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

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CONTENTS Publisher and Managing Editor

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The Second Annual Music City Jazz Festival is scheduled to return to Nashville, Tennessee, May 25-27. The lineup includes Brian Culbertson, The Rippingtons, Will Downing, David Sanborn, Maysa, Fourplay (featuring Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason and Chuck Loeb) and more. For details on this, and other festivals, check out our Annual Jazz Festival & Cruise Guide, beginning on page 22.

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16 Calendar of smooth jazz events Concerts, festivals and brunches nationwide and beyond

9 The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival Brian Culbertson to host festival at picturesque bayside spot 12 Rick Braun Global influences shape the trumpeter’s eclectic new CD, Around the Horn

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For many years—maybe decades— outdoor jazz festival season kicked off in Southern California each May. Anchor events included the Newport Beach Jazz Festival mid-month, and KiFM’s Anniversary Festival in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter on Saturday during Memorial Day weekend. Several other festivals also popped up along the way in Palm Springs, Temecula and San Juan Capistrano. When the ratings began to slip at KiFM—the once No. 1 ranked radio station in San Diego—management deleted the word “Jazz” from its “KiFM, 98.1 Smooth Jazz” moniker. Soon thereafter, program directors were ordered to drop the majority of genre hits from the play list and replace them with oldies and pop songs. After a few more stabs at different formats, the terrestrial station estranged itself from the genre (angering its loyal listeners), then dumped the 36-year-old festival that attracted 5,000 to 10,000 people––some of whom were first-timers to not only that festival but to smooth jazz music as well. In Newport Beach, a change in festival ownership and venue prompted a several-year hiatus of this popular event before the Hyatt launched its own festival with a new promoter. After a few more producer changes, the annual weekend of jazz is still happening at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, but the date has moved to June. Although there are no more festivals in Temecula or San Juan Capistrano this month, the newly transformed Pip’s Jazz & Blues on the Greens Getaway is scheduled for May 13, in Indian Wells, California. It features saxophonist Eric Darius, the ultimate party band DW3, vocalist Barbara Morrison, vocalist-guitarist Ray Goren, and saxophonist-vocalist Bobby Hurricane Spencer. While compiling this year’s Jazz Festival & Cruise Guide, I noticed that the opening of festival season has taken a geographical shift

from West Coast to East. Florida is now leading the festival season with Jazz on the Green in Gainesville and Ocala, May 5-6, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, May 26-28. Although, with the huge growth of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, and the Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania––both now in April––the official commencement of festival season starts a month earlier. It’s also worth noting that the Seabreeze Jazz Festival is fueled by WSBZ The Seabreeze 106.3FM, a terrestrial smooth jazz radio station based in Destin, Florida. Despite the trend toward marketing via social media, the few real, on-the-air radio stations dedicated entirely to this genre remain the most powerful promotional vehicle for concerts and festivals, and they provide the opportunities for new artists to break into this format. North America isn’t the only continent where smooth jazz gatherings occur. Nor are they limited to land-based festivities during the month that celebrates Mother’s Day. GRAMMYnominated saxophonist Dave Koz takes fans on two sold-out, full-ship charters to “Venice and Beyond,” which include ports of call at Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Santorini, Greece; and San Marino, Italy. And, on May Day, 36-year-old Christian Bössner is wrapping up his Sixth Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival in Spain. The Augsburg, Germany-based promoter is also the producer of the Second Annual Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival in Portugal, scheduled for Sept. 26-Oct. 1. I’m thrilled to see the emergence of so many new festivals, along with others celebrating decades-long anniversaries, throughout the United States and around the globe. I also enjoy the balance of up-and-comers mixed with popular headliners at so many of these events. However, I still reminisce about California’s previous domination as the smooth jazz universe (on the air and at live-music venues), especially in San Diego, where so many of today’s stars launched their careers. I’m especially grateful that The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival is returning to the waterfront in July, thanks to Rainbow Promotions (Kim and Ozzie Benoit) and Payne Pest Management (Kathy and Willie Payne). Our tagline for the first few years of publication was “Jazz Buzz and the Succulent Life.” This year’s abundance of smooth jazz travel options certainly epitomizes a “Succulent Life” worth buzzing about. In the spirit of this month’s Annual Jazz Festival & Cruise Guide, I would like to extend a huge shout-out of thanks to all of the festival promoters and sponsors who work tirelessly and risk their own money before one ticket is sold to bring us experiences we will cherish for a lifetime.

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The San Diego

Smooth jazz Festival San Diego, California July 7-9

By Melanie Maxwell

Brian Culbertson, festival host (scheduled to perform Saturday, July 8)

Photo: Lori Stoll

Photo: Daniel Ray

fter a 13-year hiatus, The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival returns to the downtown waterfront on July 7-9, with a lineup that is pure smooth jazz.

Peter White (scheduled to perform Saturday, July 8)

Hosted by Brian Culbertson, this event features Boney James, Peter White, Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler and the new West Coast Jam ensemble featuring Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Norman Brown and a horn section. Among these headliners is San Diego native Michael Franks—who was both smooth and jazzy before this genre existed when he launched his recording career in the ’70s with lyrically quirky hits such as “Popsicle Toes” and “Baseball.” Hopefully, the singer-songwriter will continued on page 10


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“We always wanted to come back to San Diego, it was such a beautiful venue,” said Kimberly Benoit, president of Rainbow Promotions, the festival’s producer. “So, when the opportunity presented itself, we decided to come back.”

“We know how much it means to have a true smooth jazz festival back in San Diego. After all, this is where it all began. Just as we sponsored the Gaslamp Festival in the past, we wanted to bring back the great artists, and create an even better fan experience,” Payne added. Unlike the one-day festival the Paynes’ sponsored with former radio station KiFM, Smooth Jazz 98.1––where several downtown streets were cordoned off in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter to create a big, smooth jazz block party with standing-room-only at three different stages and

Photo: James Primary

perform a few new songs from his upcoming album due out later this year. Other fan favorites and upand-coming acts will also hit the stage at Embarcadero Marina Park North––a grassy, rockscaped peninsula on the bay with trees, walkways, bike paths and 360-degree views of the Coronado Bridge, San Diego’s downtown skyline and rows of boats and yachts regally docked at the marina. “We always wanted to come back to San Diego, it was such a beautiful venue,” said Kimberly Benoit, president of Rainbow Promotions,

Michael Franks (scheduled to perform Saturday, July 8)

Boney James (scheduled to perform Sunday, July 9)

the festival’s producer. “So, when the opportunity presented itself, we decided to come back.” Kathy and Willie Payne of Payne Pest Management presented that opportunity. “We met the Benoits at the Smooth Jazz News anniversary party three years ago,” said Kathy Payne. “We discovered we share a deep passion for keeping smooth jazz alive,” said Benoit, who also produces the Long Beach Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in August. Since then, a friendship formed between the Paynes and Benoits (Kimberly and her husband, Ozzie, the company’s vice president). That evolved into the Paynes’ sponsorship of the Long Beach Jazz Festival and, now, a partnership for this festival in the Paynes’ hometown.

