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Copy Editors JoAnn Armke Kerri De Rosier Barbara Knox Brad Sondak Contributors Ken Capobianco Cashmira Graphic Design Gina Mancini New logo design by Andrew Harner Contributing Photographers Chyna Photography Jim Clark Describe The Fauna Antonio Dixon David Hopley Daniel Ray* (*including Brian Culbertson cover photo) Kinya Tia Sinclair Lori Stoll Smooth Jazz News 5519 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #134 San Diego, CA 92117 858-541-1919 smoothjazznews@aol.com www.smoothjazznews.com Smooth Jazz News is published seven times annually: Monthly: April and May; Bimonthly: June-July, August-September, October-November, December-January and February-March. The publisher assumes no responsibility for claims or actions of its advertisers. Opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the publisher, staff or advertisers. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher. ©2018, Smooth Jazz News | All rights reserved.

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GRAMMY-winning guitarist Earl Klugh is hosting his 15th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, April 12-14. For information on this and other events happening this month, check out our calendar, beginning on page 24.

8 Notes from the Publisher The challenge of capturing the smooth jazz lifestyle in words is beyond description

20 Brian Culbertson Orchestrates a knock-out show for his Colors of Love tour

10 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival Has perfect pitch for its 20th Anniversary in Panama City Beach, Florida

24 Calendar of smooth jazz events Concerts, festivals, cruises and brunches nationwide and beyond

15 Receive FREE CD or DVD When you subscribe to Smooth Jazz News at the 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival

33 Cashmira’s Starguide April horoscopes

16 Violinist Damien Escobar Brings his boundless virtuosity and unrestrained creativity to the smooth jazz festival circuit this season 18 DISCover New Music What’s new and hot!

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s a writer and magazine publisher, I try to convey through printed words the music I hear, the performances I see, and the travel destinations I visit for concerts and festivals. I then rely on vivid photographic images to complete my stories. This effort makes “Don’t believe me? Just Watch!” more than a verse from the Bruno Mars hit song “Uptown Funk.” It’s also a basic fact of influential communication. People believe and connect more immediately with what they experience personally. Connecting genre enthusiasts with all things smooth jazz through the various platforms of this magazine has become my life’s mission, and, thankfully, my occupation. Building bonds with our readers by distributing Smooth Jazz News at concerts and festivals as well as circulation at outlets throughout San Diego County, other venues nationwide, paid subscribers and online, is a top priority. This month, we will have booths at the 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, and the 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania. Our April issue will also be circulated at Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. However, one of our most popular bonding activities is our annual anniversary brunch parties and jam sessions at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, California. There, we invite our advertisers (from the prior year) and guest artists to enjoy brunch and live music in our reserved section of the performance lounge. The rest of the lounge and the entire restaurant are open to the public, and, they always sell out. During the first of two 18th anniversary brunch parties at Spaghettini

Angela Puchala and Adam Sanchez from Catalina Express

Saxophonist Justin Young with Fran and Dean Willis and Canadian guitarist Rob Tardik

in January, I was chatting with saxophonist Justin Young before all of our guests arrived. Suddenly, two of our loyal subscribers, Fran and Dean Willis, joined the conversation with hugs and smiles. It turns out that when Young lived in Southern California, he and Dean were co-workers at The Boeing Company, his day job. I also discovered that Young, who currently lives in Seattle and works as a global sales and marketing manager for Boeing (where he has been employed for more

Brunchgoers enjoying the vibe during the Smooth Jazz News 18th Anniversary party at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, California

Bill Dudley interviewing Peter White during 94.7 The WAVE’s live broadcast at the Smooth Jazz News 18th Anniversary Brunch Party & Jam Session on Jan. 28

Willie Payne (Payne Pest Management), Craig Collier Smooth Jazz News) and Peter White

Saxophonist Justin Young, keyboardist Patrick Bradley and guitarist Rob Tardik

than 11 years), holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University, and an MBA from the University of Oklahoma. Young got to indulge his passion of playing music when he and his band performed at company Christmas parties, where Dean became a big fan. Our second celebration on Feb. 25 was timed perfectly for Jazmin Ghent’s studio recording session in Los Angeles with Euge Groove, who


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is producing the Florida-based saxophonist’s third there were definitely some business opportunities CD. Although we featured the now 26-year-old to chat about. rising star in the April 2016 issue of Smooth Jazz By the time DW3 finished their last set, we all News, her mesmerizing live performance sitting in seemed like old friends chatting away as we with DW3 at our party’s jam eclipsed that magazine sipped coffee and leaned in to hear Milkey article. I was not surprised to hear the audience’s explain the changing migration patterns of West cheers and see the standing ovation she earned Coast whales and the delightful sightings of from just one song. Ghent made such an impression them and dolphins during recent Hornblower on Cary Hardwick (Spaghettini co-owner) and Q winter whale-watching sailings. (Spaghettini entertainment director) that they are I posted several images of both brunches on Spaghettini entertainment director Q, booking her for her own show in the lounge! Facebook, to which we received hundreds of with saxophonist Jazmin Ghent and During that same Sunday brunch, I finally got “Likes” and comments from people wishing they Cary Hardwick, Spaghettini co-owner to meet in person Rebecca Milkey, Hornblower were there. Cruises & Events’ director of marketing for For 18 years, Smooth Jazz News has connected Southern California. All of the advertising business genre enthusiasts with the best festivals, concerts, we have conducted together over the past year cruises and CDs through advertisements, editorial promoting Hornblower’s jazz brunch cruises in and, now, social media platforms. However, Long Beach, Marina del Rey, Newport Beach and nothing beats the in-person intimacy and soulful San Diego, had been via email and phone. So, feelings we all enjoy when we are experiencing sitting together enjoying face-to-face conversations connections live and in the moment. Don’t believe with champagne, piles of pasta and other dishes me? Just watch, smile and, if you’re feelin’ it, dance! from the buffet, Parmesan-crusted sea bass ordered The 19th annual Smooth Jazz News anniversary Debra Harner (Bud Harner’s wife), Bane off the menu, and music was so fun! brunch parties and jam sessions at Spaghettini in Grove (Euge Groove’s wife) and Lisa Singer Plus, with Kim and Ozzie Benoit of Rainbow Seal Beach, California, are in the planning stages Promotions (producers of the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival and for 2019. Stay tuned for dates to be announced in this magazine and Long Beach Jazz Festival) and Kathy and Willie Payne of Payne Pest posted on our social media pages, all of which can be accessed on our Management (sponsors of both festivals) seated at the same table, website, www.smoothjazznews.com.

