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Official European Smooth Jazz Festival-Schedule 2015
smooth entertainment GmbH is the organizer of Europe’s only SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL’s and has the experience of 11 successfully held festivals in 3 different countries (Germany, Austria and Spain). Having done two annual festivals so far, we are proud to announce today, that our festival family has grown again: this year we are going to organize a new festival in a new place in a new country… but step by step:

The 2015 festival season starts with the 4th edition of the MALLORCA SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL on April 30 to May 3, 2015. Home of the only smooth jazz festival in the Mediterranean area is the 5-star Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa on the beautiful east coast of the Spanish island Mallorca.
Hotel packages are on sale.

Please find more at http://www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de

The LAGO MAGGIORE SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL is new in the league of our annual events and takes place on August 20 to 23, 2015 in Italy, more precisely at the picturesque Lake Maggiore. The second largest lake in Italy is located in the wine region of Piemonte and is just within a stone’s throw of the fashion metropolis Milan. Venue is the elegant Grand Hotel Dino in the bathing and holiday resort Baveno.

Details will be released in April. http://www.italy.smoothjazzfestival.de

The 6. SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL AUGSBURG at the 130 year old Park Theater in Augsburg, Germany moves from September to winter and becomes a New Year’s festival. The dates for our oldest and most traditional festival are December 29, 2015 to January 1, 2016.

All details will be released in August/September. http://www.augsburg.smoothjazzfestival.de

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Friday, September 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm

“If I want sax, I call Candy” Megastar Prince once said adoringly – and he is not the only one with whom Candy Dulfer rings a bell – the Dutchwoman has long since made a name for herself internationally as a saxophonist. The daughter of the well-known Jazz saxophonist Hans Dulfer soon knew that she would be treading in her father’s footsteps. Candy started playing the sax as a six-year-old; at 14 she had a band of her own (Funky Stuff) with whom she works together up to the present day. In 1987 she put the heat on the audience as a supporting act for Madonna, and one year later she should have opened Prince’s shows in the Netherlands. When she received a cancellation at short notice she wrote him a letter of complaint. Which apparently was worth the effort: the man from Minneapolis invited her as a guest onto his stage. Since that day she repeatedly went on tours with him and can be heard on many of his albums. In 1990 Candy Dulfer`s first solo album “Saxuality” appeared and was an immediate success. Candy tours almost all of Europe and even performs in the U.S. With rewards: a Grammy Award nomination in the category “Best Pop-Album Instrumental”. During the last years Candy Dulfer has worked together with Dave Stewart, Van Morrison, Sheila E., Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Aretha Franklin and Jonathan Butler.

Candy started another exciting new chapter in her versatile career with the release of her album ‘Crazy’ in the Fall of 2011. The close collaboration with Black Eyed Peas musical director and producer Printz Board forms the foundation of the daring new sound of the album. For the other tracks on the album Candy once again collaborated with Dutch producer and longtime guitarist Ulco Bed, who was responsible for Candy’s first major hits in her career with the albums “Saxuality” and “Sax-a-go-go”. Candy celebrates her maturity as a musician and plays with the most diverse elements form Pop, Soul and Jazz. Elements from Hip Hop and Rap are even more prominent here than in the past.

Here you can order your exclusive hotel package:
1 night (11./12./13. Sept. 2014) incl. breakfast & 2 concerts: from 129,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights (11.-14. Sept. 2014) incl. breakfast & 7 concerts: from 439,00 Euro per person in a double room

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Germany’s greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz-Party
More days. More shows. More fun. More than ever.

You feel like going out just really nicely?

The Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg on September 11-14, 2014 in the Park Theater at Kurhaus Göggingen (Augsburg, Germany) offers the perfect opportunity for it. Unique atmosphere in chic ambience and in addition great music celebrated by the Top Stars of the international Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene:

CANDY DULFER & Band
PAUL TAYLOR
MARION MEADOWS
CHRIS STANDRING
BOB BALDWIN
MATT MARSHAK
MARCUS ANDERSON
JULIAN VAUGHN

Party, space to dance and firsthand contact with the musicians included. In the side wings of the historic Kurhaus the catering crew will be offering drinks and lounge-food, additional seating areas invite you to relax. The patio will be opened to enjoy the mild late summer nights under the starry sky.

