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Rainbow Promotions, LLC and Payne Pest Management Present

2nD AnnUAL

hosted by eric Darius embarcadero Marina Park north | 400 kettner Blvd | San Diego, CA 92101

FRiDAY, JUne 29, 2018 An intimate evening of Smooth Jazz with Monty Seward and Jessy J hosted by eric Darius

SATURDAY, JUne 30, 2018

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SUnDAY, JULY 1, 2018

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

For Tickets and information:

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Contributors Ken Capobianco Cashmira

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10 The 2nd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival Kicks off a smooth jazz summer in a scenic coastal setting 12 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 14 DISCover New Music The latest sounds from artists you should hear 16 Bassist Michael Haggins Finds traction with TV exposure to expand his concert tour dates

18 Cool concert apparel Smooth Jazz News merchandise: guitar shirts, fleece jackets, golf shirts, hats, T-shirts and tank tops. Purchase at Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway or the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival and receive a FREE CD! 20 Richard Elliot GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist on tour with Summer Horns, which makes a stop in his hometown at the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival 24 Calendar of smooth jazz events Concerts, festivals and brunches nationwide 34 Annual Concert Series Guide Events galore to explore the Southern California entertainment and art scene this summer 38 Cashmira’s Starguide June-July horoscopes


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Live jazz is a wonderful experience by itself, but when you pair it with delicious cuisine, refreshing wine, premium spirits, gourmet chocolate and the added ambiance of visual art, a vineyard or a coastline, it magically transcends into an epicurean heaven. In Southern California, there are several venues presenting concert series that incorporate much of this delightfulness. Festival of Arts is on the top of that list, offering daily music along with its weekly “Concerts on the Green” and “Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate” at the newly remodeled Laguna Beach venue. At these shows, smooth jazz artists perform on a stage enveloped by a kaleidoscope of mosaics, unique glass creations, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and more. Plus, the crowning jewel, Pageant of the Masters, features incredible re-creations of works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. The theatrical performances are choreographed to an original score by a live orchestra, with engaging narration, intricate sets and sophisticated lighting in an outdoor amphitheater behind the art show, and are held nightly, July 7-Sept. 1. Festival of Arts is open July 5-Sept. 1. www.foapom.com Another fan favorite is Thornton Winery’s Champagne Concert Series in the heart

of the Temecula Valley Wine Country. For 30 years, this family-owned vineyard has presented jazz concerts on various weekends from spring through fall. Now, they have added Friday night shows offering a variety of musical genres and cover bands. The entertainment, gourmet-dining options at Café Champagne, wine tastings and tours have become so popular that they have paused their wedding business. www.thorntonwine.com Unfortunately, I’m sad to report that the owners of one of my other favorite venues, Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, have made the opposite decision, choosing to discontinue their Jazz & Wine Festivals this year. Instead, the focus of the 30-acre, floral-and-foliage-filled venue with lush

Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California

walking trails and waterfalls in Fallbrook, California, will concentrate on their signature wedding business, private events, botanical tours and dining. The good news is that a nearby North San Diego County venue, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, has booked another season of concerts and events at their outdoor Starlight Theater. And, they also just completed construction on Tourmaline Pools at Pala. This adults-only pool complex features five heated pools with in-water seating, waterfalls, daybeds, fire

pits, whirlpools, two expansive hot tubs, 14 luxury cabanas, fireplaces and a fullservice, poolside cafe and bar. Patrons can enjoy a day at the pool, followed by a night of entertainment. There’s plenty to choose from: Kenny Loggins, The Isley Brothers and Babyface to Toni Braxton, comedian Jo Koy and a Food & Wine Festival. For added convenience and pampering, spend the night at the resort, and, after breakfast the next morning, indulge in a massage, detoxifying wrap and/or rose quartz facial at the spa. www.palacasino.com Another casino, Sycuan, in East San Diego County, is presenting an eclectic lineup of music and comedy acts. The Live & Up Close Concert Series features Ozomatli, The Spinners (sold-out), ABBA The Concert (a tribute to ABBA) and Sha Na Na. Plus, in addition to entertainment, gaming and dining, the Sycuan Golf Resort is just 3 miles away from the casino and offers 24-hour shuttle service between the resort-hotel and the casino. www.sycuan.com And, for a day of great music with a mini-festival feel near downtown San Diego, Jazz at the Creek is adding a new Creek Festival Village concept that will include a redesigned vendor marketplace filled with fashionable clothing, jewelry, art and food. Plus, fashion shows with styling tips will be featured during intermissions. Of course, there is also a VIP option, with table seating, wait staff and access to the VIP cigar and cognac lounge. Jazz at the Creek is set on the banks of Chollas Creek in the Market Creek Amphitheater. www.jazzatthecreeksd.com To help you plan an exciting, corkpopping summer, check out our Annual Southern California Concert Series Guide, beginning on page 34. There’s nothing like enjoying jazz with great food, wonderful friends and a little wine, art and chocolate!


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URED FESTIVAL FEAT

The 2nd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival presented by Rainbow Promotions and Payne Pest Management JUNE 29-JULY 1 By Melanie Maxwell

The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival is returning to America’s Finest City at Embarcadero Marina Park North with a stellar lineup of fan favorites, up-and-comers and a few acts that enjoy music, bay breezes and tasty festival fare (fried fish, funnel cakes and lemonade anyone?) in a postcard-perfect setting. Views of yachts, sailboats, Jet Skis, Navy ships, Coronado Island and the downtown skyline are visible from

Eric Darius, festival host, is also performing on June 29 and 30

nearly every seat within this jetty-inspired venue next to Seaport Village. The weekend, hosted by saxophonist Eric Darius, kicks off on Friday for VIP patrons with “An Intimate Evening of Smooth Jazz” featuring saxophonist Jessy J and

Photo: Pat Benter

vocalist Monty Seward at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Brian Culbertson’s “Colors

Photo: Patrick McKenzie

don’t appear very often on the usual festival circuit. Genre enthusiasts can

The 2017 San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival venue at Embarcadero Marina Park North before the gates opened


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Photo: Pat Benter

Brian Culbertson (performing June 30)

Jessy J (performing June 29)

Nestor Torres (performing July 1)

The San Diego locale and attractions combined with a great smooth jazz lineup make this a popular event.

