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The 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will be presented after all! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, has come to the rescue.

Mark and Renee Carter, who produce the Seabreeze Festival, are coordinating exactly when and how winners will be announced and the Oasis Awards will be presented. The Festival runs April 13th through the 17th.

The custom-made statuettes have logged some miles. “The actual Oasis Award trophies were already engraved and on a UPS truck headed to San Diego when we had to cancel the event. We retrieved the Awards and began looking for an appropriate way to present them. When Jeffrey Wolfe contacted us on behalf of the Seabreeze Festival, we were elated. Seabreeze is a premiere event deserving of the Awards”, said Oasis co-producer Larry Seacat.

The list of winners has been a carefully held secret. “We have had numerous requests from media outlets and even a few artists asking about the winners list”, said Oasis co-producer Bill Paddock, “but only my partner and I and Mark and Renee have that information”.

Over 10,000 votes were cast for the 19 Oasis Award categories during the online voting throughout February.

The 2011 Oasis Awards were originally scheduled to be announced and presented in San Diego on Saturday, March 12, as part of an extensive four day event. Organizer Bill Paddock orinally launched the Oasis Awards, then called Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, in 2000 and continued in 2001 with a SOLD OUT show at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Paddock sold his interest in the Awards after the 2001 show and the new owners produced a successful show in San Diego in 2002. The Awards had been on hiatus after 2002 until last year when Paddock and Seacat decided to re-launch in 2011. Paddock explained “We had great interest from all over the United States and around the world. That just didn’t translate to ticket sales. We had great publicity and support. Our mistake was planning too much and not getting the word out more clearly. Our post-cancellation feedback showed us that our message was not clearly understood”. “We do want to thank our friends in the industry and especially the artists who have sent words of support in the past month”, added Paddock. “And special thanks to Mark and Renee Carter and Jeffrey Wolfe. Once again, the good people of jazz have come through!”.

Details will be forthcoming from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

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The Nominees for the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards are now published. The winners of the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will be determined by public and industry voting. The winners will be announced March 12, 2011 at the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards show at the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego, CA.

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The list of nominees follows:


Chris Botti

Brian Culbertson

Richard Elliot

Dave Koz

Kirk Whalum


Chris Botti

Jonathan Butler

Brian Culbertson

Dave Koz

Chris Standring


Mindi Abair

Cindy Bradley

Joyce Cooling


Esperanza Spaulding


Gerald Albright

Richard Elliot

Kenny G

Euge Groove

Dave Koz


Marc Antione

Norman Brown

Steve Oliver

Chris Standring

Peter White


Brian Bromberg

Stanley Clarke

Nathan East

Marcus Miller

Esperanza Spaulding


Greg Adams

Chris Botti

Cindy Bradley

Rick Braun

Brian Culbertson


David Benoit

Brian Culbertson

Greg Karukas

Jeff Lorber

Brian Simpson


Alex Acuna

Vinnie Colaiuta

Sheila E

Ricky Lawson

Harvey Mason


“Blue Bolero” Chris Standring

“Heart and Soul” Kenny G

“Hello Tomorrow” Dave Koz

“Soldier of Love” Sade

“XII” Brian Culbertson


“3rd Degree” Fourplay

“Bright” Peter White

“One of Those Nights” Matt Cusson

“Pixel” Jeff Lorber Fusion

“Put the Top Down” Dave Koz

“Sending My Love” Norman Brown

“Soldier of Love” Sade

“Start All Over Again” Dave Koz

“Talk of the Town” Darren Rahn

“That’s Life” Brian Culbertson



Jeff Lorber Fusion

Spyro Gyra

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman



Jonathan Butler

Spencer Day

Will Downing




“Brother Earl” Marc Antione and Paul Brown

“Imagine” Herbie Hancock and Indie Arie

“Start All Over Again” Dave Koz and Dana Glover

“That’s Life” Brian Culbertson and Earl Klugh

“Whacha Gonna Do For Me” Darren Rahn and Wayman Tisdale


Cindy Bradley

Drew Davidsen

Spencer Day

Darren Rahn

Kyle Wolverton


Paul Brown

Jeff Lorber

Jason Miles

Marcus Miller

Matt Pierson


Berks Jazz Festival

Capital Jazz Festival

Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Seabreeze Jazz Festival


Anthology-San Diego


Spaghettini-Seal Beach, CA

Vibratto Grill Jazz…Etc-Bel Air, CA

Yoshi’s-San Francisco


Chris Botti

Boney James

Dave Koz

Pat Metheny

Peter White


“Shine” Boney James

“Saxophonic” Dave Koz

“River: The Joni Letters” Herbie Hancock

“Lover’s Rock” Sade

“When I Fall In Love” Chris Botti

Cjazz and the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards have added a spectacular concert event to the March, 2011 Oasis Awards line-up. Michele Abrams, founder of Seattle-based Cjazz, is launching the company‟s inaugural „In Concert for Cancer‟ fundraiser featuring Gregg Karukas, Jeff Kashiwa, Richard Smith, Steve Cole and special guest artists, all performing Friday, March 11, 2011 on the flight deck of San Diego‟s historic aircraft carrier, the USS Midway.

