Posts Tagged ‘Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2015’

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“It’s always a thrill to discover new talent,” Paul Brown says. The Grammy winning producer, guitarist and singer is convinced: ‘When it comes to vocalists, it’s rare to find someone like Melina who is at that stage where she’s just starting her career. She sent me some of her early demos and I heard a little Linda Ronstadt and some Adele in a voice that’s seriously as big as Texas.” Melina grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and has always been singing. As she got older, she sang at weddings, festivals and in church choirs. She also participated in talent shows and in 2012 Melina decided to just go for it, forming her own band and doing a lot of gigs in and around San Antonio.

She has performed at several Jazz Concerts and Festivals. At the annual Divas of Jazz Festival last year in San Antonio, she opened for saxophonist Jessy J. When she learned that Jessy’s hit albums and #1 singles were produced by Paul, she emailed him some of her songs. He was struck by both the emotional subtlety and power of her voice. Together they worked on her first album, on which she presents her multiple vocal shades with touches of pop, jazz, R&B, rock and gospel.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
2 nights (April 30 – May 2, 2015) incl. half-board & 4 concerts:
from 264,00 Euro p. p. in a double room
2 nights (May 1-3, 2015) incl. half-board & 6 concerts:
from 328,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights* (April 30 – May 3, 2015) incl. half-board & 8 concerts:
from 462,00 Euro p. p. in a double room

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John grew up in a musical family and was singing and playing the piano in church very soon. In 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano and Voice from Washington Adventist. He quickly began to accrue credits as a session vocalist, arranger, songwriter and producer with artists such as Boney James, Al Jarreau, Celine Dion, Patti Austin, Will Downing and Bob James.

John has also partnered with saxophonist Kirk Whalum as co-producer, arranger and/or musician on several of Kirk’s Grammy-nominated recordings. John was the associate producer on Whalum’s song ‚It’s What I Do‘, which won a Grammy in 2011. John’s composition ‚I Still Believe‘, (on ‚Faith | Hope | Love‘), was first featured on guitarist Norman Brown’s album ‚Just Chillin‘, which won the Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

While John is a sought-after collaborator, he is first and foremost a solo artist who records and tours on his own when he’s not sharing his gift with other artists. Five of his six albums have been released on his own label. His latest release ‚Faith | Hope | Love‘ is a soulful collection of inspirational love songs.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
2 nights (April 30 – May 2, 2015) incl. half-board & 4 concerts:
from 264,00 Euro p. p. in a double room
2 nights (May 1-3, 2015) incl. half-board & 6 concerts:
from 328,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights* (April 30 – May 3, 2015) incl. half-board & 8 concerts:
from 462,00 Euro p. p. in a double room

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Jonathan Fritzén was born in Stockholm to a Swedish mother and an American father. He grew up in a musical family and started playing drums as a young child. He later added piano, bass, guitar, flute and vocals, whilst during his formal training at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm he became one of the first students to receive a Masters degree in jazz. By the age of 22 Jonathan had performed on national Swedish television several times and toured with some of the countries most respected jazz musicians.

Three years later he recorded ‚Love Birds‘ and in doing so he made his mark as the first Swedish pianist to release a smooth jazz CD. Others followed, made him conquer both the Billboard airplay charts and the Amazon.com sales charts and marked Fritzén out as the master of delightfully accessible contemporary jazz. Jonathan’s touring schedule spans Europe, the fareast and the USA. With his latest release ‚Fritzenized‘ (2015) he has started to write a new chapter…

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
2 nights (April 30 – May 2, 2015) incl. half-board & 4 concerts:
from 264,00 Euro p. p. in a double room
2 nights (May 1-3, 2015) incl. half-board & 6 concerts:
from 328,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights* (April 30 – May 3, 2015) incl. half-board & 8 concerts:
from 462,00 Euro p. p. in a double room

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Paul Brown’s talent as artist and producer have earned him two Grammy Awards and an impressive string of more than 50 # 1 hits on Radio & Records’ contemporary and smooth jazz chart. In an illustrious career, Brown has worked on projects for such influential artists as George Benson, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum, Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Euge Groove, Boney James, Rick Braun, and Peter White, among many others.