Keiko Matsui (scheduled to perform Saturday, July 8)

a variety of venues––this event will have seating for all patrons, and one stage. This outdoor venue, located behind Seaport Village, has a seating capacity of 5,000, according to Benoit. That includes 320 VIP, 640 reserved and 3,000-4,000 seats in general admission, she said. There will also be a variety of onsite food and merchandise vendors, including an artist CD-signing table at the festival’s merchandise booth. “This festival will be a little different from the Long Beach Jazz Festival because of logistics. However, it will be the same production quality,” Benoit said from her Long Beach, California, office. Like all Rainbow Promotions events, this will be a family affair. Al Williams––Benoit’s father, and the founder of Rainbow Promotions— is overseeing production. Sandy Williams––Al’s wife––is editor of


Photo: Caeser Lima

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West Coast Jam featuring Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Norman Brown (scheduled to perform Sunday, July 9)

Euge Groove (scheduled to perform Saturday, July 8)

the festival program. The Benoits’ 32-year-old son, Christen, is the operations supervisor, and their 28-year-old daughter, Blaire, will handle media correspondent duties. The Paynes’ son-in-law, singer/multi-instrumentalist Monty Seward, is performing a set following a special reception with saxophonist Eric Darius, unplugged under the stars, on Friday night for a select number of VIP patrons at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the festival’s host hotel. According to Benoit, reduced hotel rates for festivalgoers are $249 on Friday and Saturday; $399 on Sunday (based on availability). There are also suites available at a special rate. Parking at the hotel is available only to registered guests staying at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. “Details on parking for all other festival patrons will be announced soon,” Benoit added. Because this event is close to the historic Gaslamp Quarter, festivalgoers can continue the party at some of the local clubs or dig into a dining adventure at one of the many restaurants and sidewalk cafes. There will surely be a plethora of pedicab drivers eager to whisk you off to a destination of your choice. But on Saturday night, you’ll probably want to stick around the Manchester Grand Hyatt for the festival after-party. You might also want to extend your stay to explore all of the delights this vacation mecca has to offer: the seals at La Jolla Cove, a bike ride along the beaches of Coronado Island, a Hornblower dinner cruise at sunset, carnitas and margaritas at an Old Town eatery, or spend a day at the world-class San Diego Zoo or Safari Park. With The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival now planned as an annual event, America’s Finest City should certainly resume its reign as a fan favorite destination for jazz!

Jonathan Butler (scheduled to perform Sunday, July 9)

When July 7-9

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

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

Staying there Manchester Grand Hyatt, located at 1 Market Pl., San Diego, California, is the host hotel. Reservations can be made from the link on the festival website.

Parking Only registered hotel guests may park at the hotel. As of press time, rates were $35 for self-parking and $49 for valet. Parking for all other festival patrons will be announced soon.

Tickets and information www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013

Lineup Friday, July 7 (available to a limited number of VIP package ticket-holders only): An Intimate Evening Under the Stars with Eric Darius unplugged, followed by a set featuring Monty Seward, 6 p.m. Saturday, July 8 (gates open at 11 a.m.): Brian Culbertson; Michael Franks; Peter White, Keiko Matsui and Euge Groove; Nick Colionne; The L.A. Collective featuring Adam Hawley, Greg Manning, Darryl Williams and Tony Moore Sunday, July 9 (gates open at noon): Boney James; West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Norman Brown; Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler; Eric Darius; Curtis Brooks


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Photo: Raj Naik

on his musical adventures

By Ken Capobianco ick Braun found just the right title for his 17th solo album, Around the Horn. He didn’t try to evoke a mood as he did with Kisses in the Rain and Intimate Secrets, or conjure a musical era such as his aptly named Body and Soul. He simply used a phrase that perfectly captures the very essence of the record’s rich musical diversity and his instrumental genius. “When making the record, I wanted to create something that reflected precisely what the title implies. The record is a musical journey, and I wanted to take the music to different places––around the horn of South Africa, around the Cape Horn to South America and then even go beyond. It has Brazilian, Caribbean, South African and European influences. All music I love and owe so much to,” Braun said recently from his Los Angeles-area home. “On another level with Around the Horn, I wanted it to reflect that I was digging a little deeper here as an artist. I worked with [German trumpeter] Till Brönner here, and he definitely pushed me to another level of achievement and helped me take the music to another level. It was quite satisfying all around.” The record is another affirmation of Braun’s eclecticism and savvy song sense. It’s filled with eight fine originals, five of which he co-wrote with gospel-soul vocalist and multi-instrumentalist John Stoddart, who also sings and plays keyboards on the record. All of the tracks feature the stellar musicianship and vintage melodicism that have made Braun one of the most successful and accomplished contemporary jazz artists over the past three decades.

Along with Stoddart and Brönner, who brilliantly complement the trumpeter-composer-producer on the centerpiece title track— a trumpet summit––guests include guitarist Peter White and vocalist Lindsey Webster. This remains thoroughly Braun’s show, though, as he explores all the colors in his musical palette with his thrilling trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone work––a masterful mix of technical prowess and soulfulness. The album opens with the Brazilian flavor and tricky rhythms of “So Strong” and slips into the funky “Pool Dancer,” powered by Gerey Johnson’s rhythm guitar. Braun proceeds to alternately downshift and power up while showcasing his graceful compositional skills. White’s acoustic guitar dexterity brings a fresh breeze to “Vila Vita,” a wonderfully evocative ballad capturing the sensuality and spirit of a lovely Mediterranean evening under the stars. Two of the best songs, “Love Take Me,” featuring Webster’s expressive vocals, and the closing “One South Beach Night,” have the same instrumental foundation––with the latter featuring Braun’s trumpet replacing the lead vocal. The real crowd pleaser of the set is undoubtedly the swinging “Everything is Alright,” an irresistible, foot-to-the-floor strut built for a live show throwdown. Braun has always effortlessly crossed over to the mainstream and adventurously interpreted pop music. Here, he dips into the songbooks of arena rock superstars Coldplay, R&B’s Alicia Keys and 25-year-old pop star Charlie Puth. The 61-year-old trumpeter, who