Photo: Jayme Itagaki

Marcus Anderson (performing July 1)

Hiroshima (performing July 1)

of Love” Tour takes the stage Saturday night at the festival grounds,

The Sax Pack featuring (left to right) Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Jackiem Joyner (performing June 30)

The San Diego locale and attractions combined with a great

and the new Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns ensemble closes

smooth jazz lineup make this a popular event, which sold-out in 2017.

out the weekend on Sunday.

This year, all VIP tickets were purchased within weeks of going on sale.

Plus, when was the last time you saw GRAMMY-nominated flutist

Fortunately, as of press time, there were still general admission tickets

Nestor Torres on a festival lineup? He’s scheduled to be there, as is the

available on the picnic-perfect lawn area for Saturday and Sunday,

two-time GRAMMY-nominated band Hiroshima.

and a few reserved seats on Sunday.

In addition to the scenic surroundings and impressive talent

Smooth jazz is finally back in San Diego! We hope to see you there. continued on page 12

roster––which was chosen by festival producers Kim and Ozzie Benoit of Rainbow Promotions, and event sponsors Kathy and Willie Payne of Payne Pest Management––the timing of the festival is also a bonus. Gates open at 11 a.m., and when the music ends at 7 p.m. there is plenty of time to venture out into the nearby Gaslamp Quarter. The historic 16-block area

lounges, nightclubs, a few boutiques and ice cream shops. Or, if you’d like to experience another aspect of San Diego history, head to Old Town for some excellent Mexican food and culture. At some of the restaurants, you can even watch women making tortillas in the window! Of course, if you’re in the mood for margaritas (or other alcoholic beverages), don’t drink and drive. Instead, hop on the trolley.

Photo: Lori Stoll

dining district filled with Victorian architecture, sidewalk cafes, rooftop

Photo: Rachel Laukat

craft beer, or simply take a walk through this bustling entertainment and

Photo: Antonio Dixon

offers a variety of places to have a nice dinner, unwind with a drink or

Dave Koz Gerald Albright Rick Braun Artists performing with Richard Elliot and Aubrey Logan on the Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Tour on July 1


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An Intimate Evening of Smooth Jazz with Monty Seward and Jessy J, hosted by Eric Darius for VIP patrons, 6 p.m. (sold-out)

Saturday, June 30 (on festival grounds)

Eric Darius; Brian Culbertson’s “Colors of Love” Tour; Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr.; The Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Jackiem Joyner; Steve Oliver; gates open at 11 a.m., music starts at noon

Sunday, July 1 (on festival grounds)

Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and introducing Aubrey Logan; Hiroshima; Peter White; Nestor Torres; Marcus Anderson; gates open at 11 a.m., music starts at noon

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dee Brown • Remembering You

JAZZ HEAD COLLECTIVE • Strange City

(Innervision Records)

(Jazz Head Entertainment)

“Hey Baby” is the funky, infectious lead single from dee Brown’s new full-length Innervision Records album, Remembering You, which is dedicated to Brown‘s late fiancée. “Hey Baby” hit the Groove Jazz Music Top 30 chart. The second radio single, “Pop the Question,” is a fresh and buoyant, danceable funk jam. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com Website: www.deebrownmusic.com

Not afraid to take chances and try new directions, Jazz Head Collective’s Strange City is great music for a Sunday drive and the perfect accompaniment for a relaxing afternoon and/or evening with good friends or a tall drink and a good book. A great mix of jazz, R&B and hip-hop, Strange City offers styles that are fresh and organic ... just real pure music that takes you on a journey all times of day or night. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com, Spotify Website: jazzheadentertainment.com

PHIL DENNY • Align (Off-Sheet Music)

Five-time Billboard-credited saxophonist Phil Denny is back and well situated in the format with much momentum following the hit track “Diggin’ On.” The identifiable sax man delivers an all-original, 11-track performance on Align, believed to be a best-yet release balanced with fresh, urban vibes, up-tempo and sultry grooves as well as featured artists. AvAilAble At: www.phildenny.com, iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com Website: www.phildenny.com

ROB ZINN • Walk The Walk (Rob Zinn Music)

Rob Zinn’s second album, produced by double-GRAMMY-winner Paul Brown, is an explosive collection of spirited grooves and vibes, from ambient, soulful and bluesy to mid-tempo sensual and deep in-the-pocket funk. “Seldom will I go out on a limb and proclaim that such an artist will be among the elite artists in no time.” —Ronald Jackson (The Smooth Jazz Ride) AvAilAble At: www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com, www.robzinn.com, iTunes and all digital music mediums Website: www.robzinn.com Advertisement: To inquire about placement, call 858-541-1919 or email smoothjazzads@aol.com.

WILLIE BRADLEY • Going With The Flow (Willie Bradley)

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, Going With The Flow. AvAilAble At: https://clgd.lnk.to/bEbZ0 Website: www.williebradley.net

Justin Young • Blue Soul (Justntime Records)

This is what Dave Koz said about saxophonist Justin Young’s new CD: “I’ve known Justin a long time and have watched his development for many years now. With his new album, Blue Soul, he confidently steps up to center stage with something meaningful to say, and the results are undeniable. Justin Young is certainly a new voice to be heard on the saxophone.” AvAilAble At: www.justinyoungsax.com Website: www.justinyoungsax.com


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Celebrate the release of THICKER THAN WATER at SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS in COSTA MESA, CA on AUGUST 10th!

