Smooth Jazz News October-November-December 2021

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34TH CATALINA ISLAND JAZZTRAX FESTIVAL

Photo: Pat Benter

24 smooth jazz acts perform over two weekends in October

Mindi Abair

Takes fans on Wine + Music adventures through Tuscany and Sonoma while maintaining a bustling tour schedule with a stop at Catalina Island

CATALINA ISLAND VISITORS GUIDE A world of delights await on California’s enchanted isle

RANDAL CLARK Teacher, sax specialist and new recording artist debuts at the Catalina Casino Ballroom stage with Jeff Lorber and an all-star band

C R E AT I V I T Y S T R I K E S D U R I N G T H E PA N D E M I C



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CONTENTS Publisher and Managing Editor Melanie Maxwell Operations & Distribution Manager Craig Collier Copy Editors JoAnn Armke Paula Fitzgerald Barbara Knox Brad Sondak Contributor Ken Capobianco Contributing Photographers Cover photo of Mindi David Hopley Raj Naik Abair by Greg Allen Pat Benter Noble Ambience Chyna Photography Photography Colin Peck Lori Clark Describe The Fauna Bobby Quillard Aaron Rice Anthony Dixon Lori Stoll Rachel Green Eric Guerra Aric Thompson Cooper Hardwick Graphic Designer Stephani Rosenstein Smooth Jazz News 5519 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #134 San Diego, CA 92117 858-541-1919 smoothjazznews@aol.com www.smoothjazznews.com As we ease back into post-pandemic life, we will publish two quarterly issues of Smooth Jazz News in 2021: JulyAugust-September and October-November-December. In 2022, we plan to publish five bimonthly issues: MarchApril, May-June, July-August, September-October and November-December. The publisher assumes no responsibility for claims or actions of its advertisers. Opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the publisher, staff or advertisers. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher. ©2021, Smooth Jazz News | All rights reserved

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It’s not too early for holiday shopping. Check out our annual Holiday Gift Guide on page 33.

8 Notes from the Publisher

An ending and then a beginning on Catalina Island

10 34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

Art Good transforms Avalon into a smooth jazz haven with two scenic venues and 24 artists performing over two weekends

12 FREE-CD offer to Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival attendees Receive a FREE CD when you renew or subscribe to Smooth Jazz News at the 34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

13 Catalina Island Visitors Guide Insider tips for Avalon visitors

16 Randal Clark

From the classroom to the majors: The saxophonist makes his mainstage debut at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

19 DISCover New Music

The latest releases for your smooth jazz lifestyle

20 Mindi Abair

The popular saxophonist creates ReserveTastings.com with her wine expert husband, and offers fans luxury, curated wine and music adventures globally

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

33 Holiday Gift Guide

Find the perfect presents for your friends and family

34 Jazz Buzz

Yay! Holiday performances are back! Catch the Peter White and Dave Koz Christmas tours nationwide, and ring in the new year with Rick Braun in Tucson, Arizona

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NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving government and health officials’ mandates, all events, lineups, venues, dates and show times contained in editorial and/or advertisements within this magazine are subject to change without notice. Smooth Jazz News assumes no responsibility for any cancellations or changes or the accuracy of any concert, cruise, brunch or festival information contained in this publication in advertisements and/or editorial, which has been provided by outside sources. Please contact each venue and/or promoter directly to confirm all information.


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Grey Boy with the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book in which he is featured

The silver lining of the pandemic was that creative people became more so. Many of our favorite artists immersed themselves in prolific songwriting, some collaborating with other musicians. The result is a glorious flood of great new music. After temporarily pausing print publication in March 2020, I spent the beginning of lockdown trying to figure out how to keep Smooth Jazz News afloat. During those 17 months, and only producing three digital-only editions, the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the effects it would have on my normal life and work eventually sunk in. That’s when I finally hopped off the futile hamster wheel of struggling to maintain my business and surrendered to an alternative way to be productive.

Several decades ago when I was planning my departure from the corporate world to pursue a writing career, I was constantly advised to “write what you’re passionate about.” So, I wrote about smooth jazz. After a few submissions, I got my first piece published. It was a feature about the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival. This was followed by ongoing assignments for local publications and, in 1999, my launch of Smooth Jazz News. Two decades later, the global pandemic shuttered the smooth jazz industry, including my magazine. With no events to write about, and nothing for our clients to advertise, we had no revenue to afford the expense of printing and distributing a magazine. So, I decided to revive my freelance gig.


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I enrolled in classes to learn various styles of I was so honored that my story—one of the craft: everything from copywriting and travel thousands submitted—would be featured in writing to op-eds and personal essays. Soon, I was a book series that evolved from the original pitching articles about smooth jazz to The New “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” a book that sparked York Times, AARP The Magazine, Business Insider, the inspiration for so many changes I made in Huffington Post, The Washington Post and Conde my life, including leaving the corporate world to Nast Traveler. Those pitches were either rejected or pursue writing. the editor ghosted me. Last month, I received copies of the book, Then, I began writing practice essays about my which is on sale now at most bookstores other passion: cats. And, as fate would have it, I saw and online retailers, such as Warwick’s in a call for pitches from Chicken Soup for the Soul for La Jolla, California (www.warwicks.com/ their upcoming cat book. I immediately fine-tuned book/9781611590791) and Amazon.com. two stories I had in the works about my rescue cats, As an added bonus, the Chicken Soup for the Lily and Grey Boy, and submitted them. Soul organization is donating royalties from this On April 12, 2021, I received an email from book and its companion book, “Chicken Soup for the assistant publisher. She said, in part: “Your the Soul: My Hilarious, Heroic, Human Dog,” to [Grey Boy] story has made it to the first phase American Humane. This is part of the company’s of our selection round for ‘Chicken Soup for the widespread support for animal shelters and pet Soul: My Clever, Curious, adoption, which includes Caring Cat.’ Only a small the donation of their percent of the submitted brand of pet food to stories have made it this shelters nationwide. I WAS SO HONORED THAT MY STORY— far. Congratulations on As I celebrate this being in the final round!” ONE OF THOUSANDS SUBMITTED— accomplishment, I’ll be It was accompanied by a heading back to Avalon, WOULD BE FEATURED IN A BOOK SERIES contract and the following California, for the 34th THAT EVOLVED FROM THE ORIGINAL statement: “Filling out the Catalina Island JazzTrax permission form does not “CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL,” A BOOK Festival in October. It was guarantee that your story the last festival I attended THAT SPARKED THE INSPIRATION FOR SO will appear in the book. pre-pandemic, and, two MANY CHANGES I MADE IN MY LIFE. However, we do need your years later, it will be my signed form in order to first one since. consider your story. A majority of stories in this Now that vaccinations for COVID-19 round will appear in the book, but we do not make are increasing, especially within our older the final decisions until about a month before the demographic, and venues are implementing mask publication date.” and vaccine requirements, I feel safe attending Ironically, I received her second email on June indoor events. This allows me to indulge my main 30, the day we resumed publication of the print passion of smooth jazz in a magical setting. edition of Smooth Jazz News. She confirmed that And, I can’t wait to hear our favorite artists my Grey Boy story would be included in the book, perform some of their latest compositions when and that it was on the way to the printer. She they hit the Catalina Casino Ballroom stage this also explained, “Your 10 complimentary copies fall, as well as those on the Dave Koz and Peter of the book will arrive a few weeks prior to the White Christmas tours this winter. on-sale date and you will receive your payment approximately one month after the on-sale date.”


