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The Jazz Cruise with Soul! 11th Annual Capital Jazz SuperCruise

The vacation for music lovers!

Full-Ship Music Festival At Sea

Concerts • Theme Parties Jam Sessions • Comedy Workshops • Dancing Fitness Classes • ...and more!

September 24–October 1, 2017

7-day Sailing from New York City to Bermuda Including 3 days and 2 nights in Bermuda!

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NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY CRUISE SHIP

“Nobody rocks the boat like Capital Jazz!” SM

India Arie

Kirk Franklin

Will Downing

Jeffrey Osborne

Comedy Showcase ft. Earthquake, Tommy Davidson, & Mark Curry

The Robert Glasper Experiment

DJ Jazzy Jeff

Jonathan Butler

Celebrity Hosts: Eric Roberson & Michael Colyar

Plus many, many more artists TBA!

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Payne Pest Management and Rainbow Promotions Present

Hosted by Brian Culbertson Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd | San Diego, CA 92101

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017 An Intimate Evening Under the Stars with Eric Darius / Unplugged with Monty Seward (available to a limited number of VIP patrons)

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2017

BRIAN CULBERTSON

MICHAEL FRANKS

PETER WHITE

KEIKO MATSUI

EUGE GROOVE

NICK COLIONNE

THE L.A. COLLECTIVE

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017

BONEY JAMES

WEST COAST JAM with RICHARD ELLIOT RICK BRAUN, NORMAN BROWN

GERALD ALBRIGHT

JONATHAN BUTLER

ERIC DARIUS

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For Tickets and Information: Rainbow Promotions, LLC (562) 424-0013 or go to www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com Benoit Entertainment Group, llc


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Publisher and Managing Editor

Melanie Maxwell

CONTENTS

Operations & Distribution Manager

Craig Collier Copy Editors

JoAnn Armke Kerri De Rosier Barbara Knox Brad Sondak Contributors

Ken Capobianco Cashmira Graphic Design

Gina Mancini

Background cover photo of Seychelles Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Pat Benter Jim Clark David DeHoyos Sherry Fisher Cary Gillaspie David Hopley Michael Muller Raj Naik Steve Parke Daniel Ray Reisig and Taylor Photography Irvan Risnandar Harper Smith Randee St. Nicolas Lori Stoll Marketing Consultant

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5519 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #134 San Diego, CA 92117 858-541-1919 smoothjazznews@aol.com www.smoothjazznews.com Smooth Jazz News is published seven times annually: Monthly: April and May; Bimonthly: June-July, August-September, October-November, December-January and February-March. The publisher assumes no responsibility for claims or actions of its advertisers. Opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the publisher, staff or advertisers. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher. ©2017, Smooth Jazz News All rights reserved.

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SLS Las Vegas is kicking off a new smooth jazz concert series at The Foundry on April 15, featuring Peter White. For more information on this event, check out “Jazz Buzz” on page 33.

4 Smooth Jazz News merchandise Festival fashions: classic jazz shirts, fleece jackets, golf shirts, T-shirts, tank tops and hats 8 Notes from the Publisher 12 DISCover New Music What’s new and hot! 14 19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival Where the smooth jazz lifestyle harmonizes with Southern culture 17 Receive FREE CD/DVD When you subscribe to Smooth Jazz News at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida 18 Al Jarreau tribute R.I.P. “My Old Friend” 20 Sheila E. Headlines the Seabreeze Jazz Festival on the one-year anniversary of Prince’s passing

Photos: Lori Stoll

Contributing Photographers

22 Calendar of smooth jazz events Concerts, festivals, cruises and brunches nationwide 28 Stay connected to smooth jazz experiences smoothjazznews.com is your high-speed and mobile connection to concerts, festivals and cruises, plus blog updates on the latest news 33 Smooth Jazz News home delivery Subscribe today: Online, by mail, over the phone or at our booths during the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest or Seabreeze Jazz Festival 35 Jazz Buzz Exciting new venues emerge onto the smooth jazz scene 38 Cashmira’s Starguide April horoscopes 38 Cool radio stations Tuning in to smooth jazz and R&B


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West Coast Jam WITH

Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Norman Brown FEATURING

The West Coast Horns

West Coast Jam Tour Schedule FRI | 4/7/17 | Reading, PA Berks Jazz Fest Doubletree by Hilton Reading Ballroom SAT | 4/22/17 | Panama City Beach, FL Seabreeze Jazz Festival Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater SAT | 6/3/17 | Columbia, MD 25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest Merriweather Post Pavilion SUN | 6/4/17 | Newport Beach, CA 2017 Newport Beach Jazz Festival Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

FRI | 6/9/17 | Cincinnati, OH Hyatt Regency Cincinnati FRI | 6/16/17 | Austin, TX One World Theatre SAT | 6/17/17 | Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre SUN | 6/18/17 | Houston, TX Cullen Theater – Wortham Theater Center SAT | 6/24/17 | Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum SAT | 7/8/17 | Las Vegas, NV The Foundry at SLS

SUN | 7/9/17 | San Diego, CA San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival 2017 Embarcadero Marina Park South � SAT | 7/22/17 | Mableton, GA Mable House Barnes THU-SAT | 8/31-9/2/17 | Puerto Avenutras, ME Cancun Jazz Fest 2017 | Hard Rock Hotel SUN | 9/3/17 | North Charleston, SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center SAT | 9/9/17 | Guerneville, CA Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Johnson’s Beach Resort

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Like an orchestra with many different musicians and instruments, publishing Smooth Jazz News requires a lot of people playing a variety of roles.

Rick Braun performing with DW3 at Spaghettini

Show (when a lot of musicians are in Anaheim, California, for the National Association of Music Merchants industry-only convention), and the other is usually in February, when DW3 is available to perform. We held the last of our 2017 parties on Sunday, Feb. 19, with DW3 back onstage in the lounge during Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Jazz Brunch. Our surprise musical guests featured

Photos: David Hopley

One of the key components of nearly every artistic endeavor is funding. For magazines, advertising sales keep the presses rolling. To show our appreciation to our advertisers, each year we host the Smooth Jazz News Anniversary Brunch Parties & Jam Sessions at Spaghettini Fine Dining and Entertainment in Seal Beach, California. We invite everyone who has advertised with us in the prior year, along with some special guest artists, to sit in our reserved section of the performance lounge. Thankfully, we have a lot of advertisers to invite––so many, that we can’t fit them all into our section of the lounge––so we’ve expanded the celebration into two parties. One is held in January during the NAMM

Camella Elliot (right) takes photos of her husband, Richard Elliot, during his jam with DW3

Richard Elliot jammin’ with DW3


Photos: David Hopley

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Conga line parading through Spaghettini’s lounge while DW3 brings the party vibe during Smooth Jazz News’ 17th Anniversary party

DW3 commands the brunch crowd during Smooth Jazz News’ 17th Anniversary Brunch Party & Jam Session at Spaghettini

trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Richard Elliot (Braun and Elliot are touring this year as West Coast Jam with Norman Brown and a horn section), keyboardist Gail Jhonson (founder of the all-female ensemble Jazz in Pink) and trombonist Geoff Alpert. Braun’s wife, Christiane, and their daughter Emma attended the event along with Elliot’s wife, Camella.

Rick Braun dancing with his daughter, Emma

Our advertisers included concert and festival promoters such as Kim and Ozzie Benoit (Rainbow Promotions); Kim’s dad, Al Williams (founder of Rainbow Promotions, who is now retired), and his wife, Sandy; Evette Benjamin (Gardena Jazz Festival) and Sandy Riser (Rick Braun’s Signature Events) and her husband, Bernie Weisberg. continued on page 10


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Photos: David Hopley

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Willie Payne (Payne Pest Management), Camella Elliot, Cary Hardwick (co-owner of Spaghettini) and Richard Elliot

Kathy and Willie Payne, owners of Payne Pest Management, attended the event with Kathy’s mom, Joan Giddens. The Paynes have been longtime sponsors of many smooth jazz concerts and festivals, including the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, scheduled for July 7-9, and produced by Rainbow Promotions. Daniel Broadway, the latest addition to Mack Avenue Records’ sales and marketing team, and his guest Easton Schirra got their first glimpse into the live smooth jazz scene at our party. Steve Chapman and Bud Harner of Chapman & Co. Management were there with their wives, photographer-filmmaker Lori Stoll and writer-actor Debra Harner, respectively.

