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CONTENTS Publisher and Managing Editor Melanie Maxwell Operations & Distribution Manager Craig Collier Copy Editors JoAnn Armke Paula Fitzgerald Barbara Knox Brad Sondak Contributors Ken Capobianco Cashmira Darcy Peters Graphic Design Tawn Mitschke Babcock Contributing Photographers Christopher Allwine Ken Fong Rhonda Kilpatrick Mélisa Miranda Smooth Jazz News 5519 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #134 San Diego, CA 92117 858-541-1919 smoothjazznews@aol.com www.smoothjazznews.com As we ease back into post-pandemic life, we will publish five issues of Smooth Jazz News in 2022: March-April, May-June, July, August-September and October-November-December. We plan to resume our standard seven-issue publication schedule in 2023. 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.

Cascading waterfall at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Ohio The inaugural Cincinnati International Jazz Festival is scheduled for Sept. 2-3 at Smale Riverfront Park. For information on this and other events happening in August and September, check out the calendar section, beginning on page 22.

8 Notes from the Publisher Music and art are joy everlasting, especially at Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters 11 DISCover New Music Freshen up your summer soundtrack with these new tunes

12 Catalina Island Travel Planning Guide

21 Smooth Jazz News merchandise Get festival-ready with our gear

22 Calendar of smooth jazz events Concerts, festivals and brunches nationwide

30 Book Review “12 Notes: On Life and Creativity” by Quincy Jones and The Weeknd

It’s a breeze to travel to Catalina Island

14 Marcus Anderson The multi-instrumentalist is featured on Brian Culbertson’s tour, performing with his own band and celebrating his fourth annual coffeethemed festival

30 Cashmira’s Starguide Summer horoscopes

31 Smooth Jazz News subscription Receive seven print issues of Smooth Jazz News in your mailbox

18 Hiroshima The genre-bending group gifts fans with a “domo” tour

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Chris Standring performing at Festival of Arts’ Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series in July 2018

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Gregg Karukas performing his GK Soul Jazz Party at Festival of Arts’ Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series last month in Laguna Beach, California

The indelible imprint of musical memories

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believe in the healing power of music and the moodenhancing magic of art. When combined, they can offer an exquisite life experience, especially for those with dementia or other neurocognitive disorders. The Festival of Arts and its crown jewel, Pageant of the Masters, strengthened that belief for me. If you’ve never attended this dual event in Laguna Beach, California, which also includes daily music performances, art classes and tours, workshops and a red-carpet celebrity benefit––this year hosted by Priscilla Presley, with a concert featuring multi-Grammywinner Arturo Sandoval––it’s so splendidly unusual that words cannot do it justice. But I will try by recalling one of my many visits to this summertime highlight, now in its 90th year, which kicked off on July 5 and runs through Sept. 2.

During my last visit in 2019, I invited my friend Janet to join me. I planned our outing on a day of the festival’s Art, Wine, Jazz and Chocolate series featuring Gregg Karukas. After the concert, we browsed more than a hundred exhibits from some of Orange County’s finest artists displaying a variety of media, from sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and glass to paintings, photography, handcrafted wood and more. Janet had eyed a beautiful emerald ring there in 2018, when we attended Chris Standring’s performance at Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate, and she was hoping to buy it on this trip. Each time, we also stayed for Pageant of the Masters––a magnificent theatrical production that replicates famous classical and contemporary masterpieces of art staged by an all-volunteer cast in full makeup and custom-made costumes. They are posed to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces, with large-scale, intricate sets and sophisticated lighting. That year, the 90-minute spectacle of music, storytelling and grand illusions was as spine-tingling as ever. Longtime pageant director Diane Challis Davy and veteran scriptwriter Dan Duling included their signature gasp-inducing surprises that popped up unexpectedly during the stage show of tableaux vivants, or “living pictures.” As Janet and I entered the Irvine Bowl behind the art show, the black curtain of the orchestra pit beneath the stage was open. We watched the 26-piece band warming up to perform original scores. At 8:30 p.m. sharp, after the sun had set and the moon rose above us, the curtain closed, and the live narration began. We sat there entranced, watching art come to life. A week earlier, we had published the August-September issue of Smooth Jazz News, and Janet had helped us with the subscription mailing, as she’d been doing for five years. So, I thought an invitation to the festival and pageant would be a nice treat for her and also give me an opportunity to pay closer attention to some alarming behavior I’d recently noticed her displaying. While sitting at her desk slapping labels onto envelopes, stuffing magazines into them and listening to smooth jazz CDs, Janet asked,


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“When will the magazines be delivered?” I said, “What do you mean? They’re here now. You’re working on the mailing.” She sunk quietly back into her task. About 20 minutes later, she stopped and looked confused. I went over to see if she needed help, and she said, “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do here.” I explained that she needed to keep doing what she had been doing. She stared at me blankly. So, I showed her how to affix labels to the envelopes, insert the magazines and moisten the gummed flap to seal each one. “Are you OK?” I asked. “I’m fine!” she snapped, in a tone uncommon for her. (Later, I heard from dozens of subscribers reporting that they received a sealed envelope with no magazine.) However, she perked up when I played a Chris Standring CD, asking, “Didn’t we see him at that art show in Laguna Beach last year?” Yes, we had. I put a Gregg Karukas disc on next, which also caught Janet’s attention. “Who’s this?” she asked. I told her it was Karukas. “Ooh, I like him,” she gushed. I told her that I planned to see him at Festival of Arts in a few weeks, and when I asked her if she wanted to go with me, a resounding yes followed. She was ecstatic. A true Gemini, Janet straddled life as a physical being while simultaneously delving into various spiritual realms. On her Facebook page “Works at” section, she listed “Cosmic World Bridger,” but in her 9-to-5 life she was a retired executive assistant and bookkeeper. An active member of the Clairemont Lutheran Church in San Diego since the fifth grade, Janet also spent many Friday nights singing and chanting with fellow Sai Baba devotees. And, she participated in their efforts to feed the homeless in Downtown San Diego each Sunday after Photo: Christopher Allwine praising the Lord during morning services at the Lutheran Church. Then, during the holidays, Janet called me in sheer panic. She couldn’t find my home––a destination she’d been to many times, a mere 2 miles from her own––for my annual cookie party. She was Backstage at Pageant of the Masters, a costume designer prepares a volunteer parked on a street a block for her part in the show away, confused about her