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Oct. 14-17 and Oct. 21-24

By Melanie Maxwell

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ach October, 26 miles off the California coastline, the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival offers two, four-day weekends of smooth jazz. Plus, there is a Saturday night after-party on the beach with a DJ spinning dance tunes. The festivities start on Thursday at sunset with “Unplugged Under the Stars” at Descanso Beach. Patrons can sink into the sand on chaise lounges and chairs, or cozy up in private cabanas while two sets of artists perform on an intimate stage next to the splashing tide. The wildlife seem to enjoy the music, too, as deer often traipse through the audience against the backdrop of the illuminated Catalina Casino building, the main concert venue, which is just a short walk along the Pacific Ocean shoreline. Conveniently, everything is within walking distance in Avalon. There are no rental cars in the island’s 1-square-mile city, but transportation is not a problem. Taxis, bikes and golf carts, and “The Garibaldi,” the city’s public transit bus, can get visitors just about anywhere. The only “rush-hour” are the lines to the best restaurants, typically between festival sessions, or when a stream of festivalgoers stroll along the bay on Casino Way to the Catalina Casino—which is not a gaming facility, but means “gathering place” in Italian. In the Ballroom, high atop the iconic Catalina Casino, under 50-foot ceilings with five Tiffanyinspired chandeliers, a roster of up-and-coming artists, festival favorites and genre stars perform

Friday through Sunday. The circular Ballroom is adorned in a lavish medley of rose-hued walls, gold and silver leaf accents and art deco reliefs. French doors connect the Ballroom to the encircling veranda. The veranda offers sweeping, 360-degree views of Avalon Bay from the 11-story-high building. Food, wine and cocktails are available for purchase at the vintage full-service bar, which was restored to its original 1929 condition. The mezzanine level, directly below, has restrooms and the JazzTrax store for purchasing CDs and festival merchandise, along with an artist-signing section. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, artist meet-and-greets and CD-signings have not been confirmed as of press time. This year, to help protect all patrons from the spread of COVID-19, festival producer Art Good is complying with local health and safety standards and mandates. All staff and attendees are required to be fully vaccinated and to present verifiable proof of vaccination. Good has also removed two rows of seating in the middle and back Ballroom to ensure that chairs won’t be touching. For many who have been locked up for months due to the pandemic, these health and safety protocols have given them a green light to get out and enjoy the smooth jazz life we all love. And, what better place to do so than in an enchanting island setting like the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival in the fall?


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For tips on where to dine, shop, get spa treatments and explore art and local history, check out our Catalina Island Visitors Guide, beginning on page 13.

Photo: Pat Benter

When Oct. 14-17 and Oct. 21-24

Where Friday-Sunday performances are held in the Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California. Thursday night “Unplugged Under the Stars” concerts and the Saturday evening after-parties happen at Descanso Beach.

Catalina Casino Ballroom during the 2019 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

Getting there

Staying there Hotel Catalina and Catalina Courtyard Suites are both located steps from the bay, AAA-approved, and offer special “JazzTrax” packages. Reserve three nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and get Thursday or Monday night free (based on availability). Guests also receive a 10 percent discount at Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret and Original Jack’s Country Kitchen. www.hotelcatalina.com • 800-540-0184 https://catalinacourtyardsuites.com/ • 855-891-3400

Photo: Pat Benter

Catalina Express offers 30 daily departures from ports in Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, California. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, special afterperformance boat departures are available from Avalon back to Long Beach. www.CatalinaExpress.com • 800-995-4386

View of Avalon Bay from Casino Ballroom veranda

Photo: Pat Benter

Tickets and Information www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 continued on page 12

Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach during the 2017 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival


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Lineup THURSDAY, OCT. 14 Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach featuring Mindi Abair, with Lisa Addeo as the opening act................................................................6 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCT. 15 Nicholas Cole ............................................................7 p.m. Tom Scott & The L.A. Express ...................................9 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 16 Steve Oliver .................................................................noon Gerald Albright ..........................................................2 p.m. Gregg Karukas ..........................................................7 p.m. Jeffrey Osborne .........................................................9 p.m. After-Party at Descanso Beach featuring DJ LexaKhan ........................................................... 10:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCT. 17 Kim Scott .....................................................................noon Spyro Gyra ................................................................2 p.m. Roman Street ............................................................7 p.m. Rick Braun .................................................................9 p.m.

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Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach featuring Mindi Abair, with Evan Marks as the opening act................................................................6 p.m.

