Archive for December, 2012

Niswonger Performing Arts Ctr

The Rippingtons is Grammy-nominated American contemporary jazz band celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. Started by guitarist Russ Freeman in 1985, the band has hosted many well-known musicians that have launched successful careers, and has created the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide for a quarter of a century… including Kilimanjaro, Tourist in Paradise, Welcome to the St. James Club, Weekend In Monaco, Live in L.A., Sahara, Brave New World and Live Across America.

Opening for The Rippingtons will be Fort Wayne, Indiana native and Megawave Recording artist, Kris Brownlee. With over 25 years of playing saxophone all over the Midwest, Brownlee, formerly known as The Grooveside has just released “Halo” the first single off his highly anticipated thrid album, Sincerely Yours.

Join us Saturday, January 26 for an evening of unforgettable jazz music!

Tickets for this show are $17-32 and are available the NPAC box office at 10700 SR 118 S., Van Wert or by phone at (419) 238-6722. Tickets are also available online at or on the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of NW Ohio facebook page.

Niswonger Performing Arts Ctr, 10700 Ohio 118, Van Wert, Ohio 45891, (Lima, Fort Wayne, Indiana)


Join Alex Bugnon and some very special guests to kick off the New Year January 3rd, at the beautiful 54Below venue, Broadway’s Nightclub in the heart of Times Square. Come hear some great new music from his soon to be released record. One show only!

The Bugnon sound is a white hot, slow burning mixture of contemporary jazz, funk, and R&B, with a dash of gospel thrown in for good measure. Alex grew up in Montreux, Switzerland, home of the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, and has gone on to delight audiences worldwide as both pianist and composer with his sophisticated musical style – an exotic blend of rhythms with haunting, soulful refrains. His many recordings have graced the Top 40 R&B charts many times over, and he is the recipient of two Soul Train Music Awards. Kick off 2013 with Alex and his swingin’ trio for an evening of smooth tunes and sultry melodies.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 9:00pm

54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019


Monday, December 31, 2012 – 7:30 pm

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48221

Walter Beasley with David Dyson

Saturday, January 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm

Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St, Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Marcus Johnson & FLO Brands cordially invites you to FLO into the New Year on December 31, 2012 at the newly renovated Sheraton Silver Spring. Enjoy a FLO Happy Hour reception including a pasta station, desserts, and passed hors d’oeuvres. Special performances by International Jazz Keyboardist Marcus Johnson, local vocalists, DJs, FLO Wine Tasting, Private VIP Lounge and a midnight champagne FLO Toast to ring in the new year! Ticket packages, including reduced hotel room rates, are available online at

Monday, December 31, 2012

Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue


George Benson‘s amazingly elegant orchestra show, “an unforgettable tribute to Nat King Cole” is now in it’s fourth year of touring and from the looks of things, this masterpiece will be in demand for a good while. Judging from the overwhelming response worldwide (from Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to three performances with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and three performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House), Mr Benson, the orchestras and choruses have been thrilling audiences at every turn. And why not? George Benson is not only one of the world’s most respected guitarists, but also one of the great vocal stylists of our time. Throw in the lush orchestral arrangements and fathomless beauty of Nat King Cole’s music and you have an experience that is truly “unforgettable.”

The presentation, featuring George Benson, his touring band, plus orchestra and chorus recaptures the magic of that glorious chapter in music created by Nat King Cole, along with all the hits for which Mr. Benson is so well known. This is a truly magnificent evening of music.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 Start time: 8 PM

Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85201 (Tempe)