location. I sent a friend to get her, and when she finally arrived, she said, “Oh, so this is your house? I drove past it several times, but it didn’t look familiar.” Within minutes, however, jovial, coherent Janet was back, bobbing her head to smooth jazz Christmas music and singing along to the lyrics of holiday songs on Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett CDs. She animatedly retold her experience at the Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters, the Karukas concert, and how the emerald ring she’d hoped to buy wasn’t in the artist’s showcase that year. Her recall was impeccable. Over time, Janet’s memory worsened. A car crash left her with a broken leg and ribs and Every 67 seconds, a long stay in a nursing facility, someone in America where she was also diagnosed develops Alzheimer’s with Alzheimer’s. When she disease, the most finally returned home, a stroke common form of and heart attack followed in dementia. It is estimated quick succession. My dear friend that nearly 500,000 new of 30 years passed away a few cases of Alzheimer’s will days after her 77th birthday. be diagnosed this year. Since then, I’ve learned a Of the approximately lot about the disease––and 7 million Americans the positive impact music with Alzheimer’s, can have. According to the an estimated 6.5 Mayo Clinic, research suggests million people are that listening to music and age 65 or older, and singing songs provide emotional approximately 200,000 and behavioral benefits for individuals are under people with Alzheimer’s disease age 65 (younger-onset and other types of dementia. Alzheimer’s). Musical memories are often preserved in people with Almost two-thirds Alzheimer’s because key brain of Americans with areas linked to musical memory Alzheimer’s are are relatively undamaged by the women. Of people disease. Additional research has age 65 or older with shown that music helps reduce Alzheimer’s in the heart rate, lower blood pressure United States, 3.2 and cortisol in the body, eases million are women and anxiety and can help improve 1.9 million are men. mood for everyone. Although there are I will always cherish the more non-Hispanic memories of introducing Janet whites living with to smooth jazz music and events, Alzheimer’s and other and I’m especially grateful for dementias than people the healing role this genre played of any other racial or in her life and the joy it gave ethnic group in the her. I am also comforted by the United States, older feeling that she is in heaven living African Americans and an eternal life of adventure and Hispanics are more savoring her best memories, likely than older whites including those enchanting to have Alzheimer’s outings to the Festival of Arts and disease and other Pageant of the Masters. dementias.

The demographics of Alzheimer’s disease

Irvine Bowl during Pageant of the Masters performance

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PAUL JACKSON, JR.

KIM SCOTT

• SHINE!

(Innervision Records)

SHINE!, Kim Scott’s fifth album on the Innervision Records label, is a collection of songs that will definitely keep your toes tapping. Notable features include Jonathan Butler, Althea Rene, Ragan Whiteside and Blake Aaron, with songs co-written by Scott and Adam Hawley, Greg Manning, Kelvin Wooten and others. It is sure to be a bright light in the music world! AvAilAble At: www.amazon.com, iTunes, https://music.apple. com, https://cdbaby.com/ and other online retailers Website: www.kimscottmusic.com

WILLIE BRADLEY • IT’S MY TIME

(Willie Bradley Music) Bold, yet simultaneously charming; edgy, yet at the same time beautiful. These seemingly opposing adjectives might well-describe the music of artist-trumpeter Willie Bradley, but also fittingly tell about the man! Bradley’s music brings together many varied styles, but takes smooth jazz to a whole new level. Check out his latest release, It’s My Time. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.spotify.com Website: www.williebradley.net

BRAXTON BROTHERS

• “Catalina Nights” (single)

(Braxton Productions)

Twin brothers Wayne and Nelson Braxton, whose 25-year career started with a No. 1 hit, are topping the charts again! “Catalina Nights,” currently No. 3 on Billboard’s national airplay chart, with a bullet, is up-tempo, ’80s R&B-inspired, melodic and infectiously grooving. With such success on-air, “Catalina Nights” will now take the live stage, with new tour dates being added. AvAilAble At: www.Amazon.com, iTunes.com and all major online retailers Website: www.thebraxtonbrothers.com

• STOMPIN’ WILLIE PRESENTS MORE STORIES, PART 1 (M and P Music Factory, Inc.)

Stompin’ Willie presents More Stories, Part 1, the new EP from legendary guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., is out now. It includes the hit single “Love Like This.” “Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and I were playing at a festival and during sound check, I started playing the guitar part of ‘Love Like This’ by Faith Evans. Jeff said, ‘You need to record that song.’ And, so I did, and featured him on my version. Also featured is my daughter Lindsey on vocals,” Jackson explained. AvAilAble At: All digital music platforms and www.PaulJacksonJr.com Website: www.PaulJacksonJr.com

GIL

• “Starting All Over Again” (single)

(Gilbert Steven Johnson)

My producer AyRon Lewis composed the music to this song 10 years ago. He recently asked if I could write lyrics for it, and in 45 minutes I had the hook. We are fortunate to have Tom Braxton and Doc Powell playing with us. I feel like that is where I am in life now since losing my wife. I’m “Starting All Over Again.” AvAilAble At: All retail outlets and at www.gilsings.com Website: www.gilsings.com

DOUGLAS A. JACKSON

• “In Style-Radio Mix” (single) (Centroplex Records)

“In Style” is the new release by trumpeter Douglas A. Jackson. This new style to smooth jazz has sounds from pop culture, world beats, East and West. In essence, there is something for every listener. Jackson’s new music is asking you one thing … Are you “In Style?” AvAilAble At: https://centroplexrecords.com/DouglasJackson.html and all major streaming services Website: https://douglasajackson.hearnow.com/in-style

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CATALINA ISLAND

JAZZTRAX FESTIVAL OCTOBER 2022

OPENING WEEKEND OCT. 13-16 CLOSING WEEKEND OCT. 20-23

By Melanie Maxwell Are you considering your first trip to the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival in October? Each year, we publish this guide to dispel any mystery of traveling to the island. The festival venue is in Avalon, the island’s only city. It’s a 22-mile cross-channel trip on the Pacific Ocean from the mainland to Avalon. Here are some tips that will get you launched on a magical musical getaway.