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Catalina Island

V I S I T O R S

G U I D E

By Melanie Maxwell Once on the island, a plethora of shopping, dining, sightseeing, spa treatments and other activities await. In addition to the live musical performances, visitors can explore enticing adventures, from zip lining and jet skiing to parasailing and undersea excursions. Please use this guide, which continues on the next two pages, for tips on what to see, where to eat, shop and rejuvenate, adding to the enjoyment of your JazzTrax itinerary. continued on page 14

Photo: Pat Benter

The Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival has inspired many first-timers to visit Avalon. The 26-mile voyage from Long Beach, California, to the island offers festivalgoers their first round of excitement. Schools of dolphin often accompany the Catalina Express’ high-speed catamarans across the Pacific Ocean. And, fans can sometimes mingle with artists and band members along the hourlong boat ride.


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ART AND HISTORY Where island life meets creativity and vision. Located in the heart of Avalon, Catalina Museum for Art & History offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world and the finest in silent and documentary film. 217 Metropole Ave. • www.catalinamuseum.org • 310-510-2414

DINING Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret has been an island tradition for 32 years. Antonio’s offers a casual, fun atmosphere serving breakfast (seasonal), lunch and dinner with indoor dining and patio seating on the bay. Traditional Italian dishes, steaks, seafood, grilled chicken breasts, hot and cold sub sandwiches, burgers made with premium certified Black Angus beef, soups, salads, calzones and a large selection of pizzas make Antonio’s a local favorite. Enjoy one of their house specialties that includes Mamma Mia’s day-old spaghetti, which is a local favorite. 230 Crescent Ave. • www.catalinahotspots.com • 310-510-0008 Located next to Original Jack’s, Avalon Bake Shop serves up hot breakfast sandwiches to go, donuts, Danish pastries, cinnamon rolls, muffins, brownies, cookies, croissants, bolillos, strudel, bagels and their specialty Hot French Beignets. Fresh Kona coffee, tea and assorted beverages are available. Opens at 6:30 a.m. daily. 122 Catalina Ave. • www.catalinahotspots.com • 310-510-1199 Mrs. T’s Chinese Kitchen offers fast food Mandarinstyle selections of all your favorites with daily rotating items. One- and two-item combos and bowl specials are available as well as soup, egg rolls, fried shrimp and wontons. To-go orders only; with limited outdoor seating available. Located next to Original Jack’s Country Kitchen. 122 Catalina Ave. • www.catalinahotspots.com • 310-510-1199


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The best breakfast place on the island, according to Smooth Jazz News, is Original Jack’s Country Kitchen. This Catalina-themed diner offers extensive breakfast and lunch menus as well as desserts. Enjoy fresh fruit crepes, chicken and waffles, homemade soups and chili, burgers, sandwiches, salads, hot-plate meals and more. Their meals are made with the finest ingredients such as eggs from cage-free hens, Jidori free-range chicken, Niman Ranch beef and pork. Their baked goods are crafted daily at their adjoining bakery. Original Jack’s Country Kitchen is just a few doors up from the Green Pleasure Pier. 118 Catalina Ave. • www.catalinahotspots.com • 310-510-1308

SHOPPING Looking for a cute outfit or accessories to spice up your wardrobe? The Stare Case is the unofficial jazz-ensemble headquarters. Shop owner Mona Casarini is an icon of the Catalina Island shopping experience. She offers a wide variety of clothing and jewelry, including elegant eveningwear, stylish after-five dresses, casual wear, bathing suits, thongs, Spanx Shapewear. A 10 percent discount is extended to JazzTrax attendees. 105 Metropole Ave. in the Metropole Market Place • 310-510-1940

PAMPERING A Touch of Heaven Day Spa offers relaxing, therapeutic massage treatments and reflexology. The serene, fullservice spa situated in the Metropole Market Place also provides foot scrubs, peppermint scalp treatments, mud wraps and an aromatherapy body polish. And, be sure to ask about the 10 percent JazzTrax discount. 205 Crescent Ave. in the Metropole Market Place • www.hotel-metropole.com/day-spa/massage-services • 310-510-1633 Advertisement


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Saxophonist Randal Clark knows that establishing a smooth jazz career while teaching high school full time and working at a multifaceted job at Cannonball Musical Instruments is a daunting endeavor, but he’s determined to succeed. The 46-year-old Salt Lake City, Utah, resident just released his debut album, Imaginary World, with the help of a stellar cast of collaborators, including Jeff Lorber, Gerald Albright, Jimmy Haslip, Randy Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta and many others. It’s a strong introduction to a new and versatile musician willing to explore the various dimensions of his artistry. “There’s a wide gamut in smooth jazz, and I wanted to fit the genre but have a little sophistication, too,” said Clark, who will play his first major show at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival in October. The music deftly shifts shapes and moods from breezy smooth jazz to funkinflected grooves to melodic ballads to fusion-lite. “I wanted to touch on smooth jazz and explore. I’m a product of the late ’80s and ’90s rock, which isn’t always what smooth jazz people are looking for but I really like it. And, I’m a big fan of what David Sanborn does, so I wanted it to be diverse and take people on a journey,” he continued.

True story: A high school and college music teacher, director of media and education for Cannonball Musical Instruments, and father of five from Utah records an eclectic jazz album with A-list stars, and then he’s tapped to perform at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Clark claimed he had been thinking about recording an album throughout his tenure teaching band and orchestra at Corner Canyon High School and saxophone at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He began to take it seriously in January of last year when a friend put him in touch with Haslip, who brought Lorber into the project. The Grammy-winning keyboardist-producer composed five songs and co-wrote two others with Clark. “Jeff is a really easy person to work with when it comes to collaborating,” Clark said. “He’s such a prolific writer and really accepting of other people’s input and ideas. Since it was during the pandemic, we were never able to get together, but it was really easy. I’d write some melodies, he’d write some harmonies, so it all worked smoothly.” Ultimately, producer Haslip recruited many of the other luminaries who also make important contributions. “Everyone was amenable to the project,” Clark maintained with enthusiasm. “It was an interesting process. Jimmy would say, ‘This tune needs this,’ and we’d bring Sonny Emory to play on drums. Or I’d say, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have Randy Brecker on this,’ and call Jimmy for his number. Once they all heard a taste of what the music was going to be, they were excited to help.”