Visitors from all over Europe get dressed up and meet here in a sophisticated club atmosphere to an impressive, unstressed weekend with international live performances and hilarious aftershow parties in the the beautiful ambiance of the Kurhaus.

Here you can order your exclusive hotel package:
1 night (11./12./13. Sept. 2014) incl. breakfast & 2 concerts: from 129,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights (11.-14. Sept. 2014) incl. breakfast & 7 concerts: from 439,00 Euro per person in a double room

 

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JEFF GOLUB live @ Germany’s greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz-Party

Guitar | Friday, September 13, 2013 at 08:00 pm

Golub was born on April 15, 1955, in Akron, OH, where he grew up listening to a variety of R&B, funk, blues, jazz, pop, and rock and began playing the guitar as a pre-adolescent. In the ’70s, Golub moved away from Akron to attend to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1980, he moved to New York City, where he is still residing.

Golub’s musical background is rich and diverse. It was in the early ’80s that Golub was hired to back arena rock/hard rock star Billy Squier, (7 LP’s and three world tours) and that association led to a lot of other session work. The list of major rock or R&B artists Golub backed in the ’80s or ’90s (either in the studio or on-stage) includes Tina Turner, John Waite, Vanessa Williams, Ashford & Simpson, Dar Williams, and former J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf. In 1988, Golub was hired to back Rod Stewart, an association that lasted for seven years, four albums and five would tours.

1988 was also the year in which Golub’s first album as a leader, “Unspoken Words”, was released, but at that point, he was still devoting most of his time to backing other artists. It wasn’t until 1994, when Golub founded the band Avenue Blue, that playing as a leader became the guitarist’s main activity. That year Avenue Blue’s self-titled debut album fared well in the smooth jazz/NAC market. Two more Avenue Blue projects were released – “Naked City” in 1996 and “Nightlife” in 1997.

Starting with 1999’s album “Out of the Blue”, Jeff Golub presented himself again as a solo artist – followed by another seven solo albums. The year 2011 has been a roller coaster ride for Golub: in June, he became blind due to collapse of the optic nerve, later the year he released “Three Kings”, a tribute work to the music of Albert, B.B. and Freddie King. His latest album “Train Keeps A Rolling” will be available on August 13, 2013.

Here you can order your exclusive hotel package:
2 nights (September 13-15, 2013) incl. breakfast & all concerts: from 228,00 Euro per person in a double room
Concert tickets per day (without hotel): from 46,00 Euro per person

Germany’s greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz PartyYou feel like going out just really nicely? The Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg  in the Park Theater at Kurhaus Göggingen (Augsburg, Germany) goes to the next round and offers the perfect opportunity for it. Unique atmosphere in chic ambience and in addition great music celebrated by the Top Stars of the international Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene. This year even with three music acts per evening!

Party, space to dance and firsthand contact with the musicians included. In the side wings of the historic Kurhaus the catering crew will be offering drinks and lounge-food, additional seating areas invite you to relax. The patio will be opened to enjoy the mild late summer nights under the starry sky.

Visitors from all over Europe get dressed up and meet here in a sophisticated club atmosphere to an impressive, unstressed weekend with a total of six international live performances and hilarious aftershow parties in the the beautiful ambiance of the Kurhaus.

Here you can order your exclusive ticket and hotel room. There is a ticket contingent reserved at the box office at all festival days for last-minute-visitors.

Joey Sommerville live @ Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012 Trumpet | Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Trumpeteer Joey Sommerville has established a reputation as one of the most engaging and dynamic performers on the contemporary jazz scene. No matter the venue, he always seems to be able to connect with the audience, establish a relationship, and take them on a musical roller coaster ride, from Ellington ballads to P-Funk, to his own music which can best be described as a funky musical gumbo of Jazz, R&B, Gospel and World Music influences. His musical essence lies in the Baptist church. “When I was a teenager, I would judge the caliber of my playing by the number of people in the congregation who ‘got happy’. If you aren’t touching the listener’s soul, then you aren’t really playing music. Soul communication is the key.”

