Archive for September, 2012

With the sold out success of it’s inaugural year, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival continues it’s tradition of bringing in world class entertainment to Hawaii as well as continuing to support the local community through it’s charitable contributions. With it’s goal of bringing in diverse talents from Pacific Rim nations the festival hopes to continue it’s reach and popularity to the international community as well as the USA.

It is also the intent of the festival to highlight and feature many of Hawaii’s own talented artists and musicians and in the process allowing them the opportunity to share the stage with world class artists. We are proud to announce our new and bigger venue, The Hawaii Convention Center Ballroom. We hope to substantially grow our audience and increase accessibility to Hawaii’s tourist center in Waikiki.

Artist Schedule:

Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons
After 25 years and 18 studio recordings this Grammy nominated powerhouse band continues to break new ground. The most requested band to appear by Hawaii fans they are finally back in the islands . They will be debuting songs from their brand new release Cote D’azur

Deniece Williams
With 4 Grammy Awards won and 9 Grammy nominations over her career “Niecy” is part of R&B and Gospel music history. Her 4 octave range continues to astound audiences world wide. Her No.1 hit songs include Too Much Too Little to Late, Let’s Hear it for the Boys and Gonna Take a Miracle.

Rick Braun
He has lent his talents to some of Pop music’s greatest artists such as Sade, Rod Stewart and War . His versatility as a trumpet player is unmatched and his success as a solo artist has brought him all over the world. This will be his second appearance at the festival and is always a crowd favorite.

Michael Paulo
Festival Producer Michael Paulo is also a well respected and internationally renowned saxophonist and is a local home grown talent. Through his efforts jazz fans in Hawaii have been able to enjoy world class jazz artists in Hawaii.

Brian Simpson
As Music Director for Dave Koz, Brian has performed for every smooth jazz artist you can think of. His expertise in organizing musicians and talent lends itself well to our event . Brian has also had number one hits songs as a solo artist and is the most sought after pianist in Smooth Jazz

Kaori Kobayashi
Voted “The most beautiful saxophonist in Asia” ,her youtube video”Nothing is Gonna Change My Love for You “ has garnered over 5 million u tube views. Her popularity in Asia has brought her to perform from Korea to Thailand and China. This is her debut performance in the United States and the festival’s first international artist !

Lani Misalucha
Born in the Philippines into a musical family, her father was an operatic tenor and her mother was a coloratura soprano. Lani is the first Asian to headline a main showroom in Las Vegas strip. Dubbed as “Asia’s Nightingale” and “New Siren of the Strip” in 2004 in Las Vegas, she has won many awards: Best Solo Performer (Tinig Awards), Best Major Concert (Aliw) Awards, Entertainer of the Year (Aliw Awards), Best Femaile Recording Performer (Awit Awards), Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Katha Music Awards), Best Ballad Recording (Awit Awards). She just finished her show “Lani in Waikiki: Return to Paradise” sponsored by Roberts Hawaii and produced by Roy Tokujo.

Rene Paulo
Pianist Rene Paulo who is commonly known as Hawaii’s “King of the Keyboard“ is one of the most respected musicians of his generation. Breaking down barriers, he was one of the first ever musicians from Hawaii to be accepted into the prestigious Julliard School of Music. Since then, Rene has warmed the hearts of people all over the world with his unique style of piano playing and showmanship. He will make a special guest appearance at this years festival.

Deshannon Higa
DeShannon is a renowned jazz trumpet player in Hawaii and New York City with over 20 years of professional experience.
He has performed around the world: Birdland, Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. As a trumpet player, composer and arranger, he has worked with many famous musicians like Burt Bacharach, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, and Tower of Power among many others.

Starr Kalahiki
Winner of two Na Hoku Hanohano awards: Most Promising Artist and Best Jazz Album, Starr Kalahiki has been singing for as long as she can remember. From singing opera (Hawaii Opera Theater chorus), musical (Diamond Head Theater’s Cinderella), stage production (Ulalena on Maui), fronting modern alternative rock band “Missing Dave”, being a member of funk ban”Toyz of Pleasure” and R&B group “Eight-O-Eight”. She was also a jazz headliner on the Star of Honolulu and performed as a background vocalist on the “Lani Misalucha Show, Return to Paradise”.