Keyboardist Gail Jhonson and trombonist Geoff Alpert

Rick Braun in the buffet line alongside fans during Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Jazz Brunch

These are the people who provide the financial support to allow me, as maestro of sorts, to compose Smooth Jazz News with: a team of professional journalists who write the stories about the artists and events we love; seasoned editors who proofread myriad drafts of all of the content contained in each issue; photographers who capture images of the artists and this lifestyle; highly skilled graphic designers who create visually pleasing layouts from those photos and prose; a topnotch web press that prints and binds each magazine; an efficient support staff who process subscription and merchandise orders, handle the mass mailings of the magazines and all administrative duties; as well as local and national distributors, who deliver bundles of magazines to select outlets. Nearly all of this is done on a deadline.

Writer Ken Capobianco and his wife, Ratanan

Daniel Broadway (Mack Avenue Records) and Easton Schirra


Photos: David Hopley

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Advertisers and artists celebrating Smooth Jazz News’ 17th anniversary at Spaghettini on Feb. 19, 2017 (left to right): back row: Craig Collier, Willie Payne, Daniel Broadway, Emma Braun, Rick Braun, Ozzie Benoit, Damon Reel, Eric Mondragon, Gail Jhonson, Billy Mondragon, Bud Harner, Lori Stoll and Steve Chapman; front row: Evette Benjamin, Kathy Payne, Christiane Braun, Sandy Riser, “Q” (Spaghettini manager), Al Williams, Kim Benoit, Richard Elliot, Camella Elliot and Debra Harner

We also wanted to include some of these integral, behindthe-scenes contributors in our celebration. Our beloved writer Ken Capobianco enjoyed the day with his wife, Ratanan, while our newest editor, Kerri De Rosier, shared her firsttime Spaghettini brunch experience with her dentist husband, Dr. Dave De Rosier. Longtime SJN festival and distribution volunteers Kris and Pete Glaeser, along with Felicia Pennington, celebrated with us as well. Although we have a bunch of great volunteers who help us at booths during concerts and festivals, the professional graphic designers, writers, editors, distribution companies, support staff and printing presses don’t work for free. In order to pay them and other business expenses, we rely on advertising sales.

Without advertisers, Smooth Jazz News magazine would not have been in business for the past 17 years. To everyone, I say THANK YOU! To our readers and other genre enthusiasts, I hope to see you next year. During both events, the remainder of the lounge and the entire restaurant is open to the public, so you can also enjoy DW3 (or the featured band) and the special entertainment. You’ll want to make your reservations in advance, because it often sells out. For more information about our 2018 celebration, keep reading Smooth Jazz News, in print or online at www.smoothjazznews.com. To view more photos from our anniversary brunch parties, visit our blog at http://smoothjazznews.com/breaking-news-updates/.

Rick Braun, Gail Jhonson and Richard Elliot

Billy Mondragon, Eric Mondragon and Damon Reel of DW3 (back row) Kathy and Willie Payne with Kim and Ozzie Benoit (front row)


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Al DeGreGoris

• Playing It Cool

• Time And A Half

(Get Jazzed Records)

(A-Pex Recordings International)

Playing It Cool, from guitarist and multiinstrumentalist Lowell Hopper, is packed with a rich selection of funky grooves and soulful instrumental tracks. Over the course of 13 albums, stretching back to 1993, the multi-talented composer and producer has carved out a powerful indie niche via his colorful blend of crisp electric guitar, jubilant bass, haunting melodies and fresh beats. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com Website: www.lowellhopper.com

If his last album, All in Good Time, was Al DeGregoris’ emergence into the big leagues of contemporary urban jazz, Time and a Half finds the keyboardist on his way to becoming the genre’s Babe Ruth. The emphatic one-two production punch of Nils and Jeff Lorber results in lushness, sensual flow, easy grooves, rambunctious piano melodies, fiery horns and exciting contributions from guest saxmen Eric Marienthal, Steve Cole and Andy Snitzer. AvAilAble At: www.amazon.com, iTunes, www.cdbaby.com Website: www.adgjazz.com

Phil Perry • Breathless

Max V

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• Next To You

In her review of Phil Perry’s latest CD, Breathless, on SoulTracks.com, Melody Charles writes, “He is a performer who can reprise melodies of a bygone era yet keep his approach firmly in the now, which is what fans will enjoy and recognize in Perry’s latest set, Breathless.” For Phil Perry booking information, contact booking@philperry.org. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.SoundCloud.com Website: www.philperry.org

(MaxVMusic)

Selina albright • Conversations (Independent)

Intimate and thoughtful, Selina Albright’s self-written Conversations is a richly poetic account of her personal journey through joy, betrayal, liberation and hope. It rides a fine but intentional line between R&B-soul and jazz. Albright euphorically interweaves her soulful vocal melodies with a contemporary R&B production that gives away her Southern California roots, adorning the resulting sound with guest performances by such jazz legends as saxophonist Gerald Albright and guitarist Peter White. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, Spotify Website: www.SelinaAlbright.com

Max V’s new album, Next To You, features special guests Ronnie Foster, Gail Jhonson, Marqueal Jordan, Lin Rountree and more. Tight grooves with great melodies and highenergy improvisational chops will get genre fans, who love that George Benson/Wes Montgomery/Norman Brown style of guitarisma, hooked instantly once they give Next To You a shot. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com Website: www.maxvmusic.com

Geoff Alpert • Open Your Heart (Geoff Alpert Music)

The trombone is usually considered the anchor of classic horn sections. However, in the funky hands of emerging recording artist Geoff Alpert, it becomes a melodic and sensual smooth jazz lead voice. Alpert’s debut solo album, Open Your Heart, draws from his passions for jazz, pop, R&B, soul-jazz and Latin music. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com Website: www.geoffalpert.com Advertisement: To inquire about placement, call 858-541-1919 or email smoothjazzads@aol.com.


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April 19-23

19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival presented by ResortQuest Panama City Beach, Florida

By Melanie Maxwell

Photo: Daniel Ray

Photo: Michael Muller

View from a ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals condo at the Tidewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida

Brian Culbertson (scheduled to perform April 19 and 22)

Kenny G (scheduled to perform April 20)

I squinted toward the light streaming through the sliding glass door and was delighted to see it was only the sunrise waking me. The view from my bed was ribbons of clear, emerald and lapis waters waving beneath blue skies. It felt like I was on a cruise ship, docked at some dreamy Caribbean island. A ponderous yawn and a slow stretch prepped me for my first steps out to the balcony. As I peered down over the railing, I spotted the white-sand beach dotted with bright blue umbrellas and chaise lounges, while a foamy tide splashed around the shoreline. Just about the time my jet-lagged brain kicked into clearer consciousness, a flock of squawking seagulls glided past my 11th floor condo, welcoming me to my first morning in Panama City Beach, Florida. That was 2009, when the 11th annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival first moved to this once-notorious “spring break” destination on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, 50 miles south of its previous location in Santa Rosa Beach. Since then, much has changed––nearly all of it for the better—making it reason enough to keep Panama City Beach, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, its permanent home. Four years later, the venue––originally an undeveloped, weed-filled marshland adjacent to the Pier Park mall––was transformed into Aaron Bessant Park, thanks to money from the BP oil spill settlement. Festivalgoers now enjoy a 10-acre, grassy space with paved paths, running-water restrooms and a state-of-theart amphitheater (including loading dock, dressing rooms and supports to hang Jumbotrons and video screens). “The location in Panama City Beach provides added benefits to the attendee, including free parking across the street, ample hotels and oceanfront condominium rentals within walking distance and a great shopping center where they can dine and shop right next door,” said Mark Carter, who produces the Seabreeze Jazz Festival with his wife, Renee’.


