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31st Annual

AUGUST 10-12, 2018 RAINBOW LAGOON PARK East Shoreline Drive • Long Beach, California

Jonathan Butler

Randy Crawford

Maysa

Eric Roberson

Kim Waters & Marion Meadows

Stanley Clarke

Marcus Miller

Kirk Whalum

Poncho Sanchez

Keiko Matsui & Eric Marienthal

Everette Harp

Chante Moore

David Benoit & Marc Antoine

Doc Powell

Nick Colionne

Brian Simpson & Jazmin Ghent

AUGUST 10-12, 2018

Jonathan Butler, Maysa, Kim Waters & Marion Meadows, Marcus Miller, Poncho Sanchez, Everette Harp, Chante Moore & Doc Powell, Nick Colionne, Eric Roberson, Nick Smith, Stanley Clarke, Randy Crawford, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui, David Benoit & Marc Antoine, Brian Simpson & Jazmin Ghent

Cabanas available!

For tickets and information, contact:

Rainbow Promotions, LLC (562) 424-0013 www.longbeachjazzfestival.com #LBJazzFest

Benoit Entertainment Group, llc

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CONTENTS Publisher and Managing Editor Melanie Maxwell Operations & Distribution Manager Craig Collier Copy Editors JoAnn Armke Kerri De Rosier Barbara Knox Brad Sondak

Graphic Design Gina Mancini Contributing Photographers Cover photo of Keiko Matsui by Lori Stoll Pat Benter Alex Farrell David Hopley Lori Stoll Smooth Jazz News 5519 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #134 San Diego, CA 92117 858-541-1919 smoothjazznews@aol.com www.smoothjazznews.com Smooth Jazz News is published seven times annually: Monthly: April and May; Bimonthly: June-July, August-September, October-November, December-January and February-March. The publisher assumes no responsibility for claims or actions of its advertisers. Opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the publisher, staff or advertisers. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher. ©2018, Smooth Jazz News | All rights reserved.

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Contributors Ken Capobianco Cashmira Andrew Eakes

Looking for a cool place to escape the heat, enjoy refreshing drinks, delicious food and great jazz? Check out saxophonist Justin Young at Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment in Seal Beach, California, on Saturday, Aug. 25. For more information on this and other events happening in August and September, check out our calendar beginning on page 20.

8 Notes from the Publisher Awe inspiring every year— Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California 10 31st Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival The joy of jazz with a healthy twist at a perfect summer venue 12 DISCover New Music The latest releases from artists you should check out 13 Catalina Island Travel Planning Guide The details you need for a delightful jazz excursion to the Mediterranean-style isle in the Pacific this fall 16 Keiko Matsui The keyboardist’s mesmerizing melodies connect with three generations

18 Smooth Jazz News home delivery Subscribe today! 20 Calendar of events Concerts, cruises, comedy shows, festivals and brunches nationwide 30 Cashmira’s Starguide August-September horoscopes 30 Book review “Passionate Warrior: My Charter School Journey,” a memoir by Richard Elliot’s sister, Dr. Jacqueline Elliot 31 Cool concert apparel Smooth Jazz News merchandise: guitar shirts, fleece jackets, golf shirts, T-shirts, tank tops and hats. Check out our summer sale!


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Chris Standring performing during the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California, on July 19

Every time I attend a concert at Festival of Arts, I feel enveloped by beauty and magic.

breezes helped cool down the air on that hot

It was especially enchanting during my visit to the

concrete. Tiered general admission seating is

Laguna Beach, California, fine art show last month

carved into one side of its perimeter. Reserved

because I timed it on a day when my guests and I

seating sections are spread out on two levels

could partake in the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate

and cost an additional $35 per person. We sat

series and also stay for Pageant of the Masters.

at a table on the main level, which is angled

It was our first experience in the remodeled venue where guitarist

and humid Thursday. The entire concert area, which can now accommodate approximately 250 people, is

to the left side of the stage. The other option is a few steps down,

Chris Standring was performing with his band comprising Andre

directly in front of the stage, with tables and chairs set up on bright

Berry on bass, Sergio Gonzalez on drums, and Hans Zermuehlen on

green artificial turf.

keyboards. The architects of the award-winning renovation of the

Concerts are free with Festival of Arts admission ($10 on weekdays,

iconic outdoor exhibition space certainly had comfort and coolness

$15 on weekends, with special discounts for children, students and

in mind when they designed the corner layout of the concert area

seniors aged 62-plus. Free admission is offered to Laguna Beach

with canopies over the expanded seating areas and stage. Branches of

residents, children 5 years of age or under and military).

large eucalyptus trees sway over the perimeter wall and fan the venue

Although there are food and beverage vendors onsite, as well as

with extra shade. And, it was quite refreshing when splashes of ocean

the new Terra Laguna Beach restaurant, picnicking with your own


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basket of goodies is also allowed. We brought in some sandwiches and drinks in a small cooler. And, with our $20 Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate admission, we each received three XAN Confections chocolates and three glasses of wine. It was quite the divine alfresco dining experience, and music added the soul-stirring ingredient.

