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4 Smooth Jazz News home delivery Subscribe today! 8 Notes from the Publisher 10 Featured festivals Sixth Annual Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway ......... page 10 The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival ................................ page 16 14 Michael Franks The master of wordplay wields a poetic license on new songs for an album in the works 16 FREE CD-with-subscription offer! Receive a FREE CD when you subscribe or renew at Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway or The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival 19 DISCover New Music The latest releases from hot artists

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It’s sort of official. Smooth jazz has transitioned from a top radio format into a sublime musical lifestyle often infused with art, travel, wine, fine dining and culture.

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uring the summer, Southern California offers stunning backdrops for unique and lively concert experiences. Two of my favorites, the Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens and Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, are choreographed with creativity and nature. Located in the rural North San Diego County community of Fallbrook, the Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, a storybook wedding and private event venue for most of its 33-year existence, opened its gates to visitors and launched a Jazz & Wine Festival in 2014. Over the past decade, the

Waterfall flowing under arched stone bridge at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens in Fallbrook, California

McDougal family enhanced its “I do” ceremony sites and developed the remaining 18 acres of its 30-acre property into a parade of thematic botanical gardens. The additions of the Arbor Terrace Gardens and Pavilion (a tropical paradise with waterfalls and reception area under a fabric-draped canopy), Compass Garden (a Mediterranean oasis with vibrantly hued succulents and a water feature that glows in a kaleidoscope of colors at night) and the Orchid Bar (with wicker furnishings, massive palm trees, cactus gardens and a glass-and-rock fire pit) are perfect settings for weddings, but are even better for an enchanting jazz outing. During the Jazz & Wine Festivals, patrons can meander along paved paths through lush foliage and floral rainbows, over arched stone bridges, passing by streams, ponds, fountains, gazebos, scenic overlooks and waterfalls along the way to four different music-filled venues. From 3:30-6 p.m., the bands perform simultaneously at three of these venues with tiered start times. Then, everyone makes their way to the main stage on the Beverly Mansion lawn adjacent to the heart-shaped lake, where this year’s headliners such as The Stanley Clarke Band (June 17), The Rippingtons (Aug. 5) and Fourplay (Sept. 9) perform after an opening act. In addition to the food-and-beverage station at the Arbor Terrace Pavilion, a row of vendors near the main stage sell wine, other beverages, salads, wraps, sandwiches, snacks and dessert. This makes for perfect picnicking for general admission ticket holders who spread out on their blankets and low-back lawn chairs. It’s also convenient for those who Aerial view of the Orchid Bar in the Compass Garden at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens


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purchase assigned Signature Garden Theatre seating (with padded chairs in front of the stage), as they continue partying until the bars close at 9 p.m. However, for those with a more epicurean palate, a gourmet, all-youcan-eat dinner and dessert buffet is available in the Beverly Mansion from 4-8 p.m. for an additional $55-$65 per person. Guests can enjoy open seating in the ballroom with musical performances and a no-host bar, or they can sit outside on the veranda overlooking the lake. With gourmet, first-class and luxury in mind, Grand Tradition has teamed up with The Centre and Lexus Escondido to create a new set of concerts called the REVV Concert Series. So, what started out as a one-day event just three years ago has expanded to three separate festivals on the garden grounds, plus seven concert dates featuring more than 20 bands and solo artists shared between the two luxury venues. The Centre—an art, shopping, salon and event space that also houses the fine dining restaurant Vintana atop Lexus Escondido—will host four concerts on the rooftop deck. With a seating capacity of 350, including cabanas, jazz fans will have a unique opportunity to see some great shows in an intimate setting. Shows include Acoustic Alchemy (June 25), David Benoit Trio (July 16), Jane Monheit (July 23) and John Pizzarelli with Jessica Molaskey (Aug. 27). VIP and dinner packages are also available. For tickets and information about the REVV Concert series in Escondido and Fallbrook, California, visit www.REVVConcerts.com or call 760-728-6466. Sixty miles up the coast, Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach celebrates art in all of its forms: visual, performing, culinary and musical. The 85th annual juried art show, which runs from July 5 through Aug. 31, features a wide variety of mediums—paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and more—all created by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists. Music is also on the daily schedule and will be performed on a brandnew stage, as the Festival of Arts will complete a $10 million renovation of the facility prior to this year’s doors opening. The remodel will feature

an updated layout for the art exhibit area and relocation of the lawn and concert stage closer to the entrance. Plus, there will be four different concert series, “Concerts on the Green,” “Step into the Spotlight,” “Rising Stars” and “Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate.” Throughout the summer, jazz fans can see performances by Greg Adams & East Bay Soul (July 15), Eric Marienthal All-Stars (July 22), Kiki Ebsen with Grant Geissman (July 29), Scott Wilkie (July 30) and more, free with festival admission. And, with “Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate,” you can sample a variety of Kendall-Jackson wines selected to complement the nuanced flavors of chocolates from XAN Confections while enjoying performances by artists such as Greg Manning (July 20), Steve Oliver (Aug. 3), Brian Simpson (Aug. 24) and others. The wine and chocolate pairing includes three glasses of wine and three pieces of chocolate for an additional $20 per person. Then there’s the Festival’s crown jewel, Pageant of the Masters, where an orchestra plays an original score from a pit below the stage, setting the mood and evoking emotions for the live, theatrical recreations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. This year’s theme is “The Grand Tour.” The performances—which feature live narration, intricate sets and sophisticated lighting—are held nightly in the Irvine Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater behind the art show, July 7-Aug. 31. And, to celebrate its 85th anniversary, the Festival of Arts is hosting a birthday bash on Aug. 13, and will offer free admission to the art show all day. For more information on Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach and Pageant of the Masters, visit www.foapom.com. How are you spending your summer? I hope it includes some art, jazz, wine, chocolate, fine dining and stunning scenery! 2016 Festival of Arts images (left to right, clockwise): Patrons enjoy wine with lunch during Concerts on the Green; painting by Carla Bosch; artist Stefan Cummings at work; wine bar at “Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate;” and blown glass creations by Michael Hermann and Gina Lunn


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Sixth Annual Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Photo: Daniel Ray

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Brian Culbertson and his wife, Michelle, enjoying a VIP wine dinner during one of the first Napa Valley Jazz Getaways

