Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Andiamo

Andiamo Bloomfield Banquet and Catering Center has two beautiful private banquet rooms are available to accommodate groups from 20 to 140.

Their Banquet Center, located in our lower level, affords your guests a private party area for any occasion. Andiamo Bloomfield is perfect for your next business luncheon or dinner, family dinner or special occasion. They can handle all your catering functions whether it is at their Banquet Center or your off-site location.

Be sure to take the wonderful taste of Andiamo home with you. Every restaurant has available for purchase, Chef Aldo’s famous Marinara, Tomato Basil, Alfredo, Palmina, Meat, or Tomato pasta sauces.

You can complement your pasta sauces with Andiamo’s own bottled wine selection. For your convenience, items are available at all restaurant locations and orders can be taken in person or by phone.

Share the taste of Andiamo with those who love Italian! Beautiful holiday gift baskets filled with wonderful Andiamo delicacies are available for sale or order at each restaurant.

Alexander Zonjic is playing in this fine restaurant every Friday and Saturday.

Andiamo Bloomfield Township , 6676 Telegraph, Bloomfield Township, MI 48301

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Crowne Plaza Reading

The Reading Crowne Plaza Hotel provides a location unlike any other. With space suited for almost any size group, you’re sure to make a lasting impression on your guests. Enjoy elegant event space, impeccable catering, and fashion-oriented, contemporary accommodations that you and your guests will enjoy before and after your big event. In addition to the 10,000 square feet of ballroom space, the Reading Crowne Plaza Hotel has several private banquet rooms that are perfect for more intimate gatherings.

If you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or any evening of elegance, their fashionable hotel, professional service, and extraordinary attention to detail is sure to please. Whether your event is for 1500 people or 10 people, you can trust the Reading Crowne Plaza Hotel.

This is the venue of smooth jazz and contemporary jazz events like Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, Jazz in Pink, Gerald Veasley’s boot camp, Chuck Loeb’s String Training and many more.

Crowne Plaza Ballroom, 1741 Papermill Rd, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania 19610

Smooth Jazz And Wine – Pasos Vineyards

Specializing in Mediterranean and Bordeaux style wines that reflect the taste, passion and vision of wine maker and owner Antonio Pasos… and lots of fun!  The Pasos Vineyards Winery is located in the Vino Piazza Wine Village. A regional destination wine center that is home to 6 boutique wineries.

Their winery features a huge Red Barrel Room, a Galley Kitchen, Production Facilities, Private Dinning Room with view, Special Loft Art Studio and Gallery, Courtyard and a beautiful Tasting Room. Wine maker Antonio Pasos is often in the tasting room sharing his wine making techniques and visiting with guests; while our friendly staff always has a smile to share and wine information to help you pick out the best bottle of wine. Come visit us and enjoy our fun and relaxing tasting room today.

One of the attractions of Pasos Vineyards is their resident artist and writer, David Jon Foster. Not only is he a prominent and talented artist, he is responsible for the beautiful artwork labeling displayed on each and every bottle produced by Pasos Vineyards. The entire tasting room is a virtual art gallery of Foster’s work.

Pasos Vineyards features the coolest music in their tasting room including Smooth Jazz,  Spanish Classical, World, Reggae, Rock and more. They also pride themselves in finding the best original musical talent to feature at their concerts and special events.

Their resident music man is the great Levi Huffman. Levi is a world class musician who plays his own original ethereal Jazz compositions. Levi also mixes in acoustic classic rock and blues for a solo performance loved by all. See him at Festive Fridays April to Sept. Visit his website at www.levihuffman.com.

Travis Vega is an emerging Smooth Jazz artist and composer that puts on a fun and lively show. Travis performs several concerts every year in the Pasos Courtyard and Red Barrel Room. You can hear his music on Smooth Jazz 105.5 “The River”. Visit his website at www.travisvega.com.

The Smooth Jazz master Ray Iaea consistently puts together 2, 3 or 4 piece ensembles,that features accomplished musicians such as Alex Dedal, Beth Iaea,Levi Huffman, Mike Noche and others. His is a classic Smooth Jazz performance that everyone one will enjoy. Visit his website at www.rayiaea.com.

Further musicians performing at this venue are Ivan Najera, Dennis Sebastian, Mario Sebastian, and Tayler & Mallery.

Open from 11:00-5:30 on Fridays and 11:00-6:00 on Saturday & Sunday

Pasos Vineyards at Vino Piazza, Suite 268, 12470 Locke Rd. Lockeford CA 95237

Dave Koz And Friends At Sea 2013 – Rome

Dave Koz & Friends are delighted to be able to cruise in style with you to Italy, Greece & Sicily. The 2013 Mediterranean line-up includes:

Your Host – Dave Koz, Special Guest – Michael McDonald, Mindi Adair, Gerald Albright, Peter White, Keiko Matsui, Jake Shimabukuro, Vincent Ingala and more to be announced.

September 22nd thru September 29th, 2013

Ports of Call: Rome, Messina, Sicily; Mykonos, Greece; Athens, Greece; Sorrento, Italy

This is a Unique opportunity to hang out with Dave and his friends. You don’t want to let this ship sail without you. For more information about the cruise visit http://www.davekozcruise.com.

