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Rainbow Promotions, LLC and Payne Pest Management Present

3RD ANNUAL

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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Publisher and Managing Editor Melanie Maxwell

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The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival Adds an additional water feature to kick off its third annual weekend of jazz, scenery and favorite festival fare

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FREE CD-with-subscription offer! Receive a FREE CD when you subscribe or renew at the 2019 San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

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DISCover New Music The latest sounds from artists you should hear

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Annual Concert Series Guide A connoisseur’s guide to summering in Southern California’s smooth jazz scene

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Eric Darius Takes a giant step with a breakthrough release on his SagiDarius label, while nurturing a strong online connection with fans

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Calendar of smooth jazz events Concerts, festivals and brunches nationwide

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Cool concert apparel Smooth Jazz News merchandise: jazz guitar shirts, fleece jackets, golf shirts, T-shirts, tank tops and hats. Purchase at The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival and receive a FREE CD!

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Book review “Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography”

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Cashmira’s Starguide June-July horoscopes

Operations & Distribution Manager Craig Collier Copy Editors JoAnn Armke Kerri De Rosier Barbara Knox Brad Sondak

Graphic Design Gina Mancini Contributing Photographers Cover photos: Eric Darius by Aric Thompson San Diego Bay and Thornton Winery by Pat Benter

Photo: Pat Benter

Contributors Ken Capobianco Cashmira Darcy Peters

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Photo: Pat Benter

Christopher Allwine Ron Azevedo Pat Benter Cece Canton Describe The Fauna Ellis Moore Photography Lily Fassnacht Baldemar Fierro Cooper Hardwick David Hopley Mitch Ridder Hugo Rivera Lori Stoll Aric Thompson

Waterfall at Thornton Winery in Temecula, California, is one of several scenic concert venues for summer. For more information on this and other events happening in June and July, check out the calendar, beginning on page 24.

Notes from the Publisher Helicoptering to Thornton Winery and other fun smooth jazz outings


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Photos: Pat Benter

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I’ve seen several limousines, a few Bentleys and a Rolls-Royce parked at Thornton when I’ve attended smooth jazz concerts there, but never a helicopter. Who knows, maybe hot air balloon travel will be next in Temecula Valley Wine Country transportation? Patrons of Thornton Winery’s popular Champagne Concert Series will have to wait a little longer to see if such an occurrence happens during their visit (unless they stop by for lunch, brunch, dinner or wine tasting), because it is starting later than usual this year. The first show, featuring The Brian McKnight 4, is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, with Jeffrey Osborne closing out the season on Sunday, Oct. 20. Meanwhile, 75 miles west in Laguna Beach, Festival of Arts kicks off on July 5. This 87th annual art show features 140 top Orange County artists exhibiting sculptures, mosaics, ceramics, photography, plein air paintings, fine jewelry, glass creations, wood works, watercolors, functional pieces and mixed media. Daily music offerings add to the ambience. Two of the most popular are the weekly Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate on Thursdays beginning July 11, which features GRAMMY-winning keyboardist-composer Gregg Karukas on July 25; and Concerts on the Green each Saturday (except Aug. 24, when the Celebrity Benefit Event is held) beginning July 13 with saxophonist Grace Kelly, and includes a performance by The Eric Marienthal All-Stars on Aug. 17. On July 7, the crown jewel, Pageant of the Masters, lights up the Irvine Bowl behind the arts show. With a live orchestra and narration, art comes to life through amazing human re-creations of works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in original pieces. This year’s Pageant theme, The Time Machine, inspired by science fiction and steampunk fantasies, travels around the globe into the past, present and future to thrill, humor and awe the audience with beautiful music and extraordinary living art under the stars. I always plan my visits to Festival of Arts on a day when I can take in all of the exhibits, enjoy a jazz concert (preferably one with wine and chocolate!) and stay for Pageant of the Masters. Each time, I leave

Mother’s Day brunch at Thornton Winery

I was surprised to see one landing on Thornton Winery’s parking lot in Temecula, California, last month. A very generous and appreciative daughter chartered the flight to take her mom to brunch there on Mother’s Day. “They land here all the time,” said Tonya Wake, Thornton Winery’s general manager. “Normally, a couple times a week. We cone off a space for them on the lower parking lot.”

Photo: Pat Benter

It’s no secret that summer is the best time to be a smooth jazz fan in Southern California: You can see nearly every genre star performing at a concert or festival somewhere. But, did you know that you can arrive at a popular venue by helicopter?

