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CONTENTS

Publisher and Managing Editor

Melanie Maxwell

Operations & Distribution Manager

Craig Collier

Copy Editors

JoAnn Armke Kerri De Rosier Barbara Knox Brad Sondak Contributors

Ken Capobianco Cashmira Darcy Peters Graphic Design

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Hilton Barbados Resort, one of the venues for Elan Trotman’s 4th Annual Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf Tournament, scheduled for Oct. 6-8. For information on this and other events, check out the calendar section beginning on page 22.

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Notes from the Publisher Sundays—and some Saturdays—are made for champagne, jazz and brunch

10 31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Get transported to a world apart where the reality is a jazz heaven filled with stars and bright new artists 12 Special FREE-CD offer to Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival attendees Receive a FREE CD or DVD when you renew or subscribe to Smooth Jazz News at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival 13 DISCover New Music New music worth discovering 14 Lindsey Webster This rising star singer is set to shine at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, on tour with “Tidings of Jazz & Joy,” and at Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway 16 Smooth Jazz News merchandise Cool concert apparel: classic jazz shirts, golf shirts, T-shirts, tank tops, hats and fleece jackets

17 Catalina Island Visitors Guide Planning tips for a terrific time in Avalon 20 Incognito Imports its British brand of spirited, jazzy R&B with soulful vocals and horns for a U.S. tour 22 Calendar of smooth jazz events Concerts, cruises, festivals and brunches nationwide and beyond 32 Chuck Loeb Tribute Honoring a guitar god and a great man 35 Smooth Jazz News home delivery Subscribe today 36 Want help with a creative project? Tap the talent at Smooth Jazz News for your writing, editing, graphic design, blogging and print media needs 38 Book review “The Cake and The Rain: A Memoir” 38 Cashmira’s Starguide October and November horoscopes


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Regardless of where you’re seated, you certainly leave this brunch nutritionally and soulfully energized. If you’d prefer a dining excursion with expansive water views, board a Hornblower yacht for a scenic sailing. While all three of its ports have Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruises, they also offer live jazz and Saturday sailings in Newport Beach and Marina del Rey. Plus, after you’ve Dave Scott performing on made your rounds through Hornblower’s San Diego the buffet—filled with grilled Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise Asian BBQ salmon filets, fresh crab salad, seared spicy tuna, shrimp with cocktail sauce, poached Southern California jazz fans have a couple of extra reasons for eggs, Italian scramble, Belgian waffles, fruit, a variety of salads, biscuits getting out of bed early on a Sunday morning, spiffing themselves up and sausage gravy, a carving station (with chili-rubbed turkey and driving off to an entertaining and scenic, culinary indulgence: breast and jalapeno-cranberry chutney, rosemary-and-garlic-scented Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment in Seal Beach or one sirloin roast with horseradish cream, and honey-baked brown-sugarof Hornblower’s ports in glazed ham) and decadent San Diego, Newport Beach or desserts—you can wander Marina del Rey. around an outside deck with Each of these venues wafting fresh air, clearer views offers unlimited trips to of the scenery and sounds of buffet tables and free-flowing seagulls and sea life. champagne. However, the I spent my last birthday menu choices, views and music on a Hornblower San Diego are completely different. cruise. I also enjoyed a couple Spaghettini’s Legendary of brunch sailings over the Sunday Brunch spread summer when they presented features hot pastas, fried a few special jazz-themed shrimp, seared ahi, sushi rolls, cruises featuring the Dave ceviche shots, assorted salads, Scott duet. Scott is an awardspecialty appetizers, standard winning trombonist, singer, breakfast fare, a variety of composer and meteorologist Rick Braun makes a surprise appearance at Spaghettini’s Legendary Sunday Brunch cheese, fresh-baked breads, and feature reporter for San during the 2017 Smooth Jazz News anniversary party and jam session muffins, pastries, desserts and Diego’s KUSI-TV. more. And, that’s just at the buffet tables! After you’ve had your fill Spaghettini in Seal Beach also makes a great day trip for the of Mediterranean chicken salad, mac-and-cheese, shrimp cocktail, occasional off-deadline brunch. And, we always celebrate Smooth crème brulée, chocolate pot du crème and the like, you are handed Jazz News’ anniversary there with two brunch party-jam sessions. a menu to order an entree. Some of the choices include salmon I am pleased to announce the dates of our 2018 anniversary piccata, sliced center-cut sirloin steak, waffles and wings, Parmesan- parties: Sunday, Jan. 28, and Feb. 25. Of course, we will have crusted sea bass, Louisiana catfish with cheddar grits and collard special musical guests joining the jam, but I can’t announce them. greens and eggs benedict. As always, it’s a surprise! But, the decadence isn’t limited to the cuisine at Spaghettini. Meanwhile, check out our brunch calendar (beginning on page 28) The musical entertainment is just as tasty, especially when DW3 for inspiration on where to dine out, on land or sea, this Sunday! is onstage. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., this jammin’ band with soulful For information on Spaghettini’s Legendary Sunday Champagne vocalists thrills patrons lucky enough to buy seats in the lounge Brunch, visit www.spaghettini.com or call 562-596-2199. For (which normally sells out) with its unique brand of jazzy R&B information on any Hornblower Cruises & Events dining sailing, originals and cover hits. visit www.hornblower.com or call 888-467-6256. Photo: David Hopley

Brunch, as a verb, is a divine activity for birthday celebrations, anniversaries, holiday gatherings or simply a nice outing for no special occasion at all.


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Oct. 12-15 and Oct. 19-22

31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Avalon, California

By Melanie Maxwell

And, after 30 years, festivalgoers can bet that Good has got the formula for a fun and festive jazz party all dialed in. However, patrons won’t be placing bets at the Catalina Casino, the main festival venue. The iconic, circular, 11-story, 1929 landmark perched at the edge of Avalon Harbor was named after the Italian word meaning “a place of gathering.” So, gambling is not an activity you can add to ziplining, glass-bottom-boat voyages, undersea tours in a semi-submersible vessel, fishing, para-sailing or scuba diving. Although you won’t find any slot machines or blackjack tables on the Casino’s top-floor ballroom, you will be awed by the Tiffany-like chandeliers and all of the elegance and romance of the room’s early days as a dancing and concert hall featuring the big bands of the swing era.

Photo: Pat Benter

For two weekends each October, the stars above Catalina Island time their twinkle to the sounds of smooth jazz splashing throughout Avalon Harbor. Even the currents in the cove seem to be choreographed with each note floating from the ballroom atop the Casino. And, there’s always a full moon to illuminate all of this at least one of the weekends during the annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival. Thanks to Art Good, the festival’s producer, the island comes to life again a month after its bustling tourist season ends on Labor Day weekend. That’s when jazz fans, artists and musicians arrive by the boatloads and production crews ship over barges with sound and lighting equipment for the merging of island life with musical magic.

Patrons enjoying the veranda surrounding the Catalina Casino Ballroom during the 2013 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival


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Pre-concert setup for the 2016 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival “Unplugged” concert at Descanso Beach

There will be plenty of room for dancing at the JazzTrax Festival inside the Casino ballroom, outside on its veranda (which encircles the ballroom and boasts stunning views), and on Saturday nights at Descanso Beach, where the after-parties are happening. Starting at 10:45 p.m., DJ Jonathan Phillips is scheduled to spin the dance tunes, and the bars stay open and food service is available until the music stops. Each festival weekend also kicks off on Thursday with an “Unplugged” concert under the stars at Descanso Beach, less than a mile from the center of town and just around the bend from the Casino. Festivalgoers settle into chaise lounges on the sand or in private cabanas, and enjoy an intimate, acoustic concert. With the onsite open-air restaurant and beachside bars, patrons are welcome to order a pre-concert meal or cocktail on the patio, at a fire ring on the beach or dine where they’re seated during the show. There aren’t any worries for traffic jams getting around town or to and from the festival venues. With no rental car agencies and the number of residential vehicles regulated to 400 (there’s a 40-year waiting list to own a car on the island), the main mode of transportation is walking for visitors, and golf carts for residents. It’s fairly easy to navigate the 2.8 square miles of Avalon, the 76-square-mile-island’s only city. Most visitors pretty much walk everywhere, including from the boat dock to their hotel, unless their accommodations are up one of the steep hill streets. A few hotels offer shuttles, but there are also taxis, daytime bus service and golf cart rentals (limited to a two-hour duration). Whether you plan to attend the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival for a day, the weekend or as part of a multiple-week vacation, the excitement begins on the boat ride from Southern California’s mainland to Avalon, where festivalgoers often share the hour-long excursion with artists and their band members. From (smooth jazz) stargazing to the occasional dolphin or whale sighting, there are plenty of photo ops during the 22-mile sailing across the Pacific Ocean. When passengers step off the boat at the port of Avalon, they enter the enchantment of smooth jazz paradise, island-style.