By Melanie Maxwell Napa is known for its prized cabernet, more than 400 wineries, hot air balloon rides, lavish resorts, charming bed-and-breakfasts and an elegant wine train that travels through valley vineyards serving passengers gourmet meals and vintage samplings. However, for five days in June, this Northern California Wine Country turns into “Jazz Country” with Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway. Now in its sixth year, this festival continues to evolve toward perfection. One exciting change is moving the weekend entertainment from Jamieson Ranch Vineyards to Oxbow Commons, a newly renovated park near the banks of the Napa River and a block from The Westin Verasa Napa, the host hotel. “That area had actually been under construction for a while. And, when it was finally finished last summer, I walked through and saw the potential for a great outdoor venue,” said Culbertson via phone from his home in Chicago. “The fact that it is right next door

to The Westin made it even more attractive for everyone. While we won’t have the wide-open views of the vineyards since it’s downtown, it should be significantly less windy, thus making for a better listening experience. Plus, since we’re not on winery property, we have the ability to serve other wines, beer and spirits, which many of our fans have been asking for.” In addition to Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, onsite winery vendors this year include Brown Estate, Peju Province Winery, Falcor Winery and Liana Estates. Premium-brand cocktails and beer will also be on sale. “For food, we’ll continue to have some of the best food trucks in the Napa Valley in addition to several restaurants setting up shop in our food venue area,” Culbertson added. This region is home to top-rated chefs and award-winning restaurants for dishes such as seared foie gras and broiled eel with sour cherries, smoked onion and soba noodle cake at La Toque,


The Westin’s Michelin Star-rated restaurant; and cassoulet, a French stew with duck confit, braised lamb, boudin blanc sausage, garlic sausage, butter beans and garlic bread crumbs at Grace’s Table. However, the specialty food trucks on the festival grounds are as gourmet as festival fare can get. Here are a few tantalizing teasers on some of the food truck menus: NOLA shrimp sando (New Orleans barbecue shrimp sauteed in Worcestershire sauce and garlic butter and served on a fresh toasted roll) from Tips Tri-Tip; grilled cheese with pork chorizo, farm-fresh egg and chimichurri melt from The Farmer’s Wife; and jerk chicken pizza from Bariadelli Caribbean Pizza. You can also find some dining adventures on your way to the second stage, which is new this year, but not situated on the festival grounds. It’s a quick five-minute walk, deep into the heart of charming downtown Napa. “This is a big part of our move to the Oxbow Commons since the Blue Note is literally just steps away,” said Culbertson. “The Blue Note Stage in the Opera House Plaza is where we’re having our second stage with artists performing during our main stage intermissions on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, we’re holding a Saturday Late-Night Jam Session upstairs from the Blue Note Jazz Club in the JaM Cellars Ballroom—formerly the Opera House Theater, which is where we held the very first Getaway concerts. So it’s great to be ‘coming back home’ so to speak.” The Blue Note is also the venue for the first NVJG Sunday Gospel Brunch. The remainder of Getaway events will remain the same. “We’ve spent the last few years dialing in our ‘Wine Downs,’ the Lincoln Theater concerts and the After-Parties, and everyone seems to be thrilled with those,” said Culbertson. For fans who have yet to attend the Getaway, Culbertson describes it as “truly like a cruise on land,” then added, “The cool thing is, there is still time to go exploring the valley on your own using our ‘Getaway’ ACCESS CARD, which gives you 2-for-1 wine tastings at our participating winery partners in addition to other discounts at local shops and restaurants.” That’s true. With the “Wine Downs” starting at 2 p.m., a 7 p.m. show time at the Lincoln Theater, and weekend festival music beginning at 1 in the afternoon, a leisurely schedule is possible. Even the Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, June 7, which kicks off the festivities, doesn’t start until 7 p.m., leaving your day open. Just make sure you’re still hungry for supper. Chef Ken Frank of La Toque prepares the family-style meal, which is served outside at The Westin’s courtyard. It includes two salads; paella with chicken, chorizo and jumbo shrimp; penne with asparagus, hazelnuts and Parmesan; grilled flank steak with green peppercorn sauce; herb-roasted fingerling potatoes and grilled spring vegetables. During dinner, Culbertson visits each table, mingles with fans and takes selfies with them, while Cecil Ramirez and his quartet perform. As dessert trays filled with lemon meringue tarts, chocolate eclairs and carrot cake with cream cheese icing are being served, special guests join the jam. This year, they include Paul Jackson Jr., Lindsey Webster, Adam Hawley, Marqueal Jordan, Chris Miskel, Mike Harrington and Culbertson. On Thursday morning, you can sleep in, go sightseeing, shop or hop on the wine train and view the countryside and a vineyard-laced castle from the luxury of a restored antique rail car. And, you could still make it back to The Westin in time for the Thursday and Friday afternoon “Wine Downs,” which feature wine-tasting, DJs and live performances by Culbertson and some of his special guests.

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Brian Culbertson playing piano at a Napa Valley winery

Because the “Wine Downs” end at 4 p.m., there’s plenty of time for dinner before the concerts start at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, a 15-minute drive from Napa. There certainly should be some great restaurants along the way. And, if you’re a party animal with a Platinum or Gold Access card, you can also dance your dinner off at the Thursday and Friday night After-Parties at The Westin. On Saturday and Sunday, The Westin After-Parties are open to Silver Access cardholders as well. Another benefit of attending a festival produced by Culbertson (a self-admitted perfectionist) and his team is that everything is extremely well organized. “I hope that everyone feels the love that my team and I put into this event,” Culbertson said. “It really is a passion project for me—making sure the level of music, lights, sound, etc. are all topnotch. I want to share my Napa experience and this great music with my fans, and I believe we’ve done just that over the past five years. And, as we continue to grow our weekend outdoor shows, we’re very mindful about keeping many events intimate, which is how we started. That’s why we still limit our fourday and five-day package holders to only 800 people total. You can’t say that about most jazz festivals.” Those 800 people are extremely lucky, as these premium packages sell out every year, and quickly. Unknowingly, Culbertson shares some of the core values of the Napa Wine Train, which epitomize his boutique jazz-wine-andtravel experience. They include “‘Fine’ is not good enough; always strive for excellence” and “Because each guest is important, we will provide everyone with a five-star experience through the highest level of hospitality possible.” Culbertson never takes for granted the support his fans have shown to him and this event. “It really means a lot that everyone is so excited year after year to come back and to reconnect with friends they have made in Napa,” he said. “To be a relatively new festival still, I feel like we’ve been around for a while, which is testament to the amazing people who come each year. I’ve been told by many winery employees and hotel staff that this is their favorite event of the year, simply because the people that we attract are so cool and fun. That makes me really proud of what we’ve created. Here’s to many years to come ... Cheers!” continued on page 12


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When: June 7-11 Where: Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville, California Opera House Plaza at the Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa, California Oxbow Commons, 1268 McKinstry St., Napa, California The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, 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 host hotel, The Westin Verasa Napa, is sold out. Visit www.jazzgetaway.com/hotels for other accommodation options. Parking: Parking at The Westin is available to hotel guests only. For complete details on parking options at all venues visit www.jazzgetaway.com/parking. Tickets and information: www.jazzgetaway.com

Lineup: Wednesday, June 7 The Westin Verasa Napa, Solera Courtyard Welcome Dinner & Jam Session hosted by Brian Culbertson, featuring Cecil Ramirez and his Quartet with special guests Paul Jackson Jr., Lindsey Webster, Adam Hawley, Marqueal Jordan, Chris Miskel and Mike Harrington ............................................... 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8 The Westin Verasa Napa, Solera Courtyard “Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine tasting and performances by Paul Jackson Jr., Marqueal Jordan and Adam Hawley, plus DJs Rick & Russ featuring CJ Flash (for Platinum and Gold Access card holders)................................................. 2 p.m. Lincoln Theater “Jazz Legend Night” featuring Marcus Miller, comedian Alonzo Bodden and a solo piano performance by Brian Culbertson...7:30 p.m. The Westin Verasa Napa After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash and a Cigar Party hosted by Cecil Ramirez (for Platinum and Gold Access card holders).................................................... 10:30 p.m.

