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The LA Phil, which presents the summer season at the Hollywood Bowl, will now present the Playboy Jazz Festival. We look forward to continuing this cherished tradition!

The Playboy Jazz Festival is June 14 and 15, 2014.

 June 14, 2014 

Dianne Reeves

Jamie Cullum

Celebrating George Duke! Starring Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke w/ Ndugu Chancler, Paul Jackson, Jr., Byron Miller, Greg Phillinganes, Josie James, Lil John Roberts

John Beasley, music director

Kenny Barron with special guest Ravi Coltrane

Arturo Sandoval Big Band

Allen Stone

Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 featuring Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein

Tia Fuller

The New Jump Blues featuring Antonio ‘Huggy Bear’ Fargas

The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All City Jazz Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas

George Lopez, master of ceremonies

 

June 15, 2014 

George Benson with special guest Earl Klugh

Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland: PRISM

Fantasia

Dr. Lonnie Smith “In the Beginning” Octet

José James

Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars

Jon Batiste and Stay Human

James Cotton Blues Band with special guest Big Jay McNeely

Los Amigos Invisibles

Esperanza High School Band under the direction of Brad Davis

George Lopez, master of ceremonies

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, California 90068

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For an 11th straight season, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh will host his Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor April 3-5, 2014 featuring exceptional musicians and performances, along with unique culinary and wine experiences. Enjoy talent from: 8-Time Grammy nominated saxophonist DAVE KOZ; 4-Time Grammy nominated jazz singer and composer GREGORY PORTER; 5-Time Grammy nominated jazz pianist and composer DAVID BENOIT; 4-Time Grammy nominated soul, jazz & gospel singer/pianist OLETA ADAMS; a ‘Night of Guitars’ featuring your Grammy-winning host EARL KLUGH, Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist, composer and producer CHUCK LOEB, and 2-Time Grammy nominated R&B, jazz and gospel guitarist JONATHAN BUTLER; and more!

The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906

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While in the midst of the vineyards last June to shoot a promotional clip for the third annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, the flourishing jazz and wine festival’s Founder and Artistic Director Brian Culbertson looked into the camera and vowed “More artists, more music, more food and of course, more wine.” The hit-making contemporary jazz and R&B mixologist is making good on his promise with the unveiling of the powerhouse lineup of jazz and funk artists that will perform for the many thousands of Getaway attendees who will come from all over the U.S. to Napa Valley from June 11-15, 2014.

Slated to join Culbertson for five-days of concerts, wine tastings, fine dining and unique social opportunities are Eric Benét, Lee Ritenour, David Grusin, Ohio Players, Morris Day & The Time, Earl Klugh, Mavis Staples, Average White Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Eric Darius, David Benoit, Michael Lington, Eric Marienthal, Jazz in Pink featuring Gail Jhonson, Althea Rene and Karen Briggs, Cecil Ramirez and the comedic mind of Keenen Ivory Wayans.

VIP Packages are already sold out with Four-day Gold Packages ($499) on sale now through the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway website (www.NapaValleyJazzGetaway.me). Two-day Silver Packages ($229) will go on sale in late November.

The 2014 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway will open with several VIP-only events as well as an exclusive Welcome Dinner Concert and Jam Session at renowned chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill and Wine Bar with a performance by the Cecil Ramirez Quartet along with Culbertson and saxophonist Lington for which a separate ticket is required (available through the Getaway website for $125). The Thursday night theme concert on June 12th will be Jazz Legends at the Lincoln Theater, which will also be the venue for Friday Night Funk Night. The music moves outdoors on June 14& 15 to the breathtakingly beautiful setting at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards for concerts that run from 4-10:30 PM. Afternoon happenings during the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway include a cigar and port event hosted by Lington with Ramirez and daily Wine Downs at the luxurious Westin Verasa Napa, the host hotel that for the first time will be solely reserved for guests of the Getaway. The Westin Verasa will also be the scene for the hot Late Night Hangs scheduled for Thursday through Saturday evenings post-concert during the Getaway at which fans can meet and mingle with the artists after their stroll down the Cab Carpet. As in previous editions of the Getaway, silent and live auctions will be held to benefit The GRAMMY® Foundation, which supports music education programs in schools, a mission of Culbertson, who raised nearly $100,000 for the organization during the first two Napa Valley Jazz Getaways.