Helicopter landing at Thornton Winery in Temecula, California, on Mother’s Day


Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California (left to right): Hugo Rivera’s painting demonstration; wine and chocolate samplings during Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate; staff directing volunteer for the 2018 Pageant of the Masters

Photo: Christopher Allwine

feeling like a little kid bursting with excitement and amazement after experiencing the newest Disneyland ride for the first time. And, with all of the special programs Festival of Arts offers, families can load their kids into an SUV on a day when the youth art classes are happening, so the adults can also enjoy it all. A dream of mine is to arrive on a Thursday and stay through Saturday night, so I can spend every waking minute at this venue viewing art, chatting with the artists, listening to music, attending a class, taking a tour, sitting in on a demonstration, corking my creativity with a wine-and-paint workshop, and leaving inspired for more. Plus, if I did that, I’d only be 27 miles away from Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment in Seal Beach, where I could enjoy Sunday brunch and a performance by DW3. With traffic so backed up, I would love to travel by helicopter. However, I think I can make this dream triangle trip from Temecula to Laguna Beach, then over to Seal Beach by driving my own car. In the spirit of Brenda Russell’s song, “Get Here,” my advice to anyone wishing to summer in Caramelized king salmon with jasmine rice, Southern California’s smooth jazz scene is, bok choy, lemongrass butter and soy Grand “I don’t care how you get here, just get here Marnier sauce, a popular Spaghettini entreé if you can.”

Photo: Baldemar Fierro

Dave Koz is celebrating the launch of his new Koz Rosé at Spaghettini on July 16, featuring Spencer Day

Photo: Baldemar Fierro

Photo: Cooper Hardwick

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The 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival presented by Rainbow Promotions and Payne Pest Management San Diego, California

By Melanie Maxwell When Rainbow Promotions and Payne Pest Management chose to kick off their 2019 San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival with a Friday night dinner cruise, they may have underestimated the crowds it would draw. After announcing this inaugural sailing aboard Inspiration Hornblower in late January, which is hosted by Eric Darius and features performances by flutist Althea Rene and vocalist Selina Albright, they sold all 500 tickets by April 4. “We anticipated that it would be well-received, but this is the largest capacity boat we could secure for this type of event,” said Kim Benoit, president of Rainbow Promotions, who produces this festival with her husband, Ozzie, and their grown children, son Christen and daughter Blaire. “We wanted to offer something a little different to our patrons,” she said of the three-hour dinner cruise, which also features a DJ and includes a glass of Champagne upon boarding, then a buffet dinner, two glasses of wine, plus a top-deck cigar area. With two inside decks, Inspiration Hornblower can accommodate up to 1,200 guests, including 500 on each of its inside decks. However, in order for all patrons to enjoy the performances in one

space, tickets were capped at 500. Because they plan to incorporate this dinner cruise into their annual festival, if you plan to attend next year you might want to consider purchasing your tickets early. A sunset sailing around San Diego Bay with the sounds of smooth jazz is the perfect opening act for the land-based festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North on Saturday and Sunday. The waterfront venue, adjacent to Seaport Village, offers island, skyline, boat, bridge and watercraft views that wow festivalgoers almost as much as the lineup. This year’s headliners include Boney James; West Coast Jam featuring Peter White, Richard Elliot and, on their first nationwide tour, DW3; plus Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler on Saturday night. On Sunday, festival host Eric Darius takes the stage, as well as Norman Brown and San Diego native jazz harpist Mariea Antoinette, among others. Although all VIP tickets have been sold out for months and only a few reserved seats remained on Sunday, as of press time, general admission tickets were still available for both days. To prepare for another full audience, the Benoits and


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Paynes evaluated what worked well the past two years and what improvements need to be made at this third annual event. With the scenic festival venue intact, and a variety of food, beverage, dessert, arts, crafts and jewelry vendors onsite, they’re all dialed in there. And, for those active folks who are counting their steps on Fitbit, it’s a nice long walk from the underground parking structure to the venue. For everyone else, buses will shuttle attendees to and from a designated spot outside of the parking lot on Harbor Drive to the festival entrance. “Signage for regular shuttle service will be posted visibly that includes shuttle times and frequency, as well as signage on the shuttles themselves for clear identification to patrons,” Benoit explained.

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“And, when ADA patrons arrive at the festival entrance, they will have access to a shuttle or cart to transport them to their seating areas,” added Benoit. Plus, there will be signage throughout the venue directing fans to the CD-signing booth, where they can buy artists’ CDs, and take selfies with and get autographs from the performers. “Our goal is for our guests to have a wonderful time,” said Benoit. With the festival ending at 7 p.m., patrons can extend their good times with San Diego nightlife or dining. That is, unless they wear out their dancing shoes and are filled up on catfish, barbecue, funnel cakes, kettle corn and lemonade. In either case, it sounds quite wonderful indeed.

Richard Elliot (performing June 29)

Kirk Whalum (performing June 29)

Norman Brown (performing June 30)

The waterfront venue Photo: Ellis Moore Photography

offers island, skyline, boat, bridge and watercraft views that wow festivalgoers almost as much as the lineup.

Mariea Antoinette (performing June 30)


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Photo: Ellis Moore Photography

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Lineup (hosted by Eric Darius): Friday, June 28: Aboard Inspiration Hornblower (board at 5:15 p.m.)

Three-hour dinner cruise featuring performances by Althea Rene and Selina Albright, which includes a buffet and two glasses of wine, DJ, dancing, artist meet-and-greet, and cigar area on the top deck. Sails 7-10 p.m. aboard Inspiration Hornblower, Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr.