Standring’s signature retro-meets-modern-vibes

sound, always a pleasure to listen to, was enhanced by the surrounding paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, glass, photography, watercolors and woodworks. Even the concert section has stunning Marlo Bartels-designed benches and a fountain sculpture. Each is made with various shaped azure and turquoise-hued mosaics, ceramics and tiles on the top, a black and white checkered base, and a bottom row lined in a black and brown pattern. (Check out his work at the

Fred Stodder ceramics exhibit at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California

festival, or visit his website www.marlobartels.com.) When the concert, which started at 5:30 p.m., ended at 7:30 p.m.,

narrator began guiding the audience through each piece of the 90-minute theatrical performances where famous works of art

we had nearly an hour to peruse more art exhibits before the curtains

come alive onstage.

of Pageant of the Masters rose at 8:30 p.m.

century’s new generation of impressionists and plein air painters,

We arrived at the Irvine Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater behind

This year’s theme, “UNDER THE SUN,” re-creates the early 20th

the art show where the Pageant is performed, while the 26 musicians

while honoring Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around

were warming up in the orchestra pit beneath the stage. Soon, the

the world who left their studios, set up their easels outdoors and

lights dimmed, the orchestra’s curtain closed, and the live

became inspired by the natural beauty. This production––featuring intricate sets, makeup and costumes, sophisticated lighting and hundreds of volunteers––mystifies imagination in the magical way works are re-created with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. And, fun and surprises add to this 85th annual, wondrous, awe-inspiring experience. Although I’ve already checked off these items on my summer must-do list, I still feel a strong need to return a few more times before Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters end Sept. 1, to make this season truly extraordinary. Especially when I see Gregg Karukas and Michael Paulo scheduled to perform on Aug. 2; Jeff Lorber Fusion on Aug. 4; and Lee Ritenour on Aug. 18, in addition to a variety of other bands listed on the Festival of Arts’ daily music schedule. Meanwhile, with a nod to a scene at this year’s Pageant, I can always dream of an Endless Summer! For more information on Festival of Arts and Pageant of the

A cast member has her makeup touched up backstage for the “Orange Crate Labels” set at Pageant of the Masters

Masters, located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, visit www.foapom.com or call 800-487-3378.


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Aug. 10-12

31st Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Long Beach, California

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Jonathan Butler (performing Aug. 10)

Michael Haggins (performing Aug. 11 on the second stage)

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By Melanie Maxwell

The Long Beach Jazz Festival offers a symphony of jazz genres in a picnic-perfect park next to a lagoon, and close enough to Rainbow Harbor for fans to feel its refreshing breezes. Over three days, the 31st annual event will feature a lineup of contemporary and traditional jazz and R&B with a splash of Latin jazz. Smooth jazz favorites Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler and David Benoit; jazz/R&B vocalists Randy Crawford and Maysa; as well as El Conguero Poncho Sanchez, and other crowd-pleasers will take the stage.

This year’s theme, “A Healthy Taste of Jazz,” fits nicely into the festival setting: fresh air and the sun beaming down natural doses of vitamin D. There will be a Health & Wellness Pavilion in the adjacent Vendor Village filled with wellness experts, healthcare providers, treatment center representatives, organic food and health product vendors, and sampling stations. A second stage will feature wellness


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Photo: Ellis Moore Photography

and inspirational speakers, plus for a more comfortable and more musical entertainment. private festival experience. Kimberly Benoit, president Each of the six cabanas is a of Rainbow Promotions, LLC, furnished, private space draped in the festival producer, created white, owing fabric, with seating the Health & Wellness Pavilion for as many as six people. Amenities a few years ago with the goal of include two bottles of wine, six increasing awareness of all forms complimentary souvenir programs, of healthcare and healthy living personal attendant for cash bar opportunities available to the service and access to VIP restrooms local community. and mingling with the artists. As of Of course, there will also be press time, cabanas were sold out a variety of traditional festival for Saturday and Sunday. Friday fare (fried fish, funnel cakes, was still available, priced at $1,200 barbecue, etc.) and beverages per cabana ($1,250 at the gate). Cabanas are an elegant choice for enjoying the (fresh-squeezed lemonade, beer, Other ticket options are VIP Long Beach Jazz Festival alcoholic drinks, etc,), as well as (includes table seating in front of the unique clothing, art and accessories vendors. stage, upgraded restrooms, dinner and wine), box seats (reserved Benoit has added some more personal touches to this seating in roped off sections behind VIP) and general admission three-generation, family-produced jazz festival (which she runs (open lawn seating; bring your own blanket or low-back chair). with the help of her husband, Ozzie Benoit, and their two Whether you enjoy a casual festival outing with a group of children, son Christen, and daughter Blaire), since taking the friends on the grassy knoll in general admission, spring for helm from her father, Al Williams: the upgraded media center stage-front seats in the VIP section, or indulge in the coolness where live artist interviews are broadcast on the JumboTron; of a cabana, the Long Beach Jazz Festival plans to deliver patrons a and, probably one of the of the most popular, a cabana section healthy dose of summer festival fun!

