Archive for August, 2013


11:00am – 4:00pm: Environmental Expo

2pm: Chris Lightfoot

Chris Lightfoot began 2011 with a sold out show at the Roxy, and hasn’t slowed down since, releasing his debut album “The Present Future”; playing shows with his band The Tribe at various local venues (The Viper Room, Key Club, V Lounge, others); and building a loyal fan base on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade. He’s already released his first single off his sophomore album which is creating a buzz. His unique style is the result of diverse musical influences such as Prince, John Mayer and Lenny Kravitz. “My dad was a professional drummer in the early days of Motown, so I got the funk and soul from him, but my Mom is a total rocker.”

3pm: Freddie Ravel

Bridging his distinguished career from the international music icons to the visionary business leaders of our time, TUNE UP to success® founder Freddie Ravel has emerged as a global force for empowering personal and professional growth through Music. His number one hits and collaborations include producing, recording and composing with such diverse luminaries as Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Jarreau, Madonna, Prince, Yo-Yo Ma, Quincy Jones, the Boston Pops and rock legend, Carlos Santana.

4pm: Paul Brown

Two decades into a multi-faceted career marked by dynamic explorations of the possibilities of contemporary jazz and R&B, two-time Grammy Award winner Paul Brown keeps his grooving momentum going with an amped-up visit to The Funky Joint—his sixth solo album. The guitarist and composer’s eagerly anticipated new collection features performances by many of the artists that he has produced or played with over the years, including Boney James, Bob James, Euge Groove, Marc Antoine, Bob Baldwin and Darren Rahn.

5pm: Ambrosia

In the year 1970, four young musicians from the South Bay of Los Angeles, came together to create a new invigorating style of music. Originally labeled as America’s answer to the progressive invasion of such English acts as Yes and King Crimson, Ambrosia quickly attracted the collaboration of such cultural icons as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Alan Parsons. They’ve garnered 5 Grammy Nominations and 5 Top-40 hit singles, including How Much I Feel, Holdin’ On To Yesterday, Biggest Part of Me, and You’re the Only Woman (You & I).

Saturday, September 28, 2013

West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, California 90230


WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 11th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend on Louisville’s Belvedere downtown.

Admission to WorldFest is free all four days of Labor Day weekend — Friday, Aug. 30, Saturday, Aug. 31, Sunday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“Cities that embrace and encourage their international citizens and cultures will thrive, have a stronger quality of life and will attract new growth and jobs,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “WorldFest is a great event for exploring and celebrating Louisville’s many faces and cultures and we always look to make it more vibrant, diverse and educational. So, it’s exciting to add many new features and attractions for the 11th Annual WorldFest.”

Friday August 30th

10:30am–11:30am- Recorded International Music
11:45am–1:00pm- Desperados Steel Band – (Caribbean)
1:00pm–5:00pm- Recorded International Music
5:00pm–5:45pm- Swing 39 (French Chanson/Cabaret)
6:00pm–6:30pm- Acoiris Latino (Mexican Dance)
6:30pm–7:15pm- Men of Thunda (Celtic-Tribal)
7:15pm–8:00pm- Big Poppa Stampley & Voodou Gumbo (Americana)
8:15pm–9:00pm- Maestro J (Neo Soul- Smooth Jazz)
9:30pm–11:00pm- The Ark Band (Reggae)

10:30am–5:00pm-Recorded International Music
5:00pm–5:45pm- The Studio Belly Dance and Friends (Mideast Dance)
6:00pm–6:45pm- Nachale Bollywood Dance (East India Dance)
6:45pm–7:30pm- Rheingold Band (German)
7:45pm–9:00pm- The Olllams (Celtic Music)
9:30pm–11:00pm- Red Baraat (North India Bhrangra – Funk & Hip Hop)

Saturday, August 31st

10:00am–12:00pm- Recorded International Music
12:00pm–12:45pm- PARADE OF CULTURES
1:00pm–1:30pm- Organization of Chinese Americans (Chinese Dance)
1:30pm–2:00pm- Imani Dancers (African/African American Drum and Dance)
2:00pm–2:30pm- Chinese Dance with Cheryl Pan (Chinese Dance)
2:30pm–3:15pm- Louisville Argentine Tango Society (Latin Dance)
3:30pm–4:00pm- The Athenians (Greek Dance)
4:00pm–4:45pm- Native American Dance Ensemble (Native American Dance)
4:45pm–5:15pm- Fred “Yellow Knife Keams (Native American Music)
5:30pm–6:00pm- Smitha Paily Dance Group – Natya Kendra (East India Dance)
6:00pm–6:45pm- Michael Jacobs of the Sacred Nation (Native American Music)
6:45pm–7:30pm- River City Drum Corp. (African Urban Drumming)
7:45pm–9:00pm- Cosa Seria (Latin Music)
9:30pm–11:00pm- Jazz N’ P!nk (Jazz)