Jeremy Cheng
Jeremy Cheng performs every Monday at Rumfire bar and grill at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. He sings acoustic contemporary Hawaiian, Soul and R&B. This young, talented, and charismatic singer covers music from Kalapana and celcilio and Kapono to high energy R&B songs to funk.

Special Guest MC Al Waterson
Al Waterson is a professional Singer, Emcee, Actor and Recording Artist. Throughout Al’s extensive background in music, he has performed with bands, orchestras, duos, trios and pianists in most nightclubs, country clubs and showrooms in Hawaii, as well as numerous locations on the mainland.

Sat Nov 3, 2012

Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Come and hang with Earl R. Johnson, Jr. for the official Orange County CD Release Party for his new CD, Inside Myself . The last 2 shows were off the chain!! If you haven’t seen this band, you are seriously missing out on one of L.A.’s hottest musical experiences! Log onto and reserve your seats now! (only $25). Both the new CD and the award-winning CD, Juicy will be available for purchase at the show.

Friday, October 05, 2012 – 7:30 pm

Spaghettini, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy, Seal Beach, California 90740

James Moody’s legacy will be celebrated with a night featuring his favorite musicians and friends, including George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer and David Sanborn; special guests Kenny Barron, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, John Lee, Paquito D’Rivera, Christian McBride, Paul Lieberman, and Todd Coolman; plus Adam Nussbaum and the evening’s Music Director, Renee Rosnes (both longtime members of Moody’s group).

Friday, October 19, 2012 – 8:00 pm

Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St, Newark, New Jersey 07102

Soul is the Key, September 30, 2012
At the Woodminster Amphitheater

• Marsha Ambrosius
• Martin Luther
• Linda Tillery

The Rhythm Section, October 7, 2012
At the Woodminster Amphitheater

• Jeffrey Osbourne
• Legends of Motown
• Qui 510
• Maybe Tuesday

Talkin All That Jazz, October 14, 2012
At the Woodminster Amphitheater

• Boney James
• Avery Sunshine
• FH Band featuring Bill Ortiz

Woodminster Amphitheater, 3300 Joaquin Miller Rd, Oakland, California, 94602

Charm City Jazz & Yolanda Bell Photography presents
A Benefit Evening for the House of Ruth Maryland
“In Memory of Deanna Bazemore”
Starring National Jazz Artist Gail Jhonson
Featuring Shang, Art Sherrrod, Jr. and FAHRENHEIT
October 26, 2012 at 8:30pm
Sheraton Baltimore Washington Hotel, 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum, MD. 21090
Tickets $40.00
Phone: 443-858-9781 / 410-215-2183

To celebrate the release of Lee Ritenour‘s new album Rhythm Sessions, Concord Music Group is teaming up with Yamaha, Monster, Premier Guitar, Music Connection and D’Addario to give away some amazing prizes. One lucky fan will win a Yamaha AC3R guitar signed by Lee Ritenour. Other prizes include subscriptions to Music Connection Magazine + Premier Guitar Magazine, Monster Miles Davis Headphones and guitar strings from D’Addario. Everyone who wins will also get a copy of Rhythm Sessions by Lee Ritenour. Sign up by 1/10/13 for your chance to win!

Here is the link to this contest.

Fans that have followed Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer, and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (Aruba, Kenya, Morocco, Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, etc).

In recent years, Freeman has noticed that The Rippingtons’ fan base has increased exponentially, as the group’s longtime admirers transfer their passion for the music to their children. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by Freeman’s travels, and collectively, they have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide for a quarter century.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 – 8:00 pm

The Tangier, 532 West Market St, Akron, Ohio 44303

Mallorcas greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz-Party

Welcome to the MALLORCA SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL on May 3-5, 2013 – the only smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean area. Actually, in Sa Coma, on the beautiful east coast of the Spanish island Mallorca.

A music festival with unique live music in the exclusive ambience of the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa. The 5-star hotel is also the venue and is characterized by an elegant and modern equipment, a full-equipped spa area as well as landscaped gardens and swimming pools (indoor / outdoor). Located only 300 metres from the beach, right on the Punta de n’Amer natural park.

This musical (short) vacation* is all about enjoying the finer things in life. Good music. Good food. Good wine. Good entertainment. Good weather. Good prospects for recovery and a unique experience in the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea.

At the concerts on Friday and Saturday evening we welcome some of the biggest and most successful international stars of the Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene. On Sunday forenoon the festival celebrates its musical finale.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package (Hotel & Concert tickets).