When

Lineup

Aug. 10-12

Friday, Aug. 10

Where

Main stage (Gates open at 5 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m.)

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

Second stage at the Health & Wellness Pavilion

Kim Waters and Marion Meadows, Maysa, Jonathan Butler

Getting there

Ashley McCray ......................................................................8 p.m. Wendell MusicMan Moore ................................................9:20 p.m.

Flights are 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.

Saturday, Aug. 11

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 there, Aug. 10-12, is based on availability. For reservations and information about the Westin, located at 333 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, California, call 562-436-3000.

Tickets and information www.longbeachjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013

Main stage (Gates open at 11 a.m., music starts at 1 p.m.) Nick Smith; Eric Roberson; Nick Colionne; Everette Harp, Chante Moore and Doc Powell; Poncho Sanchez; Marcus Miller

Second stage at the Health & Wellness Pavilion Cameron Clark and The Jazz Experiment .............................2 p.m. Railway HD .......................................................................5:30 p.m. Side Effect .............................................................................7 p.m. Michael Haggins ...............................................................8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 12 Main stage (Gates open at 11 a.m., music starts at 1 p.m.) Brian Simpson and Jazmin Ghent; David Benoit and Marc Antoine; Keiko Matsui and Eric Marienthal; Kirk Whalum; Randy Crawford; Stanley Clarke

Second stage at the Health & Wellness Pavilion The Other Mules ....................................................................2 p.m. The Jazztyme Playas .............................................................4 p.m. Sulpacio Jones ......................................................................7 p.m. Ricky Jones ......................................................................8:15 p.m.


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ROB ZINN • Walk The Walk (Rob Zinn Music)

Rob Zinn’s second album, produced by double-GRAMMY-winner Paul Brown, is an explosive collection of spirited grooves and vibes, from ambient, soulful and bluesy to mid-tempo sensual and deep in-the-pocket funk. “Seldom will I go out on a limb and proclaim that such an artist will be among the elite artists in no time.” —Ronald Jackson (The Smooth Jazz Ride) AvAilAble At: www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com, www.robzinn.com, iTunes and all digital music mediums Website: www.robzinn.com

JAZZ IN PINK • ”Back & Forth” (single) (Philly The Kid)

The first single, “Back & Forth,” from Jazz in Pink’s highly anticipated upcoming CD has been released. This all-female ensemble, featuring Gail Jhonson, Robin Bramlett, Tomoka, Dee Simone and D’Love, offers a smooth, funky and jazzy song that all music lovers will enjoy. AVAILABLE AT: iTunes, www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com WEBSITE: www.jazzinpink.com And, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Jazz in Pink, the band is presenting “Women Making Music a Choice” on Oct. 20, at First Baptist Church of NoHo. This all-day event will feature panel discussions with industry insiders, workshops, vendors, food, raffle and fun “pink” stuff, followed by a concert featuring Jazz in Pink band members, including Karen Briggs and Mariea Antoinette. For tickets, more information or to donate to this event, which is scheduled for Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., at First Baptist Church of NoHo, 11210 Otsego St., N. Hollywood, California, visit www.jazzinpink.com.

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JUSTIN YOUNG • Justin Young Live! from Chene Park Amphitheatre (DVD) (Justntime Records)

Lights! Five cameras! Action! Relive one of the hottest jazz shows at Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit with Justin Young and his band. Experience what really went on in extended pre-show footage, behind-the-scenes look at Justin working with GRAMMY nominee Dave Rideau, Darren Rahn, Noel Hall and Jim Young. Features never-before-seen intimate footage of Justin and his band rehearsing. Includes the Top 20 Billboard Jazz smash hit “Always There.” AvAilAble At: www.justinyoungsax.com Website: www.justinyoungsax.com

GROOVEXPRESS • Amsterdaam (The Sound of L.A.)

The 11-track album Amsterdaam is a superb collection of strong compositions by bandleader Mykeljon. It’s a wonderful celebration of smooth jazz-derived grooves that pack a real punch. The blistering musical performances take the listener on a journey from start to finish. The title track, “Amsterdaam,” was written in a café in the heart of the canals in situ! AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, Spotify, Apple Music Website: www.groovexpress.me/en/

SAM RUCKER • Redemption (Favor Productions)

Find the path to Redemption with “True Love,” the first single from urban-jazz saxophonist Sam Rucker’s inspired new album. It’s a soulstirring set of instrumentals about overcoming, compassion, perseverance and triumph set to contagious grooves. No covers, no guest producers and no superstar guests. Just pure, raw and real Rucker. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com Website: www.samrucker.com


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Catalina Island Travel Planning Guide By Melanie Maxwell

Blissful days and musical nights on California’s island gem. Before introducing the bands during the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival each October, festival producer Art Good often asks the audience, “How many are first-timers to the island?” And, every year, the number of raised hands waving in the audience increases. These are the folks who finally found the key to unlock the perceived

mystery of traveling to Catalina Island for a magical musical getaway. We publish this guide to help jazz fans navigate their travels to this year’s Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, scheduled for Oct. 11-14 and Oct. 18-21. Each festival weekend kicks off on Thursday night with “unplugged” concerts at Descanso Beach,

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Get Your Groove on, Island Style.

