Dave Koz – The Global Ambassador

In a career that spans twenty years and a dozen albums, saxophonist Dave Koz has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary music. But as noteworthy as his body of recorded work and as entertaining his live performances and other past accomplishments might be, Koz finds himself in an era of dramatic and sweeping change where everything once taken for granted is suddenly up for grabs. For Koz – and for all of us in this new century – it’s a new day, full of new challenges and opportunities, and new rules that are still being written.

Koz embraces this era of change – and even the uncertainty that comes with it – on Hello Tomorrow, his first album for Concord Records. Released on October 12, 2010, Hello Tomorrow debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and iTunes’ Jazz Album chart and was named the “Best Smooth Jazz Album of 2010” by iTunes. Hailed as “an event record” by The New York Times, it has already yielded two No. 1 singles: “Put The Top Down,” which spent 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Mediabase Smooth A/C chart (the longest stint at No. 1 of any of Koz’s chart-topping hits) and “Anything’s Possible.”

Produced by Grammy winners John Burk and Marcus Miller (who also appears on most tracks), the album features a diverse army of high-profile guests: Herb Alpert, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Sheila E., Boney James, Jeff Lorber, Keb’ Mo’, Ray Parker, Jr., Lee Ritenour, Christian Scott and others. Each of the thirteen tracks – most of them written by Koz and his collaborators, others penned by friends and legends – focuses on being open to new beginnings, and trusting that the future is unfolding in all the right ways for all the right reasons. Continue reading

Peter White – A Life For The Guitar

For nearly two decades, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.

Born in 1954 in Luton, a small town north of London, White and his family moved to nearby Letchworth shortly after he was born. As a child, he learned to play several musical instruments, including the clarinet, trombone, violin and piano. And of course, like so many youngsters growing up during the heyday of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, he gravitated to the guitar.

He learned his first chords on an acoustic guitar, then bought his first electric guitar in his early teens and studied the recordings of the reigning guitar gods of the day – Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. But his musical aspirations ultimately veered back in an acoustic direction following an accident that doomed his beloved electric guitar. The axe was destroyed in a fire, one that White’s younger brother Danny – an aspiring pianist – accidentally started.

“The funny thing is that Danny didn’t actually admit to setting that fire for at least twenty-five years,” says White. “I had been kind of obsessed with the electric guitar at that point in my life, so that episode kind of forced me to go back to playing the acoustic. In retrospect, that’s a good thing.”
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J. Michael Howard – Free Flight

J. Michael Howard, a Virginia native, is a graduate of a computer science program but is an artist at heart. Howard moved to New York with the intention of completing his studies in Fine Art, but was offered an opportunity to acquire a degree in computer science through a scholarship. Set on achieving the greater goal of attaining a good education, he set aside his passion for art to achieve that goal. Michael moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he works as a web content developer.

But he has not forsaken his true passion, continuing to paint and to develop his skills as an artist. He has been painting and exhibiting his works nationally while working as a computer professional since 1990. Music has an intrinsic influence on his paintings and is a dominant theme in his works. Michael’s original paintings and pastels are owned by corporate institutions and private collectors worldwide.

His work can be found on permanent installation in the Comer Museum, in the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition for the book Seeing Jazz: Artists and Writers on Jazz. Michael currently teaches both traditional and computer art to children and seniors at facilities throughout metro Atlanta in the evenings.

“I believe strongly in working with the community based institution whose mission is to promote music, visual art or youth development through education, community involvement or publications,” states Howard.

Over the years, Michael continues to contribute his talents and acquired skills to assist non-profit organizations, high school jazz bands, youth orchestras and clubs. He created the 1993 Atlanta Jazz Festival poster sponsored by the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs and Creative Loafing Urban News. In the commercial realm, Michael’s work can be found on the covers of music CDs, books and magazines.

For more information about J. Michael Howard visit his website.

Smooth Jazz and Fine Dining – Yoshi’s

Yoshi’s began in 1973 as a small, North Berkeley sushi bar owned by a trio of struggling students with plenty of dreams. Its founder and namesake, Yoshie Akiba, orphaned during World War II, came to the U.S. to study fine arts, dance and dance therapy. She opened Yoshi’s Japanese Restaurant with her two best friends Kaz Kajimura, a journalist and carpenter, and Hiroyuki Hori, a painter and Japanese cook.

The original North-Berkeley, 25-seat restaurant quickly became successful and by 1977 the three partners moved to a larger space on Claremont Avenue in Oakland and began introducing live music in their restaurant. Over the next 20 years, Yoshi’s built itself into one of the world’s most respected jazz venues and won a reputation as the Bay Area’s premier location for people who were looking for great food and the best jazz. Yoshi’s has hosted legendary jazz greats such as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr. and Oscar Peterson among hundreds of others.

In 1997, Yoshi’s was invited by the Port of Oakland to relocate to Jack London Square as part of a plan to revitalize the area. Together with Morimoto Architects, Yoshi’s built an award-winning 330-seat jazz club with a state-of-the-art sound system and design. Occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Jack London Square, the club is in it’s tenth year in that location which has become one of the East Bay’s greatest destinations. The restaurant and lounge have a combined capacity of 220.

