Today the Summer Concert Series features The Sax Pack with Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. Raul Midón opens the show.
Friday, August 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm
Hyatt Regency, 1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, California 92660
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Opening Night! 8:00p
• THE SAX PACK – Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters
This outstanding saxophone trio each has 20 radio hits and they have sold thousands of smooth jazz albums. Their name “Sax Pack” was created after Jeff Kashiwa watched a movie featuring “The Rat Pack.” That example of unparalleled camaraderie sparked the inspiration for their name and gives light to their lively performance. Their show is an entertaining combination of masterful, musical talent and personality that is not to be missed. FUN!
• BWB – Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown
Braun – Whalum – Brown – Three distinct musicians generating one fabulous smooth jazz sound! Rick Braun with his high energy trumpet is soothing one minute and has you jammin’ to funk the next. “Best Gospel Song” Grammy winner, Kirk Whalum, pours passion and stirring talent, from his sax. And “Best Pop Instrumental” Grammy winner, Norman Brown’s guitar has enhanced the music of Michael McDonald, Stevie Wonder, and Boyz2Men. Be the first to rise from your seat at the close of this performance!
Friday, October 16, 2015
8 PM – Al Jarreau w/Marc Antoine & Steve Cole
Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, WI, the fifth of six children, Al grew up with Mom playing the piano and Dad singing. Harmonizing with his siblings was only the beginning for this legendary performer. His unique vocal style is one of the world’s greatest, earning 7 Grammy Awards and scores of international awards. On March 6, 2001 he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a career spanning 40 years, he remains one of the hardest working men in show business; and is currently working on a new album. His presence on stage is not to be missed!
A Paris, France native, Marc Antoine’s parents bought him a guitar as a child; it has never left his side. Even when an accident threatened his career in 1981, his instrument gave him the inspiration to recover and become the musician he is today. The legendary George Benson honored Marc with the compliment of being “one of his favorite guitarists.” Come and see why! Steve Cole followed in his father’s footsteps, and trained classically on clarinet, only to switch to sax in high school. It became his passion. After graduating college, Steve started playing for TV commercials, radio and finally went out on his own. In 2001 he hit the charts on the jazz classic “Just the Two of Us” with Bill Withers and Grover Washington.
RB Convention Center
• 10:30 PM – Nick Colionne, Euge Groove, Brian Simpson
As a stellar guitarist and vocalist, Nick Colionne has been described as one of the most exceptional performers to come along in a long time. Honored as Artist of the Year, at this Jazz Festival in 2011, his musical style will give the discerning jazz fan a real treat! In a class all his own, sax musician, Euge Groove, claims a long string of Top 40’s history. Having played for the popular group Expose`, Tina Turner, and taking Richard Elliot’s place with the fabulous Tower of Power, Euge has said, “Fear and creativity cannot live in the same room!” Come and enjoy his free-spirited approach to saxophone delights! “How a keyboard should sound.” This is how Keyboard musician Brian Simpson has been described by such talents as Janet Jackson and Teena Marie. His soulful mentality has made him the “first call” by many performers to give them the unique sound they demand. He delivers his music with the kind of emotion he hopes his audience absorbs and remembers.
Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopeon High School
• 11:30 PM – Friday’s After Show Party
Saturday, October 17, 2015
• 1:00 PM – Boney James
4-time Grammy Nominee, sax-toting James Oppenhein was tagged “Boney James” in his early 20’s as a thin, struggling musician. But, he grew in the next 23 years to sell 3 million records, with 4 RIAA gold albums, and a Soul Train Award, to name just a few recognitions. Boney blends smooth jazz with funky-soul rhythms to create a genre blending style that is both exciting and cleaver. Always open to new free-wheeling music, his vibrant show is unforgettable.
Tickets: $59 – $72
The Performing Arts Theatre at Cape Henlopeon High School
• 1:00 PM – Art Sherrod, Jr. and The Sounds of Soul Sessions: “A Tribute to R&B”. Also appearing: Club Phred
This years’ Rock n’ Roll event hits the stage with electricity and great familiar hits! Set your feet on fire as you dance to this band’s super charged interpretations of your favorite songs! Winner of several Reader’s Choice and Best of Delaware Awards, and Best Musical Group by the Newark Post! Hit the Deck with Club Phred!
