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8 Notes from the Publisher Hornblower Cruises & Events adds a Friday night smooth jazz dinner cruise to kick off The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival in June

10 21st Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival Post-hurricane Panama City Beach, Florida, recovers its peerless beauty and hosts one of the most anticipated festivals of the season

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16 Jonathan Butler Walks through a new door with his latest release, Close to You––a compilation of mostly Burt Bacharach covers––and comes back with inspiration for a new record of original material

18 Calendar of smooth jazz events Concerts, festivals, cruises and brunches nationwide

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Rap and hip-hop’s connection to Kenny G and Jeff Lorber, plus new touring ensemble

30 Book review “Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry”

30 Cashmira’s Starguide April horoscopes


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Getting ready to board Inspiration Hornblower for a Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise in San Diego, California, on Jan. 20, 2019 (left to right): Willie and Kathy Payne of Payne Pest Management; Rick Kail and Rebecca Milkey, Hornblower’s marketing director and our host; Lynn Darius and her husband, saxophonist and host of The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, Eric Darius; Kelly Cole, MAGIC 92.5 on-air radio personality; and Craig Collier, Smooth Jazz News operations and distribution manager

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS to do in San Diego on

Hornblower’s three-hour, three-course dinner cruise, especially on a Friday or Saturday evening when they offer a lobster option. a Sunday morning is a Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Dining, drinking and dancing (there is usually a DJ or live Hornblower Cruises & Events. Being on the water, with all of the jazz performed by KUSI meteorologist/trombonist Dave Scott) sights and scenery—the city’s skyline, Coronado Island, shipyards, on a boat while sailing around San cargo and cruise ship terminals, Naval Although America’s Finest City is Diego Bay brings back memories from Air Station North Island, Point Loma peninsula, waterfront parks, seagulls full of all of us smooth jazz radio the days when San Diego-based radio station Smooth Jazz 98.1 teamed up flying in formation and the occasional orphans, we can once again enjoy with record labels to co-host CD-release pelican diving for and scooping up live jazz on Hornblower thanks to parties aboard Hornblower. I remember fish—calms my nerves, clears my mind and sends me into a Zen state of Kim and Ozzie Benoit of Rainbow sailing around the bay and harbor while Boney James performed songs from his contentment. And, when you add a buffet Promotions, and Kathy and Willie then-latest album, as patrons partied, of eggs Benedict, carved chili-rubbed breast of turkey, biscuits and gravy, Payne of Payne Pest Management mingled with the star and soaked up the scenery and sunset. Belgian waffles, a dessert bar, Yakisoba These experiences epitomized the Southern California smooth noodle salad, chilled shrimp and other delights at the seafood jazz lifestyle, which ignited a vibe of exhilaration. And, for station, it ups the decadence factor. My second favorite thing is


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those who imbibe, a glass of Champagne, wine or specialty cocktail such as Sailor’s Punch, Mariner’s Margarita, Key Lime Martini or a Cherry Walnut Old Fashioned created a nice little buzz that took the edge off an exhausting workweek. So, when Rebecca Milkey, Hornblower’s director of marketing, invited me and Craig Collier (Smooth Jazz News’ operations and distribution manager) to a Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise in January, I was thrilled. I was also looking forward to chatting with her about business in person (Hornblower is a regular advertiser), and her photography (she’s a world traveler with amazing photos). Plus, I could experience vicariously through her photos the bountiful whale and dolphin sightings she’s Carving station

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Being on the water, with all of the sights and scenery, calms my nerves, clears my mind and sends me into a Zen state of contentment. seen this season on Hornblower’s whale-and-dolphin-watching tours. However, she had a surprise in Above: View of the San Diegostore for us instead. Coronado Bridge from As we were waiting on the dock Hornblower Cruises & Events to board the boat, saxophonist Eric Left: Brenda Madruga (Smooth Jazz News special Darius suddenly appeared with his events representative) enjoying wife Lynn, Kelly Cole (MAGIC 92.5 a Sunday Champagne Jazz on-air personality), and Kathy and Brunch Cruise aboard Inspiration Hornblower in 2018 Willie Payne (Payne Pest Management)! The brunch was actually a celebration of the announcement that this year’s San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival would kick off on Friday, June 28, with a three-hour dinner cruise on the boat we were about to sail on—the 222-foot, three-deck, 1,200-passenger Inspiration Hornblower—the largest charter yacht in Southern California. Darius will host the evening cruise, which features live performances by flutist Althea Rene and vocalist Selina Albright. Although America’s Finest City is full of all of us smooth jazz radio orphans, we can once again enjoy live jazz on Hornblower thanks to Kim and Ozzie Benoit of Rainbow Promotions, and Kathy and Willie Payne of Payne Pest Management, presenters of The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, scheduled for June 28-30. The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival Dinner Cruise is scheduled for Friday, June 28, 7-10 p.m., aboard Inspiration Hornblower. It boards at 6 p.m. from Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California. The main, land-based, festival is June 29-30, at Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., in San Diego, California. For more information on The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, visit www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com or call 562-424-0013. For more information on Hornblower Cruises & Events, visit www.hornblower.com or call 855-627-8482.


