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August 13-22, 2021 l Reading, PA We’re back ... and hotter than ever!

CHRIS BOTTI RNR: RICK BRAUN & RICHARD ELLIOT with special guest PETER WHITE MARCUS MILLER & FRIENDS featuring special guests DAVID SANBORN, JONATHAN BUTLER KEIKO MATSUI & KIRK WHALUM

DAVID BENOIT & LINDSEY WEBSTER

CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF STEVIE WONDER with ERIC DARIUS, NICK COLIONNE, KIMBERLY BREWER and more 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ALL-STAR CONCERT featuring PETER WHITE, MINDI ABAIR, EUGE GROOVE, BRIAN BROMBERG, LARRY BRAGGS and more DAVID BROMBERG QUINTET

PIECES OF A DREAM with special guest MAYSA JAZZ FUNK SOUL featuring JEFF LORBER, EVERETTE HARP, PAUL JACKSON JR.

For tickets and complete festival schedule, visit berksjazzfest.com

DEAN BROWN’S SUMMER OF LOVE EVOLUTION 30TH ANNIVERSARY BERKS BOP BIG BAND featuring ERIC MARIENTHAL, ANDREW NEU

... and many more!

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Presented by Rainbow Promotions, LLC in association with Robbie Todd Productions LLC

September 3-4, 2021 SMALE RIVERFRONT PARK FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021 • 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Lalah Hathaway

Norman Brown

Alex Bugnon

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 • 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Maysa

Gerald Albright

Nick Colionne

Damien Escobar

Brian Simpson

Keiko Matsui

Nestor Torres

All acts and times are subject to change without prior notice.

For Tickets and Information: Rainbow Promotions, LLC | (562) 424-0013 | rainbowpromotions.com

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CONTENTS Publisher and Managing Editor Photo: Pat Benter

Melanie Maxwell

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Copy Editors JoAnn Armke Paula Fitzgerald Barbara Knox Brad Sondak

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Operations & Distribution Manager Craig Collier

Contributor Ken Capobianco Contributing Photographers Pat Benter Chyna Photography Describe The Fauna Anthony Dixon Kindale Godbee Cooper Hardwick Raj Naik Andrew Newman Colin Peck Aaron Rice Lori Stoll Graphic Design Gina Mancini Smooth Jazz News 5519 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #134 San Diego, CA 92117 858-541-1919 smoothjazznews@aol.com www.smoothjazznews.com As we ease back into post-pandemic life, we will publish two quarterly issues of Smooth Jazz News in 2021: July-August-September and October-NovemberDecember; and five bimonthly issues in 2022: March-April, May-June, July-August, September-October and November-December.

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 p ­ ermission from the publisher.

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Live music is back! And, this issue is dedicated to guiding you to the best concerts, cruises and festivals.

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

10 Notes from the Publisher Kick over your bucket list; someday is now!

12 DISCover New Music Create your soundtrack for a post-pandemic summer

14 Justin-Lee Schultz

20 Catalina Island Travel Planning Guide How to get there and where to stay when you go to JazzTrax or any day

24 Peter White In a conversation with the guitar great, he talks about his pandemic respite, his roots with English bands, how he got his signature sound, and the joy of reconnecting with fellow musicians and fans

Look out! There’s a titanic new talent riding a big wave of success. Catch him at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and Marcus Anderson’s Jazz AND Coffee Escape this summer.

28 Calendar of smooth jazz events

16 Find your live smooth jazz bliss with our Annual Jazz Guides for

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As we ease back into post-pandemic life, our biggest

If you’re like me, you not only missed the live music and travel

challenge might be deciding which events to attend. The smooth

we love so much, but also the friendships we’ve formed over our

jazz circuit is filled with jazz festivals, concerts and cruises year-

shared passions. And, if I’ve learned anything from enduring a

round, but this summer is exploding with a variety of options,

pandemic that put our lives under lockdown, it’s that tomorrow

ranging from wine country concert destinations and coastal art show

is not promised, and how important it is to remember that

performances to weekend festival getaways. To help you transform

“someday” is now.

your bucket list into a to-do list, we’ve created special Jazz Concert Series, Festival and Cruise Guides featuring events through 2023.

So, don’t wait to make your summer great. Plan a new adventure or book a return to a cherished destination today.


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DEE LUCAS

WILLIE BRADLEY

• THE TIME IS NOW

• It’s My Time

(ODL Music Co.)

(Willie Bradley Music)

Continuously grooving and sonically inventive, contemporary jazz saxophonist Dee Lucas delivers more cutting edge with the release of his ninth recording, THE TIME IS NOW. With his unique licks and fresh melodies, Lucas brings to the party Blake Aaron, David P. Stevens, George Freeman, Darryl Williams, Adam Hawley, Lew Laing Jr. and Gino Rosaria on his most celebrated project to date. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com Website: www.deelucas.com

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

LES SABLER

GABRIEL MARK HASSELBACH

• Tranquility

• Tongue & Groove

(New Vista Records)

(Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings)

Tranquility is a melody-rich, contemporary jazz listening experience. Produced by Paul Brown, the set consists of funky R&B grooves and sophisticated instrumental pop that includes collaborations with Shane Theriot, Greg Vail, Lee Thornburg, Roberto Vally and others. Les Sabler brings fresh vibrancy, fluidity and sparkle to his trademark super melodic, coolly infectious midtempo style. AvAilAble At: https://myiesstore.com/lessabler/, iTunes, www.amazon.com, and most online retailers Website: www.lessabler.net

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach is a nimble and lyrical flugelhornist, flutist and trumpeter with mad skills. He has 15 albums under his name, 10 smooth jazz Billboard hits, a West Coast Music Award, plus the 2011 Canadian Smooth Jazz Album of the Year, and Instrumentalist of the Year Awards. AvAilAble At: www.bit.ly/GMHtongue_groove iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.spotify.com, www.apple.com/apple-music Website: www.GabrielJazz.com, www.linktr.ee/GabrielJazz

TONY LINDSAY

• They Call Me Big New York

• “Life Partner” single (LINDSEED Music/Records DK)

Former lead vocalist with Santana for 25 years, and 11-time Grammy winner, Tony Lindsay’s new single, “Life Partner,” features Tom E. Politzer from Tower of Power on saxophone. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.spotify.com, Apple Music, www.amazon.com, www.apple.com/apple-music Website: www.tonylindsay.com

CHRISTIAN de MESONES (Christian de Mesones)

Bassist Christian de Mesones has crafted a stellar album comprised of 10 spirit-raising original compositions that showcase an outstanding collection of musicians. It also offers the listener a generous helping of Latin flair, funk and urban grooves representative of de Mesones’ more than 40 years composing and performing across various musical genres. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.Amazon.com, www.bignybassworld.com/store Website: www.bignybassworld.com


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A2Z FEATURING ANDREW NEU AND ROB ZINN

PEET PROJECT

• “A to Z” single

(Beagle Beat Records)

(Andrew Neu Music/Rob Zinn Music)

From Miles and Coltrane to the Brecker Brothers, the pairing of sax and trumpet defines great jazz and funk. Billboard artists Andrew Neu and Rob Zinn continue that tradition performing as A2Z. Teaming up with hitmaker-producer Adam Hawley and an all-star rhythm section, “A to Z” is their first collaborative single. Tearing a page from great horn bands, the song sizzles from start to finish with Neu and Zinn bringing their unique styles and signature horn licks. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, https://music.apple.com/us/ and all digital music mediums Website: www.andrewneu.com, www.robzinn.com

NO PLAN B FEATURING V JEFFREY SMITH • Am I Black Enough 4 You?!?! (EDclectic Entertainment)

The EP Am I Black Enough 4 You?!?! by No Plan B featuring V Jeffrey Smith is a kinetic emulsion of Afro, Caribbean and jazz influences. It is produced by multi-instrumentalist Smith, who is best known as a founding member of the group The Family Stand. The music is also featured in the indie mockumentary film “Am I Black Enough 4 You?,” which is directed by Kevin Harewood and features comedian AJ Jamal and actor E. George Perry. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com, https://play.google.com, https://music.apple.com/ Website: www.facebook.com/indiezstreetsfilms

• Ups & Downs Ups & Downs, the Peet Project’s latest studio album, showcases the band’s original mix of pop, funk and jazz with the help of featured artists Paul Brown, Michael Lington, Marcus Anderson and Ilya Serov. Having yielded multiple Billboard hits and a Best Song of 2020 award from JazzTrax.com already, the material definitely deserves the attention of discerning listeners. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.spotify.com and all digital platforms. CDs will also be available at the band’s U.S. concerts in the autumn of 2021. Website: http://peetproject.com

ALEXANDER ZONJIC • Playing It Forward (Hi-Falutin’ Music)

With a rich and varied range of contemporary jazz tracks featuring a diverse blend of musicians and producers from all over the country, Alexander Zonjic’s Playing It Forward merges soulful expressions and technical artistry with tracks crafted by GRAMMY-award-winning artist Jeff Lorber, including contributions from the late Chuck Loeb, James Lloyd, Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Thompson, Evan Garr and Justin-Lee Schultz. It’s Zonjic’s first album release in 10 years. AvAilAble At: Everywhere for streaming, download, and CDs at the usual places, www.zonjic.com, and https://songwhip.com/alexander-zonjic/ playing-it-forward Website: www.zonjic.com Advertisement: To inquire about placement, call 858-541-1919 or email smoothjazzads@aol.com.


