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CONTENTS Publisher and Managing Editor Melanie Maxwell Operations & Distribution Manager Craig Collier

Contributors Ken Capobianco Cashmira Darcy Peters Graphic Design Gina Mancini Contributing Photographers On the cover: Catalina Island photo by Pat Benter; Gerald Albright photo by Rachel Laukat John Abrams Pat Benter Jim Clark Sherry Fisher David Hopley Ambrose Martin Ellis Moore Photography Christian Nordström Werner Segarra Amy Spangler Smooth Jazz News 5519 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #134 San Diego, CA 92117 858-541-1919 smoothjazznews@aol.com www.smoothjazznews.com Smooth Jazz News is published seven times annually: Monthly: April and May; Bimonthly: June-July, August-September, October-November, December-January and February-March.

The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin The inaugural Fresh Coast Jazz Festival, scheduled for Labor Day weekend, brings smooth jazz back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For information on this, and other events, check out our Annual Jazz Festival & Cruise Guide, starting on page 30.

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

8 Notes from the Publisher A Memorial Day weekend jazz festival is born again in San Diego!

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The European smooth jazz scene Boutique-style smooth jazz experiences await overseas

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Annual Jazz Festival & Cruise Guide Jazz enthusiasts are making their way coast to coast, cruising at sea, and journeying to enticing foreign venues

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Book review “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup”

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Cashmira May horoscopes

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Jeff Lorber Rap stars are wild for the keyboardistcomposer’s “Rain Dance”

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DISCover New Music What’s new and hot!

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Gerald Albright The saxman deploys savvy and experience to arrive at the sweet spot in his life


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Concert Series

MILWAUKEE’S WORLD-CLASS JAZZ FESTIVAL!

Norman Brown

Lee Ritenour

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MILWAUKEE - LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2019 Don’t miss the Fresh Coast Jazz Festival, August 30 – September 1, 2019 at the Marcus Center. Enjoy music from some of the world’s top jazz artists and unique events sure to please your musical and culinary tastes.

Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr. - Jazz Funk Soul

Special ticket prices available thru May 15, 2019 Raul Midón

Ronnie Laws

For information and tickets visit: freshcoastjazz.com or ticketmaster.com

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2018 Jazz at the Creek at the Market Creek Amphitheater in San Diego, California

ntil a few years ago, May was the official kickoff of outdoor jazz festival season. You could jet off to Hawaii for a weekend under the palm trees at the Maui Music Festival or choose the serenity of Jazz on the Rocks in Sedona, Arizona, surrounded by multi-hued stone formations and the bristling forest of pinnacles and spires. There were more festivals happening within those 31 days nationwide than in any other month. However, the most action was happening in Southern California, where genre enthusiasts had more choices of events than they had the time to indulge them. There was one in Fresno at a riverfront ranch; another in Palm Springs at a sacred ancestral Indian canyon; and, amid gardens and Spanish architecture, at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, among many others. Local smooth jazz radio stations sponsored most of these events: the largest one was Smooth Jazz 98.1 KiFM’s annual Anniversary Festival held in San Diego over Memorial Day weekend. One of its many incarnations included a weekend of festivities starting on Friday night at one of the newest downtown hotels,

followed by a Saturday evening of music under the sails atop the then-recently constructed waterfront San Diego Convention Center. Sunday brunch in the ballroom at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, and a buffet of concerts outside in a large tent on its Harbor Island parking lot, capped off an outing that epitomized the smooth jazz lifestyle. More than a decade before its demise in 2012, KiFM’s management moved its “Thank you to our listeners” party to San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter and scaled it back to a one-day bash. Still, more than 10,000 people flocked to the downtown streets, where they stood and watched headliners perform on two main outdoor stages. Local and up-and-coming acts entertained smaller crowds inside dozens of clubs and restaurants, all contained within four city blocks. But, if you wanted to rest your sore feet and soothe your sunburned shoulders in one of these venues, you’d have to arrive early before it became standingroom-only. This month, Leonard Thompson of M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records is bringing back the Memorial Day weekend tradition to San Diego,


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albeit on a smaller scale. Creek room to grow. Plus, They have consolidated there is plenty of free parking their Jazz at the Creek for its current use, and it’s summer concert series into close by the Euclid Avenue a new three-day festival Trolley Station. called Jazz at the Creek Although festival season “A New Groove.” now starts in April on the East Friday night’s show Coast with the Boscov’s Berks will be inside the Jacobs Jazz Fest in Pennsylvania, and Center for Neighborhood the Seabreeze Jazz Festival Innovation’s Celebration in Florida, Thompson is Hall with a stepping session reinventing the Memorial Day and DJ. The Saturday and weekend smooth jazz scene in Sunday festival, featuring San Diego with seating under the all-female band Jazz in shade sails, food and beverage Bridge from the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Pink, saxophonist Reggie booths, a VIP cognac lounge to the Market Creek Plaza retail center, which also houses the Codrington and more, with hand-rolled cigars, and a Market Creek Amphitheater will be held at the outdoor variety of other vendors. This Market Creek Amphitheater across the short footbridge from the will certainly be music to the ears of America’s Finest City’s jazz fans Jacobs Center. and visitors alike. The 500-seat amphitheater, carved into the banks of Chollas Creek, For more information on Jazz at the Creek, scheduled for is located between the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation May 24-26, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and the Market Creek Plaza retail center. With the addition of the (404 Euclid Ave.) and Market Creek Amphitheater (310 Euclid World Court and Festival Park above the amphitheater, the space Ave.), in San Diego, California, visit https://jazzatthecreeksd.com can accommodate more than 3,000 people, allowing Jazz at the or call 858-650-3190.


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The keyboardist-producer’s compositions are a hot hip-hop commodity By Melanie Maxwell

HOW MANY KEYBOARDS does Jeff Lorber have? “Oh, a lot, man,” said the GRAMMY-winning producer during a phone interview from his home in Pacific Palisades, California. “If you want, I could walk around really fast and try to count them. Do you want me to do that?” he asked. “I’m in my bedroom, there’s three here. There’s two in my living room…” The call dropped as he walked into his studio. He called back to report he had 17 total, including an acoustic piano, a Fender Rhodes and a Minimoog. These are the three primary “work horses” he uses to compose music, some of which has unintentionally become part of several hip-hop hits. For decades, rappers such as Jay-Z and Nelly have incorporated Lorber-penned songs in their beats. But, in 1997, when Lil’ Kim’s video for “Crush on You,” featuring Lil Cease and The Notorious B.I.G., played on MTV and included a sample of Lorber’s song “Rain Dance,” that’s when his street cred hit the high notes. Ariana Grande, Ja Rule, Tha Dogg Pound, SWV, Erykah Badu and more have since sampled that “Crush on You” version. This has created a significant side business for the Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, native who is best known as a pioneer in the smooth jazz and fusion movement. But Lorber readily credits Andreao Heard, the “Crush on You” producer, for his sampling career with hip-hop and rap legends.