When Oct. 12-15 and 19-22

Where Performances on Friday-Sunday 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.

Getting there Catalina Express offers 30 daily departures from ports in Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, California. Special, after-performance boat departures at 11:45 p.m. from Avalon back to Long Beach are available after JazzTrax festivals on Saturday and Sunday. And, if you’re traveling to the island on your birthday, check out Catalina Express’ Free Birthday Pass promotion. If flying into the Los Angeles-Orange County areas, flights are available into John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Shuttles and taxis are available from these airports to cross-channel transportation operators. Distance to Catalina Express’ Long Beach terminal is approximately 11 miles from LGB, 22 miles from LAX and 29 miles from SNA. If driving, parking is available at the terminal for a fee. For reservations or information, visit www.CatalinaExpress.com or call 877-292-3434.

Staying there These properties offer special “JazzTrax” packages (based on availability): Hermosa Hotel Catalina Island’s dog-friendly economy hotel located in the heart of Avalon at 31 Metropole Ave. For reservations or information, visit www.HermosaHotel.com or call 888-592-1313. Hotel Catalina and Courtyard Garden Suites are both located steps from the bay, at 129 Whittley Ave. and 108 Marilla Ave., respectively. continued on page 12


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Saturday, Oct. 14 (at the Catalina Casino) Chase Huna .............................................................................noon Lee Ritenour .....................................................................1:30 p.m. Kay-Ta ...................................................................................7 p.m. The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6 .............9 p.m. After-party featuring DJ Jonathan Phillips at Descanso Beach ........................................................10:45 p.m.

Photo: Pat Benter

Sunday, Oct. 15 (at the Catalina Casino)

Saxophonist Marcus Anderson flirting with ladies in the audience during his 2014 show in the Catalina Casino Ballroom

Dotsero ....................................................................................noon Jazz in Pink featuring Althea René, Mariea Antoinette and Gail Jhonson ..................................................................2 p.m. Catie Waters ..........................................................................7 p.m. West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Norman Brown and Rick Braun featuring The West Coast Horns .................9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 19 (at Descanso Beach) Roman Street Unplugged Under the Stars ......................7:30 p.m. (Venue opens for dinner and drinks at 6 p.m.)

Guests receive a 10 percent discount at Mi Casita, El Galleon, Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret and Original Jack’s Country Kitchen. For reservations or information, visit www.hotelcatalina.com or call 800-540-0184.

Tickets and information www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849

Lineup Thursday, Oct. 12 (at Descanso Beach) Paul Jackson Jr. Unplugged Under the Stars ...................7:30 p.m (Venue opens for dinner and drinks at 6 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 13 (at the Catalina Casino) 3rd Force ...............................................................................7 p.m. Marcus Anderson ..................................................................9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20 (at the Catalina Casino) Greg Adams & East Bay Soul ................................................7 p.m. Vincent Ingala ........................................................................9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21 (at the Catalina Casino) Kayla Waters ...........................................................................noon Gerald Albright ......................................................................2 p.m. Lindsey Webster ....................................................................7 p.m. Guitar Tango featuring Peter White and Marc Antoine ..........9 p.m. After-party featuring DJ Jonathan Phillips at Descanso Beach ........................................................10:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 (at the Catalina Casino) Jazmin Ghent ..........................................................................noon David Benoit ..........................................................................2 p.m. Peet Project ...........................................................................7 p.m. Incognito featuring Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick....................9 p.m.

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DAVID GARFIELD •Go Home

MARCUS ANDERSON •This Is Christmas

(Creatchy Records)

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Featuring Kirk Whalum and Paul Jackson Jr., “Go Home” is the first in a series of tracks that David Garfield has released from his long-awaited all-star studio project, including numerous superstar collaborators. New and active on the Billboard chart for the fourth week in a row, we thank all the fans and stations for their support! AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com and all digital music mediums Website: www.davidgarfield.com

The gift of sound is fit for every season when Marcus Anderson comes to play. The saxophonistvocalist stands out with This Is Christmas, turning traditional holiday cheer into something listeners can play throughout the year. Renditions of yuletide faves such as “Oh Christmas Tree,” “This Christmas” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” welcome listeners with cheer and instrumental grace as these classics are enhanced by Anderson’s natural musical trope. Plug in the tree and light the candelabra, because it is officially lit with This Is Christmas! AVAILABLE AT: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.marcusanderson.net, Google Play WEBSITE: www.marcusanderson.net

ROMAN STREET •Bohemia (Roman Street Music)

Brothers Noah and Josh Thompson put their guitars together to form the band Roman Street. Their new album, Bohemia, features inspirations from California, the West Indies and the Mediterranean, and was named JazzTrax 2016 “Album of the Year” by Art Good. The new single, “Cinco,” has become a favorite for live audiences. Roman Street is on tour now, with shows on Oct. 19 at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, and Oct. 21 at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. AVAILABLE AT: www.romanstreet.com, iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com WEBSITE: www.romanstreet.com

Patrick Bradley •Intangible (Patricks Song Factory)

Keyboardist Patrick Bradley is embarking upon his fourth album, Intangible, with 10 original compositions produced by Jeff Lorber. Prepare for a groove-a-thon of trilingual takeoff via Bradley’s Hammond B3-organ, Moog synthesizer and electric piano stylings that coolly cross rock, fusion, jazz and R&B with fiery, funky mastery … and purpose. AvAilAble At: iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com Website: www.patrickbradleymusic.com Advertisement: To inquire about placement, call 858-541-1919 or email smoothjazzads@aol.com.


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LINDSEY WEBSTER

Brings a fresh new voice to the jazz scene By Ken Capobianco

indsey Webster is having a good year. No, that doesn’t quite do her justice. More precisely, Webster is having a spectacular year—the kind that launches a jazz artist’s long-term career. After being named Billboard’s No. 1 Smooth Jazz Songs Artist of 2016, the jazz-soul singer has built upon her success with a string of chart-topping singles from her critically acclaimed Back to Your Heart album, which also topped the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts. Not bad for a 29-year-old artist who released her independent debut a mere four years ago. “This has been pretty wonderful. To many it may seem like an overnight kind of thing—even though it really isn’t—but the success of the record has been so great and fulfilling,” Webster said recently via phone from her home in upstate New York. “I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve gotten. When we first started recording an album in 2012, I had big dreams of radio

play and being on tour, and they have come true. My expectations have been met, but they change as we do, so I’m really excited about what’s ahead. It feels like just a beginning.” Fans have embraced Webster for a reason: her music is emotionally true and graceful as she smoothly blends jazz, soul and pop. Her warm, openhearted vocals and gently melodic, smartly arranged songs are ingratiating and deeply felt. The singer made a huge artistic leap as a song stylist on Back to Your Heart, after her second album, You Change Change, yielded her first No. 1 hit on the smooth jazz charts, “Fool Me Once.” The songs are savvier and the spare production is much brighter. Most importantly, Webster now has better command of her range and phrasing. She shifts registers more fluidly and lets the spaces between notes breathe. Unlike too many contemporary pop singers, she doesn’t rely on vocal gymnastics for unearned drama—there’s an endearing understatement to her approach. “I think the development is just the natural evolution that happens as an artist learns what works and what doesn’t,” Webster said. “I learned what my limitations are and really focused on my strengths. With Back to Your Heart Heart, we wrote songs that featured my voice best. We recorded it in my home studio and had time to work on vocal arranging and cool harmonies. Previously, we didn’t have time for pre-production and certain details.” Webster’s husband, Keith Slattery, is the other half of the “we” she spoke about, as he is also her co-songwriter, producer and keyboards player. “Keith and I write together, and it’s important that the songs are always from the heart,” she said. “We don’t want to limit ourselves and try to work in different genres. We try to capture an emotion in each song and explore styles. There’s a groove kind of like Sade or even an Amy Winehouse-type of groove. I want to be as diverse as possible.” She emphasized that the couple’s work is a true collaboration. “I write the words, and Keith writes the music. We are usually in sync. It’s got to be genuine. I was always a big fan of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston—there’s always a lot of emotion in their music. That’s got to come through in my songs.” Working full time with your spouse can often be perilous, especially in the pop music industry, but Webster is not worried. “It’s funny, a lot people wonder about that,” she said. “He and I have a great working relationship and a great personal relationship. “If we have creative differences, we work them out pretty easily. Keith is one of the most patient and understanding people I know. I certainly don’t have a history of being patient,” she laughed. “But I’m getting there. It usually all works out in the end.” While most of Webster’s songs from the heart are about love and relationships (“Somehow” is a moving, genuine tribute to her late mother), Webster also casts her gaze towards society on “One at A Time,” featuring saxophonist Kirk Whalum. She said the song is about the Black Lives Matter Movement (“We can change their minds one at a time”), and making sure all people do their part to make a difference.