Friday, June 9 The Westin Verasa Napa, Solera Courtyard “Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine tasting and performances by Eric Marienthal and Lindsey Webster (for Platinum and Gold Access card holders) ................................................ 2 p.m. Lincoln Theater Wine reception and silent auction benefiting The GRAMMY Foundation......................................................................................... 6 p.m. “Friday Night Funk Night” featuring Brian Culbertson’s Funk! Show and Candy Dulfer..............................................................7:30 p.m. The Westin Verasa Napa After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, and Cigar Party hosted by Cecil Ramirez (for Platinum and Gold Access card holders)..........................................10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10 (gates open at 10 a.m.) Oxbow Commons Main Stage Marcus Anderson, Julian Vaughn and Nicholas Cole................. 1 p.m. Peabo Bryson................................................................................2:30 p.m. Peter White, Euge Groove and Keiko Matsui................................ 4 p.m. Brian Culbertson with special guest Regina Belle...................5:45 p.m. DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash...between sets Second Stage at Opera House Plaza at the Blue Note Chase Huna........................................................................ 2 and 3:30 p.m. Morgan James......................................................................... 5 and 7 p.m. The Westin Verasa Napa After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash (for Platinum, Gold and Silver Access card holders)............... 8 p.m. JaM Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre in the Napa Valley Opera House Late-Night Jam Session hosted by Marqueal Jordan, featuring Brian Culbertson and special guests............................................... 9 p.m. Sunday, June 11 Blue Note Napa Gospel Brunch featuring The Jackie Tolbert Gospel Ensemble....11 a.m. www.bluenotenapa.com, 707-880-2300 Oxbow Commons Main Stage (gates open at 10 a.m.) Eric Darius with special guest Morgan James............................... 1 p.m. Pieces of a Dream.........................................................................2:30 p.m. The Whispers..................................................................................... 4 p.m. Brian Culbertson with special guest Eric Darius.....................5:45 p.m. DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash...between sets Second Stage at Opera House Plaza at the Blue Note Curtis Brooks..................................................................... 2 and 3:30 p.m. Cecil Ramirez.......................................................................... 5 and 7 p.m. The Westin Verasa Napa Farewell After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash (for Platinum, Gold and Silver Access card holders).... 8 p.m.


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By Ken Capobianco

Michael Franks is a genuine American original.

Jazz stylist, storyteller, poetic charmer—he’s created an indelible, seemingly timeless body of work that defies categorization. By deftly bridging pop and richly conceived jazz with a gently understated, conversational vocal style, Franks has crafted an immediately identifiable sound unique to his generation. Over his 40-year career spanning 18 studio albums, the singersongwriter with a penchant for pop culture references and literary allusions has written dozens of sly, sensual songs that balance whimsicality with emotional depth. He’s a master at capturing life’s little epiphanies and subtly revealing moments. “I’ve just tried to write about the experience of living with large quantities of poetic license poured onto bits of autobiography,” said Franks from his home in Woodstock, New York, via phone recently. “A lot of my early music was about pursuit. But as time has gone by, it has become more about continuity.” The man who put the term “popsicle toes” into the pop music collective unconscious—producing such memorable songs as “Monkey See–Monkey Do,” “Rainy Night in Tokyo,” “When Sly Calls (Don’t Touch That Phone),” and “The Lady Wants to Know”—has been flying under the radar since his last album, Time Together, back in 2011. Thankfully, Franks is finally ready to step back into the spotlight with a new record he is preparing for release early next year. “It’s been a while hasn’t it?” he mused. “The process has definitely slowed down at this point. I still enjoy songwriting as much as ever, but I want to make sure I’m not repeating myself, and sometimes, that can be a challenge. “Writing is my favorite part of making a new record, but that’s closely followed by recording when I can see my friends. It’s great to get together with friends like Chuck Loeb, Gil Goldstein, Scott Petito and Jimmy Haslip. That’s really what I enjoy.” The 72-year-old musician with a master’s degree in comparative literature said fans should expect little diversion from the sound that

has made him an international star. “It doesn’t change at this point. I’m not sure what it could change into,” he said. “My music-listening habits are so antiquated. I do listen to a lot of new Brazilian music, which I’ve always liked and been influenced by throughout my career. Other than that, though, I don’t have a clue what’s going on. I guess you can say I’m out of it.” As expected, Franks was an extremely genial and eloquent conversationalist, peppering the discussion with humor and digressions into his past. Unlike many songwriters who refuse to analyze their songwriting process, he was quite open about how he generates his idiosyncratically observant songs. “People often focus on the lyrics of my songs, but I always start with writing the music and create an informal home demo. After I listen to it, I have the foundation for writing the lyrics. They usually start with a random idea or a thought, and it ultimately takes a lot of time and revision to get things right. Rarely does a song come out fully formed. It’s very rare if something will just happen like Venus stepping out of her shell.” He hesitated and added, “I never write on the road, but I did write ‘Rainy Night in Tokyo’ the night before my wedding anniversary in my room. That was very unusual.” While Franks enjoys his life on the East Coast now, he is originally from San Diego, California. Over the years, his musical style has become more sophisticated, and he’s placed a heavy accent on Brazilian rhythms. But his early slinky, swinging songbook unmistakably evoked a breezy Southern California cool—whiling the nights away on the beach with a drink, and dreaming of living in a watercolor landscape. His performance at The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival in July will bring the artist home. “I always love returning to San Diego,” he said. “I grew up in Mission Beach within walking distance—or in one case, swimming distance—to six of my aunts and two of my grandmothers. Most of my family still lives in the area, so it’s always a home-sweet-homecoming.”