In 1998 Peter Williams was hired as the club’s artistic director. Under his leadership, the club has continued to present the finest in jazz music, as well as world music, blues, neo-soul, latin jazz and afro-cuban music. In fall of 2006, Kajimura decided that it was time to elevate the menu to the quality of the jazz by recruiting Executive Chef Shotaro ‘Sho’ Kamio, one of the Bay Area’s top chefs to make the change. Chef Kamio (formerly of Ozumo) brought a whole new generation of modern Japanese cuisine to Yoshi’s, which instantly put it on the map as a destination to dine in addition to the best place to hear great live music.

Designed by award winning architect Mori Moto, Yoshi’s San Francisco location opened in 2007. Residing in the Fillmore Heritage Center at 1330 Fillmore St., this 28,000 square-foot, two-story, state-of-the-art live music club and upscale Japanese restaurant features the best of local, national and international performance artists. Our highly praised Executive Chef Shotaro “Sho” Kamio impresses with a brand new generation of modern Japanese cuisine that will surely enhance the overall Yoshi’s experience, making it the only place in the City with world-class food and music.

Smooth Jazz artists performing at these venues are Peter White, Spyro Gyra, Keiko Matsui, Nils, Acoustic Alchemy, Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, East Bay Soul and many more. New Year’s Eve at Yoshi’s Oakland will see Brian Culbertson. Yoshi’s San Fransisco will celebrate a funky New Year’s Eve with Maceo Parker.

Smooth Jazz and Fine Dining – Anthology

San Diego’s newest, premiere dining and live music establishment – Anthology, offers some of the most legendary acts on stage and in the kitchen. Located near the hip neighborhood of “Little Italy” on the southern end of India Street, Anthology marked its grand opening on June 6, 2007. Anthology comes to life in the spirit of the classic ’30s and ’40s supper clubs with a decidedly modern spin, to deliver a culturally harmonious gathering of food, music, wine and ambiance in an intimate 300 seat venue.

Anthology has become one of San Diego’s premier upscale dining rooms. On stage, Anthology plays host to renowned local and international musicians in Jazz, Classic Rock, Blues, Latin and World music. From unplugged to plugged, solo to large bands, guests can be sure they will be impressed by the exciting array of local musicians and singers. Artists who have performed include: Ramsey Lewis Arturo Sandoval, Kenny Rankin, Larry Coryell, Mose Allison, Sonny Landreth, Chick Corea and Lee Ritenour. Director of Music Operations Michael Pritchard, with more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, most recently as talent buyer for Humphrey’s Backstage Club, has secured an impressive array of musical talent (see the artists list).

Combined with a highly sophisticated state-of-the-art digital sound, video and lighting system the venue is designed as one of the finest performance environments on the West Coast. The newly constructed space was specifically designed to offer open sightlines to the stage throughout. Anthology is to quickly proving itself to be downtown’s exceptional world-class destination. Designed by BCV Architects of San Francisco, the acclaimed 13,000 square-foot restaurant and club extends vertically to three levels including a mezzanine and VIP dining room. On the Upper Level guests enjoy indoor/outdoor spaces including the Fireside Lounge with 18 foot fireplace, outdoor Bayside Balcony and Taylor Guitars Private Dining Room. The venue also includes two state-of-the-art kitchens to accommodate both fine dining and private events. Anthology is also proud of their relationship with Taylor Guitars, a local, worldrenowned guitar manufacturer.

Anthology sets a new modern standard for the way people experience the pleasures of fine dining and live entertainment. Encompassing a collection of world-class cuisine, music talent and superb service in one environment – one place – one gathering. Anthology welcomed smooth jazz artists like Boney James, Keiko Matsui,  Kyle Eastwood, Down To The Bone, Chris Standring, Joyce Cooling and many more.

Anthology, 1337 India Street, San Diego, California 92101

Lu Hong – Family Tree

Lu Hong, a child of the revolution, was born in 1959, in the coastal city of Qin-Huang-Dao, China. In 1966 the Chinese Cultural Revolution began and the effects of this political upheaval were profound for Lu Hong’s family. During the late 1970’s, while Lu Hong was attending high school, channels of communication were reopened to information from the Western world.

It was during this time, that Lu Hong’s family was visited by his uncle, Ting Shao Kuang. Ting was not only a world-renowned painter and teacher, but also the respected leader of the contemporary Chinese art movement known as the Yunnan School. Ting recognized the signs that predicted future greatness in the abstract paintings of his young nephew. Ting inspired Lu Hong to make use of his innate artistic ability. Immediately after graduating from high school, Lu Hong moved in with Ting and began to study under his tutelage. He learned everything that he could from his mentor until Ting immigrated to the United States two years later.

Lu Hong was influenced by the works of Paul Klee, Modigliani, and Picasso. He listened to the classical music of Chopin, Mueller and Wagner and read books on poetry, Western literature and psychology. Lu Hong relates, “All my life I was forced to think and act a certain way, but after I left the academy, I began to develop my own style of thinking and painting.” Seeking intellectual and artistic freedom, Lu Hong moved to the United States in 1986 where he was reunited with his teacher, Ting Shao Kuang. Lu Hong has become one of the most acclaimed contemporary Chinese artists in America.

Lu Hong has illustrated the CD covers of the albums  Eclipse, Relations, and Seductivity by the contemporary jazz group Times 4. For more information about this artist visit http://www.luhong.net.

