Posts Tagged ‘Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2016’

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New Year’s Allstar Jam-Session on Dec 31, 2016 at midnight in the Parktheater & Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at noon pm in the Dorint Hotel

From the first note, Lindsey Webster captivates listeners. Her rich, soulful voice, that has often been compared to Sade, Anita Baker and Mariah Carey, enchants a dedicated following who connect with the raw emotion she shares with them. As a Soul R&B artist, she combines an admirable natural talent with a genuine, accessible stage presence. Webster considers herself “very, very lucky” to have grown up in Woodstock. With a heavy emphasis on arts and music, her grade school had a progressive music program where Lindsey cultivated a deep love of music by learning the cello. After playing for 10 years, often in first chair, she moved to NYC to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia School for the Music, Art & Performing Arts. As she grew musically, she transitioned from strings to voice where she heard her calling and found herself. In 2009, Lindsey met her partner, Keith Slattery, and started performing professionally. Together, with a band of world-class musicians, they’ve performed over 600 shows in venues including Bearsville Theater, Levon Helm Studios, Helsinki Hudson, Rockwood Music Hall, and the The Red Lion. The success of her first album and winning “Best Acoustic Song” in the Independent Music Awards caught the eye of Atlanta Records, whom she signed with to release her second album. “You Change” shows a real transition and beautiful growth for Webster as an artist. She looks to bring her distinct style to Soul R&B and continue to make music that resonates with her fans.

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Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm in the Park Theater
& New Year’s Allstar Jam-Session on Dec 31, 2016 at midnight

Guitarist, composer, arranger and musical director JJ Sansaverino is a performer who has a “take no prisoners” performance attitude. His musical style is a mix of Smooth Jazz, R&B, World Music and Fusion “a la Santana meets Benson”. JJ was playing trumpet and violin by the age of 11 and guitar by 13. Growing up in and around New York, his influences of Santana and Hendrix, as well as Jazz, Motown and Doo-Wop, helped mold his guitar style. After performing in New York during the late 80s, JJ embarked on his first European tour with the alternative rock band Heads Up. Upon returning to the States, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to study Commercial Arranging and Big Band, returning to NYC almost every weekend to perform his original music. JJ graduated cum laude and won the 1994 Writing Award of the Year. It wasn’t long before he started appearing and recording with artists such as Shaggy, Sean Paul, Shabba Ranks, The Jungle Brothers, and the Marley family. In 2005, JJ teamed up with powerhouse producers Alex Valenti and Zé Luis Oliveira to form ALZEJO Music. By fusing urban beats and Brazilian flavor with fresh horn arrangements and JJ’s unique guitar style, his debut CD “Sunshine After Midnight” was created. JJ quickly started performing his new music and selling out the Blue Note Jazz Club. Since that, he has been performing with Jazz greats such as Ricky Lawson and Victor Bailey, but he also continues to touring worldwide with reggae legends Maxi Priest and Shaggy, while simultaneously working with his own band.

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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm in the Park Theater
& New Year’s Allstar Jam-Session on Dec 31, 2016 at midnight

Saxophonist Jeanette Harris was born and raised in Fresno, California. Both, her mother and her church organist father, were of deep spiritual faith and intense believers in the art of music, so Jeanette received their love of God and music genetically. “When I was 5, my father put a guitar in my hands. A year later, he switched me to piano – I didn’t like it. One day, my Mom was playing a cassette by Grover Washington, Jr. I was looking at the picture of his alto sax. It was beautiful and Grover made it look so hip. I felt it would be the perfect instrument for me.” Jeanette played saxophone from grade school and even before she graduated high school she became a member of the Fresno City College jazz band. She won numerous awards and accolades, which led to a scholarship to attend Berklee in Boston where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance. Three artists had a profound influence on her play, composing and performance: Richard Elliot (play), Stevie Wonder (composing) and Norman Brown (performance). But the most special person to come along in the course of her career thus far was Teena Marie, who hired her for her band unheard/unseen in a destiny-streaked leap of faith totally befitting Jeanette’s life and beliefs. “She was a blessing in my life. Teena taught me how to be a strong female leader. I will miss her always.” Jeanette has played major events from The Coombs River Bend Ranch Festival to festivals in Japan and London. She has performed as a side musician and opened shows for greats like Kirk Whalum, Najee, The Rippingtons, Babyface, Phil Perry and KEM.

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New Year’s Allstar Jam-Session on Dec 31, 2016 at midnight in the Parktheater & Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm in the Dorint Hotel

Born and raised in Barbados, Elan Trotman started piano lessons at 7, picking up the saxophone five years later. Educated at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, he has quickly become one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers as he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Arturo Tappin, he approaches jazz in his own way with fresh ideas and distinctive tone and by blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures. The New England Urban Music Awards, and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions. Trotman has recorded and performed with a number of world-class musicians, including Roberta Flack, Jonathan Butler, Keiko Matsui, Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Brian Simpson and many others. A huge sports fan, he has performed the National Anthem on numerous occasions for such teams as the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2016, Elan also created a non-profit organization – the Never Lose Your Drive Foundation, which brings entertainment and sports celebrities together on the golf course to raise funds for educational programs on the island. As a recording artist, he has already been credited with 10-top 25 Billboard Radio singles from his own albums as well as from several collaborations.