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also moonlights in the jazz ensemble BWB with guitarist Norman Brown and saxophonist Kirk Whalum, subtly reimagines “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” Puth’s collaboration with former teen queen Selena Gomez. He gets very bold by completely reworking one of Coldplay’s signature songs, “Yellow.” “John [Stoddart] rearranged ‘Yellow,’ and used alternative chords––he really went for it, and I added my horn,” Braun said of the achingly romantic tune’s reinvention. “It’s something challenging and different, the way I want things.” He stays quite current with contemporary pop (both “We Don’t Talk Anymore” and Keys’ “In Common” were released in 2016) for the same reason many parents of teenagers can hum riffs from Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd. “My kids are the answer. They are 15 [his son, Kyle] and 17 [daughter Emma]. I was in the car with my daughter, and ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ was playing. I asked her, ‘What’s that song?’ It was great, and I found myself just drawn into it. “It makes sense for me to pull from contemporary pop with this album. I wanted a departure from the last three records I’ve done–– my solo, BWB’s and Richard Elliot’s last record [Summer Madness], which I produced. On that, we drew on our influences from back in the day for a real retro ’70s feel, so doing something different was important.” One of the feature tracks off of Elliot’s Summer Madness, the breezily funky “West Coast Jam” is the springboard for Braun’s upcoming West Coast Jam collaboration concerts with his good friends Elliot and Brown, which feature a full horn section. “I produced Richard’s song and the entire album, which was a real return to the Tower of Power sound, and that’s the feel of the show,” Braun said. “It’s an extravaganza, and we all play together throughout. “This was Richard’s concept to come up with an ensemble that included a horn section and a great band to put on a show like nothing else that’s out there right now. The band is made up of Eric Valentine on drums, Nate Phillips on bass, Ron Reinhardt on keyboards, and Gerey Johnson on guitar. We have a three-piece horn section with trumpet, tenor and trombone. We will be performing songs from Richard’s Summer Madness CD, my Around the Horn CD and Norman Brown’s soon-to-be-released CD. “We have rehearsed, and it’s a very high energy show. We are very excited to play The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival in July. It’s great to have an event like this back in San Diego, and I am thrilled that we are a part of it. I think the thing that is very exciting about this package is the fact that we do have a horn section, and Norman and Richard and I have never toured together. I really don’t think there is anything else like this out there. I can’t wait to hit the stage with it.”

When he’s off tour and gets down to making a new album every few years, Braun, who maintains a special connection with fans, believes his loyal fan base has come to expect a certain type of record from him. He tries to challenge his own artistry while pushing the boundaries of his creativity––without experimenting to the point of alienating his audience. Still, he believes in the primacy of his muse regardless of expectations. “I don’t work from the outside in. I’m not sure any musician can actually work that way––you can’t let expectations drive the music. It’s interesting, because I did Sings with Strings a few years ago (2011), and my fans just didn’t like it as much. But I had to do it. I wouldn’t be an artist if I didn’t go to those places.” Now in his fourth decade making music, the horn player from Allentown, Pennsylvania, said he’s become more acutely aware of the power of his work to bring people together. He views his artistic purpose a little bit differently than he did when he was younger. “Early on in my life, I was completely focused on establishing my career as an artist and in making music––expressing myself,” he reflected. “As the years have gone by, I’ve realized how much of an affect my music has on people. “These are, no doubt, difficult times for many, and music is a way of healing and uniting. I’m very conscious of that. I remember one of my fans was in the hospital and didn’t have long [to live]. She couldn’t make it to a show, so I went to her hospital. Right there, I understood just how powerful the music can be. That’s just one example on an intimate scale.” While his music galvanizes his diverse audience, this fan-favorite headliner uses his industry clout for a good cause every December when he hosts Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway in Tucson, Arizona, an annual event benefiting the National Autism Society. Braun, whose daughter, Emma, is autistic, has been a dedicated fundraiser for autism over the years. He said he is especially excited about this year’s show. “This year’s lineup is going to be so much fun. I have wanted to have Dave Koz at my event for years, and it was such a thrill when Emma announced Dave’s name from the stage at last year’s show. “We also have my dear friend and brother Jonathan Butler, Michael Lington and Vincent Ingala with special guest Lindsey Webster. We have added a golf tournament and the concert the night before. This is a lineup that I have wanted to have for a long time. These are all dear friends of mine. I know that we’re going to have a memorable event.” For a musician who spends much of his time of the road, the show has special meaning. “Every year I look forward to my New Year’s

All of the tracks feature the stellar musicianship and vintage melodicism that have made Braun one of the most successful and accomplished contemporary jazz artists over the past three decades.

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Eve show for so many reasons. It’s always coming at a time when I’m finishing a Christmas tour, and it’s been so much time away from my family. And the family always comes for the New Year’s Eve show,” Braun enthused. After he rings in 2018, though, Braun starts preparing for his seven-day European River Cruise Getaway in August, traveling from Nuremberg, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary. The cruise––which already sold out and has a long wait list––was the brainchild of Sandy Riser, the promoter of the New Year’s event for the past eight years. Braun and Riser have since become business partners and created Rick Braun’s Signature Events. Under this partnership, Riser is the promoter of the cruise––which they plan to continue biannually––and another event they hope to announce later this year. “It was her idea to do something special, and she has been on several river cruises in Europe already and told me how wonderful they are. So, we decided to do something very special on our own and give our fans the chance to enjoy a beautiful, unique, river-cruise vacation down the Danube, so they can enjoy the music that they love at the same time. I have invited my friends, Peter [White] and Vincent [Ingala] to join me, and we will be performing intimate shows. We will also include some excursions and some possible on-land entertainment as well.” Somehow, Braun manages to juggle a heavy touring schedule with side projects and production commitments–– it’s his dedication to the music that has helped elevate him to contemporary jazz royalty. He said it’s vital to stay open to all opportunities, and his life has a built-in flexibility––a mindset he has developed over the years.

“The worst thing I can do is to think, ‘here’s my schedule.’ It’s tough for a musician to be firm about anything. You can be doing one thing, and someone can call you up and say, ‘hey, man, do you want to play a gig?’” he said with a laugh. “We have to stay flexible.” While he claimed that there is no concrete philosophy or secret behind his success, there is definitely a common denominator. “There is no substitute for hard work. Let’s face it, the world is filled with unfulfilled genius. I work really hard now, and I always have. But I also enjoy everything I do, so most of the time it doesn’t feel like work.” No man lives by music alone, and Braun, who celebrates his 20th wedding anniversary to his wife, Christiane, on Dave Koz’s European Cruise this month, is an especially proud and dedicated father. His son, Kyle, is an outstanding young basketball player who plays in the California Elite Youth Basketball League, which travels nationally. “It is a very big honor for him to be on this team, and we are so proud of him,” the trumpeter said. “It is an amazing opportunity for him to grow as a basketball player and be seen by college coaches around the country.” With all of this musical activity and parental duties, Braun finds some unique ways to unwind and take his mind off of the melodies. “I’m a tinkerer and I build things. I do plumbing. I build computers. I love getting in and fixing things––getting under the hood and working things out. It’s therapy for me,” he said. That kind of versatility and focus have been trademarks of the dynamic music that has served as therapy to millions throughout Braun’s expansive career. With Around the Horn, his remarkable journey continues. For more information on Braun, visit www.rickbraun.com.

