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Matt Marshak returns to NYC for his Annual Midtown Groove Show @ Houndstooth Pub

Limited Seats Available – Get tickets here.

Show Starts at 8 PM

Saturday, November 14, 2015 7:00 PM

The Houndstooth Pub, 520 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018


Treat yourself to another Grand Year of the 4th annual VrroomVIP: NeoSoul & Smooth Jazz ESPRESSO series. This jaw dropping year features an even bolder variety of extremely talented Smooth Jazz & NeoSoul musicians locally and from across the country. Not just a concert, come early and get a taste of the VrroomVIP Experience with catered light delights at our pre-show Mix & Mingle.

Featuring our 2015 VrroomVIP Smooth Jazz ESPRESSO (Oct)

Matt Marshak

Matt Marshak infuses new energy into the golden era of contemporary jazz and R&B – think late 1970s through the 1980s – on Lifestyle, the guitarist’s strongest and most honest release. Mix the old-school, robust sounds of George Benson, Larry Carlton, James Brown, David Sanborn, Prince and BB King with Marshak’s thoroughly modern playing, and you have a CD rooted in the grandest tradition jazz and groove music.

Get tickets here.

Friday, October 23, 2015 – 7:00 pm

PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, North Carolina 27701


Rick Braun, Mindy Abair, Euge Groove, Larry Bragg, Will Donato, Matt Marshak, Crystal Stark! Ring in the
new year in Tucson, Arizona at the spectacular JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa. This glamorous
NYE gala is hosted by world renowned trumpet player Rick Braun who brings top caliber headliners with him
each year for this one of a kind event. This year Rick is bringing two truly iconic and very well celebrated signature saxophonists Mindy Abair & Euge Groove.

Special guest performer will be singer Larry Braggs, former lead singer for Tower of Power. We welcome
Matt Marshak for his first New Year’s performance as our very special opening act along with Crystal Stark, an Award-Winning R&B/Jazz/Pop vocalist who brings a positively captivating energy to today’s music scene. Back by popular demand, award-winning composer and saxophonist, Will Donato, will be with us to “Start the Party Early” on Wednesday, December 30th in a casual concert setting on the resort premises, just forour New Year’s Eve ticket holders. Tickets will sell out!

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*As always, the event will benefit families affected by autism and this year we will also make our donation to the Tucson Urban League.

Thursday, December 31, 2015 – 7:00 pm

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, Arizona 85745


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Opening Night! 8:00p

• THE SAX PACK – Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters
This outstanding saxophone trio each has 20 radio hits and they have sold thousands of smooth jazz albums. Their name “Sax Pack” was created after Jeff Kashiwa watched a movie featuring “The Rat Pack.” That example of unparalleled camaraderie sparked the inspiration for their name and gives light to their lively performance. Their show is an entertaining combination of masterful, musical talent and personality that is not to be missed. FUN!

• BWB – Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown
Braun – Whalum – Brown – Three distinct musicians generating one fabulous smooth jazz sound! Rick Braun with his high energy trumpet is soothing one minute and has you jammin’ to funk the next. “Best Gospel Song” Grammy winner, Kirk Whalum, pours passion and stirring talent, from his sax. And “Best Pop Instrumental” Grammy winner, Norman Brown’s guitar has enhanced the music of Michael McDonald, Stevie Wonder, and Boyz2Men. Be the first to rise from your seat at the close of this performance!

Friday, October 16, 2015

8 PM – Al Jarreau w/Marc Antoine & Steve Cole

Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, WI, the fifth of six children, Al grew up with Mom playing the piano and Dad singing. Harmonizing with his siblings was only the beginning for this legendary performer. His unique vocal style is one of the world’s greatest, earning 7 Grammy Awards and scores of international awards. On March 6, 2001 he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a career spanning 40 years, he remains one of the hardest working men in show business; and is currently working on a new album. His presence on stage is not to be missed!

A Paris, France native, Marc Antoine’s parents bought him a guitar as a child; it has never left his side. Even when an accident threatened his career in 1981, his instrument gave him the inspiration to recover and become the musician he is today. The legendary George Benson honored Marc with the compliment of being “one of his favorite guitarists.” Come and see why! Steve Cole followed in his father’s footsteps, and trained classically on clarinet, only to switch to sax in high school. It became his passion. After graduating college, Steve started playing for TV commercials, radio and finally went out on his own. In 2001 he hit the charts on the jazz classic “Just the Two of Us” with Bill Withers and Grover Washington.