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Michael Haggins

In The Spotlight Michael Haggins Band (left to right): Gary Metz, J. Michael O’Neal, Michael Haggins and Lance Beckford By Ken Capobianco

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ass player and songwriter Michael Haggins has experienced plenty of success since he stepped out into the spotlight with a solo career after years working as a sideman for a broad array of pop and funk artists. His song “Daybreak,” the title track from his solo debut in 2004, became a popular sensation thanks to its recurring appearance on the hit NBC comedy series “Community.” His work has also been featured in films and numerous other television shows, including “Happy Endings” and most recently, “Fresh Off the Boat.” Now, on the heels of his fourth album, Dare to Dream, the smooth jazz musician is ready to take his career to the next level. A dexterous bass player with a keen ear for melody, Haggins is primed to break out to larger commercial success and bigger stages. Dare to Dream, which featured guitarist Adam Hawley on the album’s best track, “World of Dreams,” was not just an excellent showcase for the bassist’s skills and fine songwriting; the music and spirit of the album captured the very essence of Haggins’ journey as a musician. “I’ve always wanted to make music and be a musician. Dare to Dream is like my life story,” the Pasadena, California, native said recently.

“I’ve been playing in bands since the great funk band era, and I’ve been in bands with Robbie Nevil back in the day, so music has been in my blood. “I’ve always been following a dream and challenging myself to make the best music I can while creating music people can connect to. I’m a spiritual man and I want to do something great for God.” Dare to Dream is the record that solidified his place as a smooth jazz songwriter and performer to be reckoned with. Haggins and his band,

“I’ve always been following a dream and challenging myself to make the best music.” which includes J. Michael O’ Neal on keyboards, Lance Beckford on drums, and Gary Metz on saxophone, are a tight unit that can cross genres and funk things up if they need to. “These are some of the best musicians out there,” Haggins said of his band members. “We’re hot and good to go, so we’re looking for all the opportunities we can get. I think now is our time.” Thanks to the exposure of “Daybreak” on “Community,” which brought him a large

following of millennials (a rarity for a smooth jazz artist) and the media placement of his other songs, Haggins’ music has already touched many lives. It’s those kinds of connections that validate his life’s work. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been contacted by people who have children with cancer or other problems and they tell me, ‘I listened to your music, and it’s given me peace of mind or the hope to keep fighting,’” he said. “That’s so special. I know I’ve been given a gift, and before my time is up, I’m going to do all I can to give back to the world.” Haggins, who is prepping his new record, knows his music is making a difference, and he’s on the cusp of something special. “I was gigging in Marina del Rey one time, and my son told me there was someone who wanted to introduce himself to me. The guy says, ‘I’m Berry Gordy. I was walking by and heard you and thought ‘Hey, who is that?’” Haggins recalled. “He said ‘You sound like another James Jamerson up there.’ That was so inspiring, and I knew right there I was doing something right.” To book Michael Haggins, email hagginsmichael@gmail.com. For more information on Haggins or to listen to his music, visit www.michaelhaggins.com. Advertorial


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AT OUR BOOTH DURING Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway June 9-10

Oxbow Commons Park Napa, California www.jazzgetaway.com

The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival Photo: David Hopley

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Goes upbeat with Summer Horns collaboration

By Ken Capobianco

The barbecues are flaming

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the beaches are crowded, and backyard music is blaring. It must be summer, and it doesn’t take a marketing genius to realize this is the perfect time for a new Summer Horns record from an all-star smooth jazz ensemble. On this second release, Summer Horns II From A to Z, the reconstituted band created by Dave Koz features saxophonists Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright, along with the addition of trumpeter Rick Braun and introducing trombonist-vocalist Aubrey Logan. Together, they turn up the beat while diving into a varied collection of vintage songs ranging from jazz to R&B to pop and hip-hop––yes, hip-hop. It is spirited music

Photo: Lori Stoll

d r a h c i R ot Elli

made by savvy superstars that’s geared to putting smiles on faces and getting bodies in motion. “The focus was to try and make a really upbeat record built for parties and that summer feeling,” Elliot said recently via phone while driving on a spectacular Southern California day. “We had a great time doing the first record, so the idea behind this one was to take the next step in the evolution of the sound. We took music primarily from the ’70s with a few exceptions. We didn’t turn the music completely on its head, but we tried to add something fresh and a little bit new while staying true to the name Summer Horns. So, it’s real summery, and that means upbeat.” The R&B-heavy collection features songs from KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire, The Crusaders, Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. The group also put its spin on songs by Billy l ol Strayhorn, Paul Simon, Jay-Z and The t iS or L Spiral Starecase, whose “More Today Than o: ot Ph Yesterday” has often mistakenly been credited to Chicago thanks to its wonderful horndriven buoyancy. It makes for a supremely varied set that captures the very essence of summertime fun and romance. Trying to find just the right songs for a project like this can be tricky. You don’t want to choose overplayed tunes that every wedding band hauls out for summer receptions, and you don’t want to get too obscure in the search for eclecticism. Elliot said the search for songs was wide and deep, as each musician had a say in which ones the quintet of horns would record. “We had a bunch of conference calls where we all got together, and we put our list of songs together. They went into a pot, and each one of us gently pushed for the songs we thought should be on it. So we all had a fair amount of input. I’d say it was a very democratic, reasonable process that was often fun. There isn’t a song which we all didn’t feel good about. I think we all got what we wanted in the mix of tunes after about four conference calls.” While the sound is more up-tempo than the first Summer Horns disc, the biggest change is the musical dynamic because of the replacement of saxophonist Mindi Abair with Logan and Braun. Logan’s excellent vocals breathe new life into the classic road tune “Route 66.” And, on “Conga,” the great Estefan, who sang the original hip shaker, joins Logan on the jam. The addition of trumpet and trombone radically altered the approach and sound. “When you change the players up, it creates a