Smooth and Urban jazz saxophonist, Art Sherrod, Jr., grew up in Palestine, TX surrounded by music. As a teen, he was fascinated by the saxophone. He admits, “The saxophone chose me.” He possesses a magically impressive style that captivates like no other. He combines many musical components to create a jazz mood for the audience that is truly unique. You many even get a moment with this personable artist after the show! THE SOUNDS OF SOUL This band is Motown all the way. A very high energy group, they get you rolling with fabulous dance moves and fantastic vocals powered by pure soul. The six seasoned performers each has been in the national recording spotlight on Capital Records, Big Apple Records, and R&S Records, respectively. Get ready to soak in the classic music of such artists as The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, and Lionel Richie.
NOTE: A $5 donation to Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center will be collected with bar tab.
Tickets: Free (See Above Note)
• 2:30 PM – w/Special Guest Marc Antoine
Stanley Jordan has 4 Grammys to his name and his recent album, “Friends” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Since 1985, this guitar virtuoso has consistently wowed audiences with his creativity, versatility, and daring! His music takes you on a breathless journey, filled with surprises. You will appreciate your attendance at this internationally acclaimed musician. Marc Antoine This must-see guitar master is a pleasure to experience. His guitar has been by his side from childhood to the present, and this passion for his music is reflected by his style and the feeling he projects to his audience. The legendary George Benson has commented on this artist as being “one of his favorite!”
• 3:00 PM – Steve Cole
From Montreux, Switzerland, pianist Alex Bugnon’s life was surrounded by the atmosphere of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival; which instigated his love of the jazz piano. His uncle being the legendary Donald Byrd, and his early friendship with Herbie Hancock, shaped this artist’s unparalleled career. He is recognized as a prolific and energetic force on the contemporary jazz scene. Think late 70’s through the 80’s when you think about R&B and jazz and you have the brilliant sound of Matt Marshak’s guitar! His talent is so recognized that he was recently invited to perform at the Dubai International Jazz Festival, the Mallorca Jazz Festival in Spain, and the Augsburg Jazz Festival in Germany. Matt’s guitar voice is well on its way to becoming a legendary. The smooth sound of Steve Cole’s tenor sax has given him several #1 hits and the Prism Award for Best New Artist at the 2000 Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards. He is a professor/advisor or music business at the University of St. Thomas, and had the honor of performing on the jazz classic album, “To Grover, With Love.”
The Performing Theatre at the RB Elementary School
• 4:00 PM – Pieces of a Dream with Eric Roberson and Kim Waters
Pieces of a Dream is an America R&B/jazz group from Philadelphia. The group was formed in 1976 by then teenagers, and original band members, drummer Curtis Harmon and keyboardist James Lloyd. Producing 16 albums since then, their music has evolved into the intriguing band they are today, yet still hold on to the youthful exuberance and Philly authenticity that has always been theirs! Eric “Erro” Roberson is an enthusiastic R&R/jazz singer, songwriter, and producer from Rahway, NJ. As a member of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s production company, Erro went on to release his own material through Blue Erro Soul Imprint. He has been nominated for 2 Grammys in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2011 and for two songs in the same category in 2012.
Tickets: $45 – $55
Rehoboth Beach CC
• 6:00 PM – Four80East w/ Special Guest Art Sherrod, Jr.
Performing On the deck at the Rusty Rudder, Four80East is a Canadian electro Jazz ensemble including Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace with a special appearance by Art Sherrod, Jr., this show is not one to be missed! This trio will create music that is distinctive and melodic with a strong bass groove. You will hear Four80East frequently on the Weather Channel and on The Best of Smooth Jazz.