Back row: Al Williams, Sandy Williams, Gail Jhonson, Deborah Ghent, Bud Harner, Billy Mondragon, Rick Phetteplace, DamonReel, Willie Payne, Euge Groove and Ozzie Benoit Middle row: Kim Benoit, Craig Collier and Kathy Payne  Front row: Marilyn James, Eric Mondragon, Jazmin Ghent and Rebecca Milkey


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When Mark Carter was planning the lineup for his 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival, he wanted to kick it off with a vibe that screamed celebration, so he hired Kool & The Gang. He also wanted to bring back some of the artists who performed at the inaugural event–– so he booked Brian Culbertson and Spyro Gyra. And, to create a lineup featuring the new, the old and the classic for this milestone year, Carter added a few rising stars, a dozen fan favorites and a handful of acts that have never appeared at the festival before.


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Rising Star showcase As a radio station owner, Carter is always excited about breaking new artists on the air, but it’s even more fulfilling when he gets to showcase them at his festival. That’s why he always includes the Seabreeze Rising Stars each year. Lindsey Webster, who showcased her vocal skills a few years back, is returning with saxophonist Vincent Ingala. Carter is also introducing flautist Ragan Whiteside to the Panama City Beach audience this year. “Ragan Whiteside’s new single, ‘Corey’s Bop,’ is just starting to climb up the Billboard charts,” said Carter. “Plus, she’s from Atlanta, and we liked the idea of a Southern artist that’s up and

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coming. She fits the bill with the flute and her real breezy sound, and she’s never performed at Seabreeze before.” However, the most buzzed about artist this year is Damien Escobar, who gained notoriety with his brother Tourie as the violin duo Nuttin’ But Stringz when they placed third on “America’s Got Talent” in 2008. Big buzz for Damien Escobar Kool & The Gang (scheduled to perform April 19)

Lindsey Webster (scheduled to perform April 22)

“The Damien Escobar thing has just been a phenomenon,” said Carter. “He’s got such a young, fresh audience, but they’re not your typical smooth jazz fans, so we’re very intrigued by that. We’ve seen the same artists coming through the format in some way or another, and the new ones are really hard to break through. He’s somebody who’s getting attention from a completely different genre of listeners. They’re following him from show to show, and they’re traveling all over the country to see him, so he’s not just an internet or YouTube sensation. He’s someone who’s selling out shows in New York. And, he played some pretty big halls in the Northeast and out West.” Bonus events

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“The 20th anniversary is all about party, so Kool & The Gang was a natural fit to kick off the festival with a real uptempo party theme,” said Carter, the festival’s producer and owner of radio station The Seabreeze-WSBZ-FM-106.3 based in Destin, Florida. “Urban Jazz Coalition is also performing. They’ve played three or four times over the years, and they’re a really big favorite. Phil Denny, a saxophonist from Lansing, Michigan, who’s hitting the touring circuit, will be playing with Urban Jazz Coalition as their special guest. And, Nick Colionne, who has had six No. 1 songs on his last album, which has never happened in the genre, is on the bill as well,” Carter explained. Rachelle Ferrell, a first-timer at Seabreeze, was recently added to the roster. “She has a really impressive octave range. We put her on Thursday to make it a powerful first day. It’s a mixture of all of those elements,” Carter added. Reminiscing about the first festival he produced in 1998 with his wife of 38 years, Renee’, and their six children (now ranging in age from 21 to 37), Carter recalled seeing Culbertson perform live for the first time. “Brian was so shy. He didn’t want to look up from the keyboard or interface with the audience very much. It was a completely different Brian Culbertson. He really has changed his entire persona. Now, Brian’s show is always one of the favorites of the festival. He’s a mainstay for sure. I think he’s only missed one year in the last 20. This year, he’ll be the Friday night headliner, and it will be with a full light show, playing to nearly 7,500 people, as opposed to the 250 we had in the audience with our very first festival.”

Boney James (scheduled to perform April 22)

As a bonus, Carter also likes to sprinkle some off-site extracurricular events to his main venue at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater adjacent to Pier Park. These include a dinner cruise with Eric Darius on Wednesday; a lunch sailing with Nick Colionne on Thursday; Chris Standring’s CD-Release Party, which includes a performance, after-show meet-and-greet, signed copy of his new CD and a lunch buffet at Pompano Joe’s on Friday; and nightly afterparties at Pompano Joe’s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, hosted by Eric Darius, Nick Colionne and Brian Culbertson, respectively. Unfortunately, all of these events sold-out way before we went to press. However, there is a free End-of-Festival After-Party and All-Star Jam featuring Peter White and Vincent Ingala at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on Sunday. Entrance to that will be on a first-come, firstserved basis. Foodies rejoice

Vincent Ingala (scheduled to perform April 22)

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Accommodation tips

attraction. And, this Northwest Florida venue offers cuisine with Southern flair, along with seafood from the Gulf waters, barbecue and typical festival fare.   “We’re excited that Joe’s Gourmet Fish Fry is coming back,” said Carter. “He’s been coming for the past seven or eight years, but he just got a deal on ‘Shark Tank’ with Daymond John in January. Now, he’s basically selling his bags of fish fry batter mix in all these major grocery stores, and isn’t doing festivals anymore. But, he made the comment to me that we’re the only festival that he will continue to do, even though now, I guess you can say, he’s big time. That’s exciting to hear!”   Gumbo, jambalaya and other Louisiana style dishes such as po’ boys and shrimp-and-grits will also be served. The festival fare will also include Caribbean island delights such as conch salad and conch fritters and oxtail, as well as empanadas, turkey legs, wood-fired pizza baked in portable ovens, fried chicken and fish, pulled pork, fish and shrimp tacos and crepes. There will also be a gourmet cupcake truck onsite, ice cream vendors, pineapple smoothie, lemonade, beer and wine booths, and the Daiquiri Wagon.   “We’re also trying to get more healthy options in like the Veggie Planet, a vendor that serves wraps and salads and that kind of stuff. We try to make it better with more variety every year. We’re still putting the list together and getting their menus to post on the festival app,” said Carter.

Some people are renting beachfront vacation homes through ResortQuest, and some of those houses can accommodate as many as 20 people, reports Mark Carter, festival producer. Calypso Resort & Towers, the condo complex directly across the street from the festival grounds, is building another tower. Shores of Panama resort is offering a 20 percent festival discount.

