Wheel, Papa Grows Funk, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Rush, Chuck Leavell & Friends, Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Voice of the Wetlands All Stars, John Boutt, Gary Clark Jr., Texas Tornados, Poncho Sanchez Latin Band with Terence Blanchard, Cheikh LÃ (Senegal), Tab Benoit, Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread”, Bombino (Niger), Glen Hansard, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Jeremy Davenport, Sara Jarosz, Bonerama, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic, Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey, Wycliffe Gordon, Donald Harrison, Lindigo & Fixi (Reunion Island & France), Sonny Landreth, Buckwheat Zydeco, Soul Rebels, The Stars of Heaven, Jewel Brown with the Heritage Hall Band, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Anders Osborne, Honey Island Swamp Band, Theresa Andersson, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Eric Lindell, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Pine Leaf Boys, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Banu Gibson, Hot 8 Brass Band, Creole Wild West, George French and more are all among the artists scheduled to appear at Jazz Fest.

Quint Davis, producer/director of the Festival, said, “Serving all communities, all ages, and families too, only at Jazz Fest 2012 will you find a roster like this! At its heart, the New Orleans Festival celebrates with our own, from our dynamic nationally emerging homegrown talent, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Givers, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and Galactic; to our sacred icons, Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, Pete Fountain, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In addition, this year may be the broadest and most powerful line up of “special guests”, including: Eagles, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Herbie Hancock, Foo Fighters, The Zac Brown Band, John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Paulina Rubio, Al Green, My Morning Jacket, Jill Scott, Bon Iver, and on and on and on. This holiday season, Jazz Fest truly has a gift for everyone.”

The Jazz Festival offers three distinct VIP opportunities to experience the event in style: the Festival’s popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package provides special viewing access at most of the Festival’s stages; the Grand Marshal VIP Pass allows for up-close access at the three major stages; and the Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass which entitles patrons to special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area. All of the hugely popular VIP packages are on sale now while very limited supplies last. The Festival offers a special layaway arrangement for any of the VIP packages. For information on layaway, please visit

Jazz Fest also offers full-service travel packages for fans wishing to take the guesswork out of attending the event. Visit to learn more about the official travel packages that include hotel accommodations, travel to and from the Festival grounds and Festival tickets, including the option for Festival VIP packages.

Tickets for the Festival, which takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course, went on sale today at 10am. A very limited number of discount ticket packages including tickets to each day of a particular weekend of the Festival will be offered. Ticket packages purchased for all three days of the first weekend (April 27, 28 & 29) will be $120 ($40 per day), while second weekend packages purchased for all four festival days (May 3, 4, 5 & 6) will be $160 ($40 per day). (Tickets included in each package are day-specific.) Advance single-day Jazz Fest tickets are only $45 through February 29. Starting March 1, advance single-day tickets will be $50, while the gate price ticket is $65. Children’s tickets (ages 2 – 10) are still only $5 and are available at the gate only. Single day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day’s attendance.

Tickets are available at and, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Jazz Fest ticket office located at the New Orleans Arena Box Office. All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Mark Stephens Album Release Party

Mark Stephens lives in the Los Angeles area and has been a vital contributor to the music industry for years. He is in possession of a rare sensibility which allows him to interpret diverse styles with equal authenticity and yet his Jazz improvisational style remains unique and recognizable.

With his album The Dream Of The Peaceful Warrior (2011) it’s time to walk into the limelight. This star-studded project is featuring Chaka Khan, Andrae’ Crouch, Take 6, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Marcus Miller, Boney James and the late, great Michael Brecker and has certainly the potential to make Mark popular.

Mark Stephens created The Dream Of The Peaceful Warrior with an unbelievable passion. Tightly packed with top notch musicians this album shines with an enormous energy, that I call: “Come on, man. Play it one more time!”

Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club, 3005 Old Ranch Parkway, Seal Beach, CA 90740

Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:00pm until 9:00pm

Eric Darius live @ Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2012 Saxophone | Friday, April 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Every now and then an artist bursts onto the scene, changing the rules and challenging the status quo. Eric Darius is one of those artists fearlessly pushing all musical boundaries. He’s one of the most exciting musicians to enter the contemporary jazz scene in the last decade. His explosive arrival as a recording artist at the age of 17 caused a frenzy. Not surprising as the ambitious musician eventually shared the stage with big names such as Prince, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson and Brian McKnight. Fast-forward to a 1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz hit and several more top ten’s, and the votes are in – Eric Darius continues to be a force that is unequaled in today’s new musical landscape.

The Tampa, Florida-based urban instrumentalist, producer and composer further solidifies his place as one of contemporary music’s brightest stars with his latest album “On a Mission” (2010). Eric Darius’ Haitian/Jamaican roots run deep, bringing his passion and resolve into clear focus… he’s on a mission. Highlights include his profoundly personal and emotion-filled “My Prayer for Haiti” and inspiring tracks like the sun-drenched reggae number “Back to My Roots” and the electrifying dance mix, “Let’s Go”. The new project features Darius’ stunning chops with an introspective take on Herbie Hancock’s classic “Butterfly”, joined by trumpet veteran, Rick Braun. “On a Mission” is without a doubt his finest effort yet.

Contemporary jazz is the genre that has fueled my early success, but I’m ON A MISSION to celebrate every style of music from Jazz, R&B, Pop and Reggae to Hip-Hop, Rock and Gospel. “I want my music to be a vehicle for change, transcending all boundaries regardless of age or race. I believe my music can make a difference in the world,” says Darius with his warm, trademark smile.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
All Concerts & 2 Overnight Stays, Single Room from 303,60 Euro | Double Room from 524,40 Euro
Concert Tickets (without Hotel), 49,00 Euro per Person

Playing dueling Steinway grand pianos two of the highest profile keyboardists in contemporary jazz, Brian Culbertson and David Benoit, join together to perform some of their best known compositions along with original music they’ve collaborated on specifically for this project.

David Benoit’s expansive 30-year career has included over 25 solo recordings. Chart-topping keyboardist and R&B/Jazz multi-instrumentalist, Brian Culbertson has released twelve inspired albums that have passionately surveyed a broad spectrum of musical styles.

March 6, 2012 San Diego, CA Anthology

March 7, 2012 San Diego, CA Anthology

March 10, 2012 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center – Piper Theater

March 11, 2012 Wickenburg, AZ Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts

March 16, 2012 Buffalo, NY Buffalo State College

March 17, 2012 Van Wert, OH Niswonger Performing Arts Center

March 19, 2012 New York, NY The Blue Note Jazz Club

March 21, 2012 Durham, NC The Carolina Theatre of Durham

March 22, 2012 Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise Theatre

March 23, 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL The Parker Playhouse

March 24, 2012 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center for the Performing Arts

March 25, 2012 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre

March 28, 2012 Boston, MA Scullers Jazz Club

March 30, 2012 Reading, PA Miller Center for the Arts