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CONTENTS Publisher and Managing Editor Melanie Maxwell

Graphic Design Gina Mancini Contributing Photographers Cover photos: Al Jarreau by Marina Chavez; Grover Washington Jr. by R. Andrew Lepley Marina Chavez David Hopley R. Andrew Lepley Caeser Lima Ambrose Martin Raj Naik Lori Stoll Erik Umphery 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. ©2019, Smooth Jazz News | All rights reserved

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Contributors Ken Capobianco Cashmira Darcy Peters

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Copy Editors JoAnn Armke Kerri De Rosier Barbara Knox Brad Sondak

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Operations & Distribution Manager Craig Collier

Gregory Porter

Peter White

Rainbow Promotions is presenting “A Smooth Jazz Valentine’s Concert for Friends & Lovers” featuring Peter White, Euge Groove and Gregory Porter on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Terrace Theater, in Long Beach, California. For details on this and other events happening in February and March, check out the calendar section beginning on page 20.

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7 Notes from the Publisher A resounding time for Smooth Jazz News’ 19th Anniversary Brunch Party & Jam Session in Spaghettini’s remodeled performance lounge

10 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest A variety pack of events distinguishes this 10-day extravaganza in Reading, Pennsylvania

11 Special FREE-CD with offer Receive a FREE CD when you renew or subscribe to Smooth Jazz News at the 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest

12 Gerald Veasley Celebrates the music of the late Grover Washington Jr. as well as that of Nina Simone and Weather Report, plus the bassists hosts late-night jam sessions at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest

14 DISCover New Music Spotlighting the latest sounds of smooth jazz

16 Brian Bromberg The bassist displays his musical chops on his new record and at a variety of concerts at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest

20 Calendar of smooth jazz events Concerts, festivals, Valentine’s shows and brunches nationwide

27 Win Cool Free Stuff! Enter to win concert tickets to the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest or Seabreeze Jazz Festival

30 Book Review “My Love Story” by Tina Turner

30 Cashmira’s Starguide February and March horoscopes

31 Smooth Jazz News subscription: The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for yourself or a friend


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GRATITUDE AND SURPRISES

When Elliot got back to his seat, I looked at him and said, “Richard ... um, WOW!” He humbly responded, “I guess I should have practiced more.” I burst into laughter. Eric Darius, who returns as host of the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival (scheduled for June 28-30), soon followed Elliot’s lead, turning the brunch into a dance party. And, with Marcus Anderson in the house, some of his fans begged him to take his sax out of the case and get busy, which, of course, he did. Saxophonist Michael Paulo also attended the party, but got caught up in conversations with some of our other guests: Kathy and Willie Payne (Payne Pest Management), Darius and his wife Lynn, Al Williams (founder of Rainbow Promotions), jazz harpist Mariea Antoinette (who is scheduled to perform at the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival) and her manager James Norris, plus Kim and Ozzie Benoit of Rainbow Promotions. The Benoits are producing a Valentine’s concert featuring White, Euge Groove and Gregory Porter on Feb. 8 at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California; and, in partnership with Payne Pest Management, the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, which now includes a Friday night dinner/concert cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events. Fresh off the Capital Jazz SuperCruise, vocalist Lindsey Webster and her keyboardist Keith Slattery arrived just in time

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are my favorite ways to kick off a new year. And, I offered both at our annual Smooth Jazz News Anniversary Brunch Party & Jam Session at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, California, on Jan. 27. I showed my appreciation to our advertisers by inviting those who advertised with us in 2018 to our reserved section of Spaghettini’s performance lounge, where DW3 provided the soulful party tunes. And, because some of those advertisers are also genre stars, brunchgoers (many of whom are Smooth Jazz News readers) were treated to surprise appearances. Trumpeter Rick Braun (and his daughter Emma) hung out with his buddies guitarist Peter White and saxophonist Richard Elliot (and his wife Camella) before jumping onstage with DW3. That inspired trumpeters Willie Bradley, Rob Zinn and Johnny Britt to join the jam. Soon after, keyboardist David Garfield and guitarist Nils plugged in to add their musical touches on the crowded stage. After a couple of songs, Elliot was called to the stage. As his playing evolved into a sax explosion, the guest guitarist, keyboardist and trumpeters slowly stepped off the stage, allowing Elliot to blow away the audience with his superb skills and stamina. It was a nice sampling of what we can expect when Elliot takes DW3 on his West Coast Jam tour, which starts in April and also features White (plus Braun on select dates).