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“The idea of that song came after I heard Kirk [Whalum] speaking at the Gospel According to Jazz concert. We see in the media about how divided we are, and when you look in the audience you see black, Chinese, white and Hispanic people all enjoying the music. Music definitely unites. “There’s no doubt so many people experience racism and sexism in this country and around the world, but we need to look at our enemies and love them. “If we have fear in our hearts, we will be in a constant state of hate. If we look at people in a state of love, we will love. We are all just human and flawed and need to understand that. We need to find the love inside us all.” Love is a theme Webster continually returns to, so it should not come as a surprise that the singer-songwriter was born and raised in Woodstock, New York, the place where the ’60s decade-long summer of love reached its climax. She said there is indeed something very special about the community, which has long been the home of many musicians. “Woodstock has been an artists’ haven since the ’20s, and there’s a certain undeniable energy field there. It’s hard to describe, but it’s so beautiful. There’s always a creative energy. There was a deep love of music, poetry and all the arts. If I grew up in the middle of Nebraska, I know I wouldn’t have ended up the same way.” Webster studied the cello in school before venturing off to the Fiorello H. La Guardia School for the Music, Art & Performing Arts in Manhattan, where she shifted her focus to singing to find her creative identity. “I gravitated toward music since I was 5 years old,” she said. “I’d sing the theme song from shows and the songs from Disney movies. I always loved singing. I remember having dreams where I’d be singing with Mariah Carey onstage. There was always that passion.” She turned that passion into a career when she released her first independent record, Lindsey Webster, in 2013, which revealed a raw but evolving artist. The subsequent You Change brought her traction with “Fool Me Once,” but her career didn’t take off until she met her manager, Bud Harner of Chapman & Co. Management, a firm owned by Steve Chapman, which also manages some of smooth jazz’s brightest stars, including Rick Braun, Peter White and Richard Elliot. Anyone who knows how much the legendary manager George Martin meant to The Beatles, or how Peter Grant helped guide Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds, understands how good managers can propel young artists to greater heights with industry savvy and connections. “Once we met Bud, things started happening,” Webster recalled. “I had signed up for Taxi [the music industry company that helps connect artists with music professionals and labels]. Bud had heard ‘Fool Me Once’ and I got an email saying, ‘Hey, my name is Bud, I’m a manager and I have confidence in you.’ When we got together and talked about things, it all just seemed right, and we decided to roll with him. Looking back, I guess it was meant to be.” Webster hesitated. Then, she continued to speak deliberately, as if replaying the avalanche of fortuitous events that followed, “Ever since Bud came along we began playing bigger clubs and festivals. I started getting such unbelievable feedback for our shows. Honestly, it’s been like a snowball. And the best part is it’s only the beginning.” Harner—a former radio promoter for Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings (where he signed Brian Culbertson to his first record

deal), vice president of promotion at Verve Records, and formerly a drummer for acts such as Barry Manilow, Paul Anka, Suzanne Sommers and Linda Carter—is so supportive of Webster’s career, that he played drums in her band at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival in June. It worked out so well, that Harner will perform in Webster’s band for her show at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival in October. Part of Webster’s rapid rise also can be attributed to her developing stage confidence, which has made her a more formidable live performer. “When I first started out, I was a bit lost onstage,” admitted Webster, who is scheduled to join Euge Groove and Keiko Matsui for their “Tidings of Jazz & Joy” holiday tour this year. “I didn’t know what to say to the audience. I was afraid if I said something, they would laugh. “Keith would come over and say, ‘You can’t think like that.’ It took time, but I started to be more confident. Now, I’ve worked with a lot of great performers at shows and saw how they hold an audience, so you learn pretty quickly. “I understand how to navigate things like the sound. If the sound is not quite right, I still get nervous if I can’t hear myself. I think I might go flat, but I just give as passionate a performance as possible and give it everything. That always comes through to an audience.” Her enhanced confidence as a performer bodes well for a new record that she and Slattery are currently preparing for release in early 2018. “We have nine songs demoed, and there probably will be 12 on the record. The sound will be more R&B, but we are going to stick with who we are. My main goal is to have strong songs that will showcase my voice and be true to who I am. We’re always going to be as honest as possible with the music.” For more information on Webster, visit www.lindseywebstermusic.com.

ON TOUR Oct. 21

Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Catalina Casino Ballroom 1 Casino Way Avalon, California www.jazztrax.com 866-872-9849

Dec.6 (Tidings of Jazz & Joy with Keiko Matsui and Euge Groove) Sycuan Casino 5469 Casino Way El Cajon, California www.sycuan.com 619-445-6002

Dec. 30-31

Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Tucson, Arizona www.RickBraunNewYearsEve.com 520-219-3381


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Visitors Guide

Photo: Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce

CATALINA ISLAND

By Melanie Maxwell With inspiring sherbet-hued sunrises and romantic sunsets splashed across the sky, waterfront views from nearly every vantage point, and restaurants teeming with the local catch, a trip to Catalina Island is always a scenic and culinary adventure. In October, it’s especially alluring for jazz fans: that’s when the JazzTrax logo illuminates the iconic Casino building outside, and some of the best smooth jazz headliners and up-and-comers on the circuit electrify the audience inside its top-floor ballroom. Plus, this festival is always timed perfectly with lobster season, which opens on Oct. 1 this year!

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DINING Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret has been an island tradition for more than 27 years. Antonio’s offers a casual, fun atmosphere serving 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 Since 1967, El Galleon Restaurant & Karaoke Lounge has been the top choice for good food and fun times. Located in the center of town, El Galleon is the place to go for aged steaks, prime rib, fresh fish, New Zealand lamb chops, king crab legs and applewood-smoked BBQ ribs and chicken. El Galleon serves the finest Montana Ranch Brand™ certified Piedmontese beef and Omaha natural Angus beef. Join them in October for Lobsterfest, serving fresh local Catalina lobsters, and Oktoberfest, with specials on Paulaner Beers from Munich. Full bar, karaoke and patio seating. 411 Crescent Ave. • www.catalinahotspots.com • 310-510-1188 Luau Larry’s is an institution on Catalina Island. Located just steps from the beach, Luau’s offers breathtaking views of the harbor in a lively, fun and tropical setting. Our staff is second to none; eager to assure that your visit is memorable. For more than 25 years, we have been offering world famous drinks, live entertainment and delicious food! Please join us for some of the local

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favorite concoctions, including Buffalo Milks and Wiki Wackers, listen to some of the Island’s best entertainment, and relax knowing that you have enjoyed one of life’s greatest pleasures, Luau Larry’s! 509 Crescent Ave. • www.luaularrys.com • 310-510-1919 Mi Casita is Avalon’s authentic Mexican Restaurant, serving the best Mexican breakfasts, lunches and dinners on Catalina Island. In addition to all the fantastic traditional Mexican dishes, also featured are steaks, seafood, homemade soups, salads and a large selection of tantalizing appetizers. Specialties of the house include fire-roasted achiote citrus chicken and Mojarra Frita. Two full bars specialize in large 18-oz. margaritas and bowls of the original Catalina cazuela. Breakfast is served from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. 111 Claressa Ave. • www.catalinahotspots.com • 310-510-1772 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. Pies, bolillos, croissants and muffins are baked daily at its 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

ART

In the heart of Avalon, the Catalina Island Museum presents exhibitions dedicated to the rich history of Santa Catalina Island along with changing special exhibitions. Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, a museumwide special exhibition, is currently on view through Dec. 11, 2017. Dale Chihuly is one of the most recognized artists of his time. Some of his most iconic works and groundbreaking explorations in color, light and form are showcased in Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a major museum exhibition of Chihuly’s artwork in Southern California. 217 Metropole Ave. • www.catalinamuseum.org • 310-510-2414

SHOPPING Looking for a cute outfit or accessories to spice up your wardrobe? The Stare Case is the unofficial jazz-ensemble headquarters. Shop owners Mona Casarini and David Skoff are icons of the Catalina Island shopping experience. They offer a wide variety of clothing and jewelry (a lot of blingbling!), including elegant evening wear, stylish after-five dresses, casual wear, bathing suits, thongs and even Spanx Shapewear, along with a 10 percent discount for JazzTrax attendees. 105 Metropole Ave. in the Metropole Marketplace • 310-510-1940