10:00am–11:00am- Recorded International Music
11:00am–11:30am- Angleterre Morris Dancers (English Folk Dance)
12:00pm–12:45pm- PARADE OF CULTURES
1:00pm–1:45 pm- Louisville Pipe Band (Scottish Bag Pipe & Drums)
1:45pm–2:00pm- Plena Rhythms (Latin Dance)
2:00pm–2:15pm- Louisville Lion Dance Team (Vietnamese Tradition)
2:15pm–2:45pm- Ruric Amari (American Belly Dance)
2:45pm–3:15pm- Cloigheann (Irish Greengrass Music)
3:30pm–4:15pm- Pita Kele (African Drums & Stilt Dance)
4:15pm–5:00pm- Dance Intermix (Belizean Dance)
5:00pm–5:45pm- Ut Gret (Pan Idiomatic music)
5:45pm–6:30pm- Flamenco Louisville (Spanish Dance)
6:45pm–7:45pm- Afrophysicists (World Music Mix)
8:00pm–9:00pm- Salsa Rhythms Band (Latin Music)
9:30pm–11:00pm- Grupo Fantasma (Latin-mambo, meringue- cumbia)

Sunday, September 1st

11:30am–12:30pm- Recorded International Music
12:30pm–1:00pm- Misha Fegin Group (Russian Gypsy Music)
1:30pm–2:00pm- Flamenco Talk (Spanish Dance)
2:15pm–3:00pm- Derby Boys – (Irish Music)
3:15pm–4:00pm- McClanahan School of Irish Dance (Irish Dance)
4:15pm–5:15pm- Guilderoy Byrne (Celtic Folk Music)
5:30pm–6:15pm- Legna & Yoisel (Cuban-Caribbean Blend)
6:30pm–7:30pm- Polyrhythmic with Dick Sisto (vibes, mallets & drums)
7:45pm–9:00pm- Liberation Prophecy
9:30pm–11:00pm- Appalatin (Appalachian & Latin Fusion Music)

12:00pm–1:00pm- Recorded International Music
1:00pm–1:45pm- Louisville Performing Arts School – (Community)
1:45pm–2:30pm- Guru Vandana Academy (East India Dance)
2:45pm–3:30pm- The West Africa Art of Dance Company West African Dance)
3:45pm–4:30pm- 2nd Chance– (African American Music & Dance)
4:45pm–5:45pm- Squeeze Bot ( Underground Funk)
6:00pm–7:00pm- Frenchaxe (French Chanson- Cabaret)
7:15pm–8:00pm-Latin Fusion (Latin music fused with popular song)
8:15pm–9:15pm -Azucar Tumbao (Latin Music-Salsa)
9:30 pm – 11:00pm- Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul (Celtic)

Monday, September 2nd

12:30pm–1:00pm– Recorded International Music
1:00pm–1:30pm- Long Thanh Nguyen (Vietnamese)
1:30pm–2:00pm- Muhamed Skopljak -Bosnian American Students (Bosnian)
2:15pm-3:00pm- Flamenco Talk (Spanish Dance)
3:15pm–4:15pm- Swing 39
4:30pm–6:00pm- Salsa Rhythms Band (Latin Music)

12:00pm-1:00pm- Recorded International Music
1:00pm–1:45pm- Ruric Amari (American Belly Dance)
2:00pm–2:45pm- The Studio Belly Dance & Friends (Mid-eastern Dance)
3:00pm–3:45pm- Flamenco Louisville (Spanish Dance)
4:00pm–4:45pm- Kentucky Salsa All Stars (Latin)
5:00pm–6:00pm JIRIDON (African Drums, Columbian Marimba, Venuezelan Dance)

The Belvedere, 485 W Main St, Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Jazzy Brown Wine Bar and Jazz Cafe

Ron James Live at Jazzy Browns
Saxophonist, Ron James was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Miami, FL. Although introduced to music at a very early age, it was put on the back burner as James pursued a culinary career following college. As he excelled in that field, he realized that his true passion still remained in music.

In 2004, he stepped out on faith and positioned himself to pursue music full-time. He formed Morning Sunset Music LLC, a music production company and began the journey of establishing himself as a professional musician.

Currently residing in Atlanta, GA, Ron’s commitment to excellence has allowed him the distinct privilege and honor of working with many great artists and producers such as Peter White, Wayman Tisdale, Marvin Winans, Gladys Knight, Phil Perry, Jill Scott, Anne Nesby, Tramaine Hawkins, Richard Smallwood, Kevin Bond, Mike Phillips, PJ Morton, Chris Cauley and Dionne Farris.