Getting there DAVE KOZ

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Chris Standring, Richard Elliot, Peet Project, Eric Darius, Lindsey Webster & Adam Hawley, Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Jessy J, Blake Aaron, Daniel Ho, Randal Clark, Mark Jaimes, Jeff Ryan, Justin Lee Schultz, Christian de Mesones, Gino Rosaria, David Benoit and the Midnight Rendezvous Big Band and more! FULL ARTIST LINE-UP, TICKETS & LINKS FOR BOAT/HOTELS:

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Catalina Express offers 30 daily departures from ports in Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, California. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, special after-performance boat departures are available from Avalon back to Long Beach. www.CatalinaExpress.com 800-995-4386

Staying there

Built in 1990, Omeo Casa Mariquita is among the newest built of all Catalina Island hotels. Its modern luxury encapsulates quaint and compelling OldWorld Spanish styling. Although conveniently located right in the town of Avalon and less than a block from the beach, with restaurants, shopping and


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Omeo Hotel Catalina is located steps from the bay! Built in 1916, Omeo Hotel Catalina is a historic blue and white Victorian landmark that can be seen when entering the harbor. Quietly nestled a few doors from Avalon Bay, this Catalina Island lodging offers all the charm and hospitality of Catalina’s yesteryear, yet you will feel right at home with all the modern amenities and conveniences of today. This AAA-approved property features large verandas with harbor views, a garden courtyard, lounge area and gas barbecue, partial ocean views, deluxe mountain views, standard and terrace rooms, family cottages, flat-screen TVs, DVD, cable, internet and more. Rooms start at $158. Call 626-775-7788 to book now. 129 Whittley Ave., Avalon, California www.omeohotelcatalina.com • 310-510-0027 Advertorial listings are provided by each advertiser.

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Marcus Anderson

has sweet The saxophonist rhythms that swing, sway and soar

Photo: Mélisa Miranda

By Ken Capobianco Contemporary jazz saxophonist Marcus Anderson is wearing a lot of hats these days. The 37-year-old musician, who has emerged as one of jazz’s rising stars, is not merely content with his ascending status in the music world. He has turned into an entrepreneur with his own line of coffee, AND Coffee, and a coffeeshop, Trax Coffee Bar, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He has added a new title in recent years––producer and host of his own music festival, Marcus Anderson’s Jazz AND Coffee Escape, which unfolds in Asheville, North Carolina, Aug. 5-6. If that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, the multihyphenate has created his own comic book and motion picture graphic with music-related superheroes, The Creatives. As Donna Summer might have said, he works hard for his money. “It’s difficult to balance these things with regular life,” the father of two daughters said recently via phone. “It’s time-consuming and tiring, but also very fulfilling. Obviously, being a musician is a priority, and something I love, but I also want to do these other things––they have become very important. If you have the opportunity and energy, why not?” The first thing on Anderson’s plate right now is his brand-new album, Reverse. It’s vintage Anderson, brimming with sweet melodies, as he blends his soul, jazz, R&B and gospel influences into an original and compelling set of brisk, energetic jazz. As with all of the saxophonist’s records, the songs are bright and innovative with a pulsing rhythmic core anchoring the dynamic musical interplay, which allows the saxophonist plenty of room to swing, sway and soar. He’s an extremely intuitive, nuanced player who serves the songs without grandstanding or losing focus. Each one of his most recent records has revealed a different side of his personality. Hero (2020) was bold,


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“Most of the things I learn from Brian are studio and recording My Inspiration Vol. 1 (2016) was introspective, and Reverse finds him things. He makes great records and knows so much about recording. in a reflective mood. He’s second to none in creating albums. I love his work. I’m not It was born out of a pensive time in his life where he found discrediting him at all, but really, everything I learned about the stage himself in a funk––the bad kind. and how to work an audience came from Prince.” “Reverse started in the middle of the pandemic, and I was in an A few years ago, Anderson made a big leap to branch out into unusual place,” he admitted. “There were times I was happy and the coffee business with his own coffee line and the first Trax Coffee sometimes depressed or just uneasy. Bar. He didn’t go into the business blind, though––Anderson did his “I had so much free time, so I just had to sit with myself. I faced a homework before starting each venture. The first thing the graduate lot of things maybe I had been avoiding––life, changes, getting older, of North Carolina Central University did was go back to school to even though I’m only 37.” learn about coffee. He took a few moments to gather his thoughts. “I found I was “I went to coffee classes and learned what makes a great coffee. writing myself out of an interesting mental space I’d never been in. Learn what it is and about the first crack and second crack of the As musicians, music is always our outlet, but when we were shut coffee bean. I wanted to know how long it takes, does coffee go bad–– down there was only so much music I could do at home. Not everything about it.” being able to perform, and just doing virtual shows felt robotic He started drinking coffee, a beverage not usually associated with without an audience. musicians, because he realized he had to wean himself off energy “The album was a process for me to create in a different manner. I drinks. He used those to stay awake and keep going through grueling took my recording process and creativity and reversed how I record recording and rehearsal sessions with Prince. an album. It helped me reverse the effects the “When I was with Prince, we were working pandemic had on me psychologically.” long hours, and I was trying to stay up, so I was He changed his creative process and wrote the downing a lot of energy drinks. When I moved songs to suit the titles he had already conceived on to coffee, I noticed I was creating a lot while instead of naming songs after they were finished. came up with enjoying the coffee. My dad always told me, ‘If you Sometimes, small changes can yield big results. enjoy something, it will never become work.’ In addition to the diverse instrumentals, there the bright idea of “I came up with the bright idea of creating my are a number of songs that utilize vocals from own coffee line because most of the artists in jazz Kenny Lattimore, Aarik Duncan and Anderson’s creating my own are connected to alcohol lines. Alcohol companies twin brother, Marcel. sponsor jazz fests, but there weren’t any coffee “I heard those songs in my head––I could hear a coffee line because connections or festivals.” voice––so it was important to capture that to make most of the artists in And his own festival, Marcus Anderson’s Jazz them work. My brother is on ‘I Choose Love, I AND Coffee Escape was born four years ago. This Choose You,’ and I could hear Kenny Lattimore on jazz are connected year, it features Lattimore, Four80East and Steve ‘Matter of Time’ because he has that really sultry Oliver, among others. And lots of coffee. voice and can bring songs to life.” to alcohol lines. “Once I started my coffee line and business, I Anderson said he has a great relationship with wanted to create my own coffee music festival. It’s his brother, which has spilled over to their creative Alcohol companies seemed like the logical thing to do,” he said. “It’s lives as Marcel often appears in the saxophonist’s sponsor jazz fests, a bit different. I have people working for me and live shows. organizing it at this point, but I’m also very hands“We create and do a lot together and do a but there weren’t any on and approve everything. It’s been fun each year, number of shows. Growing up, we were always and it will be even bigger this year.” close. Throughout the years, you always have that coffee connections The ambitious saxophonist decided to tread competitiveness in order to be noticed, to separate into Iron Man and Wonder Woman territory by yourself from each other, but there was and is or festivals.” creating his own comic and graphic animation, always love at the same time.” featuring superhero musicians saving the world Anderson has been on tour with Brian with creativity as The Creatives. Culbertson this year, and he said it’s always a fulfilling and creative It’s something he’s always been invested in and is quite serious about. endeavor when the two go on the road. “As a kid, I was interested in the superhero world, whether it was “I have been working with Brian for the last three years––he offers Marvel or DC––Batman, Spider-Man or Superman, The Flash–– me a feature spot in his band and lets me play my own music and get they all fascinated me. I think at some point all kids have a cape or co-billing. I’m not in the band as much as a featured artist. It’s a great mask and want to be a superhero. I ultimately saw all musicians as experience working with and learning from him.” superheroes and created a comic.” The former sideman for an array of artists, including the The comic was conceived right around the time his last demanding legend Prince, Sheila E. and Anthony Hamilton, claims album, Hero, came out. he absorbs a lot from working with Culbertson, who is a meticulous craftsman of albums and vibrant stage performer. continued on page 16