ON TOUR July 9 The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival (with West Coast Jam featuring Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and The West Coast Horns) Embarcadero Marina Park North San Diego, California www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com 562-424-0013

Photo: Raj Naik

Oct. 15 31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival (with West Coast Jam featuring Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and The West Coast Horns) Avalon, California www.jazztrax.com 866-872-9849 Dec. 30-31 Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa Tucson, Arizona www.RickBraunNewYearsEve.com 520-219-3381

Jan. 19 and 21, 2018 The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend The Plaza Resort & Spa Daytona Beach, Florida www.floridasmoothjazzweekend.com/ 321-783-9004

DISCOGRAPHY (SOLO) 1993 1994 1994 1995 1997 1998 1999 2001 2003 2004 2006 2009 2011

Intimate Secrets (Mesa/Bluemoon) Night Walk (Mesa/Bluemoon) Christmas Present (Mesa/Bluemoon) Beat Street (Mesa/Bluemoon) Body and Soul (Mesa/Bluemoon) Full Stride (Atlantic) Best of Rick Braun (Atlantic) Kisses in the Rain (Warner Bros.) Esperanto (Warner Bros.) Sessions Vol. 1 (ARTizen) Yours Truly (ARTizen) All It Takes (Artistry/Mack Avenue) Rick Braun Sings with Strings (Artistry/Mack Avenue) 2012 Swingin’ in the Snow (Brauntosoarus) 2014 Can You Feel It (Artistry/Mack Avenue) 2017 Around the Horn (Shanachie)


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ConCerts and Festivals

may 1

6th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Jeff Kashiwa, 11am; Nighthawks, 12:30pm; Adam Hawley, 8:45pm; Spyro Gyra, 10:15pm; after-show chill-out with DJ Richard Edwards, midnight, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520 5

Jonathan Butler, 8pm, Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111

Dotsero, 9:30pm, Live@Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 4th Annual Jazz on the Green Wine Tasting Experience featuring Miranda Madison, 1pm, Gainesville Fine Arts Museum, 1314 S. Main St., Gainesville, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299 4th Annual Jazz on the Green Jazz Crawl featuring Second Line Band, 4pm, Downtown, Gainesville, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299 Jazz on the Green featuring JWhite, JJ Sansaverino, The Chris Thomas Band & Nathan Mitchell, 6pm, Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E.

Jazz on the Green featuring Chrisette Michele, Nick Colionne, Jessy J, Generation NeXt, Julian Vaughn, 3pm; after-party featuring The Katz Jazz on the Green Jazz Bash hosted by Downstairz, 10pm, Ocala Golf Club, Nathan Mitchell & JJ Sansaverino, 10pm, 3130 Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Jolie, 6 W. University Ave., Gainesville, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299 888-822-5299 University Ave., Gainesville, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299

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Najee, 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.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199

Jazz on the Green Celebrity Golf Tournament, 7:30am, Ocala Golf Club, 3130 Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Florida, www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299

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


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Paul Taylor with Laurin Talese, 6:30 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 15th Annual Jazz on the Vine featuring Eric Darius & Gerald Veasley, 5:15pm; Lindsey Webster, 7:15pm; Boney James, 9pm, The Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, www.jazzonthevine.net, 877-496-4113 Spyro Gyra, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 13

Monarchs of Jazz featuring Oleta Adams, Warren Hill & Brian Simpson with music host & guest saxophonist Michael Paulo, 7pm, Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, California, www.monarchbeachresort.com/ experiences/planning/monarchs-ofjazz/, 951-696-0184 15th Annual Jazz on the Vine featuring Jeff Oster Live!, 2:15pm; Roman Street, 4pm; Keiko Matsui, 6pm; Maysa, 8:15pm, The Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, www.jazzonthevine.net, 877-496-4113

Pip’s 2017 Jazz & Blues on the Greens Getaway featuring Barbara Morrison, Eric Darius, DW3, Ray Goren & Bobby Hurricane Spencer, 5pm, Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, 44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, California, www.psjazzfest.com/, 800-604-9931 Kirk Whalum, 8pm, SLS Las Vegas, The Foundry, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, https://foundrylv.com Gregg Karukas, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Spyro Gyra, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 14

Spyro Gyra, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 17

Justin Young, 6pm, Obelisco Estate Winery, 14525 148th Ave. N.E., Suite 121, Woodinville, Washington, http:// obelisco.orderport.net, http://www. justinyoungsax.com/, 425-892-2610

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David Sanborn, 6 & 9pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 19

David Sanborn, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111 Chieli Minucci & Special EFX featuring Nelson Rangell, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Art Sherrod Jr. CD-Release Party featuring Kenny Allen, 8pm, AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., N. Bethesda, Maryland, www.artsherrodjr.com, 301-581-5100 20

Walter Beasley, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 David Sanborn, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Suites by Hilton,

400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111 Nothing But The Sax featuring Dee Lucas, Tony Exum Jr. & Danny Kusz, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 Al Williams Jazz Society, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 21

Steve Oliver, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 25

2nd Annual Music City Jazz Festival Welcome to Nashville Kickoff Party, 5pm, Hard Rock Café Rooftop, Reverb Room, 100 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, www.musiccityjazzfest.com, 205-705-3131 Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Euge Groove, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, continued on page 18


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continued from page 17 Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 26

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 36th Annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival featuring DJ NickFresh, 5pm; Jazzmeia Horn, 5:30pm; ELEW, 7:30pm; Damien Escobar, 9pm; Lucky Chops, 10:30pm, on the Swingin’ Stage, Main St.; Catch the Groove, 5pm; Freddy Cole Quartet, 6:30pm; Jane Monheit, 8pm; The Blind Boys of Alabama, 9:30pm, on the Groovin’ Stage, Hemming Park, 117 W. Duval St.; Jax Jazz Collective, 5:30pm; Blake Aaron, 7pm; Parker Urban Band, 8:30pm; Marcus Anderson, 10pm, on the Breezin’ Stage, Jacksonville Landing, 2 W. Independent Dr., Jacksonville, Florida, www.JacksonvilleJazzFest.com (free admission) 2nd Annual Music City Jazz Festival, hosted by Sharon Kay & Phaith Frazier, featuring Bizz & Everyday People, 2pm; Hamilton Brothers, 3pm; Dee Lucas, 4pm; The Rippingtons with Russ Freeman, 5:30pm; Will Downing, 6:50pm; Brian Culbertson, 8:20pm, Riverfront Park, 100 1st Ave. N., Nashville,

Tennessee, www.musiccityjazzfest.com, 205-705-3131 DW3 Tributes to the Legends of Music, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Euge Groove, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 27

36th Annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival featuring Jazz Piano Competition winner, 2pm; Akia Uwanda, 3pm; Roman Street, 4:30pm; Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, 6:30pm; Gregory Porter, 8:30pm; Kamasi Washington, 10:30pm, on the Swingin’ Stage, Main St.; Leon Foster Thomas, 2pm; Taylor Roberts, 3:30pm; Morgan James, 5pm; Airmen of Note Band, 7pm; The Rippingtons, 9pm; Main Stage Video Stream, 10:30pm, on the Groovin’ Stage, Hemming Park, 117 W. Duval St.; Ben Adkins, 2pm; Elio’s Quartet, 3:30pm; Stank Sauce, 5pm; Party in a Box featuring Allana Southerland, 6:30pm; Clay Benjamin, 8pm; Eric Carter, 10pm, on the Breezin’ Stage, Jacksonville Landing, 2 W. Independent Dr., Jacksonville, Florida, www.JacksonvilleJazzFest.com (free admission)


