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30th Annual

August 11, 12, & 13, 2017 RAINBOW LAGOON PARK | East Shoreline Drive • Long Beach, California

Marcus Miller

Boney James

Rachelle Ferrell

Will Downing

Poncho Sanchez

Jazz Funk Soul feat. Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr.

Nathan East

Eric Darius

Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights

Najee

30 Years of Long Beach Jazz feat. Ndugu Chancler, Bobby Lyle, Craig T. Cooper, Alphonso Johnson, Bridgette Bryant

Bob James

Spyro Gyra

August 11, 12, & 13, 2017 Marcus Miller, Rachelle Ferrell, Jazz Funk Soul Feat. Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr., Boney James, Will Downing, Nathan East, Eric Darius, 30 Years of Long Beach Jazz Feat. Ndugu Chancler, Bobby Lyle, Craig T. Cooper, Alphonso Johnson, Bridgette Bryant, Jazz In P!nk, Poncho Sanchez, Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights, Najee, Bob James, Spyro Gyra, Al Williams Jazz Society Feat. Barbara Morrison and Special Guests Acts and times subject to change without notice

Cabanas available!

For tickets and information, contact:

Rainbow Promotions, LLC (562) 424-0013 | www.longbeachjazzfestival.com Benoit Entertainment Group, llc

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Publisher and Managing Editor

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JoAnn Armke Kerri De Rosier Barbara Knox Brad Sondak Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers (above) and The Rippingtons (below) are co-headliners on Aug. 5

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Ken Capobianco Cashmira Graphic Design

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Contributing Photographers

Cover photos: Boney James by Describe The Fauna; Long Beach Jazz Festival by Ellis Moore Photography Greg Allen Pat Benter Cathrin Cammett Chyna Photography Describe The Fauna Sherry Fisher Erick Frost Shalon Goss David Hopley Ellis Moore Photography

The Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens is presenting its Fourth Annual Jazz & Wine Festivals in Fallbrook, California. Headliners include Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers on a double-bill with The Rippingtons; and Fourplay with Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason and Kirk Whalum (filling in for Chuck Loeb). Check out our calendar section beginning on page 24 for information about this and other events.

Fourplay is scheduled to headline on Sept. 9

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8 Notes from the Publisher 12 Long Beach Jazz Festival Celebrates 30 years of catering to a rainbow of jazz fans: from popular general admission picnicking privileges to pampering VIP patrons 14 DISCover New Music The latest releases from artists you should check out 15 Catalina Island Travel Planning Guide Tips on how to get there and where to stay for the 31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival in October 20 Boney James Celebrates 25th year as a recording artist with a new Honestly CD and headlining

performance at the 30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival 24 Calendar of smooth jazz events Concerts, festivals and brunches nationwide 36 Smooth Jazz News home delivery Subscribe today! 37 Cool concert apparel Smooth Jazz News merchandise: guitar shirts, fleece jackets, golf shirts, T-shirts, tank tops and hats. Check out our summer sale! 38 Cashmira’s Starguide August-September horoscopes 38 Want help with a creative project? Tap the talent at Smooth Jazz News for your writing, editing, graphic design and blogging needs


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My summer festival touring started with Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway the first week of June. I was excited about the new weekend venue, Brian Culbertson sits in with James Lloyd of Pieces of a Dream at Oxbow Commons Oxbow Commons, a recently developed during the 2017 Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway quarter-mile-long, 300-foot-wide greenbelt (which also serves as a relief channel for the Napa River’s high That way, I could savor each sugary bite and sip some freshly wintertime water levels). Conveniently located between The Westin brewed coffee while choosing between the French-style quiche Verasa, the host hotel, and Oxbow Public Market, this park has a of the day or chilaquiles (scrambled eggs with homemade pathway that meanders under a bridge to the heart of downtown tortillas, ham, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, avocado slices and Napa, California and ends near the new Blue Note Napa Jazz lime créme fráiche). Club, where a second stage was set up outdoors for performances When I arrived at Grace’s Table, I was seated immediately, but between the main-stage acts during the festival. imagine my disappointment when the waitress informed me that With the hotel only a block away from the festival gates, I had they had already sold out of both the cinnamon rolls and donuts— extra time to venture out into Napa’s popular culinary scene, and it was only 10 a.m. on a Thursday! So, I ordered the chilaquiles something I didn’t have much of a chance to do in my prior visits. (sans the ham), which was incredible! The 7-mile drive, mostly on a two-lane highway, from The Westin Craig Collier, our operations and distribution manager, arrived to the previous weekend venue at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards later that day, in time for the afternoon “Wine Down” (wine-tasting, once took me nearly three hours because of all the traffic. live performances and DJs spinning records) at The Westin Verasa’s In the past, I usually just grabbed sandwiches from Genova Solera Courtyard, and the evening “Legends” and “Funk” concerts Delicatessen, and filled the cooler with snacks and drinks from at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, California, both of which the local Walmart to keep us nourished while selling subscriptions happen on Thursday and Friday and always sell out. and merchandise at the Smooth Jazz News booth, passing out Before Friday night’s show, we stopped by Oxbow Commons magazines, writing about the goings on, and taking snapshots to set up our booth, and I informed Craig of my vow to sample with my iPad and posting them on social media. Mind you: local dining. After reading reviews, we decided on a highly rated Genova is an excellent Italian deli (and ravioli factory) with steakhouse for our pre-concert dinner that night (which was just the best crab sandwiches, but I have always been curious about so-so). Throughout the weekend, we dined at Azzurro Pizzeria, other dining options. which was excellent, and Gott’s Roadside Diner (they have the The morning after the Welcome Dinner at The Westin best coffee milkshakes and Mexican street corn—grilled corn on Verasa’s Solera Courtyard, I Googled my way to Grace’s Table the cob with mayonnaise Cotija cheese and asado seasoning. in downtown Napa. On the short drive, barely a mile away, I We also made a couple rounds through the Oxbow Public Market, was trying to decide if I should order their special house-made an adventurous smorgasbord of international cuisine that also cinnamon rolls or old-fashioned donuts as soon as I arrived. features baked goods, a chocolatier, coffee roaster, an olive press,

