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WARREN HILL live @ Germany’s greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz-Party

Saxophone | Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 09:30 pm

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Warren Hill began his musical journey on the guitar and vocals at the age of 7. On a Summer Music Camp, he finally came into contact with jazz and the saxophone. Back in Toronto, he formed a fusion band, playing Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington Jr. and David Sanborn.

The debut CD “Kiss Under the Moon” (1991) quickly caught the attention of the industry and Natalie Cole, who was looking for an opening act for her “Unforgettable” tour. Suddenly Warren found himself performing in front of 250,000 people in 2 months. Since then, Warren has released 11 solo CD’s which have reached combined worldwide sales of over 1 million copies. With ’97s “Shelter”, Hill began featuring his vocals as well as his instrumental skills. In 2002 Warren created the concept for the world’s first Smooth Jazz Cruise. His latest album release is “La Dolce Vita” (2008).

His live show is critically acclaimed as one of the best in his genre and has taken him around the globe. He has earned accolades from a variety of institutions including: 6 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, multiple SESAC Songwriter Awards, multiple #1 songs at R&R, USA Today and Billboard. He has performed as a special guest for many Artists, including the #1 Pop hits “Baby I Love Your Way” with Big Mountain, “Tell Me What You Dream” with Restless Heart.

Here you can order your exclusive hotel package:
2 nights (September 13-15, 2013) incl. breakfast & all concerts: from 228,00 Euro per person in a double room
Concert tickets per day (without hotel): from 46,00 Euro per person

Smooth Jazz will fill the waterfront every Friday night in August. One of the summer season’s most popular events, the Penn’s Landing Smooth Jazz Summer Nights series plays host to nationally-renowned acts. Be prepared to listen to some of the country’s best smooth jazz artists in a beautiful riverfront venue. Stay after the show for a landside fireworks display.

The 2012 Summer Program of Free Events at Penn’s Landing is funded and produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). All events produced by DRWC are FREE to the public on the RiverStage on the Great Plaza, the heart of Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia’s premier Delaware River waterfront entertainment destination. The DRWC is a nonprofit corporation created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop, and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC is transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia. For more information and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit http://www.delawareriverevents.com . This website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play and stay all day at Penn’s Landing.

Among the featured artists are

• August 2: Alex Bugnon
• August 9: Najee
• August 16: Peter White
• August 23: Christian Scott
• August 30: Jonathan Butler

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd at Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

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For over 35 years, Spyro Gyra has maintained a strong position at the forefront of modern jazz. Their debut album 1979’s Morning Dance included the title track that became a Top 40 single and proved to be the band’s breakout single. To this day, the Calypso-inspired track is still in heavy rotation on contemporary jazz stations nationwide. Soon after their acclaimed first release, the band initiated a heavy touring schedule that has been in perpetual motion ever since.

Their 2001 album In Modern Times, an album that spent 64 weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, peaked at the #2 position. Two years later, the band released Original Cinema, followed by The Deep End in 2004. Both albums spent a considerable amount of time on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. 2006’s Wrapped in a Dream cemented the band’s position as heavyweight contenders in the contemporary jazz arena, earning a Grammy nomination and wide critical acclaim.

Spyro Gyra continued this momentum into 2007, releasing Good To Go-Go, an album that captures a more live groove with the help of new drummer Bonny B. Good To Go-Go scored two Grammy nominations in December 2007: Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Pop Instrumental Performance (the latter nomination for the track “Simple Pleasures”). In 2009, Spyro Gyra added the album, Down the Wire, to its voluminous discography and earned the group a Grammy nod for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Their most recent release 2011’s A Foreign Affair debuted at #2 on Billboard’s jazz charts. Spyro Gyra continues to remain an exciting and dynamic instrumental group, constantly pushing and exploring the boundaries of contemporary jazz.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 6:00 pm Two cruises, 6 & 9 p.m.

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

genuine Wine

Relax in the beautiful backdrop of Copper Mountain as stars from Smooth Jazz and Fusion to Mainstream Jazz delight your senses. Known for its scenic splendor, internationally renowned talent and diverse wine selection, Genuine Jazz & Wine delivers a one of a kind, fan-based experience that attendees talk about throughout the year. All ticketed performances with national acts are held in the beautiful and spacious Big Horn Ballroom…there is never a rain out. Plus, Genuine Jazz has an outdoor free performance area for showcasing rising stars of the Jazz world that you may not have seen yet. In addition to amazing live jazz music, sample some of the country’s best wines.

Artist Line-Up

Rick Braun

Will Donato

Elan Trotman

Marion Meadows

Friday, August 23, 2013 – 9:30 pm

Genuine Wine & Jazz Festival, Copper Mountain Resort, 209 10 Mile Circle, Copper
Mountain, Colorado 80443 (Vail, Denver area)

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Saturday, August 17, 2013 2:00pm until 7:00pm in EDT

Thorne Street Park 403 Thorne Street Horseheads, NY

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Jazz relief is on the way for victims of the recent Yarnell fire. The M.U.S.I.C. Foundation of Arizona and Arizona Jazz Festival producer Brad Laughlin have teamed with Phoenix City Council Member of District 8 Michael Johnson and Alan “AP” Powell to assemble a galaxy of contemporary jazz stars to perform a benefit concert for the families affected by the tragic fire, including the 19 families of the fallen firefighters and those who lost homes. The show featuring a bevy of hitmakers will be held this Friday, August 2nd at 7 PM at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at www.arizonajazzfestival.com or by calling 602-244-8444. The minimum donation per ticket is $50.00 although digging deeper is encouraged.

The All-Star Jam will feature contemporary jazz and R&B luminaries George Benson, Brian Culbertson, Peter White, Euge Groove, Warren Hill, Michael Lington, Eric Darius, Jessy J and Dominic Amato along with other surprise guests.