David Garfield, Marcus Anderson, Willie Bradley, Rick Braun, Rob Zinn and Richard Elliot

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camera snapping images of this musical lifestyle we all to spend the last hour of this cherish so much. special day listening to great Of course, two of the music, while enjoying their people who keep this genre first land-based buffet in eight alive, and wrapped up in days. They also caught up with a delicious dining and her managers Bud Harner and craft cocktail experience, Steve Chapman, who attended are Cary Hardwick and the party with their wives, Laurie Sisneros, co-owners Debra Harner and Lori Stoll, of Spaghettini. And, with respectively. their recent remodel, which Pat Prescott, on-air includes the removal of Fans dancing to DW3 Rick Braun takes a selfie with his personality for Los Angelespart of the wall separating daughter, Emma, and Pat Prescott based radio station 94.7 the back of the bar from The WAVE, was on the mic one of the dining rooms, introducing the band, views of and sounds from announcing our special musical the performance lounge have guests as they arrived, and been expanded, opening up a raffling off prizes throughout portion of that dining room the day. One of our advertisers, with additional bar seating. Angela Sanchez, director I can’t wait to see how the of marketing for Catalina entire restaurant looks with Express (and a newlywed), was in the final touches of new attendance with her boat captain artwork, which is scheduled husband, Adam. When she heard for installation next week! Prescott announcing the winners, Certainly, this new vibe will she quickly donated a pair of attract even more diners and Catalina Express tickets. Peter White, Craig Collier, Rhonda Kilpatrick, Steve Chapman, concertgoers. Another advertiser, Evette Lori Stoll and Emma Braun And, just like the Smooth Benjamin from the City of Jazz News Anniversary Brunch Gardena (which produces the Party & Jam Session each year, Gardena Jazz Festival), was eyeing most shows in the lounge all of the amazing talent onstage. sell out, which makes this Although many of our guest artists additional space especially and musicians have performed at appreciated. previous Gardena Jazz Festivals, I wonder what surprises Benjamin was assessing options and gratitude-worthy for the 2019 festival, now in its experiences will be in store 17th year. for us when we celebrate our Earlier that morning, while 20th anniversary next year, setting up for the party, tentatively scheduled for Benjamin was there when our Sunday, January 19, 2020. Stay regular photographer, David tuned with Smooth Jazz News Hopley, called us from an Eric Darius jammin’ with DW3 DamonReel and Peter White for details. We hope to see you ambulance while being rushed (and David Hopley) there! from his home to the hospital. He wanted to inform us that he For more information on Spaghettini, located at 3005 Old Ranch couldn’t make it to the brunch (obviously!), but he arranged Pkwy. in Seal Beach, California, visit www.spaghettini.com, or call for Ambrose Martin to take his place. Benjamin immediately 562-596-2199. offered to fetch her camera from her car to help out with Note: I would also like to acknowledge Brenda Madruga, who photography duties just in case. Although Benjamin was a guest handles our hostess duties, checking in guests and working with invited to enjoy the party along with our other advertisers, she our fabulous server Angelina Calandrino and staff to ensure also volunteered to assist us throughout the day. Another dose of that everyone receives service as exceptional as the food and gratitude administered. music. I would also like to thank Q, Spaghettini’s entertainment Thankfully, Hopley is OK. As of press time, he was still in the director; Victor Avila, executive chef, and the managers and entire hospital, but getting the treatment and care he needed. Hopefully, Spaghettini staff for their awesome service and hospitality! we’ll be seeing him out at Spaghettini or a jazz event with his


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Nils, Rob Zinn and Willie Bradley

Joan Giddens (Kathy Payne’s mom), Kathy Payne, Willie Payne, Michael Paulo, Lynn Darius and Eric Darius

Adam and Angela Sanchez (Catalina Express)

Marcus Anderson

Willie Bradley and Rob Zinn

Kim Benoit and Pat Prescott

Fred and Laurie Sisneros with Camella and Richard Elliot

Brunchgoers vibing to the music in the lounge

Rob Zinn, Rick Braun and Johnny Britt

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29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest reading, pennsylvania

By Melanie Maxwell the greats of jazz, pop and R&B with a variety of brand-new tribute shows. Gerald Veasley, bassist for Grover Washington Jr. for more than a decade, is directing “Remembering Grover at 75!” a tribute to the GRAMMY-winning saxophonist who died from a sudden heart attack after he and his band performed at a taping of “The Early Show” on CBS in New York City in 1999. Washington’s original band members will join Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp and Andy Snitzer onstage for this special show scheduled for April 13. Chris Walker, Al Jarreau’s longtime musical director, is celebrating the amazing works of the six-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist with “We’re In This Love Together: A Tribute to Al Jarreau.” The show, which features special guests Regina Belle, Rick Braun and Eric Marienthal, is scheduled for April 12.