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2nd Annual Music City Jazz Festival, hosted by Sharon Kay & Phaith Frazier, featuring Tramaine Arte’ Mis The Improv 7 Jazz Band, 11am; Coast to Coast with Vail Johnson, David Wells & Denny Jiosa, 12:30pm; Roy Ayers, 2:05pm; Fourplay with Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason & Chuck Loeb, 3:30pm; David Sanborn, 5:15pm; Maysa, 6:45pm; Ken Ford, 8:05pm, Riverfront Park, 100 1st Ave. N., Nashville, Tennessee, www.musiccityjazzfest.com, 205-705-3131 Eric Marienthal, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Euge Groove, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 28

36th Annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival featuring UNF Jazz Ensemble I, 2:30pm; Sorin Zlat Trio, 4pm; Joey Alexander Trio, 5:30pm; Chick Corea Trio, 7:30pm; The Commodores, 9:30pm, on the Swingin’ Stage, Main St.; Gregory Agid Quartet, 2pm; Pacific Mambo Orchestra, 3:30pm; Second Line Jazz Parade, 5pm; Bria Skonberg, 6pm, Lalah Hathaway, 8pm, Main Stage Video Stream, 9:30pm, on the Groovin’ Stage, Hemming Park, 117 W. Duval St.; Brandon Robertson, 2pm; Brian Tarquin, 3:30pm; Doug Carn West Coast Organ Band, 5pm; The Katz Downstairz, 7pm, on the Breezin’ Stage, Jacksonville Landing, 2 W. Independent Dr., Jacksonville, Florida, www.JacksonvilleJazzFest.com (free admission) Louie Cruz Beltran, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Euge Groove, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

June

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25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest Friday Night Soul featuring artists TBA, gates open at 6:30pm, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Maryland, www.capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-435-9849

August 11, 12, & 13, 2017

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25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest, on the Pavilion Stage, hosted by Marcus Miller, featuring Corinne Bailey Rae; Incognito; West Coast Jam with Rick Braun, Norman Brown & Richard Elliot; Lee Ritenour; Pieces of a Dream; Candy Dulfer; Nathan East; and on the Symphony Woods Stage, hosted by Cayman Kelly, featuring Jaheim, The Whispers, El DeBarge, Avery*Sunshine, Kelly Price, Dionne Farris, gates open at 10am, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Maryland, www.capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-435-9849 25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest Late-Night Dance Party (Official After-Party of the Capital Jazz Fest), plus live performance by CeCe Peniston, 10:30pm-3am, BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland, www.capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-435-9849

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25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest, on the Pavilion Stage, hosted by Marcus Miller, featuring George Benson; Chris Botti; “After All:” A Capital Jazz Tribute to Al Jarreau; Maysa; Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb & Everette Harp; Kirk Whalum; Lindsey Webster; and on the Symphony Woods Stage, hosted by Cayman Kelly, featuring Anthony Hamilton, Sheila E., Loose Ends, Tank, Algebra Blessett, Stokley, gates open at 10am, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Maryland, www.capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-435-9849 continued on page 20

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Jazz BruNches Hornblower Cruises launches Champagne Jazz Brunch sailings in March

Hornblower Cruises & Events yacht sailing on San Diego Bay continued from page 19 saturday, may 6

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with KJAZZ host Bubba Jackson, featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with KJAZZ host DJ Le-Roy Downs, featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 sunday, may 7 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Marion Martinez with Jazz Marlonius Trio

& KJAZZ DJ Bubba Jackson, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 saturday, may 13 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises &

Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman & Rick White, sailings 11:30am-1:30pm & noon2pm, boards at 11am & 11:30am, respectively, from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman & Bob Moore, sailings 11:30am-1:30pm & noon2pm, boards at 11am & 11:30am, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 sunday, may 14 15th Annual Mother’s Day Buffet brunch featuring live performance by Marcell Guyton, 10am, The Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, www.jazzonthevine.net, 877-496-4113 KJAZZ welcomes the Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower

Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman & Rick White, sailings 9:30-11:30am, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm; boards at 9am, 10:30am & 1:30pm, respectively, from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman & Bob Moore, sailings 9:30-11:30am, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm; boards at 9am, 10:30am & 1:30pm, respectively, from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise, 2 sailings 9:30-11:30am, boards at 8:30 & 9am; 2 sailings 11am-1pm, boards at 10 & 10:30am; 2 sailings 2:30-4:30pm, boards at 1:30 & 2pm, from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Mother’s Day Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old


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Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Saturday, may 20 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails 11:30am-1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Sunday, may 21 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails 11:30am-1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Saturday, may 27 KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village

Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the John Wayne’s Birthday Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 Sunday, may 28 Jacksonville Jazz Festival welcomes the Omni Sacred Jazz Brunch featuring Noel Freidline Quintet with Maria Howell, 10am & 12:30pm, Omni Jacksonville Hotel, 245 Water St., Jacksonville, Florida, www.JaxJazzFest.com

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

KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes the NEW Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-640-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by Damon Reel, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 NOTE: Artists, events, venues, dates and show times are subject to change without notice. Smooth Jazz News is not responsible for any cancellations or changes or the accuracy of any concert or festival information contained in this magazine in advertisements and/ or editorial, which has been provided by outside sources. Please contact each venue directly to confirm all information.

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Annual

Jazz Festival Cruise Guide

May 1

Sixth Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain Lineup (last show of the festival, which began on April 26): Monday, May 1: Jeff Kashiwa, 11 a.m.; Nighthawks, 12:30 p.m.; Adam Hawley, 8:45 p.m.; Spyro Gyra, 10:15 p.m.; after-show chill-out with DJ Richard Edwards, midnight Venue: Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain Getting there: Flights are available into the Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), approximately 45 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520

May 5-6

Jazz on the Green Gainesville and Ocala, Florida

Lineup: Friday, May 5: Wine tasting featuring Miranda Madison, 1 p.m.; New Orleans-style Jazz Crawl featuring Second Line Band, 4 p.m. Venue: Downtown Gainesville, Florida Concerts featuring The Chris Thomas Band, JJ Sansaverino and JWhite, starts at 6 p.m. Venue: Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Gainesville, Florida