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JAZZ FESTIVAL Presented by Visit Panama City Beach

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By the time 7,500 jazz fans slather on sunscreen and shimmy into their seats at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, this month, there will be practically no signs of the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael last fall. This slice of Northwest Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coastline still boasts sugar-white sand beaches and seas that sparkle with swaying gemlike ribbons of emerald green, azure, sapphire, turquoise and teal. Nearly 30 acts are scheduled to perform over five-days––on land, at sea and upstairs at a rooftop bar––April 24-28. And, the show will go on! Photos, top to bottom: Richard Elliot performing during the 2018 Seabreeze Jazz Festival Eric Darius flying across the stage during the 2018 Seabreeze Jazz Festival Pier Park on Pier Park Dr. at Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach, Florida Aaron Bessant Park during the 2018 Seabreeze Jazz Festival


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The lineup includes Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, West Coast Jam (Richard Elliot, Peter White, DW3 and the West Coast Horns), Eric Darius, Jeffrey Osborne, Jazz in Pink (all-female group featuring Gail Jhonson, Mariea Antoinette, Chelsey Green and more), Sax to the Max (Michael Lington, Paul Taylor and Vincent Ingala) and The Jacksons’ 50th Anniversary Celebration, among others. The festival kicks off on Wednesday with a dinner sailing at sunset featuring Brian Culbertson, followed by a lunch cruise with violinist Ken Ford on Thursday. GRAMMY-winning guitarist Norman Brown is throwing a CD-release party and luncheon on Friday at Pompano Joe’s Seafood House in the Pier Park shopping mall, where other festival performers will host nightly after-parties and jam sessions Thursday through Saturday. And, closing out the festival on Sunday, the Seabreeze All-Star After-party Jam featuring guitarist-vocalist Nick Colionne will be held at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, also at Pier Park, and adjacent to Aaron Bessant Park, the main festival grounds. The venue, which opened in 2013, offers the conveniences jazz fans (and artists) dream of most: a state-of-the-art amphitheater, 10 acres of manicured lawn, plenty of running-water restrooms (there is rarely a long line!), free general admission parking at Pier Park, a loading dock, a green room and dressing rooms for the performers. Plus, there is ample space for a vendor village, food court and a variety of food and beverage trucks that will be staged throughout the grounds, offering adventurous dining options along with typical festival fare. Ever wondered what alligator-on-a-stick or fried frog legs taste like? You can find out at Seabreeze. If your palate yearns more for Southern cooking, there will be booths serving up gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boy sandwiches, shrimp-and-grits, collard

greens, cornbread, black-eyed peas and sweet potato pie. And, if you’re craving some down-home chitterlings, neck bones, fried okra or gizzards, there are vendors for those, too. Want to try some Caribbean island delights such as conch salad, conch fritters or oxtail and rice? They have that, as well as empanadas, pizza, fried chicken and fish, gourmet burgers, pulled pork, turkey legs, fish and shrimp tacos, and sushi, plus Cajun, Jamaican and Greek cuisine. There will also be cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, ice cream, smoothies, lemonade, beer and wine booths, and two Daiquiri Wagons. “For 2019, we do have some new vendors such as Pop Fusion, which sells adult popsicles ... frozen wine-infused fruit pops,” said Mark Carter, the festival’s producer and owner of The SeabreezeWSBZ-FM-106.3 based in Destin, Florida. “Also new this year, we have Pickers Crafted Cocktails, from Nashville, Tennessee. Their fruit-based vodka cocktails are a brand-new product being unveiled at the show this year. They are sold in a can and will be available for purchase at the Seabreeze bars.” GRAMMY-winning guitarist Norman Brown is throwing a CD-release party and luncheon on Friday at Pompano Joe’s Seafood House in the Pier Park shopping mall, where other festival performers will host nightly after-parties and jam sessions Thursday through Saturday. It’s great that there are so many options because outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the Norman Brown venue. Festivalgoers are permitted to bring in an empty water bottle, which they can fill up at an onsite water station. Seabreeze has streamlined the purchasing process with a cashless system of currency through wristbands, with an RFID chip inside encoded with each customer’s ticket order and linked to funds electronically loaded with a credit card or cash. The wristbands serve as a ticket to the event, and they are the only method of payment accepted for all onsite purchases, including a subscription to Smooth Jazz News! (See festival website for details and policies.) The Seabreeze mobile app, which can be downloaded for free at the App Store or Google Play, is a great tool to manage your money. “It features the ability to add funds to your wristband from your phone, see the festival schedule, a festival map, listings of all the food and merchandise vendors complete with menu items and prices, current news about the event, live streaming of Seabreeze Radio and more,” said Carter, who produces this festival with his wife of 39 years, Renee’. continued on page 12


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WHEN

Panama City Beach, Florida

April 24-28

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, and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The venue is approximately 10 miles from ECP and 55 miles from VPS.

STAYING THERE

ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the official accommodations sponsor, is offering festivalgoers a 10 percent discount (mention promo code “Seabreeze2019”) on condo and beach home rentals for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival (subject to availability). For reservations and information, visit www.seabreezejazz festival.com/stay.html or call 877-640-0052.

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.

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Other conveniences of this festival, which always sells out, include its close proximity to the airport (only 10 miles away) and the affordability and luxury of beachfront accommodations, many of which are across the street or down the road from the venue. “Condo rental rates range from $99 to $239 a night, depending on if they are a one-, two-or three-bedroom unit, and if they’re Gulf-front or not,” said Carter. Thankfully, local condo complexes withstood the hurricane. “Panama City Beach fared well in the storm with little to no damage

to the east,” said Carter. “In Panama City, cleanup still continues, and damage is visible across much of North Florida into South Georgia in the form of downed trees in the woods as well as some structural damage in some areas.” Although Panama City, which is over the bridge and 10 miles away, sustained substantial damage from last year’s hurricane (2.5 million cubic yards of debris has already been removed, with more to go), Panama City Beach survived mostly unscathed by comparison. Area residents and businesses of this tourist-driven economy are grateful to welcome visitors, especially jazz fans—who rent condos and hotel rooms, shop at their stores, eat at their restaurants, partake in local activities such as golf, fishing, parasailing and sightseeing while soaking up the Southern hospitality, culture and, of course, world-class entertainment at the 21st Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival—all of which contribute to the rebuilding efforts.