Ludner Confident – Interlude

Ludner Confident is a Haitian artist and painter. Inspired by life experiences and emotions, social and spiritual concerns and the beauty of God’s creations, Confidant’s art is distinguished by surrealist sensitivity and a physician’s humanism. His paintings portray a visual poetry with external and inner beauty that appeals to the intellect as well as emotions. They seduce, entertain, delight and lead the viewer down a certain path.

Ludner created the cover Interlude for Allon Sams’ album A Place In Time (2001).

Smooth Jazz and Fine Dining – The Baked Potato

The Baked Potato is a noted night club located in Studio City, Los Angeles, often regarded as the world’s oldest music venue specializing in jazz fusion music. The club’s name is derived from its unusual menu which features more than 20 types of baked potatoes.

The kitchen offers massive baked potatoes stuffed with your choice of delicious toppings like Marinated Steak, Chicken Teriyaki, Sautéed Spinach and Mushrooms and serves until 1am. The Baked Potato is open nightly from 7pm-2am. Full bar. 2-drink minimum. Show tickets and dinner reservations available by calling 818-980-1615 or at www.thebakedpotato.com.

The club was opened in 1970 by composer and musician Don Randi, and often featured his band Quest for many years after opening. It has served in years past as a launchpad for notable musicians including Al Jarreau, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Tom Scott and many others. The club has also served as a site for numerous live recordings and music videos, and has also been a magnet for Hollywood celebrities such as actor and jazz aficionado Clint Eastwood, special appearances by Tool drummer Danny Carey, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

In recent years many smooth jazz artists performed in this night club. Rayford Griffin, Michael Landau, Andy Summers, Mitchel Forman, Chris Standring, Arnold McCuller, Brandon Fields, Katisse Buckingham, and many more. Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Celebration with Don Randi and his band Quest.

Baked Potato North Hollywood (818) 980-1615,  3787 Cahuenga Blvd West, Studio City, CA.

Smooth Jazz and Fine Dining – The Soiled Dove Underground

The Soiled Dove Underground is in a state-of-the-art building in the heart of the Lowry Landmark Urban Community. Long-heralded as one of Denver’s premier locations to see a concert, the Soiled Dove has a reputation for bringing quality acts to Denver. The room is configured with three levels of tiered seating arranged in a semicircle facing the stage and generous dance floor. With each seat no more than 45 feet from the stage, the Dove is Denver’s intimate concert experience. Appetizers & cocktails are available to enjoy during shows. In addition to live music performances, the venue is also known as a unique space for large private events.

The lighting is fairly dim, adding to the “underground” feel. It’s a small place, so any seat would have a great view of the stage. The food and drinks are fairly reasonably priced.Very intimate, it seats about 300 people at tables and along along bar that runs along the front of the main floor. The “pit” is sunken and has 15 tables, the main floor has a bar that runs along the edge of the pit and the rest of the floor has high top tables, there is a raised area in each corner of the main floor with a few more tables.   They have a state of the art sound system for a large stage compared to the rest of the room.

Smooth Jazz artists are frequently performing in this venue like Acoustic Alchemy,  Jessy J, Dotsero, Rick Braun, Steve Cole, Althea Rene, Peter White, and The Rippingtons.

Lowry Town Center, 7401 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80230

Yuriy Shevchuk – Marcus Miller

Born in 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine, Yuriy Shevchuk attended the Kiev Art School and later the prestigious Kiev Architectural Academy. Yuriy has adopted the practice of recording his own experiences in his artworks: his three passions, painting, jazz and historical cars have become the focus of his paintings. Since 1993 Shevchuk has been living in the city of Prague, which he depicts in many of his paintings and also where he exhibits his work widely. He has been described as an accomplished master, full of artistic and intellectual energy.

Bewitched with jazz music he skillfully and rapidly sketches the cool and charming figures of musicians in action, showing the positive mood of jazz and the stunning spiritual intensity of this bright magical world. His lively and spontaneous paintings expertly translate the atmosphere and verve of the music, using dripping, seeping paints and pastels.

Another part of his interests is retro cars. He does not paint cars as such, but tries to depict his emotional perception of retro style. So, the observer can feel spirit of the past on his works.

Shevchuk, an associate member of the Pastels Society of America, has participated in numerous exhibitions and his work is held in collections all over the world. The clarity, harmony, the refined palette of colour and line attract sophisticated art and music lovers worldwide. In the presence of Yuriy’s paintings one can almost hear the blues, feel the beguiling emotions and impassioned feelings of the musicians translated through the artist; such intoxication supports the belief that Yuriy Shevchuk is undoubtedly among the leading contemporary artists exhibiting widely in the Czech Republic today.

For more information about this artist and his works visit

Craig Fairburn – The Bass Player

Craig P. Fairburn has been painting since 1988. He made the transition from jewelry and engraving to impressionistic themes of jazz and blues in oils. From 1989-92 he lived in New Orleans where the city and club life in general was a rich influence on him.

Meeting local musicians like Charles Neville, Dr. John, Danny Barker and brass band people like Eddie Beaux etc. led him to many others; a great gumbo of mysterious sounds and colors, all this influenced his growing creativity, which he draws from today. When returning to California he showed in rental galleries in L.A. and coffee shops in San Francisco. His cane carving evolved from meeting two of the Neville brothers and a foot injury he sustained at a warehouse in San Francisco in the late nineties. The art studio is a much safer place.