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cheese and wine merchant, a raw bar, specialty gifts and books. Of course, we squeezed in a sandwich run to Genova, and sampled the food truck fare at the weekend festival. The schedule was also a plus. Gates opened at 10 a.m., and music played nonstop from 1-7:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Even the weather cooperated ... at least on Saturday: Warm and sunny, with cool winds whisking through the entire venue. For most of Sunday, it was pretty much the same until the afternoon, when out of nowhere (and no weather report had predicted this), dark clouds and flashes of lightning clogged the skies in the distance. By the time The Whispers were into their second song shortly after 4 p.m., the emcee interrupted the show to announce that the storm was going to hit our area within minutes. She advised all festivalgoers to take shelter under the bridge until the storm passed, at which time they hoped to resume the show. The rain had already started, the thunder booming louder and streaks of lightning flashing closer, when Craig and I left our booth unattended and walked back to the hotel to wait out the freak storm. We didn’t see blue sky until three hours later: By then, The Whispers were back at the hotel with bags packed and waiting for the airport shuttle.

Culbertson, who was scheduled to close out the festival with Eric Darius as his special guest after The Whispers’ set, decided to do his show at the Blue Note. While Culbertson and Darius rocked The JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Napa Valley Opera House upstairs (with a standing-room-only capacity of 650), singer Lindsey Webster wowed 140 patrons downstairs in the Blue Note Napa Jazz Club. Culbertson sat in with Webster, and the two also staged an impromptu Q&A session. Unable to get anywhere near the Blue Note, Craig and I went to Grace’s Table for our final supper in Napa. He ordered the Southwest tamale (chipotle pulled-pork shoulder, green chili, black beans, jack cheese, chili lime slaw, cilantro dressing, cascabel chili sauce) and the iron-skillet cornbread with lavender honey butter, both of which he loved. I had the artichoke fritters and roasted-beet salad. For me, Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway is like a crescendo, beginning with intimate boutique experiences and VIP activities and building up to a classic soul and smooth jazz weekend filled with wine, craft beer and cocktails and culinary delights. Tickets are on sale now for the Seventh Annual Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, scheduled for June 6-10, 2018, at www.jazzgetaway.com.

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on the Moonlight Veranda at The Centre in Escondido, California, at the end of June. Situated on the top floor of the three-story event space at Lexus Escondido, this venue offers reserved VIP seating in the first two rows in front of the stage, private cabanas for six to 10 guests (which includes a three-course dinner from Vintana, a fine dining restaurant located on the same floor), open general admission, and free valet parking. Pre-concert dining is also available at Vintana, as well as an artist meet & greet. Although this was the final date on this British band’s United States tour, this was the first show of the newly formed REVV Concert Series, a partnership between The Centre and its sister venue, the Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens in Fallbrook, California, with separate events held at these two different luxury venues. Grand Tradition is presenting its Fourth Annual Jazz & Wine Festivals with The Rippingtons and Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers scheduled as mainstage co-headliners on Aug. 5, and Fourplay (Bob James, Harvey Mason, Nathan East and Kirk Whalum) as the headliner on Sept. 9. Both events also feature opening acts on the main stage, and a variety of entertainment throughout the gardens. The next concert at The Centre features John Pizzarelli with Jessica Molaskey on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. The Centre is located at 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, California. The Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens is located at 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, California. For tickets or more information, visit www.REVVConcerts.com or call 760-728-6466.

Photo: Sherry Fisher

The next outing was Acoustic Alchemy

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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall are performing at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters’ Celebrity Benefit Event on Saturday, Aug. 26

Re-creation of ancient Roman vase artwork using human models, intricate sets, professional makeup, costumes and lighting at the 2017 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California

Photo: David Hopley

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calendar several times each summer for its art show and jazz performances (some accompanied by wine and chocolate!). However, my first trek up to the newly renovated Laguna Beach, California, venue was VIP night at Pageant of the Masters on July 6. It was the evening before this magnificent spectacle of music, stories and grand illusions of artistic masterpieces re-created using live humans was open to the public. The orchestra, intricate sets, lighting, makeup and costumes lived up to the enchantment that has enveloped me at all of the prior performances I’ve attended. This year’s theme, “The Grand Tour,” will be of special interest to jazz fans. I can’t tell you why because it would spoil the surprise. So, check it out for yourself. Performances are held nightly in the Irvine Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater behind the art show, through Aug. 31. If you go, you’ll probably want to plan your visit on a day when there’s also a jazz show, so you can immerse yourself in music, creative visual arts and the magic of Pageant of the Masters (and, perhaps, some wine and chocolate). Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California. For tickets or information, visit www.foapom.com or call 949-494-1145.