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Euge Groove (scheduled to perform April 22)

Mobile app convenience The mobile app, which can be downloaded for free at the Apple or GooglePlay stores, includes the entire festival show schedule and a map with vendors. The food menus and prices are being added and updated daily. It also allows patrons to load and manage their funds for the

Keiko Matsui (scheduled to perform April 22)

cashless wristband system. These wristbands, with RFID technology, serve as your ticket into the event as well as your digital wallet once inside, and are the only method of payment accepted for all purchases onsite (see festival website for details).   Because of a policy change implemented a few years ago, outside food, beverages and coolers are not allowed inside the festival grounds, so be prepared to buy all of your meals and drinks within this system.   “For those who are upset about not having a cooler, we will have a Seabreeze six-pack cooler that is free with the purchase of six beers or six wines, and it has a scoop of ice in it, so you can have a beverage cooler at your seat,” explained Carter. “We will have those available at the different bars, and it can be a souvenir that they can take home with them.”   Carter also said that festivalgoers can bring in an empty sports bottle, and that there will be stations for free water fill-ups inside. He also added that they sell bottled water for $1 at the Seabreeze concession stands. “There will be three of them set up out there,” Carter said. “It’s a yellow cart with a yellow flag that also sells soft drinks,


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Photo: Lori Stoll

juices and potato chips. Other vendors sell A smooth jazz village water at different prices, which was confusing “We want our patrons to feel like they’re part a lot of people last year. It’s $1 through the of this big family that everyone’s connected Seabreeze concession stands, though.” with,” said Carter. “It has nothing to do Regardless of one’s thoughts on some of with whether you’re rich or whether you’re the policies and procedures, a few things sophisticated, this music brings everyone that festivalgoers can all agree with are together, and we all relate to it and everyone the conveniences of this festival, such becomes friends with everyone else. People come as plenty of running-water restroom and they meet new people, starting lifelong facilities, free general admission parking, friendships at the festival, even though we’re all proximity to the airport (only 10 miles Gerald Albright from different walks of life and different parts (scheduled to perform April 21) away), and amazing Gulf views from the of the country. It’s a great feeling to be around coastal condominium accommodations. people that connect over and above just an artist ResortQuest, the festival’s presenting or a song. They’re not all fans who buy a suite sponsor, offers discounts and packages on the jazz-themed cruises. Some of them save that fit nearly any budget. all year for this experience. But, everybody’s the “They’re doing a 10 percent promotion same when we all get together. now, but they offered up to 20 percent early Beach vacation + festival in the season,” said Carter. “Counts-Oakes Resort Properties, one of our new sponsors, “And, when you combine a beach vacation is doing 20 percent off (with promo code with a jazz festival, somebody can come with “Seabreeze2018”) all the way through the their wife, their kids, their grandkids. The kids festival weekend, at Shores of Panama. can go across the street to the movies or to the Peter White It’s got a stunning lagoon pool that has a amusement park. Somebody can fish or play (scheduled to perform April 22) stage next to it. I was looking at the photos golf; the options are so much more than just and thinking, ‘Does that make sense for a the entertainment. So that encourages people Seabreeze after-party in the pool? I don’t to stay longer. Now, they typically arrive on know?’ It’s impressive, and one of the newer, Monday and stay till the next Monday. We’re more luxurious properties. It’s a little bit seeing more of that. further away from Pier Park, about 8 miles. Local attractions They’ve got some interesting places there for someone who’s looking for a tropical“They can spend the first three days shopping, getaway-type of experience.” going to all of the seafood restaurants and Najee Carter said that some people are also checking out Shell Island and all (scheduled to perform April 21) renting beachfront vacation homes the stuff around there, then they’ll through ResortQuest, and that some concentrate on the festival on Thursday of those houses can accommodate up through Sunday. And, having those 155 to 20 people. He also mentioned that stores and all those attractions at Pier Calypso Resort & Towers, the condo Park were a natural shoo-in because now complex directly across the street we have something for people to do after from the festival grounds, is building the event. Plus, we have this 100-mile another tower across the street from stretch of 99-percent white quartz sand the original property, next to the beaches. We’ve got fresh-water coastal parking garage. lakes, world-class fishing and world-class With a 7,500-person capacity at golf courses. the Seabreeze Jazz Festival (which “But, most of all, we want to provide a usually sells out), that certainly is a really well-rounded show, with Southern welcome development. And with that hospitality, that fans can leave and feel many people attending such an event, like they were a part of something really it’s always their goal to make sure big and exciting,” Carter concluded. everyone feels welcome and included. Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr. performing as Jazz Funk Soul (scheduled for April 20)

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2017 Seabreeze Jazz Festival venue at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach, Florida

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WHEN

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WHERE

Panama City Beach, Florida Festival: Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 600 Pier Park Dr. After-Parties at Pier Park: Pompano Joe’s Seafood House, 16202 Front Beach Road Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road

GETTING THERE

Flights are available to the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City Beach, and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The venue is approximately 10 miles from ECP and 55 miles from VPS.

STAYING THERE

ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the official accommodations provider. This presenting sponsor is offering festivalgoers a 10 percent discount (mention promo code “Seabreeze2018”) on condo and beach home rentals for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. For reservations and information, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/ accommodations/resortquest/ or call 877-238-1971. Additional accommodations sponsors can also be found on the festival website.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Wristbands, with embedded RFID technology, are issued in lieu of paper tickets, and are also the digital currency for all festival purchases inside the venue. For complete Seabreeze Jazz Festival details and more information about the cashless system, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com or call 850-267-3279. To order tickets by phone, call 877-987-6487.

LINEUP

Wednesday, April 18 *Seabreeze Dinner Cruise featuring Eric Darius (sold-out), boards at 6:30 p.m., sails at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19 *Seabreeze Jazzy Lunch Cruise featuring Nick Colionne (sold-out), boards at 10 a.m., sails at 10:30 a.m. *Dining cruises aboard the Solaris entertainment yacht sail around St. Andrews Bay. Boarding at the Lighthouse Marina, 5325 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida.

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Eric Darius performing on a VIP tabletop at the 2017 Seabreeze Jazz Festival

On festival grounds (gates open at noon) Urban Jazz Coalition featuring Phil Denny ..................... 1:30 p.m. Spyro Gyra ..................................................................... 2:50 p.m. Rachelle Ferrell .............................................................. 4:45 p.m. Nick Colionne ........................................................... 6:30 p.m. Kool & The Gang ....................................................... 8:30 p.m. Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park After-Party All-Star Jam hosted by Eric Darius (sold-out)..... 11 p.m. Friday, April 20 Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park Chris Standring CD-Release Party (sold-out)....................... 11 a.m. On festival grounds (gates open at noon) Ragan Whiteside ............................................................ 1:30 p.m. Michael J. Thomas .......................................................... 2:50 p.m. Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr. and Everette Harp....................................................... 4:30 p.m. The Family Stone........................................................ 6:30 p.m. Brian Culbertson ........................................................ 8:30 p.m. Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park After-Party All-Star Jam hosted by Nick Colionne (sold-out) Saturday, April 21 On festival grounds (gates open at 9:30 a.m.) Music in the Schools ......................................................... 10 a.m. Cindy Bradley and Chris Standring .................................... 11 a.m. Eric Darius.................................................................... 12:30 p.m. Damien Escobar ............................................................. 2:30 p.m. Najee ............................................................................. 4:30 p.m. Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson.................................. 6:30 p.m. Gerald Albright.................................................................... 9 p.m. Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park All-Star After-Party Jam hosted by Brian Culbertson (sold-out) ................................................ 11 p.m. Sunday, April 22 On festival grounds (gates open at 9:30 a.m.) Music in the Schools ......................................................... 10 a.m. Ben Tankard ...................................................................... 11 a.m. The Best of the Seabreeze Rising Stars featuring Vincent Ingala and Lindsey Webster ............................. 12:30 p.m. Rick Braun and Richard Elliot .................................... 2:30 p.m. Peter White, Euge Groove and Keiko Matsui .................. 4:30 p.m. Commodores .................................................................. 6:30 p.m. Boney James ................................................................... 8:30 p.m. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Pier Park End-of-Festival After-Party and All-Star Jam featuring Peter White and Vincent Ingala (free admission) ................ 11 p.m.