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“When I was working on it in 2020, right before the pandemic, I thought it would be great to create a soundtrack for this comic-motion graphic, so the music became just that––the soundtrack for my motion graphic comic book,” he explained. “It all came together––I always try to find a way to cross-market things I’m working on.” It’s not easy for Anderson to be so heavily involved in all these projects and still be a vital presence for his two daughters (12 and 14), but he is doing his best. “You’re always learning and always trying to do better,” he said. “I keep my daughters involved in my music, but I don’t force it on them. The key thing about them is for me to stay active and present in their lives. I want them to be anything they want in life and love what they do. That’s the key.” Juggling all of these creative projects with business and being a dad is a highwire act, but Anderson knows how to keep his priorities straight and maintain focus. “The way I do it is by talking to God––he tells you everything you need to know. We’re all here for a purpose, and we all mean something. That’s what I try to keep in mind. Some people don’t, and that’s when you lose sight of what it is you’re supposed to do, and why you are here. But you always have to keep God first.” For more information on Anderson, including his complete tour schedule, visit www.marcusanderson.net.

On Tour Aug. 5-6

Marcus Anderson’s Jazz AND Coffee Escape Wortham Center for the Performing Arts Asheville, North Carolina https://jazzandcoffee-escape.net/

Sept. 8

Brian Culbertson’s 4th Annual Chicago Jazz Getaway Buddy Guy’s Legends Chicago, Illinois www.chicagojazzgetaway.com

Nov. 12

Jazz Legacy Foundation Decade of Excellence Part 2 Hampton Roads Convention Center Hampton, Virginia https://jazzlegacyfoundation.org/

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e changed his

creative process and wrote the songs to suit the titles he had already conceived instead of naming songs after they were finished. Sometimes, small changes

Photo: Mélisa Miranda

can yield big results.


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RICHARD ELLIOT

DAVE KOZ

BONEY JAMES

GERALD ALBRIGHT

JEFF LORBER

EUGE GROOVE

KIRK WHALUM

PETER WHITE

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JONATHAN BUTLER

WE’RE VACCINATED!

Concert and festival season beckons. And, the CDC recommends that every eligible person, especially within our demographic, get vaccinated so we can enjoy live music and our smooth jazz lifestyle together again!

VINCENT INGALA

MINDI ABAIR

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SEARCH www.vaccines.gov/ TEXT your ZIP code to 438829 CALL 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccine locations near you.

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ERIC MARIENTHAL

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HIROSHIMA

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At the vanguard

of enriching the language of

American pop-jazz By Ken Capobianco


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hen a band succeeds for more than 40 years in the music business, it can come to a crossroads. The group can continue on the familiar lucrative path until the wheels fall off or make a pitstop, take a breath and reconsider the direction of its career. For the enduring, boundary-breaking and inventive jazz-popR&B act Hiroshima, the time has come for an indefinite hiatus as they ponder their future. The much-heralded band, led by multi-instrumentalist Dan Kuramoto and world-class koto player June Kuramoto, are currently on what they’ve dubbed the “Domo” tour. It’s a thank-you celebration for their fans (domo is “thank you” in Japanese)––for supporting the genre-bending act that helped introduce Japanese instrumentation like the koto, shakuhachi and taiko to Western pop music. Hiroshima have been among the vanguard acts in pop-jazz, bringing a fierce social conscience to their complex, yet accessible, Asian-influenced music that has reached across cultural boundaries and elevated the conversation of what American pop music can be. As they celebrate on tour four decades of uplifting, soulful music with a purpose, they want to emphasize that this is definitely not goodbye. “We’re not sure what the future holds––I’m sure we will play again together, but what we know is we are going on hiatus now, and it feels right,” said Los Angeles native and Hiroshima’s co-founder Dan Kuramoto, via phone in a wide-ranging interview covering many topics, including the band’s history, pop music, cultural identity, the divide in America and the importance of community in our lives. “We are very blessed just to have a band. That was always our intent––a group of people who play and work together conceptually, and to have done something that was kind of different than anyone else was doing,” he continued.