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hen John Ernesto books the talent for the annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, he always incorporates ensembles that are unique to this 10-day musical and educational extravaganza in Reading, Pennsylvania. Of course, he also includes smooth jazz headliners such as Brian Culbertson, who kicks off the fest on April 5; and Boney James, who’s scheduled to perform on April 13. He then weaves together a lineup that also features top blues acts, straight-ahead quartets, local high school and college bands, funk dance parties, orchestras and R&B and military jazz ensembles with the same care and creativity that artisan Amish women stitch pieces of handcrafted fabric into beautiful patchwork quilts in neighboring Lancaster County. For the 29th annual event, Ernesto, the festival’s general manager for the past 25 years, has curated a slate of concerts that pay homage to

“We’re In This Love Together: A Tribute to Al Jarreau” concert is scheduled for April 12

The Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jam is scheduled for April 11

“Remembering Grover at 75!” is scheduled for April 13


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Saxophonist Art Sherrod is leading The Art Sherrod Jr. Orchestra’s Motown, Soul Revue and Aretha Franklin Tribute on April 6. Although nearly every show is a highlight, one of the most popular is always the Annual Berks Jazz Fest All-Star Jam, which has been rebranded as The Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jam. Braun, whose performance this year marks his 24th appearance at the Berks Jazz Fest, and Veasley, a 27-time fest veteran, are co-producing this concert, which features Peter White, Richard Elliot and Phil Perry, among others, to honor the legacy of the amazing guitarist on April 11. “My relationship with Chuck goes back 20 years,” said Ernesto. “Chuck and I worked together and had brainstorming sessions to create special performances for the fest. Chuck loved the Berks Jazz Fest, and his legacy will live on here every year.” And, that remembrance will also carry on in the form of scholarships through the Berks Arts Council, producer of the Berks Jazz Fest, which started the scholarship fund. “It is being administrated by the Reading Musical Foundation. We have raised over $15,000 to date,” Ernesto explained. “The first recipient(s) will be announced in February, and they will perform during the fest.” With more than 300 artists performing 120 concerts over 10 days, there will be plenty of memory-making experiences for the anticipated 40,000 attendees to engage in and cherish for years to come.

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Gerald Veasley The joyful jazz ambassador goes all in at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest By Ken Capobianco

JAZZ BASSIST GERALD VEASLEY

“When you play live in front of an audience, they also inform the music with the energy they bring.”

is not only one of the finest bass players of his generation, he’s also a jazz ambassador. The veteran bassist who has established a strong solo career after playing stints with the late Grover Washington Jr., the band Reverie and a variety of musicians including Joe Zawinul, will be one of the most prominent presences throughout the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest in April, spreading his love of jazz through multiple performances and tributes. One of the rare players of the six-string bass, Veasley will co-lead the Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jam with Rick Braun, participate in the celebration of the music of both Grover Washington Jr. and Weather Report, which was led by Veasley’s mentor, Zawinul, and play his tribute show to Nina Simone with Carol Riddick. All this in addition to hosting his “Unscripted Midnight Jam” shows with an array of jazz’s most vital players. An expansive list of performances, indeed. “The diverse experiences the festival offers to me is second to none. This year touches on some of my major influences,” Veasley said via phone recently from his home in Philadelphia. “John Ernesto, the [festival’s] general manager, is really good at finding unique things to present in addition to the fan favorites, who are the bedrocks of a festival. He’s a risk taker who will present things you wouldn’t see anywhere else. I also love to perform with musicians who are not only my colleagues but my friends, so every year at Berks, I get to see my friends who I might not see the rest of the year. “And I also have gotten to know the volunteers and the staff at Berks after going to the festival the last 27 or 28 years. The people who make the fest go behind the scenes, they are friends of mine, so it’s like coming home.” The 63-year-old bassist, who spent nearly a decade playing with both Zawinul and Washington Jr., respectively, says his appearance this year will be particularly meaningful because he will get to celebrate the lives and music of the men who helped him define his identity as a musician. “This year’s festival is probably above all the others for me,” he said. “To perform the music of Weather Report is beyond words. Jason Miles has done a great job of pulling musicians together and coming up with arrangements that are organic and work in a live setting. I had the pleasure of playing with the co-founder of Weather Report, Joe Zawinul, for eight years. I learned so much