Smooth Jazz and Fine Dining – Blues Alley

Blues Alley, founded in 1965, is a jazz dinner-and-nightclub in an alley off Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood. As of 2008, exclusively jazz musicians are booked into Blues Alley for approximately 360 nights out of the year.

This is a high acclaimed venue. Blues Alley seems to keep music at it’s center and everything else revolves around that. Autographed head shots adorn the walls of the bar area of the jazz greats that have played over the years. It is such an intimate setting, which is exactly how this place was designed to be. Most shows have two seatings.  Dimly lit, brick walls, tight seating, small stage up front.

The sound system is well run and balanced, making for an excellent listening experience. Blues Alley audiences are typically well versed in jazz, making for delightful company before the performance and respectful listening during the performance– which is only appropriate for the top flight talent the club regularly books.

Food at Blues Alley is basically Cajun and steak– think creole, jambalaya, blackened fish and an assortment of pastas. From Sarah Vaughan’s Filet Mignon to Phyllis Hyman’s Stuffed Shrimp there is enough choice.

Smooth Jazz artists performing in this venue are David Benoit, Jeff Bradshaw, Greg Karukas, Dee Lucas, Tony Exum Jr., Karen Briggs, Chieli Minucci, Rocco Ventrella, Walter Beasley, Kim Waters and more to come. You know what you get!

Smooth Jazz and Fine Dining – Acoustix Jazz Café

Atlanta counts Acoustix Jazz café to its list of cultural attractions. Nestled in the tourist district of midtown Atlanta, 840 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA Acoustix Jazz café re-introduces Atlanta to its jazz roots by celebrating authentic jazz of all genres with sophisticated fine dining. With a menu reminiscent of the Harlem Renaissance, delectable exotic entrees are named after prominent jazz musicians from yesterday and today. Acoustix Jazz Café hosts live music at 7pm nightly (Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday Brunch).

Owner Frank Taylor says the restaurant was created for jazz enthusiasts in Atlanta and the surrounding cities and he welcomes them in the upcoming months and years. “Atlanta is known for its musical history but I haven’t seen jazz receive its due here. We wanted to really celebrate Jazz, but also provide Atlantans and tourists alike with an opportunity to experience an exquisite dining experience,” Taylor says. “I have had so many music lovers ask me where the Jazz clubs are here and we haven’t had a consistent place dedicated just to jazz music, because it covers such a wide spectrum. Acoustic Jazz café looks to celebrate the entire spectrum of jazz on a regular basis.”

With nearly two decades of fine culinary experience, UMLCA chef Anthony Sharpe has been retained as head chef at Acoustix Jazz Café. Sharpe says the menu is resplendent with sophisticated dishes inspired from the many jazz influences represented in the club.

With three distinct and separate dining areas, Acoustic Jazz café hosts live Jazz from such greats as Earl Klugh, Rachelle Ferrelle, Al Jarreau and many more. A partnership with Atlanta jazz station WCLK allowes true jazz fans a sneak peek into many of the surprises Acoustix Jazz Café will be hosting over the upcoming months.

The PR Experience opens for Jazz pianist and great Alex Bugnon. Hosted by Jazzbeat Promotions. Jazz & Poetry fundraiser to support a worthy Cause. This event features Alex Bugnon as event headliner and all proceeds will go to the African American Outreach Initiative (AAOI). The African American Outreach Initiative (AAOI) is a program of the Metropolitan Atlanta Ryan White Planning Council.  Show starts at 7:00pm on Thursday, January 26, 2012.

Dirk Joseph – Not Your Typical New Yorker

Dirk Joseph is a multimedia artist producing creations in various mediums including painting, sculpting and computer animation. He does graphic design, commissions, exhibits and conducts creative workshops throughout the New York area. Dirk attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan but he is largely self taught. Dirk is involved in performance art, i.e., live painting and theater set production. His artwork & exhibition reviews have appeared in Newsday, African Voices magazine, The Shield,  Exit The Apple ezine, New York Times, Brooklyn Times, What Weekly e-zine, Baltimore Times, Carribbean Life newspaper and Brooklyn Heights newspaper.

For almost 20 years, he has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer (off and on) and taught art in public schools, libraries, colleges, and community centers in New York and Maryland. He has exhibited his work at numerous galleries, museums, restaurants, and cultural centers in NY, MD, and Canada.

Dirk created all CD covers for late Joseph Diamonds’ albums Not Your Typical New Yorker,  Island Garden and Keep Your Dreams.

Smooth Jazz and Fine Dining – Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

The Pizza Express Jazz Club offers a pleasant dining experience with some talented jazz performers that often surpass expectation. Enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year, the restaurant is a casual alternative to the more traditional and expensive jazz clubs. For nearly 40 years this basement club in the heart of Soho has been one of London’s favorite jazz night-spots with its intimate atmosphere and wide ranging music policy.

Pizza Express Jazz Club may well be smaller than some of the capitol’s other live rooms but its classy interior and close audience to stage proximity ensures that each gig brings the best out of both. As a restaurant chain founded in the 1940 by Peter Boizot MBE, whose trip to Florence inspired him to create a pizza chain that prided itself on serving fresh, handmade pizzas, Pizza Express has long supported jazz in some of its larger restaurants around the UK.