Rusty Rudder Outside Deck
• 7:30 PM – Fourplay
Fourplay is celebrating its 25 year as a quartet of quintessence! Featuring Nathan East, Chuck Loeb, Harvey Mason, and Bob James. James, East, and Mason are original members of the group formed at the Berks County Jazz Festival in 1990. Come and enjoy this momentous occasion with this legendary blending of fine smooth jazz at its very best!
Tickets: $59 – $72
The Performing Arts Theatre at Cape Henlopeon High School
• 7:00 PM – “Honoring the Masters of Fusion” featuring Gerald Veasley, Alex Bugnon, Chielli Minucci with Chris Farr and Tommy Campbell
Smooth jazz fans have embraced the music of the musicians in this project: chart topping pianist Alex Bugnon, award winning guitarist and co-founder of Special EFX, Chieli Minucci, and Rehoboth Beach Jazz Fest 2010 Performer of the Year, bassist Gerald Veasley. The band also features saxophone phenom, Chris Farr and the virtuoso drummer Tommy Campbell.
This special performance, Honoring the Masters of Fusion (HMF) reunites these festival favorites to salute the source of smooth jazz: Miles Davis and more.
Most impressively, the collective resume of HMF reads like a who’s who of jazz and pop: From Grover Washington, Jr. to Celine Dion; Dizzy Gillespie to Rihanna; Sonny Rollins to Earth Wind and Fire. HMF learned from the masters how to create an concert of exciting contemporary music for smooth jazz fans and beyond.
The Performing Theatre at the RB Elementary School
• 8:30 PM – Urban Jazz Coalition featuring Jeff Kashiwa and Selina Albright
Urban Jazz Coalition has a strong presence on satellite/internet radio, and they constantly achieve Top 50 status on international airplay charts. They are becoming one of the most sought after back up groups going, with their tight, funky sound. You’ve heard them on the air, now come and see what all the excitement is about! “The best kept secret in jazz,” will be revealed tonight with Jeff Kashiwa (The Sax Pack), on sax, and Selina Albright with her stunning vocals, this will be a phenomenal show (Selina’s father is 7 time Grammy nominated Gerald Albright).
• 8:30 PM – Bettye LaVette
Ms. LaVette’s fabulous career spans over 50 years and is part of the living history of Motown. This talented, Grammy nominee, rivals Aretha Franklin, as one of this century’s vital soul singers, and began 2015 with her latest album, “Worthy.” Her first hit single, “My Man-He’s a Loving Man’” charted #7 in 1962. Her ability to reveal the soul of a song through her own vocal interpretation of its lyric and melody is fascinating. So, sit back and prepare to get an earful of this lady’s artful instrument, as she takes you back to the glory days of soul!
• 10:30 PM – All Star Super Show featuring Brian Simpson, Boney James, Euge Groove, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Nathan East & Eric “Erro” Roberson
The title says it all! One of the best shows of the weekend.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
• 10:00 AM – The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Presents “Art Sherrod Jr’s Official Gospel CD Release Brunch”
Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is proud to host Art Sherrod Jr’s Official CD Release Concert. Join us on Sunday October 18th as Art performs songs from his newest release, Intervention. His performance will be nothing less than phenomenal as he tastefully blends elements of Gospel and Jazz into one spirit moving performance.
Art’s new Gospel Jazz CD Project, ” Intervention” is jammed pack with songs that will speak to your soul and provide the Intervention that we all need when the storms of life are against us. With hit songs like Oh Happy Day, Nobody Greater, Stand, How Great is Our God and many more, you can’t help but feel the power and presence of the Lord.
• 1:00 PM – Gerald Albright and Peabo Bryson
Gerald Albright, having 7 Grammy nominations and more than 1 million records sold in America alone, this great saxophonist is also a multi-instrument master musician. A bit of fun trivia reveals Albright’s work on the Play Stations video game “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.” He also collaborated with Phil Collins in 1998 with a Big Band, and the two toured together, for quite a while. He was nominated this year for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
Peabo Bryson’s voice has been described as the memory of that first glance across a crowded room…that first slow dance…that moment you knew your found your true love…Peabo sings the songs of love like no one else. With 20 albums to his credit, he has established a career as one of the premier male vocalists in contemporary music. Let this mystical musician take you back to those memories!