PAMPERING

What would paradise be without a little pampering? A Touch of Heaven Day Spa offers relaxing, therapeutic massage treatments, reflexology and facials. The serene, full-service spa situated in the Metropole Marketplace also provides foot scrubs, peppermint scalp treatments, mud wraps and an aromatherapy body polish. (My personal favorite massage therapist is Ramona Garcia.) 205 Crescent Ave. in the Metropole Marketplace • www.hotel-metropole.com/day-spa/massage-services • 310-510-1633 • To book directly with Ramona Garcia, call 562-884-3310 Advertisement


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The fabulous British musical collective sails across the pond to Catalina Island and a U.S. tour

INCOGNITO By Ken Capobianco

Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick and Incognito, the great jazz-funk-R&B group he has fronted for 38 years, are among the most enduring and consistent gatekeepers of the pop music’s feel-good groove garden. The British outfit has consistently turned out spirited, highenergy music with heart while assiduously avoiding R&B’s trend toward synthetic, programmed beats and digitally altered vocals. Their latest record, 2016’s In Search of Better Days, is a heady reminder of why Incognito has remained a powerful global emissary of infectious, organic jazz-infused R&B for so long. Incognito’s long history reveals that this is no ordinary band. Over the years, Bluey has brought his vibrant sound to life with the help of a revolving door of sterling musicians and special guests, including Mario Biondi, Chaka Khan, Maysa, Leon Ware, George Benson and Stevie Wonder. The group, now featuring 12 players in its current incarnation, is a throwback to a time when large musical collectives that seemed like extended families—think Parliament Funkadelic, the Ohio Players, Kool & The Gang, and Sly and the Family Stone—were the norm instead of the exception.

“I do consider this a large family,” said Bluey in a recent interview. “Over the years, I’ve probably played with over 1,500 musicians over 38 years if you include orchestral people, and I consider everyone part of the Incognito family. Everyone who comes to play understands they are part of something bigger, and they do it with respect and love. There’s no room for ego in the band. We play for each other and with each other. We know we are sharing something special, it’s a spiritual thing. It’s really a wonderful experience, and the music is made with great joy.” The band, which has built a strong international following, thanks in part to countless world tours, will be returning to the United States this fall with numerous dates, including a first-time appearance at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival on Oct. 22. “We’ve never played Catalina, and we’re very much looking forward to it,” Bluey said. “We’ve been playing the United States annually for five or six years now, but we haven’t played the L.A. area in a while. It’s going to be great to bring the music to the people again because that’s what we do—communicating the feeling, sharing the jazz, creating the community. “We enjoy playing festivals. Our fans are there, and there are people who may check us out of curiosity. They come to hear us and develop an attachment. We’re bringing the vibe and the love.” The guitarist-composer-producer added that maintaining a vibrant, electric live show is one of the ways Incognito is able to thrive in an era when most horn-driven big jazz-funk bands have disappeared. “You have to have that wow factor to keep people coming back or discover you. You have to give people a reason to get out and come see you. If you don’t, they have other things to do, other bands to see. The music comes alive on the stage—we make a genuine connection with our audience and take them to another place. We want to make that place special.” The good-natured musician, who speaks with the kind of go-go spirit and warmth of the music he makes, said the changes in the music industry have made it difficult for bands like Incognito. Not only has the money dried up for tour support, but the focus often has shifted away from road warrior acts who bring the heat onstage. “The economics of the industry have all but made it impossible for big bands to succeed, and most new bands don’t even try to go big because there’s no support behind them. It’s difficult,” he said. “A lot of the money is going to artists who make music in their bedroom studio these days, but too often can’t perform live. They can put the music on the internet and


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become stars. They know how to pose in front of a limo for and her sister, Carleen, who also worked with one of the U.K.’s a picture or show up at awards ceremonies, but the test of a other dynamic jazz-funk bands, The Brand New Heavies. musician is the live show. The current group features some of the most vibrant vocalists in “Amy Winehouse was a brilliant live performer. She would have the band’s history—Imaani, Joy Rose and Vanessa Haynes. endured. Ed Sheeran is a guy who can do it onstage—he’s a singerThe idea of having a woman vocalist front and center singing songwriter who can really play guitar. You have to respect that. his songs can be traced to Bluey’s childhood. “To understand that, That’s not always the case. For a band that’s been around as long as you have to go back to when I was growing up. Like many things, ours, to get the music to the people, we need to play and really give it’s rooted in the past. My dad left my mother when I was less a show—something to remember. But that’s what we make music than 1. So, I grew up with my mother, my grandmother, my greatfor—to share it and connect. We love it.” grandmother and my aunties,” he said with a small laugh. Bluey started Incognito with Paul “Tubbs” Williams in the late “Whether they were sitting around together, worshiping or 1970s. And, since the release of the group’s first successful record, entertaining the kids, they’d always be singing in harmony. My Jazz Funk, in 1981, he’s managed to seamlessly blend genres and youngest auntie would turn on the radio, and I’d hear Cliff Richard, bend musical boundaries. Incognito’s sound places a heavy emphasis Elvis Presley, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. All made a great on horns and percussion to augment the sensuality and soul of its impact on me. lead vocals. “But I was always surrounded by women. I remember hearing such Bluey’s diverse, richly designed songs are both expansive and beautiful harmonies. So, of course, I made that connection with the deeply personal. Some of Incognito’s best albums, Positivity (1993), female voice. When I started writing songs, that’s often what I heard.” No Time Like the Future (1999) and Adventures in Black Sunshine He maintained that the content of his songs often comes from (2004), emphasize his gifts of melody and songcraft while accenting talking to women. “Women are always more open about their lives, a message filled with hope, empathy and empowerment. Their best and they will talk to you about real things that are going on. That’s music has deftly combined the sophistication of jazz along with the not true with guys. They are closed off. But if I meet a new woman energy and verve of R&B and the accessibility of pop. singer, I’ll sit down for a chat with her and see what’s going on. The band’s musical vibe has “You need to listen. Men don’t really always been forward looking, listen. One of our bigger songs in even as it reflected back to the U.S., “Deep Water,” came about Bluey’s influences. “I got some after I talked to Maysa about her of my lessons in humanity from relationship. I listened to what she the music I grew up listening to was going through. I wrote her a as a child,” said the 60-year-old letter, but then I wrote a song for her. musician, who was born in the She knew immediately it was about Indian Ocean island of Mauritius what she was going through. She and moved to the United Kingdom loved it. Let me tell you, if you can with his family when he was 10 make a woman cry when she sings years old. your song, you know you’ve done “I’d always dreamed of being that something right.” guy on the stage who made people Thanks to a number of remix smile. The records I listened to early albums on which the band’s songs on—Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & were reworked by many of the top Fire, Santana—that’s the music that producers and DJs over the past inspired me. It’s about transcending two decades, Incognito’s sound has •Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick whatever situation you are in and reached club audiences and filtered uplifting people. That’s what we’ve down to younger generations who tried to do.” probably wouldn’t know the Ohio Players from the Cleveland Indians. He said offering hope and spreading joy are even more important The inventive club remixes by the likes of David Morales and the now with the constant strife and tension in the world. “There’s a lot legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock have not only helped the band of unrest. With the situation in North Korea, what is happening with find new listeners, but kept it relevant. your presidency and even here in Great Britain, there is so much However, Bluey is pragmatic about his music’s place in the going on. That’s why we must live with empathy and understand pop universe today. “We are never going to have the kind of mass why people are upset or need help these days. The music is part popularity you see from some bands, but the music never was about of what we can do, but we must also do our part in our lives.” that kind of popularity. The way I see it is, I play to put a smile on One of the core components of Incognito’s sound has been people’s faces, and if I can pay the rent, then it’s all good.” the central role of its numerous female vocalists, who have helped Incognito is scheduled to perform at the 31st Annual Catalina Island breathe emotional life into Bluey’s songs about love, relationships JazzTrax Festival on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Catalina Casino Ballroom, and unity. Some of the stellar singers who have worked with the band 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California. For tickets, visit www.jazztrax.com. include Jocelyn Brown, Kelli Sae, Lorraine Cato, Pamela Anderson For more information on Incognito,visit www.incognito.london.

“We enjoy playing festivals. Our fans are there, and there are people who may check us out of curiosity. They come to hear us and develop an attachment. We’re bringing the vibe and the love.”


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SMooth Jazz Alive!