Enjoy live music October 11-14 and October 18-21, 2018 at the longest running smooth jazz festival in America. Featuring smooth jazz musicians performing "Unplugged Under the Stars on Descanso Beach" and in the historic Casino Ballroom. Enhance the rhythm of your life on beautiful Catalina. For further information visit us at CatalinaChamber.com or call 888-265-8068.

Relax. You’re On Island Time.


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the same venue where DJ Jonathan Phillips spins his tunes at the Saturday night after-parties. Main concerts are held in the Catalina Casino Ballroom Friday-Sunday. For tickets or more information, visit www.jazztrax.com or call 866-872-9849. Let the planning for paradise begin!

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 • 800-955-4386

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

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 Advertorial listings provided by each advertiser.

CANDY DULFER

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JESSE COOK

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PETER WHITE

Visit �"Specials"� at HermosaHotel.com

Also Richard Elliot, David Benoit & Marc Antoine, Tim Bowman, Marcus Anderson, Jazmin Ghent, Urban Jazz Coalition, Skinny Hightower, Vincent Ingala & Lindsey Webster, Dan Siegel, Jonathan Fritzén, Peter ‘Peet’ Ferencz from Peet Project, Adam Hawley, Keiko Matsui AND MORE !

Tickets, Hotel and Boat information

www.JazzTrax.com 866-Trax Tix (866-872-9849) Get the 1 hour across the Sea on board CatalinaExpress.com

Plan now & enjoy smooth grooves on the beautiful island of Catalina 310-510-1010

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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, flat-screen 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. 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

Your Catalina Island journey begins with us. 1 HOUR BOAT RIDE. UP TO 30 DEPARTURES DAILY. Experience Catalina Island, just an hour boat ride from Southern California’s coast! Indulge into scenic beauty, high adventure activities or simply rest and relaxation. With up to 30 departures daily from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point, take the trip for a day, or stay overnight.

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By Ken Capobianco

eiko Matsui’s music has touched the hearts of millions and resonated on multiple levels with fans who are inspired by her lyrical melodies and often wondrous soundscapes.

Over the course of her 30-year career and 28 albums, the Japanese keyboardist has established herself as an international performer with her deeply spiritual songs that evoke a sense of wonder and freedom. One of the most prominent women in jazz, Matsui reaches across cultures and her lovely, graceful music speaks to people in profound ways. Her power to heal and inspire through song is not lost on the globetrotting instrumentalist, who says she is often overwhelmed by her audience’s emotional response to her work. “My fans tell me how much my music helped their lives, or how they use my music for work or creating their art. I’ve had a doctor tell me he listens to it while he operates,” Matsui said recently via phone from her home in the Los Angeles area. “I hear so many stories like this from fans, so I realize this is my mission in life, and I really hope that my music helps people. There are so many problems in the world for so many different reasons, and people always tell me my music helps make their lives better. That means so much to me. “When I play a concert, we all share many emotions together, and there is so much feeling––we are united. It’s a wonderful miracle each time I play. You know, my music is always helping me, too. It’s so fulfilling to know I am bringing happiness to the world.” Throughout the long interview, Matsui was as open-hearted, empathetic and elegant as her music, as well as good-humored and exceedingly humble. The keyboardist-composer is preparing to write and record a follow-up to her first acoustic album, 2016’s tender, captivating Journey to the Heart. And, she plans to have her manager, Bud Harner, co-produce it with her.

While she has ventured into different musical genres, including classical, world, orchestral, new age and mainstream smooth jazz, throughout her long, distinguished career, Journey was more stripped down and seemed to point to a new direction for the 56-year-old virtuoso. But Matsui said she never has any idea where her muse will take her before recording, so her next record could surprise even her. “I have to wait and receive the melodies, so I never know, and since I haven’t started writing yet, I am unsure what it will sound like. Each time I record an album, I sit at the piano and wait to receive the melody from wherever––I never know, but they come to me. I need to find my inspiration.” She added that it’s very difficult for her to articulate the creative process, not because English is her second language, but because it’s a bit of a mystery to her. It’s just her gift. “Sometimes I’m inspired by my reflections on my life at the time or what is going on around me, like a sunset, but one time a melody came to me in a dream,” she mused. “So you never know where it’s going to come from, and you can’t limit yourself. “When creating an album, you are trying to express yourself and your inner thoughts the best way you can. For me, it can be a very exciting process. There are infinite possibilities for creation, and I just discover each time.” Matsui emphasized that she is always trying to grow with each album and do something different and challenging. “Every day we are learning and evolving, and that is always reflected in my music. We are always growing and changing, so the music is going to change in the same way. I put pressure on myself because my fans are always waiting for the melodies. I believe I have to do my best and give them something beautiful. I’m so grateful to have such devoted fans, so I don’t want to disappoint.” Matsui has been enchanting her fans since 1987 with her first album, A Drop of Water, and she has maintained a dizzying pace as one of the most prolific artists in jazz, releasing an album yearly throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Over the last decade, her music, while still