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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 855-233-6714. Tickets are also available locally at Florida House Her and Home in the Pier Park shopping and entertainment mall located at 200 Bluefish Dr. in Panama City Beach (call 850-234-5544), with discounted tickets to military members at a variety of locations, which are posted on the festival website.

LINEUP

Wednesday, April 24 *Seabreeze Dinner Cruise featuring Brian Culbertson, boards at 6:30 p.m., sails at 7 p.m. (sold-out) Thursday, April 25 *Seabreeze Jazzy Lunch Cruise featuring Ken Ford, boards at 10:30 a.m., sails at 11 a.m. (sold-out) *Dining cruises, aboard the Solaris entertainment yacht, sail around St. Andrews Bay. Boarding at the Lighthouse Marina, 5325 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida. On festival grounds (gates open at 2 p.m.) Kayla Waters (“Seabreeze Rising Star”) ..............................3 p.m. U-Nam featuring special guests Tim Owens and Magdalena Chovancova ................................................4:30 p.m. Eric Darius .....................................................................6:30 p.m. The Jacksons’ (50th Anniversary Celebration) ...............8:30 p.m. Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park All-Star After-Party Jam featuring Ken Ford (sold-out) 10:30 p.m.


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Friday, April 26 Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park Norman Brown CD-Release Party (sold-out)..................... 11 a.m. On festival grounds (gates open at 2 p.m.) Skinny Hightower (“Seabreeze Rising Star”).......................3 p.m. Sax to the Max with Paul Taylor, Michael Lington and Vincent Ingala..........................................................4:30 p.m. Damien Escobar.............................................................6:30 p.m. Will Downing featuring Maysa and Avery Sunshine.......8:30 p.m. Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park All-Star After-Party Jam featuring Eric Darius (sold-out)......................................................................10:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 27 On festival grounds (gates open at 9:30 a.m.) Jeff Ryan (“Seabreeze Rising Star”)................................... 11 a.m. Down to the Bone........................................................12:30 p.m. The Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters and Steve Cole............................................2:30 p.m. Norman Brown and Lindsey Webster.............................4:30 p.m. Brian Culbertson.............................................................6:30 p.m. Special EFX All-Stars featuring Chieli Minucci, Elliott Yamin, Gerald Veasley, Nelson Rangell, Lao Tizer and Karen Briggs............................................8:30 p.m. Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at Pier Park All-Star After-Party Jam featuring Brian Culbertson (sold-out)......................................................................10:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 28 On festival grounds (gates open at 9:30 a.m.) Adam Hawley and Marcus Anderson................................ 11 a.m. Jazz In Pink featuring Gail Jhonson, Chelsey Green, Mariea Antoinette and others......................................12:30 p.m. Jonathan Butler and Kirk Whalum..................................2:30 p.m. Nick Colionne.................................................................4:30 p.m. Jeffrey Osborne..............................................................6:30 p.m. West Coast Jam featuring Richard Elliot, Peter White, DW3 and the West Coast Horns....................................8:30 p.m. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Pier Park End-of-Festival All-Star After-Party Jam featuring Nick Colionne (Free admission)............11 p.m.

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ISAAC BYRD JR. • Come Fly With Me

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Come Fly With Me is trumpeter Isaac Byrd Jr.’s third album, and is ideal for listeners looking for a celebratory audio scrapbook to commemorate the joyous, upbeat heights of life. Rich with catchy melodies and heavy grooves, influences of funk and disco can also be heard throughout. This album is, without question, a party for the soul. AVAILABLE AT: iTunes, Google Play, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com, www.spotify.com WEBSITE: www.isaacbyrdjrmusic.com

Whether you are into ballads, storytelling, dance, vocals or instrumentals, Jeffery Smith’s music has it all. Dreamz and Visionz is a unique collection of original songs that tell real life stories. The upbeat songs will invigorate you, and the slow ones will spark your sensuality. Smith’s music brings joy, harmony and peace of mind. Don’t miss this album. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com Website: www.4Daru.com

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JONATHAN BUTLER

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reinvents himself with a Burt Bacharach songbook flavored with his own South African roots

By Quinci LeGardye

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fter 46 years in the music business and 23 albums, singersongwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler continues to approach life with curiosity and cause. Lately, he’s been cultivating his hobbies, bonding with new additions to his family, and fueling a creative drive that he funnels into recording various styles and genres of music.

During a recent phone interview, Butler reminisced about a camping trip in an RV last summer in Lake Tahoe with his daughter, Jodie, granddaughter Avia, and his girlfriend (now wife). “I’d been [camping] when I was a kid, but this was the first time the family went camping. Oh man, they loved it! We all enjoyed it. It was such great memories.” Most of the year, Butler’s travels are all about touring; journeys he shares on social media. His official Facebook page contains video chats with viewers from wherever he is: at venues, in the studio rehearsing, even while waiting to catch a plane. But he also shares videos of his family roughing it at a campsite, and pictures of his newborn granddaughter, Lyric. He makes the happy moments in his life as accessible to his fans as his music. Changes in Butler’s personal life over the past few years have been woven into his music. After a divorce that brought an end to more than three decades of marriage with the mother of his children (Randy, 34, and Jodie, 31), he met violinist Nadira Kimberly. The couple, who live in the Los Angeles area, married in January. And, Butler says she inspired his latest release, Close to You, a contemporary tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David. “Right then I realized this was not the season to write about me or my relationship,” Butler shared. “It was a season for me to listen to what is in the atmosphere. The music of Burt Bacharach was what I was hearing. The next day I called my manager and told him I wanted to do a Bacharach songbook album and reinvent myself in the process.” Close to You wasn’t Butler’s first encounter with the Bacharach/David songbook. There’s a fun coincidence within his decision to make the album, as one of his first singles was a cover of their song “Please Stay.” “In 1974, I had recorded my first Burt Bacharach song. I am just realizing it was made for me. Oh my God! The first set of singles I recorded at age 13 or 12, was a Burt Bacharach song. That was really big, you know.” Butler described recording the album as a chance for him to learn from the process. “I think that the way [Bacharach and David] compose and construct songs and lyrics and melodies ... It’s like going back to writing school, arranging school. It just opened a new door for me as a writer and a composer, because these songs,


