Posts Tagged ‘Smooth Jazz’

Warren Hill featuring Oli Silk (keyboards), Mark Jaimes (guitar), Frank Felix (bass) & Westley Joseph (drums)

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May 4th – May 6th

Pizza Express Jazz Club, 10 Dean Street, London, United Kingdom

Saxophonist Elan Trotman, 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. Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Najee, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards, and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions.

Inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer Brian Simpson is a master of all he purveys. His eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense of how to craft a song that stands the test of time have made him the go-to man for many. Through the years Simpson has been revered for his unparalleled ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible grooves. Simpson’s soulful approach to music has made him first call for many including Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz. A chart-topping musical chameleon who wrote the #1 R&B hit “The First Time” for Surface in the 1990s, Brian Simpson has a knack for churning out timeless anthems.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Suite Food Lounge, 375 Luckie St, Atlanta, Georgia 30313

Kayla Waters, contemporary jazz pianist, composer and songwriter will be performing songs from her debut album release “APOGEE.” The lead single “I Am” is already making serious noise across the country currently reaching #3 on the Smooth Jazz Billboard chart. She is the daughter of Penny Mayo and renowned Jazz Saxophonist Kim Waters. Success in the music industry is indubitably on the way for Kayla as she has eloquently found herself welcoming and utilizing a plethora of opportunities to tour the world and perform with several musical legends and major recording artists. The distinctive list includes musical giants such as Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Avery*Sunshine, and Maysa, to name a few. Recently, Kayla’s gifts garnered her national recognition on the BET television network’s highly acclaimed “Black Girls Rock” awards show. Kayla expertly played keyboards for the legendary Gladys Knight, Marsha Ambrosius, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Imani Uzuri. She was also a featured performing artist at the first annual Fender Rhodes Fest in Los Angeles, California last summer along with a host of stellar music contemporaries.

Fri, May 19, 2017 7:00 PM

The Minker Banquet Hall, 920 Principio Furnace Road, Perryville, MD 21903, United States

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm

In the course of their over 20-year career, the Nighthawks have created a subtly contoured aesthetic concept: music for travellers. Momentum and calm, denseness and sparseness, darkness and light – contrasts that all play a central musical role in the band’s work. Striving for reductionism, these scores of catchy songs evoke vivid atmospheric pictures, whose attraction lie often in their sense of yearning. The music heads of the quintet are Dal Martino (Bass, Keys, Guitar, Vocals) and Reiner Winterschladen (Trumpet, Flugelhorn). In the studio and on live gigs, they are accompanied by Jürgen Dahmen (Keys/Rhodes Piano/Percussion), Thomas Alkier (Drums) and Guitarist Jörg Lehnardt. By the way, Lehnhardt is not a new face on our stage: in 2014 he was part of our houseband at the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival. The latest Nighthawks album was dedicated to the Boeing 707. For Martino, the 707 was “basically the first transporter of culture in a musical world that was becoming increasingly international”. For this CD, libertine Winterschladen – an avid proponent of improvised music – time and again had to restrict his trumpet playing to comply with Martino’s focus on reduction. These conflicting poles gave birth to numerous sound sketches which Martino considerably condensed. The resulting album consists of seven songs as well as the core track “707 Suite”: A powerful, at times edgy, work in four movements that even expands into psychedelic rock. As singer for another track – “Happy Days” – Martino invited Jeff Young on board, a musical partner of Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Jackson Browne, Sting and many others. Young co-composed this track and is responsible for bringing some L.A. breeziness to the album.

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The Unscripted Jazz Series will help wrap up the Philadelphia Jazz Festival on a celebratory high note. On April 30, 2017, at the Ardmore Music Hall, Jaguar Wright and Gerald Veasley will present their acclaimed salute to an icon, Nina Simone.

The musical collaboration brings together two internationally renowned artists who were launched out of the Philadelphia jazz and soul scenes. “Jaguar Wright, Sings the Music of Nina Simone with Gerald Veasley” is sure to be a vibrant and powerful performance. In the words of Ms. Simone: “I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life. I have a chance to live, as I’ve dreamed”. An uplifting and timely message for the inaugural Philadelphia Jazz Festival.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 6:30  pm

The Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, 19003

A monthly concert series featuring the best national and international Contemporary Jazz artists in the heart of Greenwich Village. Come experience the hottest young guns and veteran performers from today’s Jazz circuit, as they perform their original music at the exclusive Carroll Place. Followed by an all-star jam of NYC’s own talent.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 08:00 PM

Carroll Place Greenwich Village, 157 Bleecker Street  (between Thompson St & Sullivan St), New York, NY, 10012

The Gateway Jazz Festival features: Najee, Maysa, Pieces of a Dream, Steve Cole, Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Chieli Minucci, Steve Oliver and Chris Standring.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 – 2:00 pm

Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Dr, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017