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Fans at the festival can expect a set of favorites from his vast canon. “If I don’t play the greatest hits, people are usually disappointed,” Franks said pragmatically. “The audience knows every song, and it’s an amazing thing, such a nice thing. There are shows in which I like to give away a solo to a different instrument during a song. Change things up a bit. It’s funny the reaction. I remember I did at one show and a person in the front shouted out, ‘No, Michael, sax solo, sax solo,’” he laughed. “The audience is so involved. It’s great. I like to do the songs they love and fulfill their requests.” Many of Franks’ songs, like “Tahitian Moon,” “Down in Brazil” and “Rendezvous in Rio,” evoke a certain wanderlust and fascination with foreign locales, no doubt reflecting his travels and heavy touring during younger years. He admitted that these days he is far less beholden to the road. He has drastically reduced the amount of touring he does and strictly focuses on headlining concerts and festivals. “I don’t play gigs in the winter—only spring, summer and fall. Winters are too harsh. The last five years, I’ve cut down on the amount of shows I do. “One thing I definitely don’t do anymore is double shows in an evening. I did that for over 28 years, and they are tough. You save your energy in the first show, and then in the second one I’d sometimes find myself thinking, ‘OK, what’s next? Third verse?’ It was so easy to lose track.” He thought momentarily before continuing with another chuckle, “When I stopped doing those shows, my agent was horrified.” After more than four decades of making music, Franks certainly has earned the right to pick and choose what shows to play and which to decline. “I still love playing live and get tremendous enjoyment from it, but at this point in time, it’s also nice to be home. “I will say, over my career I’ve been lucky to get gigs in Australia, Japan, South Africa and Russia, among so many other beautiful places, so traveling has always been a big part of my life. I intend to continue, but not as much. I’m just grateful to still get offers. I’m in the good place, though, where some I can respectfully say no to.” He maintained he’s quite content to live with his wife, Claudia, in the quiet community of Woodstock in upstate New York, a place he’s called home for most of his career. “My fellow Californians think you’ve got to be out of your mind to live on the East Coast and in the cold, but I was drawn to New York very early,” Franks said. “I played gigs in Manhattan very early on in my career in The Bitter End—there were so many happening places in the city then. I remember going to the Village Vanguard on Seventh Avenue South and hearing Joe Pass play. It was an orgy of great players in the area. You couldn’t help but be drawn to it. The scene was so alive and exciting.

“Ever since the first gig I played in New York in 1974, there was always a thought in my head that that’s where I’d end up. In L.A., there were just a few places to play—The Baked Potato or The Lighthouse. It wasn’t nearly as active. “I met my wife when I was touring with my record Sleeping Gypsy. I was playing in a small club on Long Island called My Father’s Place [now defunct] when we met. She was a New Yorker, so you never know how things work.” The former adjunct professor at UCLA, whose highly literate, referential lyrics have been analyzed for meaning and meter by budding writers around the world, said he continues to be an avid reader when he’s not conjuring up new wonderful metaphors. “I still love to read. Of course, I go back to my favorites. I’ve always been a fan of [poet] Theodore Roethke. I still read ‘Breakfast of Champions,’ always Vonnegut, and ‘Blue Monday’ [by Nicci French]. My wife loves Edith Wharton. Sometimes, we buy each other first editions for birthdays.” Those are not words you usually hear from a popular musician in the era of “Bad and Boujee.” But that kind of humility and fierce intelligence are part of Franks’ enduring charm and what make him an American treasure. He’s from the rare breed of songwriters whose wordplay is as intricate as their chord progressions. Who else has captivated audiences by effortlessly citing Coltrane, Cezanne, the Mona Lisa and Miles, while delivering delightfully clever double entendres about vegetables, fruits and baseball? Franks said he’s deeply appreciative of fans’ affection for his unique music and happy people continue to pay attention. “When I started, I never could have imagined I’d have this type of career. I’ve worked with so many great musicians from the very beginning like Sonny Terry, Joe Sample and Larry Carlton and so many others throughout the years, it’s just hard to describe. And, now that I can continue at this point in my life? It’s pretty special.” For more information on Franks, visit www.michaelfranks.com.


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By Ken Capobianco axophonist Candy Dulfer says that despite her hotwired stage persona and vibrant live performances featuring her funky blend of R&B, pop, rock and jazz, she has a mostly reserved and somewhat shy personality. You’d never detect any hints of timidity by talking to her, though. In fact, Dulfer is quite the conversationalist—quietly animated, engaging and insightful. Over the course of a long recent interview, Dulfer was never at a loss for words as she talked eloquently about a wide variety of topics, including her new dance-oriented record, Together. There were moments when she sounded just as enthusiastic and breathless as the music that has made her an international star over the past quarter century. “I was very shy and not very confident when I was growing up, but I always had a lot of pride in what I was doing. So, when I got better musically, I definitely became more confident. And that carries over to all aspects in your life, I guess,” she said via phone from Los Angeles in May during a week of rehearsals for the Dave Koz & Friends at Sea: Venice and Beyond cruise. “I have two sides—I can be the first one to sleep at night, or I can be the person on the tables at parties. When I’m onstage, the rockand-roll side comes out—it’s big. But when I relax and just be myself, I tend to be more quiet. There are times when people think I’m weird … but, you know in the music business, it can actually be good to be weird. I’m just happy I get to live out my life fully and be who I am.” The critically acclaimed and popular Dutch alto saxophonist is unafraid to explore the different dimensions of her musical identity on Together, her 11th solo record, coming 27 years after her breakthrough, GRAMMY-nominated debut, Saxuality. The album is a bit of a left turn for Dulfer because it places a heavy emphasis on her breathy vocals. There are still plenty of her spirited sax solos throughout to turn the temperature up, but the record is free of pure instrumental tracks.