The ship will depart on September 22, 2013 from Rome and return on September 29, 2013.

Rome is the capital of Italy and the country’s largest and most populated city and commune, with over 2.7 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi). Rome today is one of the most important tourist destinations of the world, due to the incalculable immensity of its archaeological and artistic treasures, as well as for the charm of its unique traditions, the beauty of its panoramic views, and the majesty of its magnificent “villas” (parks).

Among the most significant resources are the many museums – (Musei Capitolini, the Vatican Museums, Galleria Borghese, including those dedicated to modern and contemporary art and great many others) – aqueducts, fountains, churches, palaces, historical buildings, the monuments and ruins of the Roman Forum, and the Catacombs. Rome is the 3rd most visited city in the EU, after London and Paris, and receives an average of 7–10 million tourists a year, which sometimes doubles on holy years. The Colosseum (4 million tourists) and the Vatican Museums (4.2 million tourists) are the 39th and 37th (respectively) most visited places in the world, according to a recent study.

Rome contains a vast and impressive collection of art, sculpture, fountains, mosaics, frescos, and paintings, from all different periods. Rome first became a major artistic centre during ancient Rome, with forms of important Roman art such as architecture, painting, sculpture and mosaic work. Metal-work, coin die and gem engraving, ivory carvings, figurine glass, pottery, and book illustrations are considered to be ‘minor’ forms of Roman artwork.

Dianne Parks – Jazz’n In The Alley

Dianne Parks was born and raised in New Orleans and still live in the New Orleans area, across Lake Pontchartrain, on the North Shore of the lake. She received her art education at McCrady School of Fine Art in the French Quarter and has been an artist for over 30 years. Her paintings are in collections throughout the United States and abroad. She paints in oil and acrylic on canvas, with emphasis on the vibrancy, color and light of southern Louisiana.

As she paints, her mind is filled with the feel of the streets or the taste of their food – the sounds, smells and ‘vibrations’ of the scene in her painting. She attempts to convey these emotions through her painting. Her hope is that as you look at the painting through the years, you not only remember the scene, you still feel it!

Dianne is a member of the St. Tammany Art Association, Art for Madisonville Association, the Arts Council of New Orleans and New Orleans Art Association. Although she has lived in many places in the U.S. and abroad, there is no place she would rather be than there, in south Louisiana, painting her wonderful home town, the outlying swamps and bayous, and its incomparable food!

If you are interested in an original, please visit her personal website: www.DianneParksArt.com. Prints of her paintings are available at http://dianne-parks.artistwebsites.com/index.html.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Fred

Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC and The Smooth Jazz Cruise announced today that George Benson, one of the most influential crossover musicians in contemporary jazz, R&B and pop, will perform at The Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City, GA on Friday, June 1, 2012 to help launch The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea 2013. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:00AM EST and are available at The Fred box office, Ticket Alternative outlets, via the Ticket Alternative phone line (800.745.3000) and online at http://www.ticketalternative.com.

Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater has established itself as one of the leading outdoor entertainment venues in the metro Atlanta area and has hosted hometown favorites, national and touring acts for more than thirty years. For a unique and intimate concert experience in Peachtree City, we invite you to visit The Fred!

It is an outdoor amphitheater that seats approximately 2,500 and is the major concert venue in Peachtree City. It is owned and operated by the City of Peachtree City. Local residents often refer to it as “The Fred” and it is an outdoor amphitheater named in honor of former Peachtree City mayor and community favorite Fredrick Brown Jr.

“The Fred” features a summer concert series that include national and international singing stars as well as many past and present music legends. The amphitheater also feature summer movies and theatrical productions and “The Fred” is a community favorite for those who live in Peachtree City.

Fredrick Brown Jr. is the former mayor and resident of Peachtree City since 1973 and he is still alive. He was the mayor of Peachtree City from 1982 until 1992. He was also a pilot for the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He has flown DC-6 aircraft all over the world.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Vibrato Grill Jazz

One of Los Angeles’ most exciting new restaurants, Vibrato Grill Jazz … etc. is also the city’s premiere jazz space. Its warm and elegant interior embraces guests with stunning visuals, world-class music & sound design, and the absolute best in contemporary American cuisine. Conceived by 7X GRAMMY-winning music icon Herb Alpert, Vibrato brings these elements together in sumptuous harmony for an experience that’s a delight to all the senses. Opened in 2004, Vibrato is part of the Smith Brothers Restaurant group, owners of the acclaimed Pasadena trio of eateries Parkway Grill, Arroyo Chop House, and Smitty’s Grill.

Perched atop Mulholland Drive on Beverly Glen Circle in Bel Air, Vibrato is easily accessible from all points of the greater L.A. area. Once inside its inviting confines—where culinary pleasures of the palate and the free-form wonders of jazz beautifully co-exist—patrons will find a retreat from the city that is both relaxed and sophisticated. Vibrato is as full of creature comforts as it is Epicurean delights.