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different dynamic––not just in the end result sound, but each individual seems to be a very nice camaraderie between musicians.” He added that musician plays differently,” the articulate and analytical, yet laid-back, he feels that the camaraderie carries over through the whole smooth jazz Elliot said. “The key element about collaborations is they bring about community. “I do think there’s a great rapport between the musicians, different things in you than how you normally would play by yourself or the fans, and even the radio stations––whatever is left of them. And with someone else, so consequently with these folks, things change for that’s a camaraderie you don’t find in every genre of music. me. With Dave, Rick and Gerald, three musicians I have a lot of history “To be honest, most of us are just happy to have a gig. Those with, I know I’m going to play a particular way, but with Aubrey, who I of us who have been lucky enough to have been doing this for decades only met last year, I’m going play in a different way. A tenor saxophone now, just do not take it for granted. Just to have the opportunity to play and trombone together are not as typical as say, tenor and trumpet music in front of people and have that be our livelihood is pretty special, together, which is a real classic sound.” and know I feel very fortunate to be able to do it.” He takes a moment to consider the combination before continuing. The 58-year-old tenor saxophonist is currently between records “The blend of those two instruments comes from back after his last chart-topping homage to ’70s funk and R&B, Summer in the bebop days. The sound of a trombone Madness, landed in 2016. He said he has not begun work on a and a tenor is a classic sound in another new album yet, but is considering directions and concepts way. It was made more popular by for songs he hopes to write later this year. While he The Crusaders. So anytime you put anticipates he’ll have a new record to deliver by different horns together, it’s going to the first quarter of 2019, everything is much too create a different dynamic, which tentative for him to nail down a timeline. can bring out things in each player, “I’m working through rough ideas, and we’ll see and hopefully collectively you create a what kind of shape they take. On Summer Madness, unique sound, and that’s what I think I had a definite direction in mind, which was to pay we did here.” Elliot, who over the course of his 30-year recording career has become one of the most popular acts in smooth jazz, has worked with Braun, Koz and Albright many times before. While Logan, who is best known for her work with the band Postmodern Jukebox, is a relative newcomer, she’s a budding star on the rise. Sometimes, one of the problems for many superstar collectives is there’s not enough room in the studio to fit all the egos, but Elliot insisted that wasn’t a problem with producing Summer Horns. Summer Horns with Gerald Albright, Aubrey Logan, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot and Rick Braun “I’m a big believer that when you are working on collaborations, if you have to work too hard at tribute to funk and R&B from mainly the ’70s and fold in Latin funk it, you are doing something wrong. A lot of times there can be issues with and Afro-funk––it definitely landed on the funk side of things. I wanted egos, but what’s kind of unique about this genre of music is I’ve never really to explore how jazz and funk were fused in the ’70s and how it ended run into an ego issue with anyone. I’m not saying it’s not out there, but it’s up on pop radio. That’s what I was trying to do, but now I’m sure I’ll not been a problem for me. I’ve found with this genre of music, there continued on page 22 Photo: Antonio Dixon

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“I’m a big believer that when you are working on collaborations, if you have to work too hard at it, you are doing something wrong. A lot of times there can be issues with egos, but what’s kind of unique about this genre of music is I’ve never really run into an ego issue with anyone.”

“I managed to juggle the two interests without much of a problem, but to wear two different hats is a challenge. The guys in my band would always joke about it because right up until we had to go onstage, I’d be working with my laptop. Then I’d go onstage. When I got offstage, I was right back on the laptop,” he said, laughing. “For now, the focus is going to be my music. And that’s plenty for sure.” The licensed pilot, who is in the process of building a plane, has also built a studio on his 10-acre farm in North San Diego County, where he and his wife, Camella, and their five children live along with a variety of animals, including alpacas, pigs, horses and goats. He seemed quite pleased to have the new home studio, as it will change the modus operandi of his recording process. “I built the studio, and the next record will most likely be recorded there. I used to have a studio when I lived in L.A., but this was something I’d been planning to do for a while,” he said. “The idea is I can actually go into the studio in my pajamas and work. Or I don’t have to at all. There’s something nice about that. Whatever my motivation factor is, I can just act on it without any problems or planning. We’ll see what kind of dynamics ensue when I can just get out of bed, get some coffee and walk into the studio and start working.” When discussing his overarching vision for making music, Elliot spoke with clear purpose and determination. “I have to feel like every time I do a record or get onstage, I’m trying to push myself a little bit further and evolve a bit more because it’s a constant learning experience. Even the most amazing virtuosos on the instruments will tell you they are always involved in a quest to try and master the instrument, but you never quite master it.” He added that he needs to remain true to himself as a musician and continue to make the most genuine music he possibly can. “I want to be

as sincere a musician as possible and never do things as if you are going through the motions. You have to be playing what you are actually feeling and make music you are honest about. And that means, at the end of the day, being a sincere artist. You have to be sincere about what you are playing. “For me, the kind of music I like to hear is of a very eclectic nature. I’ll listen to jazz, to R&B or I’ll listen to country and I love rock. I like world beat. All kinds of music. And I respect the artistry.” He took a moment to consider the philosophy that guides him creatively. “Whatever an artist chooses to do as their music has to come from a genuine place—that’s what makes the best music. Never second-guess what your audience necessarily wants or what radio might want. If you try to do songs because if you think it’s going to get airplay, well, that approach doesn’t work. And I’ve tried it many years ago. What connects with people is the music you are sincere about. I honestly believe if you live by that, you can’t go wrong.” For more information on Elliot, including the Summer Horns Tour dates, visit www.richardelliot.com.

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do something different. It’s really wide open. We’ll see. I’ll discover the direction as time goes by.” Elliot is a bit of a renaissance man in addition to being a top-shelf musician. He’s a tech wizard who built a multimillion-dollar company, Global Cash Card, which he recently sold. For years, he balanced his musical and business interests without a hitch. For now, he’s turning his attention fully to music, but he doesn’t rule out getting involved in another tech company down the road.