Joey was the featured instrumental soloist on the Cirque de Soleil’s Grammy-nominated and Juno Award winning album, “Alegria”. His solo album “Like You Mean It” garnered international airplay and led to numerous accolades and awards, including “The American Society of Young Musician’s All That Jazz Award” for 2009. In 2007, Joey started “The Smooth Jazz After Dark”-Series. “We started at an upscale supper club called Sambuca Jazz Café in Atlanta bringing in special guests to perform with my band. 2010 we ended up doing the shows at a 2,000 seat outdoor amphitheater.” Joey’s guest list has included musical luminaries Sheila E., Wayman Tisdale, Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Golub, Chieli Minucci, Jackiem Joyner, Bob Baldwin und Eric Darius. Some of them also appear on his latest album. “The Get Down Club” is iconic, forward thinking contemporary jazz featuring funk, gospel and bop influences delivered with pop sensibilities.

You can order your exclusive Concert Ticket and  Hotel Package (including Festival-T-Shirt, Festival Poster, Welcome Drink, Wellness area, Bus Ticket, Guided City Tour) at our onlineshop.

John Stoddart live @ Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012 Piano & Vocals | Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

John grew up in a musical family and was singing and playing the piano in church almost as soon as he could walk. His formal training began at 13, convincing him that he had found his career. In 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano and Voice from Washington Adventist University (formerly Columbia Union College) in Takoma Park, Maryland. He quickly began to accrue credits as a session vocalist, arranger, songwriter and producer with artists such as Boney James, Al Jarreau, Celine Dion, Patti Austin, Darin Atwater and the Soulful Symphony, Will Downing, Take 6 and Bob James.

John has also partnered with saxophonist Kirk Whalum as co-producer, arranger and/or musician on several of Kirk’s Grammy-nominated recordings. John was the associate producer on Whalum’s song “It’s What I Do”, which won a Grammy in 2011. John’s composition “I Still Believe,” featured on “Faith | Hope | Love”, was first featured on guitarist Norman Brown’s album “Just Chillin'”. Blue-eyed soul legend Michael McDonald contributed lead vocals to the song, which won the Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

While John is a sought-after collaborator, he is first and foremost a solo artist who records and tours on his own when he’s not sharing his gift with other artists. Five of his six albums have been released on his own label. His latest release “Faith | Hope | Love” is a soulful collection of inspirational love songs that speak to the challenges and triumphs of marriage.

You can order your exclusive Concert Ticket and  Hotel Package (including Festival-T-Shirt, Festival Poster, Welcome Drink, Wellness area, Bus Ticket, Guided City Tour) at our onlineshop.

NILS live @ Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012 Guitar | Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm

German born guitarist and composer Nils resides since the mid-80’s in southern California. After visiting the musician institute in Hollywood Nils started in the 80’s as an engineer in a recording studio. There he found the possibility to learn all technical tricks of recording, which was very helpful to record his first album “Blue Planet”, which was released in 1998 and received high acclaims. After composing for movie and TV Nils had the chance to work with George Benson, Paul Brown, The Temptations, Rick Braun, Gabriella Anders, Gerald McCauley, Paul Jackson Jr., Gerald Albright among others.

He returned to his solo career in 2005 with the album “Pacific Coast Highway” which became an instrumental sensation. The hit single of the same name was staying at #1 on the Radio & Records airplay charts for more than seven weeks on its way to being named the most played Smooth Jazz track on US Radio of the decade (2001-2010). Nils 2007 recording “Ready To Play” kept the PCH momentum going and his 2009 CD “Up Close And Personal” scored three popular airplay singles – all of which led to his nomination for “Best Guitarist” at the American Smooth Jazz Awards. “Jump Start”, the aptly titled first single from his album “What The Funk?” (2010), hit eight weeks in a role #1 of the Billboard Jazz Song Charts and followed in those hallowed chart footsteps. The new CD “City Groove” will be released in fall 2012.