Ron has been featured on Avery Sunshine by Avery Sunshine, Changes by Brien Andrews, In This Time by Patricia Shirley, RS2 by Rhonda Smith, All Day by William Murphy, Spirit & Truth by New Birth Total Praise Choir and The Best of Ann Nesby Live.
Friday, August 30, 2013 8:00pm in EDT

Jazzy Brown Wine Bar and Jazz Cafe, 1101 McDonough Place, McDonough, Georgia 30253


Come down & enjoy the Kona Kai Labor Day Jazz Festival on Sun 9/1 from 4p-10pm. Live music outdoors on the beautiful sandy beach on the Marina in San Diego, Ca. Musical performances by Will Donato, Patrick Yandall, Darryl Williams, Reggie Smith & Vertice Williams. What a way to celebrate Labor Day! Flip flops, beach chairs, beautiful sunshine & live Jazz! TICKETS GA $10 at the door (No pre purchase tix available). Smooth Jazz Live, Smooth Jazz Family, Shauna Aguirre.

Sunday, September 01, 2013 – 4:00 pm

Kona Kai Resort, 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, California 92106



Saxophone | Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 08:00 pm

Saxophonist Dan Cipriano has earned a reputation for electrifying audiences with his energetic style combined with precise technical delivery. As one of the busiest sax players in NYC he has performed and recorded with an impressive array of artists and national acts including: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, The Allman Brothers, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Wilson Pickett, Michael Bolton, Bonnie Raitt, George Thorogood, David Sanborn, Fourplay, Stanley Jordan, John Tropea and dozens of others artists.

Dan’s musical presence thrives not only in live performance work, but also on screen and film. He has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, and is the featured sax player with Wilson Pickett in the Soul documentary “Only The Strong Survive” by “Miramax Films.” Dan appears in the movie “Poliwood,” directed by Barry Levinson, performing with Sting and Elvis Costello. Dan has also appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Downbeat Magazine, Time Out New York & The Village Voice.

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.


Dave Koz brings his friends Peter White and Mindi Abair to London for the biggest UK smooth jazz show in a decade.

The undisputed shining superstar of the Smooth Jazz genre and eight time Grammy nominee, saxophonist Dave Koz is a great showman and sublime musician. His friends are equally stellar; British acoustic guitarist Peter White is one of the most popular and gifted Smooth Jazz artists in the world. Formerly a member of the Al Stewart band, Peter’s long and illustrious career has produced thirteen solo albums and countless live performances. Mindi Abair is one of the most recognizable saxophonists in the USA, not least because of recent appearances on the TV show American Idol. She is also currently touring the USA with Dave as part of his new Summer Horns project.

Dave Koz and friends promise an evening of incredible music and an unforgettable show.

Cadogan Hall,5 Sloane Terrace,London SW1X 9DQ


Join us for the 4th Annual “Pianos in The Park Jazz Fest” for a fun and relaxing day of Smooth Jazz with your family & friends. Melodic grooves and mellow tunes will be provided by Renowned Smooth Jazz Keyboardist – “Marcus Johnson from Washington, D. C.” along with Memphis’ Own: Smooth Jazz Guitarist – Garry Goin w/ Special Guest Saxophonist – Pat Register!!

There will be lots of food, beverages, liquor distributors, vendors and a featured art show by Andre’ Miller. Lawn chairs are also welcomed for this exciting night!

. Reserved Seating Center Stage – $45
. General Admission Seating w/ Lawn Chair – $35

For tickets and information go to –
Sunday, September 1, 2013 6:00pm until 9:00pm in EDT

WC Handy Performing Arts Park Beale & Third Street Memphis, TN



Here’s a “second” taste from the new CD “Second Chances” by Jessy J on Shanachie Entertainment.

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The Labor Day Jazz Explosion promises to be a fantastic evening of music and dancing with some of the hottest jazz artists in the country. Headlining the event is jazz legend Mark Harper. The multi-platinum selling guitarist has toured and recorded with such artists as Dav Koz, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Kirk Franklin, Tower of Power and Wayman Tisdale. Harper and his Mark Harper Project & The Mark Harper Acoustic Band repertoire includes Jazz, Latin Jazz, CuBop and R&B. Also performing are Fort Worth’s own Tatiana Mayfield, Dallas’ favorite soulful son on saxophone, Don Diego, New Orleans native Vandell Andrew and San Francisco Bay Area native Dean James. Blankets and stadium chairs are welcome.

In addition to partnering with Operation Finally Home (, Plugg Management Group and The Rane Agency are proud to offer all active military and veterans (must show proof of military ID) $10 general admission to the Labor Day Jazz Explosion. Active military and veteran tickets are only available for purchase at the on site event ticket office on the day of the event.