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Saturday, June 29: (on festival grounds)

Boney James, West Coast Jam (Peter White, Richard Elliot and DW3), Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler, Brian Simpson and Jazmin Ghent, Tony Exum Jr., gates open at 10 a.m., music starts at noon

Sunday, June 30: (on festival grounds)

Eric Darius, Norman Brown, Sax to the Max (Michael Lington, Paul Taylor and Vincent Ingala), Monty Seward, Mariea Antoinette, gates open at 10 a.m., music starts at noon

Venue

Festival grounds: Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California (adjacent to Seaport Village)

Getting there

Flights are available into San Diego International Airport (SAN), approximately 4 miles from the venue

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Staying there

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, located at 333 W. Harbor Dr., is the hotel sponsor. Only registered hotel guests may park at the hotel. Please see the festival website for additional hotel options.

Parking

San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, for a fee. See festival website for complete details.

Tickets and information

www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 (NOTE: VIP tickets are completely sold out, as is reserved seating on Saturday. As of press time, a few reserved seats remained for Sunday, and general admission was available both days.)

*This free-CD offer is a special promotion only available at the 2019 San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, while supplies last, and CD selection is subject to change without notice. This offer is not available when ordering by phone, mail or online. CDs are provided compliments of record labels and artists.


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East Shoreline Drive • Long Beach, California

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and many more! For tickets and information, contact:

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ISAAC EDWARDS • Begin Again

SPONTANEOUS GROOVIN’ COMBUSTION • ”Kickin’ It” single

(Songs In My Pocket Music)

(Tune 9 Records)

Begin Again, the latest release from extraordinary saxophonist Isaac Edwards, is a project about starting over. The 10-tracker, mixed by hit-maker Darren Rahn, is an amalgam of sounds and contemporary styles, offering vibrant shades of R&B, jazz, Latin and gospel. The first single, “Christina Christina,” is a zesty Latin-jazz arrangement that reached No. 27 on the Groove Jazz Chart and No. 12 on Smoothjazz.com’s Radar Chart. AVAILABLE AT: iTunes, www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com WEBSITE: www.isaacedwardsmusic.com

“Kickin’ It” is the explosive debut single from Spontaneous Groovin’ Combustion on their selftitled EP due later in 2019. “Kickin’ It” is sparking fires all over smooth jazz radio with its tight, old schoolin’ horns wrapped around a funky alto sax melody and solo. AvAilAble At: www.amazonmusic.com, www.applemusic.com, www.bandcamp.com, www.cdbaby.com, www.googleplay.com, iTunes, www.spotify.com Website: www.spontaneousgroovincombustion.com

PHAZE II • No Cover Charge (Phaze II Publishing)

No Cover Charge is Phaze II’s fifth release. This CD has a few jazz classic covers along with some brand-new original music ranging from jazz funk, contemporary jazz, Latin jazz and R&B. The funky single “In The Pocket” reached No. 77 on Smooth Jazz Network’s Top 100 chart! AvAilAble At: www.cdbaby.com Website: www.phaze2jazz.com

REGGIE CODRINGTON • Against the Odds

ROB ZINN • Walk The Walk (Rob Zinn Music)

Rob Zinn’s second album, produced by doubleGRAMMY-winner Paul Brown, is an explosive collection of spirited grooves and vibes from ambient, soulful and bluesy to mid-tempo sensual and deep in-the-pocket funk. Watch out for Rob’s fresh, hot new single, “All In,” coming out this summer. AvAilAble At: www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com, www.robzinn.com, iTunes, www.Spotify.com and all digital music mediums Website: www.robzinn.com

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Reggie Codrington possesses a natural ability to manufacture sultry songs that are tranquil and mesmerizing. Yet his playful, funky side pays homage to the upbeat, fever pitch tunes that make you wanna move. His masterful and balanced approach to jazz puts him in a distinctive and diverse category of his own. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com and other digital music mediums Website: www.reggiecodrington.com

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through Southern California Photos Top: Families enjoying the pond at Thornton Winery on Mother’s Day in Temecula, California (Photo: Pat Benter) Top left: Enthusiastic student enjoying Festival of Arts youth art class in Laguna Beach, California (Photo: Ron Azevedo) Top right: Glass art works by Sherry Salito-Forsen presented at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California

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Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment Seal Beach, California Lineup: Concerts in the Lounge, Thursday-Sunday evenings and Sunday Brunch Venue: Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California

Craft cocktails and Parmesan-crusted sea bass are just a couple of offerings at Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment in Seal Beach, California

Getting there: Flights are available into the Long Beach Airport (LGB), John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Distance to the venue is approximately 6 miles from LGB, 16 miles from SNA, and 26 miles from LAX. Parking: onsite self-parking and valet; with overflow lot across the street Tickets and information: www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate Laguna Beach, California Lineup (starts at 5:30 p.m.): Thursday, July 11: Ty Taylor’s Nouveau Mid-Century Romance Songbook Thursday, July 18: TÊka Thursday, July 25: Gregg Karukas Thursday, Aug. 1: Billy Valentine Thursday, Aug. 8: Kleber Jorge