“He was a big, big fan of jazz and of old-school R&B,” said Lorber. “He knew my album Water Signs, which came out in 1980 and had ‘Rain Dance’ on it, and he knew that would be a cool song to turn into a rap. So, it was really him that had the vision and the ability to also present it to Notorious B.I.G. and Lil’ Kim.” Heard, who goes by the name Fanatic, is a music industry veteran and has worked with Beyoncé, Boyz II Men, Will Smith, the late Michael Jackson and many others. He explained the instant allure of Lorber’s now classic cash cow. “As soon as you put the needle down on that song, those first hits that come in that record just automatically grab you,” said Fanatic. “And, to this day, when I’m in a party, and a DJ plays that record, the second they hear those blasts on the keyboard and the horns, everybody immediately erupts and screams, and then they start running to the dance floor.” Lorber thinks the song was his most successful because, “It was a little bit jazzy, but it was very funky and appealing and slightly harmonically adventurous, but not so much that it would turn people off.” The most recent sampling of the “Crush on You” rendition of “Rain Dance” is on Mariah Carey’s single “A No No” from her 15th studio album, Caution, which was released in November. And, there has been plenty of buzz about a remix featuring Cardi B and Kim,


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who both teased on their social media that they would be interested. However, Lorber, who is old enough to collect Social Security, but doesn’t look it, wasn’t aware of those rumors during our February interview. “Really? Oh, wow, I like that! That’s really cool!” said Lorber. He then drifted off into silence before resuming the interview. “Hey I’m reading something about this [Mariah Carey] remix thing,” he said while searching the internet. He found a video on YouTube, but it turned out to be a mashup of Carey, Cardi and Kim created by a fan site. If the remix with that trio of music royalty was ever officially released, Lorber would also benefit in the form of “mailbox money” (i.e. royalty checks). In such a case, he might need to search the internet for a bigger mailbox.

“Jeff is everything. He’s a producer. He’s an arranger. He’s a writer. Every time I go over to Jeff’s, I have to make sure I have a whole day free to rock with him because he always educates me.” • Fanatic Then, suddenly, on March 8, Carey released an “A No No” video, shot on a subway car in all her Mimi fabulousness, glittering in diamonds, a sparkly dress and pink furry coat (among other wardrobe changes), with dancers, and cameos with her boyfriend Brian Tanaka, her kids, twins Moroccan and Monroe, but no Cardi or Kim. The following Friday, a remix of “A No No” featuring British rapper Stefflon Don, sprung up on streaming services. A week later, a new video featuring Don was released, dashing all hopes of a Cardi-Kim remix. Although this new version doesn’t have the kind of star power Carey fans had dreamed of, Lorber keeps raking in the royalties for the use of his sample. Lorber’s revenue stream from sampling has eclipsed his income from record sales. His last Jeff Lorber Fusion record, Prototype, which won him the 2018 Best Contemporary Instrumental Album GRAMMY (his first win after six previous nominations) or the latest Jazz Funk Soul (Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr.) album, Life and Times, didn’t earn as much as his royalties. However, the first single on Life and Times, appropriately titled “Windfall,” has racked up nearly 500,000 streams since its January release.

But, that disparity doesn’t dampen Lorber’s creativity or drive. He still strives for a unique sound whether he’s writing songs for his own records or producing for myriad clients, including Richard Elliot’s upcoming CD. “For me, and I think it’s true for all musicians that are writers and record makers, you look for inspiration wherever you can find it. Whenever you hear something, whether it’s new or old, that gets you excited, it’s like ‘Wow! That’s really cool! What is that? How did they do that?’” said Lorber, who has yet to sample another artist’s music in his own compositions. Fanatic hopes that Lorber will produce his next record. Although it won’t be as convenient of a drive to Lorber’s studio because, after a seven-year stint in Los Angeles, Fanatic recently moved back to his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina, to launch CulturePushers.org, a nonprofit that helps underserved Jeff Lorber with Andreao “Fanatic” Heard artists navigate the music industry. “Jeff is everything,” said Fanatic. “He’s a producer. He’s an arranger. He’s a writer. Every time I go over to Jeff ’s, I have to make sure I have a whole day free to rock with him because he always educates me. We talk about The Beatles for like two hours, then we bring the toys out. I have him pull out every keyboard from the ’70s and the ’60s, and we just play and produce and create music with that.” No doubt Lorber’s prized possession––a Solid State Logic SSL Norman BrownSir George mixing board that he bought from The Beatles’ producer Martin––comes in handy for those jam sessions. “Older musicians get the new technology, and they always try to show you how they’re in the loop with it,” Fanatic said. “But when I got with Jeff, I was like, ‘Forget the new stuff, bring out all those vintage keyboards.’” For more information on Lorber, visit www.lorber.com.

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MISZ THE GROOVE PRODUCER

REZA KHAN

• TIME TO GROOVE

• Next Train Home

(Solid Groove Recordings)

(Painted Media LLC)

TIME TO GROOVE, the latest release from drummer, percussionist, keyboardist, producer, composer and arranger MISZ The Groove Producer, is a gem of 10 songs made for the dance floor. It is a cohesive musical outing featuring piano, saxophones, guitar, trumpet and funky drums. This album delivers solid grooves and feel-good vibes throughout. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com Website: www.grooveproducer.com

Reza Khan’s latest full-length album, Next Train Home, reflects the multi-talented performer’s ultimate acceptance of an artistry that is all about exploration, not limitation, following a multitude of passions in vibing with contemporary jazz greats rather than dialing down for commercial considerations. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com Website: www.rezakhanmusic.com

ROB ZINN

MICHAEL MANSON

• Walk The Walk

• ”Sundance” single

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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

For his fifth CD, Straight Up, Michael Manson is putting together a wonderful collaborative process with amazing musicians. This second single, “Sundance,” features an “A” team of musicians including trumpeter Lin Rountree and James Lloyd (Pieces of a Dream), and will delight listeners with a strong melody and great solo playing. Get ready to dance in the sun. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com Website: www.mikemanson.com

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PHAZE II

• Against the Odds

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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

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

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GERALD Proudly endorses his own line of Cannonball saxophones and returns for the 2019 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns tour By Ken Capobianco

Photo: Raj Naik

After three decades of making music as a professional, renowned jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright has learned a great deal about his craft, the music business and, most importantly, himself. Like most veteran musicians who have deservedly earned career success, Albright understands that having a satisfying and fulfilling personal life is just as important as making music. When it comes to playing his horn, Albright is still at the top of his game, but he’s not totally consumed by his art like he was when he was a young player trying to claim his place at the table while achieving his dreams. Last year, he celebrated his 30th year as a recording artist with the release of 30, a collection of newly recorded versions of some of his finest songs. And, he continues to be a top concert draw on the smooth jazz circuit. With 19 studio albums in his catalog, the 61-year-old has found the sweet spot in life, a place that has transformed his wellbeing and outlook on his work. “I’m very content,” the gracious and engaging Albright said recently via phone while driving near his home in Colorado. “I’ve learned a lot of lessons throughout those three-plus decades. And, about three years ago, I did a total assessment of my career, life and well-being. I found out I could effectively streamline things and still have a very effective career. When I found that out, it just opened up all kinds of doors of creativity.” He added that his new perspective on his life and work has brought him a new level of peace. “The key thing for me is I’m more relaxed. I’m at a great point in my life right now where I have total control of my career. I have good health, my family is doing well, and I’m blessed to still have a thriving musical career that’s actually stronger than it’s ever been. So, I’m in a good place, and that’s reflective in writing, production, doing shows and playing the horn.