Nick Colionne performs tableside serenade to VIP patrons Eric Darius delighting VIP patrons before making his way to the general admission area at The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in July

The day after traveling to

Laguna Beach, I was thrilled to be back in my hometown for the return of The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival. I’m happy to report that the resurrection of this

event—produced by Rainbow Promotions and sponsored by Kathy and Willie Payne of Payne Pest Management—was a huge success! The VIP section sold out within a few weeks of tickets going on sale. And, once the

gates opened on Saturday, July 8, thousands of folks rushed in to claim their space in general admission by throwing down blankets, beach towels and chairs until they consumed the entire area. They were packed in all the way up to the fenced edges of this waterfront venue at the Embarcadero Marina Park North. That should be no surprise, with Brian Culbertson as the host and a headliner alongside a lineup of fan favorites such as Boney James, West Coast Jam (Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Norman Brown), Peter White, Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler and San Diego native Michael Franks. Plans are in the works for the 2018 San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival. Details will be announced soon. For more information, visit www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, or call 562-424-0013.


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AUG. 11-13 LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

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LONG BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL 30 YEARS!

CELEBRATING

By Melanie Maxwell

Marcus Miller (performing Aug. 11)

Photo: Shalon Goss

Photo: Cathrin Cammett

Photo: Ellis Moore Photography

Whether you enjoy a casual festival outing with a group of friends on the grassy grounds in general admission or insist on front-row seats in the VIP section, the Long Beach Jazz Festival has been delivering the best of both to genre enthusiasts for 30 years. The setting can be as simple as a picnic on the lawn next to the lagoon, or a gourmet experience where VIP patrons are seated at round tables of eight in front of the stage with a personal waiter, meal service, a bottle of wine per person, access to mingle with the artists (at their discretion) and private restroom facilities. “We are one of the only festivals that serve our VIP patrons a catered meal with a bottle of wine,” said Kimberly Benoit, president of Rainbow Promotions, LLC. “For us, it is about the experience from start to finish.” Since opening the gates to the first Long Beach Jazz Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park in 1987, Rainbow

Promotions founder Al Williams has catered to the comfort, needs and expectations of their family of festivalgoers. Benoit, who took the helm from her father when he retired a few years ago, has maintained that philosophy, while adding a few touches of her own, not only for this festival, but for all of the other events she produces, including The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, the Long Beach Bayou Festival and the concert series at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre. “We have added a Health and Wellness Pavilion so our patrons can get valuable information on healthcare,” said Benoit. “We have added cabanas, upgraded our media center and have been broadcasting live artist interviews on the JumboTron. We have also expanded our digital and social content, and are working on a special 30th anniversary year.” With this change in leadership, festivalgoers can be assured that the family atmosphere remains intact, which extends to the entire production team. Benoit’s husband, Ozzie Benoit, is the company’s vice president and event producer; their son, Christen Benoit, is the operations director and is also in charge of all wine and spirit sales; and their daughter, Blaire Benoit, is the company’s marketing manager. Williams, who is also a jazz bebop drummer and is performing at the festival with his band, still helps his daughter on special assignments. Longtime festival attendees also feel more like family than customers. And, that loyalty has certainly not waned, especially with people such as Terry Williams (no relation to Al). “I can still call up Rainbow Promotions, tell them I have a group of 40 people coming out to the Long Beach Jazz Festival, and they’ll reserve the seats for me and let my guests call in later with their payments,” said Terry Williams, owner of TK Construction, a garage door installation and repair company in Ontario, California, and attendee of this festival for more than two decades. “In the beginning, I put up $10,000 of my own money upfront to reserve the seats, but

Nathan East (performing Aug. 12)

Eric Darius (performing Aug. 12)


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When Aug. 11-13

Where Rainbow Lagoon Park, E. Shoreline Dr. and Linden Ave., Long Beach, California