Yet the flagship Dean Street London restaurant remains the jewel in the company’s crown and since its re-launch in 1996 (conducted by Van Morrison), has proved itself as a consistently capable of booking some of the biggest names in jazz, with a sensibility for promoting rising stars and legends alike.

Often a place where some of today’s household names made their UK debuts or exclusive performances, the likes of Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Danilo Perez, Avishai Cohen, Mose Alllison, Peter White, Richard Bona, Rokia Traoré and a certain Jamie Cullum made an early showcase, while Norah Jones made her European debut, with Amy Winehouse and Peter Cincotti making early important performances there – Sting even took to the stage for an impromptu version of ‘Round Midnight once – such is the venue’s credibility and popularity.

The Pizza Express Jazz Club is at its best during the London Jazz Festival when the venue buzzes with energy and is regularly packed with pizza lovers and jazz enthusiasts. The menu recently got a long overdue update as well and is packed with innovative combinations such as shrimps and créme fraîche and yellow fin tuna with anchovies and grana padano cheese.

Smooth Jazz artists in 2011 were Oli Silk, Peter White, Rick Braun, Marc Antoine, Richard Elliot, Jessy J, Chuck Loeb and many more. There will be no change in 2012.

Frank Morrison – Soul to Soul

Frank Morrison – The Dream Keeper

Born in Massachusetts then brought by his family to live in New Jersey at an early age, Frank Morrison was reared and spent his formative years there, an affable, precocious and inquisitive youngster whose curiosity about everything around him seemed limitless.  In no time, invested with a brilliant flow of creativity, his eye for and execution of colorful ‘tags’ and ‘R.I.P’ scenes began to bring him considerable ‘street recognition’ and local acclaim.

One need take only a cursory view/examination of his portfolio or his work ‘en gallery’ to find that his power and inspiration are products of his deeply religious grounding and his loving commitment to his family. His innate musicality, natural rhythmic bent and intrinsic understanding of physical/spiritual/emotional expression both invade and explode from his paintings.

Morrison has received commissions from the irrepressible radio/TV commentator Tom Joyner and the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. His artwork has been displayed in prestigious locales shows such as “The National Black Fine Arts Show” produced by Jocelyn Wainwright, at the Savacou Gallery in Manhattan, and was honored and given a one-man show at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture sponsored by ESSENCE ART and Toyota.

He executed serially mounted musical scenes for the compact discs Impulsively Ellington: A Tribute to Duke Ellington, and Down-to-the-Bone’s Crazy Vibes and Things, Cellar Funk and Best of Down To The Bone, Richard Elliot’s Ricochet, and the CD collection Def Jazz.

The Soul To Soul Exhibition is featuring award winning picture book illustrator and fine art artist Frank Morrison:

Fri, Dec 16, 6pm-10pm
Opening Reception

Sat, Dec 17, 6-9p
Artist discussion and viewing

Sun, Dec 18, 12-4p

Book Reading, Signing & Children’s Art Demonstration
Holiday Art Supplies Collection

Sun, Dec 18, 6-9p
Artist discussion and viewing

Dec 19-Jan 29
Exhibition Continued

House of Art , 373 Lewis Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11233
(347) 663-8195

Smooth Jazz and Fine Dining – Spaghettini Grill and Lounge

Since 1988 leading Southern California restaurateurs Laurie Sisneros and Cary Hardwick have created a meeting place for LA and Orange counties in their award winning restaurant – Spaghettini Grill and Lounge.

Located just off the 405 Freeway at Seal Beach Blvd., Spaghettini features exceptional Northern Italian cuisine and top name entertainment. In addition to outstanding food and service, Spaghettini is committed to excellence in the entertainment side of the business. Having built the Spaghettini Performance Lounge into one of the top venues in Southern California, Spaghettini attracts some of the top name artists in the business.

These smooth jazz artists will perform at Spaghettini in between the next weeks:  DW3, Jessy J, Slim Man, Will Donato, Jackiem Joyner, Eric Marienthal, Tom Braxton, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs, Brian Hughes, Elan Trotman, Ard Sherrod, Gregg Karukas, Freddie Ravel, Michael Lington, East Bay Soul, Jeff Kashiwa, Marcus Anderson, Steve Cole and many more. If you are in LA don’t miss this meeting point of smooth jazz.

The illustration is painted by Bettie Grace Miner as part of her exhibition.  A collection of her Tuscan and Wine inspired Fine Art is to see at this restaurant.

Spaghettini Grill and Lounge, 3005 Old Ranch Parkway, Seal Beach, California 90740

For more information about this restaurant visit http://www.spaghettini.com.

Dave Koz and Friends at Sea 2012 – Barcelona

Join the gentleman of Smooth Jazz Dave Koz and his friends for a week-long fun-filled trip to Europe. He will be cruising the Italian and French Riviera in September of 2012. It’s really a dream-come-true itinerary starting in Barcelona, Spain and continuing on to Naples, Rome and Florence, Italy — then on to Nice and Toulon, France! Three countries and six ports during an unforgettable seven-day cruise on board the Royal Caribbean Line’s Serenade of the Seas.  This cruise is already booked out, but perhaps you have luck to catch the boat!