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Photo: Pat Benter

I’m able to be one with my fans and “We did a Christmas tour last year–– those who come to my shows. I’m more we call it the Albright Family Christmas interactive on the internet. My 60s are tour. It was just Selina and myself, and the best part of my life.” we intend to augment that as we get Another aspect of this shift was more popularity. People really enjoyed Albright’s decision to take over control the father-daughter camaraderie onstage, of his career and manage himself. It’s and Selina really brings it. She doesn’t a move he believes brings him greater have to rely on nepotism because she flexibility as an artist as well as a firmer really works. Of course, the connection grip on his direction. has helped to a degree, but her success is “I’ve been preparing to manage her own.” throughout my life,” he said. “I had three Albright’s son, Brandon, is a managers over the course of my career, cinematographer who is also setting so I’ve had a three-decade internship down a solid foundation for career because after so long of watching what success. “He went to the Art Institute they do with deals and figuring out of Colorado and got his bachelor’s in what things work and what things don’t, digital media and digital editing. He’s you get a good sense of what is best been working for different companies for yourself.” and established his own company, where Taking the reins also allows him to he has private clients he does film shoots Gerald Albright performing at prioritize his life while he continues to or editing for, that’s called Snow Desert Thornton Winery in Temecula, California tour and record. He is also a dedicated Productions,” Albright explained. “He’s husband to his wife of 38 years, Glynis, doing his thing, and I’m very proud of and a proud father. “My biggest him, too.” accomplishment has been the husband The grind of being a musician–– and father of this family,” Albright said. recording, touring, producing, writing–– “That is my mission on this planet, can be demanding, and it’s vitally and I’ve been so honored to do that since important for all artists to find a refuge the kids were born. We are a very close from the treadmill. For the South Central family. Geographically we are not close Los Angeles native, golf provides a safe because as kids grow up, they move out of haven from the industry. town and find themselves, but in terms of the spirit of the family, “I have three divisions in my life: family, music and golf. In that togetherness and the love, we are close.” order,” Albright said with a small laugh. “Golf is very important to His daughter, Selina Albright, has been making inroads as a me. When I’m jet setting in the fast lane, doing cruises and gigs, vocalist, as she establishes her own name in the jazz-pop world. and traveling all over, it’s nice to have that five hours of just-me Dad has taken great interest in her career and helped her find her time where you are out in the wilderness and wildlife, and it’s just footing. “A few years ago, Selina came to me and said ‘Dad, you you and that ball, and you are just competing against yourself know I want to pursue music.’ So, I helped her work on demos basically to win the game. and songwriting, and now she has her own record company, First “In Colorado, where I live, just south of Denver, there are Choice Music. scenic courses––you can be out with elk and deer, among other “She pretty much has the same business model as I have, so animals. It’s like heaven because it’s so calming. I enjoy that and she’s self-managed. She has a booking agent and does her gigs. the networking aspect because you never know who you are going Sometimes we do gigs together. to golf with.

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Sometimes, they partner you with millionaires, and I’ve met key, iconic people over the years. I recently golfed in Australia with a gentleman who had a big stake in YouTube, so you can meet anyone. It’s a positive environment.” Among Albright’s most fruitful endeavors outside of the recording industry is his collaboration with Cannonball Musical Instruments. He has a signature line of saxophones and has become a crucial

“This will be our third go-round,” he said. “It will be myself, Dave Koz, Aubrey Logan, Rick Braun, and this year we’re adding a new twist, as we’re bringing Kenny Lattimore, the great vocalist. He’ll be bringing a vocal aspect to it. The combination of horns and vocals will be a nice blend. We start rehearsals in July and start a 25-city tour. The lion’s share of the show will be what we’ve done, but with Kenny, it will be different. We may employ two or three songs we didn’t do on the last tour to keep things fresh.” The horn player recently returned from two sailings on the Dave Koz & Friends at Sea full-ship charter cruises, which took him to Australia for the first time. He spoke enthusiastically about going out on jazz-themed cruises and anticipates going out on more. “Cruises are the upscale way for jazz lovers to come in contact with their favorite artists. The concept is people pay a lot of money to sail for seven or eight days, but they also get to mingle with the artists, maybe have lunch or dinner, where they are at one with the artist for Q&A sessions or signings, and I enjoy that immensely.” He maintained that he enjoys meeting fans and endorser for the company. It’s a spending time with fellow musicians. “For artists relationship he cherishes. who have been friends a long time, it allows us to “It is one of the most unique and get one or maybe two weeks to catch up with one thriving relationships I’ve ever had another because we’re usually out doing our own in my life,” he said. “I met Tevis and things,” he said. Sheryl Laukat, the owners of the “It’s a nice fraternity. On every cruise, the list company, at the NAMM [National changes. On this cruise, I spent time with BeBe Association of Music Merchants] Winans, who sang on my very first record in 1987. show several years ago—maybe 15 I rarely see BeBe because he’s on the gospel side of or 16 years. things, and I’m on the contemporary jazz side, but “I was leaving the Anaheim here we were breaking bread together and seeing other Dave Koz and Gerald Albright performing Convention Center, and Tevis spotted artists’ shows. It was great to have quality time with on the 2018 Dave Koz & Friends Summer me and stopped me. He introduced him, and now as a result, we are talking about doing Horns tour at Thornton Winery himself to ask if I wanted to try the things together. So it’s a cool thing all around.” in Temecula, California horns. I did, and loved them. They After three decades, Albright believes there’s played very good, so he said ‘Do you plenty of music still to be made, and he anticipates want a horn?’ And, I said, ‘Well, if you are giving horns away, many years of recording because his creative fires still burn bright. sure,’” Albright recalled with a hearty laugh. “I feel I’m at my best right now,” he said. “I have 19 records to my “So, he gave me a horn, which I played for a long time. I was credit, and there will be plenty more. initially an endorser, and then the relationship deepened, so I said, “Early on in my career, whenever I had writer’s block, which didn’t ‘Why not do a signature Gerald Albright horn?’ They asked me how happen too often, I would keep pressing and pressing for ideas until I I wanted the horn to sound, what type of design, how did I want it finally got something, Now, if I have writer’s block or no ideas, I’ll go to look, and what type of materials I wanted it to be made of. We away from the studio, golf or do a power walk, and when I come back developed what’s called the GA5 horn, which is the horn we have I have a plethora of ideas. I’m not so regimented anymore where I been selling for many years. It’s been very successful. I have an alto, think I have to do this today. It must get done. I just let it flow now. tenor and soprano. The friendship and collaboration are wonderfully The best ideas come when you allow the creativity to take its course.” genuine and honest.” In addition to the upcoming Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Of course, Albright still keeps a busy schedule with music and tour, Albright is scheduled to perform at Live Luxe Jazz on Nov. 8, will be heading out this summer on the Dave Koz & Friends Summer at the OMNIA Dayclub Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. For tickets Horns tour, something he is looking forward to as there will be a new or more information on this event, visit www.lifeluxejazz.com. For more addition to the lineup. information on Albright, visit www.geraldalbright.com. Photo: Sherry Fisher