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building initiative Jazz Philadelphia, and serves as the artistic from him as a musician and as a person. To play this music, director and founder of Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp, an which has informed so much of what I do and my career, is annual event geared toward educating aspiring bassists and giving very special to me. them the opportunity to develop their chops in intensive sessions “And I can say the same thing about playing the music of with professional musicians. Grover. With the celebration of Grover Washington’s music, we While he thought the Boot Camp would be a great opportunity will have some great saxophonists that night––Kirk Whalum, for younger musicians, the primary participants turned out to be Gerald Albright and Andy Snitzer—these are friends of mine. much older. We are bringing together Grover’s last live band. We were all “My initial thought in founding the organization in 2002 was with Grover on the day he passed away. We were together in the we’d get a lot of young players right at the precipice of becoming television studio in New York. We said our goodbyes. We said, professional, and that’s exactly ‘See you next week’ because we had rehearsal, and who doesn’t come,” he said. then we got the news that Grover had collapsed in the “A lot of young players are at that dressing room, and that shifted everyone’s life forever. point in their lives where they’re This show at Berks is very, very significant. It’s not too busy hustling for gigs; they really a tribute because these are people who knew don’t hit the pause button for a and loved the artist on a deeper level.” deeper learning experience. The immensely articulate and friendly Veasley “We find a lot of people who speaks like your favorite university professor, and, have lived their lives, raised predictably, he takes part in Berks’ yearly Get JazzED families, built their businesses program, which advances musical education and and are thinking, ‘OK, what’s performance for young people. next for me? What’s going to It’s something he looks forward to “With the keep me satisfied?’ And, they pull each year. “Last year I presented a celebration out their bass or pick it up for workshop at some high schools. of Grover the first time. So, we give those I’ll do that again, and, of course, Washington’s music, we will have some great people something different than one of the best ways a young what I’d give a younger player. player gets to learn is to play along saxophonists that night—Kirk Whalum, Gerald We give those folks confidence.” with professionals. For me, those Albright and Andy Snitzer—these are friends of mine. Veasley’s desire to spread experiences go into the category of We are bringing together Grover’s last live band.” his love of music can be best fun and rewarding.” summed up by something he was When he’s not spreading his told by drummer Omar Hakim. “I met Omar at the North Sea love of jazz through instruction or mentoring, Veasley does it Jazz Festival. I watched him play and went up and spoke to him. through his artistry. He’s released 11 solo records that display I didn’t know how to explain how his music moved me. He said his diverse musical palette, which ranges from smooth jazz to that his approach to music is when you are experiencing joy and traditional jazz to funk to fusion to R&B. you share that joy with the audience, it’s beyond criticism. And His latest release, the fine Live at South in 2018, is an excellent that’s what I’ve come to embrace. I’m of the same mind. showcase for his songwriting and his band’s stellar playing as they “When I perform, it’s about how much can I give, because traverse genres with vibrancy and intensity. “One of the beautiful someone in the audience might have just gotten a bad diagnosis things about having a working band is you develop a vocabulary or be on the precipice of divorce or have kids in trouble, and and rapport among the players, so when you are playing or tonight is their respite from all that. So, when you come from a preparing to play, you don’t have to talk about what you intend space of wanting to contribute to people’s lives, it gets beyond to do. You just do it intuitively. I wanted to capture that great measurement, and you are giving the best of yourself. It all comes rapport and do it in front of an audience,” Veasley said about the back to joy.” album. “When you play live in front of an audience, they also Veasley is scheduled to perform at the following shows during the inform the music with the energy they bring. This is my second 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest at various venues throughout live album. I wanted to capture the voice of my band live that you Berks County, Pennsylvania: Gerald Veasley’s “Unscripted Midnight can’t necessarily do in the studio. The improvised solos tend to Jam:” April 5, 6, 12, 13; “I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone” be more adventurous, the energy is higher. When you are in the featuring Veasley and Carol Riddick, April 6; RMF Project studio making a record, you can be a little self-aware. You take Penske Jazz Jam, April 8; Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jam, more chances onstage. That’s what I wanted for that record. That April 11; Celebrating the Music of Weather Report, April 12; and said, I love being in the studio and recording with others, so a “Remembering Grover at 75,” April 13. studio record will be next.” For more information on Veasley, visit www.geraldveasley.com. Veasley, who co-curates the Unscripted Jazz Series at SOUTH— For tickets or more information on the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, a Southern-inspired supper club, bar and jazz venue in Philadelphia— visit www.berksjazzfest.com. with his wife Roxanne, is also president of the jazz community