The contemporary American fare on Vibrato’s savory menu ranges from the choicest steaks to exquisite seafood delicacies. Signature favorites also include tender veal chop with house-made mozzarella cheese and fresh tomato sauce, organic Sonoma chicken, live Maine lobster, Wild Salmon with roasted beets, arugula and horseradish buerre blanc, and some of the best prime beef in all of Southern California, from filet mignon to New York strip. The grace note of Vibrato’s cuisine is the tempting array of sweets and pastries to put the finishing touch on a memorable evening.

The expansive and upscale bar serves a full range of classic and specialty cocktails, including a variety of martinis, cosmopolitans, and “lemon drops.” Premium beers and wines—by the glass and by the bottle—are available as well…Vibrato’s outstanding wine list recently earned the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. For a full dinner, a light bite or drinks and show only, Vibrato’s spacious wood and granite bar is one of L.A.’s finest.

The Thom Rotella Fourtet will perform in this restaurant on Thursday, March 29, 2012  6:30pm in PDT.

Kenny G – The Movie

Everyone knows the name Kenny G — whether we recognize him for his sax or his hair, love his music or rolled our eyes at our parents for listening to his CDs, he’s one of the most recognizable musicians in history.

Kenny G is the subject of the documentary. Rod and Brian, two independent filmmakers (see the ‘About Us’ section on the lower right) proposed their idea for a film project to Kenny and he agreed to let them make this movie. However, he is not providing any financial backing nor is he involved in the business side of the project! Supporting this Kickstarter is truly supporting a small independent film making team on a quest to make a fun movie for a huge international audience!

They are making this movie because there’s a side to Kenny G that no one has ever examined before. They want to show you what makes Kenny G tick, how he’s taken hits from critics in stride, how he’s remained such a fun and important part of our pop culture, and why he keeps trying new things and working so hard to stay on top. This film is a chance to understand a man and a part of our world that has never been explored before.

If you like to finance this project, visit this Kickstarter project.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Amnesia, San Fransisco

Amnesia is a cozy, red-lit room in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, but that’s the simple description. We like to think of Amnesia as a vessel. A working ship, maybe. Not the prettiest boat in the harbor, but she’s got stories. She’s sees more action in a week than others will see in a lifetime. Her hold is filled with experiences and, despite her name, her memory is strong. She remembers every undulation on the dance floor, every scream, every solo, every laugh and tear, and every shout for encores.

This is the little neighborhood bar that could. They host great entertainment every night of the week, from acoustic-folk to electro-disco. They have no boundaries where music is concerned, as long as it will help to create the most positive experience possible. Although every night has something amazing, shocking, or inspiring going on, they do host a few nights that have stood the test of time and become staples in this fair city.

Wednesdays is their jazz night. Starting off with Gaucho, the de facto hot club of Amnesia, you will be transported to a 1930s Parisian café minus the accents and cigarette smoke. Bodies will be twirling, feet will be tapping, drinks will be had, you will probably smile. After Gaucho steps off the stage, the jazzers take over with a late-night straight-ahead jam session hosted by Michael Abraham. Bring an instrument if you can hang, or just sit there and be amazed and moved by sounds coming off the stage.

Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

 

 

 

Chris Botti – Trumpet in Blue

Chris Botti is an American trumpeter and composer. In 2007, Botti was nominated for two Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album. On December 4, 2009, he was nominated for three more Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Long Form Music Video. Three of his albums have reached the #1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.

His famous muted trumpet is the same model that was once used by Miles Davis. He plays a Martin Committee trumpet made 1940 Handicraft and a mouthpiece from Bach made in 1921 Mt Vincent Bach Corp 3C. He has performed with artists such as Sting, Paul Simon, Josh Groban, Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Jill Scott, Michael Bublé and Brian Culbertson.

Coming to prominence with the 2001 recording of his Night Sessions CD, Botti established a reputation as a versatile musician in both jazz and pop music for his ability to fuse both styles together.

Chris Botti published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Dave Koz And Friends At Sea 2012 – Toulon, France

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.

On October 2, 2012 the ship will arrive at Toulon, France. Toulon is a town in southern France and a large military harbor on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, Toulon is the capital of the Var department in the former province of Provence.

The old town of Toulon, the historic centre located between the port, the Boulevard de Strasbourg and the Cours Lafayette, is a pedestrian area with narrow streets, small squares and many fountains. Toulon Cathedral is located here. The area is also home of the celebrated Provençal market which takes place every morning on the Cours Lafayette, which features local products. The old town had decayed in the 1980s and 1990s, but recently many of the fountains and squares have been restored, and many new shops have opened.

For more information about this attractive town visit this website.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Gardens on El Paseo

The Gardens on El Paseo, an open-air complex that combines retail facilities and pedestrian amenities, reinforces the resort character of Palm Desert. Conceived as an urban village, the project creates an architectural landmark along Palm Desert’s premier shopping corridor, with outdoor restaurants looking on a richly landscaped plaza, and paseos filled with native plants. Traditional methods of planning and building design and the use of indigenous materials mitigate the harsh desert temperatures, creating a comfortable environment.

Pathways through garden areas take shoppers to the many designer stores located in the mall. Sculptures and works of art are around every corner. Saks Fifth Ave, Tiffany, Brooks Brothers and most of the leading designer stores in the world are all at this beautiful mall. Restaurants, art galleries and terrific gardens make this the focal point of the El Paseo Drive shopping district.