* Additional vacation days at the hotel can be booked optionally.

HUGE GROOVE…Not Really…better yet, it’s Euge Groove…a pseudonym for saxophone journeyman Steve Grove. The saxman fantastic started his career at the University of Miami’s School of Music, where he became interested in Jazz. Once he moved to LA and joined Tower of Power, he was off and running on his long and storied career, although still known as Steve Grove, not Euge Groove. His session and back-up work included such mega stars as Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, The Gap Band, Huey Lewis & The News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville and Richard Marx.

It wasn’t until the end of the 90’s that Grove developed the “Euge Groove” persona and landed with Warner Bros. Records and debuted in 2000 as the “Euge Groove” we know today. After touring with Tina Turner’s Band he started his solo career in 2002. “Livin Large”, a 70’s pop-soul vibe, catapulted his career and was followed by “Just Feels Right” in 2005. Looking for more a “Gospel” approach, he released “Born To Groove” in 2007 followed by Sunday morning in 2009 and “Seven Large” in 2011.

Always a fan favorite, Euge has visited the Capitol City frequently over the past 7 years delighting loyal followers and calls Sacramento one of his most anticipated yearly stops. We’re happy to bring Euge Groove to the Three Stages at Folsom College venue for a crazy walk on the wild side!

Friday, October 12, 2012 – 7:30 pm

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Pkwy, Folsom, California 95630

In a recording career of over three decades, master guitarist Earl Klugh has been lauded first as a prodigy and groundbreaker, then a defining figure, and ultimately, as one of the true statesmen of contemporary jazz. With 2008’s The Spice of Life, Klugh earned his 12th career Grammy® Nomination – his second nomination and release on the independent Koch label. As follow up to his 2005 masterpiece, Naked Guitar, Klugh succeeds in creating a statement every bit as compelling.

Working in a local music shop and haunting the Detroit jazz landmark Baker’s Keyboard Lounge accompanied by his mother, Klugh found encouragement from the giants of jazz as a young man: “George Benson was my first and foremost mentor; I worked in his band for a year, at 17. He spent a lot of time with me, and was key in helping me sign my first record deal,“ which resulted in the debut album Earl Klugh (Blue Note, 1976). Klugh declined an invitation to join Stevie Wonder on tour to concentrate on his own career, but this too remained a cherished vote of confidence.

Years after inspiring Earl so crucially — and by then a longtime friend and collaborator — Chet Atkins zeroed right in on Klugh’s forte in Guitar Player magazine, noting Klugh’s use of a profound talent and artistic daring to create a mainstream music. “Earl can wail with the best,” said Atkins, “but he prefers to touch people emotionally. He reaches your heart with that romantic special something.” Klugh’s closeness to his listeners has been a constant of his career and his life: “I’m always amazed that fans are so loyal. So many have shared stories and memories of what my music has meant to them. It’s the most wonderful compliment I could ever receive.”

In recent years, Klugh has toured on nearly every continent, carrying the banner for jazz music, its legendary musicians, and for global social awareness. Joining such legends as George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Al Jarreau, Bob James, Patti Austin and Ravi Coltrane, Klugh has twice traveled on goodwill tours to India, jointly sponsored by the U.S. State Department and The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Klugh received the honor of 2008’s Best Jazz Concert by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Earl Klugh has recorded over 30 albums in a multi-million-selling career including 23 Top Ten charting records – five of them No. 1 – on Billboard’s Jazz Album chart. He has been nominated twelve times for the Grammy, in jazz fusion, best arrangement and pop instrumental categories, winning the 1980 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the million-selling album One on One with Bob James. He won the 1987 Edison Award for Life Stories (Europe’s Grammy Equivalent). Klugh’s first Koch album, Naked Guitar, was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album, as well as his second Koch effort, The Spice of Life. Collaboration, his 1987 album with George Benson, was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Even with the many accomplishments of a long career, Earl Klugh doesn’t necessarily believe there is a peak level to playing guitar. Klugh reflects, “My enjoyment is searching out new things to play every day, and ways to play them. There’s so much more I want to do. If there were nothing else to learn and do there’d be no reason to play.”

Friday, October 12, 2012 – 7:00 pm

MCG Jazz Hall, 1815 Metropolitan St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233