Performing Art Theatre at Cape Henlopeon High School
• 4:00 PM – 2015 Final Grand Jam
Featuring – Gerald Albright, Selina Albright, Alex Bugnon, Marc Antoine, Peabo Bryson, Steve Cole, Nick Colionne, Stanley Jordan, Jeff Kashiwa, Curtis Harmon, James Lloyd, Brian Simpson, JJ Sansaverino, Art Sherrod, Jr., Kim Waters
RB Convention Center
• 6:30 PM – 2015 Closing Party
Dinner Buffet Included Four80East, Alex Bugnon, Matt Marshak, Art Sherrod, Jr., Jeff Kashiwa, JJ Sansaverino, and a surprise guest!
Cape Henlopen HS Perf Arts Theater, 1250 Kings Hwy, Lewes, Delaware 19958
The Sax Pack 10th Anniversary Tour featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters.
The idea of The Sax Pack originated in 2004 with saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa after he saw a movie about the “Rat Pack,” a group of legendary entertainers led by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Inspired by their showmanship and camaraderie, Kashiwa came up with the name The Sax Pack and called on some of his saxophone peers and started a new group that would feature the instrument, as well as their collective musical passion for jazz, funk and R&B.
The Sax Pack has released two CDs, “The Sax Pack” (2008) and “The Pack is Back” (2009) on Shanachie Records.
The Sax Pack features Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole & Kim Waters. Along with being cohesive musically, the trio share a unique and comical camaraderie on stage.
Backed by a tight rhythm section, the talented trio combine their life-long love of music and their passion for performance, to make an impact on audiences that love music as much as they do.
Committed to sharing the excitement, spontaneity and creative energy that flows between them on stage, The Sax Pack inspires an audience far beyond the duration of a show.
The well-known saxophonists are excited to create a show that combines their individual styles and diverse backgrounds for a fresh approach to the music that inspired them all to become musicians: jazz.
Friday & Saturday July 31 & August 1
Dinner & Show $80
Show Time: 8 & 10 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134
Two music legends team up for a double bill that should not be missed. Fourplay’s Chuck Loeb and Steve Cole from The Sax Pack are both smooth jazz superstars in their own right. Together they’ll create an amazing show.
June 25th – June 28th
Thursday June 25th – £29.50
Friday June 26th – £32.50
Saturday June 27th – £32.50
Sunday June 28th (lunch) -£29.50
Playing with Chuck & Steve will be Oli Silk on keyboards, Julian Crampton on bass and Andrew Small on drums.
You can book on the phone 0207 439 4962.
Pizza Express Jazz Club, 10 Dean Street, London, United Kingdom
Jazz in the Park features Steve Cole among many other artists. All concerts are free. For more information visit http://www.magiccitysmoothjazz.com/jazz-in-the-park.
Sunday, August 30, 2015 – 6:00 pm
Big Spring Park, Huntsville, Alabama 35801
The 2-day GRandJazzFest features a variety of jazz,
including on Saturday, August 15, 2015 – 12:00 – noon
Brian Simpson & Jackiem Joyner, Headliners The Producers, with Paul Brown, Nate Harasim & Deon Yates,
on Sunday, August 16, 2015 – 1:00 pm
Michael Manson, Headliner Steve Cole.
Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
This summer, Jazz on the Island Concert Series returns to beautiful Raphael Vineyard in Peconic, New York for its fifth season. This year’s shows feature some of the most acclaimed artists in contemporary jazz. Come by and spend the afternoon sipping fine wine and listening to your favorite contemporary jazz musicians.
07 Jun 2015 Euge Groove
12 Jul 2015 Marc Antoine & Steve Cole
9 Aug 2015 Matt Marshak & Four 80 East
13 Sep 2015 Richard Elliot
Raphael Vineyards, 39390 NY 25, Peconic, New York 11958 (Long Island)