You can order your exclusive Concert Ticket and  Hotel Package (including Festival-T-Shirt, Festival Poster, Welcome Drink, Wellness area, Bus Ticket, Guided City Tour) at our ONLINESHOP.

Eric Darius live @ Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012 Saxophone | Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Every now and then an artist bursts onto the scene, changing the rules and challenging the status quo. Eric Darius is one of those artists fearlessly pushing all musical boundaries. He’s one of the most exciting musicians to enter the contemporary jazz scene in the last decade. His explosive arrival as a recording artist at the age of 17 caused a frenzy. Not surprising as the ambitious musician eventually shared the stage with big names such as Prince, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson and Brian McKnight. Fast-forward to a #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz hit and several more top ten’s, and the votes are in – Eric Darius continues to be a force that is unequaled in today’s new musical landscape.

The Tampa, Florida-based urban instrumentalist, producer and composer further solidifies his place as one of contemporary music’s brightest stars with his latest album “On a Mission”. Eric Darius’ Haitian/Jamaican roots run deep, bringing his passion and resolve into clear focus. Highlights include his profoundly personal and emotion-filled “My Prayer for Haiti” and inspiring tracks like the sun-drenched Reggae number “Back to My Roots” and the electrifying dance mix, “Let’s Go”. The new project features Darius’ stunning chops with an introspective take on Herbie Hancock’s classic “Butterfly”, joined by trumpet veteran, Rick Braun.

“Contemporary jazz is the genre that has fueled my early success, but I’m ON A MISSION to celebrate every style of music from Jazz, R&B, Pop and Reggae to Hip-Hop, Rock and Gospel. I want my music to be a vehicle for change, transcending all boundaries regardless of age or race. I believe my music can make a difference in the world,” says Darius with his warm, trademark smile.

You can order your exclusive Concert Ticket and  Hotel Package (including Festival-T-Shirt, Festival Poster, Welcome Drink, Wellness area, Bus Ticket, Guided City Tour) at our Onlineshop.

KEIKO MATSUI live @ Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012 Piano | Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Keiko Matsui is a citizen of the world. She tours relentlessly and has brought her music to virtually every corner of the globe. Her music transcends boundary and her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her an international following. “Music has no borders and it creates an oneness among people,” confides the Japanese born pianist, composer and producer. An activist by nature, Keiko has not only used her music to speak to the world but she has lent her voice to causes championed by organizations like The United Nations World Food Programme. With over 1.5 million albums sold and scores of sold out concerts across the globe, Keiko Matsui is one of the brightest stars in instrumental music. Her free spirit and creative genius have afforded her the luxury to share the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis to Hugh Masakela and Bob James.

Keiko Matsui made her US recording debut in 1987 with the recording “A Drop of Water”. Her album “Dream Walk” (1996) remained on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts for over 15 months and further cemented her reputation as a force to reckon with. In 1997, she launched a tour dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer, and released a four-song CD entitled “A Gift of Hope” that benefitted the Y-Me Breast Cancer Organization. In 2000 and 2001, Keiko was honored with an award for “Best Female Artist” at the National Smooth Jazz Awards. Keiko Matsui’s CD “Deep Blue” (2001) topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts for three consecutive weeks. Keiko is the first Japanese artist to achieve this honor. On January 2011 Keiko’s long awaited, self produced and 22nd album “The Road…” was released, followed by “Altair & Vega” (2011) – a 4 Hand Piano project with Bob James. Overall, she hit the Top10 Billbaord Jazz Album Charts with seven of her CDs and stayed there for several weeks.

You can order your exclusive Concert Ticket and  Hotel Package (including Festival-T-Shirt, Festival Poster, Welcome Drink, Wellness area, Bus Ticket, Guided City Tour) at our ONLINESHOP.