Archive for July, 2012

KEIKO MATSUI live @ Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012 Piano | Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Keiko Matsui is a citizen of the world. She tours relentlessly and has brought her music to virtually every corner of the globe. Her music transcends boundary and her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her an international following. “Music has no borders and it creates an oneness among people,” confides the Japanese born pianist, composer and producer. An activist by nature, Keiko has not only used her music to speak to the world but she has lent her voice to causes championed by organizations like The United Nations World Food Programme. With over 1.5 million albums sold and scores of sold out concerts across the globe, Keiko Matsui is one of the brightest stars in instrumental music. Her free spirit and creative genius have afforded her the luxury to share the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis to Hugh Masakela and Bob James.

Keiko Matsui made her US recording debut in 1987 with the recording “A Drop of Water”. Her album “Dream Walk” (1996) remained on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts for over 15 months and further cemented her reputation as a force to reckon with. In 1997, she launched a tour dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer, and released a four-song CD entitled “A Gift of Hope” that benefitted the Y-Me Breast Cancer Organization. In 2000 and 2001, Keiko was honored with an award for “Best Female Artist” at the National Smooth Jazz Awards. Keiko Matsui’s CD “Deep Blue” (2001) topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts for three consecutive weeks. Keiko is the first Japanese artist to achieve this honor. On January 2011 Keiko’s long awaited, self produced and 22nd album “The Road…” was released, followed by “Altair & Vega” (2011) – a 4 Hand Piano project with Bob James. Overall, she hit the Top10 Billbaord Jazz Album Charts with seven of her CDs and stayed there for several weeks.

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GRandJazzFest is a free one-day event on Saturday, August 18, 2012, from noon until 10 p.m., featuring jazz artists with Michigan ties!

GRandJazzFest brings together notable jazz performers as well as highlights up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. GRandJazzFest is being held at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, where attendees can enjoy music, support local businesses and visit other Grand Rapids attractions.

And, GRandJazzFest is free!

GRandJazzFest lineup Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

12:30-1:30 pm – Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with Edye Evans Hyde
2:00-3:00 pm – Walt Gutowski & the Bridge Street Band with Michelle Covington
3:30-4:30 pm – Grupo Ayé
5:00-6:00 pm – The Steve Hilger Jazz Quintet
6:45-7:45 pm – Phil Denny
8:15-9:30 pm – Tim Bowman

CD sales and artist signings.

Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

This 9th annual fundraiser is a unique live jazz extravaganza all in one evening. It showcases Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz (Smooth, R&B), Bay City Swing (Big Band), River City Six (Dixieland), Christopher’s Project (Jazz, Funk, R&B) and six other bands at the Arts Center and in downtown Plymouth clubs and restaurants.

A $10 advance wristband to support the event is all you need….hop on their trolley and visit each venue for top notch music and see 24 murals too! You’ll find food, a cash bar, new art exhibit, raffles, silent and live auctions and more at the Arts Center.

Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E Mill St, Plymouth, Wisconsin 53073 (Sheboygan)

The Atlanta Contemporary Jazz & Neo-Soul Festival on August 17, and 18, 2012, at The Beach at International Park, home of the 1996 Olympic Volleyball Games  is the first of its kind in south metropolitan Atlanta and will feature a unique blend of contemporary jazz and neo-soul under one umbrella. This beautiful Clayton County landmark will be filled with soothing music performed by locally and nationally acclaimed artists.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the students of our local schools through the arts education. These funds will be disbursed through the Clayton County Council of Parent Teacher Association’s (CCPTA’s). In addition, the Atlanta Contemporary Jazz & Neo-Soul Festival will serve as a platform to collect gently used instruments ensuring that all of our students have access to the proper tools to learn and play music.

Jeff Bradshaw performs in this new 2-day festival on Friday, August 17, 2012 – 5:00 pm: Maysa comments at Facebook, that she will not be performing at that festival.

Saxophonist Gary Harris, inspirational speaker and poet Hank Stewart, trumpeter Milkshake Mayfield, pianist Madoca, saxophonists Ryan Kilgore & Najee perform on Saturday, August 18, 2012 – 12:00 – noon

Clayton Co Int’l Park, 2300 Hwy 138 E, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236

Tom Braxton & Eldredge Jackson 

Saturday, August 4. Showtime 8:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel Warren Place, 6110 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136



Wayne County Parks
The 17th Annual Jazz on the River
Elizabeth Park in Trenton, Michigan

Saturday, August 4, 2012

1:00pm – Al McKenzie
2:30pm – Urban Jazz Coalition
4:00pm – Matt Marshak
5:45pm – Alexander Zonjic with special guests James Lloyd and The Motor City Horns
7:30pm – Najee

Sunday, August 5, 2012

1:00pm – Larry Lee and Back in the Day featuring Kiko
2:30pm – Kimmie Horne Show
4:00pm – Dave McMurray
5:45pm – Pieces of a Dream
7:30pm – Kirk Whalum

The event is free to the public; however, there is a $5 suggested donation for parking. Free parking is available in downtown Trenton with free shuttle provided by Smart Transportation at the corner of Jefferson and West Road, also Jefferson and Elm to the entrance of Elizabeth Park.

The park will be open to the public on both days beginning at Noon, and will close after the final performance.

Elizabeth Park is located off Jefferson, east of I-75, south of West Road in Trenton. Take I-75 South to the West Road exit and follow West Road east to Jefferson. Take Jefferson south into the park.

Elizabeth Park, 4461 Elizabeth Dr, Trenton, Michigan 48183 (Detroit)

The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival has been captivating South Texas jazz fans for nearly 20 years. The free concert series takes place each July and August, on Friday evenings at the spectacular outdoor Amphitheater at Wonderland of the Americas.

Internationally acclaimed artists such as Peter White, Slim Man, Paul Brown, Joseph Vincelli, Jeff Kashiwa , and Nils have headlined this prestigious event in years past.

Outdoor seating on the amphitheatre lawn is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Typically jazz fans begin staking their spots with blankets and lawn chairs the morning of each concert. Food and beverages are available for purchase at a variety of booths, as well as the adjacent Food Court inside Wonderland of the Americas.

Revel in the sights and sounds of great live jazz across the reflecting pool of one of San Antonio’s most arresting outdoor venues, the Amphitheatre at Wonderland of the Americas. It’s more than music! It’s one of South Texas’ most anticipated summer happenings. Musical magic at its finest, under the stars at the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival.

David Munoz, host of Sunday Morning Jazz with Q101.9, has emceed the festival for the past 19 years. If you would like to know more about David, check out The Jazz Zone with David Munoz.

Friday, July 20, 2012 – 7:00 pm

7:00 PM — Fingerprints | 9:00 PM — Paul Brown | Free shows!

Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheater, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, Texas