“I am very excited to get this meaningful event off the ground”, says Abrams. “Losing both parents and friends to cancer has deeply affected me. Like many people touched by this terrible disease, I want to do my part to give back. Music has the power to heal and inspire, and to me, nothing could be more satisfying than sharing the joy of world class music performances to raise money for vital cancer research.” Cjazz‟s beneficiary is the world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Cjazz was founded in 1993 to promote the artists of Contemporary Jazz on the Internet and in live, intimate theatre settings. Over the past few years, Cjazz has turned its focus in a philanthropic direction, producing fund-raising events on the west coast and in Hawaii.

“We thought we had planned the ultimate Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards weekend and then Michele added her „In Concert for Cancer’ event at an impossible to match locale, the flight deck of the USS Midway”, says founder Bill Paddock. “We at the Oasis Awards are proud to be working with Michele and Cjazz. Whether fans get the VIP Ticket that includes all Oasis shows or just go to In Concert for Cancer, it‟s a win for Contemporary Jazz, for the fans and for the Hutchinson Center.”

Mike V. Vasquez, program director and morning show host for San Diego‟s 98.1 KIFM says, “KIFM is very proud to be a part of this special and unique concert fundraiser event. Electrifying smooth jazz aboard the legendary USS Midway, on the San Diego Bay, will make this a once in a lifetime experience unforgettable.”

In addition to featuring some of the biggest names in the jazz genre, the show itself will be spectacular. Staging and seating will be on the flight deck aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier, docked in San Diego‟s bay. The big-as-life backdrop will be the San Diego skyline, with extra lighting from the downtown high-rise scene and the stars overhead.

Jeff Kashiwa is one of the most sought after saxophone players in the world. Between leading his own group, touring with Kim Waters and Steve Cole as Sax Pak, and his frequent appearances with the Rippingtons, Jeff plays over 100 shows a year.

Keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas began his career as a fusion artist in the Washington, DC area. His recordings run the gamut from eclectic jazz to seductive Brazilian colorings to hypnotic smooth grooves. Since releasing his first album in 1987, Gregg has enjoyed a successful recording, producing and touring career.

Saxophonist Steve Cole is a celebrated player in contemporary jazz, having sold hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide and recorded four number one R&R Smooth Jazz hits. He recently signed a multiple album deal with Mack Avenue/Artistry Music. The first project for the label is entitled Moonlight and it is a collection of classic pop songs and standards set amidst an orchestral backdrop.

Richard Smith is the consummate jazz musician and educator. “I spent the 90‟s running the Studio/Jazz Guitar program at USC, touring the world 100 days a year, playing sessions and making records on my own. I loved it all and couldn‟t say „no‟ to any of it”, says Smith.

Cjazz‟s „In Concert For Cancer’ spectacular is part of the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Awards Weekend and the Oasis VIP Ticket, on sale now at The VIP Ticket includes the “Night of Tribute” show at San Diego‟s Balboa Theatre on Thursday, March 10, the 2011 Oasis Awards show from the San Diego Civic Theatre on Saturday, March 12, as well as the Cjazz show aboard the legendary USS Midway Aircraft Carrier and more.

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A Jazz First – From the Flight Deck of the USS Midway

March 11, 2011 San Diego

The Rippingtons, featuring Russ Freeman, are the first performers announced for the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards show set for March 12, 2011 in San Diego, CA. The Rippingtons will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2011. Founder Russ Freeman, Jeff Kashiwa, Bill Heller, Dave Karasony and Rico Belled make up the current Rippingtons roster. Over the years, the Rippingtons have included David Benoit, Gregg Karukas, Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G and others.

The Saturday night Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards show is the highlight of a four-day weekend (March 10-13) which will include concerts, a reception with the artists and attendees, celebrity golf and poker tournaments, clinics, autograph sessions, a champagne brunch on Sunday and more.

The three previous Oasis Awards shows were all-star concerts with The Rippingtons, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Herb Alpert, Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, Bob James, Keiko Matsui, Brenda Russell, David Benoit, Euge Groove, Brian Culbertson, Marc Antoine, Steve Cole, Keiko Matsui, the late Wayman Tisdale, and more, all performing.

“The Rippingtons played the very first Oasis Awards show at Bass Hall in Ft Worth, Texas ten years ago and with 2011 being The Ripps’ 25th year, it seems only fitting we announce them first”, said Oasis Awards co-producer Bill Paddock.

The 2011 Oasis Music Awards will be known as the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards. The annual Awards were announced two months ago and have been very well received by industry insiders and fans alike, according to Co-Producer Chris White.

Founded as the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards in 2000, the plan was to rebrand the Awards as the Oasis Music Awards. The immediate and broad acceptance, though, coupled with the greater exposure that various sub-genres of Jazz are now receiving, prompted the organizers to make the change to Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards. Jazz Fusion, Groove Jazz and Urban Jazz will also be recognized and have a greater presence under the new name and format.

Event Co-Producer White stated, “Smooth Jazz was a dominant radio format for many years but the music has now moved from radio stations to the internet and personal digital devices. With that, the genre has again grown to more prominently include the various textures in and around Jazz. We want the Awards to reflect this broader expanse of today’s most popular Jazz artists, recordings and performances as well as the heritage of Jazz”.