Archive for October, 2016

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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 late April, 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 early booking sale starts on November 1, 2016 in our online-shop: www.smoothjazzshop.eu/mallorca

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Charm City Jazz Presents The Winter Jazz & Soul Experience featuring Saxman, Isaac Parham, Soul Vocalist, Shuga Shang and National Keyboardist, Patrick Cooper

Backed by Fahrenheit with Special Guests Karen Linette & Marcus Mitchell

Advance Tickets $21.50 including fees
For more information call 443-858-9781
All Proceeds To Benefit “The Youth Writers Challenge”

December 11, 2016 Doors Open 4pm / Showtime 5pm

Magooby’s Joke House & Sound Stage, 9603 Deereco Road, Timonium, Maryland 21093

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Saxophonist Richard Elliot has arrived at a very special anniversary for blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing. 2014 marks 30 years since the release of his debut solo album, Initial Approach (ITI – 1984), on which he stepped out showcasing his tenor sax, soprano sax, Lyricon and writing skills. What does a red-blooded Scottish sax man raised in Los Angeles – now with a wife and five children – do for a 30-year encore? Well, this one-time member of the classic soul band Tower of Power proves he’s “not a young man” and drops the most overtly sensual, romantic and intimate album of his career in collaboration with contemporary jazz production/guitar giant Paul Brown.

Friday, November 04, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N College Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220

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The 2018 cruises embark from Fort Lauderdale, with ports of call in Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Coco Cay, Bahamas
from Feb 10-17, 2018 (Wait List only) and again from March 10-17, 2018.

Lineup features

Hosts: Marcus Miller, Boney James, Alonzo Bodden and Dane Butcher;

Headliners: Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Rick Braun, Candy Dulfer, Kirk Whalum, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Euge Groove and Keiko Matsui;

Book your cabin here.

HAVANA ’58, the decadent jet-set heaven when Cuba was a tropical playground. A pleasure dome of sensual overload and rum-fuelled abandon, where shows and showgirls were dazzling, gambling was high-stakes, and revellers included Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and J.F.K., to name a few. Mojitos, Mobsters, Mambos & Muchachas. A forbidden, hedonistic world of Rum, Rumba and Roulette. The full range of Sexual freedom, official corruption, and Mafia control ignited the rampant party – until Sylvester 1958 when Fidel Castro’s revolutionaries took the floor.
Bahama Soul Club’s 4th album presents a very personal soundtrack, a musical homage, inspired by a vibrant verve that never came back. We encounter a heady blend of glittering nightclubs, outrageous cabarets, fashionable hotels and look deep into backstreet brothels, empty wallets and bemusing décolletages. Rumba is everywhere.

With their first albums BSC established an elegant and percussive cocktail of Latin Jazz, Soul, Bossa and Boogaloo, to which they now add the dark, sensual and alluring mystic of Tiki and Exotica into the mix. What we get is a new Caribbean long-drink named: HAVANA ’58 …… Genre: Afro-Cuban Jazz …… Style: 60s/cinematic …… Sound: Hi-Fidelity-Plus

As could be heard on award-winning previous album “The Cuban Tapes”, the fascinating voices of hand-selected Cuban singers have a strong influence and special effect on this production as well. Cuba’s leading vocal quartet SEXTO SENTIDO surprise us with traditional Yoruba chants in “Eleggua”, irresistible complex harmonies in the magnum mobster opus “Meyer-Lansky” and show us some disco love in “Tropicana Flight”. The vivacious OLVIDO RUIZ, singer in the Bahama Soul Club live band (long awaited and for the first time on recorded disc), presents the full bandwidth of her expressive vocal ranged from Boogaloo (“Muévelo Papi”) to Lounge (“Night Breeze”) up to the dark 6/8-ballade “Let God”. And once again we find the lovely AREMA AREGA with rolling “Rumba Fugaz”.
These ladies were selected by Gilles Peterson for the well-respected Havana-Cultura-Project and reveal their traditional Cuban roots when combining fun and intellect while smartly ignoring passing trends. More than any mambo mania and tiring salsa they stand for the swinging lightness and pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle of the contemporary Cuban scene. Finally, as a very special guest: The American Jazz and Soul singer BRENDA BOYKIN from the mighty Club Des Belugas with the hypnotic “No Words” and the shuffling “Dizzy’s Bounce”.

The video to first single “No Words” starts exactly at the point where the previous video “Ay Jona” ended. Once again it is composed by breath-taking pictures of the most deliriously beautiful film ever made: “I Am Cuba”, directed in 1964 by Mikhail Kalatozov and presented in the 90s by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. The rights owners‚ The Cuban Institute of Cinematography, were deeply impressed by the quality of the new music and agreed to combine the award winning footage with the upcoming videos to feature “HAVANA ’58” with pure genuine Cuban patina. Un abrazo.

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The 5th annual In Concert for Cancer event features Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole to benefit Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 – 6:30 pm

Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, Washington 98033

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Enjoy a two and a half hours cruise featuring the Captain’s Prime Rib Dinner on the beautiful Detroit River!

Saturday, November 12, 2016 5:30 pm

Tickets: Adults $59.98 Children $30

Limited seating available – Call today! 877-338-2628 or 877-DET-BOAT

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Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm in the Park Theater
& New Year’s Allstar Jam-Session on Dec 31, 2016 at midnight

Brian Bromberg grew up in a family of musicians and artists. His father and brother played the drums, so Brian started playing them as well. He was 2,5 years old, beating up the furniture and banging on anything that didn’t move. Aged 13, he began his professional career as a drummer. At around the same time, the director of his school orchestra (where Brian did not play drums, but cello – not very successfully…) came to him and said: “You see that big bass in the corner? Nobody is playing it. Don’t you want to play that big cool bass over there?” Maybe, the director just wanted to stop Brian “sawing his cello in half”, but that day was a blessing in disguise. Brian knew that playing the bass was going to be his path. After years of strict practice regimen, devoting all his time to music, playing every type of gig imaginable, Brian has evolved into a respected voice in music industry, smashing through the barriers of how the bass is supposed to be played. He performs on both electric and acoustic instruments. His technically demanding style ranges from funny and funky to wild and crazy or swinging to mellow and soothing. He can play two- and three-note chords on demand, he can sound like four players at once and he can make bass sound like a guitar. The Grammy nominated bassist has toured, performed and recorded with great artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Christina Aguilera, Dean Martin, Dianna Krall, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Jerry Lewis, Kenny G, Lee Ritenour, Michael Bublé, Rene Olstead and Sting. In addition to his success as a solo artist, he is also being recognized as a world-class songwriter, session musician and producer.

Here you can order your exclusive hotel package:
www.smoothjazzshop.eu/augsburg

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Kenny G. performs many of his career hits and songs of the holiday

In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop, and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ’80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St, Montclair, New Jersey 07042 (Newark)

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Grammy award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum continues his 5th annual, A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas Celebration!! Kirk says, “This is the most unique holiday celebration you never knew you HAD TO EXPERIENCE FOR YOURSELF!!” What??! Keiko Matsui AND Norman Brown AND Sheléa AND Kirk & Kevin Whalum AND John Stoddart??! Absolutely Awe-Inspiring!!! There’s no joy like spending the holidays with family and great music. So you bring the family, we’ll take care of the rest!”

Sunday, November 27, 2016 – 5:30 pm

Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, Maryland 20814