OnTour

(with Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun & Richard Elliot, and introducing Aubrey Logan)

July 1 The 2nd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival Embarcadero Marina Park North San Diego, California www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com 562-424-0013 Sept. 15-16 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Concert Series Thornton Winery Temecula, California www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com 951-699-0099 Oct. 7 Warren Hill’s Cancun Jazz Festival Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico http://cancunjazz.com 805-491-5299


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CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS JUNE 1 26th Annual Capital Jazz Fest Friday Night Soul featuring Earth, Wind & Fire; Ledisi; & introducing Butterscotch, gates open at 6:30pm, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Maryland, www.capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-987-6487 DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Phil Denny, 8:30pm, Perfect Note, 1845 Montgomery Hwy. S., Suite 201, Hoover, Alabama, www.perfectnotelive.com, 205-986-7280 26th Annual Capital Jazz Fest LateNight Jam Session hosted by Marcus Miller (Official After-Party of the Capital Jazz Fest), 11:30pm-2am (doors open at 11pm), BWI Airport Marriott,

1743 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland, www.capitaljazz.com (sold-out) Oli Silk, 8pm, 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 2 Vincent Ingala, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 26th Annual Capital Jazz Fest, on the Pavilion Stage, hosted by Marcus Miller, featuring Diana Krall, Boney James, Rachelle Ferrell, Snarky Puppy, “Lean on Me:” A Tribute to

Bill Withers featuring José James; Keiko Matsui, Jeff Bradshaw & Friends; & on the Symphony Woods Stage, hosted by Cayman Kelly, featuring Smokey Robinson, Fantasia, Keith Sweat, After 7, Dave Hollister, Liv Warfield & The NPG Hornz, gates open at 10am, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Maryland, www.capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-987-6487 (sold-out) DOTSERO, 9pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Phil Denny, 8pm, Perfect Note, 1845 Montgomery Hwy. S., Suite 201, Hoover, Alabama, www.perfectnotelive.com, 205-986-7280 26th Annual Capital Jazz Fest OldSchool Dance Party (Official AfterParty of the Capital Jazz Fest), plus live performance by E.U., 10:30pm3am, BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland, www.capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-987-6487 Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, 7:30pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Down to the Bone, 8pm, 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 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Brian Culbertson’s “Colors of Love” Tour, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 Justin Young, 6pm, Lauren Ashton Cellars, 14545 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 211, Woodinville, Washington, www.justinyoungsax.com 3 Phil Denny, 7pm, St. James Live! Jazz Club, 3220 Butner Road, Suite 240, Atlanta, Georgia, www.stjamesliveatl.com, 404-254-3561

26th Annual Capital Jazz Fest, on the Pavilion Stage, hosted by Marcus Miller, featuring Anita Baker “The Farewell Tour,” Bob James, Damien Escobar, Lizz Wright, Michael Franks, “As You Are”: A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, Moonchild; & on the Symphony Woods Stage, hosted by Cayman Kelly, featuring Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Brandy, Joss Stone, Tevin Campbell, “Luther Re-Lives:” A Tribute to Luther Vandross, The Hamiltones, gates open at 10am, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Maryland, www.capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-987-6487 Spyro Gyra, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 5 Grace Kelly-A Joy Party!, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 6 Brian Culbertson’s 7th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Welcome Dinner & Jam Session, hosted by Brian Culbertson, featuring Cecil Ramirez, Adam Hawley, Marqueal Jordan & Culbertson’s band, 7pm, Solera Courtyard, The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com Grace Kelly-A Joy Party!, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 7 Brian Culbertson’s 7th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway “Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine tasting & performances by Adam Hawley & more, 2pm, Solera Courtyard; After-Party featuring DJs & a cigar party hosted by Cecil Ramirez, 10:30pm, The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com (for Platinum & Gold Access holders) DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199


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

Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com (for Platinum, Gold & Silver Access card holders)

Brian Culbertson’s 7th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway featuring Culbertson’s “Colors of Love” & a solo acoustic performance by Jonathan Butler, 7:30pm, Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville, California, www.jazzgetaway.com

The Isley Brothers, 7:30pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com

8 DOTSERO, 9pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Willie Bradley, 6pm, Jazz on the Trinity, Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, Texas, www.jazzonthetrinity.com Brian Culbertson’s 7th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway “Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine tasting & performances by Marcus Anderson & Jazmin Ghent, 2pm, Solera Courtyard; After-Party featuring DJs & a cigar party hosted by Cecil Ramirez, 10:30pm, The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com (for Platinum & Gold Access card holders) Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Justin Young, 4:30pm, Columbia Winery, 14030 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 211, Woodinville, Washington, www.columbiawinery.com/events/ upcoming-events Brian Culbertson’s 7th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway pre-concert wine reception & silent auction benefiting The GRAMMY Foundation, 6pm; comedian Sinbad & the Al McKay All-Stars performing the music of Earth, Wind & Fire, 7:30pm, Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville, California, www.jazzgetaway.com 9 DOTSERO, 9pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Brian Culbertson’s 7th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway featuring Avery*Sunshine, 1pm; Peter White, 2:30pm; Brian Culbertson with Faith Evans, 4pm; The Commodores, 5:45pm; DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, between all sets, Oxbow Commons Park, 1268 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com Brian Culbertson’s 7th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, plus special guests, 8pm, The Westin

Gregg Karukas, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 10 Brian Culbertson’s 7th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway featuring Nick Colionne with Eric Darius, 1pm; Kirk Whalum, 2:30pm; Norman Brown & Bobby Caldwell, 4pm; Brian Culbertson with Lindsey Webster, 5:45pm; DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, between all sets, Oxbow Commons Park, 1268 McKinstry St., Napa, California, www.jazzgetaway.com Brian Culbertson’s 7th Annual 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 & Silver Access card holders) Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Nathan East, 4pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 12 David Sanborn, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 David Garfield Jazz -Outside the Box CD-Release Concert featuring Eric Marienthal, Leslie Smith, Lilliana De Los Reyes & special guests, 8:30pm, Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood California, www.catalinajazzclub.com, 323-466-2210 14 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Brian Culbertson’s “Colors of Love” Tour, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, continued on page 26


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continued from page 25 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 15 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Paul Taylor & Michael Lington, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Brian Culbertson’s “Colors of Love” Tour, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Justin Young, 5pm, Obelisco Winery, 14525 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 121, Woodinville, Washington, http://obelisco.com/, 425-485-2472 16 Pieces of a Dream, 7:30pm,The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Willie Bradley, 2:45pm, The Woodson-Young Jazz Festival, Fort Washington Park, 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington, Maryland, https:// woodsonyoungjazzfestival.com/ Phil Denny’s Align CD Release, 8pm, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Michigan, www.theloftlansing.com, 517-913-0103 Nils CD-Release Party, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Brian Culbertson’s “Colors of Love” Tour, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Average White Band & The Family Stone, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 17 Soul & Jazz Fixx Sunday with Tony Exum Jr., 8pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Louie Cruz Beltran, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Brian Culbertson’s “Colors of Love” Tour, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley,