After-Party Jazz Bash hosted by Nathan Mitchell and JJ Sansaverino, 10 p.m. Venue: Jolie, 6 W. University Ave., Gainesville, Florida Saturday, May 6: Celebrity Golf Tournament, 7:30 a.m. Lineup: Julian Vaughn, Jessy J, Generation NeXt, The Katz Downstairz, Chrisette Michele, Nick Colionne, starts at 2:15 p.m. After-party featuring The Katz Downstairz, 10 p.m. Venue: Ocala Golf Club, 3130 Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Florida Getting there: Flights are available into the Ocala International Airport (OCF), approximately 10 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.jazzonthegreentour.com, 888-822-5299

May 13

Pip’s 2017 Jazz & Blues on the Greens Getaway Indian Wells, California Lineup: Barbara Morrison, Eric Darius, DW3, Ray Goren and Bobby Hurricane Spencer, 5 p.m. Getting there: Flights are available into the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and Ontario International Airport (ONT). Distance to the venue is approximately 17 miles from PSP and 87 miles from ONT. Venue: Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, 44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, California Tickets and information: www.psjazzfest.com, info@psjazzfest.com, 800-604-9931


Photo: Phil Cicero

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Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, the venue for Pip’s 2017 Jazz & Blues on the Greens Getaway in Indian Wells, California, on May 13

May 25-27 Second Annual Music City Jazz Festival Nashville, Tennessee Lineup: Thursday, May 25, 5-9 p.m.: MCJF “Welcome to Nashville” Kickoff Party, Hard Rock Café Rooftop, Reverb Room, 100 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee Friday, May 26: Hosted by Sharon Kay and Phaith Frazier, featuring Bizz & Everyday People, 2 p.m.; Hamilton Brothers, 3 p.m.; Dee Lucas, 4 p.m.; The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, 5:30 p.m.; Will Downing, 6:50 p.m.; Brian Culbertson, 8:20 p.m. Saturday, May 27: Hosted by Sharon Kay and Phaith Frazier, featuring Tramaine Arte’ Mis The Improv 7 Jazz Band, 11 a.m.; Coast to Coast featuring Vail Johnson, David Wells and Denny Jiosa, 12:30 p.m.; Roy Ayers, 2:05 p.m.; Fourplay featuring Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason and Chuck Loeb, 3:30 p.m.; David Sanborn, 5:15 p.m.; Maysa, 6:45 p.m.; Ken Ford, 8:05 p.m. Venue: Riverfront Park, 100 1st Ave. N., Nashville, Tennessee Getting there: Flights are available into the Nashville International Airport (BNA), approximately 8 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.musiccityjazzfest.com, 205-705-3131

May 26-28 36th Annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival Jacksonville, Florida Lineup: Friday, May 26: Swingin’ Stage, Main Street: DJ NickFresh, 5 p.m.; Jazzmeia Horn, 5:30 p.m.; ELEW, 7:30 p.m.; Damien Escobar, 9 p.m.; Lucky Chops, 10:30 p.m. Groovin’ Stage, Hemming Park: Catch the Groove, 5 p.m.;

The Second Annual Music City Jazz Festival is scheduled for May 25-27, at Riverfront Park in Nashville, Tennessee

Freddy Cole Quartet, 6:30 p.m.; Jane Monheit, 8 p.m.; Blind Boys of Alabama, 9:30 p.m. Breezin’ Stage, Jacksonville Landing: Jax Jazz Collective, 5:30 p.m.; Blake Aaron, 7 p.m.; Parker Urban Band, 8:30 p.m.; Marcus Anderson, 10 p.m. Saturday, May 27: Swingin’ Stage, Main Street: Jazz Piano Competition winner, 2 p.m.; Akia Uwanda, 3 p.m.; Roman Street, 4:30 p.m.; Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, 6:30 p.m.; Gregory Porter, 8:30 p.m.; Kamasi Washington, 10:30 p.m. Groovin’ Stage, Hemming Park: Leon Foster Thomas, 2 p.m.; Taylor Roberts, 3:30 p.m.; Morgan James, 5 p.m.; Airmen of Note Band, 7 p.m.; The Rippingtons, 9 p.m.; Main Stage Video Stream, 10:30 p.m. Breezin’ Stage, Jacksonville Landing: Ben Adkins, 2 p.m.; Elio’s Quartet, 3:30 p.m.; Stank Sauce, 5 p.m.; Party in a Box featuring Allana Southerland, 6:30 p.m.; Clay Benjamin, 8 p.m.; Eric Carter, 10 p.m. Sunday, May 28: Omni Jacksonville Hotel: Omni Sacred Jazz Brunch featuring Noel Freidline Quintet with Maria Howell, 11 a.m. Swingin’ Stage, Main Street: UNF Jazz Ensemble I, 2:30 p.m.; Sorin Zlat Trio, 4 p.m.; Joey Alexander Trio, 5:30 p.m.; Chick Corea Trio, 7:30 p.m.; The Commodores, 9:30 p.m. Groovin’ Stage, Hemming Park: Gregory Agid Quartet, 2 p.m.; Pacific Mambo Orchestra, 3:30 p.m.; Second Line Jazz Parade, 5 p.m.; Bria Skonberg, 6 p.m.; Lalah Hathaway, 8 p.m.; Main Stage Video Stream, 9:30 p.m. Breezin’ Stage, Jacksonville Landing: Brandon Robertson, 2 p.m.; Brian Tarquin, 3:30 p.m.; Doug Carn West Coast Organ Band, 5 p.m.; The Katz Downstairz, 7 p.m. Venues: Swingin’ Stage, Main St.; Groovin’ Stage, Hemming Park, 117 W. continued on page 24


Brian Culbertson entertains VIP guests during his 2015 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway

2016 Capital Jazz Fest in Symphony Woods at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland continued from page 23

Duval St.; Breezin’ Stage, Jacksonville Landing, 2 W. Independent Dr.; Omni Jacksonville Hotel, 245 Water St., Jacksonville, Florida Getting there: Flights are available into the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), approximately 14 miles from the venue Tickets and information: Admission is free to all concerts (except the Piano Competition and Omni Sacred Jazz Brunch). Details at www.jacksonvillejazzfest.com.

June 2-4 25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest Columbia, Maryland Lineup: Friday, June 2, 7:30-10:30 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.): Pavilion Stage: Friday Night Soul Concert featuring artists to be announced Saturday, June 3, noon-10 p.m. (gates open at 10 a.m.): Pavilion Stage: hosted by Marcus Miller, featuring Corinne Bailey Rae; Incognito; West Coast Jam with Rick Braun, Norman Brown and Richard Elliot; Lee Ritenour; Pieces of a Dream; Candy Dulfer; Nathan East Symphony Woods Stage: hosted by Cayman Kelly, featuring Jaheim, The Whispers, El DeBarge, Avery*Sunshine, Kelly Price, Dionne Farris Late-Night Dance Party (Official After-Party of the Capital Jazz Fest), plus live performance by CeCe Peniston, 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m., BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland Sunday, June 4, noon-10 p.m. (gates open at 10 a.m.): Pavilion Stage: hosted by Marcus Miller, featuring George Benson; Chris Botti; “After All:” A Capital Jazz Tribute to Al Jarreau; Maysa; Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp; Kirk Whalum; Lindsey Webster