The 14th Annual Wine & Music Series take place on Saturdays, since January 28th, 2012, and on the center lawn area in front of Saks Fifth Avenue. $12 donations benefit a local charity each week. Two (2) glasses of wine and refreshments are included. The Wine & Cheese Reception start at 5:15pm and the Concert will be from 6pm – 7pm.

Next concerts are

March 10 – Nicole Henry -The Academy of Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church – Sponsor
Anderholt Whittaker LLP
March 17 – Will Donato – Gilda’s Club Desert Cities – Sponsor – Augustine Casino
March 24 – New Rome Quartet -Palm Desert High School Foundation – Sponsor TBD
March 31 -Alexander Zonjic – United Cerebral Palsy -Sponsor – Premier Security
April 7 – John Stanley King – Shelter From the Storm -Sponsor – American Cab
April 14 – Incendio – YMCA – Sponsor -MillStone Marble & Tile

The Gardens On El Paseo, 73-545 El Paseo, Palm Desert, California

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Sheraton Baltimore

 

Something new is better when shared. Welcome to the beautiful, new Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel – BWI. Our relaxing atmosphere will surround you from the moment you step inside the hotel. Experience our new Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft, a lobby lounge offering travelers a convenient online experience and the ability to stay connected to work, family and friends while on the road. We use soundproof glass, and we’re outside the flight path of BWI Airport, so you’ll enjoy peace and quiet in our 203 spacious guest rooms and suites, with their unique design and excellent amenities. Sleep soundly in our plush Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed with its welcoming duvet. Catch up on your favorite shows on the 32-inch flat screen LCD TV, or relax in the oversized bath in the deluxe bathroom.

Work out in our state of the art fitness center or take a refreshing swim in our indoor pool. Then have a drink or dine in style in our fine full-service restaurant, the Olde Line Grill and Lounge. We can also help make your next Baltimore meeting or social event a success. With over 4,600 feet of flexible function space, and a friendly staff of event specialists—we’ll assist you with every detail.

Conveniently located near BWI Airport, with complimentary shuttle service to and from our hotel, we are right in the heart of the “Baltimore Gateway Community.” We’re just minutes from downtown Baltimore and the scenic Inner Harbor, and offer easy access to Washington D.C. If you are coming by car, you will find us easily accessible to major highways like I-195 and I-295. Driving here or to the Washington, D.C. area is a breeze. An array of popular attractions are close by, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Baltimore Zoo, Annapolis, and the Arundel Mills Mall. If you are here on business, you will appreciate how easy it is to get to the Baltimore Convention Center or major government and corporate offices such as the National Security Administration and Northrop Grumman.

This venue is the location for smooth jazz shows of Charm City Jazz featuring Eric Marner, Jaared, Brent Birkhead, Phillip Martin, Art Sherrod and many more.

1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road,Linthicum Heights,Maryland 21090 United States

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Lake Concord Park

This 5 acre park is located directly behind Casselberry City Hall and the Casselberry Police Station on the bank of Lake Concord. Home to bi-annual Jazz concerts and the Casselberry Art House this park serves the artistic and cultural center of the City. Upon completion of a planned 3 phase development project, this park will boast a water play area, amphitheater, sculpture garden, playground, boat dock, board walk and fountain.

On Saturday, March 24, from 6 – 9 p.m., jazz comes alive at the Casselberry’s Lake Concord Park, located at 95 Triplet Lake Drive. This free event, sponsored by the City of Casselberry and 102.5 WLOQ Orlando’s Smooth Jazz will engulf jazz lovers in the innovative, contemporary sounds of recording artists of Marion Meadows and Paul Taylor. Special guests will include Joe McBride and Joey Summerfield.

Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Dr, Casselberry, Florida 32707

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Chopstix

Chopstix would like to welcome you to the finest Pan Asian Cuisine. They want your dining experience to be memorable. They believe their Asian recipes are second to none. They use only the freshest ingredients in their custom recipes with their own tasty, savory sauces.

Join them for the smooth rockin jazz of Dave Eno from 6:30-close on March 23rd. Enjoy your wonderful dinner with equally wonderful music! Their complete menu is online for you to view. Made fresh daily. They recommend that you experience their Chef’s Signature dishes. They pride themselves on only the best cuisines and the highest quality of food.

The best recipes, the freshest ingredients, and welcoming atmosphere is what makes Chopstix your favorite local dining experience. Thank you for your patronage and experiencing “Chopstix.” Full bar is now available for you. Beer, mixed drinks, wine and more.

Conveniently located in Yorkville. Illinois on Rt. 47, just South of Rt. 126- across from the Fire Department.

Bo Woody Winter – Esperanza

Bo Woody Winter‘s work is inspired by jazz and jazz musicians. It’s only naturally that his paintings are often to see on exhibitions during jazz festivals like for example the North Sea Jazz Art 2011  during the North Sea Jazz Festival 2011. Hailing from Rotterdam Bo currently lives in Ibiza, Islas Baleares, Spain. He studied Visual Art – Painting at the Academy of Art in Rotterdam.