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American R&B-jazz singer-songwriter Phil Perry is celebrating 50 years in the music business. With a dozen solo CDs to his credit, the soulful icon—whose career includes numerous studio recordings, stage performances, film, TV, commercials, jingles and voice-overs—is scheduled to perform a Valentine’s concert at Suite Food Lounge in Atlanta, as well as two shows at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest (Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jam on April 11; and Chris “Big Dog” Davis & Friends on April 13) in Reading, Pennsylvania; and a performance at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh on May 11. AvAilAble At: iTunes, Soundcloud, Apple Music, www.Amazon.com, www.Spotify.com Website: www.philperry.org

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BRIAN BROMBERG Faithfully follows his wandering muse

By Ken Capobianco

Over the course of his 40-year career, Bromberg has effortlessly crossed genres after establishing his reputation in both the smooth jazz and traditional jazz worlds. While he has had success in smooth jazz with a number of albums, including the best-selling You Know That Feeling, the restless musician has also made bold moves into rock-influenced projects with his inspired, audacious homage to Jimi Hendrix, Bromberg Plays Hendrix, and flexed his thrilling chops on a progressive rock fusion effort, Metal. Bromberg got his start in traditional jazz with Stan Getz when he was a mere 19-year-old, and went on to record numerous acoustic and electric jazz records featuring his versatile playing on both upright and different variations of the electric bass. A one-of-a-kind talent with one of the most diverse resumes in pop music, Bromberg is impossible to categorize, as he is unwilling to compromise his artistry while following his muse into the unknown. This is terrific news for jazz’s more adventurous fans and for a music world in desperate need of creativity and imagination. However, Bromberg’s gift of versatility has made it a bit difficult for him to reach the kind of stardom some of his smooth jazz peers have achieved and kept him from turning into a household name. “I guess you can say one of the problems with my career is I’m blessed with the curse of diversity,” said the gregarious 58-yearold bassist-composer via phone recently from his home in the mountainous artist colony community of Ojai, located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California. “As a recording artist, if you have a style and a sound, and that’s what you do, you can build a better career by doing one thing well because people gravitate toward that and count on it. James Taylor sounds like James Taylor, and you know what you are going to get with a James Taylor record. “Richard Elliot sounds like Richard Elliot because he has a sound and a vibe and his records reflect that. For me, that’s not what I do, and it’s been a hindrance because I do so many diverse things so people are unsure about what they’re going to get. All my different records are very important to me, and that diversity is part of who I am, so I can’t not do different things. I love pizza, but I’m not going to eat pizza three meals a day every day. I like to change things up.”

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If music listeners want to try and define jazz bassist Brian Bromberg’s style, they’re going to need an extremely thick dictionary. The bassist extraordinaire is one of jazz’s most ambitious and adventurous explorers who refuses to repeat himself, and consistently challenges his audience with new sounds.

As Bromberg spoke about music and his career, his words reflected the same enthusiasm, verve and vitality of his work. “My voice is my uniqueness, and I probably would have had more commercial success if I stuck to one thing but knowing that I still need to explore different sounds. The interesting thing is, while it may be difficult to build a bigger audience that way, the people who are into me love the diversity and want to go on a musical journey each time out. They respect you more as an artist, and it makes me feel like a valid recording artist and not just some guy making a record of covers or standards.” Bromberg’s most recent record, Thicker Than Water (Mack Avenue Records/Artistry Music), is a predictably unpredictable venture into uncut funk featuring an array of talent, including Everette Harp, Randy Brecker, Najee, Paul Jackson Jr. and one of the last unreleased recordings from the late jazz icon George Duke. It’s a vibrant set of songs that look backward to classic ’70s funk and the mid-’80s Minneapolis funk laid down by Prince and The Time, while also nodding to contemporary hip-hop thanks to loops and beats created by Bromberg’s nephew, Zach Bromberg.