“We knew, at our best, we would never be The Beatles, but we had our own cultural point to make. We stayed with it, even as the band evolved. At this point, though, June went through a series of things–– she broke her back last year––and the pandemic gave us some pause for thought. “We changed agencies, and right now new markets are opening up for us, but June wanted to take a break, and it made sense.” The band have had a remarkable run. While they were never major stars in pop or jazz, they have been popular, selling over 4 million records and garnering three gold albums. The group have made challenging, intricate music that blended Eastern and Western influences in a way that had not been previously attempted. Founded in the early 1970s, Hiroshima released their debut album, Hiroshima, in 1979 at the height of disco, heavy metal and the further expansion of jazz experimentation. Although they have been embraced by the jazz community throughout most of their tenure, Hiroshima began more as a pop-R&B band with a mission to infuse their Japanese musical and cultural influences into the mainstream, and establish Asian representation in a pop world where Asian musicians were mostly invisible. “We are not necessarily a band that can be categorized and never have been,” said Kuramoto. “That’s why we never expected to be wildly popular, but we wanted to make a multicultural statement and introduce a component that was specifically Asian––June was born in Japan, and I’m third-generation Japanese American.” When they started, both he and June Kuramoto (they were previously married before splitting and continuing on as creative partners) understood that there was a genuine void in pop music and an erasure of Asian presence and sensibility. “When I grew up, the only things I saw that were Asian were negative stereotypes, so it was important for us to create a band that presented a more honest sense of Asian,” Kuramoto said. continued on page 20

They created transformative music, featuring June Kuramoto’s transcendent koto playing, that has enraptured audiences and brought them a devoted international audience.

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As a kid, he recognized that the pop universe didn’t reflect the diversity and eclecticism of his own community. “I was born and raised in East Los Angeles, a very multicultural neighborhood that was heavily Latino and almost equal parts Black and Jewish along with Asian, and we wanted to have a voice of our own. “That was the genesis of the band, and we wanted to make a multicultural political statement, thus the name iroshima have Hiroshima. We knew that would been among the be wildly unpopular in certain vanguard acts in quarters, and we thought, ‘Good, let’s talk about it, and look at pop-jazz, bringing a fierce what this country has done.’” social conscience to their He emphasized that he and complex, yet accessible, the band didn’t want to place Asian-influenced music blame on the devastation of that has reached across Hiroshima and the Japanese cultural boundaries and prison camps in America that his and June’s parents were elevated the conversation confined to during World War II. of what American pop Rather, they wanted to create music can be. dialogue and raise questions about subjects that have long been ignored. “We speak as citizens of this country––June’s uncle fought for the United States and got a Bronze Star for saving his platoon as a sharpshooter for the 442nd Infantry Regiment, which was the most decorated in the war. The point is to level the playing field, and we need to make things right because we care and give a damn.” And they created transformative music, featuring June Kuramoto’s transcendent koto playing, that has enraptured audiences and brought them a devoted international audience. The koto––rarely, if ever, used in pop music––is one of the essential elements of the Hiroshima sound. “What June does is extraordinary. What she does on the koto is inexplicable,” Kuramoto said with hints of awe in his voice. “It is not designed at all to be played in Western diatonic music, and only she can really do it in real time. It’s 6 feet long in the shape of a dragon, and the 13 strings represent the moons in a year. When you are a minority in this country, your native culture is vital to you because you need it for a sense of feeling whole somehow.” The group, which have shape-shifted with different personnel throughout their 40 years of existence before settling on their current lineup of Dan and June Kuramoto, multi-instrumentalist Danny Yamamoto, keyboardist Kimo Cornwell and bassist Dean Cortez, made a sharp musical turn when they opened for Miles Davis’ tour in 1990. They moved further away from a pop-R&B band with Asian influences and expanded their sound––ultimately morphing into the band smooth jazz audiences recognize today. “Miles made it very clear that the mission for those of us committed to music is to continually grow and evolve,” Kuramoto said. “And that’s what we did. We’re a lot more jazz-centric now, and a long way from where we started as an eight-piece band with two singers.”

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Their fine, expressive 2020 album, 2020, their 17th, might be their last, but Kuramoto is not ruling anything out. He believes the industry has changed so much that making records just isn’t viable. Unless your name is Bruce Springsteen, if you are a musician or band that started recording in the ’70s, albums are either an excuse to keep a never-ending legacy going, or a way to let the public know you still exist. “How do you sell a record?” Kuramoto lamented. “Streaming has got you over a barrel. There’s no money there, and it’s exploitive. Obviously, we were never into this for the money––who would call a band Hiroshima if they were into it for the money? But years ago, making records made sense for musicians. It doesn’t anymore. We’ve sold over 4 million records and had several gold ones. That’s pretty good to me.” For now, the future of Hiroshima is a question mark, which is just fine with Kuramoto. “If we could take a turn into what we’d like to do next, it would be into performing arts theater,” he said. “There are a lot of possibilities. “In the right situation, I know we will play again at some point. This is just another part of our evolution. We don’t know what the next step is for June. Whatever she does is a gain for humanity. She’s the greatest koto player in the world––she’s played on over 50 albums and worked on so many film scores. It’s all wide open. Time will tell.” The band’s legacy up until this point is about great music, trailblazing and making Japanese music, instruments and sensibilities part of the popular music consciousness. “We wanted to be a throughline to the kind of committed, humane music that inspired us and got us into this in the first place,” he reflected. “Offer the multicultural aspect that broadens the culture while elevating our own culture. “We’ve been really blessed and the best thing to do with a blessing is share it with other people.” For more information on Hiroshima, including their complete tour schedule, visit www.hiroshimamusic.com.

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Aug. 21 (Trio: Dan Kuramoto,

June Kuramoto and Kimo Cornwell) Yosemite Jazz Train Lewis Creek Amphitheater Fish Camp, California www.yosemitejazztrain.com

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CONCERTS, FESTIVALS AND CRUISES AUGUST 4

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Billy Valentine, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/artjazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-4941145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $50.) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 5

Marcus Anderson’s 4th Annual Jazz AND Coffee Escape

featuring Kayla Waters, Steve Oliver, Marcus Johnson & Kenny Lattimore, 7pm, Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, www.jazzandcoffee-escape.net, 828-257-4530 Euge Groove, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 6

Music Under the Stars presented by New Mexico Jazz Workshop featuring Eric Darius, 7pm, Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater, 2000 Mountain Road N.W., Albuquerque, New Mexico, www.ericdarius.com Marcus Anderson’s 4th Annual Jazz AND Coffee Escape featuring Four80East, Marcus Anderson, Vandell Andrew,

Ragan Whiteside, Ashley A-Luv Doe, 6pm, Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, www.jazzandcoffee-escape.net, 828-257-4530

Grand St. at Library Park, Waterbury, Connecticut, https://brasscityjazzfest.com (free admission)

Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Down to the Bone, 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom. com/events/concerts-on-thegreen/, 949-494-1145 (Free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket. Limited seating in reserved section available for $60 per person.)

Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci, 6:30pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

Jeff Kashiwa, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Brass City Jazz Fest featuring Willie Bradley & more, 2pm,

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Rhythm on the Vine Jazz Concert Series featuring Paul Brown, Darren Rahn & Greg Manning, 7pm, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.southcoastwinery.com, 844-841-1406 11

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650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www. foapom.com/events/art-jazzwine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $50.) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 12

33rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival featuring Robert Glasper, Avery*Sunshine, Justin-Lee Schultz, gates open at 5pm, show begins at 6pm, Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 E. Shoreline Dr., Long Beach, California, www.longbeach jazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 Erin Stevenson, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Eric Darius Unleashed Album Release Party, 6:30pm, Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Florida, www.ericdarius.com 13

Marcus Miller, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 33rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival featuring Ledisi, Average White Band, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, BK Jackson, gates open at 11am, show begins at 1pm, Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 E. Shoreline Dr., Long Beach, California, www.longbeachjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013

Willie Bradley, 7:30pm, Native Omaha Days, Capitol District Plaza, 1022 Capitol Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, nativeomahadays.org

33rd Annual

Karen Briggs, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s Champagne Concert Series featuring Mindi Abair & Euge Groove, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099

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Scottland Concerts presents Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad featuring Vincent Ingala with Arthur Thompson, 3pm, Lewis Creek Amphitheater, 56001 Hwy. 41, Fish Camp, California, YosemiteJazzTrain.com 33rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival featuring Sergio Mendes, Damien Escobar, Eric Darius, Kandace Springs, the Al Williams Jazz Society featuring a Salute to Barbara Morrison, gates open at 11am, show begins at 1pm, Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 E. Shoreline Dr., Long Beach, California, www.longbeachjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013

Robert Glasper

Avery*Sunshine

Justin-Lee Schultz

SATURDAY | AUGUST 13TH

Ledisi

AWB (Average White Band)

Gerald Albright

BK Jonathan Jackson Butler

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Sergio Mendes

Damien Escobar

Friday Cabanas available!

Eric Darius

Kandace Springs

Al Williams Jazz Society

featuring a Salute to Barbara Morrison

Acts and Times subject to change without notice.

Tickets and information:

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DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

Slim Man, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545

Jazz Funk Soul featuring Paul Jackson Jr., Jeff Lorber & Everette Harp, 8 &10pm, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C., bluesalley.com

Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 8pm, Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues, Bicentennial Park, 102 W. Vaughn Dr., Madison, Indiana, www.madisonribberfest.com

Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/ concerts-on-the-green/, 949-494-1145 (Free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket. Limited seating in reserved section available for $60 per person.)

Jazz Funk Soul featuring Paul Jackson Jr., Jeff Lorber & Everette Harp, 8 &10pm, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C., bluesalley.com

Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 7pm, Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts, 12 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac, Michigan, www.mindiabair.com

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Rebecca Jade CD-Release party, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining &

Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Mountain Brooks Vineyards presents Wine & Jazz Fest featuring Blake Aaron, Dee Lucas & more, noon, Mountain Brook Vineyards, 731 Phillips Dairy Road, Tryon, North Carolina, www. mountainbrookvineyards.com Jazz Funk Soul featuring Paul Jackson Jr., Jeff Lorber & Everette Harp, 8 &10pm, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C., www.bluesalley.com 21

Scottland Concerts presents Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad featuring Hiroshima (trio), 3pm, Lewis Creek Amphitheater, 56001 Hwy. 41, Fish Camp, California, www.YosemiteJazzTrain.com

Rhythm on the Vine Jazz Concert Series featuring Brian Simpson & Jackiem Joyner, 7pm, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.southcoastwinery.com, 844-841-1406 Jazz Funk Soul featuring Paul Jackson Jr., Jeff Lorber & Everette Harp, 8 &10pm, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C., www.bluesalley.com 24

Paul Jackson Jr. & Black Movie Soundtrack IV, 8pm, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, California, www.hollywoodbowl.com 25

Peter White, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500


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Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Anne Walsh & Tom Zink, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/ events/art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $50.) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Keiko Matsui, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 26

Peter White & Vincent Ingala, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St.,

Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Alexander Zonjic’s 7th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival featuring Alexander Zonjic & Friends; West Michigan Symphony with Terry Herald, arranger-conductor; Zonjic Meets Motown with Serieux: A Motown Temptations Review, 7pm, Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St., Muskegon, Michigan, www.shorelinejazzfestival.com, 419-280-1073 Eric Darius, 8pm, The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Road, Richmond, Virginia, www.ericdarius.com DW3: A Tribute to the Legends of Music, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Keiko Matsui, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th

Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 27

Kim Waters, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 3rd Annual Jazz in the Country starring Kim Scott, 1pm, Mt. Bethel Retreat Center, 17420 Mt. Bethel Lane, King George, Virginia, www.kimscottmusic.com Wade Ford Concert Series featuring Eric Darius & more, 7pm, Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, Georgia, www.ericdarius.com Blake Aaron, 7:30pm, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, Studio Theatre, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida, www.kingcenter.com

Alexander Zonjic’s 7th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival featuring 496 West, 1:30pm; Lindsey Webster, 3pm; Alexander Zonjic & Friends with James Lloyd, 4:45pm; Maysa, 6:30pm, Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St., Muskegon, Michigan, www.shorelinejazzfestival.com, 419-280-1073 Keiko Matsui, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s Champagne Concert Series featuring Gerald Albright & Adam Hawley, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 28

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featuring Jeff Kashiwa & more, 4pm, Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North, Pyramid Ballroom, 5151 San Francisco Road N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico, www.cooljazzlive.com Kim Waters featuring Kayla Waters, 5 & 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 19th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival featuring Take 6, Marion Meadows & Alex Bugnon, Daley, Braxton Cook, Harvey Mason & The Chameleons, Fernando Pullum Community Arts Band, gates open at 9am, Rowley Memorial Park, 13220 S. Van Ness Ave., Gardena, California, www.gardenajazzfestival.com, 310-217-9537 Blake Aaron, Rob Zinn & Tom Braxton, 5pm, Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105

