Posts Tagged ‘Alfonzo Blackwell’

Saturday, September 17th at 6pm is the date to save for an evening of jazz presented by the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) 2011 annual benefit concert event. This year’s musical guest star is veteran jazz saxophonist Alfonzo Blackwell. The event is held every year to sponsor young adult’s college education from the New Jersey area. Tickets are on sale now. Please contact the New Jersey region chapter of the UNCF at (973) 642-1955 or

The “Evening of Soulful Sophisticated Jazz” event will feature a lot of favorite hit songs written and performed by veteran modern contemporary jazz recording artist Alfonzo Blackwell. It will also feature his debut presentation of John Coltrane’s “Impressions”. Alfonzo Blackwell’s stage performance shows fuse a soulful blend of contemporary jazz, straight-ahead traditional jazz, R&B, soul, reggae, gospel and funk. This is a must-see and hear concert event of 2011 to get your jazz fix and support a great cause in the process.

Alfonzo Blackwell was born in Brooklyn, NY. The native New Yorker grew up in the borough of Queens, a hot-bed residence for many Jazz Giants in our esteemed musical history. He learned to play the piano by ear at the tender age of six. Later, he picked up the saxophone at age eleven and never put it down. He started composing his original material in middle school and then went on to study at the Performing Arts H.S. (portrayed in the motion picture and TV series FAME) in NYC. He continued his music education at Queens College Aaron Copeland School of Music and Five Towns Music College in Long Island, NY. After college, he landed a residency at a popular jazz/R&B hot spot which propelled him to sign his first record deal. His debut was in 1995 with the release of “Let’s Imagine” and he has garnered several top 10 radio hit singles to his credit over the span of his sixteen year recording career thus far.

Blackwell is a well accomplished saxophonist who also plays the piano, bass, guitar and drums and is an esteemed bandleader. He writes, composes, arranges, produces, engineers, mixes and performs live instrumentation on most of his original music recordings. Alfonzo Blackwell has recorded and/or performed with various leading artists and entertainers such as Gladys Knight, The Whispers, Roy Ayers, Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, Brian McKnight, Omar Hakim and Freddie Jackson to name a few.

Alfonzo Blackwell and Utopia Records are also hosting a UNCF Pledge Drive in support of the benefit concert held on September 17th. Please visit for more information. Great gifts will be rewarded for special $100 and above donations.

Call the UNCF office at (973) 642-1955 or e-mail at now, to send young adults to college. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”. Every concert sale and donation goes directly to support this cause.

The Atlantic City Smooth Jazz & Wine Festival will take place at  Lakes Bay Resort Hotel, 8029 Black Horse Pike, West Atlantic City, New Jersey.

On May 29th, 2011, Atlantic City Smooth Jazz & Wine Festival will begin a music-filled annual tradition at Lakes Bay Resort Hotel, hosting an event that will surely get the attention of the region’s Smooth Jazz fans and fine wine lovers, beaconing them to come and experience an illustrious lineup that will make this festival second to none. Your Atlantic City Smooth Jazz & Wine Festival experience will include up to 4 special events, and plenty of eating, drinking, browsing, sampling, shopping, grooving, partying and more!

In this its very first year, the Atlantic City Smooth Jazz & Wine Festival expects to garner an enthusiastic audience of over 5,000 guests, attracting both locals and thousands of out-of-towners to the well-appointed Lakes Bay Resort Hotel. Patrons can expect to enjoy live performances by event headliners guitarist KEN NAVARRO and saxophonist ALFONZO BLACKWELL alongside a host of other top regional talents such as PLAN B, TABLE 4 5IVE, ELLAS Y AMIGOS, ANIYA and TRIO NOVA, all the while reveling in food and wine tastings and a wide variety of vendors and exhibitors of high-quality merchandise and services from all around the region.

With your support and patronage, this event expects to get bigger and better each year, and 2011 will not disappoint. Continue to browse this website to get updates on talent, tickets, hotel, and travel packages, vendor information, sponsor updates, SJWF branded merchandise, and pre-fest promotional events to meet and greet the artists!

South Jersey’s largest gathering of Smooth Jazz aficionados and wine lovers takes place on Sunday, May 29th, 2011 when the Atlantic City Smooth Jazz & Wine Festival rolls out its carpet at the Lakes Bay Resort Hotel in West Atlantic City, NJ.

Save the date for South Jersey’s largest gathering of the area’s Smooth Jazz aficionados and wine lovers:

  • Smooth Jazz & Wine Expo 10am-6pm — Exhibition Hall
  • VIP Welcome Reception 2pm-6pm – Bachrach Room (VIP guests & performers)
  • Groove-Time Black-Tie Gala 7pm-10pm – Exhibition Hall
  • “Club Jazz” After-Party 10pm-2am – Exhibition Hall

Sunday, May 29, 2011 – 10:00 am.

Performances by:  Alfonzo Blackwell, Ken Navarro, Tru Vibe, Table 4 5ive, Steel Kings, Plan B, Lynn Riley, Louis Taylor and Aniya.

Visit for more information as it develops about the line-up. Tickets & hotel packages go on sale to the general public on April 1, 2011. Call 609-641-3546 for more info about event details.

Patrons will be able to enjoy as much or as little as they desire with 7 different ticket options from $20 General Admission (Expo or After-Party) to $50 Black-Tie Gala to $100 VIP All-Access Pass to $350 All-Inclusive Hotel Package for Two. Tickets & Hotel Packages for the Atlantic City Smooth Jazz Festival will go on sale to the general public on April 1, 2011. Special Advance “Buy-One-Get-One-Free” Pre-Sale of General Admission Tickets for the Expo (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM) and the “Club Jazz” After-Party (10:00 PM to 2:00 AM) in effect until March 31st. Does not apply to Reserved Seating Admission or VIP Passes.