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“I’ve always loved funk,” Bromberg said. “For a bass player, it’s just fun, especially if you are a band that’s really grooving. It’s infectious, and you can’t stop moving. I love that. I dabbled in it in the past on the record It Is What It Is, which had a similar vibe, but this takes it to a new level. Groove is important. I’m a bass player and a drummer, so groove is my life. People respond to the music––their bodies are moving, and they are connected to it. If people are standing around, they are just listening to the music, but they’re not connecting. I wanted to really connect with people with this record––have fun but make music with integrity.” Thicker Than Water comes after the deeply personal, sweetly swinging acoustic album Full Circle, which he recorded after he broke his back in two places during a career-threatening accident. “I’ve been wanting to make a funky record like Thicker Than Water for years,” Bromberg said. “Half of the songs go back awhile, and half are new. The label is much more of a jazz label, and they wanted me to do more jazz or another acoustic bass record because that’s what I do and what I love. Full Circle just kind of happened––it was very personal for me conceptually, and with me playing upright bass and drums, but all along I wanted to do Thicker Than Water, and it just sat for years. But finally I realized this was the record I really needed to make, and I was determined to get it done whether the label liked it or not.” He explained that he had Duke record for a previous session but couldn’t use the performance, and finally had the opportunity to integrate the legend’s playing with his own. “George was such a beautiful guy and a great musician. It’s wonderful to have him on the record. I realized I had this part that George had played and no one had heard, and realized it worked here, so it was perfect.” The title of the record refers to Bromberg’s collaboration on two songs with his nephew, who is steeped in hip-hop and electronic music. “Zach is much younger than me and into different music like hip-hop, and grooves and loops are his thing,” Bromberg explained. “With that music, there’s a primal groove that’s, of course, related to funk, and you feel it, you don’t just hear it. Now he’s not a jazz musician, but he does write some really great vibes, hooks and melody ideas and knows how to create atmosphere.” In April, the Tucson, Arizona, native will showcase his high energy songs from the album at the 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, which he has a great fondness for because of its wildly diverse lineup and open-minded audiences. “Berks is a great festival––one of the best in the world. The audience is phenomenal because they get all the music. John Ernesto [festival producer] is great because he books all kinds of musicians and spreads the genres out and caters to a lot of different types of jazz and creativity. It’s very cool and wonderful to play. When we play live—with this band, I have a 10-piece band, five-piece horn

When we are “making music and

improvising, you are singing through your instrument. The whole point of creating music that has feeling and emotion is it’s a window into who you are.

section—the energy is incredible, and I know the festival audience is going to love it.” He maintained that he likes playing festivals more these days, as he’s having a difficult time getting gigs in clubs because bookers narrowly define his aesthetic. “The booking agents are having a tough time with me because the clubs that do jazz think I’m too smooth, and the clubs that do smooth jazz think I’m too jazz, so it’s a problem. I sit in the middle sometimes thinking, ‘OK, what now?’” Ultimately, Bromberg is just happy to be playing at all after he broke his back, which left him on the floor of his home unable to move at all for more than an hour. He was eventually rescued by the police who broke through his door after being alerted by his fiancee. The accident and grueling period of recovery gave him a fresh perspective on life and music. “To say it was a life-changing event would be an understatement,” he said with a deep breath. “I’m lucky because I could have been crippled and lost the ability to walk, so it was the universe and God’s way to say pay attention and never take anything or anyone for granted. Never underestimate how fragile you are. It took me months before I could play. I couldn’t put my arms around the acoustic bass. The doctor said, ‘you can’t play an instrument for a few months because you could do permanent damage.’ When you can’t do something, it’s humbling, and it makes your music mean even more because I’m so gratified to still be able to do it. I’m in pain every day, but I experienced it for a reason.” The highly introspective musician added that the experience––combined with having to flee his home with his fiancee, Wendy Frank, and evacuate their four horses twice during two separate Southern California wildfires–– deepened his music and refocused his art. “When we are making music and improvising, you are singing through your instrument. The whole point of creating music that has feeling and emotion is it’s a window into who you are. Whatever you are going through as a person comes out in your playing, so I hope it made me a better musician and allowed me to express more emotionally through my music, and people can relate to it more. Things like this come out through your art. And that’s always powerful.” Brian Bromberg is Brian Bromberg’s 5-string B25 bass, one of scheduled to perform seven the models in his Signature Series Basses shows during the 29th from the Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania (Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Midnight Jam: April 5, 6, 12, 13; RMF Project Penske Jazz Jam, April 8; Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jam, April 11; and Smooth Jazz JJZ Sunday Brunch featuring Brian Bromberg’s Unapologetically Funky Big Bombastic Band, April 14). For information and tickets on these concerts, visit www.berksjazzfest.com. For more information on Bromberg, visit www.brianbromberg.net.


