Smooth Jazz And Wine – North Wilkesboro

Downtown North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, is a Main Street Community, featuring events such as the annual Shine to Wine Festival. This event presents some of the best wine North Carolina has to offer as well as live music, art and food. Each year, Shine to Wine hosts some of the finest wineries and vineyards from throughout the region.

The contemporary jazz band Freeport Jazz will entertain you on  Saturday, May 05, 2012 – 1:00 pm.  Held on 10th Street in Downtown North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

For the RV camper, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, offers a good location near a number of outdoor attractions. Rendezvous Mountain State Park and the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir are only about 6 miles from the center of town. Stone Mountain State Park and the Thurmond Chatham Wildlife Management area are 12 miles to the north, and more outdoor destinations are only a little farther away. The area offers fishing, boating and hiking, among other outdoor activities. Best off all, after the camping trip is over, easy access to U.S. 421 and then to Interstate 77 offers an easy drive home.

 

Dave Koz And Friends At Sea 2013 – Athens

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. Thursday, September 26, 2013, the ship will arrive at Athens.

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. The city of Athens contains a variety of different architectural styles, ranging from Greco-Roman, Neo-Classical, to modern. They are often to be found in the same areas, as Athens is not marked by a uniformity of architectural style.

Many of the most prominent buildings of the city are either Greco-Roman or neo-classical in styling. Some of the neo-classical structures to be found are public buildings erected during the mid-19th century, and include the Athens Academy, Athens City Hall, Greek Parliament, Old Parliament (Now the National Historical Museum), University of Athens, and Zappeion Hall.

The Acropolis of Athens is the most famous archaeological monument in Europe. It is nominated to be one of the 7 wonders of modern world. In fact the trademark of Athens is one of the favorites. The Holy Rock of Acropolis dates back to the 5th BC, the famous Golden Age of Periklis. Athens and Attica in general have the most important archaeological monuments (Acropolis, Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Olymbion, Roman Market, Panathinaiko Stadium or Kallimarmaro, The Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, and more).

 

 

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Bonelli Park

The 1, 975 acres of park facilities surrounding the lake offer a variety of recreational activities: family and group picnicking, sight seeing, hiking, horseback riding, jogging, nature walks, recreational vehicle (RV) and group camping, a water-theme park, calf-roping, bird watching, spa facilities, golfing and bicycling.

To ensure an enjoyable day of recreation in a safe and clean environment, the facility is patrolled by law enforcement officers on horseback and in vehicles with mobile unit accessibility; maintenance personal are available throughout the area. Also, for your safety, the Mounted Assistance Unit regularly patrols the many miles of trails within the park, providing first aid and other assistance to humans and animals alike. This volunteer organization has been active at the park for many years and through its fund-raising efforts has made major improvements to the park’s equestrian facilities.

The Bonelli Park will host the popular JazzFest West 2012 featuring artists like Chaka Khan, KEM, Dave Koz, Kenny G and more.

Bonelli Park, 120 Vía Verde, San Dimas, California

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Piacére Ristorante Italiano

Enjoy the smooth jazz sounds of the James DeMartini Duo, with Phil Van Gelden, this Saturday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Piacere Ristorante Italiano, 504 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

DeMartini is a practicing attorney in Cloverdale who also happens to be the string bass player for the Healdsburg Community Band and the Starlight Swing Band. In addition, he plays his bass with several local jazz bands

Among the Dinner Specials being prepared by Chef Jose Pelayo Saturday night are Duck Breast with Apricot Brandy Sauce, Pork Tenderloin with Ginger Marsalla Sauce, and Seafood Risotto with Creamy Saffaron Sauce.

Owners José and Mary Pelayo have, over the last thirty-some years, perfected their own style of Italian cooking. They have brought their expertise and perfectionism to this sophisticated-yet-casual restaurant. Enjoy the basket of baked-fresh daily bread, which is brought to your table soon after you’re seated. Relax with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list showcasing some of wine country’s finest wineries. Entrées include pastas, veal, chicken, seafood and steak, prepared in creative ways and served impeccably.

Be sure to check out Piacere’s extensive wine list while you’re there.

For reservations, call 894-0885.

Smooth Jazz And Wine – Kazimierz World Wine Bar

Kazimierz is downtown Scottsdale’s hidden jewel, offering live entertainment, classic & craft cocktails, global small plates and over 2000 wines. Enjoy a glass, flight or bottle here…most bottles available for retail purchase as well! When the space next door became available, owner Peter Kasperski planned a lounge to complement his neighboring restaurant, Cowboy Ciao. Named for Kasperksi’s father, Kazimierz pays tribute to him through family photos, coin & stamp collections, and menu quotes worthy of a curmudgeonly, Schlitz-drinking, Chicago stone mason.