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Thursday, Aug. 15: Scott Wilkie Thursday, Aug. 22: Brian Simpson Thursday, Aug. 29: The Black Market Trust

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

Venue: Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California

Lineup (starts at 1 p.m.):

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

Saturday, July 13: Grace Kelly

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

Saturday, Aug. 17: The Eric Marienthal All-Stars

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

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

Festival of Arts bartender pouring wine during the 2018 Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series

Eric Marienthal performing during the 2018 Concerts on the Green at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California. Marienthal returns for an Aug. 17 performance. (Photo: Mitch Ridder)

Saturday, July 20: Greg Adams and East Bay Soul Saturday, July 27: Russell Ferrante and Bob Mintzer from the Yellowjackets Saturday, Aug. 3: Side Deal Saturday, Aug. 10: Ellis Hall: The Ambassador of Soul Saturday, Aug. 31: Isaiah Sharkey Venue: Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California

Parking: There are eight public parking lots in the City of Laguna Beach as well as meters, most of which accept credit cards. Laguna Beach Transit also offers free shuttle service to the venue from locations along Pacific Coast Hwy. and Laguna Canyon Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets and information: Free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket. Limited seating is available in a reserved section for $40 per person per concert. For more information, visit www.foapom.com/ events/concerts-on-the-green/ or call 949-494-1145.


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Photos: Pat Benter

Thornton Winery manager Tonya Wake with vineyard owners John and Steve Thornton at their award-winning Café Champagne

Thornton Winery’s 31st Annual Champagne Concert Series Temecula, California Lineup: Saturday, July 20: The Brian McKnight 4, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5: Brian Culbertson, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3: Chris Botti, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12: West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Peter White and DW3, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 24: Returning favorite artist (to be announced on June 30), 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7: Keiko Matsui with Sax to the Max featuring Michael Lington, Vincent Ingala and Paul Taylor, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14: Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore and Aubrey Logan, 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15: Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore and Aubrey Logan, 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21: Norman Brown’s Summer Storm Tour featuring Euge Groove and Lindsey Webster, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28: Jonathan Butler and Kirk Whalum Summer Groove Tour, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 20: Jeffrey Osborne, 4 p.m. Venue: Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California Getting there: Flights are available into Ontario International Airport (ONT), San Diego International Airport (SAN), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Distance to the venue is approximately 55 miles from ONT, 65 miles from SAN, and 95 miles from LAX. Parking: Free onsite parking Tickets and information: www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099


ERIC DARIUS

Photo: Aric Thompson

Launches a new stage in his career trajectory

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By Ken Capobianco axophonist Eric Darius broke out in the jazz world as a teen phenom in 2002, when he recorded his first album, Cruisin’, as a 19-yearold in high school. He has gone on to become a smooth jazz star, but the now 36-year-old musician feels like he’s just getting started with the release of his latest album, Breakin’ Thru, on his own record label, SagiDarius Music. The veteran artist, who will be hosting The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival in June, has found a new lease on his creative life by declaring his independence and taking full rein of his musical direction. Breakin’ Thru, Darius’ seventh solo album, marks a transition and a reboot of the versatile saxophonist’s career, as he seeks to reach younger audiences and push beyond the limits he felt were constraining him when he recorded on major, high-profile labels. The Los Angeles resident considers the title of his new album to be an apt summation of his music and career trajectory. “I feel like I am just breaking through to where I want to go,” the affable and thoughtful Darius

said via phone from his home. “I had to come through to realizations about myself, personally, and the music reflects my new sense of self. “This is the first album I’ve released on my own record label,” he said. “That was a huge factor on the concept of this album–– the sound, the style and my approach. With every album, it’s like a blank canvas when I start, but now there was a different sense of creativity and freedom that I never experienced before. “It was exciting for me because for the first time in my career, I could make music exactly how I wanted without any restrictions or outside input––it all could come from my heart and straight to the listeners’ ears.” The music on Breakin’ Thru is much funkier than his previous six albums, with a deeper bottom—the bass lines will rattle sound systems—and it captures the kinetic energy of his live show, which has made him a fan favorite on the live smooth jazz circuit. It touches on different genres and nods to hip-hop for younger generations, which Darius, one of the youngest smooth jazz headliners, hopes to reach. “My music has always been a combination of so many styles and genres from jazz to R&B to hip-hop, rock, funk, gospel, reggae, and I wanted to make music that appealed to all generations.


