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The Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival 2017 features

Friday, July 14, 2017 – 5:00 pm

The Rippingtons, Najee, Pieces of a Dream

Saturday, July 15, 2017 – 5:00 pm

Euge Groove, Spyro Gyra, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, Tom Browne, Ronnie Laws

Town Point Park, 333 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

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The QC Summerfest takes place July 29-31, 2016 in the Belk Theater and features

Friday, July 29, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Boney James, Brian Simpson, Loose Ends. After the show, The Clef Club features Tom Browne.

Saturday, July 30, 2016 – 7:00 pm

BWB with Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum & Norman Brown, Marion Meadows, Terence Young. After the show, The Clef Club features Lonnie Liston Smith.

Sunday, July 31, 2016 – 5:00 pm

Jonathan Butler, Euge Groove, Solo 11am — Jazz Brunch with Nelson Rangell, 2pm — Bowling with David P Stevens.

Blumenthal Performing Arts Ctr, 130 N Tryon St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

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Gerald Albright & Norman Brown, Average White Band, Lonnie Liston Smith with the Reggie Sullivan Band, Jeanette Harris.

Saturday, January 18, 2014 – 7:00 pm

The Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St, Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Like most jazz artists, keyboardist Mark Adams is a creature of the night – an artist who hits his creative stride in the late hours, when other soulful cats just like him emerge from the shadows and fill the night air with a groove that is sometimes lyrical, sometimes edgy and always compelling.

This summer, Adams and veteran keyboardists Brian Jackson and Lonnie Liston Smith continue their sweep of the jazz landscape on the “Soulful Night of Keys” tour – a trip that started in the U.S. in the fall of 2011 and heads for Europe in July 2012. The tour showcases a combined legacy of ten decades of talent from three of the most enduring names in contemporary jazz. A live CD and DVD, both recorded in New York City, are scheduled for release in June in conjunction with the tour.

“There’s a camaraderie about this tour that’s reminiscent of the heyday of jazz – back when it was commonplace for guys like Charlie Parker and Sonny Stitt to play together, and Bud Powell was best friends with Thelonius Monk,” says Adams. “They were never in competition with each other. That cooperative, creative spirit of jazz is what we’ve recaptured on this tour. We just get up there and play together, without trying to see which of us can be faster or slicker than the other. We just play what we feel and we do our best to be true to the music.”

Adams, the youngest representative on a tour that spans three generations of piano jazz, has been playing it like he feels it for more than a decade. Since the 1990s, the Baltimore native has established a career as not only a composer and performer, but also a music professor at City University of New York (CUNY) and the author of numerous books on music theory. He made his recording debut with the 2001 release of Asceticism, and followed up with Feel the Groove (2007) and Something’s Going On (2009). Embellishments (The Q&A Project) was a collaborative effort with fellow pianist and CUNY professor Jonathan Quash released in April 2011. Along the way, Adams has performed with a diverse roster of high-profile artists: Roy Ayers, Ron Carter, Ronnie Laws, Hugh Masekela, Erika Badu and Wayne Henderson.

The idea for the “Soulful Night of Keys” tour originally took shape in the spring of 2011, when Adams and Jackson – both on the Roberts Music Group label – played together at a party for label executive Barry Roberts, says Adams. Backed by Adams’ band, the collaborative performance featuring the two keyboardists was a huge hit, and he the idea of taking the show on the road was the next logical step.

Adams picked a well-seasoned partner for the venture, as Jackson’s reputation as a jazz innovator spans more than four decades. Widely regarded as one of the primary architects of new-soul movement, he produced nearly 100 tracks with partner and co-writer Gil Scott Heron throughout the 1970s that are some of the most sampled works in hip-hop history. The fact that artists like Kanye West, Common and Pete Rock have frequently sampled Jackson’s sound as a basis for their own speaks volumes about how far ahead of its time Jackson’s musical vision has been and continues to be. Aside from the ten top-selling albums in his own discography, Jackson has also collaborated on stage and in studio with Kool and the Gang, Phyllis Hyman, George Benson and Roy Ayers. His producer credits include work with Gwen Guthrie and Will Downing.

Together, Adams and Jackson enlisted the services of a versatile and enduring jazz innovator to round out the trio. Lonnie Liston Smith’s pedigree dates back to the early 1960s, when he launched his career by backing such luminary vocalists as Betty Carter and Joe Williams, and quickly segued to gigs with Art Blakey, Max Roach and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. His later collaborations included work with Pharaoh Sanders – with whom he began to experiment with electric keyboards and the vast palette of cosmic sounds they could create – and Argentinean saxophonist Gato Barbieri. Smith joined Miles Davis’ ensemble in 1972, and recorded two albums with the group – On the Corner and Big Fun – before launching a solo recording career in the mid-1970s as leader of a band dubbed The Cosmic Echoes. One of his earliest solo outings, Expansions (1975), helped fuel the jazz fusion movement by combining solid jazz playing with elements from other genres. An ambitious combination of recording and touring over the next two decades – as well as collaborative work with Mary J. Blige, J-Zee and other emerging rap and pop artists in the ‘90s – have established him as a continuing force to be reckoned with well into the 21st century.

“Lonnie came to mind for this tour, and Brian agreed that he’d be a great addition to the team,” says Adams. “I admit that I was hesitant to ask him, because I didn’t think he’d be interested. But I just gathered up the courage and called him anyway. At first he said, ‘Three keyboards? How is that going to work?’ But eventually he said, ‘Okay, let’s give it a try.’ Our first show sold out, and from that point on, both Lonnie and Brian were sold. Since then, this thing has taken on a life of its own. It has snowballed into something that has taken us across the country and will take us to England, France, Italy, Germany and Holland this summer.”