Getting there

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now I can call up and tell them that I need tickets for 18 people in the VIP section and another 45 people in general admission and box seats for the festival, and they’ll reserve them. Then, all my people need to do is call in and say they want to be part of Terry’s group,” explained Terry Williams. Friends and customers of Terry Williams have become so accustomed to him keeping them apprised of all the best jazz events and making the arrangements for them, that they don’t bother searching the internet. They seem to simply wait for Terry’s call. Terry Williams brought 35 people with him to last month’s San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival. He’d attended all of the previous festivals Rainbow Promotions produced there in the early 2000s, and even has the souvenir guitar key chain from the first one to prove it. This month, he plans to bring more than 40 people to Long Beach. But, only 18 of them will be sitting in the VIP section, dining on china, eating their meals with silverware and drinking wine from crystal stemware: the rest have opted to bring in their own food and enjoy the shows from general admission or box seats (roped off sections with padded chairs behind the VIP area). Unlike policy changes at some other festivals that no longer allow outside food and beverages, Rainbow Promotions welcomes their customers to bring picnic baskets; coolers (up to 40-quart capacity); factory-sealed, non-alcoholic beverages; low-back chairs and two-wheeled, fold-up carts to transport it all in to the festival grounds. Plus, there are special sections against the back wall and west of the lagoon, where umbrellas and high-back chairs are permitted. The recent addition of cabanas has become a popular option. Each of the six cabanas are furnished private spaces, draped in white flowing fabric that can accommodate up to six people. They include two bottles of wine, six complimentary souvenir programs, a personal attendant for cash bar service, access to VIP restrooms and mingling with the artists. “The Long Beach Jazz Festival features some of the top jazz artists of the year and includes VIP, cabanas and box seating in an incredible outdoor setting with a great selection of food, merchandise and specialty vendors. The overall experience of the Long Beach Jazz Festival is unparalleled,” Benoit enthused. Whether you’re looking for extravagance, economy or something in between with a jazz festival experience, you’re sure to find it at Long Beach—along with an impressive lineup that includes Boney James, Will Downing, Nathan East, Rachelle Ferrell, Bob James, Najee, Paul Jackson Jr. and more. Congratulations to Rainbow Promotions for bringing great music to the masses for 30 years!

Flights are Cabanas at Long Beach Jazz Festival available into the Long Beach Airport (LGB), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA). Distance to the venue is approximately 10 miles from LGB, 22 miles from LAX and 29 miles from SNA.

Parking Festival parking is $15 at the nearby Marina Green Park and the Convention Center parking structure.

Staying there The Westin Long Beach is the festival’s host hotel. The group rate for festival patrons staying at this hotel Aug. 11-13 was available until July 28. For reservations and information about the Westin, located at 333 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, California, call 562-436-3000.

Tickets and information Seating options include: General Admission, Box Seats, VIP (stage-front seating, dinner service by a personal waiter with the amenities of fine dining and a bottle of wine per person, and backstage access to mingle with artists at their discretion), and Cabana packages (furnished, private cabana with two bottles of wine, a personal attendant for cash-only bar service, six complimentary souvenir programs, access to VIP restroom facilities––limited to six people per cabana per day). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.longbeachjazzfestival.com or call 562-424-0013.

Lineup Friday, Aug. 11 (Gates open at 5 p.m., music starts at 6:30 p.m.) Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr.; Rachelle Ferrell; Marcus Miller

Saturday, Aug. 12 (Gates open at 11 a.m., music starts at noon) Jazz in P!nk featuring Gail Jhonson and more; Ndugu Chancler featuring Bobby Lyle, Craig T. Cooper, Alphonso Johnson and Bridgette Bryant; Eric Darius; Nathan East; Will Downing; Boney James

Sunday, Aug. 13 (Gates open at 11 a.m., music starts at noon) Will Downing (performing Aug. 12)

Bob James (performing Aug. 13)

Al Williams Jazz Society featuring Barbara Morrison and special guests; Spyro Gyra; Bob James; Najee; Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights; Poncho Sanchez


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The lure of live smooth jazz on an enchanted island is a bucket-list destination for most genre enthusiasts. However, the logistics of traveling to Avalon, California, for the annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival seems a pure mystery to many. So, each year, we publish two guides to help you navigate this magical event, now in its 31st year. This Catalina Island Travel Planning Guide includes information on arranging lodging, cross-channel transportation and concert tickets. Our October-November issue’s Annual Catalina Island Visitors Guide offers suggestions on where to dine, shop and get pampered. The adventure begins with an hour-long boat ride from Long Beach, California (slightly longer from Dana Point or San Pedro), where the party just gets started! Advertorial


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GETTING THERE Catalina Express offers 30 daily departures from ports in Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, California. On Saturday and Sunday, special after-performance boat departures are available from Avalon back to Long Beach. www.CatalinaExpress.com • 877-292-3434

STAYING THERE Hermosa Hotel keeps it simple … clean rooms at low prices and DOG FRIENDLY! We are Catalina Island’s economy hotel located in the heart of Avalon just a lovely 10-15 minute, flat walk from the boat landing. Great prices, friendly service, clean rooms. JazzTrax packages! www.HermosaHotel.com • 888-592-1313 Hotel Catalina and Courtyard Garden Suites are both located steps from the bay! Hotel Catalina features large verandas with harbor views, a garden courtyard with Jacuzzi, lounge area and gas barbecue, partial ocean views, deluxe mountain views, standard and terrace rooms, family cottages, flatscreen TVs, DVD, cable, internet and more. The AAA-approved Courtyard Garden Suites features a garden courtyard with fire pit, large ocean-view suites, oversized garden rooms, extra-large family rooms, flat-screen TVs, DVD, cable, internet, jetted tubs, air conditioning-heating and more. continued on page 18


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Guests receive a 10 percent discount at Mi Casita, El Galleon, Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret and Original Jack’s Country Kitchen. Ask about the JazzTrax special: reserve three nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and get Thursday or Monday night free. www.hotelcatalina.com • 800-540-0184

VISITOR INFORMATION The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is the primary source for JazzTrax visitor information. Avalon’s quaint Mediterranean charm offers plenty of places to stay, play, eat, drink and shop. When you’re on Island Time, you’re having the time of your life. www.CatalinaChamber.com • 888-265-8068

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Boney James

A collaborator with his records, a solo artist on tour By Ken Capobianco

azz superstar Boney James didn’t have to look very far for inspiration for his new album, Honestly: All the saxophonist had to do was look within. The tightly focused, 10-song effort is a graceful mix of intimate ballads cutting close to the heart and upbeat party grooves geared toward raising spirits. It feels like a love letter to his audience. “This is a much more open record and it plays into the title, Honestly,” said the amiable James via phone recently. “It’s an honest record.