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“It was important to make music that was true to myself. I’m inspired by so many types of artists, from Prince, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z and Bob Marley. I wanted to bring all those sounds and elements into this project.” The new album is also his first with all originals. He decided to eschew the covers formula he had relied upon previously. “I’ve done albums in the past with covers of popular songs that I thought the younger generation would relate to, like music from Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige—but I’m a songwriter, so I don’t need to keep doing other people’s music. There are elements in my music that people, who listen to those artists I covered, can relate to. So, I wanted to give people the full range of my work as a musician. “As I was writing the songs and recording, I realized this was the most exciting recording experience I’ve ever had. There was nothing holding me back, so I could explore.” While saying he was thankful for working with labels that helped him launch his career, he admitted he felt they often held him back creatively. “Labels are all about commercial appeal, and they are not necessarily focused on the artist themselves, and what they want to say creatively. Unfortunately, they just focus on the numbers and the business side of things. “Sometimes artists have to sacrifice who they are to appeal to the labels and the people who represent them. This time around, I didn’t want to have any of those things holding me back, and I wanted to give my fans 110 percent of myself on this project. I studied business in school—I wanted to be in on the marketing and the branding because, in today’s landscape, the business has changed so much. Artists have so many ways to reach fans through social media and technology. I wanted to embrace those things. “Social media is the lifeblood of my career. It’s crucial to get the word out about performing and helping me interact with the fans one-on-one when I’m doing shows. I’m active every day. “I’m always posting things, answering questions or responding to people’s posts. I get a direct pulse from the people, who are buying tickets, to get a feel as to how they are responding and what they want. You can develop a strong relationship between fans and the artist. That’s a beautiful thing.”

SagiDarius Music is not just a vehicle for his own projects. Darius intends to use the label to nurture young talent and grow a business. “The vision is to sign other artists. I want to develop new, upcoming talent and give them a platform to release music.” He understands, though, that the concepts of producing albums and selling records to develop a career are anachronistic in today’s music world, where approximately four pop artists— Taylor Swift, Drake, Beyoncé and Adele—may have healthy album sales. Albums are now either an expensive hobby for many veteran artists or a means to draw listeners to live shows. “The whole mindset and paradigm of albums have changed,” he said, pragmatically. “Before, it was all about the sales and numbers. People were selling a half million albums left and right, which is almost impossible now unless you are Taylor Swift or Beyoncé, so albums have become more of a marketing tool to connect with people and get them to come to one of your shows. It’s about bringing more attention to your brand. That’s clearly not what albums were before. Obviously, at the shows, we sell tons of CDs, and that’s the selling opportunity. But that’s as far as it goes when it comes to sales. The days of selling millions of albums are gone.”

Eric Darius performing at the 2018 San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

Photo: Pat Benter

“The wonderful thing about this genre is they are the most loyal fans of all genres across the board. They are so supportive.”

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Darius is a genuine road warrior, who spends most of his life performing, and he’s grateful to his fan base for helping his career flourish. “The wonderful thing about this genre is they are the most loyal fans of all genres across the board. They are so supportive. Where a lot of genres are dependent on radio or whatever, the lifeblood of our genre is performances. I do over a hundred shows a year, every year, for the last 20 years. That’s always been the driving force behind my career.” The newly married artist doesn’t have to worry about trying to balance his personal life with his work like so many musicians who struggle with life away from family. “My wife, Lynne, is 100 percent supportive of my career. She is my tour manager now and travels with me,” he said. “So, we are together 24/7, and that’s brought us closer. She’s a part of my music business and team, and she helps me reach higher levels. Getting married and having a partner I can trust and rely on has been one of the best things to happen to me. It’s been a blessing.” The saxophonist, who is a prominent endorser of Cannonball Musical Instruments, explained that he is looking forward to hosting this year’s San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival for the second time. “I hosted last year, and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that they wanted me to host it again. I said ‘absolutely yes.’ It’s a lot of work and makes for a long weekend, but there’s nothing like being a host and being able to interact with the fans—from the very first note that’s played to the very last note that’s played. I’m all about engaging the fans, so I’m truly excited to host and headline.”

Darius continues to be heavily involved in furthering music education in the country’s schools. He speaks to students about music and developed his “On a Mission in the Schools” campaign to inspire young people to get involved with music or develop careers. The New Jersey native, who grew up in Tampa, Florida, started his career at age 11 when he toured the world with Sonny LaRosa and America’s Youngest Jazz Band. He believes it is vital to nurture young talent and give back. “I am still involved heavily with On a Mission, where I talk to kids in schools. I love speaking to the next generation about following their dreams and keeping music alive in the schools. “That’s still near and dear to my heart. I want to do a lot more of it. It’s important to allow kids the opportunities to express themselves through music because the arts are obviously the first thing to get cut when there are cuts in budgets. I’m a product of a music program, and I traveled around the world with an amazing jazz band, so I’ve taken it upon myself to pay it forward in these schools.” A big-hearted artist, Darius realizes that he has a higher purpose than just ruling music charts and trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons, like too many musicians. “It’s not just about the songs and notes. It’s about the message and impact you make on lives. You give people hope and happiness and something to be excited about. That’s what it’s all about.” For more information on Darius, including his complete tour schedule, visit www.ericdarius.com.