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ALL THE RAVE!

Justin-Lee

Schultz A chorus of praise from pros and critics

By Ken Capobianco

know it by talking to him. The wunderkind, who was born in South Africa and now lives in North Carolina, is remarkably poised and eloquent when speaking about his music and burgeoning career. His confidence and self-assured demeanor are reflected in his music. His debut smooth jazz record, Gruv Kid (Shanachie), was released late last year to chart success and positive critical notices. He worked with numerous jazz luminaries, including Jeff Lorber, Gerald Albright, Bob James, Harvey Mason, Najee and others, to create an ambitious and satisfying set of smooth jazz that nods to pop and one of his main influences, Stevie Wonder.   Ultimately, the record reveals an immensely talented musician and songwriter refining his craft and harnessing his raw abilities.   “At the moment, I’m just trying to find my sound, discover what I like and what I want to explore. It’s about discovery at this point,” Schultz said via phone recently about his album and the direction of his music.  The South African native moved with his family to Michigan when he was 8 years old. The family relocated to North Carolina, which has a vibrantly eclectic music scene. Schultz was born into a musical family; his father, Julius, is a guitarist, and his older sister, Jamie-Leigh, is a drummer. He found himself onstage playing with his father and sister, and never looked back, committing to becoming a musician soon after that performance.  

Photo: Kindale Godbee

Multi-instrumental jazz prodigy Justin-Lee Schultz is only 14 years old, but you’d never

“I started seriously about three weeks after I first started playing. I was 5, and I did my first show with my dad,” he said. “Being onstage and performing for people made me

“He experiences music in a different way, where he sees everything and is totally conscious of every note and the relationship between the notes. He has so much fun and can create with such joy.”

—Jeff Lorber find what I’m passionate about. I had a low attention span at the time and would only practice for maybe five or 10 minutes. “Gradually over time, that five minutes turned into two hours, which turned into four hours, and that turned into six hours. Practice was all about exploration for me. It wasn’t like ‘I have to go practice’––I was really excited to do it because I’m always finding new things I’m wanting to do.”  

Schultz plays a variety of instruments, including piano, bass and guitar, and wrote or co-wrote four of the songs on Gruv Kid, which also has compositions from his father, James and Wonder, who is a major influence on his work. The teen said he admires Wonder’s musical versatility, songwriting genius and boundary-breaking vision. “I was into everything about him. He is such an amazing songwriter and singer and multi-instrumentalist. That’s something I want to work towards. All of his albums are insane,” Schultz said with enthusiasm. “Songs in the Key of Life, Talking Book and other albums are incredible. There are so many different elements and changes in his music. He helped to revolutionize music in the ’70s and the ’80s, and that’s what intrigues me.”   One would think that a young teenager would be intimidated by working with such a stellar cast of musicians on his debut album, but Schultz said he felt welcomed and comfortable. He had to collaborate with each musician via the internet because of the pandemic.   “It was a great experience and sort of surreal for me because I’ve been listening to these artists from before I started playing,


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like from 2. To have them on my record is incredible. They are the nicest people.” He said he absorbed a great deal by working with James, Jonathan Butler, Pieces of a Dream and the rest of the all-star guests. “I learned a lot from them from the music production side or songwriting or how to develop solos.   “I’m grateful being around them because I get to learn from so many musicians from different backgrounds. They treat me great, and I try to absorb as much as possible every time, whether it’s from a face-to-face conversation or just listening to their music. I always try to take stuff away from everyone I work with.”   On the record, Schultz implements the “talk box” or vocoder into his vocals. The vocoder distorts or modulates the human voice for a somewhat otherworldly sound. It’s been used by a number of artists across the music spectrum, including electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and Laurie Anderson, but most famously by Wonder and Peter Frampton (immortalized on his epic “Do You Feel Like We Do”).   “I came across the talk box on social media––I saw this guy named Mr. Talk Box using it on a Bruno Mars song called ‘24K Magic,’” Schultz said. “I was fascinated by it and did some research. I asked my dad if he could get me one and then tried it out and fell in love with it. I still want to use it going forward because it brings a different feel and sound. Hopefully, I can begin to sing without it but still incorporate it in different ways.”   Keyboard great and jazz fusion pioneer Lorber, who plays and produces on the album, has a great appreciation for Schultz and is enthusiastic about his potential. “His talent is unbelievable. He’s a genius young prodigy. When I was young, I was considered something of a prodigy, I guess, but I didn’t learn how to play at his level until I left high school and went to Berklee College of Music and had a chance to practice eight hours a day for a long while and studied with some great teachers.   “He’s just a wonderful player, and it seems he has perfect pitch because the way he hears stuff is incredible. He experiences music in a different way, where he sees everything and is totally conscious of every note and the relationship between the notes. He has so much fun and can create with such joy. He has learned how to play guitar and bass along with keyboards and is incredible already.”   Lorber said he sees a bright future for the young multiinstrumentalist and thinks he can work in any musical genre.   “With his toolkit, he can do whatever he wants to do, but I just hope he’s allowed to grow up and take his time. If he needs to learn from other people beyond the amazing stuff that he’s been able to figure out on his own, it would be nice and helpful. I hope he has the opportunity to become a well-rounded guy who has a long career as a world-class musician, which he already is––actually, he already was about two years ago.”     While playing music takes up a good part of Schultz’s life, he maintains it never interferes with his education, which always comes first.   “I worked out a schedule with my mom and dad, but it was always balanced with school because that’s the priority. It was always school and then music. Once I was done with my schoolwork at 2 or 3 p.m., I was free to do music. School has always been important, and it’s still the priority.”   He added that, unlike other child prodigies, he has no intentions to dedicate himself solely to music, and will head to college when he graduates high school. “I would like to go to the Berklee College of Music. It’s really prestigious and someplace I think I can learn from.”  

Schultz said he lives a normal teenage life. His friends acknowledge his success, and they take it in stride. “Most of my friends are musicians in their own field, so we all hang out. I feel comfortable around them. I also have a very good support system with my family, so that helps.” He’s excited about taking his music on the road after a long period of downtime during the pandemic shutdown. He is scheduled to play Marcus Anderson’s Jazz AND Coffee Escape on Aug. 7, and the 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest on Aug. 13 with Pieces of a Dream and Maysa.   “I haven’t played many shows over the past 18 months, so I’m really looking forward to getting out in front of an audience and let them hear me,” he enthused. “It should be fun. It’s what I’ve been doing since I was 5, and it’s what I love to do. Not playing during the pandemic was tough, so now it’s going to be cool to be out there.”   A social media star with a large following on Instagram and other platforms, Schultz doesn’t need a website to reach his generation’s audience, but he will have one shortly for older generations of jazz and smooth jazz fans who might not use social media.   While he’s working in jazz now, he believes his future is wide open as he listens to new music of all genres. “I do listen to a lot of music. Bruno Mars is a favorite, and I love Anderson .Paak. And, Jacob Collier is great. I love how he’s himself and does new things. Of course, Michael Jackson, too. He’s timeless.”   Schultz claimed he is always looking to expand his range.   “I’m currently working on new music and writing,” he said. “I’m not sure what genre I’ll be doing in the future. I’m always trying to be creative by using new ideas. I’ll probably do what I know––jazz–– and incorporate other things into it to develop and see where I go.”  

On Tour

Aug. 7 Marcus Anderson’s Jazz AND Coffee Escape Diana Wortham Theatre Asheville, North Carolina www.jazzandcoffee-escape.net 828-257-4530 Aug. 13 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest (with Pieces of a Dream and Maysa) DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom Reading, Pennsylvania www.berksjazzfest.com May 13-20 and May 20-27, 2022 Dave Koz & Friends at Sea Amsterdam-British Isles Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas www.davekozcruise.com 800-225-5759 Photo: Kindale Godbee


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As we ease back into our smooth jazz lives, in-person events are reopening and welcoming us back. To help you plan for vaccinated, post-COVID fun, we’ve combined our Annual Jazz Festival, Concert Series and Cruise Guides into this print edition, our first since pausing production in March 2020. So, crack out your calendar and start planning for post-pandemic pleasures!


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Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate Laguna Beach, California ......................................................... Lineup (starts at 5:30 p.m.): Thursday, July 8: Kleber Jorge

Venue: Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California Getting there : Flights are available into the John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), Long Beach Airport (LGB), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and San Diego International Airport (SAN). Distance to the venue is approximately 13 miles from SNA, 33 miles from LGB, 52 miles from LAX, and 73 miles from SAN.