On the Dave Koz & Friends At Sea Cruise, every single night you will be entertained by some of the best known names in Smooth Jazz:  Dave Koz, Michael Bolton, Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Chuck Loeb, Marc Antoine, Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Michael Lington, Paul Brown, Raul Midón are among the already booked artists.

In addition to watching these talented artists, they will also host an array of events for you to join in on from Q & A Sessions to Cocktail Mixology Afternoons and the list goes on; every single day there will be unique events and special seminars, in an informal get-to-know-you-better setting. What better way to meet and become friends with the very musical masters you idolize.

With dramatic walls of glass and retractable canopy, Serenade of the Seas has already embarked on the course other cruise ships will someday follow. When you’re not enjoying the magnificent ocean views, you’ll be relaxing in the soothing ShipShape® Day Spa, swimming in one of the two pools, taking a much-needed whirlpool or catching up with friends over your favorite drink in one of our eight lounges.

The cruise will start in Barcelona,  the capital of Catalonia. The Barri Gòtic (“Gothic Quarter” in Catalan) is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Catalan modernista architecture (related to the movement known as Art Nouveau in the rest of Europe), developed between 1885 and 1950 and left an important legacy in Barcelona. Several of these buildings are World Heritage Sites.

Especially remarkable is the work of architect Antoni Gaudí, which can be seen throughout the city. His best-known work is the immense but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882, and is still financed by private donations.

The Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival 2012

The Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival is described as “one of the things to do when you come to Dubai”. Special Smooth Jazz artists on this festival are Acoustic Alchemy on February 16th, Jonathan Butler on February 17th, Althea Rene on February 18th, Cindy Bradley on February 21st, All-Star Smooth Jazz on February 22nd, and Spyro Gyra on February 23rd.

Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai is the most populous emirate of the seven emirates of United Arab Emirates. Dubai alone has more than 70 shopping malls, including the world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall. The city draws large numbers of shopping tourists from countries within the region and from as far as Eastern Europe, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.

Dubai has a rich collection of buildings and structures of various architectural styles.  As a result of the boom, modern Islamic – and world – architecture has literally been taken to new levels in skyscraper building design and technology. Dubai now boasts more completed or topped-out skyscrapers higher than any other city. A culmination point was reached in 2010 with the completion of the Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower), now by far the world’s tallest building at 829.84 m (2,722.57 ft). Dubai is also the city with more than 382 hotels. Here you find the ultimate luxury.

The Festival will be held in Dubai Festival City, a large residential, business and entertainment development. Shows will be hosted every night at the Al Badia Golf Course, allowing thousands of music enthusiasts the opportunity to sit back and enjoy a cross-mix of genres in a chilled-out atmosphere.

For further information about the Festival visit www.dubaijazzfest.com.

Smooth Jazz and Art Festivals

Smooth Jazz and Art form diverse compounds. Very popular are the Festivals of Arts or Art Exhibitions, on which Smooth Jazz is performed as musical entertainment.

This year  the much-anticipated  Festival of the Arts Boca will run from March 7 to 18, 2012 in Mizner Park. This festival is about all kind of music. Patti Austin will be the featured headliner of the festival.  For more information about the festival visit www.festivaloftheartsboca.org.

Hampden Bank’s Hoop City Jazz & Art Festival will be in July, 2012.  This festival in 36 Court St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01103 presents besides Smooth Jazz artists like Gerald Albright, Vincent Ingala, Marcus Anderson, Down To The Bone numerous art vendors.

The San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival, also known as SAS FEST (San Antonio Summer Festival) and JAZZ FEST S. A. (Jazz Festival of San Antonio) is a free 3-day event held on the first full weekend of June. SAS FEST features 10 great jazz concerts, an Arts and Crafts Fair and delicious Texas cuisine.The San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival is in its 10th year of presenting great fun and entertainment for the whole family.  Crockett Park, 1300 North Main Ave at Cypress St, San Antonio, Texas 78212 is your place of choice.

The 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Festival will feature jazz artists during the Memorial Day weekend on Main Street, Hemming Plaza, Snyder Memorial Church, The Jacksonville Landing, Laura St. and various downtown businesses and buildings. The 2012 Art in the Heart of Downtown art show and sale will feature the work of talented artists and master craftspeople from around the country. Festival patrons can enjoy the sounds of first-rate jazz performers and browse the works of talented artists and master craftspeople throughout the festival weekend. Mark your calendars for the 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Festival in May, 2012.

The Collingwoods Crafts and Fine Arts Festival will be in August, 2012. Haddon Avenue in downtown Collingswood will host nearly 200 craft and fine artists from throughout the United States. Respected artists will present juried contemporary works in wood, clay, glass, metal and fiber: the newest in hand crafts and exciting visual art. Entertainment throughout downtown will include smooth jazz and specialty music perfect for summer strolling. Save the date for the Collingswood Crafts and Fine Art Festival.

Sage Court stages a two-day jazz festival at the beautiful JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa featuring 20 of your favorite artists! Jazz mainstays of last year include Jonathan Butler, Eric Darius & Maysa, Euge Groove, Mindi Abair and Turning Point. The JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival also presents an Art exhibition.

The annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival attracts over 350,000 visitors each year and is one of the biggest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals in Florida. Over 1,600 artists from all over the world apply to attend the famous show and a panel of judges selects between 250 and 300 to exhibit. Visitors can view the various works on display and there are numerous entertainment acts and children’s events planned for the three-day festival. The 53rd Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival will feature entertainment on the Florida Family Insurance Stage. Entertainment presented by Florida Family Insurance, WFTV Channel 9, Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine, and 103.1 WLOQ. The festival will be from 16-18 March, 2012.

The Festival of Arts is California’s longest-running outdoor fine art exhibition. Its jury process and open-air gallery setting allow this festival to please all types of connoisseurs. The show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Special art-related attractions and special events such as jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, and guided art tours throughout the eight-week run provide entertainment for all. This festival is running from July to August, 2012. Michael Paulo, Jessy J, Greg Adams, Eric Marienthal, Brian Bromberg were among the artists of past year.

Watch out for your personal Art Festival next year!

Smooth Jazz and Wine

Smooth Jazz and Wine is a delicate combination. 2012 will be the year with the most smooth jazz festivals combined with tastings of your favorite wines. To make your mouth water we inform you about the next festivals under the patronage of wine.

The year starts with the New York City Winter Wine Fest on Saturday, February 04, 2012 at Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway at W 44th St, New York.  This year, for your sipping and swaying pleasure they present “Nu Jazz” artists Four80East, performing in the final hour of each session (5-6pm / 10-11pm).

The 7th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival will be held on February 17th. 18th and 19th 2012 with the main event on Saturday Feb 18th, 2012. The venue is Laishley Park, 100 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Florida 33950. The Headliners are The Rippingtons, featuring Russ Freeman, Peter White & Mindi Abair.

The 10th annual Jazz on the Vine will take place on May 11-13, 2012! At the Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 53020, you can attend a wonderful weekend of dynamic performances by world-renowned jazz musicians including White Hot Summer Groove featuring Peter White and Euge Groove, Nick Colionne, Celebrating the Music of Grover Under the Direction of Jason Miles, Down to the Bone, Maysa, Jackiem Joyner, Matt Marshak and Marcell Guyton!

The Thornton Winery will celebrate their 23rd Anniversary Champagne Jazz Series. The intimate and acoustically superb Mediterranean fountain terrace, overlooking the beautiful Temecula Wine Country, offers a memorable and unique concert experience unmatched in Southern California. Tickets for the entire 2012 Champagne Jazz Concert Series will go on sale in March 2012. Mark your Saturday evenings and Sunday Afternoons in May through October, 2012.

The Petrocelli Family strives to produce Long Island’s greatest wines, incorporating both New World advances and Old World traditions. Raphael Vineyards will continue their Jazz Series in 2012. Raphael Vineyards, 39390 NY 25, Peconic, New York will be anew the place of Smooth Jazz. We will inform you about artists and dates.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest returns in 2012, July. The tradition continues for 2012, bringing great music, fun, food, and drink for the whole family to downtown Syracuse, gateway to summer fun for Upstate New York!

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival, River Run Village, Keystone, Colorado 80132 will be center of the wine world in July 2012.

Relax in the beautiful backdrop of Copper Mountain as stars from Smooth Jazz and Fusion to Mainstream Jazz delight your senses. Known for its scenic splendor, internationally renowned talent and diverse wine selection, Genuine Jazz & Wine will not disappoint this summer.  In addition to amazing live jazz music, sample some of the country’s best wines. Note this date for August 2012.

The 15th Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival will present 200 wines from 20 wineries and great Northwest cuisine.  Al Jarreau, Arturo Sandoval, Spyro Gyra, Diane Schuur, Stanley Jordan, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bill Frisell, Coco Montoya and blues master John Hammond were the artists of last year. So 8th and Columbia Sts, Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington will be your place of choice in late August.

Colorado will have his Colorado Mountain Wine Fest at Riverbend Park, 451 Pendleton St, Palisade, Colorado 81526  in September 2012. Also watch out for the the Lake Norman Wine Festival, which will be traditionally held in October, 2012. Over a dozen wineries are ready to present you fine wine.

Come enjoy hand crafted wine from some of Sonoma County’s best boutique wineries, celebrity chef demos from Chefs Scott Tompkins of Skye, Eddie Matney from Eddie’s Place and more. Food venues from both, Sonoma and Arizona as well as over 100 lifestyle vendors. The 2012 Sonoma Showcase of Fine Wine Festival will be in November, 2012.

If your Smooth Jazz Wine festival is not mentioned, inform us. We will be pleased to promote your personal event.

Bill Mayer – The Jazz Cat

Bill Mayer is a graduate of Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, Florida, Clients such as Mattel, Hasbro, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Levi’s for Women, Jose’ Cuervo, Time Magazine, IBM, Delta Airlines, Yupo and RJR Nabisco reflect his unique talent. He has the ability to satisfy a varied range of business sectors including illustration, advertising, design, character development, editorial, and consulting.

He won numerous awards, gold medals and consolation prizes.  Bill’s “Bright Eyes” stamps for the U.S. Postal Service were one of the most collectible stamp series of the decade, and the Tour de France posters he produced for Eric Kessel / Kessel Kramer, Amsterdam appeared on the cover of Archive Magazine.  A biography is to find at the Behance Network.