Albright still keeps a busy schedule with music and will be heading out this summer on the Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns tour


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33RD ANNUAL

32nd Annual

AUGUST 9-11, 2019

Opening Weekend

OCTOBER 10-13

RAINBOW LAGOON PARK East Shoreline Drive • Long Beach, California

Closing Weekend

OCTOBER 17-20

DAMIEN ESCOBAR

EUGE GROOVE

JAZMIN GHENT

COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA

BONEY JAMES

PETER WHITE

RICK BRAUN

KEIKO MATSUI

Norman Brown

Poncho Sanchez

Arturo Sandoval

Brian Culbertson

ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY

NICK COLIONNE

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

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Cabanas available!

Acts and Times subject to change without notice

For tickets and information, contact:

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CONCERTS, FESTIVALS AND CRUISES MAY

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2 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 3 Najee, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 The Joey Alexander Trio, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111

The Joey Alexander Trio, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111 5 Heart-N-Soul featuring Steve Donn, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 9 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

Najee, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 10 17th Annual Jazz on the Vine featuring Roman Street, 5:15pm; Vincent Ingala, 7:15pm; Brian Culbertson, 9:15pm, The Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, www.jazzonthevine.net, 877-496-4113 Najee, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

11 Nothing But the Sax featuring Dee Lucas, Tony Exum Jr. & Marqueal Jordan, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 17th Annual Jazz on the Vine featuring Danny Kusz, 2:15pm; Cindy Bradley, 4pm; Keiko Matsui, 6pm; Jonathan Butler, 8:15pm, The Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, www.jazzonthevine.net, 877-496-4113 Najee, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Phaze II, 8pm, Howard University Gala, Marriott Marquis Hotel,

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901 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, DC, www.phaze2jazz.com 12 Slim Man, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Najee, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 13 8th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring art, dinner & concert featuring Oli Silk & Saxophobia Funk Project, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Art Gallery, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821-2292711 14 8th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival Welcome Gala Dinner featuring Bart Brandjes & Rob Zinn, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Piano Bar, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821-2292711

Yellowjackets, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 15 8th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Chieli Minucci, DW3 & After-Show Party with artists TBA, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain, www.mallorca. smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 8212292711 Yellowjackets, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 16 8th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Cool by the Pool featuring DJ & live poolside jam session with artists TBA; Chris Walker, Eric Darius & After-Show Party with artists TBA, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821-2292711 continued on page 20


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continued from page 19 Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Take 6, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 17

Elan Trotman’s Tribute to Marvin Gaye, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Sax to the Max featuring Paul Taylor, Michael Lington & Vincent Ingala, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214

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Jonathan Butler, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 8th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Greg Manning & Jeff Ryan, Steve Oliver; Cool by the Pool with DJ; After-Show Party with artists TBA, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain, www. mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821-2292711 8th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Pieces of a Dream (includes round-trip bus ride from hotel), Església Nova unfinished open-air historic church, Son Servera, Illes Balears; After-Show Party with artists TBA, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Piano Bar, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821-2292711 Elan Trotman Album Release, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

8th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Cool by the Pool with DJ; Marion Meadows, Mezzoforte, AfterShow Party with artists TBA, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain, www. mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821-2292711

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Take 6, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

Phaze II featuring Avon Dews, 7:30pm, City Winery, 1350 Okie St. N.E., Washington, DC, www.phaze2jazz.com

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

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

8th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Julian Vaughn, Four80East; Cool by the Pool with DJ; Ragan Whiteside, Richard Elliot, After-Show Party with artists TBA, Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain, www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821-2292711 Gregg Karukas Birthday Bash, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Take 6, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

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

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DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. presents Jazz at the Creek “A New Groove” featuring Steppin’ Session with Choc James from the SDC Factory, Wildside Band, DJ John Phillips, 7pm, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Celebration Hall, 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California, www.jazzatthecreeksd.com, 858-650-3190


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Fort Hunter Park | Harrisburg, PA 3pm; Lin Rountree, 4pm; Sons of Mystro, 5:30pm, Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California, www.jazzatthecreeksd.com, 858-650-3190

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DOTSERO, 9:15pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 Pieces of a Dream, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.soileddove.com, 303-830-9214 M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. presents Jazz at the Creek “A New Groove” featuring Kendrick Dial & Lyrical Groove, 2pm; Daneen Wilburn with Kamau Kenyatta,

Walter Beasley, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. presents Jazz at the Creek “A New Groove” featuring Erisa Nicole, 2pm; Darryl Williams with Darryl Walker, 3pm; Reggie Codrington, 4pm; Jazz in Pink with Karen Briggs, Mariea Antoinette, Gail Jhonson, Tomoka, Robin Bramlett, Dee Simone & D’Love, 5:30pm,

Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California, www.jazzatthecreeksd.com, 858-650-3190

Spyro Gyra, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

Ellis Hall, 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.

30 Spyro Gyra, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 31 DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000

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KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, with special guest appearance by KJAZZ radio host Bubba Jackson, 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 11:30am-1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live performances by the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 s U n DaY, m aY 5

Cinco De Mayo 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 Cinco De Mayo Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower,

sails 11:30am-1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER 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 performances by the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with performances by Erin Stevenson, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at U R DaY, m aY 1 1

KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER John Wayne Celebration Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, sails 11:30am-1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring 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 Early Bird Mother’s Day Saturday Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise, 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, m aY 1 2

17th Annual Jazz on the Vine 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 Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, three 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, 310-301-9900, 888-HORNBLOWER Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, three 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, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, three sailings: featuring Elliot Lawrence, 9:30-11:30am; featuring The Classic Jazz Trio, 11am-1pm; the Dave Scott Duo, 2:30-4:30pm; boards at 9am, 10:30am, 2pm, respectively, from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego,

California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 The Abbey Mother’s Day Jazz Champagne Brunch featuring live jazz by Republic of Music, 11am, The Abbey on Fifth Ave., 2825 5th Ave., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 855-627-8482 Spaghettini’s Legendary Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch with performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 s at U R DaY, m aY 1 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 John Wayne Celebration Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower, sails 11:30am-1:30pm, boards at 11am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard Hornblower featuring live jazz music, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring live performances by the Dave Scott Duo, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, continued on page 24


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Global Adventures Set to a Smooth Jazz Tune