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Clark has been a longtime friend of Albright from their mutual association with Cannonball Musical Instruments. Albright has his own line of Cannonball saxophones and is a veteran ambassador for the company, while Clark is a vital component of the Cannonball team as director of media and education. He also works as an acoustic adjuster of the instruments. “We manipulate the metal and remove metal to adjust the resonance and make sure it plays in tune. I would literally play every alto and soprano sax before it would leave the shop and adjust them.” Clark began playing saxophone when he was around 9 years old while growing up in Salt Lake City. His home was predominantly filled with classical music—his father was a classical aficionado. “My dad was a choral teacher in high school, and that’s what we grew up on. We had classical music tests every Sunday,” Clark recalled. “My mom was a big fan of ’50s and ’60s music, and she would go listen to Dave Brubeck or The Four Freshmen. She bought albums at garage sales and kept them hidden away in the back closet.

“I had a little Fisher-Price record player and would dig these records out to play,” he said, laughing. “When I first heard saxophone, it was Paul Desmond. When it came to picking an instrument during high school band, he was who I wanted to be.” Clark and his wife, Lori, have five children—two girls and three boys ranging in age from 12 to 22. All are musicians, and they play on the track “Time’s Arrow” on Imaginary World. He now finds himself with very different responsibilities, supporting his new album with his show at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival. “When they offered me the opportunity to play, I immediately went to YouTube to look at pictures of the venue to figure out what was in store for me,” he said. “I was terrified for a day but that has turned into excitement. I will be playing with Jimmy Haslip and Jeff Lorber. Gary Novak is playing drums, and Michael Thompson will be on guitar. I guess I don’t have much to worry about there.” Clark is scheduled to perform at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival in the Catalina Casino Ballroom in Avalon, California, on Oct. 23. For more information about Clark, visit http://randalclarkmusic.com. Ph o to

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TONY SAUNDERS

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• All About Love

• Postcards From Brazil Volume One

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Pianist-composer Todd Hunter recorded this album in Rio de Janeiro with the help of his friend and brilliant drummer, Teo Lima. The songs are his original compositions with the exception of "Windmills of Your Mind" sung by the legendary Dionne

Tony Saunders has vibed with everyone from Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Les McCann, Joe Sample and Chaka Khan. Saunders pays homage to the partner that’s held the groove all these years, his trusty fivestring bass. On his new album, All About Love, Saunders says, “I romance the bass like I romance life.” His collaborations on the album with an array of smooth jazz greats make All About Love a must-have release. AVAILABLE AT: iTunes, www.amazon.com WEBSITE: www.tonysaunders.com

Warwick, and "Rio de Maio," a beautiful piece dedicated to Tom Jobim, composed and sung by Ivan Lins. AVAILABLE AT: https://music.apple.com, https://music.amazon.com, www.spotify.com and all major streaming and download services WEBSITE: www.toddsounds.com

WILLIE BRADLEY

XAVIER GORDON

• It’s My Time

• Excellence

(Willie Bradley Music)

(Trio Entertainment)

Bold, yet simultaneously charming; edgy, yet at the same time beautiful. These seemingly opposing adjectives might welldescribe the music of artisttrumpeter Willie Bradley, but also fittingly tell about the man! Bradley’s music brings together many varied style styles, but takes smooth jazz to a whole new level. Check out his latest release, It’s My Time. AVAILABLE AT: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.spotify.com WEBSITE: www.williebradley.net

Excellence is a smooth jazz album that blends funk and R&B grooves with the piano styles of Xavier Gordon. This five-song EP takes you on a journey that represents life’s experiences. This music is for everyone, featuring fun, upbeat tunes, romantic love songs and more. Excellence debuted at No. 2 on the Jazz iTunes Charts. AVAILABLE AT: https://xaviergordonmusic.com, iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.spotify.com, and all digital platforms WEBSITE: https://xaviergordonmusic.com

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A JOYOUS, EMOTIONAL RETURN TO PERFORMING AND TOURING By Ken Capobianco

Over the course of her two-decadeplus career, saxophonist Mindi Abair has been a restless artist who’s never been afraid to explore the boundaries of her talents. The smooth jazz star has ventured into hard rock with Aerosmith, explored the pop world and got down and dirty with the blues. After a period of experimentation that saw her collaborating with blues and rock legends such as Booker T. Jones and the late Gregg Allman, Abair has turned her focus back to smooth jazz. Earlier this year she released a careerspanning compilation, The Best of Mindi Abair. While it contains songs from all the periods in her career, including an unreleased blues song with Jones, the set is primarily centered around her finest smooth jazz work. It features her hits “Lucy’s,” “Bloom,” “Come As You Are,” and the concert staple, “Be Beautiful.” Abair claims the record’s concentration on smooth jazz was an intentional decision after a period of reflection. “I took time during the pandemic to look back. I usually only look forward; ‘What am I doing tomorrow, and where are we going on tour?’ I never really thought about what type of musician I was,” she said via phone recently. “I just wanted to create music that made me feel something and moved me. In

looking back, I realized I had this beautiful community in smooth jazz. That has been my thread, my community, and my friends. I found great joy with those people. And that’s why I created ‘The Best of.’ There are a few songs on there that were from records I did that were more blues-rock, but the majority is smooth jazz. That’s really where my heart lies.” While Abair is happy with the comprehensive collection displaying the many shades of her art, she had other plans for a new record until the pandemic hit. Like most people, Abair was forced to make an adjustment. “I recorded a record the weeks before the world shut down in March of ’20. That was my coming back to smooth jazz. We were in the studio in March, and I had written the songs over the few years before 2020 when I was doing blues-rock, but these songs came out of me. I didn’t have a place for them at the time. “They went on a shelf, and there came a point where my shelf was laden with songs. I looked at it and said, ‘I have to come back