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of cooking for his golf buddy, saxophonist Gerald Albright, the last ‘Walk on By’ and ‘The Look of Love’ and ‘A House Is Not a Home,’ time the two performed at Seabreeze. “Gerald and I were sharing ‘Alfie,’ [are] amazing.” the condo, and I said, ‘Hey man, let me find a store.’ I went and found Even though the songs are covers, the arrangements are pure a store, and I cooked us an incredible meal. He couldn’t believe it. Butler. In Close to You, he employs the South African groove that’s I just made him a rib eye with a salad. He was just blown away.” a connecting thread through all of his albums. When asked why When sharing a beachfront condo with Whalum during it was important for him to use the traditional sounds of South the Seabreeze Jazz Festival this month, Butler might cook some Africa within his music, Butler answered, “Well, that’s who I am.” He further explained, “Once I picked the songs that I felt comfortable with, [and] Coming down the line: “There’s gonna be a lot of cool took the time to figure out what direction I wanted to music; I can feel it already. It’ll be soon. I can hear the go in terms of rhythms, the creative things flowing right now, so I’m excited!” groove, the beat, what kind of sounds I wanted to create, freshly caught fish from the emerald green waters of the immediately my roots came Gulf of Mexico, but he won’t be hitting the links with into view. I said, ‘Well, OK, his co-headliner because Whalum doesn’t golf. “I don’t nobody’s done Burt Bacharach know whether he will even try,” Butler said with a laugh. music with a South African Another tradition Butler will not indulge during this kind of twist to it.’” tour is bringing his daughter, Jodie, onstage with him. She Butler makes sure to just gave birth to his second granddaughter, Lyric. At the stay connected to his home time of the interview, Butler was excited to meet the baby, country, traveling there at least who was born a week later. As for his first granddaughter, once a year. He continues to Avia, “She’ll always be my princess, always,” Butler said work with underprivileged sweetly. “She’s amazing. She’s 11 years old, and just youth through his Jonathan completely my joy.” Butler Foundation and hosts There’s also some exciting news for fans of his original an annual safari for his fans. work. “As we speak right now, I definitely have several songs In fact, the only original [and] a lot of inspiration to write the next album,” Butler announced. composition on Close to You, “Cape Town,” could be its unofficial He didn’t say whether his new music will have another hit like theme song. “I actually wrote the song as a memento to my guests who’ve been traveling with me to South Africa, and who have actually “Sarah, Sarah” or “Do You Love Me,” but he does have an idea of what’s coming down the line. “There’s gonna be a lot of cool been there to firsthand see my country and learn about it, so what music; I can feel it already. It’ll be soon. I can hear the creative inspired me to write the song was the safari.” things flowing right now, so I’m excited!” While his next safari trip is scheduled for this October, he For more information on Butler, visit www.jonathanbutler.com. got a chance to return home again to perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival last month. He’s now back stateside for a round of collaborative shows with his fellow musician friends, performing at Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor in June 29 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 5. Then, he’s gearing up for Festival (with Kirk Whalum) a tour with saxophonist Kirk Whalum, which includes a stop at Embarcadero Marina Park North the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City, Florida, on April 28. San Diego, California The Butler/Whalum tour will include a combination of musicians www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com 562-424-0013 from each artist’s bands—John Stoddart on keyboards and vocals, April 5 Dan Lutz on bass, Marcus Finnie on drums—and 29-year-old South July 14 16th Annual Earl Klugh’s 10th Annual Lake Arbor African guitarist Andrea Lisa. Weekend of Jazz at Jazz Festival (with Kirk Whalum) The Broadmoor In addition to the shows themselves, these destinations give Bowie Center for the Performing Arts Colorado Springs, Colorado Butler a chance to explore. “I’m a real food person,” Butler said. Bowie, Maryland www.weekendofjazz.com “So, whenever I stop in a city, I get on my phone and I start wandering https://lakearborjazz.com April 28 around the city just to see where there’s great restaurants or July 19 21st Annual Seabreeze Jazz places I can find food, instead of just sitting around in a hotel Music City Jazz Festival Festival (with Kirk Whalum) all day.” (with Kirk Whalum) Aaron Bessant Park Public Square Park Panama City Beach, Florida If he doesn’t find his preferred Michelin-star restaurants or the www.seabreezejazzfestival.com Nashville, Tennessee locals’ favorite eatery, he can fend for himself. He has a fond memory

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CONCERTS,FESTIVALS AND CRUISES APRIL

9:45pm, West Ballroom; Najee, 11:30pm, International Center, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.weekendofjazz.com, 844-810-8205 (for 2- and 3-night package guests)