RB Convention Center

• 10:30 PM – Nick Colionne, Euge Groove, Brian Simpson

As a stellar guitarist and vocalist, Nick Colionne has been described as one of the most exceptional performers to come along in a long time. Honored as Artist of the Year, at this Jazz Festival in 2011, his musical style will give the discerning jazz fan a real treat! In a class all his own, sax musician, Euge Groove, claims a long string of Top 40’s history. Having played for the popular group Expose`, Tina Turner, and taking Richard Elliot’s place with the fabulous Tower of Power, Euge has said, “Fear and creativity cannot live in the same room!” Come and enjoy his free-spirited approach to saxophone delights! “How a keyboard should sound.” This is how Keyboard musician Brian Simpson has been described by such talents as Janet Jackson and Teena Marie. His soulful mentality has made him the “first call” by many performers to give them the unique sound they demand. He delivers his music with the kind of emotion he hopes his audience absorbs and remembers.

Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopeon High School

• 11:30 PM – Friday’s After Show Party

Saturday, October 17, 2015

• 1:00 PM – Boney James

4-time Grammy Nominee, sax-toting James Oppenhein was tagged “Boney James” in his early 20’s as a thin, struggling musician. But, he grew in the next 23 years to sell 3 million records, with 4 RIAA gold albums, and a Soul Train Award, to name just a few recognitions. Boney blends smooth jazz with funky-soul rhythms to create a genre blending style that is both exciting and cleaver. Always open to new free-wheeling music, his vibrant show is unforgettable.

Tickets: $59 – $72
The Performing Arts Theatre at Cape Henlopeon High School

• 1:00 PM – Art Sherrod, Jr. and The Sounds of Soul Sessions: “A Tribute to R&B”. Also appearing: Club Phred

This years’ Rock n’ Roll event hits the stage with electricity and great familiar hits! Set your feet on fire as you dance to this band’s super charged interpretations of your favorite songs! Winner of several Reader’s Choice and Best of Delaware Awards, and Best Musical Group by the Newark Post! Hit the Deck with Club Phred!

Smooth and Urban jazz saxophonist, Art Sherrod, Jr., grew up in Palestine, TX surrounded by music. As a teen, he was fascinated by the saxophone. He admits, “The saxophone chose me.” He possesses a magically impressive style that captivates like no other. He combines many musical components to create a jazz mood for the audience that is truly unique. You many even get a moment with this personable artist after the show! THE SOUNDS OF SOUL This band is Motown all the way. A very high energy group, they get you rolling with fabulous dance moves and fantastic vocals powered by pure soul. The six seasoned performers each has been in the national recording spotlight on Capital Records, Big Apple Records, and R&S Records, respectively. Get ready to soak in the classic music of such artists as The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, and Lionel Richie.

NOTE: A $5 donation to Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center will be collected with bar tab.

Tickets: Free (See Above Note)
Rusty Rudder

• 2:30 PM – w/Special Guest Marc Antoine

Stanley Jordan has 4 Grammys to his name and his recent album, “Friends” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Since 1985, this guitar virtuoso has consistently wowed audiences with his creativity, versatility, and daring! His music takes you on a breathless journey, filled with surprises. You will appreciate your attendance at this internationally acclaimed musician. Marc Antoine This must-see guitar master is a pleasure to experience. His guitar has been by his side from childhood to the present, and this passion for his music is reflected by his style and the feeling he projects to his audience. The legendary George Benson has commented on this artist as being “one of his favorite!”

Tickets: $29
Epworth UMC

• 3:00 PM – Steve Cole

From Montreux, Switzerland, pianist Alex Bugnon’s life was surrounded by the atmosphere of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival; which instigated his love of the jazz piano. His uncle being the legendary Donald Byrd, and his early friendship with Herbie Hancock, shaped this artist’s unparalleled career. He is recognized as a prolific and energetic force on the contemporary jazz scene. Think late 70’s through the 80’s when you think about R&B and jazz and you have the brilliant sound of Matt Marshak’s guitar! His talent is so recognized that he was recently invited to perform at the Dubai International Jazz Festival, the Mallorca Jazz Festival in Spain, and the Augsburg Jazz Festival in Germany. Matt’s guitar voice is well on its way to becoming a legendary. The smooth sound of Steve Cole’s tenor sax has given him several #1 hits and the Prism Award for Best New Artist at the 2000 Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards. He is a professor/advisor or music business at the University of St. Thomas, and had the honor of performing on the jazz classic album, “To Grover, With Love.”