Concerts and Festivals

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Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Tom Braxton, 11am; Keiko Matsui, 12:30pm, Vila Vita Parc, Algarve, Porches, Portugal, www.algarve.smoothjazzfestival.de, (+49) 821 2292711 11th Annual Capital Jazz SuperCruise (Sept. 24-Oct. 1), 8-day full-ship charter featuring Jeffrey Osborne; Will Downing; India Arie; The Robert Glasper Experiment; Kirk Franklin; Jonathan Butler; Mike Phillips; Vivian Green; Daley; Slick Rick; SuperCruise Comedy Showcase featuring Earthquake, Tommy Davidson & Mark Curry; Garth Fagan’s modern dance production; Dave Hollister; special guest DJ Jazzy Jeff; celebrity hosts Eric Roberson & Michael Colyar; special performance by Gladys Knight & more acts to be announced, aboard Norwegian Breakaway, sailing from New York City, New York, with port of call at Bermuda, www.capitaljazz.com/ supercruise, 877-619-2929 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series presents Guitar Tango featuring Peter White & Marc Antoine, 5pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099

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Ramsey Lewis & His Electric Band, 7:30pm, Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., San Diego, California, www.SDBalboa.org, 619-570-1100 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 6

Euge Groove, 7:30pm, Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 Elan Trotman’s 4th Annual Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf Tournament practice round, 10am, Sandy Lane Country Club; Jolly Roger Party Cruise, noon; Welcome Party, 6:30pm, Hilton Courtyard; concert featuring Norman Brown, Jeanette Harris & Julian Vaughn, 8pm; VIP Meet-and-Greet and afterparty, 11pm, Hilton Barbados Resort Ballroom, Barbados, West Indies, www.barbadosjazzexcursion.com The Rippingtons, 8pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932 DOTSERO, 9:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000

Keiko Matsui, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg. com/soiled-dove/shows, 303-830-9214 Roman Street, 4pm, Destin Seafood Festival, Destin HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin, Florida, www.destinseafoodfestival.com (free admission) Phil Denny, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Boney James, 7:30 & 9:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 7

Elan Trotman’s 4th Annual Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf Tournament practice round, 8am, Barbados Golf Club; concert featuring Elan Trotman & Friends In Concert with special guest Alison Hinds, 2pm; VIP Meetand-Greet, 4:30pm, Pirates Cove Beach, Daiquiri Beach, St. Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies, www.barbadosjazzexcursion.com The Rippingtons, 8pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932

Eric Darius & Adam Hawley, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com/soiled-dove/ shows, 303-830-9214 Aubrey Logan, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Marcus Anderson, 1pm, Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival, Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, Louisiana, www.camcityjazzfest.com, 504-517-3588 Thornton Winery’s 29th Annual Champagne Jazz Series featuring Jeffrey Osborne & Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 7pm, Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, www.thorntonwine.com, 951-699-0099 8

Elan Trotman’s 4th Annual Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf Tournament shotgun, noon, Apes Hill Club; concert featuring Will Downing, Marion Meadows & Brian Simpson, 8pm; VIP Meet-and-Greet & afterparty, 11pm; Hilton Barbados Resort Ballroom, Barbados, West Indies, www.barbadosjazzexcursion.com Soul & Jazz Fixx Sunday with Tony Exum Jr., 8pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000


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

Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com

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

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

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David Garfield, 8pm, Mambo’s Cafe, 1701 Victory Blvd., Glendale, California, http://mambosla.com, 818-545-8613 12

Incognito, 6:30 & 9:30pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545 31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Unplugged Under the Stars featuring Paul Jackson Jr., 7:30pm, Descanso Beach Club, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents “West Coast Jam” featuring Rick Braun, Norman Brown & Richard Elliot; Nick Colionne & Eric Darius as opening act, 8pm, The Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Hwy., Lewes,

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31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring 3rd Force, 7pm; Marcus Anderson, 9pm, Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 Happy Hour with DOTSERO, 5:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000 28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Paul Taylor, Brian Simpson & Eric Darius, 10pm, Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com 28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents Lalah Hathaway, 8pm, The Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Hwy., Lewes, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com 28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents Jazz at the

Brewery featuring Steve Cole with JJ Sansaverino, 1pm, Dogfish Head Brewery, 511 Chestnut St., Milton, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com (free admission)

1pm; Steve Cole & Four80East with Matt Marshak, 4pm; Steve Cole & Kim Waters, 10pm, Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com

28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Pieces of a Dream, 10pm, The Performing Theater at Rehoboth Beach Elementary School, 500 Stockley St., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com (sold-out)

28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents Boney James, 1pm; The 2017 Rehoboth Beach All-Stars featuring Boney James, Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Maysa, Paul Taylor & Kim Waters, 7:30pm, The Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Hwy., Lewes, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com

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

28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents Kayla Waters, 1pm, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com (free admission)

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31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring Chase Huna, noon; Lee Ritenour, 2pm; Kay-Ta Matsuno, 7pm; The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6, 9pm, Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849

28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Peter White & Marc Antoine, 2:30pm; Gerald Veasley, Lindsey Webster & Marc Antoine, 7:30pm, Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com

28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents “A Twist of Motown” with Art Sherrod Jr., 4pm; The Clarence Spady Band Plays Prince, 10pm, Bottle & Cork, 1807 Hwy. 1, Dewey Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com

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31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring DOTSERO, noon; Jazz in Pink featuring Althea René, Mariea Antoinette, Gail Jhonson & more, 2pm; Catie Waters, 7pm; West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Norman Brown, 9pm, Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way,

Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 Roman Street, 4:30pm, Dauphin Island Sunset Concerts, Dauphin Island West End Beach, Dauphin Island, Alabama, www.romanstreet.com 28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival 2017 Closing Party featuring Four80East, Tracey Hamlin, Matt Marshak, JJ Sansaverino, Art Sherrod Jr., Brian Simpson, Gerald Veasley & more, 8pm, Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com 28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, 12:30pm; Grand Jam featuring Marc Antoine, Nick Colionne, Steve Cole, Euge Groove, Matt Marshak, Keiko Matsui, Maysa, JJ Sansaverino, Brian Simpson, Art Sherrod Jr., Paul Taylor, Kim Waters, Lindsey Webster, Peter White & Gerald Veasley, 6pm, The Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Hwy., Lewes, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com 28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival featuring Peter White, Keiko Matsui & Euge Groove, 2:30pm, The Performing Theater at Rehoboth Beach Elementary School,

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500 Stockley St., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com (sold-out) Marcus Anderson, 8pm, Mediterranean’s Jazz & Supper Club, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, California, www.whatsupdaygo.com, 619-478-0001

Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 Dee Lucas EP-Release Party, 5:30pm, Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St., #320, Denver, Colorado, www.liveatjacks.com, 303-433-1000

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

The Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole & Marcus Anderson, 8pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com/soiled-dove/ shows, 303-830-9214

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

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

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Guitar Tango featuring Peter White & Marc Antoine, 7:30pm, Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500

31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring Jazmin Ghent, noon; David Benoit, 2pm; Peet Project, 7pm; Incognito featuring Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick, 9pm, Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849

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31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Unplugged Under the Stars featuring Roman Street, 7:30pm, Descanso Beach Club, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849 Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, 7 &10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg.com/soiled-dove/ shows, 303-830-9214 DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 David Garfield, 7pm, Bogie’s at the Westlake Village Inn, 32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, California, www.bogies-bar.com/events/, 818-889-2394 20

Lindsey Webster, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Jeff Kashiwa CD-Release Party, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, 7pm, Blue Martini Jazz Cafe, 1516 Yew St. (at Cornwall), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, www.bluemartinijazzcafe.com, 604-428-2691 26

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

31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival featuring Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, 7pm; Vincent Ingala, 9pm, Catalina Casino Ballroom, 1 Casino Way, Avalon, California, www.jazztrax.com, 866-872-9849

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

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, 7pm, Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier Lobby Bar, 138 Victory Ship Way, N. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, www.pinnaclepierhotel.com, 604-986-7437

Jonathan Butler, 7 & 10pm, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, Colorado, www.tavernhg. com/soiled-dove/shows, 303-830-9214

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2017 Tour Dates

WED • 11/29/17

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ponte Vedra, FL THU • 11/30/17 BB King Blues Club New York, NY SAT • 12/2/17

Lyman Center

Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT SUN • 12/3/17 Miller Center for the Arts Reading, PA

SUN • 12/10/17 Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch Scottsdale, AZ THU • 12/14/17 Dosey Doe The Woodlands, TX FRI • 12/15/17 One World Theater Austin, TX SAT • 12/16/17 The Railhead at Boulder Station Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV

WED • 12/6/17 Sycuan Casino El Cajon, CA

SUN • 12/17/17 Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Cerritos, CA

THU • 12/7/17 Carriage House Theater at Montalvo Arts Center Saratoga, CA

FRI • 12/22/17 The Hangar at McClellan Park McClellan Park, CA

FRI-SAT • 12/8-9/17 Yoshi’s | Jack London Square Oakland, CA

SAT • 12/23/17 Tower Theater Fresno, CA

Visit www.keikomatsui.com or www.eugegroove.com for more information.