Culbertson said, “It is extraordinary how much the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway has grown in just our third year and I’m so excited about our incredible lineup for 2014, our biggest and best yet. In addition to being joined by these legendary artists, I continue to invite more exquisite wineries to be involved with the Getaway as well as many more unique restaurants to be present at our outdoor events to provide a true ‘taste of Napa’ experience. I look forward to welcoming wine and jazz enthusiasts to the beautiful Napa Valley once again.”

Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who became a fan favorite for the vitality and prodigious skills that he brought to contemporary jazz ever since the release of his 1994 debut disc, “Long Night Out,” signaled the arrival of a consistently creative and engaging artist. The keyboardist and trombonist is back in the recording studio working on his 14th collection, a remake of the first album that he made in his crowded apartment bedroom “studio” while he was a 20-year-old college student. But this time out, instead of playing most of the instruments himself, he will be joined by an all-star collective of contemporary jazz artists comprised of many of the musicians that inspired him while recording the original. “Another Long Night Out” will be released in February 2014 in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the first record. Additional information about Culbertson is available at www.BrianCulbertson.me.

Highlights of the 2013 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oaRaeCnhO6Y.

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GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh’s renowned ‘Weekend of Jazz’ returns to Kiawah Island Golf Resort this November!

Since 2004, Earl Klugh has been bringing world-renowned artists together with jazz enthusiasts for his one-of-a-kind weekend getaways at 2 Five-Star, Five-Diamond properties; The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Klugh’s 4th annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island will be held November 7-9, 2013. Stay tuned for lineup details coming soon!

Call Kiawah Island Golf Resort at 800-654-2924 to reserve your Weekend of Jazz Package today or visit weekendofjazz.com/kiawah for more details!

The Sanctuary, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455

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In 1976, the Detroit-born guitarist Earl Klugh – a self-taught virtuoso whose broad influences included Bill Evans, Burt Bacharach, Laurindo Almeida and the great country guitarist Chet Atkins – burst on the scene with his self-titled debut album, which easily crossed beyond the categories of jazz, country, classical, pop, R&B, and world music. Four decades and over thirty recordings later, the GRAMMY® Award-winner and 12-time nominee Earl Klugh has recorded with a number of master musicians – from George Benson, Al Jarreau and Bob James to Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Jimmy Buffett, Chick Corea, Hubert Laws and Patrick Williams – in a myriad of settings, from small combo to orchestra.

On July 30, Klugh releases HandPicked, a soulful, sixteen-track solo/duet recording featuringspecial guest guitarists Vince Gill and Bill Frisell and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. “In the earlier part of my career, I was busy touring and playing with a six and seven-piece band,” Klugh says. “But I think it’s important from time to time to step back and reexamine some things. So I thought it was the ideal time because I ran into several of my guitar friends over the last couple of years. And it got me to thinking – maybe I can include some duets in my next project.”

Here are upcoming Earl Klugh tour dates:

7/30 – 8/4/2013             Blue Note       New York                         NY
8/10/2013                   Strings Music Festival (w/Nnenna Freelon)         Steamboat Springs       CO
9/6/2013                    Schwartz Center                                   Wilmington             DE
9/12 – 9/15/2013          Jazz Alley                           Seattle                                WA
10/3/2013                   Yoshi’s                          San Francisco                   CA
10/4 – 10/5/2013          Yoshi’s                          Oakland                               CA
10/6/2013                  Catalina JazzTrax Festival           Catalina Island               CA
10/12 – 10/19/2013      Smooth Jazz Cruise                     San Diego                            CA
11/7 – 11/9/2013            Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz       Kiawah Island                    SC

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If there has been one complaint among passengers who have sailed aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise during its first decade it is that there are so many extraordinary concerts and events to attend that it is simply impossible to see and do everything during the 7-day music vacation experience. Wait until they find out what is planned for the first-ever West Coast departure of the perennially sold out luxury cruise to music paradise sailing to exotic Mexican Riviera ports October 12-19. With an astounding 60 concerts slated and a jam-packed program of unique first-time events, excursions and opportunities exclusively available during the West Coast Jazz Party at Sea, this adventure bodes to top all previous cruises, including the traditional January sailing that sold out for 2014 in record time.

R&B jazz luminaries Brian Culbertson and Boney James will host the cruise embarking from San Diego aboard Holland America’s m/s Westerdam en route to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Baja Coast with a starry cast of Grammy-winning and chart-topping performers featuring David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Tower of Power, Candy Dulfer, Jonathan Butler, Oleta Adams, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Earl Klugh, Kenny Lattimore, party band DW3 and music director Brian Simpson. When the live music pauses, legendary MC Biz Markie and Cool V will DJ to keep The Greatest Party at Sea grooving on the dance floor, and comedian Alonzo Bodden will provide the laughter.