The grooves owe plenty to Euro pop, contemporary electronic, ’90s dance and Prince’s classic Minneapolis sound. The 47-year-old Amsterdam resident was genuinely excited while explaining her reasons for turning the beat around and leaning more towards pop. “Anyone who knows my last record, Crazy, knows that was very pop also, maybe even more so, and I’ve worked in different genres and directions over my career. My music has always drawn from jazz, disco and funk—very varied sources,” she said. “With this, I wanted to work with younger producers and writers. We recorded it over the last few years between tours, so it took a while. I do love what is current, especially contemporary dance music—there are so many good songs now—and I wanted to do a more dance-focused record. “I worked with different producers, and it was definitely fun. Some of the producers were great, and I really liked the songs. So, I mixed and matched what worked to figure out what resonated.” Dulfer was guided by European producers Dennis Letnom and Arno Krabman, as well as her longtime collaborator, Ulco Bed. She said they encouraged her to sing lead on most of the tracks and make her vocals the focal point of the record. “At first I was not going to do the lead vocals. I was like ‘Nah, I’ll let someone else sing the songs,’ but the producers all said, ‘This is your music, your vision, you have to sing and own the songs.’ They believed in me.” Dulfer, who plays the 25th Annual Capital Jazz Festival and Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway in June (the first of her many jazz fest performances this summer), was quite frank about her singing abilities. “Now, I know I have a pretty weak voice and such a small range—I’m not Chaka Khan, I know that. “We all know our limitations. But what I can do is sing in rhymical patterns. Think of someone like Janet Jackson. It’s not always about the vocal ability, but the feeling and intent behind the singing. “Of course, I wasn’t going to use Auto-Tune or anything like that. At first, I was very apprehensive, but I pushed myself, and I think I bring it. It was also important to work with some great vocalists like Chance Howard and Ivan Peroti, who were very supportive. I’m very proud of the songs, and I think people will like them.” One of the most prominent influences on the record is Prince, her mentor and close friend. The late superstar’s imprint is all over numerous tracks, including “Show Your ID” (evoking his pre-“Purple Rain” slinkiness), “After Tonight,” and “Out of Time (For P),” a direct homage (it opens with Dulfer whispering, “I miss you”). Of course, the Purple legend was a champion of the saxophonist throughout her career. She was a remarkably skillful and glamorous musical foil during many of his memorable performances, and she joined his New Power Generation during the dazzling “Musicology” tour. “His music is in my blood—that Minneapolis sound is in me. So, it obviously makes sense his influence is going to be there,” she said. “‘Out of Time’ is, of course, for and about him. That was an important song. But if you look over my whole career, I think you can hear his influence in parts of all my albums. “There’s always one song that has that Prince guitar. I grew up on his music, and was so lucky to work with him. The sound is bound to come out in my work.” Although she wasn’t in close contact with Prince during the last years before his death in April 2016, Dulfer said she never lost touch.


“He was a dear friend and I loved him so much—he was a beautiful person, but he wasn’t someone you just call up and say ‘what’s up’ to. “His death was very hard personally for me, as I think it was for everyone who was close to him. He loved me, and loved me as a musician. You have to understand, he could have had anyone to play with him, and he chose me. I was really shy and insecure when I first met him. His approval of my playing meant so much. I think it did for all of us—Sheila E., Maceo [Parker], we all wanted to make him proud and happy. When he was smiling, he was at his best.” While the dance-pop emphasis on Together might be a little jarring for jazz purists, Dulfer isn’t the least bit worried. “It’s funny, when I first started playing smooth jazz festivals, my music didn’t really fit in there either, and I wasn’t sure I would be accepted. I was out of place, but the audiences always embraced me. There’s an energy to the music on Together I think they will enjoy. And when we play it onstage, I’m sure they will feel it.” Like many contemporary artists looking for a global reach, Dulfer said her sights are set beyond the United States jazz market. “I am looking to expand my audience—we’re always trying to do that, and I want to reach young people around the world. The music I’m playing is the sound of what’s happening now. I just don’t get when people try to put you in a box. In Europe, there is no formatting: It’s just music.” In the liner notes of Together, Dulfer dedicates the record to people fighting for equality, something about which she feels strongly. There is true meaning behind the title. While she doesn’t live in the U.S., she tours the country frequently and is disturbed by the divisions she sees. “It’s not just in this country, though. It’s happening all over the world. Amsterdam is regressing to backward times. Look at France with [presidential candidate Marine] La Pen. “It’s very dangerous. We cannot divide people by color or religion. I’m a product of a multicultural community. My neighbors were from small villages. They were Indonesian, Chinese, many races. We take things from different cultures and absorb them.” She hesitated as if to emphasize the importance of her words. “We all need to come together. I think it’s a matter of education and information. People need good schooling, and they need to travel to see other cultures. We were warned by World War II. The working class can’t solve its economic problem by blaming others who might be different or by dividing by race and religion. There are other ways to solve the problems.” Dulfer has put her thoughts on life and music together for an autobiography, “Sax, Candy & Rock-’n-Roll,” scheduled for release later this year. “It’s a view into my life and how I got to work with all the fantastic people over the years. It touches on Prince, Van Morrison, Dave Stewart and working for Madonna. Those were great times. It’s got a lot of good stories, and I enjoyed writing it.” After a few years of living in a rural area outside of Amsterdam, Dulfer is once again residing in the city. “I feel more free and energetic again. I liked living in the country—I had a sheep and a pony, there were animals on my doorstep. It was nice for a while, but the commute was too hard. It’s tough to live like that when you’re in the music business.” She laughed and added, “I’ll probably move again, though. I love new experiences. That makes relationships difficult, though. I enjoy touring and being on the road. I was put here to play music, and there’s no man on Earth who will keep me from touring. I have friends with husbands who don’t let them travel. I have yet to find someone to deny me that, but to be honest, it’s not going to happen. I love bringing the world my music. I live a blessed life.” For more information on Candy Dulfer, including her complete tour schedule, visit www.candydulfer.com.

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Spyro Gyra, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest Friday Night Soul Concert, hosted by Michael Baisden, featuring Charlie Wilson, Robin Thicke, gates open at 6:30pm, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Pavilion Stage, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Maryland, www. capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-435-9849 Dotsero, 9:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000

Spyro Gyra, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest, on the Pavilion Stage, hosted by Marcus Miller, featuring Nathan East, noon; Pieces of a Dream, 1:15pm; Candy Dulfer, 2:45pm; Lee Ritenour, 4:15pm; West Coast Jam with Rick Braun, Norman Brown & Richard Elliot, 5:45pm; Corinne Bailey Rae, 7:15pm; Incognito, 8:45pm; and on the Symphony Woods Stage, hosted by Cayman Kelly, featuring Dionne Farris, 12:30pm; Kelly Price, 1:45pm; El DeBarge, 3:15pm; Avery*Sunshine, 4:45pm; Jaheim, 6:15pm; The Whispers, 7:45pm; gates open at 10am, Merriweather

Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Maryland, www. capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-435-9849 Dotsero, 9pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www. liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest Late-Night Dance Party (Official After-Party of the Capital Jazz Fest) hosted by Tony Richards, plus live performance by CeCe Peniston, 10:30pm-3am, BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland, www.capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-435-9849 Nils with special guest Brandon Willis, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199

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NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FEAT. DR. JOHN The Thursday Night Jazz series kicks off its second year with a salute to the birthplace of American jazz and the many jazz masters who forged it on Bourbon Street and beyond. Featuring Dr. John and The Nite Trippers!