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Peet Project, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.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 29

Roman Street, 11:30am, Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts, 4323 Commons Dr. W., Destin, Florida, www. mattiekellyartsfoundation.org Spencer Day, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 Gerald Albright, 7:30pm, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle, Washington, www.jazzalley.com, 206-441-9729 Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, 7pm, Blue Martini Jazz Cafe, 1516 Yew St. (at Cornwall), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, www.bluemartinijazzcafe.com, 604-428-2691

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Acoustic Alchemy, 7:30pm, Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500 2

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 3

Gregory Porter, 8pm, Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., San Diego, California, www.SDBalboa.org, 619-570-1100 Melanie Taylor, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 4

Brian Simpson, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 5

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, 7pm, Blue Martini Jazz Cafe, 1516 Yew St. (at Cornwall), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, www.bluemartinijazzcafe.com, 604-428-2691

Acoustic Alchemy, 8pm, Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Maryland, www.ramsheadonstage.com, 410-268-4545

Poncho Sanchez, 7 & 9:30pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 (sold-out)

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Earl Klugh’s 8th Annual Weekend of Jazz, Charleston Culinary & Wine Tour, 7pm, leave from Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island, South Carolina, www.weekendofjazz.com, call 800-542-2924 for details 9

Earl Klugh’s 8th Annual Weekend of Jazz featuring Foreign Affair with Michael Lington, Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine (available with 3-night Grande package only); Jamison Ross, (7pm for 3-night Piccolo package, and at 9:30pm for 3-night Grande package), Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Mingo Point, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island, South Carolina, www.weekendofjazz.com, 800-654-2924 10

Earl Klugh’s 8th Annual Weekend of Jazz Under the Stars featuring Herb Alpert & Lani Hall; Earl Klugh’s Night of Guitars with Earl Klugh, Lee Ritenour & Ray Parker Jr., 8pm; After Hours with East Coast Party Band (available with 2- and 3-night packages only), 9:30pm, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island, South Carolina, www.weekendofjazz.com, 800-654-2924 Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, 7pm, Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel Lobby Bar, 138 Victory Ship Way, N. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, www.pinnaclepierhotel.com, 604-986-7437 11

Earl Klugh’s 8th Annual Weekend of Jazz Sunset Show featuring Vanessa Williams; featuring BWB (Rick Braun, Norman Brown & Kirk Whalum), 4pm; After Hours with Vincent Ingala (available with 2- and 3-night packages only), Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island, South Carolina, www.weekendofjazz.com, 800-654-2924 Paul Jackson Jr., 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 (sold-out) 12

Marcus Anderson, 7pm, 5th Annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala, Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Dr., Hampton, Virginia, https:// jazzlegacyfoundation.webconnex.com

David Garfield, 7pm, Bogie’s at the Westlake Village Inn, 32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, California, www.bogies-bar.com/events/, 818-889-2394 16

DW3, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www. spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 17

Walter Beasley with Unit 3 Deep, 7:30pm, Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, www.birchmere.com, 703-549-7500

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Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour with special guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, Peter White & introducing Selina Albright, 7pm, Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, Florida, www.davekoz.com Spencer Day, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 27

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour with special guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, Peter White & introducing Selina Albright, 7:30pm, King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida, www.davekoz.com 28

Richard Elliot, 8 & 10pm, Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, Massachusetts, www.scullersjazz.com, 866-777-8932

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour with special guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, Peter White & introducing Selina Albright, 8pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, www.davekoz.com

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Boney James, 8pm, The Foundry, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, www.foundrylv.com, 702-761-7617

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour with special guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, Peter White & introducing Selina Albright, 8pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Florida, www.davekoz.com

Al Williams Jazz Society, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 19

Steve Oliver, 7pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 24

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour with special guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, Peter White & introducing Selina Albright, 8pm, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, Georgia, www.davekoz.com DW3 Tributes to the Legends of Music, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 25

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour with special guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, Peter White & introducing Selina Albright, 8pm, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, Florida, www.davekoz.com

Tidings of Jazz & Joy with Keiko Matsui & Euge Groove, featuring Lindsey Webster & Adam Hawley, 8pm, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, www.pvconcerthall.com, 904-209-0399 30

Tidings of Jazz & Joy with Keiko Matsui & Euge Groove, featuring Lindsey Webster & Adam Hawley, 8pm, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, New York, www.bbkingblues.com, 212-997-4144 Rebecca Jade, 8pm, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, 562-596-2199 NOTE: Artists, events, venues, dates and show times are subject to change without notice. Smooth Jazz News is not responsible for any cancellations or changes or the accuracy of any concert or festival information contained in this magazine in advertisements and/ or editorial, which has been provided by outside sources. Please contact each venue directly to confirm all information.

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Jazz BruNches Hornblower Cruises & Events yacht sailing on San Diego Bay

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KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by Rebecca Jade, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, o c t. 7

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise with KJAZZ host Bubba Jackson, featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise with KJAZZ host DJ Le-Roy Downs, featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431

W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

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KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, o c t. 1 4

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Brunch, 10am, Chesapeake & Main Restaurant, 316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com, 302-226-3600 Hornblower San Diego Fleet Week Sea’Nair Brunch Cruise, sails noon2pm, boards at 11:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower. com, 619-686-8700 s u n day, o c t. 1 5

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival presents Art Sherrod Jr.’s Gospel Brunch with Tracey Hamlin & special guest Kayla Waters, 9am, Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, Delaware, www.rehobothjazz.com KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, 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 Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 s at u r day, o c t. 2 1

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 s u n day, o c t. 2 2

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER continued on page 30


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continued from page 28 KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am; & 9th Annual Bow Wow, dog-friendly Brunch Cruise with Darris Cooper, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am, both cruises board at Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 S at u r day, OCT. 2 8

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, 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 Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 S u n day, O c t. 2 9

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, 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 Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old

Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 S at u r day, NOV. 4

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise with KJAZZ host Bubba Jackson, featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise with KJAZZ host DJ Le-Roy Downs, featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER SUN day, NOV. 5

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, 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 Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 S at u r day, n ov. 1 1

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER

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KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, 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 Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by Erin Stevenson, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 S at u r day, n ov. 1 8

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER S u n day, NOV. 1 9

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, 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 Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine

Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199 THURS day, n ov. 2 3

Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch Cruise, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER S at u r day, n ov. 2 5

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER S u n day, NOV. 2 6

KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Mat Gurman, sails noon-2pm, boards at 11:30am from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, California, www.hornblower.com, 949-650-2412, 888-HORNBLOWER KJAZZ welcomes Hornblower Cruises & Events’ Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruise featuring performances by Michael Whitman, sails noon2pm, 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 Brunch Cruise, sails 11am-1pm, boards at 10:30am from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California, www.hornblower.com, 619-686-8700 94.7 The WAVE welcomes Spaghettini’s Legendary Champagne Brunch with live broadcast and performances by DW3, 10am, Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, California, www.spaghettinisb.com, 562-596-2199


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DeC. 7, 1955 - JULY 31 , 2017 By Melanie Maxwell

This was the opening paragraph of the cover story written by Ken Capobianco for Smooth Jazz News’ February-March 2017 issue. That was before we had any idea that we’d be reporting the sad news of Loeb’s passing six months later on July 31. The 61-year-old native of Nyack, New York, taught himself guitar at age 11, by copying songs from records. By his 16th birthday, he discovered jazz and realized he wanted to take this seriously, so he began his music education in high school for technical training and stage experience. After graduating, he studied at Berklee College of Music for a couple of years and then dropped out in 1976. He moved to New York City, where he worked various sideman gigs until around 1979 when he joined Stan Getz’s band. During his five-year stint with Getz, he became the group’s musical director and also met Spanish singer-songwriter Carmen Cuesta. When the couple married, Getz was the best man at their wedding. Throughout his four-decade career, Loeb recorded more than 20 albums as a solo artist, produced works for dozens of world-renown artists, contributed to numerous projects for other artists including Michael Franks, Carly Simon, Bob Dylan, Art Garfunkel, Johnny Mathis, Anita Baker, Brian Culbertson and Jennifer Hudson, and received a GRAMMY nomination (his third) for Unspoken in the category of Best Contemporary Instrumental Album last year. Loeb also composed more than 250 published songs in pop and jazz, as well as solo work for film and television projects. His TV work included the memorable CNN station jingle and

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“Talking to Chuck Loeb about music is what it must be like to discuss writing with Joan Didion or passing with famed quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The guitarist, composer and producer is a master craftsman—an elite musician who somehow manages to make his work seem effortless. Of course, art never is. Only the great ones make it look easy.”