West Coast Jam featuring Rick Braun (top), Richard Elliot (center) and Norman Brown (bottom) (scheduled to perform April 22)

Photo: Harper Smith

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Photo: Lori Stoll

attention are violinist Ken Ford, flutist Althea Rene, brother-guitarists-duo Roman Street, and ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro (whom Carter saw on a late-night TV talk show, and first featured at Seabreeze in 2008). The Seabreeze Jazz Festival has earned a reputation for not only having one of the truest smooth jazz lineups on the circuit in a scenic destination, but also for featuring Southern hospitality and cuisine. There’s always a cheerful “Yes, ma’am” or “Thank you, sir” when ordering fried pickles, gator on a stick, shrimp and grits, conch fritters or a fried-oyster po’ boy sandwich from one of the dozens of on-site vendors. There’s also typical festival fare for sale, such as fried chicken, barbecue, pulled pork, pizza and fried catfish, as well as jambalaya, Creole fish dinners, teriyaki chicken with calypso rice, and crawfish. And, to stay hydrated during the anticipated hot and humid days, there are a variety of cool drink and frozen treat vendors, plus ice cream trucks, dessert booths and alcoholic beverage bars. If you’re not interested in roaming through the various vendor areas in search of your desired drink, meal, art-seller, jeweler or clothing tent, the free Seabreeze Jazz Festival mobile app offers a festival map with vendors, menus and prices. It also lists the show schedule, provides updates and allows patrons to load and manage their funds for the cashless wristband system. These wristbands, with RFID technology that electronically loads funds via your

Photo: Reisig and Taylor Photography

In addition to scoring an ideal setting, the Carters also have an advantage when booking talent for their festival: They own smooth jazz radio station WSBZ The Seabreeze 106.3 FM based in Destin, Florida. This gives them access to the genre’s top talent and a pulse on its rising stars. The main-stage headliners at this year’s event, scheduled for April 19-23, include GRAMMY-winning saxophonist Kenny G and fan favorites Brian Culbertson, Boney James and the new West Coast Jam ensemble featuring Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and a horn section. Plus, closing out the five-day musical, culinary and cultural extravaganza is ’60s brass-heavy band Tower of Power (from which Elliot and Euge Groove emerged into smooth jazz stardom). “This lineup is chosen carefully and with much consideration,” said Carter. “Unlike other festivals, we create the lineup in much the same way we create a playlist on The Seabreeze [radio station]. The key is to balance different artist styles and textures with the right momentum and energy, resulting in a great weekend of music. “Plus, we feel a good festival cannot function without the next generation of artists participating,” Carter added. “That is why we have our ‘Seabreeze Rising Star’ category of performers each year—to show the audience there are very talented up-and-coming musicians we want them to pay attention to.” For this year’s Seabreeze Rising Stars, Carter has booked saxophonist Jeanette Harris and guitarist Adam Hawley. Other acts worthy of

Photo: Raj Naik

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Boney James (scheduled to perform April 23)

Jake Shimabukuro (scheduled to perform April 20)

Candy Dulfer (scheduled to perform April 21 and 22)


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Photo: Jim Clark

credit card or cash, serve as your ticket into the event as well as your digital wallet once inside, and are the only method of payment accepted for all purchases on-site (see festival website for details). Because of a policy change implemented a few years ago, outside food, beverages and coolers are not allowed inside the festival grounds, so be prepared to buy all of your meals and drinks within this system. “Attendees are welcome to bring an empty water or sports bottle for free water refills inside the park, one small bag or single-compartment backpack and one chair per person,” Carter said of the new policy, which he explained was implemented to speed up entry and comply with security guidelines. “Bottled water will be sold for $1 a bottle at select booths. Check the ‘Rules’ section of the website for details at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/rules.html,” he advised. There’s a lot of action outside of Aaron Bessant Park as well, where usual currency is king and your wristband can’t be utilized. Pre-festival activities kick off on Wednesday, April 19, with a dinner cruise hosted

Eric Darius performing on the 2015 Jazzy Lunch Cruise (scheduled to perform on April 20, 21 and 22) by Culbertson. The following afternoon, Eric Darius and his sax take the helm for a luncheon voyage. Both sailings are aboard the Solaris entertainment yacht, which cruises around St. Andrews Bay during meal service and performances. On Friday afternoon before the festival starts, Pier Park is the place to be when Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer hosts her CD-release party and lunch buffet on the rooftop bar at Pompano Joe’s Seafood House. This popular eatery and bar, situated at the corner of Front Beach Road (the main drag along the coast) and the entrance to Pier Park, is also the venue for the festival’s official after-parties, Thursday through Saturday. On Sunday, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville (directly across the street from Pompano Joe’s) is the spot for the end-of-festival All-Star After-Party. If you weren’t quick enough to order your after-party tickets, which sell out every year, no worries; you can still keep the party vibe going. There’s a Walmart across the street where you can buy enough food and drinks to stock your condo for private late-night celebrations with friends. Hopefully, you booked your accommodations in time to get in a building close to the venue and also receive the 10 percent discount offered through ResortQuest

by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the festival’s presenting sponsor. With beachfront condos, grocery stores, major retailers, coffee shops, boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants (local and chain) just steps from the venue, convenience is another perk of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. And, if your trip involves transportation by plane, the closest airport is only 10 miles away. Also, the car rental agencies are on-site next to baggage claim. However, your biggest challenge Patti Austin each morning will be to pull (scheduled to perform April 23) yourself away from the condo balcony overlooking those clear, colorful waters and that pristine beach, especially on the weekend when the festival gates open at 10 a.m. That’s when the temptation to slip on a swimsuit, grab a hat and some sunscreen and head for a lounge chair, take a seat at the poolside bar, or hop on a Jet Ski is the strongest. When a stellar smooth jazz event harmonizes with Southern culture in a coastal destination such as the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, your best option is to simply extend your stay to fit everything in. After all that partying, dancing and late-night jams, you will need some chill time. A perfect way to start might be laying on the beach and pondering how the sand beneath you became so sugar-white. You might spend an entire afternoon stretched out on a chaise lounge, imagining all of those quartz crystals washing down from the Appalachian Mountains centuries ago, then visualizing how, along the way, they became bleached out, ground down, smoothed out and polished into millions of fine grains of sand now hugging Florida’s Emerald Coastline. Soak up and enjoy every second of it, because when you get back home and wake up in your own bed, you probably won’t have that magnificent view. However, you can cherish the wonderful memories (and selfies) of living the smooth jazz life, which most people only get to see on the glossy side of a 4-by-6-inch postcard.

When April 19-23

Where Panama City Beach, Florida Festival: Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr. After-Parties at Pier Park: Pompano Joe’s Seafood House, 16202 Front Beach Road Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road

Getting there Flights are available to the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City Beach, Florida, approximately 10 miles from the venue.


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Staying there ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the official accommodations provider. This presenting sponsor is offering festivalgoers a 10 percent discount (mention promo code JAZZ) on condo and beach home rentals for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. For reservations and information, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival. com/accommodations/resortquest/ or call 877-209-6838.

Tickets and information Wristbands, with embedded RFID technology, are issued in lieu of paper tickets, and are also the digital currency for all festival purchases inside the venue. For complete Seabreeze Jazz Festival details and more information about the cashless system, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com or call 850-267-3279. To order tickets by phone, call 877-987-6487.

Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park After-Party All-Star Jam hosted by Brian Culbertson ........10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23 On festival grounds (gates open at 10 a.m.) Roman Street ..............................................................................11 a.m. Four80East and Matt Marshak ............................................12:30 p.m. Michael Lington .....................................................................2:30 p.m. Patti Austin .............................................................................4:30 p.m. Boney James ...........................................................................6:30 p.m. Tower of Power.......................................................................8:30 p.m. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Pier Park End-of-Festival After-Party and All-Star Jam hosted by Four80East and Matt Marshak (free admission)................10:30 p.m.