2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 19 Jeff Lorber Fusion, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 20 Jeff Lorber Fusion, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 21 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 22 Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Celebration, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 23 Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Celebration, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Jackiem Joyner & Brian Simpson, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Darren Rahn, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Acoustic Alchemy & Keiko Matsui, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 24 Jonathan Butler, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Tower of Power: 50th Anniversary Tour, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Rob Zinn, 7pm, St. James Live! Jazz Club, 3220 Butner Road, Suite 240, Atlanta, Georgia, www.stjamesliveatl. com, 404-254-3561


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Scott Wilkie, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 25 Tower of Power: 50th Anniversary Tour, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 28 Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Acoustic Alchemy, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 29 Winter Park Jazz Festival Pre-Party with DOTSERO & Mary Louise Lee, 6pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 The 2nd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival featuring An Intimate Evening of Smooth Jazz with Monty Seward & Jessy J, hosted by Eric Darius, 6pm, Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, California, www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 (available to a limited number of VIP package ticketholders only) DW3-A Tribute to Legends of Music, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Acoustic Alchemy, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 30 Lee Ritenour, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding & Nicholas Payton, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 Russell Peters, 7:30pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com The 2nd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Eric Darius, Brian Culbertson, Jazz Funk Soul (with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Paul Jackson Jr.), The Sax Pack (with Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole

& Jackiem Joyner), Steve Oliver, gates open at 11am, Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California, www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013

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Karen Briggs, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Acoustic Alchemy, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Justin Young, 6pm, Lauren Ashton Cellars, 14545 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 211, Woodinville, Washington, www.justinyoungsax.com

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

JULY 1 Smoothjazz.com presents Smooth Jazz Sundays at St. James Live! Jazz Club featuring Willie Bradley, 7pm, St. James Live! Jazz Club, 3220 Butner Road, Suite 240, Atlanta, Georgia, www.stjamesliveatl.com/smooth-jazzsundays.html, 404-254-3561 The 2nd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan; Hiroshima; Peter White; Nestor Torres; Marcus Anderson, gates open at 11am, Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California, www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 Spencer Day, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

Maysa

Kim Waters & Marion Meadows

Marcus Miller

Everette Harp

Chante Moore

Doc Powell

Nick Colionne

Eric Roberson

Stanley Clarke

Kirk Whalum

Keiko Matsui

Acoustic Alchemy, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 2 Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 3 Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 5 Will Downing, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 continued on page 28

David Benoit & Marc Antoine

Cabanas available!

Brian Simpson & Jazmin Ghent

and many more! Acts and Times subject to change without notice

For tickets and information, contact:

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

Benoit Entertainment Group, llc

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continued from page 27 6 Kenny Loggins, 8pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Will Downing, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

11 Hot Summer Nights Movies & Concert Series featuring Michael Haggins, 6:30pm, Don Knabe Community Regional Park, 19700 Bloomfield Ave., Cerritos, California (free admission) Ozomatli, 8pm, Sycuan Casino, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, California, www.sycuancasino.com, 619-312-4772

Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan, 8pm, Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, California, www.davekoz.com

12 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan, 7:30pm, Xcite Center at Parx Casino, 2999 Street Road, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, www.parxcasino.com

7 Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Gordon Goodwin & the Little Phat 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.)

Ozomatli, 8pm, Sycuan Casino, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, California, www.sycuancasino.com, 619-312-4772

Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan, 7:30pm, The Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga, California, www.davekoz.com Selina Albright, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Will Downing, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 8 20th Annual Eric Marienthal & Friends featuring Johnny Mathis, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band & other special guest appearances, 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 Will Downing, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 10 Johannes Linstead-Guitar of Fire, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214

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-jazzwine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings—for those aged 21 and over—are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) 9th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Pre-Festival Jam Session featuring Cedric A. Napoleon & Friends, Paula Atherton & Nia Simmons, 7pm, Olde Town Inn, 9421 Largo Dr. W., Largo, Maryland, www.lakearborjazz.com DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 13 9th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival VIP Summer White Affair & concert featuring Eric Darius, Marcus Anderson, Selina Albright, JJ Sansaverino, Jazz in Pink & Daniel D., 6pm, Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Maryland, www.lakearborjazz.com Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Smooth Cruise on Hornblower Infinity, departs from Pier 40, at Houston St. & the West Side Hwy., New York, New York, www.smoothjazznewyork.com, 866-468-3399

14 Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 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.) Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan, 7pm, Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, Kentucky, www.iroquoisamphitheater.com, 877-987-6487 9th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival featuring Norman Brown, James Lloyd, inGratitude, Rob Zinn, Bela Dona Band & more, 1pm, Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, Maryland, www.lakearborjazz.com Cheech & Chong, 7:30pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Chris Isaak, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 15 9th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Grand Finale All-Star Jam Session, hosted by Gerald Veasley, featuring Brian Simpson, James Lloyd, Marcus Mitchell, Brian Lenair, Rob Zinn, Lin Rountree, David P. Stevens & more, 7pm, Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Maryland, www.lakearborjazz.com Marcus Johnson, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Thornton Winery’s 30th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Michael McDonald, 6pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, www.jazzconcerts.com, 951-699-0099 19 Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Chris Standring, 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. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 20 Happy Hour with Tony Exum Jr., 5:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan, 7:30pm, Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, Ohio, www.fraze.com, 800-514-3849 Downtown Summer Music Series featuring Willie Bradley, 6pm, Corpening Plaza, 237 W. 1st St., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, www.downtownws.com/music/ downtown-jazz/ 21 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan, 8pm, Cain Park, Evans Amphitheater, 14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, www.cainpark.com, 216-371-3000 Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring artist TBA, 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.) Michael Paulo, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 22 Spyro Gyra, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan, 8pm, Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest, Downtown Riverfront, Scioto Mile in Bicentennial Park, Columbus, Ohio, www.davekoz.com (free admission)