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finds purpose and reprises his success story

By Ken Capobianco

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the past few years, violinist Damien Escobar has seen his career soar as he continues to capture the hearts and ears of different generations of music fans with his audacious fusion of classical music, hip-hop and pop.

For the 32-year-old, the breakout can be best described in the immortal words of Yogi Berra as “Deja vu all over again,” as this is his second go around with success. Way before he was legally able to drink, Escobar was a star as a member of the violin duo Nuttin’ But Stringz with his brother, Tourie. They sold more than a million records, collaborated with pop luminaries and played in the White House for President George W. Bush. So it should come as no surprise that Escobar has a unique perspective on success while he rides the wave of his crossover, chart-topping album, Boundless, and a year’s worth of electrifying concerts. “You have to ask yourself, ‘what determines success?’” the engaging and talkative musician said recently via phone. “I learned a lot from the first time, and I see things very differently now. Money and fame doesn’t determine success for me anymore. I made my first million dollars by the time I was 20, so I know what that’s like, but my perspective now is very different. For me, success is defined by happiness and the simple things in life—being present with my family, friends and all my fans who have embraced what I’m doing these days. That’s where I find meaning, and how I determine whether or not I’m successful.” Escobar’s humility stems from a life story that began in Jamaica, New York, a working-class, urban area in Queens, and became both

a triumph over circumstances and a warning against the perils of early, fast fame and fortune. A mere five years ago, after he and his brother disbanded Nuttin’ But Stringz, Escobar was homeless, sleeping on the New York trains and suffering from a deep depression that sapped him of his love for the violin— an instrument that helped him become the youngest person ever to be admitted to Juilliard (he graduated at 13). “That five- or six-month period after the group broke up was the best and worst part of my life—it made me who I am today,” he said. “And that’s why I think it was horrible and amazing all at the same time. In situations like that, you learn so much about yourself and figure out who you are and what you want out of life.” The violinist has come to terms with that dark period in his life, which also found him living in his mother’s home. It makes his comeback even more remarkable, and his newfound perspective on life more poignant and revealing. Escobar said that when he and his brother disbanded, he lost his footing when he began to question his identity and drive. “The real motivation with the group in the beginning was to get out of Jamaica and make money. If you know what Jamaica is like, then you know you want to escape it, and that’s what my focus was. I wanted a better life for me and my family, but money can’t be the sole motivating factor in your life. “When we broke up, it was like ‘who am I?’ I had no idea who I was and what I was supposed to be because what was driving me was gone,” Escobar continued. “You think you can adjust, but it’s really not that easy. I had to find my purpose again, and, of course, it was what I loved—the music. I fell in love with it again.” His epiphany has produced some of the most compelling genre-bending music of the last few years. With his mixtape, Sensual Melodies (2014), and Boundless (2017), his first album of original music, Escobar flashes his virtuoso violin skills as he recontextualizes classical music with inventive hip-hop beats. In an era when melody has disappeared from a pop world dominated by trap music, Escobar brings a true devotion to grand, sweeping melodies and a sweeping romanticism to his sound that probably would have won the hearts of Keats and Shelley. The music’s


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passion and power come from a deep place—somewhere inside the soul of someone who has lived and loved with intensity. Escobar said it’s difficult for him to properly articulate how he creates, and what inspires the writing. “I guess it’s all about the energy. It’s the feel. You can’t intellectualize it. The music is kind of therapeutic for me,” he said. “But I honestly can’t tell you, it’s about some kind of process. I write about what’s going on in my life, and when the moment to write comes, I have to capture it. “I’m definitely not the kind of songwriter who writes 40 songs for a record and chooses from them,” he added with a laugh. “Nah, what I create is on the record. I know some artists will think, ‘OK this one is for the radio or this one is for a certain audience,’ but I can’t work that way. It’s just not in me.” Boundless, with its luxurious strings and expressive horns underlined by imaginatively designed beats, defies classification and refuses to pander to easy hooks or simplistic arrangements. The visceral, funky music swings just as often as it adheres to a more classic New York hip-hop aesthetic. Escobar’s ambition is as big as his talent. “We live in a time when everyone wants to put you into a box and define what you do because that makes it easier to sell, but I’ve never been about that,” the father of two said. “Boundless, the title of the record works on two levels to me— musically, it has no boundaries, and I’m creating without restraint,” he continued. “There’s great freedom there. On the personal side, I feel like I’m breaking free—this is a true breakthrough, and it’s emotionally raw. I moved past what I’ve done, and who I was. There’s something great about that.” Despite the dexterity and lucidity of his string work, Escobar views himself a bit differently than most violinists. “I never saw myself as an instrumentalist. I always thought more like a vocalist. My affinity was to make the violin sing. I wasn’t interested in being Itzhak Perlman. I loved Whitney Houston or Chaka Khan, and that’s still how I hear things—I want to make the instrument sing and capture that beauty and soul.” He picked up the violin when he was 6, but said he found his passion for it two years later. “It was all part of the school program. That’s really where it started. And, once I realized the music I could make with it, like I said, I could make it sing, I became obsessed with the instrument. My whole life was all about practicing. While everyone else was doing things kids do, I was practicing eight hours a day, sometimes more,” he said with a small laugh. “It was a love, an obsession.” Escobar, who made a return visit with his brother to the White House to play for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for the 2009 inauguration, is using his clout and financial success to give back to the community. He started his own nonprofit

organization, The Damien Escobar Music & Arts Foundation (D.E.M.A.F), which is geared to nurturing music programs in urban communities, and The Damien Escobar Academy of Music, a music program for students from fourth through 12th grades that focuses on improvisation, songwriting and performing. He has also designed and developed his own line of violins, The Damien Escobar Collection. Ten percent of all the proceeds go to D.E.M.A.F and his Academy. “Giving back gives me so much satisfaction,” he said. “I know the struggles people go through—you realize some people just need someone to reach out and connect with them. I was down, and things could have gone two ways for me, but I’m here now with the opportunity to make a difference in some of these kids’ lives. That means so much to me. I know it’s so important for each of us to contribute to another human being’s life. That’s so powerful. If you don’t act on that chance to make a difference, you’re missing out. I’m going to act on it, and, hopefully, help change lives. It’s special—it’s really something that has meaning. That’s what it’s all about.” For more information on Escobar, visit www.damienescobar.com.