Lineup Wednesday, April 19 *Seabreeze Dinner Cruise featuring Brian Culbertson......sails at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20 *Seabreeze Jazzy Lunch Cruise featuring Eric Darius....... sails at 11 a.m. *Dining cruises, aboard the Solaris entertainment yacht, sail around St. Andrews Bay. Boarding is 30 minutes prior to sailing at the Lighthouse Marina, 5325 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida. On festival grounds (gates open at 2 p.m.) Althea Rene..................................................................................3 p.m. Ken Ford .................................................................................4:30 p.m. Jake Shimabukuro ..................................................................6:30 p.m. A Special Evening with Kenny G ...........................................8:30 p.m. Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park After-Party All-Star Jam hosted by Ken Ford .....................10:30 p.m. Friday, April 21 Pompano Joe’s Seafood House rooftop bar Candy Dulfer CD-Release Party (includes performance, after-show meet-and-greet, signed copy of her new CD and a lunch buffet) ...........................1 p.m. On festival grounds (gates open at 2 p.m.) Jeanette Harris ............................................................................ 3 p.m. Pieces of a Dream ...................................................................4:30 p.m. Darren Rahn and Paul Brown ................................................6:30 p.m. Sheila E. ..................................................................................8:30 p.m. Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park After-Party All-Star Jam hosted by Eric Darius ..................10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22 On festival grounds (gates open at 10 a.m.) Adam Hawley .............................................................................11 a.m. Eric Darius............................................................................12:30 p.m. Doc Powell ..............................................................................2:30 p.m. Candy Dulfer ..........................................................................4:30 p.m. Brian Culbertson ....................................................................6:30 p.m. West Coast Jam featuring Rick Braun, Norman Brown and Richard Elliot .......................................8:30 p.m.

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A Tribute to Al Jarreau March 12,1940 – Feb.12, 2017

George Benson and Al Jarreau

“Al Jarreau was probably the greatest jazz singer of this era. He was like a breath of fresh air every time he entered a room with his positive vibes, and when he walked out on the bandstand. His talents were immense. To perform with him was to bury one’s self in excellence, and he kept reminding us what jazz was all about with his incredible improvisations. We had a friendship that I was proud of and was greatly benefited by in countless ways. He will be missed.” • George Benson, 10-time GRAMMY winner “Being onstage next to Al was a lesson in spontaneity … you just never knew where he would go with the music. And it didn’t matter anyway, because it was always thrilling … if at times terrifying, because one doesn’t want to screw up next to Al Jarreau! But a more generous man onstage you could not find––he always had your back, and in his presence, one felt that they could fly, just like him. He had this amazing ability to make all of those that came in to his view––fans, friends or other musicians––feel like they were the most special person on the planet—and, that is a rare gift indeed. We met at the very beginning of my career when I was asked to open up for him. This was the hugest honor for me, as I grew continued on page 19

By Melanie Maxwell Al Jarreau, one of the world’s greatest singers who always had a smile in his voice and a song in his heart, died in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, the same date as the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. He was 76. The seven-time GRAMMY winner, who sold millions of records, had canceled his tour dates after being hospitalized for exhaustion in late January. Shortly thereafter, Jarreau––who had fought through respiratory and cardiac issues and a back surgery in recent years–– was retiring from the entertainment business, announced his manager, Joe Gordon. Since the mid-1970s, Jarreau applied his distinctive and instantly recognizable vocal style––a unique combination of lyrical swing and captivating vocalese––to a broad spectrum of musical genres. And, he was the only vocalist in history to claim GRAMMY Awards in the three distinct genres of jazz, pop and R&B. Surprisingly, the song stylist, who defied categorization for decades, didn’t enter the music business until he was in his 30s. “I did it and still do it for the love of the craft. I would have made music for free. I’m serious. I needed to make music, and I would have figured out a way to make a living while doing it,” Jarreau told Smooth Jazz News during an interview in 2015. Alwin Lopez Jarreau was born in Milwaukee on March 12, 1940, to a minister father and piano-playing mother. He began singing at age 4, harmonizing with his brothers at home and vocalizing along

Photo: Pat Benter

Photo: Randee St. Nicolas

Friends honor Jarreau’s memory

Al Jarreau performing at the 2016 Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series (with John Calderon on guitar, left)


with the choir at church. Growing up, he excelled at sports, did well in school and performed solo at a variety of local events. While attending Ripon College in Wisconsin––where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1962––Jarreau sang for fun with a local group called The Indigos. He continued his education at the University of Iowa, earning a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation in 1964. Afterward, he moved to San Francisco to embark on a career in rehabilitation counseling. There, he joined a trio led by a young George Duke, which had regular gigs at a local jazz club. (Jarreau’s final recording, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, was released Aug. 5, 2014, on Concord Records, as a tribute to his friend who passed away in 2013.) Eventually, Jarreau relocated to Los Angeles, where he wowed a Warner Bros. Records talent scout who was in the audience during a show at the Bla Bla Café. That resulted in his first major record deal for We Got By in 1975. In 1996, Jarreau took a break from touring to accept a threemonth stint on Broadway, playing the role of Teen Angel in the hit musical “Grease.” Other guest-star appearances included “New York Undercover,” “Touched By An Angel” and a national McDonald’s commercial with Vesta Williams. However, one of his greatest claims to television fame was his voice on the GRAMMY-nominated theme song to the ’80s hit TV series “Moonlighting.” With of all of his accomplishments, numerous international tours and accolades––including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame–– Jarreau always managed to carve out time to personally mentor and motivate others. As the national literacy champion for Verizon Reads, he added rhythm and rhyme while reading “Charlie Parker Played Be Bop” to children at each of his concert cities in 2002. Verve Music Group donated a portion of the proceeds from sales of Jarreau’s then current album, All I Got, to Verizon’s literacy programs nationwide. He was also involved in workshops and outreach programs. In 2016, Jarreau made stops at local middle and high schools in the cities in continued on page 32

Photo: Cary Gillaspie

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Al Jarreau and Dave Koz performing together at sea continued from page 18

up listening to the man, idolizing him ... I was a nervous wreck! But he invited me onstage to play in his show after my opening set––and just that vote of confidence alone, was enough to really send my career to the next level. I will never forget his kindness, his overwhelming generosity and gentleness, nor the fact that he spent nearly five decades of his life with one main goal— making beautiful music to bring joy, love and unity to people all over the globe. He was set to be our special guest this May on our Venice cruise, and sadly that was not to be. But I am absolutely convinced his mighty spirit will be in every nook and cranny of that ship, and we will celebrate him all week long. Singularly unique, there will never be anyone like Al. How blessed we all are to have had his immense gift nurture us all these years.” • Dave Koz, GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist

Photo: Sherry Fisher

“Al Jarreau was a beautiful man, full of joy, had a generous heart and was an immense talent. He always brought such happiness wherever he was––not only through music, but in his actions and words. Blessings and prayers to his family, band mates, team and friends.” • Earl Klugh, GRAMMY-winning guitarist

George Duke and Al Jarreau performing together at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach in 2012

“I met Al Jarreau in the ’70s before he had a recording contract and when he was still performing at the old Bla Bla Café in Studio City, California. It was a Sunday afternoon with just Al, his cabasa, a microphone and stand (for additional percussion!), and Rich Dworsky on a funky upright piano. Unbelievable. Sounded like a full band. I feel like we were destined to work together because around 25 years later I ended up, as he put it, ‘the first guy from Milwaukee in my continued on page 32


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Photo: Steve Parke

Capturing the Glamorous Life of

By Ken Capobianco

There are f ew artists who can g et away

with titling an album Icon without it seeming like an act of hubris. The great Sheila E. is one of them. The percussionist-songwritervocalist-band leader has earned that distinction thanks to an eclectic, galvanizing four-decade-plus body of work that has both catapulted her to pop stardom and established her as the queen of rhythm. A genuine musical trailblazer, who inspired generations of women to pick up a pair of drum sticks and created some of the more memorable pop hits of the 1980s, Sheila Escovedo continues to burn brightly, electrifying audiences with her energetic stage show. She’s preparing an upcoming two-record CD release, her first set of music since the death of her close friend, frequent musical collaborator and former fiancé, Prince (who gave her the Sheila E. moniker during their time together). The Oakland, California, native remains a boundary-bending, determined force of nature offering complex, urgent music imprinted with her unmistakable vision. “I just stay true to who I am in everything I do,” E., the daughter of renowned percussionist Pete Escovedo, said recently via phone. “That’s how my parents raised me to be. I try to be honest and passionate––you have to believe in what you are doing––and share it with the world. I’ve been very blessed to be able to do it for a long time and still love it very much.” The accomplished percussionist, who became a pop star with “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre” in the ’80s, well after she had established herself by working with Herbie Hancock, the late George Duke and Marvin Gaye, spoke just days after returning from the first Sheila E. Glamorous Life Cruise. The three-day, full-ship charter, which sailed from Miami to Coco Cay and Nassau, Bahamas, featured a wide range of acts spanning salsa, hip-hop, pop and jazz. Performers included Ozomatli,