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Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green

Parking : There are eight public parking lots in the City of Laguna

Laguna Beach, California .........................................................

Beach, as well as meters, most of which accept credit cards. Laguna Beach Transit also offers free shuttle service to the venue from locations along Pacific Coast Hwy. and Laguna Canyon Road.

Tickets and information : Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine and chocolate pairings (for those aged 21 and over) are an additional $20. Limited seating is available in a reserved section for $35 per person per concert. For more information, visit www.foapom.com/events/art-jazz-winechocolate/ or call 949-494-1145.  

Lineup (starts at 1 p.m.): Saturday, July 10: Grace Kelly Saturday, July 17: Brian Bromberg and His Big Bombastic Band Saturday, July 24: Lee Rocker Saturday, July 31: Lee Ritenour Saturday, Aug. 7: The Eric Marienthal All-Stars Saturday, Aug. 14: Greg Adams and East Bay Soul Saturday, Aug. 21: The Side Deal

Venue: Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California Getting there : Flights are available into the John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), Long Beach Airport (LGB), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and San Diego International Airport (SAN). Distance to the venue is approximately 13 miles from SNA, 33 miles from LGB, 52 miles from LAX, and 73 miles from SAN.

Parking : There are eight public parking lots in the City of Laguna Beach, as well as meters, most of which accept credit cards. Laguna Beach Transit also offers free shuttle service to the venue from locations along Pacific Coast Hwy. and Laguna Canyon Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Tickets and information : Free admission with purchase of Festival of

Festival of Arts exhibit in Laguna Beach, California

Arts ticket. Limited seating is available in a reserved section for $50 per person per concert. For more information, visit www.foapom. com/events/concerts-on-the-green/ or call 949-494-1145.

Gregg Karukas playing at the Festival of Arts Concerts on the Green in Laguna Beach, California Photo: Pat Benter


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Thornton Winery’s 32nd Annual Champagne Concert Series

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Lineup (doors open at 6:15 p.m.,VIP meet-and-greet starts at 6:15 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.): July 18: Paul Brown and Gregg Karukas

Lineup: Saturday, Aug. 28: Peter White and Euge Groove, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11: Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour

Aug. 1: Steve Oliver, Brian Simpson and special guest Will Donato Aug. 15: Michael Paulo, Adam Hawley and guest Darryl Williams

Venue: South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Vintner’s Garden, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California Getting there : Flights are available into the Ontario International Airport (ONT), San Diego International Airport (SAN), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Distance to the venue is approximately 58 miles from ONT, 68 miles from SAN, and 98 miles from LAX.

Parking : Free parking Staying there : South Coast Winery Resort & Spa offers villas that allow guests direct access to vineyards from their patio. Villas and suites encompass between 490 and 1,150 square feet and feature amenities such as faux and gas fireplaces, soothing deep soaking tubs, plush bathrobes and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Tickets and information : www.southcoastwinery.com, 844-841-1406

featuring Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair and Vincent Ingala, 7 p.m. (sold-out) Sunday, Sept. 12: Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair and Vincent Ingala, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18: Chris Botti, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2: RnR featuring Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23: Boney James, 7 p.m. (sold-out)

Venue: Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California Getting there : Flights are available into the Ontario International Airport (ONT), San Diego International Airport (SAN), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Distance to the venue is approximately 55 miles from ONT, 65 miles from SAN, and 95 miles from LAX.

Parking : Free on-site parking Tickets and information : www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099


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Full Weekend Series & Single Day Tickets Now on Sale Each Weekend Opens an Evening Early Thursdays Unplugged Under the Stars on Descanso Beach

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All Weekend Long In the Historic 1929 Avalon Ballroom .. looking out to sea

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T R AV E L P L A N N IN G GUID E By Melanie Maxwell

SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME TO SAIL JEFFREY OSBORNE

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PETER WHITE & EUGE GROOVE

LARRY CARLTON

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Jeffrey Osborne, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Spyro Gyra, Tom Scott & the LA Express, Mindi Abair, Roman Street, Kim Scott, Lisa Addeo, Peet Project, Steve Oliver, Nicholas Cole Peter White & Euge Groove, Larry Carlton’s Steely Dan/Crusaders Show, Marc Antoine, Kim & Kayla Waters, Najee, Four 80 East, Mariea Antoinette, Adam Hawley, Carol Albert, Sax to the Max with Michael Lington, Paul Taylor & Vincent Ingala, Fattburger’s Evan Marks, Debut Saxophonist Randal Clark

FESTIVAL LINE-UP, TICKETS, LINKS FOR BOATS/HOTELS

WWW.JAZZTRAX.COM or CALL 866-TRAX TIX PLEASE GET VACCINATED

26 miles from the Southern California coastline to Catalina Island. However, October is even better for genre enthusiasts because that’s when the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival transforms Avalon, the island’s only city, into a smooth jazz paradise. For two consecutive weekends, Oct. 14-17 and 21-24, Art Good presents the stars of smooth jazz, starting with Thursday Nights “Unplugged” on the sand at Descanso Beach, and Friday through Sunday inside the non-gaming Catalina Casino building’s ballroom.


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Tips for Your Trip...

GETTING THERE

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

STAYING THERE

Hotel Catalina and Catalina Courtyard Suites are both located steps from the bay! And, both are AAA-approved. 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 Catalina Courtyard 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 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 https://catalinacourtyardsuites.com/ • 855-891-3400

CATALINA EXPRESS Set Sail to Catalina Island

Catalina Express

Catalina Island is welcoming you back to adventure, relaxation and inspiration. With 3 convenient port locations and up to 30 departures daily, your voyage to paradise is now boarding. San Pedro - Long Beach - Dana Point C AT A L I N A E X P R E S S . C O M | 800.838.6685


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2022-2023 Cruise Guide

JAZZ-THEMED CRUISES Full-ship charters hosted by the stars of smooth jazz May 13-20 and May 20-27, 2022 Dave Koz & Friends at Sea Amsterdam-British Isles Netherlands, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England Lineup: Brian McKnight, Regina Belle, comedian Sinbad, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Vincent Ingala, Keiko Matsui, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Ellis Hall, Chris Walker, Javier Colon, Ariana Savalas, Spencer Day, Julian Vaughn, Marcus Anderson, Matt Cusson, Ilya Serov, Adrian Crutchfield, Darren Rahn, Carl Wockner, Adam Hawley, The J.L.S Experience (with Justin-Lee Schultz, Julius Schultz and Jamie-Leigh Schultz), Dylan Chambers, Justin Hopkins, Oli Silk, John Stoddart, Elle Cato, Rebecca Jade, Ashling Cole, Patrick Bradley, Beatles Experience, Jaconnell Mouton and DJ Will ReelSoul Embarkation: Amsterdam, Netherlands Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas Ports of call: Cork, Ireland; Glasgow, Scotland; Dover, England; Holyhead, Wales; Amsterdam, Netherlands Booking and information: www.davekozcruise.com, 800-225-5759

Dave Koz toasts his guests during the 2019 Dave Koz & Friends at Sea sail-away party in Sydney, Australia

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Rick Braun hosts his 2022 River Cruise Getaway aboard AmaWaterways AmaCello

July 25 and Aug. 1, 2023 Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, 2022 Rick Braun’s River Cruise Getaway 2022: Colors of Provence Two, seven-day full-ship charter sailings Sailing on the Rhone River between Arles and Lyon, France Photo: Andrew Newman

Lineup: Rick Braun, Peter White, Kirk Whalum and Marc Antoine Week A sailing, Aug. 4: Embarkation: Arles, France Week B sailing, Aug. 11: Embarkation: Lyon, France Ship: AmaWaterways AmaCello Ports of call: Sailing on the Rhone River between Arles and Lyon, France; visiting Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Tournon, Vienne and Lyon. Optional pre- and post-cruise in Paris, France, and Barcelona, Spain. Booking and information: www.rickbraun.com, 520-219-3381

Rick Braun’s River Cruise Getaway 2023: Europe’s Rivers and Castles Two, seven-day full-ship charters Sailing on the Moselle River, between Luxembourg and Nuremberg, Germany Lineup: Rick Braun, Jeffrey Osborne, Vincent Ingala and special guest Dave Koz Week One sailing, July 25: Embarkation: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Week Two sailing, Aug. 1: Embarkation: Nuremberg, Germany Ship: AmaWaterways AmaCerto Ports of call: Nuremberg; Bamberg, Würzburg; Wertheim; Rüdesheim; the Rhine Gorge; Cochem; Trier, Germany; and Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Optional pre- and postcruise in Paris, France; Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; and Munich, Germany. Booking: www.rickbraun.com, 520-219-3381


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PETER WHITE Sadly, the beloved philanthropist and founder of Payne Pest Management passed away on Aug. 3 from cardiac arrest. He was 72.