Saturday, August 31, 2013 5:00pm in CDT

Valley Ridge Amphitheater 2850 Park Ridge Dr Cedar Hill, TX 75104


In his second year as the Detroit Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Chris Collins has cultivated another amazing lineup for this year’s Labor Day weekend performances. The vision for 2013 was to bring together artists who represent real jazz in all its forms. World-renowned musicians will come together to give Festival attendees performances they’ve never experienced before. This year’s artistic vision focuses on the language of jazz and the generations of musicians who have dedicated their lives to propagating its many dialects. We will celebrate history and revel in the creative spirit of artists who expand boundaries to create truly unique, engaging and meaningful music.

2013 Detroit Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence Grammy award winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Hailing from Panama, Danilo’s abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Danilo is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

Artist-in-Residence – Danilo Pérez featuring:
• Panama 500
• Panama Suite with Wayne State University Big Band, U of M jazz students & surprise special guests
• Danilo Pérez & Geri Allen piano duo

60th Anniversary Jazz at Massey Hall featuring Jon Faddis, Jesse Davis & the Bill Charlap Trio

Aaron Diehl Trio

Ahmad Jamal

All We Are Saying: Bill Frisell Explores the Music of John Lennon featuring Greg Leisz, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen


Berklee College of Music: Unlimited Perception

Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes Piano Duo

Central Michigan University Jazz Lab I

Charles Lloyd & Friends featuring Bill Frisell

Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach Duo

Dave Murray Big Band featuring Macy Gray

Detroit Jazz Factory Showcase
• Scott Gwinnell Ensemble
• Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet

Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra – The Music of Duke Ellington, with guest soloists Alice Tillman, Shahida Nurullah & James Carter, David Berger, Conductor.

DJF 2013 National Trumpet Comp Winner with the Gary Schunk Trio

DJF Dave Brubeck Tribute Series featuring:
• Brubeck Brothers Quartet
• Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra Commission Project – Newly Commissioned arrangements of Dave Brubeck Compositions -featuring the DJFO & guest soloists
• The Real Ambassadors – A Recreation of Dave & Iola Brubeck’s Dramatic Masterpiece, Conductor, Bill Meyer
• TO HOPE; A Celebration: Dave Brubeck’s Historic Mass – A Stunning Masterpiece 65 Voice Choir, String Orchestra & the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
with Rick Margitza on Saxophone

DSO Civic Jazz Orchestra

Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway “Duke at the Roadhouse”

Francisco Mora Catlett & AfroHORN

Freddy Cole Quartet

Gene Dunlap Sextet

George Bohanon Azar Lawrence Collaboration

Geri Allen Homecoming Band featuring Robert Hurst, JD Allen, Sheila Jordan, Dave McMurray, Karriem Riggins & George Bohanon

Gregory Porter

JD Allen Trio

Joan Belgrave Sings Dinah Washington

Johnny O’Neal Trio

Johnny Trudell & the Michigan Jazz Fest All Stars

Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson & Orchestra conducted by Dan Coleman, playing selections from the new album “Walking Shadows”

Karriem Riggins

Kimmie Horne

Lee Konitz Quartet

Mack Avenue Superband Musical Director Rodney Whitaker featuring Kirk Whalum, Carl Allen, Gary Burton, Sean Jones, Warren Wolf, Evan Perri, Aaron Diehl & DJF Artist-in-Residence Danilo Pérez

Marcus Belgrave – Trumpet Call

McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Savion Glover

Michael Weiss Quintet

“MILES SMILES” featuring Wallace Roney, Larry Coryell, Rick Margitza, Ralphe Armstrong & Alphonse Mouzon

Oakland University Jazz Band

Quest Reunion featuring David Liebman, Richie Bierach, Ron McLure & Billy Hart

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Robert Glasper Experiment

Saxophone Summit featuring Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane

Teddy Harris Jr. Tribute – The New Breed Be Bop Society

Terell Stafford Quintet

The Alan Broadbent Trio featuring Sheila Jordan plus Strings

The Cookers: Billy Harper, Gary Bartz, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart

The David Berger Jazz Orchestra featuring Cecile McLorin Salvant

The Delfeayo Marsalis Octet presents “Sweet Thunder”

The John Scofield Überjam Band featuring Andy Hess, Avi Bortnick & Tony Mason

The Robert Hurst Group

The Three Baris: A Tribute to Pepper Adams featuring Gary Smulyan, Howard Johnson & Frank

Tony Monaco Trio featuring Fareed Haque

Tribute to Brad Felt featuring Steve Wood, Gary Schunk, Pat Prouty, Bill Higgins, and Terry Kimura

Tribute to Don Byas featuring James Carter

Tribute to Stan Kenton featuring The Four Freshman & the Toledo Jazz Orchestra

Trio Da Paz & Friends Play Jobim & Getz featuring Romero Lubambo, Duduka Da Fonseca, Nilson Matta, Harry Allen, Joe Locke, Maucha Adnet

Tumbao Bravo

Warren Wolf Quartet featuring Robert Hurst, Carl Allen, & Benny Green