Archive for November, 2018

 

Mediterranean Jazz and Supper Club in conjunction with the Sunset Temple presents the 2nd Annual December Groove Jazz Concert featuring Will Donato, Tony Exum Jr., and Monty Seward at the Sunset Temple! Click here for tickets: https://goo.gl/SWB9FL

Saturday, December 15, 2018 – 6:15 PM

Sunset Temple, 3911 Kansas St, San Diego, California 92104

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The youngest of 13 children, Jonathan Butler grew up in Cape Town, South Africa with the country under the cloud of segregation and Apartheid rule. “I was born poor, but richly blessed with talent and the gift to make music,” Butler said. “I can’t dismiss where I’ve been or where I’ve come from. I’m a proud South African and I came from nothing.”

Butler began his singing career at age seven, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year, at age 12. In 1975 Butler earned three gold records (“Please Stay” went double gold and “I Love How You Love Me” went gold), making history by being the first black artist on white South African radio.

A decade later, in 1987, Butler moved to London, England, where he signed with Jive Records and released his first international album. The self-titled set went gold in the UK and the USA and Butler received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song and Best Jazz Song that same year.

Butler’s 2004 album, “Surrender,” went gold in South Africa, where he remains a superstar. He launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation in his native country to fund music education programs that give children the purpose to overcome a life of drugs and poverty just as he did. His music and arts programs serving South African children ages 4-17 operate with the mission statement, “Purpose kills addiction.”

Butler’s music has purpose, providing comfort and inspiration. When he sings, he testifies to the glory and healing power of love. When he plays guitar, his fast fingers innately find notes of passion and divinity. Jonathan Butler’s recording career has carried him far, far beyond his wildest dreams.

Blue Pyramid Productions is proud to have guitarist Jonathan Butler headlining the 5th and final performance of the 4th season of the Church Street Jazz Series at The Harrison Opera House in Downtown Norfolk.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 8:00 PM

The Harrison Opera House, 160 West Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Kenny G will be here for multiple shows over four nights leading up to the New Year’s Eve celebration performance. Sit down to dinner and wine in an intimate, up close and personal evening with one of the most iconic and best-selling instrumental musicians of all time, Kenny G. With Sold Out shows across the globe, Kenny is ending 2018’s year long run of international performances in the picturesque backdrop of the Napa Valley.  Join us in the Blue Note Napa, where world class music, meets wine, food and art. Full gourmet dinner, wine, and cocktail service are offered.

December 28 – 31, 2018

Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main Street, Napa, California 94559

 

World renowned and multi-Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz has announced his return to the road this Fall for his 21st annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2018”.Now in its 21st year, the tour has received nationwide critical acclaim since its 1997 inception.  After last year’s highly successful 20-year anniversary Christmas run, Koz’s 2018 Christmas Tour promises to bring fresh renditions of holiday classics—as well as a Chanukah medley!—and hits from his respective catalog.  Special Guests joining Dave this year include: Mindi Abair, pop/blues saxophonist/singer who will be making her first Christmas Tour appearance with Koz; South African guitarist/singer, Jonathan Butler, who returns for another wonderful time with Dave; Japanese keyboard sensation Keiko Matsui; and up and coming vocalist Sheléa, who also made a vocal appearance on Dave’s most recent smash album Summer Horns II From A To Z.

The multi-city holiday trek launches November 23rd at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

in Sarasota, FL and will hit other major US markets including Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, CA and San Jose, CA.  For further information on the tour, dates, on-sale info and the VIP Program, please visit www.davekoz.com.

Spend NYE with Saxophonist Paul Taylor, Guitarist Steve Oliver & Trumpeter Lin Rountree.

For tickets & info go to www.SmoothChicago.com.

December 31st, 2018 – 7 PM & 10 PM

Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N River Rd, Rosemont, Illinois 60018

A great show lined up for you with Tim Bowman, Ronald Carlton Wilcox, Brian Freeman, Vocal Symphony of the Buffalo Arts Academy under the direction of Karen Saxon and Will Holton.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 08:00 PM

Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14202

Since being signed to the Trippin’ N’ Rhythm record label in 2009, Cindy Bradley has blossomed into a powerful and charismatic presence on the contemporary jazz festival circuit, earning seven number one Billboard singles along the way. Cindy has performed everywhere from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival to Dubai Jazz Fest. She won Best New Artist at the American Smooth Jazz Awards, Brass Player of the Year and Best New Artist at the Contemporary Jazz Awards, and named Debut Artist of the Year by the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival and Smooth Jazz News.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Bradley loves telling the story of how she became a trumpet player by accident in fourth grade: “I started playing the piano when I was six, but we had to choose a different instrument to be part of the band program. I forgot to bring my permission slip to class, so the teacher just had me randomly circle an instrument that I wanted to play. I picked the trumpet, which turned out to be a life and career defining fluke.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies and music education from Ithaca College, Bradley went to the New England Conservatory to pursue her master’s in jazz trumpet performance; at the conservatory, she studied with and was influenced by many jazz greats including John McNeil, Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, George Russell and Steve Lacy.

Post-graduation, Bradley immersed herself in the vibrant NYC jazz scene, discovering equal passions for straight ahead be-bop and contemporary jazz, as well as funk, Top 40, R&B and jazz fusion.

Bradley has performed for thousands of jazz lovers over the years, playing such renowned events as the Big Bear Lake Jazz Festival, Omaha’s Riverfront Jazz and Blues Festival, the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival in San Antonio and the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

Blue Pyramid Productions is proud to have trumpeter Cindy Bradley headlining the 4th performance in the 4th season of the Church Street Jazz Series at The Attucks Theatre in Downtown Norfolk.

Saturday, March 9, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church St, Norfolk, Virginia 23510