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to me, and what I would say as a solo artist.’ And, what I had to say were more personal and touchy-feely songs—maybe a little more funky poppy, so I made the record.” The album is called Forever, and will be out next year. One track from the album’s recording sessions, “April,” closes out The Best of Mindi Abair. She believes the climate just wasn’t right to put out Forever in the middle of a pandemic. It was clearly the right choice because many albums released in 2020 got lost amid the chaos. Abair is back on the road this year with her band and the Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with Kirk Whalum and Vincent Ingala. She confessed that her first shows with her band earlier this year were very emotional. The personable and wonderfully engaging musician said the


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pandemic-imposed isolation was trying. Finally connecting with audiences and making music with her band again was a deeply moving experience. “Some of the first concerts we played were for the new record, and I went back to my hometown, St. Petersburg, Florida,” she said. “Some of the places were close to my heart with family and friends. I felt safe. It was almost an out-of-body experience for those first couple of shows. Usually when I’m onstage, it’s kind of a zone that I’m in. “It’s a happy place, where I’m playing and I’m communicating with the audience—that beautiful back-and-forth energy. During those first couple of shows, I felt like I was looking at myself on the stage. I was thinking ‘Are we really here?’ ‘Is this really happening?’ And, I got choked up.” She paused momentarily and asked to emphasize one point. “We didn’t go on the road until we were vaccinated. That was a priority. We were safe, and we’re going to keep each other and everyone safe. We wear masks everywhere, apart from being onstage. That’s for us and other people. If we happen to get it, we make sure not to give it to others. We are incredibly aware of safety in all aspects, especially travel. You have to have respect for everyone and do the right thing.”

Photo: Eric Guerra

Abair will be headlining both of the Thursday night “Unplugged Under the Stars” shows at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival in October, and she can’t wait to get back to the island and the festival fans. “I love playing Catalina Island. I started playing Catalina in 1994. Art Good [the festival founder] saw me at a club—I was a sax player in another band in La Jolla—and he came up to me and said he’d love to have me as a special guest. “I’d never been to Catalina, and found it amazing. I sat in as a special guest with Keiko Matsui. I had no record and hadn’t done anything. I sat in with Rick Braun at a local restaurant, The Blue Parrot, afterwards. That was the start of our friendship. I really feel Catalina Island is like a second family for me. I love to go, and have so many friends. I’ve been there almost every year for something, whether it was the unplugged shows, the main stage, the Wrigley Ranch, whatever. It’s the mainstay of my career, and where I built it.” That career also evolved to include participation in annual smooth jazz holiday concerts. This year, she returns to A Peter White Christmas tour with the popular British-born guitarist and her Summer Horns bandmate, saxophonist Ingala.

The Hollywood resident has added a new title to her resume through her joint venture with her husband and wine connoisseur, Eric Guerra. Together they launched ReserveTastings.com, a membership-only club that pairs wine and music. It has expanded to include wine-music travel adventures. Abair explained the impetus for the company. “I have spent my life creating music, and Eric has spent his creating incredible wineries. At a certain point, we looked at each other and thought, ‘How do we live the life we want to live?’ “I’ve pretty much lived my dream throughout my life, and our dream was to be with each other more. With this, he can do what he does—his passion is wine—and I could do what I do—be out on the road, play with my band and create music.” She went on to explain the unique concept. “He finds incredible wines that no one else can find, and we brand each one of them. I create the artwork, and sometimes I use the artwork from my friends, but it’s all music-centric, so each bottle has its own music-oriented label. Then I curate a music playlist to go with each wine.” continued on page 22


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ON TOUR

“Anyone who is an artist follows their passion—whether it be fine art, music or something like that—you have to keep inspired. I’ve seen friends go through incredibly inspired years, and they lose themselves. Inspiration can be fleeting. I went through a period like that when I kind of got bored with myself. I thought, ‘I created all this music and achieved my dreams, so what do I do from here?’” She hesitated to consider her words before continuing. “I didn’t want to make the same record again, and wanted to grow, but I had to find inspiration because the same one wasn’t working anymore. We go through changes and have different experiences, but we have to keep searching.” Ultimately, she focused her energies and committed to trying new things. “I did a lot of things I love and sat in with people I never had before. I said yes to things I wouldn’t have years earlier. That turned out to be incredible. I went on the road with Aerosmith, played for a night with Bruce Springsteen and went on the road with Max Weinberg [Springsteen’s drummer].”

Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival “Unplugged Under the Stars” Descanso Beach Avalon, California www.jazztrax.com

Nov. 1-5 Mindi Abair’s Wine + Music Adventure in Tuscany Grand Hotel Continental Siena (a five-star resort) Siena, Italy www.reservetastings.com/ tuscany-2021 888-758-8687, ext. 3

The lesson Abair learned is a simple but important one that should resonate with all artists. “What I realized is that sometimes you have to open up yourself to things you may not feel comfortable with. You have to allow yourself to grow. You have to believe that what you are creating is what’s in your heart.” For more information on Abair, including her complete tour schedule, visit www.mindiabair.com.

Photo: Chyna Photography

The traveling component takes members to different locations, where wine is shared, and music is played. “We take people on adventures,” she said enthusiastically. “We had one in June to Sonoma for five days, and we’ll have one in Tuscany in November. “We visit wineries, do tastings, and eat at Michelin restaurants. There is a concert each night in a different style to suit the winery. Guests have included Braun and guitarist Randy Jacobs. “We eat amazing food, drink amazing wine, and build these wonderful relationships with others. It bonds people. The plan is to do two adventures per year— one in the States and one abroad.” Abair is a very thoughtful, curious conversationalist, and she has a lot to say about her art and passions. She admitted that the music industry can often be unforgiving and difficult to negotiate, but added that she has followed certain principles and ideals that have guided her through her career.