High tables, low tables, front row seating and cozy, dark corners! Plush sofas & chairs in vineyard colors, stone walls softened by candlelight; wooden wine casks evoke the feel of a European wine cave; subtle lighting. Eclectic blend of jazz, latin & world beat plays pre & post-entertainment.

Cal Harris Jr.  invites you to join him and a few of his friends such as Neamen Lyles and Joel Del Rosario for a night of Smooth Jazz on Sunday, May 6th 2012, 9:00 pm to 12:00 pm in this fine venue.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar, 7137 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

 

 

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Georgia International Horse Park

This is the Georgia International Horse Park. And from the beginning, it has been groomed for greatness. Since opening its gates in September of 1995, the GIHP has already served as the equestrian venue for the largest sporting event in the world: The 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The park was the setting for all equestrian events, as well as the first ever mountain bike competition and the final two events of the modern pentathlon of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.

Today, the tradition continues as the GIHP plays host to a remarkable variety of special events. Whether you are planning an equestrian competition, festival, concert, wedding reception, family reunion or sports competition, the park’s sprawling 1,400 acres can accommodate events of all shapes and sizes.

The Elks Aidmore Music Festival is a music festival for blues, jazz, and soul music lovers. In its inaugural year, EAMF is poised to showcase up and coming musicians along with industry greats at the world class Georgia International Horse Park, April 28, 2012. Friends of smooth jazz will like this venue.

Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy, Conyers, Georgia 30013

Smooth Jazz And Books – Smooth Jazz: Flute Instrumental Play-Along Pack

Solo arrangements of 11 contemporary smooth jazz favorites with great full-band accompaniment tracks on CD. Songs: Bali Run * Breezin’ * Harlem Nocturne * Just the Two of Us * Morning Dance * She Could Be Mine * Silhouette * Songbird * This Masquerade * Tourist in Paradise * We’re in This Love Together.

Available at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Central Park, Old Pasadena

Old Pasadena is the original commercial center of Pasadena, a city in California, United States that arose from one of the most prosperous areas of the state, and had a latter day revitalization after a period of decay. Old Pasadena is often referred to as Old Town Pasadena or just Old Town.

The Central Park is a pretty big park, with lots of green lawn.  Lots of places to walk your dog and just dance around and play games. You can experience the busyness of the urban area, then just a few blocks experience peace and tranquility in Central Park. But the remarkable aspect of this park is that it’s the venue of the 4th Annual Jazzy Jam Pasadena 2012 featuring as headliner saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

Central Park, Old Pasadena, 219 S. Fair Oak, Pasadena, CA. 91105

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Spirit of Norfolk

Since 1978, the Spirit of Norfolk has delivered a vibrant and unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and breathtaking views. Cruising year-round from The Waterside in Downtown Norfolk, Spirit Cruises offers Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Cocktail, Moonlight Cruises and much more!

It began back in 1978 when a young businessman in Norfolk, Virginia, converted an old World War II landing craft into a dining cruise vessel on the historic Elizabeth River. The popular ship was christened Spirit of Norfolk and a new company called Spirit Cruises was born.

After just one season it was clear that the company was destined for growth. By 1993, the original Odyssey I was relocated to Boston Harbor and a new, larger Odyssey II took over the Chicago berth. In 1995, Odyssey III joined the fleet as the only ship of its kind designed to cruise beneath the historic bridges spanning the Potomac River in Washington, DC. Over the next six years, Premier Yachts added four sleek speedboats branded Seadog I, II, III & IV to its fleet in Chicago, as well as a casual and fun dining vessel called Mystic Blue.

In January of 2006, a new chapter was written in the logbooks of both Spirit Cruises and Premier Yachts as they merged the best of both companies into one remarkable corporation called Entertainment Cruises, Inc. With 23 vessels serving eight cities with six unique cruise products, Entertainment Cruises is focused on creating even more superior dining and entertainment experiences for its guests. New ships, new cruise products, new ways to enjoy America’s greatest waterways – they are all coming your way in the years ahead.

The  Spirit of Norfolk will host the Jazz Summer Solstice June 2012 featuring smooth jazz artists like Marcus Anderson, Brian Lenair, Frederic Yonnet,  Karen Briggs, Kim Waters,  Marcus Johnson, Maysa, Najee, Nick Colionne, Tony Exum Jr and many more.

