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KIRK WHALUM live @ Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012 Saxophone | Friday, September 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Soulful, passionate, stirring…these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, (TN) gospel roots and his 1980’s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The 80’s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band. It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums, including “Cache”, Kirk’s first #1 album. As well, Kirk and Bob received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration album “Joined at the Hip”.

After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in demand session player for top artists like, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others. It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Kirk soon followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released “For You”, perhaps the most successful of over 25 solo recordings to date; others include his eclectic “Gospel According to Jazz” series (Chapters 1, 2 and 3).

Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor. An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”) alongside life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters.

His latest release is perhaps his most ambitious to date. On “Romance Language” Kirk pays homage to the much revered 1963 ballads album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. In a career spanning decades, Kirk has a sound that is uniquely his; it is a sound that leaves an indelible imprint on the listener.

You can order your exclusive Concert Ticket and  Hotel Package (including Festival-T-Shirt, Festival Poster, Welcome Drink, Wellness area, Bus Ticket, Guided City Tour) at our ONLINESHOP.

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This three weekend event features many different smooth jazz stars performing in the historic Casino Ballroom, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Art Good features the newest and best talent in the smooth jazz genre. For tickets and information call (866) 872-9849.

Fore more information visit http://jazztrax.com/jazz/catalina.html.

Schedule and Artists:

Thu. 10/4/2012
at 7:00 PM Unplugged Concert at Descanso Beach – Peter White Descanso Beach Club Avalon, CA

Fri. 10/5/2012
at 7:25 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – WEEKEND 1 SERIES TICKETS Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Fri. 10/5/2012
at 7:30 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Big Phat Band / Marcus Anderson Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sat. 10/6/2012
at 12:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – The Producers with Paul Brown, Darren Rahn/ Hiroshima Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sat. 10/6/2012
at 7:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Jonathan Fritzen / Mindi Abair Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sun. 10/7/2012
at 12:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Julian Vaughn / Ronny Jordan Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sun. 10/7/2012
at 7:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Eric Darius / Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Thu. 10/11/2012
at 7:00 PM Unplugged Concert at Descanso Beach – Mindi Abair Descanso Beach Club Avalon, CA

Fri. 10/12/2012
at 7:25 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – WEEKEND 2 SERIES TICKETS Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Fri. 10/12/2012
at 7:30 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Karen Briggs / Nick Colionne Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sat. 10/13/2012
at 12:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Dotsero / Euge Groove Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sat. 10/13/2012
at 7:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Rob Tardik / Najee Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sun. 10/14/2012
at 12:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Nicholas Cole / Jackiem Joyner Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sun. 10/14/2012
at 7:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Michael Lington / Brian Culbertson Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Thu. 10/18/2012
at 7:00 PM Unplugged Concert at Descanso Beach – Gerald Albright Descanso Beach Club Avalon, CA

Fri. 10/19/2012
at 7:25 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – WEEKEND 3 SERIES TICKETS Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Fri. 10/19/2012
at 7:30 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Booker T Jones / Sax and the City with Paul Taylor, Jessy J, Marion Meadows Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sat. 10/20/2012
at 12:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Marc Antoine / The Sax Pack with Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Marcus Anderson Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sat. 10/20/2012
at 7:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Brian O’Neal / Peter White Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sun. 10/21/2012
at 12:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – DW3 / Down to the Bone Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Sun. 10/21/2012
at 7:00 PM Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – The Bona Fide Band / To Be Announced on 8/2 Avalon Casino Ballroom Avalon, CA

Catalina Island sits 26 miles off the Southern California Coastline.

Catalina Express operates the primary ferry line to the Island with ports in San Pedro and Long Beach, about a half hour from Los Angeles International Airport. Catalina Flyer operates once a day from Newport Beach and another from Marina Del Rey once a day.

Only Catalina Express has return boats to Long Beach after Saturday and Sunday Final Performance around 11:30 p.m.

Google Shuttle Services from your airport to Catalina Express Boat Terminals.

Or Rental Cars. Enterprise Car Rentals has an outlet at Boat Terminal in Long Beach.