Central Park Dr., Largo, Florida, www.brevardmusicgroup.com Alexander Zonjic’s 7th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival featuring Organissimo, 1:30pm; Eric Darius, 3pm; Lin Rountree, 4:45pm; Najee, 6:30pm, Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St., Muskegon, Michigan, www.shorelinejazzfestival.com, 419-280-1073 Adam Hawley, 6:30pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Keiko Matsui, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s Champagne Concert Series featuring Jesse Cook, 7pm, Thornton Winery,

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Music Monday featuring Eric Marienthal & special guests Chris Walker & Rebecca Jade, 6:30pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

SEPTEMBER 1

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Scott Wilkie, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/artjazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-4941145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $50.) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 2

1st Annual Cincinnati International Jazz Festival featuring Norman Brown, Avery*Sunshine & Alex Bugnon, doors open at 5pm, music starts at 6pm, Smale Riverfront Park, W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, http://rainbowpromotions.com, 562-424-0013 3

1st Annual Cincinnati International Jazz Festival featuring Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Maysa with Brian Simpson, Eric Roberson

& Jackiem Joyner, Damien Escobar, Keiko Matsui & Nestor Torres, doors open at noon, music starts at 1pm, Smale Riverfront Park, W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, http://rainbowpromotions.com, 562-424-0013 Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition featuring Boney James, Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Vincent Ingala, Gino Rosaria, Greg Manning, Jeanette Harris, gates open at 12:30pm, music starts at 1:30pm, Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola, Florida, www. gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition. com, 850-393-3028 Jazz at the Creek featuring Erin Stevenson; David P. Stevens, Lin Rountree & Reggie Codrington; Pieces of a Dream, 2pm, Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California, jazzatthecreeksd.com, 858-650-3190 Darryl Walker featuring The Saxations, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 4

Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition featuring Eric Darius, Adam Hawley, Jazmin Ghent, Julian Vaughn, Kim Scott, Incognito, Phillip “Doc” Martin, gates open at 12:30pm, music starts at 1:30pm, Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola, Florida, www. gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition. com, 850-393-3028 Patrick Lamb, 6pm, Humphreys Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, California, www.humphreysbackstagelive.com, 619-224-3577


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Jazz at the Creek featuring Christopher Lincoln White, Avery*Sunshine, Will Downing, 2pm, Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California, www.jazzatthecreeksd.com, 858-650-3190 5

Blake Aaron & Tom Browne, 8pm, City Winery, Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta, Georgia, citywinery.com Blue Note Napa presents Peter White & Vincent Ingala with special guest Mindi Abair, 4 & 7:30pm, Blue Note Napa at Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St., St. Helena, California, www.mindiabair.com 8

Brian Culbertson’s Chicago Jazz Getaway Welcome Dinner & Jam Session featuring Eric Darius & more, 6pm, Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash, Chicago, Illinois, www.chicagojazzgetaway.com DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Gerald Albright, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 9

Brian Culbertson’s Chicago Jazz Getaway featuring Eric Darius & more, 7pm, The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, International Ballroom, 200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, Illinois, www.chicagojazzgetaway.com Chuck Dennis presents the 5th Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival featuring Delta by the Beach & Cisco Kid, 3pm, Oxnard Beach Park, 1601 Harbor Blvd.,

Oxnard, California, www.oxnardjazzfestival.com Erin Stevenson, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Gerald Albright, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 10

David Benoit, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Eric Darius & Rebecca Jade, 6:30 & 9:15pm, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St., Dallas, Texas, bishopartstheatre.org, 214-948-0716 15th Annual Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Sweet Cherie, 4:30pm; Art Sherrod Jr., 6pm; Ken Ford, 7:30pm, Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188 Chuck Dennis presents the 5th Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival featuring Hiroshima, Jeffrey Osborne, Blake Aaron, Jeanette Harris, Kelly’s Lot & debuting Gold Coast Horns with Jackiem Joyner, Lin Rountree, Jeff Ryan & Johnny Britt, 10am, Oxnard Beach Park, 1601 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, California, www.oxnardjazzfestival.com Gerald Albright, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 11

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Teen Town, 4:30pm; Adam Hawley, 6pm; Jackiem Joyner, Brian Simpson & Gerald Veasley, 7:30pm, Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188 Chuck Dennis presents the 5th Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival featuring Eric Darius, The Emotions, Najee, Paula Atherton, Bunny Brunel, Ricardo Lemvo, Erin Stevenson, 10am, Oxnard Beach Park, 1601 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, California, oxnardjazzfestival.com Tom Braxton, 6:30pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Gerald Albright, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Rhythm on the Vine Jazz Concert Series featuring Michael Paulo, Blake Aaron & Tateng Katindig, 7pm, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.southcoastwinery.com, 844-841-1406 14

Jeff Kashiwa, 7 & 9pm, All Access Recording, 3700 Ulmerton Road, Suite 205, Clearwater, Florida, jeffkashiwa.com, 727-685-2362 15

DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle,

Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 16

Jeff Kashiwa, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Parker Jazz Club, 117 W. 4th St., Suite 107B, Austin, Texas, www.parkerjazzclub.com Jackiem Joyner, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 17

Jeff Kashiwa, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Parker Jazz Club, 117 W. 4th St., Suite 107B, Austin, Texas, www.parkerjazzclub.com Will Donato, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s Champagne Concert Series featuring Jeffrey Osborne, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 18

An Evening with Brian Culbertson featuring Marcus Anderson & Marqueal Jordan, 7:30pm, Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-263-5544 Eric Darius, 1pm, The Factory, 17105 N. Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, Missouri, www.ericdarius.com

Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 22

DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

Road, Temecula, California, www.southcoastwinery.com, 844-841-1406 26

Music Monday featuring Eric Marienthal & special guest David Benoit, 6:30pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Chris Standring, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Alexander Zonjic & Friends featuring special guest JustinLee Schultz, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 25

Scottland Concerts presents Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad featuring Peter White, 3pm, Lewis Creek Amphitheater, 56001 Hwy. 41, Fish Camp, California, YosemiteJazzTrain.com City of Irondale 135th Anniversary Music Festival featuring Kim Scott, Beacon Park, 5309 Beacon Dr., Irondale, Alabama, irondalecommunityfoundation.com Sway Collective Tribute to Frank Sinatra & Friends featuring DamonReel, 6:30pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Rhythm on the Vine Jazz Concert Series featuring Steve Oliver & Michael Lington, 7pm, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, 34843 Rancho California

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DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 David Sanborn Jazz Quartet, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 30

DW3: A Tribute to the Legends of Music, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 David Sanborn Jazz Quartet, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

NOTE: Artists, events, venues, dates and show times are subject to change w ithout 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.