Symphony Woods Stage: hosted by Cayman Kelly, featuring Anthony Hamilton, Sheila E., Loose Ends, Tank, Algebra Blessett, Stokley Venue: Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Maryland Getting there: Flights are available into the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), approximately 19 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.capitaljazz.com, www.ticketfly.com, 877-987-6487

June 7-11 Sixth Annual Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Napa, California Lineup: Wednesday, June 7: Welcome Dinner & Jam Session hosted by Brian Culbertson, featuring Cecil Ramirez and his Quartet with special guests Paul Jackson Jr., Lindsey Webster, Adam Hawley, Marqueal Jordan, Chris Miskel and Mike Harrington, 7 p.m., Solera Courtyard, The Westin Verasa Thursday, June 8: “Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine tasting and performances by Paul Jackson Jr., Marqueal Jordan and Adam Hawley, plus DJs Rick & Russ featuring CJ Flash, 2 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum and Gold Access ticket holders) “Jazz Legend Night” featuring Marcus Miller, plus comedian Alonzo Bodden, 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Theater After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash and a Cigar Party hosted by Cecil Ramirez, 10:30 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum and Gold Access ticket holders) Friday, June 9: “Wine Down” featuring complimentary wine tasting and performances by Eric Marienthal and Lindsey Webster, 2 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum and Gold Access ticket holders)

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Al Williams performing at the 2016 Long Beach Jazz Festival

Wine reception and silent auction benefiting The GRAMMY Foundation, 6 p.m., Lincoln Theater “Friday Night Funk Night” featuring Brian Culbertson’s FUNK! Show and Candy Dulfer, 7:30 p.m.; Lincoln Theater After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, and Cigar Party hosted by Cecil Ramirez, 10:30 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum and Gold Access ticket holders) Saturday, June 10: (gates open at 10 a.m., music starts at 1 p.m.) Brian Culbertson, Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle, Peter White, Euge Groove, Marcus Anderson, Julian Vaughn, Nicholas Cole, Morgan James, Chase Huna, DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash and more, Oxbow Commons Park After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, 8 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum, Gold and Silver Access ticket holders) Sunday, June 11: (gates open at 10 a.m., music starts at 1 p.m.) Brian Culbertson, The Whispers, Pieces of a Dream, Eric Darius, Morgan James, Cecil Ramirez, Curtis Brooks, DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash and more, Oxbow Commons Park Farewell After-Party featuring DJs The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash, 8 p.m., The Westin Verasa (for Platinum, Gold and Silver Access ticket holders) Venues: Oxbow Commons Park, McKinstry St., Napa, California; Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville, California; The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, California Getting there: Flights are available into the Charles M.Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa (STS), Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Distance to the venue is approximately 50 miles from STS, 51 miles from OAK, 57 miles from SFO and 64 miles from SMF. Tickets and information: www.jazzgetaway.com

The Long Beach Jazz Festival offers the luxury of private cabanas for six people; two bottles of wine and personal cash-bar attendant are included

July 7-9

The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival presented by Payne Pest Management and Rainbow Promotions San Diego, California Lineup: Please see feature story on page 9 for lineup and festival details Venue: Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California (adjacent to Seaport Village) Tickets and information: www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013

July 29

Gateway Jazz Festival Chesterfield, Missouri

Lineup (gates open at 1 p.m.): Najee, Maysa, Pieces of a Dream, Steve Cole, Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Steve Oliver, Chris Standring, Chieli Minucci, Julian Vaughn Venue: Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Dr., Chesterfield, Missouri Getting there: Flights are available into the St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), approximately 20 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.gatewayjazzfest.com, 205-705-3131

Aug. 11-13

30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Long Beach, California Lineup: Friday, Aug. 11 (gates open at 5 p.m.): Rachelle Ferrell; Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp; and more Saturday, Aug. 12 (gates open at 11 a.m.): Boney James, Will Downing, Nathan East, Eric Darius and more

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The 11th Annual Capital Jazz SuperCruise is scheduled to sail from New York City to Bermuda, Sept. 24-Oct. 1 continued from page 25

Sunday, Aug. 13 (gates open at 11 a.m.): Poncho Sanchez, Najee, Bob James, Spyro Gyra, Al Williams Jazz Society and more to be announced Venue: Rainbow Lagoon Park, E. Shoreline Dr. at Linden Ave., Long Beach, California Getting there: Flights are available into the Long Beach Airport (LGB), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA). Distance to the venue is approximately 6 miles from LGB, 22 miles from LAX and 23 miles from SNA. Tickets and information: www.longbeachjazzfestival.com, 562-424-0013

Aug. 11-12 Second Annual Derby City Jazz Festival Louisville, Kentucky

Saturday, Sept. 9: Kenny Allen and Brian Lenair, 4:30 p.m.; Kim Waters, 6 p.m.; Eric Roberson, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10: Chelsey Green with Jeanette Harris and David P. Stevens, 4:30 p.m.; Jarrod Lawson, 6 p.m.; Eric Darius with Jeff Bradshaw, 7:30 p.m. Venue: Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Getting there: Flights are available into the Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), approximately 17 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188, ext. 2117

Sept. 24-Oct. 1 11th Annual Capital Jazz SuperCruise Seven-day full-ship charter

Lineup (gates open at 4 p.m.): Friday, Aug. 11: Lao Tizer and Karen Briggs; Althea Rene featuring Ariel; Marion Meadows featuring Bob Baldwin; Urban Jazz Coalition Saturday, Aug. 12: Matt Marshak, Kayla Waters, Marcus Johnson, Mike Phillips, Maysa, Nick Colionne Venue: Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave., Louisville, Kentucky Getting there: Flights are available into the Louisville International Airport (SDF), approximately 3 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.derbycityjazzfest.com, 502-442-9869

Port of call: Bermuda Lineup: Jeffrey Osborne; Will Downing; India Arie; The Robert Glasper Experiment; Kirk Franklin; Jonathan Butler; SuperCruise Comedy Showcase featuring Earthquake, Tommy Davidson and Mark Curry; Garth Fagan’s modern dance production; Dave Hollister; special guest DJ Jazzy Jeff; celebrity hosts Eric Roberson and Michael Colyar; special performance by Gladys Knights, and more to be announced Ship: Norwegian Breakaway Embarkation: New York City Booking and information: www.capitaljazz.com/supercruise, 877-619-2929

Sept. 8-10

Sept. 26-Oct. 1

Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Lineup: Friday, Sept. 8: The Jost Project, 6:30 p.m.; Joey DeFrancesco + the People, 8 p.m.

Second Annual Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival Algarve, Portugal Lineup: Tuesday, Sept. 26: Welcome dinner with team and musicians Wednesday, Sept. 27: Bus trip to the vineyard Herdade dos Grous in Alentejo; Smooth Jazz All-Stars Jam Session, 9 p.m.