Judith Hill and Debi Nova, as well as her brother, Juan Escovedo, and their father. She sounded exhilarated from the experience, which she hopes to turn into a yearly event. “It was an incredible time with over 2,000 people,” said E. “There was so much artistry, musicianship, fellowship, sisterhood, question and answer sessions, the biggest drum circle and a tribute to Prince. I had a lot of family onboard. I think I went three days without sleep. I told everyone they can’t go to sleep. It was a celebration. I love going out on cruises. I was first asked to go out on a cruise by my friend, Dave Koz. It was his first cruise to Alaska, and I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but it was fantastic.” The cruise is all part of a flurry of recent activity for the 59-year-old. Last year, she released the very emotional ballad “Girl Meets Boy,” a lovely paean to her relationship with Prince (“But you rocked my world, and deep inside I know I did the same, I let your love rain down on me”). It was a prelude to her upcoming record, which she says will cover a lot of emotional territory and social issues. She added that making music has helped her come to terms with crises throughout her life and served as a comfort over the especially difficult past year. “Music is a way God has given us to share with others. It’s especially healing. That’s why you always must be honest with it. It helps heal you and ends up healing other people.” Healing through music is one of the more profound themes found in E.’s revealing and engaging autobiography, “The Beat of My Own Drum” (published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster), in which she explores, among other things, overcoming many obstacles throughout her life, including sexual abuse in her childhood, difficult relationships and the extreme physical toll life as a percussionist takes. It’s also a very spiritual journey, as E. traces her embrace of Christianity, and how faith and music helped her transcend her life’s travails.


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She said she wrote the book because it was very important for her an emphasis on percussion. There will always be dance music to make to make sense of her own life narrative while inspiring others who people move. may be struggling. “The songs will be saying something too, though. I’ve always written “I definitely wanted to share my testimony to show people that stories. There definitely will be songs that deal with what we are going no matter where you come from and what has happened, you may through––racism and other things. It’s important to look at what we are have been harmed, but it’s important to forgive. When you get things dealing with now, so the music will be affected by current events to help out, you are able to move forward and move beyond the past. There’s us come together. Let’s not segregate. I’m about bringing people together, a tendency to get stuck, but you need to go on. It’s important to tell not separating them. So, it will be inclusive––but that’s what my music has your story. If you shut yourself down, emotionally and spiritually, it always been about.” can be debilitating.” No doubt, like “Girl Meets Boy,” there will be songs reflecting on E. thought for a moment, and continued to put things in a universal Prince and the past year marked by great loss. E., who played a stirring context. “Everyone has a story. I’m not that different, and I talk to a lot of 10-minute medley of Prince hits during the BET tribute show in Los people. I try to encourage everyone to love each other and for everyone Angeles last June, said she is still processing her former lover’s death. to find your place and passion in life. If we can all do that, it can lead to “Anyone you lose in life is a huge loss, but when you lose someone good things and a better world. In each story, there will be struggles, but unexpectedly, it’s different. It shakes you. I can’t believe it’s close to they can be overcome. It’s important to make peace with yourself.” a year now. It was very hard to play that very first BET tribute show E. absorbed musical and life lessons from her father before after he passed. I wasn’t sure I’d get through it, but I knew I had working with some of the greatest musicians in the world in her early to play it for him. We have to push and move forward with things. 20s, when she began playing in Duke’s band. She I thought if I was going through what I was said her life has been one long learning curve, then one of the ways to deal with it “Everyone has a story. emotionally, and that she has drawn something from all was by playing. We needed to celebrate him and the I’m not that different.” music, as I knew he would want us to. her experiences—yes, working with creative geniuses has its benefits. “It’s been a tough year, that’s undeniable. We lost “I’ve always been a student, and I’m always Al Jarreau and George Michael also––both were good “I’ve always been a learning from every artist I work with. I learn friends. I thought, ‘how much more can happen?’ something good or bad. That’s part of life, But we have to look at this as what life is about, and we student, and I’m growing and understanding how I can do what I must acknowledge how precious life is and be good always learning from do a little better. It’s a continuing process, and it’s to one another. We have to say, ‘I want to be good, all part of life’s beauty.” every artist I work with.” and I want to be better.’ I want to celebrate life. Over the years, E. has shared her wisdom If there are tough days, the people always lift me and given back to the world by putting her up. That’s very important. Lifting each other up.” star power into practical action to improve the lives of others who E. will be doing just that when she performs at the Seabreeze Jazz are less fortunate. She co-founded the Los Angeles-based Elevate Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, on April 21, which, ironically, Hope Foundation, which provides abused and abandoned children is the one-year anniversary of Prince’s passing. an alternative method of therapy through music and the arts. For more information on Sheila E., visit www.sheilae.com. The organization, created in 2001, also provides funding to support on tour community centers and programs that assist neglected and sexually April 21 and physically abused children. 19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival presented by ResortQuest She is still active in the foundation, but a lot of her energies Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater Panama City Beach, Florida have been channeled to Elevate Oakland, a collaboration between www.seabreezejazzfestival.com the Elevate Hope Foundation and 51Oakland, an Oakland-based 800-595-4849 nonprofit striving to provide equal access to arts and music May 9-16 and May 16-23 education for students in local public schools. Dave Koz & Friends at Sea: Venice and Beyond “There’s been so much going on in recent years––it’s been very Seven-day, full-ship charter with ports of call at Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Santorini, Greece; San Marino, Italy, busy, so I’ve been focused and working more towards pushing for aboard Holland America ms Westerdam Elevate Oakland. So much in the business side has changed, but the Embarkation: Venice, Italy bottom line is the kids need us, so it’s always a priority.” www.davekozcruise.com/2017/ The upcoming year promises to be an active one for E., especially 800-225-5759 with the release of her new record, which she promises will provide June 4 25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest plenty of her genre-hopping grooves along with a message that Merriweather Post Pavilion reflects the tenuous times in which we live. Columbia, Maryland “I will stay true to the foundation of my music. Crossing genres is www.capitaljazz.com basically who I am as an artist––that’s what I do. Of course, there will be 877-987-6487


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Jazz BruNches Hornblower Cruises launches Champagne Jazz Brunch sailings in March

Hornblower Cruises & Events yacht sailing on San Diego Bay

SATURDAY, APRIL 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, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER SUNDAY, APRIL 2 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 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Smooth Jazz JJZ Sunday Brunch featuring Steve Cole, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Clarence Spady, Alexis P Suter, Vicki Bell, Pat Bianchi & The Berks Horns, buffet, 10am; concert, 11:15am, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 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 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.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 SATURDAY, APRIL 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, 888-HORNBLOWER SUNDAY, APRIL 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, 888-HORNBLOWER 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Smooth Jazz JJZ Sunday Brunch featuring Four80East with special guests Art Sherrod & Matt Marshak, buffet, 10am;

show, 11:15am, Crowne Plaza Reading Ballroom, 1741 Papermill Road, Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 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 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.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 SUNDAY, APRIL 16 KJAZZ welcomes the Easter Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sailings 10amnoon, 10:30am-12:30pm, 2:304:30pm; boards 9:30am, 10am & 2pm, respectively, from 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the Easter Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sailings 10amnoon, 10:30am-12:30pm & 2:30-


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4:30pm; boards at 9:30am, 10am & 2pm, respectively, 3101 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199

Hornblower San Diego Champagne Easter Brunch Cruises, VIP sailing 11am-1pm & noon-2pm; 2 regular sailings 11am-1pm & noon-2pm; boards at 10am, 11am, 10:30 & 11:30am, respectively, from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

Saturday, April 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

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

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

See Southern California. Brunch Differently. 2-HOUR CRUISE. INDULGENT BUFFET. FREE-FLOWING CHAMPAGNE. LIVE JAZZ .