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June 28 The 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival Dinner Cruise aboard Inspiration Hornblower San Diego, California www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com (sold-out)

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Photo: Ellis Moore Photography

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Aug. 11 Derby City Jazz Festival Iroquois Amphitheater Louisville, Kentucky www.derbycityjazzfest.com Eric Darius posing with fans at the 2018 San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival


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4 Spencer Day, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 5 Spencer Day, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 6 Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 7 Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Aysha, Tony Exum Jr. & Friends, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

8 DOTSERO, 9:15pm, Live@ Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Blake Aaron, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 9 Sway Collective Tribute to Frank Sinatra & Friends featuring DamonReel, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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13 Alex Bugnon, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 14 Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 15 Down to the Bone, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 16 Father’s Day Evening Show featuring Rebecca Jade, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 20 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Brian Culbertson, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 21 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Brian Culbertson, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 22 Steve Cole & Jeff Kashiwa, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 DOTSERO, 9:15pm, Live@ Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000

Jackiem Joyner & Brian Simpson, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Darren Rahn, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Brian Culbertson, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Phaze II Jazz with Conya Doss, 8pm, City Winery, 1350 Okie St. N.E., Washington, DC, https:// citywinery.com/washingtondc Phaze II Jazz, 2:45pm, the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, Penn Ave. N.W., between 3rd & 7th streets, Washington, DC, https://bbqindc.com/ 23 Pieces of a Dream, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Al Williams Jazz Society, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Brian Culbertson, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Phaze II Jazz with Conya Doss, 8pm, City Winery, 1350 Okie St. N.E., Washington, DC, https:// citywinery.com/washingtondc 24 Kenny G, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 26 Euge Groove, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Acoustic Alchemy, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 27 Euge Groove, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, continued on page 26


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continued from page 25 Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 28 The 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival 3-hour dinner cruise hosted by Eric Darius, featuring Althea Rene & Selina Albright, DJ, artist meet & greet, sails 7-10pm aboard Inspiration Hornblower, boards at 5:15pm from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com (sold-out) DW3-A Tribute to Legends of Music, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 29 DOTSERO, 9:15pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000

The 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival hosted by Eric Darius, featuring Boney James, West Coast Jam (Peter White, Richard Elliot & DW3), Kirk Whalum & Jonathan Butler, Brian Simpson & Jazmin Ghent, Tony Exum Jr., gates open at 10am, music starts at noon, Embarcadero Marina Park N., 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California, www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 Incendio, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Asia America Symphony presents An Evening with Oleta Adams & David Benoit, 8pm, Marsee Auditorium of El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, California, https://aasymphony.org/ 30 The 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Eric Darius (host & headliner), Norman Brown, Sax to the Max (Michael Lington, Paul Taylor & Vincent Ingala), Monty Seward, Mariea Antoinette, gates open at 10am,

music starts at noon, Embarcadero Marina Park N., 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California, www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013 Jazmin Ghent, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

JUly 2 Acoustic Alchemy CD-Release Celebration, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 3 Acoustic Alchemy CD-Release Celebration, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 5 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th

St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Phil Denny, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Acoustic Alchemy CD-Release Celebration, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 6 DOTSERO, 9:15pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Nils, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Acoustic Alchemy CD-Release Celebration, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 7 21st Annual Eric Marienthal & Friends Concert featuring Lee Ritenour, the Ron Kobayashi Trio & other special guest appearances, live


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& silent auctions, complimentary hors d’oeuvres & gourmet coffee bar, benefiting High Hopes Head Injury Program, VIP party starts at 4pm, concert at 5pm, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California, www.highhopes.ws, 949-733-0044 Acoustic Alchemy CD-Release Celebration, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 11 Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Ty Taylor’s Nouveau Mid-Century Romance Songbook, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/ events/art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings—for those aged 21 & over— are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) 10th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Pre-Festival Jam featuring Willie Bradley, Eddie Baccus Jr., Alisha Glover, 7pm, Olde Town Inn, 9421 Largo Dr. W., Largo, Maryland, www.lakearborjazz.com DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 12 Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore & Aubrey Logan, 8pm, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, Florida, www.floridatheatre.com Darryl Walker & The Saxations, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 10th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival VIP White Affair & concert featuring Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman, Althea Rene, Jeanette Harris, Kayla Waters, 7:30pm, Martins Camelot, 13905 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, Maryland, www.lakearborjazz.com

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Jeffrey Osborne, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore & Aubrey Logan, 8pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Florida, www.rutheckerdhall.com Najee, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214

Opening Weekend

OCTOBER 10-13

Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Grace Kelly, 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/concertson-the-green/, 949-494-1145 (Free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket. Limited seating in reserved section available for $40 per person.) 10th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival featuring Kim Waters, Kayla Waters, Adam Hawley, Secret Society, We Are One Tribute X-perience Band, the David Bach Consort, Lil Asmar & host Tony Richards, 1pm, Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, Maryland, www.lakearborjazz.com

Closing Weekend

OCTOBER 17-20

DAMIEN ESCOBAR

COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA

KEIKO MATSUI

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10th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Sunday Inspirational Jazz Experience featuring Kirk Whalum, The Blackbyrds, Lil Asmar, 2pm, Grand Finale All-Star Jam Session hosted by Gerald Veasley, featuring Kim Waters, Willie Bradley, Elan Trotman, Jeff Bradshaw, Adam Hawley, Julian Vaughn, David Bach, Eddie Baccus Jr., Phaze II Jazz & more, 7pm, Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Maryland, www.lakearborjazz.com Spencer Day, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