Nov. 17-19 3rd Annual Mindi Abair’s Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival Various venues Punta Gorda, Florida www.mindiabair.com

Dec. 19 A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair and Vincent Ingala Sycuan Casino El Cajon (San Diego County), California www.sycuan.com

Various dates in November and December

A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair and Vincent Ingala Various venues nationwide www.mindiabair.com


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CONCERTS, FESTIVALS AND CRUISES OCTOBER 1 Gerald Albright, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 2 Dee Lucas Live featuring Gino Rosaria & special guest Blake Aaron, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com/soiled-dove/ shows, 303-830-9214

Eric Marienthal Up Close & Personal, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Gerald Albright, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Thornton Winery’s 32nd Annual Champagne Concert Series presents RnR featuring Rick Braun & Richard Elliot, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www. thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 (sold-out)

3 Gerald Albright, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley. com, 206-441-9729 Rhythm on the Vine Jazz Concert Series featuring Hiroshima, 7pm, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Vintner’s Garden, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.southcoastwinery. com, 844-841-1406 4 Music Monday featuring Michael Paulo, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

8 Najee, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg. com/soiled-dove/shows, 303-830-9214 East Bay Soul featuring Greg Adams, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 9 East Bay Soul featuring Greg Adams, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199


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14 34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Unplugged Under the Stars featuring Lisa Addeo, 6pm; Mindi Abair, 7:30pm, Descanso Beach Club, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears, with Vincent Ingala as opening act, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Hwy., Lewes, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 15 34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring Nicholas Cole, 7pm; Tom Scott & The L.A. Express, 9pm, Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Brian Simpson & Marcus Anderson, 10pm, Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Najee, with Maysa as opening act, 9pm, Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Hwy., Lewes, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring The Royal Scam: A Tribute to Steely Dan, 8pm, Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents Damien Escobar, with Eric Darius as opening act, 8pm, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

16 34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring Steve Oliver, noon; Gerald Albright, 2pm; Gregg Karukas, 7pm; Jeffrey Osborne, 9pm, Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax. com, 866-872-9849

A Peter White Christmas 2021 With Mindi Abair and Vincent Ingala

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Mindi Abair & the Wild Hearts, 4 & 8pm, Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Art Sherrod Jr. CD-Release Party, 2:30pm, Rusty Rudder Deck, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com (free admission) Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Peter White & Euge Groove, with Nick Colionne as opening act, 12:30pm; The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival AllStars featuring Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Maysa, Marion Meadows & Peter White, 8pm, Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Hwy., Lewes, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Marion Meadows & Alex Bugnon, 2:30pm, Lewes Farmers Market, Shields Elementary School parking lot, Savannah Road at Sussex Dr., Lewes, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Joey Alexander, 8pm, Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz. com Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Jazz All-Stars featuring Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr., Jackiem Joyner, Bobby Lyle, Carol Riddick & Jeff Kashiwa, 4pm; Boney James, 9:30pm, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com Roman Street, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 continued on page 26

MAKE YOUR LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE This Holiday Concert is more than just nice!! A Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Vincent Ingala is coming to Town

FRI

11/26 Rockville Center, NY

Madison Theater

SAT

11/27 Austin, TX

One World Theatre

SUN

11/28 Woodlands, TX

Dosey Doe

TUE

11/30 Alexandria, VA

The Birchmere

WED

12/1

Philadelphia, PA

City Winery

THU

12/2

Annapolis, MD

Rams Head On Stage

FRI

12/3

Richmond, VA

The Renaissance

SAT

12/4

Cincinnati, OH

Ludlow’s Garage

SUN

12/5

Akron, OH

Tangiers

TUE

12/7

Clearwater, FL

Bilheimer Capitol Theatre

WED

12/8

Ponte Vedra, FL

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

THU

12/9

Melbourne, FL

King Center for the Performing Arts

SAT

12/11 Hallandale Beach, FL

Sport of Kings Theater at Gulfstream Park

SUN

12/12 Stuart, FL

Lyric Theatre

TUE

12/14 Phoenix, AZ

Musical Instrument Museum

FRI

12/17 Denver, CO

The Soiled Dove

SAT

12/18 Sacramento, CA

Crest Theatre

SUN

12/19 El Cajon, CA

Sycuan Casino Resort

TUE

12/21 Oakland, CA

Yoshi’s

WED 12/22 Oakland, CA

Yoshi’s

THU

Hanford Civic Auditorium

12/23 Hanford, CA

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Music Monday featuring Eric Marienthal & special guest Spencer Day, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 19

Boney James: Solid Tour, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere. com, 703-549-7500 21

34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Unplugged Under the Stars featuring Evan Marks, 6pm; Mindi Abair, 7:30pm, Descanso Beach Club, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 22

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Boney James, 5:30 & 8:30pm, Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage. com, 410-268-4545 34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring Kim Scott, noon; Spyro Gyra, 2pm; Roman Street, 7pm; Rick Braun, 9pm, Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 Todd Hunter, 5pm, Urban Press Winery, 316 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, California, www.urbanpresswinery.com, 818-561-4858 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents Closing Party with buffet, featuring Nick Colionne, Alex Bugnon, Jackiem Joyner, Art Sherrod Jr., Gerald Veasley & more, 6:30pm, Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents A Little Jazz, A Little Reggae featuring JJ Sansaverino & Jeff Kashiwa, 4:30pm, Rusty Rudder

Deck, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz. com (free admission) Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents Grand Jam featuring Brian Simpson, Mindi Abair, Alex Bugnon, Nick Colionne, Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr., Jackiem Joyner, Bobby Lyle, Maysa, Marion Meadows, Carol Riddick, Art Sherrod Jr., Elan Trotman & Gerald Veasley, 3:30pm, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com Spencer Day Up Close & Personal, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www. jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 18

Boney James: Solid Tour, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere. com, 703-549-7500

34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring Four80East, 7pm; Sax to the Max starring Paul Taylor, Michael Lington & Vincent Ingala, 9pm, Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 Erin Stevenson, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 23

34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring Mariea Antoinette, noon; Kim Waters & Kayla Waters, 2pm; Randal Clark, 7pm; Larry Carlton, 9pm, Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 Thornton Winery’s 32nd Annual Champagne Concert Series presents Boney James, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www. thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 (sold-out) 24

