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.

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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
http://www.shevchukart.com.

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.