His works can be seen at Facebook and at this website.  Also visit Bo’s own blog.

Smooth Jazz and Great Venues – Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

A true California retreat, designed in the Spanish colonial style, Park Hyatt Aviara is set off by palm trees, expansive gardens, rolling hills, and views of the Pacific Coast. First opened in 1997, the resort spans 205 acres set on the northern shore of the Batiquitos Lagoon, which is one of California’s most precious, untouched wetlands with more than 130 species of birds and 24 varieties of flowering plants.

Four restaurants, ranging from a poolside café, an airy bistro, a contemporary steakhouse, and an elegant dining room serving a regional Italian menu offer guests exceptional cuisine. All guestrooms are beautifully appointed and feature a marble bathroom with a commodious bathtub. Of the 329 rooms, 44 are suites and all rooms have a private balcony or a landscaped terrace.

The resort is perfectly situated for active and leisurely retreats, as well as social mingling. A signature spa is 15,000 square feet and includes 20 treatment rooms and fitness center. A year-round destination for golf and tennis, the resort boasts an 18-hole championship golf course ranked as one of the top courses on the West Coast. The course, designed by Arnold Palmer, features exceptional practice facilities and a two-story Spanish colonial clubhouse.

Club-fitting and instruction are offered at the acclaimed Kip Puterbaugh Aviara Golf Academy and TaylorMade Performance Lab. The six tennis courts, managed by Peter Burwash International, include two clay courts and four hard courts. There are 78,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.

Smooth Jazz guitarist Dean Grech is  performing every week in this fine venue. Dean has played guitar from the age of 8, and became a professional musician at age 11. Dean’s guitar playing is reminiscent of Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and Johnny Smith, blended with the more modern sounds of Peter White and Norman Brown. Vocally, he has captured the essence of Kenny Rankin, with a taste of Michael Buble, and the soulfulness of Bill Withers.

His music can be found anywhere from movie sound tracks to jazz radio. The song “Two Strong Arms” (Dean Grech/Reggie Ashley), was featured in Dustin Lance Black’s 2011 motion picture release “What’s Wrong with Virginia”, starring Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Roberts and Carrie Preston. In December 2010, Dean’s Christmas song, “What do you want for Christmas” (Grech/Ashley), rose to #1 most added song on Smooth Jazz Radio (Smooth Jazz.com), beating out Quincy Jones, Spencer Day, and Dave Koz.

His newest album Look Out received a rave review by Chris Mann.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, 7100 Aviara Resort Dr, Carlsbad, California 92011

Smooth Jazz And Books – Alto Sax Play-Along Book/CD Pack

Smooth Jazz: Alto Sax Play-Along Book/CD Pack is from the  series Hal Leonard Instrumental Play-Along. It offers 11 contemporary smooth jazz favorites arranged for instrumental solo and including a CD with great full-band accompaniment tracks.

Songs include: Just the Two of Us * Morning Dance * She Could Be Mine * Silhouette * Songbird * This Masquerade * Tourist in Paradise * We’re in This Love Together. This CD/book combination is available at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – III Forks Steakhouse

III Forks Steakhouse offers Austin a sophisticated club-like ambiance with an elegant bar and lounge now featuring San Antonio crooner Ken Slavin and his talented musicians, exclusively on Saturday March 17th. Performances are from 7pm to 11pm. Experience the sheer definition of fine dining and the silky smooth sounds of the incomparable Ken Slavin at Austin’s iconic seat of civic and cultural life in Texas today, III Forks.

The inviting foyer greets you with an array of fine wines – over 500 selections in the spectacular walk-in wine room. The luxurious Black mahogany trimmed with triple crown molding and Michelangelo Italian marble surroundings are uncomplicated and understated; a contemporary evolution of the classical steakhouse.

Begin your dining experience in our piano bar with comfortable lounge seating. Be sure to step out onto our patio facing across Cesar Chavez and onto the lake. Then join us in one of our distinctive dining rooms for a memorable night entertaining friends, family, or business associates.

111 Lavaca Street (at Cesar Chavez), Austin,Texas 78701, Phone: (512) 474-1776

 

 

Smooth Jazz And Wine – Young’s

Young’s is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth. Over the years they have become an essential stop for a growing group of enthusiastic fans of their celebrated Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese and Barbera. Young’s also offers a superb Roussanne. “Young’s Barbera is best in class,” says Rocklin landscape designer Scott Jardine. “All their wines are top drawer – they rival anything out of the Napa Valley.” Scott and several of his friends have been making annual jaunts to Shenandoah Valley to buy their favorite Young’s wine by the case.

When they purchased the Property in 1992, there was an operating winery producing 1,000 cases of wine with seven acres of grapes. Today, production has increased to 6,000 cases and the place has expanded to 30 acres, including 10 acres of lawns, gardens and picnic grounds surrounding a tranquil pond. In this year’s “Best of Summer” special section, the Sacramento Bee named Young’s the Number One picnic area in the entire greater Sacramento area!

The beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley of Amador County is one of the oldest non-Spanish farming communities in California. The easy gold found early during the Gold Rush soon was exhausted and the miners realized that their fortune would more likely be made in a more traditional manner – farming. Grapes were planted as early as the 1850s and the valley’s reputation for “liquid gold” has been growing since.