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introspective, has become more emotionally direct and exultant. She Foundation for breast cancer, as well as The National Marrow Donor admitted there’s been a different energy to her playing and composing. Program. She believes charity work is a very important part of her life “The last 10 years, I’m feeling differently. I am much happier, and and something she is proud to do. I’m feeling so much more spirited. You can hear it in the music. I think “There are so many opportunities to give to charity in the U.S., and some of it comes from how my audience has evolved. It inspires me. I’ve being a performer, I was approached by the national marrow donor been doing this for 30 years, so now when I’m playing shows, I see three organization and breast cancer awareness program as well as the U.N. generations in the audience. program against hunger in Africa,” she said. “Because I am healthy and “There are young people who were not raised on my music but are a mother, I really wanted to give something back. just discovering it, and some people who were working in the ’80s or “When I had the opportunity, I learned about each cause, and I ’90s and now have the time to hear my music for the first time, so it’s realized I could really contribute with my music, so I did a breast cancer amazing to me how many people are enjoying what I do now. It makes awareness tour and registered as a donor for the bone marrow program. me happy and affects my energy.” I was told it was very urgent for minorities. I am a minority, so I realized The remarkable Matsui almost dropped out of the music business how important it was.” early in her career when she had the first of her two daughters, but she Breast cancer also hit close to home for her. “I lost my elementary persevered thanks to the support of her fans. school friend to breast cancer––she was only 30 years old,” Matsui “When I had my first baby, I thought about quitting my career,” she lamented. “When I did my charity work, I met many patients and said. “My mom was a housewife, and I wanted to be a mom like her and doctors and nurses, and they told me how much impact my work had. be there for my kids when they got home from school. That makes you want to do more. Even if you do small things, you can “But before I gave birth, I was playing a show. I really wasn’t showing make changes and help others––even save someone’s life.” because I wasn’t big––I was working so hard, the baby wasn’t growing, Matsui’s powerful music and dedication to charities have changed but after the show, two ladies who were sitting close to the stage came many lives and helped people all around the globe. She believes music over to me and said ‘Don’t quit.’ They knew. An African American lady is the universal language that speaks to everyone, and she is carrying on was in tears, and she held my hand. She said ‘Thank you so much for the legacy of many of her mentors. creating so much beauty.’ So, I saw that as a sign. I learned from my fans “At the beginning of my career, I opened for Miles Davis in 1988. He that maybe I have something special. And I continued. It’s so wonderful.” was so inspiring. Recently, there were so many musicians we lost. Joe Of course, whether to continue a music career or stay home Sample, Al Jarreau and George Duke,” she said. to raise children is only a decision a woman musician has to “They were legends and always good to me, so I feel while I’m still contemplate. The last time a male musician thought about giving up alive, I feel like I have to do my best to create music and work hard for his career because he was about to become a father was, well, never— them and my fans. I’m so grateful to be doing this after so many it just doesn’t happen. years. It is such a special thing and brings me great happiness.” And, as one of the most accomplished and successful women in For more information on Matsui, including her tour schedule, all of popular music, Matsui is a role model for all aspiring young visit www.keikomatsui.com. women, but the hard-working artist said she is far too busy to even consider the idea. “I’ve never thought about that. I don’t think I’m a role model, but maybe I am,” she said with what may be the understatement of the year before adding, “I did meet young women on cruises who were learning music, and they said they heard my music and wanted to make it themselves. So, I guess I inspire them, but I don’t know if I’m a role model in general. That would be nice if I am.” Recently, Matsui has begun to realize how few women there are in contemporary jazz. “I never thought smooth jazz was so male-dominated until this year. It just never came into my mind, but I realized Aug. 12 it when I played a cruise, and the only women 31st Annual headliners were me and Candy Dulfer. When Long Beach Jazz Festival I do collaborations at festivals, I am always Rainbow Lagoon Park surrounded by men. 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DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 3 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 7 & 9:30pm, One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin, Texas, www.oneworldtheatre.org, 888-616-0522 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Peter White & Euge Groove, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214

Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 4 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 7:30pm, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas, Texas, http://meyerson.dallasculture.org/, 214-692-0203 Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Jeff Lorber Fusion, 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/concertson-the-green/, 949-494-1145 (Free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket. Limited seating in reserved section available for $40 per person.) TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, 7:30pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring The Rippingtons, David Benoit & Marc Antoine, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 Justin Young, 6pm, Lauren Ashton Cellars, 14545 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 211, Woodinville, Washington, www.justinyoungsax.com 5 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 7:30pm, Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy., Houston,