Spirit of Norfolk, Otter Berth, Waterside Dr, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Kenny Loggins – Eyes

Kenny Loggins was born in Everett, Washington, and moved to the Los Angeles area as a young boy. After a short and, in retrospect, rather surprising stint as a guitarist for The Electric Prunes, Loggins scored a job as a $100-a-week staff songwriter and penned four songs on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1970 album Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy, among them the classic “House at Pooh Corner.” Around this same time, Loggins caught the attention of former Buffalo Springfield producer and Poco member Jim Messina, then working as staff producer at CBS. Originally, Loggins set out to record his solo debut with Messina behind the boards as his producer. As work progressed, Messina’s involvement increased and the album subsequently emerged in 1972 as Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In – a gem that featured Loggins’ future standards “Danny’s Song” and “House At Pooh Corner” and quickly established this accidental duo as one of significant recording and touring acts of the 70s.

When Loggins & Messina split up in 1976, Loggins wasted no time in achieving solo stardom with such million-selling solo albums as Celebrate Me Home, Nightwatch (which included the hit “Whenever I Call You Friend” with Stevie Nicks), Keep The Fire (“This Is It,”) and 1982’s High Adventure (“Don’t Fight It” with Steve Perry and “Heart To Heart”). These albums saw Loggins expanding his musical range, impressively exploring new textures of jazz, rock and pop with ambitious production. Loggins’ reputation as one of music’s outstanding vocalists was becoming well established, and in 1980 he won the Best Male Pop Vocal Grammy for “This Is It.” As a songwriter too, Loggins continued to grow, a fact evidenced by his many inspired collaborations such as co-writing the 1979 Grammy-winning Song of The Year “What A Fool Believes” with his long-time friend Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers.

In the 80s, Loggins became more famous than ever as the king of the movie theme songs, thanks to massive smashes like “I’m Alright” (from Caddyshack), “Footloose” (from Footloose), “Danger Zone” (from Top Gun), and “Nobody’s Fool” (from Caddyshack II). Loggins also continued to record albums that were introspective and deeply personal, including 1985’s Vox Humana, 1988’s Back to Avalon, 1991’s Leap of Faith (featuring “Conviction of the Heart,” a song Al Gore called “the unofficial anthem of the environmental movement”), The Unimaginable Life (1997) and 2003’s It’s About Time. During this same period, Loggins continued to take on new challenges like recording a Christmas album (1998’s December) and two successful and acclaimed CDs for children: 1994’s radiant Return To Pooh Corner and its worthy follow-up, More Songs From Pooh Corner.

In 2005, Kenny Loggins reunited with his former partner, Jim Messina, to great surprise and considerable acclaim. As much personally as musically, the Sittin’ In Again tour allowed Loggins to rediscover an old friendship. It was so successful and inspiring that they took their show on the road once again in 2009.

Loggins finds himself doing again what he has always done — writing and playing his songs, digging deep and looking toward the next step.

Kenny Loggins – Eyes published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – CSUB Amphitheatre

One of Bakersfield’s most beautiful music venues. Located on the campus of the California State University Bakersfield. Plays host to the annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival each May. With the support of students, faculty, administration and ardent jazz fans in the community, the jazz program at CSUB has grown and flourished.

The Bakersfield Jazz Festival has become a wonderful two-day celebration for the community that has been called Bakersfield’s “Rite of Spring.” The Twenty Sixth Annual Festival will be on Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, at the CSUB Amphitheater.

CSUB Amphitheatre, 9083 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, California 93311

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Wigwam

Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Relax in the elegant comfort of 331 casitas and suites, but be sure to carve out time for our legendary golf, superb spa, four pools – including a new 25-foot tower with twisting water slides – distinctive cuisine and innovative, Arizona-inspired programming.

The Wigwam’s beginnings date back to 1918 when the resort was first built as a quaint gathering place for the Ohio-based executives of Goodyear Tire & Rubber who discovered the West Valley of Phoenix as a prime location to grow cotton for rubber production. Quickly growing in popularity as a warm weather escape, additional accommodations and amenities were added and in 1929 the Wigwam opened as a full-service resort. With accommodations for just 24 guests, the first guests of The Wigwam received a horse and a room key upon check-in.

In its 80-year history, The Wigwam has hosted some of the world’s most recognized public figures and sports legends and is considered a true landmark of the Southwest. Today, The Wigwam offers more than 400 acres of fun, including first-class amenities, unforgettable dining experiences and endless recreation.

The Wigwam has been a longtime supporter of Smooth Jazz in the valley. With Jerry Colaneglo at the helm, The Wigwam promises to reinstate itself as the ideal place to see your favorite Smooth Jazz Artists.

In 2012 the Wigwam is for the first time the venue of the Arizona Jazz Festival with smooth jazz artists like Mindi Abair,  Acoustic Alchemy, Peter White, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Nick Colionne, Dave Koz, Marion Meadows, Cindy Bradley, Will Donato, Euge Groove, Jackiem Joyner, Brian Simpson, Bobby Caldwell, Eric Darius, Keiko Matsui, David Pack, Four 80 East and more.

Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

Dave Koz And Friends At Sea 2013 – Mykonos

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. September 25, 2013 the ship will arrive at Mykonos. Mykonos  is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. It is an island with beautiful landscapes, picturesque white painted villages, hundreds of little churches, windmills and some of the most extraordinary golden sandy beaches in the Cyclades.

Mykonos Island is famous in Greece and worldwide for its beautiful golden sandy beaches and its crystal clear waters. Most of the beaches are fully organised and offer water sports facilities. Some of them are famous as party beaches. There is a beach for all tastes and every mood.

 

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – ICE Restaurant and Bar

ICE Restaurant and Bar started out as a coffee shop called Cappuccino Express in 1996. In 2001, they expanded the coffee shop into a restaurant called Eddy B’s. In early 2010, they added a bar to the restaurant and updated the decor of the business renaming it, ICE Restaurant and Bar.

Locally owned and family operated for over fourteen years, they pride themselves in giving great service and wonderful food, ensuring you a delightful dining experience. They are located next door to the Hunington Center Arena and two blocks from the Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.

So come and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, good food and listen to a wide variety of music at the ICE Restaurant and Bar. They have live entertainment every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Performing acts among others are flutist Alexander Zonjic, trumpist Lin Rountree, saxophonist Jesse Coleman, guitarist Marc Antoine and more.

Ice Restaurant and Bar, 405 Madison Ave., Toledo, OH 43604

Smooth Jazz And Books – Smooth Jazz: 13 Favorite Songs Arranged for Piano Solo

Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.

13 contemporary jazz favorites, including: Cast Your Fate to the Wind * Feels So Good * Home * Just the Two of Us * Morning Dance * Mountain Dance * Peg * She Could Be Mine * Silhouette * Songbird * This Masquerade * Turn Your Love Around * We’re in This Love Together.

This songbook is available at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Roanoke Rapids Theatre

The Roanoke Rapids Theatre is the cornerstone of the Carolina Crossroads Music and Entertainment District, located at Exit 171 off I-95 in Roanoke Rapids. The 1,500-seat, state-of-the-art facility was built by the City of Roanoke Rapids in 2006 as a premier tourist attraction for the region and the State of North Carolina. The Roanoke Rapids Theater offers corporate meeting facilities and performances including nationally-known country, rock, gospel and beach music acts, along with Broadway shows and various other theatrical productions. For more information about the Roanoke Rapids Theatre, call 252-536-5577.

Roanoke Rapids borrowed $21.5 million in 2005 to build the theater along Interstate 95 to attract tourists and help boost the economy. Local taxpayers are now paying nearly $2 million a year in borrowing and operating costs.

The Smooth Jazz genre is featured by artists like Brandon Combs, Derek Redfootz Freeman, Jaared, Shang, and The Ladies of Signature Live.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Apache Café

Apache Café is a great ‘underground’ cultural spot in Atlanta. Owners Asa and Karen Fain opened Apache Café for lunch at 11:00am on Monday April 9th 2001. Having spent the entire night awake in order to finish café recipes, they served just one table that day – a party including Asa’s father. With art on the walls borrowed from Karen’s brother Kevin and jazz music in the background they dreamed to create a place of creative freedom where great music, delicious food, and bold art could live.

Open seven nights a week and serving a diverse group of patrons, Apache Café offers an intimate café, gallery, and venue with exposed brick walls and a loft-like style. As a restaurant café, Apache serves house made southwestern, Latin, and Caribbean inspired fare along with a full premium spirits bar, coffee bar, and dessert menu. As a gallery, you view artwork from a wide range of local and visiting traveling artists. As a venue, you will find presentations on the Asian rosewood stage of everything from think-tank type discussion forums to world-class music ensembles. It is hard to describe what you will find at Apache Café just as it is hard to describe all the parts that make up the interests of the owners or the patrons.

“We endeavor to make Apache Café a place that exceeds our highest expectations; a place where we can take some risks launching our crazy ideas; a place where we can make statements about the world and our surroundings; a place of content; a haven for those who have ideas to come together and debut their findings.

Life’s palette is rich. So many flavors and colors and cultures contribute to the diary of our experience. We live in the city; we have access to so much via the Internet; our interests are broad and we want to nourish them. We are not alone; those whose interests draw them to seek a variety of high quality and engaging experiences are the people we work for.”

Apache Café is the place where secret plans are created and discussed; the place where undiscovered artists and musicians bend, hammer and caress the fruits of their passion; the place where up-and-comers get to present their works and the place where the already-arrived get to hide and seek. All the threads that make the fabric of art is Apache Café. Live jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul, world, avant-garde, electro, alternative, Latin, reggae, spoken word, performance art, visual art, photography, film, and more is Apache Café. It represents all the art and music and funk that fill the cracks of our lives, the laboratory where art is the potion, the artists are the scientists and risks are taken.