Brown was born and raised in L.A. He started playing drums at the age of five and picked up his first guitar two years later. After studying music at the University of Oregon, Brown returned to L.A. and began his rise to fame producing some of the biggest hits in contemporary jazz. In 2004, he finally stepped out from behind the producer’s chair and released his debut CD ‚Up Front‘. He earned a nomination for “Best Vocalist” at the 2011 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. On his seventh solo album ‚Truth B Told‘ (2014) he’s digging deeper into soul and blues, playing his 1963 Gibson Johnny Smith L-5 edgier and with more abandon.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
2 nights (April 30 – May 2, 2015) incl. half-board & 4 concerts:
from 264,00 Euro p. p. in a double room
2 nights (May 1-3, 2015) incl. half-board & 6 concerts:
from 328,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights* (April 30 – May 3, 2015) incl. half-board & 8 concerts:
from 462,00 Euro p. p. in a double room

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Multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer Vincent Ingala was given his first drum set at the age of four. Later, he was given his first guitar and after only nine months of lessons in third grade, was strumming Elvis tunes that he had perfected by ear. That there was something special going on was confirmed when in fifth grade he mastered the keyboard before trading it in for the saxophone. Finally, Vincent had found his sound: He was hooked and the rest is history.

And the first “professional chapter” of this began with the debut album ‘North End Soul’. Vincent soon played with artists such as Peter White and built an ever growing fan-base. Vincent’s follow up album was ‘Can’t Stop Now’ – also a great success. Since then, Vincent’s career developed rapidly: He appears as a solo artist at major jazz festivals in Newport Beach and Catalina Iceland and was already on some Koz Cruises. He also joined forces with Marion Meadows and Paul Taylor; together they are touring as ‘Sax & The City’.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
2 nights (April 30 – May 2, 2015) incl. half-board & 4 concerts:
from 264,00 Euro p. p. in a double room
2 nights (May 1-3, 2015) incl. half-board & 6 concerts:
from 328,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights* (April 30 – May 3, 2015) incl. half-board & 8 concerts:
from 462,00 Euro p. p. in a double room

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Grammy nominated guitarist, composer and producer, Chuck Loeb has had a musical career that spans over four decades, and he is proud to be known as a “Renaissance Man” in the music world. He is a #1 jazz recording artist; composer of over 250 published songs, network television show themes and scores; a producer of over thirty world-renowned recording artists; as well as an in-demand clinician and educator.

He is also a member of Fourplay and the fusion band Metro. He hails from Nyack, NY, and studied guitar, composition and arranging at The Berklee College of Music. After nearly twenty years as a seasoned studio musician with thousands of sessions under his belt, Loeb’s musical range spreads from jazz, to pop, to rock & roll, to Broadway, classical and even folk music.

In his illustrious career, he has played, toured with, written music and produced recordings for Bob James, Carly Simon, Bob Dylan, Art Garfunkel, Spyro Gyra, Keiko Matsui, Eric Marienthal, Anita Baker, Brian Culbertson, David Benoit, Jeff Lorber, Kim Waters, Chet Baker, Grover Washington, Jr., Earl Klugh…

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
2 nights (April 30 – May 2, 2015) incl. half-board & 4 concerts:
from 264,00 Euro p. p. in a double room
2 nights (May 1-3, 2015) incl. half-board & 6 concerts:
from 328,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights* (April 30 – May 3, 2015) incl. half-board & 8 concerts:
from 462,00 Euro p. p. in a double room

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Soulful, passionate, stirring…these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, TN gospel roots, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The 80’s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band. It was in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album.

As well, Kirk and Bob received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration album‚Joined at the Hip. After moving to L.A., Kirk became an in demand session player for top artists like Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones and, most notably, Whitney Houston. It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, ‚I Will Always Love You‘. Amongst other awards, Kirk has won two Stellar Awards – Gospel music’s highest honor. An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song (‚It’s What I Do‘) in 2011. On his latest release‚ Romance Language Kirk pays homage to the much revered 1963 ballads album of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
2 nights (April 30 – May 2, 2015) incl. half-board & 4 concerts:
from 264,00 Euro p. p. in a double room
2 nights (May 1-3, 2015) incl. half-board & 6 concerts:
from 328,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights* (April 30 – May 3, 2015) incl. half-board & 8 concerts:
from 462,00 Euro p. p. in a double room