The three keyboard players are joined on the tour by a solid and versatile backup crew: guitarist/vocalist/musical director Bill White (Chaka Khan, Taylor Dane); bassist Trevor Allen (Freddie Jackson); and drummer Lee Pierson (Spyro Gyra). Saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. has also made intermittent appearances on the tour as well.

The “Soulful Night of Keys” tour distills some of the best piano jazz of the past half century, crafted by three generations of top-shelf artists. Adams would like the shows to take audiences to a place that’s devoid of the challenges and stresses of the world we all know too well. “I want people to leave these shows having experienced a total release,” he says. “I want them to just let their minds go and not worry about whatever problems they may be facing, not worry about what they have to do tomorrow or the next day. I want them to just be in the moment and be entertained.”

Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco, California 94115

Simmons College of Kentucky, 1018 S 7th St, Louisville, KY 40203

Chene Park is located along the banks of the Detroit river, just east of the General Motors world headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. Located at the foot of Chene Street, just east of Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor, it is a 6,000-seat amphitheater where concerts are regularly scheduled every summer.

Jazz, Classic Soul and Rhythm and Blues acts are the staples of the season. The park also includes the Chene Park Fountain, and the Lake Lounge bar. Chene Park is owned by The City of Detroit and is a facility of the Recreation Department.

Wed July 27 Superstars of Jazz Fusion: Roy Ayers, Tom Browne, Lonnie Liston Smith

Wed August 10 Jonathan Butler and Maysa

Chene Park, 2600 Atwater St, Detroit, Michigan 48207

 

The mission of the Friends of John Coltrane, a charitable 501(c)3 organization, is to preserve and celebrate the life and music of John Coltrane and to enrich the lives of others through the introduction of jazz and other musical genres. To support this mission they established this festival.

The inaugural John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival will be staged in High Point, NC, the childhood home of this jazz giant.

The performers are:

Patti Austin

Ms. Patti Austin has been a recording artist since the 1960s. She has had over 20 hit singles and has released over 15 albums. She has also recorded duets with the likes of Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross. She has been nominated for a Grammy on multiple occasions. She won a Grammy in 2008 for Best Jazz Vocal for her Avant Gershwin CD. Her latest CD, “Sound Advice”, will be released in May. For more information, please go to Ms. Austin’s website.

Kirk Whalum

Mr. Kirk Whalum began his career in the 1980s. He subsequently recorded several successful albums with jazz pianist Bob James. He has also recorded with Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, and Quincy Jones. He won a Grammy for Best Gospel Song for “It’s What I Do” with Lalah Hathaway. His current releases are “The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 3” and “Everything is Everything-the Music of Donny Hathaway”. For more information, please go to Mr. Whalum’s website.

Ronnie Laws

Mr. Ronnie Laws first came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of Earth, Wind, & Fire. He subsequently began a very successful solo career. Thus far, he has recorded over 15 solo albums, including gold albums such as “Pressure Sensitive”, “Fever”, and “Friends and Strangers”. Mr. Laws’ latest CD is “Voices in the Water”. For more information, please go to Mr. Law’s website.

Lonnie Liston Smith

Mr. Lonnie Liston Smith has experienced a successful jazz career for over 40 years. He has recorded with such jazz luminaries as Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Pharaoh Sanders, and Miles Davis. He released his first solo album in 1974 and has subsequently released over 15 albums. His most recent CD, “Transformation”, was released in 1998. For more information, please go to Mr. Smith’s website.

Tom Browne

Mr. Tom Browne began his career as a sideman for jazz luminaries, Weldon Irvine and Sonny Fortune. After beginning his solo career in the late 1970s, he earned gold records with his “Love Approach” and “Magic” releases. His most recent CD, “S’ Up”, was released in August, 2010. For more information, please go to Mr. Browne’s website.

Ravi Coltrane

A Grammy-nominated artist, the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, which features the son of High Point-native John Coltrane, recently signed to Blue Note Records. This transition follows the successful 2009 release, “Blending Times”. A recent Chicago Tribune review called Ravi and his quartet a “formidable presence.” The group has toured the world extensively, including recent performances in Europe. For more information, please go to Mr. Coltrane’s website.

Zac Harmon

Mr. Zac Harmon got his start in the music business gigging with Z.Z. Hill amongst others before becoming a much sought-after session guitarist and songwriter. He returned to the blues in the 1990s. He won the Blues Music Award for “Best New Artist Debut” in 2006. His most current release is “From the Root”. For more information, please go to Mr. Harmon’s website.

Sue Ann Carwell

In her music career that spans more than 30 years, Ms. Sue Ann Carwell has sung with the likes of James Brown, Patti LaBelle, and Prince. Her recording career began in the early 1980s and she has appeared on many releases. In 2010, she released her latest CD, “Blues in My Sunshine”. For more information, please go to Ms. Carwell’s website.

Barbara Weathers

A Greensboro native, Ms. Barbara Weathers rose to prominence with Atlantic Starr, singing on two of their greatest hits, “Always” and “Secret Lovers”. She then embarked on a successful solo career that has seen her tour the world. Most recently she has been performing with Kirk Whalum. For more information, please go to Ms. Weather’s website.

Calvin Edwards

Mr. Calvin Edwards began his career playing with the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. This stint was followed up with his performing with his brother in the Jett Edwards Band. His first solo release was “So What/Don’t Forget”. His most recent release is 2004’s “That’s It”. For more information, please go to Mr. Edward’s website.

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011. Gates open at 1pm

John Coltrane Int’l Jazz & Blues Festival, 1841 Eastchester Dr. High Point, North Carolina