“We live in a time when everyone wants to put you into a box and define what you do because that makes it easier to sell, but I’ve never been about that.”

ON TOUR April 21 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival presented by ResortQuest Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater Panama City Beach, Florida www.seabreezejazzfestival.com 877-987-6487 May 26 Third Annual Music City Jazz Festival Public Square Park Nashville, Tennessee www.musiccityjazzfest.com 205-705-3131

Oct. 20 32nd Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Catalina Casino Ballroom Avalon, California www.jazztrax.com 866-872-9849

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June 3 26th Annual Capital Jazz Fest Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, Maryland www.capitaljazz.com 877-987-6487


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Brian Culbertson “This is different, but it’s not like I’m coming out of left field. If you go to my records It’s On Tonight and Dreams, there are similarities in them, but this is just more of a sustained concept.” The 45-year-old Illinois native said the album was a love letter to his wife, Michelle. “My wife and I celebrated our 20th anniversary this past year, so I was thinking about that and definitely looking to the romantic side of things. I was using different sounds to create an atmosphere and vibe. If you are in the right mood for the record, it’s really cool, but you have to be in the mood, no doubt. If you’re thinking, ‘Hey, it’s midafternoon, I’m going out to work,’ it’s probably not going to work as well for you, but if you are in for romance, it definitely does.” Culbertson’s compositions are complex, and his intricate production utilizes effects and reverb, creating lush, often enchanting music. He played every instrument on the record except guitar, and wrote all the songs during a month’s burst of inspiration. “I wrote all of the music in March of last year while I was in Chicago. I left the windows open in the studio. It was dark and rainy and cold, so I lit candles, and I could smell the air outside,”

Pho

By Ken Capobianco hen it comes to music, Brian Culbertson doesn’t like to stay in one place for too long. One of the great instrumentalists and composers of his generation, Culbertson has a restless musical soul. And, in the spirit of countless creative chameleons who refused to play by the pop music conventional wisdom, the keyboardist takes chances and periodically reinvents his sound. With his latest record, Colors of Love, Culbertson explores his romantic side with an impressionistic set of songs heavy on mood and atmosphere. It’s a sharp diversion from his last effort, and more dreamlike than anything he’s recorded. Filled with nuanced, sonically sumptuous, midtempo songs evoking the many shades of amour, the beautifully produced and executed effort is a genuine headphones album that reveals a different color of Culbertson’s musical persona. “I don’t like to make the same record over and over, and I have many creative ideas that lead me to experimenting and exploring interesting soundscapes,” Culbertson said via phone recently. “I’ve done so many live band recordings in recent years, and I’m coming off the record, so I thought I’d switch it up. Actually, I’ve been switching around a lot over the years.

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the hyper-articulate and friendly musician said. “Location certainly has a lot to do with how it turned out. It always does. “The record is cohesive, and I made it so once you are into it, that headspace, you are there for an hour and four minutes––or whatever it is. If you are in a romantic mood with someone or if you are just trying to relax, you’re gonna feel the music, and it will keep you there. In that way, it’s conceptual.” Even though it’s an instrumental album, it works as a song cycle, revealing how love unfolds and evolves. Culbertson had a very specific story and meaning in mind when he conceived each cut. “Track two, ‘I Want You,’ is more of a lustful, early-in-the-relationship kind of song, and track six, ‘Through the Years,’ is about a couple that has been together for a long time. They’re sitting drinking wine and reminiscing. “The record looks at many different shades and colors of love. I named these as I wrote them, which doesn’t happen frequently. With instrumentals, I often don’t name the songs until much later, but these I knew what they were evoking. I had the feeling and visuals in my head while I was writing. And I knew I was going to release it on Valentine’s Day the following year.” While his records usually feature a broad array of musicians and contributors, Culbertson understood that this one demanded a different approach. “This was such an intimate style of record, it didn’t make sense to bring other people in on it because it was so personal. “It was the opposite of the record, which had a million musicians and felt like a party. Trust me, there’s a reason behind how these records are made. I felt I needed to play every instrument here, but I’m just not a good enough guitar player so that’s why I hired a guitarist to take care of it, and I like how it all worked out.” The much-lauded artist, who recorded for a major label throughout the first two decades of his career, decided to skip the label association and crowdfund Colors of Love, giving him complete control. “I’ve had it with labels,” he said. “I was with them for 20 years straight, and they are a great thing when you are getting started. For me, they paid for some amazing records, but the landscape of the music business has changed so drastically. “I don’t know if sub-genre musicians need labels anymore. If you are making mass pop, you still need the labels to push those buttons for you and spend millions of dollars on marketing. Labels for jazz artists aren’t doing that, though. I realized I really didn’t need a label at this point.” He added that having creative control was a crucial component in his decision to eschew the label route a few years ago. “I have more creative freedom, and that’s really important. I was often pulling teeth to get a label to agree with a concept. My first funk record (Bring on the Funk in 2008) almost didn’t get made. Universal said, ‘You’re a jazz artist, not a funk artist.’ And, of course, after it came out and was successful, they said, ‘Great idea, fantastic,’” he said with a laugh.

“I was coming up on a renewal four years ago, and I did the math and realized it doesn’t make any sense anymore.” Culbertson is taking the new record on the road this year for three months with the most elaborate show he’s ever designed. “This will be special. The whole set is planned out. I came up with the idea to present this show in three acts. Act one is a lot of the new material interspersed with older songs that are within the same realm,” he said. “Some of these songs get rocking. When we get to the chorus of ‘Love Transcended,’ it will be slamming, so it will not be sleepy––far from it––but there will be intimate moments. I’ll be playing a grand piano because I’ll be bringing one on this tour. Certain songs, it will be appropriate to be seated at the grand piano.” He added that the show, which currently has a 38-song set list, will have great variety, with each act emphasizing a different vibe. “Act two will be a funk set. Thirty minutes of in-your-face party dance music, and then act three will be love set-part two. We’ll go back to the love stuff, including an acoustic segment, where I’ll be at

The atmospherically

romantic Colors of Love album is a love letter Photo: Daniel Ray

to his wife, Michelle.