This vineyard will be the venue for a great smooth jazz event. Superstars of Smooth Jazz shining for the stars of FEAT. Rock’in the Vineyard 2012 presents Steve Oliver and the Producers Paul Brown and Darren Rahn. Visit this vineyard Saturday June 16, 2012 for a great feast!

Young’s Vineyard, 10120 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth, CA 95669

Phil Perry – Laugh

Phil Perry (born in Springfield, IL on January 12, 1952) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, musician and a former member of the soul group The Montclairs from 1971 to 1975.

Born and raised in East St. Louis, Phil Perry has spent most of his career as one of the most sought-after backing vocalists in the music business. His bright, multi-octave range has played a supporting role on dozens of albums by such acts as Anita Baker, Boz Scaggs, Rod Stewart, Peabo Bryson and George Duke. But he has also distinguished himself through a series of strong solo albums that have highlighted both his ability to interpret classic soul songs as well as his own songwriting skills.

Perry first came to the attention of Soul Music fans as the lead singer of the Montclairs, whose “Begging’s Hard to Do” was a moderate hit in 1972. In 1985 he married soul/jazz singer Lillian “Tang” Tynes, and began a marriage partnership that has lasted ever since. After a brief stint as part of the singing duo Perry and Sanlin, Perry went solo in 1991 with The Heart of a Man, an album most notable for Perry’s sheer guts (or some thought audacity) in releasing as a single a remake of Aretha Franklin’s “Call Me.” It was a real coming out for Perry, as he ripped through the song in bold fashion, even surpassing Aretha’s revered original version.

His follow-up album, 1994’s Pure Pleasure, was perhaps his best, and included fantastic remakes of “After the Love is Gone” and “If Only You Knew” and a seven minute cover of the Spinners’ “Love Don’t Love Nobody” that was sheer magic. During the 90s, Perry also received increased coverage on Smooth Jazz radio through his guest work on albums by Lee Ritenour, the Rippingtons and others, and inspired Windham Hill subsidiary Private Music to sign Perry, along with Barry White and Peabo Bryson, in an attempt to become the major label in the confluence of the Urban Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz formats.

His Private Music debut, One Heart One Love, was aimed straight at the Smooth Jazz market and hit the top five on the back of its killer title track, despite being perhaps his weakest album. His follow-up album, My Book of Love, received less attention, but was a far stronger album. Book was also the album on which Perry began to take a more active role in songwriting and production, putting his personal imprint beyond the vocal performance. This led to his lead songwriting role on 2001’s Magic, an excellent album on Peak Records that showed Perry in complete control over his music.

In 2005, Perry signed with New Jersey-based Shanachie Records and issued two albums of classic soul covers. Each disc was well received by Perry’s audience, with the second disc, A Mighty Love, earning for him the 2007 SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Award for Male Vocalist of the Year. He parlayed the success of those two albums into a new album of original material, Ready for Love, released in August 2008. Perry recorded the disc with veteran producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis, who helmed the previous two Shanachie Releases. It was an excellent return to form that again revealed Perry’s often underrated ability as a songwriter.

In 2009, Perry teamed up with another soul veteran, Melba Moore, and released The Gift of Love, an album of new songs and covers that was well received by both his audience and by critics. It won another SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Award for best performance by a duo or group.

If ever an artist’s catalog has screamed for a solid compilation – both from his solo albums and from his guest work – it is Phil Perry. However, this seems unlikely given the number of labels and artists that would be involved. And while the material and production on his albums have, at times, been uneven, his marvelous voice has made every disc a keeper, and should keep him in demand as a vocalist for years to come.

by Chris Rizik

Phil Perry – Laugh published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Dave Koz And Friends At Sea 2012 – Nice

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.

On Monday, October 1st, 2012 the ship will arrived in Nice, France. Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille. The city is called Nice la Belle (Nissa La Bella in Niçard), which means Nice the Beautiful, which is also the title of the unofficial anthem of Nice, written by Menica Rondelly in 1912. Nice is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département and the second biggest city of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region after Marseille.

The Promenade des Anglais (“Promenade of the English”) is a promenade along the Baie des Anges, a bay of the Mediterranean, in Nice. Before Nice was urbanized, the coastline at Nice was just bordered by a deserted stretch of beach covered with large pebbles. The first houses were located on higher ground well away from the sea.

Starting in the second half of the 18th century, many wealthy English people took to spending the winter in Nice, enjoying the panorama along the coast. When a particularly harsh winter up north brought an influx of beggars to Nice, some of the rich Englishmen proposed a useful project for them: the construction of a walkway (chemin de promenade) along the sea.

The city of Nice, intrigued by the prospect of a pleasant promenade, greatly increased the scope of the work. The Promenade was first called the Camin dei Anglès (the English Way) by the Niçois in their native dialect, Nissart. After the annexation of Nice by France in 1860 it was rechristened La Promenade des Anglais, replacing the former Nissart name with its French translation.