4 Brian Culbertson, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Earl Klugh’s 16th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring The Rippingtons with Russ Freeman, 6 & 8:15pm, The Broadmoor, Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, 850 Appian Ct.; GTF, 9:45pm, The Broadmoor, West Ballroom, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.weekendofjazz.com, 844-810-8205 (for 3-night package guests) DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Peabo Bryson, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Jeffrey Osborne, 10pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Opening Night Celebration featuring Brian Culbertson, 7:30pm, Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 Patrick Bradley, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Peabo Bryson, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

5 Earl Klugh’s 16th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring Earl Klugh, 8pm; Jonathan Butler,

29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Midnight Jam featuring Nick Colionne, Brian Bromberg,

Joe McBride, Steve Cole, Jackiem Joyner, Albert Rivera, Jay Rowe, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller, JJ Sansaverino, Carl Anderson, Kevin Whalum, Rob Zinn & more, 11:59pm, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 6 Earl Klugh’s 16th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring Joey Alexander, 8pm; Michael McDonald, 9:45pm, West Ballroom; Ron Otis, 11:30pm, International Center, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, www.weekendofjazz.com, 844-810-8205 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents “I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone” featuring Carol Riddick & Gerald Veasley, 1:30 & 7:30pm; Art Sherrod Jr. & The ASJ Orchestra’s Motown, Soul Revue & Aretha Franklin Tribute featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Elan Trotman, Paul Brown, Kevin Whalum, Tracy Hamlin, Jeff Bradshaw, David P. Stevens, Benji Porecki with 14-piece orchestra, 2pm; The Soul of Jazz with Eric Roberson, Nick Colionne, Brian Simpson, Eric Darius & Alex

Bugnon, 10pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Pops 50th Anniversary Celebration with Keiko Matsui & the Reading Pops Orchestra, 7:30pm, Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Sweet, Sexy Soul! with Will Downing, Howard Hewitt & Avery Sunshine, 7pm, Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 Althea Rene, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Peabo Bryson, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Midnight Jam featuring Nick Colionne, Brian Bromberg,

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Joe McBride, Steve Cole, Jackiem Joyner, Albert Rivera, Jay Rowe, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller, JJ Sansaverino, Carl Anderson, Kevin Whalum, Rob Zinn & more, 11:59pm, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 7 Phaze II CD-Release Concert, 6:30pm, The Carlyle Club, 2050 Ballenger Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.thecarlyleclub.com, 703-548-8899 Louie Cruz Beltran, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Peabo Bryson, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring The Sax Pack with Steve Cole, Jeff Kashiwa & Jackiem Joyner, 2:30pm, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

8 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Get JazzED Night hosted by Mike Eben, featuring RMF Project Penske Jazz Jam, Albert Rivera, Gerald Veasley & Brian Bromberg, 7pm, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

Rainbow Promotions, LLC and Payne Pest Management Present

3RD ANNUAL

9 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring the U.S. Navy Band Commodores plus Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band directed by Kevin Kjos, 7pm, Muhlenberg High School, 400 Sharp Ave., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 (free admission) 10 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, 1pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 (free admission) continued on page 20

Hosted by Eric Darius Embarcadero Marina Park North 400 Kettner Blvd | San Diego, CA 92101

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019 3 hour dinner cruise aboard the Hornblower Inspiration featuring Althea Rene & Selina Albright

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019

BONEY JAMES

WEST COAST JAM: RICHARD ELLIOT, PETER WHITE & DW3

KIRK WHALUM & JONATHAN BUTLER

BRIAN SIMPSON & JAZMIN GHENT

TONY EXUM JR.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019

ERIC DARIUS

NORMAN BROWN

SAX TO THE MAX: MICHAEL LINGTON, VINCENT INGALA & PAUL TAYLOR

MONTY SEWARD

MARIEA ANTOINETTE

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

For Tickets and Information: Rainbow Promotions, LLC (562) 424-0013 | www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com #SDSmoothJazzFest


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continued from page 19 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Get JazzED Appreciation Day featuring the Kutztown University Jazz Ensemble I, the Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band directed by Kevin Kjos, plus the Chuck Loeb Memorial Scholarship winners, 7pm, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 11 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jam featuring Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Brian Bromberg, Randy Brecker, Nick Colionne, Peter White, Ray Fuller, Richard Elliot, Kim Waters, Art Sherrod, Andy Snitzer, Everette Harp, Althea Rene, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Tom Zink, Jason Miles, Tony Moore, Chris Walker, Phil Perry, plus Chuck Loeb Memorial Scholarship winners, 7pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, 7pm, Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 (free admission) DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 12 Boney James, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Keiko Matsui, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Erich Cawalla’s Uptown Band, 8pm, Crowne Plaza Reading, Goodnites Lounge, 1741 Papermill Road, Reading,

Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Kayla Waters plus Teen Town, 7:30pm; “We’re In this Love Together: A Tribute to Al Jarreau” starring Chris Walker featuring special guests Regina Belle, Rick Braun & Eric Marienthal, 10pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Celebrating the Music of Weather Report featuring Jason Miles, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Gerald Veasley, Karen Briggs, Mino Cinelu, Richie Morales, 7:30pm, Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Peter White, 7pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S. 7th Ave., West Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Bobby Lyle & Kenny Blake, 7pm, The Highlands at Wyomissing, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Midnight Jam featuring Nick Colionne, Kim Waters, Art Sherrod Jr., Althea Rene, Andy Snitzer, Karen Briggs, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Brian Bromberg, Tony Moore, Ray Fuller, Tom Zink, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller, Slam Allen, Bobby Lyle, Kenny Blake, Al DeGregoris & more, 11:59pm, The Inn at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 13 DOTSERO, 9:15pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Chris “Big Dog” Davis & Friends with Phil Perry, Nick Colionne, Maysa, Kim Waters,

Featuring

KIRK WHALUM Willie Bradley

Elan Troutman

Kim Waters

Lil Asmar

Alisha Glover

Eddie Baccus Jr.