They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. the grand piano. On some songs, my guitar player will be on acoustic, and we climax with some of my old songs everyone knows. “There will be a great flow, and that’s what I strive for when putting a show together. You have to keep it different to keep people interested. I want to take people on a journey––each set is represented by a color: the first set is silver, the second set is red, and the third is blue. That’s based on the three colors of the cover on the album. And wardrobe will go accordingly. I’m bringing out three video screens all timed to the music, and we have a giant lighting rig—we spent weeks programming the lighting and video element. It is a visual, complicated show I’m excited about.” When he’s not recording and touring, Culbertson is focused on his Jazz Getaway franchise, which this year expands beyond its Napa Valley roots to Chicago. He chose the Windy City for good reasons. “Chicago is my favorite big city in the U.S.––the downtown is my favorite place to hang out and walk around. There’s just so much there,” he said, overflowing with enthusiasm. “The artwork, the music, the food, the whole feel. It’s so much different than a New York or San Francisco. So I knew I always wanted to expand the Jazz Getaway brand, and Chicago was the best city. I went to college and lived here for many continued on page 22


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years. For me, the concept of Jazz Getaway is whatever city we do one in; we bring in the local flavor. “Napa is about wine and jazz pairing. Everyone loves it, and it’s a great time, but it’s different. In Chicago, we’re going to do a jam session at Buddy Guy’s club and bring in pizza into the fold. It’s about bringing in all that local flavor. It keeps each event fresh and different. It’s going to be right downtown in the heart of the city, right off Millennium Park, and I’m doing it the middle of September. It will be after the humidity and before the snow. Perfect timing.” He hinted that he is thinking of venturing into another city, but there are no definite plans yet. The Getaways are time-consuming and a lot of work, but Culbertson maintained he loves doing them despite the many hours involved.

Photos: Chyna Photography

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A local vintner pours a white vintage during Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway “Wine Down” reception at The Westin Verasa

Brian Culbertson performing his Funk! show at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, California, during his 2017 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

Brian Culbertson thrilling fans at The Westin Verasa Courtyard during his “Wine Down” at the 2017 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

Napa is about wine and jazz pairing. “I have to compartmentalize when we do them. I say, ‘I’m going to take off my musician hat and put on my party planner hat.’ I call it throwing a giant party for a few thousand people. Every day I’m dealing with something, so it’s a lot, but manageable. It would be different if I was always on tour like a rock ’n’ roll band that goes out for a year-and-a-half around the globe.” The keyboardist added that while the events take a lot out of him, each one is special. “I’m always a little bit exhausted and exhilarated afterwards. There’s that euphoric sense of ‘Oh my God, what did we just do?’ And then I just need to take a break. “The Monday after, I sleep for 14 hours because that’s the most intense week of the year for me. There’s nothing like it, though. People come from all over the world now, and there’s always such a buzz–– everyone is in a great mood. It becomes a community of people.” For Brian Culbertson the musician, though, there is still a lot more music to be made. He’s already thinking about his next record, but he will ultimately go where his muse leads him. “The next regular record will probably be an upbeat dance record with modern dance production and funk elements over the top of it. I love the Bruno Mars stuff––he’s got that modern production with old school elements. My record was party-style music, but part of it was midtempo. I want to take the tempo up––I mean really take it up a notch.” He hesitated as if he was already getting a bit ahead of himself. “That’s just an idea. Who knows? It may totally change when I get into

Brian Culbertson performing a piano solo at the Lincoln Theater during his 2017 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

the studio. Like always, I’ll discover the sound, and that’s part of the fun. You have to follow the inspiration.” For more information on Culbertson, including his complete tour schedule, visit www.brianculbertson.com.

on tour April 6 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Santander Performing Arts Center Reading, Pennsylvania www.berksjazzfest.com 800-745-3000

April 20 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater Panama City Beach, Florida www.seabreezejazzfestival.com 877-987-6487

June 6-10 7th Annual Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Various venues Napa, California www.jazzgetaway.com


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Concerts and Festivals April 3

Hil St. Soul, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 5

Lowell Hopper, 6:30pm, Uncle Ernie’s, 1151 Bayview Ave., Panama City, Florida, http://uncleerniesbayfrontgrill.com/, 850-763-8427 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 6

DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Lowell Hopper, 6pm, The Office at Ms. Newby’s, 8711 Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.msnewbys.com/, 850-234-0030

28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Brian Culbertson’s Colors of Love Tour, 7:30pm, Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Rick Braun with special guest Dave Koz, 10pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 Paul Brown, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Special EFX All-Stars with Chieli Minucci, Eric Marienthal, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs & Gerald Veasley, 7:30pm; Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam featuring Nick Colionne, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs, Chieli Minucci, Eric Marienthal, Kim Waters, Brian Bromberg,

Albert Rivera, Andrew Neu, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller, Adam Hawley & more, midnight, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 7

28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Pieces of a Dream with special guests Kim Waters, Nick Colionne & Eric Roberson, 2pm; Fourplay (Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason & Kirk Whalum), 10pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Boney James, 7pm, Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 Justin Young, 6pm, Lauren Ashton Cellars, 14545 148th Ave. N.E., Suite

211, Woodinville, Washington, www.justinyoungsax.com 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam with Andy Snitzer, Nick Colionne, Karen Briggs, Chieli Minucci, Eric Marienthal, Kim Waters, Brian Bromberg, Albert Rivera, Andrew Neu, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller, Adam Hawley & more, midnight, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 8

Jazz in the Park Homewood featuring Willie Bradley, 3pm, Homewood Central Park, 1632 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, Alabama, www.williebradley.net, 205-616-1735 Lowell Hopper, 6:30pm, Uncle Ernie’s, 1151 Bayview Ave., Panama City Florida, http://uncleerniesbayfrontgrill.com/, 850-763-8427


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28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents “Remembering Chuck Loeb” featuring Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Kirk Whalum, Will Lee, Michael Franks, Dave Koz, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Randy Brecker, Paul Jackson Jr., Chieli Minucci, Nick Colionne, Kim Waters, Gerald Veasley, Wolfgang Hafner, Mitch Forman, Brian Bromberg, Andy Snitzer, Lionel Cordew, Ron Jenkins, David Charles, Matt King, Adam Hawley, The Berks Horns & special guests Carmen, Lizzy & Christina Loeb, 7pm, Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest. com, 800-745-3000 (A portion of the proceeds is slated to establish the Chuck Loeb Scholarship Fund) 10

28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Eric Marienthal: The Music of Cannonball Adderley with Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Mitch Forman & Lionel Cordew, 7:30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 11

28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Berks Bop Night featuring Jeff Lorber, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Eric Marienthal, Randy Brecker, Brian Bromberg, Everette Harp, Rayford Griffin, Paul Bollenback plus Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band directed by Gunnar Mossblab, 7:30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 12

Earl Klugh’s 15th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring Peter White, Lindsey Webster & Vincent Ingala, 8pm, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.weekendofjazz.com, 844-810-8205 Lowell Hopper, 6:30pm, Uncle Ernie’s, 1151 Bayview Ave., Panama City, Florida, http://uncleerniesbayfrontgrill. com/, 850-763-8427 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Brian Bromberg Pre-Jam CD-Release Concert (solo), 6pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Amphitheater, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 (free admission) 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest All-Star Jazz Jam featuring Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Randy Brecker, Brian Bromberg, Kirk