Sunday, April 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, 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 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by Damon Reel, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 NOTE: Artists, events, venues, dates and show times are subject to change without notice. Smooth Jazz News is not responsible for any cancellations or changes or the accuracy of any concert or festival information contained in this magazine in advertisements and/or editorial, which has been provided by outside sources. Please contact each venue directly to confirm all information. continued on page 24

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SMooth Jazz Alive!

Concerts and Festivals

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April 1 Earl Klugh’s 14th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring George Benson & Jonathan Butler, 8pm; After-Hours entertainment from Tom Braxton, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.weekendofjazz.com, 844-810-8205 DOTSERO, 9pm, Jazz at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.jazzatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Grooves at The Westin featuring Peter White, 7pm, The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, 71333 Dinah Shore Dr., Rancho Mirage, California, www.westinmissionhills.com/grooves, 951-696-0184 (tickets and information),

877-253-0041 (accommodations, use reference code “JAZZ” for special rates)

Suite 121, Woodinville, Washington, http://obelisco.com/, 425-485-2472

27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Nick Colionne plus Eric Darius & Adam Hawley, 1:30pm; Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, 10pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam featuring Steve Cole, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Adam Hawley, Oli Silk, Walter Beasley, Bob Baldwin, Jeff Bradshaw, JJ Sansaverino, Brian Bromberg, Karen Briggs, Pat Bianchi, David P. Stevens, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller & more, 11:59pm, Building 24 Live, 1115 Bern Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com

27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Fourplay featuring Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason & Chuck Loeb, 7pm, Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com Justin Young, 4:30pm, Obelisco Winery, 14525 148th Ave. N.E.,

2 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Snarky Puppy, 6pm, Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com

Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 4 Fourplay featuring Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason & Chuck Loeb, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Eric Marienthal, Gerald Veasley, Jay Rowe, Vic Stevens & Gil Parris, 7:30pm, SOUTH Jazz Parlor at Berks, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000


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5 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring NYPD Jazz Band, noon; NYPD Jazz Band plus the Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band directed by Terell Stafford, 7pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 (free admission)

Marcus Finnie, Keiko Matsui, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Lindsey Webster & Selina Albright, 8pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Berks Bop Night featuring Jeff Lorber, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Marcus Finnie, Everette Harp, Chuck Loeb & Eric Marienthal, 7:30pm, Building 24 Live, 1115 Bern Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com

7 Elan Trotman, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111

6 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Selina Albright CDRelease Party, 6pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Amphitheater, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest All-Star Jam featuring Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Norman Brown, Paul Jackson Jr., David P. Stevens, Brian Bromberg, Gerald Albright, Andrew Neu, Everette Harp, Vincent Ingala, Richard Elliot, Phil Perry, Brian Simpson, Andy Snitzer,

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

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27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Rick Braun: The Music of Chet Baker, 7 & 9:30pm, SOUTH Jazz Parlor at Berks, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring An Evening with Jim Brickman, 7:30pm, Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Brian Culbertson, 7pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S. 7th Ave., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 Terry Steele celebrates Luther Vandross featuring the TC Campbell Ensemble, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Chuck Loeb & Friends with Lionel Cordew, Ron Jenkins, David Mann, Charles Blenzig, The Berks Horns & special guest Bobby Lyle, 7:30pm; Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam featuring Bobby Lyle, Brian Bromberg, Art Sherrod Jr., Matt Marshak, Rob DeBoer, Tony Grace,

David P. Stevens, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller, Michael Manson, Brian Simpson, Andrew Neu, Vincent Ingala & more, 11:59pm, Building 24 Live, 1115 Bern Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com 9 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Jazzin’ Up the Pops/ Symphony in Bossa featuring the Reading Pops Orchestra with Minas, Orlando Haddad, Patricia King & Andrew Neu, 3pm, Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Grand Finale featuring Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Celebration with Kevin Whalum, John Stoddart, DOXA Gospel Ensemble & special guest Fred Hammond, 6pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S. 7th Ave., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 10 The Stanley Clarke Band, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 continued on page 29


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continued from page 27 13 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Kenny G, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 14 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Jazz at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.jazzatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 15 Tribute to The Isley Brothers featuring Tony Exum Jr., Cha’Rel & Marlo, 6pm; DOTSERO, 9:15pm, Jazz at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.jazzatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Selina Albright, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Peter White, 8pm, SLS Las Vegas, The Foundry, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, https://foundrylv.com Jackiem Joyner, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 (sold-out) Kenny G, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 (sold-out) 16 Kenny G, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 19 27th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Post-Event featuring Branford Marsalis with special guest Kurt Elling, 7:30pm, Kutztown University Schaeffer Auditorium, 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, www.kutztownpresents.org, 610-683-4092 19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival Dinner Cruise featuring Brian Culbertson, boards at 6:30pm, sails at 7pm, cruise St. Andrews Bay aboard the Solaris Dinner Yacht, Lighthouse Marina, 5325 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487

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19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival Jazzy Lunch Cruise featuring Eric Darius, boards at 10:30am, sails at 11am, cruise St. Andrews Bay aboard the Solaris Dinner Yacht, Lighthouse Marina, 5325 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Althea Rene, 3pm; Ken Ford, 4:30pm; Jake Shimabukuro, 6:30pm; A Special Evening with Kenny G, 8:30pm, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 19th Annual Seabreeze All-Star After-Party Jam hosted by Ken Ford, 10:30pm, Pompano Joe’s, Pier Park, 16202 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Earl Klugh, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 21 Average White Band, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Candy Dulfer CD-Release Party, 1pm, Pompano Joe’s, Pier Park, 16202 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Jeanette Harris, 3pm; Pieces of a Dream, 4:30pm; Darren Rahn & Paul Brown, 6:30pm; Sheila E., 8:30pm, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 19th Annual Seabreeze All-Star After-Party Jam hosted by Eric Darius, 10:30pm, Pompano Joe’s, Pier Park, 16202 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 continued on page 30

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Justin Young, 7:45pm, Chandler Reach Vineyards, 14450 WoodinvilleRedmond Road N.E. #107, Woodinville, Washington, www.chandlerreach.com, 425-892-9999 23 Max V, 8pm, Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois, www.buddyguy.com 19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Roman Street, 11am; Four80East & Matt Marshak, 12:30pm; Michael Lington, 2:30pm; Patti Austin, 4:30pm; Boney James, 6:30pm; Tower of Power, 8:30pm, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 19th Annual Seabreeze End-ofFestival After-Party & All-Star Jam hosted by Four80East & Matt Marshak, 10:30pm, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 (free admission) Earl Klugh, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle,

Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 26 Tower of Power, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 27 6th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Smooth Jazz AllStars, 9pm, Església Nova unfinished historic church (open-air), Son Servera, Illes Balears, Mallorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520 28 Oleta Adams, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Max V, 8pm, Gallery Suite Jazz Series, La Fille Gallery, 336 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Michigan, www.lafillegallery.com, 800-838-3006 6th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Brian Simpson, 8:45pm; Warren Hill, 10:15pm; after-show chill-out with DJ Richard Edwards, midnight, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Majorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520 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 29 Monarchs of Jazz featuring Paul Taylor, Louis Price & Paul Brown, with music host & guest saxophonist Michael Paulo, 7pm, Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, California, www.monarchbeachresort.com/ experiences/planning/monarchs-ofjazz/, 951-696-0184 Max V, 8pm, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois Ave., Detroit, Michigan, www.theofficialbakerskey boardlounge.com, 313-345-6300 6th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Nelson Rangell, 8:45pm; Norman Brown, 10:15pm; after-show chill-out with DJ Richard Edwards, midnight, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Majorca, Spain, www. mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520 Blake Aaron, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199


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30 6th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Grace Kelly, 11am; Alex Bugnon & Harvey Mason, 12:30pm; Ken Ford, 8:45pm; Acoustic Alchemy, 10:15pm; after-show chill-out with DJ Richard Edwards, midnight, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Majorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520