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NOTE: Spaghettini’s Sunday Brunch performances in the lounge have sold out through Aug. 21. As of press time, lounge seating was still available for the brunch dates and shows in this calendar (but is subject to sell out). However, seating in the restaurant’s dining rooms is often available. Please check directly with Spaghettini for brunch reservations at 562-596-2199, or visit www.spaghettini.com.

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Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performance by DW3, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

SEPT. 4

Mood Setters Productions presents Sunday Jazz Brunch featuring Paul Jackson Jr., brunch starts at 1pm, concert starts at 2pm, Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 9620 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, California, www.pauljacksonjr.com Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performance by DW3, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 SEPT. 11

Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performance by DW3, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch

Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 SEPT. 18

Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performance by DW3, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 SEPT. 25

Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performance by DW3, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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BOOK REVIEW “12 Notes: On Life and Creativity”

by Quincy Jones and The Weeknd Harry N. Abrams AUGUST |SEPTEMBER 2022

CASHMIRA’S STARGUIDE Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

You have been thinking of planning a trip, but you think you can’t afford it. Take another look; you have been good at saving lately. And if this trip includes some cultural value, you just might be able to swing it.

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

It is time to get a little tough with your peers. This is not something you are generally comfortable with at all. Do not feel guilty about speaking up, but don’t take it too far. There is no point in letting things get hostile.

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

You have worked hard to get healthy. It would be great if your loved ones would also become healthier. Watch how you encourage them because sometimes folks do not respond the same. Take your time, and do not push too hard.

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

a project? Do not kid yourself; you know you need some assistance from others. Be sure that you are thoughtful with your thanks when required.

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20

Important things have been concerning to you lately. This would be a good time to meet with someone who has had similar experiences. Listening to others share their coping methods can help you develop your own plans. Pay attention.

Aries March 21 - April 19

You have been thinking about making some changes at home lately. So many things are just not working for you, and it is time to face that. A serious discussion needs to take place. Make sure you remain calm and loving.

Taurus April 20 - May 20

You have made a big step toward becoming healthier, making it possible to get out and about more easily. You were born to experience the most out of life, and you have been chomping at the bit. Time to get out among them, kiddo!

It is hard to deal with criticism, and lately you have been feeling the sting. Try to think about where the comments come from. Anyone with more experience or knowledge certainly has the right to comment. Just make sure your reactions are appropriate.

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Gemini May 21 - June 21

You have a full schedule as usual and an extremely busy life. Try not to forget about friends and acquaintances who might just need a little dose of you. Make sure you grab a little time to work on your relationships.

Capricorn Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

You have quite a few chores awaiting. It is time to listen and appreciate the advice of someone who wants to help. There is no point in getting your back up with resentment. This person only wants to help, and you need it!

Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Procrastination could be your middle name. Have you ever truly completed

Do not get upset, but the assistance you thought was coming your way is not happening! Do not feel too anxious since you will be on your own with an important project. Just take a big breath and proceed forward. You can do it!

Cancer June 22 - July 22

Try to control your responses when in conflict with people at home. There is no point in blaming others every time there is an issue. Think seriously about how to communicate better so that your home can be a more peaceful place.

2022 • 192 pages • $26 Reviewed by Darcy Peters Multi-talented, 28-time Grammy award winner Quincy Jones provides us with his thoughts on creativity. “My hope is that as you continue to read this book, you’ll be encouraged to create. Whether you create from a position of pain or jubilation, we need you, your gifts, and your talents.” Canadian superstar Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye proudly wrote the foreword for this encouraging collection of musings regarding the creative process. Though Jones relates many incidents from his personal history, it is not an autobiography. Jones has already written one, “Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones.” Jones explains, “After I quit drinking alcohol in 2015, all my memories came flooding back, and they brought new perspectives with them that I’ve now been able to distill into crucial pieces of advice that I want to share with anyone looking to break the walls that often withhold creativity.” Because Jones’ mother suffered from severe dementia, he and his brother were reared by their father. He writes, “Growing up in an environment that stripped me of all ability to control my circumstances, creativity became the only way in which I could gain even an ounce of stability.” Jones says he divided his book into 12 chapters because, “I’m always fascinated to hear the different outcomes that we as musicians can create with only 12 notes; in the same way, I want to break down my principles, my approach to life and my philosophies, in 12 chapters or notes.” In one of the notes, he advises, “Always be prepared for a great opportunity. There will be plenty of moments in which the work you do goes unnoticed but hear me when I say that someone is always watching.” He shares how he worked one time with Frank Sinatra while in Europe with his band. And years later, Sinatra called again, and they ended up working together and being friends for more than 40 years. In fact, Sinatra was the first person to give him the nickname “Q.” Another note is “Go to Know” in which Jones highly recommends travel and meeting people from other cultures. He has been lucky to travel all over the world, but smaller trips can be beneficial. In the “Sharpen your Left Brain” note, he describes classes he attended for an understanding of music theory specifically for film scoring, which was so different from jazz. “I want to challenge you to delve deeper into learning the science behind your craft because I guarantee it will change the ways you create.” His association with Michael Jackson on the albums Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad is the stuff of legend, of course. He admired Jackson’s commitment to his work and his impeccable preparation. Jones was also an early supporter of hip-hop and rap and co-established Vibe magazine, which was like the Rolling Stone of R&B and hip-hop. On last note, Jones stresses living an honorable life. “You must have humility with your creativity, and be gracious with your successes. Everything in this business, and life, revolves around relationships—the people you meet, and most important, how you treat them.”


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