The master guitar stylist resumes his role as a prime-time jazz stage star

Willie not only sponsored events such as The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, he and his wife, Kathy, were Payne, Jordan McFadden, Mar-

Photo: Lori Stoll

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By Ken Capobianco

fter a year of downtime from touring because of the pandemic, smooth jazz guitarist Peter White is back onstage in front of live audiences with a full schedule of shows booked throughout the rest of the year. White is enjoying playing in front of his devoted fans again, but unlike many musicians who found the protracted period of idle time trying, White thought it was a welcome respite from the usual grind. He enjoyed quality time with his wife, Robin, and daughter, Charlotte, while getting some exercise and creating new music.   “I actually found the time to be very relaxing. I’m on the road so much during the year, I was able to spend time with my family, record songs, and do things like play soccer in the park with friends. It’s great to kick the ball around,” White said recently via phone from Florida, where he was set to perform.   “I know it wasn’t that way for a lot of musicians, but I appreciated the break. I haven’t had that kind of time to relax at home, so it wasn’t like a lost year at all.”  


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Make no mistake—White is certainly pleased to be interacting with fans again because he feels that’s part of what defines him as a musician. “Of course, I’m happy to be out playing live now. It’s been great to reconnect with everyone,” the 66-year-old guitarist-keyboardist said. “I’ve actually played a few shows this year, so we are gradually getting back into things. I played the Seabreeze Jazz Festival just a bit ago,

“That’s what being a musician is about—that communication and interaction. It’s why we play. I missed the genuine connection with fans. You can’t get that through social media.”

and I played with Eric Marienthal at Spaghettini in Seal Beach a few weeks before that,” added White, who said he’s been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. He explained that there are very few things in life that can replicate the rush a musician feels when he is onstage, feeling the love from an audience. “Ultimately, that’s what being a musician is about––that communication and interaction. It’s why we play. I missed the genuine connection with fans. You can’t get that through social media.” He said he spent a good deal of time during the pandemic chatting with fans through Facebook, but the remote dialogue lacked the intimacy and electricity that can only be derived from live performances.   “It’s a big difference than interacting with fans on Facebook. I actually enjoy that to an extent, but I try to answer questions that let you know they are fans and listen to the music––they have put thought into what they are asking.   “There are times when I see ‘Hello’ and I think, ‘What am I going to do with this?’” he laughed while recollecting some of the more mundane correspondences he’s received. ‘Do I just say hello back?’   “What I like is I can respond to people from around the world–– and that’s a very unique thing because you can be talking to someone in Peru or somewhere far away. They write very thoughtful things and show how much the music means to them. It’s quite remarkable.”  The Los Angeles resident, who has a new record due out later this year, believes there are pitfalls to spending too much time on social media.  

“After a while of doing that, I think, ‘Well, I really haven’t done anything but this. Maybe I should get to work. Social media can be time-consuming, and I think people were probably more productive before it came along. There comes a time when I have to step away from it.” White will be playing the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Festival on Aug. 14 as part of its 30th Anniversary All-Star Celebration. “I’m not doing a show of my own, but the festival is always a good time, and I’ve been playing there for many years,” he said. “One thing I’m looking forward to is seeing a lot of the musicians again. You get to see your friends after missing them for so long.”   He explained that one of the most unfortunate drawbacks of the shutdown was his inability to meaningfully connect with other musicians, especially on cruises. “I did miss the cruises because I get to spend a lot of time with so many musicians in a perfect atmosphere. It’s so relaxed––there’s no rush. You are not in and out of a city overnight.”   He humorously recalled the period just before things shut down when he was set to do a cruise. “We were going to go out, and the choice was, ‘You can get on the ship but you might not be able to get off.’ Trust me, that was a pretty easy decision to make.” All of the smooth jazz-themed cruises scheduled for 2020 and 2021 were postponed until 2022.   The good-natured artist––a charmingly discursive conversationalist–– is mostly tight-lipped about his as-yet-to-be-titled new album he is in the process of finishing (he hopes to have it out this summer).   “I started it awhile ago,” he said. “I got interrupted when I was asked to record songs for STARLUX Airlines. That music was supposed to be exclusively for them, but it turned out to be an album (Music for STARLUX Airlines, 2019). I picked up with the new album earlier this year and have been recording since then.”   He said it follows in the extremely eclectic nature of his past records with an expansive mix of genres and tempos. “I always like to vary them and not get stuck with one sound. It doesn’t have a theme. I was never a concept guy. Other than the Christmas records, the only album that may have had a concept was Glow, and that was about 20 years ago (2001). To me, it’s always been about the songs. You have to have good songs––that’s the basis of everything.”   White said one of the most valuable lessons he learned as a musician came during his first job with Al Stewart in the 1970s when he worked with Alan Parsons, the great British musician and producer, on Stewart’s seminal Year of the Cat album, which put White on the map. It helped define his now-patented guitar sound (especially with “On the Border,” a song White insists all his fans should hear).   “He taught me no musician is bigger than the song, and the song always comes first. That’s a philosophy I’ve followed throughout my entire career. Now, a lot of musicians, especially in jazz, might not agree—the emphasis is more on the playing, and what they bring. I will always believe it’s the song.”   The guests on the new record include Rick Braun, Vincent Ingala, flute player Marc Macisso, a longtime friend of White who also played in Stewart’s ’70s band, and the influential jazz-R&B saxophone legend Ernie Watts.  

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The guitarist said he maintains a private life, but the one thing most people don’t know about him is he started out as a keyboard player when he began his career in his late teens. He switched to guitar in Stewart’s band. “Al [Stewart] gave me the nylon strings for the guitar and had me play––that changed my life. If he didn’t do that, who knows where I’d be. I might be playing keyboards somewhere no one’s ever heard of. The nylon strings are the basis of what has become my sound. You just never know what’s going to happen in life.” White said his life is mostly focused on music,

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“To me, it’s always been about the songs. You have to have good songs— that’s the basis of everything.”

and he doesn’t have different hobbies to keep himself occupied when he’s not touring, recording or spending time with his family. “I wish I could tell you something extremely exotic like underwater pole vaulting, but other than going out to the park to play what they call soccer here––we call it football––with my friends (including Macisso)––there’s nothing exciting.”   He does have a love of books. “I like to read. I read a lot of musicians’ autobiographies. Roger Daltrey’s is interesting. I grew up loving The Who––you have to remember I was a rock ’n’ roll fan and musician. He writes about a show of theirs I was at when I was young. It brings back so many memories.   “I also read Billy Idol’s biography. We are from the same generation. He grew up very close to where I come from (in Luton, England). It’s quite fascinating because we both grew up in rock ’n’ roll, but he got into punk music, and I went down a different path. I think to myself, ‘What if I got into punk?’” he laughed. “I might have been singing ‘White Wedding,’ but that would be a problem because I can’t sing at all. That’s why I play guitar and keyboards.”   Before he had to depart for a rehearsal, White revealed he doesn’t have a core philosophy to sustain him during troubled times like this past year, but he did point to the 2004 film “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” which was based on Daniel Handler’s wildly popular Lemony Snicket trilogy. “It was a really dark film with Jim Carrey where bad things happen over and over, but no matter how wrong things go, there’s always a bit of hope and you have to think things will work out. They do. There’s definitely something to take from that.”           

ON TOUR Aug. 14

Aug. 28 (with Euge Groove)

Oct. 24 (with Euge Groove)

Santander Performing Arts Center Reading, Pennsylvania www.berksjazzfest.com

Temecula, California www.thorntonwine.com

Catalina Casino Ballroom Avalon, California www.jazztrax.com

Sept. 4 (with Euge Groove)

Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, 2022

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest 30th Anniversary All-Star Celebration

Aug. 22 (with RnR: Rick Braun and Richard Elliot)

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest

Scottish Rite Cathedral W. Reading, Pennsylvania www.berksjazzfest.com

Thornton Winery’s Champagne Concert Series

Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition

Pensacola Community Maritime Park Pensacola, Florida www.gulfcoastsummerfest jazzedition.com

For a complete tour schedule, including A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair and Vincent Ingala, visit peterwhite.com

Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

Rick Braun’s River Cruise Getaway 2022: Colors of Provence

Two, seven-day full-ship charter sailings Sailing on the Rhone River between Arles and Lyon, France Aboard AmaWaterways cruise ship AmaCello www.rickbraun.com


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STEVE COLE

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“The veteran of countless sessions has applied his virtuoso-level skills on a huge variety of upright basses and bass guitars to a rangy mix of soundscapes. ...radio-ready smooth-jazzv productions like his new A Little Driving Music” - JAZZTIMES

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CONCERTS, FESTIVALS AND CRUISES JULY 1

DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 3

Willie Bradley, 7:30pm, Ocean City Jazz Festival, The Clayton Center, 111 2nd St., Clayton, North Carolina, https://oceancityjazzfest. com/artist-lineup/ 8

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Kleber Jorge, 5:30pm,

650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/artjazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 9

“Novi Nights” Live at the Adell Center with Alexander Zonjic &

Friends featuring Lin Rountree, 7pm, Adell Center, 43700 Adell Center Dr., Novi, Michigan, www.zonjic.com, 419-280-1073 10

Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Grace Kelly, 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 $50 per person.) 11

22nd Annual Eric Marienthal & Friends Concert featuring Rick Braun & special guest

appearances, special VIP event with live & silent auctions, dinner & dessert, no-host bar, benefiting High Hopes Head Injury Program, 5pm, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California, www.highhopes.ws, 949-733-0044 15

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Tony Guerrero’s Big Band, 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


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pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.)