May 1 6th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Jeff Kashiwa, 11am; Nighthawks, 12:30pm; Adam Hawley, 8:45pm; Spyro Gyra, 10:15pm; after-show chill-out with DJ Richard Edwards, midnight, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Majorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520 5 4th Annual Jazz on the Green Jazz Crawl featuring Second Line Band, 3pm, Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Gainesville, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299

4th Annual Jazz on the Green featuring The Chris Thomas Band, 6:15pm; JJ Sansaverino, 7:45pm; JWhite, 9pm, Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave Gainesville, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299 4th Annual Jazz on the Green Jazz Bash hosted by Nathan Mitchell & JJ Sansaverino, 10pm, Jolie’s, 6 W. University Ave., Gainesville, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299 6 4th Annual Jazz on the Green Celebrity Golf Tournament, 7:30am, Ocala Golf Club, 3130 Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299 4th Annual Jazz on the Green featuring Julian Vaughn, 2:15pm; Jessy J, 3:15pm; Generation NeXt, 4:45pm; The Katz Downstairz, 6:30pm; Chrisette Michele, 7:15pm; Nick Colionne, 8:15pm; after-party featuring The Katz Downstairz, 10pm, Ocala Golf Club, 3130 Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299


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band.’ That’s where I’m from, too, but it took decades and thousands of miles to make that connection. I’ll always be grateful.” • Joe Turano, singer, multi-instrumentalist, Al Jarreau’s music director and 16-year band member “There are key moments in life that alter your perception and direction. Meeting Al was that pivotal moment for me in 1997. During my 20 years with him, we laughed often, cried during prayer and talked about the musical journey of life. My fondest memory was singing ‘Random Acts of Love’ with him. Not only did he sing about it, but also he lived it! I will forever sing his songs and try to capture his spirit every time I take the stage.” • Chris Walker, bassist and 20-year Al Jarreau band member “Al Jarreau put me on the world stage. I was the proverbial struggling musician in L.A.; I had just moved from Hawaii. In 1983, I was asked to be a part of his touring band. It was some of the best times of my life musically and as a person. My fondest memory was on that first tour. We were performing in Italy somewhere, and I had just played a solo on the song ‘Look to the Rainbow.’ After I finished playing, he stopped, ran over to me, picked me up and hugged me in front of thousands of people. I was in shock, as it was totally unexpected, but at that moment I felt the love of the man. That night I felt validated from all those years of practice and dedication. To have the opportunity to share the stage all those years with such a great musician and human being will always be a part of who I am.” • Michael Paulo, saxophonist and concert promoter

which he performed to offer coaching and comments on their choir, big band and symphony bands. He not only gave performance and musical pointers to the students, but also provided each program visibility. A simple press release of Jarreau’s scheduled appearance drew the attention of television crews and newspaper reporters that showed up to cover the events. In the past year, Jarreau was still active in his charitable work, visiting myriad schools. These included Lincoln Center for the Arts middle school (his alma mater) and Milwaukee High School of the Arts last fall. He spent time at each campus discussing music and offering feedback on the student bands’ performances. The prior month, he visited the The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston (where his band member, bassist Chris Walker, graduated from in 1986). After holding a master class in the morning, Jarreau was inducted into the KTSU Jazz Hall of Fame that afternoon (KTSU 90.9 FM is Texas Southern University’s radio station). A few days later, he performed a benefit concert to raise money for the high school. Early last year, Jarreau also conducted a master class, complete with instruction on scatting, for 500 students at Dreher High School in Columbia, South Carolina. This day of music, dance, inspiration and laughter was Jarreau’s second visit to the school in the past 10 years, which was coordinated by the Auntie Karen Foundation (whose motto is “Empowering, enlightening and educating through the arts”). Jarreau’s benevolent spirit was as strong as his incredible voice that enraptured his fans with such hits as “We’re in This Love Together,” “Boogie Down,” “Mornin’” and “After All.” It’s not surprising that in lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, http://foundation4schoolmusic.org/ lifetime-achievement-award/al-jarreau/. The mission of Wisconsin Foundation for School Music is to promote and perpetuate music education in the schools of Wisconsin and to assist in carrying out the educational and charitable purposes of the Wisconsin School Music Association. While we all have CDs, digital downloads or, for some of us, cassette tapes and vinyl records of our favorite Al Jarreau music to remember him by, encouraging and educating the next generation of musicians in his home state through donations to one of his favorite charities is a wonderful way to honor this great treasure of talent and humanity. At the time of his passing, Jarreau’s band members included Joe Turano, music director, keyboards, saxophone and vocals; John Calderon, guitars and vocals; Mark Simmons, drums; Chris Walker, bass and vocals; and Larry Williams, keyboards and flute. Many of these fine musicians attended music programs in their youth that are no longer available in most public schools. Jarreau is survived by his wife, Susan; their son, Ryan; two brothers, Marshall and Appie; and a sister, Rose Marie Freeman. A private funeral was held for his immediate family. As of press time, there have been no public memorial services scheduled. You will be missed, Old Friend. For more information on Jarreau, visit www.aljarreau.com. Smooth Jazz News also set up an Al Jarreau tribute page on our blog, where you can post comments at http://smoothjazznews.com/breaking-news-updates/.


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authentic Chinese dishes; and The Perq™––for a quick cup of coffee or tea, fresh pastries, homemade gelato, paninis, salads, etc. Meals, music and more than 1,300 guest rooms and suites in two towers may make The Foundry at SLS Las Vegas a favorite new jazz getaway. The Foundry at SLS Las Vegas is located at 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada. For tickets or information, visit https://foundrylv.com or call 702-761-7621. For hotel reservations, visit www.slslasvegas.com or call 888-627-8173. continued on page 36

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uitarist Peter White is slated to kick off a new concert series at SLS Las Vegas® on April 15. The shows will be held in The Foundry, a state-of-the-art showroom with reserved seating, VIP booths and three full bars. In addition to White, the lineup at this casino hotel on the Strip includes saxophonists Kirk Whalum (May 13) and Candy Dulfer (June 17); West Coast Jam featuring saxophonist Richard Elliot, trumpeter Rick Braun and guitarist Norman Brown (July 8); and saxophonist Dave Koz with funk bassist-vocalist Larry Graham as special guest on Koz’s “Side by Side” tour (Aug. 18-19). The site, which was occupied by the Sahara Hotel and Casino for nearly six decades, was renovated in 2014 and now offers all the glitz, glam and amenities one would expect of a hip gaming and entertainment venue. There’s a rooftop pool scene, bars, lounges, two nightclubs and seven dining options. Its collection of acclaimed restaurant brands includes Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™––a wild and wonderful celebration of all things carnivorous; Katsuya––specializing in Japanese flavors for the American palate with unique rolls, sushi and sashimi platters; and Cleo––Mediterranean cuisine and seafood. On the more casual side, there is Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book; 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria; Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen––open around the clock, serving breakfast, salads, burgers, sandwiches, street tacos, pastas, steak, seafood and a selection of

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Monarchs of Jazz at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California

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he Monarch Beach Resort is bringing smooth jazz back to its luxurious, AAA Five-Diamond retreat in Dana Point, California, thanks to Michael Paulo. The saxophonist and event promoter produced a concert last Labor Day weekend at this scenic venue overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and it was such a hit that resort management green-lighted Monarchs of Jazz for two dates in April and May.

of the selections on the dinner menu include lemon-crusted scallop risotto (pan-seared jumbo sea scallops, toasted pine nuts, sweet spring peas, morel mushrooms), Provini veal piccata (pan-seared milk-fed veal, black pepper fettuccini, braised garlic rapini, preserved lemon caper emulsion), a mixed seafood tower (tiger shrimp, king crab legs, oysters, cocktail sauce, charred lemon, marinated cucumber, fresh horseradish, hot sauce) and Spanish