theme music for ABC’s “Nightline,” “One Life to Live,” “The Montel Williams Show,” as well as theme songs for the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Knicks, and ESPN NCAA College Basketball. Loeb wrote numerous scores for films such as “The Untouchables,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Hitch.” With this much talent, it’s not surprising that Loeb taught jazz improv guitar skills, which he was able to do through the online music education platform ArtistWorks.com. To smooth jazz fans, Loeb was known best as an amazing guitar great onstage. He was a member of Fourplay (with Bob James, Nathan East and Harvey Mason) and Jazz Funk Soul (with Jeff Lorber and Everette Harp). Off stage, he was a humble, unassuming man, the type of guy who would stop to say hello to you while he was walking through the hallway of a festival’s host hotel with his wife and their little dog after a show. As an extremely dedicated husband and father (to daughters Lizzy and Christina, both musically talented tennis enthusiasts), Loeb was a bit of a homebody, enjoying family time in New York and Spain. And, for those who had the privilege to call Loeb a friend, he was one of the truest kind. Here are some comments from a few of them:


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• Danny Weiss, vice president, A&R, Shanachie Records “I met Chuck Loeb when I was producing a Nelson Rangell album, around 1988-89. He came in to the studio to do guitar overdubs, and he blew us away! At Shanachie Records, Chuck made 11 solo albums for us, two Jazz Funk Soul albums and numerous productions of other Shanachie artists such as Kim Waters, Michael Franks, Walter Beasley, Fattburger, Keiko Matsui ... really too many to mention. Chuck was so prolific as a composer, player, producer and performer that it’s almost impossible to name one thing that I admire most about him. He had many memorable hits both as an artist and producer, but perhaps his favorite track, and one much admired by his fellow musicians, was the song “Blue Kiss,” from his album Listen. We did a lot of work in Chuck’s home studio. Witnessing his love for his wife, Carmen, his two daughters, Christina and Liz, his dog Steffi, the joy and pride he felt, was amazing. These will probably be my favorite memories of him. His most admirable quality as a person was his sensitivity and kindness. There are many great musicians, and Chuck certainly was one of them. But there are few who are as truly good, caring, kind, loyal and sensitive as Chuck. People often speak well of the departed, but in Chuck’s case, the sincere outpouring of love from all who knew him says it all.”

• Jeff Lorber, keyboardist, songwriter, producer “It was a pleasure to get to know Chuck Loeb both personally and professionally over the last eight or so years. He was a stellar writer, arranger, producer and performer and a lot of fun to hang out with. We first got to know each other as more than acquaintances during a tour of Russia and Ukraine in 2009 on the road with Will Kennedy, Eric Marienthal and Jim Haslip. We recorded this version of ‘Giant Steps’ at the studio of a guy we later found out was an arms dealer (www.youtube.com/ watch?v=vD0xKnnYWi0 ). It’s one of our biggest hits with over 160,000 views on YouTube. We had some exciting adventures over there. One I remember vividly was when we spent about five days at a hotel right next to Red Square, which is tourist-central in Moscow. We checked out the newsstands, but there was nothing in English. This was before Wi-Fi was very common, so we were both suffering from news withdrawal. Chuck assured me this was no problem, and told me to just follow him. We walked a few blocks over to the Four Seasons, and with supreme confidence he grabbled a few copies of the New York Times from a large pile on a table for the guests, and calmly walked out. I was very nervous, but I think this is something that Chuck had done before. Another memorable occasion occurred when Jazz Funk Soul was playing a show at a club in Cincinnati. During sound check, it became pretty obvious that the soundman would not be able to operate the monitors. He was walking around with one of these modern iPad-driven mixers, but didn’t seem to be able to get it to do anything. I was ready to give up. However, Chuck very calmly worked with the fellow for the next hour, and finally he was able to get a good monitor mix going. I learned from Chuck that being patient could pay off.

Musically, Chuck and I got along very well, we wrote quite a few songs together, which we could usually bang out in just a few hours in my studio. That’s one thing I’ll really miss is Chuck’s wonderful way with chromatic harmony and bebop melodic vocabulary. I’m very glad to have known him as much as I did, and he will be missed. I think of him often.”

• Everette Harp, saxophonist “I met Chuck Loeb when I was hired to be one of the sax players in the Grover Washington Jr. tribute show at the Berks Jazz Fest, around 2000 or 2002. We immediately had a connection, but it was not difficult to have a connection with Chuck. He was such an affable guy. He just made you feel good about yourself immediately. He always looked for the positive. I’ve had the pleasure of working and recording with Chuck numerous times. Shortly after the Grover tribute, Chuck started sending me songs to consider for my solo projects. Finally, in 2005 I recorded two of them for my In The Moment CD. I also took him over to Jakarta, Indonesia, for his first trip there in 2006. I presented seven shows at the festival that year, and Chuck’s was one of the most outstanding ones. We went on to form the group Jazz Funk Soul together with Jeff Lorber in 2013, which we played and recorded with up to his passing. I have so many memories of Chuck, it’s hard to choose one, and so I will wrap them all into one. His spirit as a human being was so infused into his playing. It’s been said that our playing is an extension of our character, and Chuck’s certainly was. Onstage he was so inviting. Always wanting you to push yourself, and him as well, to be better. He brought it every night, and expected you to. That’s why I loved playing with him. Even when he was sick, you couldn’t tell he was sick when he played. He played every solo as if it was his last. Plus, the dreaded “French fry tax!” You could never have an order of fries around Chuck without him reaching over and grabbing one. Just one! I think he accomplished being one of the most distinguishable voices on the guitar in contemporary jazz in his time. That is a really difficult thing to do on any instrument in our business. With so many musicians out there, and so many clones, Chuck was absolutely identifiable with his sound, style, licks, vocabulary and soulfulness on the guitar. I haven’t heard anyone of his ilk in the genre today, and may not in my lifetime. I admired his warm and encouraging persona; his genuine happiness to see you; his stories; but most of all, his drive musically to constantly be relevant. To always be in the picture. After losing George Duke four years ago I was devastated. I lost any desire to do much musically. Chuck Loeb and Jeff Lorber were very inspirational in getting me fired up about playing again. Chuck constantly berated me about doubting myself. He would push me on and off stage to be the best, by just being a wonderful friend offstage and a killing machine onstage. I loved it because I had to bring it every time I played with Chuck. But most of all, that smile when I played something that he felt. That look I will never forget, or fail to miss. I loved him as a God-gifted musician, a wonderful caring human being and as my brother.”

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• John Ernesto, general manager of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania “On Friday, Aug. 4, my wife, Suzie, and I sadly said goodbye to our dear friend Chuck Loeb. Along with Gary Spencer, John Graff, Stan and Janet Danner, the Berks Jazz Fest contingent traveled to Dobbs-Ferry along the Hudson River in upstate New York to attend Chuck’s transition service. Chuck passed away after quietly and courageously battling cancer for two years. Although we anticipated the news of Chuck’s passing, the reality that he was gone was devastating and heartbreaking. It was an emotional and sad time. But our spirits were lifted when social media exploded with an outpouring of love and appreciation for Chuck as a person and a musician. Those spirits were uplifted even higher during his service, as person after person spoke and reminded us that Chuck was simply a wonderful human being. Family, childhood friends and musical friends spoke of Chuck’s love of his family—wife Carmen, daughters Christina and Lizzy—his incredible musicianship, his fun-loving and friendly personality, his humility, his kindness, his generosity, his class and so much more. I was blessed and honored to experience those qualities first hand. Although unfairly cut short at 61, it was a life well lived. Chuck entered my life in 1999, when he made his first appearance at the Berks Jazz Fest. His debut as an opening act was anything but normal. The headlining artist—who will remain nameless—arrived at the Philadelphia airport ahead of schedule on show day. Instead of waiting for his fest pickup, he decided to rent a car and find his way to Reading in this pre-GPS, pre-cell phone era. Not surprisingly, he got lost in the Amish countryside and was going to arrive late. When Chuck was nearing the end of his set, we gave him the “stretch” signal. He simply nodded, smiled and kept playing for the appreciative fans until the headliner finally showed up. Following the unexpected extended show, we thanked Chuck for improvising and saving the day. He never asked for anything in return. When offered, he refused. From that day, Chuck headlined shows at the Berks Jazz Fest every year. And, most importantly, our friendship was off and running. Each year, Chuck and I would brainstorm new ideas for each upcoming fest, hoping to create unique concerts that would be presented only at the Berks Jazz Fest. I so looked forward to those creative conversations. Chuck was a consummate musician, guitarist, arranger and composer. His musical creativity messed with my desire and vision to take the fest to another level. Chuck opened my mind to a different way of presentingprogramming the fest. He taught me how to produce special concerts to present to our loyal fans. It has been an amazing musical journey. Since 1999, Chuck has been part of nearly 40 performances at the Berks Jazz Fest—many were those unique concert productions. Here is a small sampling of some of the most cherished events: The East Coast All-Stars featuring Chuck, Randy Brecker, Kim Waters, Alex Bugnon, Will Lee, Omar Hakim, Ralph MacDonald, Mike Ricchiuti, Bill Evans and Patti Austin; Rick Braun and Chuck Loeb with Carmen Cuesta; Chuck Loeb & The WJJZ All-Stars featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, Steve Cole and The Berks Horns; Chuck Loeb & Friends featuring Eric Marienthal, Tom Scott, Will Lee, Carmen Cuesta, Lizzy Loeb, Rob Munsey, Café, Cliff Almond and Matt King;

