Archive for April, 2013

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Gerald Albright is considered one of the most innovative and successful artists of the last 25 years. One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, he has earned a reputation as a “musician’s musician.” The Los Angeles born musician began piano lessons at an early age. His love of music flourished when he was given a saxophone that had belonged to his piano teacher. By the time he enrolled at the University of Redlands, he was already a polished saxophonist. He made the switch to bass guitar after seeing Louis Johnson in concert. He went on to record several successful solo albums. Two hit the #1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Chart, and were nominated for Grammy Awards in 1989 and 1990. In 1998, Phil Collins asked Gerald to front a Big Band and they toured together. They also recorded one of Albright’s tunes, “Chips N’ Salsa” on Collins’ Big Band Project, entitled “A Hot Night In Paris.” Later that year, Gerald released “Pleasures of the Night” with Will Downing which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. His “Sax for Stax” received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album and “Pushing the Envelope” followed suit in the same category in 2010. In 2012, he released 24/7, a collaboration with guitarist Norman Brown.

Contemporary jazz keyboard player Alex Bugnon grew up going to the Montreux Jazz Festival in his hometown in Switzerland. He attended the Paris Conservatory of Music for two years, then moved to the US to attend the Berklee School of Music, while performing as an accompanist to gospel groups. He spent 4 years working as a session musician in New York, backing urban and jazz performers such as Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, James Ingram, and Keith Sweat. Signed to Orpheus Records, he released his debut album, Love Season, in 1989 that reached the pop charts and the Top 40 of the R&B charts, as did its follow-up, 1990’s Head Over Heels. Subsequent releases 107 Degrees in the Shade_(1991), This Time Around (1993), and Tales From the Bright Side (1995) all placed in the R&B charts. He signed to the jazz division of Narada Records, which marketed him as a jazz artist, and his sixth album 2000’s, Alex Bugnon… As Promised, reached the contemporary jazz charts. He followed with Soul Purpose (2001) and several other albums that also placed on the top contemporary jazz charts. He most recently released Going Home in 2012. Alex is the recipient of two Soul Train Music Awards.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 – 6:00 pm

Spirit of New York, Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, New York, New York 10011

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Europe’s greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz-Party

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

In May, a music festival with unique live music awaits you 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.

On stage, we welcome some of the biggest and most successful international stars of the Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene. The live concerts take place on Friday and Saturday evening and on Sunday forenoon until afternoon.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
2 nights (May 3-5, 2013) incl. half-board & all concerts: from 284,00 Euro per person in a double room
Concert tickets per day (without hotel): 55,00 Euro per person

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The JAS June Festival, a two week event, includes four nights of headline concerts from world-class musicians at the Benedict Music Tent (June 21-23 and July 6), an expanded JAS Cafe Downstairs @ the Nell Series, and a FREE Nightly Lawn Party from 6pm on the Music Festival Grounds with food vendors, bars, and two live music stages. Come out & enjoy the fun!

6.21.13 Jackson Browne with Sara Watkins Benedict Music Tent

6.22.13 Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Benedict Music Tent

6.23.13 Tedeschi Trucks Band Benedict Music Tent

6.23.13 Naturally 7 Benedict Music Tent

6.21 to 6.23.13 “Direct from Cuba: Mezlca Jazz All Stars” Lawn Party

6.21 to 6.23.13 TIZER Lawn Party

7.6.13 @ 8pm Pink Martini Benedict Music Tent

Friday, June 21, 2013 – 6:00 pm

JazzAspen SnowMass, Snowmass Village, Aspen, Colorado

Hyatt Regency New Port

The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival will take place Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2 and will feature performances by 20+ world class musicians. Mark your calendars for three days of music and fun in beautiful Newport Beach. We hope to see you there!

Friday Night Kick-Off (May 31)

Jonathan Butler

Sat. June 1

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
Kirk Whalum
Norman Brown
Rick Braun
Najee
And more artists to be announced…

Sun. June 2

Brian Culbertson
Al Jarreau
Earl Klugh
And more artists to be announced…

Hyatt Regency, 1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, California 92660

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Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital presents Alexander Zonjic’s Valentine’s Concert free to the public.