Since the opening day several years ago, Apache Café has matured and evolved. This café/gallery/venue has been recognized, reviewed, and awarded locally, nationally, and internationally as a place of unique standing. From our weekly ongoing series to our feature events, performances, showcases, and experiments, Apache is many things. A place of refreshing originality and decisive expression, a place of opinion and purity, a place to challenge conventions and reward discovery – well, you’ll just have to decide for yourself exactly what Apache Café is to you.

Smooth Jazz artists like Joey Sommerville are the highlights of the program.

64 3rd Street Northwest Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-5436

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa

The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa enjoys a secluded location and picturesque mountain views. Their recent guest room transformation has enhanced and refreshed the experience of the resort. Truly feel like you are away from the stresses of ordinary life and enjoy a resort atmosphere at it’s finest in the heart of Rancho Mirage. A soothing sanctuary for those looking for a rejuvenating retreat, their expansive desert resort spa features treatments for everyone.  Three swimming pools and 60 foot waterslide are a refreshing way to enjoy the Southern California sun.

Monday Nights: The amazing Westin Mission Hills Resort 6pm-10pm offers Will Donato in concert.

Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, 71-333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage

Smooth Jazz And Wine – Raphael Vineyards

The Petrocelli Family strives to produce Long Island’s greatest wines, incorporating both New World advances and Old World traditions. They are located on the North Fork of Long Island where the gentle maritime influence of the surrounding water provides a moderate climate allowing our grapes to fully ripen, achieving perfect balance, aroma, and flavor. Using sustainable vineyard practices, hand harvesting, spontaneous fermentation and a natural winemaking philosophy, Raphael produces hand-crafted wines that reflect a pure expression of the unique climate and soil of the North Fork.

The winemaking philosophy is based on an understanding of the cycle of nature, the climate and soil, the ripeness of the grapes and the success of time-honored techniques. Utilizing gravity flow and a natural winemaking philosophy, Raphael wines are produced sustainably, utilizing spontaneous fermentation with little fining and filtration resulting in wines that purely express our local terroir. Their goal is to produce ripe, fruit-driven wines that exhibit a marriage of depth, finesse, elegance, and balance – the flavors of the North Fork – provided first by the terroir and secondly, by the dedicated, impassioned attention of our own hands.

The winery was designed by John Petrocelli who was inspired by the Italian monasteries of his ancestral home. Their production facility blends classic Mediterranean architecture with modern winemaking equipment. By building the winery 12 feet underground they are not only able to make their wines using a gentle gravity-flow method, but were able to construct a very energy efficient building using the earth’s natural 55F temperature to cool the winery in the summer and warm it in the winter.

The Raphael Vineyards will offer a new season of jazz series soon!

Norman Brown – Chillin’ Guitar

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Brown first picked up a guitar at the age of 8. First inspired by Jimi Hendrix, it was his father’s preference for the sound of Wes Montgomery that set Brown on his stylistic journey. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career, attending the Musicians Institute where he also taught for a time. While playing with his own group in local clubs, and drawing comparisons to George Benson, Brown was discovered and signed to the fledgling MoJazz label, a division of Motown. He delivered his debut, Just Between Us, and followed with the gold-certified After The Storm and Better Days Ahead.

With critical acclaim and sales behind him, the talented musician made the leap to Warner Bros. and released Celebration, which first teamed him with producer Paul Brown. The follow-up, Just Chillin’, earned Brown much-deserved Grammy recognition in the best pop instrumental category. That project was followed by his release West Coast Coolin‘, where Brown tested out his skills as a vocalist, a move that was embraced by the urban AC radio market and found him topping the charts.

With changes at the Warner Bros. label, Brown was looking to make a change. The Peak Records label, a joint venture with the Concord Music Group, stepped in. Initially concerned that the strides he’d made in the urban market might be discouraged, Brown says that, “Peak was totally in harmony with that artistically. That was the biggest part of the transition for me. I wanted to continue to be Norman Brown and do my jazz and instrumental music, but, at Warner Bros. I had broke through to the urban audience and want to keep reaching out to those fans as well.”

Brown’s audience has been expanding over the years. His compilation The Very Best Of Norman Brown was one of the best-selling smooth jazz albums of 2005 and 2006. Just this January, Brown’s engaging personality led Broadcast Architecture to tap him for its fledgling Smooth Jazz Network as an on-air personality, hosting the 2 to 7 p.m. shifts on Saturdays and Sundays. Moving forward, Brown has already cemented his tour plans, with solo dates this spring and a roster of very special guests for the 2007 edition of his popular Norman Brown’s Summer Storm tour: superstar vocalist and Peak Records label mate Peabo Bryson, saxophonist Marion Meadows and legendary keyboardist Jeff Lorber.