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Vila Vita Parc in Algarve, Porches, Portugal, the venue for the Second Annual Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival, Sept. 26-Oct.1

Thursday, Sept. 28: Half-day dolphin boat trip; concerts featuring John Stoddart, 8:45 p.m.; Brian Culbertson, 10:15 p.m.; After-Show Chill-out, 11:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29: Half-day excursion: bus to Alte, Querenca and Salir; concerts featuring Larry Braggs, 8:45 p.m.; Kirk Whalum, 10:15 p.m.; After-Show Chill-out, 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30: Jackiem Joyner, 11 a.m.; Paul Brown, 12:30 p.m.; Paul Jackson Jr., 8:45 p.m.; Richard Elliot, 10:15 p.m.; After-Show Chill-out, 11:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1: Tom Braxton, 11 a.m.; Keiko Matsui, 12:30 p.m. Venue: Vila Vita Parc, Algarve, Porches, Portugal Getting there: Flights are available into the Faro Airport (FAO) and Lisbon Airport (LIS) in Portugal. The venue is approximately 38 miles from FAO and 168 miles from LIS. Tickets and information: www.algarve.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821 2292711

Oct. 6-9 Fourth Annual Elan Trotman’s Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf Tournament Barbados, West Indies Lineup: Friday, Oct. 6: Atlantis Submarine, 9 a.m.; Jolly Roger Party Cruise, 11 a.m.; Welcome Party, 6:30 p.m.; performances by Norman Brown, Jeanette Harris and Julian Vaughn, 8 p.m., at the Hilton Barbados Resort Ballroom Saturday, Oct. 7: Island adventure, 11 a.m.; Elan Trotman & Friends In Concert with special guest Alison Hinds, 3 p.m., at Daiquiri Beach Sunday, Oct. 8: Charity golf tournament, 8 a.m.; Mount Gay Rum Distillery, 10 a.m.; performances by Will Downing, Marion

Meadows and Brian Simpson, 8 p.m.; All-Star Jam Session and After-Party, 11 p.m., Hilton Barbados Resort Ballroom Venues: Hilton Barbados Resort, Needham’s Point St. Michael; Daiquiri Beach, St. Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies Getting there: Flights are available into the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), approximately 5-10 miles from the venues Tickets and information: www.barbadosjazzexcursion.com

Oct. 12-15 and 19-22 31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Avalon, California Lineup: Thursday, Oct. 12: Paul Jackson Jr. Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13: 3rd Force, 7 p.m.; Marcus Anderson, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14: Chase Huna, noon; Lee Ritenour, 2 p.m.; Kay-Ta Matsuno, 7 p.m.; The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6, 9 p.m.; after-party featuring DJ Jonathan Phillips at Descanso Beach, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15: Dotsero, noon; Jazz in Pink featuring Althea René, Mariea Antoinette and Gail Jhonson, 2 p.m.; Catie Waters, 7 p.m.; West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and Rick Braun featuring The West Coast Horns, 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19: Roman Street Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20: Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 7 p.m.; Vincent Ingala, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21: Kayla Waters, noon; Gerald Albright, 2 p.m.; Lindsey Webster, 7 p.m.; Guitar Tango featuring Peter White and Marc Antoine, 9 p.m.; after-party featuring DJ Jonathan Phillips at Descanso Beach, 10:30 p.m. continued on page 28


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A view of the Catalina Casino from the village of Avalon, where the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival is held continued from page 27

Sunday, Oct. 22: Jazmin Ghent, noon; David Benoit, 2 p.m.; Peet Project, 7 p.m.; Incognito featuring Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, 9 p.m. Venues: Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California; and Descanso Beach for Thursday Night Unplugged Getting there: Catalina Express offers the most convenient choices of round-trip, cross-channel transportation from its terminals in Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, California, to Avalon. Visit www.CatalinaExpress.com, or call 877-292-3434. If flying into the Los Angeles-Orange County areas, flights are available into Long Beach Airport (LGB), John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Distance to the Long Beach terminal is approximately 11 miles from LGB, 22 miles from LAX and 29 miles from SNA. Tickets and information: www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849

Nov. 8-11

Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kiawah Island, South Carolina Lineup: to be announced Venue: Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island, South Carolina Getting there: Flights are available to the Charleston International Airport (CHS), approximately 33 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.weekendofjazz.com/Kiawah, 800-654-2924

2018 Jan. 19-21

The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend Daytona Beach, Florida Lineup: Friday, Jan. 19: Vincent Ingala, 7:30 p.m.; Nick Colionne, 8:45 p.m.; Rick Braun, 10:15 p.m.; Friday Night Jam, Artist Meet-and-Greet Saturday, Jan. 20: Peter White, 7:30 p.m.; Eric Darius, 9 p.m.; Brian Culbertson, 10:30 p.m.; Grand Finale Jam, Artist Meet-and-Greet Sunday, Jan. 21: Brunch with the artists and Q&A panel, 10 a.m. Venue: The Plaza Resort & Spa, Daytona Beach’s Grand Resort, 600 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, Florida Getting there: Flights are available into Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), approximately 6 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.FloridaSmoothJazzWeekend.com, 321-783-9004

April 6-15

28th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Berks County, Pennsylvania Lineup: To be announced Venue: Various venues throughout Berks County Getting there: Flights are available into the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), approximately 70 miles from Berks County Tickets and information: www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000


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Cove at the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa in Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain, the venue for the Seventh Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, April 26-30, 2018

April 12-14

Earl Klugh’s 15th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor Colorado Springs, Colorado Lineup: to be announced Venue: Broadmoor Resort and Spa, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado Getting there: Flights are available into the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) and Denver International Airport (DEN). The venue is approximately 11 miles from COS and 93 miles from DEN. Tickets and information: www.weekendofjazz.com, 866-837-9520

April 18-22

20th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival presented by ResortQuest Panama City Beach, Florida Lineup: to be announced Venue: Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, 500 W. Park Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida Getting there: Flights are available into the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City Beach, approximately 10 miles from the venue Staying there: ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the official accommodations provider. For reservations and information, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/accommodations/resortquest/ or call 877-209-6838. Tickets and information: On sale June 1, 2017, at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com

April 26-30

Seventh Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain Lineup: to be announced Venue: Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain Getting there: Flights are available into the Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), approximately 45 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+34) 971-587-520

May 13-20 and May 20-27

Dave Koz and Friends at Sea: Scandinavia and the Baltic Seven-day full-ship charter Ports of call: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland Lineup: To be announced Ship: Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Embarkation: Copenhagen, Denmark Tickets and information: www.davekozcruise.com/2018/, 800-225-5759

Aug. 11-18

Rick Braun’s European River Cruise Getaway (sold-out with waiting list)

Seven-day full-ship charter Ports of call: Nuremberg, Regensburg and Passau, Germany; Melk and Vienna, Austria; Budapest, Hungary Lineup: Rick Braun, Peter White and Vincent Ingala Ship: AMA Waterways AmaCerto Embarkation: Nuremburg, Germany


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