There’s a lot of different flavors to it but it’s held together by the idea of ‘Here I am, and here’s my saxophone.’ There’s just the melody without hardly any adornment at all, and yet it’s really evocative and emotional. These are just feelings, and I’m just going to let it all hang out there.” James said that the connecting thread between the songs and the simple, direct title of his 16th album revealed themselves to him after his reflection on the core emotions of each song. “I was listening to the record and trying to think what to call it. I just noticed that some of these songs were just fun. There were silly parts––I thought, ‘What’s up with that?’ A lot of it was so in contrast to what was going on out there in the news, and I thought maybe that’s the theme of the record. Just be honest and free, and have a good time. There was some real value to that in this moment in time.” The terrific song stylist and producer demurred at the notion that upbeat songs like “We Came to Party,” “Kicks” and “Up All Night” were written to help listeners escape during these uneasy times. “Not so much escape as release,” he said after a moment’s thought. “The day after the election, we played a show and people were upset. Of course, people are upset all the time for a lot of reasons, but it was clear that night that the audience was just so grateful to be able to come to a show, listen to music and have a good time. “I thought how powerful music was in that way. That played into the whole concept of the record. I didn’t set out to write these songs, but maybe that was what I was going through, and I was looking for music that was going to transport me as I was writing it.” Of course, James hasn’t morphed into George Clinton, so there’s much more to the record than party jams. Like all his work, the music here is quite nuanced as he shifts genres and offers different shades of his musical persona. The title track is a lovely R&B ballad with vocalistpianist Avery*Sunshine. And, “If I Can’t Hold You,” a collaboration with Eric Roberson (who has worked with Jill Scott and Musiq Soulchild, among others), brings out the saxophonist’s soulful side. Both tracks are deeply felt, featuring stellar vocal performances and two of James’ more lovely melodies. Perhaps the finest and most beautiful track is the spare instrumental cover of the Johnny Mercer-Hoagy Carmichael standard, “Skylark.” Longtime fans of the 55-year-old saxophonist will recognize this as the first cover of a standard to appear on one of his records. Interpreting such a unique classic presented a different challenge for him. “I’ve never recorded a standard before, so it’s a real departure for me. I think it might surprise people,” he said.


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“You know, people might be surprised also to know that I love to listen to the music associated with the ’30s and ’40s. When I turn on music to listen to and relax, it’s going to be from that big band and standard era. I just love it. It’s so beautiful and the musicianship is so great.”

but my record sales have been pretty stable through the last three projects. They’ve all been the top-selling CDs of the year on the Billboard contemporary jazz chart, which is very exciting. “For whatever reason, people are still buying my records. I hope it’s because the whole record is great, and you can play it all the way through. It’s not just about the single to download. I think people know when they buy my record, it’s going to be an experience. That’s something I’m trying to create. I also get a little bit of that crossover radio play, so that’s always been an asset for me. There’s always some R&B stuff on them.” He maintained that the decline of smooth jazz stations on terrestrial radio has been offset by other music services. “I think Sirius Watercolors has filled that gap––a lot of people get that now. People go on Pandora and Spotify. The music is almost easier to find now than it was when terrestrial radio dominated, and the fans are motivated to go find it.” James is also a very powerful concert draw, as he sells out his solo tours and headlines festivals. Unlike many smooth jazz artists, who frequently tour as part of multi-act bills, the saxophonist has eschewed package tours and stayed committed to headlining. That would seem like a logical choice for the Beyoncé and U2 of contemporary jazz, but James emphasized that success is not the driving factor in his decision to focus solely on headlining. “I had a manager named Howard Lowell who was responsible for a lot of success I had. Unfortunately, he died during the Body Language CD (1999). He managed me right around the time of the whole Guitars and Saxes phenomenon

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On Tour Aug. 12 30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Rainbow Lagoon Park Long Beach, California www.longbeachjazzfestival.com 562-424-0013

Aug. 26 Alexander Zonjic’s 4th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival Heritage Landing Muskegon, Michigan www.shorelinejazzfestival.com 800-585-3737

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SMooth Jazz Alive! August 1

Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 2

Jonathan Fritzén & Darren Rahn, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com/soiled-dove/ shows, 303-830-9214 Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 3

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Steve Oliver, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon

Concerts and Festivals

Road, Laguna Beach, California, foapom.com/events-mmm/artjazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Wine & chocolate pairings are $20 with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $25 per person per concert, 800-487-3378.) DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.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 4

The O’Jays with special guest The Whispers, 8pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com

Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 5

4th Annual REVV Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Ruby & The Red Hots, Wazabe Blue with Jerome Dawson, Rebecca Jade & Charlotte Littlehales performing throughout the gardens, 3:30-6:15pm; Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 6pm; The Rippingtons, 8pm, Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, California, www.RevvConcerts.com, 760-728-6466 (General admission & Signature Garden Theatre seating are available with or without dinner at the Beverly Mansion, for an additional fee) Taste of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival featuring Elan Trotman, 1pm, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza,

300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, Connecticut, www. tastect.org Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Jane Lynch in “See Jane Sing,” 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/ events-mmm/concerts-on-the-green/, 949-494-1145 (free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket) Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest featuring Jazz Funk Soul with Paul Jackson Jr., Jeff Lorber & Everette Harp, 7:30pm, Kentucky Horse Park Campground, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy., Lexington, Kentucky, www.AAFinc.com, 859-255-2653 Boney James, 4pm, Vanport Jazz Festival, Portland Meadows, 1001 N. Schmeer Road, Portland, Oregon, www.boneyjames.com Chris Standring, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment,


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3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.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 6

Soul & Jazz Fixx Sunday with Tony Exum Jr., 8pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Chase Huna CD-Release Party, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.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 8

Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 9

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Peter White, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 7:30pm, Weesner Family Amphitheater, Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, Minnesota, www.davekoz.com Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Bill Cantos & Mari Falcone, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, foapom.com/events-mmm/ art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Wine & chocolate pairings are $20 with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $25 per person per concert, 800-487-3378.) San Diego Symphony presents Thursday Night Jazz as part of Bayside Summer Nights featuring Latin Jazz Masters, 7:30pm, Embarcadero Marina Park S. (located behind the San Diego Convention Center), 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, California, www.sandiegosymphony.org, 619-235-0804

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.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

Keiko Matsui, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

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Freddy Cole, 8pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932

Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000

Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 7pm, Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, Ohio, www.davekoz.com

Norman Brown, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com/ soiled-dove/shows, 303-830-9214

30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival featuring Boney James, Will Downing, Nathan East, Eric Darius, Ndugu Chancler featuring Bobby Lyle, Craig T. Cooper, Alphonso Johnson & Bridget Bryant; Jazz in Pink with Gail Jhonson & more, gates open at 11am, show begins at noon, Rainbow Lagoon Park, E. Shoreline Dr. & Linden Ave., Long Beach, California, www.longbeachjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013

30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival featuring Marcus Miller; Rachelle Ferrell; Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Paul Jackson Jr., gates open at 5pm, show begins at 6:30pm, Rainbow Lagoon Park, E. Shoreline Dr. & Linden Ave., Long Beach, California, www.longbeachjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013

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30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival featuring Poncho Sanchez, Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights, Najee, Bob James, Spyro Gyra, Al Williams Jazz Society (with Barbara Morrison & special guests), gates open at 11am, show begins at noon, Rainbow Lagoon Park, E. Shoreline Dr. & Linden Ave., Long Beach, California, www.longbeachjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 6pm, Richmond Jazz Festival, Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St., Richmond, Virginia, www.davekoz.com Darryl Williams, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Keiko Matsui, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 17

Brian Culbertson FUNK! Tour, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland,

www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Stephan Oberhoff & HeartBeat Brazil, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, foapom. com/events-mmm/art-jazz-winechocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Wine & chocolate pairings are $20 with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $25 per person per concert, 800-487-3378.) Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 8pm, The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Dr., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, www.davekoz.com DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 David Garfield, 7pm, Bogies at The Westgate Village Inn, 32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, California, www.bogies-bar.com/events/, 818-889-2394 18

DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 8pm, The Foundry, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, www.foundrylv.com, 702-761-7617 19

Boney James, 6pm, Sunset Jazz Festival, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Dr., Atlanta, Georgia, www.boneyjames.com DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band, 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/ events-mmm/concerts-on-the-green/, 949-494-1145 (free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket) Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 8pm, The Foundry, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, www.foundrylv.com, 702-761-7617 Starlight Food & Wine Festival, 5pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Michael Paulo, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199


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Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side with special guests Kenny Lattimore & Valerie Simpson, 7:30pm, The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, California, www.davekoz.com Steve Oliver, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright, 6pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 24

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Brian Simpson, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, foapom.com/events-mmm/art-jazzwine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Wine & chocolate pairings are $20 with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $25 per person per concert, 800-487-3378.) Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival Preview Concert featuring Alexander Zonjic & Friends, 7:30pm, The Block, 360 W. Western Ave., 2nd Floor, Muskegon, Michigan, www.TheBlockWestMichigan.org, 231-726-3231 San Diego Symphony presents Thursday Night Jazz as part of Bayside Summer Nights featuring John Beasley presents MONKestra, 7:30pm, Embarcadero Marina Park S. (located behind the San Diego Convention Center), 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, California, www.sandiegosymphony.org, 619-235-0804 Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 7:30pm, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, California, www.davekoz.com DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 25

DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Jazz in the Park featuring Muskegon Jazz All-Stars, Alexander Zonjic & Friends with special guests Jackiem Joyner & Joey Sommerville, 5pm, Hackley Park Stage, 350 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, Michigan, www.shorelinejazzfestival.com (Free admission)