34th Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring Carol Albert, noon; Najee, 2pm; Adam Hawley, 7pm; Peter White & Euge Groove, 9pm, Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California,

www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 Brian Bromberg CD-Release Party, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 26

Tony Saunders & The Rainforest Band with Vernon “Ice” Black, 8pm, Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W., Oakland, California, www.yoshis.com, 510-238-9200 28

DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 29

Selina Albright, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com /soiled-dove/shows, 303-830-9214 DW3: A Tribute to the Legends of Music, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

NOVEMBER 1

Mindi Abair’s Wine + Music Adventure in Tuscany, Italy, a luxury 5-day (Nov. 1-5), insiders-only curated food, wine & music adventure with Mindi Abair & wine expert Eric Guerra, featuring nightly shows with Abair & the world’s finest musicians, private winery visits & culinary excursions, Grand Hotel Continental Siena (a 5-star resort), Banchi di Sopra 85, 53100 Siena, Italy, www. reservetastings.com/tuscany-2021, 888-758-8687, ext. 3 4

DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 6

Vincent Ingala, 8pm, John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., continued on page 28


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photo: Eric Hameister

DINNER AND A SHOW NEVER SOUNDED SO GOOD.

Our Full Menu is available in the Performance Lounge before and during every show. When you purchase your tickets online, just tell us what time you’ll be arriving before the show and we’ll make sure your table is ready for you! No need to make a dining room reservation - your ticket is your reservation. Now you can start enjoying your experience even before the show starts.

562.596.2199

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continued from page 26 New Haven, Connecticut, www.vincentingala.com Eric Marienthal Up Close & Personal, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 7

Bob James, 8pm, Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Alexander Zonjic featuring special guests Jeff Lorber & James Lloyd, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 11

DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 12

Hiroshima, 8pm, Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 13

Patrick Bradley, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 14

Todd Hunter, 5pm, Urban Press Winery, 316 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, California, www.urbanpresswinery.com, 818-561-4858 15

Music Monday featuring Aubrey Logan, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 17

3rd Annual Mindi Abair’s Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival featuring Mindi Abair trio, 5:30pm, Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, 5800 Riverside Dr., Punta Gorda, Florida, https://puntagordachamber.com/

product/16th-annual-wine-jazzfestival-2021/, 941-639-3720 18

3rd Annual Mindi Abair’s Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival featuring Mindi Abair & Ron Reinhardt, 7pm, courtyard of Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante, 321 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Florida, https://puntagordachamber. com/product/16th-annual-winejazz-festival-2021/, 941-639-3720 (sold-out) DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 19

Nick Colionne, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com/soileddove/shows, 303-830-9214 3rd Annual Mindi Abair’s Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival featuring Mindi Abair, with opening act Shawn Brown, 6:30pm, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda, Florida, https:// puntagordachamber.com/ product/16th-annual-wine-jazzfestival-2021/, 941-639-3720 20

Nick Colionne, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg. com/soiled-dove/shows, 303-830-9214 3rd Annual Mindi Abair’s Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival featuring Mindi Abair, with opening act Shawn Brown, 6:30pm, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda, Florida, https:// puntagordachamber.com/ product/16th-annual-wine-jazzfestival-2021/, 941-639-3720 21

Ilya Serov, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 22

Music Monday featuring Eric Marienthal & special guest TBA, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining &

Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 26

A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 8pm, The Madison Theatre at Malloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, New York, www.mindiabair.com DW3: A Tribute to the Legends of Music, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 . 27 A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 7 & 9:30pm, One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin, Texas, www.oneworldtheatre.org, 512-330-9500, ext. 101 Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Florida, www.rutheckerdhall.com, 727-791-7400 Jessy J, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 28

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 7pm, Hayes Hall at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, Florida, www.davekoz.com A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 8:30pm, The Dosey Doe Big Barn, 25911 I-45, The Woodlands, Texas, www.doseydoe.com, 281-367-3774 30

A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, www.vanwezel.org, 941-263-6799

DECEMBER 1

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, www.davekoz.com A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 6 & 9pm, City Winery Philadelphia, 990 Filbert St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, www.peterwhite.com 2

A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www. ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida, http://floridatheatre.com/, 904-355-2787 DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 3

Jessy J, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg. com/soiled-dove/shows, 303-830-9214 Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 7:30pm, North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., N. Charleston, South Carolina, www.davekoz.com East Bay Soul Sweet Soul Christmas featuring Greg Adams, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 4

A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 8:30pm, Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, www.ludlowgaragecincinnati.com continued on page 30


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continued from page 28 Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Ferguson for the Arts, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, Virginia, www.fergusoncenter.org, 757-594-8752 East Bay Soul Sweet Soul Christmas featuring Greg Adams, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 5

A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 6:30 & 8:30pm, The Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron, Ohio, www.peterwhite.com Michael Lington: A Foreign Affair Holiday Show with special guests, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 6

A Charlie Brown Christmas featuring Patrick Lamb, 7pm, Tower Theatre, 835 N. Wall St., Bend, Oregon, www. patricklambcharliebrownchristmas. com Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Sound Board Theater at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, Michigan, www.davekoz.com Michael Lington: A Foreign Affair Holiday Show with special guests, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 7

A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 7:30pm, Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, Florida, www.rutheckerdhall.com, 727-791-7400 8

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Connor Palace at Playhouse

Square, 1615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, www.davekoz.com, 216-241-6000 A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 8pm, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, www.pvconcerthall.com, 904-209-0367

Boney James: Solid Tour, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley. com, 206-441-9729 A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 6 & 8:30pm, The Lyric Theatre, 59 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart, Florida, www.lyrictheatre.com, 772-286-7827

Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage. com, 410-268-4545 A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 8pm, Sycuan Casino Resort, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon (San Diego County), California, www.sycuan.com 20

Terry Steele Holiday Show, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio, www.davekoz.com

A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 7 & 9pm, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, Arizona, www.mim.org, 480-478-6000

A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 8pm, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida, www.kingcenter.com, 321-242-2219

David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown featuring Courtney Fortune, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 7:30pm, Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto, California, www.galloarts. org, 209-338-2100