Chuck Loeb & Friends featuring Phil Perry, Everette Harp, Bobby Lyle, Andy Snitzer, Carmen Cuesta; Jazz in’ Up the Pops with the Reading Pops Orchestra featuring Chuck, David Benoit, Brian Bromberg, Eric Marienthal and the 55-member Pops. Chuck’s other fest performances included several with his Fourplay bandmates Bob James, Nathan East and Harvey Mason; Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber and Everette Harp; Metro with Mitch Forman, Dave Weckl, Randy Brecker, Gerald Veasley and Bob Franceschini; Guitarzz with Chieli Minucci and Paul Jackson Jr.; and several other projects. In 2011, Chuck and I came up with the Berks Bop concept to counter the so-called ‘Jazz Police,’ who openly questioned the chops of contemporary artists, which did not sit well with me. So, we invited Rick Braun, Randy Brecker, Brian Bromberg, Gerald Albright, Ada Rovati, and Philippe Saisse to perform an evening of bop music in the Jazz Base. Berks Bop Night, with Chuck as musical director, became a fest fixture, including a big band version to celebrate the fest’s 25th anniversary in 2015. Berks Bop also led to BOP, a CD co-produced by Chuck and Jeff Lorber, the proceeds of which help fund research to find a cure for polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Chuck also was musical director of the annual Berks All-Star Jam, turning it from a loose jam session into a well-produced concert without losing any of its improvisation characteristics. Another unique fest project was Chuck Loeb’s String Training, an educational opportunity for guitarists of all ages that included guest instructors Pat Martino, Frank Vignola, Vinny Rainolo and Chieli Minucci. More than 80 guitarists participated. Last April, Chuck’s final appearance at the Berks Jazz Fest, featured Lionel Cordew, David Mann, Ron Jenkins, Charles Blenzig, Bobby Lyle and The Berks Horns. Sadly, it also was Chuck’s final live performance. As you can see, Chuck was the driving force behind so many memorable moments at the Berks Jazz Fest. For me, however, the most memorable came in 2006 when we presented the Tribute to Wes Montgomery featuring fellow guitarists Pat Martino, Larry Carlton, Earl Klugh, Russell Malone, Paul Jackson Jr., Jimmy Bruno, with Will Lee on bass, Matt King on piano, and Wolfgang Haffner on drums. It was a challenge getting the artists’ schedules aligned so they could be part of the show. Somehow, we did. Just before the fest, we got word that Wes Montgomery’s son, John, was traveling from Indianapolis to attend the concert. Chuck produced a magical night of musical fireworks as the ensemble joyfully performed Wes classics such as “Four on Six,” “Groove Yard,” “Bumpin’ On Sunset,” “Unit Seven,” “Full House,” “Road Song” and more. After the concert, everyone was beaming. As we embraced, I thanked Chuck for his incredible efforts that made the concert a big success. He replied: ‘No. Thank you, John. You and the Berks Jazz Fest team made it happen. It would not have been possible any place other than the Berks Jazz Fest.’” Chuck then handed me the music book with the charts and arrangements for the Wes show. It was autographed by all the artists. It was such a thoughtful and meaningful gift that has a special place in my music room. I am eternally thankful that Chuck was part of my life, and will cherish our personal and musical friendship forever. Chuck may be gone, but his extended Berks Jazz Fest family of volunteers and fans will never forget him. When the fest family gathers each spring in Reading, we will remember and celebrate Chuck’s life. His musical spirit always will be with us.”


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Book Review “The Cake and The Rain: A Memoir” By Jimmy Webb St. Martin’s Press, 2017 352 pages, $26.99 O c t o b e r / N ov e m b e r 2 017

Cashmira’s starguide Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

Try not to get caught up in the schemes and plans of others. Some of these ideas may sound inviting, but don’t make commitments until you know all the facts. You know what they say about best-laid plans.

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

Aries March 21 - April 19

Well, it’s time to bite the bullet. You’ve got a big talk that needs to happen. Try to remain calm, and state your case clearly, but certain things need to be said. Make sure that your terms are completely understood.

You have been burdened with a huge responsibility, and it does not seem to be ending. The best you can do is try to take care of yourself as all of this is going on. Seek out your friends so you can do a little venting and a lot of wine drinking.

Taurus April 20 - May 20

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Gemini May 21 - June 21

Capricorn Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

Cancer June 22 - July 22

You’re getting some nice compliments now. Your work is being recognized, and there may be some exciting results. Keep doing what you have been doing, and be politely grateful for the kudos. Enjoy! You have become a little distant with a close friend. No one knows why this happens once in a while, but don’t let it continue. You have a relationship worth saving, so take the first step and make time to be together.

Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Stop worrying about a difference of opinion you have with a friend. You have bigger fish to fry. Get that checkbook out, and start looking at your finances. Things are going in the red quickly unless you put a stop to some things.

Pisces Feb. 19 - March 20

You’ve been getting a lot of encouragement on the job lately. That is very well, but don’t take things too far with trying to live up to all the compliments. You have a personal life that needs time, so leave the office once in a while.

Your home life has felt a little confusing lately. What is going on? Now is a great time to have some serious one-on-ones with family members so that you can understand the true state of affairs. Sometimes it feels like you are just toiling away and not being recognized for your good work. Some kudos are coming your way soon. Make the most of the situation to see if this might be a good time for an advancement in position. Try not to take offense when you get asked to do all that extra work. You are only being recognized as someone who can actually get the job done. Make sure you keep the attitude positive, but let it be known you have been able to accomplish the task.

Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

Folks keep coming to you for advice, and generally you have a pretty good batch of information to deliver. When it comes to finance, make sure you are giving correct and valid facts and that your advice is completely understood.

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

You’ve been trying to stay away from conflict, but now is the best time to approach the person you have issues with. Try to keep away from drama, stay calm and no crying! Even if you still don’t agree, at least you’ve said your peace.

Reviewed by Darcy Peters “My face looks like a wedding cake left out in the rain.” – W. H. Auden Jimmy Webb’s engaging memoir leads with this quote, and throughout the book he refers to this enigmatic hit and his reasons for writing it. The GRAMMY winner’s enormous output of work throughout the period of this book is revealed in a conversational and intimate manner. He weaves his story up to the year 1973 between his songwriting and performing life and his family life with his relations originating in Oklahoma. Throughout the book, Webb always names the songwriter when referring to any song of any period. Webb’s father was a preacher who moved the family to some pretty bleak places, but they ended up in California, where the young church piano player became obsessed with music. When his family moved on, he stayed in California and pursued his songwriting dreams. His talent brought some very early success and created an issue for the young writer. He battled with his image when his songs appealed to the establishment. “I wanted to be a part of the world that my peers inhabited. The world I’d experienced at the Monterey Pop Festival, playing with Johnny Rivers and the Wrecking Crew. Real rock ‘n’ roll and higher-consciousness types did not play Vegas in 1969. I faced a significant divergence in life’s river,” he writes in the book. Webb also had the desire to perform and sing some of his own work and described his first performance: “I had decided not to play the piano to perform standing up, something that I had never done in my life. I was a non-dancer, had no moves, no charisma, nor one noticeable iota of physical grace. About all I had going for me was that great leather outfit.” Leonard Feather, who was jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times at the time of the young writer’s first gig, summed up the performance with, “Webb’s theory that a writer can sing his own works better than anyone else, even if he is not a real singer, was destroyed.” Webb’s first love in high school, Susan Horton, was the inspiration of countless songs he wrote, including “By The Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman” and “MacArthur Park.” At one point, she worked in an office across the street from L.A.’s MacArthur Park, where the young lovers would often meet. When he was asked to write an extended song for the group The Association, he used his memory of their breakup as an inspiration. The Association passed on the song. Eventually, it was recorded by Richard Harris, with whom Webb had an often-cantankerous relationship. More than 200 artists have since covered that song. Webb worked with many of the musicians of the ’60s and early ’70s, and he has some tales to tell. From all-night parties with Harry Nilsson, or jamming with the Laurel Canyon mob to working with The Supremes, Webb’s recollections are entertaining. Thankfully, he survived the ’60s, and his life filled with a moneyed and manic international world of beautiful women, drugs and excess: a lifestyle that almost took him down. But his passion for music and work were among his lifelines that saved him. I look forward to the next installment.


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