Althea Rene & Jeanette Harris

Kayla Waters

Adam Hawley

www. lakear b or jazz. com

+ many more...

Julian Vaughn

The Blackbyrds

Jeff Bradshaw

Secret Society

Gerald Veasley


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Art Sherrod Jr., Althea Rene, Lori Williams, Angela Phillips, 2pm; Remembering Grover at 75 featuring Gerald Albright, Everette Harp, Kirk Whalum, Andy Snitzer, Grover Washington Jr.’s original band & The Berks Horns, 10pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 Phaze II, 7:30pm, Camelot by Martin’s, 13905 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, Maryland, www.phaze2jazz.com, 301-219-7432 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Boney James, 7pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S. 7th Ave., West Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presents Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Midnight Jam featuring Nick Colionne, Kim Waters, Art Sherrod Jr., Althea Rene, Andy Snitzer, Karen Briggs, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Brian Bromberg, Tony Moore, Ray Fuller, Tom Zink, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller, Slam Allen, Bobby Lyle, Kenny Blake & more, 11:59pm, The Inn

at Reading Ballroom, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

32nd Annual

14 Phaze II, 4pm, Magooby’s Joke House, 603 Deereco Road, Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland, www.phaze2jazz.com, 410-252-2727 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring the Bob James Trio with Billy Kilson & Michael Palazzolo, 3pm, Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

AUGUST 9-11, 2019 RAINBOW LAGOON PARK East Shoreline Drive • Long Beach, California

James Torme, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest featuring Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Celebration with special guest Take 6, Kevin Whalum, John Stoddart & DOXA Gospel Ensemble, 6pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S. 7th Ave.,

Norman Brown

Cabanas available!

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Poncho Sanchez

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continued from page 21 West Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000 18

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Kenny G, 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 19

DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 20

DOTSERO, 9:15pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Selina Albright, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214

Jeffery Smith, 7:30pm, DeSoto Corner Theater, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, Texas, www.4daru.com, 210-259-1640, 210-722-2644 Michael Paulo, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 21

Kenny G, 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 24

21st 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 (sold-out) 25

21st Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival Jazzy Lunch Cruise featuring Ken


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Ford, 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 (sold-out) 21st Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Kayla Waters, 3pm; U-Nam featuring special guests Tim Owens & Magdalena Chovancova, 4:30pm; Eric Darius, 6:30pm; The Jacksons’ 50th Anniversary Celebration, 8:30pm, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 21st Annual Seabreeze All-Star After-Party Jam featuring Ken Ford, 10:30pm, Pompano Joe’s, Pier Park, 16202 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 26 21st Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Skinny Hightower, 3pm; Sax to the Max with Paul Taylor, Vincent Ingala & Michael Lington, 4:30pm; Damien Escobar, 6:30pm; Will Downing featuring Maysa & Avery Sunshine, 8:30pm, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 21st Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Norman Brown CDRelease Party, 11am, Pompano Joe’s, Pier Park, 16202 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 21st Annual Seabreeze All-Star After-Party Jam featuring Eric Darius, 10:30pm, Pompano Joe’s, Pier Park, 16202 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 Lao Tizer Band, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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33RD ANNUAL

Trey Daniels Evolve Tour, 7:30pm, Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, 251 Montgomery St., Montgomery, Alabama, www.markmywordsproductions.com, 205-538-1069 21st Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Jeff Ryan, 11am; Down to the Bone, 12:30pm; The Sax Pack with Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters & Steve Cole, 2:30pm; Norman Brown & Lindsey Webster, 4:30pm; Brian Culbertson, 6:30pm; Special EFX All-Stars with Chieli Minucci, Elliott Yamin, Gerald Veasley, Nelson Rangell, Lao Tizer & Karen Briggs, 8:30pm, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487

Opening Weekend

OCTOBER 10-13 Closing Weekend

OCTOBER 17-20

21st Annual Seabreeze All-Star After-Party featuring Brian Culbertson, 10:30pm, Pompano Joe’s, Pier Park, 16202 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 28 21st Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival featuring Adam Hawley & Marcus Anderson, 11am; Jazz in Pink with Gail Jhonson, Chelsey Green, Mariea Antoinette & others, 12:30pm; Jonathan Butler & Kirk Whalum, 2:30pm; Nick Colionne, 4:30pm; Jeffrey Osborne, 6:30pm; West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Peter White, DW3 & The West Coast Horns, 8:30pm, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 21st Annual Seabreeze All-Star After-Party Jam featuring Nick Colionne, 10:30pm, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com, 877-987-6487 (free admission) Scott Wilkie, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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RICK BRAUN

KEIKO MATSUI

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Chieli Minucci & Special EFX All Stars w/Nelson Rangell & Lao Tizer Jeff Ryan | Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Marqueal Jordan | Elan Trotman | & More Tickets, Hotel & Boat Information, Full Artist Line-Up

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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 performances by the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 s U n DaY, a P R I L 7

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

29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest welcomes the Smooth Jazz JJZ Sunday Brunch featuring Joe McBride & The Texas Rhythm Club: Unchain My Horns! with The Berks Horns (Mike Anderson, Rob Diener, Chuck Gottesman, Skip Spratt, Andy Mohler), buffet, 10am; show, 11:30am, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, Grand Ballroom, 701 Penn St., Reading, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live performances by the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at U R DaY, a P R I L 1 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, with special guest appearance by KJAZZ radio host Bubba Jackson, sails noon-2pm,

boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live performances by the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 s U n DaY, a P R I L 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, 310-3019900, 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 performances by the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining &

Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 29th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest welcomes the Smooth Jazz JJZ Sunday Brunch featuring Brian Bromberg’s Unapologetically Funky Big Bombastic Band with Everette Harp, Ray Fuller, Tony Moore, Tom Zink & The Berks Horns, buffet, 10am; show, 11:30am, The Inn at Reading, 1040 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, www.berksjazzfest.com s at U R DaY, a P R I L 2 0

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live performances by the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 continued on page 26


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Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, two sailings: 10:30am-12:30pm & 3-5pm, boards at 10am and 2:30pm, respectively, from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, two sailings: 10:30am-12:30pm & 3-5pm, boards at 10am & 2:30pm, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise, aboard The Wild Goose, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Easter Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live performances by

the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 Hornblower San Diego Easter Champagne Jazz Brunch at The Abbey on Fifth Avenue featuring live performances by Republic of Music, 11am-1pm, 2825 5th Ave., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Easter Brunch with performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at U R DaY, a P R I L 2 7

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

Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live performances by the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 s U n DaY, a P R I L 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 performances by the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am

from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performances by Erin Stevenson, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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or smooth jazz fans, Kenny G has created some of the most romantic and memorable songs of our generation. To comics and his critics, the multiGRAMMY-winning saxophonist is also the butt of their jokes. And, who can forget the feud ignited by guitarist Pat Metheny against the best-selling instrumentalist of all time back in 2000? However, G often playfully jumps into the jabs. During his first concert after his wife of 20 years filed for a legal separation three weeks before Valentine’s Day in 2012, G said to the audience, “I asked my wife what she wanted for Valentine’s Day this year. She said a divorce. I told her that I couldn’t afford that.”

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True story: Kanye West gifts a Kenny G serenade to wife Kim Kardashian West

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Rap artist samplers dig Jeff Lorber’s “Rain Dance”

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f there were a battle of street cred in the rap/hip-hop/R&B world between Kenny G and Jeff Lorber, Lorber would win. While G has serenaded a rap star’s wife, Lorber’s music has been sampled many times by artists of that genre. Lil’ Kim sampled Lorber’s song “Rain Dance” in her video for “Crush on You,” featuring Lil Cease and The Notorious B.I.G. in 1987. And, it’s been included in more songs and videos than Lorber can count. “That’s my biggest hit, and it’s the one that’s been sampled the most,” said Lorber during a phone interview from his home studio in Pacific Palisades, California. Most recently, Mariah Carey sampled that version in her latest single, “A, No, No.” Other artists who have integrated the GRAMMY-winning keyboardistproducer’s music into their compositions include Ariana Grande, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, SWV and more.

Although the couple divorced later that year, Metheny and G did reconcile their differences and have become friends. And now, G may also become cool among the hip-hop/rap crowd. Kanye West hired the pop-jazz superstar to stand on his living room floor, surrounded by hundreds of singlerose vases, and surprise his wife, Kim Kardashian West, with a private serenade this past Valentine’s Day. Even a controversial rap star can appreciate the romance a little vintage smooth jazz soprano can spark. For more information on G, visit www.kennyg.com.


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But, rappers aren’t the only connection between Lorber and G. In the early ’80s, Lorber hired an unknown saxman named Kenny Gorelick for a gig in Portland, Oregon, who remained a member of the Jeff Lorber Fusion band for nearly five years. Lorber also introduced Gorelick to Clive Davis at Arista Records, where he inked his first record deal as Kenny G in 1982. G’s self-titled album reached No. 10 on the Billboard Jazz chart. And, by his fourth release, Duotones, in ’86, he soared on a platinumselling trajectory, with more than 5 million units sold of that title alone. And, by the time his Kenny G Live album was released in 1989, which featured the hit single “Going Home,” G had long since left Lorber’s band and was racking up GRAMMY nominations, gold and platinum records, climbing the radio airplay charts and selling out concert venues. “Do you know about this?” asked Lorber, who remains friends with G. “This is an amazing story. I don’t know how it started, but every department store in China, and a lot of other businesses where the public goes, they play Kenny’s song ‘Going Home’ when they want people to leave the building. That’s their way of letting people know that they should go home. And, it’s been that way for years and years and years.” It’s true. In an article published in The New York Times on May 10, 2014, Dan Levin wrote, “No mystery is more confounding than that of China’s most enduring case of cultural diffusion: its love affair with

‘Going Home,’ the 1989 smash-hit instrumental by the American saxophone superstar Kenny G. For years the tune, in all its seductive woodwind glory, has been a staple of Chinese society. Every day, ‘Going Home’ is piped into shopping malls, schools, train stations and fitness centers as a signal to the public that it is time, indeed, to go home.” Too bad China doesn’t honor copyright and royalty laws. If they did, G might be making more mailbox money (royalty checks) for “Going Home” than Lorber does with all of his sampling. Lorber admits that he earns more on royalties from sampling than he does from making his own albums in the current climate, where streaming and digital downloading of individual songs has nearly replaced sales of physical CDs. Although the smooth jazz demographic hasn’t embraced online music commerce as much as the younger generation, “Windfall,” the current single from Life and Times, the new Jazz Funk Soul record he made with Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr., has streamed more than 400,000 times since its January release. “It’s not like I’m making that much money off of this stuff,” Lorber said with a chuckle. “I mean, I can’t retire, you know, I have to keep working.” But, knowing Lorber, he wouldn’t retire anyway. He has too much new music to create and produce, including Richard Elliot’s next record. For more information on Lorber, visit www.lorber.com

