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For over forty years, saxophonist Michael Paulo has made a living making records and performing with some of the brightest stars in pop, R&B and jazz, but when he produces events like next month’s Temecula Wine & Music Festival, it’s personal. He’s not only a longtime Murrieta resident, but the festival’s beneficiary, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County, directly impacts his own family.

“A few years ago, my youngest daughter, Natasha, volunteered to help out the Club. She came home and said they don’t even have supplies for the kids she was working with. We are close friends with one of the founding members who said that they needed help. This is the fifth year that the festival will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Riverside County,” said Paulo, whose Apaulo Productions produces the festival that will mark its 15th edition this Memorial Day Weekend.

Taking place on Saturday, May 25 from 12-6pm at Hawk Ranch, Paulo has assembled a diverse international musical lineup along with world-class winemakers. Topping the marquee is platinum-selling pop-rockers Pablo Cruise who are certain to include hits “Love Will Find A Way,” “What You Gonna Do” and “A Place in the Sun” in their set list. Paulo’s relationship with the group dates back many decades.

“Pablo Cruise toured the same circuit I was on during my stint with the Hawaiian rock band Kalapana in the 1970s and 80s,” said the Hawaii native who injects the generous and joyous aloha spirit into everything he does.

Paulo will team with Grammy nominated jazz/R&B keyboardist-vocalist Patrice Rushen who returns to the festival for an all-star performance that will feature members of contemporary jazz band Hiroshima, Japanese sax man Kanzaki, and some of the finest sidemen in music including bassist Freddie Washington, drummer Michael White and guitarist Fred Schreuders. Paulo’s father, Rene Paulo, will sit in with the ensemble on piano. The first to take the stage will be regal jazz singer Barbara Morrison, who will be accompanied by Japanese guitarist Yu Ooka, keyboardist Kimo Cornwell, trumpeter Ron King, bassist JV Collier, percussionist Arno Lucas and drummer Land Richards.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to partake in some of the region’s finest vintners such as Wilson Creek Winery, Falkner Winery, San Antonio Winery, 14 Hands Winery, Domaine Ste. Michelle, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, BWSB, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Drumheller and Murder Ridge.

This year’s festival is the second consecutive to take place at Hawk Ranch. “The venue sets the mood for the festival with its scenic park setting nestled among tress and a quaint pond,” said Paulo.

Tickets are on sale now at Tix.com priced at $40 for general admission lawn seats, $55 gold reserved seats, $85 reserved table seating, $95 premium seating up front that provides entrance to an exclusive artist meet & greet reception. Sponsor seating is available for $250 that includes the reception along with complimentary wine and food.

Paulo’s professional career spans more than forty years, and includes playing alongside Al Jarreau, James Ingram, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Mathis, Peter White, Bobby Caldwell and Rick Braun. Producing and performing at the Temecula Wine & Music Festival is a way he gives back to his community.

“Every year, with the help and support of our friends, family and the community, we are able to host our festival. After moving to the Temecula Valley 16 years ago, we are so fortunate to continue this wonderful community event now in its 15th year. Last year, we raised over $14,000 from the festival for the Boys & Girls Club. We are hoping to surpass that this year. We hope everyone will come out and support the festival.”

For more information, please visit http://www.temeculawineandmusicfestival.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

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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.

JazzLegacy Fundation

THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE is proud to be a media sponsor & partner for the 2nd annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Fundraising Gala. Join us for 2 nights of musical glitz and glamour to support the mission of Jazz Legacy Foundation Inc.

FRIDAY ~ Features the one and only Will Downing, Pieces of a Dream and 757’s own THE FUZZ BAND!

SATURDAY ~ Features the phenomenal Rachelle Ferrell, along with the smooth & saxy sounds of Kim Waters, legendary Phil Perry, Grammy Award Nominee Patrice Rushen, and the extraordinary talents of Karen Briggs!

Hotel information, Seating details and prices for VIP~Reserved~ General Admission are on the website

http://www.jazzlegacyfoundation.org .

November 14-15, 2014

Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel 425 Water St, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

Sundays

Today’s Sundays in the Redwoods is Talkin All That Jazz with Patrice Rushen, Alex Bugnon & Frédéric Yonnet.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 2:00 pm

Woodminster Amphitheatre, 3300 Joaquin Miller Rd, Oakland, California, 94602

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More Music , More Wineries, More Vendors! With over eighteen acts over the weekend and over ten wineries offering a unique wine tasting experience they are one of California’s largest wine and music events. Don’t miss the concert event of the year in Temecula’s wine country.

The venue location at Vail Lake RV Resort is within an hour drive from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and San Bernadino counties. Come and enjoy a weekend of music, wine, and community support. The Temecula Wine and Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music events in the Temecula Valley.

This year, the festival will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County, which serves 6-18 year-olds and their families by providing transportation to and from the Clubhouses and school from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every school day, and exceptional programs that teach leadership, character, science, math, the arts, health and nutrition, and sports.

With it’s mix of Pop, Jazz and R & B artists coupled with the atmosphere of Temecula’s venue Vail Lake Resort, this will be an event you don’t want to miss!