Armed with the knowledge of who he is as an artist, Brown says he spent just four months in the studio making Stay With Me — his shortest recording time on a project ever. Brown adds, “I’m giving fans exactly what they fell in love with me for: The exciting playing, my lyrical writing, my production as well as my new growth as a singer. So I think it’s complete, it’s a nice summary of where I am at this point.”

Norman Brown published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Smooth Jazz Classics – Jazz Play-Along Volume 155 Bk/Cd

For use with all B-flat E-flat Bass Clef and C instruments the Jazz Play-Along Series is the ultimate learning tool for all jazz musicians. With musician-friendly lead sheets melody cues and other split-track choices on the included CD these first-of-a-kind packages help you master improvisation while playing some of the greatest tunes of all time.

For study each tune includes a split track with:

Melody cue with proper style and inflection.

Professional rhythm tracks

Choruses for soloing

Removable bass part

Removable piano part.

for performance each tune also has:

An additional full stereo accompaniment track (no melody)

Additional choruses for soloing.

10 songs: Black Frost – Chain Reaction – Chicago Song – Maputo – Rise – Shaker Song – Silhouette – Tourist in Paradise – Turn Your Love Around – You Make Me Smile

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Red Cat Jazz Café

Red Cat Jazz Café is back and better than ever relocated in downtown Houston on 711 Franklin Street providing better parking, live music and southern cuisine nestled right on Buffalo Bayou for your entertainment pleasures a mist the vivrant Houston nightlife.

Feel the purring through the night. The emphatic horns of sweet saxophones have at last made their way back into the city. They say that every cat has nine lives, and this sexy kitten is back on her feet and ready to envelope the city again. The nightlife in Houston has longed for her return and she heard its call. With the triumphant return of the Red Cat Jazz Cafe, she’s taking cool to a whole new level with the full interactive Red Cat Jazz Cafe blog. With exclusive interaction with the artists, music, and soulful sounds of the Red Cat, she’ll be taking fans closer to the action than they’ve ever imagined. So, sit back, relax, and prepare to experience the magic of the Red Cat Jazz Cafe like never before.

Red Cat Jazz Café features various artists from Althea Rene, Dean James and major recording artist Mike Phillips of Hidden Beach. Warren Hill will give a concert on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Red Cat Jazz Café, 711 Franklin St, Houston, Texas 77002

The Kenny G Cruise To Alaska – Juneau, Alaska

Kenny G is now the proud host of The Kenny G Cruise To Alaska. Ports of call include: Juneau, Alaska, Skagway, Alaska, Hubbard Glacier (cruising), Ketchikan, Alaska, and the Inside Passage (cruising). For complete details, please visit: KennyGCruise.com or call Montrose Travel at (800) 952-2991. Ticket prices for the seven-day cruise range from $2,000-$10,000, not including airfare or taxes.

Kenny comments:

“I’m excited for the opportunity to cruise with my closest fans aboard Celebrity Millennium. The experience of playing with my band and sharing the breathtaking sights of one of the most beautiful destinations in the world will be one I’ll remember forever. This cruise will allow me to spend quality time and get to know the fans onboard, just as they’ve gotten to know me through my music. Sailing with them on a week-long Celebrity Cruises vacation will be a highlight of my career, and I can’t wait to share the journey.”

Kenny G had already featured in another Celebrity Cruises trip in 2011, which the company said went over well for both Mr. G and for fans aboard the ship. The cruise is sailing from Vancouver, British Colombia from May 17- May 24, 2013.

The City and Borough of Juneau is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Alaska. It has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of the then-District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the U.S. Congress in 1900. The municipality unified in 1970 when the city of Juneau merged with the city of Douglas and the surrounding Greater Juneau Borough to form the current home rule municipality.

Juneau is named after gold prospector Joe Juneau, though the place was for a time called Rockwell and then Harrisburg (after Juneau’s co-prospector, Richard Harris). The Tlingit name of the town is Dzántik’i Héeni (“river where the flounders gather”), and Auke Bay just north of Juneau proper is called Aak’w (“little lake”) in Tlingit. The Taku River, just south of Juneau, was named after the cold t’aakh wind, which occasionally blows down from the mountains.

Dave Koz And Friends At Sea 2013 – Messina

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. Monday, September 23, 2013 the ship will arrive Messina.

Just three miles off the coast of southern Italy’s mainland is the port town of Messina on the island of Sicily. This bustling town has a complex history with roots in Greek mythology but, because of an earthquake in the early 1900s, it’s a relatively young city architecturally. Since the majority of the city has been rebuilt or refurbished within the last 100 years, you’ll find the town has an interesting blend of new architecture and old styles.