Paul Anka, 8pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 7:30pm, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, California, www.davekoz.com 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 26

Kim Waters, 7:30pm, Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Brian Culbertson, 8pm, The Foundry, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, https://foundrylv.com DTE Energy presents Alexander Zonjic’s 4th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival featuring Organissimo, 1pm; Joey Sommerville, 2:15pm; Alexander Zonjic & Friends with special guests Jeff Lorber & Steve Cole, 3:45pm; Keiko Matsui, 5:45pm; Boney James, 7:30pm, Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St., Muskegon, Michigan, www.shorelinejazzfestival.com, 800-585-3737 Alexander Zonjic’s 4th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival After-Party Jam featuring Alexander Zonjic, with special guest Joey Sommerville jamming with a variety of festival artists, 10pm, Holiday Inn, Main Ballroom, 939 3rd St., Muskegon, Michigan, www.shorelinejazzfestival.com, 800-585-3737 Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 8pm, Uptown Theater, 1350 3rd St., Napa, California, www.davekoz.com Justin Young, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 27

REVV Concert Series presented by Lexus Escondido at The Centre featuring John Pizzarelli with Jessica Molaskey, 7pm, The Centre, Moonlight Veranda, 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, California, www.REVVConcerts.com, 760-728-6466 15th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival featuring Brian Culbertson, David Sanborn Electric Band, Jeanette Harris, Louie Cruz Beltran, Johnny Britt & Long Beach Poly Jazz Combo 1, 11:30am, Rowley Memorial Park, 13220 S. Van Ness Ave., Gardena, California, www.gardenajazzfestival.com, 310-217-9537 DTE Energy presents Alexander Zonjic’s 4th Annual Shoreline Jazz continued on page 28


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Boney James, 3:30pm, Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition, Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola, Florida, www.boneyjames.com

Spencer Day, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series presents An Evening with Ottmar Liebert, 6pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099

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Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Max Bennett & Private Reserve, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, foapom. com/events-mmm/art-jazz-winechocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Wine & chocolate pairings are $20 with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $25 per person per concert, 800-487-3378.) Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo & TOTO, 7:30pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199

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Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 8pm, The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly, Massachusetts, www.davekoz.com Raul Midon, 8pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 Eric Marienthal, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199

Blake Aaron, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 3

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

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Marcus Miller, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 8

Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 11th Annual Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Teen Town, 6pm; The Jost Project, 6:30pm; Joey DeFrancesco + the People, 8pm, Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188, ext. 0 Gladys Knight, 8pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Marcus Miller, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Melissa Etheridge: M.E. Live, 7:30pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 7pm, Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, California, www.davekoz.com 9

4th Annual REVV Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Sinatra & Martinis, Viva Santana, Len Rainey & The Midnight Players & Charlotte Littlehales performing throughout the gardens, 3:30-6:15pm; David Maldonado, 6pm; Fourplay with Bob James, Nathan East, Kirk


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Whalum & Harvey Mason, 8pm, Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, California, www.RevvConcerts.com, 760-728-6466 (General admission & Signature Garden Theatre seating are available—with or without dinner at the Beverly Mansion, for an additional fee) 11th Annual Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Kenny Allen & Brian Lenair, 4:30pm; Kim Waters, 6pm; Eric Roberson, 7:30pm; Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188, ext. 0 2nd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival featuring Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Jessy J, Adam Hawley, David P. Stevens, Malo Anthology, Rick Parma, Ashford Gordon, Del Franklin, Road Brothers & Evelyn Champagne King, 11am, Oxnard Beach Park, 1601 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, California, https://oxnardjazzfestival.com San Diego Blues Festival, a benefit for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, featuring Mavis Staples & more, noon, Embarcadero Marina Park N., 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California, www.sdbluesfest.com Nils, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Marcus Miller, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.jazzconcerts.com, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 10

11th Annual Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Chelsey Green with Jeanette Harris & David P. Stevens, 4:30pm; Jarrod Lawson, 6pm; Eric Darius with Jeff Bradshaw, 7:30pm, Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188, ext. 0 Louie Cruz Beltran, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Marcus Miller, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring

Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 5pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.jazzconcerts.com, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 14

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 15

Najee, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com/soileddove/shows, 303-830-9214 Boney James Live with special guest Alex Bugnon, 8pm, Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, Kentucky, www.boneyjames.com 16

Maysa, 7:30pm, Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Jonathan Butler, 8pm, The Foundry, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, https://foundrylv.com Down to the Bone, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series presents West Coast Jam featuring Rick Braun, Norman Brown & Richard Elliot, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 17

Steve Oliver, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 21

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 David Garfield, 7pm, Bogies at The Westgate Village Inn, 32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, California, www.bogies-bar.com/events/, 818-889-2394 22

Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 continued on page 31


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continued from page 29 Al Di Meola’s Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Electric Tour, 8pm, Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., San Diego, California, http://sandiegotheatres.org, 619-570-1100 Adam Hawley, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 23