“Dating back to (Hurricane) Katrina, BTWconcerts (producer of the Arizona Jazz Festival) has been donating funds whenever and wherever these devastating natural disasters occur, but this one, the Yarnell fire, happened right in our own backyard thus we had to do something significant to help our local community. We’re working with the local government and the firefighters to raise much needed funds. The artists generously agreed to waive their performance fees and the Orpheum Theatre stepped up to donate the venue. We’re (BTWconcerts) covering the costs to bring the artists in so that we can donate every dollar from ticket sales to assist the families of the fallen firefighters and those who lost their home,” said Laughlin.

“This is a tremendous loss for our community and we need to continue to support the families of those 19 firefighters not just today, but even years from now. We reached out and gathered an all-star line-up of jazz artist from across the country who wanted to help and all of them have waived their fees so we could give everything we make this night to the families and children of fallen firefighters,” said Johnson.

All of the proceeds will aid the victims of the Yarnell fire disaster through the 100 Club of Arizona, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides immediate financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, and provides resources to enhance their safety and welfare.

The M.U.S.I.C. Foundation of Arizona purchased tickets and has set them aside so the families of the fallen firefighters can attend and be part of the evening.

Friday, August 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Orpheum Theatre.

Tickets are available at http://www.arizonajazzfestival.com/yarnell or by phone at 602-244-4444.

There is a minimum donation of $50.00 per ticket, although digging deeper is encouraged.

Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ, Phoenix, Arizona 85003

AfricanWF

Since 1982, African World Festival has been sharing the culture and heritage of all people of African decent. The festival includes a variety of ethnic food, shops around the marketplace and activities for children. This years entertainment features Immortal, Joe Jordan, Angie Stone, Charlie Wilson, Willie Clayton, Sir Charles Jones, Taj Weeks, James Fortune and more. Admission is $12 in advance and $17 at the gate.

The African World Festival features a variety of performers including, starting at 4:30pm. For smooth jazz fans the festival presents Ronnie Laws, Tim Bowman & Brian Culbertson.

Saturday, August 03, 2013 – 4:30 pm

Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

AtlantaSMF

The Atlanta area’s only all day outdoor smooth jazz music experience, where you can bring your own food and beverages, and enjoy great music under the sun and stars.

– Schedule –

*** Artist line-up subject to change *** Doors open at 12:30 pm
Jeff Sparks – (1:30 pm – 2:00 pm)
Kim Scott – (2:25 pm – 3:05pm)
Julian Vaughn – (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm)
Eric Darius – (4:55 pm – 6:05 pm)
Alex Bugnon – (6:30 pm – 7:40 pm)
Nick Colionne – (8:05 pm – 9:35 pm) (Headliner***)
Saturday, September 14, 2013: Doors open at 12:30pm :: Show starts at 1:30 pm

Mable House Amphitheater, 5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton, Georgia 30126

Jazz On 2nd Ave Festival

This is a free Festival in the streets of Niwot, Colorado featuring International & Local Jazz Legends.

This Year’s Smokin’ Jazz Line-up
Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts with special guests
Don Grusin & Brad Goode

Tony Gulizia Quartet
Vail’s Favorite Jazzman

Ken Walker Sextet
Straight-Ahead Jazz

Nelson Rangell
Contemporary Jazz

Suzanne Morales & La Candela
Salsa & Latin Jazz

Don Grusin and the
L.A. Hang
Featuring Robben Ford,
Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuña Contemporary Jazz

Everett Greene &
the Festival All-Star
Big Band
The Vocalist of the Count Basie Orchestra with a 17-piece Jazz All-Star Orchestra

Friday, August 16, 2013 – 8:00 pm

Festival Stage, Niwot Rd & 2nd Ave, Niwot, Colorado 80503 (Boulder)

 

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JEFF GOLUB live @ Germany’s greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz-Party

Guitar | Friday, September 13, 2013 at 08:00 pm

Golub was born on April 15, 1955, in Akron, OH, where he grew up listening to a variety of R&B, funk, blues, jazz, pop, and rock and began playing the guitar as a pre-adolescent. In the ’70s, Golub moved away from Akron to attend to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1980, he moved to New York City, where he is still residing.

Golub’s musical background is rich and diverse. It was in the early ’80s that Golub was hired to back arena rock/hard rock star Billy Squier, (7 LP’s and three world tours) and that association led to a lot of other session work. The list of major rock or R&B artists Golub backed in the ’80s or ’90s (either in the studio or on-stage) includes Tina Turner, John Waite, Vanessa Williams, Ashford & Simpson, Dar Williams, and former J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf. In 1988, Golub was hired to back Rod Stewart, an association that lasted for seven years, four albums and five would tours.

1988 was also the year in which Golub’s first album as a leader, “Unspoken Words”, was released, but at that point, he was still devoting most of his time to backing other artists. It wasn’t until 1994, when Golub founded the band Avenue Blue, that playing as a leader became the guitarist’s main activity. That year Avenue Blue’s self-titled debut album fared well in the smooth jazz/NAC market. Two more Avenue Blue projects were released – “Naked City” in 1996 and “Nightlife” in 1997.

Starting with 1999’s album “Out of the Blue”, Jeff Golub presented himself again as a solo artist – followed by another seven solo albums. The year 2011 has been a roller coaster ride for Golub: in June, he became blind due to collapse of the optic nerve, later the year he released “Three Kings”, a tribute work to the music of Albert, B.B. and Freddie King. His latest album “Train Keeps A Rolling” will be available on August 13, 2013.

Here you can order your exclusive hotel package:
2 nights (September 13-15, 2013) incl. breakfast & all concerts: from 228,00 Euro per person in a double room
Concert tickets per day (without hotel): from 46,00 Euro per person