Messina was founded by the Greeks who named it Zancle which is connected to the word Scythe, in the ancient native tongue of the city, and was also the name of the legendary king, who built the harbour, whose name was said to be Zanclus. Following the Roman, Byzantine and Arab invasions, in the latter of which Messina was the last to submit to the Arab yoke, the Normans, Swabians and Angevins came to Sicily left their mark and were either conquered or fled the wrath of native Sicilians. Messina’s epoch of glory come with the rule of the Aragon dynasty, who made Messina the capital of the kingdom of Sicily and recognised its value and potential as a port.

Today the city is growing and developing along the coast, and due to the violent earthquakes that have struck the area on several occasions and areal damage and bombardment during the second world war, it is almost completely modern. Learning from past lessons, modern Messina is constructed with safety in mind. Streets are wide and buildings relatively low.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Rotary Park

Rotary Park, along the scenic Sandusky River, is situated in the Fort Ball Historic District. The park contains markers and monuments commemorating the early history of Tiffin. This is a wonderful venue in which to just relax, picnic, walk, or brush up on local history.

Enjoy some of the best jazz music in the area, and the nation, at the second annual jazz festival in Tiffin, Ohio. Local jazz groups will start the day’s events, followed by nationally known jazz musicians. Warren Hill & Alexander Zonjic among other performers will grace Jazzin Tiffin, which will take place in this great venue.

Rotary Park, Frost Parkway, Downtown Tiffin, Ohio 44883

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Regions Park

Regions Park, formerly known as Hoover Metropolitan Stadium or The Hoover Met, is a minor league baseball park located in the Birmingham, Alabama, USA, suburb of Hoover. It has been the home of the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League since 1988, replacing historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham. The stadium also serves as the home for the SEC Baseball Tournament as well as Hoover High School football. Regions Park is located in the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area near Interstate 459 at Exit 10 just off Alabama State Route 150. The stadium is located three miles from the Riverchase Galleria, one of the south’s largest shopping centers.

The seating capacity is 10,800 for baseball and can accommodate up to 16,000 when the patio, banquet, and grassy side areas are used. The stadium also houses 12 suites and state-of-the-art dressing and training rooms. The stadium also features a meeting/banquet room named for Michael Jordan, who played for the Barons during his brief foray into professional baseball, during which time the stadium experienced its largest crowds.

Regions Park was renamed in March 2007 when Regions Financial Corporation purchased the naming rights. Despite the name change, many locals still refer to the stadium as “The Met”.

Sunday, June 03, 2012 Regions Park will host the fantastic Preserve Jazz Festival 2012 featuring Kirk Whalum and many other smooth jazz musicians.

 

Smooth Jazz And Wine – Bedell Cellars

Bedell Cellars is a 30-year-old sustainably farmed and family owned estate vineyard and winery making some of the most critically acclaimed wines from the North Fork of Long Island appellation.

Cementing Bedell’s reputation as the benchmark producer from the Long Island winegrowing region, The New York Times proclaimed, “Bedell has consolidated its status as a world-class estate,” and Wine Business Monthly named Bedell to its list of the Top 10 Hottest Small Brands in the world. Bedell’s flagship red blend, Musée, received 91 points from Wine Spectator, the highest score this publication has ever awarded to a red wine from Eastern North America.

Bedell has been owned since 2000 by Michael Lynne, an esteemed art collector and film executive who was Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy among many others. The business has been led for the past 10 years by its CEO Trent Preszler, a Cornell graduate considered to be one of the most ambitious leaders in the New York wine industry, who also serves on the Board of Directors of WineAmerica. Bedell’s Winemaker, 30-year veteran Rich Olsen-Harbich, wrote the North Fork of Long Island appellation into existence in 1986, and is the only Winemaker in Eastern North America to use entirely indigenous yeasts as part of a holistic natural winemaking program. Complementing this 30-year tradition with a critically acclaimed Artist Series, dynamic management team, and some of the oldest grapevines in the region, Bedell exists at the forefront of creativity and excellence in the modern American wine industry.

The Bedell facility is unmatched regionally for its sophistication. The new state-of-the-art winery was completed in 2005 and boasts custom designed open-top fermenting tanks and a gravity-driven regime to minimize pumping and filtering. The Tasting Room is housed in a renovated potato barn originally built in 1919, and it showcases the world class contemporary art collection of owner Michael Lynne, featuring works over the past decade by Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, Barbara Kruger, Eric Fischl, Sam Taylor Wood, Uta Barth and Sarah Morris. An outdoor grand tasting pavilion was recently completed, offering visitors a sweeping view of hundreds of acres of vineyards and open farmland.