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By Melanie Maxwell

“I love smooth jazz,

Seaside view of Mallorca, Spain, one of the many attractions found during the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival (May 13-19)

and when I read about the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, I thought it would be an amazing experience to listen to my favorite music on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea,” said Cassandra Waller, who, along with her partner Terry Ward, had been looking for a unique cultural experience. “This was the most fun I’ve had at a smooth jazz festival,” added the 55-year-old Monterey, California, resident, who has been to hundreds of festivals in the United States, but cited this April 2018 trip as her first festival abroad. Tap your finger on a spinning globe, and wherever it lands, you’ll most likely find a prime jazz festival. Several genre stars and festival promoters have even taken their landbased entertainment, and eager audiences, out to sea. These jazz-themed cruises have become so popular that most are booked through 2020. Both weeks on the Dave Koz & Friends at Sea full-ship charters are sold-out, as well as the eightnight Capital Jazz SuperCruise. The first of two back-to-back sailings on Rick Braun’s European River Cruise Getaway is sold out, with a few cabins left on his week-2 voyage. But all of them offer wait-lists. Travel-hungry smooth jazz fans can still combine a trip to Europe with their musical passion, thanks to Christian Bössner, a German-based concert promoter who produces the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival and the Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival with his wife, Sandra. “I would say 50 percent of the festivals’ newbie-guests were from North America in the past few years,” said 38-year-old Bössner via email recently. “The word-of-mouth promotion is in full swing. Returning U.S. guests bring their friends, and it’s becoming more and more every festival.” Waller and 65-year-old Ward had such great memories from their time in Mallorca, that when they were in London later that year, they spontaneously flew to Portugal with friends to attend the Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival. “The resort venue is a short walk from your hotel suite. It has an intimate setting for concerts, a delightful buffet restaurant, performances by the pool, and a lounge for the nightly after-parties,” Waller explained, adding that she appreciated the unique concert venues, including a quaint indoor amphitheater and several cultural sites on the island. “It was also a wonderful experience meeting new friends from all over the world––Australia, Germany, the U.K., Africa, France, Italy and the U.S.”

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Photo: Christian Nordström

The success of Bössner’s festivals relies on this type of passion from American smooth jazz fans, as it is still not a well-known genre in Europe. “The typical [European] response is ‘Smooth jazz? Oh, I don’t like jazz.’ Or, ‘Smooth jazz? Well, that’s not real Jazz’,” he said. “We have to admit, in the beginning, Sandra and I did not differ from a lot of other Europeans. We had no idea that something like smooth jazz even existed. Of course, we knew Sade and Candy Dulfer. And, of course, we had heard of names like Grover Washington Jr. or George Benson before. But that was all.” Bössner wasn’t yet born when Richard Elliot, one of the headliners for this month’s Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, was playing sax in Tower of Power before launching his solo career. But a family friend introduced him to the genre and shared his dream of bringing a festival to Europe.

Christian and Sandra Bössner, producers of the Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival and Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival

“Having been a young event organizer looking for a chance to realize my own conceptual ideas and my intention to build something new and unique, I teamed up with him to establish an annual smooth jazz event in Europe. We announced the festival premiere in Bregenz, Austria, at Lake Constance back in 2008,” said Bössner, who Christian Bössner with guests and artists during the 2017 was only 27 at that time. Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival in Portugal The event successfully attracted guests from all over Europe, and the feedback was that it had been an exceptional experience. But it didn’t pencil out financially, and their partner left the company. “For Sandra and me, already having put our hearts and souls into this project, giving up was no option,” said Bössner. “We improved our concept and evolved from a pure concert organizer to a music travel organizer.” Eleven years and 22 successful festivals later, producing unique smooth jazz events is Bössner’s full-time job. Aside from the artists and the type of music they play, the experiences he offers are distinctive from the festivals most American fans are used to. While stateside festivals typically sell thousands of tickets to a single event, Bössner caps capacity at around 600 guests. “We focus on boutique events offering a boutique experience,” he said. “That means we’re a

“We don’t just organize a bunch of concerts at some place; we produce a great time at a great place and bring together great people from all over the world to share a unique smooth jazz experience. It’s a bit like Woodstock-goes-smooth jazz.” • Christian Bössner


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small crowd of like-minded people from over 25 different countries per festival, coming together to enjoy smooth jazz in an awardwinning holiday setting. Our festivals take place in a hotel resort that is also the venue. The artists and musicians are within your reach. They stay in the same hotel, hang at the same bars and eat in the same restaurants. It’s like a cruise on land.” This year’s Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival is scheduled for May 13-19, and will be held at the five-star Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa in Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain. The eighth annual event includes a welcome dinner with the artists, a morning boat trip and show, poolside shows, live artist interviews, after-show parties and an off-site concert featuring Pieces of a Dream performing at Església Nova, an unfinished, historic, open-air church in nearby Son Servera. A bus trip to a traditional Mallorcan bodega and tours of local attractions can also be booked as optional excursions. In the fall, the fourth annual Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival, scheduled for Oct. 1-6, will move to a new venue at the Pine

Cliffs Resort in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal. The five-star seafront resort sits atop red cliffs overlooking the Praia da Falésia beach. “We don’t just organize a bunch of concerts at some place; we produce a great time at a great place and bring together great people from all over the world to share a unique smooth jazz experience. It’s a bit like Woodstock-goes-smooth jazz,” said Bössner. “The hosts, Christian and Sandra, made you feel as if you were part of a grand event throughout Europe. It’s the perfect vacation,” said Ward, who plans to return to the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival this month with Waller. “I wanted to see how smooth jazz was represented to others outside of the U.S., and after attending both festivals, I realize smooth jazz belongs to the world.” For more information on the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival and Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival, check out our Annual Jazz Festival & Cruise Guide beginning on page 30, or visit www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de

“We’re a small crowd of like-minded people from over 25 different countries per festival, coming together to enjoy smooth jazz in an award-winning holiday setting.”

The Fourth Annual Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival is moving to a new venue, the Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal (Oct. 1-6)


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Top: Eric Marienthal and Keiko Matsui performing at the 2018 Long Beach Jazz Festival Bottom row: Nick Colionne jammin’ at the 2018 Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival in Pennsylvania; Nestor Torres expresses joy after his concert at the 2018 San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, while Craig Collier dances with Maggie Shares; and Eric Darius thrills his wife, Lynne, during the 2018 Seabreeze Jazz Festival lunch cruise in Panama City Beach, Florida

May 13-19

Eighth Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain

Lineup: Monday, May 13: Art, dinner and music featuring Oli Silk, in the art gallery; Saxophobia Funk Project, in the piano bar Tuesday, May 14: Welcome Gala Dinner featuring Bart Brandjes and Rob Zinn Wednesday, May 15: Chieli Minucci, DW3, on the main stage; After-Show Party at the piano bar featuring artists TBA Thursday, May 16: Cool by the Pool featuring jam session and DJ, at the pool stage; Chris Walker, Eric Darius, on the main stage; After-Show Party at the piano bar Friday, May 17: Cool by the Pool featuring jam session and DJ, at the pool stage; Marion Meadows, Mezzoforte, on the main stage; After-Show Party at the piano bar Saturday, May 18: Julian Vaughn, Four80East, on the open-air stage; Cool by the Pool featuring DJ, at the pool stage; Ragan Whiteside, Richard Elliot, on the main stage; After-Show Party at the piano bar featuring artists TBA Sunday, May 19: Greg Manning and Jeff Ryan, Steve Oliver, on the open-air stage; Cool by the Pool featuring DJ, at the pool

stage; Pieces of a Dream, at Esglesia Nova unfinished historic church (open-air), Son Servera, Illes Balears; After-Show Party at the piano bar featuring artists TBA 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, (+49) 821-2292711