Jeffrey Osborne, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 8pm, The Foundry, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, https://foundrylv.com Boney James, 7:30pm, The Hangar at McClellan Conference Center, 5411 Luce Ave., McClellan Park, California, www.boneyjames.com, 800-595-4849 Jazz at Lyman Center featuring Jonathan Butler with Elan Trotman & Tropicality, 8pm, Southern Connecticut State University, John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, Connecticut, www.elantrotman.com Al Williams Jazz Society, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Keiko Matsui & Poncho Sanchez, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 24

Jeffrey Osborne, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Spencer Day, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Boney James, 5pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 26

Jesse Cook, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www. ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545

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Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Smooth Jazz All-Stars Jam Session, 9pm, Vila Vita Parc, Algarve, Porches, Portugal, www. algarve.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821 2292711

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The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7:30pm, Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival featuring John Stoddart, 8:45pm; Brian Culbertson, 10:15pm; After-Show Chill-Out, 11:45pm, Vila Vita Parc, Algarve, Porches, Portugal, www.algarve.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821 2292711 Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 29

Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Larry Braggs, 8:45pm; Kirk Whalum, 10:15pm; AfterShow Chill-Out, 11:45pm, Vila Vita Parc, Algarve, Porches, Portugal, www.algarve.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821 2292711 Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com/soiled-dove/ shows, 303-830-9214 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 30

Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Jackiem Joyner, 11am; Paul Brown, 12:30pm; Paul Jackson Jr., 8:45pm; Richard Elliot, 10:15pm; After-Show Chill-Out, 11:45pm, Vila Vita Parc, Algarve, Porches, Portugal, www.algarve.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821 2292711 Charley Langer with Steelin’ Dan, 6pm, Miners Leap Winery, 54250 S. River Road, Clarksburg, California, www.charleylanger.com Jeff Kashiwa, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Brian Culbertson, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099

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Dave Scott––meteorologist and feature reporter for KUSI-TV by day, and jazz trombonist and composer by night— is scheduled to perform on Hornblower’s San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise on Sunday, Aug. 20 and 27

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KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with KJAZZ host Bubba Jackson, 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with KJAZZ host DJ Le-Roy Downs, 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 Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

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KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St. Pier, 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.spaghettinisb.com, www.947thewave.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, au g. 1 2

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St.

Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 s u n day, au g. 1 3

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 continued on page 34


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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.spaghettinisb.com, www.947thewave.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, au g. 1 9

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 s u n day, au g. 2 0

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Dave Scott Duet, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 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.spaghettinisb.com, www.947thewave.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, au g. 2 6

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 s u n day, au g. 2 7

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring Dave Scott Duet, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 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. spaghettinisb.com, www.947thewave. com, 562-596-2199

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KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with KJAZZ host Bubba Jackson, 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with KJAZZ host DJ Le-Roy Downs, 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 Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 s u n day, s e p t. 3

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St. Pier, 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 Damon Reel, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, www.947thewave.com, 562-596-2199 m o n day, s e p t. 4

Labor Day Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring live music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Labor Day Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring live music, 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 Labor Day Lunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700


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KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch in Seal Beach, California

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KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 S u n day, S e p t. 1 0

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St. Pier, 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.spaghettinisb.com, www.947thewave.com, 562-596-2199 Sat u r day, S e p t. 1 6

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 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.spaghettinisb.com, www.947thewave.com, 562-596-2199 Sat u r day, S e p t. 2 3

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails 11:30am-1:30 pm, boards at 11am 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 Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 S u n day, S e p t. 2 4

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St. Pier, 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.spaghettinisb.com, www.947thewave.com, 562-596-2199 Sat u r day, s e p t. 3 0

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events 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 Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 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.


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Cashmira’s starguide Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

It’s time to work on your communication skills. You need to be able to defend yourself from interference against your plans. If you can explain all your reasons in a calm manner, you will be much more successful.

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

Now is a good time to catch up on all those projects that remain unfinished. Complete each of them one at a time. Don’t let yourself be caught up in checking out all those shiny distractions. Wear blinders if you must!

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

Others may think you only care about material things. Take time to let those close to you know how little those things matter to you in comparison to your relationships with loved ones.

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

You’re fairly exhausted these days. All those familial chores are taking up all your time. It may be hard to carve out some of those minutes for yourself, but you need to do so. You have to energize yourself to go on.

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

You’ve become a little bit of a homebody lately, which belies your Aquarian love of adventure. It’s time to cut loose and do something you’ve always wanted to do. Take a chance, and go for it ... adventure awaits!

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20

You will be super busy over the next several weeks. Commitments upon commitments will arise, and you will have to pick and choose wisely. Anything to do with your finances would be most important, so make time for your money matters.

Aries March 21 - April 19

There is no reason you have to choose between your everyday obligations and being good to yourself. If you wait for the perfect time to grant yourself permission, it may never happen. So take advantage of a free moment, and get that pedicure!

Taurus April 20 - May 20

You’re feeling like shaking things up in the workplace. Go for it; even though you might get some resistance. Sometimes a change in routine can help everyone look at things in a new way, and creative thinking works!

Faraway places are on your mind. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel those soft breezes and let your responsibilities simply slip away? OK, that was nice. Now it’s time to remember all those chores and get moving.

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It seems as if everyone you know wants to give you some advice. Listen carefully, but make up your own mind. It never hurts to hear another point of view, but you’re the one who has to live with the choice.

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