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26 Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Spencer Day, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings—for those aged 21 and over—are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) 27 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan, 7:30pm, The Hangar at McClellan Conference Center, 5411 Luce Ave., McClellan Park, California, www.huskyshows.tix.com DW3-A Tribute to Legends of Music, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Justin Young, 5pm, Obelisco Winery, 14525 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 121, Woodinville, Washington, http://obelisco.com/, 425-485-2472 28 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & introducing Aubrey Logan, 7:30pm, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Reynolds Hall, 361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada, www.thesmithcenter.com, 702-749-2000

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

Toga, Food & Booze Party with Otis Day & The Knights, 6pm, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California, www.palacasino.com Phil Denny, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Justin Young, 6pm, Lauren Ashton Cellars, 14545 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 211, Woodinville, Washington, www.justinyoungsax.com

CANDY DULFER

DAMIEN ESCOBAR

NAJEE

29 Phil Denny, 8pm, Mediterranean Jazz & Supper Club, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, California, www.whatsupdaygo.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. continued on page 30

JESSE COOK

HIROSHIMA

PETER WHITE

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

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


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Hornblower Cruises & Events yacht sailing on San Diego Bay Dave Scott—KUSI-TV meteorologist and feature reporter, who is also a jazz trombonist and composer— is scheduled to perform on Hornblower’s San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruises each Saturday in June and July continued from page 29

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina,13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music from KUSI’s Dave Scott, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 S U N DAY, J U N E 3

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach,

California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 S AT U R DAY, J U N E 9

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

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

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

John Wayne Birthday Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

John Wayne Birthday Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

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

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

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

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Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, 3 sailings: 11am-1pm, noon-2pm & a Father’s Day Beer Afternoon Buffet Cruise, 4-6pm; boards at 10:30am, 11:30am & 3:30pm, respectively, from Fisherman’s Village Marina, continued on page 32


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continued from page 30 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, 3 sailings: 11am-1pm, noon-2pm & a Father’s Day Beer Afternoon Buffet Cruise, 4-6pm; boards at 10:30am, 11:30am & 3:30pm, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise, 2 sailings: 11am-1pm and noon-2pm, boards at 10:30am & 11:30am, respectively; VIP cruise options board at 10am & 11am, respectively; cruises depart from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Father’s Day Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 S at u r day, J u n e 2 3

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music from KUSI’s Dave Scott, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 S u n day, J u n e 2 4

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

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 S at u r day, J u n e 3 0

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

Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

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

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

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July 4th Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER 4th of July-Old Glory Boat Parade Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER S at u r day, J u ly 7

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails 11:30am-1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

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

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

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

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

Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music from KUSI’s Dave Scott, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 S u n day, J u ly 8

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach,

94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 S at u r day, J u ly 1 4

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music from KUSI’s Dave Scott, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 S u n day, J u ly 1 5

9th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Sunday Jazz Brunch featuring Brian Simpson, Lin Rountree, David P. Stevens, Art Sherrod Jr. & Doreen Vail, 1pm, Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Maryland, www.lakearborjazz.com KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm,


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boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 S AT U R DAY, J U LY 2 1

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

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails 11:30am-1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne

Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 S AT U R DAY, J U LY 2 8

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music from KUSI’s Dave Scott, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 S U N DAY, J U LY 2 9

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Thornton Winery

Festival of Arts

2018 CONCERT SERIES GUIDE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Festival of Arts

Festival of Arts

PALA CASINO SPA & RESORT Pala, California

Lineup: Saturday, June 2: Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9: The Isley Brothers, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30: Russell Peters, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 6: Kenny Loggins, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14: Cheech and Chong, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28: Toga, Food & Booze Party with Otis Day & The Knights, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4: TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11: Toni Braxton, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18: Starlight Food & Wine Festival, 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25: Jo Koy, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26: Jo Koy, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14: KC and The Sunshine Band, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22: Ken Jeong, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6: Billy Ocean, 7:30 p.m. Venue: Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, California Getting there: Flights are available into the San Diego International Airport (SAN), John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) and

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 parking and self-parking (in the on-site garage) are available Tickets and information: www.palacasino.com

THORNTON WINERY’S 30TH ANNUAL CHAMPAGNE CONCERT SERIES Temecula, California

Lineup: Saturday, June 2: Brian Culbertson’s “Colors of Love” Tour, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10: Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, Nathan East, 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16: Average White Band and The Family Stone, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23: Acoustic Alchemy and Keiko Matsui, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14: Chris Isaak, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 15: Michael McDonald, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4: The Rippingtons; David Benoit and Marc Antoine, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5: Robert Cray Band, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11: Chris Botti, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18: Norman Brown and Bobby Caldwell Love & Soul Tour, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25: George Benson, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8: Jeffrey Osborne, 7 p.m.


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PALA CASINO SPA & RESORT

Saturday, Sept. 15: Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, and introducing Aubrey Logan, 7 p.m. THORNTON WINERY’S Sunday, Sept. 16: Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns 30TH ANNUAL CHAMPAGNE Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, and introducing Aubrey Logan, 5 p.m. CONCERT SERIES Sunday, Sept. 23: Kenny G, 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29: Peter White and Euge Groove, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7: Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers; Peet Project, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13: Special returning artist, 7 p.m. Venue: Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California Getting there: Flights are available into 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: Plenty of free parking Tickets and information: www.thorntonwine.com/champagnejazz-series or call 951-699-0099

LIVE & UP CLOSE CONCERT SERIES AT SYCUAN CASINO El Cajon, California

Lineup: Friday, June 29: Sha Na Na, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11: Ozomatli, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12: Ozomatli, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8: ABBA The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA, 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9: ABBA The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1: Carlos Mencia (comedy), 8 p.m. Venue: Sycuan Casino, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, California Getting there: Flights are available into San Diego International Airport (SAN), approximately 28 miles from the venue Parking: Plenty of free self-parking and valet parking Tickets and information: www.sycuancasino.com, 619-312-4772