Bill Mayer’s wonderfully energetic and delightfully loopy illustrations are flashes of pure visual hyperbole (Charley Parker).  On his website he showcases some of his works in several categories, on Flickr he presents further compilations. He is also featured by the Weber Group with an own portfolio.

Bill Mayer is the genius who has drawn the CD-cover illustrations of the Rippingtons‘ albums for 25 years.  “Bill has captured the essence and the spirit of the band,” comments Russ Freeman, band leader of the Rippingtons.

Bettie Grace Miner – Works of Art

You will certainly have hold one of her art pieces in your hand. Bettie Grace Miner is one of the most in-demand painters and photographers in the smooth jazz scene and beyond. In an unique way she combines photography and painting techniques to make the typical “Miner Art”.

Influenced by French painters during her stay in Paris she adapted the technique of Expressionism and Impressionism she observed in art museums and painting exhibitions. The art begins as a photograph or a collage of photographs, which Bettie creates in the studio specifically for each piece of art. Lighting and composition is at the heart of the art. Once the perfect photograph is created, she uses that image as the foundation for a painting. Sometimes the art will appear to look very photographic, and other times it will be very abstract. This depends upon the style commissioned (and the mood of the piece). The final art can then be printed on fine art paper or canvas, known as a Gicleé.

She works in her studio in downtown Los Angeles, California. It is a 2300 square foot loft on the top floor of an old art deco era bank building, built in 1921. It’s more of a working studio than a gallery with brick walls, cement floors and the charm of a New York style artist loft. If you’d like to visit and discuss a project or see some art, please make a private appointment and Bettie will be happy to give you the tour.

Bettie loves photography and do a lot for musicians, record labels, advertising and lots more. You can see examples of the work in the photography section of her website. There are packages available for fine art portraits, CD covers, executive portraiture and more. All portrait packages include expert Photoshop retouching by The Photoshop Guy. She does not do product, catalog or architectural photography, but she knows some fantastic photographers who do if you need it.

We recommend to visit her website www.minerworksofart.com and learn more about her immense opus.

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012 – Nassau

Departing from Fort Lauderdale the Smooth Jazz Cruise will reach Nassau on Monday, January 16. The capital city of The Bahamas is found on the 11th largest island, New Providence. Nassau’s history can be traced back to days of the legendary pirate Blackbeard. Its sheltered harbor, mansions, cathedrals and 18th-century fortresses have been beautifully preserved.

Shops, pubs and cafes line Nassau’s historic Bay Street, considered the city’s “Main Street”, it has maintained its historic feel while offering all the amenities our visitors’ desire. With an array of adventures, you can visit Blue Lagoon Island; A relaxing 20-minute sail from Nassau, Blue Lagoon Island has several programs that allow visitors to interact with dolphins. Meet these loving mammals from the edge of the water or get up close and personal right next to them in the ocean.

Looking for some sand? Look no further than a few miles west of Nassau. There sits a two-and-a-half mile stretch of beach and beach life. Cable Beach is also home to the Crystal Palace Casino, as well as several luxury resorts, nightclubs and the Cable Beach golf course… Linking the towers and spanning a seven-acre lagoon, with skylights and windows bringing the outdoors inside, the Atlantis Casino is an innovation in casino design, with an abundance of things to do, from swimming with Dolphins, playing at the water park, visiting the marine habitat or simply shopping and dining, Whatever you desire, your stay in Nassau will be a memorable one.

The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012, Cruise 1: January 15 – 22, 2012 | Cruise 2: January 22 – 29, 2012

For more information about the cruise visit


Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2012

The first smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean area will take place in Sa Coma, on the beautiful east coast of the Spanish island Mallorca. A music festival with unique live music in the exclusive ambience of the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa. The 5-star hotel is also the venue and is characterized by an elegant and modern equipment, a full-equipped spa area as well as landscaped gardens and swimming pools (indoor / outdoor). Located only 300 metres from the beach, right on the Punta de n’Amer natural park.

The high-quality 5-star Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa in Sa Coma, Majorca, lies only 300 metres from the beach, right on the Punta de n’Amer natural park. It offers 216 rooms, including two presidential suites, junior suites, deluxe double rooms, double rooms and single rooms. Perfectly suited for a vacation for two, the Protur Gran Hotel & Spa offers facilities, ambience and services that turn the mere stay into a wonderful experience.

Between the hotel’s landscaped gardens of the hotel two stylish and exclusive outdoor pools are arranged with deck chairs and Balinese beds. Here, guests can take advantage of the Mallorcan sun or enjoy delicious cocktails and snacks at the main pool bar, without leaving the pool.

The indoor pool enables swimming during the months when temperatures are low. At the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa you can relax any time of the year in the Biomar Spa, a spa and wellness centre of more than 3,500 m2 with all types of massages and treatments for relaxing and rebalancing body and mind.

The Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa’s cuisine will also seduce you. The main buffet restaurant’s show cooking display offers international flavours. The intimate Azafrán restaurant offers typical Spanish cuisine made with our chef’s personal touch. The restaurant La Toscana is all about best pasta and Italian products, while Asian cuisine can be found at the Asian restaurant. Finally, theres’s the Terrace Grill, a barbecue serving the best quality meat and fresh fish directly from the grill to the plate.

The Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival – April 27-29, 2012

For more information about the festival visit www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de.