The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California

The first show, on April 29, features saxophonist Paul Taylor, guitarist Paul Brown and vocalist Louis Price. Saxman Warren Hill, vocalist Oleta Adams and keyboardist Brian Simpson are scheduled to perform May 13. Paulo will also sit in with the bands on both dates. With a 300-seat capacity, the entire lawn venue may feel like the Very-Important-People section. However, only 90 of those seats occupying the first five rows are the official VIP area. These premium tickets are $105 per person, and include artists meet-and-greets, “Sommelier Wine Reception” with hand-selected wines by the resort’s wine team, and gourmet canapés by executive chef Collin Thornton. Gold tickets for reserved concert seating behind the VIP section are $70 each. Because both shows start at 7 p.m. on Saturdays––and also include complimentary valet parking––patrons may want to arrive early to enjoy dining at one of the resort’s restaurants. AVEO Table + Bar specializes in Mediterranean classics and “reinvented coastal cuisine” for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some

paella for two (prawns, mussels, Spanish rice, sweet peas, chicken chorizo sausage, saffron). At 33°North, you can choose to dine at the lobby bar, living room salon or enjoy ocean views on the outdoor patio. Handcrafted cocktails and shared plates made from locally sourced, organic seafood, meats, poultry and produce are served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Some of the offerings include spicy tuna tacos (crispy wonton shells, wakame salad), grilled prawns lettuce wraps (shredded cabbage, butter lettuce, salted marcona, wasabi aioli) and créme fraiche cheesecake (with banana “corndog” caramelpassionfruit sauce). Club 19, overlooking the Monarch Beach Golf Links’ first tee, features a bar, an inside dining area and outdoor patio (both with fireplaces). Classic American fare is served, as well as the Maine lobster BLT (with smoked bacon, butter leaf lettuce, heirloom tomato and tarragon aioli on a brioche roll), croque monsieur (with white


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cheddar mornay, smoked gouda, aged provolone and artisan ham on rustic sourdough) and the short rib wet burrito (braised short rib, steamed white rice, pinto beans, pico de gallo, jack cheese, sour cream, chipotle ranchera sauce). For a quick bite in a casual setting, Part & Parcel Market® is a good option. At the new grab-and-go, gourmet-for-the-taking coffee shop, you can order premium market-fresh foods, local artisanal cheeses, wines and deli sandwiches. You can also take a seat, and choose from a variety of dishes, including prosciutto and arugula flatbread (roasted garlic, basil pesto, dried figs, shaved Parmesan, aged balsamic), lemon verbena grilled red quinoa salad (avocado, butternut squash, sun-dried cranberries, heirloom tomatoes and white balsamic citrus vinaigrette) or a pineapple tuna melt (white albacore tuna, fresh Hawaiian pineapple, organic scallions, yogurt-mayonnaise dressing and smoked gouda on sourdough).

Paul Taylor (scheduled to perform April 29)

Because both shows start at 7 p.m. on Saturdays— and also include complimentary valet parking—patrons may want to arrive early to enjoy dining at one of the resort’s restaurants. If you’re planning to treat yourself to the whole resort experience by spending the night at the Monarch Beach Resort, you can continue your gourmet grazing with Sunday brunch. Healthy juices, made-to-order omelets, fresh catches from the seafood bar, roasted prime rib, eggs benedict, chorizo hash and Belgian waffles are among

Warren Hill (scheduled to perform May 13)

Michael Paulo, music host and producer

the many offerings. For an additional charge, you can add mimosas, champagne or from-scratch Bloody Marys. After brunch, a spa treatment would be a great way to finish the weekend and prepare for Monday. The Miraval Life in Balance Spa offers massage, facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures, as well as a variety of other treatments and classes. The smooth jazz lifestyle is about bucket-list experiences, so why not do it all? And, Monarchs of Jazz at the award-winning Monarch Beach Resort sounds like a spectacular one to shovel into that pail. Monarchs of Jazz concerts are scheduled for 7 p.m. on the following Saturdays: April 29 (featuring Paul Taylor, Paul Brown and Louis Price), and May 13 (featuring Warren Hill, Oleta Adams and Brian Simpson). The Monarch Beach Resort is located at 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, California. For concert information and tickets, visit www.monarchbeachresort.com/experiences/planning/ monarchs-of-jazz/ or call 951-696-0184. For hotel reservations, visit www.monarchbeachresort.com or call 949-234-3900.

Oleta Adams (scheduled to perform May 13)

Paul Brown (scheduled to perform April 29)


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The coolest radio stations distribute

SMOOTH jazz NeWs April

2017

Cashmira’s s ta r g u i d e Aries March 21 - April 19

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

You have some very good ideas for changes that could be made on the job, and now is the time to impress some execs with your creativity. Make sure you are clear on how to communicate your plans.

It might seem like you are drowning under a multitude of troubles this month. Problems at home and on the job make it hard for you to move forward. Get the home issues resolved, and you will be able to handle the rest.

Taurus April 20 - May 20

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

You want to be able to control events, but when you have to depend on others to do their share, frustration may ensue. Try to control your response so that you can continue your project without strife.

You’ve been working hard; it’s time to take a break. You are needed to take care of your family, but a little alone time is on the docket. Make the best of it, and spend some days with close friends who support you.

Gemini May 21 - June 21

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

You can sometimes be a bit of a workaholic, but you still will need to depend on others to get your job done. This includes your family, who support you through all of your absences. Make sure to take the time to thank them.

You work hard and would like to blow your own horn once in a while. Don’t worry about it. Everyone knows you are the one making these great accomplishments. Bask in your results and the appreciation of others.

Cancer June 22 - July 22

Capricorn Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

Everyone has advice to give. Listen politely, and continue on your way. You have made some important plans; trust yourself to get the job done. As long as you stick to it, success will follow. Believe in yourself.

It’s time to deal with a family issue this month. You will be the voice of reason, so say what needs to be said. Make sure you express yourself with love and concern because, at this point, anger and frustration will not work.

Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

You have suspicions that you are being taken advantage of financially. There’s no use in wondering; do your homework and discover what is actually going on. It’s your responsibility to take the reins here.

You are a lucky person this month. A scare brings out the best in your group of friends. They are out to support you in any way you need, and this will help immensely. Remember to return the favors.

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22 You have some wheeling and dealing to do at work this month. You know you have the right idea; it’s time to convince others of that. Get your best arguments together, and mix it up. You will come out a winner.

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20 You may be having issues with trusting a loved one this month. Don’t let it fester. Nothing can damage a relationship worse than a lack of communication. Better to face things now and deal with the results.

This publication is distributed by the following radio stations:

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA SMOOTH JAZZ WAEG 92.3 6025 Broadcast Dr. N. Augusta, SC 29841 www.923smoothjazz.com 803-279-2330 ___________________________

CLEVELAND, OHIO 107.3 The WAVE 6133 Rockside Road, Suite 102 Independence, OH 44131 www.1073thewave.net 216-828-1073 ___________________________

DESTIN, FLORIDA wsbz 106.3FMTHE SEABREEZE 1306 Bay Dr. Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 www.seabreeze.fm 850-267-3279 ___________________________

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA KJLH 102.3 FM 161 N. La Brea Ave. Inglewood, CA 90301 www.kjlhradio.com 310-330-2200 ___________________________

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA KTWV 94.7 THE WAVE 5670 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200 Los Angeles, CA 90036 www.947TheWave.com 323-937-9283 ___________________________

Mission Viejo, California KSBR Jazz FM88.5 Saddleback College 28000 Marguerite Pkwy. Mission Viejo, CA 92692 www.ksbr.net

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA WVAS 90.7 FM Alabama State University 915 S. Jackson St. Montgomery, AL 36101 www.wvasfm.org 334-229-4708 ___________________________

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA MAGIC 92.5 6160 Cornerstone Ct. E. Suite 150 San Diego, CA 92121 www.magic925.com 858-888-7000 ___________________________

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA KJZY Smooth 93.7 fm 3392 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95403 www.kjzy.com 707-528-9393 ___________________________

SPRINGFIELD/ NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS WEIB 106.3 SMOOTH FM 8 N. King St. Northampton, MA 01060 www.weibfm.com 413-585-1112 ___________________________

Washington, DC WHUR 96.3 529 Bryant St. N.W. Washington, DC 20059 www.whur.com 202-806-3500 ___________________________ HD-2 Channel ORLANDO’S SMOOTH JAZZ

WLOQ 107.7 HD-2

ORLANDO Smooth Jazz 107.7 HD-2 2500 Maitland Center Pkwy., Suite 401 Maitland, FL 32751 www.1025wloq.com 407-916-7800


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