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Brian Culbertson’s 6th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway “Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine tasting & performances by Paul Jackson Jr., Marqueal Jordan, Adam Hawley & DJs Rick & Russ with CJ Flash, 2pm, Solera Courtyard, The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com (for Platinum and Gold Access card holders) Brian Culbertson’s 6th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, 10:30pm, The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com (for Platinum and Gold Access card holders)

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 An Intimate Evening with Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Brian Culbertson’s 6th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Jazz Legend Night featuring Marcus Miller & solo piano performance by Brian Culbertson; plus comedian Alonzo Bodden, 7:30pm, Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville, California, www.jazzgetaway.com 9

Brian Culbertson’s 6th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway “Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine tasting & performances by Eric Marienthal & Lindsey Webster, 2pm, Solera Courtyard, The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com (for Platinum and Gold Access card holders) Brian Culbertson’s 6th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, 10:30pm, The Westin Verasa Napa, continued on page 24

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Brian Culbertson’s 6th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway featuring Marcus Anderson, Julian Vaughn & Nicholas Cole, 1pm; Peabo Bryson, 2:30pm; Peter White, Euge Groove & Keiko Matsui, 4pm; Brian Culbertson with special guest Regina Belle, 5:45pm; DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, between all sets, Oxbow Commons Main Stage, 1268 McKinstry St.; Chase Huna, 2 & 3:30pm; Morgan James, 5 & 7pm, 2nd stage at Opera House Plaza at the Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com Brian Culbertson’s 6th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, 8pm, The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www. jazzgetaway.com (for Platinum, Gold and Silver Access card holders) Brian Culbertson’s 6th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Late-Night Jam Session hosted by Marqueal Jordan, featuring Brian Culbertson & special guests, 9pm, JaM Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre in the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com Tower of Power with special guest Average White Band, 7:30pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Michael Paulo, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 An Intimate Evening with Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

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Acoustic Alchemy, 4 & 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove. com, 303-830-9214 Brian Culbertson’s 6th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway featuring Eric Darius with special guest Morgan James, 1pm; Pieces of a Dream, 2:30pm; The Whispers, 4pm; Brian Culbertson with special guest Eric Darius, 5:45pm; DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, between all sets, Oxbow Commons Main Stage, 1268 McKinstry St.; Curtis Brooks, 2 & 3:30pm; Cecil Ramirez 5 & 7pm, 2nd stage at Opera House Plaza at the Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway “Farewell” After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, 8pm, The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www. jazzgetaway.com (for Platinum, Gold and Silver Access card holders) An Intimate Evening with Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 15

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

Dotsero, 9:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove. com, 303-830-9214 Acoustic Alchemy, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley. com, 206-441-9729 17

REVV Concert Series presented by Lexus Escondido at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens 4th Annual Jazz & Wine Festival featuring The Detroit Underground, 3:45pm; Jose Molina Quintet, 4pm; Charlotte Littlehales, 4pm; Jeanette Harris, 6pm; The Stanley Clarke Band, 8pm, Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens,


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220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, California, www.REVVConcerts.com, 760-728-6466 Candy Dulfer, 8pm, SLS Las Vegas, The Foundry, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, https://foundrylv.com M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. presents Jazz at the Creek featuring Jessy J, Tony Exum Jr., SanginDiva Shannon, hosted by Ahmed Dents with DJ John Phillips, 3pm, Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California, www. jazzatthecreeksd.com, 858-650-3190 Acoustic Alchemy, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley. com, 206-441-9729 18

Acoustic Alchemy, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley. com, 206-441-9729 21

Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 22

Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www. ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www. jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 25

REVV Concert Series presented by Lexus Escondido at The Centre featuring Acoustic Alchemy, 7pm, The Centre, Moonlight Veranda, 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, California, www.REVVConcerts.com, 760-728-6466 Randy Jacobs, Dynamite & Friends, with very special guests, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www. jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 30

Dotsero, 9:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000

July 2

Sunday Soul & Jazz with Tony Exum Jr., 8pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www. liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

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

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Darren Rahn, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley,

JULY 15: GREG ADAMS and East Bay Soul

AUGUST 5: JANE LYNCH in “See Jane Sing”

JULY 22: ERIC MARIENTHAL All Stars

AUGUST 19: PONCHO SANCHEZ and his Latin Jazz Band

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

Dotsero, 9pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www. liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000

CONCERTS on the GREEN

DW3 “Tributes to the Legends of Music,” 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199

San Diego Symphony presents Thursday Night Jazz as part of Bayside Summer Nights featuring Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, 7:30pm, Embarcadero Marina Park South (located behind the San Diego Convention Center), 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, California, www. sandiegosymphony.org, 619-235-0804

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The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival featuring An Intimate Evening Under the Stars with Eric Darius unplugged, followed by a set with Monty Seward, 6pm, Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, California, www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 (available to a limited number of VIP package ticket-holders only) continued on page 26

World-Class Concerts Award-Winning Art Show Tours & Workshops Special Events + More Festival of Arts July 5 - August 31 in Laguna Beach

Concerts begin at 1pm / FREE with Festival admission. Limited $25 reserved seating available call 800-487-3378 Visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org for hours and events.


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continued from page 25 Ray Fuller, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 8

Tribute to The Isley Brothers featuring Tony Exum Jr. & Cha’Rel & Marlo, 5:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www. liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 West Coast Jam featuring Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Norman Brown, 8pm, SLS Las Vegas, The Foundry, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, https://foundrylv.com The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Brian Culbertson; Michael Franks; Peter White, Keiko Matsui & Euge Groove; Nick Colionne; The L.A. Collective featuring Adam Hawley, Greg Manning, Darryl Williams & Tony Moore, gates open at 11am, Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California, www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival After-Party, 8pm, Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, California, www. sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 9

PROUDLY PRESENTS

4th ANNUAL

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

AUGUST 24th – 27th, 2 AUGUS 2017 Boney James

Alexander Zonjic

Peabo Bryson Alex Bugnon

Jeff Je eff Lorber Lor L rber

Steve Cole JOEY SOMMERVILLE

Gerald Albright Everette harp

Yancyy

Organissimo

For details and ticket info go to www.shorelinejazzfestival.com or call 313-964-5050

19th Annual Eric Marienthal & Friends featuring David Benoit, Oleta Adams, Ron Kobayashi, Mary Desmond & other special guest artists TBA, benefiting High Hopes Head Injury Program, VIP party starts at 4pm, concert at 5pm, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California, www. highhopes.ws, 949-733-0044 The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Boney James; West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Norman Brown; Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler; Eric Darius, Curtis Brooks, gates open at noon, Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California, www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 13

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Billy Valentine, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/ art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-

1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings—for those aged 21 and over—are an additional $20.) DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 14

Euge Groove, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage. com, 410-268-4545 The 24th Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival featuring Paul Jackson Jr. & more, 7:30pm, Amphitheater at Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas, www.reachfortheheights.org/ jazz-festival 15