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CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS FEBRUARY 1 DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Adam Hawley, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Sara Gazarek + Horns, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 2 Saturday Afternoon Live featuring Terry Steele, lunch & a show, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch

Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Sara Gazarek + Horns, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 3 Jeff Lorber Trio featuring Jimmy Haslip, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Sara Gazarek + Horns, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 7 Ray Fuller, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

8 Rainbow Promotions presents a Smooth Jazz Valentine’s Concert for Friends & Lovers featuring Gregory Porter, Euge Groove & Peter White; dinner (for VIP ticket holders), 5:30pm; concert, 8:30pm, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, California, www.rainbowpromotions.com, 562-424-0013 Darryl Walker: A Tribute to Al Jarreau, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 9 Jeff Kashiwa, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

10 Sway Collective Tribute to Frank Sinatra & Friends featuring DamonReel, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 13 David Sanborn, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Keiko Matsui, 7:30pm, King Center for the Performing Arts, Studio Theatre, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida, www.kingcenter.com, 321-242-2219 Lindsey Webster, 7:30pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199


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14 Marcus Johnson: 88 Lessons in Love: A Smooth Jazz Valentine’s Day Concert with special guest Mike Phillips, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 “Valentine Concert” featuring Marcus Anderson & Adam Hawley, 8pm, St. James LIVE!, 3220 Butner Road, Suite 240, Atlanta, Georgia, www.stjamesliveatl.com, 404-254-3561 Phil Perry Suite Valentine Concert, 7:30pm, VIP dinner seating also available, Suite Food Lounge, 375 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta, Georgia, http://suiteatl.com, 404-577-2500 Keiko Matsui, 8pm, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, www.pvconcerthall.com, 904-209-0399 15 An Evening with Keiko Matsui, 8pm, Boca Black Box Center for the Arts, 8221 Glades Road, #10, Boca Raton, Florida, www.bocablackbox.com, 561-483-9036 David Sanborn, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 Marcus Anderson & Adam Hawley, 8pm, Rhythms Live Music Hall, 2020 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, North Carolina, https:// rhythmslivenc.com, 984-219-1594 16 Keiko Matsui, 8pm, Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Boca Raton, Florida, www.bocablackbox.com, 561-483-9036 David Sanborn, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 Marcus Anderson & Adam Hawley, 8pm, The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Road, Richmond, Virginia, www.tinpanrva.com, 804-447-8189 Saturday Afternoon Live featuring Selina Albright, lunch & a show, 11am; evening show, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

17 Marcus Anderson, 5pm, Jerry Green & Friends, 2800 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, Kentucky, www.marcusanderson.net, 502-451-0706 Ilya Serov, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 21

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DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 22 Johnny Britt, 7pm, South Mountain Community College Jazz Festival, Pac Hall, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix, Arizona, www.johnnybritt.com, 602-243-8000

Gregory Porter

23 Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Fitz’s Jazz Café at the McCallum featuring Keiko Matsui, 8pm, McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, California, www.mccallumtheatre.com/, 760-340-2787

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Michael Paulo, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 24 Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Gregory Porter, 7pm, Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., San Diego, California, https://sandiegotheatres.org, 619-570-1100 Marcus Anderson, 4pm, CNY Jazz Cabaret Series, Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse, New York, www.marcusanderson.net, 315-479-5299 28 Joey Alexander, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 continued on page 22

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Greg Manning, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Joey Alexander, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 2

Jackiem Joyner, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Joey Alexander, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

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

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Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

Saturday Afternoon Live featuring Eric Marienthal, lunch & a show, 11am; evening show, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Norman Brown, 7pm, Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, Texas, www.normanbrown.com

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Paul Brown, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 23 Paul Brown, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 24 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 5:30 & 8:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 25 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 28 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch

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 30 Saturday Afternoon Live featuring DW3, USC Equestrian Team Benefit, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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31 Keith McKelley, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 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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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, with special guest appearance by KJAZZ radio host Bubba Jackson, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER s U n DaY, F e B. 3

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, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne

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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 s U n DaY, F e B. 1 0

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, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with 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, F e B. 1 6

KJAZZ Cupid’s 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 Cupid’s 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 Valentine’s Weekend 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, 855-627-8482 s U n DaY, F e B. 1 7

KJAZZ Cupid’s 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 Cupid’s 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 Valentine’s Weekend 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, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with 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, F e B. 2 3

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 continued on page 26


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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, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performances by Erin Stevenson, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at U R DaY, m a R C h 2

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, with special guest appearance by KJAZZ radio host Bubba Jackson, 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 s U n DaY, m a R C h 3

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 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, 855-627-8482

94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performances by Erin Stevenson, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at U R DaY, m a R C h 9

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 s U n DaY, m a R C h 1 0

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, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with 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, m a R C h 1 6

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 s U n DaY, m a R C h 1 7

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne 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, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary St. Patrick’s Day Champagne Brunch with 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, m a R C h 2 3

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 s U n DaY, m a R C h 2 4

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, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with 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, m a R C h 3 0

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 s U n DaY, m a R C h 3 1

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, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performances by artist TBA, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199


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Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

You are a well-known loner, but it’s time to bring your tribe in close. Your friends and family can affect your life in many profound ways. Let them in, and you will find a much deeper connection than you have had in the past. Make some new career plans for yourself now. You will finally be presented with many opportunities that promise success. Be wise with which course you choose, and the reward will be both monetarily and personally enriching.

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Things are definitely looking up for your career. You may even be up for a promotion or a change in job altogether. Any way you look at it, the signs are good that you will be successful and happy with all the new changes.

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Make the most of your networking opportunities now. You will find that relationships you create will become important to your career. Try your best to be sincere, and don’t come across as fake. Count on your own personality to sell yourself.

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You currently have luck on your side. You really can’t lose unless you are not clear in your goals. Make sure you know what you desire, and the opportunities will arise. Use your best judgment to make sure you use these for the best.

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Reviewed by Darcy Peters Tina Turner’s life has been covered in a previous book and movie (which she admits she didn’t see in its entirety), but she intends this memoir to illustrate life after Ike Turner. The iconic multi-GRAMMYAward-winner touches on her relationship with Ike in this new book, but she focuses more on her recovery from that abusive marital experience. After escaping from her husband Ike, where she ran barefoot across a highway in traffic to safety, she made the decision to start a new life without her co-star of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. She embarked on a solo career, starting out with cabaret performances, then later, into gigs as the opening act for her friends such as Mick Jagger and David Bowie. When her Private Dancer record became a smash, she began touring extensively for each new record, and acted in movies. She didn’t have much time for romance during this period. Plus, she felt insecure about always wearing wigs. “What would a new man think of that?” she wondered. After her ninth solo tour (commemorating her 50th anniversary in the music business), she decided to truly retire. She and her then-boyfriend, Erwin Bach, a German businessman, settled in Switzerland, where she eventually became a Swiss citizen. After nearly three decades together, Turner decided to finally say yes to Bach’s original marriage proposal. She was 73, and he was 57, which was never a problem for her. The book begins with details of her lavish wedding to Bach. She micromanaged the ceremony to make it perfect for her, as she considered this her first real wedding. Then, just months after walking down the aisle, she suffered a stroke. While recovering, she was struck down by a serious case of vertigo. After enduring rigorous treatment for the vertigo, it was discovered she had cancer. She underwent several cancer treatments, including a homeopathic remedy that harmed her kidney, causing her to undergo months of dialysis. She was on a transplant list, but worried she would not qualify because of her age. Her husband, a medical match, donated one of his kidneys to her. Thankfully, the operation was successful. Although recovery from all of these devastating illnesses took a long time, Turner was able to attend the premiere of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” and even managed a dance for the audience. In the afterword, Turner writes sadly about the 2018 suicide of her eldest son, Craig Raymond Turner. She wished her son had some of her strength. “I did dangerous things and dangerous thing were done to me, but in the eleventh hours, something always told me when to run, how to survive. No matter what happened to me, I came through it every time. I decided, well, maybe I’m supposed to live. Maybe I’m here for a reason. And maybe that reason is to share my story with you.”


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