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New Tourmaline Pool complex offers a variety of refreshing splashable comfort, luxury cabanas and a full-service poolside cafe and bar

Improvements for the concert series’ 30th anniversary include the removal of the center fountain, making room for additional seating

FESTIVAL OF ARTS PRESENTS CONCERTS ON THE GREEN Laguna Beach, California

Lineup, starts at 1 p.m.: Saturday, July 7: Gordon Goodwin and the Little Phat Band Saturday, July 14: Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers Saturday, July 21: Artist to be announced Saturday, Aug. 4: Jeff Lorber Fusion Saturday, Aug. 11: Artist to be announced Saturday, Aug. 18: Lee Ritenour Saturday, Sept. 1: 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 Arts ticket. Limited seating is available in a reserved section for $40 per person per concert. For more information, visit www.foapom.com/events/concerts-on-the-green/ or call 949-494-1145. continued on page 36


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FESTIVAL OF ARTS PRESENTS ART, JAZZ, WINE AND CHOCOLATE Patrons enjoying wine expertly paired with chocolates from XAN Confections

FESTIVAL OF ARTS PRESENTS CONCERTS ON THE GREEN

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A variety of smooth jazz artists are scheduled to perform this year

FESTIVAL OF ARTS PRESENTS ART, JAZZ, WINE AND CHOCOLATE Laguna Beach, California

Parking: Free parking is available behind the Jacobs Center at 404 Euclid Ave. (When parking behind the Jacobs Center, walk across the red walk-bridge to the Amphitheater)

Lineup, starts at 5:30 p.m.: Thursday, July 12: Brian Simpson Thursday, July 19: Chris Standring Thursday, July 26: Spencer Day Thursday, Aug. 2: Greg Karukas and Michael Paulo Thursday, Aug. 9: Pretzel Logic Thursday, Aug. 16: Bill Cantos and Mari Falcone Thursday, Aug. 23: Artist to be announced Thursday, Aug. 30: Scott Wilkie

Tickets and information: www.jazzatthecreeksd.com, 858-650-3190

A JAM SESSION SERIES

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.

Rancho Cucamonga, California Saturday, Sept. 8: Lin Rountree, Jeff Bradshaw & Friends, Marqueal Jordan, *7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9: Lin Rountree, Jeff Bradshaw & Friends, Marqueal Jordan, *3 p.m *Cocktail hour (no-host bar), starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. VIP seating with Artist Meet-and-Greet starts at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, and 2:15 p.m. on Sunday. More dates and artists to be announced Venue: Lewis Family Playhouse at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, California

Getting there: Flights are available into the Ontario International Tickets and information: Concerts are free with purchase of Airport (ONT), approximately 8 miles from the venue Festival of Arts admission. Wine and chocolate pairings (for those aged 21 and over) are an additional $20. Limited seating is available Tickets and information: www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com, 909-477-2752 in a reserved section for $35 per person per concert. For more information, visit www.foapom.com/events/art-jazz-wineJazz at the Creek is adding a new Creek M.A.N.D.A.T.E. chocolate/ or call 949-494-1145. Festival Village and VIP cigar and cognac lounge, plus fashion shows with styling RECORDS INC. M.A.N.D.A.T.E. RECORDS INC. tips during intermissions

PRESENTS JAZZ AT THE CREEK

PRESENTS JAZZ AT THE CREEK

San Diego, California Lineup (doors open at 2 p.m., music from 3 to 7 p.m.): Saturday, Aug. 11: Kenny Lattimore and Reggie Codrington Saturday, Oct. 13: Poncho Sanchez, YolanDa Brown and Danny Kusz Venue: Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California Getting there: Flights are available into the San Diego International Airport (SAN), approximately 8 miles from the venue


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Cashmira’s starguide Gemini May 21 - June 21

Rumors at the job can be diverting and entertaining sometimes, but now is not a good time to indulge. Keep your nose to the grindstone, get your work done and leave all that behind. You will find others penalized for their gabby ways.

Cancer June 22 - July 22

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Make sure you concentrate on your tasks. Just don’t let others think that would include doing their part as well. You need to work together to accomplish some of these tasks and not simply rely on you.

Capricorn Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

You’ve been asked to give a lot extra on the job lately. Make sure you are reasonable in what you agree to. Time away from your family cannot always be compensated by a bigger paycheck. Think about your priorities.

It looks like there’s a little getaway trip in the offing. Don’t expect first-class all the way; rather concentrate on enjoying the time away and having some fun with the folks you get to be with. Trips can be a state of mind. Make the best of it.

Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Feeling a little used and underappreciated lately? This is not a feeling you are normally familiar with, so make sure you speak up. Others will appreciate your real personality coming out for a change. Roar!

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

You may soon be asked to help a friend needing your help. Make sure you are very clear about the situation, so you can make an informed response. Your reputation is also on the line. Make it work for both of you.

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

Problems at the job? It might be time to finally ask for some assistance. There’s no shame in requesting others to assist you. If the outcome is successful, it benefits everyone. You can still shine in this scenario.

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

Your kind gestures to friends are very appreciated. A call or a text can really help make someone’s day. You might not realize what an impact you might have. Others are lucky to count you as a friend.

Try to keep some of your opinions to yourself. Sure, you have some important things to say, but you need to judge your audience and not make yourself appear foolish with your personal thoughts.

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20

You may be handed a big project at work. You have the ability and know-how to get it done. Don’t forget to ask for help if you need it. Be realistic in what you can do by yourself. A good result is in the offing for sure.

Aries March 21 - April 19

Folks are trying to talk you into a new project. Sure, it sounds like it might be an interesting experience, but be careful to know exactly who you are dealing with. Some people come with an open heart and others do not.

Taurus April 20 - May 20

Don’t worry so much about work. Just continue to do the best job you can. There is no point in wondering and worrying about something you have no control of. You can direct your own performance, so take the time to shine.


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More artists to be announc ed. Paymen t plan available .

Smooth Jazz June-July 2018  
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