Archive for September, 2012

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).

www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de

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

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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

Pianist Keiko Matsui is an icon of contemporary jazz. With over 1.2 million units sold in the U.S. alone and sold-out appearances at concert halls across the world, she is one of the most recognized artists in the genre. Her elegant piano melodies and gentle jazz grooves have enormous appeal and never disappoint her loyal fan base, which she has cultivated with over 20 albums and hundreds of stunning live shows.

Counting artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frederic Chopin, Maurice Jarre, and Chick Corea among her influences, Matsui released her first album, A Drop of Water, in the US in 1987. Her albums Sapphire (1995), Dream Walk (1996), and Deep Blue (2001) all broke into the Top 10 on Billboard’s weekly Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and she was named Billboard’s No. 3 Top Contemporary Jazz Artist for 1997. Her releases after the turn of the millennium, including The Ring (2002) and Wildflower (2004), revealed a broadening of her stylistic scope as they dabbled in world and classical music.

In addition to being a world-renowned musician, Matsui is also an active humanitarian, supporting the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, the National Marrow Foundation, the United Nations World Food Programme, and efforts to provide relief to Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami. After a brief hiatus from recording at the end of the last decade, she released her latest album, The Road, early in 2011.

Tour Schedule

sep 23 los angeles, ca BRavo awards
sep 28 ponte vedra, fl ponte vedra concert hall
sep 29 charlotte, nc halton theater cpcc
sep 30 new york city, ny bb king blues club
oct 2 alexandria, va birchmere
oct 3 annapolis, md rams head tavern
oct 4 birmingham, al jazz in the park
oct 5 atlanta, ga ferst center
oct 6 woodlands, tx dosey doe
oct 7 austin, tx one world theatre
oct 11 ft lauderdale, fl broward center
oct 12 orlando, fl the plaza theatre
oct 13 largo, fl largo cultural center
oct 14 melbourne, fl HENEGAR CENTER
nov 4 vladivostok russia fesko hall
nov 5 yuzhno-sakhalinsk russia chehov centre
nov 6 khabarovsk russia muscomedy theater
nov 7 petropavlovsk-kamchatsky russia DRAMA theater
nov 9 murmansk, russia philharmony
nov 11 uzgorod ukraine philharmonic hall
nov 12 chernivtsi ukraine kobylyanska music theater
nov 13 rivne ukraine music and drama theater
nov 14 zhytomir ukraine kogerga music theater
nov 16 cherkassy ukraine palace of culture
nov 18 sevastopol ukraine ukranian center of culture and information

Charm City Jazz Presents 2012 Autumn Jazz & Soul Weekend

Friday, November 9, 2012
Smooth Jazz Explosion
Show Starts @ 7:30PM

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Tribute to Soul Legends
Show Starts @ 7:30PM

Sunday, November 11, 2012
Ravens Gameday Brunch
Starts @ 12:00 Noon
Tickets $20.00

Sheraton Baltimore Washington,1100 Elkridge Landing Road,Linthicum, MD. 21090
To purchase package or tickets charmcityjazz.com or 443-858-9781

Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan (Detroit)

Jazz On The Island
Fall Jazz Concert @ Raphael Vineyards
Peconic (Long Island) NY

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2012
2:00 PM SHOW TIME

ALEX BUGNON is a jazz-soul-funk-R&B keyboardist, pianist and composer from Montreux, Switzerland. A New York favorite, Alex has brought his explosive show across NY and Long Island, including multiple performances on The Island @IMAC in Huntington.

Nephew of trumpeter Donald Byrd, Alex attended the Paris Conservatory of Music for two years, then moved to the U.S. and went to the Berklee School of Music.
After finishing at Berklee, Alex moved to New York, where he spent four years working as a session musician in New York, backing urban and jazz performers such as Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson and James Ingram.

Alex released his debut album, Love Season, in 1989. Head Over Heels. Critically acclaimed classic release “107 Degrees in the Shade” “Southern Living” “Free” and “Soul Purpose” were all critically acclaimed. He has won two Soul Train Music Awards. His CD “Going Home” is available now.

KENNY HARRIS is a native Long Islander whose friendly presence and amazing bass talents make for an exciting performance whenever he’s on the set. Known as one of the East Coast’s Top Bass Players, Kenny performs with his own band, as well as Matt Marshak, Shilts, Nick Colionne, Four 80 East, and many others.

Raphael Vineyards, 39390 NY 25, Peconic, New York 11958-1501 (Long Island)