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A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 8 & 10pm, Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W., Oakland, California, www.yoshis.com, 510-238-9200

DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 10

Erin Stevens Christmas Show, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Boney James: Solid Tour, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 11

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, The Palladium, 1 Carter Green, Carmel, Indiana, www. thecenterfortheperformingarts.org, 317-843-3800 Eric Marienthal Holiday Show, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 Boney James: Solid Tour, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 12

Jessy J Christmas Show, 6pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 7:30pm, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona, www.mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500 David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown featuring Courtney Fortune, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 16

DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 17

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A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 8 & 10pm, Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W., Oakland, California, www.yoshis.com, 510-238-9200 Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Ruth Finley Person Theater at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, California, https:// lutherburbankcenter.org, 707-546-3600

A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair & Vincent Ingala, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com/soiled-dove/ shows, 303-830-9214

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DW3, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

Scott Wilkie Holiday Show, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 19

Maysa, 5:30 & 8:30pm, Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis,

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Rebecca Jade, 8pm, San Jose Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose, California, www.davekoz.com, 408-792-4542

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Maysa Holiday Show!, 7:30pm, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500


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31 Maysa’s 1st Annual New Year’s Eve Dinner with Jazz & Soul, 7:30pm, Philadelphia Airport Marriott, 1 Arrivals Road, Terminal B, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, www.jazzfesttravel.me, 301-404-9022 New Year’s Eve with DW3, 7 & 10pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway featuring Richard Elliot, Vincent Ingala & Selina Albright; fundraising for charity, appetizers, 6:30pm; Ingala performs, 7:45pm; dinner, 8:45pm; Braun, Elliot & Albright perform, 10:30pm; Champagne toast, midnight, JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, Arizona, www. RickBraunNewYearsEve.com, 520-219-3381

NOTE: Artists, events, venues, dates and show times are subject to change without notice. Smooth Jazz News is not responsible for any cancellations, changes or the accuracy of any concert, festival or brunch 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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Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch in Seal Beach, California

Spaghettini’s Sunday Brunch performances in the lounge sell out quickly. As of press time, lounge seating was still available for the dates and shows below. Seating in other sections of the restaurant may be available. Please check directly with Spaghettini for brunch reservations at 562-596-2199, or visit www.spaghettini.com.

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Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live performances by DW3, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live performances by DW3, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199 21

Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live performances by artist TBA, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live performances by DW3, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live performances by DW3, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199

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Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live performances by DW3, 11am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettini.com, 562-596-2199


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By Melanie Maxwell

Photo: Raj Naik

Dave Koz

Jonathan Butler

Rick Braun

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Richard Elliot

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As outdoor jazz festival season wraps, holiday concerts are gearing up at indoor venues. Dave Koz and Peter White, who host the two most popular annual Christmas tours, have confirmed their lineups, booked their bands, hired crew and confirmed most of their performance dates.

Rebecca Jade

The Santa Koz team hops on the sleigh for 18 tour dates

Three headliners ornament A Peter White Christmas

Koz is hitting the road for his 24th Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour the day after Thanksgiving. This year’s production includes South African guitarist-vocalist Jonathan Butler, trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot. The multi-Grammynominated saxophonist will also introduce singer-songwriter Rebecca Jade to his legions of loyal fans. This ensemble will perform—collectively and separately—fresh renditions of timeless Christmas classics, a Hanukkah medley and hits from their respective catalogues. They’ll also be accompanied by a stellar band comprising guitarist Randy Jacobs, bassist Nathaniel Kearney Jr., keyboardist Carnell Harrell and drummer Jay Williams. The first stop on the 18-date run is Atlanta on Nov. 26. From there, Santa Koz and his “friends” will be “Fa-La-La-La-ing” all the way to San Jose, where the tour is scheduled to conclude on Dec. 23. For more information on the Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour, including the complete schedule (more dates are being added), visit www.davekoz.com.

For its 16th anniversary, A Peter White Christmas 2021 will feature Grammy-nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair and saxophonist/ multi-instrumentalist Vincent Ingala. The warm and cozy, threeheadliner, 20-city tour starts Nov. 26 in Rockville, New York, includes a stop at Sycuan Casino Resort (which boasts a 12-story luxury hotel tower) on Dec. 19 in San Diego, then concludes on Dec. 22 in Oakland, California. And more dates are being added. A masterful band comprising Stevo Theard on drums, Nate Phillips on bass, and Ron Reinhardt on keyboards will support the trio. And, in addition to traditional Christmas carols with a smooth jazz twist, they’ll be mixing in some of their new songs from their latest releases (Abair’s The Best of Mindi Abair and Ingala’s Fire & Desire) along with fan favorites. For more information on A Peter White Christmas, including the up-to-date tour schedule, visit www.peterwhite.com.


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Desert destination for Rick Braun’s annual New Year’s Eve Getaway

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Rick Braun

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Richard Elliot

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A week after Rick Braun unpacks his bags from the Dave Koz Christmas Tour, he’s heading to Tucson, Arizona, for his annual New Year’s Eve Getaway. This two-day event, at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort, kicks off on Dec. 30 with a celebrity golf tournament and optional “Start the Party Early” concert with Eric Darius. The main event on Dec. 31 features a reception, fundraising benefiting families affected by autism, dinner, a midnight Champagne toast and performances by Braun, Elliot, Ingala and Selina Albright. A high-energy band featuring Randy Jacobs on guitar, Ron Reinhardt on keyboards, Eric Valentine on drums, and Nate Phillips on bass and vocals back the artists at this first-class event. To unwind before or recuperate after all the festivities, the venue offers luxury amenities—a spa, a multilevel pool and lazy river, hiking and biking trails and several onsite restaurants featuring authentic Mediterranean dishes and classic Mexican fare. Sounds like a scenic and soothing way to welcome a new year. For tickets or more information on Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway, scheduled for Dec. 30-31, at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, Arizona, visit www.rickbraunnewyearseve.com, or call 520-219-3381.

Eric Darius

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Vincent Ingala, Peter White and Mindi Abair

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