Texas, www.arenahouston.com, 713-772-5900 Spencer Day, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 9 Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Pretzel Logic, 5:30pm, 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 and over—are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 10 DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 31st Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival featuring Kim Waters & Marion Meadows, Maysa, Jonathan Butler, gates open at 5pm, show begins at 6pm, Rainbow Lagoon Park, E. Shoreline Dr. & Linden Ave., Long Beach, California, www.longbeachjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 3rd Annual Derby City Jazz Festival featuring Blake Aaron, Tim Cunningham, Nik West, Althea Rene, Jazmin Ghent & Maestro J, gates open at 4pm, Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave., Louisville, Kentucky, www.derbycityjazzfest.com, 502-442-9869 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729


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11 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/concertson-the-green/, 949-494-1145 (Free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket. Limited seating in reserved section available for $40 per person.) Phil Denny’s 2nd Annual Armory Smooth Jazz Fete featuring Phil Denny, Steve Cole, David P. Stevens, Meagan McNeal, Oli Silk, Ryan Montano, gates open at 12:30pm, Armory (east lawn), 330 Marshall St., Lansing, Michigan, www.smoothjazzfete.com 31st Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival featuring Nick Smith; Eric Roberson; Nick Colionne; Everette Harp, Chante Moore & Doc Powell; Poncho Sanchez; Marcus Miller, gates open at 11am, show begins at 1pm, Rainbow Lagoon Park, E. Shoreline Dr. & Linden Ave., Long Beach, California, www.longbeachjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 3rd Annual Derby City Jazz Festival featuring Bob Baldwin, Richard Randolph, Marion Meadows, Kim Waters, Will Downing, Lin Rountree & Chris Miskel, gates open at 4pm, Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave., Louisville, Kentucky, www.derbycityjazzfest.com, 502-442-9869

7th Annual Jazz at the Creek featuring Kenny Lattimore, Reggie Codrington, Rick Parma & celebrity guest Miguel A. Nunez Jr., 3pm, Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California, www.jazzatthecreeksd.com, 858-650-3190 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Chris Botti, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California,

Justin Young, 5pm, Obelisco Winery, 14525 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 121, Woodinville, Washington, http://obelisco.com/, 425-485-2472 12 31st Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival featuring Brian Simpson & Jazmin Ghent, David Benoit & Marc Antoine, Keiko Matsui & Eric Marienthal, Kirk Whalum, Randy Crawford, Stanley Clarke, gates open at 11am, show begins at 1pm, Rainbow Lagoon Park, E. Shoreline Dr. & Linden Ave., Long Beach, California, www.longbeachjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 15 Kyle Eastwood, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932

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Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Norman Brown & Bobby Caldwell Love & Soul Tour, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 19 Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 6 & 9pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Justin Young, 4:30pm, Columbia Winery, 14030 145th Ave. N.E., Suite 211, Woodinville, Washington, www.columbiawinery.com/events/ upcoming-events 22 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 7:30pm, Kodak Center Theater, 200 W. Ridge Road, Rochester, New York, www.davekoz.com 23 Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring The L.A. Collective, 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 and over—are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 8pm, The Theater at MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill, Maryland, www.mgmnationalharbor.com, 800-745-3000 DW3, 8pm, 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 24 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan &

Adam Hawley, 8pm, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.marylandhall.org, 410-280-5640 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Keiko Matsui, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 25 Celebrity Benefit Event featuring Steve Tyrell, hosted by Sarah Drew, Red-Carpet Affair, 8:30pm, Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 9:30pm, 36th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival, Town Point Park, Downtown Waterfront, Norfolk, Virginia, https://festevents.org, 757-441-2345 Comedian Jo Koy, 7:30pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com

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Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Scott Wilkie, 5:30pm, 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 and over—are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 31 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 8pm, The Pizazz Smooth Jazz Festival, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina, www.charlottemetrocredit unionamp.com, 844-425-5923 DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 DW3-A Tribute to Legends of Music, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Summer Cruise on the Potomac featuring Unit 3 Deep & Lori Williams, 7pm, aboard the Spirit of Washington, board at The Wharf, Southwest DC Waterfront, 600 Water St. S.W., Washington, DC, www.lakearborjazz.com Justin Young, 4:30pm, Columbia Winery, 14030 145th Ave. N.E., Suite 211, Woodinville, Washington, www.columbiawinery.com/events/ upcoming-events

SEPTEMBER 1 Art Sherrod Jr., 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 10th Annual Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival presented by Closing the Gap in Health Care featuring Avery*Sunshine, David Benoit & Marc Antoine, Althea Rene, Selina Albright, Jazmin Ghent, 7:30pm, Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, South