Whalum, Maceo Parker, Gerald Albright, Everette Harp, Elan Trotman, Bernie Williams, Eric Marienthal, Nick Colionne, Rayford Griffin, Kevin Whalum, JJ Sansaverino, Jay Rowe, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Selina Albright, Nestor Torres & Paul Bollenback, 8pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

31st Annual

August 10-12, 2018

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199

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Earl Klugh’s 15th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Norman Brown; & Al Turner, 8pm, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.weekendofjazz.com, 844-810-8205 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Albright with special guests Kenny Lattimore & Selina Albright, 10pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring An Evening with Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, 7:30pm, Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring The Heart & Soul of Sax with Kirk Whalum & Everette Harp, with special guests Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, plus The Berks Horns, 7pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S. 7th Ave., West Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam with Andy Snitzer, Nestor Torres, Elan Trotman, Nick Colionne, Grace Kelly, Brian Bromberg, Kevin Whalum, JJ Sansaverino, Jay Rowe, Slam Allen, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller, Jack Semple & more, midnight, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 14

David Benoit & Marc Antoine, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, continued on page 26

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Kim Waters and Marion Meadows

Eric Roberson

Cabanas available!

Stanley Clarke

Everette Harp

Kirk Whalum

Chante Moore

Keiko Matsui

Doc Powell

Nick Colionne

David Benoit and Marc Antoine

and many more! For tickets and information, contact Rainbow Promotions LLC

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continued from page 25 www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Earl Klugh’s 15th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring Vanessa Williams, Bob James Trio & Earl Klugh, 8pm, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.weekendofjazz.com, 844-810-8205 DOTSERO, 9:15pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents The Caribbean Connection with Bernie Williams, Elan Trotman & Nestor Torres, featuring Kareem Thompson, 2 & 7:30pm; The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, plus Grace Kelly, 2pm; Incognito with Maysa, 10pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 Jackiem Joyner, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring EPK with Euge Groove, Peter White & Keiko Matsui, 7pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S. 7th Ave., West Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam with Steve Cole, Nestor Torres, Elan Trotman, Nick Colionne, Brian Bromberg, Rayford Griffin, Kevin Whalum, JJ Sansaverino, Jay Rowe, Slam Allen, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller, Jack Semple & more, midnight, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 15

Lowell Hopper, 6:30pm, Uncle Ernie’s, 1151 Bayview Ave., Panama City, Florida, http://uncleerniesbayfrontgrill.com/, 850-763-8427 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring David Benoit & Marc Antoine, 3pm, Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 Dave Bradshaw Jr., 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Kenny G, 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Celebration with Jonathan Butler, Maysa, Wycliffe Gordon, plus Kevin Whalum, John Stoddard & DOXA Gospel Ensemble, 6pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S. 7th Ave., West Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 17

Always & Forever: An Evening of Luther Vandross starring Ruben Studdard, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 18

Incognito with special guest Maysa, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 19

Average White Band, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Urban Jazz Coalition with Phil Denny, 1:30pm; Spyro Gyra, 2:50pm; Rachelle Ferrell, 4:45pm; Nick Colionne, 6:30pm; Kool & the Gang, 8:30pm, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 20th Annual Seabreeze After-Party hosted by Eric Darius, 11pm, Pompano Joe’s, Pier Park, 16202 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 Lowell Hopper, 6:30pm, Uncle Ernie’s, 1151 Bayview Ave., Panama City, Florida, http://uncleerniesbayfrontgrill.com/, 850-763-8427 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 An Evening with Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 20

Average White Band, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Selina Albright, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214


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Nick Colionne Mike Phillips Carl Anderson Band

Commissioners Jeff Haste | Mike Pries | George P. Hartwick, III

featuring Ronnie Queen & Diane Wilson-Bedford

DAUPHIN COUNTY

Peter White Luther Re-lives

with William Smooth Wardlaw

Oli Silk Jackiem Joyner Teen Town & more!

For tickets and more information visit

September 7 - 9

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Fort Hunter Park | Harrisburg, PA 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Chris Standring CDRelease Party, 11am, Pompano Joe’s, Pier Park, 16202 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Ragan Whiteside, 1:30pm; Michael J. Thomas, 2:50pm; Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr. & Everette Harp, 4:30pm; The Family Stone, 6:30pm; Brian Culbertson, 8:30pm, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 An Evening with Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 21

New Mexico Amplified Jazz Experience featuring Willie Bradley CD-Release Party, 8pm, African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro Dr. N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico, www.williebradley.net Average White Band, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Justin Young, Live Television Performance, 7pm, Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, Michigan, www.dearborntheater.com, 313-943-2354 DOTSERO, 9pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Justin Young, 11am, Kyle Denham Memorial Scholarship Event, Glen

Oaks Country Club, 30500 W. 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan, www.justinyoungsax.com 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Music in the Schools, 10am; Cindy Bradley & Chris Standring, 11am; Eric Darius, 12:30pm; Damien Escobar, 2:30pm; Najee, 4:30pm; Jeffrey Osborne & Peabo Bryson, 6:30pm; Gerald Albright, 8:30pm, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 20th Annual Seabreeze After-Party hosted by Brian Culbertson, 11pm, Pompano Joe’s, Pier Park, 16202 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 Michael Paulo, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 An Evening with Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 22

Kenny Lattimore, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Music in the Schools, 10am; Ben Tankard, 11am; The Best of the Seabreeze Rising Stars with Vincent Ingala & Lindsey Webster, 12:30pm; Rick Braun & Richard Elliot, 2:30pm; Peter White, Euge Groove & Keiko Matsui, 4:30pm; Commodores, 6:30pm; Boney James, 8:30pm, Aaron

Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 20th Annual Seabreeze End-ofFestival After-Party & All-Star Jam hosted by Peter White & Vincent Ingala, 11pm, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 (free admission)

by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111 7th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Smooth Jazz AllStars, 9pm, Església Nova unfinished historic church (open-air), Son Servera, Illes Balears, Mallorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520

Lowell Hopper, 6:30pm, Uncle Ernie’s, 1151 Bayview Ave., Panama City, Florida, http://uncleerniesbayfrontgrill.com/, 850-763-8427

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 6th District DR Reception featuring Willie Bradley, 8pm, Embassy Suites Hotel, 5055 International Blvd., N. Charleston, South Carolina, www. williebradley.net

Adam Hawley, 6pm, Mediterranean Jazz & Supper Club, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, California, www.whatsupdaygo.com

Lowell Hopper, 6:30pm, Uncle Ernie’s, 1151 Bayview Ave., Panama City, Florida, http://uncleerniesbayfrontgrill.com/, 850-763-8427