JAZMIN GHENT

BONEY JAMES

PETER WHITE

RICK BRAUN

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18 Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Téka, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/art-jazzwine-chocolate/, 949-494-1145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings—for those aged 21 & over—are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 19 4th Annual Music City Jazz Festival featuring Kirk Whalum & Jonathan Butler, Pete Belasco, Willie Bradley, Public Square Park, 10 Public Square, Nashville, Tennessee, www.musiccityjazzfest.com, 800-945-0078 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore & Aubrey Logan, 7:30pm, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, California, http://humphreysconcerts.com/ Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033

20 Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/ events/concerts-on-the-green/, 949-494-1145 (Free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket. Limited seating in reserved section available for $40 per person.) 4th Annual Music City Jazz Festival featuring Najee; Norman Brown, Euge Groove & Lindsey Webster; the Yellowjackets; Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Paul Jackson Jr.; Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine; Althea Rene & Jeanette Harris, Public Square Park, 10 Public Square, Nashville, Tennessee, www.musiccityjazzfest.com, 800-945-0078 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore & Aubrey Logan, 7:30pm, The Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga, California, www.mountainwinery.com Michael Paulo, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

Thornton Winery’s 31st Annual Champagne Concert Series featuring The Brian McKnight 4, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 21 Louie Cruz Beltran, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore & Aubrey Logan, 37th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, Rendezvous Event Center, 78786 U.S. 40, Winter Park, Colorado, www.playwinterpark.com/jazzfest

Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore & Aubrey Logan, 8pm, The Theater at MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill, Maryland, www.theateroxonhill.org, 800-745-3000 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 26 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore & Aubrey Logan, 9pm, Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, Michigan, www.fourwindscasino.com DW3-A Tribute to Legends of Music, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 27

25 Festival of Arts presents Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Gregg Karukas, 5:30pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/events/ art-jazz-wine-chocolate/, 949-4941145 (Concerts are free with purchase of Festival of Arts admission. Wine & chocolate pairings—for those aged 21 & over—are an additional $20. Limited reserved seating is available for an additional $35.) Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright,

Art Sherrod Jr., 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore & Aubrey Logan, 7 & 9:30pm, One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin, Texas, www.oneworldtheatre.org, 888-616-0522 13th Annual Multi Music Fest hosted by Mark Ribbins from Cleveland’s 107.3 The WAVE,

“JAZZ EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME” www.lifeluxejazz

NOVEMBER 7TH - 11TH, 2019 Kirk Whalum

Gearld Albright

Average White Band

Alex Bugnon

Euge Groove

LOS CABOS, MEXICO

Raul Midon

Aundrae Russ Sunday Brunch Host Maysa

Donnie McClurkin

Incogonito

Pieces of Dream

Ernest Charles

Daline & Diego

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featuring Jonathan Butler & Kirk Whalum, Peter White & Euge Groove, Sammy Deleon Band, Cain Park, 14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 216-326-0823 DOTSERO, 9:15pm, Live@ Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Chris Standring, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Festival of Arts presents Concerts on the Green featuring Russell Ferrante & Bob Mintzer from the Yellowjackets, 1pm, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California, www.foapom.com/ events/concerts-on-the-green/, 949-494-1145 (Free admission with purchase of Festival of Arts ticket. Limited seating in reserved section available for $40 per person.) 28 Andy Vargas & Souleros, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining &

Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.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 30


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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, 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 music 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, j u n e 2

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER John Wayne Celebration Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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 live performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, j u n e 8

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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, j u n e 9

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

John Wayne Celebration Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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 live performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, j u n e 1 5

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 music, 2 sailings: noon-2pm & 12:30-2:30pm, boards at 11:30am & noon, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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

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Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Rainbow Harbor Marina, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 6A, Long Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, 3 sailings: 11am-1pm, noon-2pm & 4-6pm; boards at 10:30am, 11:30am & 3:30pm, respectively, from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, 3 sailings: 11am-1pm, noon-2pm & 4-6pm; boards at 10:30am, 11:30am & 3:30pm, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise featuring live jazz music by the Dave Scott Duo, 2 sailings: 11am-1pm & The Classic Jazz Trio sailing from noon-2pm, boards at 10:30am & 11:30am, respectively, from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 Spaghettini’s Father’s Day Champagne Brunch with live performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 continued on page 32


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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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, j u n e 2 3

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Rainbow Harbor Marina, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 6A, Long Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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 live 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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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

July 4th Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER

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

4th of July-Old Glory Boat Parade & BBQ Brunch Buffet Cruise aboard Hornblower, sails 1-3pm, boards at 12:30pm from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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

4th of July Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring 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

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Rainbow Harbor Marina, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 6A, Long Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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 live performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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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 music 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, j u ly 7

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 Rainbow Harbor Marina, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 6A, Long Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails

noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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 live performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, j u ly 1 3

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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, j u ly 1 4

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Rainbow Harbor Marina, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 6A, Long Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from