May 24-26

M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. presents Jazz at the Creek “A New Groove” San Diego, California

Lineup: Friday, May 24: Steppin’ Session with Choc James from the SDC Factory, Wildside Band, DJ John Phillips, 7 p.m., Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Celebration Hall Saturday (gates open at 1 p.m.): Kendrick Dial & Lyrical Groove, 2 p.m.; Daneen Wilburn featuring Kamau Kenyatta,


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Mallorca, Spain, the location for the Eighth Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival (May 13-19)

Eric Darius hosting the 2018 San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North (June 28-30)

3 p.m.; Lin Rountree, 4 p.m.; Sons of Mystro, 5:30 p.m. Sunday (gates open at 1 p.m.): Erisa Nicole, 2 p.m.; Darryl Williams featuring Darryl Walker, 3 p.m.; Reggie Codrington, 4 p.m.; Jazz in Pink with Karen Briggs, Mariea Antoinette, Gail Jhonson, Tomoka, Robin Bramlett, Dee Simone, D’Love, 5:30 p.m. Venues: Friday: Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Celebration Hall, 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California Saturday and Sunday: Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, California Getting there: Flights are available into the San Diego International Airport (SAN), approximately 8 miles from the venue Parking: Free parking is available behind the Jacobs Center at 404 Euclid Ave. (On Saturday and Sunday, when parking behind the Jacobs Center, walk across the red walk-bridge to the amphitheater) Tickets and information: www.jazzatthecreeksd.com, 858-650-3190

Sunday, June 30 (gates open at 11 a.m., music starts at 1 p.m.): Eric Darius, Norman Brown, Sax to the Max (Michael Lington, Paul Taylor and Vincent Ingala), Monty Seward, Mariea Antoinette Venue (main festival): Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California (adjacent to Seaport Village)

June 28-30

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

Lineup (hosted by Eric Darius): Friday, June 28 (board at 6 p.m.): Three-hour dinner cruise featuring Althea Rene and Selina Albright, DJ, artist meet-andgreet, sails 7-10 p.m. aboard Inspiration Hornblower, boards at 6 p.m. from Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr. Saturday, June 29 (gates open at 11 a.m., music starts at 1 p.m.): Boney James, West Coast Jam (Peter White, Richard Elliot and DW3), Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler, Brian Simpson and Jazmin Ghent, Tony Exum Jr.

Getting there: Flights are available into the San Diego International Airport (SAN), approximately 4 miles from the venue 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. Parking: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, at the rate of $15 per vehicle. Tickets and information: www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com (including additional hotel options and parking details), 562-424-0013

July 11-14

10th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Mitchellville, Maryland

Lineup: Thursday, July 11: Pre-Festival Jam featuring Willie Bradley, Eddie Baccus Jr., Alisha Glover, 7 p.m., Olde Town Inn, 9421 Largo Dr. W., Largo, Maryland Friday, July 12: VIP White Affair and concert featuring Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman, Althea Rene, Jeanette Harris, Kayla Waters, 7:30 p.m., Martins Camelot, 13905 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, Maryland Saturday, July 13: Kim Waters, Kayla Waters, Adam Hawley, Secret Society, We are One X-perience Band, David Bach, Lil Asmar, and host Tony Richards, 1 p.m., Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, Maryland Sunday, July 14: Sunday Inspirational Jazz Experience featuring Kirk Whalum, The Blackbyrds, Lil Asmar, 2 p.m.; and Grand Finale All-Star Jam Session hosted by Gerald Veasley, featuring continued on page 32


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Patrons enjoying cabana seating and service at the 31st Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival (Aug. 9-11) continued from page 31

Kim Waters, Willie Bradley, Elan Trotman, Jeff Bradshaw, Adam Hawley, Julian Vaughn, David Bach, Eddie Baccus Jr. and more, 7 p.m.; Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Maryland Getting there: Flights are available into Reagan National Airport (DCA), approximately 12 miles from the venue Parking: Free parking is available adjacent to the festival grounds, and additional parking with free shuttle service. Visit festival website for details. Tickets and information: www.lakearborjazz.com

July 19-20

4th Annual Music City Jazz Festival Nashville, Tennessee

Lineup: Friday, July 19: Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler, Pete Belasco, Willie Bradley Saturday, July 20: Najee; Norman Brown, Euge Groove and Lindsey Webster; Yellowjackets; Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr.; Alex Bugnon and Marc Antoine; Althea Rene and Jeanette Harris Venue: Public Square Park, 10 Public Square, 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, 800-945-0078

July 27

13th Annual Multi Music Fest Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Lineup (doors open at 4 p.m., music begins at 5 p.m.): Hosted by Mark Ribbins from Cleveland’s 107.3 The WAVE, featuring Jonathan Butler and Kirk Whalum, Peter White and Euge Groove, Sammy Deleon Band

Patrons enjoying the Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Sept. 6-8)

Venue: Cain Park, 14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio Getting there: Flights are available into the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), approximately 19 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.mcchatmanmultimusicfest.com, 216-326-0823

Aug. 9-11

32nd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Long Beach, California

Lineup: Brian Culbertson, Norman Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Jazz in Pink (featuring Gail Jhonson, Karen Briggs and Mariea Antoinette), Willie Bradley 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. 10-11

Fourth Annual Derby City Jazz Festival Louisville, Kentucky

Lineup: Saturday, Aug. 10 (gates open at 2 p.m., music starts at 4 p.m.): Sheryl Rouse, Ragan Whiteside, Lin Rountree, Lindsey Webster, Adam Hawley, Marion Meadows, Joey Sommerville, Rahsaan Patterson and jam session Sunday, Aug. 11 (gates open at 11 a.m., music starts at 1 p.m.): Cal Harris Jr., Julian Vaughn, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Pieces of a Dream and jam session


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The Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition at the Pensacola Community Maritime Park in Pensacola, Florida (Aug. 31-Sept. 1)

Venue: Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, Kentucky Getting there: Flights are available into the Louisville International Airport (SDF), approximately 4 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.derbycityjazzfest.com, 502-442-9869

Aug. 16-17

Marcus Anderson’s Jazz and Coffee Escape Asheville, North Carolina

Lineup: Friday, Aug. 16: Queens of Soul Jazz featuring Althea Rene and Jeanette Harris; Lindsey Webster; Nick Colionne, Marcus Anderson; After-Party with DJ Double J Saturday, Aug. 17: Darnell “Showcase” Taylor, Marcel Anderson, Lin Rountree, Phil Denny, Julian Vaughn, Adam Hawley, James Lloyd, Marcus Anderson, After-Party with Adrian Crutchfield Venue: Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, North Carolina Getting there: Flights are available into Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Distance to the venue is approximately 15 miles from AVL, 78 miles from GSP, and 121 miles from CLT. Tickets and information: www.jazzandcoffee-escape.net, 828-257-4530