Festival of Arts presents the 9th Annual Concerts on the Green featuring Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/concertson-the-green/, 949-494-1145 (free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket) Al Williams Jazz Society, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 16

REVV Concert Series presented by Lexus Escondido at The Centre featuring the David Benoit Trio, 7pm, The Centre, Moonlight Veranda, 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, California, www.REVVConcerts.com, 760-728-6466 20

Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www. ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Greg Manning, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/ art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-4941145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings—for those aged 21 and over—are an additional $20.) DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle,


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Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 21

Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 7 & 9:30pm, One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin, Texas, www.davekoz.com The B-52s with special guests The Fixx, 8pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 22

Festival of Arts presents the 9th Annual Concerts on the Green featuring Eric Marienthal All-Stars, 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/concertson-the-green/, 949-494-1145 (free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket) Paul Jackson Jr., 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 (sold-out) The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 23

REVV Concert Series presented by Lexus Escondido at The Centre featuring Jane Monheit, 7pm, The Centre, Moonlight Veranda, 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, California, www. REVVConcerts.com, 760-728-6466 Scott Wilkie, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 25

Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 8pm, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, New Jersey, www.davekoz.com 26

Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 8pm, Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, New Jersey, www.davekoz.com

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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-jazzwine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings—for those aged 21 and over—are an additional $20.) UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey, 7:20pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com San Diego Symphony presents Thursday Night Jazz as part of Bayside Summer Nights featuring New Orleans Jazz with Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, 7:30pm, Embarcadero Marina Park South (located behind the San Diego Convention Center), 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, California, www.sandiegosymphony. org, 619-235-0804

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JAZZTRAX FESTIVAL Opening Weekend October 12-15 Closing Weekend October 19-22

Avalon Ballroom .. looking “out” to sea within 1929 Wrigley Casino

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UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey, 7:20pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine & Jazz Series, 8pm, Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, Connecticut, www.davekoz.com Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 29

Gateway Jazz Festival featuring Najee, Maysa, Pieces of a Dream, Steve Cole, Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Steve Oliver, Chris Standring & Chieli Minucci, 1pm, Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Dr., Chesterfield, Missouri, www.gatewayjazzfest.com, 205-705-3131 Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side, 8pm, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, New York, www.davekoz.com 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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Jazz BruNches Saturday, June 3 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with KJAZZ host Bubba Jackson, featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with KJAZZ host DJ Le-Roy Downs, featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412 Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 SUNday, June 4 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with KJAZZ host Bubba Jackson, featuring performances by Marion Martinez with Jazz Marlonius Trio, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast & performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch

Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Saturday, June 10 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412 Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 SUNday, June 11 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Brian Culbertson’s 6th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Gospel Brunch featuring The Jackie Tolbert Gospel Ensemble, 11am, Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St., Napa, California, www. bluenotenapa.com, 707-880-2300 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast & performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Saturday, June 17 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails 11:30am1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 SUNday, June 18 KJAZZ welcomes the Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sailings 11am-1pm & noon-2pm, boards at 10:30 & 11:30am, respectively, from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sailings 11am-1pm & noon-2pm, boards at 10:30 & 11:30am, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise, 2 sailings 11am-1pm, boards at 10 & 10:30am, 2 sailings noon-2pm, boards at 11 & 11:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800

N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast & performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Saturday, June 24 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the John Wayne’s Birthday Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails 11:30am1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 SUNday, June 25 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412 Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast & performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch continued on page 30


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continued from page 28 Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Saturday, JuLY 1 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sailings 11:30am-1:30pm & noon-2pm, boards at 11am & 11:30am, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 SUNday, JuLY 2 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with KJAZZ host Bubba Jackson, featuring performances by Marion Martinez with Jazz Marlonius Trio, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sailings 11:30am-1:30pm & noon-2pm, boards at 11am & 11:30am, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Saturday, JuLY 8 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at

11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412 Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 SUNday, July 9 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412 Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Saturday, JuLY 15 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St.

Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 SUNday, JuLY 16 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails 11:30am1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Saturday, JuLY 22 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the John Wayne’s Birthday Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 SUNday, JuLY 23 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412 Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Saturday, JuLY 29 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412 Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 SUNday, JuLY 30 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700


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Pala Casino Spa & Resort Pala, California Lineup:

Saturday, June 10: Tower of Power with special guest Average White Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 21: The B-52s with special guests The Fixx, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27: UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue with special guest Matisyahu and Raging Fyah, 7:20 p.m. Friday, July 28: UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue with special guest Matisyahu and Raging Fyah, 7:20 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4: The O’Jays with The Whispers, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12: Jazz Under the Stars featuring Bobby Caldwell and Foreign Affair (Marc Antoine, Michael Lington and Alex Bugnon), 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19: Starlight Food & Wine Festival, 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25: Paul Anka, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31: Pat Benatar and Toto, 7:30 p.m. Venue: Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California

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Getting there: Flights are available into the San Diego International Airport (SAN), John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) and LA/ Ontario International Airport (ONT). The venue is approximately 53 miles from SAN, 74 miles from SNA and 71 miles from ONT. Parking: Free casino valet and self-parking are available in the onsite garage Tickets and information: www.palacasino.com Pala Casino Spa & Resort

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Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens

REVV Concert Series at The Centre and Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens presented by Lexus Escondido Fallbrook and Escondido, California Lineup:

Fourth Annual Jazz & Wine Festival at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens

Saturday, June 17: Orchid Bar: Tjader, 3:30 p.m. Arbor Terrace Pavilion: The Detroit Underground, 3:45 p.m. Arbor Terrace Waterfall: Jose Molina Quintet, 4 p.m. Beverly Mansion: Charlotte Littlehales, 4 p.m. Main Stage: The Stanley Clarke Band, 8 p.m.; with Jeanette Harris as the opening act, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5: Orchid Bar: Ruby and The Red Hots, 3:30 p.m. Arbor Terrace Pavilion: Wazabe Blue with Jerome Watson Dawson, 3:45 p.m. Arbor Terrace Waterfall: Rebecca Jade, 4 p.m. Beverly Mansion: Charlotte Littlehales, 4 p.m. Main Stage: The Rippingtons, 8 p.m.; co-headliner to be announced on June 4, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9: Orchid Bar: Sinatra & Martinis, 3:30 p.m. Arbor Terrace Pavilion: Viva Santana, 3:45 p.m. Arbor Terrace Waterfall: Len Rainey & The Midnight Players, 4 p.m.

Beverly Mansion: Charlotte Littlehales, 4 p.m. Main Stage: Fourplay (featuring Bob James, Harvey Mason, Nathan East and Chuck Loeb), 8 p.m.; with David Maldonado as the opening act, 6 p.m. Venue: Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, California Getting there: Flights are available into the San Diego International Airport (SAN), John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) and LA/ Ontario International Airport (ONT). The venue is approximately 55 miles from SAN, 66 miles from SNA and 68 miles from ONT. Parking: Grand Tradition offers free parking onsite and in auxiliary, unpaved lots. Preferred parking in the front paved lots is available for a fee of $10 per vehicle.