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Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER

boards at noon from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

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

Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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

Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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 live performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, j u ly 2 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 12:30-2:30pm,

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Rainbow Harbor Marina, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 6A, Long Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live

music 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 live performances by Erin Stevenson, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, j u ly 2 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 Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live music 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

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Rainbow Harbor Marina, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 6A, Long Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-3019900, 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 music 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 live performances by artist TBA, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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“Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography” By Chris Salewicz J U N E | J U LY 2 019

CASHMIRA’S STARGUIDE Gemini May 21 - June 21

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Cancer June 22 - July 22

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Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

You always like to stick to your guns and defend yourself. Why not ease up a bit and indulge in that popular process called compromise? You might see some positive results if you take a breath and listen to others. Wow, you will soon be confronted with tons of complaints. Unfortunately, others are not always going to be appeased by your answers. Pay attention to those with legitimate problems and be honest with the others. You are always the one to jump up first for everything. And, you might feel like being first again, but it would be better for you to take a beat and think about for what you are volunteering. Talk with a few buddies for their thoughts.

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

The breezes from faraway places are calling, but don’t pack those bags just yet. You may have a business opportunity that needs attention. Just make sure you are fully covered before you make your getaway.

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

There is someone in your life who needs some serious spoiling. You may not have the cash for huge spending, but be as lavish as you can with your time and imagination. Just make sure that person is feeling loved.

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

Now is getaway time for you. Take a breather from all your many obligations and relax somewhere beautiful with a good friend. Soak up some sunshine, kick off your shoes and try to relax for a couple of days.

Try to surround yourself with others who are like-minded. This makes it a lot easier to get along in this world. Sure, everyone is different, but make life easy on yourself without having to constantly defend or explain. You’re willing to pitch in and work on a goal with others, but don’t let yourself end up doing the lion’s share of the work. Temper yourself to offer only the time that makes sense, and you will still be contributing. Hmm, you’ve been a little secretive for a bit. Even those close to you have not been let in on what is actually going on. This is an opposite trait for you, so no one will suspect you’ve held things back. Try breaking the news as gently as possible.

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20

You’ve been making a lot of progress lately, but things will be slowing down significantly. Don’t let this set you back. These slow times won’t last forever, and you will soon be back on a positive path.

Aries March 21 - April 19

You have big dreams and are considering taking some financial risks. Those around you are counseling you to put on the brakes with some of your more grandiose plans. Frankly, it would be a good idea if you listened before you leap.

Taurus April 20 - May 20

Things have been a little chaotic. Now is a good time for you to set some boundaries. Your attempt to create order could be misconstrued, so try to not appear too controlling.

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Reviewed by Darcy Peters You might recognize the guitar riff to the ubiquitous “Stairway to Heaven” written by Jimmy Page, which broke radio traditional song limits by being more than eight minutes long. Chris Salewicz’s well-researched biography of Page is jammed with behind-thescenes recounts of this rock legend. The biography was enhanced by copious interviews with friends, Page himself and others within the music business. Nothing is spared regarding the general debauchery lived by Page and his fellow Led Zeppelin band members. Page was a respected studio musician for some of the biggest bands in the ’60s when Eric Clapton suggested the guitarist replace him in the Yardbirds. Clapton went on to Cream, and Page joined the Yardbirds. They had some success, but when the Yardbirds broke up, Page went looking for another band. That’s when Led Zeppelin was born. Zeppelin crashed into the music scene with the misnomer of heavy metal, when that had not been their intention. They seemed to stand in stark contrast to the increasingly soft rock emerging from L.A.’s Laurel Canyon. Their success was huge. The band developed a reputation of being aggressive as years passed. During their 1977 tour, there were physical altercations. Bill Graham recalls, “What I didn’t like about Led Zeppelin was that they came with force. I had heard stories from other cities about how they muscled promoters to get better deals. How they had shaken them down for money. I had heard about the ugliness of their security.” The band had demanded funds to get drugs before their appearance at a Graham-produced show. Drugs were a big problem with the band; Page was using heroin. Led Zeppelin’s nosedive was inexorable. Now mired in heroin addiction and alcoholism, Page’s days of greatest creativity with the group were behind him. Page had created a mysterious persona, which was engendered by his flirtations with the occult and his fascination with Aleister Crowley. For a time, Page was allured by the Isis Urania Temple of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a late 19th century group of occultists whose members had included the Irish poet W.B. Yeats and Crowley. In later years, after purchasing a unique home in London, Page opened a bookshop called the Equinox Bookseller and Publisher. Well known for his large collection of guitars, he played a Gibson Les Paul Standard, which he named “Number One” during his years in Led Zeppelin. His velvet suits and ruffled shirts were also part of his image and were maintained by his staff. In 1995, Page and fellow Zeppelin member Robert Plant got together and kicked off their successful “No Quarter” tour. Fans still craved hearing from their once-favorite band. In later years, Page continued to curate the Led Zeppelin legacy regarding new compilations, etc. Over time, he has emerged as a respected and admired elder dean of classic rock ’n’ roll.


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