Aug. 25

17th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival Gardena, California

Lineup: Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr., and more to be announced Venue: Rowley Memorial Park, 13220 S. Van Ness Ave., Gardena, California Getting there: Flights are available into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), approximately 7 miles from the venue

Tickets and information: www.gardenajazzfestival.com, 310-217-9537

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Fresh Coast Jazz Festival Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lineup: Friday, Aug. 30: The Pairing, wine and live music, Vogel Hall at The Marcus Center; Hometown All-Stars-Volume 1, Lindsey Webster, Jazz Funk Soul (Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr. and Everette Harp), Uihlein Hall at The Marcus Center Saturday, Aug. 31: Fresh Coast Cruise, Edelweiss Port; Hometown All-Stars-Volume 2, Ronnie Laws, Lee Ritenour, Uihlein Hall at The Marcus Center Sunday, Sept. 1: Chris Crain, Raul Midón, Norman Brown, Uihlein Hall at The Marcus Center Venue: The Marcus Center, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin Getting there: Flights are available into Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), approximately 9 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.freshcoastjazz.com

Aug. 31-Sept. 1

4th Annual Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition Pensacola, Florida

Lineup (doors open at 1:30 p.m., music starts at 2:30 p.m.): Saturday, Aug. 31: Willie Bradley, Jazmin Ghent, Nathan Mitchell, Maysa, Walter Beasley, Kayla Waters, Marion Meadows, Adam Hawley Sunday, Sept. 1: Ragan Whiteside, Pieces of a Dream, Bob Baldwin, Four80East, Vincent Ingala, Down to the Bone, Najee Venue: Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola, Florida continued on page 34


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Algarve, Portugal, where the Fourth Annual Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival is held (Oct. 1-6) continued from page 33

Getting there: Flights are available into Pensacola International Airport (PNS), approximately 7 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.com, 800-745-3000

Sept. 6-8

Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Lineup: Friday, Sept. 6: To be announced Saturday, Sept. 7: Daniel D., 4:30 p.m.; Lindsey Webster, 6 p.m.; Najee, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8: JJ Sansaverino and Paula Atherton, 4:30 p.m.; Jeff Bradshaw, Algebra and Kevin Jackson, 6 p.m.; Pieces of a Dream, 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 Parking: Free onsite parking Tickets and information: www.dauphincounty.org, 717-599-5188

Oct. 1-6

Fourth Annual Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival Albufeira, Portugal

Lineup: Rick Braun, Javier Colon, Kim Waters, Paul Brown, Jeff Kashiwa, Kayla Waters, Elan Trotman and more to be announced Venue: Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal Getting there: Flights are available into the Faro Airport (FAO), approximately 28 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.algarve.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821-2292711

Oct. 10-14

Fifth Annual Elan Trotman’s Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf Weekend Barbados, West Indies

Lineup: Thursday, Oct. 10: “A Taste of Caribbean” featuring island artists, bands, food and culture; VIP Meet & Greet; Late-night entertainment (music of Motown) Friday, Oct. 11: Golf practice round (Apes Hill Club); “Ladies Night” featuring Avery Sunshine with special guests Gail Jhonson and Jazmin Ghent; VIP Meet & Greet; Late-night entertainment (Caribbean music) Saturday, Oct. 12: Golf practice round (Barbados Golf Club); “Sax on the Beach” with Mike Phillips and Elan Trotman; VIP Meet & Greet; comedy show featuring Chris Spencer; Late-night entertainment (jazz) Sunday, Oct. 13: Golf tournament (Sandy Lane Country Club); Sunday Bajan Buffet; “Men of Soul” featuring Jeffrey Osborne and Marcus Johnson; VIP Meet & Greet; Late-night entertainment (R&B/Top 40 music) Venue: Hilton Barbados Resort, Needham’s Point St. Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados Getting there: Flights are available into the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), approximately 10 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.barbadosjazzexcursion.com

Oct. 10-13 and 17-20

33rd Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Avalon, California

Lineup: Thursday, Oct. 10: Nick Colionne Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11: Marqueal Jordan, 7 p.m.; Keiko Matsui, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12: To be announced, noon; Euge Groove, 2 p.m.; Grace Kelly, 7 p.m.; Damien Escobar, 9 p.m.; after-party at Descanso Beach, 10:30 p.m.


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View of Avalon from the Inn at Mount Ada during the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival (Oct. 10-13 and Oct. 17-20)

The second annual Life Luxe Jazz is relocating to a new venue, OMNIA Dayclub Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (Nov. 7-11)

Sunday, Oct. 13: Lebron, noon; Acoustic Alchemy, 2 p.m.; Jeff Ryan, 7 p.m.; Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart, featuring Carmen Bradford, 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17: Peter White Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, 7 p.m.; Jazmin Ghent, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19: To be announced, noon; Rick Braun, 2 p.m.; to be announced, 7 p.m.; Damien Escobar, 9 p.m.; after-party at Descanso Beach, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20: Elan Trotman, noon; Chieli Minucci’s Special EFX featuring Nelson Rangell, Lao Tizer and Tita Hutchison, 2 p.m.; Michael Manson, 7 p.m.; Boney James, 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

Getting there: Flights are available into the Charleston International Airport (CHS), approximately 33 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.weekendofjazz.com/Kiawah, 800-654-2924

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Dec. 30-31

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

Nov. 7-11

Life Luxe Jazz

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Lineup: Thursday, Nov. 7: Welcome reception and dance party featuring Rick Parma and DJ Friday, Nov. 8: Hosted by Mark Curry, featuring Ernie Quarles, Alex Bugnon, Raul Midón, Gerald Albright, Incognito Saturday, Nov. 9: Hosted by Mark Curry, featuring Sheléa Frazier, Tom Browne, Ronnie Laws, Roy Ayers, Pieces of a Dream, Average White Band Sunday, Nov. 10: Spirit of Jazz Brunch hosted by Aundrae Russell, featuring Kirk Whalum, Sheléa Frazier, Donnie McClurkin; Sunset Cruise featuring Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez Venue: OMNIA Dayclub Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Getting there: Flights are available into Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), approximately 13 miles from the venue Tickets and information: www.lifeluxejazz.com/, contact@lifeluxejazz.com

Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve 2019 Getaway Tucson, Arizona

Lineup: Monday, Dec. 30: Celebrity golf tournament; Start the Party Early with Mindi Abair Tuesday, Dec. 31: reception, silent auction, dinner, midnight champagne toast and performances by Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot and Nick Colionne

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The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, is the venue for Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve 2019 Getaway

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Venue: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, Arizona Getting there: Flights are available into the Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX). Distance to the venue is approximately 11 miles from TUS, and 115 miles from PHX. Tickets and information: www.RickBraunNewYearsEve.com, 520-219-3381

Jan. 10-20, 2020

Sixth Annual Tucson Jazz Festival

13th Annual Capital Jazz SuperCruise is sailing to Saint Lucia (Jan. 16-24, 2020)

