Summer Jazz Fest with Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Slim Man, Joey Navarro, Chase Huna, Joe Baldino
and Deanna Bogart.
Monday, July 27th, 5pm-10pm
Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
This month’s featured artist is Chicago based guitarist Max V.
Considering the many years of success Argentine born electric guitarist Max Valldeneu has had playing blues and R&B everywhere from his adopted home base of Chicago to Europe and Japan, it’s not surprising that he brings the perfect mix of buoyant funk and gritty down home fire to his infectious, in the pocket and airplay ready urban jazz debut It’s About Love. Like his more renowned (at least thus far!) stylistic genre counterparts, Nick Colionne and Grammy winner Norman Brown, Valledeneu has high energy improvisational chops to spare, yet grounds his vibe perfectly in the two elements which guarantee that listeners won’t want to let go: groove and melody. It’s saying a lot about the versatile axeman’s songwriting ability that his originals including the high energy, brass-tinged opening title track, the easy, mid-tempo blues-R&B flavored “Just U and Me” and lush liquid soul ballad “I Just Wanna Be With You” (appearing in both vocal and instrumental versions) hold their own against three R&B/pop classics that will no doubt merit a lot of initial attention.
Valldeneu’s fluid lines smooth out the melody of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” which is grooved up by Roosevelt Purifoy’s sparkling Rhodes harmonies and Joewaun Scott’s plucky bass bottom. The guitarist’s dreamy take on Johnny Gill’s “My My My” is right up there among instrumental cover versions with saxman Gerald Albright’s renowned take). Valldeneu wraps his magical emotional rollercoaster with a light funk take on Michael Jackson’s “The Girl Is Mine,” adding touches of both playfulness and urgency via his swirling interaction with alto saxman Ronnie Graham. It’s always a challenge for an indie artist new to the smooth/urban jazz realm to break through and compete with the long established A-listers, but genre fans who love that George Benson/Wes Montgomery style of guitarisma will be
hooked instantly once they give Valldeneu a shot. It’s About Love but it’s so much more: the best indie instrumental recording of 2013 by far.
Friday, July 24, 2015 – 8:00 pm
La Fille Gallery, 336 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48933
Rocco Ventrella was born in Bari, Italy. With the album ‘Give Me The Groove’, the saxophonist has received a Pre-Grammy Awards Nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album 2007, 5 tracks of the CD hit the Top20 of numerous smooth jazz radio stations. Also Ventrella has gotten quotes from George Duke, Dave Koz, Marion Meadows, Chris Standring and more.
Rocco appeared in selected jazz festivals including the James Brown Festival in Georgia, the Smooth Jazz Festival Bregenz (Austria), Smooth Jazz in the Cube (Austria), the Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg (Germany), the Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca (Spain) plus performances in Luxembourg, UK, USA and France. His passion is performing live on stage and touring the world. In his carreer, he shared the stage with some of the most respected smooth jazz artists worldwide such as Peter White, Candy Dulfer, Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Mindi Abair, Paul Brown, Gerald Albright, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Renato Falaschi and many more. In 2015, he released his latest CD.
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Andy Snitzer has performed and recorded with a veritable who’s who of contemporary music artists. From Eric Clapton to Beck, Aretha Franklin to Naughty by Nature, Dr. John to Christina Aguilera, performances with these artists and many others have showcased Andy’s passionate sound and melodic style, and have earned him a place in the elite ranks of contemporary saxophonists. As a member of the Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge and Bridges to Babylon world tours, Andy has performed worldwide before millions in over 40 countries. As a member of Paul Simon’s touring band (a position he currently holds), Andy joins a world-class assemblage of musicians from Africa, Europe and the USA in a band of widespread critical acclaim.
Andy’s three solo records, “Ties that Bind”, “In the Eye of the Storm” and “Some Quiet Place, set the bar for inventiveness and creativity in Contemporary Jazz, and showcase Andy’s outstanding ability as a player, writer, drum programmer and record producer.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 – 7:30 pm
Suite Food Lounge, 375 Luckie St, Atlanta, Georgia 30313
Friday September 25
Saturday September 26
Elan Trotman & Tim Bowman
Sunday September 27
The Isley Brothers
Marion Meadows & Paul Taylor
Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, Nevada 89012
The Whitney Proudly presents Alexander Zonjic’s Jazz in the Garden
For Reservations and Info call 313-832-5700
Tuesday Evenings, 6pm-10pm rain or shine
The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI