Archive for May, 2014

Ocean City


What do you get when you combine the best in jazz together with devoted fans, a beautiful white sand beach, and good old “Crystal Coast Charm”? You get the most exciting, most talked about contemporary jazz festival in the North Carolina! The Ocean City Jazz Festival celebrates its 5th year with a tried and true formula of the top names in jazz and the vacation destination of North Topsail Beach !

The 2014 Ocean City Jazz Festival Artist line-up:

Ira Wiggins Quartet, Yolanda Rabun, Lin Rountree with special guest Nicholas Cole, Lois Deloatch-Gomes and the Scott Sawyer Trio, John Brown Quartet and Cyrus Chestnut.

Two day Festival July 4th and 5th
Gates opens at 4 PM

2649 Island Dr, North Topsail Beach, North Carolina 28460


The 5th Annual Jazzy Jam Education for Empowerment Benefit Concert features: Marion Meadows, vocalist Avery Sunshine, Nick Smith featuring vocalist Howard Hewitt, Melena, Vincent & Vincent.

Saturday, May 24, 2014 – 1:00 pm

Central Park, 219 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, California 91105 (Los Angeles)

This event is postponed to 2015!


Blue Plate Radio Presents the 2014 Jazz ‘n’ Blue Festival Benefiting Autism Speaks

featuring: Down to the Bone, Airborne, Doug Jones.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 4:00 pm

Simsbury Performing Arts Ctr, 22 Iron Horse Blvd, Simsbury, Connecticut 06070


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.

Featured artists:

Euge Groove

Jonathan Butler

Peter White

Rick Braun

Bobby Lyle

Joey Sommerville

August 22-23-24 2014

Copper Mountain Resort, 209 10 Mile Cir, Frisco, Colorado 80443  (Vail, Breckenridge)



The Southern Tier Jazz Fest features Marcus Johnson and others to be announced.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 2:00 pm

Thorne Street Park, Horseheads, New York 14845 (Elmira, Corning)


Friday, July 18, 2014 – 7:45 pm

The Yellowjackets Two sets 7:45 & 9:30pm

Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 6:30 pm

Ken Navarro at 6:30pm | Ramsey Lewis, two sets 8:15 & 9:45pm

Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 4:30 pm

Generation Next with Nicholas Cole, Julian Vaughn, Lin Roundtree & Lebron

Town Point Park, 333 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, Virginia 23510


The Kappa Wine Sip 2014 features Mike Phillips and Urban Jazz Coalition.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 8:00 pm

COSI, 333 West Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43215


This festival will help to expand Chocolate Jazz Foundation to continue to conduct fund raiser for our music departments across our state. The arts are always the target when it comes to state budgets, which leaves them on their own to cover the difference. Eventually the budget cuts, creates too much strain on those departments causing them to be cut from that school. This will also illustrate how passionate Chocolate Jazz Foundation’s mission is to save the music in our public schools.

The Vienna Jazz & Rib Festival features: Steve Oliver, Darren Rahn, David Wells. More artists will be announced.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 – 1:00 pm

Spencer Park, Vienna, West Virginia 26105 (Parkersburg; Marietta, Ohio)

Shoreline Jazz

Music enthusiasts, or anyone who enjoys having a good time, may be happy to know that a jazz festival will return to Heritage Landing this summer. While the inaugural event in 2012 was the one-day Lakeshore Jazz Festival, this year’s festival features a new name – Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival — and an expanded schedule. The festival will be a two-day event this year, instead of the one-day event in 2012.

“I prefer to call the first one the pilot (festival),” said Alexander Zonjic, renowned flutist and co-organizer of the festival.

With a passion for jazz music and the Muskegon area, Hawkins Lang, the original organizer of the jazz festival in Muskegon, had an idea to create a music festival to celebrate the anniversary of his restaurant, Hawk’s Feathers and Finns. But what Lang didn’t expect while organizing the festival two years ago was the strong relationship he would begin to develop with Zonjic.

When the original headliner artist for the “pilot” jazz festival fell through, Lang came across Zonjic’s name, listened to his music and called Zonjic. Lang was surprised that Zonjic answered the phone. “I thought it was going to be his assistant (on the phone),” Lang said. From there, the two “just kind of hit it off.” Over time, Lang and Zonjic said they believe the festival will greatly benefit the area economically.

Zonjic, who has been both performing and working in the music festival business for more than 20 years, is excited about the Muskegon area. When he originally visited Muskegon, he said he knew Heritage Landing would be a wonderful place for a jazz festival. “My instincts kicked in and I thought ‘this would be so cool,’” Zonjic said. Zonjic said the idea of the festival is to have a large, cultural and diverse event in Muskegon.

Because the event is two days, Zonjic is hoping that jazz enthusiasts from Chicago and Detroit will visit the area. The music festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24. Tickets are expected to be available for purchase soon for the price of $25 per day.

The two-day jazz festival is set to have a total of 10 acts.

Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 1:00 pm

1pm – Lin Rountree, 2:30pm – Urban Jazz Coalition, 4pm – Tim Bowman, 5:45pm – Nick Colionne, Brian Simpson & vocalist Maysa, 7:30pm – Boney James.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 – 1:00 pm

1pm – Phil Denny & Oli Silk, 2:30pm – Michael Manson, 4pm – Jeff Lorber Fusion with Eric Marienthal & Jimmy Haslip , 5:45pm – Vocalists Lalah Hathaway & Ruben Studdard, 7:30pm – Alexander Zonjic with special guest Kenny G.

Heritage Landing, 199 E Apple Ave, Muskegon, Michigan 49442



Keyboardist, composer and studio musician Brian Simpson is known for his ability to sculpt timeless love songs, soulful party anthems and melodies that stay on your mind. Hailing from Gurnee, Illinois, and growing up in a house filled with music, Brian always knew music would play center stage in his life. After graduating from Northern Illinois University, Simpson relocated to Los Angeles where he quickly immersed himself in the local jazz scene. Late night jazz sessions found him playing alongside everyone from saxophonists Everette Harp and Boney James to guitarist Norman Brown. But soon the free-spirited musician found himself taking a temporary leave of absence from the jazz scene, touring the world with pop divas Teena Marie, Sheena Easton and Janet Jackson. His foray into the pop world didn’t end there; in January 1991 he co-wrote the #1 Pop hit “The First Time” by Surface, which conquered both the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.

Placing his success in pop aside, Brian Simpson has always been a working jazz musician. He has toured with some of the greats of recent jazz history, including George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, Kirk Whalum, and Jonathan Butler. Simpson’s breakthrough as a solo artist began in 2005 with “It’s All Good”, a track that hit #1 on the Radio & Records Smooth Jazz Airplay chart and remained in the Top 5 for four months. After “South Beach” in 2010, his latest album is called “Just What You Need” (2013). Brian has been the musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for the past 15 years, and for the last 8 years the Musical Director, of the highly popular “Smooth Jazz Cruise” featuring Marcus Miller and David Sanborn.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
Day Ticket for 2 concerts, welcome drink and voucher for free wine tasting: 45,00 Euro per person
Day Ticket for 2 concerts, exclusive Dinner in 5-star hotel, welcome drink and voucher for free wine tasting: 85,00 Euro per person
Day Ticket for 2 concerts, from 1 night (May 23-24, 2014)  incl. half-board, exclusive dinner in 5-star hotel, welcome drink and voucher for free wine tasting: from 118,00 Euro per person in a double room