Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm

In the course of their over 20-year career, the Nighthawks have created a subtly contoured aesthetic concept: music for travellers. Momentum and calm, denseness and sparseness, darkness and light – contrasts that all play a central musical role in the band’s work. Striving for reductionism, these scores of catchy songs evoke vivid atmospheric pictures, whose attraction lie often in their sense of yearning. The music heads of the quintet are Dal Martino (Bass, Keys, Guitar, Vocals) and Reiner Winterschladen (Trumpet, Flugelhorn). In the studio and on live gigs, they are accompanied by Jürgen Dahmen (Keys/Rhodes Piano/Percussion), Thomas Alkier (Drums) and Guitarist Jörg Lehnardt. By the way, Lehnhardt is not a new face on our stage: in 2014 he was part of our houseband at the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival. The latest Nighthawks album was dedicated to the Boeing 707. For Martino, the 707 was “basically the first transporter of culture in a musical world that was becoming increasingly international”. For this CD, libertine Winterschladen – an avid proponent of improvised music – time and again had to restrict his trumpet playing to comply with Martino’s focus on reduction. These conflicting poles gave birth to numerous sound sketches which Martino considerably condensed. The resulting album consists of seven songs as well as the core track “707 Suite”: A powerful, at times edgy, work in four movements that even expands into psychedelic rock. As singer for another track – “Happy Days” – Martino invited Jeff Young on board, a musical partner of Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Jackson Browne, Sting and many others. Young co-composed this track and is responsible for bringing some L.A. breeziness to the album.

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The Unscripted Jazz Series will help wrap up the Philadelphia Jazz Festival on a celebratory high note. On April 30, 2017, at the Ardmore Music Hall, Jaguar Wright and Gerald Veasley will present their acclaimed salute to an icon, Nina Simone.

The musical collaboration brings together two internationally renowned artists who were launched out of the Philadelphia jazz and soul scenes. “Jaguar Wright, Sings the Music of Nina Simone with Gerald Veasley” is sure to be a vibrant and powerful performance. In the words of Ms. Simone: “I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life. I have a chance to live, as I’ve dreamed”. An uplifting and timely message for the inaugural Philadelphia Jazz Festival.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 6:30  pm

The Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, 19003

A monthly concert series featuring the best national and international Contemporary Jazz artists in the heart of Greenwich Village. Come experience the hottest young guns and veteran performers from today’s Jazz circuit, as they perform their original music at the exclusive Carroll Place. Followed by an all-star jam of NYC’s own talent.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 08:00 PM

Carroll Place Greenwich Village, 157 Bleecker Street  (between Thompson St & Sullivan St), New York, NY, 10012

The Gateway Jazz Festival features: Najee, Maysa, Pieces of a Dream, Steve Cole, Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Chieli Minucci, Steve Oliver and Chris Standring.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 – 2:00 pm

Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Dr, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017

Now recognized as one of the region’s premier jazz events, the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival is returning to beautiful Lake Arbor in Mitchellville, MD for our 8th annual event! Come and enjoy four days of non-stop contemporary and traditional jazz music featuring some of the DMV’s and the nation’s finest jazz and R&B groups.

Saturday, July 08, 2017 – 12:00 – noon

Ken Ford, Christian “Big New York” de Mesones and the Smooth Jazz Allstars, Drew Davidsen, Willie Bradley, Eddie Baccus, Jr, Elliott Levine, Jeanette Harris, Jazmin Ghent, Point Blank,Matthew Whitaker

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Howard Hewett, Pam Ward, Jazmin Ghent

Grand finale allstar session

Gerald Veasley – Jam Session Host, Christian DeMesones, Drew Davidsen, Jeanette Harris, Jazmin Ghent, Marcus Mitchell Project, Charmaine Michelle

Lake Arbor Community Ctr, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Bowie, Maryland 20721

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 8:45 pm
+ Allstar Show on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Growing up in a home filled with the diverse sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B from the records his dad spun as a DJ, Ken Ford was born in St. Louis and lived in Detroit before his parents settled in Atlanta. His parents recognized a special gift in their child one night when they overheard him at a party, playing along with an Al Green song note for note on a toy keyboard – long before his first music lesson. From that point on, they kept an instrument in his hands but he never had a formal lesson until he settled on violin at age nine. Ken followed his passion for violin but, early in his career, lived a dual life, working as an IT programmer while jamming at some of Atlanta’s hottest jazz spots at night. Meanwhile, Ken’s talents have brought him on stage and into the recording studio with a range of superstar artists including Bruno Mars, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Chaka Khan, Brian Culbertson, Barry White and more. Today, he’s indulging his passion for violin full-time before worldwide audiences and a word that describes not only his violin but also the man himself is: electric. His electrifying live performances have audiences up on their feet and into the aisles, jumping and dancing around. Far from being any quiet instrument, Ken takes the violin center stage with amazing artistry and creativity, rocking out on it with a passion and fervor that rivals the biggest guitar solos.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler

Saturday, June 24, 2017 – 7:00 pm

West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and Rick Braun

Sunday, June 25, 2017 – 2:00 pm

Ramsey Lewis

Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, Virginia 23666