Brenda Russell, vocals | Warren Hill, saxophone | Patrice Rushen, piano | Michael Paulo, saxophone | Gregg Karukas, keys | Chris Standring, guitar | Kanzaki, saxophone | Antonio Pontarelli, rock violin/vocals| Freddie Washington, bass | Michael White, drums

Vail Lake Resort, 38000 California 79, Temecula, California 92591

Producers Gerald McCauley and Ben Bove recently completed a documentary film about the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano. They are very proud of this work! The DVD will be available online (mid Sept.) at www.FenderRhodesStory.com.

This is the documented story of the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano: The Inventor, The Musicians, CBS / Fender employees. The movie tells the inside story of how the Rhodes became the most successful Electric Piano of our time.

The introduction of electric instruments mainstream music and Rhodes use. The movie shows different Rhodes models throughout the generations, performances by musicians on Rhodes and interviews with George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Greg Phillinganes, Marcus Miller, Jeff Lorber, Rodney Franklin, George Benson, Joe Sample, Ellis Hall, Jerry Peters, Ronnie Foster, Bob James, Herbie Hancock, Ray Manzarek, John Novello, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Ramsey Lewis, Maurice White, Larry Dunn, Allee Willis, Lalah Hathaway, Les McCann, Vince Wilburn Jr., Quincy Jones, Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, Rami Jaffee, Michael Bearden, Eumir Deodato, Onaje Allan Gumbs, David Paich, James Poyer, D’Angelo, Donald Fagen, Robin Lumley, Steve Molitz….

Last year, Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) asked their passengers to select the musicians they want to see perform on The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012. Thus it only made sense when an unfortunate logistical situation forced the cancellation of Smokey Robinson’s performance that the St. Louis-based company went back to their guests to ask who should fill the gap. In addition to adding keyboardist Brian Culbertson, saxophonists Kirk Whalum and Euge Groove were the overwhelming fan favorites selected to join an already stellar lineup that will perform aboard the week-long Caribbean cruise sailing January 15-22 and January 22-29, 2012 aboard Holland America’s m/s Westerdam.

“It was fun to enlist the help of our guests to book the lineup for The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012. After all, the cruise is for them, about them and only exists if they are pleased,” said Michael Lazaroff, executive director of Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises), producer of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, which in 2012 will sail from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Barth’s, and the private island of Half Moon Cay.

Grammy winner Whalum and chart-toppers Culbertson and Groove bolster a robust lineup of headliners including David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Boney James, Rick Braun, Candy Dulfer, Eric Darius, DW3, Jeff Golub, Rahsaan Patterson, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample, Brian Simpson and Peter White. Also added to the list of talent are Larry Braggs, Tom Braxton, Ellis Hall and Patches Stewart. On the heels of a recently premiered Showtime standup comedy special, comedian Alonzo Bodden returns to the ship to keep things light while Dane Butcher and Pat Prescott will be back to serve as cruise hosts of what is billed as “The Greatest Party at Sea.” With this much star power aboard a luxurious musical vacation, it’s no wonder the cruises sell-out each year with more than 60% of the guests being repeat cruisers. Already the cabins for 2012 are over 75% sold.

Not content with presenting the finest jazz musicians with top notch sound and production values on the sea, The Smooth Jazz Cruise will be the title sponsor of the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, which marks its twenty-second year. Jazz Cruises will be the presenting sponsor of the DMS concert tour comprised of George Duke, Miller and Sanborn, a concept that was initially sparked by Lazaroff. Commencing May 28th at the House of Blues near Orlando, DMS will tour the U.S. with dates booked through August 31 concluding at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Last week (April 13-17), The Smooth Jazz Cruise was the title sponsor of the perennially successful Seabreeze Jazz Festival, which took place in Panama City, Florida.

Lazaroff explained, “Jazz Cruises is dedicated to bringing jazz to our guests throughout the country. Besides our sponsorship of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, The Vista All-Stars Series, Chicago Smooth Jazz Series and St. Louis Smooth Jazz Series, we are proud to be the title sponsor the first DMS tour, featuring George Duke, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn, who are frequent collaborators aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise. We are also excited about being the title sponsor of the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival. At Jazz Cruises, our commitment to jazz is second to none.”

The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, like the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, features a number of the artists who appear on The Smooth Jazz Cruise along with other icons from the genre. The Delaware-based event, slated for October 12-16, attracts contemporary jazz fans from the Tri-State area as well as up and down the East Coast. Lineup and ticket information is available at http://www.rehobothjazz.com.

In addition to providing guests with the best musical experiences possible, The Smooth Jazz Cruise, which sailed upon its maiden voyage in 2004, is an experiential vacation that offers passengers a wealth of opportunities to meet and interact with their favorite artists off-stage in an out-of-the-ordinary setting. While sailing in luxury to picturesque ports of call in the Caribbean, guests enjoy nightly headline concerts with unique artist pairings in a large showroom theatre as well as in more intimate lounges that foster spontaneous collaborations. Daytime activities aboard the ship include cocktail parties hosted by the musicians, autograph and question & answer sessions, informative panels, sporting events, and fun contests. Reservations can be made from the U.S. and Canada by calling toll-free 888.8JAZZ.US (888.852.9987) and internationally by placing a toll-free call to 800-8JAZZ.USA (800.852.99872). Further information is available at www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com.