Carolina, www.lowcountryjazzfest.com, 843-242-3099 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Side Deal, 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 $40 per person.) 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition hosted by Nick Colionne, featuring Boney James, Paul Jackson Jr., Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Brian Simpson, Oli Silk, Julian Vaughn, Jay Rowe, Earnest Walker Jr., gates open at 2:30pm, Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola, Florida, www.gulfcoastsummerfest jazzedition.com, 850-483-7525 2 10th Annual Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival presented by Closing the Gap in Health Care featuring Boney James, Nick Colionne, Brian Simpson,

Eric Darius, Matt Marshak, Eric Roberson, 7:30pm, Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, South Carolina, www.lowcountryjazzfest.com, 843-242-3099 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 7:30pm, 65th Annual Sausalito Art Festival, Marinship Park, Marinship Way at Testa St., Sausalito, California, http://sausalitoartfestival.org Poncho Sanchez, 7 & 9:30pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 3 Rob Zinn Group, 12:30pm, Chaddsford Winery Jazz Festival, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, www.chaddsford.com/ pages/chaddsford-winery-events, 610-388-6221 6 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch continued on page 24


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2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 8 Marion Meadows, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 ABBA The Concert, a Tribute to ABBA, 8pm, Sycuan Casino, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, California, www.sycuancasino.com, 619-312-4772 Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Carl Anderson Band with Ronnie Queen & Diane Wilson-Bedford, 4:30pm, Mike Phillips, 6pm, Nick Colionne, 7:30pm, Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188, ext. 2117 3rd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival featuring Con Funk Shun, Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, Kelly’s Lot, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Paul Brown, Pete Escovedo, Rick Parma, Tierra, 11am, Oxnard Beach Park, 1601 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, California, https://oxnardjazzfestival.com

cocktail hour (no-host bar) starts at 6pm, VIP seating with Artist Meet & Greet starts at 6:15pm, The Lewis Family Playhouse at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, California, www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com, 909-477-2752 Al Williams Jazz Society, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.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 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Jeffrey Osborne, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 9 ABBA The Concert, a Tribute to ABBA, 7pm, Sycuan Casino, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, California, www.sycuancasino.com, 619-312-4772

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Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Oli Silk & Jackiem Joyner, 4:30pm, Luther-Re-Lives with William Smooth Wardlaw, 6pm, Peter White, 7:30pm, Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188, ext. 2117 A Jam Session Series featuring Lin Rountree, Jeff Bradshaw & Friends, Marqueal Jordan, 3pm; cocktail hour (no-host bar) starts at 2pm, VIP seating with Artist Meet & Greet starts at 2:15pm, The Lewis Family Playhouse at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, California, www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com, 909-477-2752 Spencer Day, 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 13 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

14 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 7pm, Summer Concert Series at the Hyatt Regency, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California, https://series.hyattconcerts.com/ KC & The Sunshine Band, 8pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Patrick Bradley, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 15 The Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole & Marcus Anderson, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove. com, 303-830-9214 Jackiem Joyner, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour with Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 Justin Young, 5pm, Obelisco Winery, 14525 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 121, Woodinville, Washington, http://obelisco.com/, 425-485-2472 16 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns II Tour with Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan & Adam Hawley, 5pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 19 Chick Corea Trio, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree


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Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 20 Chick Corea Trio, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 David Garfield, 7:30pm, Bogie’s at the Westlake Village Inn, 32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, California, www.bogies-bar.com/ events, 818-889-2394 21 Euge Groove, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Chick Corea Trio, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 Larry Carlton Quartet, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley,

2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 22 Chick Corea Trio, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 Comedian/actor Ken Jeong, 7:30pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Elan Trotman, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Larry Carlton Quartet, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 23 Euge Groove, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Chick Corea Trio, 7 & 9pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932

Larry Carlton Quartet, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Kenny G, 5pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 27 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 28 DW3-A Tribute to Legends of Music, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 29 Blake Aaron, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Peter White & Euge Groove, 7pm,

Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 30 Sundays in the Redwoods featuring Jazz in Pink, Morris Day and The Time, Martin Luther McCoy, 2pm, Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, California, http://sundaysintheredwoods.com, 510-238-3052 Willie Bradley, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

NOTE: Artists, events, venues,

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails 11:30am-1:30pm, boards at 11am 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 live music from KUSI’s Dave Scott, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 S U N DAY, AU G . 5

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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

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

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

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music from KUSI’s Dave Scott, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

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

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

Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by Erin Stevenson, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 S AT U R DAY, AU G . 1 8

Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music from KUSI’s Dave Scott, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music from KUSI’s Dave Scott, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

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Labor Day Weekend KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER Labor Day Weekend KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music from KUSI’s Dave Scott, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. continued on page 28


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continued from page 26 Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

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Labor Day Weekend KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER Labor Day Weekend KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Hornblower Labor Day Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER Labor Day KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 BBQ Brunch Cruise, sails 11am1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California,

www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from

Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruises aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music; 2 sailings: sails 11:30am1:30pm & noon-2pm, boards at 11am & 11:30am, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz 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 Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199


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“Passionate Warrior: My Charter School Journey” By Dr. Jacqueline Elliot AU G U S T | S E P T E M B E R 2 018

CASHMIRA’S STARGUIDE Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

While you’re dreaming of faraway places, someone is going to give you advice you need to stay away from. Bad intentions are behind this advice. Trust yourself to see the reality of the situation, and move on.