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Sunday, June 25: Acoustic Alchemy, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 16: David Benoit Trio, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 23: Jane Monheit, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27: John Pizzarelli with Jessica Molaskey, 7 p.m. Venue: The Centre, 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, California Getting there: Flights are available into the San Diego International Airport (SAN), John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) and LA/ Ontario International Airport (ONT). The venue is approximately 31 miles from SAN, 69 miles from SNA and 81 miles from ONT. Parking: The Centre offers complimentary valet and self-parking. Valet parking is available starting at 5 p.m. daily. Tickets and information: www.REVVConcerts.com, 760-728-6466 continued on page 36


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M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. presents Jazz at the Creek San Diego, California Lineup:

(doors open at 2 p.m., music from 3 to 7 p.m.) June 17: Jessy J, Tony Exum Jr., SanginDiva Shannon, hosted by Ahmed Dents of Smooth Jazz KiFM “Smooth Jazz After Dark,” with DJ John Phillips Aug. 12: Reggie Codrington, Yolanda Brown, Chase Huna Venue: Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California Getting there: Flights are available to the San Diego International Airport (SAN), approximately 8 miles from the venue Parking: Free parking is available behind the Jacobs Center at 404 Euclid Ave. (When parking behind the Jacobs Center, walk across the red walkbridge to the Amphitheater) Tickets and information: www.jazzatthecreeksd.com, 858-650-3190

SLS Las Vegas The Foundry Las Vegas, Nevada

Select Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m.

Lineup:

Saturday, June 17: Candy Dulfer Saturday, July 8: West Coast Jam featuring Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Norman Brown

Friday, Aug. 18: Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side Saturday, Aug. 19: Dave Koz & Larry Graham: Side by Side Saturday, Sept. 16: Jonathan Butler Saturday, Sept. 23: Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers Saturday, Nov. 18: Boney James Venue: SLS Las Vegas The Foundry, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada Getting there: Flights are available into McCarran International Airport (LAS), approximately 5 miles to the venue Tickets and information: https://foundrylv.com

San Diego Symphony San Diego, California

Thursday Night Jazz as part of Bayside Summer Nights

Various Thursday nights, July and August, gates open at 6 p.m., concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

Lineup:

July 6: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall July 27: New Orleans Jazz featuring Dr. John and The Nite Trippers Aug. 10: Latin Jazz Masters Aug. 24: John Beasley presents MONK’estra

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Gates open at 6 p.m., concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4: Boz Scaggs Sunday, Aug. 6: Sergio Mendes Saturday, Aug. 26: The Commodores SLS Las Vegas


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San Diego Symphony Bayside Summer Nights

Venue: Embarcadero Marina Park South (located behind the San Diego Convention Center), 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, California Getting there: Flights are available to the San Diego International Airport (SAN), approximately 4 miles from the venue Parking: Adjacent reserved pre-paid parking is available for advance subscription purchase in the preferred lot near the venue. (Note: availability of this parking may be limited for certain concerts, even for subscribers.) Visit website for all parking options, including golf cart shuttle service for ADA patrons. Tickets and information: www.sandiegosymphony.org, 619-235-0804

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate Laguna Beach, California

Thursdays, July 13-Aug. 31, 5:30 p.m.

Lineup:

July 13: Billy Valentine July 20: Greg Manning July 27: Pretzel Logic Aug. 3: Steve Oliver Aug. 10: Bill Cantos Aug. 17: Stephan Oberhoff and HeartBeat Brazil Aug. 24: Brian Simpson Aug. 31: Max Bennett and Private Reserve Venue: Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California Getting there: Flights are available to 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.

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 $25 per person per concert. For more information, visit www.foapom.com/events/art-jazz-wine-chocolate/ or call 949-494-1145.

Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green Laguna Beach, California

Select Saturdays, July 15-Aug. 19, 1 p.m.

Lineup:

July 15: Greg Adams & East Bay Soul July 22: Eric Marienthal All-Stars Aug. 5: Jane Lynch in “See Jane Sing� Aug. 19: Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band Venue: Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California Getting there: Flights are available to 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 Arts ticket. Limited seating is available in a reserved section for $25 per person per concert. For more information, visit www.foapom.com/ events/concerts-on-the-green/ or call 949-494-1145.


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C a s h m i r a’ s s ta rg u i d e Aries March 21 - April 19

It’s time to get your financial life in order and bring yourself into the 21st century. Even if you have a fairly staid income or investments, take the step into the electronic age. Just remember to take the appropriate precautions.

Taurus April 20 - May 20

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

Your relationship could use a good lightening up period. Remember all the fun and laughs you used to have? It can be that way again. So, tap into your positive side. Relax and enjoy yourself.

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

You have a friend who is looking for some financial assistance. You have a generous nature, so before you loan your friend any money, make sure to draw up a contract. It’s so easy for things to go wrong when lending money to friends.

You have so many responsibilities; try not to let them get you down. Sometimes it feels like you are all alone; don’t be afraid to ask for help. Maybe no one else can make all those appointments, but they can certainly take over other tasks for you.

Gemini May 21 - June 21

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Take steps to work on an important relationship. You’ve had problems—as we all do—but don’t forget how much this person means to you. Something this valuable requires some real effort, but will make a difference in your life ... and theirs.

Cancer June 22 - July 22

Life seems like it’s getting way too complicated for you. Now is a perfect time for you to reflect on what you can cut out of your busy schedule. Making priorities can help you manage your time and your blood pressure!

Capricorn Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

It seems as though everyone wants to give you advice. You don’t have to defend all of your decisions as long as you are making them thoughtfully. Remember, others are concerned because they care. Tread softly.

You will be asked to contribute to a good cause. You’re needed for more than your money; your organizational talents are in demand because you know how to get things in order. Your help will create an excellent starting place for others to do their part.

Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20

Don’t let your nerves get to you. Life has been just a little tense lately, and you can be a little cranky when things are not going smoothly. Flying off the handle won’t help you keep friends and family on your side. Oh, you have happy feet. You’re just itching to run for it, just to see what’s going on out there. Hold your horses: responsibilities that require your presence remain. Try making vacation plans to help satisfy that wanderlust.

There is work to be done, both at home and within your family dynamic. It seems like everything needs attention. Get yourself in gear, make sure you have what you need to get the job done, and success is yours. Problems will arise, but try remaining calm, and don’t blow things out of proportion. Take a deep breath, and start at the beginning. You can count on others to assist, if you stay calm.


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