An Evening with Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199

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Brian Culbertson’s Colors of Love Tour, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 24

Brian Culbertson’s Colors of Love Tour, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 25

Brian Culbertson’s Colors of Love Tour, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 26

Jarrod Lawson, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites

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Najee, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Brian Culbertson’s Colors of Love Tour, 8pm, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.brianculbertson.com DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 7th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Tim Bowman, 8:45pm; Euge Groove, 10:15pm; after-show chill-out, midnight, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Majorca, Spain, www.mallorca. smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520 continued on page 29


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continued from page 27 DW3, Tributes to the Legends of Music, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Justin Young, 4:30pm, Columbia Winery, 14030 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, Washington, www.justinyoungsax.com 28

DOTSERO, 9pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 7th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Marcus Anderson, 11am; Nick Colionne, 12:30pm; James Lloyd, 8:45pm; Incognito, 10:15pm; after-show chill-out, midnight, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Majorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520 Eric Marienthal, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Justin Young, 5pm, Obelisco Winery, 14525 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 121, Woodinville, Washington, http://obelisco.com/, 425-485-2472

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7th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Jazmin Ghent, 11am; Bob James Trio, 12:30pm; Vincent Ingala, 8:45pm; C&C Soul Factory with Cindy Bradley & Chris Standring, 10:15pm; after-show chillout, midnight, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Majorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520 Lowell Hopper, 6:30pm, Uncle Ernie’s, 1151 Bayview Ave., Panama City, Florida, http://uncleerniesbayfrontgrill.com/, 850-763-8427 30

7th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Althea René, 8:45pm; Shakatak, 10:15pm; after-show chill-out, midnight, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Majorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520 NOTE: Artists, events, venues, dates and show times are subject to change without notice. Smooth Jazz News is not responsible for any cancellations or changes or the accuracy of any concert or festival information contained in this magazine in advertisements and/ or editorial, which has been provided by outside sources. Please contact each venue directly to confirm all information.

Opening Weekend: October 11-14 Closing Weekend: October 18-21

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Hornblower Cruises & Events yacht sailing on San Diego Bay

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April sunday, april 1

Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, 2 sailings: 10am-noon & 11am-1pm, boards at 9:30 & 10:30am, respectively, from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, 3 sailings: 10am-noon (aboard the Wild Goose), 11am-1pm & 2:30-4:30pm, boards at 9:30am, 10:30am & 2pm, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Easter Brunch at The Abbey On Fifth Avenue, 11am, 2825 5th Ave., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Hornblower San Diego Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise, 4 sailings: VIP Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm & noon2pm; Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm & noon-2pm, boards at 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am, respectively, from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live

broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 saturday, april 7

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 sunday, april 8

KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER

KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Michael Whitman, noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Smooth Jazz JJZ Sunday Brunch featuring Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Paul Jackson Jr., buffet, 10am; show, 11:15am, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 saturday, april 14

KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California,

www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 sunday, april 15

KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine continued on page 32


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continued from page 30 Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Smooth Jazz JJZ Sunday Brunch featuring Steve Cole & Friends with Nick Colionne, Kevin Whalum, Jay Rowe, JJ Sansaverino, David Dyson & Carl Anderson, buffet, 10am; show, 11:30am, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 (sold-out) Saturday, April 21

KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Sunday, April 22

KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Saturday, April 28

KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER John Wayne Birthday Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

Sunday, April 29

KJAZZ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER John Wayne Birthday Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower with KJAZZ host Bubba Jackson, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

KICK-OFF CELEBRATION

Hosted by Jackiem Joyner Meet and Greet: 5:00-6:00 PM Dinner: 6:00-7:30 PM Show: 7:30-9:00 PM

A NIGHT OF WINE TASTING, FINE DINING AND INTOXICATING SMOOTH JAZZ

Join us for an exclusive Kick-off Event for the 2018 San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival with Jackiem Joyner at Wilson Creek Winery

For tickets and information Rainbow Promotions (562) 424-0013 www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com Benoit Entertainment Group, llc

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018 Wilson Creek Winery SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018 35960 Rancho California Rd, Temecula CA 92591


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CASHMIRA’S STARGUIDE A P R I L 2 018

Aries march 21 - april 19

Exciting times are ahead. You’ve got something cooking with a friend that will make a huge impact on your lives. Be sure to stick with it, and you will see some great results. Your plans may be a little different, but they are all yours!

Taurus april 20 - may 20

Libra sept. 23 - oct. 22

Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately? There are so many things that need some attention. This month is the perfect time to get organized so that you can accomplish all those tasks and still leave a little time for you to breathe.

Frustration at the workplace? Isn’t it time to sit down and consider making some big changes? Of course, it won’t be easy, but an entirely different path would be just what you need. Consider all the time you spend at the job. This is your life!

Scorpio oct. 23 - nov. 21

Gemini may 21 - june 21

Sagittarius nov. 22 - dec. 21

You’ve been procrastinating too much lately. Too many projects remain undone, and the dust is settling on others you’ve left behind. It’s time to clean up and catch up on everything. Try to get organized and just tackle things as they come.

Don’t get caught up in the same old rut. You need to bust out a little and grab some time for yourself. A quick weekend away might do the trick. You can make it happen and still come back to your responsibilities. You have been so busy these past few weeks. It’s time for you to get a little R&R. Enjoy some time off with some friends who matter to you. Relationships need tending, and some leisure time with pals can be relaxing.

Cancer june 22 - july 22

Capricorn dec. 22 - jan. 19

You’ve been sharing responsibilities, which is good, but try not to always be the follower. You have good ideas and plans of attack. Speak up, you will feel better about getting all those projects done together.

Have you been wondering how your finances are going? Just a little nagging thought that something is off? Take charge this month, and do a thorough job of reviewing that checkbook, and you will find the issue. Do it now!

Leo july 23 - aug. 22

Aquarius jan. 20 - Feb. 18

This month is the time to finally have that talk. Your relationship just can’t go on without facing some of the harder issues. Communication has been lacking between the two of you, and now is the time to be as clear as possible regarding your needs.

Virgo aug. 23 - sept. 22

You’ve had some issues with your partner lately. It’s time to gather yourself together and have a face-to-face discussion. It’s not that bad, but some of these things can fester and destroy something you value.

You’ve had a desire to try something for a while, but had put that idea on the back burner. This is the time to break out some of those old plans and try again. You’ve got some time to get into the project and be successful.

Pisces Feb. 19 - march 20

You have your own views on topics close to your heart. You may be challenged this month, but don’t be afraid to state your case. Discussion can’t hurt. And, if you truly believe you have cause for your feelings, you should be able to defend them.


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JUNE 1–3, 2018

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The Jazz Festival with Soul!

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