Patterson, After 7, Ken Ford, Conya Doss, Matthew Whitaker, Chris Botti, Morris Day & The Time, Salt-N-Pepa, comedian SINBAD and more to be announced Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas Ports of call: Saint Lucia; Antigua; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Booking and information: www.capitaljazz.com/ supercruise/2020/, 877-619-2929

March 26-28, 2020

Earl Klugh’s 17th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor

Tucson, Arizona

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Lineup: To be announced Venue: Various venues throughout Tucson, Arizona Getting there: Flights are available into the Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX). Distance to the venue is approximately 9 miles from TUS, and 110 miles from PHX. Tickets and information: www.tucsonjazzfestival.org, 520-962-6260

Lineup: To be announced Venue: The 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

Jan. 16-24, 2020

13th Annual Capital Jazz SuperCruise

Saint Lucia and the Caribbean Eight-day, full-ship charter (sold-out, wait list) Lineup: Najee, Naturally 7, Bob James, Hiroshima, Rahsaan

March 27-April 5, 2020

30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Oceanfront accommodations are available during the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida (April 22-26, 2020)

International Airport (PHL), approximately 70 miles from Berks County Tickets and information: www.berksjazzfest.com, 800-745-3000

April 22-26, 2020

22nd Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival presented by Visit Panama City Beach 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, and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The venue is approximately 10 miles from ECP and 55 miles from VPS. Staying there: ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the official accommodations provider. For reservations and information, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com or call 877-640-0052. Additional accommodations sponsors can also be found on the festival website. Tickets and information: On sale June 1, 2019, at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com

May 11-17, 2020

Ninth Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival Sa Coma, Mallorca, Spain Lineup: To be announced

Rick Braun’s 2020 European River Cruise Getaway will have two sailings on AmaWaterways’ AmaCello (Aug. 6 and Aug. 13)

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, (+49) 821-2292711

Aug. 6 and Aug. 13, 2020

Rick Braun’s European River Cruise Getaway Two, seven-day full-ship charter sailings Provence, France

Week-one sailing, Aug. 6 (sold-out): Lineup: Rick Braun, Peter White, Kirk Whalum and Marc Antoine Ship: AmaWaterways’ AmaCello Ports of call: Sailing on the Rhone River between Lyon and Arles, France; visiting Lyon, Vienne, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon and Arles. Optional pre- and-post-cruise in Paris, France, and Barcelona, Spain. Embarkation: Lyon, France Week-two sailing, Aug. 13: Lineup: Rick Braun, Peter White, Kirk Whalum and Marc Antoine Ship: AmaWaterways’ AmaCello Ports of call: Sailing on the Rhone River between Arles and Lyon, France; visiting Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Tournon, Vienne and Lyon. Optional pre- and-post-cruise in Paris, France, and Barcelona, Spain. Embarkation: Arles, France Booking and information: www.rickbraun.com, 520-219-3381


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“Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young” By David Browne M AY 2 019

CASHMIRA’S STARGUIDE Taurus April 20 - May 20

You hate dealing with financial matters, but this month is the perfect time to review yours, and decide how to proceed. Don’t take the easy way out. Think of what the consequences might be. You can do it.

Gemini May 21 - June 21

You don’t have to be such a slave driver. Everything gets better when you let a laugh or two into the equation. You might even start cracking wise yourself. Try to bring the temperature down so that everyone can get your work done.

Cancer June 22 - July 22

You know how to not be taken for granted. This month is your time to shine so that others can see exactly all that you bring to the table. Don’t let your talents be hidden; take them out for a little airing.

Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

Don’t forget to trust in your own instincts this month. Others know you as the winner you truly are, so who are you to argue? Get that self-confidence in gear, and start up your project. Success is just around the corner.

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

Wow, you are going to have a great month. The surprise kindness of others will bring great happiness to you. The experience should generate your feelings to get out there and share the positivity with others who need a break.

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

You can’t keep hiding from the personal problems that have been plaguing you. You will have to honestly face the issues and, perhaps, make some very unpopular decisions. You only get one life; don’t waste it on misery.

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

You are the heart of your family, and the burden is sometimes a bit hard to bear. Give yourself a breather when you can, but your innate sense of responsibility will not allow you to let go of the reins. Hopefully, someone notices occasionally.

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

A little tolerance will do you good. You have the gift of blarney this month. There is no one you can’t charm and inspire. Use this gift sparingly so that you don’t overwhelm others. Make good decisions before you announce them to the world that is waiting.

Capricorn Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

This is a good month to start paying it forward. You’ve been the beneficiary of some kindnesses and considerations. Now is the time for you to help others in ways great and small. You know so many who would appreciate the support.

Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Oops, your spending has been getting out of control lately. Who do you think you are? Get back to reality, and think about what you are doing with your money. Did you really need to buy all of that? Nix that spending urge.

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20

You’ve had to clean up some issues made by co-workers. This month would be a good time to educate them so that the mistakes will no longer occur. Otherwise, you will be playing cleanup from now on. You’ve got the smarts; share them.

Aries March 21 - April 19

You don’t have to be the boss of everything all the time. Take a break, kick off your shoes, and pay attention to those close to you. Sure, you are the No. 1, the person with all the answers, but let someone else take the lead.

Da Capo Press • 2019 • 480 pages • $30

Reviewed by Darcy Peters In his forward, author David Browne poses the question, “How could a group so identified with harmony fall into such regular discord and disarray?” And, why did fans still care? In this well-written history, we are treated to the story of the creation and multiple re-creations of one of rock ’n’ roll’s most famous bands, which began 50 years ago. Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and David Crosby were the original members of a group with no name at the outset of their work together. Each brought talent, ambition and some song ideas together after realizing they had a special knack of harmonizing with each other. When the young musicians from Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies and The Byrds got together, they became the first “supergroup” of rock ’n’ roll. By the time Neil Young became the fourth member of the group, they were all stars. Stills was the de facto leader during the recording of their first album, and his prodigious work ethic infected the others. His role of leader did not last after the first album was completed. The work of the three original members created such a buzz that they were destined to become a hit. They were a trio for a very brief time; then Young, who was also previously with Buffalo Springfield, came in to complete the band. Their second album, Déjà Vu, with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, was another hit. When they began being hailed as the American Beatles, that’s when things started to fall apart. The personalities of these musicians could not blend for long. Immediately after the tour, they each began new projects individually. All of the members made solo albums and continued to write songs, some of which were comments on their fellow band members. Their excessive lifestyles, the need for cash, and personal problems left them often trying to get together to make something happen again. Crosby and Nash, or Crosby, Nash and Stills, or any other grouping, could not last for long. Their huge early success made other successful works always seem somehow less. They tried doing other tours, including an outdoor arena-type tour that ended badly. While on that tour, Young decided he was done, and he simply left in the middle of it. Young was famous for walking out when he felt like it, leaving the band to scramble for a replacement. While they went through their many permutations, times were changing. The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac began their reign as the most popular groups. Then music changed more with the advent of punk. Technical advancements were happening as well. Young was advanced in his use of tech compared to others, which was reflected in some of their performances. Still, they continued to reunite for brief moments. And, fans still seemed to yearn for the beautiful, hopeful harmonies they knew were possible.


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