Archive for November, 2012

Versatility and virtuosity characterize the career of multi-talented songwriter-producer Benjie Porecki, who is often called a “musician’s musician.” He has earned that moniker by performing equally well as a jazz/gospel/funk B-3 organist, jazz/blues pianist, rock keyboardist, and reggae/blues guitarist while holding his own as a solo artist. Porecki enjoys the distinction of being among the top picks of many artists representing diverse genres. In addition to four solo releases, Porecki’s work as a sideman has graced countless recordings, festival stages, concert venues and clubs throughout the world.

Tuesday 12/04, 2012

Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

GRAMMY award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, known for his much-celebrated live recording series The Gospel According to Jazz, brings his inaugural Christmas concert tour “A Gospel According To Jazz Christmas” to Austin, TX. Kirk will share the stage with world renowned pianist Keiko Matsui and gospel phenom vocalist Amber Bullock, the season four winner of BET’s Sunday Best. Also featured will be Kirk’s brother, vocalist Kevin Whalum, keyboardist & vocalist, John Stoddart and special guest Austin’s own, trumpeter Fletch Wiley.

“We will present the most creative, imaginative, meaningful and JOYFUL Christmas celebration ever! Don’t miss it.” —Kirk Whalum.

Sunday, December 09, 2012 – 6:00 pm

One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Rd, Austin, Texas 78746

Intimate Jazz and Conversations with Alex Bugnon and Marion Meadows

Friday, December 14, 2012 – 6:00 pm

Discovery Alabama at Watermark Place, 4500 Alabama Adventure Pkwy, Bessemer, AL 35022 (Birmingham)

The list of Gerald Albright’s collaborations reads like a who’s who of the music business. His latest, with Norman Brown is currently riding high on the smooth jazz charts. Gerald’s previous 15 CDs have sold over a million copies worldwide. Don’t miss this energetic saxman’s first visit to Pizza Express .

Playing with Gerald will be Oli Silk (keyboards), Julian Crampton (bass) & Frank Tontoh (drums).

Thursday January 31st
Friday February 1st
Saturday February 2nd (early)
Saturday February 2nd (late)
Sunday February 3rd (lunchtime)

Picture: dpa

Grammy winning bassist Marcus Miller was injured when his tour bus overturned in Switzerland Sunday (November 25). According to Billboard, the German-registered private bus tipped over as it drove into a bend on the A2 highway in central Switzerland, killing the driver. The bus was carrying 13 people – two drivers and 11 members of the Marcus Miller Band, including Miller. The band had finished up a show in Monaco, Monte Carlo and were on their way to their next gig in Hengelo, Netherlands when the accident occurred. Marcus was released from the hospital, but several of his bandmates and crew members were being kept overnight for observation.

Marcus comments on his Facebook page: “Thanks to everyone who has called, texted, posted messages, sent prayers and is keeping Marcus and the band and crew in your thoughts. I wish I had the time to respond to each of you individually…for now, please understand that things are a little hectic, and know that the band and crew are all okay. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bus driver and his family. I’ll post again tomorrow if there are any updates. Bibi…signing off for the night.”

New York Wine Festivals announces the return of the New York City Winter Wine Festival to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on Saturday, February 9, 2013. The 4th annual wine tasting event includes 200+ wines plus an array of light hors d’oeuvres. As wine enthusiasts sip, music by Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz guitarist Jeff Golub will enhance the setting with special live jazz performances during the tasting sessions.

Tasting tables located throughout the attractive venue will offer a wide variety of high-quality, unique wines from around the globe including an extensive selection from old world regions like Bordeaux and Rioja, to new world region styles from California, South Africa, and Chile.

The popular wine tasting event has sold out for the last three years. In the festival’s first year (2010), NBC local television dubbed it a “must-attend event.” To meet popular demand, the 2013 event continues to feature two sessions: an Afternoon Session from 3-6pm and an Evening Session from 8-11pm. For an additional fee, attendees can learn about and taste a selection of special wines at an exclusive VIP Wine Class led by a seasoned wine expert.

”This annual event brings an amazing selection of wines from around the world all under one roof for an extraordinary tasting experience. Guests are treated to incredible picks from different wine regions and grape varietals. Add in live performances by Jeff Golub and his band during the fest, it’s truly an event to remember for both first-timers and returnees,” notes Sam Kimball, co-founder of New York Wine Festivals.

New York City Winter Wine Fest
February 9, 2013 2 sessions: 3 PM and 8 PM
200+ wines, 12 countries, 15 regions…

For your sipping pleasure they are excited to feature world-renowned contemporary jazz guitarist Jeff Golub. With 6
solo albums plus 3 as leader of the instrumental band “Avenue Blue,” Jeff has also been a sideman to several top rock/pop artists, appearing on numerous albums and tours with Billy Squier, as well as spending many years recording and touring with Rod Stewart.

Additionally, he appeared on the Grammy-nominated “Joined At The Hip” with Bob James and Kirk Whalum. Losing his vision in recent years has not slowed the gifted artist down and Wine Fest attendees can catch Jeff’s performance in the final hour hour of each session (5-6pm / 10-11pm)!

Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway at W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

The Groove’s 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball

Monday – December 31st, 2012 Holiday Inn Viera (I-95 at Exit 191 Melbourne accross from Brevard Zoo)

Performing “Live” 2 National Recording Superstars… plus their Band: Elan Trotman and Matt Marshak.

Dinner, Dancing, and More!!! 7:00pm – 1:00am