The Hotel Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais was named after Henri Negresco (1868–1920) who had the palatial hotel constructed in 1912. In keeping with the conventions of the time, when the Negresco first opened in 1913 its front opened on the side opposite the Mediterranean.

Another place worth mentioning is the small street parallel to the Promenade des Anglais, leading from Nice’s downtown, beginning at Place Masséna, and running parallel to the promenade in the direction of the airport for a short distance of about 4 blocks. This section of the city is referred to as the “Zone Pietonne”, or “Pedestrian Zone”. The banning of cars creates a more serene setting. Here tourists can find a fine selection of restaurants, specializing in both Niçoise cuisine and various types of foreign cuisine. There is also a large selection of cafés where one can sit and enjoy an espresso or choose from a variety of specialty coffees, ices and desserts, and watch the city walk by. There are also plenty of small shops selling clothing, shoes and souvenirs.

The SuperCruise VI – St. Maarten/St. Martin

The SuperCruise is the jazz cruise with soul! Plus a touch of comedy, gospel, and funk! And we’re back for our sixth consecutive year, with a new ship, new itinerary, new talent lineup, and new onboard activities! The talent lineup includes Will Downing, Boney James, The Brand New Heavies, Gerald Albright, Chrisette Michele, Earl Klugh, Peabo Bryson, and many more artists from the world of jazz and soul, plus a special appearance by funk legend George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic and a special gospel show featuring Yolanda Adams.

The Carnival Freedom is cruising from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Lucia • Antigua • St. Maarten/St. Martin. Saint Martin is an island in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 300 km (190 miles) east of Puerto Rico. The 87 km2 island is divided roughly 60/40 between France (53 km2) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands (34 km2); however, the Dutch side has the larger population.

St. Martin’s Dutch side is known for its festive nightlife, beaches, jewelry, exotic drinks made with native rum-based guavaberry liquors, and plentiful casinos. The island’s French side is known for its nude beaches, clothes, shopping (including outdoor markets), and rich French and Indian Caribbean cuisine.

English is the most commonly spoken language along with a local dialect. The official languages are French for Saint Martin, and both Dutch and English for Sint Maarten. Other common languages include various French-based creoles (spoken by immigrants from other French Caribbean islands), Spanish (spoken by immigrants from the Dominican Republic and various South American countries), and Papiamento (spoken by immigrants from Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao).

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Sage Court

Sage Court is an outdoor concert & entertainment venue located at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa.

With grass under your feet and stars in the sky, this is a unique and wonderful way to enjoy your favorite artists. From traditional reserved seating to a luxury lounge seating section or your own private room balcony, Sage Court has many options for you to enjoy the show!.

The Sage Court is an outdoor concert venue that opened in 2010. The regular reserved seats are set in grass! The amphitheater is surrounded by the beautiful amenities of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, with several restaurants choices, pools, golf and luxury guest-rooms. You don’t have to be a guest at the resort to purchase tickets for a concert at Sage Court, but why not make it a mini-vacation? Packages that include a room and concert tickets are offered.

If you can, stay at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa (make a reservation). Otherwise, try to find other accommodations nearby in both North Phoenix and North Scottsdale. You can’t use public transportation to get here so you’ll need to either drive or take a taxi.

Sage Court stages a two-day jazz festival at the beautiful JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa featuring 20 of your favorite artists! The Desert Ridge Jazz Festival is a smooth jazz spectacular, featuring several days of appearances by nationally and internationally acclaimed jazz musicians like Euge Groove, Peter White, Brian Simpson, Keiko Matsui, Mindi Abair and others.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz

Amanda Bell Brown has decided the only way she’ll ever be a mother is by becoming the owner of a squirrel-like exotic pet called a sugar-glider. Even though she’s a psychologist, she’s having issues over her mid-thirties, childless, single state. The man she loves, Lieutenant Jazz Brown, a homicide detective, told her months ago that despite his being single, he is unavailable, and Bell is trying to move on.

Then one chilly Detroit night, he shows up at her door coatless and sporting scratches on his face. Jazz wants to talk. And Bell’s life is about to get very complicated: Jazz’s ex-wife was murdered that very night. Jazz is the only suspect, and Bell is determined to find out who the real killer is, even as she now harbors doubts about her relationship with Jazz. With little help from anyone else, Bell turns to God and her faith to guide her. Insecure yet intrepid, Burney’s comically clever sleuth is endearing and inspiring.

Get this book at Amazon.com.

Reggie Duffie – Simply Miles

Reggie Duffie of Duffie and Duffie Visual Designs, creates custom artwork and portraits, and can create a custom portrait from your photo. Most of his recent artwork and design is created digitally, combining years of traditional art techniques with the ever-expanding capabilities of digital painting. These detailed digital paintings are all originals, created by the artist’s hand from scratch using a simple track ball mouse as a virtual paint brush and the computer screen as a virtual canvas.

No pre-drawing or line drawing, no tracing or digital manupulation, no altering of scanned or digital photographs or images and no using filters – this is real digital painting, bar none! Because each print is made from the original digital file, each print should be considered an original piece of art, not a copy. Digital Images are available in any size canvas or glossy print, signed and numbered by artist.