34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.southcoastwinery.com, 844-841-1406

A2Z featuring Andrew Neu & Rob Zinn, 7 & 9pm, South Jazz Kitchen, 600 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, https://southjazzkitchen.com, 215-600-0220

38th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival featuring RnR with Rick Braun & Richard Elliot, 11am, Rendezvous Event Center, 78821 U.S. Hwy. 40, Winter Park, Colorado, www.playwinterpark.com/jazzfest

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Kenny G, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 16

“Novi Nights” Live at the Adell Center with Alexander Zonjic & Friends featuring Evan Garr, 7pm, Adell Center, 43700 Adell Center Dr., Novi, Michigan, www.zonjic.com, 419-280-1073 Kenny G, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

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Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Girl’s Jazz Night with Tony Guerrero, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/ art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Brian Bromberg & His Big Bombastic Band, 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.) Kenny G, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 18

Kenny G, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Rhythm on the Vine Jazz Concert Series featuring Paul Brown & Gregg Karukas, 7pm, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Vintner’s Garden,

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“Novi Nights” Live at the Adell Center with Alexander Zonjic & Friends featuring Urban Jazz Coalition, 7pm, Adell Center, 43700 Adell Center Dr., Novi, Michigan, www.zonjic.com, 419-280-1073 24

Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Lee Rocker, 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 $50 per person.) 26

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Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 28

Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 29

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Bill Cantos, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/ art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate

pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 30

Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 8pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Florida, www.davekoz.com DW3: A Tribute to the Legends of Music, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 31

Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 4 & 8pm, Florida Theatre, 128 E.

RHYTHM ON THE VINE ®

Forsyth St., Jacksonville, Florida, www.davekoz.com Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Lee Ritenour, 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 $50 per person.)

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Elan Trotman, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Rhythm on the Vine Jazz Concert Series featuring Steve Oliver, Brian Simpson & guest Will Donato, 7pm, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Vintner’s Garden, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.southcoastwinery.com, 844-841-1406

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Rob Zinn, 6:15pm, Jazz at the Garden, Daniel Stove Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, North Carolina, www.dsbg.org/events-exhibits/ events/, 704-825-4490 Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Brian Simpson, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/ events/art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 6

Marcus Anderson’s 3rd Annual Jazz AND Coffee Escape featuring BK Jackson, Jazmin

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Ghent & Kim Scott, Marcus Anderson & special guest CeeLo Green, 7:30pm, Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, www.jazzandcoffeeescape.net, 828-257-4530 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Kenny Lattimore & Vincent Ingala, 8pm, BirminghamJefferson Convention Complex, 2100 Richard Arrington Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama, www.davekoz.com 7

Marcus Anderson’s 3rd Annual Jazz AND Coffee Escape featuring Terence Young & Elan Trotman, Justin-Lee Schultz, Jeff Kashiwa, Javier Colon, Marcus Anderson, 6pm, Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, www.jazzandcoffee-escape.net, 828-257-4530 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Kenny Lattimore & Vincent Ingala, 7pm, Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy., Houston, Texas, www.davekoz.com Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Eric Marienthal All-Stars, 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 $50 per person.) 8

Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Kenny Lattimore & Vincent Ingala, 7pm, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, California, www.davekoz.com 9

Music Monday featuring Darryl Williams, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Teka, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/ art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 13

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Opening Night Celebration featuring Chris Botti, 7pm, Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Pieces of a Dream with special guest Maysa & introducing Justin-Lee Schultz, 9:30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam featuring Blake Aaron, Tom Braxton, Albert Rivera, Nick Colionne, Andrew Neu & Rob Zinn (as A2Z), Tony Exum Jr., Nelson Rangell, Marc Antoine, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller & more, 11:59pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, small ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 14

Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/ concerts-on-the-green/, 949494-1145 (Free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket. continued on page 32

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Limited seating in reserved section available for $40 per person.) 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Veasley Unscripted at Berks featuring Nelson Rangell, Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine, 1 & 7pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, small ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Keiko Matsui & Kirk Whalum, 2pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Andrew Neu & Rob Zinn (as A2Z), 3:30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Cheers Lounge, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com (free admission) Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest 30th Anniversary All-Star Celebration featuring Peter White, Mindi Abair, Nick Colionne, Larry Braggs, Eric Marienthal, Brian Bromberg, Euge Groove & The Berks Horns, 6pm, Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam featuring Blake Aaron, Tom Braxton, Albert Rivera, Nick Colionne, Andrew Neu & Rob Zinn (as A2Z), Tony Exum Jr., Nelson Rangell, Marc Antoine, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller & more, 11:59pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, small ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 15

Jonathan Butler, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Bob Baldwin & Friends featuring Lori Williams, 8pm, Rams Head On Stage, 33 West

St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Soul Patrol with Larry Braggs, Blake Aaron & Tom Braxton, 2:30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, small ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com Rhythm on the Vine Jazz Concert Series featuring Michael Paulo, Adam Hawley & guest Darryl Williams, 7pm, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Vintner’s Garden, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.southcoastwinery.com, 844-841-1406 16

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring RMF Project Penske Jam with Mike Eben, Albert Rivera, Gerald Veasley, Brian Bromberg, Eric Marienthal, Aubrey Logan, Bobby Lyle & Tony Moore, 7pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, small ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 17

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Bobby Lyle & The Ladies of Song with Toni Lynne, Annette Hines, Gretchen Patti, Amaani Lyle & more, 7pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, small ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 18

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring the 30th Anniversary Berks Bop Big Band with Rick Braun, Andrew Neu, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright, Everette Harp, Randy Brecker, Peter Neu, Skip Spratt, Brian Bromberg, Bobby Lyle, Tony Moore, Aubrey Logan, Gil Parris, Craig Kenney, Tony DeSantis, Paul Arbogast, Jeff Bush, Dave Cianci, plus opening act Trading Four, 7pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701


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Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Billy Valentine, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/artjazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring the Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jazz Jam with Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Brian Bromberg, Dean Brown, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Andrew Neu, Nick Colionne, Chieli Minucci, Eric Darius, Aubrey Logan, Bobby Lyle, Gerald Albright, Tony Moore, Ray Fuller, 7pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 20

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler,

9:30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam featuring Eric Darius, Nick Colionne, Glenn Jones, Ragan Whiteside, Ray Fuller, Tony Moore, Tom Zink, Andrew Neu, Bobby Lyle, Chieli Minucci, Jazmin Ghent, Brian Bromberg, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller & more, 11:59pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, small ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Boney James, 6pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 430 S. 7th Ave., W. Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 21

Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring The 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 $50 per person.) 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted at Berks with Bobby Lyle, Chieli Minucci & Jazmin Ghent, 1pm, DoubleTree by

Hilton Reading, small ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Celebrating the Music of Stevie Wonder!, hosted by Chris “Big Dog” Davis, featuring Maysa, Kimberly Brewer, Eric Darius, Nick Colionne, Art Sherrod Jr., Ragan Whiteside, Glenn Jones, Ray Fuller, Fresh Wind Gospel Ensemble & more, 1pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Brazil & Chill Jazz Party with Ann Walsh & Tom Zink, featuring special guest Brian Bromberg, 3:30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Cheers Lounge, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Chris “Big Dog” Davis & Friends Play Their Hits with Kim Waters, Marcus Anderson, Maysa, Eric Darius, Nick Colionne, Lin Rountree, Brian Lenair & Allyson Williams, 9:30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam featuring Nick Colionne, Glenn Jones, Ragan Whiteside, Ray Fuller, Tony Moore, Tom Zink, Andrew Neu,

Bobby Lyle, Chieli Minucci, Jazmin Ghent, Brian Bromberg, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller, Christian de Mesones & more, 11:59pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, small ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Marcus Miller & Friends with special guests David Sanborn & Jonathan Butler, 6pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 430 S. 7th Ave., W. Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 22

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring David Benoit & Lindsey Webster, 3pm, Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Finale featuring RnR with Rick Braun & Richard Elliot with special guest Peter White, 6pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 430 S. 7th Ave., W. Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 23

Music Monday with Eric Marienthal & special guest Crystal Lewis, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 continued on page 34

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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-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Keiko Matsui, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 27

Earl Klugh’s 17th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring Spyro Gyra, 6 & 8:15pm; Michael Lington & Paul Taylor with special guest Sheleá, 10pm, The Broadmoor Resort & Spa, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.weekendofjazz.com, 844-810-8205 Dee Lucas, 8pm, Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Road, Richmond, Virginia, https://tinpanrva.com, 804-447-8189 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Kirk Whalum,

Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, California, www.davekoz.com Keiko Matsui, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 28

Earl Klugh’s 17th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring Boney James, Jeffrey Osborne, LateNight with Adam Hawley, The Broadmoor Resort & Spa, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.weekendofjazz.com, 844-810-8205 Down to the Bone, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Keiko Matsui, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 5:30 & 8:30pm, Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St., St. Helena, California, www.davekoz.com Thornton Winery’s 32nd Annual Champagne Concert Series featuring Peter White & Euge Groove, 7pm, Thornton

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Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 29

Earl Klugh’s 17th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring Chris Botti; Christian Sands; Late-Night with A.R.T. featuring Al Turner, Ron Otis & Tom Braxton, The Broadmoor Resort & Spa, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.weekendofjazz.com, 844-810-8205 Keiko Matsui, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 4 & 7:30pm, Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St., St. Helena, California, www.davekoz.com

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Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 2

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

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Scott Wilkie Band, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/ art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings––for those aged 21 & over––are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) 3

10th Annual Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival presented by Closing the Gap in Health Care featuring All-White Party Affair hosted by Will & Maggie Shares, featuring Nick Colionne & DJ Nyce, 7:30pm, Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, South Carolina, www.gaillardcenter.org, 843-242-3099 1st Annual Cincinnati International Jazz Festival featuring Lalah Hathaway, Norman Brown, Alex Bugnon, 6pm, Smale Riverfront Park, W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, Tickets and information: http://rainbowpromotions.com, 562-424-0013 5th Annual Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition Kick-off AllWhite Party featuring Adam Hawley & Brian Simpson, Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones

Eric Darius David P. Stevens Johnnie Steele Band Matthew Whitaker Quartet Marqueal Jordan Carl Cox & more! $50 Advance Weekend Passes $60 At the Door

September 11 - 12 Fort Hunter Park | Harrisburg, PA

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

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Resource Center, 913 S. I St., Pensacola, Florida, www.gulfcoast summerfestjazzedition.com, 850-393-3028 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 7:30pm, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, California, www.davekoz.com 4

10th Annual Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival presented by Closing the Gap in Health Care featuring Willie Bradley, Najee & Peabo Bryson, 7:30pm, Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, South Carolina, www.gaillardcenter.org, 843-242-3099 1st Annual Cincinnati International Jazz Festival featuring; Nick Colionne, Brian Simpson & Maysa; Gerald Albright; Damien Escobar; Keiko Matsui; Nestor Torres, noon, Smale

Riverfront Park, W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, http://rainbowpromotions.com, 562-424-0013 5th Annual Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition featuring Lin Rountree, Jeff Lorber, Cindy Bradley & Paula Atherton, Eric Darius, Peter White & Euge Groove, Norman Brown, Lindsey Webster, gates open at 12:30pm, music starts at 1:30pm, Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola, Florida, www.gulfcoastsummerfest jazzedition.com, 800-745-3000 Chris Standring CD-Release Party, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 5

10th Annual Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival presented by Closing the Gap in Health Care featuring Lindsey Webster & Adam Hawley,

Kindred Family Soul, RnR with Rick Braun & Richard Elliot, 7:30pm, Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, South Carolina, www.gaillardcenter.org, 843-242-3099 5th Annual Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition featuring Riley Richard, Doc Powell, Alex Bugnon, Vincent Ingala, Althea Rene & Elan Trotman, Gerald Albright, gates open at 12:30pm, music starts at 1:30pm, Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola, Florida, www.gulfcoastsummerfest jazzedition.com, 800-745-3000 Chris Standring CD-Release Party, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 9

Spyro Gyra, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle,

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Spyro Gyra, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 11

Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Johnny Steele Band, 3:30pm; David P. Stevens, 5:30pm; Eric Darius, 7:30pm, Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188 Adam Hawley CD-Release Party, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Spyro Gyra, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 continued on page 36


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Thornton Winery’s 32nd Annual Champagne Concert Series featuring Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns with Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 (sold-out) 12

Najee, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Carl Cox, 3:30pm; Marqueal Jordan, 5:30pm; Matthew Whitaker Quartet, 7:30pm, Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188 Spyro Gyra, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s 32nd Annual Champagne Concert Series featuring Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns with

Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 6pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 16

Brian Culbertson’s Chicago Jazz Getaway Champagne Reception & solo piano performance, 3:30pm, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, Illinois, www.chicagojazzgetaway.com (for VIP patrons only) Brian Culbertson’s Chicago Jazz Getaway Welcome Dinner & Jam Session featuring Brian Culbertson, Eric Darius, Marcus Anderson, Chris Miskel & the Chicago Band, 6pm, Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash, Chicago, Illinois, www.chicagojazzgetaway.com (for VIP/Platinum patrons) 17

Brian Culbertson’s Chicago Jazz Getaway Chicago Skyline Party Cruise featuring artists TBA, 1pm, aboard the Mystic Blue on Lake Michigan, board at Navy Pier, 600 E.

Grand Ave., Chicago, Illinois, www.chicagojazzgetaway.com (for VIP/Platinum patrons) Brian Culbertson & Friends featuring Avery*Sunshine & Eric Darius, 7pm, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Rouge Showroom (for VIP, Platinum, Gold & single-ticket patrons); Artist Autograph Session/LateNight Hang, 10pm, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Lobby Bar (for VIP, Platinum, Gold & single-ticket patrons); After-Party Jam, 11pm, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Rouge Showroom, 200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, Illinois, www.chicagojazzgetaway.com 18

Brian Culbertson & Friends featuring VIP-Only Event TBA, 2pm, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Rouge Showroom (for VIP, Platinum, Gold & single-ticket patrons); Brian Culbertson & Friends featuring David Benoit & Marcus Anderson, 7pm, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Rouge Showroom (for VIP, Platinum & Gold patrons only); Artist Autograph Session/LateNight Hang, 10pm, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Lobby Bar (for VIP, Platinum & Gold patrons); After-Party Jam, 11pm, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Rouge Showroom (for VIP, Platinum & Gold patrons), 200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, Illinois, www.chicagojazzgetaway.com Thornton Winery’s 32nd Annual Champagne Concert Series featuring Chris Botti, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 19

Willie Bradley, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Dee Lucas, 7pm, Vitello’s Supper Club, 4349 Tujunga

Ave., Studio City, California, www.vitellosrestaurant.com, 818-769-0905 23

Peabo Bryson, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 24

Peabo Bryson, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 25

Willie Bradley, 7:30pm, Kemp Avenue Block Party, 19002 Kemp Ave., Carson, California, 310-975-5113 Peabo Bryson, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Dee Lucas, Stockton Jazz Festival, 221 N. Center St., Stockton, California, www.smaent.com, 408-315-3835 26

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

Keiko Matsui, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Gerald Albright, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 NOTE: Artists, events, venues, dates and show times are subject to change 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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Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch in Seal Beach, California

WEEKLY BRUNCHES

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

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Sunday Brunch hosted by Michael Tozzi, featuring Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Paul Jackson Jr., buffet, 10am; show, 11:30am, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom,

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March 17-20,2022 Hosted by MINDI ABAIR

November 3-6,2022

The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend Hosted by ERIC DARIUS

FloridaSmoothJazz.com

Call 386-681-7007

701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com

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30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Sunday Jazz Brunch hosted by Michael Tozzi, featuring Brian Bromberg’s Unapologetically Funky Big Bombastic Band with Everette

Harp, Ray Fuller, Tony Moore, Tom Zink, Andrew Neu, Craig Fundyga & The Berks Horns, buffet, 10am; show, 11:30am, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com


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JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE Aug. 6-7

Marcus Anderson’s Third Annual Jazz AND Coffee Escape

Friday, Aug. 13: Chris Botti, 7 p.m., Santander Performing Arts Center; Pieces of a Dream with special guest Maysa, and introducing Justin-Lee Schultz, 9:30 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Reading

Friday, Aug. 6, show starts at 7:30 p.m.: BK Jackson, Jazmin Ghent and Kim Scott, Marcus Anderson and special guest CeeLo Green

Saturday, Aug. 14: Keiko Matsui and Kirk Whalum, 2 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Reading; 30th Anniversary All-Star Celebration featuring Rick Braun, Peter White, Mindi Abair, Nick Colionne, Larry Braggs, Eric Marienthal, Brian Bromberg, Euge Groove and The Berks Horns, 6 p.m., Santander Performing Arts Center

Saturday, Aug. 7, show starts at 6 p.m.: Terence Young and

Thursday, Aug. 19: Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jazz Jam

Elan Trotman, Justin-Lee Schultz, Jeff Kashiwa, Javier Colon, Marcus Anderson

featuring Gerald Veasley, Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Dean Brown, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Andrew Neu, Nick Colionne, Chieli Minucci, Eric Darius, Aubrey Logan, Bobby Lyle, Gerald Albright, Tony Moore and Ray Fuller, 7 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Reading