Here are ten reasons why the West Coast Party at Sea is different than previous sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruise:

·         Wall to wall live music. The usual program offers 40 shows. 60 concerts will be staged on the October cruise.

·         Guests will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a one-hour music lesson from the stars with the fee going to charity.

·         At a first-ever songwriting seminar, Culbertson and the band will compose a new song on the spot with direct input from the audience.

·         During the “Opening Act” talent contest where guests get to show off their own musical gifts, cruisers will judge the opening rounds of the competition with Culbertson, James and Dulfer ultimately determining the winner who will earn the privilege of opening for the headliner and perform with the cruise hosts on the final night of the voyage.

·         When in Puerto Vallarta, guests will enjoy artist hosted excursions such as play golf with Braun, ride horseback with Elliot, sightsee with Culbertson, participate at an outdoor challenge with Butler, explore hideaways with Simpson, or join Dulfer for a swim with dolphins.

·         While at sea, cruisers can battle Culbertson and James in a ping pong tournament, take a yoga class with Klugh or shoot hoop with Miller.

·         For the romantically inclined, couples can renew their wedding vows during a ceremony presided over by Butler.

·         On a theme night designated to support Pinktober, national breast cancer awareness month, guests are encouraged to wear pink. Each cruiser will be given a commemorative pin and when they give the card accompanying the pin to the front desk, they will be making a $5.00 donation to fight breast cancer with cruise producer Entertainment Cruise Productions donating matching funds.

·         Backstage Pass” will be filmed nightly aboard the ship in front of a live audience for national television broadcast. Host Dane Butcher will interview each of the cruise stars.

·         For the first time, premium reserved seats for the main shows in the Vista Lounge theater are available for all guests who book their cabins by July 31.

Butcher, the Director of Cruise Operations & Programming for Entertainment Cruise Productions, said,

“We are super excited for the West Coast Jazz Party at Sea because this itinerary has allowed us to program the cruise THE perfect way. With more than 60 shows onboard, we added a bunch of brand new activities that make the guests just as much a part of the cruise as the musicians. Visiting Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta provide fantastic shore excursions, beautiful beaches, great shopping and amazing food along with fabulous weather and smooth sailing. We are not only bringing in celebrity DJ Biz Markie and his sidekick Cool V, who are a perfect match for this party crowd, but we added more artists than ever before and have surprises planned that are guaranteed to make this one of the greatest cruises that we have ever produced.”

Guests have fallen in love with The Smooth Jazz Cruise ever since its maiden voyage in 2004. Much more than a jazz festival and much more than a vacation, cruisers spend an entire week completely immersed in the music. On top of the stellar concert performances with Dream Team pairings that take place nightly in the theater and in more intimate nightclub venues aboard the vessel, guests interact daily with the musicians at cocktail parties, poolside games and activities, informative seminars, autograph sessions and cooking demonstrations. It’s an unforgettable first-class lifestyle experience that keeps fans coming back year after year. Cabins for the October sailing are still available and can be reserved by calling toll-free 888.852.9987 in the U.S. & Canada and +800.852.99872 internationally. For more information, please visit www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com.

About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC

The world leader in full ship charter music cruises, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (ECP) owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com), and is proud to partner with Time Life for the Soul Train Cruise (www.soultraincruise.com), Malt Shop Memories Cruise (www.maltshopcruise.com), The Country Music Cruise. (www.countrymusiccruise.com) and Celtic Thunder Cruise (www.celticthundercruise.com). Pleasing guests is Entertainment Cruise Productions’ most important goal and objective while providing luxurious vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective music genres in an extraordinary setting for devoted passengers, many of whom make the fun and exciting cruises an annual affair. Additional information is available at www.ecpcruises.com.

Source:  Great Scott Productions

Hyatt Regency New Port

The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival will take place Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2 and will feature performances by 20+ world class musicians. Mark your calendars for three days of music and fun in beautiful Newport Beach. We hope to see you there!

Friday Night Kick-Off (May 31)

Jonathan Butler

Sat. June 1

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
Kirk Whalum
Norman Brown
Rick Braun
Najee
And more artists to be announced…

Sun. June 2

Brian Culbertson
Al Jarreau
Earl Klugh
And more artists to be announced…

Hyatt Regency, 1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, California 92660