For any information or specific requests or sizes please contact artist —- Reggie is also a gifted versatile multi-medium artist specializing in traditional and conventional art work ranging from oil on canvas, water color, pencil drawings, and pastels. When it come to graphic art, Duffie and Duffie Visual Designs is a one stop shop.
Duffie and Duffie Visual Design at duffieandduffieart.com.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Quakertown Park

The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is a celebration of the arts in a community known for embracing and nurturing music, dance, choral, drama and the visual arts. The free event is produced by the Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. with the generous support of sponsors such as the Dallas/Fort Worth American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 and the city of Denton. Held the last full weekend in April at Denton’s Quakertown Park, the event features seven stages of continuous music, fine art, crafts, and food, games and information booths in a beautiful, outdoor setting.

Located near downtown Denton, behind the Civic Center at McKinney & Bell Streets, is the home of many major special events sponsored by the department. The park facilities include the Civic Center swimming pool, picnic areas, playground equipment and the beautiful Garden of the Seasons.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Pools of Light

The companion sheet music book to Brian Kelly‘s top-charting Pools of Light CD. Transcribed by the composer, the songbook consists of twelve solo piano transcriptions on 88 pages, including performance notes and detailed fingerings, spiral-bound, printed on high quality paper, with a glossy cover, for advanced players. Published by Skylight Music. ISBN: 978-0979422010

For more information visit Brian’s website.

David Benoit – Professional Dreamer

Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. His ‘80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics. Among his other Grammy nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for “Dad’s Room,” from 1999’s Professional Dreamer) and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (for the GRP All-Star Big Band).

His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums Fuzzy Logic, Right Here, Right Now, Full Circle and Heroes, which paid homage to the pianist’s top jazz and pop influences.

Benoit’s ever expanding slate of orchestral music endeavors include his ongoing role as conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and leading such eminent orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of London, Nuremberg, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Antonio and San Jose. Concurrent with his burgeoning career as a conductor, he recorded 1996’s American Landscape with The London Symphony Orchestra and 2005’s Orchestral Stories with members of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Orchestral Stories featured his first piano concerto “The Centaur and the Sphinx” and his acclaimed symphonic piece “Kobe,” both of which he has performed in live settings across the country.

In 2009, Benoit performed and conducted Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” with the Asia America Symphony Orchestra in a show that included Broadway great Lea Salonga; he later conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the same orchestra in his critically acclaimed debut at Los Angeles’ Disney Hall.

Benoit’s notable film scores include The Stars Fell on Henrietta, produced by Clint Eastwood and starring Robert Duvall; and The Christmas Tree, produced by Sally Field, voted Best Score of 1996 by Film Score Magazine. Benoit has also been a longtime guest educator with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, winning the organization’s “excellence in music education” award in 2001.

David Benoit published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – The Houndstooth Pub

Houndstooth Pub prides itself on the best in Gastropub cuisine combined with friendly and helpful service. They consider this the perfect combination for your corporate event or just hanging out after work. As owners of Stitch, voted Best After-work Bar by citysearch.com, they know what it takes to ease away the stresses of the working day.

Houndstooth is 6,800sq ft space featuring 3 distinctive rooms all containing full private bars and plasma HDTV. Their menu features only the best fresh, local, healthy comfort food. So whether you work or live in the fashion district say hello to your new local and they promise a big hello back!

The  Houndstooth Pub is also the popular venue for many smooth jazz shows by artists like Urban Jazz Coalition, Brian Simpson, Shilts, Elan Trotman, Will Donato, Jay Rowe, Matt Marshak, Steve Cole, Oli Silk,  Four 80 East, Lin Rountree, Jackiem Joyner, Kenny Harris and many more. The shows are promoted by Midtown Groove.

Houndstooth Pub, 520 8th Ave at 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Rumba Supper Club

The classic, exuberant and vivacious supper club era of the 1940’s was the influence when deciding what the décor of RUMBA should be. We set out to infuse the glitz and glamour of that era mixed in with a contemporary edge. As was the case back then, RUMBA is a place of social engagement where extraordinary live-entertainment and sizzling musicians ignite the stage regularly.

After nearly ten years of exceptional service, Rumba continues to offer its guests the complete dining experience with a tantalizing and adventurous Latin Fusion menu, extensive wine and specialty cocktail list, and an impressive line-up of live entertainers.

The opulent entrance to Rumba’s dining room provides an open and unobstructed view to the bar, main dining room, and mezzanine, as well as the entertainment focal point, the stage and dance floor.

Decorative elements consist of nostalgic oversized tufted red booths accented with real congas. Plush red velvet floor to ceiling drapes add to the authentic Moroccan antique lamps, giving it a Mediterranean flair. Spanish wall sconces and beads, adorn the room with original Argentine antique movie posters, while rich wood, exposed brick, granite and dramatic lighting all combined create this retrospective classic supper-club.

RUMBA Supper Club takes great pride in its commitment to being one of the few venues in the Midwest to offer live entertainment on a regular basis. It’s also the playground of Smooth Chicago and their featured smooth jazz artists like Paul Taylor or Steve Oliver.

Rumba Supper Club, 351 W Hubbard St, Chicago, Illinois 60654