Tickets: $38
The Performing Theatre at the RB Elementary School

• 4:00 PM – Pieces of a Dream with Eric Roberson and Kim Waters

Pieces of a Dream is an America R&B/jazz group from Philadelphia. The group was formed in 1976 by then teenagers, and original band members, drummer Curtis Harmon and keyboardist James Lloyd. Producing 16 albums since then, their music has evolved into the intriguing band they are today, yet still hold on to the youthful exuberance and Philly authenticity that has always been theirs! Eric “Erro” Roberson is an enthusiastic R&R/jazz singer, songwriter, and producer from Rahway, NJ. As a member of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s production company, Erro went on to release his own material through Blue Erro Soul Imprint. He has been nominated for 2 Grammys in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2011 and for two songs in the same category in 2012.

Tickets: $45 – $55
Rehoboth Beach CC

• 6:00 PM – Four80East w/ Special Guest Art Sherrod, Jr.

Performing On the deck at the Rusty Rudder, Four80East is a Canadian electro Jazz ensemble including Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace with a special appearance by Art Sherrod, Jr., this show is not one to be missed! This trio will create music that is distinctive and melodic with a strong bass groove. You will hear Four80East frequently on the Weather Channel and on The Best of Smooth Jazz.

Tickets: $38
Rusty Rudder Outside Deck

• 7:30 PM – Fourplay

Fourplay is celebrating its 25 year as a quartet of quintessence! Featuring Nathan East, Chuck Loeb, Harvey Mason, and Bob James. James, East, and Mason are original members of the group formed at the Berks County Jazz Festival in 1990. Come and enjoy this momentous occasion with this legendary blending of fine smooth jazz at its very best!

Tickets: $59 – $72
The Performing Arts Theatre at Cape Henlopeon High School

• 7:00 PM – “Honoring the Masters of Fusion” featuring Gerald Veasley, Alex Bugnon, Chielli Minucci with Chris Farr and Tommy Campbell

Smooth jazz fans have embraced the music of the musicians in this project: chart topping pianist Alex Bugnon, award winning guitarist and co-founder of Special EFX, Chieli Minucci, and Rehoboth Beach Jazz Fest 2010 Performer of the Year, bassist Gerald Veasley. The band also features saxophone phenom, Chris Farr and the virtuoso drummer Tommy Campbell.

This special performance, Honoring the Masters of Fusion (HMF) reunites these festival favorites to salute the source of smooth jazz: Miles Davis and more.

Most impressively, the collective resume of HMF reads like a who’s who of jazz and pop: From Grover Washington, Jr. to Celine Dion; Dizzy Gillespie to Rihanna; Sonny Rollins to Earth Wind and Fire. HMF learned from the masters how to create an concert of exciting contemporary music for smooth jazz fans and beyond.

Tickets: $44
The Performing Theatre at the RB Elementary School

• 8:30 PM – Urban Jazz Coalition featuring Jeff Kashiwa and Selina Albright

Urban Jazz Coalition has a strong presence on satellite/internet radio, and they constantly achieve Top 50 status on international airplay charts. They are becoming one of the most sought after back up groups going, with their tight, funky sound. You’ve heard them on the air, now come and see what all the excitement is about! “The best kept secret in jazz,” will be revealed tonight with Jeff Kashiwa (The Sax Pack), on sax, and Selina Albright with her stunning vocals, this will be a phenomenal show (Selina’s father is 7 time Grammy nominated Gerald Albright).

Rusty Rudder

• 8:30 PM – Bettye LaVette

Ms. LaVette’s fabulous career spans over 50 years and is part of the living history of Motown. This talented, Grammy nominee, rivals Aretha Franklin, as one of this century’s vital soul singers, and began 2015 with her latest album, “Worthy.” Her first hit single, “My Man-He’s a Loving Man’” charted #7 in 1962. Her ability to reveal the soul of a song through her own vocal interpretation of its lyric and melody is fascinating. So, sit back and prepare to get an earful of this lady’s artful instrument, as she takes you back to the glory days of soul!

Epworth UMC

• 10:30 PM – All Star Super Show featuring Brian Simpson, Boney James, Euge Groove, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Nathan East & Eric “Erro” Roberson

The title says it all! One of the best shows of the weekend.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

• 10:00 AM – The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Presents “Art Sherrod Jr’s Official Gospel CD Release Brunch”

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is proud to host Art Sherrod Jr’s Official CD Release Concert. Join us on Sunday October 18th as Art performs songs from his newest release, Intervention. His performance will be nothing less than phenomenal as he tastefully blends elements of Gospel and Jazz into one spirit moving performance.