Asheville, North Carolina ......................................... Lineup:

Venue: Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, North Carolina Getting there: Flights are available into the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Distance to the venue is approximately 15 miles from AVL, 78 miles from GSP, and 121 miles from CLT. Tickets and information: www.jazzandcoffee-escape.net, 828-257-4530

Aug. 13-22

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Reading, Pennsylvania ......................................... Lineup: Partial major concert schedule

Friday, Aug. 20: Boney James, 6 p.m., Scottish Rite Cathedral; Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler, 9:30 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Saturday, Aug. 21: Marcus Miller & Friends with special guests David Sanborn and Jonathan Butler, 6 p.m., Scottish Rite Cathedral Sunday, Aug. 22: David Benoit and Lindsey Webster, 3 p.m., Miller Center for the Arts; RnR featuring Rick Braun and Richard Elliot with special guest Peter White, 6 p.m., Scottish Rite Cathedral Venues: DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, 701 Penn St., Reading; Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading; Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th St., Reading; Scottish Rite Cathedral, 430 S. 7th Ave., West Reading

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The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, the venue for the Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend

The Broadmoor Resort and Spa, the site for Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Getting there: Flights are available into the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), approximately 70 miles from Berks County. Staying there: See partner hotels page at https://berksjazzfest.com/

where-to-stay/ Tickets and information: www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

Aug. 27-29

Earl Klugh’s 17th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor

Sept. 3-5

10th Annual Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival presented by Closing the Gap in Health Care Charleston, South Carolina ......................................... Lineup: Friday, Sept. 3 (show starts at 7:30 p.m.): All-White Party Affair hosted by Will and Maggie Shares, featuring Nick Colionne and DJ Nyce Saturday, Sept. 4 (show starts at 7:30 p.m.): Willie Bradley,

Najee and Peabo Bryson

Lineup:

Sunday, Sept. 5 (show starts at 7:30 p.m.): Lindsey Webster and Adam Hawley, Kindred Family Soul, RnR featuring Richard Elliot and Rick Braun

Friday, Aug. 27: Spyro Gyra, 6 and 8:15 p.m.; Michael Lington and Paul Taylor with special guest Sheleá, 10 p.m.

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, South Carolina

Saturday, Aug. 28: Boney James, Jeffrey Osborne, Late-Night

Getting there: Flights are available into the Charleston International Airport (CHS), approximately 11 miles from the venue.

Colorado Springs, Colorado .........................................

with Adam Hawley Sunday, Aug. 29: Chris Botti, Christian Sands, and Late-Night with A.R.T. featuring Al Turner, Ron Otis and Tom Braxton Venue: The Broadmoor Resort and Spa, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado Getting there: Flights are available into the Colorado Springs

Airport (COS) and Denver International Airport (DEN). The venue is approximately 11 miles from COS and 93 miles from DEN. Packages, tickets and information: www.weekendofjazz.com,

866-837-9520

Tickets and information: www.gaillardcenter.org, 843-242-3099

Sept. 3-4

1st Annual Cincinnati International Jazz Festival Cincinnati, Ohio ......................................... Lineup: Friday, Sept. 3 (music starts at 6 p.m.): Lalah Hathaway,

Norman Brown, Alex Bugnon

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The Pensacola Community Maritime Park during the Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition in Florida

Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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Saturday, Sept. 4 (music starts at noon): Nick Colionne,

Getting there: Flights are available into the Pensacola International Airport (PNS), approximately 7 miles from the venue.

Brian Simpson and Maysa, Gerald Albright, Damien Escobar, Keiko Matsui, Nestor Torres

800-745-3000

Venue: Smale Riverfront Park, W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, Ohio Getting there: Flights are available into the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), approximately 14 miles from the venue. Parking: Parking is available adjacent to the venue, at the rate of

$10 per car per day Tickets and information: http://rainbowpromotions.com, 562-424-0013

Sept. 3-5

Fifth Annual Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition

Tickets and information: www.gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.com,

Sept. 10-12

Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ......................................... Lineup: Friday, Sept. 10: Free Jazz Walk with Central PA Friends of Jazz in Downtown Harrisburg, 6 to 9 p.m., more details to be announced Saturday, Sept. 11: Johnny Steele Band, 3:30 p.m.; David P. Stevens, 5:30 p.m.; Eric Darius, 7:30 p.m.

Pensacola, Florida .........................................

Sunday, Sept. 12: Carl Cox, 3:30 p.m.; Marqueal Jordan, 5:30 p.m.; Matthew Whitaker Quartet, 7:30 p.m.

Lineup:

Venue: Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Friday, Sept. 3 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.): Kick-off All-White

Getting there: Flights are available into the Harrisburg International

Party featuring Adam Hawley and Brian Simpson, Sanders BeachCorinne Jones Resource Center, 913 S. I St., Pensacola, Florida, 850-393-3028

Airport (MDT), approximately 17 miles from the venue.

Saturday, Sept. 4 (gates open at 12:30 p.m., music starts at 1:30 p.m.):

Parking: Free on-site parking Tickets and information: www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188

Lin Rountree, Jeff Lorber, Cindy Bradley and Paula Atherton, Eric Darius, Peter White and Euge Groove, Norman Brown, Lindsey Webster

Sept. 16-19

Sunday, Sept. 5 (gates open at 12:30 p.m., music starts at 1:30 p.m.):

Chicago, Illinois .........................................

Riley Richard, Doc Powell, Alex Bugnon, Vincent Ingala, Althea Rene and Elan Trotman, Gerald Albright Venue: Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St.,

Pensacola, Florida

Brian Culbertson’s Chicago Jazz Getaway Lineup: Thursday, Sept. 16: For VIP patrons only, Champagne reception and solo piano performance, 3:30 p.m., at Fairmont Chicago,


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Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain during the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival

Millennium Park; for VIP/Platinum patrons only: Welcome Dinner & Jam Session featuring Brian Culbertson, Eric Darius, Marcus Anderson, Chris Miskel & the Chicago Band, 6 p.m., at Buddy Guy’s Legends Friday, Sept. 17: For VIP and Platinum patrons only: Chicago Skyline

Oct. 4-10

Ninth Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain ......................................... Lineup: Down to the Bone, Keiko Matsui, Eric Marienthal, Mindi Abair, Michael Lington, David Benoit, Ken Navarro, Brian Simpson, Larry Braggs, Tom Braxton, Blake Aaron, Phil Denny, Willie Bradley and more

Party Cruise featuring artists TBA, 1 p.m., on the Mystic Blue, board at Navy Pier. For VIP, Platinum, Gold and single-ticket patrons only: Brian Culbertson & Friends featuring Avery*Sunshine and Eric Darius, 7 p.m., Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Rouge Showroom. Artist Autograph Session/Late-Night Hang, 10 p.m., Fairmont Hotel Lobby Bar. For VIP, Platinum and Gold patrons only: After-Party Jam, 11 p.m., Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Rouge Showroom.

Monday, Oct. 4: ART/MUSIC/DINNER, exclusive concert and dinner, in the art gallery; Pre-concert, in the piano bar

Saturday, Sept. 18: VIP-Only Event TBA, 2 p.m.; VIP, Platinum,

After-Show Party at the piano bar

Gold and single-ticket patrons only: Brian Culbertson & Friends featuring David Benoit and Marcus Anderson, 7 p.m., Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Rouge Showroom. For VIP, Platinum and Gold patrons only: Artist Autograph Session/Late-Night Hang, 10 p.m., Fairmont Hotel Lobby Bar. For VIP, Platinum and Gold patrons only: After-Party Jam, 11 p.m., Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Rouge Showroom. Sunday, Sept. 19: For VIP patrons only: Recording Session at the famous CRC Studios, 1 p.m. Venues: The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr.; Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash, Chicago, Illinois Getting there: Flights are available into the Chicago-Midway

Tuesday, Oct. 5: Boat trip with concert, outside of resort; Evening concert, on open-air stage Wednesday, Oct. 6: Evening concerts, on the theater stage; Thursday, Oct. 7: Cool by the Pool featuring jam session and DJ,

at the pool stage; Evening concerts, on the theater stage; After-Show Party at the piano bar Friday, Oct. 8: Cool by the Pool featuring jam session and DJ, at the

pool stage; Evening concerts, on the theater stage; After-Show Party at the piano bar Saturday, Oct. 9: Morning concerts, on the open-air stage; Cool

by the Pool featuring DJ, at the pool stage; Evening concerts, on the theater stage; After-Show Party at the piano bar Sunday, Oct. 10: Morning concerts, on the open-air stage; Cool by

the Pool featuring DJ, at the pool stage; Farewell concert, at Esglesia Nova unfinished historic church (open-air), Son Servera, Illes Balears; After-Show Party at the piano bar

International Airport (MDW) and Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Distance from the venue is approximately 11 miles from MDW and 18 miles from ORD.