Jazz star Alexander Zonjic and his award winning band along with special guests, Detroit’s Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis and vocalist Royce The Voice perform in the beautiful Ravitz Foundation Main Atrium of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 17.

6777 West Maple Road in West Bloomfield. Call 248-325-1000 or go to http://www.zonjic.com.

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The 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will shine a spotlight on the wealth of emerging talent in the jazz world as we celebrate Generation Next,” states Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. “We have always presented the best and brightest on the scene and this year we continue that mission with a focus on where jazz is right now and where it’s heading. Audiences will enjoy a wide spectrum of styles from traditional straight-ahead, Latin jazz and swing to jazz flavored with neo-soul, hip-hop, R&B and world music. As technology brings us closer, musicians are collaborating from all corners of the globe and we’re entering a new age of jazz. Join us as we present some of todays’ most vibrant and innovative jazz artists including Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dominick Farinacci, Meshell Ndegeocello, José James, Tia Fuller, Aruán Ortiz, Gretchen Parlato, and Rudresh Mahanthappa. Come experience three exhilarating days of FREE music over Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-27) in historic Piedmont Park.”

Here’s information on eight of the incredible artists who’ll be performing in Piedmont Park from May 25-27:

The men of BWB (Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown) are reuniting with a new album and tour this summer. They will appear with special guest Chrisette Michele, Friday, May 24 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Their musical passion and groove intensity defines the truest heart and soul of today’s contemporary jazz. Look for their new album to be released on Concord Records later this summer.

On her latest CD, BETTER, Chrisette Michele sounds confident and composed even when laying her heart on the line. Michele showcases her renewed faith in love. “Being able to sing these songs is about the ability to love again,” she says.

Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at 5, and began singing in the Miami Choral Society at 8. In 2007, Cécile moved to France to study law, classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. It was with reedist and teacher Jean-François Bonnel that she started learning improvisation and expanded her vocal repertoire from the 1910’s onward. In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album, Cécile. A year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C. Cécile sings jazz standards and original songs. She has performed at numerous festivals such as Jazz à Vienne, Whitley Bay in England, Montauban in France, the Spoleto Jazz Festival and the Detroit Jazz Festival, and with Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, at Chicago’s Symphony Center, as well as with her own band at the Kennedy Center.

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci is a world-class musician with nine recordings and countless U.S. and international tours to his credit. His repertoire includes fresh interpretations of classics by Ornette Coleman, Astor Piazzolla and Billie Holiday and well as self-penned originals.

A bass player above all else, Meshell Ndegeocello brings her signature warmth and groove to everything she does and has appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, John Mellencamp, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. As for her own bass-playing influences, she credits Sting, Jaco Pastorius, Family Man Barrett, and Stevie Wonder. Meshell was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Bass Player Magazine and is one of few women who write the music and lead the band.

Singer José James has established himself as a trailblazer for his intoxicating blend of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and electronica. His 2008 debut The Dreamer and its 2010 follow-up, BlackMagic – both produced by the world-renowned DJ Gilles Peterson – transformed the Minneapolis-born, New York-based singer into an underground sensation in both the modern jazz and DJ culture scenes.

Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Tia Fuller’s third release on Mack Avenue Records, Angelic Warrior, marks her musical evolution. After five years in Beyoncé’s band, the pop diva’s attention to detail in the studio rubbed off on Fuller. And as the Assistant Musical Director for Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society touring band, Fuller fully applies pop and jazz chops.

Aruán Ortiz is a critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, an award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, both on the New York scene and internationally. Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, the classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba simply considers himself “a curious person who loves music.” His music is an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms and improvisation. Since arriving in New York in 2008, Aruán has made five recordings, all well received by the critics. Alameda (2010), received four stars in Jazzwise Magazine (U.K.), and was reviewed as “a sophisticated outing of modern jazz.” The modern jazz effort, Orbiting (2012) received 4.5 stars from Downbeat Magazine. His latest CD is Banned in London (2012). Bill Milkowski from JazzTimes Magazine recently proclaimed Aruán’s work as “the arrival of a major new talent.”

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. at http://www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

 

SpringSaturday, April 27,

2013 9:00pm until 3:00am in EDT

Embassy Suites Washington, D.C. Convention Center, 900 10th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001