Posts Tagged ‘Nathan East’

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:45 pm
+ Allstar Show on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm

A founding member of Fourplay, East was 16 years old when he got his first break and found himself on the road with Barry White. The next time the phone rang, Quincy Jones was on the line. The calls kept coming and for the last forty years, East has been churning out hit songs with artists like Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder. His genre-crossing bass-groove has earned him the recognition and the boundary-busting respect of his peers, illustrated by his current appearances on two hit records as diverse as Andrea Bocelli’s “Passione” and Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories”. For years, friends had encouraged him to release a solo album, but: “I always felt, especially as a bassist, that a solo album was a very difficult thing to try to come up with. I’m used to a more supportive role playing as a sideman.” In the end, joined by a veritable who’s who of fellow musicians and vocalists, East immersed himself in the studio experience. In the spirit of Nathan, the CD is energized with relentless generosity as he leads – and cedes – the way for his friends and fellow musicians to shine. “They’re calling it a solo album – I consider it everybody’s record.” This “everybody’s record” also includes a duet with his 13-year old son Noah on piano.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
from 2 nights* (April 29 – May 1, 2016) incl. half-board & 8 concerts:from 398,00 Euro per person in a double room

from 3 nights* (April 28 – May 1, 2016) incl. half-board & 10 concerts:from 531,00 Euro per person in a double room

from 4 nights* (April 27 – May 1, 2016) incl. half-board & 11 concerts:from 634,00 Euro per person in a double room

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Grammy-winning guitarist/producer Lee Ritenour hosts the biennial Six String Theory Competition for the 5th time with applications accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards and Drums. Registration is open from January 15, 2016 through May 15, 2016 on the website by submitting two YouTube videos. For Guitar, applicants may register in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic/Country, Classical/Flamenco and Rhythm Guitar which includes Pop, Funk, R&B, and World styles (Brazilian, Latin, African, Island, etc.). For Rhythm Players, any contemporary music style will be accepted such as jazz, fusion, R & B, rock, blues, etc.

Partnering again with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Premier Guitar, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival, Monster, Jazziz, D’Addario, True Fire and Guitar HD, the 2016 competition offers incredible professional opportunities and a total prize package value of over $700,000.

Prize highlights for the 2016 competition include: Berklee College of Music Scholarships; performance at the legendary Blue Note Tokyo with Lee Ritenour and up-and-coming All-Star musicians from Japan; recording on Lee Ritenour’s forthcoming album at the stunning Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu and Scholarships and Performances at Crown Guitar Festival in scenic Montana. Other prizes include travel and hotel for performance and recording opportunities, Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour, Monster and D’Addario prizes.

The Six String Theory Competition is the inspiration of Ritenour, who debuted the International Competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, “6 String Theory.” The guitar-only contest was a great success and the winner, Shon Boublil, recorded a track on “6 String Theory” and won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, in which he just graduated in 2015. The guitar contest continued to grow in popularity and scope with another competition in 2011, which guitarist David Murray Browne won. By 2012, the competition expanded to include 3 new instruments: Piano, Bass and Drums and attracted wonderful, diverse talent from over 70 countries. Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition also became an official non-profit organization with the mission of supporting aspiring musicians towards a professional music career through scholarships, recording, performing, mentoring and prizes.

The 2012 rhythm winners Selim Munir, Hans de Wild, Michael Feinberg, and Demetrius Nabors recorded a track on Lee Ritenour’s Grammy nominated “Rhythm Sessions” starring musicians Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Patrice Rushen and more. The guitar winner, Karl Marino, is half way done with his Berklee College of Music four year scholarship. The 2014 winners performed at the illustrious Montreux Jazz Festival and the guitar grand prize winner, Tony Pusztai, recorded a track on Ritenour’s “Twist of Rit” album starring greats such as: Academy® & Grammy® winning Dave Grusin, Dave Weckl, John Beasley, and Ernie Watts.

Legendary Advisory Judges will work with Lee Ritenour to evaluate and determine the 2016 winners. Those judges include Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Keb’ Mo’, Vince Gill, Brent Masen, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Julian Lage, Guthrie Govan, Steve Lukather, Daryl Stuermer John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Dave Grusin, Nathan East and many others.

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Welcome to the MALLORCA SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL – the only smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean area. Actually, in Sa Coma, on the beautiful east coast of the Spanish island Mallorca.

In late April, a music festival with unique live music awaits you in the exclusive ambiance of the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa. The 5-star hotel is also the venue and is characterized by an elegant and modern equipment, a full-equipped spa area as well as landscaped gardens and swimming pools (indoor / outdoor). Located only 300 meters from the beach, right on the Punta de n’Amer natural park.

This musical (short) vacation* is all about enjoying the finer things in life. Good music. Good food. Good wine. Good entertainment. Good weather. Good prospects for recovery and a unique experience in the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea.

On stage, we welcome some of the biggest and most successful international stars of the Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene:

GERALD ALBRIGHT
NATHAN EAST
PAUL TAYLOR
STEVE COLE
GERALD VEASLEY
NILS
GAIL JHONSON
PEET PROJECT
… to be continued…

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:

from 2 nights* (April 29 – May 1, 2016) incl. half-board & 8 concerts:from 371,00 Euro per person in a double room

from 3 nights* (April 28 – May 1, 2016) incl. half-board & 10 concerts:from 494,00 Euro per person in a double room

from 4 nights* (April 27 – May 1, 2016) incl. half-board & 11 concerts:from 589,00 Euro per person in a double room

THE NEW COOL – Album Trailer | Bob James & Nathan East | Coming 9.18.15

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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

For nearly two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of ten recordings – five of which have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience.

The Fourplay story begins in 1990, with keyboardist Bob James, who had already established himself as a formidable figure in keyboard jazz – not just as an instrumentalist but as a composer and arranger as well – with solo recordings dating as far back as the mid 1960s. In 1990, James reunited with his old friend, session drummer Harvey Mason (Herbie Hancock, Sergio Mendes, James Brown), during the recording of James’ Grand Piano Canyon album. Also involved in the project were guitarist Lee Ritenour (Sergio Mendes) and bassist/vocalist Nathan East (Barry White, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins). After the demise of Ritenour Larry Carlton took his place, this year followed by Chuck Loeb.

Fourplay’s tour schedule is listed below.
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