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Jazz in Sedona, November 7th for one show only with Richard Smith, feat Cal Harris Jr., Pete Gitlin and Jeremy Rodgers!

Join us for an exclusive and intimate night of jazz.


The Blake Aaron “Soul Stories” CD Release Party concert w special guests (and more to come) Guitarist Richard Smith, Vocalist Darryl Fitzgerald Walker, and vocalist Derek Bordeaux at Spaghettini Seal Beach.

February 28th, 2015 2 different shows. 7 and 9:30!

Spaghettini, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy, Seal Beach, California 90740


This Wine and Jazz concert series is featuring national recording artists in a very intimate setting in the Rose Terrace. Sample the award winning wines while you listen to the beautiful sounds of world class musicians.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 6:00 pm

This concert features multi Grammy Award winning guitarist Paul Brown. With over 50 number albums to his credit and numerous number one hits on the smooth jazz charts, Paul Brown has defined the sounds of a generation. His melodic guitar melodies will make you groove. Hailing from Denmark and born into a musical family, Michael Lington is a second generation Saxophonist following in his fathers footsteps. As with each generation Michael taken it to a new musical level in the family becoming an international saxophone star. His latest recording has topped the smooth jazz charts and his smooth and funky style is a perfect compliment to the melodic grooves of Paul Brown. Two amazing artists that will make you move in your seats!

Coming October 25th , The smooth Jazz all-stars at Keyways Winery and Vineyards: Michael Paulo, Gregg Karukas, Greg Adams, Brian Bromberg, Richard Smith.

Keyways Vineyard & Winery, 37338 De Portola Rd, Temecula, California 92592

French Polynesia – Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine & Taha’a
September 29- October 6, 2012

Cruise with Cjazz to magnificent French Polynesia on this luxurious and exclusive 150 cabin full ship charter aboard 5-star Paul Gauguin Cruise line! Enjoy free flowing award winning DeLille Cellars wines, world-class cuisine by top Chef Kevin Gillespie and top recording artists of Contemporary Jazz!

Since 1994, Cjazz has promoted and presented recording artists of contemporary music, with a specialized focus on the jazz genre. Cjazz has created and produced music events for Grand Hyatt Hotels, The National Basketball Association, Yamaha Music, The YWCA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Scripps Health, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and a variety of performing arts centers.

“We are very excited about this extraordinary, once in a lifetime adventure to French Polynesia,” says Michele Abrams, founder of Cjazz. “When we were approached by Stacy and Greg Lill of DeLille Cellars with the idea of bringing world-class jazz musicians on this cruise, we were elated! Combining the best of wine, culinary and jazz is a perfect fit, and pairing it with a luxurious cruise on one of the finest, intimate ships, The Paul Gauguin, made it an easy decision. Whether you are a big jazz fan or simply want to enjoy the discovery of great new music, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the world’s best musicians, up close – while cruising to some of the most beautiful and romantic places on earth. You may not want to return home!”

Cjazz is very proud to present an exciting array of Grammy nominated, award-winning recording artists on this cruise, truly some of the world’s best for you to enjoy!

Announced artist are Richard Smith, Eric Marienthal, Dan Siegel, Sean Holt, Eric Milstein and Land Richard. Book your cabin here.

A contemporary jazz concert to benefit research and patient services at Scripps Cancer Center is set for Friday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. aboard the USS Midway Museum, alongside Navy Pier in downtown San Diego. The inaugural “In Concert for Cancer” fundraising concert will feature a lineup of six world-renowned jazz recording artists, who will perform under the stars on the aircraft carrier museum’s flight deck.

Headlining artists include guitarist Richard Smith, keyboardist Gregg Karukas, and fellow saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole. Special guest artists for the evening include saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair and saxophonist Kim Waters. Kashiwa, Cole and Waters will also perform as the traveling trio known as the “Sax Pack.” General admission tickets are $50 per person. VIP tickets are available for $100 per person and include front-row seating and backstage meet-and-greet with world-class musicians prior to the show.

To purchase tickets, please visit The USS Midway Museum is located at 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. “In Concert for Cancer” is produced by Cjazz and presented by Scripps Health. Additional sponsors and partners include: Wells Fargo, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Anthology, Sony, Smooth Jazz Spot, Mojo Factory Productions, Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards, Tickets Oregon, Smooth Jazz 98.1, PromoLab, Richard Duval Images, and Prime Time Entertainment.

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.

Tickets to In Concert for Cancer are ON SALE NOW at

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

March 11, 2011 San Diego

Saddleback College radio station KSBR (88.5 FM) is partnering with the City of Mission Viejo to host its 21st Birthday Bash celebration at 24932 Veterans Way. The festival, a signature fundraising event for KSBR-FM, will feature more than 40 jazz artists including David Benoit, Hiroshima, Greg Adams, and Evelyn Champagne King.

The annual bash is a 4-hour concert featuring talented contemporary jazz artists in a freewheeling jam session. This year’s lineup includes big stars that will be announced on stage along with famous favorites such as Brian Bromberg, Chieli Minucci, Dan Siegel, Richard Smith, Freddie Fox, Max Bennett, Blake Aaron, Freddie Washington, Steve Reid, and Dean Grech.

Each Bash is a once-in-a-lifetime concert for both the artists and the audience. The music will never happen in exactly the same way again. The roster from previous shows is a virtual “who’s who” of contemporary jazz. Check out the website for the list of past performers. Get your tickets early as this has sold out in the past.

Doors open at 3 p.m., with a special pre-Bash concert by the Saddleback Big Band kicking off a half-hour later. The Bash starts at 5 p.m.

Advance sale ticket prices begin at $45. In recognition of the recent dedication of the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial, veterans and active military personnel may purchase tickets at a $10 discount through the Saddleback College Veterans Office 949- 582-4252. Tickets are available to the public at KSBR.