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

You will be joining a group on a venture that looks quite positive. Try not to share too much with others who are not part of that troupe. There is only so much room on this train, and you’ve got the ticket! Be kind about it.

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

You are starting to feel super creative with ideas flowing freely. Just remember to figure in the costs for all those projects; you might need to just pick a few. Once you do, have some fun with them and let those ideas of yours fly!

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

A good friend is planning to visit you soon. Try to make the most of your time together, and include family for the occasion. Raise a glass of wine and toast old friends. You will both benefit from some one-on-one time.

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

You have self-improvement plans in the works. Now is the perfect time to start on some of those changes. Don’t let others bring you down. They may not understand how important this is to you. It’s your life, after all.

Capricorn Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

You have some home improvement goals in the works, but make sure you plan appropriately. You don’t want to find yourself turning the situation into a white elephant scenario. You may have to scale back on your wish list. No worries, there is plenty to do.

Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Sometimes it’s hard to deal with, but you will soon be getting criticism that you should pay attention to. Treat this as a learning experience, and try even harder to do the right thing. Don’t get in a snit, which can end up making things worse.

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20

You’ve been getting some good feedback at the job lately. This might be a good time to double-check some of your processes to make sure everything is getting done correctly. You won’t want to have to go back and admit that some of those kudos were misplaced.

Aries March 21 - April 19

You have some information you’ve been dying to share with someone close to you. Make sure you don’t go too over the top with all that positivity. Keep yourself grounded and practical just so expectations don’t go awry.

Taurus April 20 - May 20

You’ve been telling folks you will be making some big changes soon. Now is the time to show rather than tell. Let them see for themselves the transformations you have in mind. Enjoy the reactions from loved ones. Who knew you had it in you?

Gemini May 21 - June 21

You need some help now. Try your best to drum up some assistance, and don’t feel bad if you get a few negative responses. Just remind folks that you are always there for them, and hold no grudges. You’ll get that work done!

Cancer June 22 - July 22

You have some tough negotiations coming up soon. Try not to stress too much; just keep to your plan, explain yourself clearly, and listen to others. It will go well as long as everyone can keep calm and concentrate on a good result for all.

BookBaby • 288 pages • $32

Reviewed by Andrew Eakes Scottish-born saxophonist Richard Elliot created much more than just the American dream for himself. Aside from his illustrious career, including being a member of Tower of Power in the 1980s before launching his solo career, he also became a tech guru and a pilot. As a philanthropist, Elliot produces biennial charity concerts benefiting local schools and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. However, success and benevolence in his family aren’t exclusive to him. His sister, Dr. Jacqueline Elliot also made a name for herself by creating the first-ever charter schools in the Los Angeles area. Her new book, “Passionate Warrior: My Charter School Journey,” details her exceptional aptitude to see through stereotypes and into the true nature of her students, who face far greater adversity than the average pupil. The year was 1985. Elliot was in her mid-30s, beginning her second career after leaving the Northeast Valley Health Corp., battling tension at home with her husband and taking care of her dad, who was in failing health. She had picked up her emergency teaching permit after learning about a teacher shortage in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her hope was to become a high school health teacher. Her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge was in anthropology, giving her the ability to immerse herself in environments unlike her own and to see people and cultures without judgment. She found herself faced with the task of teaching in Spanish, a language she barely knew. She ignored the views of her co-workers who thought their students were bound to a life of drugs, gangs and violence. Elliot found it wasn’t that the students lacked the ability to learn, but that their situations prevented learning. Dr. Elliot connected with her students by citing the success of former students who faced similar challenges in their homes. She continued to move up, teaching and eventually opening the Community Charter Middle School in 1999, the first charter school in Los Angeles. Her initial endeavor into a charter school system was so rewarding to students and their families that she went on to open nine more schools. With the help of Dr. Ref Rodriguez, the two co-founded Partnerships to Uplift Communities, which connected all her projects. In 2013, she won the Hart Vision Leader of the Year Award. This is an interesting read, penned by an amazing woman who crafted her own American-dream life, and assists and inspires marginalized kids to do the same.


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GET YOUR ON! SHIRTS • TANKS • JACKETS • HATS

M, L, XL ... $40 2X, 3X ... $50

M, L ... $40

Black, Khaki, White ... $20

Note: Shipping and handling are additional. California residents are charged sales tax.

REDUCED PRICES on selected merchandise

M ... $15 2X ... $19 | 3X ... $29 Also available in

S, M ... $19 3X ... $29

Also available in black

S ... $15

Also available in

S ... $15

Also available in


Smooth Jazz August-September 2018  
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