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Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm in the Park Theater
& New Year’s Allstar Jam-Session on Dec 31, 2016 at midnight

UK-Keyboardist Oli Silk began writing and recording music as part of jazz funk duo ‘Sugar and Silk’ in the late 1990’s. The pair released 2 albums to much European acclaim and this grabbed the attention of Trippin’N’Rhythm Records’ CEO Les Cutmore who signed Oli on a multi-album deal which first gave us his debut solo CD ‘So Many Ways’ in 2006. Fast forward a decade, and Oli now has 5 CD’s to his name, including many chart topping radio singles, most notably one of the biggest hits of 2009 ‘Chill Or Be Chilled’, and also the 2014 chart-topper ‘At Your Service’. Oli remains one of the most dynamic and energetic keyboardists in the genre, and his unique mix of jazzy instrumentals, funky vocal cuts and down right dirty ol’ school keytar and vocoder, give his live shows that real wow factor and have garnered him a loyal and dedicated fan-base. Oli’s skills as a keys player have made him the UK go-to guy for some of the genre’s biggest artists such as Gerald Albright, Chuck Loeb, Boney James, Dave Koz, Euge Groove and Peter White. His credentials as a musical director are also far reaching, most notably for 4 years at the Dubai International Jazz Festival – overseeing some 30+ artists on the Jazz Garden Stage. When off stage, Oli is a sought-after smooth jazz producer, composer and mix engineer whose recent clients include keyboardists Nicholas Cole and Tim Watson, and saxophonist Michael J Thomas. Oli has also composed music for TV (Oprah Winfrey, MTV, Miami Ink) and hi end smartphone apps (Zynga Games).

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Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm in the Park Theater
& New Year’s Allstar Jam-Session on Dec 31, 2016 at midnight

Brian Bromberg grew up in a family of musicians and artists. His father and brother played the drums, so Brian started playing them as well. He was 2,5 years old, beating up the furniture and banging on anything that didn’t move. Aged 13, he began his professional career as a drummer. At around the same time, the director of his school orchestra (where Brian did not play drums, but cello – not very successfully…) came to him and said: “You see that big bass in the corner? Nobody is playing it. Don’t you want to play that big cool bass over there?” Maybe, the director just wanted to stop Brian “sawing his cello in half”, but that day was a blessing in disguise. Brian knew that playing the bass was going to be his path. After years of strict practice regimen, devoting all his time to music, playing every type of gig imaginable, Brian has evolved into a respected voice in music industry, smashing through the barriers of how the bass is supposed to be played. He performs on both electric and acoustic instruments. His technically demanding style ranges from funny and funky to wild and crazy or swinging to mellow and soothing. He can play two- and three-note chords on demand, he can sound like four players at once and he can make bass sound like a guitar. The Grammy nominated bassist has toured, performed and recorded with great artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Christina Aguilera, Dean Martin, Dianna Krall, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Jerry Lewis, Kenny G, Lee Ritenour, Michael Bublé, Rene Olstead and Sting. In addition to his success as a solo artist, he is also being recognized as a world-class songwriter, session musician and producer.

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Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at 9:45 pm in the Park Theater
& New Year’s Allstar Jam-Session on Dec 31, 2016 at midnight

Saxophonist, composer and producer Steven Eugene Grove began playing piano in the second grade and turned to the saxophone at the age of nine or ten. His teacher gave him a classical education on the instrument, which he followed at the University of Miami’s School of Music, where he became interested in jazz. Upon graduation, he initially remained in Miami doing sessions and playing in bands such as Expose. He then moved to Los Angeles and joined Tower of Power, remaining with the group about four years. Following this experience, he freelanced, doing sessions and working in backup bands, his clients including Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, The Gap Band, Huey Lewis & the News, Elton John, Eros Ramazotti, and Richard Marx. At the end of the ’90s, Grove developed the persona of “Euge Groove”, a corruption of his real name, and recorded a demo that soon landed him with Warner Bros. Records. Euge Groove, his debut album, was released in May 2000. At the time, the saxophonist toured in Tina Turner’s backup band. Several CDs with different labels followed. His latest CD “Still Euge” was released this year. The name of his 10th solo project sums up his feelings while making it. “First ‘Still’ represents me being able to be me! What I was going for on the album is exactly what I was going for 16 years ago when Euge Groove came out. It’s smooth jazz and I’m proud to call it that. Second, ‘Still’, from Psalm 46:10, perfectly describes who I am these days … I know how blessed I am on so many levels. I am truly ‘Still’ Euge.”

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