Bedell Cellars is famous for his Winterfest Jazz On The Vine.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Smooth Jazz: Jazz Piano Solos Series

Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.

This edition offers 16 contemporary favorites: Bali Run (Fourplay) * Cast Your Fate to the Wind (David Benoit) * Just the Two of Us (Grover Washington, Jr.) * Morning Dance (Spyro Gyra) * Mountain Dance (Dave Grusin) * Rio De Janeiro Blue (Randy Crawford) * She Likes to Watch (Rippingtons) * Songbird (Kenny G) * This Masquerade (George Benson) * We’re in This Love Together (Al Jarreau) * and more.

This book is available at Amazon.com.

Gerald Veasley – Basically Bass

Born in Philadelphia, Gerald Veasley has a varied and impressive resume’ that includes recording and/or stints with Joe Zawinul of Weather Report, his longtime friend and mentor, the late Grover Washington Jr., McCoy Tyner, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Odean Pope, Special EFX, Joe McBride, Teddy Pendergrass, Phil Perry, Chieli Minucci, Dianne Reeves, George Howard, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Blake, Pamela Williams, Eric Marienthal, Onaje Alan Gumbs, Omar Hakim, and many more. He has shared stages and tours with Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Gerald was recently named “Best Electric Bassist” in Jazziz magazine’s annual readers’ poll and Philadelphia Magazine named him Best Jazz Band. Veasley was nominated and voted as President of the Philadelphia charter of NARAS “The Grammy People” and is credited by author Allan Slutsky as a key contributor to his classis book/CD set, “Standing In The Shadows Of Mo-Town – The Life and Music Of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson”.

He started playing the bass at age twelve and recalls learning a great deal from in-home jam sessions with friends of his musically inclined parents. He was inspired by his parents’ hard work and sacrifices as they gave him a good stable home life and appreciation of education. As an outstanding academic high school graduate he earned a complete four year full academic scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania. During his third year, Veasley lost his father. To deal with the loss, he focused on music, listening to records featuring Charles Mingus, Wes Montgomery, Grand Green and Ron Carter. These all-night affairs would also include Veasley teaching himself how to improvise, transcribe solos and studying chord progressions. Veasley took up studying classical guitar to expand his range as a musician.

“There were several factors which led me to choose music as a profession,” he says. “Basically, it always moved me emotionally and offered me a way to express things I couldn’t find words for. When my father died, I had a hard time coming to grips with the trauma, and music proved very therapeutic.”
The mostly high-profile sideman gigs came in rapid succession for Gerald starting in the early Eighties. Depending on who he was hooked up with, he displayed a starting affinity for all sorts of styles. He played avant-garde music with saxophonist Odean Pope, did orchestra dates with the flutist Leslie Burrs, and joined violinist John Blake’s group for a U.S. tour and three albums on Gramavision.

In 1988, Gerald showed his fusion side as part of the Zawinul Syndicate, and through the years since, he has been affiliated with a wide array of distinctive players – Larry Coryell, Khan Jamal, Eric Kloss, Pat Martino, Charlie Rouse, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, McCoy Tyner, label mate Joe McBride, Special EFX and pieces of A Dream.

Gerald’s resume also boasts numerous other accolades. He was voted “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” in every Downbeat critics’ poll from 1983 through 1992. He was most recently named “Best Bassist” in Jazziz magazine’s 1999 annual readers poll. He has also taught the history and fundamentals of the electric bass to musicians and educators, both privately and at the university level. He has been artist in residence at the Artist-Teachers institute of Stockton State College; guest lecturer at Dartmouth; instructor at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts; and video instructor on “Solo Bass Techniques” released by CCP Baldwin.

While still doing the occasional sideman date, Gerald’s present focus is on building the audience for his own band both in Europe and Stateside, “creating more and better music, reaching more people and giving my band its own identity.” All signs indicate that Gerald will be one of the most popular and revered bassist/composers, as well as instrumental recording artists, of the millennium and beyond.

Gerald Veasley published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Jean-Marie Poisson – Macys Jazz

Jean-Marie Poisson is conceptually bold and creative. His work depicts “In your face” types of imagery, showing little, but powerfully getting the message across. He spent a number of years as an art director working at many of the leading ad agencies in the Northeast.

His attention grabbing advertising has been recognized by his peers and has won numerous awards:

• Clio                                             • Caples                    • Andy

• One Show                      • ECHO                  • Champion Papers

• Art Directors’ Club               • Creativity               • Stan Winston

His father Louverture Poisson, a highly renowned artist from Haiti recognized his potential and encouraged him to pursue that talent. After many years, he finally decided to do just that.

Jean-Marie has carried that same boldness from the ad world into his fine art and is beginning to get noticed.

You can check out his work on: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jeanmarie-poisson.html.