Venue: Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain

Staying there: Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park,

Getting there: Flights are available into the Palma de Mallorca

200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, Illinois

Airport (PMI), approximately 45 miles from the venue.

Tickets and information: www.chicagojazzgetaway.com/

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Venues: Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California;

Oct. 14-17 and 21-24

Getting there: Catalina Express offers the most convenient choices

34th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Avalon, California ......................................... Lineup: Thursday, Oct. 14: Lisa Addeo, 6 p.m.; Mindi Abair, 7:30 p.m.,

Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach Friday, Oct. 15: Nicholas Cole, 7 p.m.; Tom Scott & The L.A.

Express, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16: Steve Oliver, noon; Gerald Albright, 2 p.m.;

Peet Project, 7 p.m.; Jeffrey Osborne, 9 p.m.; after-party at Descanso Beach, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17: Kim Scott, noon; Spyro Gyra, 2 p.m.; Roman

Street, 7 p.m.; Rick Braun, 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21: Evan Marks, 6 p.m.; Marc Antoine, 7:30 p.m.,

Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach Friday, Oct. 22: Four80East, 7 p.m.; Sax to the Max starring

Paul Taylor, Michael Lington and Vincent Ingala, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23: Mariea Antoinette, noon; Kim Waters and Kayla

and Descanso Beach for Thursday Night Unplugged of round-trip, cross-channel transportation from its terminals in Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, California, to Avalon. Visit www.CatalinaExpress.com, or call 800-995-4386. If flying into the Los Angeles-Orange County areas, flights are available into the Long Beach Airport (LGB), John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Distance to the Long Beach terminal is approximately 11 miles from LGB, 22 miles from LAX and 29 miles from SNA. Tickets and information: www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849

Nov. 1-5

Mindi Abair’s Wine + Music Adventure in Tuscany 2021 Tuscany, Siena, Italy ......................................... A luxury five-day, insiders-only curated food, wine and music adventure with Mindi Abair and wine expert Eric Guerra Lineup: Nightly shows with Mindi Abair and the world’s finest musicians, private winery visits and culinary excursions

Waters, 2 p.m.; Randal Clark, 7 p.m.; Larry Carlton’s Crusaders/Steely Dan Show, 9 p.m.; after-party at Descanso Beach, 10:30 p.m.

Venue: Grand Hotel Continental Siena (a five-star resort), Banchi di

Sunday, Oct. 24: Carol Albert, noon; Najee, 2 p.m.; Adam Hawley,

Getting there: Flights are available into Aeroporto di Siena (LIQS),

7 p.m.; Peter White and Euge Groove, 9 p.m.

Sopra 85, 53100 Siena, Italy approximately 10 miles from the venue. Tickets and information: www.reservetastings.com/tuscany-2021,

888-758-8687, ext. 3 Mindi Abair’s Wine + Music Adventure in Tuscany


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Nov. 17-20

Dec. 30-31

Third Annual Mindi Abair’s Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival

Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve 2021 Getaway

Punta Gorda, Florida .........................................

Tucson, Arizona ......................................... Lineup:

Lineup:

Thursday, Dec. 30: Celebrity golf tournament; Start the Party

Wednesday, Nov. 17: Mindi Abair trio, 5:30 p.m., Peace River

Early optional concert with Eric Darius

Botanical & Sculpture Gardens

Friday, Dec. 31: Reception, fundraising benefiting families affected

Thursday, Nov. 18: Mindi Abair and Ron Reinhardt, 7 p.m.,

courtyard of Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante (sold-out)

by autism, dinner, midnight Champagne toast and performances by Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Vincent Ingala and Selina Albright

Friday, Nov. 19: Mindi Abair, with opening act Shawn Brown,

Venue: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.,

6:30 p.m., Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center

Tucson, Arizona

Saturday, Nov. 20: Eric Darius and Selina Albright, 6:30 p.m.,

Getting there: Flights are available into the Tucson International

Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center Venues: Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens,

5800 Riverside Dr.; Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St.; Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante, 321 W. Retta Esplanade; Punta Gorda, Florida Getting there: Flights are available into the Punta Gorda Airport

(PGD) and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). The venue is approximately 5 miles from PGD, and 41 miles from RSW. Tickets and information: https://puntagordachamber.com/

product/16th-annual-wine-jazz-festival-2021/, 941-639-3720

Airport (TUS) and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX). Distance to the venue is approximately 11 miles from TUS, and 115 miles from PHX. Tickets and information: www.RickBraunNewYearsEve.com,

520-219-3381

March 17-20, 2022 Daytona Jazz Weekend

Daytona Beach, Florida .........................................

Lineup: Hosted by Mindi Abair, featuring Rick Braun, Peter White, Eric Darius, Keiko Matsui, Vincent Ingala, Kim Waters and more Venue: The Daytona Hotel, 1870 Victory Circle, Daytona Beach, Florida Getting there: Flights are available into the Daytona Beach

Rick Braun and Michael Paulo performing at the 2019 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival in Avalon, California

International Airport (DAB), approximately 2 miles from the venue. Packages and information: www.FloridaSmoothJazz.com,

386-681-7007

April 1-10, 2022

31st Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Reading, Pennsylvania ......................................... Lineup: To be announced Venue: Various venues throughout Berks County Getting there: Flights are available into the Philadelphia International

Airport (PHL), approximately 70 miles from Berks County. Tickets and information: www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

April 24-28, 2022

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Sonoma/Healdsburg, California ......................................... A luxury five-day, insiders-only curated food, wine and music adventure with Mindi Abair and wine expert Eric Guerra Lineup: To be announced Venue: Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg, California continued on page 44


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Getting there: Flights are available into the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK). The venue is approximately 10 miles from STS, 80 miles from SFO, and 82 miles from OAK. Tickets and information: www.reservetastings.com/adventures,

888-758-8687, ext. 3

May 3-8, 2022

Fifth Annual Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival Albufeira, Portugal ......................................... Lineup: Eric Darius, Everette Harp, Jonathan Fritzen, Gregg Karukas,

Four80East and more to be announced Tuesday, May 3: Welcome Dinner and Jam Session Wednesday, May 4: Evening concerts and After-Show Chill Thursday, May 5: The Afternoon Chill-chilled drinks and loungy

DJ grooves; Evening concerts; After-Show Chill Saturday, May 7: Morning concerts; The Afternoon Chill-chilled

drinks and loungy DJ grooves; Evening concerts; After-Show Chill Sunday, May 8: Morning concerts; The Afternoon Chill-chilled drinks

CJ Flash, 10:30 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum and Gold Access patrons only) Saturday, June 11: “Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine

tasting and performances by Kayla Waters, Eric Marienthal and more artists TBA, 2 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum and Gold Access patrons only); Saturday Night at The Lincoln Theater featuring Brian Culbertson, DW3, Eric Darius and Marcus Anderson, 7 p.m.; Farewell After-Party featuring Brian Culbertson & Friends, 10:30 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum and Gold Access patrons only) Venues: The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa,

California; Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville, California Getting there: Flights are available into the Charles M. Schulz

Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa (STS), Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Distance to the venue is approximately 50 miles from STS, 51 miles from OAK, 57 miles from SFO and 64 miles from SMF. Staying there: The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St.,

Napa, California Tickets and information: www.jazzgetaway.com

Nov. 3-6, 2022

and loungy DJ grooves; Farewell Evening Concert; After-Show Chill

The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend

Venue: Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, Albufeira,

Algarve, Portugal

Daytona Beach, Florida .........................................

Getting there: Flights are available into the Faro Airport (FAO),

Lineup: To be announced

approximately 28 miles from the venue.

Venue: Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, Florida

Tickets and information: www.algarve.smoothjazzfestival.de, shop@smooth-entertainment.eu

Getting there: Flights are available into the Daytona Beach

International Airport (DAB), approximately 6 miles from the venue.

June 8-11, 2022

Ninth Annual Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

Packages and information: www.FloridaSmoothJazz.com,

386-681-7007

Napa, California ......................................... Lineup: Wednesday, June 8: Welcome Dinner & Jam Session hosted by

Brian Culbertson, featuring Eric Darius, Patches Stewart, Nicholas Cole, Cecil Ramirez and more, 7 p.m., Solera Courtyard, The Westin Verasa Thursday, June 9: “Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine tasting and performances by Nicholas Cole and Mike Manson, 2 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum and Gold Access patrons only); Boney James, plus Lindsey Webster, 7 p.m., Lincoln Theater; After-Party featuring DJs Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, 10:30 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum and Gold Access patrons only) Friday, June 10:

“Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine tasting and performances by DW3, 2 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum and Gold Access patrons only); Wine reception and silent auction benefiting The GRAMMY Foundation, 5:30 p.m.; Friday Night at the Lincoln Theater featuring Brian Culbertson XX Show, Incognito and Maysa, 7 p.m.; After-Party featuring DJs Rick & Russ Show with

The Algarve in Portugal during the Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival


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