Art’s new Gospel Jazz CD Project, ” Intervention” is jammed pack with songs that will speak to your soul and provide the Intervention that we all need when the storms of life are against us. With hit songs like Oh Happy Day, Nobody Greater, Stand, How Great is Our God and many more, you can’t help but feel the power and presence of the Lord.

Rusty Rudder

• 1:00 PM – Gerald Albright and Peabo Bryson

Gerald Albright, having 7 Grammy nominations and more than 1 million records sold in America alone, this great saxophonist is also a multi-instrument master musician. A bit of fun trivia reveals Albright’s work on the Play Stations video game “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.” He also collaborated with Phil Collins in 1998 with a Big Band, and the two toured together, for quite a while. He was nominated this year for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Peabo Bryson’s voice has been described as the memory of that first glance across a crowded room…that first slow dance…that moment you knew your found your true love…Peabo sings the songs of love like no one else. With 20 albums to his credit, he has established a career as one of the premier male vocalists in contemporary music. Let this mystical musician take you back to those memories!

Performing Art Theatre at Cape Henlopeon High School

• 4:00 PM – 2015 Final Grand Jam

Featuring – Gerald Albright, Selina Albright, Alex Bugnon, Marc Antoine, Peabo Bryson, Steve Cole, Nick Colionne, Stanley Jordan, Jeff Kashiwa, Curtis Harmon, James Lloyd, Brian Simpson, JJ Sansaverino, Art Sherrod, Jr., Kim Waters

RB Convention Center

• 6:30 PM – 2015 Closing Party

Dinner Buffet Included Four80East, Alex Bugnon, Matt Marshak, Art Sherrod, Jr., Jeff Kashiwa, JJ Sansaverino, and a surprise guest!

Cape Henlopen HS Perf Arts Theater, 1250 Kings Hwy, Lewes, Delaware 19958


The 2-day Shoreline Jazz Festival lineup

Saturday, August 22, 2015: 1pm – The Chicago Jazz Connection (Gerey Johnson-Guitar, Reggie Foster-Sax, Lamar Jones-Bass, Collin Clausen-Keys, Jason Grant-Drums), 2:30pm – Gregg Karukas, 4pm – Vocalist Bettye LaVette, 5:45pm – Norman Brown with special guest Marion Meadows, 7:30pm – Vocalist Al Jarreau.

Sunday, August 23, 2015: 1pm – TBA, 2:30pm – Matt Marshak, 4pm – Alexander Zonjic with special guest Alex Bugnon, 5:45pm – Vocalist Will Downing, 7:30pm – White Hot Summer Groove: Peter White and Euge Groove.

Heritage Landing, 199 E Apple Ave, Muskegon, Michigan 49442


This summer, Jazz on the Island Concert Series returns to beautiful Raphael Vineyard in Peconic, New York for its fifth season. This year’s shows feature some of the most acclaimed artists in contemporary jazz. Come by and spend the afternoon sipping fine wine and listening to your favorite contemporary jazz musicians.

07 Jun 2015 Euge Groove

12 Jul 2015 Marc Antoine & Steve Cole

9 Aug 2015 Matt Marshak & Four 80 East

13 Sep 2015 Richard Elliot

Raphael Vineyards, 39390 NY 25, Peconic, New York 11958 (Long Island)


Prince Georges Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. in partnership with M-NCPPC Parks and Recreation is returning to the heart of beautiful Lake Arbor in Mitchellville, MD for the 6th Annual festival. Join them for a day and evening of contemporary and traditional jazz music featuring some of Washington, DC’s finest jazz and R&B groups.

Enjoy delicious food from a variety of food vendors, and arts and crafts merchandise from an array of vendors offering jewelry, clothing, books and more.

This year the festival will kick off with the Thursday Evening Jazzy Jam Session and the Summer White Affair and Jazz Concert at Matins Camelot in Upper Marlboro, MD. New to the festival line up of events this year is the Lake Arbor Jazz All-Star Sunday Brunch Cruise on the National Elite Yacht leaving from National Harbor! Join us and many of Lake Arbor Jazz Festival musicians for an all-star event on the Potomac!


Stonefish Grill, New Carrollton, MD
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
with Mr. Marcus Young and Friends


Martins Camelot, Upper Marlboro, MD
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
with The Sax Pack


Lake Arbor Community Center, Mitchellville, MD
12:00 Noon – 8:00 PM
with Eric Darius, Four 80 East – Featuring Matt Marshak, Jeff Bradshaw, and many more.


Stonefish Grill, New Carrollton, MD
9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
with Phase II


National Elite Private Yacht, National Harbor,MD
12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM
with Secret Society


Free Music workshop for aspiring high school and college musicians conducted by Professor Walter Beasley.