New touring ensemble, Sax to the Max, kicks off national tour

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ax to the Max, featuring Michael Lington, Paul Taylor and Vincent Ingala, is debuting at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival this month. While saxophonists Lington and Taylor have been a popular presence on the smooth jazz scene as individual artists for some time, Ingala has been steadily ascending into the smooth jazz world since entering it at the age of 17. Shortly after graduating from high school, the multiinstrumentalist-vocalist was named Smooth Jazz News’ 2011 Debut Artist of the Year. Soon after, he was packing his bags (and a passport) to perform on the Dave Koz & Friends at Sea full-ship charter sailing to Alaska. At 26, Ingala now has a manager, a booking agent, a record deal and is co-headlining on a national tour. For more information on the Sax to the Max tour, which is also scheduled to appear at the 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival on June 30, visit www.michaellington. com, http://paultaylorsax.com or www.vincentingala.com.


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“Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry” A p r i l 2 019

Cashmira’s starguide Aries March 21 - April 19

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

Taurus April 20 - May 20

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

Apparently, there are those who don’t think you know how to deal with obstacles. Prove them wrong this month by showing how you can not only win, but also transform that problem into a great opportunity. So there! Assert yourself this month. There is no time for complaining. Continue to work hard, and let others know about your successes. If you don’t toot your own horn, who will? Stay humble about it; there is no point in alienating others.

Gemini May 21 - June 21

You may have to get tough this month. An agreement you made in good faith might be hitting the skids because of an uncooperative partner. Stand up for the original plan, and demand that the other party live up to their promises. Things are looking up for you. After some health setbacks, the skies are looking sunny again. Enjoy your newfound freedom, and get out amongst them! Get social again, and enjoy time with friends and family. You’ve been cooped up too long.

It seems you’ve gone quite awhile with being unrecognized for your efforts, but don’t let this get you down. Continue with all your good work, and soon the rewards will be coming your way. A new partnership may yield some amazing results.

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Cancer June 22 - July 22

Capricorn Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

Some relationship problems flare up this month. There has been a long-standing issue that has caused a severe source of discord. Now is the time to keep your temper under control, and initiate a calm and caring conversation to resolve the issue.

Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

Make sure you don’t ruin a friendship this month. You’ve been coming to some conclusions regarding a friend that are not factual. Don’t think people are plotting against you until you get some verifiable evidence. Don’t lose a friend for no reason.

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

It’s time to get honest with yourself. Take time this month to re-analyze how things got so complicated. You have goals that became overly stymied because you have not been clear enough with what you want.

A little tolerance will do you good this month. Some of the things you’ve been haggling about are not as important as they seem. Listen to others, and don’t waste your time fighting for something that really doesn’t matter. Life is full of ups and downs for you lately. Hold on for the ride because things are finally coming into focus this month. Positive changes will be revealed, so you can take a breather from the roller coaster you’ve been living on.

Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

You will find opportunities to give advice to those around you this month. Sure, you might be rejected, but it’s the effort that will show you really care. Not everyone is ready to hear advice from a carefree type such as yourself.

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20

This month is a perfect time for you to finally step up. Are you interested in that person or not? Make a first move and you will find a welcome response. Time is passing by, so take hold of yourself and ignore your fears.

By Dorothy Carvello Chicago Review Press • 2018 • 240 pages • $26.99

Reviewed by Darcy Peters In her memoir, Dorothy Carvello tells tales of her life in the maledominated music business. She has tons of stories, beginning with her position as secretary to Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records. Through him, she learned to navigate the often-tricky world of music. She had a strange relationship with Ertegun, who was wildly extravagant in his personal life and almost constantly sexually inappropriate and harassing. His sexual exploits were legendary. Though he was so obviously out of control, she somehow developed a loyalty to him. However, she felt she was better suited to work in the A&R (artists and repertoire) department, which was responsible for talentscouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording artists and songwriters. She became obsessed with securing a job as an A&R executive. With a good ear for sensing a hit and the potential future success of a band, she demonstrated such skills with the band Skid Row by guiding the existing A&R group into signing them. “Despite the mythological notion of A&R people stumbling on some unknown act at a nightclub, that wasn’t how it happened when I started my career,” Carvello writes. “Rather, we’d get tips about bands through people we knew and go see them at specially arranged shows.” Eventually, she became the first female A&R executive for Atlantic, but the politics at that level of management were intense, often backbiting and misogynistic. She also quickly learned how record companies denied artists their fair share of royalties using various methods, usually defended by the free-goods clause, which was part of almost every contract an artist signed. Cut-outs, cleans and overruns were tactics used to skim money that should have gone to artists, according to Carvello. They made even more money when the CD format came out. And, the advent of MTV proved a huge asset in promoting groups. She moved on and hustled to work for other record companies, including RCA, Relativity, Giant and Columbia. The job always seemed precarious, as the machinations of various honchos continuously changed the landscape. The advent of MP3 technology brought stunning change to the industry, and even the Napster court case couldn’t stop the development of streaming. The cat was out of the bag. Record companies found it harder to skim royalties from the artists. Throughout this book, Carvello names the executives, CEOs and record company presidents she knew and worked for or with. She has scoop on the intrigues and back-stabbing aplenty, even noting at the end of her book where all the players are now. After 20 years in the music business, she moved to a different occupation. Dealing with egos and emergencies for so long prepared her for her next gig ... crisis public relations.


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